Good morning, dear BN family.
Our trip to the Grotto was fun. The whole big thing is awe inspiring, I also find it amazing how it could be completed by one single man (with a lot of help) and on a strict budget. He was the first recycler in the area, too: simply genius melting Coca-Cola bottles with crayons to achieve the multicolor effect where the natural minerals were not available. I know it is not likely that many of you will find themselves in this part of the country away from any other sights of interest, but still it was a very fulfilling trip for us. We were also pleased to find quite a handful of roadstands with seasonal vegetables -- in the middle of nowhere there is a buggy filled with bagged potatoes, onions, all types of squash, apples, eggs in a cooler, with paper price signs (some say "Free will") and a box where you put the money, all unmanned. At the Algona "Train Wreck Winery" located in an old train depot, all the names are train-related and our favorite was Caboose, all wines are made from locally (or almost locally) grown grapes and do not exceed $15 a bottle.
foxbins, delighted to hear that another needlework artist/craftswoman is among us!
Balmain de Balmain today. It is raining. Planning to go through the closets and sort summer clothes: some to clean, some to store and some to donate to Goodwill. Need to do the same with the books. Will also cook the zucchinis from our yesterday's haul. Would love to go through the stitching supplies and sort out what I have (aka fondle the stash).