Back to School


By now all the kiddies are back in school – a day which most parents view with a mix of relief and regret.  It seems like it will be a relief to have a quiet house for a few hours, but the tradeoff is the end of summer and the renewal of schedules and the dreaded homework

When you have a few moments…I think you will enjoy this TED talk.   It’s an amusing, but serious discussion about creativity and the educational system.  So brew yourself a cup of tea, put up your feet and enjoy 20 minutes…

Vineyard Jaunt

Over the weekend, my family and I took a little trek to LaCrosse, Wisconsin – a three-hour journey from Stillwater, Minnesota.  We have friends there who left their corporate careers early,  and started a vineyard in the beautiful LaCrosse Valley-a perfect climate for grapes.  The vineyard has grown over the past five years, with hundreds of new plants of several cultivars planted each year.  They grow Marquette, LaCrescent, Edelweiss, and Frontenac gris grapes…to name a few.  They are bottling their own wine now and work is almost complete on their new wine tasting room and banquet hall.  We can’t wait for the grand opening in spring 2013!

Our trip was not for wine tasting or cheese eating, however.  We went to work.  Some of us worked picking grapes-we each picked nearly 500 pounds in one day.  The rest of the group worked at the winery crushing grapes. It was a lovely day to work outside and the setting could not have been more beautiful.  We left late in the evening, satisfied with a day of work well done and with a renewed appreciation for all those who work in agriculture.  We all agreed that whatever we pay for a bottle of wine–it’s not enough! 

 

A Color-filled Jaunt to the Farmer’s Market


One of my absolute favorite things about summer is the Farmer’s Market.   As I may have mentioned before, I love gardens, but I really don’t like gardening.  That holds especially true for the vegetable garden.  I tried my hand at it once and it was an unmitigated disaster.  I went crazy planting tomatoes of all varieties.  What I didn’t know was that those tiny little spring plants… turn into enormous tentacled monsters by August.  Everything was tangled together.  What the deer didn’t eat, I didn’t want.  That’s when I discovered Minnesota’s many Farmer’s Markets.  I have never looked back…

The bounty was overflowing today.  The people, the colors, the aromas….I have to confess that my purchases today had more to do with color and beauty than with nutrition or taste.  I bought the radishes, the elongated purple eggplant, and red peppers…It should be quite an unusual stir fry…
I hope you enjoy this little jaunt to the Farmer’s Market!  For more color inspiration, check out Color Route Co. (My daughter’s blog) or Rows of Six (My other daughter’s blog)…