Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Chit Chat - Just Passin' Through Edition

Someday my life might get back to what I call normal and I'll start posting on a regular schedule again. I'm not there yet, though, so I'm just passing through this morning.

Hope all of you had a great weekend. We had some fun this weekend. We aren't able to take long vacations because of Shane's work schedule, but each year we try to attend one big festival or theme park. Last year we went to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, and the previous year we went to the Missouri State Fair. The year before that we went to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. This year we attended the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

I have been to the KC Ren Fest several times in the past, but probably not since 1999 or 2000. This was Kat's first time to go and she had a great time. Here are a few pics from our visit on Saturday.


The Queen and King at the Children's Feast.

Kat riding the two-headed dragon with some other girls...

...who admitted to riding only to get a closer look at this.  Who can blame them?

Kat the Mermaid

Kat with Leonardo da Vinci (with whom I used to work in an office in 1997-98;
I didn't get a chance to talk to him Saturday, though).

Yesterday we didn't go anywhere. I had traded some of our last meager tomatoes to my friend Janelle for some of the apples she had picked from her brother's tree. Shane and I spent several hours yesterday "working up" some of them. I made a pie and assembled 6 more bags of pie filling for the freezer, which appears to have used about half of the apples. I'll be working on the other half of them today making applesauce. The apples are small, but they have big flavor! The pie I made for last night's dessert is half gone already.

In addition to working on apples, this week I'll be having lunch with my friend Dawn, and I hope to find/make a dedicated spot in the basement for all of the canning I've done this year. We have a little utility cabinet in our garage that I use for a pantry, but I'd like to have a place downstairs where the temperatures are more consistent throughout the year.

How was your weekend? What do you have lined up for the rest of the week?


A.Marie said...

The rest of my week is going to be spent (hopefully) getting some cleaning/organizing done in my living room...we'll see how that goes!

Your pic are terrific and that apple pie sounds awesome! That'll be nice to have a place in your basement for your canned goods!

Leanne said...

I can't wait until my apples come in, partly because Chloe can't wait either and it's a copsed tree so she can reach and has been sneakily picking them off for a couple of weeks now. I can only stomach so many baked apples with ice cream:)

I'm probably going to be tidying the garden and house for much of the week and I'm trying to fit in a good thorough toy sorting for the charity shops and freecycle with xmas so close.

If I'm honest though, I might have taken a break for a go on the swinging dragon thing myself;)

McVal said...

We've done that fair!!! Meri got lost in the kids area and after 20 minutes of frantic searching we finally found her inside a kids ship, just sitting in the corner.
What a blast it was tho (when she wasn't lost...) The girls rode in that dragon too!

Lisa B. said...

Very nice eye candy! lol

Sheila said...

Ren Fest looks very interesting--and fun. I agree with Lisa B--very nice eye candy!! Our weekend was very nice--as they have been lately--we just do things around here--but together. This week is just more of the same--rearranging some of the house and cleaning and cooking!! Oh yeah, and feeding kitties. I'm watching the birds right now--since I moved my desk to the other wall in front of the french doors. I have a baby mockingbird about 3 feet from me--and mourning doves in the yard. Take care.

Donna said...

My mother and sister work at Ren Fests every year. Ours is very popular. It's called the Texas Renaissance Festival. I have made a really gorgeous dress for myself and my daughter. Our whole family dresses up and has a great time there.

My mom and sister are herbalists and make a lot of herbal teas, soaps and gift packages. Plus Heather knits weird hoods to sell at the festival. Isn't it amazing the things they do at the festival?

Our church hosts a "reformation festival" which is similar but on a smaller scale.

I'm sewing a fabric banner this weekend. I'm hoping to have time to work on my own entry to the art show we hold at our own little 'Ren-fest'. It will be held the last weekend in October.

slugmama said...

Now I want to ride that dragon long as THAT operator is running it!lol

Then I want to go to your house and eat pie, IF there is any left at this point. ;-)