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A Weekend in the Country

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Our family took a short trip to Wisconsin this weekend: visited with family and had some nice downtime. It’s funny how refreshing it is to spend a day without the option of throwing a quick load of laundry in the dryer or picking up crap as I walk from room to room.

I went to a very cool local mill that I like called Argyle Fiber Mill. While the owner showed my kids how to spin wool, I looked at skeins and skeins of natural wool (colored the same color as it comes on the sheep) and picked up some Cascade 220 and back issues of my favorite knitting magazines (Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting – where “by the time you’re done knitting it, it’s out of style”).

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For happy hour, I took Eric to a local brewery: the New Glarus Brewery in New Glarus, WI. They’re a great microbrew that consistantly makes innovative and tasty beers. For research purposes, I insisted that we each try two pints and share. We also picked up a new cheese that boasted parmesan taste, cheddar feel, while baptized in rasbperry fruit beer (“win-win-win” as Michael Scott would say). For our beer sample we tried their Moon Man, Fat Squirrel, Stone Soup and Eric “got Totally Naked”. I loved Moon Man because it was a bright, really hoppy brew. Eric liked drinking Totally Naked because he couldn’t get past the name. I just love being there: good beer and a vista of pure farmland and rolling hills.

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There is a cool public art movement happening in middle America: people paint plywood square “quilt blocks” and display them on their barn. It’s a neat discovery to drive along a country road and spot quilt blocks peeking through a copse of trees. My mom and stepdad asked me to paint a quilt block for an out building on their property, so after planning the perfect (and meaningful) quilt block and color combination, here it is:

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I think it’s just perfect for their home.