Monday, October 23, 2006

Good times

To make a long story short, we didn't win the $59 million jackpot for the Tennessee Powerball, so we had to come back...As always, my time in Tennessee was too short, but full of memories. I think the hardest part was the drive-time. 15 hours is an awful lot to ask of a 19 month old, but he powered through it like the champ that he is and I'm very proud of him. Below is a picture of Eli amusing himself with his feet. Yay feet!

I took a gazillion photos, and want to post them all, but I know that's a bit much sooooo, I'll post a few and tell the story along the way.

The first real event that we went to when we got there was the semi-annual Coker Creek Fall Festival. It was nice. We wandered around through the vendor area and picked up some lovely homemade soap- orange blossom scented- how funny! There was an entertainment section, but Eli had it in mind that he wanted to go every which way but with us, so we cut the day short after having some homemade chicken and dumplings and pineapple cake. Ah well. I think he was getting in one of his "big" teeth and that was making him testy.

On Sunday we went to the Flea Market in Sweetwater and once again, had to cut it a bit short due to Mr. Grumpy-pants. While we were there we did manage to pick up a few much needed household items and I found these awesome tapestry totebags for $4.00. Couldn't believe the deal! They are the perfect size for carrying knitting projects.

On Monday, my mom stayed with Eli while Jack and I went Thrifting. There is THE coolest thrift store located in Sweetwater. We walked out of there with a set of circa 1970 brown mushroom coffee cups, a matching mushroom glass cutting board, a ceramic potatoe (for holding mashers), a cheeseburger shaped ketchup dispenser (what is it with me and food shaped food containers?), an awesome ankle length denim skirt and a curtain panel circa 1965 that I plan on cutting up and making an apron skirt out of- yes, I fancy myself to be one of the Von Trapp Family Singers :P

On Tuesday, we made a pilgrimage to my favorite yarn store, The Knitting Nest in Maryville, where I loaded up on some gorgeous mint green ribbon yarn, a new set of DPN's, the Vogue knitting men's issue from last year, and some gorgeous hand dyed sockyarn that will eventually turn itself into a glorious pair of socks for my Sock-ret Pal. The best part of the trip that day was coming home to my first package in the mail from my spoiler- that was THE coolest! She sent me a pair of footie socks that will be great for Miami, a ball of Sockotta sock yarn in some pretty festive colors, stitch markers that she had made just for moi, a sachet of her homegrown lavender- yum!, a tape measure, and a beautiful card with a photo of a mountain view. Thank you thank you!! Muuuu-ah- big kisses!

On Wednesday, Jack, Eli and I stayed around the house and relaxed. My mom had to go to work, so I decided to make an apple pie. I used the recipe out of the Better Homes and Gardens red & white cookbook circa 1970, and we couldn't have been happier with the results. I'm planning on making a few more of those babies for some lucky friends of mine in Miami. I was looking for some "thanks for being good friends" gifts and I've found them!

On Thursday, we just kicked around town while my mom was at work and then headed home to cook her a nice meal as thanks for her neverending hospitality. I made some country fried chicken (out of the same above mentioned cookbook), spaghetti squash with butter and garlic parmesan potatoes (recipe courtesy of mom!) Jack was in his own little chicken heaven and hasn't stopped talking about that dinner to this day. I'm glad to have such a fan of my cooking, seeing that I didn't acquire the skill until 2 years ago. I used to avoid it like the plague!

On Friday, we went to dinner with my mom at a little Italian Restaurant in Madisonville and then we headed into Knoxville to go see Marie Antoinette. My mom stayed home with the little dude and we went off on our luxourious date- the first we'd had in 10 months- doh!! The movie was great and so was Borders afterwards. I picked up the Knitting for Peace book and found a great pattern for preemie hats in it. Eli was 9 weeks early, spent 7 weeks in the NICU, being 3 pounds when he was born. When we were there, the nurses gave us some knit hats that had been donated, to help keep his little noggin warm. I've wanted to do some charity knitting and am so happy to have stumbled across this book- now I'm pointed in the right direction. I've decided to knit one hat or pair of booties a month and send them out as a package once a year. I hope and pray over every stitch that the baby that receives each hat makes it through OK. I try to put a little bit of magic in each one.

The rest of the time there was spent leisurely. Lots of talking, reading, wood stacking, window washing, shopping, and of course...knitting!! Whew...I think I'm finally caught up :) We had a good ol' rural time.


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Em said...

Saints above, what a trip! So cool to hear about those places I know- though truthfully, Knoxville I know the most of almost to the exclusion of the others. But I've been through Madisonville! I've spent a little time in Maryville! So... that's something.
If you ever (and really I'm not trying to sound supremely bossy here) want any food ideas when you're in Knoxberg let me know. I worked in half the restaurants there in school and have eaten at the other half. Though it sounds weird, Knoxville has some GREAT eatin' places.
Anyway. Loved the pics. Glad you're back and bloggin'!

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Knatty Knitter said...

Hiya love, thanks so much for the post, great to hear about your galavantin' round the country. strangely enough I have been to Tennesse while in the states, went to Nashville on the annual school trip to see the industry and passed through Knoxville. my english mate at school's family name is knox so we have photos of him bonding with a giant sign of what he considers his personal town!! such a beautiful family you have too, and a man that knits!! JEALOUS!! my guy's learned a wee bit but took him a year to knit a square.he proudly presented it to me as a coaster :) great parcel too, so nice, you must feel throughly spoiled. think you have my parcel mixed up with someone elses, didnt get any books, but did get some gorgeous yarn, bamboo needles, 70% dark chocolate (drool!) and burts bee's lip balm..lovely! well lookafter yourself and recover from your trip,


p.s. im sorry im a bad blogger and i know i owe you and the world a decent blog. feel free to kick my arse about it!


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