Monday, October 12, 2009

How much can you cram into a weekend?

This weekend was a busy one.  The day dawned early on Saturday, with Churchill playing with a jingly toy in the living room.  I guess it was time for me to get up, at least in his eyes. 

Paulette and I went to be nosy at the TEA party that was being held at the courthouse at 10AM on Saturday in Oshkosh.  The Oshkosh Northwestern estimated the crowd at hundreds.  Our estimate was closer to 150-200.  They weren't very enthusiastic.  It was ironic that they were holding an anti-tax tally outside of the courthouse, which the last time I checked is a taxpayer-supported institution.  Whatever.  Mother Nature provided a nice touch by trying to freeze them out and snowing on them.  I saw Michelle Litjens, former Winnebago County Republican Party chair there.  She thought it was really funny that I was looking for our members (both union and Democratic Party) there.  I gotta do what I gotta do.  We could only stand the BS for about 10 minutes.  When we left, we had to walk past the generator that was providing the power for their microphones.  It was sputtering.  Paulette thought that was real funny.

Our next stop on Saturday was the Little Farmer Apple Orchard on Hwy 151 on the other side of Lake Winnebago outside of Fond du Lac.  When we were leaving Oshkosh on Hwy 45, it started to snow fairly hard.  Weird weather for October 10.  Paulette wondered out loud if there would be less crowds at the apple orchard because it was snowing.  Not a chance.  It was still a zoo there.  This place reminds me of the pumpkin farm on the TLC tv show, Little People, Big World.  It was still snowing when we got there.  Fortunately they have an indoor marketplace where you can buy already picked apples and all sorts of other fall-y stuff.  I bought:  apples for my sister Donna (I'll get them to you on Sunday!), a pumpkin cream cheese muffin that was to become my lunch, roasted pumpkin seeds and black popcorn.    The lines were still pretty long to both get baked goods and pay for your your purchases.  The lines kind of remind me of the lines to pay when you shop on Black Friday after Thanksgiving.  We ate our muffins in the car and then we were off to our next destination.  By the time we left, the sun was out.  It was still really cold.

We chose to drive up the Hwy 151 side of Lake Winnebago to see the fall colors on our way up to Neenah, where I had to pay the fee for the spinning class I am taking later this month.  It was a beautiful drive.  Yes, there's road construction, and they were working in some spots, but I could stay on 151 the whole time, until I had to take the fork in the road to Hwy 55.  I bought some lovely orange yarn to make a fall scarf at Yarns by Design:

We then proceeded onto our next destination, Fox River Mall, where I needed toner from the Clinique counter.  I also wanted to look around at the stuff at Bath and Body Works and Yankee Candle.  We looked at the clothing and stuff at Younkers to scope out what we wanted to buy on sale later in the week.   Woo hoo, shopping!

We had grocery store stuff to do when we got back home, and of course, Starbucks.

Our last destination for the day was a house warming party at fellow knit night knitter, Jodi's house.  Paulette works with her husband in Polk Library.  It was nice. 

I finally got to knit in the evening.

On Sunday, we went to church and then the pumpkin farm!  We bought many pumpkins and cornstalks.

Here is Churchill checking out the pumpkin bounty:

He was hard to take a picture of because he kept running around on the table.

We then had the cleaning inside the house to do and Paulette wanted to cut the grass.   I did manage to get a little knitting done in the evening.  Maybe more can be accomplished this evening. 

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