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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Touch of Sweden: Swedesburg, IO museum

Recently we traveled to the ‘Northlands’ on our annual visit to Himself’s family.  This trip we went up thru Iowa and made a stop to see a local tourist attraction in Swedesburg.

This is the Swedish American Museum. 

 There was information on the emigration of Swedish people.

The museum has many donated artifacts, including this trunk used by an emigrating family.  It is so wonderfully painted. 

In fact, many things are beautifully decorated in the Swedish culture.

Aren’t these dresses amazing? 

Detail from a headdress. 

This embroidered piece is so lovely.  Isn’t the phrase “quiet peace” perfect?

One of the displays is on the churches in the area.

In the back is a snack bar where we were given the hospitality of a hot drink and homemade chocolate chip bars.  There is also some local Swedes type sausage and cheeses for sale.

At the front of the building is a nice gift shop with things not only Swedish but Norwegian and Danish too.

They have an excellent selection!

But there was one reason I really, really wanted to see the museum...

The Dala horses! 

Perhaps this is the Swedish version of the Trojan Horse?

The carved Dala horses may go back to the 13th century, with the painting of them starting in the 19th century.  The painting is the same type as decorations in the Swedish homes.  The horses are bright orange-red, blue, white, or black, then with a fancy saddle and bridle pattern over that.

There were Dala horses of all sizes available for sale.

This display is of old Dala horses.  The rustic one was hand carved by a local man. 

I have a small Dala horse given to me by my friend Carol many years ago.  So I bought a Dala horse cookie cutter for my souvenir.  Won’t those cookies be fun to decorate?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday to Himself

You've still got it!!!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Salud! at Whole Foods: Fund Raiser for Wildlife (with recipe)

Our last event at Whole Foods was a fund raiser for a local wildlife rehabilitation center.  Walden’s Puddle is located in Joelton, TN.  Whole Foods donated the catering and space for the event and volunteers came in to serve and clean up afterwards.

There were two guests of honor...

This little screech owl was hit by a car.  She is blind in one eye so she cannot be released back into the wild.

And this is Sheldon the box turtle.  He and three other turtles were from a rescue after his owner died.  Since he had been a house pet for about 40 years he is too used to having dinner delivered to him, so he can’t be released either.

Our menu for the night was vegetarian.  Merijoy prepared a very interesting salad... 

... a winter white salad!  It was delicious! 

Bon app├ętit!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wonder How Beckham Looked As A Four Year Old?

Little Hoss has started his first sports team.  He's is in soccer this fall.  We were able to go to his 3rd practice.  Our little dude is from a family that doesn't do soccer so he's a bit clueless on the rules and regs of the game.  But he's having a lot of fun!  When the coach isn't coaching (!!) he just has a good time on his own.  

(Forgive the grainy shots... far away and terrible lighting).

Can any of you soccer moms explain to me what playing with the parachute has to do with soccer??

And they're done til next week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mirror, Mirror...

Recently Sis did something absolutely brilliant for Little Bird.  Since Bird enjoys playing dress-up so much, Sis hung a mirror low on the wall so she dance and preen in front of it.

To say it was a hit would be an understatement!

There have been many dances performed since it was hung!