M has come and gone, and it was a delightful weekend.
Saturday, M arrived and I made this chili for lunch! Yummy, sweet, and just a touch of spicy. We then ventured out to Knob Noster to visit this cute little store called Whimsy Lane. Handmade items, Missouri products, cute little things you just want to decorate your house with! I picked up a few things for my swap partner (squee! so excited about that!!), and a pair of toaster tongs (seriously, one of the best things invented. ever.), a dishtowel with a sheep embroidered on it, and some yummy smelling soaps that M and I split. Blackberry vanilla musk and jasmine vanilla. What a treat. :) We also stopped at the Dutch Country bulk foods store to browse a bit. We didn't wind up buying anything, but it's always a neat place to look for unique gifts or treats! We finished the evening with supper at Kehde's.... PERFECT.
Sunday the choir sang, we had a potluck, and a voter's meeting, then attended the Sedalia Chorale concert in the afternoon. Delightful music as always! It was a busy, tiring day, and we were glad to relax in the evening with some Tour Chicken, wine & cheese, and of course, the BBC Pride and Prejudice.
Monday was an adventure day, although most of our planned adventures didn't work out as intended. We planned on visiting Bothwell Lodge, but it's only open for tours Fri-Sat apparently. Then we ventured down to Cole Camp, and all but two stores were closed there as well. So we drove to Lincoln for some tasty treats from Estes Drive- In, which was also closed. FAIL. On the way back, we attempted to stop at a few antique stores, which closed 3 minutes after we pulled into the parking lot. Thank goodness Calgaro's was open, because we had some delicious pizza for dinner. :) Knit Night was at the ever-lovely A's house, and I really enjoyed the relaxing ending to the otherwise hilariously frustrating day. None of the places we wanted to go were closed because of the holiday..... apparently places just like to be closed on Mondays. We finished out Monday with some games and severe storm warnings.... thankfully there weren't any tornados in our neck of the woods.... but seriously? Tornados in January?
Tuesday was spent in Columbia.... shopping for yarn and more yarn. :) We stopped at the other Dutch bulk food and bakery.... :) So many good things to get there. Two yarn stores, lunch, and the mall later, we made it home in time to go to the local pub downtown for dinner. Finishing up some knitting and Pride and Prejudice was a perfect end to the absolutely delightful weekend.
I've spent today finalizing details for the upcoming semester (next Monday! eek!) and cataloging my new yarn on Rav. It takes so little to make me happy. Oh, and my cataloging books came in the mail. Guess what I'll be doing tonight!