Archives from June 2009

Aaaahhh …. Mountains!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 in Uncategorized


It was 59 degrees when we rolled into town last night. That is 50 degrees cooler than the 110 heat index that was supposed to be happening in St. Louis. (When we were packing the car yesterday morning, you could barely breath due to the humidity. I’ve compared it to walking in warm Jell-O before, and that still fits. I suppose the St. Louis Department of Tourism would like me to stop discussing this right now.) Today in the mountains – gorgeous. Cool. Invigorating.

Thanks for your comments on the Wind Turbines in Kansas. (By the way, I love everyone from Kansas. The creepiness has nothing to do with you.) When there were just a couple of them, it was kind of fascinating. But now that the hills are full of them in this particular area, it feels creepy to me. Just.too.tall.and.silent. It does sound like they’re all over the place now, according to your posts, so that’s interesting. Like a couple of people mentioned in the comments, I would love to know if you see a savings on your energy bills when you live near them.

Here’s my schedule for vacation. What do you think?

1.  Sleep a little later than normal.

2.  Walk over to get coffee at Starbucks.

3. Sit and drink coffee and look at the mountain views.

4.  Figure out a plan for the day. (Sometimes “BE”, sometims “DO”. Somtimes a little of both.)

5.  Make a great dinner.

6.  Watch movies and knit (or play on the computer, depending on which member of the family you’re talking to). Or read a good book.

7. Answer a few emails and write a quick blog, so that it still feels like I’m doing a little something productive.

8. Hope that nobody notices if I add another week or two to the end of this vacation time.

We used the Random Number Generator to pick two winners from last week’s Blog Contest. The winners (who will be receiving Wollmeise in the mail) are: Grace in NJ and Erin in OH. Congratulations to both of you, and thanks to everyone who posted the foods that they’d like to see knit up!

I’m off to “Be” for the day. I started a new sock in the car and just turned the heel. It’s a new indie yarn going up next week that you will love. I’ll photo it for the blog as soon as it’s done. More tomorrow!

Sheri forgottotellyouthatIorderedabunchofyarnbeforeIleft.ABUNCH.

Creepiness in Kansas

Photo: Sheri Berger
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 in Uncategorized

DSC02471Here we are, driving down Highway 70 on our way to Colorado. You can take Highway 70 from St. Louis, straight to the Dillon exit where we get off in Colorado. It’s hard to get lost on this trip. Mostly I nap and knit. It’s a tough day. Today I drove first thing to get it over with. I was hoping to be sleeping when we passed these Wind Monsters, but here they are. I can never get a good picture of the whole lot of them, but suffice it to say, there are bunches of them, standing all over the fields and hills in this particular spot. Like a big army. And they are HUGE. We saw one of the arms on a semi one time. They give me the creeps. Wind Energy – I know it’s a good thing. But these remind me of something out of War of the Worlds. They just stand there silently, twirling around, waiting ……..

Sheri itmighthelpifIthoughtofthemasgiantyarnswifts

Do or Be?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, June 22nd, 2009 in Uncategorized

DSC02792It’s time to get out of Dodge. This is one of my dining room windows this morning (the one by the air conditioner vent.) See the steam on the outside of the window? That’s because it’s nice and cool INside, and miserably hot OUTside. Heat indexes of 105-110 again today. I think they said we’ll have 11 straight days with heat indexes over 100. (Not so bad if you’re in the desert, downright miserable if you add humidity to it.) So tomorrow, we’re heading to the mountains where it’s cooler during the day and delightfully chilly during the night. Perfect weather. I’d stay the whole summer if I could, but we’re just staying through the Fourth of July weekend. (No, this isn’t just because of the weather right now. We’ve had this planned. But good timing, right?)

When you go on vacation, do you like to “Do” or “Be”? A Do-Vacation is where you go with the purpose of doing a lot of things. Perhaps it’s a new place to you and you want to fully explore everything that you can when you’re there.  You’re on the go most of the time.  You take a bazillion photos and collect memorabilia along the way. You come back from that trip and say, “We had an amazing time and saw so many cool things!” You might not be rested and relaxed, but you’re invigorated in other ways. I’ve been on some great Do-Vacations.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Be-Vacation. Maybe you’re going to a place where you’ve been before, and your life has seemed so crazy busy lately that you just want to get there and “be”. You want to chill out and stop all of the “doing” that you’ve had going on in your life lately. You hang out, you catch up on sleep, you sit with a cup of coffee and contemplate things, and you don’t need many photos of the occasion. You come back from this trip feeling rested, relaxed, and ready to jump back into things again.

Which do you prefer? I imagine that sometimes you like to DO and sometimes you like to BE. Sometimes in the same trip! We’ve been going to this same place in Colorado for years and years, since my parents have a place out there to stay in. I am looking forward to relaxing and having no set schedule for a bit. I look at our Colorado vacations as mostly Be-Vacations. We pick a few things to Do as well, but my overall goal is to Be while I’m out there. (That doesn’t mean we just sit around. There is plenty of knitting, movies, cooking, shopping, swimming and walking. But it’s a very relaxed pace.) We leave at 7 am tomorrow morning. Of course my clothes are not packed. And of course my knitting projects have been packed since Saturday. Priorities.

I’ll be updating the blog once in awhile while I’m out there, as well as checking in on Ravelry and sorting through a few emails. But I won’t do too much “Do-ing”, so as not to interrupt my “BE-ing”.  The Loopy Elves will keep your orders shipping out in a timely manner. If you need anything, feel free to email Susan (susan AT theloopyewe DOT com) or call in. Susan and her family have just spent a week out there in Colorado and I’m sure she’ll need lots of emails to feel like she’s back in the game again here at Loopy. (Don’t tell her I said that.)  If you check the blog sometime tomorrow, I’ll show you a photo of my most unfavorite spot in the middle of Kansas. It gives me the creeps. Later this week, I’ll do the drawing for this month’s blog contest and will announce the Winners of Wollmeise.

Sneak Ups? We’re planning on them this week and next week, if all goes as planned!

Sheri ifyoucouldchoose,wouldyourathermostlyDOorBEonvacation?

Street Names

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 in Sheri's Recipes, Shop News

dsc02752Sometimes we come across unusual street names as we’re packing orders. (No, I’m not going to mention any. You might live on one and think that there is absolutely nothing unusual at all dsc02754about it.) We have fun seeing where everyone lives and seeing if your street name “goes with” your city and state. Some do, and some …. well, you just have to wonder. We have street names here at Loopy Central, too, complete with signs so that in-person shoppers can find the section they’re looking for. Here we have Lace Lane, Roving Row, Worsted Way, and Pattern Place.  Not only do the in-store shoppers use them, but they are useful to us, too. Before we expanded last summer, you pretty dsc02753much knew where anyone was at any given time, because …. well, they were right there. Now, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “I’ll be back in Roving Row if you need me” because Roving Row is all the way back there by the Wall of Cascade.  And that’s a far bit away from the front room.  You’re welcome to come play in the streets here any time!

I tried a new crockpot recipe this week (adapted from a Betty Crocker slow cooker recipe) and it smelled great when I walked in the door after my day at Loopy. Better yet, it tastes wonderful, too.  I love crockpot recipes at all times of the year, but it’s especially nice in the summer when you really don’t want to heat up the whole kitchen. (I could not get a good photo of this to save my life. I took 12 and this was the “best” one. Sad, isn’t it? Sorry for the blur. But it does taste good!)

dsc02767Hoisin Pork Roast

3 lbs. pork roast
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup Hoisin sauce
2/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tsp. ground ginger (or 2 Tbl. grated gingerroot)
4 tsp. sesame oil
fresh cilantro leaves, if desired

Place roast in slow cooker. Cover with onion slices.  Mix remaining ingredients except cilantro, and pour over roast and onions.

Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or until done.

Remove roast to serving platter. Skim fat from surface of juices in cooker. Serve ribs with sauce and sprinkle with cilantro.

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with you on Monday. In the meantime, do you have any unusual street or city names that you have come across?

Sheri soridiculouslyHOTandHUMIDhereinSt.Louisrightnow

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