I used to think that it would get easier to send your kids off to college, each year that they went away. You know, you kind of get used to the coming and the going, right? Well I’m here to tell you – you might get used to it a bit, but that doesn’t make it any easier. It was just as hard to say goodbye to Knitting Daughter for her Senior Year as it was for her Freshman Year! Or maybe I’m just a sentimental sop. That’s probably more likely. I did feel strange making my last ever batch of “first day of school chocolate chip cookies“. I started the tradition while Web Guy was off to his first afternoon of Kindergarten, and have enjoyed making them on the first day, ever since. When they went off to college, I just made them ahead of time and sent them along. That means it is a 20 year tradition in our household! What I’ve found is that even though the first day of school events are done, the desire for chocolate chip cookies never goes away. They’ve assured me that I can make up a batch for them any time.
On our way home from Indiana yesterday, we stopped at a place we’ve known about for a long time, but never visited. You don’t travel that stretch of road without seeing the “foot high pie” billboards for Blue Springs Cafe in Highland, IL. And now the billboards read “as seen on The Food Network”, but I have no idea when that aired. They make 20-40 pies per day (way more at Thanksgiving and the waiter said “of course she’s cranky as can be back there in the kitchen during the Thanksgiving pie making” and I’m assuming he was talking about grandma, the baker.) They truly are a sight to behold, so if you’re ever in the area, pop by and have a slice. They have lots of flavors to choose from.
We have Fifth Anniversary Contest Winners to announce! Thank you to everyone who participated in our blog contest, and thank you for your anniversary wishes, comments and emails. It’s fun to celebrate with you! I’ve emailed all of the winners. Each one of these people won a $50 gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe. Congratulations to Deborah from MI, Sue from IL, Loraine from MI, Caitie from VA and Traci from NV.
I’m back in St. Louis working in the shop for a few days. I promised myself I would work all day long before walking around the shop and filling up a basket of yarn to take back to Colorado. I’ve missed being surrounded by yarn every day! If you haven’t been here to shop in person, you just need to pop in. (Road trip, anyone?) I overheard a shopper today tell her friend, “It’s just like fantasyland in here, isn’t it?” It’s good to be back here in the midst of the yarn fumes.