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Jim took me to visit the Laura Plantation just about 7 years ago. I fell in love. Well, yes, with the guy, but also with the plantation. It was a working plantation, far from the grandeur of others (ahem, Oak Alley), but what it lacked in elegance, it made up for in style, character and culture. If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it.
A walk around the property led us to the potager’s garden. Walking through the potager’s garden was eye opening for me. It was the first time I ever saw wine bottle edging (not my picture). I knew then that someday, I wanted wine bottle edging in my garden too.
That someday is now. We have been saving wine bottles for years in anticipation of our project. We shipped bottles from Guam to Saipan and on to Alaska with every move we made. We have three big wooden crates of bottles. Which, to my estimation is just under 300 bottles.
Yes, we like wine.
So many memories in this crate. Vacations to Door County; holidays on Saipan; commissary wine from Guam; trips to Galena; celebrations of life…promotions, engagements, births, death. Wines I forgot that we ever bought, let alone drank.
This Christmas, we went to Christmas Mountain Village in the Wisconsin Dells for the week of Christmas. It was nice to get away from everything and just be together. We didn’t do anything too spectacular or earth-shattering. Mostly just hung out, did a little bit of sledding, some touristy stuff, playing with new toys in front of the fireplace, and plain old relaxing.
And that is exactly what I did on Christmas Night.
A bottle of Merlot, a cup of water in my new (Etsy!) mug from my In-Law’s, a fire in the fireplace, loved ones gathered around the table working on a gingerbread house, and a new knitting project on the needles using Peace Fleece yarn.
It was a wonderful night.
Last weekend we went to the Family Fishing Day at Twin Lakes. Not a whole lot of fishing was actually done, and we certainly didn’t catch anything. Spent the majority of the time making sure that the toddler didn’t successfully launch himself into the water. It was still a nice family day and hopefully next year will be better! (Don’t tell Jim, but I have plans for these pictures!)
We didn’t do anything special this past weekend…just stayed close to home and spent time together. Which when you really think about it, is pretty special.
This year was the first time we dyed eggs since Conn was born. I didn’t want to spend money on a kit (huge surprise there), so I read online how to make your own egg dye. Thank you, internets. It is a dead simple process. Put some hot water in a glass/cup, put in a bunch of food coloring (at least a tablespoon) and some vinegar (about a teaspoon). Voila! Egg dye from stuff in your pantry.
Conn got a kick out of it. I really thought that he would be much more of a Mr. Grabbyhands than he was.
And it was great. I will be on the lookout for other small cookie cutters while I am thrifting this summer…it was too fun.