I truly am fortunate to have the safety and love of those around me and want to first wish everyone in Colorado all the best and hope your families are safe and sound. I have traveled through Colorado many times and stayed in Boulder a few of them. It’s a beautiful city and I hope it will be restored quickly. For any one who has not heard about Colorado, part of the state was flooded in rains that had a reported 18 inches in 24 hours. People are still unaccounted for and many homes are gone and many more will be uninhabitable.
The weather here was calm and was the perfect autumn weekend. I stayed quite busy the entire weekend, hence why I am so late posting today. The local Harvest Festival was held Sunday, which had something for everyone. By the looks of the crowd it seemed the entire town came out for it. I only took a few pictures as many areas were so full of people there was no good way to get a photo of the booths. In the above picture you can see just a few of the booths filled with artists, one of the food vendors (the local bison farm), while others relaxed listening to acoustic music of all genres.
There isn’t a single shot of the farm stands as the people were crowded around each booth. Lines formed just to purchase local produce. I spotted one booth where a woman brought some of her daughter’s fruits with a sign that these had been sprayed. It felt strange to see the sprayed foods being marked rather than the organic which is the case in the stores. I stocked up on the last raspberries one farmer found on his bushes, delicious pears, a bushel of onions, some grapes and one farmer had a late crop of peaches which I had to bring home to freeze to savor this winter. One of the farmers I purchase a lot of my produce from informed me he still hasn’t been able to dig up his sweet potatoes but plans to give it one more week and try then, If they are finally ready he will hold a few for me to pick up at the Wednesday farmer’s market.
The local bee keeper was there with his honey, making my day as I had run out and couldn’t find his card to get his address to pick up more.
Of the artist booths, the jewelry was exquisite, as was the wood work displays and the pottery. But it was one artist’s booth that had my attention. You can see in the above picture the booth which had my attention. Her art was unique and colorful. She had cute paintings of her “nightmare monsters” which she says eat your nightmares. I saw a couple my grandson would love as he’s big into monsters. If you are interested in seeing some of her other pieces you can check them out at Rabbit Room Arts.
Another big draw at the festival was the butterfly tent. There was an informational booth with had an aquarium holding monarch caterpillars and examples the children could hold of each stage in the development of a butterfly. This was the only activity that had a charge associated with it. As my grandchildren have chased butterflies since they could walk I paid for the little one and her mother to go in. I decided the chair was too large and would get in the way so I remained outside the tent to enjoy watching her.
My granddaughter was so thrilled to finally have a butterfly on her fingers she hasn’t stopped talking about it, even today. While it’s chilly and rainy today she had to take me outside to point out the milkweed and see if there were any caterpillars or butterflies on them. I’ve told her all summer why we don’t pull them up but it wasn’t until seeing first hand that the idea stuck in her mind.
It was a busy weekend for my granddaughter as well. Her birthday is today. She spent the night with my Friday, and spotting my latest cross stitch, the mandala, she wanted to help. When she decided to change the pattern to add her own ideas into the design it was time to pull out her own fabric and let her do what she wanted.
She then had her second dance class and right after had her birthday party. Parties on the weekend are easier for relatives to gather. Of course then Sunday I took her to the festival. For me, it meant more work when she went home to prepared the fruits and get them in the freezer.
Today I invited the little ones over to help me pull some of the food from the garden. The weather is too cold for the watermelons to ripen further, the little ones were happy to pull up a few more and of course had to eat them right away. For my grandson, getting him to eat fruit is akin to pulling teeth. He will eat apples, oranges and bananas. But the one fruit he LOVES is watermelon. He ate 3 whole watermelons this afternoon. He just didn’t want to stop. :-) I figure if a child wants to eat watermelon rather than junk he’s welcome to eat as much as he wants.
My granddaughter is another story, she loves fruit. Except watermelon. She has refused to eat watermelon until today. Just because she planted the watermelon seeds she had to try it. She ate half a small melon then decided she really didn’t like it yet. So she turned to the few peaches I didn’t freeze and ate one of those. I swear she had her eyes on those peaches since yesterday. :-) Yes, she did snack on the raspberries while still at the festival. When it comes to fruit you have a hard time hiding it from her eyes. I’ve seen her find peaches here her father didn’t see. Of course once she brings it to his attention he has to have one or two.
Expect to see a late afternoon post again tomorrow as I am celebrating my grandson’s birthday tonight by keeping him overnight then taking out for lunch and bowling. While I’m not big on eating out, the kids seem to think it’s a big deal so I’m thinking about making a tradition of taking them each out to eat and have an activity planned for them rather than presents.