Friday, May 25, 2007
The Long Weekend Ahead
This will be a long weekend for us, with Monday off (even for me!) to honor Memorial Day. I hope to get some reading done, I am currently 1/3 of the way through The Shuttle and have begun Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. I am enjoying both very much.
My daughter has expressed interest in two things that I love this week - embroidery and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I found her yesterday with a hair pin and a scarf and she told me she was knitting, like me. Well, I do not know how to knit, and I told her so, and she told me then that she was sewing. She told me she wanted to try 'my kind of sewing' and instead of putting her off as busy mothers sometimes do, I took her right upstairs and set her up with a needle and floss, and some fabric in a hoop. She really enjoyed making her little free form design and was thrilled to show Daddy last evening.
The day before, I had peeked in on her to find her in her child-sized reading chair looking for the illustrations in my new Laura Ingalls Wilder Full-Color Collector's Editions. She then proceeded to show me her favorite picture and the scariest one. These editions are so beautifully produced and bookcloseouts has a few of them at a low price. My old yellow boxed set, dogeared as they are, remain in my heart and in the closet for safekeeping. These new ones will go on the shelf.
This brings me to a little driving day trip we'll be taking this weekend to Pepin, Wisconsin, Wilder's birth place. We'll be making a few stops along the way, ending up in Pepin to visit the reconstructed log cabin and museum which houses a few family items.
This is not our first time to visit Wilder sites. My husband and I took a driving trip (alone!) 2 years ago to visit the site of the Ingalls dugout on Plum creek in southern Minnesota and on to De Smet, South Dakota. You can visit in De Smet: the house in which the Ingalls family lived described in By the Shores of Silver Lake, the house Pa built in town, The Loftus Store described in The Long Winter, and the Ingalls Homestead. We actually stayed in a bed and breakfast located in Banker Ruth's home who is mentioned in the books. The photograph above is the reconstructed home of the Ingalls on the site of the homestead. The house has been built according to records as to its location and dimensions. I hope someday to visit Laura and Almanzo's farm in Missouri.
Have a wonderful weekend!