Day 155: Needlework Owls

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I’m not really sure wwhat to call this piece of art. It is made with yarn but the stitches look to be embroidery style. Is this tapestry work?
It’s pretty neat to be sure. They used a fuzzy wild yarn for the fluffy feathers around the eyes.of he owl.

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The second owl was made using the same method and has quite the intense look.

I wandered around the lodge taking photos of all their wall art and I think I made the lady running the bar a little nervous.
I wonder if people just give random owl junk to their winery. It wasn’t tacky decorating just lots of cool owl pictures created using many different mediums.

A couple more owl best of’s that I will share in the next blog.

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Day 154: Flat Bed Concerts

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Owl creek vineyard has a three tiered wooden deck behind their building. At the bottom of the triple decker is an old flat bed farm truck.

They use this as their stage and every Saturday they have a free concert. You are encouraged to buy wine and food but they gave me the impression they were just creating an awesome hang out zone.

Better yet, there is no smoking on the decks or property so you don’t have to worry about being downwind of smoke while you’re enjoying the concert.

Next up, some of their owl decor they had in the lodge.

Day 153: Owl Creek Vineyard Intro

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Our visit to Owl Creek Vineyard was a very enjoyable experience. I highly suggest it to anyone traveling in the Southern Illinois area.

The next few posts and pictures I share will be from some highlights I saw while at the vineyard.

Please take note of the owl. You may see a reoccurring theme in the next couple of posts.

I am not a pro wino. So I will be offering no pro tips on how to attend a wine tasting or enjoy the full bouquets of the wines.

In fact my go to wine comes from a screw top $9.00 wine bottle of blackberry Merlot. High class I know.

I don’t put on airs but I loved the atmosphere created at this vineyard.

Day 152: Herringbone Braid

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My Sis-IL has taught herself how to do this fishbone braid. It is Sooo beautiful! She recently fixed my hair.

I am embarrassed to admit I only learned how to do a regular braid about three four years ago.

However I am extrememly impressed with myself at all the silly accomplishments I have made in the past five years.

Using a push and riding mower is no longer alien to me, nor driving a stick shift, or many facets of cooking.

Cow spit atop pies is still a mystery to me but I don’t want to spoil that fun too early in my life.

Day 151: Franken-Pizza

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Pizza I helped make while in IL visiting my family.
My brother had never had Cheddar or kale on pizza before. He and my sister both agreed it was bomb.

Kale cooks up similarly to spinach and it can be used in so many things.
Just this summer I used it in potato soup, quiche, pizza, omelets, and I can’t remember what else.

Kale and onions are a match that begins from the garden and ends up in my frying pan. Can you tell that I have fallen in love with kale this summer?

We also put diced tomatoes, onions aand mushrooms on it. My brother is vegetarian so we accomodated for him.

Day 150: Essense of Summer

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While visiting my brother and sister-in-law we had mojitos. Even better,  we made mojitos at home.

Fresh mint, tart lime, sweet simple syrup, white rum, and cold ice. Yessssss

It is the perfect summer drink or if you love mojitos enough it is the best drink hands down whatever time of year.

To me,  having these drinks was the precursor to my birthday celebrations. I have a long to do list this year so it will extend several days.

Day 149: In Bloom

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This post I am going to double up on some pretty flower pictures. There are just so many pretty ones out there!

The first is a bloom on my okra plants. This is our first year growing okra on the farm. Now Kit may have known what their blooms were going to look like but it was quite a treat for me.

Okra grows on thick stalked plant a about five or six feet tall. We have a non-spiny variety….supposedly. I have to wear gloves or I’ll feel like I have been playing in stinging nettles. Maybe not quite that bad but close.

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My next wild flower may not bring everybody joy. Even ragweed looks pretty from a distance. Kit usually refers to this flower with some colorful adjectives because he has pretty severe allegies to everything outdoors.

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My final flower is a landscaped plant. I saw these pink and purple blooms in a box at SIU’s campus while I was in Illinois.
I don’t know what this booger is but it sure is beautiful.

Any flower experts want to take a stab at it?
I haven’t even done your basic Google search so you Magellan easily be able to turn up something.