Last Saturday, I was in Marshfield again. Katie was at the wheel and I said, "Hey, do you want to drive by the house that Nana grew up in?" So we did, twice, slowly, and got the hairy eyeball from the current residents who happened to be outside. My grandpa died when I was 6, and grandma when I was 8 -- and she lived the last many months, when she was sick, with my aunt -- so it's been a long while since I was inside, but I do have strong memories of that house, inside and out -- I remember a particular, unique, not unpleasant scent that I've only ever smelled there. It was still there when I had an opportunity, as a teenager, to have a quick tour of the house.
What I do not remember, from when I was little, is that directly behind the row of houses across the street is the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, home of The World's Largest Round Barn (pictured above). Wisconsin is full of large things! I thought of my buddy Ann when I saw the sign for the Central Wisconsin Horse Expo that's coming up there in a couple of weeks. After I snapped the barn photo, Katie turned the car around and I saw this:
Obviously, I could not believe my eyes! Well, that made me think of Ann, the purling swine with whom I share of love of sheep, even more! ; ) Baaaaaaa! Oink, oink!
I laughed at Ann's comment yesterday about how she'd caress their washing machine in that game show hostess way. We used to re-enact certain commercials in the bathroom mirror, sometimes for each other -- my sister Karen, especially -- Ultra-brite toothpaste was a favorite, but so was Playtex Cross Your Heart, all that lifting and separating, infused with drama. ; )
I have a full weekend of knitting ahead at the Fall 2006 Midwest Master's Seminar sponsored by Yarns by Design in Neenah! I've been so focused on Shirley that I still have homework to do!! Thankfully, other than pulling together materials, I need only a 6-inch swatch -- nose to the grindstone tonight.