The weather has certainly turned colder around here. When I went to the Post Office at 4 pm, (to send out Christmas Coal...) it was 82 degrees. When I got in the car to take Spud 3 to scouts it was 48 degrees.
It has been so warm around here for so long that I am right out of the habit of cooking. Sandwiches and salad don't heat up the kitchen much. Nor do they create much in the way of dishes. However, I think I am about ready for some variety.
The annual chili cook-off and pumpkin carving is at our church this weekend. The cold weather is making the idea of cooking chili much more appealing than it was a couple days ago. I have to decide if I'm going traditional this year or if I continue my streak of entering odd-ball chili recipes.
We don't have any pumpkins yet. I'll have to see if the spud wants to carve one or if he just wants to hang out help the younger ones. I haven't even managed to decorate for Halloween. I think that at this point decorations are highly unlikely.
I had the opportunity to join with a group of people from around the country at the Mississippi River Network meetings this week. It is so exciting to meet them and to learn all about the amazing things they are doing to protect the Mississippi River Watershed, otherwise known as the Louisiana Purchase. The first thing we did, by way of introduction was to tell of our first experience with the river; to answer the question, what draws you to the river. Let's just say there was an awful lot of wading, swimming, caving, climbing, catching and general mucking about when mom wasn't looking going on. It certainly renewed my belief in the need to bring as many people as possible to the river.
The meeting was also another opportunity to catch up with the Quapaw Canoe Compay crew. While I have still not met John Ruskey in person (I'm beginning to think he is an imaginary, no legendary figure!) I did get a chance to catch up with some of the guys. Here is a picture of the mighty Quapaw in the Junebug, a canoe they built, taking some folks out on the river at the Race for the Rivers Festival this summer. You really should check out the fine work they are doing down in Clarksville on the river and in their community.
I am making my last few preparations for a craft show on Saturday. This is the first time I've actually set up my booth space ahead of the show. I've taken some time to not only map out the space but to physically place the items and displays on the tables. I've chosen to go with black tablecloths as they won't stain and they won't compete with the bright colors of the sunpaint fabrics. I even managed to make a banner this time. I still have to make some signs and either find or re-print my cards so I need to get busy. I'll try to remember to take pictures and post them when I get a chance.