Relaxing Rural Road Trip

The weather was fairly nice yesterday, and we needed to pick up a wine shipment. Since we're expecting rain today, it seemed that yesterday was the better day for a drive into the country. And does it seem like we just picked up wine shipments a few weeks ago? Well, it does to me too. They just tells us when to come and we just goes and gets 'em. We don't ask questions, except for "When do you open?"

Before we left, however, I sat and finished stitching the latest of the Wine Country stitcheries. This is Block 3 of 12. It seemed fitting.

With this one finished, I'll get back to Mumm's the Word and do two more weeks of hand-quilting on that before moving onto the next one. Here's where I left off from last time:

There's still a lot to do, and I won't finish it in two weeks. I'll just keep plugging along with it and eventually I'll get there...you just wait and see.

So after that, I had a little bit of time left before we needed to leave, and so I tried this latest offering from Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars for Quart Jar Cabbage and Carrot Kraut. There's no way for me to over-emphasize how carrots have taken over my life in the past several weeks. I'm putting them in everything just trying to keep them from burying me in the kitchen. If ever I stop writing, you'll know it's because I lost the battle with the carrots and died a suffocating death buried in carrots.

But, hey, mayhem aside, I had a little bit of cabbage left from a soup I made, and so this seemed like just the ticket. Carrots, cabbage, and a tablespoon of salt...that's all you need, and you too can have a jar like this one sitting on your kitchen counter fermenting. 

Does this jar look like a shepherd awaiting its turn for entry into the Nativity story? Maybe I'm the only one who can see it. I'm supposed to check it every couple of days, mash it down, and "when its tangy" it'll be ready to eat. (And if it doesn't turn out...no harm done. At least I've slayed two more carrots.)

Speaking of CSA veggies, our farmers posted a picture of all of the veggies from this year's share. They said there were 788 pounds of veggies per share (in other words, our one share contained 788 pounds of veggies this year) at a cost of approximately $1.49 per pound.

These two farmers personally sowed, grew, harvested, and distributed nearly 90,000 pounds of vegetables with their four hands. Amazing.

As we were walking out the door, we noticed Sadie was out on the Catio enjoying the nice weather. She was the top-shelf cat yesterday morning. Smitty was nowhere to be found.

We are fortunate to live in the rural countryside, which makes these drives...nothing more than errands...all the more lovely. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. Here are just a few things we saw.

I've been smitten with lone oak trees in fields for a long time.

Closer into wine country, there are always vineyards and tasting rooms to visit.

We were headed to Witness Tree in Salem, and when we arrived, this little burro was there to greet us. I tried to strike up a conversation, but apparently the burro had nothing to say. He's looking very fashionable and warm in his coat, however.

As we walked up the steps to the tasting room, I saw this and had to snap a picture.

And that gave me an idea for the day's photo-a-day prompt, which was "Picture of a picture." This was my contribution on Instagram.

I hope you never get tired of seeing the witness tree because I never get tired of taking its picture.

On the way back home, we passed through Dayton, Oregon, and decided to stop at this relatively new restaurant for lunch.

It's the former First Baptist Church of Dayton, turned into a restaurant. 

And you know I absolutely love this kind of stuff. It was built in 1886, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979

I tried finding more information about it, and could only find this article from a local newspaper. There's more history there and some pictures of the original building.

I was hoping to find some more information about it inside, but found only this card on our table.

The tables and bar are from the original old growth fir, cut 128 years ago, remilled, and reused. Cool.

The food and service were great too. Mike had a barbecue burger,

And I had an Italian sandwich served on focaccia bread. Yum. Both meals came with homemade potato chips still warm from the fryer.

When we got home, I still had a little time left to start quilting the Happy Village. It's going fairly quickly, but I haven't started on the little windows yet. Probably by the end of today...

When I have it all finished, I'll add some details to some of the larger roofs and walls. 

For now, I'm just adding some details to the domed roofs.

And now I'm ready to get back to it. I'm hoping to get well along today.

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sherry said...

The quilting details are making the village come alive. Looks like I am going to have to dust off my book and give it a try. You make it look fun! A few years ago I took a quilting cruise to Bermuda and I loved the pastel houses and white roofs. This looks like the perfect project to commemorate that trip.


My goodness--you get alot done in a day--
and you were certainly kept busy with that 788 lbs of produce this year--
love that old church--would of loved to have been there with you and taking photos inside and out--
love and laughter, di

Dana Gaffney said...

You're working with a lot of bright colors, I love it. I think the carrots with the wig looks more like Betsy Ross and I love that burrows wear coats where you live.

Deb said...

You have some lovely projects going on, lovely things to see on your drive, that witness tree seems to have lots of mistletoe hanging on her branches.

Dorothy Finley said...

You never cease to amaze me with your posts, and today's is truly awesome. Loved every bit of it Wish I had a "Witness Tree" in my area

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I love your embroidery. It looks like you have a beautiful area to explore on your road trips. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Barbara, I hope you never stop sharing your wonderful pictures... I enjoy them so much!! Your local scenery is amazing... And so is the countryside on your trips to other localities....
Looks like you are progressing nicely on several embroidery and quilting projects...
Love the picture of Sadie .... I had to take our kitty in for his wellness check-up and a couple of shots yesterday morning...normally, he goes right into his pet carrier as soon as I throw in a couple of his favorite toys... Not the case yesterday ... As soon as I tried to get him to go in, all four legs came out...claws too! So I had to have assistance from my husband... As soon as Cosmo was in the carrier he was fine...guess going to the vet and getting shots wasn't on his agenda for the day! But it was a pleasant trip, good check-up, and he got his claws trimmed as well... The shots made him drowsy, so he took a really long nap after we got home....I ended up napping as well....
No stitching for me yesterday, and. I have been busy with other things today....hopefully this evening I can get to some hand piecing.... We will see how that goes!
Sandra B

quiltzyx said...

Amazing what just the little bit of quilting you've done on the village is really popping! Good job on the dome roof.
What a lovely day for an outing. Nice to have a chauffeur so you can snap away!! My sister Judy "trained" her hubby when they were on vacations to pull over when she said "PHOTO OP!" LOL

CathieJ said...

What a great post. I really enjoyed reading it. Food and quilting! Enjoy your stitching.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the photo of the year's produce - how cool!! And your photos taken along your trips way are always fascinating - trees are so a love of mine, too. Houses is coming along nicely.

claudia said...

I love everything you share. I would like to see any and all of the pictures O the "Witness Tree". I think a witness tree would be cool here too, but all I have is a big ol' tree I call Dennis. (please don't ask why, cuz I really don't know...)I also love going along on your trips to do errands.
You got so much done today, I'm tired! It's not time for a nap, so I'll opt for going to bed early!

Quilting Babcia said...

Sounds like a perfect November day in wine and quilt country! I remember that historic church in Dayton but the restaurant has opened since we were last there. So nice that the building has been restored and is still in use.

Anonymous said...

I love your back splash! Could you let me know where you got it? Your quilt turned out great and your embroidery is amazing. We have been thinking about doing a share but that looks like a lot of food for 2 people. We shall see.

Barbara said...

You are no reply, and so I can't answer you directly. Please email me so that I can respond.

Brown Family said...

I see your little shepherd. And then The little donkey. I must be in a Christmas mood. Why is it called the witness tree ? I like history and old buildings, especially when they have been preserved and are still being used.

Kate said...

Looks like you had a lovely drive and a really yummy lunch. Happy Village is looking very joyous!