Sunday, July 31, 2016

Road Trip 2016: Elk Horn Iowa

Last year my friend (since the first grade!!) and I took a short road trip to Minneapolis, MN. We then decided that we need to road trip every year. This year we decided to go on a trip through the mountains. We went to so many new places and did so many fun things that I can't cram it into one post so I'm going to go place by place. This first post is about a small town in Iowa called Elk Horn. I'd never been there nor heard of it. There was a sign on I-80 that mentioned the town and that it had a windmill. Not the new windmills you see at the wind farms, which are all over Iowa, but an authentic windmill from Nørre Snede, Denmark, It is supposed to be the only authentic operating Danish windmill in the United States. This town is about the size of the neighbourhood I live in. The last census has this listed as a town of 662 people. We stopped at a restaurant called The Flour Mill. If you're on Facebook (I'm not) you can check out their page here Flour Mill.  I didn't get the chance to take a photo of my lunch but I can tell you it was delicious. The pizza oven was broken that day so I chose the Veggie Pesto Sub. Of course I picked off the broccoli but other than that it was, as they say, worth writing about.
The windmill seemed to be the big attraction in this small town so that was about all of the exploring we did in Elk Horn.
One of my new year resolutions was to go to five places I've never been before so this counts as one.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Elevator Music and Spider Bites


I'm not usually one for remakes, re-dos, rebirths and anything "born again", but this album is kind of fun. It's more of a re-imagined than a remake. It's also just a step above elevator music so it's relaxing but not annoying. Which makes me wonder, what happened to elevator music? It's been years since I've been in an elevator with music.
Makeshift bandage with plantain and masking tape. Look at all of those other bites. I must taste good. 
Yesterday I was out painting with some of the crew. It was a lot of fun and funny enough we all decided to paint the same subject and set up around a patch of coneflowers and Queen Anne's Lace. I stepped over to see what my friend John was doing and as I was talking to him I got bit by a spider. Yea, how completely rude, I was having a conversation with my friend and this spider just decided to crawl up my leg and bite me. Totally unprovoked, not even near its web, what a turd! This is just further proof that, while in a group, if something bad is going to happen it's going to happen to me. Lucky for me another friend, Cindy, was with us this time. She had the cure for what was ailing me, plantain. I was confused at first too because I couldn't figure out where she was going to find a plantain where we were. Those only grow in tropical locations, right? Wrong, well wrong plantain anyway. Here's a link to information on the more readily available plantain. This weed grows everywhere, I just never knew the name nor that it would help take the sting/venom out of a bite. She pulled up a couple of the leaves and instructed me to mash them up, put it on the bite and put a bandage over it. Well, I didn't have a bandage on me but I had a roll of masking tape, which is normally for taping watercolour or pastel paper. I left it on for the remainder of the day and guess what, no itching, no burning and just a small red spot remains.  This may be old news to you but Cindy was the only one in the group that knew about it so I thought it was worth sharing.