Happy Birthday Dad!


It's my Dad's birthday today!  Hope you have a great one Dad!  My Dad is the one who got us all into hiking and camping.  A few years ago he rode his bike across the US, accumulating 4000 miles on the odometer.

Mom and Dad have just started a trip to Alaska in their RV.  It should be quite an adventure for them.   My dad did have a chance to squeeze in some wins at the county fair before leaving.  He had 4 first prizes and it shows he must be a pretty good cook.


This is the Santa he carved for me in 2007.


He made whole wheat bread.


And two kinds of jam.


Chloe and I didn't quite live up to his four blue ribbons, but we had our own successes as well.


My shawl (draped on the mannikin inside out- I wonder if knitters were arranging things) placed third.  You can also see a peak of my friend, Sarah's, vest to the right.  She got second place in the same category which included shells, stoles and vests.  I couldn't believe they didn't have a category just for shawls.


My liberated batik quilt got first in the machine quilting category.  That did surprise me because there was a pretty big field in the category.


Chloe got a second for this mixed media wintry scene.


She also got a second for this digital art.


And a second for her knitted blanket for Scrabble.  Congratulations to Dad and Chloe for a job well done!

All in all it was a very satisfactory Fair year.  We are already making plans for next year!