Saturday's brunch at The Good Earth included salmon with potato hash and poached eggs and pumpkin pancakes with applesauce and dried cranberries. All the food here is made from organic and mostly local ingredients.
Then, we made a trip to St. Olaf college where my friend did part of her master's program and where my cousin is a senior!
|(for all you relatives out there...)|
|What a stunningly beautiful chapel! (This is one of many windows there - pictures don't do it justice)|
|My cousin works at a cafe on campus where my friend used to go with other grad students a lot (though they hadn't met till now), and he made us drinks before we left. This was my Pumpkin Spice Latte.)|
|A picture on the campus of Luther Seminary (where she also attended).|
|A delicious meal was prepared for us by my friend's thoughtful and talented boyfriend. After supper, the night continued with lots of great conversation and a came of Scattergories.|
|For now, their names are Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Ti.|
|Such a good (and young!) mama kitty.|
|Her sweet dog, Rondo, is pretty great, too! I got to experience giving him a bath before I left on Sunday.|
Afterward, we ate at a cafe that doubles as a bike shop - pretty cool...and also yummy!
A lot of people thought I was a little crazy for making this trip alone, but I really didn't think twice about it. I figured there is no time like the present (and it was the only weekend between now and Christmas - when the kittens would be finding new homes - that worked), so I just went...and I'm so glad I did! It was a really wonderful trip, and I feel like I got to do and see everything I wanted to. Of course, there are lots of touristy things we didn't take time to do or see, but that doesn't matter - it's the real and meaningful "attractions" that matter most. ☺
Also - I never shared my Halloween costume with you all! I was originally going to dress up as something completely different (an idea I'm saving for next year, so not sharing now), but then I found this priceless sweatshirt-turned-cat-cardigan at Goodwill, and couldn't not be the Crazy Cat Lady.
|This is what Charlie's doing right now.|