Mother Earth News is one of my favorite magazines, along with Grit and Capper’s Farmer. Seeing either of those in my mail box, or bringing one home from the store means I’m going to stop the knitting, the cooking, the canning, certainly the house cleaning, and skim through the magazine, cover to cover, and then chances are I’m going to go to bed a bit earlier so I can read an article or two before it’s time to turn the lights out.
Early this year, I came across the Mother Earth News Fairs. For some reason, I never knew about those. There was one scheduled for Topeka, Kansas. The wheels began turning. Topeka is only about half an hour from Lawrence, Kansas. I could go to Yarn Barn. I could look at spinning wheels. I could touch and feel and buy fiber. There are so many fun restaurants in Lawrence. And then, when we left Lawrence, we’d only be two hours from Nevada, MO and maybe Chad and Nicole could meet us there, or in Joplin and we could have dinner with them, or maybe, depending on how much time we had, we could have spent a few days visiting with them. Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma in mid-October. The leaves should be pretty. It should be cool but not cold. We could see Addie!
I planned out my whole spiel. How could Vince say no to such a fun trip? He found a way! Nope! Not interested!
The trip was not to be so I forgot about it. Then a couple of weeks ago, Nicole said “I’m going to Topeka to some fair with Mom.” Some fair? Are you going to the Mother Earth News Fair? “Maybe”. Oh, I wanted to go and I was very seriously tempted to do it, even though I had not been invited, but I didn’t.
This morning I was looking online at the fair’s website to see what they might be doing and look at where they’re having a fair in February!
Belton, Texas is less than 2 hours from my house! We could go on Saturday morning, take classes til mid-afternoon, come home, take care of the chickens and dogs and then do it again on Sunday. I said to Vince “Do you want to plan to go?” He said yes. I said “The only reason I won’t go is if the roads are icy. I’m not staying home because it’s raining or because it’s cold or any other reason. Ice! I’m only not going if there’s ice on the roads. Are you willing to make that commitment?” He said yes. I have a friend here who will go with me but I think he’s afraid of what she and I might do together . . like buy farm animals or alpacas or heritage breed pigs.
It was so nice to see that they’re doing a fair in Belton and I can go because I was feeling pretty bummed about Nicole being in Topeka when I wanted to be there so badly!