We had a great weekend away! We went to The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake -- only an hour from home, but in a sort of no-man's-land area of the state for us!
If we were into racing, that might be a different story. Stemming from a brief, popular period of open road racing in the '50s (that must have been something!), Elkhart Lake is now home to Road America, hosting NASCAR and many other types of racing (automobile & otherwise).
It's a tiny, quaint little town with a few other large, historic resorts and several fine establishments for food & drink... but no grocery store! We checked in on Friday evening, went out for a bite, and then drove to the next town to shop for a few things for the fridge. Once that was done, though, we parked the car and didn't even look at it again until it was time to pack up and head home on Sunday.
After enjoying separate massages in the spa on Saturday, we joined up afterwards for a soak in the whirlpool and a few minutes in the sauna. I'll tell you... I have had "hot stone" massages before but this one! Tiny little hot stones between each of my toes!! Your mileage may vary, but for me... that was bliss.
The resort's Elk Room, which boasts a pretty spectacular fireplace and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows with a view toward the lake, was a great place to enjoy a late lunch. It was nice enough that lots of people were out walking -- on paths around the resort, on the pond, and on the lake.
We ended up eating dinner at the Lake Street Cafe both nights! (Not that we didn't try for another, but it was closed for a special event on Saturday.) Rusty even had the same salmon dish both nights! We were on the bar side, and didn't even realize they had a more formal dining room until Sunday morning when we stepped out for breakfast. Oh well, "casual and relaxed" was definitely our mode for the weekend.
Neither of the TVs in our suite was ever turned on; instead we enjoyed the fireplace and read and knit.
I cast on my Parallelogram Scarf twice, and got a good bit done. And while I love that dark ball of yarn, it's just too... dark and there's not enough contrast. I think I would like the resulting striped scarf, but I don't think I would love it. That dark ball kept whispering to me that it would be happier doing something else, and I listened.
So I've subbed that ball for the one above and made some progress last night -- and I like it better! The sequencing pattern is showing more, too. I hope to have a photo to share tomorrow.
We have a new "selfie" for the collection, having spotted a photo booth at the restaurant!
After a quick stop at the store on the way home, I got a pot of Chili All Day on the stove and everyone came over for dinner! We had fun with my glasses and fiberfill... don't ask me how things evolve this way!
I also had yesterday off... an oil change, a meeting with Ali, and helping Kate move some stuff into her new apartment! I also had time for some bookwork, and took a little of that time to begin straightening out my workroom, and to clean off & reorganize one of the kitchen counters. We've begun redecorating in there and it's feeling good!
It'll be two weeks before another day off (other than weekends), so I'm glad it was a good one!
Here's to next year!
Ahh, what a wonderful weekend! I hate anything between my toes, so I think I would decline those hot rocks, but everything else sounds just about perfect. I do love that dark yarn you started with, and will look forward to seeing what it becomes, along with your Parallelogram with the pink. Glasses and fiberfill look wonderfully silly!
Posted by: Bonny | 23 January 2018 at 12:04 PM
What a blissful weekend! The massage sounds wonderful - I don't usually go for hot rocks, but the tiny ones between toes sounds great to me (unlike Bonny!!). Love seeing the "old" pictures of you and Rusty - you look like college friends of mine. Also, so nice to come home...be silly with the kids...and know that you have another day off. Wonderful!
Posted by: Vera | 23 January 2018 at 12:37 PM
Your older photos of you two are great, I like to see the progression. reminds me of me and my husband in our younger years, too. So young! your weekend sounded so nice and relaxing.
That parallelogram is a surprise, the colors do come out different than I expected. my colors start out with a dark but will change to dull grays I think. Oh well, I am not frogging any more.
Posted by: Annette | 23 January 2018 at 01:03 PM
That looks like a Dale & Carole kind of weekend away, I'm so glad you got to enjoy yourselves!
Posted by: Carole | 23 January 2018 at 01:05 PM
The whole of your weekend sounds wonderful! So great that you and Rusty had a good getaway and a relaxing time. You've ended up with the two colorways I liked best. You and Junah sure know how to have a good time!
Posted by: margene | 23 January 2018 at 06:30 PM
What a wonderful weekend, Vicki! my favorite part about the whole travelogue description was about Rusty ordering the same salmon dish both nights. I've done it myself - and I consider it complete indulgence to simply enjoy something I already know I love! and excellent that you didn't even miss time with the kiddos. only hope your Parallelogram (gah, I think we need an abbreviation) comes together soon. girlfriend. it's a LOT of knitting!! ;-)
Posted by: Mary | 23 January 2018 at 08:44 PM
What a perfect, perfect weekend! (I've never experienced the stones-between-the-toes massage, but it sounds DIVINE to me.) I loved the "selfies" -- nothing like the real thing, baby!!! I have a feeling that it's going to take a fair amount of "yardage" before you can really SEE how the colors are playing together on that Parallelogram (unfortunately). I am just delighted by Junah's imagination and sense of fun! Thanks for sharing him with us. XO
Posted by: Kym | 24 January 2018 at 04:32 PM
It sounds like the perfect weekend! And, I am glad to know that you are the resident yarn whisperer! Happy Anniversary to both of you! XO
Posted by: AsKatKnits | 24 January 2018 at 04:57 PM
I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend away! And I think the stones-between-the-toes thing sounds heavenly! And that Junah...man I love watching that boy!
Posted by: Patty | 30 January 2018 at 12:25 PM