Meet Betsy – Owner of OTT’S Coffee Stand on Wheels

A second truck is being readied to serve delicious coffee drinks to OTT’S coffee fans

At the Great Lakes Fiber Show there were patrons lined up for OTT’S coffee, These customers were following their favorite vendor- OTT’S coffee stand! they came strictly for the coffee. Had zero interest in fiber! One woman said she’s waited two hours in a line for this coffee goes wherever they are. Fortunately my wait was about fifteen minutes. Well worth it. I order the Sea Turtle Mocha Latte which one nice man said is their number one seller. Sorry I ordered the smaller size after I sipped it

My Sea Turtle Mocha Latte

The Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster Ohio

Last week when I was visiting my two Columbus, Ohio families, I popped into 614 Knit Studio to get a sock needle and some sock yarn to knit men’s socks.  Believe it or not, I hadn’t taken enough knitting projects with me.  I ended up staying almost ten days instead of five and had completed two projects.  Thought I’d get a jump on some Christmas knitting.

When I was at the shop, a sign on the door said the shop was going to be closed Memorial Day Weekend because they were going to be a vendor at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster Ohio.  When I entered Wooster into my Maps App it was a mere hour and fifteen minutes from Laura’s house and on the way home (sort of) to Pittsburgh.

Here’s owner 614 Knit Studio Owner Andrea Panzica

I bought a merit badge pin for a couple of knitting friends. I had to tell Andrea it was because of her sign at her shop that I came to the Great Lakes Fiber Show

Look at this gorgeous Studio Dog Fibers yarn they are featuring

Here are some of the vendors I met at the show. People at Work

Do you have a Spinning Wheel that needs repair or servicing?  Here is Ed Jr.  Ed the Wheel Healer. Located in Oberlin,Ohio you’ll have to email or give him a phone call as they are not on social media.

 

Look at all these Inkle Looms! Chuck and Angie own Egill’s Woostuffs 

Here’s Chuck with a cutting board of Spalted Walnut, Cherry and ____?_____and Angie with a handmade loom.

  Chuck ELECTROCUTES some of the wood for this effect. He showed me a video of the process

Recycled Yarn Co has an Etsy shop sells cranked tubes to make socks by adding cuff, heels and toes. I’ve knit several pairs of Opal yarn socks and it’s hardy and long wearing. Thanks to my friend Terry who introduced me to the brand.

Joanna’s Boutique has the most beautiful silk scarves and clothing with nature prints.  She sells roving and fiber, buttons at her Etsy shop

 

Merino wool sneakers for sale from WOOLLOOMOOLOO

Knitting Needle Jewelry by Bur Oak Studio from Danville Indiana

I bought a basket (woven in Ghana) from Frog It Yarns I’ll use it to hold my front porch knitting

How about these custom wooden needles by Ann Carpenter? And the cotton cord is made in Poland from recycled clothing.

Watch a short Sheep Herding Demonstration on YouTube

thank you Andrea for telling me about the Great Lakes Fiber Show

Memorial Day 2023

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

A day to reflect and remember, with gratitude. “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military”

Twenty four notes. Taps.

The Origin of Taps The Bugler’s Cry by “Jari Villanueva, a former ceremonial bugler at Arlington National Cemetery”

(General Daniel Butterfield- July 1862)

From archives Etna 2016 -watching her father play Taps
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2010 Archives -Muskingum County World War II/Korean War Memorial Zanesville, Ohio

To read the poem In Flanders Fields written by Lt Col. John McCrae, M.D., hailing from Canadian Army WWI click here and see the original copy handwritten in a page of notepaper.

Originally May 30th, groups of veterans want to return the holiday to that date and honor the fallen with more solemn reverence.(article)

The Volunteers Bronze Statue Guest Blog

Thank you Joanne who sent the article and photographs from Halifax

The Volunteers Bronze Statue in Halifax, at the Waterfront, Nova Scotia (click link for article written when the monument was unveiled in 2017)

The bronze sculpture, called “The Volunteers,” features three life-sized figures from three generations: A young girl pulling a wagon full of salvaged metal, an African-Nova Scotian woman holding a tray of coffee and sandwiches, and an older woman seated with a Mi’kmaq basket and knitting.

The sculptor is Marlene Hilton Moore

Bronze Sculpture of Woman Knitting for the WWII Effort

Definitely Got My Attention

Laura was driving Roy and me to Story time at the Westerville library. Yes, I was a passenger for a change. I saw the red corvette emblazoned with State Highway Patrol Laura with her younger eyes read the smaller white lettering (which is blurry in photos and blurry to my eyes ) that the vehicle was seized due to multiple DUIs (Driving Under Influence).

Here’s an article about how the vehicle is used

Fire Truck Tuesday Afternoon

We had just gone to see the rabbits who live a few blocks over. Fed them some clover and dandelion leaves. As we walked back home, Charlie saw the fire truck down the street and watched as it drove by. Waved to the firefighters as they passed. They waved back. It sure was a looong truck. A little excitement in the neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

What I Found This Afternoon

It was a beautiful day. Day one of seriously trying to walk a good two miles. Everyday? that’s the plan. Laura said “No browsing or stopping to take a photograph! No dead couches!!!”

But there I was, pushing a stroller with my nine month old grandson Roy. And here’s what I found a few blocks after I started my walk. I could not resist.

Abandoned furniture, ready for pick-up. A couch AND a love seat.