Last weekend, we went to Hudson, a walky, shoppy town a bit south of here on the (ahem) Hudson River. It was full of New York City types and expensive antique furniture, but a nice trip anyway. I'll give you two tries to guess what I was most interested in. Here's a clue: it's red. Another clue: it's to the right of this picture, and hidden inside a building.
We honked around Troy and Albany on Tuesday, and may head back in this weekend. As I've mentioned before, this is an either/or thing. Either city stuff OR country stuff. I live too far out to do both. (Oh sure, I could do both as I have tried this past 2 years, but it's both ... badly and neither thing well.) So we're dropping country stuff this visit, in favor of seeing the city a bit more.
I spoke with a friend today who raised sheep in the past. She processed the wool all the way from her sheep through shearing, washing, carding, spinning and weaving, into a dress. She lives in one of the river industrial towns north of Albany now, and understands *exactly* how I feel. She raised her children in the country, but after her nest emptied and she was alone, made a choice to give up the country for the city about 10-15 years ago and hasn't looked back.
Here's gramma using high tech to talk to the chilluns from home... Hi kids!