A Family Vacation
It was time to go back to Minneapolis and visit my husband’s family. He grew up in Bloomington, MN and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law still live there along with many nephews and nieces. All other siblings are scattered around the country.
My mother-in-law is 92 and in good shape. She has so much experience and wisdom that I love to talk to her! My father-in-law, Howard Wong (deceased) had a Chinese restaurant in Bloomington from 1966 to 1986 with his name. Every time the family gets together we enjoy the stories of the restaurant, the things kids use to do when they were little, how my father-in-law use to be, the Wong way for everything, etc. All very normal in any family. But because we live away from all relatives and do not visit them often, I enjoyed every minute and so did my kids.
We had an opportunity to visit many places in the Twin Cities as well: we celebrated mass at The Cathedral in St. Paul, walked The Mall of America (of course) and visited The American Swedish Institute. I knew I missed the Bohus exhibition that was there last Spring, but I had to visit it! It is located in the former residence of Swan and Christina Turnblad. The French-Chateauesque style mansion was finished in 1908 and donated to city in 1929. It’s a 33-room mansion with a incredible amount of wood carving (African Mahogany), sculpted ceilings and eleven Swedish porcelain stoves.
And the best for last: on my quest to teach American my way of knitting, I was invited to teach a workshop on the Portuguese Style of Knitting at “The Yarnery”, a lovely yarn shop in St. Paul. I had a very good time with all 26 students that attended my class. Many were inquisitive and quick in learning the new method! Hopefully I have converted another group!