I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It's a small city with the Mississippi River as its western boundary, bluffs to its east and south and marshland on its north.
[photo by Ken Maurer was taken from one of the bluffs, facing the river to the west, with Minnesota visible in the distance]
The name of the city comes from the sport of La Crosse, which was played by the native population using sticks that, to the French fur traders who came to the area, resembled a bishop's crozier (la crosse in French).
This morning, I headed just north of the city to Olive Juice Quilts (a great shop!) to meet up with Anna, who you may know from the blog Noodlehead. Anna and I do not know each other from school as I'm a smidge older than her and went to a different high school. But, as with any small town, we know a few people in common and are always happy to meet people with similar interests.
Anna and I had lunch last November, and occasionally email each other. After I expressed my extreme love of a bag she had made (something she's very good at) she even sent me the bag! I've been meaning to post about it and had taken pictures months ago, but was waiting for an excuse to share...here it is!
I had made up a fabric store bingo game for Natalie to play. She did really well with it and even posed for a picture after winning.