Gifts from the Land of Corn and Cows: IOWA
While touring the blogosphere a few weeks ago I tripped upon something new dedicated entirely to "SWAPS". The blog is called Chaotic Goddess and is run by two wonderful ladies, Beth from Seattle and Angie from Salt Lake City. They happened to be running one called the Local Flavor Swap and I thought hey, bead swaps have always looked fun so why not try this? All I had to do was put together a gift package of items less than $30 including postage that were representative of my state, Arizona, and send it off to a pre-assigned partner. And that is truly when the fun began.
My assigned partner is wonderful lady by the name of Jolene who I got a chance to know by exchanging a few emails. I was thrilled to learn she was from Iowa City, since I had lived not far from there as a student many years ago. We return periodically to visit family and ride RAGBRAI, the week long bicycle trip, but had not been back in quite some time. And as it turned out, she lived and worked not very far away from some of the places I had known best in eastern Iowa. So is that amazing or what? And I guess I should just get on with it and show you all of these wonderful gifts and mementos of one of my favorite places, Iowa:
Jolene included in the package a very sweet note describing the contents of the package which I will do my best to summarize:
- Fresh Sweet Corn - Iowa is known for corn and cows and I could not fit a cow in here.
- Framed Photographs of Cornell College - Iowa is known for education and I thought you would like to see a picture of your old school.
- Scarf - Represents our long cold winters.
- Honey - Local from the farmers' market.
- Soap - Picked it up in Amana Iowa.
- Apple Butter - Made by me from apples I picked at Olson's Orchard.
- Hot Salsa -Made from tomatoes, onions and peppers from our garden.
Now if you would like to see a few flavors of Arizona that I sent to Jolene be sure to click over to her blog here.
And click the icon here for the rest of the swap party: