Out and About
Roaming on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
wrapped themselves in gold,
leaving a trail of
in their wake,
fire in the
Yesterday I decided to take a little field trip to Stillwater Minnesota. The girls and DH were all working their PT times jobs and it was such a gorgeous fall day I just needed to get out and enjoy it. I really, really had hoped to spend the day down in my art room but I just had to be out and about. These trees even put on their best golden coats for me. The day beckoned and I couldn't resist.
I stopped at a favorite local market that makes the best fresh buns and bread and stocked up on them. They will be used for dinner this evening. I also picked up DH's favorite home made beef jerky. So good with a beer. Several local bars serve them up in Bloody Mary's, rather than the traditional celery stalk.
Perfectly spicey and none better.
From there I headed into the heart of town and visited my favorite antique stores which I was sad to discover had transformed themselves into 'antique boutiques'. Things that used to go for a dollar or two, were now five or higher. I left empty handed. Don't get me wrong, I know times are tough and everything has gone up and they have to make a living but I just can't afford to spend five dollars on a vintage postcard or photo, no matter how much I'd have liked to. I found this was true in every shop I visited.
It's been quite a few years since my last trip to Stillwater.
Stillwater is a favorite stop for many in the fall. People come from all over the state to enjoy the river, the changing of the trees and to stroll main street and years ago the town had resisted the urge to fall prey to becoming a cliche as a 'tourist trap' yet I found what had been quaint, local shops, were now just another store to be passed by. I also was sad to discover that an independent sweet, little paper store was no longer there and had been replaced by a Dairy Queen. Things change. Life rolls on. I just wish change didn't have to touch places I love.
It was a bittersweet reunion for me.
I was pleased to find that the one indie bookseller was still there and holding it's own. There was even a local author signing books when I stopped in to browse the shelves.
That made me abundantly happy and I made the best out of my day.
From there I drove to the B & B DH and I honeymooned at. It's now owned by someone else, but it's still there among many great old homes.
All in all it was a fine afternoon spent and I did come home with lots of good, good food which will be enjoyed for as long as it lasts, which won't be long.