My best friend Kim drove an HOUR to my house yesterday so we could spend the day together hitting the thrift and quaint stores of Buffalo, MN.
The weather was nice.
I was wearing my cool new sweater that she told me was "sexy". I kid you not. It's got a hood on it. I don't see that as sexy. But that's what a true friend does: Lifts you up.
We excitedly drove to Buffalo which is about a half hour from my house. It's a beautiful country drive. She asked me about the many areas of water on the way. So much so (and it was hilarious and cute) that my answer ended up being "I just enjoy the beauty of the various waterways here. I don't question the design or the why."
We park. We hit the spot downtown where the tar is squishy and satisfying to stick a shoe into. Yes, I know it sounds like I'm 8 again. There's just something very satisfying about walking over it. I think I may have yelled "look! the heel of my boot is in it now! Man!!"
Me and Kim. How cute is she?
She is adorable. Hilariously funny. Crazy smart. And she has been my memory for the past 30 years. (we are cousins first and foremost. I've known her as long as I've known about ME.) She is also a good barometer for what I should and shouldn't do. She's always very supportive and is friendly when you do "wrong". She has said this to me "Well...I mean..that wasn't the BEST way to go about it or perhaps the BEST way to say it. But hey."
I digress. We got to our favorite little store in Buffalo and...IT WAS CLOSED. I think we both gasped! The horror. Apparently the hours have changed and they are now only open specific days. So..like a bunch of weirdos, we sat staring in the windows of a darkened store for a good 20 minutes oohing and ahhhing over what we would have bought. We contemplated calling the "help" number and letting them know that we were ready to buy and buy BIG if someone would come in for an hour to sell us stuff.
We also hit the Dollar General a few blocks away. Kim almost ran over the guy who works there. She will fight me on this, but the wheels of her car got VERYCLOSE to him.
We were forced to move on to...flowers!!!
I wish this had turned out better, but I have my memories! The outdoor flower market is right next to the lake and it's sooo pretty!
I bought some begonias and dahlias and we moved on to ANOTHER closed antique store (note to self: Not on Mondays in smalltown Minnesota, I guess.) but were able to peruse the wares out back.
This little sign actually read "nice red shelf". How's that for selling? Almost "ballsy" in its simplicity! Now that's confidence! Thanks to my droid phone for its amazing photographic capabilities.
I can't be sure, but I really "feel" like this dog sculpture is the pose of a dog, ANY dog really in formation to go to the biffy. And I don't mean just peeing. Good times!
The obligatory sculpture and old doors and windows area. Ahh. I love it!
Finally. Truer words (for me) could not be spoken. Image via Pinterest
It was a lovely day! LOVELY! Now it's about to rain here and the wind has kicked up, as per usual. I don't think I'll be planting anything today. But I do have my memories and like an older person...perhaps today is a day for "watching my stories."
I don't know.
Wishing you a splendid Tuesday!! (To Kim: "We're Tuesday people!")