Well yesterday I didn't have an entire day to myself, but I did get a morning. And it could not have been more perfect.
One of my best friends and I have had some time blocked off on the calendar for what seems to be weeks now. We didn't know what we would be doing, and honestly it didn't really matter. But we knew getting together was important, chatting, grabbing a cup of coffee. Wandering...all very important you know.
We ended up driving out to a little rural area just South of here. Just the drive was therapeutic. As the grocery stores and drive-throughs gave way to planted fields and farms stands, I could just feel the pressures and stresses we've both felt as of late melt away.
We ended up at a new little antique/vintage/handmade shop called Southern Fried. We were there 30 minutes before opening time, but the owners let us in and browse anyway. Love it when shop owners are so nice. If you are local you should definitely check it out.
Next we ended up at one of our favorite plant nurseries. It is not the cheapest place to buy plants, but they put things together so nicely it is a great place to get ideas of color combinations and textures. You end up thinking about putting plants together you'd never think of. Kind of like browsing through an Anthropologie store. I can't afford to buy anything, but just looking at different ways of putting together what you already have is inspirational!
We didn't end up buying much. I picked up some Lamb's ear to replace some I lost when I re-did our front flower beds. And my friend picked up a gorgeous dark purple pepper plant (I can't remember the name now) that neither of us had ever seen before.
And I loved seeing all of the new colors, most importantly salmon colored verbena. I have some around our mailbox in purple, but never seen it in this soft peachy color. Love it!
And succulents! I could very well become addicted to all of the new varieties of succulents. That wouldn't be such a bad thing would it?
So happy to be heading into a very busy next few days feeling a bit more rested, calmed, centered.
There is a lot going on this weekend. We'll see how much we can fit in, but our next few days may include any combination of the following:
- The Warbirds show is this weekend.
- And its sheep shearing time at our favorite farm.
- Scouting some logs to make some of Blair's stump tables.
- Updating the ipod with songs from Alexander. Thanks for the rec Sara!
- Alyssa has her second soccer game on Saturday night. Go Piranhas!
- A birthday party for a little friend to attend.
- A breakfast meeting.
- Two more soccer games for the boys.
- Strawberry picking is a must!
- And I'd like to work on the teacher quilts too.
It might all be a bit too much to ask, but if I get half of it done I'll call it good!
Happy weekend to you!