I drove down to southern Minnesota this weekend to see my BFF “G”. Her birthday was last month  and we hadn’t celebrated it yet.

I would have been happy to celebrate on her birthday weekend, but she and her husband were off renewing their wedding vows in celebration of the marriage having survived a home renovation. It was touch-and-go there, for a while.

“G” and I met at The Amish Ovens in St. Charles for lunch. First I parked in the Amish Store lot, then I moved over to a spot by the restaurant and saw it was for handicapped drivers only. So I moved to another spot, and then saw it was just for buggies. Oops, that was unexpected.

Buggy parking.

Buggy parking.

I finally found an appropriate parking spot and met “G” inside. We lunched, and then went into St. Charles to shop at a local antique store.

I found a couple of chain necklaces that I plan on disassembling and using the bits and bobs to make earrings. I also found a basket that will work well to hold extra toilet tissue in the guest bath, a tiny aqua colored salt and pepper shaker set, and three fluffy pillows for the love seat.

We were just leaving the antique store when “G”‘s husband, “M”, pulled up to the curb. He was bringing a desk and a few other things for resale.

“M” showed me a little wall cabinet he was bringing in to sell. I thought it was very cute, so I offered to buy it from him. He said he wanted $200 for it. I clapped him on the back and said, “No thanks”.

He counter-offered with the suggestion that I cook dinner later, while wearing a thong. I clapped him on the back and said, “No thanks”.

I don’t know if I was more averse to the thong or the cooking. Kind of a toss-up.

“M” laughed and gave me the wall cabinet for free, my favorite price.

I’m going to do some work on the cabinet (someday) and then I’ll post photos. Don’t tell “G”, but it will involve paint. “G” hates to see any natural wood painted. Me, I’m loving the paint.

“G” and I spent the rest of the visit doing what we always do. Talking. We discussed relationships and child-rearing (neither of us have any actual experience) and the training of pets (lots of experience). At some point, we got around to decorating discussions, art critiques, and laments about the mind-numbing repetitiveness of housework.

We compared aches and pains (I won for sheer variety) and, since we had time, we solved the world’s problems. If only the powers-that-be would just listen to us!

It was a lovely visit, and I look forward to the next one. Love you, GF (girlfriend)!

Stay tuned…

p.s. I shared this at Chic on a Shoestring.