I’m sure most of you have been hearing about the civil unrest that started in Minneapolis last week and has now spread to many other cities as well. I’m not going to comment on that situation here on my blog because I like to keep this space positive. Usually I’m a ‘glass half full’, ‘look on the bright side’ kind of person. But I truly can’t find anything positive to say about what is happening in the Twin Cities. The entire situation is simply heartbreaking.
After watching things go from bad to worse over several days, my sister, niece and I decided to literally put the city in the rear view mirror and head out into the country on Saturday. It was a gorgeous, although a bit cool, sunny day. We grabbed sweatshirts and hopped into my convertible VW bug and headed east. We then drove north along the St. Croix River to Mr. Q’s home town, Marine on the St. Croix, where we stopped off to score some snacks at the general store. Restaurants are still not open here in Minnesota, so we have to improvise.
The Gammelgården in Scandia doesn’t really hold a candle to any of those, but it’s still fun to check it out. Unfortunately, although we escaped from rioting and looting, we couldn’t escape from COVID.
The giant Dala horses all wore masks, and none of the historic buildings were open. We were able to wander around the grounds and admire them from the outside though.
The Präst Hus was built in 1868 and I find the construction fascinating. Just look closely at the corner of the building …
It’s dovetailed, like a giant piece of furniture!
After leaving the Gammelgården, we stopped at another historic site, the Hay Lake School.
Once again, the site was not open due to COVID, but we did peek in the windows.
This one room schoolhouse was built in 1896 and was in use until 1963!
As we started to make our way back home, we spotted a sign for a barn sale. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that! A barn sale! Of course we had to stop.
We followed the signs, made our way down a dirt driveway, and behold …
A legit barn sale!
I found a few goodies to purchase including a set of 4 old cupboard doors that I’ll turn into signs …
Some old buckets that I’ll dress up with transfers to be used as planters …
And this fab old shoe form.
And then, as if that wasn’t good enough, the proprietors of this sale told us there was a 2nd barn sale just up the road. Back to back barn sales! It was our lucky day.
This 2nd sale was actually more of an occasional sale, although it was technically in a barn. They were selling pieces that have already been given a face lift, lots of painted furniture and other goodies. As the guy at the first barn sale put it, he was the K-mart of barn sales and they were the Macy’s of barn sales.
None the less, I found a few things to buy including a glass jar and an old coffee pot that will both get dressed up with transfers.
Also, I had been looking for something to perch my Lunch Menu planter on and this $10 stool looked just about right.
I know it won’t hold up well outdoors forever, but for $10 it’s OK if it just lasts a season or two.
Our escape to the country on Saturday provided a much needed getaway for all of us. We were able to forget about the world’s problems for a while and just enjoy some peaceful scenery on a beautiful sunny day.
Capping it off with back to back barn sales was the cherry on the sundae.
While normally Debbie and Kris would have stayed at our place afterwards for a bonfire, or a game night, they had to get home before the 8 pm curfew that was in place over the weekend. That being said, we are all safe and healthy and I hope you are all the same!