but that doesn't mean it wasn't fun.
I envisioned blue skies,
white fluffy clouds,
picturesque cattle and fields
and quaint, perhaps abandoned, homes
practically begging to be explored
I got 50 shades of gray sky
hours and hours of rain.
The fields were there
but I got soaked just taking these pictures,
so I gave up getting any more.
It was not the day I had planned.
But it was rural Missouri
so there were surprises
"Happy Fourth of July"
like Darth Vader, Yoda
and a wild turkey in a boat!
And there was treasure hunting.
You've got to love a town where people read
AND sell antiques!
Now THIS is the way to celebrate our freedom -
poking around in other folks cast offs!
Recycling at its most glorious!
I thought of all the Christmas 'stuff' I still have downstairs -
after giving away boxes of it -
and I resisted the holiday section -
although my heart did beat a bit faster while browsing around.
Textiles were the draw of the day ...
although I don't need any.
But 'need' doesn't enter into the equation on these outings!
this vintage "Black Lives Matter" baby doll made me smile!
I was tempted by this guy too ...
and found myself wondering what his story was.
I never fully understand why some antique stores look more like museums than stores.
but didn't succumb to any vintage baby item -
Wandered around in the gardens before the rains forced me back inside the car
and headed home.
Oh well, at least I have another excuse to go out again later this summer!