Nothing like a long holiday weekend to kick back and relax.
After a long spring of working hard on TheCottage remodel, we had a little fun for a few days!
Kirk had the week off and worked on several projects at TheCottage over the week -- great vacation huh?
Before the weekend even started, I managed to sneak in a long ride with my favorite Arabian, Layla, and my friend Karen, owner of River Road Riding. If you want to see some beautiful SE Minnesota countryside, hit up River Road Riding at the link above and schedule a ride!
Matt & Suzy, Deb (from Cooking on the Front Burner) and her hubby, John
|thanks for the beautiful flowers Deb & John !|
and had a mini bags tournament ....
We celebrated our Independence potluck style
grilled some chicken spiedies
and dined on some amazing desserts and side salads!
Nike kicked back and napped in a favorite cool spot.
Friday afternoon I went to the Cities with my kindred-spirit friend, JoLynn. I had some shelving to exchange at IKEA (which was surprisingly void of shoppers), then did a little cottage (outfitting) shopping as long as we were there! We rarely go to the Cities without a stop at TJMaxx in Apple Valley ... no exceptions were made on Friday. My "decorating cash" envelope is a little lighter after that trip,
but I'm happy with what I found for TheCottage and the TJMaxx price tags :)
Saturday we spent a perfect Minnesota afternoon in a canoe and kayaks.
We pretty much had the river to ourselves as we floated and paddled down the Zumbro River
thanks to the outfitters at Boulder Dam Canoe & Kayak Rentals
It's about a three hour trip -- maybe shorter if you don't make any stops and paddle the entire trip.
We like to take it slow and drift.
One day left of this holiday weekend --- more fun? or back to work?
I do have some cottage stairs to paint...
Hoping for a kitchen reveal by the end of the week!