Part of being Divorced and Fabulous is that you can take a simple chore and expand it with novelty and adventure. I had one last week, and it turned into a perfect day.
While I cannot divulge details concerning the task, I can tell you it was fun all by itself. What I can share with you are some of the other places my accomplice and I made time for before and after. These lovely “side tracks”, some planned and some spontaneous, turned a beautiful summer day into a great one!
Our first stop was in Osseo, Minnesota. At first glance, Osseo’s Main Street appears to be a regular Midwestern town, perhaps slightly hidden from modern “strip mall” developers. You may have even been there before and thought nothing of it, so unassuming is its disguise. But hidden behind storefront windows are treasures waiting to be found:
S. R. Hoskins Fine Jewelry – The place I met wonderful Randy, who I commissioned five years ago to transform my wedding set into an “Independence Ring” when I first arrived in Mn.
Fashionista – Where purses, scarves, t-shirts and more is a dazzling display of witty accessories and gift items.
Osseo Meat Market & Deli – That smells absolutely delicious and is a world of fresh meat, spices and side dishes alone or prepared that can turn your regular family dinner into a regional event of your choosing (down south, up north, coastal or international) for a reasonable price.
And those are just the places we visited that day!
In full adventure mode and tittering with excitement, our second stop was at Turn>Style Consignment in Eden Prairie. What luck! Their summer merchandise was discounted to $2 each! For that price, we couldn’t resist at least a bag of tops, bottoms and other goodies each.
At that point it was late afternoon (two women shopping, go figure) and time to get home before rush hour. In the Twin Cities, the term “rush hour” can mean traffic anywhere from one to three hours or more. So, car loaded, we travelled to our third destination and by far the best one.
My companion is truly lucky to call this place “home”. We were welcomed, wined and dined by the best host and resident chef in Minnesota (her husband). We lounged lakeside and relished the outing and supper that had become our very fine day.
Hours later I drove home, realizing how fortunate I am to be Divorced and Fabulous in Minneapolis. If I were still married, I would not have been here to enjoy this day. If were not determined to build a new and fabulous life, I would not have found the fulfilling friendships I am grateful to have today. It is amazing how much novelty and good company can add to what could have been a “just” a regular chore.
It was a perfect day, and I look forward to many more.
Have you ever had a perfect day? Ever have a day where one thing developed into several good things? Have you ever been grateful for challenges to your life plan that put you in a better place and time? Feel free to share by commenting – I’d love to know!