I live in Minnesota. The winters can be brutally cold and there are summer days that rival the deep south for heat and humidity. Yet, there is this splice of the year when all things are perfect. The sun will shine, the breeze will blow softly, a light jacket or sweatshirt is all that is needed. That time is now. What better way to experience the best of Minnesota weather, a day off of school and work, than getting out and about with my favorite teen? We had a lazy day, stopping at the library before a hair cut, then exploring a few shops. We had a low cost lunch at Panera, thanks to an old gift card I found, enjoying soup, salads, rustic sandwiches, baguettes' and smoothies. We make lunch a sampler meal whenever we go out, sharing items for optimal tasting. Spending was low in the shops, as I have become quite disciplined, with the purchase of a sweatshirt for DD, and two hand soaps in Christmas decor at Gordman's for $.99 each, less than 1/2 what Bath and Body Works charges even on sale, though I love Bath and Body Works products.
The outing was completed by a stop at a small farm off the highway, too perfect not to use as a photo op for my new toy, and pick up a pumpkin.I grabbed one of the two last butternut squash she had as well. We'll have my mother in law over for dinner on Sunday, and she likes squash. Here is my day in pictures. The tree is from our front yard. There was a lovely early morning moon peaking through, but I could not capture it on the camera so you'll need to use your imagination. My life is not all pumpkin patches, autumn leaves, and perfect days with my family, and I try to stay real on my blog. Yet, there are the days that are gems. Photos of pumpkins and leaves may be cliche, but I do not care. I love fall on sunny days and hope you get a chance to experience this bliss yourself.