The big excitement for the day happened at breakfast.
The hotel we stayed at in Finlayson offered breakfast. Usually the places we stay at have a waffle maker; this one had a pancake maker. We’ve never seen one before.
To say it was intriguing is an understatement!
When our kids were little, they would have loved to see this and use it.
Tu-Na Helper enjoyed making and eating pancakes for breakfast and would have had a second helping if the machine had not run out of batter. I enjoyed watching it and then ate a bowl of oatmeal. We grabbed some muffins for later and filled our coffee mugs for the morning drive.
Today we’d have less miles to drive and less shops to visit. But Tu-Na Helper had learned something over the past couple of days and set his plan into motion. He checked the route and times needed to drive between each of the shops adding 15 minutes per shop for shopping. Then he figured out times of shop openings and closings and how far we could get until closing time adjusting the route to take advantage of shops that were open later.
He started calling for a hotel room for the night before we left our room in the morning securing one in the vicinity of the first shop of the following day or somewhere in between the last shop of the day and the first shop of the next day. Hmmm, this proved to be much less stressful for both of us as we were not only assured of having a place for the night but also successful in avoiding backtracking and long drives before bed.
We settled in the car for the very short drive to our first shop, Quarry Quilts & Yarns in Sandstone, and then onto Fabric Fashions & More in Rush City arriving there about half an hour before opening time even though Interstate 35 was under construction and we had been in stand still traffic. While we waited in the car for the shop lights to be flicked on and the door to be unlocked, we snacked on our muffins and coffee and giggled at the shop hoppers who came up and tried the door only to retreat to their cars. It was starting to warm up outside.
I was pleased to see that Kathy’s Country Square in Moose Lake, was back participating in the shop hop. To get to Kathy’s in Moose Lake, we had to go back through the Interstate 35 construction and backtrack 30 miles. The shop wasn’t on the hop last year and I had something I had wanted to get there. I guess I’ll have to add it to this year’s list.
Two years ago, I had bought a quilt kit of state flowers from Kathy’s but didn’t get any backing. I’ve been looking for some but had not seen any anywhere and figured this would surely be the place to find it.
We entered the freshly painted, bright, and cheerful place and noticed the state flower fabrics right away. Something was up, I told myself and then found out what. Kathy has her place listed for sale.
If she can’t sell it as a business, then she’ll have to liquidate her inventory and sell the building separately. This indeed makes me feel sad. I love antiques and fabric so shopping at this store killed two birds with one stone. Plus it means another good quilt shop is closing their doors.
After saying our goodbyes and wishing her well, we were on our way to Country Caboose Quilts in Wahkon, an hour’s drive through lake country. I featured this shop here.
After we left the shop heading towards Randall, Tu-Na Helper and I were talking about what wonderful coffee drink we would be buying at the Old Creamery Quilt Shop there (I featured this shop here). Should we get hot coffee or an iced coffee?
As I entered the Old Creamery, I pointed to a sign on the door— Coffee shop is permanently closed. Oh, no! I guess I wouldn’t be getting a frappé this afternoon. The shop is also selling out of their yarns although the woolen mill is still in production.
The last stop of the day would be at Gruber’s Quilt Shop in Waite Park. Google Maps said we’d arrive by 5:01. I figured that was close enough to the 5 pm closing time that I didn’t bother calling ahead.
Shoppers were exiting the exterior door as we drove up exactly at 5:01. Tu-Na Helper had barely put our Prius into park and I quickly opened the door, lept inside the building, and ran towards the shop entrance. As I entered, one of the gals behind the till asked, “Are you the 5:04 people?”
“No,” I said. “I didn’t bother calling. Will you still stamp our passports?” I was assured that they would and even allowed us to shop a bit; I found my first option for gnome beard fur.
We headed to our hotel in Big Lake and found supper at the Friendly Buffalo conveniently located next door.
A Look at the Loot for the Day
Don’t miss out on my other 2019 Shop Hop posts:
Or the Shop Hop posts from prior years:
What I Learned Today:
- “Time is valuable. Fly” as seen on a billboard sign along I35. Flying is nice but I love road trips. I think Tu-Na Helper does, too.
- Time is valuable and seems to go so quickly.
- Time spent with Tu-Na Helper on this trip has been priceless.
- Do not eat grapes after eating a Scotcheroo bar. Both don’t taste good now.
- Receipts add up quickly. For something to do in the car while we backtracked to the shop at Moose Lake, I decided to add up the receipts for the purchases I’ve already made on this trip.
- I feel sick. I’m not sure if it was because of the realization that Tu-Na Helper just might be right—that I can’t stick to a budget OR that I was dangerously close to my budget limit for the whole trip already and there were still 41 shops remaining (shopping at Kathy’s put me over budget and I am now in negotiation for more) OR that I’d have to do a whole lot more looking than buying for the remainder of the trip.
- I have to be more selective with my purchasing. Last year I purchased something from each shop even if it was a spool of thread or a fat quarter; this wasn’t going to happen this year.
- This is a sad note upon which to end the day so reread #3. 🙂
Question: Do you shop with a plan or shop on a whim? I do some of each.
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