Tuesday, June 7, 2016

patio daddio and a quick day trip

Tim came home for a quick visit this past weekend and we grilled Friday night. I love this photo I captured of father and son on the patio. They look deep in conversation, though quite relaxed. 

After dinner, we played Rummy. Clementine loves to get up on the table in the middle of the action when we're playing games (yes, I disinfect my table a lot!) but I think our game was a little boring to her.

Back on the patio Saturday morning for coffee (me) and tea (Brian), until...

Brian said, "Let's get the heck out of here" ~ and we went up to Milwaukee and Cedarburg, Wisconsin. It was cool and rainy, but sometimes the road just calls.

We didn't have a lot of time to explore many stores since this wasn't a planned trip and we left a little late, but we did get to eat a late lunch at one of our favorite mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. We walked around the famous Glorioso's Deli, but didn't buy anything. You know you're in Wisconsin when you see bags of cheese curds!

Stopped in an independent coffee shop for a cuppa tea to warm up...love places like this with so much character and charm.

Local artwork is always hanging on the walls. These paintings were incredible.

 We then headed another 20 minutes north to the small, delightful town of Cedarburg. We basically walked up and down the streets just to get some exercise and fresh air; only stopped in a couple of shops to look around. 

I suppose it's no surprise that I stopped to take photos of all the beautiful flowers. Overflowing planters are in front of just about every store.

 This peony really caught my eye because of the delicate hot pink edging in the middle of the flower. So random, yet so perfect.

 How simple and clever is this idea for extra seating on a patio? It's just stacked pallets with cushions on top.

 All too soon, it was time to head back home, but yet I was ready.


  1. We took a spontaneous road trip on Sunday, too. Sometimes they are the best kind. My son and his wife moved to Wisconsin this past spring. We went to see them over Memorial Day weekend. . . and I had cheese curds for the first time, after my son raved about them. Boy are they good!

    The artwork in the coffee shop is beautiful. Parts look like photographs that have been enhanced, or are they really actual paintings? Beautiful, nevertheless.

  2. Well, that was quite a spontaneous, lovely little road trip. How long is the drive? Cedarburg looks like my kind of town. Love the idea of the pallet seating. My husband imports paper and always has wooden pallets. He places them outside for people to take and they line up for them. Quite a hot commodity for some reason. I wonder what they are using them for. I thought Tim had moved back home after graduation. Did I miss something? Hope you are having a good week. Tammy

  3. What a lovely day out! I have never seen cheese curds for sale like that before. Do you just eat them like cheese or do something else with them? My white peony has those little pink edges too on some of the flowers, beautiful aren't they.

  4. I love a day trip and yours seemed to be a good one. Oh that photo of Clementine on the table sleeping made me laugh out loud. I do love cats!

  5. What fun! One of my goals is to visit Wisconsin, I'd like to see all 50 states, 31 down so far. This area you visited looks very inviting, wold like to visit the deli. Did I already tell you I love your blog? :)

  6. I love days like that...nothing to do, let's hit the road! I have never seen nor heard of cheese curds. Hmmm. Going to have to keep my eyes open for them. Are they soft or crunchy? I wonder...

  7. What a nice day out together. I think spontaneous road trips are the best. Granted, it's been years since I took one, but eventually I'm sure we'll be doing it again. I haven't had cheese curds in a long time but YUM! Dill and garlic sounds like a combination I'd like to try, like pickle cheese. :)

  8. What a nice visit with your son, then a delightful road trip. Good for you.


  9. What a pretty place. Visiting fun family members is the best.

  10. It is always good to have our children around even if for a short stay. I know you must have enjoyed having your sone home. Sometimes, those unexpected little day trips can be just the thing. Wisconsin! It looks like you landed in Cheese Heaven to me. What fun!

  11. Now that first picture epitomizes: "summertime, and the livin' is easy." Very cool picture.

    You take sweet little side trips!

  12. That coffee shop looks wonderful! Milwaukee has always appealed to me as a city to visit.

  13. Road trips are so fun. We didn't leave the state, but we drove to Ojai today to find some sun and happily we brought it back with us.

    I love the photo with the picket fence.

  14. What a lovely day you had!! My life has been busy, busy, busy....just spending a few minutes now catching up a little. And then heading out to mow!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Melanie!

  15. My in-laws live in Cedarburg, I just love it there.

  16. I love that photo of your husband and son!


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