Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Family Weekend

The family gathered for a wedding celebration last weekend at a resort in Brainerd MN.  It was an opportunity to see cousins we haven't visited with for several years.  Our camp neighbors took over cat care of George and Gracie so I could relax and enjoy the experience.  This made all the difference in the world to me!

The weather was sultry but the resort was at the edge of a lake with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, so that helped keep us cool.  With ping pong tables, air hockey and Miss Pac Man there was no problem staying busy.

On Saturday we went to the 371 Diner for lunch to fulfill Kiersten's need for hashbrowns and bacon.  
With hot chocolate, of course.

Being the older generation we were pretty much done with the reception by the time the music started and we all left to go back to the rooms with the exception of our party animal daughter, who caught a ride with one of the other cousins.

On Sunday we decided to skip the offered brunch as we all wanted to head back to our own homes and prepare for the coming week.   Kiersten started school on Monday, so she definitely needed some time to prepare.

On the way back we stopped in Little Falls MN to have our own family brunch at the AT Black & White.  We learned the AT stands for Amanda and Todd, the owners.

Since we were not regulars, the waitress turned on the huge airport sign for us to enjoy the green glow for a few minutes to snap some photos.

The food was fabulous and I had the breakfast flatbread, which consisted of an egg mixture, secret sauce, cheese and a slice of Andouille sausage on each piece.  It came with srircha  sauce to drizzle over it for a little extra bite.  Yum.

We got back mid afternoon on Sunday to enjoy a leisurely unpacking and sitting on the patio until the rain started.  Norm and Ginny stopped by to return the keys and give us an update on how the cats fared during our absence.

On Monday I went to play pickleball while Left Brain took his bike ride.  We met back at the RV about noon for a shower and then headed out to try Norm & Ginny's recommendation of Smashburger.  We'd never heard of them, but they seem to be everywhere.  Then it was off to Kohl's for some great sales on the running shorts we like. 

Tuesday Left Brain left for a long drive into La Crosse.  He had lunch with his friend, Larry; and then he had a 2:00 doctor appointment.

Since it was cold and rainy all day I stayed home and cooked up a storm, including some baking.  I even managed to figure out the TV and DVR to watch a comedy.  Sometimes these rainy quiet days are just the best.

Long Live the Queen


  1. Your weekend sounds so nice, food, family, fun.And then rainy days to relax. Yes, it must be good to be queen. ☺

  2. I too have enjoyed the down time after our trip South...

  3. Yes, Rainy Days can be best. But Pickleball the bestest. :-)

  4. Oh my, that breakfast flat bread looks yummy!! Without the spicy sauce, of course. I don't do spicy. It sounds like everyone had a super time at the wedding. It's always fun to get together with family and friends. How did Gracie and George make out? Did they miss you and cling to you for a while when you got back?

    You have a fabulous day, hugs, Edna B.