Last weekend Raun and I had a fun mini weekend getaway.  We got in a little holiday shopping during Pepin & Stockholm’s Holiday Festival, went to a Medieval Feast, and enjoyed a beautiful snow covered tree backroad road trip back home.

On Saturday we headed to Pepin, Wisconsin to take in the shops and get set up at the Inn we stayed at for the night.  We headed to Stockholm, Wisconsin to take in more shopping and a little bit of pie for lunch.  Later in the evening we began our trek up the hill to Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery for the feast.

I say trek because while taking in some down time at the Inn it had begun to snow.  By the time we went to the feast there was a considerable amount of snow on the ground.  The first try up the hill lead us to slipping, slidding, and then not moving at all.  So we headed out of town and tried another way up to the top of the bluff.  Eventually, we arrived safe and sound ready to feast.

The whole feast was a fun experience.  There was good food, good company, live entertainment, and learning about what truly is wassail.  Some of the highlights, other than the food, included…When we first walked in we were given hats.  The person handing out hats looked at Raun and exclaimed “you look like a wizzard!”  I ended up with a princess hat.  Any time anyone said “wassail!” the response was an enthusiastic “drink ale!”  Lastly, the end of the night with a ginormous bonfire.  It was beatiful!  Surrounded by fresh fallen snow, snowflakes filling the air, the warmth of the fire, and the beauty of the sparks mixed with falling snow.

We ended our weekend with the drive back home.  The drive was amazing.  There was something, almost magical, about the way the snow looked on all the trees.  The sky was a bit on the gray side, but it made the white snow pop.  It was beautiful.


July 9

Happy Anniversary! It’s been six years. This last year I would have to say has been one of the hardest, just the latter half. It has been filled with so many up and downs and lots of emotions. There have been lots of changes too. However, some things have been good things. It’s amazing how one thing can change some many things.

But today is a good day. On this beautiful day Raun woke me up pointing at me saying get up and get ready for the day. I did and when I was finished I went downstairs with the smell of biscuits filling the air and carrying me to the kitchen. We ate breakfast and then hit the road. We took the great river road Highway 35 south on the Wisconsin side along the Mississippi River. The main destination was Stockholm, WI. However, along the way there we stopped at historical markers and took in the sights along the river. We arrived in Stockholm, a very cute little city. Where we stopped at the pie place and each had a delicious piece of pie. We sat outside enjoying the weather, chatting with the locals, talking with each other and learning about the city. After our yummy pie (Triple Berry for Raun and Peanut Butter Fudge for me) we explored the quaint downtown. We strolled down the main street and went into a few shops. We made a few purchases that I just couldn’t seem to pass up and picked out my anniversary gift from Raun. I picked a beautiful purple pot to add to my other pottery pieces. I also came across a journal/sketchbook that had dragonflies on it. Coincidently, not long before coming across the journal I was telling Raun that I needed to get a notebook. I also picked up a wood plaque that says to “Cherish Life’s Simplest Treasures”.

After we finished exploring Stockholm we continued on to Maiden Rock Winery/Cidery where we took in the views, as well as tasted various wines, hard ciders, and fruit beers and good conversations. To finish out our day excursion we took in the views from a bluff in Alma, WI and then headed back home along the river on the Minnesota side, stopping in Lake City to walk the beach and in Red Wing to eat a yummy Mexican dinner at Fiesta Mexicana.

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