The newlyweds met me at the bottom of the escalator and enveloped me in hugs.
Did I mind going to the mall so that they could return some duplicate wedding gifts and spend some of the cash and gift cards they'd received? Not at all... so off we went to Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, where pillows were selected
before they took me to their new home.
They are delightfully house-proud.
The prior owners were full of loud parties and drunken teens.
The neighbors are delighted to have the kids instead.
Fall in the Midwest is much more colorful than that which arrives in the desert Southwest.
These trees and bushes
were at the end of the parking lot at Garden Ridge......
which was not the garden supply store we had supposed.
The lack of exterior greenery should have given us a clue, but in we went, anyway.
There were pinwheels
and palm trees
and giant snowmen.
There were pink chairs
and furniture of all colors
and descriptions..... and some that were just indescribable.
Yes, it's a chair.
It also comes in leopard if zebra isn't your thing.
And then there was this:
He's a toilet paper holder.
We laughed all the way to the check out counter.
Bulbs were purchased
as random roots were clipped
and stray marbles were recovered from the soil
It was a perfect afternoon.