As I mentioned in my earlier post, being with family and friends is a highlight for me. So when my friend Laurey invited me to join her for dinner at the Minnesota Arboretum on the night of my birthday, I immediately agreed. I hadn't been there for about 12 years - - and as you can imagaine, many new things had been added, plus I had forgotten most of what I had viewed back then! (Old age, you know. :-O) The dinner was delicious; the conversation fun; and the tours of the gardens were spectacular! Being out in the gardens in the evening meant more song birds were visible and could be heard singing their little hearts out.
After we left the arboretum, we drove further west to the small towns of Victoria and Waconia - two places that were new to me. They are charming little towns, but growing by leaps and bounds with folks who are tired of living in the city and the burbs. In Waconia we treated ourselves to ice cream cones at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. I had a great time! Thank you, Laurey.