Dear readers. It is President’s Day weekend! While I would like to be hosting an Impeachment Party for the occasion, I am doing the next best thing…taking a road trip! I am visiting with darling daughter over the long weekend! I picked her up at Georgetown yesterday afternoon. We are staying at my dear friend, Jane’s house in Southern Maryland. Interesting story, because Jane isn’t here. She is in New Zealand for three weeks!
This is the early morning view, looking towards Virginia. The weather here today was in the seventies! A welcome respite from the cold and snow I left behind on Great Diamond Island, Maine. There were snow piles and snow drifts as tall as I am on the island!
Darling daughter and I did a “Best of Southern Maryland” tour this morning, hitting all the high spots. We started at The Vintage Source in Compton, Maryland after a cuppa joe from the local Dunkin Donuts. The Vintage Source is a home furnishings shop; a fun place, lots of loveliness to look at! We saw Andrew, one of the shop keepers, and got caught up with him. News flash: I didn’t buy anything! This is remarkable with so much loveliness around.
I suppose I was thinking of my “February No Spend Month”. Plus, how was I going to haul that beautiful round pink marble topped Mid Century coffee table I saw back to the island? Previous commitments and practical logistics issues foiled any ill-conceived plans I might have had for Southern Maryland furniture acquisitions.
That being said, the “February No Spend Month” was in irrevocable danger. Shopping is dangerous! Travel is expensive!
After The Vintage Source, we headed from St. Mary’s County to Calvert County, where we had lived for twenty years. We drove by our former abode. It is still standing! It looks as though it is still a work in progress for the new owners. The interior is gutted, but the outside needs some work. My former next door neighbor’s house, however, has been stripped of the vinyl siding. The guys who bought our places, and a bunch of other ones in the neighborhood, are restoring the properties to their historic conditions. It will be something once they are finished rehabilitating these houses. I am very happy for our former home. It was a good house in need of some loving and restoration.
Next, we visited Chesapeake Marketplace, an antique coop in St. Leonard, Maryland. Actually, this is the place where the Friday night auctions I was so fond of took place. I found two beautiful Mid Century rose prints there.
And just like that, the No Spend Month was done. For $15, I couldn’t leave them behind. I love the dark and dramatic backgrounds on these. We saw Joannie, one of the vendors, there. She told us there are no more Friday night auctions! They have moved the auction online! Friday nights were so much fun at the auction; I am sorry to hear they stopped.
Our next stop was not an antique store, but the local TJ Maxx in Prince Frederick. I was having a TJ Maxx attack! Darling daughter got a pair of off white J Crew corduroy pants for just $10 and I bought some bags of that fancy flavored coffee to replenish our stock at home.
Then it was time for lunch! Off to CD Cafe in Solomons.
We came back to Jane’s lovely house so that darling daughter could do a spot of homework. Here is the sunset: