I took these photos before we walked in. We were met at the door by the owner of the restaurant who said, "I caught you peeking at my bloomers." It took me a second to realize what he meant. He explained that the pink flower above is a tree peony. They bloom on wood and grow bigger each year and more beautiful. It was the most beautiful peony I have ever seen, and so fragrant.
The lupines were gorgeous too.
or a more handsome guy out front.
We had such a great time. Shopped at all the familiar places, bought candles and dried cherries for Door County cherry chocolate chip cookies. Took our time, relaxed, napped and watched the sunset and the International Space Station fly by. Grateful for our many gifts in life, especially each other.
The real reason we were together was to celebrate Grandpa's birthday. We had a pizza party and strawberry topped cheesecake birthday cake. It was a relaxing party, full of love for my sweetheart. He is the most deserving person to be showered with love and affection.
Serendipity I should find this on our vacation.
To top off our week of fun and frolic we waited in the rain at Ravinia last night. The rain came down in a torrent until the parking lot started to flood. We've spent enough time at Ravinia to know that even if the rain subsided, we'd be ankle deep in water and mud on the lawn. We headed for home and had our picnic dinner inside. Mike and Amanda were going to meet us there, but instead met us at home. They took their dinner home too... Another time guys. Such is the way with Ravinia, if it rains, you lose. Seeing all the damage in the area from last night's storms assured me we made the right decision. A footnote to last night. As the rain came down in buckets, my husband fell fast asleep in the car. He said it was very soothing. What a guy!
No need to water today, but so much to do inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your friendship.
Enjoy this beautiful day.