Yesterday, that is what Mike and I did.
We realized the Miata has rarely left the driveway this summer, it needed to be exercised.
Okay, off again! Sun on our shoulders, wind in our hair, the Miata running happily.
We wound our way down highway 61, marveling at the Mississippi. I don't recall ever seeing it so high. The sun sparkled on the fast flowing current like glass glitter.
Off again, we headed to Wisconsin. We drove through Prescott, Maiden Rock, all of the usual suspects.
We stopped in Stockholm for a coffee break, message collecting, (not me, I relished the break from my phone and computer) and 'stocking' up on beer and hard cider. The Pie shop was CLOSED. dang.
Leaving highway 35, we followed winding county roads past tidy farms, bright green roadsides, and crispy cornfields. At one point we stopped on the dirt road, and just listened to the wind whispering through the corn fields. Yes, we did.
I kept pinching myself, sure I was dreaming.
We headed back to Minnesota at Wabasha, where they really celebrate fall.
The best thing I picked up was a visit I had with an antique shop owner. He and his wife own one of my favorite little stops "OldStuff" on Highway 35. He creates incredible rocking horses, and bird houses. They sell out right away, and people collect them. He could sell THOUSANDS of them. He chooses not to.
He creates one wooden rocking horse a year, calls the top ten people on the waiting list, and whoever shows up first gets to buy it. They are meticulously crafted, and incredible. One year he sold 95 bird houses, and could easily have sold more. He now creates just 25 of two unique designs each year, and when they are gone, they're gone. I asked him why he does it that way, when there is clearly such demand for what he creates.
He told me that he loves his life. He and his wife operate the antique shop, interacting with customers. He works in his wood shop, when he wants to. And he gets to enjoy a peaceful life in the beautiful rural country of Wisconsin. On his own terms.
My take away from this? Slow down. Enjoy the beauty of a fall day, and don't worry about how many things I have in my shop, or if my bathroom is spotlessly clean. I have way too many 'shoulds' in my life, and I need to find more room for the 'want tos'.
Make room in your life for what you enjoy most. The to-do list will still be there tomorrow.