Last Saturday morning, Mr. T proposed that we plan a picnic for lunch in the midst of a very busy day. There was so much we both had to accomplish, but I liked the idea.
The place he selected is about 5 minutes from our house, a picnic table beside a little pond at the edge of a park. We are adopting this as our new favorite picnic spot, since it's so close to home we can go there at a moment's notice. We made some turkey sandwiches with our garden lettuce and grabbed a partial box of thin mint Girl Scout cookies from the freezer. We picked up a bag of chips at the dollar store and some potato salad at the Walmart deli* (since these stores were on our errand list anyway). He got a bottle of Dad's Root Beer at the dollar store also and we brought cups and ice cubes from home.
When we got to the parking area, we were so surprised (and so wishing we had brought the camera!) to see a blue heron waiting at the edge of the pond. We almost hated to disturb him by starting down the path, but of course we did and he flew off majestically.
Our picnic by the quiet little pond was such a wonderful respite in the midst of a busy day! We will be doing this again ... and next time we will be sure to bring the camera!
* In the "who knew?" department, would you have guessed that the Dollar Tree carries containers of Reser's Potato Salad? Only 12 ounces, to be sure, but when we compared them to the 16-ounce size at Walmart, they turned out to be cheaper per pound!