A day away from the resort – 5-1-12

On May 1st we were invited to join my brother David and his wife Donna at the More Cafe in Milan, Minnesota for Klub. (More about Klub to come)

That morning we were expecting Scott from Instant Rain about 9:00 to hook up our sprinkling system. He had some troubles and didn’t arrive until 11:00.

While we were waiting for Scott, a goose family showed up to visit. It was mom, dad and the 4 children just lazily swimming in Lake Florida on a beautiful day.


Goose Family

Earlier in the morning I had started to make chocolate chip cookies for May Baskets so I took the opportunity to go inside and finish them. Couldn’t keep working on the yard with water spraying everywhere. 🙂

At 1:50 we were ready to leave. Took our first May basket over to friends Al & Marie by Eagle Lake and then set off for Big Stone City to Lou’s Greenhouse. We had never been there, but it was only about 35 miles farther than Milan so we took the opportunity to go shop for flowers.

Bob was looking for a special plumbing adapter so we stopped at the hardware store in Kerkhoven to check if they had it. No they didn’t, but they did have a brand new bagger for my Lawn Boy lawnmower in their sale bin. We had just talked about needing a new one that very morning! I am a lucky woman!

We were off again and came across this HUGE building in Murdock that we both agreed would more than cover the resort.

resort building

A building to put over the resort

We have a dilemma-permanent or retractable roof? I’m thinking retractable-we don’t have that many rainy days. Alas, just like the legislature, this will never be decided!

In Danvers we came across this really unique church. There weren’t any signs so have no idea who the congregation was. Does anyone know anything about it?

Danvers church

Unique church architecture

Our next stop was Big Stone City, S.D. which is just across the border. We met Lou the owner. He started the greenhouse in the early 1960’s in an old chicken coop. He now has 18 greenhouses. People come from many, many miles to buy from them. It was quite an adventure. Have you been there?

connie in greenhouse

Connie with all of our plants getting ready to check out

Connie, Lou & an employee at the greenhouse

Lou's greenhouse

Calling card for Lou's Greenhouse

Our 2 hours were up and it was time to head for Milan. We would have been almost on time, but we were so busy talking we missed the sign for Appleton and went 10 miles out of our way-but we’re not talking about that. No sense in ruining a great day! 🙂

More Cafe

Bob & Connie at the More Cafe in Milan, MN

For those of you who don’t know what Klub is, it is a Scandinavian dish of ground up potatoes seasoned with salt. You add enough flour to make it into balls, maybe a small piece of ham in the middle and cook in boiling water. They’re done when they float to the top. Serve with butter. (many think the butter is the most important ingredient) Many people actually prefer them the next day fried in butter. The More Cafe has been featured on Jason Davis’s “On the Road” show. We also met the owner of the town’s grocery store who is originally from Willmar. He told us all about the mural on the store wall and the bell at the end of the street.

Milan has a big celebration coming up on May 19th for their Syttende Mai Celebration. Sounds like fun. Have you been there?


sunset at 8:24

On the way home we were treated to a beautiful sunset-though it was at our back so we had to keep stopping to take the pictures.

It was a great day away from the resort. Can hardly wait to get started planting all of the flowers we bought!