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Dirt Road Adventures – Vacation Time

Hey Y’all! If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I was not on the Dirt Road much this past week. I spent some time at our beach cottage with my daughter. We had a great time, although it was cold and rainy.

Dirt Road Adventures – Vacation Time is a look back at this weeks adventures and how exhausting vacation is! LOL. I spent the last few days getting caught up on bills and preparing for the upcoming, busy week! Why do I feel like I need another vacation already? LOL

Vacation Trash Day – Yay!

I couldn’t share my vacation story without sharing a little trashy adventure.

I spent the first part of the vacation with my husband. Just before my daughter arrived, my husband left to give us time alone. However, the day he was leaving, we went for a walk and it happened to be trash day at the beach.

We had not gone far when we found a wooden file cabinet by the side of the road. I had been wanting a vintage file cabinet but this one wasn’t vintage. So we continued to walk on. After taking a few steps, I turned back with a plan for this, newer than I wanted, file cabinet.

I stood guard while he ran back for the car. It’s a good thing I did because another couple showed up, ready to remove the treasure. We didn’t fight over it but I was a little worried for a minute. LOL

Thankfully, I wasn’t traveling home with him because I don’t think we could have all fit into the car.

Vacation Time – Mother/Daughter Time

My daughter and I have had a tradition since she’s been a grown up and no longer at home. We spend the week of Mother’s Day and her birthday together at the beach. It’s the only time we get to have Mother/Daughter time alone. We don’t have to worry about husbands and fur babies. Last year we didn’t get to go and that made this year even more special.

We decided beforehand that we would shop for each other’s gift while we were there. This worked out perfectly for Thrifting With The Gals on Wednesday. Here are my gifts which we found at one resale shop. The vintage ironstone pitcher matches a creamer I had previously found. My vintage clock collection is starting to grow with these two new additions.

I never knew that I wanted old pie tins until I saw some that were priced much higher than these on a recent Thrifting with the Gals adventure. Now I need at least one more. If you love vintage shopping and getting a deal, be sure to join my friends and I, here on Instagram every Wednesday, on stories.

Meeting New Friends

Another fun thing that happened while we were leaving the vintage shop, an Instagram friend recognized me and we got to chat. It turns out that she has a vintage booth at Baker Street Curiosity Shop. She was able to share some other great shops with us.

Mary Bradley and myself in front of Baker’s Street Curiosity Shop located in Wilmington, NC

HomeGood’s for my Daughter’s Gift

Jennifer didn’t complain, as I looked at every single item in the vintage shops we visited, however, she’s more of a HomeGoods kinda girl. She loves to garden and wanted to add some color to her flower garden. We lucked up immediately with these fun purchases. Two fun bird houses and a three tier plant stand was just what Jennifer wanted for her birthday.

Although the vacation time week didn’t involve any sunscreen or sandy feet, we took full advantage of our time by eating well and shopping til we dropped. We also managed a nap, some good reading and catching up over a glass of wine or two. I’m already looking forward to next year.

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Although I was on vacation, I had previously written some posts to share with you while I was gone. First, I shared 17 Patriotic Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend. In addition, I was able to get the front porch ready for some porch sitting. I shared my Best Front Porch Ideas for Spring & Summer. This includes tips for styling to make your porch inviting and creating seating areas to encourage sitting a spell.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

A Yummy recipe Adventure

The Lemon Blueberry Muffins look so yummy. Kippi from Kippi at Home shared this delicious recipe just in time for fresh blueberry season.

Top muffins with lemon glaze
A Gardening Adventure

Kim at Shiplap and Shells shared When to Cut Back Spring Bulbs. Boy, do I wish I’d seen this post earlier. Unfortunately, I cut most of mine back before I left for vacation time and before reading Kim’s tips. I hope I shared this in time to save your bulbs.

A Doggy Adventure

8 Tidy Home Tips for Dog Owners was shared by Coco at The Crowned Goat who has 4 dogs. Get ready for some great tips and some sweet doggy faces or tails. LOL

Keeping-the-house-fresh-with-pets-The-Crowned-Goat 8 Tidy Home Tips for Dog Owners Organization
A DIY Adventure

My friend Kirsten at White Arrows Home loves easy and inexpensive DIY projects. She shared this fun magnet project using vintage brooches. I love the retro whimsical look.

Vintage Brooch Magnet DIY

More Adventures that you don’t want to miss
An Early Spring In the Garden Tour
An Outdoor Planter Shelf
More Patriotic Decor Ideas
9 Creative Ways to Decorate with Paper
How to Make a Hanging Planter

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you got some great tips that you can use this week.

Kippi Ohern

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

I love your idea of a Mother/Daughter week to do whatever you want to do. No one could have told me how much I would change by being a mother. Celebrating with the ones who made me a mother is the BEST!!! I love that blueberry lemon recipe. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kippi

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Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Kippi, Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to share your recipe. Thanks so much.


Monday 17th of May 2021

Thank you so much for sharing my tidy tips for dog owners, Rachel, I really appreciate it! I never got the chance to have kids so all the fur babies have added more love to our lives than I could have imagined. It's so sweet you and your daughter go on trips together each year. I definitely need to talk to my Mom and sisters about doing that too. They would love it! Can't wait to share your fabulous patriotic ideas on Friday's post, they're amazing! Big hugs, CoCo

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Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Coco, I loved your post. Thanks so much for stopping by and I appreciate you for sharing my post also.


Monday 17th of May 2021

I hope one day when my daughters are adulting, that we can do something like y'all do. That sounds like the best idea and so much fun! Glad you had a great time. Thanks so much for sharing my Patriotic Decor Ideas too. I still have your ticking fabric ideas at the top of my to-do list! Happy Monday.

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Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Cindy, It's a great tradition and thanks for stopping by today.

Marlene Stephenson

Sunday 16th of May 2021

It sounds like you had a nice vacation and found some great treasures. I don't think your file cabinet is too ugly but I know you can make it better!!

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Sunday 16th of May 2021

Marlene, Thanks so much for your vote of confidence. I hope I can.


Sunday 16th of May 2021

I'm so glad you had a fun vacation! Trash day is the best right? Thank you for sharing my early spring garden tour. Happy Siunday!

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Sunday 16th of May 2021

Stacy, You are so welcome.