Yesterday morning, I was in the mood to do something - and I was trying to convince Rob that we should make something for our house, so I'd have something to write about here this week.
(Seriously, there's nothing like a daily commitment to a blog to keep you motivated.)
We got there at about 11 a.m., which seemed like perfect timing. We got to see some of the artists painting (their work is incredible), but nothing was crowded and the shops were just opening.
I was so excited to finally take lunch to Rob at Daily Kneads, the little cafe in the Arcola Emporium that is open for lunch only, Tuesdays through Sundays.
I wrote about it a while back when I worked in features, but I've been in love with their food since I was a pipsqueak reporter visiting Arcola when I worked on The News-Gazette's state desk in 2007.
We both had a lunch special - the grilled meatloaf sandwich. It was like a delicious, tender, well-seasoned burger. It was made with some incredible combination of herbs, but we both ate too quickly to identify them. My Tidewater Slaw had some deliciously smoky undertones, and I thought Rob might die, he was so happy with the carrot cake he ordered for dessert.
So, to sum up Daily Kneads, if you can be in Arcola for lunch, go there. You will not regret it.
We also had some fun antique shopping in the area, through various shops that we'd been in before. After the requisite stop at Flesor's Candy Kitchen , we wandered into Paddy Wagon Antiques  on U.S. 36 in Tuscola.
I'd never shopped there, but Rob and I were both impressed with how well-organized it was, and by the selection of cool things we'd never seen before. The prices seemed pretty reasonable, too, and we bought the perfect gift for someone special to us. (But I can't tell you what it is for a while, because otherwise, that would totally ruin the surprise.)
Anyhow, not much new on the DIY-project front, but I think our day spent wandering Arcola and Tuscola were worth it.
Walldogs photos by Heather Coit.