My husband went to Branson Missouri on business for two and half days and I got to tag along. I thought it would feel a little strange to be wandering around Branson alone and at first it was but I actually had a lot of fun. It’s nice to have someone to share the fun with but there are certain advantages to being alone too. You get to do exactly what you want without worrying about your companion being bored and without having to put up with any grouching.
Branson Missouri has been called the “redneck Las Vegas” and, where the shows are concerned, the description fits but what I like about it are the stores and museums. I had been to a few of the stores before but never did much shopping. This time I actually bought stuff. The mug in the first photo is the last thing I bought. Just about every gift shop in Branson had these and a standard, straight, non-footed version. I had been resisting temptation, telling myself that I really do not have any place to put one more mug but at the last minute I decided I couldn’t leave Branson without it.
Other purchases included: * Four Blue Willow “soup bowls” – the kind that are so shallow they’re almost plates, not bowls. I plan to use them for salad and pasta. (not at the same time, of course) I can’t see using a shallow bowl for soup; it would cool off too quickly. * A t-shirt for myself – insanely bright red/orange tie dye with dragons on the front. Three pieces of fabric which I plan to use for long-sleeved shirts. There’s a really great fabric/quilt store in Branson. It was really really hard to limit myself to only three. * A small decorative tin sign. * A refrigerator magnet. * Several items for other people.
Now, it really doesn’t seem like all that much but every time I found myself walking up to the cash register with something I cringed a little bit. It’s not my nature to indulge. Well, maybe it is my nature but I usually don’t let that part of my nature have its way. I did pass up several items that I wanted. In particular, there was a set of four milk glass tumblers that greatly tempted me but I thought they were rather small so I talked myself out of them on that basis. Even more tempting, was a print showing an abandoned house with a tire swing hanging from a tree in the front yard, all surrounded by bluebonnets. It reminded me so much of scenes that were familiar to me when I was a little kid, it almost felt like the painting was done especially for me but for some reason it just seemed like buying it would be too much of a self-indulgence.
This was in one of the craft mall/flea markets. I’ve never seen one like that with only one drawer on each side. Most have either two or three. The cabinet was painted that color. In the photo it almost looks like it could be natural wood color but it was more obvious in person – sort of a faded orange color.
I also went to the Branson Auto Museum. Lots of beautiful old cars and trucks, some of them for sale.
This is the restaurant where I ate lunch on Wednesday – the El Portal Mexican restaurant. I love these carved and painted booths. The tables were carved and panted too and coated with a thick layer of clear resin. No two were alike. The food and service were very good too. This was my favorite of all the places I ate while I was in Branson.
I might post a few more photos later.