This restaurant chain is famous not only for its hashbrown casserole but for the “Country Store” attached to each one. Now, I wasn’t born on this rock, so correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t you expect a “Country Store” to carry basic groceries, farm and garden supplies, fence posts, baling wire, and maybe some dry goods like calico and denim?
Snort! No. This here Em-po-ree-um is a temple to the God of Stuff No One Needs But Which A Certain Sort of Person Likes.
All that is unusual, extremely colorful, or just plain inexplicable is to be found here.
Case in point, Instead of a homespun frock for a young lass, there is this:
Sigyn is entranced by the rainbow color and the sparkles and the organza. I think it looks like the Bifrost threw up.
Dearest, do you want toucans? Because they have toucans.
They would certainly make any meal more colorful, but how are they “country”? Unless, of course, your country is a small banana-laden entity in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case, spot-on.
This set of condiment shakers is even more bizarre.
But I don’t know everything. Maybe there is someone somewhere with an undersea-themed china pattern who desperately needs a set of squid-and-puffer fish shakers.
Sigyn thinks that if we are doing fish-themed, she would like this very much.
But what is it? I think it might be a purse, but in this place, anything is possible. It could be a grits-cozy.
My beloved’s magpie eye has been snared by a very glittery spacecraft.
And it’s electric, so the glittery goo swirls and eddies shimmers and it’s hypnotic and…. Look away, dearest, look away!
Great Frigga’s Corset! This brilliant bromeliad is not much better.
This truck is definitely less glittery.
But the driver looks as if he has only one destination in mind. Uh, no thank you on that lift, my good sir.
Shhh… Sigyn, do you hear that? What is that soft, weirdly hypnotic snoring sound? Sigyn? Sigyn where’d you go?!
“It’s so fluffy!”
Sweetie, we do not need a battery-operated fake sleeping and snoring puppy. We have two kibble-operated real sleeping and snoring felines at home.
I’m going to go look over at that shelf of medicines and cosmetics. Oh, ho, ho, what have we here?
Badger balm. You know. For if your “badger” is achy or has trouble sleeping.
Sigyn, I think I have had enough badgers and squid and glitter and things that light up but shouldn’t. Are you ready to go? Sigyn?
Sigyn?! Now where did she get off to?
Ah. Worshipping at the altar of fudge.