Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Minnesota Historical Society-"H" ABC WEDNESDAY

Recently I have become interested in family history.  Although I hail from Wisconsin, my DH's family has been in Minnesota for a few generations so I decided to begin in Minnesota with the Irish Kilbanes so my children and grand-kids can discover some of their paternal roots. No better place to start than the History Center and what a terrific facility it is! I've already learned a lot, but unfortunately finding records for the Irish Kilbanes is going to be a challenge.


Monday, September 01, 2014

Theme Day, September, 2014 Rust and Ruins

These photos were taken several years ago, but it still appeals to me in its old, decaying and dilapidated condition.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cathedral of St. Paul

Even though I took these photos on an overcast day, you can see how the
Cathedral dominates the landscape.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Surgery at the Fair

 Another big draw for me at the Minnesota State Fair is the veterinary surgeries.  Vets donate their time to demonstrate the necessity of spaying and neutering our pets.  I observed the spaying of an approximately eight-month-old black cat, starting with the pre-op preparations by technicians (behind glass as we observed on the bleachers) to the actual surgical procedure enlarged for the audience on televisions.  The following photos show the incision and removal of the ovaries before the uterus was removed and then the final stitching by the good doctor.  Fascinating!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Student Artists

 Yesterday I went to the Minnesota State Fair.  My first two stops as usual were the Education and Fine Arts Buildings.  In addition to learning about the number of educational programs, schools and institutions in the education area, student artwork is always on display.

Can you believe that these three pieces are created by students!?  The top photo is the work of a 7th grader, a ninth grade student created the haunting image on the left. Because I lost my sheet of notes, I do not recall the grade level of the artist of the female subject.  I am mightily impressed with the talent exhibited by these three student artists.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Great Exhibit

I don't think I'll miss this one!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Garden in an Alley-ABC WEDNESDAY "G"

This is a spiffy little garden in a St. Paul alley.  Each summer alley gardens are judged and awards given.  This one obvious was deemed worthy!! A good way to beautify the neighborhood.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


“Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant.” 
Cervantes, Don Quixote.
Linking to ABC Wednesday

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunset and Storm Clouds

Last night as we drove home after having an outstanding dinner at a restaurant (more on that later) in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, we were treated to a spectacular sky of sunset and storm clouds. The photos were taken from the car as we drove down the highway. . . not bad, but nature provided the scene!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wonder Women

Last Sunday got up early to go to Mississippi Blvd to take photos as I watched these Wonder Women fly by! I was pleasantly surprised to see how cheerful most of them seemed.  Some passed me by without a glance, but many of them had a smile, a wave, or a cheery hello!