Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Movement: October 1, 2014 Theme Day

Water is such an obvious choice, but I couldn't resist posting this fountain!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Little Library-ABC WEDNESDAY "L"

Yesterday I posted a Little Free library building that perhaps was a nostalgic replica of the owner's childhood school.  Today this one will touch your heartstrings.

Click here  for the history of Little Free Libraries.  You can even buy one for your neighborhood!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Little Free Library-ABC WEDNESDAY "L"

I have published photos of several Little Free Libraries in the past, but I couldn't resist this schoolhouse.  Because it is the beginning of another school year the architecture is very appropriate. In fact, it is a replica of a 1936 schoolhouse in North Dakota. Perhaps it is a bit of nostalgia for the homeowners. Unseen to the right of the library is a convenient cement bench, making it easier for passersby to browse, rest, and read.

Linking to ABC Wednesday

PS.  I find that I am enjoying less and less free time to visit and enjoy your blogs.  I definitely need to prioritize!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Poor Baby!

 Don't see too many of these anymore!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dan and Jill

During the Jazz Fest on Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul on September 13, the crowd included many canines of varied sizes, Dan, the owner of a 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, stopped to chat with us, revealing that Jill weighed all of 4 lbs. Apparently this particular breed can top the scales at 10 lbs. Pretty chunky!

Linked to Camera Critters

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gentleman George

Gentleman George is a big asset in the kitchen!  Unity Church in St. Paul offers a gourmet meal every Wednesday night during most of the year, usually attended by 100-150 parishoners and guests. Kitchen crews are organized and volunteers arrange the dining room, cook and serve the meal, and help clean up afterwards.  Our crew which works together one night a month is awesome, and it appears that George is a handyman to have around as one of the volunteers.  He has lots of creative energy!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Virginia Woolf

I took this photo with my iphone quite by accident. but it is very revealing.  My DH refers to me as a "casual housekeeper."

“A woman must have money and a room of her own . . .” 
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


After a lifetime of hard work, you, too, can retire, sleep late, get up on a sun-filled autumn morning to eat French toast and REAL maple syrup with fresh raspberries and cream. If you are lucky, you will have someone with whom to share it.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014


 Hey, is it legal to use an image found on the internet? I want y'all to see what I have discovered with the help of a nephew so far in my early geneaology search for these ancestors.  I haven't unearthed much else because the Kilbanes from County Mayo are an illusive lot.  We are going to Ireland next June and will stop at Achil Island, which is the origin of our branch of Kilbanes.  We have an ancestor born in 1785 on the island, but don't know in which village, but we will stop while in Ireland.  Seems that there are 37 households of Kilbanes there currently so perhaps one of them can help us. It seems that our branch of the family left during the potato famine.  I've learned quite a bit about Ireland since I started on this research journey but it is VERY time consuming.  PS.  If you know any Kilbanes, have them contact me!!

The name Kilbane is derived from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhain sept who were of the 'Ui Fiachrach' in Ireland. They were located in North Connaught Province and especially in County Sligo and can still be found there in some numbers to this very day.

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY and Irish Surnames

Monday, September 22, 2014


Last Friday I posted photos of the management of Goodwill on University Ave in St Paul donning their Halloween finery.  I'd like to introduce you to another employee, the smiling face of one of their cashiers. . . a lovely and beautiful young woman.