Saturday, September 24, 2016

Meet Paige

Paige is resting quietly in the middle aisle of Unity-Unitarian Church in St. Paul, next to her owner, Beth, who is a member of the choir. Paige is one of two seeing eye dogs that belong to our parish. She is loved by everyone!

Linked to Saturday Critters & Camera Critters

Friday, September 23, 2016


Sunflowers: Hand dyed and painted fabric 33 x 40 wall hanging

I discovered that I have neither discipline nor will power with a weakened work ethic when it comes to downsizing.  I announced to myself and others that I would take an hiatus from social media and blogging during the month of September to begin this important task to ready our home for sale in order to move to smaller living space.  Well, all I accomplished was emptying one wall unit of drawers and bookshelves.  The task is too daunting and my time was spent doing other mundane activities, none of which were half as interesting as viewing the world with a eye to photograph.  So, here I am. . . back again, eager to see y'all---lot more interesting than cleaning out unwanted and unnecessary objects of a lifetime of accumulated "stuff!"

The wall hanging above is just one of a collection of fabric art quilts and hangings  made by a very talented artist!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Guest Cartoonist!

We have slipped into September so quickly that it leaves me breathless and this cartoon accurately  depicts my feelings!

I intend to take an hiatus during the entire month of September.  I need to do some serious downsizing that I avoid nicely by using and enjoying my computer instead, but now I decided that this is the month to make some headway. Perhaps I will relent before the month is over .  .  . who knows how disciplined I can be?! I will visit FB occasionally, especially after morning walks with Wild Wendy.
Don't worry. . . I'll be back!!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Library Windows: September Theme, 2016

In addition to a vast book and publication collection as well as a coffee shop and wifi with other amenities, the Frey Library at the University of St Thomas has stained glass windows that feature many literary greats.  It is interesting to wander around to see more windows honouring Goethe, Cicero, Homer, Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, and others.

Go  here, here, and here to see previous posts of these windows.
To see more libraries that CDP bloggers visit, click here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trader Joe's World

Trying to find a navigable route from my house to Trader Joe's is an exercise in creativity. St. Paul is still in the throes of ripping up almost all major streets and highways to make improvements.  Hard to be patient this summer for the finished products; the seasonal construction appears to have been worse this year than previous seasons.
Linking to Signs, Signs

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Acme Foundry

Founded in 1906
Acme Foundry has been a supplier of quality ductile and gray iron castings for over a century!

Located on a very busy and somewhat unattractive street connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis, I thought that this was just another old abandoned building.  Haven't heard the word "foundry" in a long time, but it obviously is a strong, thriving business.  Check it out here. It has some interesting photos on its site.

According to their website: We continue to serve our large and diverse customer base by staying abreast of the times, offering old-fashioned service and craftsmanship, state of the art foundry technology and very competitive pricing.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ancient Warrior

It's not a mural but not exactly a window either, but it is an impressive image at the top of the wide
dramatic stairs in the Castle of the American Swedish Institute.
Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Seeking Knowledge

Are you ready for the September 1st Theme Day, Library?  I have been looking for a perfect photo for it but still have not found one.  These steps are not a stairway to heaven, but close. . .because it leads to the book collection on the second floor of my local branch library.  I am carrying on the hunt while I find book after book of interest.  Perhaps that was the secret intent of the theme?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Restaurant's Aquarium

I used to see many more aquariums in restaurants and medical or business offices in the past than I do today.  I wonder why these tanks with their fish have slowly disappeared?  While waiting to be served in any of these places, I always am entertained, almost mesmerized, by these colorful animals.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Abundant Love Project

Last Wednesday as I entered the Highland Park Library and pushed the automatic door opener, this caught my eye.  I saw it atop the pedestal just outside the entrance.  
What a delightful gift! 
Go here to learn about this project.