Monday, October 05, 2015

And the Winner Is......

While at the Farmers Market on Saturday I was drawn to an area where a group of white clad men were gathered around a table.  I learned that the American Culinary Federation was having a contest-of-sorts to determine quality and preparation of food samples.  I had to elbow my way into the area to take some photos, but I wasn't able to stick around and remain unobtrusive. I don't know who was judged the best, but here are some samples.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Capital City Sewer.

On occasion in the past, one of the CDP bloggers will post a manhole cover that is unique to their area.  Without much luck I have actively looked for a long time for a cover to represent my city. I finally gave up because the ones I saw around town were ordinary at best.  Today I just happened to set down a heavy bag of vegetables that I had just bought at the Farmers Market right next to this one.  It isn't terribly old, but it reflects St Paul.  Serendipity!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Spinning a Yarn!

There isn't a yarn display or store that I can resist because I love the colors and the variety of wool. While browsing in the newly remodeled Norway House gift shop last week, I thought about the differences in colors and shades of yarn I saw there (photo below) and those that I had photographed in New Mexico (top picture). I also wondered if the colors indicated differences in culture.  If I thought about it long enough, I suppose I could spin a yarn to justify any interpretation. What do you think?

Friday, October 02, 2015

On's Kitchen

One of our favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities is On's Kitchen on University near Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.  If you like Thai food, it's the place to go and it's the real deal. It is a family-owned with On, who is from Thailand, cooking long hours six days a week.  DH and I have been loyal patrons since she opened the restaurant several years ago and she treats us like family. What a fantastic experience!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Theme Day-"Shelter" October 1, 2015

SHELTER for Lexi:  This little Shiba Inu who belongs to our son spends a lot of time at our house.  One of the characteristics of this breed is "independence."  Although quite lovable, Lexi definitely has a stubborn streak and has a mind of her own.  She loves prowling the backyard watching, then chasing the squirrels and rabbits but always failing to catch them.  If she decides to stay outside instead of answering our call to come back inside, Lexi has found her own "hidey-hole" where she burrows in and is sheltered from any interference from humans.

It's that time again: theme day on the first of the month.  Hustle over here if you want to see how other CDP bloggers has interpreted SHELTER. Take a minute to leave a comment, too.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Norwegian Mittens

I should dedicate this post to my young friend, Sasha, whose mittens look as gorgeous as these! Guess you have to be Norwegian to knit so that your mittens look like this!

After reading about the Norway House on Franklin Avenue, a friend and I went there yesterday morning to check it out.  Located behind Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Church, this small coffee and gift shop is a little gem.  The mittens are beautiful, and I am sure they are worth $60.00, but it was a little pricey for my budget.  Aren't they beautiful, tho?!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autumn on the Mississippi

This is one of many seasonal photos I have taken over the years along the shore of my beloved Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.  Autumn is arriving late this year, which is just fine with me since these glorious colors are so ironic when one considers what follows: frigid temperatures, snow and ice.  I can wait!!

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." George Eliot

Monday, September 28, 2015

Southwest Writer

Tony Hillerman
Prolific Southwest Writer
Navajos' Best Friend

Because I have a love affair with  New Mexico, and I miss it when I am not there,  I decided to read many, if not most, of his novels.  Have collected 12 used paperbacks in order of publication, and I am on a journey with Hillerman and the Navajos!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Real Deal!

Looking out to sea
Beautiful Adirondacks
Down with plastic!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tiresome Road Work

Road work in Minnesota:  will it ever end?