Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
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
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!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Recently I posted a photo here of an excellent take-away at Longfellow Market on Lake Street. DH and I have become regulars now for a casual Saturday lunch. Last Saturday I had a delicious Juicy Lucy while listening to this musician who entertained us with his music and a smile. If you live in the neighborhood, go to eat and listen. Prices cannot be beaten! Incidentally the proceeds usually are given to a neighborhood food shelf; a young boy scout whose troop was that day's recipient was volunteering at the store. A good deal all around!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A family moved into our neighborhood with two children both of whom are adorable, Fiona and her younger brother, Oscar. I have been particularly charmed by Fiona and enjoy watching her.
The finished face of Fabulous Fiona
Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY
Monday, August 18, 2014
While shopping yesterday, I spoke with both Hannah and Greg who were one of the protestors picketing Whole Foods on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. Stores in several states were being targeted on that day. Apparently the market is promoting rabbit food in the meat department in their stores. About ten protesters were displaying their banners, offering petitions for interested people to sign who opposed the practice, and suggesting ways to persuade Whole Foods to discontinue rabbits as food. One of their objections is that the USDA's Humane Methods of Slaughter Act does not cover rabbits. I included a photo of a rabbit carcass on sale inside the store at $4.99 a lb, and this package cost $29.07.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
In a small mall on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis in a highly diverse neighborhood of Native American and Somali residents, a number of interesting stores, social service agencies, Maria's restaurant and this statue can be found. One shop not to miss and visit sells Native American artifacts, and this large statue seems to be an appropriate guardian of them all.
Linking to Camera Critters
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Recently a newly-opened independent grocery store in Longfellow, a nearby neighborhood, offers an excellent lunch at excellent prices on Saturdays. I hope it continues because the meat is high quality from their meat department. Hot dogs ($1), absolutely delicious brats ($2), and huge Juicy Lucy hamburgers ($3). We have been shopping there recently because we want the market to succeed, plus I am delighted with the above Saturday specials.
Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY
Monday, August 11, 2014
I absolutely love volunteering as an interpreter in the Ordway Gardens in Como Park in St. Paul!
I learn a great deal about the Japanese Garden while there. This lantern located in the tea garden is assembled from the parts of five other lanterns by Masami Matsuda in 1991, Nagasaki's ninth generation landscape gardener. From the beginning of the garden's design, members of the St Paul's sister city, Nagasaki, worked with Como to bring examples of Japanese culture to the garden and the people of Minnesota.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Eleven young men took their first vows as Jesuits at St. Thomas More church on Summit Avenue in St Paul, MN, today. I was honored by an invitation from a former student to attend the mass and reception afterwards. The large church was filled with family and friends, and I have never before been in a gathering with so many Jesuits! By an amazing coincidence during the reception , I talked to a Jesuit from Xavier College, visiting from Cleveland. Much to our delight, we discovered a mutual friend, a Jesuit who had been close to our family for decades and who our children still refer to as Uncle Jack. Like most Jesuits I have met, Jack was an intellectual and learned man whose death and absence has been sorely missed by our family and the Jesuit community.
Congratulations to all of the eleven men whom we honored today!