Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tetsubin, or iron kettles, were originally used in the home to boil water. These pots generally were not ornately decorated, as they were placed over a hearth to provide heat and humidity during cold weather. During the mid-19th century as infused tea drinking became more popular, tetsubin evolved from being a kitchen item to being a status symbol used to serve tea. Some of these were even elaborately decorated with a high relief design or inlay of copper, gold, or silver.
The region best known for making tetsubin is Iwate prefecture, in Northern Japan.
Haven't been blogging for a variety of reasons. Tomorrow I am going to Mazatlán, Mexico for the month of January. Please come visit me there at http://kate-mazatlanmexico.blogspot.com!
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Santa lost one of his reindeer who is hanging around Highland Park shopping center in St. Paul. Couldn't be Rudolph because this one doesn't have a red nose. Will someone please let Santa know!
Guess the old guy must be too tuckered out to miss this reindeer.
Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Last Thursday, I posted two photos of animals that were enclosed in a makeshift holding fence at a busy shopping area in Highland Park so children and adults could enjoy the animals seldom seen in this place. The two young Alpacas looked warm and fluffy and were the center of attention for the smaller youngsters enjoying this special holiday treat for shoppers.
Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday Critters
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Linking to Good Fences
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Linking to Signs, signs
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
It seems that many of my friends are delighted that our typical Minnesota winter has not yet arrived. As much as I dislike freezing temperatures and ice, I'd rather have that than global warming. As I am typing this, the weather is rain and wind rather than snowflakes. If it continues these will not be used at all!
Monday, December 14, 2015
Liz is a true animal lover. Right out of high school she began working for a few years with animals but then her life moved in different directions for awhile. She eventually returned to the field and has been working for the past eight years in a St Paul animal hospital. She not only loves the animals but she enjoys the people who bring their pets to the clinic where she works. Liz said, "I really like people who are passionate about animals." Judging from her friendly, helpful personality Liz is also passionate about her professional life and work,
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Jim and I visited Sister Saint Angela recently at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. Sister was Jim's second grade teacher (!!), and until recently he and several of his classmates would occasionally meet to take Sister out for lunch. The years never dimmed the stories they recalled and retold. In addition Sister had many of her former students help with Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels that distribute 20,000 meals to 4,000 families throughout the city for those who need and appreciate a full meal on the holiday. Started by two Cretin-Derham students in 1970 when they were still teen-agers, now it is a massive undertaking that has been functioning for decades with volunteers who donate money, food and supplies and also man the phones taking orders, cook, and deliver thousands of meals on Thanksgiving morning. Sister now lives in the Memory Unit at Carondelet and appears to be quite happy there. No more lunches with her former students, but she welcomes and enjoys their visits. We live close-by and enjoy our time with her.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Wendy, our foster dog, came to us to heal after surgery for a fractured pelvis and broken leg. This was her second visit to the animal chiropractor. Wendy doesn't always put weight on her hind leg and sometimes walks and hops around without using it, but she actually is doing quite well. We do therapy exercises with her; she races up and down our stairs and jumps off and on furniture (still haven't trained her not to do that, tho) so she must be healing.
Friday, December 11, 2015
If you haven't started your holiday shopping, you should consider visiting the Northern Clay Center. It is a fascinating place to visit any time of the year, but right now the shop's inventory has many beautiful items that would make gift giving a real pleasure.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Modeled after Norwegian communities that build replicas of their cities the Norway House brought this tradition to Minnesota. A few Minnesota bakers (Crave, Coup d'Etat, and Woulet bakeries) and hobby bakers created a display of Twin Cities landscape. (Credit: Star Tribune).
I was delighted and charmed to see familiar landmark buildings like Foshay Tower, Guthrie Theatre, Stone Arch Bridge, the Basilica, churches and even a Caribou. Later I will post a few of these for you to enjoy.
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Friday, December 04, 2015
Thursday, December 03, 2015
While shopping at Rosedale Mall looking for both birthday and Christmas presents for my family, I noticed a very attractive and striking looking woman walking down one of the "lanes." Later as I was leaving, Shiran handed me a packet of "Gold," a truffles infusion brightening face-lift cream. Perhaps I should have been interested in the product she was promoting but instead I was far more interested in learning about her. Shiran is from Jerusalem and lives in St. Paul for the past 8 years. This busy working mother has three children who attend a Lubavitch school not far from my own home. Shiran and her family obviously enjoy living and working here, a very different community than her former home in Israel. A pleasure meeting her!
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
No more little ones! These are just a few of the holiday books that come out every Christmas, but the adolescents and adults don't seem to be that interested anymore. I could donate them to Goodwill where all my gently-used items wind up, but I'd like to know just a little bit more about the children who will read them. Our neighborhood children want for few things so I think I will find a homeless shelter; perhaps it will bring some children some pleasure.