Monday, October 23, 2017

Flowers for a Dreary Day

Yesterday was filled with sunshine and beautiful autumn scenes.  Today? Rainy, damp and dreary! There is only one way to lighten one's spirits. . . looking at the natural beauty of flowers.  Again, here are a few lovely plants from the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Everytime I go into Cossetta's to do some shopping, I feel like I have died and gone to heaven. The owners definitely had vision a few years ago when they expanded and added a few new shopping areas in the restaurant and grocery sections. It is wonderful that this Italian family has successfully continued their tasty business for several generations.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

An Oasis in Winter

After the snow begins to fly, this will probably be a familiar scene in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.  After a few months of shortened days and below zero temperatures, many photographers visit this wonderful place for a bit of green and a few blossoms. Although I visit it year round, I particulately appreciate it in the cold Minnesota winter months.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Last of the Season?

So glad that the weather is still holding! The leaves on the trees, especially the red maples, are brilliant in colour.  I didn't expect to see these lovely blossoms floating in an outdoor pond at Como Conservatory, but I was happy to be able to enjoy them still!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It's that time again!

It seems that there are fewer Halloween decorations in the neighbourhood this year.  There are still about 12 days before the big candy event, but in past years more homes would be decorated by this time. I guess Ill have to broaden my field and roam around the neighbourhood a bit more.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Library Returns

Utility containers of all kinds have gotten new life when decorated as a part of public art on city streets.  My local branch library did a terrific job of brightening the book return box. Behind the readers using both book and kindle are downtown buildings: the Main Library, Landmark Center, 1st National Bank and other commerical buildings.

Linking to Signs, signs

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Orange is the new Mum

While shopping at Trader Joe's Saturday morning I stopped to admire the array of the many different colored mums on display.  I couldn't resist this shade; perfect color for my front steps to celebrate both autumn and Halloween. When I awakened to a light rain on Sunday morning the raindrops enhanced the perfect petals of each blossom on the plant.  So lovely!!~

Monday, October 16, 2017

Neighborhood Mural

These four details of a large mural depicts the neighborhood where DH, a friend and I had lunch last week.  It was a nice way to recognize the businesses and the residents, and a great way to decorate an older building.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My favorite neighbor!

What a joy it is to have St. Kate's for a neighbor!  I get to roam the campus, enjoying the beautiful flowers, the pond with its ducks, turtles and fountain plus the friendly students and inspiring faculty. I have also attended many performances and lectures in this spacious auditorium.

Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, The O’Shaughnessy has held a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities as both an arts presenter and rental hall since 1970. The O’Shaughnessy is conveniently located between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Canine Blossom

It's amazing what is found in planters these days!!

Friday, October 13, 2017


In order to grow a beautiful orchid plant like this, I guess I would have to volunteer at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.  Can't tell you how many orchids I have failed as they quietly led a quiet death.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Indian Burial Mounds-Good Fences

I have posted photos of the Indian Mounds in St. Paul before but since last Monday Columbus Day was officially recognized in our country, I think it is again appropriate to recognize the First Nation people in the United States, many of whom are still living in poverty with significant health problems. There is a movement in four cities to rename the day, Indigenous Peoples Day, which I think is very appropriate.  It is also important to redress many of the issues that have plagued the Indians and the abuses visited upon them by our own government.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Palms Provide

Part of the enjoyment of strolling through the various rooms at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park are the signs that provide information about the various blossoms, vegetation and plants.  To learn about the history of the conservatory, click here.

Linking to signs, signs

Monday, October 09, 2017

Mellow Yellow -Coral Reef

Fall colors take center stage at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s annual Fall Flower Show. This year’s show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums, ornamental peppers, and ornamental grasses that will fill the Sunken Garden with a stunning array of red, orange, yellow, gold, green, bronze, and maroon. The tradition of the annual Fall Flower Show began in 1915 when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory first opened.  Today, the Conservatory hosts five season annual flower shows.
The chrysanthemum flower has been known since before 5000 BC in a small yellow form. Ancient China and Japan both have tales explaining how the chrysanthemum originated. The Chinese who considered them the highest of flowers, named their royal throne after the flower.  Chrysanthemum flowers have traditionally been boiled in China to make “chrysanthemum tea,” used in folk medicine for influenza patients. In landscaping, chrysanthemums are valued for the fact that they bloom in fall.  Chrysanthemum flowers are also a favorite of florists for arrangements, due to the longevity of their blooms. Credit: Como Zoo and Conservatory site).

Monday, October 02, 2017

Theme Day, October 1, 2017-"Sensual"

One of my favorite shops in Mazatlán, México is owned by a family that uses animal hides to make masks and wall hangings.  I have one of a mermaid hanging in my bathroom.  Since it did not photograph well, I am using two other favorites of mine as my interpretation of "sensual."

Go here to see a gallery of sensual objects posted by other CDP bloggers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lake Superior shoreline ABC WEDNESDAY -"L"

I have loved living within reasonable driving distance  to two of the Great Lakes during my life: Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and Illinois or Lake Superior in Minnesota.  These two beautiful bodies of water have shorelines that are picturesque yet quite different.  Here I have three views of the Superior shoreline.  I think it's time again to make another trip to Duluth for a few days to enjoy this powerful lake.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Hero Dreams

 What could be more fun than going to a reading by an author who was one of your 8th grade Humanities students?! A successful lawyer, Mark Ristau decided to give it up to devote time to writing. Last night a good crowd and I at Common Good Books in Saint Paul listened to Mark launch the first novel of his planned trilogy.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chiropractic Visit for Wild Wendy!

I'm still not mobile enough to get outdoors to do a photo shoot, which I am hoping will occur soon.  In the meantime, I'm mining the archives for some half-way decent photos to post. Because of her injuries (fractured pelvis, broken rear leg and surgery to remove a hip socket) before we adopted her, Wild Wendy visits an animal chiropractor every three months.  This insures that her spine and other parts of  her body stays in alignment.  WW actually enjoys the adjustments and her daily exercises that we give her. What a dog!!
Linking to Camera Critters & Saturday Critters

Monday, September 11, 2017


I am still unable to go on a photo shoot, but I want to acknowledge this day as one that we should not forget.  I dedicate this post to the victims of 9/11,  their families and loved ones, and friends who have suffered the effects of this dastardly event. Is working and hoping for peace too much to ask?!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Drum Majorette

Four weeks post surgery! Walked two blocks and back twice on Saturday!! Think I'll audition for drum majorette at the University of Minnesota's Gopher's football games!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Sidewalk Musician

First Outing: Post-op appointment after surgery (3-week anniversary today!), a brief stop for a bowl of Cafe Latte soup plus a serenade by a street musician. Couldn't quite believe how that little trip could be so exhausting.  But, moving right along!!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Theme Day, September 1, 2017 Taking photo of a photographer taking a photo

I hope that there is still time to add this to the September Theme Day Gallery.  I had to dig deeply into my archives, but I found this of Olivia taking a "selfie." I had total knee replacement surgery on August 18th and this is the first time that I have been able to post any photos on CDP. Surgery went well but the first 10 days are nothing to write home about !!! Now I am doing well, and I am very happy with my progress. I still haven't been able to walk outdoors so my posts will still be few and far between. It's getting boring!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Memorial Bench

This little bench sits among the flowers that I posted last Thursday and Friday.  On my way home today. Woo Hoo!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Floral Treat

After seeing the dinner-plate-size white and red  hibiscus flowers that I posted yesterday, I noticed these smaller-sized blossoms that were not as showy but certainly as pretty and pleasing.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Floral Day Brightener

I am recuperating quickly and well after my knee surgery and presently am in the Transitional Care Unit at Episcopal Homes on Fairview and Feronia Avenues in Saint Paul. Finally I have been able to walk the grounds with my Cadillac walker to get some fresh air and sunshine! I took advantage of that outing this afternoon to take photos of some flowers in the many small gardens located throughout the campus.  I'll be "sprung" on Saturday and eventually I will be able to be out and about on some photo shoots after  I get home.   In the meantime, I will have to make do with what is available. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kneed to Know!

These photos obviously are not mine, but will serve to explain my past and future absence on CDP.  On Friday, August 18, I will have TKR, Total Knee Replacement, on my left knee. The weeks leading up to this procedure have

had some medical complications, but all is now resolved. Although I won't be around for awhile taking photos and posting on here, I will visit this group and Facebook every day to get my internet fix. I selected the least gross photos of knee replacement for your enjoyment!  Don't worry, I intend to be a brave, uncomplaining and cooperative patient.  If anyone out there has some artistic skills and wish to draw me as a a Bionic Woman, I will use it as a signature profile photo!!


Although not strictly a mural since it is not painted on a wall, I felt that this colorful work of art done on a large piece of canvas is close enough to qualify. I found it on a wall in a building on St. Kate's campus. Because of its style and vivid colors, I would expect to find this in a student area or commons, but it was in Carondelet Center, a building on Randolph Avenue that focuses on spirituality workshops, Wisdom Ways programs, a fine library and other programs, sponsored by the Sisters of Carondelet.
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Family

This statue is located at the main entrance of United Hospital in St Paul, and it has always intrigued me. I have seen several statues with circles of figures in public places so the concept is not unusual or new, but I like the idea of parents together holding aloft and supporting  a child. The red flowers surrounding the sculpture lends a bit of vivid, contrasting color.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Three lovely women

What fun it was to see three former colleagues on the outdoor patio at a local restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul! Jill, a former college counsellor, Judy, the dean of students, and Mary, another college counsellor at the school were part of the faculty where we used to teach. Jill and Judy are retired as I am, but Mary is still toiling away in the educational field.  When people ask me if I am happy to be retired, my answer is a resounding "yes," yet when I declare that I miss the students and my colleagues, these three are part of what I miss.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Corner of Hamline and University

On the corner of Hamline and University sit the carts left by"civic-minded, good citizens" who have finished their shopping and gone home.  Since it is at the stop of a light-rail line, it must be easy to unload the goods, hop on the rail and leave the carts for someone else to return.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A more modest Summit Avenue house

This house on Summit Avenue is situated close to Mississippi River Boulevard on the far west end of the avenue. This wasn't one of the big budget houses I have posted earlier;  it is a high gabled house that draws on "elements from English arts and Crafts design. Even so, the house's recessed entrance, banded windows, wide eaves, and open floor plan are all Prairie Style trade marks. The house was built for Dr. Ward Beebe, a bacteriologist, and his wife, Bess, as a wedding present from her parents." (Credit: AIA Guide to the Twin Cities)