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.
Click here to see more murals.

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)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

A Stately Duplex

The larger stately homes on Summit Avenue were built close to downtown St Paul. Architecture changes as the street runs its way west down the six mile stretch of homes.  On the corner of Hamline and Summit is this very large duplex. The top photo shows the right section of the building. The part that connects the two is shown below on the right and the second part of the duplex, the more modest section, is on the left. It was built in 1895 and designed by Clarence H. Johnston for Pierce and Walter Butler. "With its picturesque stepped and curved gables, this brick double house is one of Summit's more exotic specimens of architectural theater. It is done in a late phase of the Tudor style sometimes called Jacobean Revival. At the time the house was built, Pierce was the Ramsey County attorney.  In 1922 Pierce was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court; he remained a Justice until his death in1939." (Credit: AIA Guide to the Twin Cities)

Friday, August 04, 2017

Friday Field Trip in the 'Hood

I do not have to stray far if I want to see beauty on a Friday Field Trip

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Railroad #2

More of the railroad villages and buildings I told you about yesterday. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Railroad Man

On of my former colleagues is truly "young at heart!"

This man who directed our school plays, built sets, and now retired has time to continue to paint, write essays and poetry, volunteer for Habitat and Unity Church, bird watch with his wife, and travel.
In addition he sets up in his back yard, his trains running through villages and towns in his backyard during the summer months. He has invited friends, family, neighbors, church members and childen to come see and enjoy the whole set-up, which I did last Sunday.

Come back tomorrow and I will show your more parts of the railroad landscape.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August, 2017 Theme Day-Young at Heart

This is a honey of a guy who has been a vendor at the St. Paul Farmers Market for years. Who can resist buying from him?!

Go here to see more versions of "Young at Heart."

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Historic Summit Avenue House

 "Summit Avenue is St. Paul's most renowned street, a mansion row that extends for nearly five miles. Historian Ernest Sandeen pronounced Summit 'the best preserved American example of the Victorian monumental residential boulevard,' and it is hard to dispute that judgment." (AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, Larry Millett) If you would like to learn more about this house, read this article describing its history and the current owners who had opened the house for a tour in 2016:  Go here: Go here:

This is the  Carlos Boynton House at 955 Summit, A Tudor Revival house with Baroque elements.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Starbuck Stalwarts!

If you want to listen to important political views and analysis as well as opinions on the state of the world, you just have to come to Starbuck's in the morning to listen to these men and other regulars  who discuss important aspects of modern society. I've even received valuable advice on myriad important and critical issues of life. What would I do without their jokes and good humour? A good way to start the day!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Catwalk!

For decades this sidewalk between two streets in our neighbourhood has been well-used.   Kids and adults on bicycles, rollerbladers, mothers with small children in buggies or on trikes, strolling walkers and those people looking for a shortcut have enjoyed this path. It is a favourite sniffing trail of Wild Wendy, too!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yarn or String Preferred?

I think that yarn is much superior to string. This wrap is very colourful but yarn bombs look more finished and complete.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I think that a very serious gardener lives here!

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Castle All Its Own!

This house in Tangletown in the Macalester-Groveland neighbourhood has always been one of my favourites. It is situated on  wedge shaped lot on a corner and seems to dominate the area in a very positive way.  Recent owners have changed its colour and added contrasting trim.  The beautiful front porch is now obscured by the landscaping but it doesn't detract from the overall impression of this fairy tale-like house.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Location! Location! Location!

It is fairly easy to photograph large, stately houses on Summit Avenue or Crocus Hill, but I discovered that attractive homes can also be found in less affluent neighborhoods.  I was attracted to this well maintained house and decided that hanging baskets, flower boxes and shutters with some trim in a contrasting color would turn this house into a real beauty. Agree?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Punch's Woodfired Pizza

Good pizza and a cold beer at a neighborhood restaurant. What more is needed on a hot, humid day?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Life Goes On!

Not much changed while we were gone: road construction and repairing infrastructure continues!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journey's End #23

Leaving the beautiful Shangri-La hotel to fly home.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tourist Attractions-#22

The concierge sent us here as a fun tourist attraction. Interesting art, restaurants, and people watching. We didn't stay long! Instead we hopped a short ferry and went to the aquarium (see previous photos of jelly fish) and beautiful Stanley Park. By  this time I was tired of taking photos (gasp! and put my camera away).  We'll just have to return to this remarkably beautiful city to enjoy more seafood restaurants and Stanley Park at a later date.  You can wait for photos of this outstanding park, can't you?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vancouver 2010 Olympics-#21

 Within walking distance of our hotel

Monday, July 17, 2017

Approaching Vancouver-#20

 Our skillful Captain smoothly navigated the narrowest part of the Inner Passage as we approached Vancouver, B.C.

Journey's end---the last port was the beautiful city of Vancouver

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Sunny Day at Sea-#19

 People of all ages enjoyed the pool, jacuzzi, lawn chairs, running track—all outdoors on a sunny day