Thursday, July 11, 2019

Inside the Gazebo: Backyard Garden #4


What a wonderful place to entertain guests during the warm summer months!  Tea or coffee, anyone?


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Backyard Garden #3


 How splendid it must feel to have 
 one's own gazebo/tea house!



Monday, July 08, 2019

Longfellow Garden this summer, 2019


Last September I discovered Longfellow Garden, a treasure that everyone else seemed to have known about except me.  I went back there last spring and again on Saturday.  I am not disappointed and know that I will return many more times before the snow flies!




Sunday, July 07, 2019

Backyard Garden #2

Two more photos from my neighbor's extraordinary garden.  Check yesterday's post for a full explanation.




Saturday, July 06, 2019

Backyard Garden


My neighbor's backyard is extraordinary.  Recently it was featured in a local newspaper, and when I read that the same newspaper is asking for nominations for a "favorite garden" I knew that "Shangri-la" should be nominated.  A brief description and photos need to be submitted as well, and I wish that I had a better camera and technique to take photos worthy of this wonderful oasis. I will post more photos next week so you can enjoy the scope of the garden.



Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Rainbow Condos



A week ago a friend and I took a paddleboat down the Mississippi River, enjoying the trees and foliage along the bank with an occasional sight of manmade structures: bridges and buildings along the way.  On Shepard Road in Saint Paul, the row of condos in varied shade of white, grey, yellow and orange reminded me of Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.  Architecturally unlike and very dissimilar, the colors in both cities are pleasing to the eye.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Theme Day: BLUE, July 1, 2019 Virgo


Why not make this personal?! Since my birthday is September 11, I think that this astrology sign is perfect for my Theme Day contribution It also works for Mural Monday. How great is that?!

The mural is from my 2014 archives, taken in a park in Santa Fe, New Mexico; I wonder if it is still there? Certainly deserves another trip to find out, don't you think?

To see what other CDP bloggers selected for their theme day photograph, go here.
Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Woven tapestry-Native Women #6


At a distance this exquisite tapestry looked like a vibrant painting. Remarkable weaving on the part of the Hope artist! I only got a photo of part of the diptych, but you can appreciate its beauty from this photograph.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fashionable Frocks-Native Women #5




I didn't record the information about this lovely dress, but from my vast store of knowledge after going twice to the exhibit, I assume (perhaps correctly) that this one is probably from a Pacific Northwest tribe.  To check my assumption, I'll just have to return for a third visit, which I intend to do! I have not seen quite as much public interest in an exhibit as this one has generated!!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friendships- -Far and Wide


Benefits of Mazatlán, México: There is a special group in Mazatlán that help one another to identify lists of things that can be found in that city. Sometimes these benefits extend far and wide: friendship is one of them. After a brief encounter at a musical event last March in Maz, Kitty Cahill and I connected in St Paul, Minnesota and spent the day last Wednesday floating down the Mississippi River, on a "river raft" (paddleboat), enjoying the scenery, forming a friendship, reminiscing about our favorite city and enjoying an important benefit of Mazatlán. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The High Bridge


The photo above is not slanted. The High Bridge, which recently was renovated, rises high above the Mississippi River and appears tilted to accommodate the height of the land on either side of the river in that particular spot in St, Paul.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Signs Along the Way



Yesterday a friend and I took one of the sightseeing boats along the Mississippi River. Among the lush greenery along the banks were barges, fallen trees, signs, and passing motorist, kayaks and canoes. Looking for eagles' nests and watching other birds was an enjoyable pastime.

Linking to Signs, Signs



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Basket - Native Women #4

The Next Generation-Carriers of Culture


It is difficult to select a favorite in this exhibit because it is so eclectic, an outstanding collection of art created by native women from the United States and Canada. The above basket really "speaks to me" because it honors both the culture and the gender of the contributors. 
I am so impressed that I am going again this week to view it again! 



Monday, June 24, 2019

Truly, a colorful world!


For a change in pace, I thought that I would share a photo of this garage door.  Located in an alley, I wasn't able to find an artist's name nor could I determine if this is part of a business or privately owned. Just fun to see; it would be great to advertise a bicycle shop.

Linking to A Colorful World

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Quill Chair, Native Women #3


Have a Seat!

This is the third day in a row that I have featured objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts recent exhibit honoring the work of Native Women.  I chose this piece to show you the variety of artwork in this exhibition. Check here for an explanation of the outstanding exhibit.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Clay Lady-Native Women Exhibit #2




Yesterday I introduced you to a photo and background information on the Native Women art exhibit currently at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Below is an explanation that accompanied this piece represent "Clay Woman."

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists


I have lived here in the Twin Cities for decades and have seen many marvelous exhibits over the years, but none have been as spectacular as this one, which is "the first exhibition of artwork by Native women that spans 1,000 years of creative ingenuity. Featuring over 115 masterworks--from pottery, textiles, and painting to photography and new media...that show astonishing innovation and technical mastery." Read more about the exhibit and its conception by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts here. For the next few days, I will post a variety of objects from the exhibit. I have chosen this particular one because it is an unexpected contemporary art piece. . . unexpected because it is not a typical piece of native art.




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Entryway


On short trips UpNorth we usually stop to eat at the New Scenic Cafe on Old Highway 61 because of its delicious cuisine. When we stopped to enjoy the restaurant, I noted that there had been an expansion, a small entryway.  In keeping with the hospitality the chef and waitstaff extend, I found the new entrance to be warm and inviting .

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Home Ownership--what fun!!


After the long hard winter, we were happy that spring/summer season was on its way. Wait! Why can't we open the garage door? Why aren't some of our electrical system outlets working? After underground wires were installed in 1938, everything worked fine--until recently.  Apparently the underground wires have rotted and need to be replaced. A trench needs to be dug to uncover the wires and replace the new ones.  As I sit here typing and watching, I wonder how successful it is going to be?  The men working on the project don't seem to be too happy. I guess I'll have to offer them some refreshment but all out of cookies today!



Thursday, June 06, 2019

Come Sit Awhile!



Some people have a good sense of humor!

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Canal Park musician


While eating on a patio, music and a musician are always pleasant treats!

Saturday, June 01, 2019

March, Vote, Win !! (Theme Day-Pink, June, 2019


This photo was taken on September 21, 2018 when my friend Carolyn and I went to the University of Minnesota campus for a political rally.  I am happy to say that this sign and others like it were effective!  All three candidates on the buttons represent the great state of Minnesota: U. S. Senator Amy Klubochar is campaigning for Democratic nomination for President, Tina Smith represents Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, Tim Walz was elected our Governor and Peggy Flanagan now serves as Lieutenant Governor.  Marching and voting WIN!!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Towering Pines


Wild Wendy and Jim walk among the towering pines in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dog Days!



Wild Wendy met a few cute street walkers while exploring Duluth!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Boat Traffic


What fun it is to watch boat traffic on Lake Superior; the lake is currently at a record high as  one or more of the other Great Lakes are this month.  How I love the North Shore of Minnesota, only a few hours from Saint Paul!