Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Eating outdoors is always great when you have a tasty treat like this 10" pizza from Nelson's Cheese Factory in Nelson, WI.  We took one of our road trips along the Mississippi and always end up there because they have a great wine bar, delectable sandwiches and soups, these stupendous pizzas, and fantastic ice cream.  We've eaten there since they began as a cheese factory with subsequent remodelling and expansion.

To learn more about The Original Nelson's Cheese Factory which is over 100 years old and to see more photos, hustle on over here!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day-Family

Husband's Family Gravesite 

 Frederick and Anna-Grandparents
 Frederick H and Cecelia-Parents
Arthur-Uncle and  Frances-Aunt

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another Platter

About two months ago I showed you some objects of pottery made by a former colleague of mine. This is my very favorite piece in his exhibit.  To refresh your memory, look again here and here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

More Neighbors!-Camera Critters

These hungry neighbors eat us out of house and feeder!

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
J.M. BARRIE, The Little White Bird

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Steeple Chase #2

This steeple is atop a very contemporary Catholic church building, the Lumen Christi Christian community, located in Highland Village.

ADDED LATER:  Blogspot is going to drive me to drink.  I could not access my blog all day on
Thursday, wasted lots of time trying to fix it, but now my access is operating only sporatically!  I'll visit your blogs as soon as this glick is repaired.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beauty Everywhere!!

Our neighborhood library is always a vision in the spring because of its rows of blossoming trees that lead from the street to the entrance and line the parking lot. There are more overlooking the play area in the community center adjoining our fine library.  This makes the gloom of the loooong winter slowly dissipate...at least for a few more months!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


There are many types and kinds of steeples atop churches throughout the city and this is probably one of the more attractive.  In addition to saving souls, it looks as though the Gloria Dei Lutheran church on Snelling Avenue is doing its part for modern technology, too.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Art in Bloom #7

 Some of my photos of the art work to accompany the beautiful Art in Bloom creations did not photograph well but I would like you to see some of the bouquets.  This is my last post of this spectacular event until it occurs again next year!!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Art in Bloom #6-"Two Muses of Tavernelle (Niccoló?)

The two creators of this bouquet in their description said, "When selecting a piece of art for Art in Bloom, we only chose pieces created by women or featuring them.  Two Muses depicts Thalia and Melpomene,  two of  the nine goddesses of the arts, literature, and sciences.  We liked the brilliant colors and the challenge of interpreting the details."  I think that they did a masterful job by including carnations, Ming ferns, pansies, celosia, river cane and grasses.

After today I will show only one more photo from the exhibit, until next year! To see another Art in Bloom bouquet that I  have already posted, go here.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Handsome CAMERA CRITTER with owner, Sue

Sue who has lived and worked in Minnesota her entire life relaxed with her 7-year-old dog, Neelix.
Starting out as a classroom science teacher,  she has moved into an entirely different field as a genetic epidemiologist at Mayo.  Well, that was a conversation stopper for me...not much time to learn on my way to the car!

Background image: Moi and my new silver moon-roof Rav4 (bought just before gasoline prices spiked...our choice was between a Prius and the Rav); not a smart decision but we certainly will be comfortable if we can afford to take road trips again!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Patron of the Arts

Not all bouquets at the Art in Bloom's recent exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts were in vases.  For previous photos of the bouquets paired with pieces of art, click here and here.

ADDED LATER:  I just discovered from Irina's Moscow blog that yesterday was International Museum Day. I must remember it for next year!  I try to do my bit to honour art, in all its forms.  This is what Wikipedia said about the day:

The International Museum Day is a celebration that is held each year on or about 18 May. Each year, the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) defines a specific theme for International Museum Day.

The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to be — as in the ICOM definition of museums — 'an institution in the service of society and of its development'.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

How to Get in Touch

As I pulled up into this parking lot, the man and young girl were pulling out, so I pulled out my camera and managed to get a few snaps.

Cycling and enlightenment....great combination!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


After our long, bitterly cold and snowy Minnesota winter, I didn't think I'd ever see blossoms emerge again, but my lovely rhododendrons finally burst into bloom at the beginning of May. 


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Fresh New Beginnings

If I had a room and wall large enough for this painting by Minnesota artist Pamela Sukhum I would snap it up in a minute. I am awed by her work.

To see left photo credit and more of Sukhum's paintings, check her own weblog.
"Pamela Sukhum's paintings are characterized by rich colors and textures, and warm, radiant energy. Her use of both broad, sweeping lines and delicate, intricate details give her work a depth and dimension truly unique to the art world. Fueled by spiritual and human connections forged during her journeys around the globe, from the monasteries of Tibet to the refugee camps of Eastern Chad, Pamela's mission is to bring beauty and light to the world through her paintings.

Formerly a researcher in Cardiovascular Health and Electrophysiology, Pamela left the biomedical field in 2003 to pursue her true passion: Painting. With barely enough money in hand for the first month’s rent, she moved into her downtown Minneapolis studio space to begin her new journey. Five years later, Pamela's paintings are featured in the most prominent fine art galleries in North America, both reigniting the fire of seasoned art connoisseurs, and sparking a new generation of fine art collectors. In 2007, she was awarded the Director’s Choice Award at ArtExpo New York.  

Sukhum, an avid traveler, has studied and deepened her creative spirit in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, South America, and Africa. Most recently, Pamela brought her “Beautiful Project” to the Gondje refugee camp, along the border of Chad and the Central African Republic, where she worked with child refugees – helping them use art as a healing and transformational force in their lives."  Webpage of Pamela Sukhum: Credit

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mystery Paintings

If you like these paintings, come back tomorrow and I'll tell you about this remarkable Minnesota artist!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our New Neighbor-Camera Critters

Soon our neighborhood population will increase. No birth control pills needed here!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Condo or High Rise?

On a very cold, windy and rather nasty day last Sunday we ventured out to visit studios open to the public on the St. Croix Art Tour.  As we left a potter's home with a lovely deck overlooking the river, I noticed several birdhouses but this one caught my eye. A well-stocked two-story!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Art in Bloom #5-"Crouching Lion"

Florist Linda Callan paired her arrangement with this sculpture from Greece, and she explained, "I love the strong form of this ancient feline.  The floral interpretation I saw in this piece became a modern, simple form with monochromatic colors."

To learn about the photos I've posted for the Art in Bloom annual exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, click here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ABC WEDNESDAY-"Q": Quirky Mother's Day Hats

Moi, granddaughter Olivia and daughter Kati

Part of our Mother's Day Celebration was to wear a hat we decorated ourselves.  Even some of the males celebrated with us.  

DH Jim with feathers in his hat from our parrot Sadie

 Friends, Jennifer and Julia

Olivia won the prize!

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Art in Bloom #4-"Cologne Cathedral, Oskar Kokoschka

Shauna Moore and James Fleming "intended to evoke the painterly texture and colors of the Expressionist painting and the sweeping Gothic arches and curves of the cathedral." To create the desired effect they used cymbidium orchids, kiwi vine and greens.

To see previously posted Art in Bloom photos, click here  and here.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

MOTHER'S DAY-Art in Bloom #3, "White Plumes," Henri Matisse

Heidi Olson who designed and created this creative  floral arrangement was inspired by Matisse's painting, "White Plumes." She said, "The centerpiece is the lady's elegant hat.  I will try to suggest its general shape, and with my arrangement, express the grace and fluffiness of the hat."
At our own Mother's Day brunch all participants, male and female alike, will have to wear a hat which they decorated. We'll vote for the "best" hat and the winner will receive a prize!


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Camera Critters-Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Want a dog but allergic to pets?  Ask artist Yoshitomo Nara to craft a smaller fiberglass canine for you like this one at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which measures 72x51x108 inches.

To see more Camera Critters, click here.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Art in Bloom #2 "Bronze"

The floral arranger, Gloria Miller, indicated, "The first time I looked at this painting, I saw red flowers.  I have no idea what the artist is trying to portray, but that is what I saw.  I like the softness, but also the 'explosive' feeling of the colors and the entire painting.  It  has a very vibrant look to it."

Unlike many of the other floral arrangements in the show which tended to be somewhat large, I was struck by the contrast of the huge painting accompanied by the smaller traditional bouquet of peonies, alstroemeria (red) and eucalyptus.  

To learn more about the Art in Bloom show, the MIA had extended an invitation to the public on their website:

Art in Bloom
April 28-May 1, 2011
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join us for Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This spring celebration highlights the talents of more than 150 floral artists, whose work will be on view next to the works of art that inspired them. From Thursday through Sunday, you're invited to experience the floral fragrance throughout the museum, enjoy a lecture or demonstration, attend a party or free docent tour, and browse in the Art in Bloom Shop.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Art in Bloom

For the 28th year the Minneapolis Institute of Arts again held the Arts in Bloom exhibit.  The objective is to have florists and floral arrangers pair a creative bouquet with a work of art which is on exhibit in the museum.  My favorite this year is an arrangement with "Frank," a portrait by Chuck Close.  The bouquet consisted of curly willow, rose petals, moss, pincushion portea, calla lily and pom poms.  Irene Harnett, the creator, said, "The hair was my inspiration for choosing this work of art, I like using curly willow and thought it would be fun to twist and turn it into his head of curls.  The vivid colours from the pincushion protea make a great beard, spikey  and beautiful..."

I'll post a few more pieces of art and bouquets in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

ABC WEDNESDAY"P"-Planned Parenthood-Protest and Counter-protests

On Good Friday, April 22nd, two groups protested in front of Planned Parenthood on Ford Parkway in St. Paul.  Police officers patrolled the area in front of the building; traffic was limited to one lane on either side of the boulevard.  The pro-life people marched with posters and religious icons while singing inspirational hymns.  The pro-choice people held up their own posters and hailed the passing motorists.  I was surprised at the number of marchers for both sides that showed up on a dreary, rainy day.  The assembled people on both sides were non-violent, thankfully.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Mid-Life Crisis?!

Denise and Cathy, two fun-loving women, were having a quiet coffee at a local cafe when I walked up and asked if I could photograph their bikes.  The women posing with the bikes definitely enhanced the photo.  They labelled the bikes and their pleasure in travelling around the neighborhood with these colourful cycles as "a mid-life crisis" but I tend to differ with them.  I think that these two are wisely enjoying life, drawing attention to their great spirit,  and living in the moment. You go, girls!!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

May Theme Day, 2011-Chantecleer

I posted this rooster mailbox on May 16, 2007,  but I think it deserves another viewing!

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