Monday, June 30, 2014

Minnesota Park Worker

Where is he going?
Not an old-fashioned log roll
Worker on the job.

Alert:  July Theme-Celebrating Summer!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Syb's Garden

Blooms in Syb's garden
Lovely shades of pink and white
Lilies of the field

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

July Theme Day: Celebrating Summer

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Who's driving?

We pulled up beside this car while waiting for the traffic light to change from red to  green. long enough to admire this sweet canine, whose owner said that she loves to be admired.  Accommodating as I usually am, I whipped out my iPhone and captured this beauty queen for you to adore.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters
Alert:  July Theme-Celebrating Summer!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Obama Surprised Laurie, co-owner of the Golden Fig!

Guest Photographer, Dr. Susan Schloff (a former student of mine):  She was in the right place at the right time and has graciously allowed me to post her timely photos here.

Yesterday Barack Obama visited the Twin Cities scheduling stops at two Minneapolis Parks, a Town Meeting, a viewing of Minnehaha Falls, a lunch at Matt's Bar sharing a "Juicy Lucy" lunch with a woman who had written a letter to him earlier this year,  and a surprise visit to the Golden Fig on Grand Avenue in St Paul. Laurie is one of the co-owners of the shop,  an innovative entrepreneur who has been selling her wares at the Farmers Market for years.  Go visit the store after checking it out here. You can order online, too.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another Summit Avenue house

Many good fences
Add charm to Summit houses
Flowers grace the porch

Linking to Good Fences

Alert:  July Theme Day is Celebrating Summer!

PS.  I should have waited; Obama is visiting the Falls today.  See the photos I posted yesterday.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Creek

The Creek is Swollen
Not a good place to canoe
Watch the Falls safely

Alert:  July Theme-Celebrating Summer!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greek or Italian?

Greek or Italian?
I've always used Italian
Hard to know what's best.

Before I saw these tins at Turtle Bakery on Chicago Avenue, I had always used olive oil imported and bottled by our favorite restaurant and deli,  Broders, in Minneapolis. Perhaps I should branch out a bit more? The articles I've read about the kind and quality of olive oil are not always helpful.

Alert:  July Theme Day is Celebrating Summer!

Monday, June 23, 2014


Several years ago decorated pianos like this one were located in many public spaces throughout the city of St. Paul.  It was fun to see and listen to pedestrians who stopped to tinkle a tune on one of those. Children also were tempted to try their hand at making music.  This was the first and only piano I saw this year, located outside Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue.  Do you think this qualifies for an unusual Monday Mural?

Linking to Monday Mural

Alert:  July Theme Day is Celebrating Summer!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


The food of the Gods
Travel to Mount Olympus
Find a Cup Bearer

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Begins!

Sandals and Sneakers
It's the first day of summer
Let the fun begin!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Plastic or the real thing?

 Everyone is getting into the spirit of summer by decorating with flowers.  The Downtowner car wash is spiffing up the building with a few blooms of their own  Perhaps I can persuade them to get rid of the artificial blossoms and trade them for some live flowers!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


A privacy fence on the patio of Supatra's,  a wonderful Thai cuisine restaurant at 967 W 7th Street.  Worth a visit!

Yesterday and Tuesday of this past week I posted samples of the cuisine at Supatra's and the Buddhist monks who have lunch at the restaurant every Wednesday.  

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thai Cuisine

Wonderful Thai Food
Supatra's is in St. Paul
Spicy at its best

Linking to ABC Wednesday &
Our World Tuesday

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fences and flowers

Neighbor's sturdy fence
Welcoming gate and flowers
Aromatic scene

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Scarborough Fair

My hats off to you
Come visit Scarborough Fair
Come in - try one on

A delightful and unusual women's apparel shop at 961 W 7th St
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Click here for a delightful visual of the shop, Scarborough Fair

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Library Renovation

The beginning of the renovation of our neighborhood library.  Because I use it extensively, I feel bereft without it even though another one close by has been doing a wonderful job of taking care of the overflow of patrons to their facility.

Linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vibrant Flamingos

A pink colony
Very vibrant flamingos
The birds habitat?

Linking to ABC Wednesday

Monday, June 09, 2014

A Gift of Flowers

Whenever I see this basket, I think of my darlin' granddaughter, Olivia, who gave me this for Mother's Day.  What a sweet basket for a sweetheart!

I briefly but accidentally posted this last week, but before I could take it down some of you alert bloggers commented on it.  Here it is again for those who didn't see it the first time around!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Water, Water Everywhere

Sailboats and water
Safely moored at marina
Wait to sail away

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Mississippi River Slough

Quiet reflections
Mississippi backwoods slough
River greenery

Linking to Weekend Reflections

Friday, June 06, 2014

June 6, 1944

June 6, 1944

Photo Credit: Bob Capa

Thursday, June 05, 2014


Sleek and noisy beasts
Part of the fun of road trips
Bikers on the road

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Unusual ceramics ABC WEDNESDAY "U"

In the past I have posted photos of art work that hangs in the community room of Unity-Unitarian Church on Grotto Avenue in St. Paul.  Artists apply to have their work exhibited for a month long period in this bright well-lighted room that is used by the church during social times after services and during meetings and other kinds of gatherings.  A wonderful way to expose one's work.  During the month of June, Denise S. Tennen from St. Louis Park, MN has a display of glazed ceramics.

Linked to ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

University Club-ABC WEDNESDAY "U"

St. Paul Private Club
F. Scott celebrated here
Summit Avenue

Linking to ABC Wednesday

The well-established University Club has been a gathering place for generations for young and old, famous as well as infamous.  F. Scott Fitzgerald was a frequent guest. In the current basement area stands a large, long mahogany bar completely covered from end-to-end with carved initials and names of past patrons and guests. When I first learned this bit of interesting St. Paul history, I tried to find F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Zelda's names as well as those of other St. Paul citizens on the bar. Because there were so many, I never found Fitzgerald's name but to my delight, I found  my mother-in-law's name.  Seems that this very proper "lady" that I knew who was usually dressed in white gloves and a hat perhaps wasn't always as she appeared, when she was a beautiful young woman.  My only regret is that I did not make this discovery before our children's "grandma" died because I certainly would have had a lot of fun with my interesting find!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Bird Taking a Break

Sitting on our lawn
Watching the whole world go by
Our fine feathered friend

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Zest-June, 2014 Theme Day

What is lemon zest?
Imparts aromatic oils—
Strong citrus flavors

Go here to see more zestful photos!