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.