Monday, April 24, 2017

Tree. . .Be Gone #2

Taking down this massive tree (ironically on Earth Day) was of great interest to the neighbours.  After watching for  a short time, most of the adults returned home to go about their business but an eleven-year-old boy and I spent the better part of the last two days watching the procedure. I, because I lived next door and had an invested interest in it since it was diseased and could easily have fallen on our house or garage but the boy just was fascinated with the entire process. Truth be told, I, too, was fascinated with the skill and talents of the men who were doing the work.Tomorrow I will show you more photos as the work came closer to the ground.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tree. . .Be Gone!!

This diseased, hollow tree has been the bane of my existence since we moved next door to it in 1976. During the entire time it has been the home and incubator for a family of three racoons, a mother and two offspring, on occasion plus several families of squirrels every season. During a rain and thunderstorm in a previous year one of the large limbs broke off, ignited after falling on power lines but was safely extinguished by members of our stalwart fire department before it burned down the house on the other side of the property.

 Despite our pleas as well as the other family's,  three previous owners would not incur the expense of having it removed. Remarkably we all remained civil to one another despite the danger to our homes and property,  in addition to the mess we incurred during the spring and fall,  Finally, we recently got new owners next door, a young couple who wisely are having the tree  professionally removed today. I am giddy and gleeful!!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring is Here!

This house belongs to one of our close neighbours whose house has a very classic look; in fact, it is often selected by various companies for commercials.  The magnolias add beautifully to the long- awaited spring scene.
A Happy Birthday, darlin daughter!
The years have passed but you are still a beautiful gift!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh! Mon Petit Chérie Bakery and Kitchen

After passing a small bakery/cafe on Franklin Avenue, I finally stopped in yesterday and enjoyed a delicious blueberry scone and latte. The interior has unique decorations and artifacts.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Abby's Gone

On April 4 I told you the story about the relationship between Glenn and Abby, the dog who belongs to one of Glenn's neighbors.  The neighbors have moved and this is a farewell photo of the two of them taken by a guest photographer. It is my hope that the former neighbors will occasionally bring Abby back to unite the two, Abby and Glenn.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Rare Butterfly

This is probably the last photo of Amy Rice's paintings that I have taken. It appeals to my whimsical nature! 

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad Ali 

Friday, April 14, 2017


Fancy soap as seen through the glass window of a shop on France Avenue in Minneapolis.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Hungry Crabapple Tree

Trees need sustenance to stay healthy. This crabapple and its backyard brother appeared to need some fertilizer, and who are we to say "No?" Tomorrow they will be sprayed with chemicals claimed to be safe for the environment and animals. The needs of home ownership are many.  .  . and expensive!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Broders: Take your Pick!

For years we have been enjoying many meals at Broder's Pasta Bar in Minneapolis. The Deli, where it all began, the Restaurant, and Terzo, the wine bar, are clustered on three different locations on the corner of 50th and Penn. Now the management is conducted by the second generation of 3 boys (men now) with their mother. Cleverly placed on the corner of the intersection, the signs will point the way! You won't find a better place to eat.

To read more about the history of the restaurants and the beginning of this family owned business, click here.
Linking to Signs, Signs