August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Halfway through the holiday weekend. Lazy morning followed by an afternoon spent writing, walking, and looking through old photo albums sent from my cousin Sally, who inherited them from my great-uncle Merlin. Love these two photos in particular of my Mom and Sally on a pony and my grandparents and some friends in their youth.


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Weekend party number three kicked off tonight with my friends’ super fun wedding reception at a pizza joint. It was splendid. But then again, Juli and Paul are fabulous, so a great time was par for the course.

I love these two — everyone does. Look how cute they are. I adore them beyond words.

May they live long, healthy, bright, and shiny lives. I can’t imagine them doing anything less.

Cuteness times two

Cuteness times two

Pool Party

August 30, 2014 § 2 Comments

A full day of swimming, eating, drinking reddish-pink beer cocktails, chatting, laughing, playing giant Jenga, and taking a swig from the Shot-Ski at my friends’ Labor Day pool party.

Celebrating Juli

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

The holiday weekend started with a winery tour and dinner in the Waconia, Minnesota, area to celebrate my good friend Juli and her recent marriage to Paul — the type of guy every woman hopes she’ll meet and fall in love with some day. Of course, he’s pretty lucky to have won Juli’s heart as well. A win-win, as we say in the corporate world.

Sunday they’re renting out a pizza joint for the reception, and their friends (including me) can’t wait.

While Paul was off doing something related to watching high school football, Juli’s friends took her on a tour of beautiful Waconia and its vineyards, with a final stop at Lola’s Lakehouse.

A few highlights from our evening:



August 28, 2014 § 2 Comments

I happened upon the recently closed Amtrak station this afternoon. The clouds and spitting rain made for an eerie canvas, but trains still moved through (yet did not stop), and four sleeper cars underwent repair and maintenance nearby. While the site definitely looks abandoned, a hint of ongoing activity took place on and around the tracks.


August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Prime time for local gardens, flower and vegetable:


August 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Random shots

From St. Paul to Minneapolis, pre-lunch to pre-evening fun run:

Afternoon on Summit Avenue

August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Old, new, and tools of restoration:

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