Saturday, September 13, 2014


There was a big party here last weekend.  And there were a couple of pre-party get-togethers since so many people came from out of town.

I hosted two cousins at my place and took them to the Sculpture Garden at the Walker as well as the American Swedish Institute.  They have never lived in Minnesota so I tried showing them some of the new and some of the old.

I got to see some people I hadn't seen for a very long time - folks who did grow up here but  moved away after college.  They have grown kids now too.  Funny how that happens.

There was a lot of catching up to do.

Auntie was "Queen for a Day" last Sunday.  She had a crown, speeches were made.

Being part of a royal family is special.

There were lots of people - some related and some friends.

Good times were had by all.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mini Golf Part II

It's been a good year for mini-golf! Have I ever mentioned I love mini-golf?

During our stay-cation I went with The Girls to the Science Museum and played mini-golf. Then last weekend I went to The Walker with a friend to play the artist-designed mini-golf there.

First we ducked into see what's been planted in the conservatory, which is always interesting:


My favorite - an homage to Marcel Duchamp's Fountain.

Also my only hole-in-one.

 It was a great outing, followed by brunch.

Let's hear it for long weekends - hooray!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

State Fair 2014

Went to the fair tonight after work. We got to the Creative Activities and Fine Arts buildings, we ate some junk food, and then we managed to squeeze in the Seed Art in the seven minutes we had before the building closed for the night. 

I'd just like to say that the presence of a moth in one of the cases at the Creative Activities building was kind of horrifying:

Girl-child found out about the seed art which was a lot of fun.  

Not sure which one I like better - 50 Shades of Grain or Cowman Miranda.

It was The Girls and The Babies (DIL's nephew, 2-1/2 years old and niece, 4 months old) and myself. 

It was a whirlwind visit but well worth it.  And it was cool!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Still Heat

Yesterday was one of those days of still, heavy, heat.

Once the clouds broke up the lake was like a mirror.

Not my favorite kind of weather in spite of the beautiful reflections.

Makes it look like downtown is right on the lake.

And then there was a sign that relief is just around the corner.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stay-cation: St Paul

We had a slumber party at my place last weekend - Room Service (aka Bite Squad) dinner, movie, popcorn .... and then on Sunday morning we went to St Paul on the train for a low-stress day trip.

Girl-child claims it is not her fault that we ended up at the History Center before it opened.  Not sure why she was in charge of this since she has pulled this trick before ;-)

There was mini-golf at the Science Museum and some cool light stuff (where I was supposed to be mugging for a line-up shot, not smiling).

And we went back to the History Center to see the toy exhibit which was amazing.  Girl-child claims it was better having me there because I had commentary on so many of the toys.

We also saw a statue of our ancestor, Leif Erickson:

The Girls are so cute, aren't they?

They ran me ragged ... such a fun day!