Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More Everyday

I took a walk down Lake Street the other day. My goal was to read all the historical signs that I pass by when I walk around. Turns out there weren't very many of them on my route that day, but I did read all of the ones I passed (between my place and the Dairy Queen on 44th).

This spot has been languishing for a while. I hope something gets done with it eventually.  Or that it gets better graffiti.


And I've always loved these blocks.  I don't know what they're called, but I remember them from basements as a kid, and a fancy bathroom remodel I saw once at a home on Lake Minnetonka.


I took some cloud pictures at Lake of the Isles the other day.  I suppose I should join the Cloud Appreciation Society.



Today after work I went to the American Swedish Institute with Girl-child, DIL and the pseudo-grandkids.


Everyone had fun.


It's a great museum and there's a good exhibit on right now about guitars.


Finally, I spotted this woman with an unusual lunch bag whilst waiting for the train this morning.  I do love a person with a sick sense of humor :-D


Friday, June 19, 2015

Hooray for the Everyday!

Just hanging out, getting used to the new normal.

Isn't it funny how kids can always find fun activities, even in a condo with limited space?  I can only hope they like visiting Nana Anna's house.

The lake continues to be a place of refuge.  I even got to walk around Isles yesterday with Girl-child, alone.  Time to talk is so rare now that there are children around.


I discovered some treasures at Riverside station yesterday.  They seem to be made of pots and pans.


I love finding stuff like this around town - especially in the more down-trodden parts of town.


And speaking of the old 'hood, they're building more apartments near Cedar Square West (or whatever it's called now).  I'm dying to see if they're subsidized or luxury or something in between.


I'm hoping to take this weekend off as far as Auntie's estate.  What to do, what to do ....  Maybe I'll go floor shopping and make a final decision.  I had second thoughts the other day and have started considering terrazzo.  Will I ever get this project done?!?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The New Normal

Life begins to take on a normal feel. It's a new normal, for a number of reasons.

The Girls have two children, 3-1/2 yrs and 1 yr old. They came upon them through family, and will have them until further notice.

So far the new normal with The Babies includes going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings.


There are donuts.


And this week there was birdhouse building.


The flowers are planted on the balcony.




Today I did a little shopping in Stillwater.  


And walking around Lake of the Isles has resumed.






Next Saturday is Auntie's memorial service.   After that the focus will be on emptying her house and selling it.  A weird new normal summer project.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back Again

Auntie's turn for the worse ended on May 11th when she passed away.  

I left for the New England and Canada knitting cruise on May 15th.  

My surreal spring has been one of profound loss sandwiched by two great trips.

So, here are a few photos from the cruise, which turned out to provide some time for me to decompress.  

Rose the Gypsy took good care of me.


Bar Harbor, Maine:





Lucy Neatby's House (Halifax, Nova Scotia):




The cemetery where some of the Titanic victims are buried (still Halifax):


Handmaiden hand-dyed yarns out to dry (also Halifax):


An exhibit in Halifax that opened up for us:


Some purchases - Rose the Gypsy leans toward softer colors, I go for the over-dyed ones:


Decompressing in The Crow's Nest:


Barry from Boston in the piano bar:


Belfast Mini-Mills on Prince Edward Island:









Monkey towel in our stateroom:


Quebec City (the coldest place we visited!):














The Boat:


I knit a bit too, and got a shawl finished (ok, the ends are not woven in, but it's still finished):



That's it for now.  Not sure where I'll go next, or when ...