• Friday fun
  • Framing St. Paul


    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have not spent enough time taking pictures this summer and I need to work on that. I have been working hard and when I am not working I am working. I bagged this one on Wednesday evening on Harriet Island before the storms hit. It was hot as hell, and not a dry heat either. The frame is part of a Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibit that frames a museum worthy view of nature along with the National Park Service which is celebrating a 100 years.

    Have a great weekend and take pictures.

  • Photos
  • Bee Kind


    I am a little slow getting my gardens in this year. Everything is ready to go but the home buying season has been very demanding this year. Memorial day weekend is the official start of the gardening season up here in Minnesota and if the weather cooperates I may have my gardens planted by June 1st.

    This year I am planting a different kind of garden, one that is just for the bees. I have noticed the decrease in honey bees and I find it alarming. part of the problem has to do with bee nutrition. Here in the city we have changed the natural landscape and planted some pretty but natural flowering plants. The bees don’t have the kind of variety they need for a good diet.

    Here are some bee friendly plants: 

    Spring: Crocus, Hyacinth, Borage, Calendula, Wild Lilac
    Summer: Bee Balm, Cosmos, Echinacea (coneflowers), Snapdragons, Foxglove, Hosta, Black-eyed Susan,
    Fall: Zinnias, Goldenrod, Sedum, Witch Hazel, Asters
    I am already growing some of these but plan to turn my my garden into a kind of bee paradise with cosmos, zinnias and snap dragons. I’ll plant flowering plants with single flower tops because they produce more nectar. I already grow coneflowers, Hosta, Black-eyed Susan and Butterflyweed.


  • Friday fun
  • Parks

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun so how about a picture because pictures are more fun than writing is. We have many lovely parks in St. Paul and they are fun to visit. I’ll bet I have pictures of each of them. I’ll have a listing coming on the market over the holiday weekend that is just a couple of blocks away from Newel park so I had to take a photo or two.

    newel park
    Newel Park

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Friday fun
  • Downtown in the spring

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Spring is by far my busiest time of the year. I don’t get to go outside and play nearly as often as I would like. I like to walk instead of driving just so I have some time to myself to enjoy the season.  I see so many things when I am walking that I wouldn’t really notice if I drove.  Here is a collage of photos I took on my walk from my home near Irvine Park to CoCo (my office) in downtown St. Paul.. . . yup it was fun.


    downtown St. Paul