The last of the fall weather

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It seems like fall is the shortest season in Minnesota and Winter is by far the longest.

Fall is a colorful season and a great time for taking photographs. Here are a couple that I took at Indian Mounds park a week ago.

Maple tree
Maple tree
Maple tree
Maple tree

This weekend is a great time to start putting the summer things away. One weather forecast that I saw is predicting below freezing temperatures in the Metro area over the weekend.


Nature is cheaper than therapy

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I was going to write about how I don’t sanitize my groceries and I never have even though I watched that video with the doctor who said we could get COVID-19 from our groceries.

I do wear a mask and I wash my hands and I take care to stay at least six feet away from people even though the president of the United States considers COCID-19 a blessing I would rather avoid getting infected and it does control my life.

Instead, I am going to write about how important it is to go outside even in the winter I feel fortunate that even though I live in a city I can go for long walks along the river and I don’t have to go far to get to a lake or some woods.

The pictures were taken in Northern Minnesota mostly in or near Grand Marias. There is more nice weather headed our way this weekend and I plan on spending as much of it outside as I can.

Lake superior college

I miss the art crawl

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I miss many things like going out to eat or spending an hour or two in a coffee shop. I also miss the Saint Paul Art Crawl. I go a least once every year except for this year.

This year St. Paul Art Collective is hosting “October is art month“. You guessed it a virtual art crawl, sort of.

Local artists do need our support and if you look around St. Paul you will see art. There are murals and sculptures on buildings, along the light rail, and in public spaces all over town. Art is part of who we are.

Check out the local art Buy something to hang on your wall to help you get through the long cold winter and at the same time, you will be helping a local artist.


Not a fun week

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have to say this week was particularly not fun. I am saddened by the passing of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her seat on the court can be filled but she can not ever be replaced.

We passed a milestone this week with over 200K Coronavirus deaths in the US. We lead the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Last weekend I watched “The Social Dilemma”  on Netflix. It explains how social media manipulates us and how we are not customers but we are the product.

I don’t spend much time on Facebook but have decided to stay away from it until after the election.

Last week while I was looking for a link to some voter information I kept landing on ads paid for by one of the presidential candidates. As a result, I have stopped using Google. I am still experimenting with search engines and haven’t decided which one is the best.

There was one bright spot this week. My absentee ballot came and I voted yesterday. I waited in line to drop it off at the county election office. I was happy to see the long line of voters.

If you are using an absentee ballot in Minnesota be sure to follow the instructions. The ballot has to go in the privacy envelope first (brown envelope) and then in the signature envelope which needs to be filled out and signed and sealed and then into the envelope that goes into the mail. There is a signature blank for a witness. Witnesses are not needed for this election.

I have the smallest glimmer of hope for our democracy. Please vote.

Taken during the before time

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Last year at this time I was enjoying a vacation up along the north shore of lake superior. In many ways, it was a happier time. We had no idea what was coming. It is like the face mask wasn’t even invented. We stayed in a hotel and ate in crowded restaurants.

It seems like there was a lot less to worry about way back then.

Sunrise over lake superior

Here is a picture that I took in 2018, the same location

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A lake Superior dawn

I took this one in 2017.

Sunrise on Lake Superior

Something to look forward to in 2021 or 2022? It probably looks about the same but still . . . .

Fake Fall Ending Soon

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Mother nature gave us a bit of a scare this week. In case you missed we had frost warnings. It feels so wrong to turn on the furnace when it is still summer but I did because my feet were cold.

Real fall will arrive in a few weeks and it will be a special fall without a traditional Halloween or Thanksgiving and probably no real school either.

This past week was just a drill to help us get ready and an opportunity to test the heating system and to make sure the windows still close. It is still summer and we can expect temperatures in the 80’s next week.

We will know when it is really Fall because the leaves will change color and the days will be shorter.

This is what a real fall looks like:

Downtown Taken from Indian Mounds Park – with downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis in the background.
Fall - park
Late October – Harriet Island Park

Today is also the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2977 people. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing and a whole lot of other things about that day.