All I had to do was show up

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. We went up to Duluth right after Labor day and enjoyed the lake and some great weather. One morning there was a spectacular sunrise. All I had to do is show up with a camera. The birds and the boats came along at just the right time. Other than re-sizing the pictures I took didn’t even require processing.

Sunrise over lake superior
Sunrise over lake superior

The sunrise seemed to last forever and just kept getting better as it went from dark purples and reds to bright yellows. It has been many years since I have seen such a spectacular sunrise. Is there anything more fun than a sunrise over Lake Superior?

All I had to do is show up with a camera mother nature took care of the rest. I am looking forward to going back to catch some fall color around the lake and maybe another sunrise.

Baking Bread

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Over the holiday weekend, I was exploring my mom’s old recipe box.  Way back a long time ago before the internet was invented people used to write recipes on index cards and keep them in a box.

I found a recipe for bread. I could actually bake bread using the recipe with a few modifications. I think I would reduce the amount of sugar to two tablespoons and the amount of yeast to one package which is about 2.25 teaspoons less than half the amount listed on the recipe card.

I could use two packages of yeast and increase the amount of sugar but that is still less than the two tablespoons listed on the recipe card.

Instead of using shortening I would probably use butter but I could use shortening. For the water, I would definitely go with cups even though the recipe calls for 2 and a quarter but doesn’t specify cups.  I would probably heat the water to 100 to 110 degrees or so.

After I mixed the ingredients together I would knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic-like. Then I would put it in a greased bowl that I would cover with a towel or plastic wrap and I would set is in a warm place to rise or an hour or so.

Eventually, I would form two loaves, let them rise until about double in size and bake them in the oven after I put each loaf in a pan. I would bake the at 375 instead of 425.

I totally know what my mom meant, and I can use her recipe to make bread.


Bread Recipe


Do I really this app?

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun . .  especially Fridays before holiday weekends. There was a time when I was into downloading apps for my phone. I am so over that. It seems like every business that I deal with has an app I can download. Often the app takes the place of information that can easily be found on the internet using a smartphone or computer.

A couple of weeks ago we had to replace our washer. The new washer like many new appliances these days can connect to the internet. I don’t want my washer to be hacked so I leave it offline when not in use. 🙂

Here is a screenshot from my last load of wash:

app screenshot
Washer app

I like having the alert on my phone so that I know when the load is done, I like to keep things moving along. The app is animated and shows exactly what the washer is doing real-time.  It is soothing to watch because the water sloshes back and forth. My inner geek couldn’t resist at least trying it out.

State Fair 2019 Edition

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I go to the Minnesota State Fair about once every five years and this was my year. I went early in the morning on opening day. By the time I left in the early afternoon, it was pretty crowded.

Minnesota State Fair

Our State Fair is an experience. I can remember attending as a child and I can remember bringing my own children. It changes a little every year but somehow remains the same too. I generally avoid eating anything deep fried even if it is on a stick. I ended up having a pretzel and an ice cream cone for lunch. I walked a total of 7.5 miles and took a few pictures. I did check out the home improvement building, the horticultural building, and the grandstand.

I visited the Mighty Midway as all fair attendees should.  One of my favorite places to visit is the creative activities building. I got there before the crowds and looked at the quilts and the baked goods and more.

Just outside the creative activities building is a display of horses made from yarn. Where else can a person see a horse made of yarn?

yarn horse
Horse outside the creative arts building.

I’ll probably attend the fair again in 2024. It will be different than it was this year but it will be the same too.

I love/hate my phone


It is Friday, and Fridays are for fun.  I will admit I am rather fond of my phone and I rely on it and use it all day long and sometimes I even use it to make phone calls. I lose my phone several times a week.

Yesterday I lost it in my car and found it by calling myself with another phone.  A couple of weeks ago I lost it at the downtown Farmer’s market.

I totally panicked when I reached for my phone and it wasn’t there.  I retraced my steps through the market.  I checked the brussel sprouts (I love brussel sprouts doesn’t everyone?) and the beets and went past the honey and checked the corn stand.  I could not find it anywhere even though it is in a bright pink plastic case.

It is a good thing I did not report the phone missing because I found it in my other back pocket and not in the pocket I usually put it in. I have lost my phone while I was holding it.

I actually wrote this post in 2013. My phone has more uses than ever now. I can use it to check to see if the wash is done, and I can adjust the thermostat and I can use an app I have to unlock electronic lockboxes on houses. I can turn the lights in my house on and off and check the cameras in my office. There is more of course.

Time to move north

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Climate change is kind of like gravity. It doesn’t matter what a person believes it is getting warmer even here in Minnesota. July 2019 was the warmest month on record. It was warm in Minnesota too but we still have a lot of cold here in the Northland.

Minnesota Climate

Now is a great time to move to Minnesota . . it won’t snow until December or January and it will be warm enough to go outside until at least mid-November. Minnesota winters are shorter and warmer than they used to be but are still very long and brutally cold.

Earlier this year temperatures dipped down to -27 with a high for the day of -13.  There were three days in a row where the lows were below -20.  It looks like we have had two days this year with a high of 90 degrees. That is 117-degree temperature range in a six month period. You just can beat that for variety. Earthquakes are rare here and we are far from the rising seas.


Taken March 10th 2019 St. Paul, MN

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