Typical November Weather

rain street
Fall in St. Paul

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This has been a dreary week. Typical for November in Minnesota. Short gloomy days and a lot of rain or snow or both.

There were a couple of bright spots this week. One of them is that we got to vote and now that the mid-term elections are over we won’t have to hear or see those horrible campaign ads.

Most of the candidates don’t tell us much about themselves in their advertising. They tell us how bad the other guy is. In fact, in some races, my only information about the candidates came from the opposing candidate.

The other bright spot this week has been the new season of House of Cards. I watched the final episode last night. The ending isn’t what I would call uplifting. I don’t want to give it away but it was bizarre. I’ll miss the Underwoods.

Now that the election is over and I have watched the final season of House of Cards I can get on with my life without further distraction.

My winter project

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Every Winter I choose a couple of projects to complete. I usually paint something or fix something or clean out a closet.

Last winter I painted the kitchen and cleaned out all of the cupboards and reorganized them. The winter before that I spent a lot of time cleaning out the basement.

This Winter one of my projects is to digitize family photos. I have all of the family photos my mother had including many photos that my grandmothers had. I haven’t even gone through all the boxes yet but I have a strategy and a system.

Some of the pictures are in great shape and others are not. Some have dates and names on the back and others are a mystery.

Here is one of the few pictures I have of a grandfather who died before I was born. The picture isn’t in very good shape. I enhanced it a bit so that some of the detail shows up.

Joseph Rousseau 1902

I have two scanners and plan on using my camera to photograph entire pages of photo albums.

Wasn’t it a lovely week?

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I thought this past week was lovely. We had all four seasons in one week with the snow, the rain, the falling leaves and then the warm weather.

I enjoyed the sunshine but not the box elder bugs (not pictured because ICK!) that came with it.

Today and Sunday look like the best days for outdoor activities. It will be hard to choose between a bike ride, a hike or cleaning up the yard.

Saint Paul Art Crawl 2018

made from random pictures I took with my phone at the 2011 art crawl

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This is Fall Art Crawl weekend. The Saint Paul Art Crawl is an event that I look forward to. It is one of the many reasons that I love living in St. Paul.

This year’s schedule: October 12, 13, 14, 2018 • Friday 6–10 PM, Saturday 12–8 PM, Sunday 12–5 PM.  See the Art Crawl website for a list of locations. I have my favorite artists to visit. Some are downtown and others are at the Schmidt brewery artists lofts.

If you do not know downtown St. Paul very well take Shepard road to the Union Depot parking ramp and park. There will be artists in the depot and it is just a block away from artists lofts and studios on Broadway Street and on 4th street E.

Also, consider taking the Greenline which goes directly to the Union Depot.

There is a lot to see. I recommend comfortable walking shoes.

Poking fun at Fall in Minnesota

Fall Magazine

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. We really do live in the North which isn’t the same as living in Iowa which is in the Midwest.

The heating season officially begins on the 15th. That means that it is about time to turn on that big thing in the basement that makes all the noise and go out and get a furnace filter or twelve. . . unless the big thing on the basement is a hot water boiler.

Within the next couple of weeks, mittens or gloves will be a real possibility. Last weekend when I rode my bike to the Farmer’s market I wore gloves for the first time since last Spring.

It is nice to be able to wear sweaters again and we won’t be needing as much sunscreen. In my neighborhood, there have been two Octoberfests already and more are scheduled. I expect the trend to continue until May because that is the only way to get rid of the thousands of gallons of locally brewed beer.

Now I feel all festive.

I love my phone, I hate my phone.

It is Friday, and Fridays are for fun. I can not survive for very long without my phone and I lose it several times a week. Sometimes I am holding while I am looking for it.

Yesterday I lost it in my car and found it by calling myself with a friends 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.

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. It gave me a good scare, maybe even a full-blown panic attack.

Once I left my phone at home by mistake. I had to drive 20 minutes or so to meet a client. I knew where the phone was and spent an amazing 90 minutes without it. I felt so free. I had the same feeling I used to get as a kid on the last day of school before summer break.  I’ll never forget that time I had without my phone. It was a happy peaceful time.