Check out the Art Crawl for fun

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

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Fall Art Crawl starts today. I missed the spring art crawl and looking forward to looking at some art tomorrow.

This year’s schedule: October 11, 12, 13, 2019 • 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. I usually buy something. The holidays are just around the corner and why not give the gift of local art?

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.

Bring some outdoors inside

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. If you are looking for an almost free house plant that you can enjoy all winter, cut off a piece of coleus from your flowerbed or pot and put it in some water.  A person could make a whole video out of this. Just give it a try it is hard to mess up.

You will see roots in a week or so or let it sit in the water for a month. It is like magic. More roots. Inpatients are also easy to root by cutting a piece of stem and placing in water. They will bloom in your house in the winter. It almost seems like magic and the plants can be brought back outside in the spring.

Coleus, make wonderful houseplants because they are colorful and easy to grow. They will need light. I have grown them in a sunny south-facing window and near an east-facing window.

A person could make a whole video out of this but I am not that person. 🙂 The picture should suffice.

Coleus as a houseplant

How I had fun last week

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It has been an unusually stressful week. I have a theory about how people get a little crazy this time of year because they are in a hurry to buy or sell real estate or move before . . . well you know what comes next. Real estate emergencies are far more common in the Fall than they are during the seasons before and after.

I decided to spend part of the last full day of summer on my bike. I went to one of my favorite places. Lilydale Regional Park. Some of the trails through the park were closed or partly closed most of the summer because of high water. The road through the park is partially closed which makes biking even more enjoyable.

Here is are a couple of pictures I took near Pickerel Lake. I had to get extra close to photograph the bee.

Bee on purple aster
Bike trail
Bike trail – Pickerel lake

I recommend walking or biking through the park before . . . . well, you know.  Try walking, riding or running without music or podcasts.

The scammers keep calling

scam likely

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I used to answer my phone right away because I wanted to respond to clients and potential clients. These days I usually let my calls go to voice mail and if there is a message I return the call quickly.  Most of the calls I get are from someone who shows up on my caller I.D. as “Scam Likely”

I kind of miss being able to use my phone like I used to. The calls that come in during the lunch and dinner hour are almost always spam or scam calls and so are the calls that come in after 8PM.

Answering the phone used to be such an important part of running a business. It hasn’t been easy for me to break the habit. Yesterday I accidentally answered and was warned that my car warranty will run out if I don’t act immediately so I acted by hanging up immediately.

I don’t ever want to put anyone on hold and make them listen to a recording about how important their call is. I figure not answering the phone and waiting for a message is actually kinder and I really do call back quickly unless the message is left by a machine in which case I delete it.

There isn’t any chance I would ever buy anything over the phone. There isn’t any way for anyone to get me to say my social security number either. Some have tried, all have failed. Someone claiming to be the IRS called several times last March and someone claiming to be fbi calls now and then as well.

Someone somewhere must be falling for some of the scams or no one would bother doing them. Whoever you are please just stop answering the phone.


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.