My property tax walk

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Every spring I walk to 90 Plato blvd to drop off my payment for the first half of our Ramsey County Property taxes*. Yes, I am well aware that I can pay them online and that is usually how I pay the second half.

I walk over the high bridge and down the hill to Plato and drop off the payment and then walk along plato to Wabasha street and then over the Wabasha street bridge to Kellogg Blvd. and then to West 7th and then home again. It is a lovely walk on a spring day and it is a reminder to me that I am privileged to have the time and energy to make the 3 mile walk and am fortunate to have the resources to pay those exorbitant and ever rising property taxes.

I took my property tax walk yesterday. I enjoyed the views of the river along the way.

View from the river bluff
View of downtown from the top of the Smith Ave.High Bridge

*If you live in Minnesota your property taxes are not due until May 15, 2024.

The monster in the skyway

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I walked the skyways to get home from a recent trip to the Union Depot. It was cold that day but mostly I chose the skyway as a way to avoid traffic from an event at the Xcel Center.

The photos are of the skyway between 4th and 5th street at Robert Street. There is often art in the skyways. I liked this but didn’t notice the eye until I got home and looked at the pictures. In fact there are two dragons. Now go find them and have a great weekend.

skyway
Skyway downtown St. Paul
skyway-dragon
Skyway dragon

Next time I walk that skyway I am going to stop and talk to the dragon.

 

You might be privileged

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. it is also good Friday which isn’t meant to be fun but it can be.

My husband and I were talking about spring break. Neither of us ever went anywhere when we were kids during spring break. When I was in college I worked at a job during the breaks. I needed the money to pay my tuition. I was privileged because I had a roof over my head rent free and generally had enough to eat. I think I was well into adulthood before I learned that spring break is a thing and even a right of passage for college students.

I never heard the term “gap year”  until a few years ago. Apparently people take a year off in between high school and college and travel. I could have taken a gap year. I never thought of it, nor did I know anyone who was taking a gap year.  I may not have been able to travel for a year but I probably could have traveled for a few months.

Now that I am older and wiser I am thinking about taking a gap year. Most people near my age are thinking about retiring. I think a gap year would be more fun and at this point I have earned it.

You might be privileged if you had a gap year or if you get to travel during spring break.

Daffodils – rescued from the recent snow storms

 

Everyone is a little drunk

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This coming Sunday is St. Patricks day which means this year it is a three day event starting today. The parade will be tomorrow March 16th starting at noon  and will begin at Rice Park, travel down 5th St. E, and end at Mears Park. For those who are not from around here Rice Park is in downtown St. Paul. It will be sunny and in the low 40’s for parade time which is not warm but not too cold either.

2018 St. Patricks Day parade
2018 Saint Patricks Day parade- Kid friendly

Celebrate the luck of the Irish responsibly and get a free ride on Metro Transit on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 6 p.m. to end of service on all routes–buses and light rail. No fare, no coupons; simply hop on and take a seat for free.

dogs in parade
Pet friendly

I am never even the smallest amount Irish but I do enjoy photographing parades.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The pans I used to hate

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Decades ago when I was young we didn’t have much in the way of cookware. My mother bought us a set of pans at one point and I still have them today. I also have her set of pans and both of the pans that I bought for myself.

I always had cast iron pans and never liked them. They were very common in the 1980s. Yes, I am that old. I have no idea what happened to those pans. A couple of years ago I looked for them in the camping gear and in the basement but never found them. Did I give them away? Toss them out? Did they get lost in a move?

Cast iron pans are not non-stick. I think that is why I hated them back in the day. They don’t go in the dishwasher and they need to be seasoned and in general require care but they are worth it.

When it comes to cooking nothing beats a iron pan. They work on any cooking surface, I use them in the oven on the stovetop, and on the gas grill. They work on conduction cooktops, electric burners, and gas stoves.

Last week I used my 8-inch pan to bake a chocolate chocolate chip brownie, and I used the same pan to bake some chicken thighs in and roasted some veggies in it on the outdoor gas grill. I use a larger castiron skillet for cornbread, pizza, and pancakes. Yes, I like to cook, it can be fun and everyone has to eat.

chocolate chip brownie in a cast iron pan
Chocolate chip brownie