Two wheels instead of four

It is Friday ad Fridays are for fun. I think Memorial Day is going to be a lot like Easter was. It will be warmer outside but that is the only difference I can think of.

Bike sales are way up. I am not at all surprised. Biking has been growing in popularity for several years. It is a wonderful way to get some exercise and enjoy nature while staying at least six feet away from the hoards of others who are doing the same thing.

My weekend plans include biking. I have been out a few times this year on the days when it has been warm enough to go outside and days without rain or gale-force winds. My bike is my favorite way to get to the Saint Paul Farmer’s market which is a wonderful place to buy food and support local farmers.

As the weather started to get warmer I noticed that the parks by my house got crowded. Biking seems safer right now especially on the city streets where there isn’t much traffic.

I took the picture year on Labor Day on the bike trail that goes past Pickeral lake in Lilydale Regional Park.

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Bike trail – Pickeral lake

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and enjoy the outside any way you can.

I miss Duluth and Lake Superior

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Like a lot of other people, I have been mostly at home 26 hours a day for many days. This week seems particularly long. We kicked the week off with a mother’s day at home as usual.

I miss many things and one of them is going up to Duluth and watching the boat come in.  It isn’t the same as being there but I have been watching the boats and the harbor via live cam. I have also watched some pretty incredible sunrises over the lake. Sometimes I watch the sunrise as I drink my morning coffee. If I put it on full screen and turn the sound on it almost feels like I am there.

Narie going into the Harbor – screenshot from the harbor cam. 

Notice the temperature. It was 36F when this was taken.

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Canal Park from the live cam

The place looked kind of vacant. There are usually a lot more people walking around and tourists from all over the world. I am sure they miss it too.

There is good in every day

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Every day isn’t a good day but there is good in every day. The murder hornet made headlines all week. The huge hornet is scarier than the pandemic. I won’t post a picture of the ugly insect that has arrived in the US from Japan and has commenced murdering bees.

The good news is that it can not survive a Minnesota winter and would not find our region desirable as a place to live. There are times when I can relate to that but right now it is spring and this is a desirable region in the spring.

Crabapple – blooming right now

May day 2020

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It is also Mayday. Where did April go? How is it possible for each day to feel like it is a month-long yet the days go so fast it is hard to keep track of them.

I think this is day 876 of staying home but it is still 2020 and years are only supposed to have 365 days. It all seems a little off. It does look and feel like May with those lovely new green leaves on the trees. A few of my tulips are blooming, the hosta are poking through the dirt.

Here in Minnesota, the stay at home order has been extended to May 18th but has been modified. Some stores will be open for curbside pick-up.  This May is going to be different but I plan to enjoy the outside for a nice break from the inside.


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View from Mounds Blvd in St. Paul


Buy some pansies today

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It is also the first spring of the apocalypse and the nurseries are open again. Last weekend I stopped by my neighborhood nursery, Leitner’s on Randolph, and bought some pansies. Is there anything better than those first flowers in spring?


I also ordered four bales of straw which I am having delivered today. I want to grow more vegetables this year and am going to try growing them in straw bales. I am looking forward to gardening this year and hope to get an early start.


April so full of surprises

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. April can be such an unpredictable month here in the frozen northland. I put the snow shovels away and take them out again. Somedays I need a full-length goose down coat and other days a windbreaker is enough.

It is likely the weather that has saved that saved lives of countless Minnesotans who just don’t want to go outside.

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Spring and winter

We are supposed to have some spring-like weather over the weekend.