Halloween Decorations 2022

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I’ll admit I love Halloween. It is a fun holiday and there is chocolate. This year it seems like my neighbors went all out with the decorations.

collage of halloween decoratios
Halloween decorations

I have a few decorations but this old plastic pumpkin is one of my favorites. The tag is still on the back. It was $14.99 at a store called “K-mart”. I didn’t buy it, the Mr. did and at the time I wasn’t a fan. It has faded over the years probably it sits on the front porch in the sun for a month each year. I also have a couple of ghosts and some bats. Last weekend I put up some lights too.

plastic pumpkin
the great plastic pumpkin

Don’t forget to vote in the August 9th 2022 primary

Voting on West 7th in St. Paul

There is early voting so maybe you can vote today.

What is a primary election?

A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

For example, five candidates from one political party might run for governor. Only one candidate can be on the ballot in November. The winner of the August primary election will represent their party on the November election ballot.

On November 8, Minnesotans will vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representative, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, Judicial appointments, and Representatives and Senators for the State Legislature and more.

If you want to know who is on your ballot you can get a sample ballot and look it over ahead of time. As for how and when to vote go to your county website for the details.

In Minnesota, you can register at the polls on election day. Find out how.

Your vote does count and so does mine and I always vote.


From the olden days

Time seems to fly by yet it moves slowly too. Lately, I have been noticing how things have changed.  Change is a constant and is to be expected and sometimes it is a good thing but not always.

The picture was taken in 2013. I think 2014 was the last year of the petunia baskets in St. Paul.  I always appreciated them but wish I had taken more pictures.

hanging basket of flower
Downtown St. Paul

You might have to live with snakes


In some parts of St. Paul garter snakes are abundant, in other parts, there are few. Even though the snakes are harmless some people can not tolerate even seeing them.

The garter snake is common in Minnesota in both rural and urban areas.  They don’t have teeth and don’t attack people, they eat insects and slither away when people come close.

Snakes do not respect property lines and there isn’t any way to keep them out. As a result, people end up having to move because they can not tolerate the site of snakes.

Garter snakes live in my garden, in the rhubarb.  They like heat and need it to aid the digestion of food.  On a warm fall day, it is not unusual to see them sunning themselves along the foundation of my home or on the walkways.  On occasion, I have seen them come out of hibernation during the winter to catch a few rays.

They prefer to live in the ground and are found in compost heaps and wood piles and are plentiful along the river bluff in St. Paul in the residential areas.  Garter snakes are plentiful in parts of the West 7th neighborhood.  The soil on the bluff is warmer because of all the limestone close to the surface and that attracts garter snakes.

Home shoppers should let their REALTORS know if they are afraid of snakes.  Sellers are not required to disclose the presence of snakes outside the house. They are not required to disclose that there are bats or bees or strange-looking neighbors.

For some home buyers, their ability to enjoy their property is greatly diminished by the presence of these creatures.  Read about ophidiphobia, fear of snakes.

Housing where parking used to be

It is nice to see housing where parking used to be. I know parking is important but I think housing is even more so. More housing is being built on the site and I believe it is “affordable housing”.  The building in the picture is the Arlow. They are on Kellogg Blvd. in downtown St. Paul and across the street from the Xcel Center.


the Arlow
The Arlow apartments at Kellogg and West 7th
The Intersection of West 7th and Kellogg
The intersection of West 7th and Kellogg

Explore the city by bike

St. Paul isn’t as bikeable as Minneapolis mainly because we have more hills. Even so, St. Paul is bikable even for those of us who use the old school bikes that are not electric or gas-powered.

There are 207.3 miles of bikeways in Saint Paul:

In-street bike lanes – 64.6 miles
Off-street paths – 95.2 miles
Bikeable shoulders – 17.4 miles
Bike boulevards – 10.8 miles
Shared lanes – 19.4 miles

I was looking at some maps, available at StPaul.gov and on the Ramsey County website. There are trails that I haven’t used yet. In general, I can run most errands by bike.

The spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the bike trails and St. Paul too.

Johnson Parkway-grand round trail