On this day in April 2023

I took these pictures April 25, 2023. There isn’t any flooding this year but there is more water in the river than there was last fall which is a good thing.

Sometimes we take the Mississippi River for granted but we shouldn’t because we depend upon it for water and for shipping.

The world’s fresh water supply is decreasing at an alarming rate due to human consumption and natural causes.

Unless water use is drastically reduced, severe water shortage will affect the entire planet by 2040.

“There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we’re doing today”.

– Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Aarhus University, Denmark.


Mississippi River at St. Paul, MN
Mississippi River at St. Paul, MN April 25, 2024
Mississippi River at St. Paul, MN
Mississippi River at St. Paul, MN April 25, 2024


Throwback Thursday-change is slow

Mississippi River
Building along the river are long gone

Former Adult Detention Center and Ramsey County Government Center West buildings, along Kellogg blvd. The picture was taken in 2008 before the buildings were removed.  Today this is the RiversEdge site which is nearly five-acres located at the southwest intersection of Wabasha St. and Kellogg Blvd., overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul. It is currently vacant. The proposed development will include:  public park, office space and housing. Part of the project will be a river balcony. I like that idea but for now I just look over the railing where the West Publishing buildings used to be.  The project isn’t likely to be started or completed for a few years. I need to get pictures before they get started.

Change happens slowly but it happens fast too.


Spring 2024

Today just the first day of spring. To be honest it doesn’t seem like we had a winter this year. The tulips and crocus are all early as are the buds on the trees. I have enjoyed a few bike rides already too and it is a good thing because there is some snow on the way. Expect snow on Thursday and then again on Sunday.

It is too early for yard work but it isn’t too early to transplant the rhubarb that I have been meaning to transplant.

I really do love flowers and plants too. I have been planning my garden in my head for weeks.



Throwback to March weather

March can be a brutal month weather wise in Minnesota. Sometimes we have spring like weather followed by second, third and even fourth winter. We could still have a blizzard and a cold snap but as of now there isn’t any snow in the forecast and the coldest temperature predicted is 24 degrees.

In case anyone has forgotten what winter looks like in Minnesota in March, here is a photos I tool on March 10. 2019.

Snow - Alexander Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House St. Paul, MN

Lock your bike twice

Bike trail
Bike trail – Pickeral lake – late summer 2018

I just got my bike back from Lowertown Bike Shop. It needed a tune-up but more importantly it needed a new chain. We have already had a few days that have been warm enough for biking and are likely to get a few more. I am not into winter biking; I bike when temperatures hit 45 degrees or better.

Bikes are a high theft item. They disappear quickly and we never see them again.

The best practice for securing your bike is to lock it in a garage or shed or enclosed area and also lock the the bike. Mine is locked in a shed and I use a U lock to lock it to a beam. I have had the same bike for six years and would like to hang onto it for a few more years. St. Paul is a wonderful place to bike with plenty of trails.

Sure, I have the serial number and could file a police report if the bike is stolen but that isn’t the same as getting the bike back.

Please keep your bike locked up when not in use. Keep it locked up and behind locked doors and if possible, away from any windows and out of sight.

Don’t forget about the library

Saint Paul Public Libary
Saint Paul Central Library – George Latimer

The central library is beautiful inside and out and a fantastic resource. It also makes a nice backdrop for the holiday decorations in Rice Park.  Most of the books I read these days are electronic books that I  borrow from the library. They have a large selection of Kindle books and audiobooks that are easy to check out without even going to the library, but I love to go to the library.

In the summer one of the things I love to do is actually go to the library and check and pick up some old-school hardcover books. Since childhood, I have associated summertime with reading. I keep a stash of books for reading on the front porch.

The library is also cool and quiet and they offer many services and types of media. It is a go-to place for research and learning. Did you know that there is a “maker” space? It is a hands-on workspace with a 3D printer, a laser engraver, a sewing machine, a recording studio, and more.

There is a large children’s room filled with books, the puppet stage, and places to read.  There is a room with books for teenagers and young adults.  There are magazines, newspapers, and movies.  The librarians are always helpful and best of all it is all free. Well, it isn’t really free we all pay for it with our tax dollars.

I recommend living within walking distance of a library or two.