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  • Signs of Spring

    We’re still waiting for buds and leaves to start sprouting on the trees here in Minneapolis, but we do have little shoots and flowers starting to break their way through the soil. And just in time for Easter! The lakes are melting and the moss is on the trees, and bicycles are out in full…

  • Happy Friday!

    Need some furry cuteness to kick off your weekend? Check out the Furry Friday group on Flickr for some cute and furry fun. Have a great and restful weekend everyone!

  • Like a Lion

    The old weather proverb about March says that it is “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” In many places this is true, but in Minnesota, not so much. The lion is still roaring, and we’re expected to end the month with wind, rain and snow.

  • Green Minnesota

    One of my favorite things about Spring in Minnesota is how green everything becomes. After only one hard rain this Spring, the trees are covered in a soft layer of moss and have taken on a velvety texture. The grass is starting to turn green too, and as we move into April the moss and…

  • Basebuilding

    I have to admit I’ve done very little to keep myself in shape since the cold weather hit, and I know that I’m going to regret my slacking this spring when I get on the bike for the first time, so I’ve decided to make March my basebuilding month. I’m working to build strength to…

  • In Anticipation of the Thaw

    There’s no place to find color like an art store. Each color is named, categorized, and labeled in each medium, and displayed in little cases like candy at the corner store. This weekend I found my color in the colored pencils – the greens I long to see out my window, the colors of Spring.…

  • Seeing the Light

    The more I learn about lighting theory, the more I notice lighting and it’s influence on what I see. I notice the color of the natural light, and how it changes throughout the day. I notice how light elucidates texture when the sun is low on the horizon, and often hides it when the sun…

  • Library 2.0

    In an effort to decrease my rampant spending at Barnes and Noble I stopped by the local branch of the Minneapolis Public Library on Friday to get a library card. This was the first time that I went to the public library since I was a child, and things sure have changed. The old system…

  • Dreaming of Summer

    Winters in Minnesota are usually very bright and very, very cold. We had plenty of that in January but now we seem to have hit a warm spell. This would be a good thing, except the warmth has come with rain and cloudy, gloomy days that mentally feel worse than the cold, sunny days and…

  • Great Article: Thrown by Elissa Pfost

    As I live in Minnesota, it might surprise you to learn that I love to surf. As I’m not into the hardcore drysuit surfing amidst chucks of ice on Lake Superior’s North Shore I don’t get much time on the waves here, but I love to travel to surf spots that are good for beginners…

  • Finding Beauty in the Sparseness

    While I’ve seen many winters before, this year, as I’m taking pictures and spending more time really looking at winter, I’m struck by the sparseness. Everywhere the branches are bare, the lakes are frozen expanses of empty white snow, the walking and biking paths devoid of people. The is a lot of beauty in the…

  • Taking the Long Way

    When I finished my work contract last July, I was exhausted. I was completely burnt out from the weeks over the winter where I had worked 60 hours a week, working evenings and weekends to make the project a success. But in the end, it wasn’t a success. Facing funding issues, the project was taken…

  • Warm Feelings on a Cold Night

    It started snowing around 8 am this morning and it’s still coming down – we’ve got about 4 inches so far. But soon the snow will stop and with the clear skies will come the cold temperatures. By cold I mean that the highs for the next few days MIGHT make it over 0 by…

  • Ringing in 2009

    As the year comes to a close, it’s common to look back on what has happened; the good, the bad, the mistakes, the victories. I prefer to look forward. Forward to my plans for the new year, and to what I hope will transpire. Here in the U.S. we have a new president, so I’m…

  • Merry Christmas Eve

    The gifts are purchased, the groceries are bought, we have a log on the fire, a beautifully decorated tree and Christmas specials on the television. Tonight we plan a nice dinner and some Christmas gift wrapping, mixed with some eggnog and hot cocoa. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Wander Girl Learns to Knit

    I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this here before, but I love wool. I really think it’s the best fiber on the planet. And the best sheep, of course, are the merino sheep. There wool is so soft, and so warm when it needs to be and so not warm when it’s hot out, and…

  • Hill House Holidays

    My parents came to visit this past weekend, and one of the activities we did with them was a tour of the James J. Hill house. This house, located on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, was the home to James J. Hill, a turn-of-the-century railroad tycoon, and his family during the late nineteenth and early…

  • Snow!

    This evening we’re getting our first big snowfall of the winter season. We’ve gotten a few inches already, and should be getting a few more before the morning. Lake Calhoun is almost completely frozen, although I wouldn’t attempt to walk across it just yet. It’s shaping up to be a very nice, white, frozen December…

  • Turkey Overload

    Chicken with mashed potatoes was my favorite meal as a child, followed by chicken with dumplings. Chicken pot pie came in as a close third. I took turkey sandwiches for lunch to school, and even to work for lunch as an adult. I am a self-admitted serious poultry junkie. My only regret at traveling for…

  • Brining the Turkey

    Unfortunately our trip to Cleveland for Thanksgiving this year was canceled due to a panicky dog and an injured husband. But, that meant that we got to make Thanksgiving dinner at home for the first time ever! Over the weekend we caught a bit of the Food Network Thanksgiving specials, and they talked a bit…

  • Pie makes it better

    What is it about pie that makes everything feel a little bit better? This time of year more than any other, a warm fire, a warm mug of mulled cider and a big piece of pie can really make an evening. Pumpkin, pecan and apple are my favorites for fall, I also love cherry and…