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  • Merry Christmas!!

    On November 30 the movers came and packed and loaded all our belongings, and that evening we got on a plane and flew to Seattle, Washington. In the last 3 weeks we found a new apartment in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, moved in and started unpacking. We’ve barely had time to breathe let…

  • Let It Snow!

    Yesterday morning it snowed, the first snowfall of the year. The temperatures plunged below zero, and in one night some trees dropped all their leaves in a panicked attempt to keep up with the temperature change. It was amazing to see the blankets of green leaves covering the grass and snow and gathering in the…

  • Copenhagenize.com: Winter Cycling Redux

    Here in Minnesota there is a huge cycling population and many of these cyclists continue to ride during the winter months, using their bikes as their primary form of transportation. We have nothing on Copenhagen though, that’s some serious bike culture! Mikael Colville-Andersen is a freelance filmmaker and photographer and has two fantastic sites on…

  • Color Rush

    The bright colors of these sodas were a great pick-me-up on a cloudy day. After a nice warm-up we’re heading into another cold spell here in Minnesota, so I can use all the bright colors I can get. I’m going to make a point of seeking out nice vivid, candy-like shots at least once a…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • Snow Lake

    We had a rare warm day today, so Jim, Cooper and I headed out to Lake Calhoun to enjoy the snow and watch the kite skiers. I was amazed at the way the snow had formed into dunes in some places, and barren ice terrain in others. It felt otherworldly, as if walking on the…

  • Doxie Lovefest

    Saturday was the February Twin Cities Dachshund Lover’s Meetup, also known as the “Weinerdog Love Fest”. This once-a-month event for weenies and their human counterparts is always a good time (who wouldn’t be entertained by a room full of long-bodied short dogs running wild!) It’d been a while since Cooper had been to a meetup…

  • The St. Paul Curling Club

    Last Thursday Jim and I joined a few friends from my office at the St. Paul Curling Club for dinner, drinks and introductory curling lessons. One of my co-workers, Dale Webb, offered to have us all out to learn about curling, and it was a blast! I had never seen curling in person before and…

  • Time to go snowshoeing

    Jim got me the coolest watch for Christmas. It’s a Suunto Lumi. It’s got an altimeter, a barometer and a compass, in addition to being a sports watch. I’ve been learning how to predict the weather with the barometer feature and how to set up the other features to be accurate, and now I’m ready…

  • Snow Dog

    This past weekend we had our first snowstorm of the season, and it was Cooper’s first snowstorm ever! He was a bit nervous at first but now he’s loving it. He’s chasing and eating snowballs and loving long walks on the trolley path. Who knew the Minnesota winter could be so fun?