Sunday, December 31, 2006

Rainy Day

It started out as a rainy day today, but it has now turned to snow! Has winter finally arrived?

Saturday, December 30, 2006

There aren't many Jewish deli's in St. Paul. In fact, Cecil's is the only one I know of. It's no Chompies (the Jewish deli I LOVED when I lived in Phoenix) but it's not bad.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Finally opened and just down the block from my house. How could you ask for more?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

After Christmas Glow

All over St. Paul, families are basking in the after Christmas glow. And all over St. Paul garbage bins are overflowing in the after Christmas excess.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Petite Flower received awesome new chrome parts for her motorcycle for Christmas! Hooray! Can't wait for spring. Merry Christmas St. Paul!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Day In The Life of Lucas!

The sun rises over the city.

Nearly one hundred Christmas cards get mailed to family and friends.

A hard day of work was had.

Beautiful neighborhood lights were enjoyed.

A cocktail called The Paris Hilton (with a side of bling)was discovered.

Interesting sights were seen on display.

Beauty was found in the ordinary.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A few more pics of La Cucharacha. I once had some kind pulled pork tacos or something there. They were so good I almost fell out of my chair. But I'm willing to branch out and try new places. Thanks to Kate for the suggestion of El Bravo. We will for sure give it a try.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

La Cucaracha

This festive truck was parked outside my favorite local Mexican restaurant, La Cucaracha on Dale & Grand.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Night Lights

My neighborhood looks so dang festive! I love this time of year.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006


In trying to be sneaky, I shot without a flash but that makes for slightly blurry pics. My apologies.

Friday, December 01, 2006

And now, a trip through 7 Corners Hardware

Since the dawn of time, 7 Corners Hardware has been providing St. Paul with its building needs. No triple wide aisles or teenaged workers here. The aisles are narrow, the shelves crowded and the workers experienced. Rather than looking for the needed item yourself, it's always better to ask since most likely, it's on a shelf 10 feet high behind 3 other boxes of things you don't need. But they have it all folks! There is a sign that says "No photos" that I really wanted a photo of but it's right near the register so I didn't dare. So the in the days to come, I'll post what I was able to shoot from under my coat. Enjoy and stop by next time you have some building or repair needs.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mickey's Continued

I got several nice shots while at Mickey's so the adventure continues.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


I may have posted a picture of Mickey's Diner before, but not a picture I'd taken just after enjoying a stack of blueberry pancakes. Mmmmmmm!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Balloon Bunch!

Another Grand Avenue shop with Balloon in the name and another shop I've never been in. Someday, when I need a bunch of balloons I'll venture in.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Red Balloon Book Store

On Grand Avenue. I hear they have a lovely story hour. My Godson's mother takes him there all the time.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Two of my favorite things

Bread & Chocolate on the corner of Grand & Victoria. Owned by the same folks who own Cafe Latte. Yum & Yum!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Minnesota Dairy Queen

Minnesota is where Dairy Queen started so it makes sense that there are so many of them here. It also helps explain why there are big long lines outside them in the summertime (tradition and all that), but I've never seen Dairy Queens close down in the winter like they do here. The first year I saw this Dairy Queen on Lex at 94, I thought, "How sad. It went out of business." But it was right back in business the next year. So now, every winter when I see the DQ all boarded up I just think, "Shhhhh, she's sleeping."

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Honk! Honk!

Don't these geese know that it's winter? I would have thought they would have headed south already. Or perhaps these are Canadian Geese and this IS south for them? Hmmmm. Anyway, I found them hanging out at the post office the other morning so I thought I'd take their photo.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pizza Luce

This construction zone will someday be a Pizza Luce. Why is another pizza joint worth any kind of interest? Because this one is a mere 3 blocks from my house! I can't wait till we can walk a mere 3 blocks knock back a couple of beers and wash them down with a slice of pie. Running into neighbors will be a huge added plus!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My Godson Turns One!

And his mother is quite the creative homemaker. Beer cheese soup. YUM! And his father is quite the talented homebrewer. I was very impressed with the porter. Double YUM!

Monday, November 06, 2006

A little stretch of businesses along Grand at Snelling. Breadsmith, Jamba Juice, Caribou Coffee with lots of locals hanging around socializing.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Original

I've been told this is the site of the first Green Mill ever. If I wasn't so busy (lazy) I would have done some research to determine the history of this joint, but I'm trusting what I heard. So here it is. Yummy.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Treadle on Grand

While I've never been in, I've always enjoyed their window displays of fabric. Someday I'll venture in.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rebel Ink

This little strip of stores is what St. Paul is all about. Locally owned specialty stores with great neighborhood folks running them. While I'm a big fan of Lula, a funky retro clothing store, I am particularly partial to Rebel Ink & Rebel Ink Baby! Specialty T-shirts with saucy sayings and unique designs! They make custom T's too.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I LOVE this sign! Who advertises color TV anymore? This is such a no tell motel and I wonder what goes on there sometimes.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Como Park Conservatory

A friend of mine was just talking about this place yesterday. I know I've posted a picture of it before, but here is a different view. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Dinner at Pazzaluna

Halibut, oh so yummy! And a delightful coffee afterwards.

I apologize to my viewers as I've been forgetful with my camera and need to spend some serious time taking new shots for you all to see. Thanks for the patience.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It's been so cold & damp, I thought this might warm us all up a bit!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Golden Treasures

Behold! My favorite jewelry store responsible for many of the shiney baubles lovingly bestowed upon me by my husband! (Thanks, babe!) Enjoy personalized service with superior quality? Enjoy locally owned businesses who understand about fantastic customer service? Then Golden Treasures is for you. Located on Grand Avenue, I highly recommend them!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Apartment building on Grand Avenue. I just liked the way the three buildings were lined up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

An Evening in St. Paul

One of my all-time favorite things to do in St. Paul is have dinner with friends. While St. Paul boasts many fine eateries, it's the people that live here who keep this spot firmly planted in my heart.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Fall in Como Park Continues

It's so easy to take gorgeous pictures when nature is providing such amazing subjects.