Thursday, August 31, 2006

Creative Activities Building

Even though I didn't enter anything this year, I still love going to the Creative Activities Building to check out what the other knitters have submitted. I also love looking at all the jams, jellies, breads & desserts that are on display. It's hard seeing that blue ribbon and not being able to taste the winning entry, but they look so darn pretty all lined up!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Midway Magic

The magic of the midway is that so many otherwise intelligent people, shell out big bucks to play rigged games that give away crappy prizes. Awww, I just sucked all the fun out of it! Actually, I would squeal and hug my big strong guy if he won me a giant stuffed bear after spending $30 on a ridiculous game, but he would never do that. And I still love him anyway! :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rubber Ducky, you're the one!

I don't know the object of this game. I don't even know the prize you win for playing. But I loved watching all these duckies swirl around in the tank. Quack.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Mighty Midway

Carnival rides are fun. But the carney folks that run them are better!

Seed Jesus

You wouldn't know it just by a quick glance, but this portrait of Jesus is made entirely from seeds. You know, seeds from plants like mustard seeds and sunflower seeds, etc. Yes, seed art is an actual display at the MN State Fair. While this portrait is indeed impressive, the winner was a portrait done of Lucille Ball. I didn't take a picture of it but I was suprised at how good it was. It looked almost like a painting and had lots of depth and dimension. The gal that did it lives in some tiny town in the middle of nowhere and also submitted a portrait of Ricky Ricardo. I deemed that she was definately talented, but that perhaps she had a bit too much time on her hands to be able to submit not one, but two time consuming, painstaking entries in one year. I wonder if Jesus was upset that he didn't win? Ah well, he probably just turned the other cheek, right?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Award Winning Corn

At first I wasn't sure exactly how one judged corn. What makes one ear better than another? Taste would be my way of choosing, but that's not an option at the fair. So I asked a few questions. These ears are being judged in groups. The closer they are in symmetry; size and shape, the more likely they are to win the prize. You learn something new everyday.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Sweet as honey!

The Agriculture building is always one of my favorite stops at the fair. I love seeing all the products lined up with their award ribbons being proudly displayed.

Friday, August 25, 2006

12 days of fun

Sorry to all, I was busy at a national meeting and had to take some time off. I am back now. In lieu of Summit Avenue, we will spend the next week or so at the Minnesota State Fair. One of my all time favorite activities. Hope you enjoy the Fair as I've seen it.

Tickets Please:

Saturday, August 19, 2006

I snapped this beauty in the parking lot of the local Targhetto. Interesting wheels, wouldn't you say?

On a separate note, our stroll down Summit Avenue will have to be postponed. So sorry dear readers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Last stop on Ramsey Hill

Across the street from The University Club lives this lovely lady. I enjoy her often. And thus concludes our tour of the Ramsey Hill Neighborhood. Next stop.............. Summit Avenue!!!!!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Still at the top of Ramsey Hill

This is Lookout Park. It has a great view of downtown St. Paul. In the late 1850's Carpenter Hotel was built on this site. The hotel had a mansard roof with a balustraded captain's walk on it so patrons could take in the view. The hotel is rumored to have burned down in the 1880's but no one is 100% sure if it burned or was razed but it's been a park ever since.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

At the top of Ramsey Hill..............

and sitting just on the edge of the bluff is The University Club. Sort of a country club but without all the rolling hills and golf courses. I've never been inside but perhaps someday I'll be invited to an event there.

Friday, August 11, 2006

And right next door..................

is this charming home! It is so lovely and well kept. I couldn't tell if it was in the shape of a hexagon or an octagon but either way it was really cool.

And I LOVE the twisty chimney. What a whimsical touch to add.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

At the bottom of Ramsey Hill..........

is this marvelous professional building. It used to be a church but I'm not sure of what demononation. It's lovely inside and out. I went there once for a massage.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ramsey Hill Part 2

Here is one of the homes carved into the Ramsey hillside.

This one looks like an Italian villa. Who knew such wonderful homes were hidden among the trees and tucked into the hillside?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ramsey Hill

The fastest way to get from the waters edge of downtown St. Paul up to the bluff of the Summit Avenue neighborhood is Ramsey Hill. Perhaps the steepest hill in St. Paul, it would be dwarfed by the hills of San Francisco, but still I always get a kick out of it. It's really fun to ride my motorcycle up it! What many people may not know is that there is a little neighborhood tucked along the bluff. For the next few days, Picture St. Paul will explore this tiny unique neighborhood. Enjoy!

Monday, August 07, 2006

North Shore

I've been having a lot of trouble posting photos so I tried a bunch of random photos and this one actually worked! While it's technically not in St. Paul, it is in Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior and it was taken this past spring. Enjoy and hopefully we'll get back to St. Paul pics soon.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Why, blogger? Why?
I want to post pictures.
But you won't let me.
Do you hate me?
Have I done something wrong?
Please help me understand
why you are being so wretched!