Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hidden Spaces

There are not a TON of outdoor patios here in the Twin Cities, given the climate.  But I LOVE dining outdoors.  Here's a little gem of a patio wedged between two buildings.  It is a shared patio for both Cahoots and The Neighborhood Cafe.  The brick walls, mismatched furniture, plants and hanging lights lend lots of charm to the space.  Selby Avenue just east of Snelling.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who WOULDN'T.......

.....want a wigwam in their yard????  Corner of Portland and Lexington.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Don't you threaten me!

Sometimes church marquees are funny, sometimes they are even punny, this one just kind of pissed me off.
Summit Avenue.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

It is UNUSUALLY humid in the Twin Cities right now and people are just wilting.  And I know some very dedicated boys who actually played a double header at this ball field yesterday.  And God Bless their poor overheated parents for sitting through both games. 

Midway Ball Field behind Central High School.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


It's supposed to be hot enough to start a fire here today.  Not much looking forward to it despite my intense love of summer.  Randolph and South Chatsworth.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Holy Roses!

The sign says it all folks.  5 dozen limit, through tomorrow.
I'll take 5 dozen thank you very much!
A. Johnson and Sons, Grand and Wheeler

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Because sometimes......that's just the TRUTH!  Target Parking Lot, University and Hamline.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What a Zoo!

Snelling and University should be avoided like the plague right now.  I feel sorry for all the businesses along University right now taking a HUGE hit so the light rail can be expanded.  In fact, there is more construction right now in Saint Paul than I ever recall in my 8+ years here.  I kinda sorta don't like it at all!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weather vain?

Do you think this weather vane is embarrassed at its current condition?  I do you point the way effectively when you are all slumped over to the side?  Summit Avenue

Monday, July 11, 2011

Steppingstone Theater

This building used to be all white and in a pretty sad state of disrepair.  Now it's a theater with this sassy gal out front watching over things.  I dig her.  Victoria and Portland

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sweet Anticipation

Sometimes there are long lines outside Grand Old Creamery. But it's ALWAYS worth the wait.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hmong Independance Day

Given that we have one of the largest populations of Hmong in the United States, it is no surprise that there is a large festival every year celebrating their culture and independence. I've never been to it but Como Park is always VERY crowded and busy.  And they seem very partial to their bright umbrellas protecting them from the sun.  Seriously, EVERYONE had umbrellas.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bock Bock

Summer just calls for Fried Chicken and the chicken at Roosters on Randolph is completely up to the task.  Ohmylanta is it delicious!  2 Booths and Barbecue?  I WILL be back!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Great time for bringing the freshness of the outdoors, in.  Selby Avenue.
P.S.  It was so gorgeous outside last night I almost wept.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Pick Yer Poison

There's lots of ways to celebrate the 4th.  What's yours?  Kowalski's Market.  Grand Avenue.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Red Skies at Night

After a stiflingly hot and sticky day, the temps suddenly dropped 20 degrees and the evening was perfect for porch settin'.  Then the winds picked up and a mighty storm blew through and when it was over, the sky exploded with color.  God I love summer.  Laurel Avenue.  Saint Paul

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pile of Poop

In the wintertime, this would be piles of rock salt for melting snow and ice.  In the summertime, it's fertilizer.
Or as I like to think of it, a giant pile of poop. 
I will say this, their customer service totally rocks. I LOVE this place!
Frattallone's Ace Hardware, Grand Avenue and Cambridge.