July marches on

So I’ve missed 3 or 4 days this year so far, but I’m not giving up on this daily photo thing just yet. However, this week, only 6 pics.

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(7/9/17) Looking west from the driveway.

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(7/10/17) The porch to (world’s smallest) bathroom conversion begins! Martin Beck performs the ceremonial jackhammering to kick off the festivities.  Ears wisely plugged, Tom Beck supervises his nephew’s fine work.

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(7/11/17) Late afternoon on Lake Harriet

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(7/12/17)  Kids these days, with their hi-tech gizmo contraptions.

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(7/13/17) Tom, Joel and Martin have moved from the DEstruction to the CONstruction phase of the “Li’l Biff” project.

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(7/14/17)  A couple of kids in the back yard.

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My fickle friend, the summer wind

Week #27 of my photo-a-day project takes us through that peak week of summer, when most of us take a time out, maybe cook some kind of animal on the grill, and find ourselves seeking shade and bodies of water.

It’s the time of year that makes me think of my favorite Frank Sinatra song. So sit back, open a window, close your eyes, feel the breeze, and have a listen.

 

“Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin’ by” . . .

And now, a photo from each day of the week.

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(7/2/17)  Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis

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(7/3/17) Roderick Cox conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Independence Day Eve concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. The weather was perfect and the orchestra sounded great.

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(7/4/17)  You thought I was going to have a picture of fireworks, right?  Nope, couldn’t stay up that late . . . but can you think of a more patriotic dessert?   —  RED strawberries, WHITE ice cream,  BLUE blueberries — that’s as American as apple pie!

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(7/5/17)  Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

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(7/6/17)  I saw this in someone’s front yard while I was running — a very nice twist on the “Little Free Library” phenomenon.  “Blessing Box: Grab a bag, take what you need.”

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(7/7/17) They don’t make ’em any cuter than this.

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(7/8/17) While on a bike ride by the Mississippi River (downtown St. Paul in the distance) we stopped and talked with this young man about fishing.  He told us he usually does pretty well here — once landing a 45-pound catfish!

 

 

A photo a day for the last week of June

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(6/25/17) Stained glass above doors at the old Veterans Home in Minneapolis.

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(6/26/17) We have a hummingbird! The new feeder is a success.

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(6/27/17) Late afternoon soccer practice at the little park down the block by Minnehaha Creek.

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(6/28/17) Minneapolis

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(6/28/17) Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

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(6/29/17) Otto’s favorite spectator sport

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(7/1/17) 2nd hole, Keller Golf Course, St. Paul. One of the great features of the remodeled course is the abundance of wild flowers and prairie grass.

“Then, if ever, come perfect days”

My photos from Week #25 follow at the bottom, after a poetic message from James Russell Lowell.  Now is the “high tide of the year”.

“Whether we look, or whether we listen, we hear life murmur, or see it glisten”

 

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(6/18/17) Big Stone Lake, on the Minnesota/South Dakota border, as seen from the Ortonville Golf Course.

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(6/19/17) The 16th green at the Ortonville Golf Course is perched on the edge of a deep valley containing Big Stone Lake.  South Dakota is visible in the distance.

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(6/20/17)  OK, so this is one of the reasons I like my teeny little car so much — 45.2 mpg on the trip back home from Ortonville!

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(6/21/17) We got the deck staining almost done today.  Now, when the stucco gets re-dashed later this summer, I think it’s going to look pretty good.

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(6/22/17) What’s a beautiful day in June without as least a little time in the basement?

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(6/23/17)  Justin and Linh Buoen invited us to their summer solstice party again this year.  Their house and its setting are stunning and the party was wonderful.  Thank you, J and L!!

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(6/24/17) Downtown Minneapolis at dusk looking north up I-35W from the 50th St. bridge.

From Lanesboro to Ortonville

Week # 24 was bookended by weekend trips — one southeast to Lanesboro and one westward to Ortonville, on the South Dakota border.  In between, a couple of rounds of golf and a little time with the G-Kids made for a memorable week.  I’m a very lucky guy.

Here is a photo from each day.

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(6/11/17) Along the Root River Bike Trail between Lanesboro and Whalen.

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(6/12/17) Jerry and Roger on the 18th at Gross Golf Course, trying to finish under a menacing sky.

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(6/13/17) I have a feeling that rabbit ears are about to pop up.

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(6/14/17) Here’s one that will probably only be impressive to other golfers. Graydon fixes his ball mark, showing where his tee shot landed on a 170-yard par 3. The tee is behind me, so his ball flew past the hole by 3 inches, backed up and hit the flagstick (clank!) then came to rest a foot away (ball marker). 

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(6/15/17) Parking lot behind the hardware store.

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(6/16/17)  Can something be cute and dreary at the same time? Hopeful and sad? Colorful and dull?

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(6/17/17) Rain in the distance on the Minnesota prairie, a few miles east of Ortonville.

 

 

Out and about and a couple of oddities

Here are my photo-day-shots from Week #23 of 2017. We went to the theater, I played golf, and then we went north and we went south, and went to the theater again.

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(6/4/17) The back yard is coming along.

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(6/5/17) guess how old she is?

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(6/6/17) “Backside” of the Guthrie Theater catches the early evening light.  We saw “Refugia” — a mostly excellent and thought-provoking play.

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(6/7/17) This is one of the oddities of the week — a tree at the University of Minnesota/Les Bolstad Golf Course entirely covered by . . . not sure what, but it’s like cobwebs or something.  Anybody know what this is?  It would make a great Halloween tree.

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(6/8/17) We headed north for the day, to the town of Oklee, Minnesota, for a Frette family funeral.  This is Karen’s cousin Lowell walking with his mom, Karen’s Aunt Myrtle.

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(6/9/17) After heading north for a day, we turned the car around and drove south to Lanesboro for some biking, two plays, and good dining and conversation with friends Judy and Craig.

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(6/10/17) The Rushford Depot Historical Museum along the Root River bike trail has a lot of cool old stuff, including an upstairs full of creepy dolls and mannequins.

 

Trying to stay a month behind

Here are my photo-a-day pictures from a little over a month ago (Week #22 of 2017, if you’re keeping score at home.)

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(5/28/17) The view from Ford Parkway bridge over the Mississippi River never fails to please the eye.

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(5/29/17) Birthday Breakfast for Emily at the Colossal Cafe in south Minneapolis. All four of these guys are worth celebrating.

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(5/30/17) Graydon hits a wedge over the infamous tree on the short 4th hole at Keller Golf Course in St. Paul. Roger and Jerry prepare to comment.

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(5/31/17) Dean and Alan attempt to block the amazing view from the balcony of their downtown condo.  (It’s always about them.)

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(6/1/17) June begins with breakfast at the Finnish Bistro in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Both the restaurant and the neighborhood are hidden treasures. (In case you’re wondering, all of the food visible in this photo was consumed on the premises — and yes, animals were harmed in the making of my meal.)

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(6/2/17) No it’s not a barn. Yes, it looks a lot better now. No, I did not do half the work. Yes, I feel bad about that.

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(6/3/17) We can grow Hibiscus plants in Minnesota, too! (for about 5 months and then we kill ’em.)