Saturday, February 06, 2010

Re-living the Magic!

So many people I've talked to lately are telling me about their plans to head to Disney World over the next few months....I miss my Disney! So, I am going to re-live our September 2009 trip and pretend we are still there :)

Here's me and my pal Goofy just hanging out near the Main Street entrance:
And after 5 trips, this was the first time we saw the Mayor of Main Street USA! I made a bee-line to get a picture!
Since we were there for my birthday, Joe arranged a special birthday surprise when we got back to our room the first day! Mickey stopped by and left several packages and goodies!!
The Castle looked really haunting - perfect for an early Halloween celebration.
We took in Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PArty and had a blast - end came back with about 6 pounds of candy!

This little bench right inside the entrance to MK provided a nice picture opportunity as well.
I miss my Disney! Oh well, let the countdown to Disney 2011 begin!

And, since we are moving to Charlotte, perhaps we can drive down for a day or 2 at Christmas!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Minnesota State Fair 2009!

Scenes from the 2009 Minnesota State Fair! We took it in last Wednesday.

Giant Pumpkin:
Apples! Honey Crisp, our favorite Minnesota-grown variety. Cannot wait until apple-picking 2009 in a few weeks!
It's not the MN State Fair without deep-fried cheese curds!
Joe and I split this - which is enough grease to last us both a year or 2...but total yum!
We were afraid to get too close to this one.....
Another classic MN - Hotdish on a stick! Featuring tater-tots, I am sure....
This is what I come for.....
I don't know how they do it, but the seasoning and cooking is out of this world!

This was a big thick hunk of bacon....on a least it was not chocolate-covered.
Crop-art is always cool.

I really liked this one:
Mid-way rides! No thanks!!

Joe and I went on this one one year...after eating. I will never be the same.....
It spins round and round and then the floor drops out from beneath you...the force made me notably sick.

This one was new...and again, no thanks!

Princess Kay of the Milky Way! The State's new dairy princess...who gets her head sculpted in butter!
Part of the parade....
Excuse me, but there seems to be a cow coming out of the back of your car....
And a giant pickle attached to the side of yours!!
Little horsies!!!
A fun time. Can't wait till 2010!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

9,997 to go.....

Today was Gus's 1-year birthday, so we celebrated that and the beautiful weather by taking a walk around Lake Nokomis!

This continues our series of exploring as many of the local lakes as possible. In the past few weeks, we have hit Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, so today's adventure makes 3. Being the Land of 10,000 lakes, that leaves 9,997 to go! Ha!

It was a really pretty setting and not overly crowded. And lots of little nooks and crannies for getting close to the water:We came across this guy just enjoying the scenery:
But when he saw us, decided 4's a crowd......That's Minneapolis in the background:We also spotted this guy and his sailboat:
I think the doggie had a few reservations about this plan.....

After we got back, we celebrated Gus's day with a special cake that Joe made just for him....
He and Max enjoyed this very much :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

What $1.50 Can Get You.... Garage Sales! All this!
Who can resist a Mickey plate for a quarter? Not me!

And holiday dish towels?! YES!
I gor the 2 towels AND this Halloween candle holder thingie for a dollar!
What a negotiator.....Joe was not impressed and said I should have gone down to 75-cents for all 3. He's probably right, but I am NOT a good haggler.

What fun!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Remembering an old friend

Hard to believe, but it's been one year today since we had to say goodbye to Spike.
What a wonderful, amazing friend and companion he was for his 18 years.
There will never be another one like you, my friend.
We miss you lots, sweetheart puppy-dog.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Minnehaha Falls

Today we decided to take Gus to Minnehaha Falls - Joe and I have not been there in years, and it was such a nice holiday weekend!

The falls are still spectacular:
And you can still go down to the base.
Years ago, you could actually walk behind the falls, but not any more. Oh well, safety first, I guess.

Guess took s brief moment to pose for a picture going back up the steps:
I liked this covered walkway:
I decided I really did not have to go to the bathroom that bad.....
I am sure it was pretty classy in it's day, though.....

Not sure who this is, but he/she must have been important enough to warrant a sculpture.
I shall research further....*

All in all, a great day to be outdoors and a great way to enjoy the local scenery for free.

*Research update: Created by contemporary native artest Ed Archie Noisecat in 1994, the mask was made so the viewer can see through the eyes of Chief Little Crow (his real name was Taoyeteduta).

The mask is located just south overlooking the Minnehaha Falls in an area considered sacred to the Sioux.