October 24th, 2014
The West Avenue project is almost done, you can see the wall where they’ll be filling in and painting the phony-rock part. The street still needs another layer or two of blacktop, and the boulevards need seeding, but OUR TREES ARE HERE!!! Two maples in the front, and on the side a new style elm and a Kentucky coffee tree. We’d lost one tree before we bought the house (the hole was there), then a year ago spring a blizzard took another, and we lost our beautiful maple with this construction. Now we’ve got to keep them alive and keep those damn deer from eating them! Apparently one got ripped up by a buck further down the street.
October 23rd, 2014
Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., photographer Barbara O’Brien is having a DOGFACE book release party at Agile Canines, 216 Colfax Ave. N., Minneapolis. Come join the fun, and bring a bag of dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or some other animal donation for the Humane Society of Goodhue County. Be the first in your dog park to have a copy of her new book. That’s DOGFACE!
That’s a photo of Alan and our dear old Kenya, not long before she died, yes, taken by Barbara O’Brien, photographer extraordinaire, when she did a photo shoot for Humane Society of Goodhue County. Kenya couldn’t walk then, Alan had to carry her in, but her spirit was still good and she was full of life, a happy pup. Barbara captured her buoyant smile.
Thanks, Barbara, for preserving her for us, and also Kady when she was younger, new to our family, Minnesota, and a little hesitant. Now she’s always smiling too… when she isn’t sleeping, which she does a lot now. It means a lot to all of us that Barbara got them on film… errr, on disk. And we’ll be there tomorrow!!!
October 14th, 2014
One small step… and a giant leap! A transmission easement settled, and at more than twice the original offer. Yeah, we can live with that.
The troubling thing is that the appraisal didn’t really make sense, and they way they came to the appraisal amount didn’t add up. But despite that, the bottom line was good, so we’re not going to quibble.
Onward, heading up north for transmission hearings for the Not-so-Great Northern Transmission Line.
October 10th, 2014
The wall is UP. The street is paved, and the sidewalks were finished today! Like WOW! Next week they fill in the boulevards, and do something with that hill behind the retaining wall. Almost… almost…
And the good news is that now we’ve got drainage that won’t turn the sidewalks into a skating rink, and the pole for the Little Free Library and light is now installed!
October 10th, 2014
And so says the STrib:
Time to hit the road and jump on the LRT!