Baby Hawk

About a block from our house a Mama hawk built a pretty big nest. There have been a number of photographers setting up shop and spending the day watching her , and now, watching her babies. We finally brought the camera over this weekend and Husband got this great shot of one of the babies. Too sweet.



This poem showed up in my  inbox the other day and it really spoke to me. What would you write?

by Bruce Dethlefsen

what would I write
if I had only
four or five lines worth
of ink or time left?

how we children were put down
around eight o-clock in the bedroom nearby
with a crack of light from the open door
so the grownups could smoke play cards and talk

how I walked my sweetheart home
from eighth grade on that orange afternoon
carried her books from school
and she said the word marriage

how perfect the rainbow of the ball
my triple during
the all-star game
with my father there

how I heard the first cries of my baby
little bundle wrapped
in that thin pale yellow flannel blanket
in my arms against my chest

what would I write?
would I drop an anonymous note to jesus?

would I beg you
to remember to keep
this untitled green and blue
world of ours?

really what would I write
if I had only
four or five lines worth
of ink or time left?

“Untitled” by Bruce Dethlefsen, from Breather. © Fireweed Press, 2009. From MPR The Writer’s Almanac.


The New Turtle Bread

We finally made it to the new Turtle Bread Company location here in Longfellow for lunch this weekend. Husband brought his Dad to the Twins game for a Birthday/Father’s Day gift, so Grandma Nibs and I took Daughter out to lunch. Daughter and I stopped by last weekend for breakfast goods, but today was a real treat. I’ve been a fan of Turtle Bread for years (have you tried their Chocolate Bread? Or their Tomato Soup? Or their Cookies?) If you haven’t you need to. And now there’s a location just a mile or so from our house. The opening was delayed by about seven months, but I think it was worth it.

I ordered the “Tosti” Madame Benedict, which I guess is a lighter version or a Madame Croque and Eggs Benedict. Essentially, it was heaven. A toasted/grilled bacon (I subbed) and cheese sandwich, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise. So So Yum.

For Daughter I ordered a blueberry pancake. She only took one bite (what is wrong with her?). I think she was distracted with all the people/dogs/kids wandering by. Grandma Nibs ordered the grilled cheese, which is simple and perfect and perfectly grilled.

And did I mention we ate outside? It was a beautiful day. A beautiful meal. A beautiful time. Next time we’re riding our bikes there. Which I’ll need to do since their food is way too good.


Two-Year Photos

We recently had Daughter’s two-year photos taken. I don’t know about you, but I really like to receive the DVD of final images when we do these shoots. We didn’t get the files from her 6 month shots and I really feel ripped off. I know a lot of photographers charge an arm and a leg for the DVD, so I searched high and low for a great photographer who offered a great deal. I found one through a friend on Facebook. Dietrich Gesk. He was great. He was more than willing to reschedule the shoot (twice) when we had bad weather. And when we finally made it outside he was easy to work with and the shots are amazing. I’m so happy with them. But I have NO IDEA how I’m going to decide what to print. Guess that’s why I got the DVD.


Bread & Pickle

photo by city-data.com

Okay locals, have you heard about this place? It’s the new restaurant in the Lake Harriet Bandshell. I don’t know about you, but I spent a whole lot of time hanging out around there when I was in high school. Now I occasionally walk, run or blade around it. Who wants to meet me there for an early morning run and an egg & cheese sandwich? Anyone?



Have you ever expected something to go one way and suddenly, without warning it went in a totally different direction? That happened to me yesterday. I felt like sinking under the table and crawling through the wall. But then I got home and remembered what really matters and I felt better. Then I went for a long bike ride and felt even better yet. Today will be a better day.


Fridays & American Pie

It’s Friday. Finally. It was a long week. On Tuesday we hit 103 degrees. Then two days later it dropped 50 degrees overnight. My toes were hot. Then they were cold. But finally, the weekend is almost here. I plan to get outside (if it doesn’t rain), hang with the girls (cheese, wine, art) and go on a train ride (choo, choo!).

I leave you with this amazing video. So cool.

What are you doing to change the world this weekend?