alec baldwin as blake

we’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. as you all know, first prize is a cadillac el dorado. anybody wanna see second prize? second prize is a set of steak knives. third prize is you’re fired.

a particularly supercilious toad found in the back yard

our yard, saint paul mn

  • erica andree says:

    one of the aspects of your blog that delights me most is the opening whiteness. the spare title and expansive whitespace give me a moment of anticipation before scrolling down to discover the day’s image. this insouciant fellow was an especial treat to see pop up from below.

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    • Hi Erica!
      I didn’t know you were visiting STILL, what a wonderful surprise! I am touched.
      Even more wonderful, now I have your email :-)
      I’ll send you a note in the next day or two.
      Mary Jo

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  • LW says:

    prince charming! I don’t know HOW you got that shot, but well done!

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rolling in clover

i have sat here for half an hour and decided there is nothing interesting to say about clover. everything likes to eat it. it makes a clear and beautiful honey.  if you find the one in a million, it might give you good luck. if you’re lost in the wilderness, it might save your life. farmers have used it for centuries to replenish the soil. it is what my husband looks for in the fall when he’s grouse hunting. it grows flower heads like white and violet torches. and when you plunge your nose into a bouquet of clover, it smells like lilacs. i rest my case. there is nothing interesting to say about clover.

bouquet of clover blossoms

vadnais lake, saint paul, minnesota

  • LW says:

    But, they sure look pretty here!

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naked tree

here’s a newborn white oak parading around in his birthday suit with his bouncing little acorn. he was conceived when one of the endless cascades of acorns last fall bounced off of our roof and landed in the back yard. he managed to survive deer, squirrels, wood ducks, and a polar vortex, before i pulled him up and posted this embarrassing baby photo that will probably get shown at his graduation party.

sprouted white oak with acorn and tap root

backyard, saint paul, minnesota

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new neighbors

a vintage neighborhood restaurant recently had the land sold out from under it, and had to go searching for a new spot. the abandoned building has undergone a sort of slow-motion demolition ever since, and it hasn’t taken long for the new neighbors to move in. we were told they would be a community of 55+ seniors. but they turned out to be a mama mallard and her clutch of eight eggs, well camouflaged under the formerly neatly pruned arbor vitae hedge along the restaurant terrace. we’ve got no complaints. mallards make for excellent neighbors.

mallard nest

saint paul, minnesota

 

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