Friday, September 30, 2011


School was starting and summer was ending.... It was September 5. See other SkyWatchers right here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

$$$ for PINK birds

If you want a flock of flamingos placed in a friend's yard, then pay a fundraising fee to the Eastview High School Foundation. Pay a different fee to de-flock your yard!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our birthday princess

Our youngest daughter turned 6 years old on Tuesday. "Mom" and Britta baked the yellow cake; Britta decorated it. It's fun to wear a birthday crown from school.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Corny in Coates

The Minnesota harvest of corn is just around the corner. We passed this barn in Coates, a village of 163 people just south of Eagan, on our way home from Iowa. Click here to see other charming barns.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Back to the Middle Ages

A Medieval Fair of fighting knights, craft demonstrations and Renaissance musicians transported visitors several hundred years back in time. Caponi Art Park hosted the Sunday afternoon event.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Family farm fun

"Lone Oak Days" at Holz Farm offer loads of activities, demonstrations and rides for kids and entire families. Saturday and again on Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 4 pm - head over to Holz Farm at 4665 Manor Drive! Lunch options available to purchase, 2 pm Eagan Women of Note performance and 3 pm pie eating contest.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A blue dream

This 1973 Pontiac Grande Ville convertible with white leather seats waits patiently for a buyer. It sits along Covington Lane with a $13,900 price tag in the window of the current owner whom I do not know.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bad news, good news

Although their home off Wilderness Run Road is considered a complete loss after Wednesday evening's fire, the good news is that all family members escaped safely. The fire cause remains under investigation; thanks to a faulty door bell ringing repeatedly in absence of connected smoke detectors, this story had a happy end.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thanksgiving birds

Seeing these 15 wild turkeys nervously walking along 117th St just off Cliff Road and Rich Valley Road was a real thrill on late Sunday afternoon!
Gobble, gobble!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shooting for Scouting

Over 110 local hunters, sportsmen and this shooting team from Thomson Reuters gathered recently at the "Eagan Gun Club" for the 5th Annual Trap Shoot Fundraiser to benefit the Boy Scouts of America in our area. Over the past 5 years, 438 attendees have participated in raising $112,000. This year $33,190 was raised to support the 70,000 local Boy Scouts! Congratulations!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Topless @ Cole's Salon

I'm sure she was inside getting her nails done or a new coif or maybe a massage? Click here to see other rubies.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Doors of Monday #4

Strolling down the street, I often admire this front doorway with its stained glass panels. See other doorways here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Welcome, Max from Sweden!

Tony and Tessa Ripley hosted a welcome dinner party at their house for this year's Eagan Rotary Club exchange student, Max from southern Sweden. We also celebrated his birthday! (Max has the kitchen light over his head)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Through the trees...

Tuesday's "Harvest Moon" - the trees framed it perfectly!
Photo consultant: Michael Proebstle

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dustin finished it!

Construction of this $550,000 house built by Dustin Endres at 1811 Ellie Court began in May and finished last week. It's a beautiful 2,300 sq ft rambler home set on 0.4 acre just off Cliff Road. This "energystar" home with style, luxury and a great location is already SOLD! Click here to see Dustin as he started building this house.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A beautiful car wash

Some of the Burnsville High School Blazettes were washing cars and this towing truck as their club fundraiser on an unusually warm, September Saturday afternoon on Cliff Road in Eagan. The 58 girls strong danceline performs at fall athletic events and competes during the winter season.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wayne Moran, photog

A 22 year Eaganite and married father of four, Wayne works as a software engineer by day and as a photographer in his free-time. He's a "social media junkie" and runs a side, media/marketing business. His Canon camera consistently captures cityscapes, landscapes, portraits and fine art.
Got ya, Wayne!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Old but not gone

Driving along Dodd Road north of Lone Oak Road, I discovered this old barn. After a walk through a thorny weed infested field, I could take this top photo. See other "Barn Charm" meme participants here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

6:45 am view

Not many new homes are being built anymore in Eagan so it was fun to look out from this kitchenette window. I guess they'll be eating their breakfast with this view!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago...

Terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11, a horrific day which nobody will forget. The Truck Crane Service Company on Highway 55 and Dodd Road has set up three of their cranes, two huge flags and a photo of a firefighter hero to remember and honor the almost 3,000 victims of that event. Safety officers, veterans, military and many others have visited this moving site every year in Eagan. I was working in my Roseville office and had just finished a client meeting on 9/11. Where were you on that day?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cool car, dumb dude

Our family spotted this guy's green car hogging two parking spots during a very busy, weekly Market Fest. Parking places are at a premium, dude! Doi hey!
Today's date: 9/10/11

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grandmothers from China

These three Chinese women are visiting their families who live in our neighborhood. They meet at our corner and walk together every day.
Mrs. Zhao is visiting for 3 months from Zheng Zhou in Henan province; She likes walking.
Mrs. Zheng is visiting for one year from Wuhan in Hubei province; she likes Tai Chi.
Mrs. Zhang is visiting for 40 days from Beijing City; she likes Chinese dancing.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Great dogs, Great Danes!

Matt & Sarah accompanied their spotted dog, Schatzi, and grey colored Klaus to Eagan's Market Fest.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Off to Middle School

Our oldest daughter headed off for her first year of middle school on Tuesday morning. All the kids in our school district started back yesterday. Off on the yellow bus!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blooming sisters

Local blind painter and friend, Annie Young, came to our house to make beaded jewelry and eat dinner with us on Sunday. She painted these three flowers for our family representing three sisters and signifying the importance of sisters always "making amends" throughout their life. See her featured earlier on my blog, here.
Thank you, Annie!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Purple prickle

I thought this Purplus Thornus wildflower was pretty along the sidewalk. The insect was a bonus. Join Lisa's Macro Monday here.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Meat, dairy, grocery & deli

Shopping for food for our family of 5 at Byerly's grocery store cost us $201.15. The 56 items included several sale items which saved us $14.21. Would this be more or less expensive in your local food store?
Some of our items: beef, chicken, pork, 3 gallons of milk, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, corn on the cob, carrots, yogurt, pasta, cheeses, butter, grapes, bread, hotdog buns, etc.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The leaning tower of Eagan

We don't have a "Main Street" or a "downtown" but we do have "Town Centre." This marker only lists a few of the nearby stores.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Eagan's new Patch editor

Britt Johnsen, a recent U of MN grad, steers Eagan's online Patch news source. She worked for the Winona Daily News and then the St Cloud Times prior to assuming her new post. Welcome Britt!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

a hidden perspective

These five friends were chatting behind the flowers at the "Pardon My French" cafe' patio on Saturday morning. The September theme is "perspective" for the City Daily Photo blog community.