Tuesday, December 31, 2013

'Twas all quiet….

…. at Fire Station number 3 on a frigid December night. 
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Father daughter time

We skated late afternoon at Clearwater Park off Pilot Knob Road. It was fun but cold on the outdoor rink!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Almost spring?

Saturday's warm temperatures reached 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The snow was melting!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

An illuminated hand...

A work of art carved from snow, aglow in the winter darkness. See the snow hand by day on Monday, Dec 23.
Guest photog: Brian Keeler

Friday, December 27, 2013

Any guesses?

How much do you think I spent on food items recently at Kowalskis grocery store?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas dog

Our dog, Elsa, posed with a new Christmas dog toy. Santa didn't forget her!
iPhone photo by Anne

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas buffet

My family gathered at our house for a Christmas Eve day lunch of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad, lingonberries, fruit soup, green beans and lefse.  Pies topped off the dessert!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Set and ready

The table was prepared on Monday for Christmas Eve dinner with my family. Family time; happy time! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Let's give him a hand!

Sculptor Brian Keeler was carving this snow hand in his front yard as we drove down Thomas Lane. An artist, a teacher and a sportsman. Brian last appeared on this blog with his bike, click here

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Songs and scripture

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church north of Eagan was packed with families and parishioners for the annual children's Christmas program.
iPhone photo

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Musical "do gooders"

These University of Minnesota marching band students were collecting money for Salvation Army in front of Byerly's grocery store. They played "Angels We Have Heard on High" while I photographed them. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fa la la la la la la la la

Choir students and two teachers from Eagan High School sang Christmas songs to the Eagan Rotary Club on Wednesday at lunchtime. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Candy canes

Well, what do you think of this decorated home?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Night walk

My stroll was cold and dark except for beautifully decorated homes along the way! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Come sit down

Our Christmas tree stands decorated and ready in our piano room. It's snowing….. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RED line

With the new, nearby mall and hotel under construction, this bus line will really be busy! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Too much?

This house off Blackhawk Road has lots of Christmas lights...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Eating retro

For good food & a 1960s twist, visit the Silver Bell Diner!
(It was quieter at 3:30 pm - non rush hour)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Polar bear?

Nope. Just our Elsa the English cream golden retriever relaxing out in the snow.
iPhone pic by Anne

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Backyard electric bill...

How many Christmas lights do you think they have? 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fine frosting

Another "drive-by shooting" with my Nikon….

Monday, December 9, 2013

Outlined for Christmas

Christmas lights edge the roof lines and garage.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Indoor shopping

Shop your favorite Eagan Market Fest food vendors at the winter indoor farmer's market held at the Eagan Community Center on Dec 21, Jan 4, 18, Feb 1, 15 and March 1 from 9 am to noon.  A partial list includes: apple products, eggs, honey, chocolates, artisan breads, bakery items, sweets, jams, jewelry, etc.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

They just opened their doors; they're just getting baking!  Cupcake will sell baked yummies while "The Mason Jar" will operate as an attached restaurant. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Farmhouse Friday

This original farmhouse built in 1919 sits on a half acre surrounded by a residential neighborhood on south Braddock Trail. Imagine if the walls could talk….. and the Eagan historical stories they could tell!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Doggie regards

Phyllis Darlene, a 3 year old "Olde English Bulldogge," filled Robin's lap! Do you have a pet?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gray, misty day

Tuesday was overcast, cold and a prelude to winter. How's the weather by you?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Coach Derek was directing the girls through basketball drills. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Christmas wish

Crowds gathered at Holz Farm for its "Old Fashioned Holiday Event" on Sunday afternoon.  Photos with Santa, hayrides, making smores, viewing live reindeer, treats and more made for a fun pre-Christmas opportunity! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cupcake coming!

This second new east location of a Minneapolis based bakery, "Cupcake," is located in the former "Pardon My French cafe'" on Cliff Road.  Half of the 7,000 square feet space will be a full service restaurant called "Savory Side by Cupcake" and the other half will be a standard cupcake bakery with fast-casual dining.  Opening "soon."

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Anne's tree

Christmas lights illuminate the dark winter night. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Family, food and fun

We celebrated Thanksgiving at my twin brother's house. The buffet menu included: turkey, potatoes, gravy, carrots, stuffing, red jello salad, glorified fruit salad and a spinach salad. Kringla and pumpkin pie for dessert. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving thanks for volunteers

Most of the representatives from 27 community charities gathered after receiving grant checks at the Eagan Rotary lunch meeting. The proceeds totaled $30,000 raised by the Rotarians' annual gala event held each February.
Guest photog: Michael Proebstle, Legacy Creative Images

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Helga caught my eye ...

Beer from Munich, Germany grabbed my attention when it arrived across the street at the Cherokee Restaurant!  Cheers! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Midnight snack

Wonder if any of these 3 food places stay open long enough for a late night snack along Cliff Road?

Monday, November 25, 2013


Our 2nd grader sang a pre-Thanksgiving turkey song with her classmates on Thursday evening.
iPhone photo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pretty pottery

Potter Siiri Silpala Doan talked with sale visitors at the Eagan Art House on Saturday afternoon. Other pottery instructors and students also displayed and sold their clay creations at this annual artsy event.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pre-December drive

Friday morning's commute left me feeling a little frosted!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sunset on Cedar Ave

The view out the car window while my wife drove south on Highway 77 into Eagan was spectacular. This iPhone photo doesn't do it justice.  See other Skywatch Friday meme participants here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Honored heros

The Eagan Rotary Club recognized three local veterans during their weekly lunch meeting on Wednesday at the Eagan Community Center. On the left, Rev. Al Pruis served with the army in Vietnam in 1970 - 1972. John Connelly traveled the Pacific to Japan during WWII from 1944 - 1946.  William Swanstrom sailed for 2 tours to Vietnam in 1966 - 1972. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Squash and pumpkins, oh my!

Fall harvest includes these healthy items grown on a vine. Kowalski's Market offers a wide variety!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Full Moon

I wonder if all the coyotes in Eagan were howling.....

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas countdown

Kowalski's grocery store displays several decorated trees around their shop. How many more days until Christmas?