These are the musings of a curly,red-haired 50-year-old. Sassy. Spunky. Creative. Domestic. City-dweller. Enjoying the challenges of mid-life and the unexpected curveballs that life keeps throwing my direction.
Living in Lowertown St. Paul offers entertainment right outside our door some days, especially during the summer. Every day we can watch the barges move down the river. Soon Cirque du Soleil will be setting up in the parking lot across the street. During the week we enjoy music in the park (next weekend is a jazz fest in Mears Park). And then there is always the Farmer's Market just down the street.
The first stage of the Minnesota Bicycle Festival took place this past Wednesday night in Lowertown St. Paul...the cyclists raced around Mears Park and right in front of Lowertown Commons (our old apartment building). It's the third year that I've caught this race...even if you're not a cycling fanatic it's hard not to get caught up in it when it's happening just outside your door. There was actually 2 races--a women's event as well as a men's event. Both races lasted about an hour. Weather was great this year. I managed to shoot a little video on my camera. This is from the last 10 minutes of the men's race (the video is only about 30 seconds) Note the gap between the 4 leaders and the rest of the pack.
It has been a long month. May was all about moving to our new place. We painted, we packed, we hauled stuff over. We are now in our new space, but still working on getting settled. (If you haven't already checked it out, you can see pics of the new place here)
Joel and I took a much needed little break from the whole moving routine to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. We enjoyed what has become our favorite escape to Red Wing. It's a short road trip...long enough to feel like we're getting away and short enough that we're not spending tons of time in the car.
We travelled through Northfield on the way there. I love the feel of that town...small, with a beautiful Main Street, and lots of fun shopping (with even an art gallery and art stores). It was a beautiful day too...temps in the 70s, sunny, no bugs...perfect.
In Red Wing, we again stayed at our favorite B & B...the Moondance Inn . We slept in the lovely Garden Suite, but basically had the place to ourselves (we were the only guests that night). We have stayed at Moondance 7-8 times now and it sort of feels like our vacation home!
We took advantage of the lovely weather and enjoyed Pizza on the Farm! We've been waiting to enjoy this for 2 years and it was worth the wait. Basically there is this farm outside of Stockholm, Wisconsin (about a half hour from Red Wing) that every Tuesday during the warm weather months bakes pizza in their outdoor brick ovens. The pizza crust is made from flour they ground themselves. Most of the toppings are grown/produced on the farm as well. It is incredibly fresh and incredibly good. Hundreds of people typically come on a Tuesday night and it's quite a sight to see. You bring your own blanket/table/chairs and set up on the lawn. It was a wonderful picnic and a great way to celebrate our anniversary.
We're back to our regular routine now...back to trying to unpack and organize things.