I am a Loon!

Yesterday, for the first time, I played underwater hockey with the Minnesota Loons. What could be more fun than donning mask, snorkel, fins, glove, headgear, and stick, and heading for the bottom of the pool to whack a 3 1/2 pound puck around with a group of swimmers? Some Loons…

Air Bud

Buddy loves to launch himself off the porch in search of squirrels in the backyard. All day long he stand expectantly at the back door waiting for us to open it. When we do, he takes a quick circle around the yard and then runs back into the house to…

NWF Action Fund Action Center

I have worked the last two and a half years to save the Phillips Community Center swimming pool to get kids swimming so we can reconnect them to the outdoors in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The National Wildlife Action Center has an initiative to reconnect kids to the outdoors.…

This cat is a killer

Nico is a bad girl. She kills birdies and I don't like it. Despite our best efforts she manages to get outside too often. Yesterday Carlyle fixed her good with a watchband collar connected to a fishing pole bell. Now if she gets out, the birdies have a fighting chance…

The Sinai Project is Reborn!

Back in 2008 I took a trip to Sinai to research the possibility of building an eco-farm community to help orphans and widows.  We toured a community called New Basaisa, founded by Professor Salah Arafa from the American University in Cairo.  Back 30 years ago, Professor Arafa started travelling to…

Clean Booty

After years of wishing, I finally got a bidet for the upstairs toilet.  Oh boy, is it wonderful.  Thank you Kevin!  The installation was not without its challenges though.  Our toilet has the toilet and tank integrated together.  Kevin had to cut the plastic flanges off the toilet seat and…

The big guy and the big stick

This one was too big for Andy dog.  He tried to get this stick to carry on our walk at Minnehaha Fall.  It took a bit of convincing to get him to give up and find another stick. Yesterday Carlyle, Andy and I went to Banning State Park hiking.  This…

Rectangle Designs

Check out this website.  I met Sarah in the sauna at the YWCA along with a Somali woman, Naleye, dressed in a full hijab.  She had been in the whirlpool and was now in the sauna trying to dry her hijab.  The three of us had a lovely chat and…

Random week of photos

We had a busy week.  First, fun with iphone photo apps. Fatboy Oldboy Carlyle's owie from falling down the stairs.  Put a dent in his income too because he can't donate blood until the owie turns yellow. An amazing dinner made by Little.   It was the best porkchops I've ever…