Weekly photo challenge – Beloved

I couldn’t help but think of my mother when I saw this week’s theme.  She just died in December and she was so beloved by so many.  In honor of Goldie Leiderman Nadler Katz, April 30, 1923 – December 15, 2017.

Mom n me at Mt. Vernon, 1988

2009

At 15 with her father, 1938

Izzy and Goldie, 1940s

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My 2017 in photos

Here we are on New Year’s Eve taking stock of the year. My year included a couple of trips, one to Chicago in March another to northern Virginia to see my mother, my sister and extended family over Labor Day Weekend. I hadn’t seen my mother in over a year and a half so I wanted to see her again. That turned out to be the last time that I saw her alive as she passed away December 15 after a nasty fall. She basically did not recover from the fall that broke her nose and left her in a lot of pain. I am sad that she is gone but thankful that I had her for as long as I did and I’m thankful she is no longer in pain. Included at the end of this gallery are a collection of photos of my mother. She was the best mom a girl could have. I love you Mom. Until we meet again. Godspeed.

I plan to write more about my mother at a later time. For now, here’s a photographic summary of my year. Happy new year everyone.

A separate gallery for photos of my mother:

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Autumn scenes from the frozen tundra

But we’re not frozen yet!!  It’s been a beautiful autumn with wonderful oranges, yellows and reds everywhere you look as well as unseasonably warm days, into the 70s the last part of October.  It’s been great!!  You can probably guess that I’ve been photographing these beautiful colors and I’d like to share some with you.  I hope you enjoy.

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Minnesota State Fair 2017

Woo hoo! It’s time for my annual post about the Minnesota State Fair!

We always go to the fair opening day and it seems every year it feels more crowded.  I checked out the fair’s website and found some interesting numbers.  I wasn’t imagining it. Each year on opening day for the last two years the attendance increased.  Between 2017 and 2016 it was almost 6,000 higher!  There were three record-breaking attendance days this year, the most record breaking days in three years.  Plus, this year’s total attendance is the highest ever, another record broken.  So, yes, there were lots more people at the fair this year.

No matter, we still enjoy it and this year was no different. I went twice.  Opening day was fun but by 1:00 it was getting too crowded so we called it quits early.  For my second visit, I met hubby there one late afternoon from work the following week. I park my car like I’m going to work and walk on over to the fair.   Very easy!

On opening day we headed over to Minnesota Public Radio after breakfast and were treated with a handshake from our governor!  He went one by one in the small crowd and shook each of our hands. He commented how brave Miss M was for wearing short sleeves as it was in the upper 50s at that moment.  So that was fun!  We also saw Al Franken posing for photos with a constituent.

The agriculture building is a must for me for each visit.  Some of the exhibits change every other day so it’s worth it to see other types of flowers when you can.   First some crop art:

In the next gallery is a little bit of everything else that I saw in the ag building:

And then some other scenes at the fair:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s tour of the Minnesota State Fair.  I’ll be back soon with a few more travel adventures. I hope you’ll come along!

 

 

 

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On one side there were Nazis and on the other side there were no Nazis and Trump still came down on the wrong side. #charlottesville

Thank you Helen! She is spot on and this one’s too good not to share.

Margaret and Helen

helen-mug1From Helen:

Margaret, several people have asked me why I haven’t been writing. The truth is, honey, this isn’t funny anymore. Our President… scratch that… the moron currently occupying the White House just equated George Washington to Robert E. Lee. He can’t understand why a memorial to the symbolic founding father of our country is different than a memorial to a general in an army that fought a failed rebellion against our government.

Mr. President, with no respect intended, I implore you to please step down. You are not qualified for the position you now hold. Quite frankly, you are not qualified to be much more than a reality TV star, a position I hold in very low regard by the way.

There is a reason that in Germany you will find no statues of Hitler, no monuments to the Third Reich, and noChancellor of Germany suggesting there was blame…

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Water lilies at Como Park

Every summer about the end of July, beginning of August there blooms these exotic water lilies in ponds near the conservatory at Como Park.  I don’t always remember to go look at them but something on my phone reminded me that the last time I photographed them was 8/1/15.  In fact, I created a post about that visit. Do check it out, I think you’ll like it.

I had been thinking about these gorgeous flowers but didn’t take the next step to go look at the dates on the photos to remember when they bloom.  Instead I was reminded via current technology.  Smart phones are great tools!!

And so I give you this year’s version of the dazzling beauties that are the water lilies at Como Park in St. Paul Minnesota.  I hope you enjoy!

One last one full size on its own. I’m so glad I got to see them this year!

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Weekly photo challenge – unusual

I think I got this one in under the wire.  Isn’t there a new challenge every Wednesday?  In any case, here are my picks for this week’s theme:

wild salvia, unusually colored blue

the most unusual lily at the Arboretum

looks like a cat’s tail, very unusual plant

Dali, he’s an unusual artist

unusual art at the Walker

Chihuly at Minneapolis Institute of Art, unusual glass sculpture

ghourds of unusual size at the fair

tin foil sculptures of women praying, unusual art at the Pompidou in Málaga

what could this be?? very unusual looking plant.

unusual art in Barcelona

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