Nature Calls

This is the sight that greeted me as I arrived at the Y @ 7:00 am today.  Today is Veterans’ Day, 11-11-11.  The full November moon is called the Beaver Moon.  We suspect that is in honor of our Ms. Williams and her Bemidji State hockey teammates.  We are still in the “Doughtnut Hole” – the first girls’ hockey game is tomorrow tonight (the anticipation is palpable).  The Super Fans have again purchased a sponsorship for the puck shoot.

We have attempted to fill the Doughnut Hole with other events.  Last night the supervisor had us lined up for a meeting . . . and two concerts, all at the same time!  In our ever increasing attempts to, as my sister used to say, “not miss anything,” we made it to all three.  You would know how if you have been following Brian Greene’s NOVA series on PBS about the Universe – while I am unable to understand any of it, I find it fascinating.  We learned that as Einstein predicted, you can go forward in time.  Thus, the supervisor and I merely put the Edge in double secret probation overdrive – et voila, perfect attendance!

Today, unfortunately, was an off day according to the calendar.  That means I am at the beck and call of the supervisor in my super hero role of . . . Mr. Maintenance!  Aaaaccckkk!  So, though it is only mere hours later, I am trying to recall the order in which I endured.  I believe first it was washing walls – yup, if you have interior log walls.  I tried to lessen the load by posing we just do one room a day.  Then it was out to vacuum both cars and put the rubber, i.e., winter, floormats in the Edge.  Then back upstairs to wash the exteriors of all the big windows before winter sets in – the dry September and October had left them spotted with dirt from the occasional sprinkle. 

Metaphor for life:  You can’t see things clearly . . . without a good squeegee!

Then I carried the tile covered outdoor table down from the deck – I don’t how many more years I’ll be able to do that without a forklift?  I think I’ve earned the rest of the afternoon off – though I’m afraid to ask.  Tomorrow’s reminder:  The Salty Dogs are the winery in the afternoon; the girls hockey game and Lisa Lynn @ SAWA (will try to do both!) in the evening.

[“The Peeper” rode Ms. Hauger of Shakopee (ranked 25th in the country) all the way in the state cross country meet, took the lead toward the end, but lost by .7 of second.  Jamie has never beaten Hauger in this event – but she has in the state 1,500 and 3,000 m., and in some regional and national meets. (Photo from the Echo.)]

The rest of Nature Calls:  The Beaver Moon from last night –

And yesterday, a pileated woodpecker –

[Upset squirrel.]

[The Libster, ’92]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Nature Calls

  1. Bob Annen says:

    Great nature photos. That new camera was a great investment.

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