Happy Valentine’s Day!


The 5th Annual “A Romantic Valentine’s Evening” took place at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale Monday night (they have to do it on a Monday, the night they’re usually closed).  Retired teacher David Bengtson sings and reads poetry, most funny and a tad bawdy, accompanied on piano by his wife Marilyn.  For the 5th straight year, the poem, “The Shirt,” was featured.  For some reason it is a favorite of the ladies.

The Shirt

By Jane Kenyon 1947–1995 Jane Kenyon

The shirt touches his neck

and smooths over his back.

It slides down his sides.

It even goes down below his belt—

down into his pants.

Lucky shirt.


Kenyon was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1970 and an M.A. in 1972. She won a Hopwood Award at Michigan. Also, while a student at the University of Michigan, Kenyon met the poet Donald Hall [Poet Laureate of the United States, 2006-07]; though he was some nineteen years her senior, she married him in 1972, and they moved to Eagle Pond Farm, his ancestral home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Kenyon was New Hampshire’s poet laureate when she died Saturday April 22nd, 1995 from leukemia.

Looks like a very nice Valentine’s celebration.  Great picture of Ruth.  Such a sad story for the poet who appears to be one of our contemporaries, and a reminder of our own vulnerabilities.  She looks so healthy in the photo. The poem is so simple, but loving.  I was expecting something raunchier.  ~ Fran

That is a great poem.  I have read books by Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall because of the Ann Arbor connection. Donald Hall wrote a heartbreaking book of poetry after his wife’s death (Without).  The dinner sounds delicious and I’m sure it was much less expensive than a comparable dinner in the DC area!  ~  The Nanner

Valentine’s Dinner – February 11 @ Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale


Join us Feb. 11 for a romantic evening featuring a 4-course dinner and poems and songs about love with David and Marilyn Bengtson. The cost is $40 a person. Doors open at 5:30 and serving begins at 6:30. We have just a couple seats left. Call 759-2277 for reservations.


1st course – Salad – Mixed fresh greens with crisp granny smith apples and dried cranberries topped with full-flavored gorgonzola and walnuts. Dressed with house-made apple cider vinaigrette.



2nd course – Pan-seared bay scallops served on a bed of marinated julienned cucumbers and mixed bell peppers

3rd course – Tuscan chicken – baked chicken with rosemary, parsley, garlic, fennel seed and orange zest and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction served with a mélange of roasted fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes and bacon.


4th course – TBA What epitomizes Valentine’s Day better than a rich chocolate pastry from our pastry chef.






[Lest I forget, we had a foot of snow over the weekend.  Four more inches last night (Wednesday).  Winter has finally arrived.]


[So Monday, before the evening’s festivities, we had to be plowed out.  Only the 3rd time in our 12 years here we’ve had to do so!]


[It was still windy so the stuff really flew!]





A few wildlife photos from Alexandria native, long-time Seattle resident and professional photographer, Terry Lang, taken in Canada:


[Snowy Owl, above and below]



[The national symbol]



And last, but certainly most, Happy Anniversary to the Supervisor!  😉


It’s our 12th, a Baker’s dozen, minus one.  I believe it’s caulk?


I know many have wondered based on my advanced age if there was ever a previous supervisor.  The answer is “no.”  The supervisor did have a previous supervisee, however, and, as a result, I inherited two lovely young adults, thus avoiding those messy diaper and hormone years!  😉


And a lovely parting gift from Ruthie’s sister, Rita, a/k/a, The Other Biddy.

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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 Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Jami says:

    LOVE the couple who did your entertaining for the SAWA celebration – they are FUN!!
    Looks like you had a wonderful evening. We did Couples Yoga last night which was quite challenging but very enriching. Until the end where I pulled my back; though I was quite excited that we actually performed the pose! Danny is empathetic but glad… only because I now have a better idea of his random back pulls which leave him incapacitated for several days each year! I did some Reiki in the middle of the night, stretched for several minutes this morning and took a hot shower and can now successfully perform a bend without much struggle from standing to a bow. Before all that a bend of more than 15° from upright caused piercing pain. After an hour of paired yoga poses with Chuck, we each did a session of massage on our partner as guided by the massage therapist Anna. And then we wrote a letter to our partner noting what we appreciate about them – which Anna and Chuck will mail in 6-8 weeks. Should be fun to see what we both wrote. And maybe by next year we’ll both be in better shape for this adventure!
    I can’t wait to read Mom’s book!

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