…and Joyce (Lost Spur #6, Eagan)Originally published by DK on October 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm
So great to see Talia again!Originally published by DK on October 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm
Always great to see these two ❤️Originally published by DK on October 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Mac and cheese taco?Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:07 pm
Fall in Duluth 🍁Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Luna likes her people (and habitat)Originally published by DK on September 26, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Masks now required at the VCOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm
Having an empty nest is strangeOriginally published by DK on September 22, 2020 at 6:49 pm
She is so talentedOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm
Beautiful evening on the patio at Kado no MiseOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Good luck MK on your next adventure – very proud of you!Originally published by DK on September 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Don’t let them talk trash about you, SnolOriginally published by DK on September 3, 2020 at 7:52 pm
I wish it could be year-roundOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm
MK under the High Bridge, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Lil’ Chovi Sunday menu in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 8:36 am
Finally got to see the inside of the CHS Field Doge Park with SnolOriginally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 6:47 pm
2005 Subaru Outback Wagon @ Inver Grove HondaOriginally published by DK on August 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Snol is such a good boyOriginally published by DK on August 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Sample from when I was eight – Hawaii trip recapOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 8:16 pm
My dad’s 50th high school reunionOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Acacia is so peaceful ❤️Originally published by DK on August 7, 2020 at 4:27 pm
Silver certificates are cool – 1928 one dollar note from the SmithsOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm
Molting is sooooo scratchyOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 8:54 pm
Water SnolsOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 8:50 pm
Cleaning up the Lombard bagsOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 10:30 am
Blast from the pastOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 7:46 pm
Too bad our Cheese Dog wasn’t workingOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm
Still such a good boyOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:08 am
Up, up and away!Originally published by DK on July 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm
Fruit Stripe, Chuckles and CrunchieOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm
Nice to visit with Lynn @ Red CowOriginally published by DK on July 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm
Biking with MK on the MississippiOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm
I’ve been fortunate to continue working through the pandemic, but it’s been tough to take time away (especially since I’m the only IT person left). Thanks to the support of my boss and one of our awesome game day staffers, I was able to take a week off without looking at work email once. We originally intended to spend the week on Isle Royale National Park, but the ferry and Rock Harbor Lodge decided to scrap the whole 2020 season and our reservations were cancelled.
Plan B was to stay the first half of the week at Lutsen Resort and the Fourth of July weekend on Lake Vermilion (at Fortune Bay). Those plans changed as the temperatures kept rising – it was even hot along the usually cool shoreline of Lake Superior and we discovered upon check-in that Lutsen Resort does not have air conditioning. They were accommodating by offering us a full refund, but there were really no other options in Lutsen or the surrounding spots (Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage). Fortune Bay could get us in early, so we set off on highway 1 through Ely and decided to spend the whole week on Vermilion.
Fortune Bay has done a nice job with COVID safety and procedures. They had temperature checks set up on the entry road, mandatory face masks and lots of signage, plexiglass and hand sanitizer. The casino floor had basically every other machine turned off, but they kindly turned on my favorite game for the week (big thanks to EJ). I think I made it worth their hassle, though, while still getting a lot of quality playing time. They had Frozen-themed giveaways on Thursday and Friday for 100 points earned (an Olaf waffle maker on day one and an Olaf snow cone maker on day two), so I spread my playing time out accordingly. Marisa really, really wanted these, so I was happy for the solid play-through.
Food options during the week were a little limited, but what was open was solid. We stopped at the Ely Steakhouse on the way over from Lutsen and they were following all of the state orders for in-person dining. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vermilion Club was following just about none of the rules, which blew us away (maybe “VC” really stands for Virus Central). We still ate there twice in-person and had take-out a third day, because Poor Gary’s pizza and the bleu cheese and chicken wings are Northland classics (hopefully we were personally careful enough).
Back at Fortune Bay, I hit the Wilderness Grill four times, having great experiences each time. The new chef used to work at Alma in Minneapolis and I really liked all of the sandwiches I tried (pulled chicken, walleye, porchetta and cheeseburger). Their new fries are reminiscent of the state fair classics. In the casino proper, we had a wonderful dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse and stopped several times at the Gold Mine Grill, which is getting better with service and staffing (they’ve always had great coffeeshop-style food options). The Tamarack Buffet was closed for service, but was the room was being used for socially-distanced overflow seating.
Thought I would play a lot of golf during the week, but the temperatures were warm and I just didn’t feel like going every day. I did drive down to Coleraine to play Eagle Ridge with the Millers and got in a twilight round on The Wilderness with John, Cathy and Bonnie. The whole region needs rain badly, so there were some near-dead areas on both courses (especially in the roughs). The Wilderness also has a lot of behind the scenes changes: the contract with KemperSports was not renewed and former golf GM Tom Beaudry and superintendent Vince Dodge have both moved on to the state of cheese. Still love that course, though, and it continues to be the one I’ve played the most.
It was also great to hang out at Dacha Batinich on Birch Point again with Mary and the crew. Big thanks to John and Cathy for taking us out on the boat for a pizza picnic (and for taking Sasha and Marisa out again later in the week). Skip-Bo games and great conversations make that little cabin a very special place indeed.Originally published by DK on July 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Casino promos (100 points each)Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm
Free canoe for resort guests (still)Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Birthday dinner outside for CKOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Brunson’s Pub patio, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Mystic Steakhouse is still rockin’ it during the pandemicOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Best Father’s Day card everOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm
MK coming up big with breakfastOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 11:06 am
So nice to eat *at* Zantigo today for lunchOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm
February 1969Originally published by DK on June 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Grand Marais mini golfOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Congrats again to SK on your college degreeOriginally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm
Battle Creek Regional Park, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Gregory Alan Smith ❤️Originally published by DK on May 23, 2020 at 7:13 pm
SK on Raspberry IslandOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm
In honor of Mother’s Day 2020, I thought I would finally start the “Hummel Project.” As part of the sale of the house on Lombard, I bubble-wrapped most of mom’s Hummel figurines and filled several bins that now take up half of my dining room. I’m not sure what to do with them – the market for Hummels was bad even before the current situation. My goal is to take photos of each one, then try to find them new homes.
If you see any you’d like (or know of a place that might be interested in them), please drop me a note. Photo gallery of the first bin after the jump.
Cups and WandsOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2020 at 3:52 pm
A visit to da NordeastOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 5:32 pm
River biking is funOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Nice to have a new riding buddyOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm
MK and her purple hooptieOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2020 at 4:25 pm
Keepin’ the move streak aliveOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm
Still waiting for the numbersOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:41 pm
I miss your collective laughter tooOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Another three mile loopOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Highway 52 bridge over the Mississippi, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on April 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm
Thanks for the memories…Originally published by DK on April 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Hit the boutique (safely)Originally published by DK on April 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm
Seriously, he was the only one being dropped off at Terminal 2Originally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm
But my mom really liked itOriginally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Not many choo-choos these daysOriginally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Thank you for your serviceOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2020 at 10:10 am
https://www.holcombhenryboom.com/obituary/dorothy-costelloOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm
Like many people around the world, the pandemic has been a difficult thing for me to process. I don’t have any particular expertise in the science behind it, but I’m married to the Corona Queen, I like to follow sites like this and I spent a lot of time last week getting our office configured and trained for an indefinite work from home scenario. Most of the things listed in my Twitter bio have shut down and it will likely be months before things return to some semblance of normal.
But we are very fortunate to still get outside to walk, run or bike, have money to order take-out from our favorite local restaurants and have reliable high-speed internet to cross off shows we always wanted to watch from our Netflix and HBO lists (and, of course, work from home). MK is doing the distance learning thing for the rest of the school year and SK has picked up some hours here and there helping out the Nive Man with take-out downstairs.
The Minnesota COVID-19 numbers so far pale with those in the hardest hit parts of the country (and world). The reports out of places like New York and Italy are terrifying and I worry about those on the front lines, like my Twitter friend @susanruns, who bravely works long hours to save lives in unimaginable conditions. My colleague was scheduled to start a new position in Hong Kong on April 1, but he is currently in limbo until the international travel and quarantine picture becomes clearer. I’m not sure what will happen with my work, but I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for all the different possibilities.
On the medical front, I had a 17-month MRI check-up this week at Hennepin Healthcare (which I thought might get cancelled under the non-essential procedure executive order). The new clinic building was empty – I was the only one in radiology and only saw one other person in the general waiting room. I never really had claustrophobia before, but now that MRI equipment feels like a torture chamber. Thankfully, the tech was done after two shorts scans (one 30 seconds, one four minutes). The resident that met with me pulled up the image and said everything looked great. Dr. Tummala will make the final call, but I shouldn’t have to go back for two more years. At that point, they will decide if it will be another MRI or a more invasive CT angiogram.
Lastly, the situation with my father’s estate made significant progress the past two weeks. With assistance from our friend John Schuster at Richfield Bloomington Honda, we were able to pay off his car loan and sell the car. Today, with the help of Kary Marpe from Edina Realty, we sold the house on Lombard. I thought that process was going to be challenging, given the hoarding nature of my mom (that would be one of my elementary school pictures above), various repairs needed and the pandemic’s impact on the economy. Kary was amazing, though, accurately pricing and listing the property, resulting in multiple offers by day two. If all goes according to plan, we will close on April 10. All that will be left is my dad’s taxes for 2019 (which shouldn’t be too hard).
Stay safe, y’all!Originally published by DK on March 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm
Forgot about that companyOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Inspired by Miyazaki-sanOriginally published by DK on March 20, 2020 at 3:08 pm
Lunes needed a showerOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Colleen in the Allina command centerOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm