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Monday, May 30, 2016


Remembering those who fought for our freedom!


***How did you spend your Memorial Day?

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Midway through the holiday weekend.

***How are you celebrating this weekend?

Thursday, May 26, 2016


One of the things I love about spring and summer is that they allow me the opportunity to wear all sorts of bright and cheery colors. While I’m always looking to update my spring and summer wardrobe, this year my emphasis has been on pants.

I have been searching for a number of brightly colored chinos (I have several particular colors in mind), but have only found a few of them so far. 

It began with my search for a specific shade of light pink chinos - I wanted them to wear to the Cocktails at the Castle event I attended earlier this month. I searched through all of the usual stores in my area, plus a few sites online, but couldn’t find the shade of pink I wanted. Finally, I found them on Brooks Brothers website, however, neither their retail store nor their outlet store in my area had these pants in stock. The retail store was, however, able to order them in for me. They ended up being not only the perfect color, but a perfect fit as well.

During my search for the pink chinos, I stopped at our local Brook Brothers outlet store. While I didn’t find the pink pants. I did fine two other pairs of pants in wonderful shades of yellow and orange. I haven’t worn the orange ones yet, but I have worn the yellow ones a few times already. and I can tell you without a doubt that I absolutely love them both.

While there are still a few colors that I’m looking for in spring pants, I have found three of my “must have” shades at Brooks Brothers this month. I am so pleased with the colors of these pants, as they are the exact shades I wanted, and I also really love the way they fit. 

There are still a few more colors remaining on my list, so the search for spring and summer pants continues.

***What are your favorite colors for spring and summer pants?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


As you may have gathered, the American Swedish Institute is one of my favorite venues in Minneapolis. With its beautiful French Chateauesque mansion, contemporary visitor’s center, and large grounds, the ASI is not your typical cultural center. 

The sell out crowd of 2000 arrived early.


Like many affluent, turn of the century folks did, newspaperman Swan Turnblad and his wife Christina, built an impressive mansion to showcase their wealth and success.

 Bands performed on the front porch throughout the evening.

Inspired by his many trips to Europe, in 1903 Turnblad hired architects Christopher Boehme and Victor Cordella to design this imposing home on six lots they had purchased on the corner of 26th and Park Avenue, in Minneapolis. It took trained artisans, working in stone and wood, roughly five years to complete the expansive mansion.

We were greeted by a Nordic rocking horse as we entered the mansion.

Speaking of horses, it seems I always have to take 
photo of this horse when I visit the ASI.

The Turnblad Family only lived in the home from 1908 until 1929, at which time it was donated to the American Institute for Swedish Art, Literature, and Science – which would eventually become the American Swedish Institute. The ASI hosts numerous events and exhibits throughout the year, but one of my favorites is the bi-annual Cocktails at the Castle series, which happens twice each summer - usually May and September, and often highlights an exhibit at the mansion, as well as the season of the year. 

Some of the watercolor artwork by Lars Lerin on display in the mansion,

We were given the opportunity to create our own watercolor masterpieces.

One of eleven import tile stoves.

Earlier this month, friends and I attended the first Cocktails at the Castle event for 2016.  This event was titled “Light Up The Night,” and celebrated the return of the light to Minnesota. Strategically placed neon light artwork lit up the grounds, while costumed entertainers dazzled us with digital light hoops and whips.

Lights illuminated the mansion . . . 

. . . While neon artwork was scattered throughout the grounds.

Even Selma wasn't immune to the neon lights.

There is usually a scavenger hunt throughout the mansion, and this years participants were awarded neon bracelets, which mirrored the neon artwork on the grounds. Also scattered throughout the mansion, were a large number of beautiful watercolor paintings by artist Lars Lerin, which offered a wonderful dimension to this historic home.

The sky dome showed the lights of constellations.

The ASI’s restaurant, FIKA, provided food and berverages for purchase, while bands entertained us on the front porch of the mansion. There were also several other venders onsite tempting us with their wares.

The crowd stayed . . . 

. . . Long into the night.

As we often do, we ended the night with ice cream from Sebastian Joe's.

The Cocktails at the Castle evenings at the American Swedish Institute are not to be missed, and always sell out in a very short time, as they have become some of the premier summer events in Minneapolis. Barring any changes, the next Cocktails at the Castle evening will be held on September 16, so be watching for more information as the date gets closer, and be sure to get your tickets early. You won’t want to miss it!

***What are some of your favorite summer events?

Monday, May 23, 2016


The forecast predicted rain for today, so I made sure I took my  Brooks Brothers umbrellas with me.

***How do you brighten rainy days?

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Home is where you hang your hat.

(Photo taken at 300 Clifton)

***Where do you hang your hat?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


I started my week in a brown and blue mood, but with all of this sunshine, I'll soon be moving to a brighter color palette.

***What colors are you wearing this week?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


After a beautiful sunny weekend, the rain has returned this week, bringing us dark, dreary days again. I've learned though, through borrowing a page or two from Dr. Who, that the best way cheer up these rainy days is to wear a fez and a bow tie.

After all, as the good Dr. knows, fezzes are cool, and so are bow ties.

(Photo by Cynthia Markey)

***What do you wear to cheer up a rainy day?

Monday, May 9, 2016


Today would have been my Mom's 91st birthday. 

Mom passed away in 2000, and even though it's been sixteen years, I still miss her all of the time. One thing I will always remember about her, was her sense of inclusivity. Whether it was hosting large extended family gatherings or simply making room for any of our friends who needed a place to spend the holidays, Mom always made room for them. She practiced inclusive hospitality long before it was the politically correct thing to do. It was a genuine part of her nature.

Marion Gadient White
(May 9, 1925 - May 26, 2000)


***What are some of your favorite memories of your Mom?