I am loving our new location. We live in the midst of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), about 10 minutes away from either downtown. It still has that neighborly charm although it's only a block and a half away from a busy street and is still considered city living. Dan and I go for afternoon walks and it's been interesting in any direction we choose.
Sometimes, we venture out to the gargantuan houses of Summit Hill. With the little knowledge I have learned about gardening, it's fun to pretend that I'm an expert critic of the mansions' front lawns and gardens.
Last week, we walked to the opposite direction to Midway and crossed I-94 to our usual Chinese joint. The shopping carts strewn in hidden corners around that area filled with someone's treasures and loot were amusing. So were the fights about who gets the most coveted spot for panhandling.
Today, we strolled to Neighborhood Cafe. We will probably be regulars there. The food and atmosphere were great and $3 local taps for HH are awesome! We also went to Common Good Books after Dan's DQ stop. I like the book selections there, a little different from mainstream B&N. Like what I overheard, it seems to be catered to the NPR listeners and young intellectuals in that "certain" income bracket. I'd maybe buy a book there twice a year to support local businesses but it IS hard to justify buying a $25 book that you can buy used for $4 on Amazon.
I think I will try to bring my camera in one of these walks to feel comfortable shooting locally. It will be good practice for street photography. I tend to bring out my camera only when traveling or at home. The photo above was taken in our kitchen. Our neighbor gave us rhubarb filling and shared her recipe with us. We've been eating it with ice cream instead. This neighborhood has been so far, wonderful. I'm looking forward to getting to know the people and places around here.