Thursday, September 16, 2010

Clear Skies, Pouring Concrete, Dreary Rain, Blowing Insulation

Thursday, September 16, 2010. Our part of central Minnesota has been enjoying - or experiencing - 'typical' autumn weather this week. Starting with Monday: the sky, almost cloudless; the temperatures, nearly perfect; the wind, just enough to discourage mosquitoes.

Construction site on South 12th and Fairlane Drive. September 13, 2010.

Whatever's being built on the south side, on 12th Street South and Fairlane drive, has a floor now. The construction crew was pouring it on Monday. That extension arm with a hose in it, sending concrete out to where it's wanted, is a big improvement over the fill-a-wheel-barrow-and-trundle-it 'good old days.'.

Several blocks north, on Ash Street, Our Lady of the Angels Church was getting some maintenance work done: the sort of thing that isn't all that exciting, and won't get noticed. Unless it isn't done.

Bell tower maintenance at Our Lady of the Angels church. September 13, 2010.

Great view: but he's got a job to do. September 13, 2010.

Back at Coborn's, still Monday afternoon: a beautiful, wonderful, delightful autumn day. The sort of day that chambers of commerce write about, and that you see on postcards.

Monday afternoon, outside Coborn's, about 3:30: 'typical' autumn weather. September 13, 2010.

Those are 'fall mums,' if my memory serves. And, like I said, Monday was one of those wonderful, delightful autumn days. Yesterday, not so much.

Construction site around 4:00: too wet to work. September 15, 2010.

The restoration project at our neighbor's place, across the street north, is proceeding. They had insulation blown in on Wednesday. It was sort-of-raining at the time.

Insulation going in, around noon. September 15, 2010.

Later in the day, there wasn't any question about it. We had rain. Not hard enough to be interesting, or get us in the news: just enough to get a person wet, walking from a parking spot into a building.

The parking lot for Coborn's and Ace Hardware, about 4:00 in the afternoon. September 15, 2010.

So far, today, the streets are dry and street lighting is off. But this is Minnesota, so the weather will probably change.

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