Sunday, January 29, 2012

Snow: Get It While It's Fresh!

Sunday, January 29, 2012. It looked and felt like winter today, and I'm enjoying it while I can. It's not that I like feeling cold. With snow in the ground, the wind picks up ice crystals: not dust.

Football field behind the school. This is the way winter is supposed to look. January 29, 2012.

Nifty! Now there's a 'time and temperature' sign by Sauk Centre High School's parking lot. January 29, 2010.

The forecast is for (slightly) above-freezing temperatures. Maybe all the snow won't melt.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bad Check, Bad Idea; and Soo Bahk Do

Sunday, January 22, 2012. As I've said before, Minnesota doesn't have a climate so much as it has weather. So far this month, we've had sub-zero temperatures, a high around 55 degrees, clear skies, dull gray overcast, and several varieties of precipitation.

Interesting as all that is, it doesn't photograph well, so I dug through the archives and found this set of photos from about two years ago (January 20, 2010):

Fog and frost: on just about everything. January 15, 2010.

Frost. Lots of really delicate frost. January 15, 2010.

Around 11:00 a.m., clearing. Not much wind, happily. January 15, 2010.

County Road 17, near the Sauk River. January 15, 2010.

Someone tried passing a bad check at the Palmer House: which was very imprudent, since the person was already wanted for several serious felonies. The police came, made an arrest, and life went on. This week's Sauk Centre Herald has more about that: also high school guidance counselor Bryce Zieman's resignation; and other news.

My wife is practicing for her black belt in Soo Bahk Do. It's actually a midnight-blue belt, but that takes longer to say. She's with the local Soo Bahk Do group this evening, along with my son and #3 daughter: and, I gather, some of the younger students who are testing for their white belts. I think I got that straight.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Half Way Through January

Sunday, January 15, 2012. I noticed a new-to-me business in Sauk Centre this week: TecDesk, 'computer specialists,' in one of the storefronts near the river. They've got a snappy sign over the door, but I don't know much more about them. Yet.

TecDesk, on the north side of downtown. January 10, 2012.

I missed a band concert at the Sauk Centre High School: thanks to something I'll call the flu. Or maybe some other sort of bug. My third-oldest daughter recorded the part where my son has a part - wonderful stuff, this new technology.

We've had the usual sort of Minnesota weather: bright blue skies, snow, then a little more snow, some of which melted today.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What, Winter's Over?

Sunday, January 8, 2012. Minnesota winters aren't boring. Last weekend we had gray skies, snow on the ground, and plausibly cool temperatures. This weekend it was blue skies and weather that had my son outside in his shirtsleeves. Granted, he's a teenager: but it really was spring-like out there.

I haven't gotten out much this week: partly because I've got a nine-to-five job again, with Spiral Light Candle. It's the shortest commute I've ever had for a 'paycheck' job: about a dozen feet from the kitchen to my desk.

Today is Epiphany Sunday, tomorrow's the last of the 12 days of Christmas, and I took photos at Our Lady of Angels church:

Sunday at Our Lady of Angels church: crèche, poinsettias, and Christmas lights. January 8, 2012.

That's not a bowl of mints: it's chalk, and I forgot to pick up a piece. Oh, well. January 8, 2012.

The chalk in that bowl is for a sort of household blessing/prayer. I forgot to pick up a piece this morning. Frustrating, a bit. Maybe I'll remember, next year.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year, 2012!

Sunday, January 1, 2012. Happy New Year! We finally got snow, on Friday. This weekend, we got wind to go with it. Now it's starting to feel like winter.

Snow: not all that much, but enough to make a believable winter scene. And require shoveling. December 30, 2011.

This may be the last of this season's Christmas photos. Or maybe I'll find more to show.

These folks decided to use their front steps as a stage for a manger scene. I like the effect: and they apparently don't mind having to use another door. December 22, 2011.

'Cool' lights on Sauk Centre's east side. December 22, 2011.

Our Lady of Angels church and rectory. December 31, 2011.

Tomorrow's the start of another work-week, today's the start of another year, and I don't have much else to say: profound or otherwise.