Road trip Saturday

Road trip Saturday with two fabulous ladies – Sloane and Louisa (my favorite niece) to southern Minnesota to visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. A nice museum with a good collection of Impressionists and Postimpressionists, including van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Cassatt, as well as a Picasso, O’Keeffe, Cole, and Wyeth. I was most interesting in seeing Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutze. They also had a exhibit with cuttlefishes by Ryuta Nakajima.

For kids they had a museum bingo card game and as you might expect I also asked for a bingo card and got coverall. Louisa turned in her card and got a prize. Its weird to find so many famous artists in such a small town and I think thats why their security monitors are not trained very well. A rather young security monitor seemed to shadow us through one of the galleries and yelled at Louise and me for being too close to the paintings. Really? We were not that close. I also heard her yell at two other ladies and they were also not that close, but interesting a male senior citizen with a walker was just an inch or so away from a painting and no one said anything to him. Also as we were walking into another gallery that had a larger fire door they still had its keys hanging on the door. Apparently they want someone to steal the keys to the room. They also have a rather archaic and old fashion notion of photography in the museum. Allowing photos makes visitors happy. They show their friends, post on social media, etc. I guess they don’t want free PR. Also if the Smithsonian, Louvre, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art can allow its visitors to take photos (and they have bigger and better collections), then I think one museum in Winona can.

We were hoping for peak color on the leaves along the river, but they were definitely past peak. We did get a chance to stop at an apple farm on the way home and purchased way too many yummy apple items. A fun, but very long day of driving.

Foot update

Another day, another doctors appointment. Took some new X-rays, which is always fun. The foot is healing nicely, but not as quickly as I would like or hope. Still lots of pain and swelling, especially at the end of the day which apparently is normal and might also be from all the tissue damage from the past surgeries. If it continues to heal and there are no issues I should be able to get rid of the boot in about 4ish weeks, which would actually be a total of 8 weeks.

Graduation party!

For a day that started out gray and overcast it ended up being nice and sunny, although a bit too humid. Sunny is good, but humid, not so much. But it was certainly nice by the time I attended Abbie’s graduation party. Abbie is the daughter of friends Kelley and Marc and so I have known Abbie and her sister Kaitlyn all their lives. Wow, not feeling old at all (Kelley stop feeling old). Its weird when your grade school friends have kids that are old enough to live their own lives and go off to college to study physics! Kelley and Marc raised two smart wonderful young women who are going to do some amazing things. Happy graduation Abbie!


Easter. I arrived a few minutes late so there was no waiting for food, as the feeding frenzy was over. Great food, but sadly no dessert. Then it was off to work, as the library was open normal hours on this bunny holiday.