Welcome to Saint Paul Minnesota! Oh my, Kieran got BIG!
At home and a visit to Madison and The LAKE!
We took it easy for a few hours in the morning while Cynthia went to a meeting at work and them we hit the road for Madison WI stopping along the way for an A&W Root Beer with that Frosty Mug Taste.
Cynthia got us an amazing house with all totally original craftsman features throughout. Pictures will be forthcoming.
I wanted to see the capitol, the college, and the historic downtown. Here’s the capitol. Tick.
“A major point of interest in the Capitol rotunda is a beautiful ceiling decoration done by the distinguished artist, Edwin Howland-Blashfield. This masterpiece entitled “Resources of Wisconsin” shows a female figure as “Wisconsin”. She is located centrally in the painting, enthroned upon clouds and wrapped up in the American flag.”
The Terrace which everyone who’s ever been to Madison knows.
Wiki re the University of Wisconsin at Madison: “…it was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state. It became a land-grant institution in 1866. The 933-acre main campus includes four National Historic Landmarks.”
Cleaning up after our yummy dinner. It’s very cool that we had this handsome, comfortable, and exceptionally clean house for our weekend adventure. Cynthia and Mike had packed up food so that we ate out one lunch and one dinner, plenty, and Cynthia cooked for the rest of the meals. It was so lovely!
Mike and Cynthia also enjoying the gorgeous new screened-in glassed-in all-weather porch of their own design.
That red thing on the table is a tape measure that I carry everywhere with me. Oh, how high is your bed off the ground? Oh, how long are those open shelves that hold all your dishes? Oh, how far is your sink from your stove? Oh, how deep is that cabinet. Endlessly.
We were debating as to whether that pile of boxes was or was not an art project. My opinion? Of course it’s an art project. Yes-no-yes-no. Then Cynthia said hey wait, it has a plaque on the wall!
It’s a piece by Mungo Thomson called People from 2011. We also got a kick talking about this pile of construction rubble with a framed photo of Marilyn Monroe. It’s called Marilyn with Wall by Rachael Harrison.
The new washer-dryer got delivered this morning and all was ready including the platforms that Mike and Kieran had made a couple of days before, all painted and leveled off.
Too bad I don’t have a full-on before picture because it was very very different.
There was still the plumbing, a big job, that Mike finished off this evening.