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Minnesota State Fair 2011

It’s time for the Great Get Together!  I got together with Juli and hit the pavement opening day.  We had a relaxing day, visiting our favorite spots and a few new ones – Wild West Chihuahua Dog Show:  Awesome.

The detailing is beautiful on this amazing Scarecrow.

I love me some political crop art.

Bachmann is saying:  “My Inclusive America.  Welcome Athiests, Vegans, Pro-Choice, GLBT, Tree-Huggers IN HELL.”

Ummm… What?

Pepper with Buff Arms

State Fair Mystery: The appeal of small animals made from other small dead animals.

A few more pics here on Flickr.


August 28, 2011 at 10:08 am 4 comments

Ohhhh, I thought you said Raptor Day.

May 21, 2011 at 11:46 am 7 comments

Princess Peep of the Milky Way

Just want to give a shout out to one my favorite peeps – Carrie – who has crafted a tasty little diorama featuring Princess Peep of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair.  For those of you who had not had the pleasure of attending The Great Get Together, we elect several princesses whose likenesses are then carved out of giant cubes of butter.  Yes, that’s right, their heads are carved out of butter.  Each day one princess poses in an air conditioned rotating glass display while an artist releases her image from butter.

Last year Princess Kay of the Milky Way was a young woman who was the third in her family to be carved in butter.  Her mom has all three butterheads in freezers in the garage.

Carrie has brought the scene to life for you, complete with fair goers with pickle-hats and food-on-a-stick.  If you MUST vote for someone other than me, I guess vote for her.  But you really should vote for me.

Sweet Martha's Cookies

Pickle Hat

Peep Crop Art

The Moo Booth

April 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm 3 comments

“Repeep Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman

Ready… Set… Diorama time!  That’s right lovers of all things crafty, it’s the 8th annual Pioneer Press Peep Diorama Contest.  Yaaaay!

From a simple box…

…unfolds a tale of heroism, civil disobedience and the power of candy.

From Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman.

“Somewhere nearby, he could hear the metronomic left-right-left of the 2:47 P.M. shift, entering the Timkin roller-bearing plant in their sneakers.  A minute later, precisely, he heard the softer right-left-right of the 5:00 A.M formation, going home” …

“Once more in anticipation, the elfin grin spread, and there was a tooth missing back there on the left side.”… “And as he pulled the trough-pins, the air-boat slid over the factory workers and one hundred and fifty-thousand dollars’ worth of jelly beans cascaded down on the expresstrip.” …

“Jelly beans!  Millions and billions of purples and yellows and greens and licorice and grape … tinkling on the slidewalk and bouncing away and rolling about underfoot and filling the sky on their way down with all the colors of joy and childhood and holidays, coming down in a steady rain, a solid wash, a torrent of color and sweetness out of the sky from above, and entering a universe of sanity and metronomic order with quite-mad coocoo newness.  Jelly beans!” …

“The shift was delayed seven minutes.

They did not get home for seven minutes.

The master schedule was thrown off by seven minutes.”

The Ticktockman


Pretty Alice

Repeep Harlequin!


More photos on Flickr.

April 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm 7 comments

5 inches of snow. Hula Boy is pissed.

March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am 2 comments

Marge Simpson, old school

Halloween 2010.

My friend Bill says my Marge was more like the original Tracey Ullman show Marge than the better known Fox Marge.

November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am 4 comments

Attack of the Scale!

A battle of epic proportions is raging here in Lino Lakes.  My poor house plants are being decimated by a quickly spreading infestation of SCALE.

Had I realized what it was earlier perhaps I could have stopped it.  The little pests just look like tiny brown dots.

Coulda woulda shoulda.

Things I’ve learned about scale:
– Scale insects suck the fluids from your plants’ leaves and stems, robbing them of essential nutrients. Leaves wither and yellow and may drop from the plant. Indoors, scale insects thrive in the warm, dry environment and may produce up to six new generations on houseplants each year.

– Indoor pests multiply quickly. There are no natural predators to keep them in check, so you have to be very diligent about checking for symptoms. Spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and scale can cover a plant in days. If severe enough, the plant may never recover. AGHHH!!!

– Scales are insects with piercing/sucking mouth parts. ewww. Female scale insects look like small (1/10 to 1/5 inch), oval, legless bumps. The males are minute yellow-winged insects, and the larvae resemble small mealybugs.

– Once an adult female settles in, she almost always remains in that spot and begins to produce eggs.

More pictures and info. at…

Scale Insects, Spittle Bugs and Other Lovelies


April 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm 3 comments

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