Archive for May, 2012

May 17 – Burning Man

Friday, May 18th, 2012

A fire, a stout oak beam, a can of ether and two guys.

A nice decorative fire ring.

"Hey, watch this" famous last words!




May 15 – Rival Banks

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Winona, MN has a plethora of historic architectural sites. Two of them are the rival banks in town, the Merchants National  Bank and the Winona Savings Bank. We made an impromptu tour of both. The current Merchants Bank was built in 1912 in the Prairie School architectural style.

Entry into the Merchants Bank designed by Purcell & Elmslie.

Detail of one of the Merchants Bank stained glass windows.

The original vault of the Merchants Bank.

The Winona Savings Bank was built in 1916 with Egyptian Revival style and Prairie School influences. It also serves as a museum, featuring its architecture, Italian marble, original steel vault, original furniture, and Tiffany stained glass windows. The building also displays the large gun collection and a few dusty African safari trophies of the bank’s original owners.

The palatial entry to the Winona Savings Bank.

Tiffany stained glass above the entry.

The vault, just safety deposit boxes in there!



May 14 – Winona Scenes

Monday, May 14th, 2012

A walk around Winona, MN on a beautiful day.The structure across the street is reflected in the decorative transom over a building’s doorway.

Beautiful woodwork in the Choate Building, a registered national historic building. It was the fancy department store in my Mother’s time, now the building has been renovated into student housing apartments. Pretty fancy compared to my college housing choices!

May 13 – Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

We enjoyed a “Mother’s Day Eve” dinner at the Hillside Fish House in Wisconsin. A favorite for batter fried Walleye!

Mother’s Day Brunch was served with beautiful (and edible) orchid blooms!

May 11- Family History

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

We visited the old family cemetery and found the gravestone of the family patriarch, Wessel Louw. He survived a cross country trip from upstate New York to the wilds of Wisconsin on which his only siblings, 2 brothers, died. He helped his parents establish a farm and eventually saw his own son William off to the Civil War. William survived and with his wife Mary Jane raised a large family. He helped many of his children with home purchases around Winona, MN. One of his sons was my grandfather. On our scenic drive back to Winona we stopped to take in a view and Mavrik met a new friend. Mavrik wasn’t too impressed though, the canine was rather stiff, like cement!

May 10 – The Mighty Mississippi

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

We have a bucolic campsite on the banks of the Mississippi River (actually a slough off the main channel, so we don’t see the barges chugging by). I heard a bald eagle and saw a Baltimore oriole this morning!

May 9 – Heading North

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

We headed north to Minnesota and saw the ‘X’ in the sky just across the border into MN. Same place in Dec. 2010 when we were heading south! Check it out; X Marks the Spot


May 6 – A New Project

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A chance to exercise my inner design & craft diva! Sand and clean up the chairs and table, spray paint a vibrant red (until I got a blister on my finger and decided the chairs could stay black), cut out new seats and upholster with a colorful floral print! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the finished product, but I’ve been told they look great!

May 1 – All Natural

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

No hair update pictures, but be assured that it is Natural and Light (colored)!!!!!