Monday, April 27, 2009

Help - I need your brains!

Besides cute, what is this?

I bought this at an estate sale yesterday and am not sure what it's original purpose was. Anyone have an idea? It is 9.5" in diameter when fully open. It has 3 little feet and the bottom says Stainless Steel Japan. Please comment if you know what this is!


Monday, April 20, 2009

More great finds for Vintage Treasure Market!

We had the 'womb with a view' in Red Wing today for an oil change, so I was able to hunt and gather in places outside my normal shopping radius.

Here are the treasures I found today and a few other recent finds.

Music and a book about composers.

A dictionary -- great for decoupage -- and an awesome little spring. My coffee cup is there so you get an idea of the size of the spring.

These two tins and the peanut butter jar all contain buttons. Lots and lots of buttons!! Colored buttons in the jar.

Black and brown buttons in the round tin.

And buttons in various shades of white and off white in the larger square tin.

An awesome locker basket.

And a whole group of instant ancestors!

I'm sure several of these items will make their way to my booth at the Vintage Treasures Market here in St. Charles in June. Find info here if you are interested in being a vendor at this market --- there are still some spaces available!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

St. Charles Fire - The Day After

Looking west at the North Star building from the hardware store parking lot -- around 11:00 this morning. This is the north side of the building. Click on any picture to enlarge.

North Star Foods buildings cover two blocks. These shots are all from the west side of the plant starting at the south end and walking north.

The railroad tracks run east and west, parallel to the north side of the building. These are shots as I head east along the tracks.

Friday, April 17, 2009

St. Charles Evacuates

My town was evacuated today because of a humongous fire burning in the downtown area.

There have been numerous fire fighters and trucks from several nearby towns on the scene aiding the St. Charles volunteer fire fighters all day, even hauling in water when the St. Charles water supply was depleted. The air has been filled with the wail of sirens and the stench of smoke -- white, black, brown, gray, even green smoke.

I was downtown this morning at my friend Barb's shop. We became aware of the fire down the street around 11:00. We checked out the fire on our way to the Chinese restaurant for lunch. After lunch I went home for my camera.

We live on a hill a little over a mile from the center of downtown. This was taken part way down the hill going back downtown.

From the grocery and hardware store parking lot. North Star is just across the street -- the town's main street. (Edited to add that North Star Foods, the business on fire, is a poultry processing plant.)

A view from a couple of blocks away.

It wasn't long afterward that the police went to each downtown business and suggested they close. The fire had the upper hand and was spreading. The situation was getting worse.

Ron and I drove out of town a mile or so to another high point to sit and observe for a while. "Skyfox" had been circling the fire for some time, filming, I suppose. He landed not far from our location.

Back home again. This is from our front yard looking across the street to the south.

And this is some of the "ash" that landed in our yard.

Some of it is like black styrofoam. No wonder the fire smelled so awful. The big chunk on the left is about 5 inches at the widest part.

Story and video here from KTTC.
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North Star Foods is no more and 150 people have lost their jobs. Heart breaking. We are being told that there have been no serious injuries. Hallelujah for that.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Spring Fashion Statement

Last Friday was a busy day. We were going to pick up DH's mom in Chatfield and take her to Rochester, but I had a couple of things to do before we left town.

I went to three stores in St. Charles including From the Heart Boutique to take pictures of opening day.

I went back home, put away some groceries, checked my email and about a half hour later we left for Chatfield.

I then road in the car for over an hour and we sat in the lobby of the WFMC (world famous Mayo Clinic) for at least 45 minutes.

I did this all without once looking at my feet. Imagine my surprise when I finally did!

Of course, DH immediately pulled out his cell phone to take a picture.

I am calling this my field goal kicker look. Kickers usually have one black and one white shoe, but personally, I prefer one black and one brown. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Marge - the trend setting gran