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Indian Summer

October 13th, 2010

We have had some freakishly warm weather (for Minnesota) the last week or so and I am LOVING it. I missed a lot of summer this year (as I was RECOVERING my accident). So now is my chance to soak it all up. Consequently, my garden is a little wild this year (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

flower sign
One of my fellow gardeners grew a communal bed of flowers! How lovely is that? It sad to say goodbye to gardening season.

garden harvest
I have really gotten into juicing garden harvest. It’s so luxurious (esp. when you consider how much it would be to BUY all this).

My physical therapy right now involves BIKE RIDING. This is a scene from my bike ride to the garden. I have to cross the mighty Mississippi River to get there. (It seems like a trek, but before you get too impressed I should mention that it’s not actually that far. And I have to walk my bike part of the way. But I’m getting there).

green juice
Still, things are definitely looking up out here. I’m moving a little slow these days, but you know what they say about slow and steady…I’m just saying!


Nice Ride MN

June 5th, 2010

nice ride
Check this out! My fair city is unveiling this new program this month that is FANTASTIC! It’s called NICE RIDE MN. Basically, they’re installing these bike kiosks all around the city. This is the first one (conveniently installed in front of my FAVORITE restaurant, the BIRCHWOOD CAFE). For a $60/year subscription, you can borrow a bike at any of these kiosks and return it at your convenience. You can also do 1 day or 1 month subscriptions!

How cool is that?! I have lived a lot of places. But Minneapolis is definitely the best city for biking!! I love this town!



July 3rd, 2009

cherry bomb

CHERRY BOMB. Cherries are in season here in full force! And that is a very good sign!!

picking cherriesThe other day, HEIDI and I went foraging for cherries in the city. There was a tree that she knew of (in a secret location). It was timed PERFECTLY. We couldn’t have picked a better day. They were perfectly ripe and SO ABUNDANT.  Here’s a pic of Heidi in the tree.






bowl cherriesWe picked about TEN POUNDS of perfect cherries. Rainier and Bing Cherries! And they were so much better than the store.  So we made some raw cherry jam.  I remembered reading this recipe on ANTHONY’S BLOG eons ago, and it came in really handy.  It was really tasty, and we didn’t add anything.  Just Cherries.


Speaking of cherries, I should mention that I won’t be posting for a few weeks.  My band (not  THE CHERRY BOMBS, but close)  is playing a short tour on the West Coast.  The dates are HERE.  I think I’m finally going to meet DEBBIE and go to AU LAC.  I’ll let you know how it goes…Wish me luck! 🙂



August 1st, 2008

So, for those who haven’t been following my medical drama, I am smack dab in the middle of a major breakthrough. It’s funny. Because often these things don’t necessarily look like that at the time. To recap, I’ve been sick FOREVER! Well, not literally forever, but for 2 years, I’ve been feeling like CRAP and nobody has really had much of an idea why. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. EVERYBODY has a pretty good idea why. But nobody had a good theory as to why my overexposure to toxic gas and sewage was causing the problems I was having. What kinds of problems you ask?

Well, initially I was having a lot of trouble breathing. And when I say a lot of trouble breathing, I mean asthma attacks that would last for days, strangers on the street asking if I was okay, having so much trouble breathing that I couldn’t even cry, and a cough that was so disturbing that it would melt the heart of even the meanest person. I was also having diarrhea. And when I say diarrhea, I mean 15 MONTHS of diarrhea. The kind that makes you wonder if it will ever end. The kind that makes you so exhausted that you literally are unable to get out of bed for a couple days. The kind that you would rather I did not go into further. I was definitely stuck in a rut.

The doctors were out of ideas. I got diagnosed with IBS because they couldn’t find a bacterial cause for it. Out of desperation, I started reading about ANN WIGMORE and I decided to try her plan of GROWING WHEATGRASS.


Well, guess what? It worked! The diarrhea finally started getting better! But then, in it’s place I started having having some visits from a strange type of FLU – a really intense, debilitating flu that would come and go. This went on for several months (4 or 5). Nobody had any idea what was happening. I was exhausted. I had to take 3 hours naps every day, and I had no idea why. I was going out of my way to be healthy. I didn’t understand how this could be? It didn’t make sense. I was ready to give up. Then, something wonderful happened…


My liver died, and I had to go to stay in the hospital for several days.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s wonderful about that? Well, I admit. It didn’t seem wonderful at the time. Not at all. In fact, it was a wee bit unpleasant. I was having trouble breathing because my liver was so swollen, I was barfing up blood, and the pain in my chest was so intense I couldn’t sit up or stand or lie on my back. All I could do was lie in fetal position. But guess what! It was progress! I think my body was purging some really evil things while I was in there.

It turned out that I had a bunch of viral infections. I had hepatitis A and mono. The doctor told me to take it easy for a while to get my strength back. So I went to Seattle to visit some friends. Somewhere in the middle of that trip, something magical started happening…I started to feel good. Really GOOD! I didn’t need to take naps everyday. I started to feel like a normal person again. I started to have ENERGY!

All this time, I had been taking such good care of myself and wondering why nothing seemed to be happening. Then, all of a sudden, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I think I just needed to reach a critical mass where my body had enough support to do what it needed to do.

All I can say is I’m on my way now, baby! I can’t BELIEVE it! I thought it would never happen. I had given up hope. But, the light is starting to shine through me now. That’s for sure. Now, it’s just a matter of re-equilibrating and catching up. I might have to start a new blog soon. One about a really healthy girl! Because the sick one went away.

Well, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some bike riding to catch up on!


Critical Mass turns ugly in Minneapolis

September 1st, 2007

This hit pretty close to home. I’ve posted pictures from Critical Mass on this blog a couple times before. It’s a mass bike ride that happens once a month. My BFF called me last night because a scuffle broke out yesterday. Right in front of my apartment (I am visiting my fam in Tulsa). Apparently, officers were macing people in the face.harley

Harley looking out at an earlier Critical Mass ride…



from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Police arrested 19 bicyclists, including three juveniles, after a protest ride took an ugly turn in downtown Minneapolis Friday night.

About 200 bicyclists were riding on La Salle Avenue, with two officers monitoring the protest that called for reduced reliance on automobile transportation. The ride was also linked with weekend protests of next year’s Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.

When officers tried to arrest a rider they felt had been trying to provoke them, a scuffle broke out, said Minneapolis Police Lt. Marie Przynski.

“When the officer went to arrest him, his buddy came up, and they started to struggle with the officer,” Przynski said.

A group surrounded the officers, and begin to chant “Let them go!”Then several people tried to prevent the officers from arresting these individuals,” she said, and a skirmish ensued.

Soon, the two officers were surrounded by about 30 people, and they issued the call “officer needs help.”

That brought 48 officers from six different law enforcement agencies racing to the scene, where the situation escalated and the officers used chemical Mace in an attempt to control the crowd, Przynski said.

Police then called in medics to examine people who were sprayed. Some officers had minor injuries, such as scrapes, but nobody was seriously injured, said Przynski, the night watch commander.

It was unclear, Przynski said, if the first people arrested were affiliated with the convention protest group. The lieutenant also said that a State Patrol helicopter had videotaped part of the event, and that documentation would be included in what police are now reviewing.

Police said they have had little trouble with recent rallies staged by Critical Mass, a loosely organized group that opposes society’s heavy use of motor vehicles.

“We’ve never had a problem with Critical Mass, the rally,” she said. “We agree with them that we need to lessen our dependence on the automobile. Apparently, they had some infiltrators or outsiders who joined the rally tonight. And these outsiders were trying to provoke the officers.”

The adults were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a gross misdemeanor.


Bike Culture

August 13th, 2007

It’s funny how things have a tendency to come full circle. I am fortunate to live in a city that is really progressive about bike transit. I admit that initially I bought my bike for economic reasons and because I’m a REALLY bad driver.


But the longer I have it, the more I come to appreciate how wonderful bikes are. Not just for health reasons…or for environmental reasons…or for economic reasons…but just for quality of life reasons.


This is Harley. He is my beloved 17 year old dog. He has a little arthritis. But he also has his very own bike buggy!


Critical Mass

May 31st, 2007

Here is a picture of my dog, Harley, looking out at all the bikers from his buggy when we rode with Critical Mass in Minneapolis.