Catching Up With Music and the Last Throes of Winter

March 27, Matt & Julie Velline at SAWA

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[Julie caught Facebooking the evening’s festivities.]

Our Thursday night home away from home!  [p.s. Ruthie woke up this morning and said she feels like she’s living Groundhog Day.  Every day a “winter storm warning is in effect.”]

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 March 28, Lisa Lynn at SAWA

I’ve been asked by her East Coast fan club to comment on whether Lisa is back in Minnesota to stay.  Dunno, but at least for the short term.  I think, however, she will continue to be California Dreamin’, so in the long term?

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March 30, Anthony Miltich at Carlos Creek Winery

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Over 50 degrees today – first time that’s happened here since 1938! People were sitting outside at winery! Photo of Ruthie at the winery we took for Rita!   We don’t know who the sisters are but they volunteered to pose for the picture when we told them we liked their shirts.  The two women at the end are from the Cities, and we e-mailed them a copy of the photo.

April 5, Anthony Miltich at Carlos Creek Winery

Another afternoon with Anthony Miltich at the winery yesterday. And a chance to show the “state of the ceiling.” The framework is in for the soundproofing panels to be hung to improve the acoustics – and mood lighting with chandeliers! May be ready by next weekend? Anyway, Anthony had the full repertoire there yesterday – the 6-string, the 8-string, and the 12-string guitars. He’s next there May 3, hopefully outside then. Are you listening, Martha Williams?

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April 6, Yardwork Begins

NOW I REMEMBER WHY I LIKE WINTER! I rediscovered how the supervisor got her name! It was sunny, in the 50’s today, most of the snow is gone, that means . . . . arrgggghhhhh, yardwork. She had me out there at the crack of noon cutting off tree limbs (you can hear their screams!) and otherwise picking up winter’s debris around the yard. And she was going around to our each corner evergreen shrubs de-limbing those sunburned to death. Then it was all piled for the eventual conflagration in the burn pit. And if you didn’t read James Lileks in the Strib today, it’s road maintenance season: “Interstate 94 (between St. Cloud and the North Dakota border [i.e., us]): Road will be removed and replaced with something that’s absolutely straight. Single lane for both directions. Expect delays, weeping, fistfights, gunplay.”

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Up next:  Softball Thursday?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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