It’s hard to believe that this is my favorite garden in Bemidji. It’s along America Avenue. Now it’s all dried up. It was just a short time ago that we were still admiring flower gardens and talking about how they wouldn’t be there much longer. We didn’t realize that it would be within a week!
In addition to dead leaves and plants, we saw a big dead bird today and a dead squirrel yesterday. We joked that we could start a dead animal of the day feature.
The raking has started, although this young woman apparently refuses to accept that winter is here early, judging by her bare legs and sandals. At least she’s wearing a coat!
We have a couple of quotes today.
I’ll do the easy one first:
Me: "Ooh, a Florida license plate!"
Bethany: "I bet he wishes he was still in Florida."
That seems to be a common thread between us; one will say "ooh, look at …" and the other will pull out a sarcastic comment.
Later, we were walking by an antique store and I was startled to look over and see a toddler standing on the other side of the door looking at us.
Me: "Oh! That boy …!"
Bethany, interrupting: "Oh! You startled me!"
Me: "By saying ‘oh!’?
Bethany: "I thought you meant it was a statue and I looked over and there was this head following us … and it scared me."
Me: "It’s a real boy … like Pinnochio!"
We weren’t the only ones getting some exercise today. These young people and their canine companion looked to be having a good time out for a jog.
And here’s a nice spot to rest if you get too much exercise.
After our walk, we sat in my living room and talked about food. Bethany is doing the Weight Watchers points thing. I have only vaguely embraced this, but she is being so good I think I may feel shamed into it, since we’re doing weigh-ins at my place every Friday.
I don’t know if anyone else remembers this, but before I ever heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet, Woman’s Day or Family Circle magazine (one of the two, can’t remember which) had the Peel-a-Pound Soup Diet, which I assume was similar and also had a recipe for cabbage soup, but I think it was slightly different (maybe with chicken or vegetable broth instead of tomato juice or V8 juice?) from the soup recipes for the Cabbage Soup Diet. I never followed the diet religiously, but I would make a big pot of the soup and eat it a few times a day. I’ve done the same with the Cabbage Soup Diet soup.
Unfortuntely, Bethany doesn’t like cabbage, so my idea of having this super-low-calorie lunch together after walking fell flat. Any other ideas out there for tasty soups (or whatever) that fill you up and don’t give you much for calories? We saw some soups that are zero Weight Watchers points but they didn’t really interest us. I just want something filling that will keep me from wanting to eat all night long!
Today’s How Well Do You Know Bemidji? photo:
Yesterday’s mystery photo, guessed again by Rita, was "Reproduction," the sculpture by Mitch Blessing near Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Company. Unfortunately, I missed the top of the sculpture, which depicts the top of a shower curtain. I will try to update the photo tomorrow. Rita knows the city well.
We don’t get many comments, so to have four today was cool. (OK, one was a question by Bethany, but still.) And one was a new commenter, Sarah. Thank you for your kind words. We really enjoy writing the blog!