Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blue Monday!

Saturday was an iffy day. The skies were overcast.
It poured rain in the early morning hours.
The weatherman predicted that it would clear up by One.
We had planned this event for weeks. It was postponed
once already due to rain.
We decided - What the Heck!
Let's go for it!

We planned to cruise on the St. Croix River
for the afternoon.
My friend Mary & her husband Gundy
own a nice little houseboat
in a slip at the Sunnyside Marina.
Located in Stillwater, Minnesota.

This is the historic lift bridge.
It is very controversial right now -
with all of the bridge issues
we've had of late in Minnesota.
There have been plans to replace this bridge
for many years.
However, the Sierra Club has their concerns,
and each state MN & WI have their concerns
over the budget.
I digress. Let's just get on with the cruise!

If you enlarge this pic you will see that a wedding
is taking place on the waterfront.
Stillwater is a cute little town,
with fun little shops and many restaurants.
(It even boasted a few famous residents.
Jessica Lange and Sam Shepherd.)

Our boat didn't have to wait for the lift bridge to rise.
We just squeaked by underneath...

Here is another shot of the lift bridge's pulleys.
Jacob thought you would like to see this.
We didn't stick around long enough for me
to get a pic of it rising. Maybe next time....

However, I thought you might like to see
some of the homes
that dot the river bluffs,

or maybe a speedboat zipping by....

This home belongs to the owner of....
Anderson Windows.

And I was told that this is his daughter's home.

With my gift of gab - I set the camera down
and didn't get all of the shots I should have
for you - Like pix of our gracious hosts,
and their boat, and many of the guests,
and the wonderful buffet that Mary prepared for us.

Please join me in sharing Blue Monday
with another gracious host,
She's just a click away.



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Robyn, that looks like a really fun time! I was fascinated to house that belonged to the owner of Anderson Windows. I wonder exactly how many windows he has... lots from the photo! Thanks for the tour, and I enjoyed the blue skies on the trip!

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

printersdevil said...

TFS, I love to get to see all the wonderful places that everyone goes.

Fifi Flowers said...

What a PRETTY place!

irene said...

A lovely cruise post.

Happy blue Monday.

ksarra said...

What a great way to spend the day, the scenery is awesome!

Knitty said...

Thanks for the tour! Happy Blue Monday!

Shelia said...

Morning, Robyn! It looks like you had a grand time! Glad you just 'went for it'! I'm sure it was so lovely out there on the water and I would have loved to see all the beautiful 'rich' homes!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

salmagundi said...

I see some blue sky there. What a fun afternoon you must have had with beautiful scenery. Loved the windowed Anderson house. Bet those windows all open and close like a dream. Have a good week. Sally

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Gorgeous mansions! Happy Blue Monday!

xinex said...

Beautiful homes, Robyn! And beautiful scenery too!...Christine

Terry said...

Howdy Robyn
Happy Blue Monday to you sweetie !
Thank you so much.
We are having a heat wave and those photos were all so very refreshing.
I needed the break .
I am so glad ya'll descided to go for it:)
Have a very blessed week.
Happy Trails

JD said...

Great pics...thank you for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Happy Blue Monday Robyn! This is my 1st Blue Monday and it is so much fun looking at all the beautiful blues! Good for you..forging ahead on your cruise...LOVED the photos! Looks like ya'll had a fantastic time~~Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda said...

Looks like a fun day and beautiful pics! Linda

bj said...

Oh, I am so glad ya'll decided to 'do it anyway'! I know you are too.
Beautiful blues...

Smilingsal said...

I'm so glad you decided to go for it; what a beautiful day it turned out to be!

I clicked and saw the tiny wedding people!

Happy Blue Monday!

Picket said...

Ohhh that looks like it was a fantastic day! I love just cruising down the water like that..we use to have a lift bridge years ago here and was the only way to cross over to the neighboring town but they took it down and built modern over passes and new bridges.of course i guess that was a good thing considering now we have 6 lane highways everywhere and still have traffic jams! lol Let me know if you find out how to contact other farmers...I don't know how to go look for one! lol

Lori E said...

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Tootsie said...

what an awesome adventure!!! I love those houses!!!
now I know you will shake your head when you hear my next question....what is an etsy shop anyways???? I have heard so many talk of them, but have no idea! yes...I know...head in the plants..not in the current shopping thing!!! lol
you really need to post that bittersweet too by the way!!! you can't just drop a few words and not SHOW my snoopy self!!!

Regina said...

Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

Mama said...

Hello Robyn, looks like you all had a fun day on the river, those houses look amazing and how lovely to see a wedding while passing by, Jacobs right the bridge pulleys neat, happy days, Kathy.

cindy said...

Great post! I used to visit Stillwater about twice a its just a sweet memory! Thanks for refreshing my memory! ~Cindy~

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great day that must have been. Those homes are unbelievable! The water looks so pretty, and the bridge is so interesting. Have a great holiday weekend. laurie

Cindy said...

Good Morning Robyn!
I love Stillwater! My brother Matt and his wife who live in River Falls were married there 3 summer's ago. It was a farm, can't remember the name but it was all set up for weddings and such, so beautiful! Don't you just love the St. Croix- it's so beautiful! Have a wonderful 4th, I so loved your pics! Hugs, Cindy