BIRDS! The chickadees have been out in full force, joyously announcing the final days of autumn, and I was lucky enough to discover a pileated woodpecker on an oak snag in the golf course on Larpenteur yesterday.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but the pileated woodpecker is over a foot long, in comparison to the 6-9 inch woodpeckers of other sorts. Grand indeed.
The new drivetrain on my Bridgestone bicycle. It is so much more efficient and the gear sizing suits my travels. With a single cog in the front (and, as a result, no front derailleur to get shifted out of wack and generally be a pain) and seven in the back, I can make good time in the flat bike lane of Minnehaha, and summit the Pelham hill on the way to work with relative ease.
Sour cream raisin pie. I have promised to make it for Thanksgiving, though I am still intimidated by the prospect of whipping up good meringue. Stories will certainly ensue, post haste.
Old factories and warehouses that are now artist spaces. I went to a fantastic Halloween party at the Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, which is housed in an old cookie factory. They blew glass in the dark, and for $15 one received a handmade glass and unlimited refills of beer.
NaNoWriMo. I haven’t started writing yet, and it might be a late night in order for me to get my 1,667 words out for the day. But I’ve committed, and have gone a step further and set up a Tuesday afternoon write-in at the Fireroast Mountain Cafe. Come join me in writing from 12-3 every Tuesday in November, or just stop by and say hello!
Be well, and enjoy the final vestiges of autumn!