Friday, August 31, 2007

Wineries in Minnesota?

Yes, indeed. I had the chance to learn more about it this morning. There are about 22 wineries in Minnesota. While you are that Agriculture / Horticulture Building at the State Fair, check out this exhibit and enjoy a glass of wine. They have brochures that list all the wineries in Minnesota too. I think some wine tasting sounds like a fun weekend activity.

Make your day a good one.


The last day of August already…yes, indeed. Where did the summer go?
I was up bright and early this morning at the State Fair – it is strangely silent at 6:00 a.m., a far cry from the crowds in the evening. I always find the honey / bee exhibit in the Agriculture / Horticulture Building fascinating at the MN State Fair. First the nectar determines the color of honey. Dark almost molasses looking honey comes from buckwheat. The lighter colored honey comes from Linden trees. In between those two are many varying shades. Also, one hive will produce about 185 pounds of honey per summer. If the hive is left here in Minnesota during the winter months about 85 pounds must be left in the hive as food during those winter months. Check it out while at the Fair and try some of the great tasting honey ice cream that they sell in the same area.

Make your day a good one.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Away from the Fair Today...

I got the day off from being at the Fair today– no 6:30 news tonight. The Vikings are playing. What a crowd last night at 6:30 - the biggest crowd yet. It was so much fun once again to meet everyone following the newscast. The folks from Presto Planter were on hand to demonstrate their invention. I know I’ll be getting one of these to plant all of those tulip and daffodil bulbs this fall.

I’ll be up bright and early tomorrow (Friday) – between 5 and 7 a.m. I’ll be at the Agriculture / Horticulture Building doing some segments. So, set your alarm and tune in.

I’ll be back during 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30 on Friday as well - so if you are out, stop by and I’ll be more then happy to sign your water bottle.

Make your day a good one.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Noodlehead Sprinklers

It was a misty somewhat rainy day at the Fair last night and there I was, talking about sprinklers. The Noodlehead Sprinkler is unlike anything I had seen before. I got my hands on one last week and tested it out. It does work and is totally changeable depending on your needs. You can find it in the Home Improvement Building.

Make your day a good one.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fun at the Fair

Thanks to everyone who I met at the Fair last night. It’s so much fun to see all the viewers and even sign some water bottles. Yes, I know my signature is big. It’s not going to change. It was great fun to interview topiary expert Ricardo Edelsteen. You can see his work right below the Space Needle. I had meet Ricardo before. He is so fun and passionate about his work.

I’ll be back tomorrow during 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30. See you then.

Make your day a good one.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Display Garden at the Fair

I was at the State Fair yesterday bright and early for KSTP TV on what was an absolutely perfect day. If you are headed out to the Fair, but sure to check out the new gigantic display garden put together by the folks from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). It is located just outside the Agriculture / Horticulture Building with Ye Old Mill just across the street. Be sure to walk entirely around the display and pick up all the recipe cards in the various mailboxes. Each recipe card has an idea for a seasonal container garden. I collect them all and will use them as a reference when I work on my container gardens each season.

I will be back at the Fair tonight during 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

Make your day a good one.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

State Fair Time

State Fair time already? Wow! Where did the summer go? I love the Fair and will spend a lot of time out there. My tentative KSTP schedule has me out there early this Sunday morning and then every night next week except Thursday for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30. Be sure to stop by and say hello and take in one of the newscasts. Once I know the Labor Day weekend schedule, I will be sure to let you know.

I’ll be posting State Fair information and such here in the days to come.

Make your day a good one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

European Vacation

I’m back. Yesterday I got back from an amazing vacation with lots of friends in Europe. 19 days to be exact. Most of our time was spent in Italy, but we also spent some time in Greece, Malta, Croatia and Sicily while on a Mediterranean cruise. It was the trip of a lifetime. Once I get caught up and past the State Fair, I will post a few more pictures from the trip. Here are a couple photos from Venice, which was a breathtaking city.

After being gone for 19 days, I was worried about how my yard would look? To my surprise it actually looked better then when I left. My neighbor’s son did a great job of keeping the lawn mowed and he didn’t have to worry about watering since Mother Nature did a good job of taking care of that. Lots of tomatoes were harvested, but there are still plenty more to ripen, so I will be enjoying those for weeks to come.

Make your day a good one.