Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pike Schemes

Welcome to our blog, Pike Schemes!  The last six months or so have kept us rather busy and our blogging schedule has been greatly reduced.  Not to worry, Pike Schemers, we are slowly adding new content and hope to be caught up soon.  The posts you see below are retro posts of a sort from last summer.  Keep checking back on our progress to see about our fall and winter in Minneapolis.
~Shawn and Sara 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snowy Days

The snowy walks to school begin today. Time to find some new winter boots.

Archie is looking forward to finding cozy spots to stay warm, too

Monday, November 10, 2014

Our First Snow

It took some time, but the snow is here. Who knows what we are in store for this winter!

Winter home...
Time to bring in the bench

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stamps are Cool

Our new address stamp came today. So fun to be able to call it home!

Isn't it fun?

Friday, October 31, 2014

The First Halloween in Our Home

After years of having candy bowls unvisited, we were very hopeful that we might finally get a round of trick-or-treaters come to our door! And we did!

Five little punkins in a row
Two cheery faces, no tricks or treats
The count at the end of the night: 31 visitors

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dinner in Stillwater, MN

We are still trying to find time to explore our new state. Sara's studies keep her pretty busy on the weekends so getaways have been limited. This evening we opted for a quick dinner trip to nearby Stillwater. We plan to be back!

The city is located on the St. Croix River and was a famous lumber port...
Looking across to Wisconsin and the soon to be replaced bridge

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home Projects

We have been doing a few small projects around our new home. Here is an update on our progress.

The wire shelves in the bathroom closet were covered with melamine boards
Now nothing falls through or gets snagged
The dangling drawer pulls in the butlers pantry weren't our favorite,
especially being different than the door handles
Just a few minutes work and they all match
There was just one small towel rack in the bathroom
When we traded out for this double rack with room for both our towels,
we discovered the gold paint that had decorated the walls before the current gray
Our bedroom closet had just a basic rod and shelf,
now removed along with the folding doors
The new closet parts laid out for installation
But first, a fun wallpaper goes up
The new closet in place, with lots more storage for both of us
Just a few basic tools to make it work
Archie already likes this spot below the drawers
The office closet also had just a basic rod and shelf
The wall was a dirty mess
We painted the inside a nice butter yellow before
installing this discounted wire closet system from Target
More projects to come, including you, thermostat

Saturday, October 18, 2014

University of Minnesota Arboretum

In searching for a great place to take in the fall colors, we came across listings for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This afternoon was perfect for a drive, so out we ventured.

A line of cars confirmed this was the right place to be
A pumpkin festooned, straw bale house greets visitors
Wikipedia says it was established in 1907
Miles of trails to explore
An abundance of scarecrows dotted the entrance
Ready for a nature walk
An aerial view of the gardens
Softly glows the light
Family picture time
Little chance of getting lost with waymarkers like this
Lantern in the Japanese Garden
Filtered sunlight dapples the koi pond
Where did that finger come from?
A lovely retreat
Continuing the walk
Through the shaded gardens
Lovely views at every turn
At the edge of the dwarf conifer section (not shown)
Well placed stones
That's a pond in the foreground, covered in small waterplants
Oh maple tree
We watch to see
Colors change
Taps flow
Sunlight turned
To frozen fire
Sweetness in the morn