Thursday, May 05, 2011
Leah and I had an interesting shopping trip yesterday. First Leah had a chiropractor appointment (I brought a paperback book with me). Then we headed for Tochi's...5:59...closed at 6pm. (We're going to try to make it over on Saturday morning.)
Anyways, I don't know exactly why but I have loved this little store ever since I first laid eyes on it. This is one side of the building (opposite from the entrance side) with a painting of a rainbow coming down out of a blue sky with clouds right onto the roof peak of Tochi's--hehe!
Tochi's is like its own little wild oasis. A throwback to the 60s. Maybe that is when it was founded? I only moved up here in 1999 and I never asked.
I absolutely love the dense scraggly tree on the edge of parking lot next to the building that you can see in these pictures. In the summer it is usually loaded to the brim with singing birds. The grass is getting green and the trees are just starting to bud up here.
I just love it all! The various bright colors painted on the different sides of the building, the handpainted Tochi sign and Foods of the Earth under the little rainbow and the wild sun with the smiling face...
...the faded rickety specials sign by the front sidewalk...
...the porch and front door with the carved wood frame and yellow siding and cool small window...looks like you are walking into a house (Leah was getting their hours down in her phone)...
...the inexplicable old wooden child's desk sitting on the front porch...
...the small section of the front walkway/sidewalk made from old salvaged bricks...
...the side of the building that faces the street is covered with vines (I'll have to get a picture this summer when everything doesn't look dead--hehe!)...love this cool big old window with the six panes, too...
...the handmade long handicapped ramp...
...I just love it all! And inside is interesting and jam packed, too. Maybe I can get some pictures on Saturday. :)
We were driving away from the old downtown when I asked Leah if we could turn around and go back up Broadway because I wanted to get a picture of the old Fargo Theater for Iggy (even if it looks better all lit up at night). I don't know what possessed me but I decided to try doing it in video. Was sooo bumpy! If you want to see these views of downtown Fargo you may want to take a dramamine first! ;)
Then we drove over to Moorhead and parked the car. Here's the old brick apartment building I used to live in from 1999 till I moved across the river to Fargo in 2005. I lived on second floor on the right. At the time that tree was just a little shorter and I could look right smack into the main branches and watch the birds and the occasional squirrel.
You can see that where I used to live in Moorhead it was more residential and an older neighborhood. Tons of trees, birds, squirrels, and the river is a block away. I was within a block or two from the post office, library, Atomic Coffee, and the bus stop. Even Moorhead Center Mall (home of K&Krafts, our favorite local craft store) and my bank were only 3-4 blocks away. I really do miss that. But the older building with the badly leaking garages (nothing was safe for storage and it would drip water on your windshield and freeze a layer of ice on it in the spring and fall), my bathroom ceiling leaking (big hole covered by a board) and the floor around the toilet sinking and disintegrating...well, let's just say my apartment in Fargo is much nicer.
But I still cried when I left here. It was home.
Here I'm still standing in the same spot on the corner across from my old building and turned to the right. At the end of the block you can see the blockades. There is a park down there that is under water. You can kind of see what I am talking about on the next video.
Chilly wind, noisy and a light rain had just stated again.
They were working on this Veterans Memorial Bridge and building all the new apartment buildings across the street from me when I moved away. It all looks so different now.
As we drove across the bridge to Fargo I had Leah get some pictures of the sand dike on the other side that they are just starting to take down. You'd have to click to enlarge it to see the wall of sand all across the horizon there.
That big truck is actually hauling wet sand away. (Iggy--note the cone sentry.)
We stopped at K&Krafts over at Moorhead Center Mall. (Pictures below of goodies.)
We went to the Sprint store and looked at the fancy phones. In order to get the free ones we need to order them online, but I got to see the one I want...in purple! (Leah also ran in and checked at Best Buy, but they wanted $30 for that same "free" one.) So Leah is going to order it for me!! Whoohoo! You can bet I'll have pictures for you.
The last shopping stop was at Lowes. I couldn't walk any more, so Leah went in and we talked via the cell phone. We figured out what wood to buy and the lengths to be cut...and then discovered that their saw was broken. So, have to go back another time to pick up the lumber, but at least now we know exactly what we want for the shelves. Leah could stop and pick it up without me, too.
Then we went to Pita Pit so I could try their falafel...9:06...they closed at 9pm. So, we went to Subway. And--confession--I ordered my old favorite--a chicken teriyaki sandwich! I've had a few dreams about eating chicken recently. Well, I ate it. It tasted really good. I apologized out loud to the chickens. Not planning on starting to eat meat again. Maybe that will put an end to the chicken dreams? LOL!
Leah and I sat in Subway and talked about the new phone and she showed me stuff on hers. When my dear friend, Ruby, comes to visit (hopefully end of May) she can get her new phone, too, and Leah will set her up and show her how to use it. So exciting!!!
By the time Leah dropped me off it was a little after ten. Lonesome Karma had been lying in the dark right in front of the door waiting for me, of course. She was blinking and crying her hellos. Extra cuddly last night--hehe! ;)
This was the haul. Even if much of our shopping was aborted, we had a good time and I think I figured out what I am going to do with the cupcakes--maybe--hehe! ;)
At K&K's--got a couple colors of Liquid Pearls to use for flower centers...
...the one missing attachment (scallop) I needed for the Sew Easy contraption...
...and five dark bright colors of Stickles.
At Lowe's Leah picked up three containers of Brilliant White caulk. (We like to use it in cardmaking with brass stencils and were out.)
Oh, and at K&K's we got a free tape runner because it's their 9th birthday this month. Hard to believe it's been nine years already since Kay took over the craft store. :)
Anyways, my plan for the cupcakes is to try to use the white caulking or some thick white acrylic paint for the frosting and then to add the "dots" or candy sprinkles in the bright colors with the Stickles (which have a little glitter in them). So that is the next thing I am going to try.
I am happy and content, but sore as hell--LOL! Always am after I have been out and about. So today is an R&R day. I saved a couple Netflix DVDs--have 2 out of 3 of the new Human Planet series--for today because I knew I'd be shot. Can hardly wait! Looks like an amazing series.
Guess I should rest up for another shopping trip on Saturday! ;) Supposed to be raining again by then, but today is sunny and they are working away in the field across the way. All day you hear the trucks and shovel and the beep-beep-beep of construction. Spring is here! :):)
"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another."