Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Why Outdoors

Aren't we lucky for another new
 and fresh series of chapters just waiting to be lived?
Let's move away from the same old story line though.
I'm so eager for new adventures, I trust you are too.

"If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul."
Drew Barrymore

Take over your winter blues with nature's gifts!
Last Saturday I visited our lovely
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

and I'm going to share a few tips for this new year.


Try going where you feel most alive.



Explore the unseen.




Seek adventures that open your mind.
Don't be stuck with the same ho-hum attitudes.

Gather earthy goodies
 and create anything.


You can try the same places or things
 just with new eyes/ideas/shapes/designs.


Work hard but travel so much harder.
Go to that destination you've been putting off.




Life is short just ask any snowman.



"Until you step into the unknown, 
you don't know what you're made of."
Roy T. Bennett

Last but not least for my post today
is spending more thought towards the ever mysterious
 shadows in our daily lives.
Victor Hugo


Had I cut my dog Misty out of this photo you'd never been able to guess where this shadow came from.
Here's to sharing mystery shadows to open our minds!

Thanks for stopping by I always appreciate your visits!
Take good care of you. 



Thursday, December 26, 2019

Festiveness is All Around Us



Sea gulls posing 



Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?


In the lane, snow is glistening


in the soda shop we're listening
Christmas tunes a playing


Oh what
A beautiful sight 
and especially tonight
(from an ocean it's pure delight)



We're happy tonight 
walking in a winter wonderland



Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird

here fishy, fishy


To sing a love song 
While we stroll along



our fishing pole in hand
we're
Sailing in a winter wonder-sunshine.



In the meadow, we can build a snowman
We'll pretend that he is Parson Brown



Or why not Mr. Grinch?
if Parsons not around.
He'll say, are you married
We'll say, no man
But you can do the job when you're in town.


Later on, we'll conspire
with
hot chocolate we so desire



As we dream by the fire



Or better yet, Lake Harriet
To face unafraid 
the plans that we've made


While playing Christmas games
Walking and a playing 
in a winter wonderland.


Just having winter wonderful time 
Just walking
 and singing in 
our winter wonderland.



In the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter,
and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things
the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Khalil Gibran

It's always a pleasure to share time with you.
Take good care of you.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Critters, Candles and Chocolate

Welcome to 
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS








Just a wee few of the many furry friends of mine.

I cannot even imagine who or where I'd be without my furry friends.
Words will never adequately explain the true meaning they have for me.

So many meanings to the candles in our lives.



Every candle has it's own meaning.


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
James Keller




My mother said she grew up with lit candles on her Christmas tree!

There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

It seems my life can be summed up by 
Critters, Candles and Chocolate.


Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate 
or torturous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.
Joanne Harris

So what are your thoughts on spreading some joy into the lives of others?
 A piece of chocolate or perhaps a hearty hello face to face?


Does social media dictate your every move?
Actually ignoring the person right in front of you hasn't just begun.
But we can end it, or at least slow it down.



Let's go live with- our words!
Words are only painted fire;
a look is the fire itself.
Mark Twain




They Brighten our world with their presence.


No one is useless in this world
 who lightens the burdens of another.
 Charles Dickens




Everyday I try to be in communication
with the universe
in an unconscious way.
Paulo Coelho


Never sell yourself short.
Always believe in yourself.




Every year during our Winter Walk I appreciate more and more the drivers and their horses for braving what always seems to be the coldest or snowiest evenings.
We salute you!

No matter what he does
every person on earth 
plays a central roll 
in the history of the world.
And normally he doesn't know it.
Paulo Coelho

I surely appreciate your visits here
take good care of you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A Tree Story


A true tree story.
I'd be hard pressed to give you the exact amount of trees
 I've decorated in my life time already. But let me say this, each and every tree whether for my own family or not, there's something so very magical about bringing them to a merry delight of decor!



The idea behind this tree story is to wake everyone up.
It's soul feeding time once again.



The idea is to suddenly fracture the routine consciousness 
that put your powers of observation to sleep.
Paul Kaufman

Change your thoughts, changes your day.


The story of trees so often fall into our backgrounds,
wouldn't you agree?


Don't be a cotton headed ninny muggins!
Get yourself a tree to decorate!


Trees whisper, "We're here" as they sway with the wind offering
 a frosty burst into another chilly evening
as winter elves find their footing
for dancing and merry-making.

Folks have been chasing down their perfect special tree since before one can recall! 
Like sixteen centuries old!
Google tells me the first Christmas tree lot in the 
United States was started by Mark Carr in New York in 1851.
If you desire a deep read about Christmas Tree Facts read here.


Mark Carr's plan, bring gifts from the forest to city folks.




I wish you the beauty of nature as 
you wander for your perfect tree.


December's breath ranges in various stages from a whispering wind to a blustering frost, may your day out be adventurous but calm.


It's true some tree farms are offering come out in the warmth and glow of autumn and pre-order your favorite tree.

We've been lucky some years like the photo below it was a jacket weather day and Jackson is busy cutting away our tree!


Freshly cut Christmas trees 
smelling of stars and snow
and pine resin
inhale deeply and fill your soul with
wintry night.
John Geddes


There's something magical as you glide across freshly packed snow, 
and nature's silence pulls you in to this moment in time.
 and surprises you with nature's gifts waiting just for you.


Our Christmas trees become
a source of light after darkness falls.


Trust me on this, find a Christmas tree farm that offers family fun events like Santa Claus and sleigh rides.  Freshly brewed hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, by the fireside and carols to sing along to.



and never forget the power and magic of trees
and they can be whatever you want to make them be.



Once our family festivities have come to a close it's time to add some food for the birds and decorate my yard with this year's special tree.
Our tree story has a forever happy ending, I hope yours will too.

The best gifts in our life 
won't be found under our Christmas trees
but rather the best gifts are found
 with those that gather around our Christmas trees,
our family and friends.


Thanks for brightening my day
take good care of you!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Wooden Critters


SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
by wooden designs.


Hard to believe Thanksgiving Day is only 5 days away!



Tomorrow is just a dream away.



This turkey is still on the fence about Thanksgiving.


So, have you ever heard about the clever Danish artist, Thomas Dambo known for hiding giant wooden sculptures in hopes to inspire nature lovers to explore the unknown depths of Copenhagen's forests? He has hidden six of these giant sculptures throughout six different municipalities in the area.  His sculptures are amazing as these photos show.

Below are some wooden sculptures so much closer to home.


Home is where your Gnome is.





There is a great lesson of Beauty and the Beast
that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.
Chesterton G. K.





In some neighborhood, live a couple of trolls
 perched on tree stumps 
that spend their days
 laughing hysterically or so I've been told. 



A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
A happy face makes everything better.
Wouldn't you agree?


Is it a bird?


Dreams must be chased,
for if we wait for them to chase us
we will live a life of waiting.
Craig D. Lounsbrough



Since the livelihood of turkeys is crucial this time of year
here's a bit of turkey humor.




Lovely wooden little free library.
Feed the birds while feeding minds.


Not what we say about our blessings
but how we use them
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
W.T.Purkiser


Thanks for stopping by you visits are special to me.
May all your Thanksgiving celebrations be
 joyful and filled with love and happiness.





Thankfulness always sees everything as a gift 
even though it might be wrapped in 
some rather unsavory wrapping paper, 
for the wrapping need not dictate the contents.