Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Milwaukee I have Chapters About You

Having traveled all modes of transportation I believe one of my favorites is by rail.  Especially when my daughter and I and long time friend took the Amtrak to Chicago as a birthday celebration and one of our favorite stops along the route was Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Milwaukee



If you have the opportunity to spend the evening
 in downtown Milwaukee, do it!


"Your soul doesn't care what you do for a living-
and when your life is over, neither will you. 
Your soul cares only about what you are being 
while you are doing whatever you are doing."
Neale Donald Walsch






This quote-

"The present was an egg laid
by the past that had the future
 inside its shell."
by Zora Neale Hurston

 explains artwork, architecture, designs, 
even songs into theory. 
Wouldn't you agree?


"There are those that say seeing is believing.
I am telling you that seeing is believing."
Neale Walsch

Here's a subliminal thought
No matter where you wander keep joyful thoughts alive.

Like from your morning walk.















"If your strength is small,
don't carry heavy burdens.
If your words are worthless
don't give advice." 
Chinese Proverbs

Hate is too heavy a burden to bear.
Be kind, and when in doubt, be kind.



The soul's joy lies in doing.
William Shakespeare



"Into the statue that breathes
the soul of the sculpture is bidden."

Under the joy that is felt.


Sweets with sweets 
war not, joy
delights in joy.
William Shakespeare



trending in my thoughts from statues to cars.... silly but true this moment in time.



Taking time to be curious.


"The highest thought is always that which contains joy."
NDW



The River Road Trip!

While gazing across the Mighty Mississippi-
I enjoy snapping photos of Wisconsin from Minnesota 
and once I cross the Mississippi taking photos of Minnesota! 

While in Wisconsin do as the Wisconsinites do!
Visit
The House on the Rock!



More than just a tea pot!


Favorite bumper sticker message of the day.


I'd Rather be Boating!

and

Get YachtAway From it All.


When traveling by car it's so much easier to stop for treats along the way!




"If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment."
Neale Walsch

Thank you sharing a few moments here with me.
Take good care of you.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Wistaria or Wisteria and Critters

Happy Birthday America!



"We must be free not because we claim freedom
but that we practice it. Happy Independence Day!"
William Faulkner






"It was a summer of wistaria. The twilight was full of it and of the smell of his father's cigar as they sat on the front gallery after supper...while in the deep shaggy lawn below the veranda fireflies blew and drifted in soft random."

William Faulkner

Wistaria or Wisteria? I get stuck on things like that. 
Curiosity, and Faulkner's unique writing style.
in short he preferred wistaria over wisteria.

Welcome to


Below, Dash chasing a baby bunny!


"He who can no longer pause 
to wonder and stand rapt in awe
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed."
Albert Einstein





All of life seemed frozen in that one photo.


The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on earth.
Linji Yixuan




The true meaning of
Lucky dog!






"And there is not anything in the world stronger than tenderness.
Han Suyin


"If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary
you are still bobbing in the sea of illusion."
Linji Yixuan



Seriousness and pleasure should strive together.
Allvar och gamman trives garna samman.
Swedish proverb





"People bring to what they see and feel
the inner weather of their souls
and complexion of their minds."
Han Suyin

...and we are so very grateful that they do. 





Pursue what catches your heart
not what catches your eyes.
Roy Bennett

In life we have two choices really.
Wait for that special day
or celebrate every day as special.

Thanks for stopping by your visits mean the world to me.
Take good care of you.

#StaySafe  #gotmask  #AvoidCrowds  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sail Away With Randomness and Critters



Sail away with me.

"She stood in the storm 
and
when the wind did not blow her way
she adjusted her sails."
Elizabeth Edwards
and when that didn't work she got herself a dog or two.
Or four.


SATURDAY'S CRITTERS


"My humanity is bound up in yours, 
for we can only be human together."
Desmond Tutu



Say hello to Emme and Bugsley my oldest son's dogs are here for 7 day visit. 


Bugsley pictured below just a pup became Karina's very own dog when he was just 10 weeks old! You may remember him from my last post riding in a kayak!



Karina and Bugs
about ten weeks old.



This week!
The joy of having these two outweighed any rough spots.
One pup mixed with a dog and two older dogs..... well.
Bugsley and Emme
first day here.


We're enjoying seven days and seven nights
 of their joyful company. 




Bugs is center stage. Always.




Just a few random little moments in life 
where it's the simple things that mean the most.





Something about the way she moos
attracts me like no udder.



Can you see me in this photo?



I've got my kitty eye on you!



"A person is a person through other persons;
You can't be human in isolation;
you are human only in relationships."
Desmond Tutu



Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good 
put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu




"I believe in the simple things
the classic beginning of once upon a time,
that good conquers evil in the end, fantasy and fate.
My life is that of wondrous enchantment,
a place of endless possibilities and dreams, 
where inspiration is found in the oddest of places. 
I aspire to inspire, and someday I will change the world."
Andrew Kendall 


The Simple Things

A few highlights from Missouri
the Show Me State.




Splash, splash do your thing water fountain.
Not far from The Plaza Shopping Mall Kansas City, Missouri


So many solid gold memories from my childhood when my family packed up the car and we'd drive from Michigan to Arizona to visit my grandfather.
These trips and especially traveling along Route 66 are still etched in my memory for a lifetime.



The Chain of Rocks Bridge Route 66
 St. Louis Missouri, now a foot bridge.





Route 66 Rocker

When you have the urge to do some serious rocking!




Here I am on my last trip to St. Louis with the Arch in the background.




"A reel expert can tackle anything."

Thanks for stopping in to say hello your comments mean the world to me.
Thank you. 
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Scour all Fuzzy or Cryptic Elements



Scour all Fuzzy or Cryptic Elements




Don't just see but feel nature around you.
Cannon River runners!



What's behind is often what lies within.



When I'm overwhelmed I become silent and 100% focused on what to do next. I'm sure most of you recently experienced the unfortunate results of protesters followed by rioters, if not be ever thankful, it stemmed from a horrific death placed upon one man by the knee of a Minneapolis officer.  I understand the pain and turmoil as I lived for eleven years in Minneapolis and only a few short miles from where this took place. 


There is a bright side and I believe much has and will continue to improve with our diligence and determination. During these times I read.


Have you ever stumbled upon a writer, poet or perhaps an artist as in this case, someone you don't recall reading before and as you devour every word you know they're speaking for you?

This quote by Erik Pevernagie sums it up, for me.


"Comes the tipping point in life, 
when we decide to a 'stop and search' 
and our emotional police bring us to a standstill. 
This allows us to scan all the little details 
in the spectrum of our being: scour all fuzzy or cryptic elements 
that are floating around in our mind 
and restore the fault lines in the cluttered tale of our life."




She holds the light from within.


"To trust, to have faith. Because as a friend of mine once said,
"It's belief that gets us there,"
Kevin Costner as Joe Darrow, Dragonfly







It's belief that gets us there.

"Rather than loitering around, day by day,
some prefer to crawl out of the shadow of their squirrel cage and
try badly to cuddle up to a brighter side of life by searching out wiggle room to empower their feeble stance, expecting to eke out some soothing moments of relish and buoyancy in the wings of their expectant quest.
Erik Pevernagie





Hug like you mean it.



"When our mind is in shambles and we dare to reflect 
on the story of our life,
we may discover, in the stream of our thoughts,
the fault line between what we have under-felt
 and what we have overthought on our way."

Overthought can drag us way down.




"Faith is nothing more than a strong belief in something.
The glue that holds everything together."




Life always begins with one step out of your comfort zone.
Shannon L. Alder



"You have to believe, otherwise, it will never happen."
Neil Gaiman




"Beauty is not who you are on the outside,
it is the wisdom and time you gave away
to save another struggling soul like you."
Shannon L. Alder




Nature always wears the color of the spirit.




"You know your testimony is strong
 when your roots are so deep
 that other people's storms will never knock you over."
Shannon L. Alder

Thanks for your visit and your comments
they mean everything to me.
Take good care of you.