Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I Spy With My Little Travel Eye continued

My I spy collection continues.

Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Outside where dusk begins to fall
once it's dark enough
you can dance under the stars.

We are, all of us, on our own journeys.
Alexandra Bracken
Just call me a wayfarer.

Not far from my house.

Your assumptions are your windows 
(or gates) on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while,
or the light won't come in.
Isaac Asimov

I'm always surprised by unexpected deliciousness in my travels,
especially when served in unusual ways. One was the best Gumbo Soup ever, served in a huge pot passed from table to table while dining on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Sometimes we travel the world wide in search 
of delicious heartiness that we also make in our own kitchens.

Good manners.
While eating
Chicken Soup
The noise you don't make 
while you're eating soup.
Bennett Serf 

Humor it makes everything better, like chicken soup.

After reading this quote below and adding something my mother told me during my teenage years, well it just empowers me more to strive on with my beliefs.

So one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.  I'd been born in the wrong century and I felt cheated. - Ransom Riggs

Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder. (and wander) Ransom Riggs 
Not maybe Ransom, absolutely, always wonder.

There's always a story behind everything.
Don't just assume anything.

The undiscovered places 
that are interesting to me
are these places that contain
bits of disappearing history, 
like a ghost town. 
Ransom Riggs

So just around any corner 
where you've possibly traveled
 time and time again
this time

bring new eyes with you.

Bet you may believe this is our state bird here in Minnesota?
But this isn't in Minnesota.

It is a narrow mind that cannot look at a subject 
from various points of view.
George Eliot

So many Zoos and Aquariums
will we ever see them all?

One of my favorite home away from home places is right here.

 Huntsville Alabama's Botanical Gardens

Always build new sand castlesSo what if they wash away?

This photo below of me was taken during quite the incredible
outdoor adventure for so many folks.
It really encouraged wandering about. Sure sometimes in subzero temperatures, and sometimes blizzards, more often in the sunshine just to combat attacks of cabin fever!

Again I'm hoping Checkpoint Minnesota will return this year,
 but in checking out their site it appears doubtful.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Drink the Wild Air and Critters

It's been a busy couple of weeks for me, with work, and Halloween all while staying over at my son's house for a week while his son, my oldest grandchild graduated from boot camp for the United States Air Force.

...and a day before his graduation
Halloween arrived once more!

Slowly, yet most assuredly Emme reaches the window, 
with not even a bark.
Oh my what does she see? 

and of course critters

We are all truly blessed.

These kiddos always have a theme, (just three in this shot)
and this year they all dressed up as characters in
Alice in Wonderland.

Why, sometimes I've believed 
as many as six impossible things
before breakfast.

Live in the sunshine
swim the sea
drink the wild air.

My quotes today come from the breezy depths
 of Ralph Waldo Emerson's wandering wisdom.

You're entirely bonkers.
But I'll tell you a secret,
All the best people are.
Lewis Carroll

Was I ever surprised when these two grandsons (brothers) came knocking at our door just clowning around.

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know
how soon it will be too late.

Tread gently on anyone who looks at you sideways.
Billy Connolly

So happy it's gonna snow tonight says Misty!
It did, not a fun drive in to work either.

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it
nothing great was ever achieved.

Can we play ball now, please?

It is not the length of life,
but the depth of life.

People seem not to realize that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.

My grandson is the young lad on the left.
They are all so young.

Trust your instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason.

Passion lights the fire in every soul.

Thank you for stopping by.
Take good care of you.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Words and Critters

I'm not only joining but hoping to cheer on other participants for Words for Wednesday as well. 

I'm also joining SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

The first image offered by Words for Wednesday
struck a creative process the moment I saw it!
Work and life got in the way until this morning,
so I'm a bit late.

There are so many thoughts drumming 
 through my thoughts.

Real drums.

Yet mostly what springs to mind are the hands that pound away
in various grooves and set so many beats.

I knew I was headed in the right tempo.

The human brain is a funny thing:
it's very susceptible to tempo and melody.
You put the right words to it
and it becomes very influential.
Ray Stevens

Words always matter.

Our hands,
Can hold mini basketballs of course.

Hands guide horses.

Hands are perfect for birds.

Paws like hands are great for protecting clean laundry.

Holding on for dear life!

Protective hand gear sometimes crucial. 

We find only one tool,
neither created nor invented
but perfect;
the hand of man.
Julio Ramon Ribeyro

Our hands also

Lead and direct.

Pump water.


and make funny gestures!

and take many selfies along the way.

Control your own future.
Put your future in good hands. Your own.
Mark Victor Hansen

I'm going to leave you with this eloquent quote by Ray Charles

What is a soul?
It's like electricity.
We don't really know what it is,
but it's a force that can light a room.
Ray Charles

Thanks for stopping in and take good care of you.
Enjoy your weekend too.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fine Craft Collective

I have eyes for you!

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Such a lively autumn sport, watching the leaves turn. 
Yet how does just one leaf jump ahead of his fellow leaves?

Speaking of stepping out into nature (weekend camping adventure)
 I'm pleased to
introduce to you

a new pup (she's growing faster everyday)
belonging to my daughter and her family.

"Thorns may hurt you
men desert you
sunlight turns to fog;
but you're never friendless ever,
if you have a dog."
Douglas Malloch

Some birds are not meant to be caged.

"If you want to fly,
give up everything that
weighs you down."

No story will ever live if nobody cares to listen.

Everyone has a story.

It was a rainy, chilly afternoon when we followed along listening to past stories about a few Dundas residents buried in Groveland Cemetery expertly told by a group of enthusiastic storytellers.

Storytelling is the most powerful way
to put ideas into the world.

We are as a species, addicted to story.
Even when the body goes to sleep
(and dreamland enters)
the mind stays up all night
 telling itself stories.
Jonathan Gottschall

Storytelling the oldest form of education.

What storytellers actually do,
they restore order
 in our imaginations,
the world around us
allow all stories to live on 
forever and ever.

On this day our bones felt a cold chill perhaps,
yet our hearts were warmed by each new story.

This Dundas, Navy sailor survived the Pearl Harbor attack
returned home to heal his wounds and once again returned to serve his country only to have his ship brutally attacked again. His body was never recovered.

So continue on build your new stories 
share them often
as well as also taking time to listen to others.

I'm going to just leave this one thought with you today
 from John Muir
about nature.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

Thanks for stopping by
enjoy your day
and take good care of you!