Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Side-by-Side - Good Fences

Thunderous no more Thursday and side-by-side 

I spent yesterday pretending to be snowed in.  Although, where I live we're never snowed in for very long.  
So these photos are what's side-by-side my fencing on this day after the storm.

It happens like this-
Never fear where angels tread.

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
Neil Gaiman

Afternoon sunshine delight.

Catch a smile- and throw one back.

Just a pale pink glow to the sky as morning presses on.

Believe it or not, this is the first snow this winter
 that's remained on fencing and everything else for that matter!

I'm not kidding- breakfast on the deck for two!

Forever-Bunny-hunter through and through.
It's the chase Misty loves most.

Where oh where is the Grinch, 
with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow. 
Oh where could he be?

I do enjoy a good storm, a cold icy wind blowing and howling while it rustles through trees as if it's about to tell you a story.

Even better is the morning after a storm.  When golden sunlight falls around you as if it never happened.

So far as yet, no gigantic Snowzilla here in Minnesota.

I hope you're all safe and enjoying winter but also, dreaming of spring.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter Fever

Greetings and welcome to a few miscellaneous captures and thoughts on winter's farewell.

"Ha! Ha! Ha!  (says pretty much every Minnesotan today) Who cares what the groundhog said, let me finish plowing more snow." 

We love to live and live to love.... (new attitude) my constant earworm for me lately.

Yep, my fine oiled, subconscious(fully adjusted-grown-up) mind keeping me well balanced.  Especially, required after a call from your daughter in Alabama announcing it's 70 degrees, she's in flip-flops and reading outside.

and then-

you experience another blissful occasion being lost on a pure-white-sandy beach- when suddenly reality enters and you discover-
 you're enjoying another astonishing post from a writer friend living in Florida

...and- Obviously it's always an awe-inspiring aloha that even
your wildest imaginations could never dream up a vision as stunning as our dear friend Cloudia shares daily from her own blog as well.  She puts us in a constant Mahalo state of being.  Mauka and Maka, meaning, toward the mountains, and towards the ocean, (two locations that recharge my soul) thank-goodness for my memory of them both.

Note to self- take more vacations.

 So yeah, I'll keep chanting
love to live and live to love.... over and over
an totally settle for being that child locked within me for another day.

Come and play!
But bring an extra shovel! (Just kidding we have plenty)

Yes live morning view in Minnesota this morning!

Winter survival tips.

Invite friends over to help dig out.
Promise them hot-chocolate or whiskey!

Build snowmen.

Play with your exposures, just don't become overexposed.

Yes, Virginia yesterday was groundhog day.
Not sure I believe in him anymore though. We'll see in six weeks whether he's spot on or not.

Can our Minnesota day to day life be described as
that of a melting snowman?

Here one day and gone the next?

So, gather up your critter friends.

One thing you must always remember,
something Albert Schweitzer wrote-

"Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work."

This post has been my doctor at work.  


Hubby prepared delicious omelets!

If we feel it, we can heal it. Enjoy your cup of icicles, or whatever!

What makes this day so special?

For one-
just before our inner feelings hit bottom we dear Minnesota family and friends, remember what it looked like the day before all this perfectly, perfect white-stuff fell-
bringing sunshine again for all.

Our morning drive to work was rather bleak-

You can see here.

not just another grey morning, but a morning with fog as thick as peppermint-patty cotton-candy.

"At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think
 with deep gratitude of those who 
have lighted the flame within us."
Albert Schweitzer

You my dear friends rekindle my light while we share a bit of life together.

Thank you for stopping by, enjoy your new day today!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

HHM - Resident Kitty

Hennepin County History Museum Resident Kitties where are you?

Usually the first thing to greet me in the parking lot at the museum are a variety of cats, which I have affectionately named, the resident cats.  However yesterday, there wasn't one kitty to be seen.

So I'm sharing a past kitty, from my collection of cats.

After all today is 

The so called resident cats, I'm sure are just neighborhood kitties, prowling about in other backyards.

Or, perhaps they were at a cat show?

In any case follow me inside to view the main attraction of today.  Although my most favorite area is their library and archives, and the unbelievable amount of extensive records, photos and artifacts that they have-

their exhibits are forever changing for our viewing pleasures.

It's all about Figures & Follies
Hennepin County's Figure Skating story.

Back in the day, (way back) this is how a young man would appear on the ice.

This show runs October 11, 2015 through February 14, 2016.
On Valentine's Day a new exciting exhibit opens.

You view the fashion trends of the day, as skaters would cover the ice from lakes and ponds to inside rinks.  You'd catch beginners to Olympians, besides of course the local club skaters.

There were the professionals that traveled the skating circuit from the homegrown Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice and a number of other shows.

Below they're also featuring the story of
and their mission is, to present artistic work that combines sound and movement that extends the translation of bounded realities to tell a story.

Leaving the Figure and Follies show we step into Library and Music room off the Grand hallway.

The mansion offers Fireside Chats in this area of the house.

You really have to come and tour the mansion for yourself.

It's such a treat wandering around every level of the mansion and investigating what they exhibit on the second floor.  This visit at the top of the grand staircase we caught these lovely ladies gathered for some sort of unusual event I'm sure.

"Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
Yves Saint Laurent

"Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?"
Yves Saint Laurent

I was enamored by this vivacious hairstyle on this personable mannequin.

Bravo to the creative paper, hair stylist.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Clare Boothe Luce

Off into another room is another engaging exhibit featuring Peter Winnen, (not the former Dutch racing cyclist) but a famous wood carver and an exhibit featuring a few of his pieces of work.

So, if you're in the area, or can venture out this way, you'd be greatly entertained by stopping in.  The Minnesota Institute of Arts is one block away as well.  You can make an entire day of it.

Thanks for stopping by today, and stayed tuned for my Minneapolis Mystery marvel coming next!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Outdoor Gym

You have to look very close to view this barbed wire fence on our property.
But it's there, in every shot.  Welcome to my outdoor world.


"I hate going to the gym, so sweating outdoors
 sure beats sitting on a stationary bike
 staring at my naval." Tom Selleck

Barbed wire fencing has a way of going unnoticed.

Late afternoon sunshine, a bit windy yet, but still a gorgeous afternoon.

"Marry an outdoors woman. Then if you throw her
 out into the yard on a cold night, she can still survive."
W.C. Fields

I love this old car. I know it needs to get off it's wheels and roll out.  It sits patiently along the barbed wire fence and my greenhouse.

Oh and my greenhouse, a bit worse for wear this year.

Oops!  We haven't had a true Minnesota winter yet.  But we've had some pretty strong winds.  I'm inside my greenhouse looking out, where I shouldn't be seeing the great outdoors!

Come spring we'll/I'll be fixing/replacing/refreshing/and growing once again.

"I go to nature/and my greenhouse to be soothed and healed
 and to have my senses put in tune once more."

Take care everyone and enjoy your day- and the great outdoors!
Thanks for stopping by.