Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, November 20, 2017

Working Weekend

Working weekends go like this.
Be a worthy, kind worker, but also, be a dreamer and a believer.



No my day doesn't consist of ballet moves but, on Sunday my Fitbit clocked just short of 25,000 steps (just at work) and it isn't even Black Friday yet!


Chilling out by the pond. Oh I wish I could!


Sometimes my thoughts trail off to places I've been or wish I could visit soon, or maybe, did I turn the water hose off? It's one of those automatic things we do.


Okay then out of the blue you smell someone's coffee and naturally it sets off all kinds of senses for me.

Does your tummy spontaneously put notions in your head that it's time for dinner?

How about a bowl of chili? All those tasty spices, and speaking of spices, 
have you ever heard of the Mistress of Spices? If not, you should check her out.

"Each day has a color, a smell." Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 




It's always good to make food ahead and just toss a salad together!


ART Happens.

Of course there are projects sitting and waiting until there's time for them.
Below are the last of my Halloween decorations. It always seems that they don't have enough viewing time.  


Mr. Gnome staying, he's a permanent decorating fixture!

Smelling of things to come. Paint. Glue. Fresh cut wood. All scents telling me that crafting is here!



These are things left on hold. So many pieces of art in need of paint, and finishing. When is my next day off?





I'd be lying if I said this is my backyard today, when it's actually November 19th, but in 2015, or was it 2016? I actually still had live plants in November!


"Fenugreek, Tuesday's spice when the air is green like mosses after the rain." CBD The Mistress of Spices. Take a moment, can you smell a musty dampness, or wet dirt, but much more unique than just plain dirt?

Gnomes again


Consult your memory so you know what matters most in your life.
 Amit Kalantri


Oh and yes of course, once I return from work, I'll notice the neighbors have been busy, hanging lights getting ready for Christmas cheer!
But what's that I hear? Gobble, Gobble, Gobble says a random turkey crossing the road.


Actually this photo is from Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" in Duluth, and that's me on the left. My daughter took this photo while we were all there celebrating her birthday a couple years ago.



There's my birthday daughter, eyeing the cheesecake her Mommy (that's me) made for her, and delivered by her older brother!

"A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life." Amit Kalantri Wealth of Words


Open yourself to the sight of where you are.  Take everything in.


"Each desire in the world is different. as is each love." CBD


Thanks for stopping in to say hello. Hoping your week is filled with love, happiness and some delicious Thanksgiving delights whatever they may be.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sculpture Garden on Sunday

Think twice it does matter!




Without Words
Judith Shea artist


It ain't no use to sit and wonder why
your head's too big 
and off it fell
it really doesn't matter it's just art!


As for why the giant blue rooster came to be here at the garden, 
If you don't know by now
read this.



When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
you'll know where to find him.






Spoonbridge and Cherry



Walking up to that lonesome spoon with it's friend the cherry
is one of my long time favorite pieces here.

On a brisk Sunday afternoon we toured the revamped
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
which reopened in June 2017




The evening news showed a photo from a lake in the city without any park goers implying it was too cold for a stroll. However, we were out and there were a good number of other people out as well, and many with their dogs.





Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton 


Next is Mark Manders, September Room (room with two reclining figures and Composition with long verticals)



Can you spy the spoon and cherry?



Courtesy of two faces or is it really one?




I'm sharing two of the quote benches, and we actually had to stop reading them, since they were a bit too risque for my munchkin!

Bench and quotes
From the Living Series




Rapture
Kiki Smith


"An artist is one who can see divinity in nudity.
Ramana Pemmaraju




Hephaestus
Matthew Monahan

Don't let him scare you away little one, 
see his friendly smile?










Have a seat, stay for awhile and rest your weary thoughts.



"Always remember the primary purpose of your life
 is living in tune with your energy pattern,
find the true expression for the energy 
and go with the flow."

Ramana Pemmaraju


A cup of Hot Chocolate was in order, to warm up before we headed to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the comfort of being in a warm building.





Thanks for sharing time with me
take good care of you.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Art of Living and Critters


Autumn this year has pretty much put an end
 to fireflies dancing across the yard.



Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful,
the planners, the doers, the successful people 
with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.



and strangers coming to your window just to say hello friend!
Red Rock Canyon, I miss you!

Let their spirit ignite a fire within you 
to leave this world better than when you found it.
Wilferd Peterson


Cow in your face! While having lunch at the Red Cow.
Greetings from my shadow, can you see it?





This is how I like seeing deer!
Not on the top of cars coming back from up-north, even if I have some family members that went hunting!

Peace is being thankful.

 Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.  Rumi



Just in case you didn't notice today is
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS



A purr-fectly pawsome kind of morning!

There is, or rather was a critter in this photo when I took this photo.




Friends gather around.




Read, read, and read some more!
It was Character Day at her school.




I am ever thankful for our veterans.

Around these parts in Minnesota it's been more like winter than autumn, but we're going to be in the 50's by Tuesday and that is wonderful!

Because we know what the future holds for us.


What's coming soon.


Thanks for stopping in and sharing your time with me.
Take good care of you.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Past


Our Halloween memories are many, and they don't all involve pranks and ghostly ghouls, thank goodness.

Halloween isn't just about candy, let me show you.


Another Halloween is behind us, along with our ability to once again connect to the best part of ourselves and each other. A chance to expand our imaginations beyond all possibilities. 




A chance to wear our pumpkin heads and bring ourselves to the cutting edge of those complex and most startling feelings and fond memories from childhood and channel them to the person we are today.




Sure it's all about the candy for youngsters, maybe.  But from an inspiring perspective and with every costume and character we wear it becomes a gripping almost mystical connection within ourselves.


It's something that joins us, often as a team effort, or group theme as well, which we all share with the universe of Halloween enthusiasts.


We bring spirits to life, with our "Trick - or - Treat" from way back when.


Sometimes we live within the character of those we admire most, and spring to life with imaginative moments and dazzling chapters to add to our Halloween memoirs for years to come.

Every year,  I admire those that never forget their beloved pets, buying pet costumes and treats.  I'll bet even Ebenezer Scrooge would agree!



Beware the leafy trail you never know what may pass by you.




I recognize that broomstick!  Swish, swish, swisssssh.



Halloween, it's about reviving, recovering, processing and creating our best memories.  Be watchful too, you just might meet someone you never met before, and that person just might be within yourself.

Today you'll put away yesterday's costume but, open your inner self, and keep your spirit alive, today and everyday to follow.  It's what we do for ourselves.





"Art and human beings find our own perfection within, and rarely outside ourselves.
Never let yourself be judged by external standards, or the resemblance of, or other people's perspective of you either."  


Remember, that one constant person that will always be with you,
is YOU!


Witches and ghosts make merry
while ghoulies and ghosties 
make scary!
Double, double toil and trouble
though they all may make merry and scary
Mimes will make the invisible visible 
just for you!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of your own thoughts is always a pleasure to behold. Take good care of you.