Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Happy World Kindness Day and This and That Stuff

Happy World Kindness Day to everyone, everywhere. Also, taking special note to say how sad it was to learn about Stan Lee passing. Even for those that don't know him by name or face, they will forever still marvel over the many endless gifts and memories he will forever offer us.

"America is made of different races and different religions, but we're all co-travelers on the spaceship Earth and must respect and help each other along the way." Stan Lee

Never forget the words of wisdom E.T. bestowed. 

Never forget where you came from.
 Call home, often. I won't let anyone hurt you.

"But still, Ayumi said, "it seems to me that this world has a serious shortage of both logic and kindness." "You may be right," Aomame said, "But it's too late to trade it in for another one."

Horse logic?

If you get the chance to share a conversation with a horse (or any critter for that matter) do it. 

This, is the kind of person I want to be. 

On the importance of including everyone. Even ladies or other characters made from plastic bags.

"I have always included minority characters in my stories, often as heroes."
Stan Lee

"I think I've never stopped feeling like a kid."
Stan Lee

Be interested in everything that you do.
Without fail.

Photo after Lyra's performance in this year's play. Bravo to all, and especially the generous hours of costume making. 

Yard decorations and their importance. "The pleasure of reading a story and wondering what will come next for the hero is  pleasure that has lasted for centuries and, I think, will always be with us."
Stan Lee

Yep, this beauty was taken near my own house.

"The trouble with superheroes is what to do between phone booths.

Telephone booths. They're important. Not just for making telephone calls either. 

Kindness is the most valuable gift you can give anyone.

Do things for others. Sweep them away with your kindness. Always.

Again this year we celebrated Patriotic Day. I was inspired with the fresh falling flakes that arrived just for this special evening.
"To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation one flag."
Pauline Hanson

But also to honor and respect others, their nations and their flags as well. After all we are One People.

The this and that's of our days here on earth are made up of collecting memories and rocks, 

and sharing in our duty and privilege of voting our voice.

I hope you all did too!

Of course it goes without saying our this and that always include honoring birthdays of those we love. 

I'm sure most of you saw this on Facebook. Incredibly smart post. It really got me thinking and apparently this event got many other folks curious.

Actually for us we moved clocks backward one hour. Okay laugh if you will however my grand-daughter asked me "Just how does the world move by turning back our clocks?" 

Everywhere you go leave a wave of kindness.

Still in closing, I believe this speaks volumes to our #WorldKindnessDay. 

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for stopping in, I know life gets a bit busy for us all, and my posts have been fewer, but just know that you are all in my thoughts every single day. Take good care of you.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Alter Your Course Often and Critters of the Night


 and other things that go boo in the night!

"If you want to change a whole people,
then start with the girls.
It stands to reason: they learn faster,
and they pass on what they learn to their children."
Terry Pratchett

"Stories of imagination 
tend to upset those without one."
Terry Pratchett

Some of our best friends never say a word to us.
Said those that own a dog or kitty cat.

"Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend,
never owned a dog."

Children don't ever remember their best day of television.
Not that I'm a fan of deer hunting, or really any other critter for that matter. But that doesn't mean I can't be proud of those (I know and love) that do hunt, like Jack, who is extremely proud of shooting his first deer for this year. It's his third year of hunting and third deer to bring home. It also stands to reason why I cut out the poor sad mother deer out of this picture. To me, it's like killing Bambi.

"The old man used to say that the best part of hunting
and fishing was the thinking about going and the
talking about it after you got back."
Robert Ruark
and always remember-
"You might as well learn that a man 
who catches fish or shoots game
has got to make it fit to eat before he sleeps. 

Now on the brighter side of life,

"Sometimes you don't need words to feel better,
you just need the nearest of your dog,
 or even other people's dogs."

Just imagine how wonderful the world would be
 if people had hearts like dogs.

"Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do."

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney

There are so many reasons to smile.

and even more reasons to make pumpkin pie.
When we're faced with so many leftover pumpkins 
with no place to go now that Halloween is over.

It's time for pie!

Any impossible feats you'd like to accomplish?

First, don't let anyone tell you it's impossible.
Tell them I'm possible,
and begin.

Yesterday in Stillwater, Minnesota I was reminded again of the small town charm it always bears on every visit.

Outside the Lowell Inn.

Sometimes it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.
Jackie Mutcheson

It's amazing how one person's act of kindness
 can change the course of your life.
(and rescue you at the same time)
and in turn you pass kindness on to another.

Do I smell chocolate?

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people,
religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
Linus Van Pelt
from Charlie Brown's Gang
But chocolate is a sweet topic for discussion, eating and sharing.

I would like to take you if I may on a silly, strange little Halloween tour, where spiders rule and Scarecrows scare!

"Bring forth the raisins and the nuts
Tonight All-Hallows'
Spectre struts
along the moonlit way."
John Kendrick Bangs


"Today whatever may annoy
The word for me is joy.
Just simple.
John Kendrick Bangs

Thanks for stopping in
take good care of you.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Critters, Movie Titles and Wilde


Where The Day Takes You - 1992

It's always your best adventure unfolding.

Dragon Seed - 1944 
Katharine Hepburn

"That split second 
when you realize
how much you love a fictional character."

Even those made of hay.

Too often it seems
"To live is the rarest thing in the world.
Most people exist, that is all."
Oscar Wilde

FairyTale: A true story. 1997

A movie about a magical carpet ride
that will make anyone believe.

The fact that bunnies exist is proof
that everything's going to be okay.

"Just Another Pretty Face - 1958
France in the 1950's

"Know the rules well, so that you can break them effectively."
Dalai Lama

Walkabout - 1971 Australia
A film about breaking cultural barriers.

No matter where we come from,
 there's a certain language that only arrives by hugging.

Just The Two of Us - 1970
A film about examining passion and identity.

and the seasons they go 'round and 'round
and the painted ponies go up and down
we're captive on the carousel of time."
Joni Mitchell The Circle Game

Carousel - 1956
Rodgers and Hammerstein film about
a roguish carnival barker, and so much more.

When critters are handmade

The Impostors. - 1998
A witty and hilarious film.

Probably one of my most favorite 
Robert Redford movies
The Horse Whisperer - 1998

Horse sense is a thing a horse has 
which keeps it from betting on people.
W. C. Fields

"Words are like leaves;
and where they most abound
Much Fruit of Sense beneath is rarely found."
Alexander Pope

No matter where your day has taken you,
I'm so very pleased that you stopped by to say hello.
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Back Home Again

Welcome October
it's actually nicer back home than i thought it would be.
Although the weather in Alabama
was by far more like summer.

Enjoying the day at Tate's Farm 
Meridianville, Alabama

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

But what minutes! 
Count them by sensation,
and not by calendars,
and each moment is a day.
Benjamin Disraeli

The cotton fields of Alabama will give you pause.
They are a sight to behold.
My daughter refers to them as Alabama's snow!

Something about each December for me is to remember and express our past traditions, but I also welcome new and refreshing ideas from outside my norm.

So while we were out and about (waiting for the new Goosebump movie) we came upon
 a special southern style for Christmas tree decorating!

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Festive pooch for Halloween- brings this quote to mind.

He's a book full of footnotes brought to life.
He's a jacket made of elbow patches.
Rainbow Rowell- from Carry On

Yep, Lyra and her daddy have been busy decorating for Halloween!

"There is something in the autumn 
that is native to my blood
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple
and the crimson keeping time.

"There is something in October that sets 
the gypsy blood astir:
We must rise and follow her
When from every hill of flame she calls
and calls each vagabond by name."
William Bliss Carman

A Pumpkin's Confession. We've been harvested and hauled. Grown worthy to be carved with faces which smile or groan. We're not a cheesy lot. Perhaps a bit seedy and we'll live forever on FB and Instagram. Pumpkin Bon Appetit!

Ah yes, a most delicious lunch it was.

Like all great travelers,
I have seen more than I remember,
and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli

and still I desire more traveling moments!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bits and Pieces of October

 Our lives are like quilts
Bits and pieces
joy and sorrow
stitched with love.

Bits and Pieces of October.

Black and white is salt and pepper of colors,
for life tastes bland without them.
Vikrmn, Corpkshetra

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
L.M. Montgomery

Soon I'll be joining my daughter and 

her girl scout troop for another cemetery tour 
in Alabama, and I'm excited to see the costumed 
actors and hear their stories.

Gnomebody loves you!

Autumn time is football time,
and sudden fast moving thunderstorms!

There are four seasons
winter, spring, summer and

Behold Cardboard Art!

Cardboard has always been a storage thing.
Great for shipping, gifting and storing.
Cardboard has no nutritional value, if it did
 it'd be too tasteless to eat anyway.
But cardboard is great for creating 
silly, scary or happy faces.

The great garden protector 
his job is nearly finished for this season.

Hello sweet Mr. Robot!
Isn't he adorable? Making good use of old things.

It's delightful when your imaginations come true,
isn't it?
L.M. Montgomery

Isn't this just the perfect picture of autumn?
Can anyone have too many Jack-O-Lanterns?
I think not! 

When witches go riding
and black cats are hiding
and black dogs are seen
the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween.

I still feel that delightful essence of  childhood
 and the excitement in carving artful faces and bringing these
pumpkins to life and you can't forget the smell of pumpkins in the air!

Oh what fun it is to watch a magician perform 
his own special tricks for treats!

In the art of magic,
keeping a secret is the greatest sleight.

Just having a certain kind of attitude can be magic.
Matt Posner

October reads aren't just for children or the young at heart!

Thanks for stopping by and brightening my day.
Take good care of you.

“We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen -- feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times, it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane. Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart.”
CJ Heck