Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kvell to All

Good morning everyone, I hope you're all enjoying December to the fullest, and enjoying as many snuggery spaces you can. Snuggery, that delightful old term brought to life again last Sunday while we were on the Alexander Ramsey Victorian Christmas tour. It was the buzz word of the day, in our tour group anyway.

This time of year, I think it's all about feeding your flame, and keeping it going.

Welcome and enjoy a bit of history at the Alexander Ramsey house.







My friend Debbie caught me snapping away!
She never rushes me either, but I have to laugh about her  
never taking any pictures!




Noticing what's alive.




From the Ramsey's front yard you can spy downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.



Speaking your truth.

From my house to yours,
wishing you all peace and happy hearts.




Can anyone spot Misty in this photo?
Here's a hint, she loves chairs.





Gifts we give ourselves.

Taking time to nurture yourself.






Keeping the magic of your childhood alive


Below is a photo taken at the Dakota Heritage Village 
last Sunday evening. It was a full family gathering touring the winter walk.


Notice every single snuggery that comes your way.








Join your local historical societies and why not give memberships as gifts.
It's a gift that keeps on giving.






In the heart of the world that is where we find peace.



The smiles on our faces are like ornaments on a tree
the more you have the brighter life becomes.







You can always find something to enjoy
 in your outdoor garden.




As a matter of fact all our munchkins sat with Santa, 
or rather Father Christmas as he called himself!


Sharing love with others!

Keep snapping those precious moments and relive them over and over.


Joyful hearts unite.



Now I made this pretty easy, but can find the pickle in our tree?
It won't be so easy for the kiddos!


Yes Virginia there are wonderful Hallmark movies this month and if you listen to joyful and merry Christmas music all December long, you'll soon be singing them as well!



Craft things with your heart and soul as your choice tools.


May you all have happy endings to your days 
and joyful mornings to begin your new day again.
(and of course good coffee!)

Thanks for stopping in and
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Critter Storybook

Happy December Snow has officially arrived! If I had my way it would only snow in December. 
Oh well.

I'm really too late for posting to Eileen's Saturday's Critters
having worked the weekend and during this busy, daily-bustling-happy-adventures in festive shopping experience for all!
In honor of those critter posts I offer
lots of delightful critters today anyway!



Meet Sparkle, one of my daughter's cats.
If cat's are given the opportunity to become president
she'll seek nomination!
I'm sure she could ace our current presidency with her eyes closed.


How does Santa and his eleves keep so fit and incredibly active you ponder?




"We elves and Santa of course always stick to the four food groups,
 candy, candy canes,  candy corns and syrup."

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are."
E.E. Cummings
But sometimes pretending is where the true pleasures reside.



Sometimes you just never know who might be playing with the milking cows!

Who's that peeking in the window? 








Naturally I have a purr-fectly charming helper during this gift packing season!

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."


Just yesterday this,



Don't feel offended or left behind just because Gnomes haven't found shelter inside your vehicle yet. Consider what music you're listening to, or lack of?




I still miss this colorful critter that once graced our little downtown.




I've shared this live ornament before, but how could I not offer such an adorable suggestion for you tree decorating.


What's not to love about this charming all-attitude critter?
More and more folks are turning to blue hair as well!





Yes countdowns are still a major thing around here.
Some things never change.




Okay I had to share an incredible scene from nature just a few months ago.  Karina pictured with an Elf-tress or is it, Elf-lady is that what they're called?






"The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches."
E.E. Cummings

Thanks for stopping by
May your days be blessed 
take good care of you.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Thoughts More Blessed Less Stressed

We do things for the moment
but also for the memory of those moments.


Wishing everyone a wondrous last day of November as tomorrow we'll be greeting December 1st!



Last Sunday was let's chop down a tree!


Our adventure wasn't anything like the photo below.


Not a reflection of Minnesota, yet anyway.
We know snow is coming, but we're happily rejoicing for now.




Just a few winters ago this was the snowy journey.


Below is this year's snow-less trail!
Is this sunny California?



Nope, pure Minnesota, just outside of Lake Elmo.
Yep, this is my tree!
It's tag name was Nancy Drew, quite fitting actually.




Shall we visit Santa?


Every person has the power to make others happy,
don't forget to use your powers.



What's so funny?



Awe, silly Santa!



Whoa! Slow down bad Santa!



Remember that snowy trail? This was that year's Santa Claus visit.


I think either Jack just told a tall or story, 
or else Santa has a bigger story to tell!


Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings.
William Arthur Ward


There is in each of us so much goodness
that if we could see it glow
it would light the world.


What, you want Mama in the picture too?


Okay, smile happy faces!




The very fact of enjoying ourselves 
in the moment 
is such amazing joy for all
to behold!
Me


From the fields of Lake Elmo to our house.


Success!
These munchkins may be growing up ever so quickly
but all the simple joys of childhood 
still shines from their hearts!



O Christmas tree!




Everyday is a new beginning;
take a deep breath and start again.

More smiling, less worrying.
More compassion, less judgment.
More blessed, less stressed.
More love, less hate.
Roy T. Bennett



Instead of worrying, or dwelling 
over those things we cannot change-
change your direction.
Choose wisely your adventures, 
and keep moving forward.
Me

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.