Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Newlyweds and baby too - Sepia Saturday

The last photo relates to our theme of, The newlyweds and their baby, and is  my father's aunt on her honeymoon- and their baby, will surprise you.

Greetings from a few classic wedding days in an old sense, where hopefully nothing questionable, or pervasive will disturb their merry festivities.  

Important task at hand-
Combining car logic to newlyweds-
for a road to happiness.

"Always focus on the front windshield and not the rear view mirror."
Colin Powell

Some wedding parties are more concerned with security than looks.

Library of Congress photo division.

The Owl's Nest is well guarded for this wedding in Wilmington, Delaware July 1, 1937.  Absolutely extreme precautions were used at Owl's Nest home of the Dupont family, following the wedding of Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. and Ethel Dupont.

This photo below is from a private affair, nobody famous, just after a typical a no fuss, no muss elopement ceremony.

Library of Congress Photo Division.

Immensely important for a successful wedding is their automobile.
The bride always desires comfort, a spacious trunk and plenty of room for a
 "Just Married" Sign.

Library of Congress photo and Carol Highsmith.

On choosing that perfect more appropriate automobile for their special day-
grin and smile you only get one choice.

The groom always insists on design, and fine curves.

Library of Congress Photo division Carol Highsmith.

"No, no, no. There's no such thing as cheap and cheerful.  It's cheap and nasty and expensive and cheerful."
Jeremy Clarkson

Of course, many newlyweds leave the driving to a chauffeur and any number of fancy and remarkable limousines.

July 1939  Library of Congress Photo.

So many last minute details before the groom ushers his bride to their getaway automobile.

1906 wedding. Library of Congress photo.

Oh those lovely newlyweds and what often seems to be the longest receiving lines ever, as everyone offers their congratulations to the happy couple.

The next photo is as promised for the newlyweds and their baby.  Yes, it's a picture I took at a family reunion of a photo of my father's uncle and aunt's wedding day retreat.  After their ceremony they took their sweet baby, this lovely automobile equipped with their very own trailer hooked on the back.

Happy trails.

Isn't my father's aunt just the happiest bride ever?  Ready to roll on their honeymoon camping adventure to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 
By the way, they kept that in use for many years, and I think it just might be somewhere in Michigan still.

Critters - Saturday Critters

"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though.  That's the problem." - A.A. Milne


The following critters are more than just critters.
They all hold their own uniqueness inside my heart.

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out."
Dr. Seuss

"Oh the things you can find, if you don't stay behind."

Meet my sweet groundskeeper, Monster.

Sadly, he's missing in action.  My heart misses him so much.

My hope is, that a cat lover new to our neighborhood spotted his charm on a frozen Minnesota day and they, being from a concrete city mindset, brought him inside and never let him go.  It happens. 

Keep your rolly polly balls hidden, 
and your eyes on Rusty. 
 He can, be a ball destroyer.

I'm sorry, really I am.

"Dogs never bite me.  Only humans." - Marilyn Monroe

Happiness is, a boy his dog and a wet ball
 on a carpet of green grass, under running feet.

"A dog is the only one thing on earth
 that loves you more than he loves himself."
Josh Billings

"You can judge a man's true character
 by the way he treats his fellow animals." 
Paul McCartney

Some days are like this.

May your life be filled with as many critters you can squeeze in.
You won't regret it.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Limit- Six Word Fridays

Do we follow too many limits?

I wasn't born to follow trends.

"To put it simply, the world
 is such a huge playground sandbox 
that we will never run out
 of sand or reach the faraway 
safety fence of destiny.  So go 
out there and play." - Vera Nazarian

I love my own fashion sense!

There aren't any limits for me.

When you make limits to yourself, 
 you're not yourself anymore." - Sara Keddar

Don't be afraid to be you.  

It's true, everyday you are you.

Remember to, wear your happy face.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Good Fences

"Inner space is the real frontier."
Gloria Steinem

"Take me out to the ball park,but first, let me breathe in all the sights."

"But we are not known for our ability to follow through on our unearned discoveries.  We are top-of-the-water adventures, who limit our opinions of the icebergs to what we can see." 
John Irving

I spy a Good Fence!

"There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I spy a bench, and good fence surrounding Da plane, Da plane!

"Now take me out to the crowd
buy me some peanuts
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root
for the home team!"
Edward Meeker

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

You Can Have it All - B and W Wednesdays

Yes, you can.  
"You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once."
Oprah Winfrey

Or can we?

On the celebration of Earth Day today, I suggest Good Times out and about this thankful day, taking all her gifts to heart.

Be gentle, be kind.
Leave no traces, only footprints behind.

"But we were wise.  We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard." - Chief Luther Standing Bear

I never pass up a great leaf.  See how lucky I was to capture this one leaf while strolling about St. Paul, Minnesota one day last fall.

"In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that's the way new leaves grow." - Amit Ray

So many kinds of offerings from our Mother Earth.

Although, most rattlesnakes avoid human contact, and usually avoid wide open, and unprotected spaces.  But, do beware, if you wander about low growing shrubs and rocks, that's their special place to linger.

Logically speaking,
Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you.

Rattlesnakes are among the most highly specialized organisms on our planet.
They say rattlesnakes are most active spring through fall, and often enjoy summer evenings the best,  (just like us) especially as the sun begins to set. But linger not, there's good reason for the saying, as mad as a cut snake, a rattlesnake can never be trusted.

On every visit to my grandfather's place in Arizona, he forever pounded desert knowledge in all of our heads.

Thank you Mother Earth, for our flag stands proud, waving in your wind.

We celebrate sky and clouds, and sand beneath our feet and endless flows of water, appreciating our bounty evermore.

Mother Earth allows us to live and walk on her surface, not the other way around." - Lawren Leo

"I believe Mother Earth smiles when we play kindly with her gifts." - Me

"We return to you, O earth, the things that you have given us willingly and most graciously; with our hearts, hands and minds, in the best way we know how."
Taj Mahal

In honor of Earth Day I say, go out and plant a tree today!

Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always very special to me.

My Memory Art

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quirky- The Mag

"Never make eye contact with a stranger when you're having a churro." 
Rucy Ban

"Or, if you're squatting on the floor while hiding behind a mirror!" - Me



As cats curl
so do I
round and sleek
purring long into the night.
I 'm equally ready 
as I am
in my spoiled-rotten
sort of way.

Always daring a fight
within your dog-friendly
easy to please kind of world,
until my naughty way
sent you long into the night.

Come back my dear
forgive my past
tortoiseshell existence
and let me shift clear 
of this vast grieving 
heartbreaking nonsense. 
Scruff your mean distance.
Come back my dear.

I speak to mend
our broken past
don't you want my heart?
Leave your dark brooding landscape
before I shrink and fade into nothing.
We lived our world aslant
curled by love.
Hear me purr
you crazy cute love
of mine.
Don't you want my heart?

"Gee whiz, can't a guy just go out for coffee?"

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday, Good, Random, Fun

"Your mind is made of crumbs." 
 Edna St. Vincent Millay

"My crumbs, represent memorable memories, some delicious, many not, but still, all mine." - Me

One thing to check off my Saturday list was, find critters, or at least one critter,  to post with Eileen here.
Ha! Ha! HA!

The Good.

Is having faithful sidekicks, ready to roll with you.

"I ate all my breakfast, can I come with you?"
(critter one)

I was hoping for way more critters on a hike around the lake.
Oh gosh here's one now.  GOOD!

Of course his or her mate is right with us as well.  However, a bit more skittish.

Great gads, GOOD again!  Two legged and four legged critters, as we continue.

In light of this sign, you'd believe critters were surely invited.

But none arrived.  

The Random.

Yes, I still had critters on the mind.  But I discovered something even more precious to my soul.

ART,  Good, Random and Fun art.

Can you spot it too?

Let me move a bit closer.

Can you spot it now?

Random fun.  He sits in thought staring into Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

The Fun.

Isn't it fun to catch unexpected surprises waiting to be caught for those that always-
pay attention?

Always be willing to offer your hand.

Take my hand walk with me and we shall-

Share some good food, random conversation and have fun together.

Well of course, ready to return back home again, and what shall cross our path?

Another critter!

Thank you for sharing my links to "Viewing nature with Eileen and The Good. The Random. The Fun.

Enjoy your Monday may it not be blue, and your week spontaneously cheerful!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sepia Saturday- Where will random sneakers dangle from now

Yet, on the upside we'll see more sky, right?

Our theme hits home for me.  We have every contractor thinkable, from private contractors to Dakota County construction crews, both electric and telephone  crews, all digging up our property and soon our street.  It's a busy, fast paced county road in the process of being widened and turn lanes installed in the hopes of improving safety and congestion.  But with these changes come many issues.  Some of which have already occurred just this week.  

First to go are the overhead utility poles
  Sepia Saturday is discussing this week. 
 They're gone, replaced with underground wires.

Bark, bark, bARK, go my three dogs in unison having a front row seat to all the action from our living room window.


In a dusty boardroom with utility layouts and conference tables set aside for the meeting of minds, the removal of utility wires, cables and poles is the subject at hand.

The jaws of power that once connected overhead to our houses and other buildings will if not presently, be a thing of the past.

Photos begin in Georgetown, MA and travel to Richmond, Providence County, RI

From Georgetown, MA

You'd think these utility poles would survive much longer, but progress engages in a hasty pace, remove and replace.

The simple truth is utility poles such as these are for the most part obsolete.

I'm not saying that change and progress is a bad thing, but I am against the removal of our land line (yes we have cell phones too) but there are many purposes to having a land line in our house.

So far, it's just rumors out in the work zone around our house.

People enjoy stirring the pot sometimes!

Isn't this old Puck cover just hilarious?

Oh no, we won't be able to decorate utility poles such as this.

"Can there be a higher desire than to change the world? Not to draw Utopian blueprints, but really to order change? To revise the misshapen, reshape the mistaken, to justify the margins of this ragged error of a universe? - Gregory Maguire

BUT! Leave the land lines installed, please.