Old man winter, I have only one request. Leave now.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Fences # 4 17 April 2014

"Oh give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don't fence me in." Song by Frankie Laine


How about one of the oldest Minnesota fences near me?

Welcome to the Gideon and Agnes Pond House, further explanation here.

A quick, 2 minute and 5 second youtube video here, featuring the Pond Mission Park in Bloomington, Minnesota where the Gideon house is located since 1856.

Behind their house at the edge of a cliff you'll find this.

For a look into other fences go here, and perhaps bring your own too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thematic Photographic # 290 Hungry

    Made with love just for me!

What's the one thing that's pretty constant in our everyday lives?

Ask not what you can do for your country.  Ask what's for lunch.  Orson Welles

Real eggs and real fake eggs, made with love.

A little girl and her Mommy put this together for Daddy one Sunday morning! Enjoy Daddy we love you!

It's no surprise to me that Carmi offers "hungry" for this week's theme! 

So, let's play with some food!

An afternoon Cutie Snack, I created!  Yes, the snake's head was the first to be eaten!  Cheese eyes and all.

I Spy a Food Truck.   Which reminds me how much I like playing chef!

So, I whipped up a few items for my son and his family! Surprise, you don't have to cook tonight!  This just happened to be on Monday, so hooray just in time for Carmi's hungry post.

Even though he was very hungry my son sent me a photo of his dinner plate, before digging in!  Yep, as a matter of fact he had a little of everything.

Food is a necessity, but how we play it through in our daily lives, makes all the difference of it just being another meal.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Mag - 12 April 2014

"I refuse to confide and don't like it when people write about art." Balthus

The King of Cats 1935, Balthus

"I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to  leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings." - Balthus

What Mystery Has He Painted Here?
in his "The King of Cats.

"As a matter of fact, my tie is too short.  So what?"

His Painterly Eye Speaks

Like no other voice
he treads a solely pace 
by lonesome grace.

I see a man of long legs 
stretched out before me
with clenched brows he
peers through eyes
like riding a specter
in his empty caravan
of alluring beddable eyes
 in his own partisan fare
of self-prepared fortune
towing no lines
owning no rules.

Thank you Tess Kincai, for intriguing and challenging Magpies!
For other posts go here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 12 April 2014

My intention was to post photo's of one place centered around this week's words.  Until, a ton of obligations happened instead.  So, here's a shot from two springs ago!

A neglected place? All around, signs of spring and few shadows cast in dubious wonder, what's happening beneath those four rooftops?

Our hunt begins with neglected, signs of spring, last thing you bought, shadow and four things.

1.  Neglected

Unwanted house guests? Odd things occur when we leave houses empty!

2. Signs of SpRiNg!

I spy a BunnyCrow.

3.  Last Thing You Bought

4.  SHADow!

Just my dog and my shadow!

Catching my shadow's reflection!

5.  Four Things

Out on the town, with my soulful trio and Mr. Art Sculpture.

Dancing......Spring is in the air.

......and clowning around.

Why not check in to see what other folks uncovered, go here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Six Word Saturday - 12 April 2014



Are the treats people bring back!

"It's the little details that are vital.  
Little things make big things happen."
 - John Wooden

This pure vanilla gift handy for Hubby's birthday today!

Rainy day morning gives us pause.....

To begin thinking about bringing my eggs to life, real soon!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sepia Saturday - 12 April 2014 "beating them bloody"

Welcome to another post for


While Mrs. Morton's Private Hotel is intriguing to follow, the idea of back stories to a place pulled my interest toward the town of Homer in Minnesota instead.

Beginning with a dose of "beating them bloody" while shanty claims were rashly and destructively, demolished in Dakota County.

The Willard Bunnell House

One of Minnesota's Gothic styled houses.

Laying the Foundation -  in depth story, here.

This house was built by, Willard Bunnell a fur trader as well as timber cutter in Minnesota.  Bunnell was also the founder of Homer, near the town of Winona, Minnesota.  He was instrumental in disposing the other town rivals by, "beating them Bloody" as the legend explains, newspaper link here.

If you have time, Willard Bunnell and his back story is quite interesting, and worth reviewing.

(for those folks on theme, here is a combination of four photos!)

If you want to see it today, with live interaction characters?  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Fences # 3

Gather round another Good Fences post.


The old home town looked the same-

As they stepped out of the car

Oh the brown, brown grass before us

and down the road

As we run down to meet 

The Airplane!

And one wrought iron fence in a circle around the U.S. Air Force Airplane!

Complete with a locked gate!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Mag -

"Put selfie on top of tree because I'm the star." - unknown

"I'll never try to fit in.  I was born to STAND OUT." - unknown

For Tess Kincaid, at Magpie Tales.  We're going to have tons of fun with this!
Be sure to check out other magpies as well.



Rising from my red shoes
that's me 
dreary dressed?
Locked away 
in dismal sensations.
Okay another selfie.

How do I ever choose between
inviting after every
uninviting cheerless
priggish selfie?

Why not
just choose
My skin the shade of vanilla pudding
one more selfie.

Don't patronize me
this isn't hard, unpolished glass 
you see
it's me. 
Amid smoldering ash of sorriness
and denial
delete spoiled selfie.


Poem interrupted-

this text just in

Joe: Crushing on this! :0
Joe: BRO

Thematic Photographic - 289 Everything's Gone Green

Ha! Ha? HA!

Is it a song?  Everything's Gone Green or your life story?


Or, so says Carmi, at Written Inc blog!  Possibly, not so much for him yet either, but he expects any day everything will be green.  I hope ours will too.


So far, for me to see green,

I wander about our spectacular sculpture garden in Minneapolis.  Where it's been green and things have been blooming all winter long.

Nothing could be finer than to close the door to winter and let the newness tickle your weary soul.

Never be afraid to grab your rose colored glasses!

As a matter of fact, I've been using a lot of greener tints to our whiteness.

Explaining the photo below.  No, I didn't shoot this one.

One more well kept secret about what soothes my winter blues.  Texts with photos to my phone from friends and family during their winter getaways. This just in yesterday!

So, what's green in your world?
I'd like to see it.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 6 April 2014

It's that time again to begin our hunt for Ashley Sisk, at Ramblings and Photos.  This week I'm stretching her interpretations of macro, wheels, shiny, weather and favorite sports.

1.  Macro

2.  Wheels

3.  Shiny

Misty, are those Alien eyes?

4.  Weather

The melting process! Houston, we have a bench again.  

Downtown Minneapolis today!

Everyday gets a step and degree closer to SpRiNg!

5.  Favorite Sports  (I have a few)

The sport of hunting statues and ornamental wonders.

Shadows in unexpected places is also a favorite sport of mine.

The sport of hunting mansions and other grandiose architecture around town.

Okay I confess!

It goes without saying, every time I use my camera is a favorite sport for me! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Friday 56 - 4 April 2014

Hello Freda and her Friday 56 group, at Freda's voice.  I comment often, but this week I'm joining in too.


Our challenge is to post a sentence or more from page 56, in any book we're reading.  
I have to laugh that on this particular page it's very hard not to post the entire paragraph or more.  Here's mine.

"There are a billion three-letter 'words' in your genome.  Yet the length of just this one little motif is all that stands between each of us and mental illness."

Very Interesting!

"Man with all his noble qualities still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." Charles Darwin

Want to check out what others are reading, or possibly share your own? Here are the rules, from Freda at Freda's Voice blog.  It's so worth checking out.