Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Alabama and Critters

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." 
George Eliot

Happy October everyone!


In case you wonder where I am next week I'll be visiting my daughter and her family's new stomping grounds in Alabama.  So blogging will be on hold until I return next Sunday evening.

I'll be gathering critter and Good Fences among other treasures of Alabama.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a positively delightful week in all that you do. I'll miss my normal postings and all of your daily postings as well. So, take good care of you until I return.

Oh can't forget my critter!
I saved these photos from the Renaissance Festival just for Eileen's Saturday's Critter post.

What is this shadowy like sleuth moving ever so slowly right next to me?

Is it friend or foe?

It's all about people loving critters.
Absolutely, the best grouping of "the undesirables" and also totally delightful critters to grace the festival!

In case you didn't know, I am a huge fan of everything at the Renaissance Festival. 


Life is better -
Keeping the Beat

Lately it seems life is built on
complex connections, disciplines, serendipity moments and handshakes.

We're always lucky to board the Blogosphere pontoon and collectively journey into the unknown of limitless possibilities together.

Hurry, next pontoon arrives soon.

I thought about this post yesterday while attending
Farmington Elementary School's Fun Run to support their school.

Don't Gum Up the Works

I don't think it was really necessary to close the ceremony with a few "pie in your face" episodes, but they did, and even their Principal Januschka (not pictured here) got his!

By watching all the students during their run of mostly 36 laps per child
(so happy I donated straight pledges) who knew they'd run that many?!

Everyone (including teachers) had a blast.

It wasn't just about music either, or the High Five, Run like an Airplane, or etc. themed laps, 
it was the joining of students all sharing in one important goal, funds for their school and-
More importantly, united friendship.
-and seeing that your teacher dances like nobody's watching.


I'm trying something new in this hopefully, audience participating post.
I'm sharing some up and shining stars from the literary world for your viewing pleasure. 

I'm sure most of you know them too. Give them a shout out in my comments, better yet, buy their books, or whatever! 

Now here comes your part.  
If you're reading this, (this includes the folks introduced at the end) if you're out there contributing, (pulling hairs and whatnot) please present yourself. 
Do leave your link in my comments.

Show Us What You've Got. 

This is where you blog about you! Afterwards, I might brag about you in another post.  

First may I introduce a favorite hermit writer we all know and find ourselves lost in his limitless views of a dreams-do-come-true of photography,
every single day right here in Blogland.
R Mac Wheeler his books here.
and his blog here as well.
Check Mac out on Amazon as well and say hello!


From the comfort of and stepping into her wise and dreamy spiral of Hawaii and pure everyday life-

Cloudia W. Charters blog and author of 
ALOHA Where You Like Go?

Check Cloudia out on Amazon.


Ashley Chappell-Peeples
YA Fantasy Author

(I'm incredibly honored that she sent invited me to this festival and I'll be there on the 10th!)


Celebrating her first book is-
Murees Dupe'


Lisa Shafer- books here.Lisa Schafer see blog here.
Check Lisa out on Amazon.

The age of sharing is a never ending part of life. Every person walking this lovely planet is important, and investing in people, (not just greenbacks but our time as well) is what makes a life well lived.

"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing."
Elie Wiesel

Celebrate people, and enjoy your weekend everyone.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Good Fences in the Forest

From somewhere in the deep forest, around a crooked creek and high upon the branches of an old oak tree, you'll uncover nature's gifts hanging free.
Surely you'll see butterflies and be noticed by happy bees.

You are entering the Fairy Wing Forest.

Artsy Fairy Houses abound right before your eyes, as well as showing off from albums for your viewing pleasure.  Ultimately, each builder if you should inquire to contract one or more of their works, all swear that your own gardens will sparkle as well. 
Sit for a spell, perhaps underneath a sconce, just be sure to grab their land line or later this fall attend one of their art shows.  No doubt you'll be comforted in a furry of bliss as spectacular as a lunar eclipse! 

You just never know what unusual elements of nature 
exist behind these good fences.
They're ready to present themselves 
upon your accidental discovery.
Be brave. Be adventurous. 

"The important thing is not to stop questioning -

"Curiosity has its own reason for existing." 
Albert Einstein

I don't know about you, but for me after seeing all these treasures I want to go and home create a few artsy things myself.

So far, autumn's astonishing gifts of yellow, browns, orange and reds have yet to arrive.  

It's quite fair I'd say that autumn is slow to appear here in Minnesota, since our spring lived far beyond its normal schedule.

"The power to question is the basis of all human progress." 
- Indira Gandhi

"Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something." - Indira Gandhi

Just keep moving ahead.

The simplest of things often present themselves just for your enjoyment.  Take time to notice things.

Welcome to the Fairy Wing Forest Laundry.
It goes without saying right?

Not far from the sudsy corners of the laundry sits this charming house.

Not sure who lives inside this magical fairy house, but if you listen very closely you will hear music playing.

All good things must come to an end.  Unless of course I've twisted your arm into attending one of their last days at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair of 2015.  You still have three glorious days to venture out there this year. 

Of course-
Even Fairies need their own private places.

The greatest chance for desirable adventures are waiting around every corner.  Meet them head on.  Enjoy your day and everything you do.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is that a Gnome From a Great Height


This week we're exploring, from great heights
as our theme.

Nestled like an afterthought our own backyards are often forgotten, while we're off camera in hand, shooting other landmarks occupying our city.

Before I left the house this morning, I caught some random subjects from my very own backyard.

"Drab habitation of whom? Tabernacle or Tomb - or Dome of Worm - or Porch of Gnome - or some Elf's Catacomb?"
Emily Dickinson
(Emily sent this little verse with a cocoon to her nephew.)
Isn't that a neat idea, she's got me thinking now.

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change."
Wayne W. Dyer

"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality."
Nikos Kazantzakis

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."
John Lennon

My perception of google maps out back.

Zooming in!
(What, doesn't everyone have a Fairy Garden in their backyard?)

It's wonderful to still see morning dew on my tabletops!

How lucky I am to have such kind and cheerful group of friends stopping by, it means to the world to me.  
Just so you know every pleasantry that you leave for me is so very much appreciated! From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best day ever.

Take Good Care of You

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Rewrite

"Rebels revel in rewriting reality's restrictions."
Ryan Lilly

Rewriting, or rather taking what's been written in one voice and flipping it as though you've built a mansion from reusable scraps.

Photo credit: Gerrit Photography



by Me
and Edgar
(ever so slightly)

The Place- Edgar's Cafe, here I sit, 
yes, I see the man with camera
with the silken happily certain rustling of each linen page, 
thrilled me, as I tapped away behind the window-pane.

Never upon a morning of rewriting, will I forget, crisp and chatty,
Under many ordinary and uninteresting volumes of remembered myths,
While I plotted, always typing, suddenly there came an annoying rapping,
As if some one roughly tapping, tapping under my typewriter keys.
"Tis some editor," I yelled, "tapping at my typewriter keys-
Only that, and nothing less."

Ah, fluently I'd forgotten it was in the bright of December,
And each continued raving line birthed its creation upon my paper,
Eagerly, I dreamt of yesterdays; modestly I had not sought to convey
From my pages wildly yielding, convey- convey for the found Gilmore-
For he the familiar and gloomy ex-lover whom the critics and I named Gilmore-
Named here nevermore.

and the silken happily certain rustling of each linen page thrilled me-
as I tapped away behind the window-pane.

Surely you noticed-
It's Edgar Allan Poe writing- as once again he slips behind-
 the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain-
continuing evermore.

Enjoy your day, wherever it takes you!

"Never fear starting. Fear never starting."
Ryan Lilly

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Interpretation

I'm joining in with

The Minnesota Renaissance Fair
in Shakopee, Minnesota

The bare bones of a traditional 
Renaissance Festival

The difference between reliving experiences or reading about life from centuries long ago will determine, what's spectacular to you about a Renaissance Festival.  You always benefit from moving outside of your imagination zones and stepping into reality.


"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." Robert A. Heinlein

"When you love life passionately, a cloud of beauty floats above, adding an array of wonders to even the worse of days." 
Avra Amar Filion

There are those fair goers unfamiliar to the morning,
 but rarely, are those that have never 
experienced a lingering 
afternoon at the fair.


"Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you."
Annie Dillard

A lovely afternoon-
To turn over in the mind.

"You cannot have a positive life with a negative mind."
Joyce Meyer

See, you can sing and smile simultaneously.

Collecting flashes of sudden smiles here and there-
Accidental genius I'd say.
Laughter makes the heart merry!

There's something truly inviting about the smell of a bonfire.

Lunch time in the garden of Fairy Wing Forest.


Realistically, not everything will be obtained in one day.
Just another reason we return again and again.

Spot the Gnome? They're everywhere.


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
Helen Keller

Who are you and what are you doing?

We all have our own likes.

"If what's on your mind is not in your life
you should go find it."
Elena Toledo

Just remember Lords and Ladies, Knights and Jesters
there is a Festival Friday on October 2nd 2015
Oktoberfest 3 and 4
otherwise, you'll have to struggle through another year before
the Minnesota Renaissance Festival returns again.

Remember to feed on happiness! Enjoy life.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Two Girls and Hello Mr Lizard

(Our theme is of two girls and two dogs.)


I'm posting early because two girls, my friend Debbie and I will be heading out early Saturday morning to, the Minnesota Renaissance Fair.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that."
 - Ally Condie

Please meet my one and only older sister, Oriana. She was born seven years before me and I had only a precious, short  12 years to spend growing up with her.  A most devastating thing to happen, besides being my first death in the family but also, trying to understand why I'd never see her again.

"If you have a sister and she dies, 
do you stop saying you have one? 
Or are you always a sister,
 even when the other half
 of the equation is gone?"
Jodi Picoult

Okay, so the photo below isn't of two girls, however, this couple is quite precious to me. Why do you ask? Because how many of us can boast about having a photo of their father and his sister (my aunt Mary) preparing a chocolate cake? I can indeed!

My father went on to be quite the cook in his lifetime and that talent has reached as far as my own children as well.

One might possibly label a few of these costumed munchkins as critters wouldn't you agree?

Another photo of more than two girls, but equally important to share.

Photo taken somewhere in Lansing, Michigan, and the photographer is unknown.  I'd like to believe it was one of my parents, especially since I notice two adults ( teacher ?) in the background.

See the smiling happy faced little girl possibly dressed as a Good-Witch I'd venture to say?  She's my beloved sister, Oriana seated with her classmates for their Halloween Party, as the description on the back reads.  Isn't the boy on the left rather spooky? I'd say he is, and his mask appears homemade and quite a clever design don't you think?

On the subject of couples, I'm delighted to introduce, Mr. Camel and his side-kick, Mr. Frog.

What can I say about this shadow couple? One belongs to our pup, Dashiell, and isn't it odd how his shadow appears much like the shape of a camel?

When man speaks to critters-
"I deserve all the love you can spare me. 
And I want a lot more than I deserve."
Dashiell Hammett

"Magic lies in between things,
 between the day and the night, 
between yellow and blue, between any two things." 
Charles de Lint

It's always time spent well wandering about a pet shop  
but following behind munchkins in a pet shop always
gladdens my heart!

The best sights of all are seen through small, bright eyes.

"Just know, if you take me home with you, I'm NOT eager to meet any kitty-cats. But crickets, that's a different story entirely."

"Leaving me so soon? Did you miss my pout face?"

Birds of armor, fly nowhere.

How about a couple of critters enjoying blue skies of the day?

Happy Weekend to all, and thanks for stopping by.
 I always enjoy reading your comments and sharing moments in our Bloggersville together.