Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Screens and Critters

Catching up on this week's posts

It's been a busy week of work, MEA for school children and 
not enough free time for the computer.

Plowing through life the best way we know how.
Living it.

So for those bloggers who always catch my attention.

I'm way late to post for Good Fences, so holding that until this next week.

Carmi has issued 
as our 
theme this week

How many screens do we really need?


I'm also including 12 italic words
that link to 

So says the wise Pumpkin person,

One adorable prank in the arms of say an astronaut or a bootlegger and his wolf,
 may bring to light a tad bit of hostility or a crime to regret,
 bringing forth the guillotine and staging a prophecy for all parties to bear.


What do you call a crying camel?

Answer: A humpback wail.

Never follow the crowd.
Unless, you're a goat and they have food!
Or the building you're in is on fire!
Yikes run!

Why not-

"Just be yourself
everyone else is already taken."
Oscar Wilde

"When you get lost in a really strange place,
(or are totally confident that you are forever lost)
nothing is more comforting than 
finding your way out."

It happens every time we enter Sever's Corn Maze.
It's that twisted.

It's been a wonderful week especially for those of us still able to enjoy autumn.
I say thank goodness for that and for you all
taking time to stop by!

Take good care of you!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Not Just Another Day


From the Enchanted Highway
Regent, North Dakota
The Tin Family

"The great art of giving consists in this
 the gift should cost very little 
and yet be greatly coveted,
so that it may be the more
highly appreciated."
Baltasar Gracian

Pheasants on the Prairie
also on the
Enchanted Highway

"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
Dale Carnegie

Not Just Another Day
but rather
a hodgepodge of photos.

from Alabama

I pulled a book off one of my "Odd shelves" or collection of

 "hodgepodge of books"

and interestingly enough this very book
is on my shelf

has a chapter devoted to,
 my shelf of odd or mixed topic books.
The author, Anne Fadiman says this,

"It has long been my belief that everyone's library contains an 
Odd Shelf. On this shelf rests a small, mysterious corpus of volumes whose subject matter is completely unrelated to the rest of the library, yet which, upon closer inspection, revels a good deal about its owner."

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes 
it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
Maya Angelou


"Some people could look at a mud puddle 
and see an ocean with ships."
Zora Neale Hurston

Or take pots and pans-
they can achieve so much more than cooking!

Taft, Tennessee

My backyard

Caught you Misty!

We took a walk through my oldest son's neighborhood last night,
 and what fun we had finding
Halloween decorations waiting to be noticed!

This monster or ghost hiding in a bush was one of my favorites!

See Emmie checking out the decorations too?

Walk together.
Feel the heart beats.
Experience the presence.
This is how to be thankful.
Amit Ray

Thanks for stopping by and
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
and may next week be filled with joy and happiness!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Critters Day

Greetings and bark! Bark!

Direction gives life clarity.

Dog's daily motto-
"Never let a good day go to waste."
They're all good days.

"Keep a spring in your step 
and a dog at your heels
(or inside your wagon)
and happiness will follow you
everywhere you go."

Look, a birdie flew right into my post for today!

Meet a fascinating, independent little critter-
A Box Turtle
(they can close up their shell completely)
from Alabama.

(and yes one Box Turtle friend is right underneath)

Always be kind to critters that enter your life.

Love freely given is love gained.

Halloween brings the silly out for a good number of humans.

No contest here-
both are adorable cutie pies!

Meet Wonder Woman and her little Dog Wonder

Really? Are they serious, bark, bark!

Meet Princess of the Cardboard Box mountain

Yep, our sweet kitty doesn't need big expensive toys-
any box will do!

I just know Dash is pondering-
It's going to be dog day at the spa very soon
his fur grows way too quickly!

"The reason a dog has so many friends
 is that he 
wags his tail instead of his tongue."

Say what you want mama, this dog believes
we must all-

Grasp life with all four paws.

It always makes me so happy when you stop by to say hello!

Enjoy your day doggone it
no matter what you do!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Where Edges Meet with Good Fences

"We're always attracted to the edges of what we are,
out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy."
E. L. Doctorow

Neighborhood stray cat from Alabama.

(Got my camera too late, the stray had moved away from the window to venture out by the pool. She's a bit of a hunter out here.)
With good reason it seems.

Makes Lyra's kitty really anxious to come out and play.

"The action most worth watching 
is not at the center of things,
but where edges meet."
Anne Fadiman

Out beyond the fence that surrounds the pool-

Sure there's a bit of open play area but then on the edge of that
is a place where snakes and mighty enormous spiders like to roam.
Oh my! The edge is always out there,

Soon you'll see-
Out beyond the chain link fencing is a creek and beyond that

Be careful where you walk though, just in case. 
I kid you not about spiders and snakes, really, seriously.


And then along came this

Ah finally, we've reached the chain link fence and the creek.

This is a lovely view of 
 a place where a neighbor's horses run carefree!

You'd think I would have caught them running about at least once. 
But no, I never did.

This last photo was taken this week in Dover, England by my daughter (my trip to Alabama was so my daughter and her hubby could tour England again and I cared for Lyra)
and Sparkle, and stray cats and snakes and such!
Just kidding on the snakes!

I remember when I was in Dover how beautiful it was to look out over the water with the White Cliffs of Dover along this side and way out yonder, the English Channel.  Please send me a photo of that!  So she did, and it's even one with a fence! How cool right?!

"Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is."
Mary Anne Radmacher

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fun Fall Critters

Since summer has slipped away, 
we're now delighted by autumn sensations
exploding in a profusion of colors
sensational scents
Jack-o'-lantern faces, dancing pumpkins
sweet glowing papier mache creations 
mixed with chilly air and magical candlelight as our twilight hours rise.

Some horses are so polite that when they come to a fence
they stop and let you come over first!

Witches and Goblins
Bats and party bags
pumpkin and spice tasty delights
and endless falling leaves.


These fun corn and cotton fields are exploding with the cutest critters just waiting to be met.


So many City Street Fests, Corn Mazes 
and other Autumn Festivals to be discovered.
Yep, it's one of my favorite times of the year for
outdoor festive celebrations.

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

"Rest and be thankful."
William Wordsworth

Truly there's autumn-ness about that must be treasured
in a bounty of tastes and scents and sights!

Don't delay get out and explore!

It's so good for the soul-

"Even when I'm alone I have real good company-
dreams and imaginations and pretendings.
I like to be alone now and then, just to think over things and taste them.
But I love friendships-
and nice, jolly little times with people."
L.M. Montgomery