Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Good Fences and Gnome Chasing

Gnomes, aren't just found in gardens. Oh no, they scurry from fence post to fence rail and often hide behind trees. 
 Gnomes are mysterious and sweetly subtle in their cunning nature,
 exacting tenderness upon our emotions whenever they're near.

Before you step one foot, into your car, 
have you checked your garden, for gnomes?

GOOD FENCES


An early morning stroll, especially when accompanied by Gnomes, is always a blessing.




"Let others tell of rain and showers;
I only count the shining hours."
English Sundial Inscription




It's been said a gnome will speak their mind when others bite their tongues!
Honesty is their way, with a dash of shenanigans!




"Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know,"  Harry told Ron as they crossed the yard.
"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods...." J.K. Rowling



New days, new ways, new friends along the way.





Somebody must water the flowers.









"I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride, stroll, run, skip or hike, while you're on it!" Johnny Depp and Me

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Picture-Perfect





Listen to the land.


At a distance it's just another family farm.



Even in silence it speaks.  Abandoned.
Apparently, their story was simple.
Forgo the struggle and relinquish.  Disowned and left to ruin.



Listen carefully, the silence is deafening.

Have you heard the sound of evening fall?  Can you explain the sound of a heartbeat?
How does the rain explain it's falling for us?

Okay-
Why not a Picture-Perfect journey?

"There was, really, nothing you could use as a blueprint for your life, except your past. There was no starting over. There was only picking up the pieces someone had left behind."
Jodi Picoult




"Listening is an attitude of the heart,
 a genuine desire to be with another 
which both attracts and heals." - Sura Hart







"The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn.  They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it."
 - Thomas Dubay


"Sometimes it's not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells."
 Richard Paul Evans



Listening, is only the icing on our cake, but also, watching the actions of those speaking,
 that is where the perfect slice of life resides.




"There's more than one way to tell each other things, and there's more than one way to listen, too." 
Katherine Hannigan


"We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say."
Zeno of  Citium





Thanks for stopping by to share this time together.










Monday, May 25, 2015

The Mag - Trick The Eye

"As we face each other in omnibuses and underground railways we are looking into the mirror, that accounts for the vagueness, the gleam of glassiness-
The novelists in the future will realize more and more the importance of these reflections, for of course there is not one reflection but an almost infinite number; those are the depths they will explore, those the phantoms they will pursue."
Virginia Woolf



The way we live
is how he paints-
like silent moving pictures,
standing still.


Still Life, 1907 by John Frederick Peto



TRICK The EYE
and so he did
as so do we.


Time and time again.
Our eyes set highest on life's 
throne above all else.

Reality's illusion
Which never happened at all
or did it-
be it subtle or clever
embrace plainness
acquire simplicity.
Dream to be.

See with buoyant eyes
surprise your mirror
reflection
reveal what's in your sight
time and time again
before all else
be that which you dream to be
leave it all to trickery
time and time again.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

They All Come - A Memorial Day Post

Again this weekend as the many before, they all come to remember.



and for
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

Click on the photos to enlarge.
LOOKING BACK

As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives, in our nation's wars." - John M. McHugh

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
Joseph Campbell




They arrive by horseback and bus,


and on foot, for another Memorial Day Ceremony.



Alabama.



Boy Scout color bearer listening to the Memorial Day Ceremony.


Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


Brass player in the town band during the Memorial Day celebrations there.


May 1943 Ashland, Aroostook County, Maine.


Singing the national Anthem, Ashland, Maine, Memorial Day Ceremony.


Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend everyone.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Six Word Fridays Faces

"The face is a picture of 
the mind with the eyes of
 its interpreter."
by
Marcus Tullius Cicero


SIX WORD FRIDAYS

So our theme today is face.



Do our faces express too much?







You know you can always tell
 what a chef's been cooking with 
by the look on his face!




Three Monkey Faces
Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru



Also known as
Chippy, George, Mic

To always be of good mind, 
speech and action in every thing.



See no evil



Hear no evil



Speak no evil
Three wise monkeys.



Introducing a true Minnesota polar bear.



I just love Buster's cheery face.



Do our faces explain everything that 
there is to know about us?



As each day turns into another

"Looking at the faces of people,
 one gets the feeling there's a
 lot of work to be done."
Wole Soyinka

But, not on everyone's happy face!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Scattered Good Fences


Scattered Fences.

From my backyard to
Lake Minnetonka in
about 34 miles.


Home is where your gnome lives.
   


What did one garden gnome say to another gnome?

You tell me, they're both still bickering about veggies!








Listen to the smooth language of the waves.






"If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble."
 E. B. White

But, a seaworthy yacht is even better!






"A good farmer is nothing more nor less
 than a handy man with a sense of humus."E. B. White



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Mag - Where Angels Land

"Why does she have wings?
So she can fly."
Sarah Dessen










LAY IT ON THE LINE

Do move in closer 
 to be of celestial light
none of us strangers
here.

Seizing through the night
waking those distant lovers
flying on lost yore
endear.

Angels a playin'
runaway stars a sleepin'
echoes evermore
here.

Our whispers of love
Lay it on the line we know
a dream from above
near.

She's just a drawing
That's all she'll ever be
unless you believe.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Twenty-Four Carat Day


It's Monday, it's raining and yet there's always some good random fun to be enjoyed.


THE GOOD
THE RANDOM
THE FUN
Look what I found while walking through a friend's neighborhood.

(His happy owner was there too.)
THE GOOD. 


"If you don't know history, than you don't know anything.  You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
Michael Crichton





Why not have a blast while taking in all that history?

6th Annual
Armed Forces Day
WWII Weekend





Still speaking on THE GOOD




Running your pups until their tongues hang out-
and they're still smiling!

Life is Good.



THE RANDOM and THE FUN.





Remember, All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten?

Well, it makes perfect sense to me.

Why not, always enjoy your inner (old soul) child and 
explore your wildest imaginations 
every single day.


Wake up your inner cowboy -



But remember, "There never was a horse that couldn't be rode; never was a cowboy that couldn't be throwed."

Yep.
"What a difference a day made, twenty four little hours.
Brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain."
Jamie Cullen 
(Actually, truth be told, there's still rain.)


What a difference, a day made by Dinah Washington
a video you'll be happy you saw here.

Just in case you don't recall everything we learned in Kindergarten,
 this is my ultimate favorite one
 in all of our lives.

Number 14
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam Cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that."

Friday, May 15, 2015

Six Word Fridays- Lock

It's a lock, or rather will be by the end of this weekend.
I believe I've got this thing now.


LOCK
is our theme.


All on a whim, as it goes habitually, I lock something into my mental process and won't quit until it's reality.

In this case, a fire pit closer to our house and all the action of little munchkins running about is highly important.

But between Mother's Day, one rainy day after another, among other things 
delaying my project of a new fire pit with patio it will finally be complete.  




Meet my helpful gnome, and fairy protector! 

"The fairies, as their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness, and they were so madly in love with the little house that they could not bear to think they had finished it."
J.M. Barrie

While that may be true for the fairies around here, I'm more than delighted to be finished.  

But then maybe we need -



another fence and ........?



"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Thanks for stopping by to say hello and enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Good Fences- and Things We Ride

Behind every good ride is yet another fence, imagine that!



Spring Mountain Ranch, 
In the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
GOOD FENCES


Love What You Ride




Ride what you can.


"One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master.
He told me to go slow to go fast.


I think that applies to everything in life.


We live as though there aren't enough hours in a day-
But if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker
and with much less stress."
Viggo Mortensen




"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day, riding a bike to the library."

Peter Golkin



Monday, May 11, 2015

Whirlwind Weekend-

It was a whirlwind kind of weekend for us,
 as I'm sure it was for many of you as well.

...and here we are, it's Monday again!

So here's a rundown of my life in the last few days.

THE GOOD.  THE RANDOM.  THE FUN.



"Finally, my human Mom got me groomed!"  barked Dash




Dash is short for Dashiell, and here he's being really GOOD, (which isn't always the case) quietly watching the road crew out our front living room window.

In fact, my trio of barking dogs, is sounding off right now as I write this!






I just love this sweetie pie!
Our big bad guard dog!


"Happiness.  A furry face, wet dog kisses.  
Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart.  Bitter. Sweet. Alive." Joanne Harris and Me

Skipping to FUN, super thrilling and boldly exciting, little Danny Jr. was a five ribbon winner at track.  He ran five races, but was only scheduled for four.  What can I say, he loves to run and asked to be added to one more!



Saturday was an early brisk, but sunny morning for running!





FUN, FUN, FUN!



Later that day-

A bit of GOOD old fashion RANDOM FUN moments was our warming up to Mother's Day celebrations!  Yep, it was S'mores or just plain marshmallows for everyone Saturday night.  




Who doesn't enjoy a gigantic, rip roaring bonfire?




Careful, this fire seems to have a plan for charging outside the fire-pit.



I had to take a picture of our friend Roman, who believed positioning a chair over his head, would keep the smoke away from him!

Seems to be working for him too!




Our Sunday was all about the three of us, (mostly) two mothers and two daughters, sharing the day together!


I read this quote today that reminds me so much of my own daughter, I have to share it.  I really believe otherness, is my new favorite word.

"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the world."


The most wonderful thing in this world, is to have a heart filled with love.