Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, August 28, 2015

Precious, Six Words Fridays

Adrienne was right on target today!

Lots of tears as I write.

Just thought I would confess honestly.

We're running with Adrienne's theme of 


Here's Dillon, my son-in-law 
responsible party for their relocation following 
his company's move to Huntsville, Alabama.

Today is my daughter's last day 
working for Wells Fargo in Minnesota
by next month she'll still work 
for Wells Fargo in Huntsville, Alabama.

Always look on the brighter side!

The best remedy, shake out the
sweeter, fruity side of each day!

I will miss the spontaneous visits.
Always joyfully silly sometimes dirty face!

SMILE ANYWAY- Daydreaming heals the heart.

Sure there will be the visits 

Just not many random last minute

Bonfires with marshmallow roasting and stories.

and those last minute park visits
and being caught in the rain!

I'm not a whiner per se
but a mother does have limits.

Especially when any of my children 
move a whopping 954 miles away
 from our family's home base.  It's
all a bit too tannic for
a sweeter, fruity taste of living.

But we're a strong bunch of 
humans remembering to always look forward.

"Happiness is simply a habit of 
looking on the brighter side of 
everything."  Even when it feels painful.
Richelle E. Goodrich

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mr. Hartman and Good Fences

Yesterday, while coloring pictures we decided to
 (pull out the scissors) and set them free!

In the search of-


of course.

Where in the world is Mr. Hartman?
Who is Mr. Hartman anyway?
Is he friend or foe?
Seems he blends within the forest 
or inside fences 
 hiding in plain sight.
If he can't find his way out.
He'll be forever trapped in Blogger-land
and hopefully your heart.

"When the world is at your back, 
and your heart is at your feet,
 the best way to go on is to just be." 

Jennifer Megan Varnadore

"Because my life isn't going to wait around
while I figure out to make it work." -

Susane Colasanti

Keep moving forward!

Make all moments count, always.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Preview Evening

Live from The Fine Arts Building for Artist's Preview Night


It's all about
that gleaming part of one's life, 
which we can relate to our self without blushing
and being proud of one's own accomplishments.
Whether your artwork won any prizes,
 honorable mentions,
or even made it for display this year.

We wait all year long for this extravaganza! 

Greetings Scarecrow!

Subtly he shuddered, "There seems to be a nest on my head."

Boxer Clown- boxing around.


This is not your typical Cad, or even a normal tank-

Titled as, A Caprice Classic, drawn within a tank.

Not your everyday slippers by any means.

Although, with all this dripping mud, much slipping is possible.

Quite scandalous I know and I venture to guess much wisdom lurks behind these alluring eyes-

and some believe her to be prissy, but I found her quite on track with being quietly subtle in nature.

I know it seems this piece of artwork might resemble something on the edible nature (at one time anyway) however,

velveteen and wool are the true ingredients.  Seriously.

This 4-H member (you know this by his shirt emblem) is located outside and I actually chased him down.  From a distance it was questionable whether he was real or a statue.

On the subject of Black and White 

This year offered much in Black and White and a few pieces being of scandalous nature won't appear in this post.  But these will.

I fancied this artist's creativity again this year.

I'm the woman and random folks joined me.

On our approach we remained pretty much the same 
(other than the super-white effect of our skin tone) but our backgrounds changed drastically.

Last year animal faces would randomly take over anyone's face as the camera caught us walking up. But apparently that wasn't the smoothest of situations, so I was told. I know it worked for me.

Here's a glimpse of my work, Robot Jekyll's Time Garden, which
didn't survive all the phases and I had to bring him home a week ago.  
But we were almost in! So back to the drawing board for me, and better luck next year.

Once again I must say-
It was again another formidable and intriguing experience for the Fine Arts Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.

I hope you enjoyed this quick round of artwork.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Grocery Store Finds

Welcome back to THEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHIC and Grocery Store Finds as our week's theme.

Carmi, pulled out a photo from his archive,
 while his DSLR'S batteries charge,
 getting ready for his next optical adventure 
and I'm following his lead with this oldie of mine.
(While I plan my next shopping adventure as well.)

About the many things we bring home from 
our favorite grocery stores.

If it weren't for grocery store shopping-

We couldn't build cupcake castles!

Sure some folks collect their eggs from chickens

But we don't.

All right then, be prepared for my next Grocery store finds from,
 live on the set from one of my favorite grocery stores!  See you soon.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Good Random Fun-ness

The family that plays together stays together.

"Let us make one point
that we meet each other with a smile
when it is difficult to smile
Smile at each other,
make time for each other in your family."
Mother Teresa

My GOOD, RANDOM, FUN live from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

Taking in the sights, watching a show!


A good day at the fair is complete with our family dinner.

"A well spent day brings happy sleep."
Leonardo do Vinci

Every good hug, deserves another hug!

Catching Twig the Fairy is always a treat!

A visit with the mermaids is always a splashing blast.

Twig is the best!


"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
Leonardo da Vinci

My grand-daughter Lyra is my best party planner.  Here is our guest list for dinner!


"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it."
Leonardo da Vinci

May happiness follow you everywhere you go! Enjoy your week, thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

When the Cows Come Home

Good morning critter fans and welcome to another Saturday's Critters with Eileen.

"I could dance with you until the cows come home.
 Better still, I'll dance with the cows and you come home."
Groucho Marx

Have you ever wondered where working cows go
when they're not at the fair?

With the Dakota County fair over
and the state fair only days away-

Just an udder day in paradise.

Don't I look Moo-velous!

They go to Kwik Trip for some chocolate milk!


See you at the fair!

Enjoy your weekend everyone and I thank you for stopping by to say hello!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Good Fences Mix

Good morning Good Fences friends!

I begin with a wee section of fencing, 
not covered in greenery yet,
 ever so slightly in plain sight.


(italic words)

Ready? Steady... Go!

Scrumptiously delicious peas are left out of this capture, 
but oh so ready to pick peppers growing
 over the wee little Elves house
are clearly exposed!

A blanket of warm dewy mist covered the garden 
that offered more than vegetarian delights.

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand." 
Neil Armstrong

You'll surely not catch even one of these scantly dressed Elves, an imaginary Hippy or two or Gnomes
which bathed in drizzling rain while thoughts of sunshine 
whirled through their wee little heads.

Just another day in paradise for all who enter the garden.

"It is no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. 
Fiction has to make sense."
Mark Twain

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!