Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pictionary

I hope this post finds you enjoying your winter 
or summer depending where you live.


Currently this is my world today.





I'm sharing a bit of photos with a bit of quotationary fun
 I hope it brightens your day.

One picture can tell the whole story.

Cold. 
Empty of people.
For the moment.


Want to meet at the lake?
Nah, let's go inside.




Downtown Minneapolis.
Before the snow arrived.


"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny.
But what we put into it is ours."
Dag Hammarskjold



Lucky us, if we dine outside, no waiting for a table today!


"The longest journey is the journey inwards."
Dag Hammarskjold




Plenty of parking as well.

Some Sage advice.
"When the morning's freshness has been replaced by 
the weariness of midday, 
when the leg muscles quiver under the strain,
the climb seems endless, and, suddenly
nothing will go quite as you wish
it is then that you must not hesitate."



Ready to learn new things.

The lesson which life repeats
and constantly enforces is
'look under foot.'
John Burroughs

"Go, learn things." Agent Dwayne Pride
from NCIS New Orleans
10 pieces of wisdom here from Agent Pride
one of my favorite characters and show.

Cold weather brings so much creative play don't you think?


I especially enjoy winter projects, and especially knowing

The Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts will be accepting our artwork soon!



Wine-cork-man is one of my favorite pieces that was accepted two years ago.
I don't remember this artist's name but I've heard more work is in progress.



Just have to share a wee bit of blue skies and clouds.


Creative Kidstuff bubble-blowing-bear but 
No bubbles today or until spring arrives.



Winter strolls are the way to discover snow and ice art out and about.

Looking forward to this year's ice castle in St. Paul and other ice art.







"Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air,
flutters, and falls to the ground.
But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path:
no wind reaches them,
they have within themselves their guide and path."
Hermann Hesse




Our paths with others create a winning life.

Yep, we were told to make funny faces! 
Something I need to work on. 
Thanks for stopping by
and take good care of you.


How do you like my poinsettia, so far still surviving?


Monday, January 15, 2018

Sweets or Soup and Critters

Hello everyone 
and
what is your pleasure today, reading 
sweets or soup?

(Did I hear off in the distance, spring, dreaming of spring?)



Or catching critters stuck in books!





Be brave sweet snow bunny, spring is coming
in about 64 days, on March 20th.



Sweets?

or




Soup?



With all these frigid temperatures, I wonder if the Cannon River has "lily Pad" ice forms again? My photo here is from January 2015.



and of course
more critters for

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS



Sweet baby faced Alabama baby in the summer time on green (grass known to Alabama) it's different from our grass here in Minnesota, and who knows maybe else where for that matter.




Crocheted by my daughter.
(and now I have the pattern!)







Meet Madame Alexander's Robin Hood


"Who you are speaks so loudly
I can't hear what you're saying."
Ralph Waldo Emerson




Meet Madame Alexander's Wizard of Oz doll.
"You can judge a man's true character 
by the way he treats his fellow animals."
Paul McCartney



I caught Misty trying to make doggy snow-angels in the snow!




"Character is what we do when no one else is watching."
R. Alan Woods



Oops here's a non-winter photo!
It's Olaf and his little snowman playmate.






Real or art?




Happy boys ( a friend's boys) right after one memorable win 
for our Minnesota Vikings last night at the game!





Realize it's not just your surroundings in life,
it's also about the labor of love and the people in your life.
The more you give the more which comes back to you.
Be Human Kind.

I'm leaving a quote I read today from another Minnesotan.

You don't need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters.

Bob Dylan
from 1965 but we can relate today

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Return Trips

Good morning everyone!
On this windy morning while it snows outside 
I'll be thinking of many more warmer thoughts to share for you.


"The world always seems brighter when you've
 just made something that wasn't there before."
Neil Gaiman




Playing with food has many benefits.



Remembering the Minnesota Renaissance and 
wishing for weather that doesn't require winter coats.




Truly divine! 

I'm looking so forward to delicious fares at my daughter's house soon!



In case you're wondering from my last post,
I haven't forgotten about Dear Edmund either.




Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama

and 



The Edmund Fitzgerald
still a mystery since 1975
Listen to The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald  
by Gordon Lightfoot here

and why not share some
Architecture 
A few of my favorite buildings
and genius designs.


Boston trip (planned)



This water tower is always about 30 minutes away from me.





If not visiting delightful things what else is there?




"Somewhere between the start of the trail 
and the end is the mystery
why we choose to walk."




Boston has so many things to offer for every visit.



A great way to endure the icy edge of January
 is to think about trips for our new year.

Alabama, Savannah, Boston, Salem and New York are on my list for this year.
Hopefully I'll make them all. I have my tickets purchased for Alabama later this month!

An extremely important goal is to capture as many statues as I can.


"We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud
we could ever find.
There is no need to go looking for the light
when you bring it with you."
Tyler Knott Gregson


Take a frozen lake and make it better.



Always, visit old haunts that will disappear.

"Fairy tales are more than true
not because they tell us that dragons exist
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
Neil Gaiman

This
is what's happening right now!



Thanks for stopping by 
and take good care of you.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dear Edmund Critters and Other Stuff

Just sharing some fun stuff 
and 


Welcome to Words for Wednesday




I am truly thankful that the herd of deer that crossed my path early yesterday morning while driving to work didn't end in any tragic events! Lots and lots of honking though! 

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS



Celebrating stuffed critters.
and


naturally live critters.


and those lovely critters carved from wood.

Words for Wednesday (in italic) begins like this,

Dear Edmund(isn't my ancient typewriter pleasurable?) My sweet niece elected an Elvis celebration once spring replaces our snow although since your New Year's resolution included a trip abroad, we shall all meet this summer at the Army Museum, such a grandeur sarcophagus in Paris, France and many more at the Louvre in Paris and here, it shall be a a gathering of golden moments.


Now for the other stuff.

Ice Skating Lessons for Lyra a Minnesota born, and transported to Alabama girl way too early, that she never got to learn how to ice skate.  Until this week with her Uncle Gary.



First, proper winter weather wear! 
Lyra looks a bit apprehensive doesn't she?

"Success is what we get when we 
take fear, face it and replace it."



A long time ice skater, Karina ready to show her cousin,
 Lyra some ice skating techniques.




The teachers, Karina and Uncle Gary.





But! More importantly the ice-teaching-chair!



Oh yes, now it makes sense!




The adventure continues, even if it is extremely late and
 did someone mention how far below zero it is?
We don't want to know. 




The late evening skaters! 

Bravo, it was a total success! 




If you do I promise all the stress and woes of any given day
your joyful adventures will wash it all away.

Thanks for stopping by
take good care of you!