Cannon River in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thematic Photographic - 302 - Temporary

Look fast, chances are, you'll never see this boxcar again.

Carmi, from Written Inc. is calling for something, anything, that exists for a brief temporary while.  So here's to many temporary somethings that we can see for a fleeting moment, or being caught by camera, it can last for as long as we so desire!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 20 July 2014

This week for Ashley's Scavenger hunt we're tracking- full, doughnut, bug, in the car and straw!


Today's barbecue was a full day of water sports, tubing, boats and jet-ski rides!

and lots of waiting in line for the next ride! 



Doughnut offering for Mr. Gnome

3. BUG

Twin Bugs!


Yesterday we went "Parking" as in, how many parks can we visit today?!


Don't tell anyone, but tonight after our FULL weekend of FUN it's wine time for me!  My Princess straw makes it very magical.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fireblossom Friday: Another You

I'm accepting Fireblossom's Friday
 at Imaginary Garden and Real Toads with this post.

The challenge is, "What would you do if you came face to face with the other you?"

Normally, I take the higher, happier road for my posts.  The less tragic, or politically correct road, but in the aftermath of yesterday, my heart and soul is consumed for all of the passengers on the Malaysia airplane from Amsterdam, and all of their loved ones.


Would soar higher
than eagles 
upon Superwoman wings
to the highest peak
bursting weak
and bullying folk
once and for all.

Killing is not a myth
it's reality
by selfishly weak
 feeble of heart.

Was it planned?
On the birthday eve of
one so brave
a Man
 as Nelson Mandela?

ruthlessly blown to bits
in our very own heaven above.
The cruelest of tricks.

MY other me
wouldn't quietly sit
and useless
and party hearty 
on the good (alive) life before me,
by not
 fighting back.

No, if I dare to 
come face to face
with my other me
it would not stand 


Happy Birthday to you, Nelson..... may your goodness shine through all of us evermore.

Thank you, for stopping by, may happiness reign upon us all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good Fences # 17 17-July 2014

Where or where could this little building be?  The clues to the answer are in the fences.

Building Hint:  A good Place to Warm Yourself.


Any guesses yet?

Next clue.  This time of year, it pretty much gets ignored.

Notice the brackets?  Getting closer to the answer right?

Not a swimming pool.

Surely by this photo you believe it's got to be-

                 An Ice Skating Rink.

I bet those true cold-blooded skaters knew at the little warming house.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thematic Photographic - #301 Dirty 2

"I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in the world, you will eventually become it." - Tyler Kent White


Below is his unripe breakfast last week.



Everything beautiful has dirt involved.

Just go here to view more dirty Thematic Photographic posts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thematic Photographic #301 - Dirty

Carmi's challenge this week is something I find happens a lot during the summer.  Like on visits to the beach (as his photo depicts) or gardening, and mowing, or just simply chasing rain showers, dirty becomes what we are.


Normally I don't search for photos like this one from last Saturday night at the parade, but I'm happy I caught it now.

Once the horses join the parade, the pooper scoopers are quick to arrive by their trusty Golf Carts.  Did you notice the Lakeville RED snow shovel for horsey poop? 

I shot this last fall (a whole series) and I've been saving them on my phone to use for that perfect something.  I claim Dirty as just the right place for it!

So pull up your rugs, check your trunk, look in the sink or the tub or the pool and snap something "dirty" and bring it here.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Mag - 228 - 13 July 2014

"I keep my own personality in a cupboard under the stairs at home so that no one else can see it or nick it."  - Dawn French


Beginning upon, hidden masses of under-spoken parquet floors
forever stamped by woolly staircase, packing my heedful
woes, climbing by perfect aim, never to stumble upon
the worn frayed edges of our last days together.  
This once ever striking fifteen step staircase
now in unpredictable dregs of  Skid Row 
Just try going up a down staircase  
if you will.

Sunday's Mini Challenge: Claribel Alegria 13-July 2014


I've taken the challenge of affirming, Claribel's "Rain" poem with my own.


I hear
 metaphysically washes 
all the raindrops of
 upon earth's soaking spine.
Each soothing raindrop
one by one
unearthing all that was 
and lies within. 
As the falling rain
cleansing evermore
waking grappling senses
a quelling end
to yesterday's passages.
in a reedy lake
 fog lifting
in lore's unmentionable
by utter masses
of longing.
All in an afternoon 's myth
of woes
gone by
and forsaking. 
Splashes of mud soaked puddles
accepting more.
As the falling rain
curses one more splash
against my thirsty tongue
in the pounding aftermath
of paths 
in silent
falling rain
drowning senseless pain
refreshing morning
this day
I crave you
forever more.

It's your gentle touch I miss the most.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 13 July 2014

It's a hot time in the summer time for this week's hunt!

Our clues in one sentence.

"Somebody borrowed my sunglasses
this one green rhubarb plant outside screams,
summer in a healing fashion." - quoted Mr. Rhubarb


Always summer fun in and on water!


Showing off! Giddy Up.


Ah yes, the green, green grass of home.


Charlie Brown has snuggled his way into the hearts of many, forever more.

"In life it's not where you go, it's who you travel with." Charlie Brown

"All we need is confidence." Charlie Brown

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sepia Saturday - 236 - 12 July 2014 Gone Grooming?

All I really want to do, is go to a garden party!

But the rain has ruined that. Again.

Hop in and journey along with me and 

It seems we've been invited to a day out for

Not so sure you can still obtain a shave or haircut here today, but you'll find folks in costume sharing stories about it.

Thank you Alan, for arraigning a day out for us all
at the spa or beauty/barber shop, or Salon as the case may be.

July - 1941. Detroit, Michigan at Crowley-Milner Department Store
image of that corner today here

Not so sure about this photo below for good advertising,

She may need a dentist? Vicinity of Huntsville, Texas, beauty shop advertisement.

My kind of Saturday rarely begins at the salon or beauty shop, it has, but what really works for me is to attend

a garden party!

Sadly, as the photo below depicts, some folks just can't enjoy a true garden party moment.  They should have gone to the barber's shop.

July 1941. Information on photo here.

No matter if the garden party is

small, and inside a wee, tiny little house,
or outside in the center of a crowded place

It's always very entertaining.

If you didn't click on Garden Party, listen to it hear.  Guaranteed to please you.
Matthew, Gunnar and Sam Nelson.  "Garden Party"

Six Word Saturday - 12 July 2014 Let's Get Sticky Together

What unknown thing has you stuck?

Do you know what A113 means?
Learn some things, just for fun!

Don't you just hate, inside jokes, when you're out of the loop?

We all have our own stickiness!
Embrace yours.

"Welcome those big, sticky complicated problems.  In them are your most powerful opportunities."
 -Ralph Marston

I'm sticking to dreaming day and night.

Dream BIG.