Cannon River in Minnesota

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good Fences Finding a Secret Hideaway

Ho! Ho! HO!  While munchkins and adults everywhere have been chasing mischievous, little Elves in red pajamas, I followed the real deal!

As only seen on this week's 


Oh, yes I did!  Absolutely the real deal.

Here's the proof!

Yesterday, I found myself shivering and waiting outside my own gate, for an answer.

Is that a calendar across your belly?  Or, a secret coded clue?

Reading the sign I gave out a sigh, Elves Only?   But, I must get inside!

I knew parachute jumping would prove worthwhile! Of course, I ventured inside.

Do you want to know a secret?  On the other side of that fence is my house!

Our finest adventure, is to believe...... 

"Imagination is a very high sort of seeing."
  -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we've often only dreamed about and heavily imagined, since childhood, has now been proved without a doubt.  But must be forgotten.  This is our little secret!

So dear friends, it does pay to always keep your eyes open.

  "Still round the corner there may wait, 
A new road or a secret gate."
-  J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Highs and Lows

December serves a mix of emotions for me.  I lost my father on December 5th the eve of St. Nicholas Day, (a major family tradition) so there's a wide mix of bittersweet memories.  Perhaps this goes for many of you reading this post as well. 

Still, every year the whisper of wonder grows deeper inside my spirit in a most stupendous degree, but time has a way of pushing a fretful strain on lots of our goals and ideas.
Wouldn't you agree?

December in our family has many adventures from birthdays to anniversaries, (happy and sad) so if you don't see me blogging as usual this month, that is the reason!

Even though both my parents are gone, I still carrying on the tradition of driving through neighborhoods, rejoicing in every oh and ah that now my little grand-delights are all excited about!  It's an old family tradition!  When the weather is pleasant we can walk around!  Even more exciting!

Less is better in my opinion!  Pretty isn't it?

Traditions and new additions are always the up front and center in my world!

I completely enjoy sharing that tingling little girlish feeling, in the hopes that other folks will experience it too.

It's easy for Frosty to wear a Happy Face 24/7- but when it comes to human beings, well-

We're only human, and sometimes what we, ourselves find so darn wonderful, can be terrifying to little ones.  Year after year.

Needing to, turn up the lamp of laughter!

It's easy for grown-ups to sometimes forget, while they're out laughing and toasting and getting all dressed up, (and yes running themselves ragged in shopping malls) our wee little munchkins back home, just might be stewing over some mysterious unknown situation, and simply, just freaking out about it too!

Like I said we have birthdays in December!   Jack is being ever so careful in lighting each candle!  Perfect Jack!

Sometimes we get ourselves in a jam.  We're all tied up!  Help, I can't even speak, thought the poor little Elf.  You should have stayed on the shelf, silly one!

Or, we're busy chopping things down!  

But here's the thing.  The ONE THING in fact.  Even through all our hustle and bustle, and all the - we have to do this, and gotta do that, and of course this and that-
never forget-

Invest in People rather that stuff.

Because you know it makes things better when you find yourself flat on your face-

and you don't want to miss all the wonderful music that always greets us especially this time of the year!  Being with friends and loved ones, makes everything brighter!

So Happy Quixotic days to all!
Don't forget to have fun!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twas Twelve Days

"Instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend that would be giving as the angels give." -
 George MacDonald

'Twas twelve days before Christmas

when all through the village and as far out as the countryside, angels could be heard.  

As this story goes, not one singing angel 
had even one discouraging word while-

children frolicked in the parks, footballs to toes and merry go round chases, and the roar of laughter clouded all of the angel's songs-

songs that carried far away and drifted through closed windows in fact!

while purr-fectly charming kitty cats could be seen hanging not from the chimney with care, but way up high on top of their own cupboards waiting-

for the return of "The frisky Dog" charging and bellowing his rollicking way across the room in the hopes that-

Even now that it's sleepy time- (and even the dog will sleep)

and snowmen and women every where sang dear little creatures and munchkins to sleep- while their bellies were full with sugar plums instead of just visions dancing in their heads- (every last sugar plum was gone) Oh my!

and off beyond the snowy path, somewhere around the North Pole, or so I've heard-

All the tireless storekeepers where chatting and carrying on with Santa's Elves-

and bagging freshly baked cookies for the long journey ahead.

and dear old father Christmas chuckled with glee as he rechecked Santa's List-

 taking in account every last entry from all the little Elves reports as well-

Because we all know how GIGANTIC of a HEART Mrs. Claus has, and strange as it is even those silly little mischievous children still receive, no matter what!  Imagine that!

But of course this story ends- 
In hopes that old St. Nick won't be stranded somewhere in the Badlands!

and that like year after year, he'll spring from his sleigh and to his team he'll blow out a whistle
and away they will fly across a thousand downs of a thistle
and in doing so 
we'll all hear his "to all a good night" as they flew out of sight!

Remember a hug is a great gift, one size fits all and
it's perfect to exchange!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Good Fences Juxtapose Delights

"Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition." - Max Ernst

Snapshots just because.  Of course they all include, fences!

Greetings, and welcome dear little mystery Elf.

Sprinkle some cheer here!

"Each man should frame life so at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet." - Victor Hugo

"There is something to be found in the imperfect: the law keeps balance through the juxtaposition of beauty which gains perfection through nurtured imperfection." -  Dejan Stojanovic

Why not shadow a fence over me?

I miss visiting sweet faces and summer's grassy scents.  But, I'm at the same time reveling in what newness is presently playing.

"Short as life is,
 we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time."
 - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Mag Boldly Best

The simple, most uncomplicated thing you'll ever do,
 is be yourself.

"Follow your inner moonlight, don't hide the madness." -  Allen Ginsberg

Photo by Elene Usdin
offered by
Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales

I've been pretty lucky to view our magpie photo each week and write, but usually before I put my words to a photo my curiosity takes over.

Tess often offers photos that are too insistent to ignore, bringing unfamiliar artists with thought provoking as well as soul-satisfying work.  I like exploring the "who" and "what" of her theme photo.  If you've checked out the two photo links you'll see how I arrived at my magpie this week via Elene Usdin's  quixotic yet highly visionary work.

Early Morning She Awakes

She finds it unsettling to chase acceptable-norm.

Darkness, becomes her utopia-winged norm.

The more dark, inky layers of pitch-black the better.
Good apples are always good apples.
Rare birds breed bizarreness.
Musty old patterns and behaviors, spill bleakness.

The weirder she becomes
the saner she feels.

Irresponsibly sensible, pushing comical to extremes.

Hepburn and Taylor molds 
are of old-
Today it's Swift in our heads, and Usdin, Bender and Gaga
or so I've been told.
For each murmur of surrender, every pulsating encounter, dancing bodies
trembling with delight, so eagerly hungry for all that's bold-
slowly sifting ordinary moments for unusual reflections.

And so we applaud newly refreshed thoughts within our day-
Tell me what did the cake have to say?

"I will never die, thought the cake to itself, in even simpler terms, as cakes did not have sophisticated use of language." 
-  Aimee Bender

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Homemade - Thematic Photographic

"That's the thing with handmade items.  They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone."  Aimee Bender


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

"Creative Clutter is better than idle neatness." -  Anonymous

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spirited Game -

"We are all different.  There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit."  -  Stephen Hawking


Nothing can be too silly, but rather, significantly spirited.


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not!" - Dr. Seuss


"Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind."  Dr. Seuss


On stuff


"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" -  Dr. Seuss



"You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in." - Dr. Seuss

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Are There Ever Enough

Twinkle lights? 




"Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend,
Who sport on earth in the night season 
and melt away in the first beam of the sun-"

"Which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage 
through the world." - Charles Dickens

Never admire the lights and baubles so long that you miss the faces in your life!

Can you spot Mr. Gnome in the photo above and below?

"Let us not curse the darkness.  
 Let us kindle little lights." 
- Dada Vaswani