Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, January 1, 2016

Good Fences and Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

and as always
an overload of reflections
(for me anyway)
as 2015 slips away.

Agatha Christie said, "One of the saddest things in life, is the things one remembers."

But, I disagree.

Those things that I remember, fuel everything that I do.

I offer this thought to you as we begin another new year.

"Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always."
Rainer Maria Rilke

So as 2016 begins, we bid farewell to the cause of holiday traditions,
 and all their effects to welcome 2016.

First fence arrives from

Victorian House with wrought iron cornstalk fence.

"They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wine in the cellars."
Henry David Thoreau

Happy New Year wishes to all.

"No cause occurs without effect.
and no effect occurs without cause.
No unjust action goes without penalty
and no action or thought
Flows unnoticed
throughout the universe."
Suzy Kassem

My next offering for GOOD FENCES arrives with a row of palm trees and a not so lovely but dutiful fence in Santa Barbara, California.

I believe the design and construction of buildings and especially houses all have their own individual personalities, just like people. 

The above photo is located next door to the
Albert Hayman Cottage 212 Palm Avenue Santa Barbara, California

This is the view along Palm Avenue
showing 212 Palm (Albert Hayman Cottage) right center.
The cottage is of
Gothic Revival

Clearly showing, bigger isn't always better.
Not a McMansion by any means.

Quaint and homey like.

With attention to detail.

Home, is where one does more than just live.

"I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters
the days of my life, already lived
and held like a legend, and understood."
Rainer Maria Rilke

The better to appreciate all that has passed and all that is promised ahead.

Can't you just imagine a gentle fire burning within?

So, are you curious about the effect of time upon this quaint little cottage today? View the link below.

"And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been."
Rainer Maria Rilke


eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, I love the cute little cottage. I could live there! I wish you all the best in 2016! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Christine said...

Just the kind of quaintness I adore!
Have a new year full of wonderful new memories!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little cottage is right. :) may life be right with you in 2016.

sage said...

Happy New Year! I'd love for it to be cool enough to have a cozy little fire in that hearth here

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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Happy New Year, Karen!

A cute little cottage is all I need.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That first house must have a lot of history.

Anonymous said...

What a nice series of images. I do say that first house seems quite interesting.

Debbie said...

such a cute little homestead!! wonderful images and quotes today!! may 2016 be very good to you karen!!!!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

There's nothing wrong with living in a place near the sea where cactuses can grow outside in your front garden. Happy 2016!

RedPat said...

Happy New Year to you, Karen!

Filip and Kristel said...

The colored picture is my favorite. Happy New Year.


Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Well done. I hope you and yours are having a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Oh, and congrats on the Golden Gophers winning a bowl game this year (in 2015, actually).


I knew the first photo right away...Nothing quite as ornate as NOLA

Happy New Year to you and yours Karen.

Alexia said...

Have a wonderful year in 2016, Karen!

Lois said...

A lovely post Karen. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

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humbird said...

Hey Karen! Thanks for visiting with your optimism in this New Year! Glad to see your new photos and quotas too.
One of Rainer Maria Rilke about finding the legend in our past dark moments I esp. like. Can't imagine living with no memory about different things...They're our blessings and just life. Have a happy creative 2016 year with all your family and friends!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Well, my goodness, time has sure changed the look, hasn't it? Sweet little cottage. The hotel fence is quite ornate..a bit much, I think though.
Happy New Year!!

Jeanie said...

This is a totally fun post! And I LOVE to look back!