Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What We Do

I'm joining with 

Mark Koopmans has generously offered 3 sets of prompts
I'm using 2 sets in Italic blue.

What we do in Minnesota 
when Mother Nature toys with us.

Many Minnesotans fly to a warmer Disney location, and text silly emojis to those back home.  I'd say in this old family photo we're each
one of a kind fashionista 
all living it up, while the folks back home
 are languishing bitter wind chills
 and loading up their morning carpool to slug
along in rush hour traffic.

Normally, this time of year,
if you're not off to Trinidad for a delicious Trinidad Bratwurst seen here,
you might wallow in spongy mud on your knees planting seeds 
and setting a spindle garden angel or gnome in place, for good luck.

Or, maybe you're off to Victoria's Secret for summer jammies 

 and buying a new umbrella since April usually leaves us
 watered seasonably 
by spring showers.

(I seriously think we had warmer days last winter than we're having this spring. Silly right?)

Oddly enough, we've had a couple of 90 degrees days this spring and folks hit the beach.

Only to put their winter coats back on two days later.


Cover your new plantings and growths 
we've got another frost warning for tonight.

Truly not a ghost, just one example of coverage against
 the harsh touch of Mother Nature.

"Come with me into the woods
where spring is advancing
as it does, no matter what
not being singular or particular
but one of the forever gifts,
and certainly visible."
Mary Oliver 

Or, take a stroll along a Minneapolis avenue 
and capture some dancing statues.

"To pay attention this is our endless and proper work.
Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."
Mary Oliver

"And I say to my heart: rave on."
Mary Oliver

So, how is your spring going so far this year?


Anonymous said...

Bill and I love Minnesota and the U.P. We feel it is God's country up there. Thank you for sharing it. Hugs.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I want to be in that 5th shot (forest)

River said...

Nicely done with the words. I wouldn't mind a trip to Trinidad, but it would have to be in their winter, I couldn't take the humidity of their summer I don't think.
My story will be on my blog Friday 20th.

Elephant's Child said...

Great use of the words. I am with River about Trinidad too. On both counts. Humidity? Bleah.

Mark Koopmans said...

Thanks, Karen, for playing along with my silly lists of words:)

I have to admit it looks *cold* and then warm all in the same week, so I don't know how you all do it :)


eileeninmd said...

Hello, you did a great post using the prompt words. I want to go Trinidad. Disney would be fun too. The ghost plant is funny, we had to cover our plants this week too. Crazy weather for May. Our spring is kind of chilly, does not feel like spring at all. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Granny Annie said...

Great job using two sets of the words and pictures too!

sage said...

Great photos and stories

RedPat said...

It's been a strange spring here too!