Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Tale of Women

Imagine the combining of two super blog memes in one?

Photo credit, Fresh Paint by Hy Mayer

I'm joining with Alan and Tess and all their 
followers with a bit of artsy cheer!

Welcome to



From all the women
before us
way back in the day 
long, long before now.

They say

all have 
eyes in the back
of our heads
All the better to see you with.

We also
carry upon our back
our very own 
painter's palette

All the more to adore you with

painting by Cesar Santos

Women are strong

Photo credit here from the Library of Congress

determined, devoted and articulately driven.

We women
will share our heart and souls
barefooted or not.
All the better to care for those loved 
by women 
yesterday, today and tomorrow.

We women
live by our art
and work our fingers to the bone
feeding our hunger 
or creativeness.

A women's art studio by day
is where she lives
by evening end.
It's where she plays
and lives wholeheartedly.

Whatever you do, be different.
Just be yourself, there is no one better.
Maya Angelou

Take good care of you!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Nature and Critter Superpowers

Happy Sunday morning to all.
I hope you enjoy my postings for



Being an optimist is not only fun and courageous, it's powerful.
Especially living in Minnesota. (and nearly every other place on earth this winter season.)

Yes, we all take advantage of outings when the weather warms up.
(Remember click on the photo to enlarge.)
Too much snow for you? 
Well then, "Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.  from Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"

Some bunny loves you!

But for the moment, the snow has pretty much disappeared.
"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
Albert Einstein

Who said toy pups aren't playful?

Bark! Bark!

Yes, Winter is definitely on the fritz.

How about these photos I took yesterday along the Mississippi River?

Pretty right?

I saw bikers ready to ride the Big River Regional Trail, and there 
were many walking it with their beloved dogs, or sweetheart.

Hard pressed to find any snow, but there were Eagles flying overhead, and what is that up in the sky, a bird or -

a plane! A bit blown up version so you can see it too.

Speaking of bunnies

If you look closely you'll notice they are popping
 or is hopping up everywhere you go these days.

So many pretty flowers too.

Munch, munch, munch!

Of course, while winter is on the fritz and yesterday our temperatures were in the 50's, not so many birds have returned thankfully, as winter is still prepared to offer a few more wintry blasts before spring officially arrives.

So, if it's feathered friends you wish to meet,
 head-on-over to the local pet shop.

Again blowing up the shot

Hmm, is that a ghost bird  sitting next to you, or?

Last, here's a glimpse into what we can expect in the next few weeks.

Raise them, bake them, build them,
 feed them, decorate them, and eat them all up!
A true story, coming soon to your house.

Everybody loves snowmen, it's true.

Where there is art, there is love.

Floating with a purpose these-
Sticks and stones, and ice and snow, but creeks will
 always brighten your day. No matter what.

Ah, pretty little butterfly, we miss you so.

Well perhaps, not all in this order, 
but that's life, and especially here in Minnesota
this year anyway.

Spend every single day you've been given
with meaning. 
Take good care of you, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Tubing Anyone a Good Fence report

Did you say Tubing?

Welcome to

and winter fun!

"Well, I know now. I know a little more 
how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person."
Sylvia Plath

Click here to Experience the ride tubing here.
You'll be happy you did.

Bring your friends. The more the merrier!

"You can discover more about a person
 in an hour of play
 than in a year of conversation."
Richard Lingard

Monday, February 22, 2016

Full Hunger Moon

I've been dreaming about moons, and nature without ice or snow, and watching dripping icicles, yet fearing the return of frozen tundra temperatures.  Still wishing for spring and sunshine.

 Well, a girl can dream right? 

The Full Hunger Moon is when game is scarce and predators are particularly hungry.  AKA - Little Famine Moon and Bony Moon and Full Snow Moon.

So speaking of moons, do you think the moon is ever full at Half Moon Bay?

Okay, many of you may wonder where is Half Moon Bay?

Photo taken May 2013

Ah, the beach at
in San Mateo County

Listen to Dream a little dream with me here.

I miss trips to the beach, any beach-

and watching ducks at Lake Harriet.

I miss driving downtown with clouds overhead and the green, green grass growing around every curve.

 What is it about open water and melting blue hues
 overhead where sunshine brightens the land?

If it's crashing waves,

and honking birds with white sand between your toes, pack a lunch and bring the camera and leave the city noise behind.  I won't find it around here.

Of course California and a visit to Half Moon Bay, a short, lovely scenic 25 minute drive from San Francisco, could be the answer.

Tourist stops?  There are many.
- and quiet, if that's what you're looking for.

Oh, and did I mention Dinosaur sculptures?

Yes, apparently they still do roam the earth and not just

in South Dakota either.

 Did someone mention Lighthouses?  Of course, the one pictured below and closest to me now is

Photo take before this winter!

The Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

Far too wintry for now.

But, Half Moon Bay, California is the better choice if you're near,
 and one idea if you're craving a night on the ocean, with access to lighthouse views, and throw in a hostel for an excellent night's sleep?

Well then why not go to

Point Montara Lighthouse, (founded in 1875 as a fog signaling station) on California's Pacific coast near Half Moon Bay.
I soon discovered why this reminded me of the east coast.
The sweet little lighthouse actually came from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and went back into service right there in Half Moon Bay in 1928 or 1929.

I'm very curious about how it got there, as speculation still abounds about exactly how or why it arrived in California. Another mystery to unravel so it seems.

"It is the absence of facts that frightens people:
the gap you open,
into which they pour their fears,
fantasies, desires."
Hillary Mantel

Worry not- just believe

Adventure is worthwhile-
if just for remembering them on those wintry mornings.

Where will my next adventure be?  Alabama of course, and New Orleans,  and Savannah, these places really wake up my soul.

Enjoy your day, thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Critters abound

Good morning and welcome to

I love hanging out with my human Mom!

I seldom post about our cat, Kitty and yet she's making another brief appearance this week as well.  Lucky for her that she was such a super-hero-kitty last week, because this week-
she's pretty much driving us all a bit bananas!

Apparently for her, it's mating season again. Go figure, the weather warms up and so does she.  As you'll notice in the next photo, she's everywhere we are. Yep, she just climbed across my keyboard!

Rub, rub, rub, rub, RUB!


"There are no uninteresting things, 
only uninterested people."
G.K. Chesterton

"Cats are connoisseurs of comfort."

James Herriot

Just saw this adorable idea on Facebook this morning.

You know it's gonna be hard to eat even one of them.

So while some/114.4 million (or darn close) viewers just in the United States
were watching the Super Bowl this year,

Some adventurous, free-spirited souls went fishing instead.

"Traditional angling is to escape the noise and one-
upmanship of modern angling in favor 
of something simple and beautiful."
Fennel Hudson

Okay, a quick hello from our blind pup Allie. It just goes to show even though she's been blind (almost her entire life) it rarely shows.  We love you Allie.

She may not see, but thoughts always circle, through her head.

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius

Never forget, we're as happy as we feel inside!

"I've got nothing to do today but smile."
Paul Simon

Won't you smile along with me too?!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Skunk House, Fences and History

Linking to GOOD FENCES

and celebrating our one hundredth post this week of sharing all things about  fences, their posts and places where they fence naturally.

This post also fits nicely with my historic Minneapolis posting for

Click on the photos to enlarge.

On August 14, 2013 I wrote about this tower here.

How about a summer view of the tower?

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
Winston Churchill 

Downtown Minneapolis 
delivered tastefully designed-

Stylish fencing which
still exists today.

Exquisite lamp post at Minneapolis Federal Building

For those of us who cherish architectural history you should enjoy this glimpse back to a time where a place like, the Skunk House and eagles protecting a water supply (which survives yet today) actually existed in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One fascinating story connected to the Skunk House (aka the Foster House) during the time the No Name Gallery arrived to spread their artist charm, the space was once owned by John Linsmayer, (his family was in the fur trading business) and his office on the second floor which originally belonged to his grandfather earlier, this is my favorite part,  his business cards read, "Head Skunk" for his title.  

Click here to learn,  how the purchase of a building for one dollar is now the stuff of legends.

The Skunk House
aka the Foster House

Notice the small section of chain link fencing in the lower right corner of the photo?  Not sure what it is/was fencing out.

S.E. Foster built 1882

Stephen E. Foster arrived in Minnesota in 1850 as the first Blacksmith in St. Anthony Falls 
and built his business in a wood framed building at 100 First Street North and rebuilt in 1882 with a three story brick structure.

From Skunk House to art-space artfully named, "third space" it's not a museum or commercial gallery, you can't buy and sell things there, it's a place where art is made and exhibited.

So how does 100 First Street North look today?

I believe you're really going to like it-

I think it's even more beautiful then when it was first built, and it has a lovely little wood fence next to it as well.

Thanks so much for stopping in and may your "Thank goodness it's Friday" become an even better weekend ahead.  Enjoy.