Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Wistaria or Wisteria and Critters

Happy Birthday America!

"We must be free not because we claim freedom
but that we practice it. Happy Independence Day!"
William Faulkner

"It was a summer of wistaria. The twilight was full of it and of the smell of his father's cigar as they sat on the front gallery after supper...while in the deep shaggy lawn below the veranda fireflies blew and drifted in soft random."

William Faulkner

Wistaria or Wisteria? I get stuck on things like that. 
Curiosity, and Faulkner's unique writing style.
in short he preferred wistaria over wisteria.

Welcome to

Below, Dash chasing a baby bunny!

"He who can no longer pause 
to wonder and stand rapt in awe
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed."
Albert Einstein

All of life seemed frozen in that one photo.

The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on earth.
Linji Yixuan

The true meaning of
Lucky dog!

"And there is not anything in the world stronger than tenderness.
Han Suyin

"If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary
you are still bobbing in the sea of illusion."
Linji Yixuan

Seriousness and pleasure should strive together.
Allvar och gamman trives garna samman.
Swedish proverb

"People bring to what they see and feel
the inner weather of their souls
and complexion of their minds."
Han Suyin

...and we are so very grateful that they do. 

Pursue what catches your heart
not what catches your eyes.
Roy Bennett

In life we have two choices really.
Wait for that special day
or celebrate every day as special.

Thanks for stopping by your visits mean the world to me.
Take good care of you.

#StaySafe  #gotmask  #AvoidCrowds  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sail Away With Randomness and Critters

Sail away with me.

"She stood in the storm 
when the wind did not blow her way
she adjusted her sails."
Elizabeth Edwards
and when that didn't work she got herself a dog or two.
Or four.


"My humanity is bound up in yours, 
for we can only be human together."
Desmond Tutu

Say hello to Emme and Bugsley my oldest son's dogs are here for 7 day visit. 

Bugsley pictured below just a pup became Karina's very own dog when he was just 10 weeks old! You may remember him from my last post riding in a kayak!

Karina and Bugs
about ten weeks old.

This week!
The joy of having these two outweighed any rough spots.
One pup mixed with a dog and two older dogs..... well.
Bugsley and Emme
first day here.

We're enjoying seven days and seven nights
 of their joyful company. 

Bugs is center stage. Always.

Just a few random little moments in life 
where it's the simple things that mean the most.

Something about the way she moos
attracts me like no udder.

Can you see me in this photo?

I've got my kitty eye on you!

"A person is a person through other persons;
You can't be human in isolation;
you are human only in relationships."
Desmond Tutu

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good 
put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu

"I believe in the simple things
the classic beginning of once upon a time,
that good conquers evil in the end, fantasy and fate.
My life is that of wondrous enchantment,
a place of endless possibilities and dreams, 
where inspiration is found in the oddest of places. 
I aspire to inspire, and someday I will change the world."
Andrew Kendall 

The Simple Things

A few highlights from Missouri
the Show Me State.

Splash, splash do your thing water fountain.
Not far from The Plaza Shopping Mall Kansas City, Missouri

So many solid gold memories from my childhood when my family packed up the car and we'd drive from Michigan to Arizona to visit my grandfather.
These trips and especially traveling along Route 66 are still etched in my memory for a lifetime.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge Route 66
 St. Louis Missouri, now a foot bridge.

Route 66 Rocker

When you have the urge to do some serious rocking!

Here I am on my last trip to St. Louis with the Arch in the background.

"A reel expert can tackle anything."

Thanks for stopping in to say hello your comments mean the world to me.
Thank you. 
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Scour all Fuzzy or Cryptic Elements

Scour all Fuzzy or Cryptic Elements

Don't just see but feel nature around you.
Cannon River runners!

What's behind is often what lies within.

When I'm overwhelmed I become silent and 100% focused on what to do next. I'm sure most of you recently experienced the unfortunate results of protesters followed by rioters, if not be ever thankful, it stemmed from a horrific death placed upon one man by the knee of a Minneapolis officer.  I understand the pain and turmoil as I lived for eleven years in Minneapolis and only a few short miles from where this took place. 

There is a bright side and I believe much has and will continue to improve with our diligence and determination. During these times I read.

Have you ever stumbled upon a writer, poet or perhaps an artist as in this case, someone you don't recall reading before and as you devour every word you know they're speaking for you?

This quote by Erik Pevernagie sums it up, for me.

"Comes the tipping point in life, 
when we decide to a 'stop and search' 
and our emotional police bring us to a standstill. 
This allows us to scan all the little details 
in the spectrum of our being: scour all fuzzy or cryptic elements 
that are floating around in our mind 
and restore the fault lines in the cluttered tale of our life."

She holds the light from within.

"To trust, to have faith. Because as a friend of mine once said,
"It's belief that gets us there,"
Kevin Costner as Joe Darrow, Dragonfly

It's belief that gets us there.

"Rather than loitering around, day by day,
some prefer to crawl out of the shadow of their squirrel cage and
try badly to cuddle up to a brighter side of life by searching out wiggle room to empower their feeble stance, expecting to eke out some soothing moments of relish and buoyancy in the wings of their expectant quest.
Erik Pevernagie

Hug like you mean it.

"When our mind is in shambles and we dare to reflect 
on the story of our life,
we may discover, in the stream of our thoughts,
the fault line between what we have under-felt
 and what we have overthought on our way."

Overthought can drag us way down.

"Faith is nothing more than a strong belief in something.
The glue that holds everything together."

Life always begins with one step out of your comfort zone.
Shannon L. Alder

"You have to believe, otherwise, it will never happen."
Neil Gaiman

"Beauty is not who you are on the outside,
it is the wisdom and time you gave away
to save another struggling soul like you."
Shannon L. Alder

Nature always wears the color of the spirit.

"You know your testimony is strong
 when your roots are so deep
 that other people's storms will never knock you over."
Shannon L. Alder

Thanks for your visit and your comments
they mean everything to me.
Take good care of you.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Intelligent Retrieval on Our Critter Saturday

The process of having our world back as close as it once was sometime soon seems well, I hate to say doubtful, I'm more optimistic than that, yet it'll be a long and different road then we've known.

My retrieval into a brave new world begins from a book that has been pulling me every single time I walked past it.  52 lists for Happiness. Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance and Joy. By Moorea Seal She's a young woman with a lot to say here's an example from her own blog.

It's from List 10 List the ways that you feel lucky.
The next page has this offering.

TAKE ACTION: This week hide something special in a secret corner of your neighborhood: place a crystal along a popular path, hide five dollars under a park bench, or leave an encouraging note in a library book (or any place people frequent) for someone to find. Your love will bring them that feeling of luck.

(I've done this with my grandkiddos before 
and it feels good for the giver as well)

and of course I'm posting to

I've been blessed with a batch of baby bunnies.

More smiling, less worrying. 
More compassion, less judgment.
More blessed, less stressed.
More love, less hate.
Roy T. Bennett
(sounds like animal's credo)

Makes me wonder what is ours/yours/my credo at this time?

The past is a place of reference
not a place of residence;
the past is a place of learning
not a place of living.
Roy T. Bennett
(don't get stuck in yesterday's history)

Life becomes easier and more beautiful 
when you see the good in other people.
Roy T. Bennett

A boy and his kitty.
That is love.

My Dash (Dashiell) and his many haircuts. Being a mixed breed with poodle, Schnauzer and ? his haircuts vary immensely. 

"The problem with putting two and two together
is that sometimes you get four
and sometimes you get twenty-two."
Dashiell Hammett

Sometimes it's scary looking down
so look up pup.

"Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, 
we lose the excitement of possibilities.
 Dreaming after all is a form of planning."
 Gloria Steinem

Little busy fingers at play.

Empathy grows as we learn.
Alice Miller

Children aren't born with it
they see it modeled in others.

No worries, these days will return. 

"It doesn't matter. I have books, and new books, 
and I can bear anything as long as there are books."
Jo Walton, Among Others.

and as long as there is life.

This is the entrance to my bunny nest.

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day,
and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them."
Jo Walton

Be cautious, don't rush into something that doesn't feel comfortable. Always Trust your Gut. You'll know when it's time. Always keep yourself safe.  Wholeheartedly, when each and every-single-one of us take care of ourselves, (and of course your little ones) life will proceed into the positive of this horrible invading virus.

Thanks for stopping in your visits 
are special to me.
Take good care of you.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Critters and A Day Along the Water

One day or day one. You decide.

As for the Corona Virus I pray this rush to bring the economy back doesn't cause an even higher escalation of cases. I fear if we push for businesses to reopen in America (without proper testing and total precautions practiced by all) we're headed for disaster. We must apply common sense. 

"The best lightning rod for your protection 
is your own spine."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One person with passion is better than
forty people merely interested."
E. M. Forster

My daughter's a mother but also a fur baby mama, here with her pup and the kitties below are hers too!

Of course Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there, including those fur baby mothers! 
Today I'm posting lovely water views, critters for 
and finish a sentence! Just to be silly.

and I'm toying with the game- finish this sentence. Alexa plays this game too, if you're lucky to have her in your house!

"Let yourself go. 
Pull out from the depths
those thoughts that you do not understand,
and spread them out in the sunlight
and know the meaning of them."
E M. Forster

How about a walk down to the lake 
where spring is advancing all around?

"From far, from eve and morning,
And yon twelve-winded sky,
This stuff of life to knit me
Blew hither: here am I."
E. M. Forster

Doesn't twelve-winded sky give you pause for thought?

Us again! From our cat-patio. 
Lounging, hearing bugs but can't reach them. 

"From high, from full sun shining
and yon a cloudless sky
the stuff of life around me
from my cat-patio, here I am.
Alive yon fresh-air and sun shining."

A little library by the water.

Libraries store energy that fuels the imagination.
They open up windows to the world
and inspire us to explore and achieve 
and contribute to improving our quality of life.
Libraries change lives for the better.

Sidney Sheldon

On days like this, you gain.

Not my boat, but the name belongs to a beloved pup.

Our Lady, remains inside my heart for our dear pup we were graced by her for sixteen wonderful years, and we shall never forget her.

Gifts are all around us.
Feeling them.

Having wasted previous wishes. 
- lesson learned!

Adrift in chasms of my thoughts - 
 stop overthinking.

Always remember to be hopeful and curious
and that as you move about your day there is so
much to be thankful for. Everything has purpose,
and because of this glorious day you'll desire more!

Thank you so much for stopping by
I hope you're all having that glorious day
take good care of you.