Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Saturday Critters and other Blog Memories

Welcome to 

"All I have is all I need
and all I need
 is all I have in this moment."
Byron Katie

"The miracle of love comes to you
 in the presence of the uninterpreted moment.
 If you are mentally somewhere else, you miss real life."
Byron Katie

this next quote really explains everything about life and my post today.

"My experience is that the teachers we need most
 are the people we're living with right now."
Byron Katie

My youngest son's beloved Rusty!

My sweet Dash.  He's as precious as a prince.

Remembering my sweet little Allie, went blind at about age 6 but lived a wonderful life with us for 16 incredible years.

Best second grade teacher ever gave each of her students their own fish, equipment and lengthy instructions to care for them.

Misty always my supervisor/helper.

Hugs are everything.

and in honor of lost blogs that I miss. Just a few for now.

Back in the day when folks were crazy about blogging, there were lots of

My special favorite because Tess with her phenomenal blog "The Mag" pushed us to share our thoughts with you in our own unique words and sometimes images. Here's one of mine.

and so many of us here right now today remember our Good Fences posts! 

Gosh another awesome Thematic Photographic was like my weekly indulgence, Of course so many folks drifted from posting and our dear favorite friend Carmi sadly gave up.

It's American made since 2010 in Utah! A Vanderhall!

Until next time!
Thanks for stopping by.
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


One of my greatest joys in life is piloting!

Piloting my life by my own design.

A few quotes from Beryl Markham and me.

There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing.

How about the silence of a cat before her purring begins?

There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. 

or by the water sharing a hot summer day together.

There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same.

There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt.

There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys.

or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work.

Which way now? What does the map say?

A map says to you
read me carefully,
follow me closely, doubt me not
I am the earth in the palm of your hand.

Togetherness is the key ingredient to a happy childhood!

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin!

You bring your own weather to any picnic.

I've/we've prioritized taking care of my mind, having fun
and doing the things that me/us laugh.

Fall in love with the energy of your days
breathe in all that you can
retrace your fond memories
but never stop adding more memories
 to your days.

Thanks for sharing time with me. Take good care of you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

To Be Happy One Must Find

June 2019
Marks many special moments beginning with my oldest
grandchild's high school graduation.

He'll be off to the United States Air Force in September.

Another dance recital for Karina!
She received her five year trophy as well this year.

From: Hello My Name Is: DANCE

From the production

"Too be happy, one must find one's bliss."
Gloria Vanderbilt

It was the first week of Cousin Extravaganza! 
Lyra and Karina being silly!

"We are not put on this earth to see through one another.
We are put on this earth to see one another through."
Gloria Vanderbilt

Lions and tigers and dinosaurs!

One day was reserved for The Science Museum in 
St. Paul, Minnesota.

"I believe there is an impulse in each of us
 to make our own personal and individual mark
on the world around us."
Gloria Vanderbilt

"That is the best to laugh with someone
because you both think the same things are funny."
Gloria Vanderbilt

The world is your stage so go forth and make your mark.

The News Crew!

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
Carl Sagan

"It's love that makes the world go round."
W. S. Gilbert

We are not made to be alone.
Except for those necessary quiet moments 
we spend just being by ourselves.

Besides Oliver Karina was the sweetest mouse ever in

My daughter could only spend a little over a week with us
while Lyra gets to spend the entire month with visits to see two other grandmas. 
It's wonderful to be blessed with family.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot
help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life,
of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day."
Albert Einstein

"March out of the common line;
make bold steps ahead and dance to the tune of a sweeter,
better and nicer tone of your own music. March out of the tiny box!
Israelmore Ayivor

Monday, May 27, 2019

Bringing It Together

Always do your part. 
You just never know when your compassion and empathy
is extremely vital.
On the ending of a wonderful family day and incredible 70 something degree sunny day we walked to a nearby park where I encountered a blown-out-of-proportion situation.  Apparently 3 twenty-something individuals felt the need to call law enforcement to remove this extremely dangerous dog from the park.
The officer seemed to agree, but if you know me at all I immediately came to this poor pups aid and clearly his loving nature prevailed. Yes! First I know that owners must be responsible, I don't care how old your beloved pet is and that he knows his way home, and loves visiting folks at the park, go there with him. We brought ours on a leash. Our world has far too many, so they believe to be well-doers doing their job- they totally lack knowledge, understanding-empathy. 

So just how scary is this cute, (on actual sight he walks very slowly) ?

No one is useless in this world 
who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
Charles Dickens

I still believe in fairy tales
and happy endings.

Make things happen for the good.

Welcome to 
on Sunday

"The meaning of life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it
were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."
Alan Wilson Watts

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds.
It will get you nowhere.
Live by intuition and inspiration
 and let your whole life be revelation.
Eileen Caddy
Overcome the notion that you must be regular

it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.
Uta Hagen

"This is the  real secret of life
to be completely engaged with what you are doing
in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work
realize it is play."
Alan Watts

Set your sights high, the higher the better.
Expect the most wonderful things to happen,
not in the future but right now.
Realize that nothing is too good.
Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you
or hold you up in any way.
Go for it.

Music gives a soul to the universe
wings to the mind
flight to the imagination
and life to everything.

Encourage one another in every way possible
every soul needs encouragement.
By helping others, we grow.

It is important from time to time
to slow down
to go away by yourself
and simply be.
Eileen Caddy
No pressures.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
E.E. Cummings

"The moment you feel, you're nobody but yourself."

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Reminiscence and Critter Love

and Happy Mother's Day to all mothers 
and especially all you critter mothers too!


Keeping my
Eyes wide open.

What roams about your world today?


"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will be as one." John Lennon

Let your heart sing! 

How about a game of

Duck, duck, goose!

When you feel you've lost that feeling of connection-
it means it's time to reminisce all over again.

A tree says, 
A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought,
I am life from eternal life.
Be still and observe. 
Hermann Hesse Baume.

I love when memories make me feel at home.

What's your "go to" song?

If you say Yummy, Yummy I've got love in my tummy then well I know just how you're feeling!  Or Sugar, Sugar! Oh yeah.

Go ahead be the first to, Shock the world. Why not. Just Be silly!

"Whatever I like, even after a long time, I still like it."

There's a special place in my heart for ALL snowmen. Always.

and besides snowmen it's fun to just hang with your best buddy.

It keeps me humble to know exactly where I came from 
and all the hard work I put in to be here.

After looking at this piece of art,
what's your first thought that comes to mind?

Working with your hands, is a marvelous feeling.

Pleasure in the job
puts perfection in the work.


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.