Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

An Evening Air

 Don't get me wrong I'm the biggest fan of sunlight, but there's such a magical experience that always takes a unique hold over me out about the evening air as it always stirs a magical enchantment deep inside of me. I'm posting to City Daily Photo.

"The night hides a world, but reveals a universe."

Terry Gotham 

"True life is lived one moment at a time."

Karen Sather

"In the gathering darkness a long, swift train suddenly,

 Passes me like a lighting.

Hard and ponderous and loud are the wheels.

As ponderous as the darkness, and as beautiful."

Samar Sen 

"All the diversity, all the charm, 

and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade."

Leo Tolstoy

Unlike trees, that we love dearly and often decorate on a whim, "Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give (life) a meaning."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"Life is a paradise for those who love many things with passion."

 Leo F. Buscaglia

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises."

Leo F. Buscaglia

Seems we're all enjoying "The Gratitude Tree" look at all those ribbons!

I'm so grateful for your visits and comments.

Take good care of you and enjoy your week ahead.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

October Stylistically Masterful

Normally if things were anything like last year we'd be wearing hats and heavy coats today and crying about missing our incredible "fall colors" and yet this October it's almost as if we're living in a marvelous dream of summer still living on in October! I'm posting to City Daily Photo hope enjoy moments from this October.

October Bliss.

"Autumn gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came. The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples their costumes all aflame. The sunshine spread a carpet and everything was grand.  Miss Weather led the dancing. Professor Wind the band and the guests were all aflutter and danced off hand in hand." George Cooper Chrysalis

"The only journey is the one within." Rainer Maria Rilke

"I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone." RMR

"Love is the bridge between you and everything." Rumi

Our old Cedar Street bridge.

"Rather than focusing on the obstacle in your path,
focus on the bridge over your obstacle." Mary Lou Retton 

Care for a ride through the streets of Stillwater? Hop on then.

"If your life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches." RMR 

"The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." Carl Jung

"Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness." Carl Jung

"Trace your fingers along the lull of the afternoons then,
Take the spirit of the evenings in your arms, kiss it deeply."
Sanober Khan 

This was a new experience for Artemis on the river in a kayak. She mastered it!

"Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, just keep going no feeling is final."


Enjoy those unexpected moments of gathering together. Time moves on far too quickly. Don't be left behind.

"You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth."
Rainer Maria Rilke

I shot this photo two days ago and what a rare bloom for October this is, and a gift from my son.  I'm grateful for these precious finds because we all know our winter will be arriving at place very close to us right now. 

Still caring for this lovely creature for now.

"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

Thank you for your visit and comments they truly are a day-brightener.
Be safe, and Take good care of you.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Somewhere Between Busyness with Critters

It's been a wonderful whirlwind adventure with my daughter and her family visiting and of course a perfect time for my 9 year old laptop to say "that's enough!" So welcome as I post to City Daily Photo and 


This critter post is mostly all about Artemis my daughter's pup which makes this her second trip here this year. She got to experience our Minnesota winter during their January trip.

Be conscious of your treasures.

Sometimes it's the unspoken language of the collective unconscious that makes all the difference in communication. 

 Sometimes the heart sees what's invisible to the eye.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

Mason's new found friend!

A day spent in nature and 
especially spent with friends or family is always a day well spent.

We spent a gorgeous evening in Wayzata, while loving the fact that it's a dog friendly town! 
Hard to believe it's October.

Artemis was one special pup as all the servers asked to serve us! Thank goodness for dog loving servers, in fact Artemis got her bowl of water before she took our drink orders!

If you're always trying to be normal 
you will never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou

Hello from Danny and Sparky. Later I'll post more from our evening at the Farmington Fire Open House.

Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.
Maya Angelou

Okay I've got this!  Everyone buckle up.

Artemis truly believes she's one of the kiddos.

Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

and also
I am part of all that I have met.

Lyra, Artemis and Karina
In case you didn't notice, Artemis is always ready for a ride.

Thanks for stopping in, and here's my favorite wise quote of today,

Think long thoughts in short sentences.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Take good care of you.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Have Some Fun With Critters

 Hello on this somewhat rainy evening! Honestly it doesn't feel like October 2nd, but more like September 2nd.  I'm posting to City Daily Photo and 

Welcome to


"People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing."

Dale Carnegie

"This is something pretty much all critters have mastered."

"It isn't what you have or who you are,

or where you are or what you are doing

that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."

Dale Carnegie 

"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine." Roy T. Bennett


That look you get as you're desperately trying to open the kitty treats!

Hanging out with sweet Rusty!

"Always go to far, because that's where you'll find the truth."

Albert Camus

Bird of Pottery

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.

Walt Disney

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Oscar Wilde

"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict."

Lemony Snicket

Take time every day to do something funny. Philippa Walker

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."

Albert Camus 

"One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."

Dale Carnegie 

Thank you for stopping by, and know that you're comments are precious!

Take good care of you and enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

What's Going to Happen Next

I'm posting to City Daily Photo as we find out what happens next by following the Yellow Brick Road.

Walking your blues away just follow me along the yellow brick road.

 I ask you, if given the chance wouldn't everyone follow the Yellow Brick Road?

I know I would and have, as for me the world of Oz arrived early in my childhood long ago, and with the continued love of all things related to The Wizard of Oz it continued in my life with the desire and encouragement of my daughter. 

"A heart is is not judged by how much you love but by how much you are loved."

L. Frank Baum from the Wizard of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum (American author known for writing children's books) born in Chittenago, NY in 1856 and died in Los Angeles, CA in 1919.

After he wrote the Wizard of Oz in 1900 after long after his death Oz came to life in North Carolina.

Judy Garland starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and is where my magical adventure into the Land of Oz and how to beware of incoming tornadoes began. These ruby slippers are key to everything, and the original ruby slippers were placed here in  Grand Rapids, Minnesota Judy's birthplace and are located in The Judy Garland Museum. Those slippers have continued to play key roles in life long after the film was created and sadly were stolen from this museum but thankfully the F.B.I. tracked them down.

I've posted about this place years ago, and yes I'm still interested in all things related to the Land of Oz still, and just this morning one of my favorite radio personalities after her recent visit there brought to life through the imagination of L. Frank Baum's creation of  The Wizard of Oz Theme Park it was originally built in 1970, but in truth fell prey to some cruel individuals that after a year they started a fire and destroyed much of it, and many of the original costumes were stolen. 

Today, 2021 it's open on the weekends in September and also private tours are offered.

"Believe you can and you are halfway there."

Theodore Roosevelt 

"True courage is facing danger when you are afraid, you have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself."

L. Frank Baum

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

History can be discovered in nearly every adventure we begin.
 Just go out and try to prove me wrong.

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit." 

If you ask me I'd say the main thing about adventures besides learning new things,
is simply this.

"Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others."
Roy T. Bennett 

The Castle of Oz

"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."

L. Frank Baum

"Do what you love, love what you do, and with all your heart give yourself to it."

Roy T. Bennett

"There is no place like home."


This is Dorothy's house that in the story was located in Kansas

and it's here waiting for your visit.

They have successfully created the aftermath of the tornado that swept through Kansas that day and sent Dorothy and her dog Toto to the Land of Oz.

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

Duke Ellington

There is a blessing in the storm. Sit tight.

"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."

Tom Stoppard

Double rainbows taken less than a mile from my house.

"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream do come true."

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

T. S. Eliot


"Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."

"The universe doesn't give you what you ask for with your thoughts, 

it gives you what you demand with your actions."

Steve Maraboli

Thanks for your visit, enjoy what comes your way.

Take good care of you and stay safe.