Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thematic Photograph - 254 Signs of the times

“The sign said don’t do it, so naturally I did it. Signs are always saying stuff in a silent way.
 Writing is a way to say something in a silent way. 
”     Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious.


Oh my, this theme could "sign deeply" in so many directions.

Carmi, at Written Inc. has set, "Signs of the times" in motion for our theme this week.  I actually shot this newest and most interesting "sign" last week, before this theme came to be! 

When observed,  it promises to promote safety over railroad tracks!

Have any of you ever seen this sign yet?

Or, wish you had?

Nature's sign of the times, all the time.

The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity." - George Carlin

Just goes to show, signs can lead us to something other than what we think it is!
Hehehehe, they are a set of children's chest of drawers.  Made by my son, and offered for free, during their move.  Fooled so many folks driving by,
 "What? Those aren't tool boxes."

A true sign of the times below.  This was taken at our neighborhood playground.

Can you read this sign?

This sign will help!

The answer is, "Yes, I can.  How about you?"
Lastly, I cannot do a post about signs, without posting the link for one of my old favorites songs, that comes to mind with "signs" click on to hear it too!
So why not bring us a sign of your own just go here

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Mag

....for a better and brighter tomorrow, one must awaken curiosity. - Karen


Image presented by Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales

Verily, one must
rise above one's own space
to cradle your soul.
Feel free to let go.
Dare to question, but live with appetite-
for life.
For other Magpie Tales
go here

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Centus - 27 July 2013 "Banking" on Love

"I just realized my lips are inside out.  They should be turned inwards because I spend most of my time talking to myself." - Jarod Kintz


Yes, as a matter of fact, this truly is Saturday Centus.

The rules are set by Jenny, from Off on my tangent, blog (our mission, with or without a spaceship is to complete this task)

Besides no spitting please, her rules are-

The prompt this week:  'Ground control to Major Tom'

Number of words:  No more than 107 total (including the 5 words of the prompt)
Style of writing: Romance (yeah, I know...the heat is getting to me!  You can listen to the song on You-tube (link on prompt) for romantic inspiration - MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)
Additional Pictures: Any

Ground control to Major Tom

Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Nervously I watch,
straining forward to hear you.
My heart drones a most slumberous song
without you
I'd lose my appetite
for love.
There won't be enough protein pills to survive
losing you.
Your heavy motor purring like an alley cat,
drowns everything out.
Commencing countdown
engines all around
buzzed idly
I only hear
of my heart.
Your finger down the wire
nervously, I sing relentlessly
Ground control to Major Tom
can you hear me?
Ready set go
"CHECK ignition"
pours from your window
meticulously I catch
last words
all covered in dust.
Moments before
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five,
 four, three, two, one, lift off!
See you
finish line!
To view other Saturday Centus Major Tom dilemmas just go here

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 187 - 27 July 2013

Above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything else you do. - Anonymous, Holy Bible, New International Version 


When I hear the word book, immediately writers instinctively come to mind, and one especially well known storyteller springs quickly into my thoughts.

 Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain
The world knows him for his classic American novels such as, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
"The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies." - Mark Twain
Our Sepia theme today runs a bit deeper then the likes of Huck and Tom's shenanigans, as we research the Bible.
This photo on file at the Library of Congress
was taken between 1950-1960.
Asia Minor, Ephesus, Marble Street. 
Ruins of theatre on the right.
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the
Book of Revelation.  The Gospel of John may have been written right here.
The city was the site of several of the 5th-century Christian Councils. 
But, Alan has asked us to bring forth any bibles or other old books from under our own roofs.
So let's brush off that dust and see what we have.
Just what might we uncover from
 our own bookshelves?

The books below are from my family's collection of old bibles and other interesting books.

This tattered and thoroughly worn bible, is now in my possession, but once belonged to my grandfather.  He used this bible regularly, but he also owned a rather lavishly larger version bound in white leather. 
The couple in the photo are his parents, my Great-Grandmother Bertha and Great-Grandpa Alfred.  The glass, also a family treasure was etched at a fair in 1908!

This is one of several maps within his bible.

This was from my grandmother's collection of bibles.  She had an endless supply from all walks of life.
After all these years, I've come to finally understand why she spent so many hours pouring over her own thoughts and writings regarding the bible.  It was Thomas Jefferson's own thoughts throughout this book which introduced her to the very idea of rewriting, or editing the bible.

My burning question at this very moment, that sadly will remain forever unanswered is,
did she agree or disagree with Thomas Jefferson's writing?

Or for the content within the bible as well?

Below is the last page of his book.

The closing remarks in ink, are in my grandmother's own handwriting.

This page is from another book belonging to my grandmother, Strength for the Day.  I haven't looked at it in years, but it's very amazing how even though it was written in 1945, the words are quite fitting for today's world as well.

If you care to visit other Sepia Saturday posts or bring forth your own
go here


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday - Just WAIT a minute!

Jenny, from "Off on my tangent" is celebrating the letter J in our class today.


My J assignment today, finds me in a ticklish spot.  I'm hoping love, and blood, can mend what texting has strewn apart.

Just a few J words to jazz it all up.

Just a jewel of a jangled, jumbled-up,
less than jazzy week it's been.
Joined without a doubt by
a few other folks.
This JUST couldn't
only happen to me-

Just by looking at these folks can you tell what's the matter?

Just look at this next photo and see if perhaps it sheds some insight into their confusion.

Jaws dropping, jousts brewing, and friendships jeopardized
all over jigsaw texts?

Je ne sais quoi -
translates to ( I do not know what)

Just why are most people
totally set on texting
as their main source of
It's leaving me

Juggling a busy schedule?
Jiving on instant texting?
 It's so common to exchange the lovely pitter-patter of words for faceless, soundless, emotionless jumble of letters for words
and words shortened-
resulting afterwards with
hurt feelings and misunderstandings
just standing between family and friends.

Don't let the foul odor of decay
 join between you
and your friendship
with jumbled misunderstandings-
"Say no to texting fulltime"

To check out other J posts just go here

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thematic Photographic - 253 Blurred Vision

"A solid answer to everything is not necessary.  Blurry concepts influence one to focus, but postulated clarity influences arrogance."  - Criss Jami


Carmi, is seeing, well in truth, his world for us this week is more of a, blur!  As in blurred vision as our theme.  Now, these kinds of photos generally become deleted instantly, but I did have these already waiting for display.

Although, this theme has me thinking, possibly an afternoon of blurry hunting is in order.  How about you?  Do you have the urge as well?

To view other blurry photos go here

Life tends to blur by too quickly,
and can leave us standing on end,
if we don't slow down and see
what's right before our eyes.

One favorite of mine was taken Sunday and can you guess what saved this shot from the trash can?
If you said, the adorable face of this munchkin, you'd be right!

Don't ask, and I won't even begin to explain.  This is something unexpected that occurred.  I knew the moment I saw it, one day it would surely become a perfect fit for Thematic Photographic.  Or, at least be included in my next ghostly tales from the other side! 

Blurry, or not blurry? This is something that I know one blogger friend will know!
Celebrating blurry has my curious and adventurous attention, and I'm thinking
why not go in search of

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 186 - 20 July 2013

"We don't need to have a long journey just to find love because in our home we have love and that's the family." - Andrea G. Matias

SEPIA SATURDAY - and vacation - well for some, not personally mine, not yet anyway.

A bit of a twist this Saturday, as I have three adorable animals from the wild kingdom of- oops, in reality they are three grand-delights, that keep me on steady and ready-alert mode!  Is that thunder in the background?  No not at all, those are feet, running!

Ten glorious days of wonder, imagination and active duty as travel agent/concierge for a 3, 4 and 5 year old, keeping peace and tranquility directly from my command-center.

Of course there will be water, in several forms.

Plenty of instructions, treasure maps, and inter-active story times!

Oh, I really should introduce my assistant for these intense ten days!

Meet Mr. - oh sorry he's a bit occupied at the moment!

Note: Sunday I've planned an exciting family-together-outing which includes
my Assistant too!

Ha! Ha!


So please don't worry about me.  I'll be right behind them, every step of the way, up and down and all around!  Even, if it does appear that I'm otherwise tied up at the moment, really all is well!

There will be no escaping! HA! HA!

So, please meet me (right here after dark) and once these lovely little munchkins of mine are sound asleep and dreaming of the next wild adventures they can lure me into tomorrow!

That is of course, as long as I myself doesn't crash and explore a bit of dreamland myself!

Ironically, although I haven't followed our theme, it does seem quite possible that the photo Marilyn has served us is similar to my duties this week.

What do you think?

For other Sepia Saturday posts go here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thematic Photographic - Cloudspotting - Two

Move over, more clouds rolling in.


This week has been incredible.  Not just the overload of tremendous clouds floating about, but temperatures in the high 90's!  So, let's cool off a bit.

When you realize how perfect everything is 

 You will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. - Buddha

Or, a great puppet show!

Apple Valley has a water park-playground that offers summertime fun - like the Puppet Wagon!

and music
and singers and dancers!

and clouds!
All the little ones are gathering in the photo above after the show for
Puppet Hugs!

Splish - Splash!

Only the jingle-jangle-bells of the Popsicle Man could drag them away from the fun!
For more Cloudspotting go here

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thematic Photographic - 252 - Cloudspotting

"The humble cumulus humilis - never hurt a soul." - Gavin Pretor-Pinney, The Cloudspotter's Guide


Carmi, from Written Inc. will brighten our week with, "Cloudspotting" as our theme.

If you're bursting to post your own clouds, or just want more clouds to float through go here

These are not your everyday ice cream castles in the air.

Bows, and flows of clouds, sent up like a curl of smoke in the still air.

Underneath roaring clouds,
too entranced by balmy weather and dancing waters,
and too busy to notice explosive clouds overhead.

Clouds, bursting across the sky.

Is that Superman soaring through the sky?

How ever did you miss these clouds rolling over my window?

Clouds over The Gathering!
Artwork designed
just for folks to
gather about
in wonder.
It's life's clouds
that make our days bright