Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday - 30 April 2014

I've been tardy, actually missing from Jenny's class for a few letters, but I'm branching out with her letter "X" this week!  I sure miss seeing Miss Jenny, and her class around blogosphere!

My letter "X" for today is for Xylology- The study of wood.

I recently have fallen into Piku poetry and will use the 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6 format of syllables per line.





Wood found in one's path.

Xylophilous, a walk in the woods.
Whispering, woody grove.

Thank you for sharing xylomancy ( examining wood found in one's path) imagine being an xyloplist (one who sells wood) or taking a course in xylology ( study of wood) of course it goes without saying one must be an xylophilous (fond of wood) so a wooding we shall wander!

My Piku syllable lines of 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6.

wood found in one's path
xylophilous, a walk in the woods
whispering, woody grove.

Thematic Photographic - 292 Reflective

I often find myself caught up in reflections.  On so many levels.

Fleeting sunlight played across the room at lunch on Saturday.  I couldn't resist the action.  Excusing myself  briefly, my friend laughed while I snapped! 

Reflections are everywhere.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Mag - 217

"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."  Emily Dickinson

Yesterday, a few bloggers I share Six Word Saturday postings every Saturday morning discussed,

What is Piku?  It's a form of poetry much like haiku.  Instead of 5-7-5 format, Piku uses pi as its base.  The number of syllables in each line, corresponds to the numbers of pi.
The first line of Piku contains three syllables, one syllable for the second line and four syllables for the third line, just like pi, 3.14159265358979323846.

A Dog and 
Writer Master

heartwarming pup.


Their first book
gripping success!

Thank you Tess Kincaid for bringing Magpie tales to life, and this engaging photo.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 27 April 2014

It's time to begin another scavenger hunt!  Are you with me?



Is it safe to jump now?


Decorating eggs in Pajamas!

From the Linden Hills Neighborhood

Pajamas on animal mannequins.


Are they putting a spell on kitty cat, Jasmine?

Too blurry to tell, but yep, I think so! 


Check this out live from a Stillwater Brewery.

Thank you for stopping by to share in Ashley Sisk's, Scavenger Hunt Sunday, with me.

To see more go here.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Prompt with Imaginary Garden 26 April 2014

Willing to WELCOME,  "The Prompt Brought to you by the Letter W" at "Imaginary garden with real toads."


Wandering while wondering
what whimsical whatever
worthy whatsit will work
with Warhol Wonders?

Whether witches
 without wherewithal
wasting ways
working wonders,
warrant wine 
while waking whining 

Why warp,
whaling windswept ways
washy, wonky
 wily wicked words-
whilst waltzing when withdrawal
won't win.
Wacky, wholesome witty witches
will wager
while whatever wacky war
we welcome
waiting, wishful witches!

Written for The Prompt Brought to you by the Letter W with these instructions.  From Imaginary garden with real toads.
We are almost to the finish line, Toads! We can do it! Let’s wander with some wonderful words for when we’re waxing... it’s your W word list:


Write like the wind! Work with some of these and add your own W words. Wow us! Can’t wait.

Six Word Saturday - 26 April 2014


There I am in Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada!  Always an exciting adventure. 

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."  Nelson Mandela

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thematic Photographic - 2 # 291

Carmi is still asking for a shot of chaos from your world.

In this case the grass is greener on the other side of the fence!

Just through this chaos, is a golf course in Northfield, Minnesota.

Grab your clubs!

Have you brought your chaos to TP yet?  Go here.

Good Fences - # 5 24 April 2014

"There is no fence nor hedge round time that is gone.  You can go back and have what you like of it if you can remember."  Philip Dune

Please join me on this week's visit to Dakota City!

and a Secret Mission!
One of these photos (not the one after the poem) doesn't belong here.  See if you can guess which one it is.

Come stroll along with me.

What do we spy through here?  Golf anyone?

Thanks for visiting the Dakota City Heritage Village.
Come Dakota County Fair time, this place will be crawling, with a great many characters springing  to life!

To check out other Good Fences please go here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whozits and Whatzits Galore

I thought I'd link up with Imaginary garden with real toads this week, by joining the Poems in April: Whozits an Whatzits Galore.

(looking for a good home)

Goddesses of
victory in war 
and wisdom
we're not.
Hailing outside of
 Athena Nike's dome
we're not.
Stuck on a shelf 
is more our true self.
Unless of
course you're lonesome
and hailing from
 the Isle of Rhumb
you'll take us home.

Since the beginning of rhyme, we promise you a real good time!
Oh please, oh please take us home this time.

The Mag

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt!"  Margaret Atwood

Finland, 1968, photo by George F. Mobley

I dare say,
"It does appear to be a hunt, I know it!
But for what, I know not?
Blown away by wind and wet
by sight I know it!"

Eva, Can I See Bees In A Cave?

Every body's speaking of it.
Being forever trapped in this unsparing cave
in springless wave
a most paragon of virtue
and innocent pallor
of feral instinct
knowing of spring
yet not having it.
This evil aristocrat 
jaunty daredevil
of truth in a tweed suit
denial of it
being in blasted spirit
yet living this Graupel skit
we desire nothing of it.

Thematic Photographic - Chaotic

"Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting." - Amelia Atwater Rhodes

On Monday we went hiking out my back door.  

We discovered just one of Mr. Peter Rabbit's hiding spots.

Carmi's choice of chaotic seems just for this day.  After an early morning and whole day of skipping through the whispering fields around my house, who should greet us?  You'd be correct if you guessed, a lively tick on Lyra's dress.  Now how chaotic is that for this beastly annoyance to beat out our spring sprouts?  Barely a crocus in view, and yet, this thriving attaching pest lives!

How did we feel about it?

Not one word necessary!

"Chaos was the law of nature; order was the dream of man." - Henry Adams

Better get our light colored, long pants on.  No more Fairy Princess romping through the fields for us.

Which arrives first, the buds or the insects?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sepia Saturday - 19 April 2014 Gardens, are Hidden Meeting Places.

"The glory of gardening, hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."
Alfred Austin

Described as
Neighborhood house of fete
The Egyptian Minister and Mme Smay Pasha
Refreshing themselves with coffee served by Mrs. R. W. Imbrie
photo taken May 1926.

What's It All About?

The Gardens of our Lives?

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

photo by Carol Highsmith
Jasmine Hill Gardens
near Wetumpka, Alabama

The Glory of the Garden
Rudyard Kipling

"In search of my mother's garden
I found my own."
Alice Walker

The way a garden can be explained quite truthfully, is by growth.

Community Gardens.
You'll never know what you're capable of
until you plant.

"Expect nothing.  Live frugally on surprise."
Alice Walker

Six Word Saturday - 19 April 2014

"I'm interested when things are upside down,
because there are so many possibilities in that one moment.
There is a lot that is exposed." 
Anna Deavere Smith

"Tomorrow you'll be happy you started today."

Be happy, FOCUS ON, beautiful parts.

Life is Short.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Fences # 4 17 April 2014

"Oh give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don't fence me in." Song by Frankie Laine


How about one of the oldest Minnesota fences near me?

Welcome to the Gideon and Agnes Pond House, further explanation here.

A quick, 2 minute and 5 second youtube video here, featuring the Pond Mission Park in Bloomington, Minnesota where the Gideon house is located since 1856.

Behind their house at the edge of a cliff you'll find this.

For a look into other fences go here, and perhaps bring your own too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thematic Photographic # 290 Hungry

    Made with love just for me!

What's the one thing that's pretty constant in our everyday lives?

Ask not what you can do for your country.  Ask what's for lunch.  Orson Welles

Real eggs and real fake eggs, made with love.

A little girl and her Mommy put this together for Daddy one Sunday morning! Enjoy Daddy we love you!

It's no surprise to me that Carmi offers "hungry" for this week's theme! 

So, let's play with some food!

An afternoon Cutie Snack, I created!  Yes, the snake's head was the first to be eaten!  Cheese eyes and all.

I Spy a Food Truck.   Which reminds me how much I like playing chef!

So, I whipped up a few items for my son and his family! Surprise, you don't have to cook tonight!  This just happened to be on Monday, so hooray just in time for Carmi's hungry post.

Even though he was very hungry my son sent me a photo of his dinner plate, before digging in!  Yep, as a matter of fact he had a little of everything.

Food is a necessity, but how we play it through in our daily lives, makes all the difference of it just being another meal.