Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is that a Gnome From a Great Height


This week we're exploring, from great heights
as our theme.

Nestled like an afterthought our own backyards are often forgotten, while we're off camera in hand, shooting other landmarks occupying our city.

Before I left the house this morning, I caught some random subjects from my very own backyard.

"Drab habitation of whom? Tabernacle or Tomb - or Dome of Worm - or Porch of Gnome - or some Elf's Catacomb?"
Emily Dickinson
(Emily sent this little verse with a cocoon to her nephew.)
Isn't that a neat idea, she's got me thinking now.

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change."
Wayne W. Dyer

"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality."
Nikos Kazantzakis

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."
John Lennon

My perception of google maps out back.

Zooming in!
(What, doesn't everyone have a Fairy Garden in their backyard?)

It's wonderful to still see morning dew on my tabletops!

How lucky I am to have such kind and cheerful group of friends stopping by, it means to the world to me.  
Just so you know every pleasantry that you leave for me is so very much appreciated! From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best day ever.

Take Good Care of You

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Rewrite

"Rebels revel in rewriting reality's restrictions."
Ryan Lilly

Rewriting, or rather taking what's been written in one voice and flipping it as though you've built a mansion from reusable scraps.

Photo credit: Gerrit Photography



by Me
and Edgar
(ever so slightly)

The Place- Edgar's Cafe, here I sit, 
yes, I see the man with camera
with the silken happily certain rustling of each linen page, 
thrilled me, as I tapped away behind the window-pane.

Never upon a morning of rewriting, will I forget, crisp and chatty,
Under many ordinary and uninteresting volumes of remembered myths,
While I plotted, always typing, suddenly there came an annoying rapping,
As if some one roughly tapping, tapping under my typewriter keys.
"Tis some editor," I yelled, "tapping at my typewriter keys-
Only that, and nothing less."

Ah, fluently I'd forgotten it was in the bright of December,
And each continued raving line birthed its creation upon my paper,
Eagerly, I dreamt of yesterdays; modestly I had not sought to convey
From my pages wildly yielding, convey- convey for the found Gilmore-
For he the familiar and gloomy ex-lover whom the critics and I named Gilmore-
Named here nevermore.

and the silken happily certain rustling of each linen page thrilled me-
as I tapped away behind the window-pane.

Surely you noticed-
It's Edgar Allan Poe writing- as once again he slips behind-
 the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain-
continuing evermore.

Enjoy your day, wherever it takes you!

"Never fear starting. Fear never starting."
Ryan Lilly

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Interpretation

I'm joining in with

The Minnesota Renaissance Fair
in Shakopee, Minnesota

The bare bones of a traditional 
Renaissance Festival

The difference between reliving experiences or reading about life from centuries long ago will determine, what's spectacular to you about a Renaissance Festival.  You always benefit from moving outside of your imagination zones and stepping into reality.


"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." Robert A. Heinlein

"When you love life passionately, a cloud of beauty floats above, adding an array of wonders to even the worse of days." 
Avra Amar Filion

There are those fair goers unfamiliar to the morning,
 but rarely, are those that have never 
experienced a lingering 
afternoon at the fair.


"Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you."
Annie Dillard

A lovely afternoon-
To turn over in the mind.

"You cannot have a positive life with a negative mind."
Joyce Meyer

See, you can sing and smile simultaneously.

Collecting flashes of sudden smiles here and there-
Accidental genius I'd say.
Laughter makes the heart merry!

There's something truly inviting about the smell of a bonfire.

Lunch time in the garden of Fairy Wing Forest.


Realistically, not everything will be obtained in one day.
Just another reason we return again and again.

Spot the Gnome? They're everywhere.


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
Helen Keller

Who are you and what are you doing?

We all have our own likes.

"If what's on your mind is not in your life
you should go find it."
Elena Toledo

Just remember Lords and Ladies, Knights and Jesters
there is a Festival Friday on October 2nd 2015
Oktoberfest 3 and 4
otherwise, you'll have to struggle through another year before
the Minnesota Renaissance Festival returns again.

Remember to feed on happiness! Enjoy life.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Two Girls and Hello Mr Lizard

(Our theme is of two girls and two dogs.)


I'm posting early because two girls, my friend Debbie and I will be heading out early Saturday morning to, the Minnesota Renaissance Fair.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that."
 - Ally Condie

Please meet my one and only older sister, Oriana. She was born seven years before me and I had only a precious, short  12 years to spend growing up with her.  A most devastating thing to happen, besides being my first death in the family but also, trying to understand why I'd never see her again.

"If you have a sister and she dies, 
do you stop saying you have one? 
Or are you always a sister,
 even when the other half
 of the equation is gone?"
Jodi Picoult

Okay, so the photo below isn't of two girls, however, this couple is quite precious to me. Why do you ask? Because how many of us can boast about having a photo of their father and his sister (my aunt Mary) preparing a chocolate cake? I can indeed!

My father went on to be quite the cook in his lifetime and that talent has reached as far as my own children as well.

One might possibly label a few of these costumed munchkins as critters wouldn't you agree?

Another photo of more than two girls, but equally important to share.

Photo taken somewhere in Lansing, Michigan, and the photographer is unknown.  I'd like to believe it was one of my parents, especially since I notice two adults ( teacher ?) in the background.

See the smiling happy faced little girl possibly dressed as a Good-Witch I'd venture to say?  She's my beloved sister, Oriana seated with her classmates for their Halloween Party, as the description on the back reads.  Isn't the boy on the left rather spooky? I'd say he is, and his mask appears homemade and quite a clever design don't you think?

On the subject of couples, I'm delighted to introduce, Mr. Camel and his side-kick, Mr. Frog.

What can I say about this shadow couple? One belongs to our pup, Dashiell, and isn't it odd how his shadow appears much like the shape of a camel?

When man speaks to critters-
"I deserve all the love you can spare me. 
And I want a lot more than I deserve."
Dashiell Hammett

"Magic lies in between things,
 between the day and the night, 
between yellow and blue, between any two things." 
Charles de Lint

It's always time spent well wandering about a pet shop  
but following behind munchkins in a pet shop always
gladdens my heart!

The best sights of all are seen through small, bright eyes.

"Just know, if you take me home with you, I'm NOT eager to meet any kitty-cats. But crickets, that's a different story entirely."

"Leaving me so soon? Did you miss my pout face?"

Birds of armor, fly nowhere.

How about a couple of critters enjoying blue skies of the day?

Happy Weekend to all, and thanks for stopping by.
 I always enjoy reading your comments and sharing moments in our Bloggersville together.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Old Fences

OLD FENCES, because antiquing is always best in autumn.

Let's begin on the horizon, with little sunshine and away from the throngs of tourists, we can expect to embark upon manicured streets with ornate fences framing most city sidewalks.

It's easy being a fan of period pieces but it's especially significant to accept an old-timers suggestion of what's essential to see while listening to their vast experiences.  I miss the old days and my grandmother's worthy advice.

You may remember seeing other photos of this garden below. I've given Sebastian Joe's pretty much all my business for years.

Farewell Summer, let's fall into autumn once again.

"I never in my life argued with a piece of cake
 or a bowl of ice cream."
Ray Bradbury

What's especially interesting in this peaceful setting is that just behind these trees and beyond the fences once you close your eyes and simply breathe you'll catch the random scent of  fallen leaves or perhaps a simmering crock pot nearby You can always discover the latest technical or creative skills from local artists in the neighborhood, and often shared within this very garden.

You're sure to spot an antique or two as well.

Yesterday's cooler, rainy first day of autumn is merely a rehearsal for what will arrive soon enough in Minnesota.  So far, the lack of September cold and frost has delayed our fall colors.  If only there were an application one could fill out to preserve these warmer temperatures. 

So as my title promised the next photos are old fences from many autumns ago, and are on a worthy antiquing trail as well.  

Abandoned Saloon in Winton, Minnesota

You must look real close on the left and the right side of this abandoned building to see the fences.

Building was built on Main Street, Gemmel. Minnesota

Thanks for stopping by. Happy trails and good fences to all.

"The wide world is all about you.
You can fence yourselves in,
But you cannot forever fence it out."

J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon, in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live." -Lin Yutang

Why not wander this afternoon endlessly away?

Rain outside my window, not surging downpour of rain, but rain nonetheless, inhibiting any hope of sunshine for today.

- and yet nature is calling
we're free to travel in any direction.

"A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going,
and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from."
  Lin Yutang

Somewhere in a faraway field we find artful peace.

"Hope is like a road in the country; 

there was never a road, 

but when many people walk on it,

 the road comes into existence." Lin Yutang

I hope you're enjoying your Tuesday afternoon and if not take this sound advice from Ella Fitzgerald
"The only thing better than singing is more singing."

Blue Skies smiling at me
 nothing but blue skies 
do I see.