Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Carmi has issued 
as our theme for

Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.
Erol Ozan

A quiet, gentle stillness. Reflecting,
on reflections.

"As water reflects the face
and trees
so one's life
reflects the heart."

"The greatness of our destination 
will be lost without the memory or our 
Sergio Tinoco

Enjoy each step.
Each second.
As Life goes by
one knows it can be relived
just by the thought of it.

If you want to change your view, just keep moving.

"Take a detour.
Discover small towns
and friendly faces
that don't grow along the highway."
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

This photo below is a favorite of mine, not just the awesome view, but the memory of the day.  The rain chased us all day while we celebrated their Aunt Cassandra's birthday in Wayzata and finally the weather changed to sunny!

We did experience a reflection of James J. Hill
 and the Great Northern Railroad in the museum. 
(We had the best tour guide ever too, the munchkins will long reflect on our experience and him. I just know it.)

Mirror, mirror on the table
 who's the fairest bunny of all?

Can't forget to share a mirror reflection of silliness!

Danny thought we needed a picture of us 
with my new funky no-glass glasses!

Here's our quick selfie
 in the rear view mirror!

"By three methods we may learn wisdom.
First by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience,
which is the bitterest."

If you look very closely Lyra's kitty-cat, Sparkle
 is trying to catch the tiny star-lights that are reflecting across the wall.

Thanks for stopping in and-

"If nostalgia holds you hostage
the ransom is the present."
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

I just love the thought of that, don't you?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Critters on Monday

Posting to

It was a working weekend for me so I'm posting late.

As a matter of fact dogs enjoy the views too!
I'm still curious what thoughts go through their dog minds.

Rusty and his favorite gal Luna.
Their tongue says it all right?
They love playing together.

Easter Sunday was especially wonderful for my pups. They chased around with munchkins (tried eating a few sweets as well) and slept extremely well that night.

I promise I didn't eat any eggs, but maybe a bit of rolling and pawing! 

"Sometimes our light goes out,
but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter
with another human being."
(or animal.
often a good book too.)
Albert Schweitzer
and Me

Keep reading to me human, I love to hear your voice.

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:
music and cats."
Albert Schweitzer
(and getting to the last bite first!)

It seems, spilled oatmeal is a delicacy.

"The only creatures that are evolved
 enough to convey pure love
are dogs and infants."
Johnny Depp

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance,
and to turn around three times before lying down."
Robert Benchley

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend!
Thanks for stopping by
and take good care of you 
and your beloved critters.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On Planting

On Planting Hope

Love Conquers Hate
That's What Makes Us Great
from Bruce Springsteen

Just a few of our new leaders......

"Every act of love is a work of peace,
no matter how small."
Mother Teresa

Planting trees is like planting hope.

"Never worry about numbers.
Help one person at a time
and always start with the person nearest you."
Mother Teresa

Fight hate.
Hero up.
Be kind in everything you do.

"Not all of us can do great things
But we can do small things with great love."
Mother Teresa

and never eat the last pickle.

Enjoy your day
spread smiles
collect smiles
and spread more.
Because when you're smiling
the whole world smiles with you too.
and when you're laughing
yes the sun comes shining through.

Take good care of you!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wearing Happy

Pursue what catches your heart,
not what catches your eyes."
Rot T. Bennett

"Come upon another spring tulips arrived."

But darn it, the heavy winds began to blow-
like so many springs before,

I'll lend a helping hand.
Watch over them Mr. Gnome.

"The soul is healed by being with children."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Be the reason someone smiles.
Be the reason someone feels loved
and believes in the goodness of people."
Roy T. Bennett

Why not
put some silly 
into your world?

Have I told you how happy your visits make me?
Enjoy your day and be good to you.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stuff You Find in the Basement

A haiku theme hint.

Keeper of old stuff.
Down under, sometimes chilly
In lower dwelling.

This week our theme for
Stuff You Find In 
The Basement

A lovely lighted basement

completed in 1891 inside the James J. Hill house.
I've toured this historic house more than any other in Minnesota.

That which is built with strength
lives on.

Town's first jail cell located in the basement, 
or did they call them cellars
 back then? My grandmother always did.

Another historic place, this one in Mantorville, Minnesota
I wrote a post about that historic place you can read here.

From the basement thoughts of my mind.

You can spot a kitty in the shining light in many basements.

Things we store in our basement wine cellars.

Basements are where we hide 
those things we buy for 
 special occasions.


Did you hear that?

When the warning sirens for tornadoes blow,
families head to the basement!

Stuff your heart and soul with nature.

On those days we're feeling blue,
or just out of sorts
we bust away from the confines of basements

it's the blue waters of any lake that calm our 
troubled shores.


"Our pleasures are not material pleasures,
but symbols of pleasure.

Not all bulbs need winter storage. 

Attractively packaged but inferior in content."
Alan W. Watts

Thanks for stopping in enjoy your week, rain and sun and all of it-
and take good care of you.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

White House Egg Roll



About the Easter Egg Roll from Wikipedia here.

Mrs. Coolidge and raccoon (Rebecca) 
Easter Egg Roll at the White House 1927

April 18, 1927
Do you think Rebecca is ready to chase eggs 
or run away as fast as she can?

It's been too long since I've posted in Sepia Saturday but in honor of
Easter and a look way back 
here's my post for Saturday the 14th of April.

Not a bad sized crowd.

The series of photos today were obtained through the Library of Congress and are various years of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

April 2, 1923
The prize basket at the White House Easter egg roll.

Egg Roll 1898
and yes, the little girl is wearing an Easter Bonnet!

From 1914

April 17, 1922

With Easter Monday you get Egg Roll at the White House Part 2, The First Children and Grandchildren read here article from the National Archives.
Featuring President Carter and President Reagan

Davis and family at the White House Egg Roll April 21 1924.

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
wearing her bright spring dress as hostess 
for the thousands of children for the egg roll.

"Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

This great Easter Egg event has been rolling on since 1878
and last year's event involved 37,000 guests and in President Obama's first year 2009 the White House hosted some 32,000 guests.
We shall see what the Trump event will be this coming Monday.

What is to become of the White House Easter Egg roll? 
See here.
You'll see the Obamas meet the Easter Bunny!

"Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good 
put together that overwhelm the world."
Desmond Tutu

Happy Easter to all.