Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pretty in Pink Photography

Welcome to another

Our theme this week is
Pretty in Pink

The pink kitchen helpers.

"There is always a shade of pink
for every color
because pink matches everything."
Janna Cachola

Dream, believe, achieve, grow things.

"All gardening is landscape painting."
Alexander Pope

Still my favorite kind of TROLL!

The pink-troll-brigade.

I never believed the trolls 
from my childhood were 
so-ugly-they're-cute trolls.
They're just adorable!

When choosing the perfect accent color

Inhale chic
exhale style!

How about a bit of pink in your life?

Fifty Shades of Pink!

We walk for the
Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure

I hope this wasn't too much pink for you.

May your day be as pink as you wish it to be.
Thanks for stopping I love your visits.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Walking with Critters

Let the fun with critters begin.

Good morning and happy Saturday that it is, because I have a day off.  Hooray!  I've been gathering thoughts lately not so much for mere blogging but for the dear munchkins in my life that are treading ever so quickly into their informative school aged minds.

Walking with critters for

"Walking is how the body measures itself against the earth."
Rebecca Solnit

and the sights we gather are everything, wouldn't you agree?

Keeping eyes wide open on a nature walk.

A friend of mine discovered this little sweet bird, believed to be a baby Green Heron, (she made the necessary call and it's going to rehab) it's a happy ending for this little one.

"The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany."
Rebecca Solnit

Zoo: An excellent lace to study the habits of human beings."
Evan Esar

During the ages before five while visiting the zoo children gasp with excitement at the sight of any animal we meet.  Over the age of 6 they beg to know why the animals seem so sad and can't leave their cages.

Our greatest reason to visit Lark Toys is to see the Llamas.
(Well mine anyway.)

"For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, 
a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore,
to be able to get lost a little lost, then figure your way back."
Rebecca Solnit

Years later (long after my grade school years) my mother explained she always knew I took the long way home from school through downtown.  Funny thing I never felt scared, maybe that's why.

You're never too old to hug a stuffed animal.

From my downtown, this moose hasn't returned to this space yet, and it's empty all because vandals decided to destroy the beauty of it.
I'll continue to keep checking.

Thanks for sharing your time with me
your visits mean everything to me.
Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Words for Wed on Thurs Don't Leave The


This week we've been given two photos to write about, the following is my take.

Don't Leave The Driveway 
without stopping inside.
What you see, isn't always what you get.

(photo supplied by Margaret's friend Bill )

If you judge by outward appearance alone,
you might miss destiny's gift.

 Give me what many call that shamble of a shack 
resting down the lane a piece.
It waits in the heart of a sunny grove
under the space of blue skies above. 
Feel the gentle breeze reveal
you are not rich until your heart is rich.

Sticks, stones, boards and broken glass matter not.

Silently drink from nearby windows.

(photo supplied by Margaret's friend Bill)

Discover the windows in your world, and raise the blinds.

Feel as you stand before the outdoors in that very moment
watchful of the looking glass before you
you know it's not the shelter but the people who love you
that creates the solid structure
of your weary soul.
Revel in it
spark enthusiasm
be uncrushable
enamor yourself with gladness.

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

Somewhere over the endless snowbanks of winter
where silent snowflakes cover evergreens
and that old wood pile waits 
for us to gather a splinter
of wood to build a fire of hope
and dreams of winter's end.

But, if the reaches 
of springtime seems too far from reach
then worry not and venture out into your secret garden 
(you know that very special place or patio just for you)
that only you design
 just for these very lost moments in life.

"What you seek is seeking you."

Sometimes, in the most unlikely of places.

It's quite blissful out here wouldn't you agree?

If you care to share, where is your favorite, secret go to place?

Thanks for stopping in your visits mean so much to me.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Further Afield is Getting Lost

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of summer today. My post today is about an author I discovered from Brain Pickings.

 She's a new author for me, 
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit, On How We Find Ourselves.

It seems never to get lost is not living.  

Find a beautiful place and get lost.

Get out of your car and walk.

Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity,
a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone,
to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are,
who others think you are."
Rebecca Solnit

"To be lost is to be fully present,
and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery. "

"Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark.
That's where the most important things come from,
 where you yourself came from,
and where you will go."
Rebecca Solnit

The body heals with play.

The mind heals with laughter

and the spirit heals with joy.

Sometimes when you lose your way, you find yourself.

Now is the time for summer to begin
a time of illuminated flowers

glowing like lamps 

and morning rain showers following you to work.

Enjoy our first week of summer,
(it will slip away far too quickly)
 and take good care of you.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Words for Wednesday

This week we have two prompts.

Hold on to your hat.
A penny for your thoughts.

"If you give Pumpkin-man a penny for your thoughts,

you'd get change."
But what if he gives us a penny for our thoughts?
What would you tell him?

The saying, a penny for your thoughts, actually arrives from a time when the British penny was worth a significant sum. In 1522, Sir Thomas More wrote in (Four Last Things): "It often happeth, that the very face sheweth the mind walking a pilgrimage, in such wise that other folk sodainly say to them a peny for your thought. "

Hold on to your hat
young lady.

"Live your life, do your work, then take your hat."

Henry David Thoreau

We hang our hats with style right? 

"Some hats can only be worn if you're willing to be jaunty,
to set them at an angle and to walk 

beneath them
with a spring in your stride as if you're only
a step away from dancing.
They demand a lot of you."
Neil Gaiman

If you think about it,
hats really do say a lot about our character.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm blessed by your visits.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seeing Strangers

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
Edgar Degas

This is a story of people we see, and the earth we roam.

Misty is always ready for a stroll.

"Sometimes you get a chance to talk to a stranger
for hours
without so much as exchanging names
and chances are your paths 
will never cross again. But that's what makes 
meeting strangers so life changing."

A mother and son.
Strangers on the beach shaping memories,
even for us, 
just looking in.

Don't miss the piano-key-man!

What do you see in a group of people sharing the same space as you?


Best Escape Anyone Can Have.

The next beach photos aren't anywhere in Florida,
or California.


Everything has beauty but not everyone see's it.

Still Alabama.

"Got your surfboard?"

Just imagine those sights!

"Let us step into the night 
and pursue that flighty temptress,
J.K. Rowling

Attracting attention, but not everyone sees.

Have I ever mentioned my fascination for mimes?

Traveling is a manner of seeing.

Enjoy your day and everyone you meet!

Monday, June 12, 2017

On This Day

On this day June 12th I have much to be grateful for.
It's been a hectic week with family visiting, 
work, dance 

and a whole lot more.

Forever grateful for family visits!

"Be a little kinder than you have to."
E. Lockhart

On any day, grow things!

On this day in 2009 my first grand-daughter was born!

On this day we celebrated her first birthday!

"Do not regret growing older
as it is a privilege denied 
to many."

On this day, we celebrated Lyra's 8th birthday.

Then on Saturday night the unexpected happened to our sweet Mason
and with his oxygen level way too low he spent the night in the hospital.

So ready to come home now!

(Yep, his favorite Panda had to come with him to the hospital.)

Thank goodness, and a whole lot of prayers later 
he came home the next day
and hopefully all remains well.

Appreciate the not so normal in your life!
Like my mother always said, everything happens for a reason!

Feeling a bit topsy turvy?

On this day how I sum it all up-

You gotta look for the good in the bad,
the happy in your sad,
the gain in your pain,
and what makes you
grateful not hateful.

"You know the people that feed your soul
because you feel good after spending time with them."

Build people up
instead of building barriers.

On this day,
Pay it forward with compliments!
Offer smiles.

It's a proven fact just look at the photo below

What a difference a smile makes!

Give a smile catch a smile.

Are you thirsty?

Never forget it's really, really true
"When life gives you lemons,
make lemonade."

Thanks for stopping by
wishing you a wonderful week
and always, take good care of you!