Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Critter Thing

Who's Who in Critterville?

Are you a happy critter?

"Everything on earth has a purpose,
every disease an herb to cure it,
and every person a mission.
This is the Indian theory of existence."
Mourning Dove

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"The crown of life is neither happiness nor
 annihilation it is understanding.
Winifred Holtby

Welcome to


Comprehend a little mystery of this, each day.

"We're curious, what animals originated in America?"
So let's google it.

They did.

(and they learned that)
The U.S. has many distinctive indigenous species found nowhere else on earth.

Wow, that's cool!

The American Bison
They are also the national mammal of the United States.

Their young minds always impress me every time they ask questions, when and every single time they pick things up, notice something new, experience things they've never seen before, don't understand, and so, they ask you to explain.
Yes, followed often by the ever constant, why?

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity,
of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this  mystery each day.
Albert Einstein

I love this face. He has a heart of gold. Truly.

As a matter of fact I am working out.
On taking a nap.

It's been a busy week with my son's animals.

They love (miss) their humans, while they vacation in Florida. 
So it's up to me to keep the animal party rolling.

Game time!

"When you want to understand why we humans do what we do,"
Ask a dog, as the cat will take time to meow (think it over)

Just say the word TREAT!
110% response.

That look a cat gets when,
They want to sink their teeth into a tasty treat!

The wonderful world of life through the eyes of a cat.

The hidden life of animals.
How they communicate.
What they feel.
Each display their own individual character.
Oh how smart they are.

"Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a Llamacorn
Then always be a Llamacorn."

"There is no perfection only beautiful versions of brokenness."
Shannon L. Alder
(although cats and llamas would disagree)

"I have seen a look in dogs' eyes,
a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt 
(wait are sure this isn't a cats' eyes you speak of?)
and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts!"
John Steinbeck

Misty's selfie.
(with a bit of assistance)

Is Misty dreaming of shore fishing
or ducks in the water?!

Ducks of course.

"The things that one most wants to do 
are the things that are probably most worth doing."
Winifred Holtby
We are lonesome animals.
We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome."
John Steinbeck

No Llamacorns were hurt in the making of this post
but a true Unicorn thought she'd better get her photo included too!

I hope you're all enjoying the weekend
take good care of you and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wild Berries, True Grit and Toadflax

Did somebody say wild berries?
No berries were hurt in the making of this post.

True Grit.

Best. Try. Ever.
Self-lesson about to begin.
Karina took a kayak and set out
(by herself) 
but the wind just wasn't willing to let her leave shore.

Admitting your
weakness does
not diminish
your strengths,
it shows your courage.
Erin Andrews

"I can't change the direction of the wind
but I can adjust my sails,
to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Dean

"Always be open in everything, because where there is secrecy, 
it often is mistakenly seen as being sneaky,
even though you may be innocently quiet."

"History is hereditary only in this way;
we, all of us, inherit everything,
and then we choose what to cherish
what to disavow
and what to do next
which is why it's worth trying 
to know where things come from."
Jill Lepore
(author of the Secret History of Wonder Woman)

I saw that!

"Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in."
Shannon L. Alder

Choose fun in the sun!
"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires!"

Frank Herbert

"Most misunderstandings in the world 
could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, 
What else could this mean?"
Shannon L. Alder

Excuse me.You know it's raining out right? barked Rusty.

Happiness is right where you are.

We gather where we wander.

Life is an adventure or it's nothing.

My greenhouse growing adventures has taken a new turn
of hopefully great heights, someday. Okay years from now.

"Go out into the world today 
and love the people you meet.
Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people."
Mother Teresa 

If you do,
It cures everything.

On your journey
 if you should happen 
upon an old shack in the woods-
rest a bit.

Perhaps you'll notice the hearty toadflax that is similar to the snapdragon.
Although, nature has a way of closing in on everything.
Be watchful.

For my Gnome fans.
This is for you.

Thanks for stopping by I appreciate your visits 
take good care of you.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Never Llama Drama

Just pure fun times! My place for llama inspiration is always at Lark Toys!
Critters feed the inner linings of our souls.

Bead 'em and lead 'em
just to see 'em
no Llama drama 
ever you see bring 'em
out and see.
Here Llama, Llama.

Don't find fault, find the remedy.
Henry Ford

Joining in with 


Journeys between the pages of childhood.

Leadership is practiced not so much in words
as in attitude in actions.
Harold S. Geneen

As a matter of  fact yes, I am allowed to rest here.

For a brief political thought

If we lead with
 the persistence of a Llama,
the integrity of a fox
the heart of a dog
and the steadfastness of a cat
One would never be headed for complete destruction.

If it's broken, sometimes it truly needs fixing.
It's definitely
Time for change.

I have no special talents. I am passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

Sometimes you just can't beat the wind.

Did you all celebrate Flag Day?

Life is like eating a watermelon
you know you're going to get some seeds
just spit them out and take another bite.
Jeff Steinmann

Goldfish are flowers
flowers that move.
Han Suyin

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Han Suyin

People bring to what they see and feel 
the inner weather of their souls
and complexion of their minds.
Han Suyin

Monday, June 11, 2018

Does Anybody Really Know

Did you catch the rainbow?

Does anyone really know how to find
the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland?

Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree,
 "What road do I take?"

'It doesn't really matter which way you go,' said the cat 
'so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added

Does Anybody Really Know 
what troubles some,
 while others breeze on through life?
How do they do it?

Lately it's felt like we're left with so many questions, realizing there may never be any answers.

After the recent loss of Anthony Bourdain
and Kate Spade a friend of mine offered this quote.

"But pain's like water. It finds a way to push through any seal.
There's no way to stop it.
Sometimes you have to let yourself sink 
inside of it before you can learn to swim to the surface."
Katie Kacvinsky

"Be like a duck. 
Calm on the surface but always
paddling like the dickens underneath."
Michael Caine

"Context and memory play powerful roles
in all the truly great meals of one's life."
Anthony Bourdain

There's something calming about a camper's breakfast, under the trees and among the birds.

Always enjoy those little precious moments
because you'll miss them most when they're gone.

You need to be content with small steps.


That's all life is.

and of course that moment you bite into a delicious sugar cookie!

Gather as many small steps as you can, that you take every day

so that when you look back down the road

You are starstruck! 

and you're better with every single step you took.

It all adds up and you know you've covered the distance.
Feeding your soul.

Find your calming presence.

Take a deep breath
get present in the moment
and ask yourself
What is important this very second?


"If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
Mother Teresa

Togetherness.Our travels or journeys within our days, even if it's short, are ours to enjoy.
  "Travel changes you. 
As you move through this life and this world
you change things slightly,
you leave marks behind,
however small.
And in return, life and travel, leaves a mark on you."
Anthony Bourdain

Always, stack up those marks!

Wear your smile as wide as you can
and give away as many as you can.

Thanks for stopping by and bringing your smiles to me.
Take good care of you.