Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Wooden Critters

by wooden designs.

Hard to believe Thanksgiving Day is only 5 days away!

Tomorrow is just a dream away.

This turkey is still on the fence about Thanksgiving.

So, have you ever heard about the clever Danish artist, Thomas Dambo known for hiding giant wooden sculptures in hopes to inspire nature lovers to explore the unknown depths of Copenhagen's forests? He has hidden six of these giant sculptures throughout six different municipalities in the area.  His sculptures are amazing as these photos show.

Below are some wooden sculptures so much closer to home.

Home is where your Gnome is.

There is a great lesson of Beauty and the Beast
that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.
Chesterton G. K.

In some neighborhood, live a couple of trolls
 perched on tree stumps 
that spend their days
 laughing hysterically or so I've been told. 

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
A happy face makes everything better.
Wouldn't you agree?

Is it a bird?

Dreams must be chased,
for if we wait for them to chase us
we will live a life of waiting.
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Since the livelihood of turkeys is crucial this time of year
here's a bit of turkey humor.

Lovely wooden little free library.
Feed the birds while feeding minds.

Not what we say about our blessings
but how we use them
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by you visits are special to me.
May all your Thanksgiving celebrations be
 joyful and filled with love and happiness.

Thankfulness always sees everything as a gift 
even though it might be wrapped in 
some rather unsavory wrapping paper, 
for the wrapping need not dictate the contents.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I Spy With My Little Travel Eye continued

My I spy collection continues.

Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Outside where dusk begins to fall
once it's dark enough
you can dance under the stars.

We are, all of us, on our own journeys.
Alexandra Bracken
Just call me a wayfarer.

Not far from my house.

Your assumptions are your windows 
(or gates) on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while,
or the light won't come in.
Isaac Asimov

I'm always surprised by unexpected deliciousness in my travels,
especially when served in unusual ways. One was the best Gumbo Soup ever, served in a huge pot passed from table to table while dining on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Sometimes we travel the world wide in search 
of delicious heartiness that we also make in our own kitchens.

Good manners.
While eating
Chicken Soup
The noise you don't make 
while you're eating soup.
Bennett Serf 

Humor it makes everything better, like chicken soup.

After reading this quote below and adding something my mother told me during my teenage years, well it just empowers me more to strive on with my beliefs.

So one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.  I'd been born in the wrong century and I felt cheated. - Ransom Riggs

Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder. (and wander) Ransom Riggs 
Not maybe Ransom, absolutely, always wonder.

There's always a story behind everything.
Don't just assume anything.

The undiscovered places 
that are interesting to me
are these places that contain
bits of disappearing history, 
like a ghost town. 
Ransom Riggs

So just around any corner 
where you've possibly traveled
 time and time again
this time

bring new eyes with you.

Bet you may believe this is our state bird here in Minnesota?
But this isn't in Minnesota.

It is a narrow mind that cannot look at a subject 
from various points of view.
George Eliot

So many Zoos and Aquariums
will we ever see them all?

One of my favorite home away from home places is right here.

 Huntsville Alabama's Botanical Gardens

Always build new sand castlesSo what if they wash away?

This photo below of me was taken during quite the incredible
outdoor adventure for so many folks.
It really encouraged wandering about. Sure sometimes in subzero temperatures, and sometimes blizzards, more often in the sunshine just to combat attacks of cabin fever!

Again I'm hoping Checkpoint Minnesota will return this year,
 but in checking out their site it appears doubtful.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Drink the Wild Air and Critters

It's been a busy couple of weeks for me, with work, and Halloween all while staying over at my son's house for a week while his son, my oldest grandchild graduated from boot camp for the United States Air Force.

...and a day before his graduation
Halloween arrived once more!

Slowly, yet most assuredly Emme reaches the window, 
with not even a bark.
Oh my what does she see? 

and of course critters

We are all truly blessed.

These kiddos always have a theme, (just three in this shot)
and this year they all dressed up as characters in
Alice in Wonderland.

Why, sometimes I've believed 
as many as six impossible things
before breakfast.

Live in the sunshine
swim the sea
drink the wild air.

My quotes today come from the breezy depths
 of Ralph Waldo Emerson's wandering wisdom.

You're entirely bonkers.
But I'll tell you a secret,
All the best people are.
Lewis Carroll

Was I ever surprised when these two grandsons (brothers) came knocking at our door just clowning around.

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know
how soon it will be too late.

Tread gently on anyone who looks at you sideways.
Billy Connolly

So happy it's gonna snow tonight says Misty!
It did, not a fun drive in to work either.

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it
nothing great was ever achieved.

Can we play ball now, please?

It is not the length of life,
but the depth of life.

People seem not to realize that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.

My grandson is the young lad on the left.
They are all so young.

Trust your instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason.

Passion lights the fire in every soul.

Thank you for stopping by.
Take good care of you.