Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

What's Going to Happen Next

I'm posting to City Daily Photo as we find out what happens next by following the Yellow Brick Road.

Walking your blues away just follow me along the yellow brick road.

 I ask you, if given the chance wouldn't everyone follow the Yellow Brick Road?

I know I would and have, as for me the world of Oz arrived early in my childhood long ago, and with the continued love of all things related to The Wizard of Oz it continued in my life with the desire and encouragement of my daughter. 

"A heart is is not judged by how much you love but by how much you are loved."

L. Frank Baum from the Wizard of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum (American author known for writing children's books) born in Chittenago, NY in 1856 and died in Los Angeles, CA in 1919.

After he wrote the Wizard of Oz in 1900 after long after his death Oz came to life in North Carolina.

Judy Garland starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and is where my magical adventure into the Land of Oz and how to beware of incoming tornadoes began. These ruby slippers are key to everything, and the original ruby slippers were placed here in  Grand Rapids, Minnesota Judy's birthplace and are located in The Judy Garland Museum. Those slippers have continued to play key roles in life long after the film was created and sadly were stolen from this museum but thankfully the F.B.I. tracked them down.

I've posted about this place years ago, and yes I'm still interested in all things related to the Land of Oz still, and just this morning one of my favorite radio personalities after her recent visit there brought to life through the imagination of L. Frank Baum's creation of  The Wizard of Oz Theme Park it was originally built in 1970, but in truth fell prey to some cruel individuals that after a year they started a fire and destroyed much of it, and many of the original costumes were stolen. 

Today, 2021 it's open on the weekends in September and also private tours are offered.

"Believe you can and you are halfway there."

Theodore Roosevelt 

"True courage is facing danger when you are afraid, you have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself."

L. Frank Baum

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

History can be discovered in nearly every adventure we begin.
 Just go out and try to prove me wrong.

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit." 

If you ask me I'd say the main thing about adventures besides learning new things,
is simply this.

"Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others."
Roy T. Bennett 

The Castle of Oz

"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."

L. Frank Baum

"Do what you love, love what you do, and with all your heart give yourself to it."

Roy T. Bennett

"There is no place like home."


This is Dorothy's house that in the story was located in Kansas

and it's here waiting for your visit.

They have successfully created the aftermath of the tornado that swept through Kansas that day and sent Dorothy and her dog Toto to the Land of Oz.

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

Duke Ellington

There is a blessing in the storm. Sit tight.

"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."

Tom Stoppard

Double rainbows taken less than a mile from my house.

"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream do come true."

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

T. S. Eliot


"Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."

"The universe doesn't give you what you ask for with your thoughts, 

it gives you what you demand with your actions."

Steve Maraboli

Thanks for your visit, enjoy what comes your way.

Take good care of you and stay safe.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Artful Critters

Happy first week of our each of our newest season (and yet blissfully hot mostly here) autumn as it is so far, we can only hope it continues. I am as always, not looking forward to winter.  However as always we make the most of everything before us, right? Yes! Posting to City Daily Photo and


Just so you know, it's raining out here!

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. 


Howdy brown cow!

I picked this flower just for you!

So very proud to meet you Mr. Eagle.

and lovely smile you have.

Artfully speaking.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he's grown up."  Pablo Picasso

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Albert Einstein

My very own visitor outside of my greenhouse!

Truly not just a bird's delight!

Hello from Mr. Bones (he dressed up just for you) and me!

I'm in for as many visits to the
 Minnesota Renaissance Festival that I can every year!

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso
Unless, he's wearing horns! 

Seriously dude, you'd pass up taking my picture?

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,
but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not rely on anything but your heart.
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

Awaken your courage. Let is whisper and at times 
let it roar. Let it silence your fears,
but hear enough to keep you motivated and moving.
Let silence awaken your soul.

Thanks for stopping in and know how special
 your visits and comments are to me. 
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Where the Old Tracks Run

Welcome to a day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2021. I'm posting to

 City Daily Photo I hope you enjoy some unique moments my grand-daughter Karina and I shared together. 

You'll never cross the tracks by standing still.

 "Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders."

Rabindranath Tagore

From the many town squares of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Ask the Wizards anything and linger as you ponder together.

Mirror, mirror in the forest, it's Karina and me!

No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations. Louis L'Amour

He's a wise little old Elf!

Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides. I can only go with the flow. When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink. If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under. But if I go and float, I am borne aloft. 

Marie Stilkind 

Karina and one of the Mermaids of Mermaid's Cove at the Renaissance.

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire,

 but gradually our desire changes. 

Marcel Proust

"A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influence, to change." Katherine Butler Hathaway

Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. Carlos Castaneda

On guard, a bit of direction, from a Royal Guard, if ever a need to protect yourself comes to light!

There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

No traveler ever reached that blest abode who found not thorns and briers in his road. William Cowper

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

William Cowper

Is that truly a bear on a leash? Yes, yes it is a offering for the King and Queen.

Karina with some pretty townsfolk. 


No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.

Turkish Proverb

Not every road is worthy.

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstance.

David Hume

Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour

What have you seen today? Are you traveling in your old tracks or new ones?

Thanks for sharing time with me.

Take good care of you.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday Critters and Summer Moments

As autumn believes it should be arriving any day now in Minnesota we're enjoying these lovely days. We're expected to have temperatures in the high 80's today. Please enjoy some critter photos and a few events that mark the end of summer. I'm posting for 

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS and City Daily Photo

Lasting beauties!

"Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed, 
if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons."
Henry Ward Beecher 

"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change." Albert Einstein

Another call to the end of summer is The Burnsville Fire Muster 2021 which was today. The next three photos are from there.

I'm on the left with two of my co-workers supporting our community as this year's Burnsville Fire Muster volunteers!

I had to meet these cool pups that went by our tables!

This is Lola!

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
Herman Melville

Meet Mellow!

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Dare to be You! 

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
Herman Melville

I've got your back! 

Birds in a row!

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit."

When our Minnesota State Fair arrives it is the true call of summer coming to a close again.

Of course Roasted Corn on the Cob is one of the biggest hits.
After I took this photo I noticed the fair goer wearing the smiley face although did you catch his expression? Too funny.

Naturally water is high priority as our temperatures are usually in the 80's during the fair.

Another sign summer is waning is in Wayzata (happening this weekend) for
James J. Hill's Day

James Day Hill Day dog races are always exciting!

As are other fun events especially for the children and those young at heart no matter what your age! Don't let me forget so many food trucks waiting to serve you too. So delicious.

"We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point of where they started."
Henry Ward Beecher

The truest test of character is how we behave when we don't know what to do.
John Holt quotes

Moby-Dick in rock art at the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota.

As our seasons shift again so does the pace of our lives. Short days already here, a chill in the air not so much yet. But pumpkin spice is everything and everywhere you go!

Thanks for stopping by your comments are everything to me!

Take good care of you and Happy days to all.