Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fearless Critters

First say meow to my daughter's persnickety kitty cats
(well one anyway, LuLu is much sweeter)

Lost in the shadows of this shelf is one kitty in hiding, 

but front and center sits Miss Sparkle.
She's proudly taking ownership of a visitor's bag.

Hat-day for Miss Sparkle.
She loves when you hiss, spooky, spooky kitty.

Her life began in Minnesota
such a delightful, sweet kitten!
Now in Alabama not so much!
Oh my!
On this day it's like I'm a stranger in a strange land, 
or rather an intruder in her Cat Kingdom!

I'm holding on for dear life to my snack in one hand and the other my glass of wine.  Yes, she will devour (or just tip over) whatever you're drinking.
Yes, even whiskey! 

Adorably sweet Lulu!

....and then there was a bunny.....
until the owl came by.....
(seriously no bunnies were harmed in the making of this post)
 We didn't get permission to purchase this sweet bunny.
Somebunny was indeed very sad.

As a matter of fact I am owlsome!

This most curious all seeing creature lurks deep into the dark of night,
patiently waiting on guard.
Always stays wide awake while we sleep, 
but on occasion I've heard it's 
hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo while walking my dogs.

Happiness is seeing all my friend's captures of butterflies.
Mine not so much.

They were everywhere inside this butterfly house. 
A few even caught a free ride with me, while inside.

Tell me what's growing in your garden?

A very dear friend taught me that those divine little surprises
 you find growing where you never planted them, are
simply volunteers! 
Don't you just love that?

Greetings not so scary scarecrow.
The fine art of soul to soil awaits in the garden.

Meet Mr. Mike Hovel the friendly shovel-man
digging his tunes in the garden.
You're one smooth folk singer
Oh won't you
play me some more of your bluesy tunes?

Are you getting ready for the big day?
Eat, drink, be hairy or scary! 
Gather around the Jack-O-Lanterns.
If you dare!

Mysterious and spooky awaits, somewhere, everywhere!

I can see it now, all the cats in town are floating on air.
Dogs howling at the moon like wolves.
Tombstones suddenly appearing on so many front lawns!

Ah sweet black-kitty-cat your coyness is our joy, 
it's your persnicketiness
that sometimes keeps us purr-fectly worried!

Thanks for stopping by
enjoy your weekend and take good care of you!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Offering a Better View

Offering a better view is in deed exactly what a vacation does!

"If you want to be happy, be."

Just so you know,  I've included the wisdom of Leo Tolstoy
 through his quotes here today.

This one quote by
Henry Ward Beecher explains his thoughts on books, yet it makes
 perfect sense for trips, even day trips.

"A book/trip is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, 
a party, a company by the way, a counselor,
 a multitude of counselors."

A few highlights from my Nashville and Alabama trip.

Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

Nope, I didn't cut my hair, it's just up, as the day went from 52 in the morning to a humid 80 something by afternoon!

"Everyone thinks of changing the world.
but no one thinks of changing himself."
I disagree with this Tolstoy quote.

I believe a good many of us are constantly changing,
for the better 
with each new day
and showing ourselves to those around us.

Trust me children are always watching us too!

Incredible Kinetic Sculptures by George Shorewood
at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
You only capture his true work by seeing it for yourself, 
as this video shows.

"If you look for perfection,
you'll never be content." 
Something my mother never learned.

"Respect was invented to cover the empty place
 where love should be."

"Spring is the time for plans and projects."
Leo Tolstoy
But also every single day you wake. Me

"The best stories don't come from good vs. bad 
but good vs. good."

"It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it."

If you ever get the chance be sure to make this event on Thursdays.
Stein and Dine
at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center!
It began in March and runs through October, so you still have one more this year!

Thanks for stopping by!
Seize all the moments of happiness that you possibly can.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Hello everyone, October has arrived, and what are you all going to do about it?
I can't be the only one believing these last few months have flown by in a flurry.

It's up to each one of us to make a difference, 
to create a major impact on this month of October
 so we don't feel cheated.

Treasuring a gift prepared with love by my daughter!

Canning up some yummy food!
(My mother's famous chicken noodle soup recipe 
handed down even to my munchkins)

"If a year was tucked inside of a clock,
 then autumn would be the magic hour."
Victoria Erickson

Dress up your Scarecrows!

Be kind.
Be gentle.
Kiss a Knight!

Play with Black and White photos! 

Catch a butterfly (by camera)!

Bring out your brushes 
or buy some delightful pieces waiting to come home with you!

If I may stress one very important must,
 it would be,
Plan as many day trips as possible!

Visit towns close to you, by day and

for evening highlights!

Never pass up a conversation with Twig, the Fairy!

Check out as many Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes that you can!

Dance like a chicken and see what they do!

Build bigger bird houses for winter!
Don't forget to feed and water this winter!

"It is with absolute certainty that falling into a corn pit
is not the pits,
but living fully!

"The human spirit glows from a small inner light
our beating hearts on fire
 with every breath we take. 
It's up to us to spread it around."

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Whisper of Saturday Critters

Welcome to

Autumn has arrived by calendar,
not so much in the air.
A few cooler evenings.

Still, you will see hints of autumn, 
but also, see if you can catch a few hints 
of Halloween throughout here.

These bones were made for rattling!

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the  
cage of existence, hollering,
"What's it for?"

Be like a warrior and pull up your fishing line!

Even little fishes matter.

Caught while,
Out taking photos of her critters!

Be grateful for the beginning of little things
they give us peace
another way of touching, feeling,
 living one moment to the next.

You will remember the little things,
long after you've forgotten the big things.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play (or a tweet)
than in a year of conversation."

Fishing, is much more than fish!

No worries, this little fishy is going back into the water!

From the next two photos,
Some of you may think, Who is this ugly creature, critter or man?

A Video of the magic of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival here.

To me this little bobblehead of the Minnesota RatCatcher brings sweet memories of years of happy and pleasurable skits from The famous RatCatcher and his visits at the festival,
which will be forever remembered.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!

Always be hopeful.

"Life must be lived as play.
Playing certain games, making sacrifices,
singing and dancing
and then a man will be able to 
propitiate the gods,
and defend himself against his enemies
and win in the contest."


One thing about autumn arriving is

what season comes storming in after it.

"There are two things a person should 
never be angry at,
what they can help,
and what they cannot."

Just enjoy every season to its fullest!
Thanks for stopping by 
and take good care of you!