Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sweets or Soup and Critters

Hello everyone 
what is your pleasure today, reading 
sweets or soup?

(Did I hear off in the distance, spring, dreaming of spring?)

Or catching critters stuck in books!

Be brave sweet snow bunny, spring is coming
in about 64 days, on March 20th.




With all these frigid temperatures, I wonder if the Cannon River has "lily Pad" ice forms again? My photo here is from January 2015.

and of course
more critters for


Sweet baby faced Alabama baby in the summer time on green (grass known to Alabama) it's different from our grass here in Minnesota, and who knows maybe else where for that matter.

Crocheted by my daughter.
(and now I have the pattern!)

Meet Madame Alexander's Robin Hood

"Who you are speaks so loudly
I can't hear what you're saying."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meet Madame Alexander's Wizard of Oz doll.
"You can judge a man's true character 
by the way he treats his fellow animals."
Paul McCartney

I caught Misty trying to make doggy snow-angels in the snow!

"Character is what we do when no one else is watching."
R. Alan Woods

Oops here's a non-winter photo!
It's Olaf and his little snowman playmate.

Real or art?

Happy boys ( a friend's boys) right after one memorable win 
for our Minnesota Vikings last night at the game!

Realize it's not just your surroundings in life,
it's also about the labor of love and the people in your life.
The more you give the more which comes back to you.
Be Human Kind.

I'm leaving a quote I read today from another Minnesotan.

You don't need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters.

Bob Dylan
from 1965 but we can relate today

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Return Trips

Good morning everyone!
On this windy morning while it snows outside 
I'll be thinking of many more warmer thoughts to share for you.

"The world always seems brighter when you've
 just made something that wasn't there before."
Neil Gaiman

Playing with food has many benefits.

Remembering the Minnesota Renaissance and 
wishing for weather that doesn't require winter coats.

Truly divine! 

I'm looking so forward to delicious fares at my daughter's house soon!

In case you're wondering from my last post,
I haven't forgotten about Dear Edmund either.

Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama


The Edmund Fitzgerald
still a mystery since 1975
Listen to The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald  
by Gordon Lightfoot here

and why not share some
A few of my favorite buildings
and genius designs.

Boston trip (planned)

This water tower is always about 30 minutes away from me.

If not visiting delightful things what else is there?

"Somewhere between the start of the trail 
and the end is the mystery
why we choose to walk."

Boston has so many things to offer for every visit.

A great way to endure the icy edge of January
 is to think about trips for our new year.

Alabama, Savannah, Boston, Salem and New York are on my list for this year.
Hopefully I'll make them all. I have my tickets purchased for Alabama later this month!

An extremely important goal is to capture as many statues as I can.

"We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud
we could ever find.
There is no need to go looking for the light
when you bring it with you."
Tyler Knott Gregson

Take a frozen lake and make it better.

Always, visit old haunts that will disappear.

"Fairy tales are more than true
not because they tell us that dragons exist
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
Neil Gaiman

is what's happening right now!

Thanks for stopping by 
and take good care of you.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dear Edmund Critters and Other Stuff

Just sharing some fun stuff 

Welcome to Words for Wednesday

I am truly thankful that the herd of deer that crossed my path early yesterday morning while driving to work didn't end in any tragic events! Lots and lots of honking though! 


Celebrating stuffed critters.

naturally live critters.

and those lovely critters carved from wood.

Words for Wednesday (in italic) begins like this,

Dear Edmund(isn't my ancient typewriter pleasurable?) My sweet niece elected an Elvis celebration once spring replaces our snow although since your New Year's resolution included a trip abroad, we shall all meet this summer at the Army Museum, such a grandeur sarcophagus in Paris, France and many more at the Louvre in Paris and here, it shall be a a gathering of golden moments.

Now for the other stuff.

Ice Skating Lessons for Lyra a Minnesota born, and transported to Alabama girl way too early, that she never got to learn how to ice skate.  Until this week with her Uncle Gary.

First, proper winter weather wear! 
Lyra looks a bit apprehensive doesn't she?

"Success is what we get when we 
take fear, face it and replace it."

A long time ice skater, Karina ready to show her cousin,
 Lyra some ice skating techniques.

The teachers, Karina and Uncle Gary.

But! More importantly the ice-teaching-chair!

Oh yes, now it makes sense!

The adventure continues, even if it is extremely late and
 did someone mention how far below zero it is?
We don't want to know. 

The late evening skaters! 

Bravo, it was a total success! 

If you do I promise all the stress and woes of any given day
your joyful adventures will wash it all away.

Thanks for stopping by
take good care of you!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Blank Pages for 2018

has begun!

Welcome 2018
For me this time of year 
always brings thoughts
of trying new things.
 Trusting in the magic of beginnings.

Photography is still my therapy!

Best motto ever
More Good Times!

Our Minnesota arctic tundra may have frozen this wine bottle
and a few other ones
but once it thawed oh how delicious it was!

Beware of little mischievous Elves and munchkins at play!

Precious moments with loved ones.


They're putting little notes on their confetti.

The rapture of silence
is welcome.

Sweet baby faced Rusty!

This little easy to make homemade reindeer has nails
 wrapped with tinsel for legs. Cute right?

We'll be sledding soon!

We enjoy going to
Pretty places to catch super discounts once January arrives!

Once the frozen tundra warms up our snow will fall again.

and before we know it this little fellow will take center stage.

Thanks for stopping by
keep on smiling 
and take good care of you.

and keep sharing your good heart to all!