Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blue-pencil Our Recent Whiteout

 How about we all blue-pencil drastic winter weather altogether, okay?



Since there really aren't any flowers to stop and smell,
I've been stopping to read tree messages.






And what about those fabulous critter catching trees!




Say hello to a new critter in our family.
He even glows when evening falls.



He doesn't eat much!


More about the weather in my world.
On last Saturday evening-
Throughout the night, 
well into Sunday morning, 



while everyone slept dreaming of sugar plums
 (or whatever) 
winter slyly arrived in full force. 
  This new fallen white stuff was mostly a wet, 
slightly slushy blanket of snow, 
but it covered everything it could.

However, somewhere in Alabama,
there wasn't even a flake of snow in the air.



And what to my wondering eyes should appear?
Almost eight not so tiny canoes!


My daughter went camping for the weekend 
to achieve her Trooper Camper Certification
 from the Girl Scouts of America. 


Yippee fire starter success!


As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly
(or rather recent tornado cries)
When they meet with an obstacle, they mount to the basement.
But all ended well in their little town!


Wow, it's hard for me to imagine camping (like this) in December. 
Snowless!



Although our recent snow is pretty much history again,
 as you'll see from my walk around town on Monday,
 see what I discovered?



Can you believe I met the most colorful moose ever?







So, "Keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly,
keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing,
and there's so much to smile about."
Marilyn Monroe



Howdy folks!

Mostly, what I've been up to is seeking my mantra for the day. Here's one I think you'll enjoy as well. 

"Smile. Dance. Giggle. Laugh. Marvel. 
TRUST. Hope. Love. Wish. BELIEVE.
Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, 
and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always 
focusing on how far you have to go."
Mandy Hale





Thanks for stopping by to say hello,
enjoy your journey and take good care of you!












Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meaning Makers

Carmi from
 THEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHIC
 offers 
REPETITIVE
as our theme this week.


This theme literally speaks
 to what's happening in my life. 
(probably your life as well)


Please enjoy my perception of
Repetitive
 it arrives from a place very long ago 

Where I cherish bringing spirit and magic throughout our family traditions

I won't count the number of Christmas trees I've decorated so far in my life, just know this is a repetitive thing I do.

Let's roll out our inspirations!

This may be mostly repetitive, but there are changes too.

and as Thomas Moore quoted

"To live with a high degree of artfulness
 means to attend to the small things 
that keep the soul engaged
 in whatever we are doing,
 and it is the very heart of soul-making."





The meeting (and shaking hands) of one painted nutcracker to a newly constructed nutcracker ready for paint.

MERRY
MEANING MAKERS





"We can only see half of anything.
The other half is the meaning 
we give to anything we see."




The meaning these charming memory makers offer
repetitively
are memories of yesterday, very long ago.


"There is not one big cosmic meaning for all.
There is only the meaning we all give to our lives,
an individual meaning."
Anais Nin

I love sharing 
My very own meaning.




"It is the nature of things to be drawn
to the very experiences
that will spoil our innocence
transform our lives
and give us necessary complexity and depth."
Thomas Moore








"Off to the paint shop Nutcracker?"

"Usually, the main problem with life conundrums
 is that we don't bring to them enough imagination."
Thomas Moore



"The world is full of magic things, 
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
W.B. Yeats





"If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!
Shel Silverstein




"Anything is possible. Anything can be."

Take good care of you
and I'm wishing happy decorating and festivity making for all!
Thanks for sharing this time with me and saying hello.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Saturday Critters on Sunday

Good morning!
Happy weekend (Sunday) after Thanksgiving
and welcome to

on Sunday



Really it wasn't me....bark, bark. Bark!


"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you
 more than he loves himself."
Josh Billings

Unless, there is whipped cream involved.
 Whipped cream usually wins paws down.




"What whipped cream?"




Silly boy.
Be kind to your Teddy Bears!


"Live your truth.
Express your love.
Share your enthusiasm.
Take action towards your dreams.
Walk your talk.
Dance and sing to your music.
Embrace your blessings.
Make today worth remembering."
Steve Maraboli

We had a touch of winter's blast, 
at the moment it's been unusually warm and snow free.
But still, I've brought most of my critter friends, 
plants, Gnomes and other creatures inside for the winter.





Some of my critters, especially my Scarecrows
 take to dressing up for the season at hand.






I got the kitchen window for the winter!





So what, I have all the books any intelligent Scarecrow
 needs for a long winter coming.





Tweet, tweet, TWEET!





Did someone say let's play ball?


Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend,
 and take good care of you and all your critters too!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to those friends and family
 that celebrate Thanksgiving Day.





But isn't 
Every single day that we're alive 
something to be thankful for?
Our partaking in the kindness of recognition
returns oodles of thankfulness for us all too.



"Rest and be thankful."
William Wadsworth Thanksgiving is celebrated in various manners for the most part.

In our family sometimes we shared piano recitals and birthdays 
on or close to Thanksgiving Day.





"There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others' love more beautiful."
-Aberjhani


I was once asked where do turkeys live?
Well here's one place.


This turkey farm is near Bristol, Illinois



Another famous turkey destination is right here at




Tommy's Joynt  "Where Turkey is King"
"Welcome Stranger" is above their front doors
begging you to come inside.  
But I didn't share this destination with my little munchkin.





While some begin celebrating with their families at various destinations.



Mobile, Alabama
The Bragg-Mitchell
Mansion built in 1855

Judge Bragg built the mansion for his family to enjoy living there day to day
 from Thanksgiving to Mardi Gras. The rest of the time they enjoyed living on their cotton plantation in Lowndes County outside of Montgomery, Alabama.


But-
Where did it all begin?


Artist
Jean Leon Gerome, Ferris
The First Thanksgiving 1621
described as Pilgrims and Natives gather to share a meal.

and also making mention in today's post for
GOOD FENCES
and I'm still not believing what I read, but dear friends I do believe this will be our last link up for GOOD FENCES!


Yes, these gents are carrying a turkey inside this crate.


Another Thanksgiving gobbler is welcomed
 at the White House 
1921

Remembering that it's 

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






"Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches."
Richelle E. Goodrich


  "Service is a smile. It is an acknowledging wave,
a reaching handshake, a friendly wink,
and a warm hug. It's these simple acts that matter most,
because the greatest service to a human soul
has always been the kindness of recognition."
Richelle E. Goodrich

Wishing you all a blessed day 
in everything you do.  Thank you for stopping by,
be safe and take good care of you.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Teaching Critters

Good morning
everyone




You won't be disappointed.



Come on daddy share, please, bark, bark!

I sought my soul
But my soul I could not see
I sought my God
But my God eluded me.
I sought my brother
And I found all three.
William Blake


If you enjoy playing with food, this is something so genius and adorable
to add to your Thanksgiving table.




What's a turkey's favorite dessert?
I haven't a clue.
Peach Gobbler!


"The journey in between what you once were
 and who you are now becoming
 is where the dance of life really takes place."
Barbara De Angelis







Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mostly Hidden Fences

On the subject of 
Otherness and togetherness.




It's the sort of otherness that brings folks out here in droves
and we share a togetherness as we roam these grounds.


This place was a dream of one strong, determined woman.
Now it's in the hands of her son.


Through that gate and just before the car is a gigantic metal ladybug. 



Can you see it better in this photo?


Welcome to another week of





When we look at unexpected things,
  we are curious about the meaning behind them. 
We seek answers to understand 
another's thoughts.

The meaning behind many unexpected things 
which otherness harbors so freely
in another's mind
  we have yet to understand
on so many occasions.

But

The journey can be so uplifting.
It often opens our eyes in ways
 we've never seen before.




Is that a smile on his face?



Good thing I came here yesterday.



Look ever so closely, there is a fence or gate in every photo.


And the meaning of this is-
within your own imagination.







Things have a way of hanging around
but at what degree?
Decay has a way of sneaking up on us
 before we know it.
Start living now.


Turmoil. In decayed hut
The spirit of putrescence flutters with black wings.
Crippled birches in the autumn wind.

Evening in deserted tavern. The way home is scented all around
By the soft gloom of grazing herds;
Apparition of the night; toads plunge from brown waters.” 
Georg Traki


And togetherness makes us stronger!
You really make my day with your kind words
and presence! Thank you.