Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Like that Star of the Waning Summer

The fair in Minnesota
it's a bittersweet affair
 and always,
brings the close of summer far too close
 for my comfort.

It's always all about the cows.

Welcome to

and corn-men, because we're critters too.


Rather than corn critters
how about good old Dinosaurs?

Has it ever felt like your life unravels 
in the most unusual ways sometimes?

"Like that star of the waning summer
who beyond all stars rises
 bathed in the ocean stream
to glitter in brilliance."

"Never dull your shine for somebody else."
Tyra Banks

"The journey is the thing."

To be able to hear unheard sounds.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
William Shakespeare

Life unravels in a mysterious way sometimes, doesn't it?

"Thank life for happening
thanks to you for being here.
Thank every twist and turn
that we are joined in this world together,
There is a reason for every single thing
and nobody can stop us, not ever,
There is a reason for every worry
and concern."
Dante Jannicelli
and me

“Bad things can happen, and often do--but they only take up a few pages of your story; and anyone can survive a few pages.” 
― James A. OwenThe Barbizon Diaries: A Meditation on Will, Purpose, and the Value Of Stories

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good Fences and the Red Door

Hooray, for once I can join in on 

on time!

Out for a stroll 
it feels wonderful walking
and getting lost in one's thoughts.
Doesn't it?

I was drawn to this.

The beauty is always in the seeing.

Escaping greenery for our pleasure.

Also, while I was out
 and about
 the edge of Farmington, Minnesota
I revisited an old familiar place.

It has the prettiest red door ever,
wouldn't you agree?

Where oh where art thou pretty sunshine?
"Everywhere is walking distance
if you take/have the time."
Steven Wright

Enjoy your day
and all the fences that may come your way.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TP - Please Be Seated

So Many Reasons To 
Be Seated


When was the last time you spent a quiet moment
just doing nothing?

Or shared the same couch with family?

When was the last time you
Just sat and looked at the sea?

How about those reflections sitting on the water?

Taking a sit down break!

Or watched the wind blow through the tree limbs?

Or sat down to feel rippling waves?

  Have you taken off your clown nose
 so it can sit on the table?

Or sat down for a wet seat!

Or sat down to watch children playing in the park?

"At the end of the day,
 I just want to sit with someone I love 
and chat about what matters
and even what doesn't."
Crystal Woods

Take good care of you






Sunday, August 21, 2016


Three weeks ago I planned a beach day/birthday party for my daughter in law.

But the rain storms kept showing up.

You won't stop us Mother Nature!

Rain, rain go away!

And so it did.

And stay away rain!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

There is a Cycle

Posting to

Pardon my silence this week,
but my heart and soul is processing another deep loss.
(and my laptop decided to call it a day too. Is there a rainbow bridge for computers too?)

Comforting words and flowers from my daughter.

There is a cycle
to life
and death
that shapes
the lives 
of those
who keep
the company
of dogs.
(and cats)

Only we know what a small price 

we pay for the love we have received
from our pets.  The sadness and loss,
no matter how powerful it may be,
is an insufficient measure of the joy
we have been given.

We were a three dog household.
Now we have only two dogs that 
I'm sure are still
wondering where their sister went.
When is she coming home again?

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose;
 all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us."
Helen Keller

Looking like a princess after a day with the groomer.

Now Allie can take comfort with our beloved Lady again.

"Sometimes the best way to help someone,
 is to just be near them."

Allie always stuck close to me before she went blind, and that doubled after. She'd always keep nosing me, I was her ground support.

The kitchen begging crew are short one now.

She'd follow our voices!Always being underfoot, 
wanting to be a part of what was happening,
even if she was being ignored
and it's so empty without her.

"Until one has loved an animal, 
a part of one's soul has remained
Anatole France

Saturday, August 13, 2016


"Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost."
Erol Ozan

See how much I love you.

"Wherever you are, I am there also."

Also posting for


"You can't lead me down that road."
Taylor Swift

Stand up for yourself.

Our sweet Dash
enjoying an outdoor moment.
Puppy love. 
Sunshine is his pleasure.
Until another bunny runs by.

Things are forever changing.

Happy August to you all
Remember on this side of the world
(no matter what folks say or mother nature may do)
It's still summertime.

We are all human.
and we're all pretty on the inside and the outside.

You are somebody's reason to smile.

Taken from a moment in Farmington 

My son is the second from the left on the top row.

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
The word is "love.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks
 for sharing a few moments with me. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TP Trademark and Reflective

Welcome back 

It feels like forever since I've played along!
I'm beginning with
last week's theme which was


Popular trademarks don't require words.
You know them on sight!

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney

and then suddenly
 The happiest place on Earth came to be.

"I only hope we don't lose sight of one thing

That it was all started by a mouse."
Walt Disney

Oh no dear, sweet llama; you may need to see a dentist!

 "There is nothing like a llama, well maybe an alpaca. 
But they're kind of like trademarks of llamas."
Llama Queen

Okay now for this week's theme

"A lake is a landscape's most beautiful
and expressive feature.
It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder
measures the depth of his own nature."
Henry David Thoreau


"If I speak of myself in different ways,
that is because I look at myself in different ways."
Michel de Montaigne

I hope you're having a wonderful week!