Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Critters Rejoice

Happy Saturday!

Welcome to







"Whether you think you can 
or you think you can't
you're right."
Henry Ford






"Act as if what you do makes a difference,
it does."
William James







"Coming together is a beginning,
staying together is progress,
and working together is success."
Henry Ford



"The quality of a leader is reflected 
in the standards they set for themselves."
Henry Ford
The last eight years in America is proof of that.







"The art of being wise 
is knowing what to overlook."
William James




and simply walk away.



"Whenever anything seems to be going against you
remember, that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford


Be kind first and
"Let us read and let us dance,
these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."
Voltaire

One thing nobody can take away from us-
our memories.

Yes we can.  Yes we did.


Way back when.... memories.... rejoice!


Happy is as happy does!
Enjoy your weekend all!
Thanks for sharing some of it with me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Messy

Welcome to another


 our theme is Messy




Nature can be messy.



"And at the end of the day
 your feet should be dirty
your hair messy
and your eyes sparkling."
Shanti




Beauty amidst messy.




Need I say anything?



"Amidst the confusion of the times,
the conflicts of the conscience,
and the turmoil of daily living,
an abiding faith becomes an
anchor to our lives."
Thomas S. Monson




Follow as many squiggly lines as you can
 and enjoy messy anew, 
a most thrilling journey.
Me




"Declare this smite time,
extracting precious gems
and wholly hours you share
to fruitcake a friend so dear."
Bradley Chicho





"The friendship we share grows amidst
the craggy rock pond;
reeds of water spray fireflies
scented with bonfires."
Bradley Chichco

I'm thankful for our friendship!
Enjoy your day
and take good care of you!









Sunday, January 15, 2017

Critters the day after Saturday

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to 


Everyday I miss this sweet puppy Allie!
She went blind at an early age, but she lived on for many years after
and most the time you never knew she was blind.



"We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope."
Martin Luther King Jr.


"Yes we can. Yes we did."
President Obama





"There is no psychiatrist in the world 
like a puppy licking your face."
Bernard Williams




Another photo of sweet Allie.



"There was never a night or a problem
 that could defeat sunrise or hope."
Bernard Williams




My nephew and a lost puppy.





This bunny loves you!



"What a strange world this would be
 if we all had the same sense of humor."
Bernard Williams





Enjoy your day!
Thanks for stopping by to say hi!






Thursday, January 12, 2017

Joshua Secrest and Cow Hollow

Joshua Secrest's octagonal barn is near Herbert Hoover's birthplace in West Branch, Iowa.  It's only about 290 miles from my own house.




Do you have a favorite octagon house?

The architecture of an octagon house is my first interest,
and second is the story surrounding the place,
and there's always a story.
Third is the name of course.


"It is good people who make good places."
Anna Sewell

I'm not quite sure why I've always been fascinated and drawn to anything with the word hollow in it, but I am.  Hence my story today begins with a curious and historic house from Cow Hollow.


Cow Hollow


Built in 1861
by first owners, Harriet Schober who married William C. McElroy
and they built their octagon house 1861 story here.

Octagon House in the Cow Hollow Neighborhood
of San Francisco.

The house became a museum operated by the National Society of  Colonial Dames and displays decorative arts from the Colonial and Federal periods.


Cow Hollow, is well-to-do but has a small town charm feel in this neighborhood located between Russian Hill and the Presidio and bordering the Marina District on one side and Pacific Heights on the other.

The next series of photos are courtesy of the Library of Congress and Joseph A. Baird Jr. photographer



McElroy Octagon House
New location
it was moved from the east to the west side of Gough Street 
to a plot of land donated by the Allyne sisters.
Never underestimate women with a mission at hand.
2645 Gough Street



This photo above is a copy from Arnold Genthe in 1906.




Taken in 1960 below are photos taken inside during 1960


Details of door, at the entrance north wall.




Remodeled Living Room





Remodeled Upper Hall




Circular Stairway and ceiling medallions. 



West Entrance at 2645 Gough Street San Francisco.

But as many of you know, there are so many beautiful and interesting places just waiting for you to visit, from the west coast to the east coast, and right through the north to the south.


"When you leave a beautiful place, 
you carry it with you wherever you go."
Alexander Stoddard


Learn things. That's what keeps us alive!
I sure enjoy seeing you stop by
take good care of you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Out the Window

It was a day for looking out the window!




Carmi wants scenes performing
outside your windows
so grab your camera and begin shooting

Out the Window!


I'm excited to see out your windows too,
 so I hope many of
you join this thematic photographic delight at Carmi's blog here.


Window number one!
Beginning from home.



"Set wide the window, let me drink the day."
Edith Wharton
(Even if it's grey)



Out our front door!



Believe it or not, I just shoveled our deck and the snow is still falling!



Upstairs looking outside! 





But baby it's so cold/grey outside today.


How about some color?




Hello from girl's day at the salon.


Here are a few out the window from Minneapolis.
I'm driving to downtown.
(Before winter)



The next two are from my oldie but goodie files
 for my work in progress with ghost stories from Minnesota!



"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people."
James A. Baldwin
Ghost writers can set them free.



"Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood."
Marie Curie

The photo below is shooting outside a window from inside the 
Weisman Art Museum



"There are two ways of spreading light,
 to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Edith Wharton

So don't fear shadows,
 because there's light shining from somewhere.
Take good care of you!





Monday, January 9, 2017

Scene and Story

Good morning all!
This is my first posting for 

Brought to us by
Sarah at
Paisley Rain Boots

Afternoon Flashback

"Only by going alone in silence, can one truly 
get into the heart of the wilderness.
All other travel is mere dust and hotels
and baggage and chatter."
John Muir





There's always more to every picture, and I still hold dear everything about this afternoon in Cannon Falls. Of course it's my own private baggage that I carry through life and it defines special moments, between letting it sit idle or bringing things out.  Imagine, an afternoon in our own space in time, that's only ours. For me, nature has a way of putting pause to my baggage and simply allows the moment to take lead. 

Here's what you can't see in these photos.


Far away, a hawk turned its head,
distracted by a rusty, hinge cry from something wild,
while a flock of migratory birds flapped towards the horizon.
Nearby street noise and church bells announced their existence.
A father and his two boys laughing,
 tossing bread crumbs to ducks.
Splashes! Sweet little ducklings stumbled over one another
in search of food or another hapless insect.
You'll never know by this photo, but off in the distance the twitter of other birds could be heard.
Graceful trumpeter swans, white, grey, wild, long necked, soft feathered beauty upon the water, 
all feathered friends rejoicing with each new breath.







Thanks for stopping in!
Enjoy your own afternoon!





Saturday, January 7, 2017

Open Minds and Neil Gaiman

Greetings from the frozen tundra of 
Minnesota's Winter-Wonderland





Things are as you make them.


Open seating.


But
your thoughts
are everything.




"As the twig is bent, the trees inclined."
So grows the tree.
Alexander Pope


Remembering a time 
while standing still 
face to face
with the breeze
 and my face warmed by sunshine
 on an afternoon walk in June.





While Thoughts of bare feet making my way
through green grasses
 simply dance through my head.

Keeping these thoughts alive.


It's the only way to stay sane on freezing,
not-so-perfect day.


"Life is but thought."
Sara Teasdale



Eufaula, Alabama


How about waking up to accomplishing your fears?


Anyone care to spend the night in a haunted house?


Drish House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama





"Begin with an open mind

end with an inspired heart."
Sheri Fink


"Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated."
Confucius



"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."

Sara Teasdale



Not to forget what day this is!



Hello there,


Well, are you going to hug me or not?

Animals have taught me much.


Bring your best rabbit's foot forward.






Be silly.





They are, our best friends, for life.


In closing this morning, may I mention New Year's Resolutions?
Not many have here in Bloggersville
but outside of blogging, many are.

I believe, this quote from Neil Gaiman, says it best.

"There was a smile dancing on his lips,
although it was a wary smile,
for the world is a bigger place
than a little graveyard on a hill;
and there would be dangers in it and mysteries,
new friends to make,
old friends to rediscover,
mistakes to be made,
and many paths to be walked, before he would, finally,
return to the graveyard or ride with the Lady
 on the broad back of her great grey stallion."

Thank you dear ones for stopping by.
Take good care of you.