Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Still Looking for a Leprechaun

Happy St. Patrick's Day 

May you always have 
a sunbeam to warm you,
Good luck to charm you
and a sheltering angel
So nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.

Welcome to

Some birds aren't meant to be caged
or even fly.
They're meant to be enjoyed.

From Murdo 1880 Town, South Dakota

You can judge a man's true character by
the way he treats his fellow animals.
Paul McCartney

Animals are born who they are
accept it, and that is that.  They
live with greater peace than people do.
Gregory Maguire

Misty I hope you didn't catch a Leprechaun.

Just be who you are and say what you feel,
 but always listen more than you speak.

One of us remembered to wear green hair!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's
better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring!
Marilyn Monroe


I'm very curious about the story behind this week's
 theme photo with young lads 
walking in the rain at night 
with a Vancouver Policeman.

As you'll see next I'm going a wee bit off Sepia Saturday's main theme.
and I know a few people who will find this story refreshingly delicious!

I have to share this incredible story today for those of you that might 
 be making toasts with a glass of Guinness for St. Patrick's Day.
It's one you'll likely never forget.

This  St. Patrick's Day story retold by Peter Moloney is

A true tale of 8 sailors saved by Guinness.
This story begins from October 12, 1917 and the link's opening photo is from June 1955, on a quayside in Dublin with workers rolling potentially lifesaving barrels of Guinness
the link to this story here.
Ireland's famous stout was cause for a true celebration, it saved lives.

Who would have thought beer barrels had such a life saving fight in them?

How about some
Children and Parents enjoy a St. Patrick's Day parade!

Children everywhere are asking.
Leprechaun, oh Leprechaun where can you be?

Many of you are experiencing real spring, 
while Minnesota is dragging a bit behind.
But in my search for open water,
 There are places without ice. 

Today in Hastings 
no waiting for a park bench today!

Surprisingly, I had to wait to shoot this without walkers and their dogs! So many pups out today, it was wonderful.

Thanks for sharing your time and comments 
take good care of you.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Welcome to another post for Thematic Photographic.

Our theme is water.

It is life, I think, to watch the water.
A man/woman/child/animal can learn so many things.
Nicholas Sparks

Gathering arm in arm 
our feet one with the water.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
It's always our self we find in the sea.
E.E. Cummings


This silence, this moment, every moment,
If it's genuinely inside you,
brings what you need.

Always be like water.
Float in the times of pain
or dance like waves 
along the wind which touches
its surface.
Santosh Kalwar

"Human nature is like water.
It's takes the shape of its container."
Wallace Stevens

Minnesota reality, for now.

When the well is dry we will know the wealth of water.
Benjamin Franklin

Quack, quack, excuse me little girl 
I'm over here, quack, quack, quack.

A boat without water is beached.

Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat,
but water under the boat is its support.

Speaking of support your visits here always makes my day better!
Take good care of you.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thematic Photographic - 415- Junk Food

Hooray, I'm excited to share a post for Thematic Photographic 
I've missed it, and Carmi is bringing it back with 
Junk Food
as our theme.

"Popcorn, chocolate, coffee, ice cream and pizza.
The five food groups.
Health nuts are going to feel stupid one day,
dying of nothing."
Kelly Moran

I'm usually about burgers first, but when time is short
  and a quick bite is necessary, 
and their Roast Beef sandwich with lots
 of horsey sauce is so very delicious!


Oh, my love, my darling
junk food
I've hungered for food that
tastes good, is high in calories
 while having low nutritional value for
A long, lonely time.  
Without packaged snacks
time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
filling our time
by not needing time
or preparation
to deliver and devour our junk food.
I need your delicious bites
Are you still mine?
I need my junk food binges
please speed your delicious morsels to me!

By the Righteous Brothers and Me

Honestly Junk Food today
is all about serving up healthy stuff!

To really bring it home it's a play on healthy verbiage like
Smartfood Popcorn

Sea Salted
No artificial or preservatives, flavors or colors.

Simply Organic 

Baked 50% Less Fat

Of course in honor of 

We first have Misty
the Queen of (well everything food related, and or paper too) 
Junk Food 

She doesn't just enjoy the food/snack
if she can grab the empty bag or box
she'll nearly eat that too!
Where do you suppose she got her nickname
Misty Dixie Cup?

Oops, what was that running by the window?
A Squirrel!
Which she equally enjoys as well!

My son's dog Rusty, doesn't have a clue about 
the deliciousness of junk food, because he isn't allowed 
to even eat nutritional people food.

He does get dog treats and he'll perform tricks for them!

One more nice girl photos of Misty.

Of course, Misty acts like a lady waiting for her bite, 
and she'll never take her eyes off you until you've finished eating.

While Junk Food of today has been working on being far more healthy,
it's even entered
the clothing market as well!

Yep, after all that snacking,
 rub my tummy after all that yummy junk food 
it's time for a quick little nap!

"Keep your friends close

your enemies closer,
and the junk food as far away as possible."

Thanks for joining me 
enjoy your weekend
and take good care of you.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Blooming Snowflakes

Pretty sure I'm not the only person wondering why March always has a way of bringing so many storms just when we're all dreaming of spring.  Why is that?

So on the positive side-

Have you heard
 The extraordinary 
sound of 

Unless you stand outside in the cold, 
you'll never really know.

Have you ever wondered what do
Snowflakes and thoughts have in common?

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things.
But just look what they can do when they stick together.
Vesta M. Kelly

At first snowflakes gather like this.

One by one.

and sometimes this is what they create flake by flake.

Isn't this gigantic amount of snowflakes really full of themselves?

Poor little snowflakes I know.

I think somebody stood outside too long in the cold.

Thoughts begin to gather like snowflakes when I encounter art!

There's something about rocks
 gathered across the floor in playful art don't you think?

Simple things bring lots of thoughts.
Did you catch the flags in the photo below?

Great things in business, or anywhere else for that matter 
are ever done by just one person.

We all have stories.
Stories are a communal currency of humanity.
Tahir Shah

There are so many things we can have in this world
but only 10 percent of it changes the condition of someone's heart.
Shannon L. Alder

Sometimes reality is too complex.

Life is like balloons.
If you never let yourself go
You will never know how far you can rise.

We have five basic senses. Touch, sight, hearing, smell, and
what about taste?

We're always enriched by forgotten memories, especially when sights and scents remind us of delicious food that began from our past 
and delights us today.

Be careful what you don't wish for.

Artfully sweet!

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

it's one of those words
that burn your tongue
 the moment they're spoken.

Ah did you know this,
The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
Cesare Pavese

"The words that strike us are those that

awake an echo in a zone that we have already made our own.
The place where we live
and the vibration enables us 
to find fresh starting points within ourselves.
Cesare Pavese

At least once, but more if possible!
The only joy in the world is to begin.
Cesare Pavese

Thanks for stopping by
your thoughts always brighten my day.
Take good care of you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A Most Prestigious

"Appreciation, not possession, makes a thing ours."
Marty Rubin 

From a field of green grasses

and some

Funny Lasses
(the Gridiron women, dubbed as Gridiron widows)


Jokester remarks! 

"Let a kind word warm you when your thoughts turn cold."
Marty Rubin

"A pessimist is a man who thinks 
everybody is as nasty as himself,
and hates them for it."
George Bernard Shaw

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
Stephen Fry

A Most Prestigious
joining of critters and 
the prestigious journalistic 
organizations in Washington
The Gridiron Club dining since

Remember membership is by invitation only
guessing the Gridiron members share 
the same adaptation which plays a critical role
 in their survival as well.
Critters and men alike?

Hence putting down their axes to
laugh and joke away one evening each year.

"When the ax came into the woods,
many of the trees said,
at least the handle is one of us."
Turkish proverb.


I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.  
Maya Angelou

"Nothing is more ridiculous than one person telling another how to live."
Marty Rubin

Delightfully intriguing critters
real and otherwise!

Meet Lucy the six-story elephant shaped example
 of novelty architecture.
You too can experience the rapture with tours beginning every 30 minutes,
where you can walk through and actually come out alive!
Don't feed the elephant!
Check out this video for the inside story which began in 1881
by James V. Lafferty here.

We're happily joining with
(instead of a golf club a Gridiron members club)

photos from the Library of Congress taken in 1937 and 1939.

"We are fighting now to save the endangered species, the individual."
Marty Rubin

Beware what lies behind the curtain.

"Having a comic in the White House
will assure stability in foreign relations.
The world will continue to respond 
to foreign initiatives by saying,
You must be kidding."

Pat Paulsen
a live clip from Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
1967/68. Hilarious.

Gathering at a waterfowl sanctuary near Washington on the Potomac River.

Have you ever wondered who designs the dinner menu at these affairs and where the supplies are obtained?

"The F word turns me on, she whispered.
The F word?
He threw back his head and laughed.
For the first time in years
his laughter was spontaneous.
It wasn't tinged with bitterness and cynicism."
Sandra Brown
Dinner table conversations.

Arriving in enthusiastic good humor was
potential presidential timber Paul McNutt.

"Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them."
Marty Rubin

On the right Lord Lothian British Ambassador to the United States
meeting Paul McNutt for the first time.

"Freedom began on the day the first sheep wandered away from the herd."
Marty Rubin

I'm closing with a joke from last night's 2018 Gridiron dinner. It's one where they say it jokingly, but deep down you're seriously wishing that it will come true.

"Knowing Donald Trump, it won't be long before he dumps the United States for a much younger country." 

Are you ready for a bit of double thought?

Always remember, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
Harry S. Truman
There are two different things: there's grilling, and there's barbecue.
Grilling is when people say,
"We're gonna turn up the heat,
make it really hot and sear a steak
sear a burger,
cook a chicken.
Barbecue is going low and slow."

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me.
Take good care of you.