Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, July 21, 2017

Knobs and Dials - Thematic Photographic

Welcome to another

post 
our theme is 
Knobs and Dials


"I like stepping into the future.
Therefore, I look for doorknobs."
Marc Rosen
Minnesota Sportscaster



If this were the 60's or possibly the 70's okay maybe the 80's and 90's
we'd have so many more objects with knobs and dials to post.



"Nothing is stable. Nothing absolute. All is fluid and changeable.
There is an endless becoming."
Benjamin N. Cardozo




Remember how much fun it was to flip the dial
 for your favorite radio station?
When you were fourteen!


"Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more."
Benjamin N. Cardozo




What's for dinner?




My vintage Brownie
"Sometimes, you'll never know the true value of a moment
until it becomes a memory."


Below is the major control panel of my car!
It's a touch screen too!
Yep, no knobs or dials here either.


One draw back to a knob free world,
Be very careful with the new touch system.
Even my dog has accidentally changed things.








Meet Alexa, this may be silly 
but I feel like she's our newest member of the family!

Absolutely no knobs or dials needed at all.
She responds to your voice. Any voice, 
just as long as you say, "Alexa" before you request anything.


"Leave the door open for the unknown,

the door into the dark.
That's where the most important things come from,
ad where you will go."
Rebecca Solnit




"Passion will make you crazy, but is there any other way to live?"

Howard Hughes



Thank you for sharing time to stop by.
Enjoy your weekend!
Take good care of you.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Nelson

Wishing all the way up to heaven a truly

Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela



you are still in our thoughts, sometimes more than ever in our world today.



"A good leader can engage in debate frankly
and thoroughly, knowing that at the end
 he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger.

You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed."
Nelson Mandela




"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
 to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
Nelson Mandela



"As we let our own light shine, 
we unconsciously give other people 
permission to do the same."
Nelson Mandela



"Resentment is like drinking poison 
and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
Nelson Mandela



Moments of artful absurdity keep us balanced.




Nature's gifts keep us grounded.

Childhood is a journey
we all share.

Children shake the world with blunt honesty!



"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
 than the way in which it treats its children."
Nelson Mandela




May your week be filled with happiness 
take good care of you.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Archibald Mill Dundas and Critters

Sometimes one needs to disconnect from the world's events
and find something that stirs your heart.
For me, that's roaming, and seeing new places, 
or old places with new eyes.


Welcome to 
Dundas, Minnesota.

Wednesday I went on a road trip (close to home) in 
search of an old abandoned mill.



The Old Archibald Mill
What's left of it.




"One's destination is never a place,
but a new way of seeing things."
Henry Miller



I brought a very quiet friend with me too.
Thinking she needs to smile!


"When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile."
Steve Mariboli


Viewing the mill from land it looks like most of it is in ruins. But, from the Cannon River that runs behind it you can see quite a bit of structure. 



"Should you shield the canyons from windstorms
you would never see the true beauty of their carvings."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross




"All is as if the world ceased to exist.
The city's monuments go unseen, its past unheard,
and it's culture slowly fading in the dismal sea."
Nathan Reese Maher

You can almost get this sense,
 where only this place exists.
A most quiet free world 
where I'm walking, 
(lost in this ruins)
oblivious to the days events,
ignoring everything else around here.




Hike more, worry less. Open that closed door.
 Climb through that open window.
(Unless there's a sign that says Keep Out!)
Walk forward.



"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
Henry David Thoreau





"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees."
Henry David Thoreau




I do love animals as much as Eileen that's why I
Can't forget to include a few critter photos!



Misty in "Bunny watching mode" gazing out the window,
she misses nothing.



Dash loves chewing (and chasing) his toys.



In the distance (grey color) is a happy little Garden-Gnome!




Here he is! Look quickly he's always in constant motion.


Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and take good care of you!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Adventurous


"At every moment of our lives, 
we all have one foot in a fairy tale
 and the other in the abyss."
Paulo Coelho

Welcome
 to the Burwell House
 in Minnetonka that I finally
 toured the inside.



"The least of things with a meaning
 is worth more in life
then the greatest of things
 without it."
Carl Jung

Adopt an adventurous attitude.



...and of course bring your camera too.




Just one of several ways to enter the Burwell Estate.



Now for some photos of
in Minnetonka



The house, and tower that still calls to me.


"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
Carl Jung


Our tour guide had no idea how long these lovely plants have been here.


Welcome to the inside.




The Parlor
and only living room area in the entire house.




The formal dining room.
Children were never allowed to eat here, supposedly, and politics and religion was never allowed to be discussed here.  Men only could share their views while smoking in the parlor. 

But, high above the dining room table their children could look and listen through a floor register from an upper floor bedroom.


Hard to believe, and I will "fact check this" later
this doorway leads you to the master bedroom for the Burwell family.
A double curtain with two designs was the only closure to the room which led right off the formal dining room.  It also had a door that opened into the small front entry way.



In all the houses I've toured this is the first one with the master bedroom right off the dining room. Have you experienced this before?


"Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day."
Carl Jung




One of two kitchens in their house.



The second kitchen is where the children ate and the family as well when they weren't entertaining.


"I am an adventurer, looking for treasure."
Paulo Coelho



A potato masher and a curl/ruffle iron, on the stove.


Back Outside.

I've followed the Can You Find These Etchings before, 
I believe there are about 21 or more.
They offer a brochure that explains each one.



Girl and Cow
one of my favorites.
Farming was the backbone.




The etchings are scattered about this long and winding rock wall.
Some places are thick with greenery too!
Adventures carry us along.



It's a lovely walk through nature, on the Burwell grounds
 and lots of flowers blooming all along the way.



This etching is of Mary Burwell, her husband Charles is on the other side of the iron garden entrance.







Not all the buildings that were on the estate are here today, but many are.




Bring your rafts, canoes, kayaks, etc. if you can haul it in, 
you can float down the Minnehaha Creek with it.
They have a couple picnic tables for your enjoyment too.
You can make an entire day of it out here.



Keep your feet moving
or at least your paddle.
It's all about the adventure right?


"Life is a blank canvas
and you need to throw all the paint you can on it."
Danny Kaye

Thanks for stopping by to say hello
take good care of you and adventure on!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Critters and Amelia


Welcome to
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS 



Jack's recent catch!


and some news of an 80 year old mystery
possibly solved?


As for more critters,not too far away 
4H members are preparing
 for the next Minnesota State Fair!




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

That explains a lot, doesn't it?



Ride 'em cowboy!


Indian Hunter and His Dog


Now about that mystery.


Is Amelia's mystery solved?
Maybe.
This is not fake news.

First, before I explain more here's a link to Amelia's ties to Minnesota.

825 Fairmount Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota
document proving she lived there in 1915.

The History Channel will explain this Sunday,
with Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.
(Although, my first question after seeing the new photo, 
if she had been captured would she be lounging on a dock, appearing free to move about?)

Maybe, but I don't think so.  This just in, Amelia Earhart 




The theory is Amelia may have been captured and died in Japanese captivity. You can read the New York Post article here.



Library of Congress Photo, taken in 1928.




Amelia in the center at the White House in Washington D.C.Library of Congress Photo  taken in 1932 or 1933





Library of Congress Photo taken 1936.


Thanks for sharing time here,
I treasure your visits.
Enjoy your weekend.