Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer floral images

I appreciate these morning-walk images more and more as the summer days are slipping by and getting shorter and shorter!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Granddog, Lexi

Our grand dog Lexi is getting older and seems to need to rest more, but still likes to chase a rabbit or squirrel that dare to venture in our backyard. She has always been a little shy, and she is getting sweeter as she ages. Her behaviour has changed in other ways, too.  She no longer likes to take walks at night.  Our vet explained that dogs lose some visual acuity as they get older, especially when it is dark. Although she is healthy, alert, and lively, I hate to see her ageing process, and often wonder why we-animal-lovers repeatedly put ourselves through this life process over and over again? I guess that Anatole France's quote says it all, "Until one has loved an animal. part of one's soul remains unawakened."

Friday, July 06, 2018

Another Sidewalk Floral Decoration

I posted a similar image on June 9 at a different neighbourhood business.  It is wonderful when shop keepers make efforts to beautify the environment, especially when our summer season is so short. I am afraid that I am not being a very creative blogger because I have been occupied with lots of different personal activities that occupies my available time.  Perhaps I will soon be able to adjust my time to enable me to do more photo shoots, which I really, really miss!!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018


For the past month I was certain that the pain in my left hand was arthritis, which is not uncommon for many people my age, and younger.  I've read that millions of people are walking around with undiagnosed arthritis. Recently I have also noticed that my wrist had what appeared to be a slowly spreading bruise that looked like pooling blood. Yesterday I became alarmed so I went to Urgent Care where I had blood tests and an x-ray.  I was told that "you are one tough lady." I was diagnosed with a fractured wrist and am scheduled with a follow-up with an orthopaedic surgical specialist.  How on earth did this injury occur, you ask?

Well, again like most people my age, I have discarded throw rugs to avoid slips and falls, but I still have large area rugs over my hardwood floors in several rooms.  About 6 weeks ago when getting up out of bed, my foot caught under the edge of a rug and with lightening speed I fell forward, without hitting my head, but landing flat on my stomach. Immediately my chest pained, which lasted for several weeks, but gradually went away. During that entire time I didn't feel any extraordinary pain in my arms and wrist that had helped me break a total fall that protected my face and head. Only within the last 4 weeks has my self-diagnosed "arthritis" given me pain.

Moral of the story?  Don't ignore pain--see a doctor!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Spirit: Theme Day, July, 2018


The "harmony of my body and soul" is made visible by my spiritual feelings of awe, contentment and love when in the presence of a large body of water, especially one of the Great Lakes: Michigan and Superior.  Each one of them has been part of life since the moment I was born in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and my adult life in Minnesota. Water is part of my DNA!


Our City Daily Pages bloggers have the theme of spirit for the month of July. To see other photos that illustrate images of "spirit," click here.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Copy Cat!

Yesterday Tamera of Colorado Springs Daily Photo posted a lovely winter photo, which is an annual practice of hers to give some respite during the hot weather.  "What a good idea!" I said to myself as our temperature was climbing to 99 degrees fahrenheit! So I decided to do the same.  Thank you, Tamera! The lilac bushes along the fence is our back yard certainly is a "cool" shot!

It is only 81 degrees right now at 6 am and is predicted to stay in the low 80's today. I think I can tolerate the warm weather a bit longer before the ice and snow visit again!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Literary Friends

Last Wednesday several friends and I, members of the Mystery Maven Book Club, attended a double reading at Common Good Books, located at 38 S. Snelling in St Paul, Minnesota. We were treated to readings by William Kent Krueger, a Minnesota writer,  and Cara Black whose mysteries all take place in Paris.  Because the two of them have been friends for many years, we also got an insight into their personalities, not only as writers but as long term friends who shared anecdotes about their friendship. These book readings are a good way to spend part of an evening.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fallen trees

Unrelenting recent rainfalls have swollen the Mississippi River and flooded part of Hidden Falls Park.  The drenched earth was unable to securely hold some of the old majestic trees. Close to my home, my dogs, young grandchildren, and I often visit the park to enjoy its natural beauty.  The sight of the fallen trees is a sad sight. Didn't deter visitors, though.  The boat ramp was closed but several hopeful fisherman were enjoying their sport along the bank, not far from the fallen trees.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mississippi River Bridge

This bridge close to the University of Minnesota is one of the many in the Twin Cities spanning the river, which we love. The phrase "bridge over troubled waters" comes to mind when I consider what is occurring on the political front of our country.  Too much division and discord; I'd like to change the entire scene to one of placid waters with no dangerous hidden current beneath the surface.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fresh bread

The best part of my day begins when I can go to the bakery to pick up freshly baked bread!