Saturday, December 31, 2016

She Might be Finished

I know, glare from desk lamp
Christmas Duck cover on Art Journal


new year
filled with limitless possibility
love & love,

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Little Entertainment to bring in the New Year!

I've been painting a Christmas Duck.
Looks like I'll be finished before the year ends.
Wonder what I'll imagine to do next.

Wishing you All The Best.
love & love,

your silly friend

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fresh Look at Old Story

Before Story Time this morning
I pulled out my favorite camera
to share this with you.

Every Wednesday Morning for a lot of years
we celebrate the ideas in this story.

I was so excited when this first arrived
I told our story time crowd.
For weeks the staff told me 
about parents with small children
filing past.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Goofin' in my altered book project

Frog Prince in progress . . . 
Persimmons remembered from the Nature Reserve
I think The Prince would like some flies

I'd like to hold my baby camera steady

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Imagine . .

Plenty of Great Times
enjoyed in vehicles like this.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Adventure Thursday

Isn't this grand?

Happy December.
love & love,

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Handful of Leaves

This morning
a child sang and danced with me
on the sidewalk
while we waited for a bookstore to open
she picked up leaves one at a time and placed them in my cupped hands

just wanted to share.

love & love,

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Thank you for being company along the way.
Grateful for YOU.

love & love,

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Seems so small . . .

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

— Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay).


Friday, November 18, 2016

Museum of Transportation

Gliders, sailplanes, they are wonderful flying machines. 
 It's the closest you can come to being a bird.
— Neil Armstrong

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

So Many Trains . . .

I read a lot of reviews before visiting this place.
Several said the place was way too small.
I can't begin to understand what they meant
I'm STILL sorting photos
The trains alone - 
there are HUGE sheds full of one of a kind saves from history
and row upon row of these
you could spend weeks walking through and learning.

(yep - STILL talking about the Museum of Transportation)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I just like this . . .

I'm STILL trying to sort out that first visit to the Museum of Transportation.
There was a book for sale, a catalogue of most items in the collection.
Might have helped me understand what the heck these things are
I went on a storming day
stuff was closed
very few people were there
being shy
this works for me
 ignorant about the things my eyes were taking in
a book, or a day with educators
might help

 I like this photo
can you imagine getting out of your cutie-pie tiny vehicle
and walking past stuff like this?


Happy Making Sense of Things That Go Day

love & love,

Friday, November 04, 2016

First visit to Museum of Transportation

 A new story/adventure to sort.
Visited the Museum of Transportation.

 finally got a fantastic photo

 Edsel and 57 Chevy in the showroom, pretending to be at a drive-in movie

The place - completely overwhelming.  

I'll return, for sure.

Research Library, Vehicle Show Room, Enormous Train collection.  
Lots of historical - only one left - treasures, 
some aircraft . . . 

 Girl Toting tiny camera Adventures
Inspired by YOU

Awesome Edit:  Thank You, TOM!!!   
". . . Edsel is a Studebaker, a 1951 Champion, I believe. Way cooler than an Edsel."  
See?  You simply ROCK!

happy weekend,

Monday, October 31, 2016

While others looked for wildfolwers . . .

Classmates walked together towards the wildflower garden at the base of a hill
I decided to look for wonders
around the bend
in a lovely, secluded spot
I found a lone headstone.
I focused on the heading and could not find proper information
(if you click on the photo - you'll be able to read the stone)
asking for help
(Rangers are excellent people)
The entire family plot was moved from the nature reserve
Mary Isabelle was not found for several decades.
I wonder if she loved this land?
It's a beautiful place
Up the walkway from the wildflower garden
protected by trees
and kind park rangers
Mary Isabelle Davis
She was born in Osage County, Missouri.
She married a farmer
left us when she was 31
on September 3rd, 1884.
love & love,

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Still processing nature reserve adventure . . .

The visit changed me somehow
 a little over three weeks ago
 still sorting thoughts

Unlike many of you
I'm not a camera master

Nature managed on her own 
to get me started

return again in a few weeks
another wagon tour
sure to amaze

 wonder what I'll find 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016

My list has grown . . .

Entrance to Children's Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden

Until yesterday i had two absolute favorite places in the St. Louis Area
"The Garden"
"The Art Museum."
Yesterday I attended an event at the Nature Reserve.
Two hours in a mighty nice wagon
learning about natural local species management
Worth Every Moment
There's a lot more to see
and learn
Guess there's a third hang-out on my list

Happy October!
love & love,


Monday, September 26, 2016

Ooooh . . . . (video)

dressing up the ballet

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We Have Meaning . . .

Sometimes i stop and watch a few moments of a movie
then return to what i was doing
Took a few days 
savoring this calm, beautiful film
"Sweet Bean"
Americans might say it's a "slice of life" movie
Nothing explodes
No caped heroes, or villains with super powers show up

People "walk a while" in a story 
through everyday, simple stuff
listen to one another
while moving through their situations
build bonds -
 as if we are walking through life with friends

at the end, one explains we are here to listen and to see
we don't have to be "Someone"
We have meaning

I enjoyed the time spent

guess you already knew that, because I zoomed over here to share with you.

love & love,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bird Fair

Lawn sign, kinda small-ish - could be seen along the path 
mentioning a "Bird Fair."
Date on the sign had been marked over - with crayon - new date written below.
Another matching lawn sign a mile or more away.
Same scribble - same date
a website was mentioned
I decided to check it out

It was on a nice day
in a Plumbers Hall in Bridgeton, MO

Maybe I'd see friends. I know a few parrots, cockatoo, a toucan and a couple more "hook beaked" creatures living with humans.

Didn't see anyone I knew.
Met some friendly people.
Some traveled quite a distance.
Everyone explained those lawn signs are "the way" they advertise and invite folk.

In the hallway, outside the main room, there were ladies from a parrot rescue group.
They had smiles, conversation and gifts to give donators.
There were raffle tables to help raise money, i think also for birds needing assistance.
Inside the main room was packed with vendors
I should have realized.
There were amazing, beautiful birds.
The kind people in Australia see and hear 
in bushes and trees outside their homes.
So many lovely colors.
There were flash cameras,
somehow, i couldn't get into the mood 
found no desire to create chaos

There was a nifty Cockatoo
who knew how to attract attention
It was on a perch in the middle of a sales area
yelling. holding on and flapping, so it seemed to take flight, 
without leaving it's assigned space 

There were older macaws sitting close to their people
kinda mumbling it parrot-ese

There were lots of colorful spaces filled with toys, t-shirts, enormous cages,
specially formulated seed mixtures . . a huge pet store for smart birds packed in to a smallish space.
Toward the back there were calm birds on perches.
I asked the vendor questions
His dad owns the business, making special perches.

There were people able to come close and tease the parrots
I promise not to rant
Then, before the first hour was up, a lorikeet was loose
trained people calmly went to the closed off balcony upstairs to try and help the frightened bird 
Their professional behavior was impressive.
A few 
 event guests
tried to leap up and snag the beautiful freedom seeking bird
 time for me to go
 (in this photo you can see one and a half "helpers"
trying to save the bird.  You can also see a large
-event guest- 
 determined to misbehave)

We have a magnificent - world class - place to see & visit birds.
I'll have to take my camera there
to share with you.

love & love, 


Monday, September 05, 2016

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra

This story comes from Ireland.
I tell you right away. 
 It may be you are one who believes 
magic left Ireland in the Middle Ages.  
Bards and Tellers tell you different, if you're willing to listen.
This Book and the story it contains
arrived from Ireland.

I had a message from the author asking if I'd want to read his book.
It arrived on my birthday
only a magic few know the date
Nearing the last few pages, I tried everything possible to make the story last.  Walked the dog, read two pages, washed dishes, another two pages, worked on a painting . . . couldn't resist.  Finished the story and hoped there would be more volumes . . soon. 

I hope you order it.
It's time for an Irish Story Invasion
don't you think?

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra
Author: Colm McElwain  
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Publication Date:  January 1, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-78088-069-3

Monday, August 29, 2016

That Stacked Stone Thing . . . .

Enamored with a stacked stone 'discovery' a while back.
 Researched and visited, finding it is a poured concrete art exhibit.
Got it into my head to visit a stacked stone shrine built last century
 by a Franciscan Brother.
Weather here causes plans to change.
Days passed before the adventure into unincorporated, rural Missouri happened.
Sure had fun.
 See?  Rocks, Sea Shells, Glittery Bits, Places where sun shines through Colored Glass -
Figurines . . . The rocks came from a settlement called "Old Mines" - which is another story altogether . . (so, I'll refrain.)

Other stuff was given by people who cared and wanted to be some small part of the project.  
The Franciscan spent years personally stacking, shaping and designing -

The bit above is part of the St. Francis Grotto
The Monk and the statue artist were both from Poland.

Here's a place to rest for a bit
(yes, i STILL have "a thing" for benches.)

In another space there's a grotto filled with the Nativity Scene.
I got lots of pictures - 
I'm a big fan of the donkey
or burro
so, got up close for this 

Okay, just wanted to get back to you about that "stacked stone" thing
and then,
share something
I liked better.

love & love,


Thursday, August 25, 2016


I often stop mid-day to watch Gunsmoke. 
It plays on Me-TV - (a retro channel)
The depth of writing humbles me.
Episode #7104 - "The Magician" aired today.
Cried - Felt Understood
Explained how I got to be mySelf.
and demonstrated the rule "shake the dust from your feet . . ."
I'm astonished.
and ready to get back to my day.
love & love,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

. . "i get itchy and scratchy!" (video)

 Spike Jones Friends gone wild this afternoon.

love & love,

Monday, August 08, 2016

teeny-tiny (video)

made me smile

love & love, 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

golly, the hurrier i go kind of a day . .

it Does seem like a Wonderland
the hurrier - more behind sort of feeling
stopped to visit a few blogs
so much wonderful!

I have picked an adventure for this week.
I wonder if I'll go tomorrow
or Thursday
we are expecting some "unsettled weather."
around here that suggests staying informed
taking classes, reading books, playing with paints again,
following my own advice
"when in doubt, do something"
 may this new week
love & love,


Thursday, August 04, 2016

We've been missing Pops . . .

just sayin'

love & love,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016


She was invited to a "Howliday"
Today, she is celebrating
with her friends

treats, games, chums to play with
toys to bring home

air conditioned camp

life is stellar.



Monday, July 18, 2016


kept passing this place
asking questions
finally, went to find out

oh yeah, I'm not lost - I'm Exploring

love & love,

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Desert Dancer

Ooooh, a true story
it turns out okay

yes, I'm still reading about Pirates

Trying to catch up to mySelf.
(giggle - does that ever happen?
do we ever catch up to ourSelves?)

yeah, just askin'

love & love,

Friday, July 08, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

"Sole Provider"

This sculpture is in The Garden
Names "Sole Provider" by Joe Mutasa
  People of Zimbabwe and the Chapungu Sculpture Park 
sent her as a gift - in memory of all those lost 
September 11th, 2001. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow . . " (everybody sing, right?)

I read a "Note from the Universe" 
it gave me courage
Not Giving Up
Simply Celebrating
up and over

Happy Almost July!
love & love,

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Weekend!

Wishing you a happy weekend

love & love,

Monday, June 20, 2016

Old Friend

Last Friday
I arrived super early
and read for an hour outside the facility
I intended to get some photos of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening before
crowds arrived.

Along the way i stopped to visit with an old friend.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Keeping High Watch

Took this some time back
on one of my adventures

Friday, June 10, 2016


The Best Part
having opportunity to cheer for others
have you ever noticed
when we encourage others
stuff seems to work out 
for us, too

I keep thinking of the picture books about 
"Pete The Cat"
who always finds the bright side

I hope I'm a little like Pete the Cat.

The thing that makes me sigh
I started taking pictures because Nancy inspired me
i miss her

It's Friday Night
I'm thinking how grateful i am
to have you in my life.
love & love,


Sunday, June 05, 2016

This time last week:

Quiet Corner on top of "Art Hill"

sharing a quiet breath with you.
love & love,


Friday, May 27, 2016

What to share???

Children weren't awake, yet

Researched park and found way too much information
what's a girl to do?

Startled by a Big Bird
we stared at each other for a while
my new camera and i aren't friends, yet
so . . only the moment to remember.

Imagined a new way to share old information
 next school term

new school bookings - 
have stories, will travel
who knew???

love & love,

Sunday, May 22, 2016

being silly

meeting students tomorrow
hope to inspire
at least be memorably silly

love & love,

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Things

I was in the woods last week

It seems there's always a surprise around here

I purchased new hub caps
I laughed pretty hard when i discovered the old ones in my trunk

Our Weather has been Splendid for the last couple of days

Last week - on the last day of school
students and families stopped by my classroom to say thank you
(color me humbled)
Happy Weekend!
love & love,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Okay, this is one of the countless photos I've taken of benches.
i don't know WHY i take photos of benches.
This is in the English Woodland Garden @ the Missouri Botanical Garden
I don't know when i took this photo
At the moment I am contemplating
so, pretending i am right there, right now
is a lovely thought

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Friday!

Green All Around

Last Class this term tomorrow morning.

The Ice Cream Truck parks in our lot
and every student gets to choose a free treat.

My puppy has finally switched from puppy to adult chow.
She'll always be my puppy, though.

love & love,