“The passion to see beyond what is admirable to the eye

The love that is felt deep within one's soul

The mystery captured through light and form

With honesty, humility and grace...

Only then can you tell your heart to be strong enough to love true art."

- Bibi Gefre

Monday, October 21, 2013

Autumn in Paris

Macaron from Fauchon ... délicieux!!!
30 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

An October Picnic

Our friendship grew in the library
as we sat between the books
Nothing was ever awkward
not our smiles, our secrets, our looks.

We trusted one another
and kept our peace within
We moved to life's next chapter
all hopes and dreams to win.

We had an autumn picnic
and watched the sun and sky
and giggled at the geese so plenty
until our next goodbye.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day with cool temperatures in the lower 70's, a perfect time to take a drive to Wisconsin for the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival.

There were a variety of artists along the St. Croix River with live music to entertain everyone, concession stands and booths with art workshops for children.

My favorite artists were Bell and Frank Barr who created fairy houses out of clay, copper and steel.  I was in awe!!!  They are the cutest lil' things for fairies to live in.

Check out their website at www.faeriehouse.com.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day at the Cathedral

The church was a good place to reflect that day, listening through the silence of echoes, hum of prayers and  patter of footsteps like the rain outside.

I stare at my diamond ring and watch the sparkles of rainbow-colored lights dance, bringing me back to my childhood days when I would stare at my mother's own wedding ring.

In between solace and contemplation, I observe others like me finding comfort in this place.  I don't question why I'm here, or wonder where I am going with life.  It's a tranquil place of rest and relief not to think, feel or worry about anyone or anything.

Counting not the minutes, the cracking of wood from the pews cue me to wait just a bit more...

Until I light that candle again.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A September Wedding To Remember

I attended the beautiful wedding of Caroline and Nicholas on the rooftop of the Crowne Plaza overlooking the beautiful Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis last weekend.  My BFF, Janice, was childhood friends with Dawn, the mother of the groom.  Despite the weather being overcast, it produced excellent diffused lighting for photography.
I got to meet Paige who was their official photographer for the wedding.  She is the sweetest summer flower you could ever imagine! Check out her website: www.deweesphotography.com.  
So, the perspective of my photos here reflect myself being a guest and witness to this wonderful and special day for such a gorgeous couple.  Again, congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Campion!

Caroline wore an elegant Oleg Cassini wedding gown with a  fit-and-flare silhouette with champagne allover-beaded lace.

While everyone was enjoying cocktails and conversation, Janice and I took to the Great Lakes Ballroom on the 7th floor to check out where dinner would be served. Who in their right mind would pass up a mouthwatering wedding cake for dessert??
Here is Dawn with the ladies from "The Coffee Club".  Janice is on the left wearing a black blazer.

And here I am, yours truly...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Midsummer Night

Marco Island, Florida

Monday, July 22, 2013


My good friend, Suzanne, noticed a black butterfly while we were taking Simon for a walk at the park today and said it was a good sign.  When I got home, I looked for some meaning and here is something  that I liked: 

"...butterflies are used for symbolizing femininity, style and charm. On the other hand, the black color is associated with numerous human emotions and qualities that are often overpowering. These qualities are - power, authority, sexuality, mystery, sophistication, elegance, style, anger, fear, unhappiness, evil, depth, sadness, death, mourning, remorse and the unknown.
You see, in most of the stories, black butterfly is associated with change, transition, freedom and rebirth. It is symbolized as death - assume it as the death of all the bad things and misfortunes!

Morning light, silken dream to flight
As the darkness gave way to dawn
You've survived, now your moment has arrived
Now your dream has finally been born
Black Butterfly, sailed across the waters
tell your sons and daughters
what the struggle brings
Black Butterfly, set the skies on fire
rise up even higher
so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings
ooh... ooh
While you slept, the promise was unkept
But your faith was as sure as the stars
Now you're free, and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are
Let the current lift your heart and send it soaring
Write the timeless message clear across the sky
So that all of can read it and remember when we need it
That a dream conceived in truth can never die
Cause now that you're free and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are
Yeah, yeah, yes
Lyrics from www.elyrics.net

Thursday, July 4, 2013

HAPPY 4TH 2013

by the St. Croix River, MN

Sunday, June 30, 2013


one pint heavy cream ... mix it to medium whip
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
fresh blueberries
mix lightly, if too powdery, add 1 TBSP milk 
415 degrees for 17 minutes
broil for 1 minute

This recipe is from an old friend from Bible Study.  Thanks, Anjana :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Locks of Love

I donated  my hair to Locks of Love !!!  You, too, can donate yours.  At least 10 inches is needed and it can't be highlighted, colored or bleached.  This is my third time to donate :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Salmon and Caviar Noodle Salad


5 packets of Pink Salmon (Chicken of the Sea)
1 TBSP black caviar
1/4 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
1 tsp French's Spicy Brown Mustard
1 can Mandarin Orange, drained

Mix ingredients together and add to any kind of pasta noodles. Add grapes to garnish.

My son ate it with a side of toasted Cranberry Wild Rice bread from Salty Tart Bakery with Orange Marmalade
and Uncle Ray's Bar-B-Q Flavored Potato Chips


Sunday, February 17, 2013

... in between projects...

On a Piper Warrior II over St. Paul, Minnesota 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Majestic Flyway Hot Air Balloons 2013

The 24th Annual


February 1-2-3, 2013  Hudson, WI

Giving a shoutout to our former neighbor, Scott Aamodt, and  his family of hot air balloon buddies for a wonderful sight !