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Did you “spring ahead” yesterday?  I guess the advent of daylight savings time marks the beginning of spring; although I seem to remember that springing forward happened in May when I was young.  Is time moving faster or slower as I get older?

Doesn’t matter.  Spring has pretty much arrived in Minnesota, even though the grass is still a little brown and the flowers aren’t yet blooming.  To get completely in the mood for spring Husby and I had a midweek date at the Como Park Conservatory where we could breathe in the scents of flora and soil and take in the splendors that warm weather can offer.

There was a tropical room, filled with the plants, trees, and even creatures of that clime.

Anaconda, so cozy.

Tarantula in need of a shave.

Amazon River fish. The reason I don’t swim in rivers, anywhere.

Turtles. The one thing that will cause my mother to run on water, not unlike Jesus.

Then an area containing the lovely art of bonsai.  Those little trees are so cute!

Mini fig

One thing I really liked was how the leaves of plants can be filled with such beautiful patterns.

I want a pair of leggings with this pattern.

These leaves look like they came straight off some barkcloth curtains from the 1940s.

And the colors and fragrances of the flowers were a pleasure for the senses.

Close your eyes and imagine what this smells like.

Curly top

Of course the conservatory also houses the requisite nude fountains.

It was a fun afternoon that inspired me to pour some floral-scented candles to welcome spring.  Nature is awesome.

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Today’s Lesson

As you may or may not know I just spent a few days on the peninsula of Wisconsin, USA.  It was a most relaxing time off for me, and going back to work was kind of a drag after days of fresh air, inspiration, and reconnecting with myself.  I endured nine hours at the day job, and when quitting time came around I left the office and endured the rush hour traffic.  Suffice it to say my Thursday was a little more grueling than the beginning of my week.

I was about a half mile from my house, gliding down the parkway eager to get home when I saw something in the middle of the road a way ahead of me.  It wasn’t a deer (of which we have many in our area), it was too darkly colored for that.  Was it an large dog?  No, too big for that.  I knew it was an animal, at least.

The animal was trotting down the middle of the parkway, minding its own business, paying no mind to the fact that there was a motorized vehicle coming toward it.  I slowed down, and the closer I got to it I realized it was…a pony!  A small, fat, black pony.

We have birds of all kinds in our neighborhood, geese, ducks, hawks and crows, animals too, foxes, rabbits, prehistoric-looking snapping turtles and deer just to name a few.  I’ve seen them all crossing the roads by our house, but I’ve never seen a pony.

Hello! I’m totally oblivious to humans and their enormous vehicles on the parkway. Maybe I can find some nearby deer to play with. I hope a snapping turtle doesn’t bite my hoof off.

As the pony trotted past my slow-moving car I noticed another car coming toward me, going in the same direction of the pony.  I wanted to warn her to slow down, but when she passed she waved her phone at me and mouthed the words, “I’m calling.”  Help was on the way for the wandering equine.

The whole episode was comical, and brought a nice closure to my otherwise stressful work day.  I’m pretty sure the pony has been rescued and taken back to where it belongs, as we’re a conscientious neighborhood, looking out for the welfare of each other and the animals that live around here.  The woman in the other car was on the task of calling the authorities, so all I could do was laugh about the scene I witnessed.

Lesson of the day: Expect the unexpected.

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Do you remember the circus parades?  Me neither.  They haven’t been around for a while, but I bet they were pretty spectacular.  When the circus was in town all the animals, clowns and performers would sashay down the streets enticing the town’s people to come to the big top for the greatest show on earth.

I thought about the circus parade when I was listing some new items in my Etsy shop.  I don’t have any ringmasters or clowns in the shop right now (hopefully in the future!), but the animals are kind of fun.  Take a look…


This is Eddie.  I love his little Shriner’s hat and dancing eyes. 

This is Dapper Cat.  He’s very serious with his cigar and top hat.

May I introduce Sir Chimp.  He’s got flowers for his date.

Happy Hippo loves to do a soft-shoe.  And those vertical stripes are very slimming.

Meet Butler Piggy.  He’s happy to serve a cocktail any time of day.

How’s that for a circus parade?!  Well, an animal parade at least.  They would all look charming on a refrigerator, don’t you think? 

If you’re in the mood for something a little more surreal or slightly off-color, be sure to check out Walken The Dog and Hollywood Bitches

Come on over and see the dozens of items I have in my shop.  If you didn’t know already, gift-giving season is upon us.  Yay!

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