News and musings from the vicinity of Fox Street and Willow, Long Lake, Minnesota... the Johnsons at home and away. That's us.


Who’s News

Filed under: General,Who's News by HelenJr on 4/30/2005

Bill Kelley

William Ringnier Kelley

1925: May 14, Billy Kelley born, first child of Bill and Ingred Kelley 

1943: Bill Kelley graduates from Wayzata High School with great promise and high expectations.

2005: Bill Kelley hits 80. We celebrate his success in the business of life.

Dad, Happy 80th Birthday from all of your admirers.

Click here to leave a greeting for Bill


The End

Filed under: General by HelenJr on 4/28/2005

My hip has been hurting lately. Actually my hip, my knee, my ankle. It’s the result of getting older. (ouch) I’m planning on another 30 to 40 years of use. But, already my parts are wearing out. The doctor has already mentioned the possibility of a hip replacement. I recognize the value of such replacments. But I had hoped not to face them until closer to “the end”. A friend points out the flaw in my hope…. we might be closer to “the end” than we thought. (double ouch)


The Sky is Crying

Filed under: General,Pictures,Weather by Helen on 4/26/2005

P4260127 rainy day, originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

Today reminded me of this song:

The sky is crying,
Look at the tears rolling down the streets.
The sky is crying,
Look at the tears rolling down the streets.
I looked out my window,
The rain was falling down in sheets.

My baby left me this morning,
Lord knows I don’t know the reason why.
My baby left me this morning,
I don’t know the reason why.
And everytime I think about it,
I hang my head and cry.

The sun is shining,
Although it’s raining in my heart.
The sun is shining,
Although it’s raining in my heart.
I love my baby,
I hate to see us part.
– Elmore James, Morgan Robinson and Clarence Lewis



Filed under: General by Helen on 4/23/2005


Originally uploaded by Tama.

From Helen at helenkelley-patchworks: Fine quilters have an “eye” for combining separate (and sometimes unlikely) colors and patterns into a grand image. It is all about building pictures with pictures.

I came across this web site where the flower pictures look like lovely quilts in rainbow colors. Tama, the photographer describes herself as “a Japanese “homemaker” but, I think her flower-quilt photos show she is an artist with a quilter’s “eye”. Click on this picture and select her set of flower pics to see the rest of her rainbow of picture-quilts. They inspire me.



Filed under: General,Pictures by Helen on 4/21/2005

P4210049 Moon

Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

—-Walter de la Mare



Filed under: General,Pictures by Helen on 4/20/2005

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
– Robert Frost

P4180001 – Seedling Chamomile
Pic from by jhjohnso.


Small Things

Filed under: General,Pictures by Helen on 4/18/2005

Summer is about abundance. Fall is about loss. Winter is about minimalism. Spring is about small things, new things, firsts, only’s.

In spring I am excited about the little discoveries that I would never notice in other seasons.

Pic from by jhjohnso.



Filed under: General,Pictures by Helen on 4/7/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

The birds in our yard are beginning to shed their winter colors. This little guy is partly there.


Spring is here

Filed under: General,Pictures by HelenJr on 4/5/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

In my garden, the first flowers of spring are always the snowdrops. They aren’t very showy. But, when they poke their clean white heads up through all that gray winter litter…. what a joy!


Up Fox

Filed under: Pictures by HelenJr on 4/2/2005

Looking up Fox Street toward Willow Drive. Foxwillow…. get it?