I miss you Sam!!

I miss you Sam!!
I miss you Sam!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pet Pride

Hey! All you wings and paws guys, it's time to join up with Bozo from Mumbai show our stuff! Click on Bozo's name sign in and come on down!

My house mate -- oohh I hate that word! Anyway, that guy that lives in my house, Sam Schnauzer is being a wuss again because his Mom is going to be out of town next week and he can't do anything but sulk and feel sorry for himself. So, (sigh) it's up to me AGAIN to put our post together. I decided to leave Sam out altogether -- he can do his own post next week!

I heard that Mojo!

Here I am at my favorite place (nearly) at the beach, getting ready to go for a swim!

This is one of my best friends, Max, who lives next door. We'd been playing at the beach all day and were we tired!!!

You'll see this week that I need lots of nap time after all my swimming and playing catch. Here I am with my granddad on out deck at home! He had come to visit and thinks I'm really hot stuff! You do notice who has the chair? Yeah, Granddad sat on the deck, so I could be more comfortable.

And here is the best of all! Nappin' on Daddy!

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Shadow hunters unite! Share the shadows you've discovered by joining Shadow Shot Sunday hosted by Hey Harriet! Click on her name to sign up and share your fun, lovely, whatever shadows with us!

We've had typical Seattle weather this week mostly gray and cloudy, so I had to go searching through my photos for some shots that I had taken earlier. We'll have sun next week and I hope to get some new ones!


These first two were taken at a park near the beach. It was a great day with sunshine, blue water, warm sand, green grass and lovely shadows!


And here Mojo and her friend, Izzie, enjoy a rest in the shade after one of their wild romps.


Always love the colored shadows, but this time I even managed to get the trees outside the window and the very tops of the evergreens at the back of the garage. They looked like pompoms!

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Who Says Seniors Don't Have a Sense of Humor?

Some 'Senior' personal ads seen in newspapers:

Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty,
80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'),
searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion.
Matching white shoes and
belt a plus.

Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and am looking
for someone to round out a six-unit plot.
Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation.
If you are the silent type, let's get together,
take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser
to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

I still like to rock,
still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar.If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,
let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.
If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our two heads together.

Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair,
many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn't in running condition, but walks well.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Evening Wisdom, Thoughts and Beauty

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
- James Thurber

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
- Italian proverb

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught Hell for.
- Earl Warren

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Kahlil Gibran

English Easy??? I Don't Think So!

A friend sent this to me and I thought it was not only very, very funny, but very, very true!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present .

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row .

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?
We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP..
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP .
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP...
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so........it is time to shut UP!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Evening Wisdom, Thoughts and Beauty

Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The soil, in return for her service, keeps the tree tied to her; the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
- Rabindranath Tagore

With begging and scrambling we find very little, but with being true to ourselves we find a great deal more.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sky Watch Friday!

Time once again to share your lovely skies! Sky Watch is hosted each Friday by Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise. Click here to sign up and join the fun!

Yesterday we had lots of big puffy clouds, a little stormy looking, but not threatening and they changed from minute to minute. I took all of these within about twenty minutes.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

To Those Who Enjoy a Glass of Wine Etc.

This is interesting! And to paraphrase W.C. Fields,
I don't drink water, because fish shit in it.

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine...
and those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom,
in water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.


Water = Poop,
Wine = Health.

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid,
than to drink water and be full of crap.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I'm doing it as a public service!

What a Week!

Last week was such a delightful one that I have to share some of the fun! As many of you know, it was my birthday week and my son, David, came up from Dallas, Texas and my daughter, Kerith, came from Santa Rosa, California. It was the first time that I had been with Adam, David and Kerith at the same time in nearly 15 years and it was wonderful! There was lots of laughter and joking, sharing meals, and some fun trips around the area. So, as a way of enjoying the week all over again, I thought that I’d share some of the photos.

Adam and David at Carkeek Park

The next day after Kerith arrived, we took off for Snoqualmi Falls!

Kerith and I

My 3 Musketeers, on the ferry to Whidbey Island!

As you can see, it was a fun week!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Evening Words, Wisdom and Beauty


Music fills the infinite between two souls ~
Rabindranath Tagore


If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars ~
Rabindranath Tagore


Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
Kahlil Gibran

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In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran

ABC Wednesday -- D!

The letter for the day is D! Join us in exploring the ABC's! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, click on her name and sign up and learn something fun about the alphabet!

D is for DECK! one of our most favorite places during the summer!

And D is for DAISIES! They can brighten any day!

And last, but by no means least, D is for DOGS! And here are our two best friends, Sam Schnauzer and Mojo the Most!

Embarrassing Medical Exams

1. A man comes into the ER and yells . . ..'
My wife's going to have her baby in the cab.'
I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady's dress and began to take off her underwear.
Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs - - - and I was in the wrong one.

Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald,
San Francisco

2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient's anterior chest wall.
'Big breaths,'. . . I instructed.
'Yes, they used to be,'. . .replied the patient.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes,
Seattle, WA

3. One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had
died of a 'massive internal fart.'

Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

4.. During a patient's two week follow-up
appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications.. ' Which one ?'. . . I asked. 'The patch... The Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it!' I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions include
removal of the old patch before applying a new one.

Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair,
Norfolk, VA

5. While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, 'How long have you been bedridden?' After a look of complete confusion she answered .. . .. ' Why, not for about twenty years - when my husband was alive.'

Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson-
Corvallis, OR

6. I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked . . .' So how's your breakfast this morning?' ' It's very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can't seem to get used to the taste.'. . . Bob replied.
I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labeled 'KY Jelly.'

Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf,

7. A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered . . . It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery.. When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it there was a tattoo that read . . .' Keep off the grass.' Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient's dressing, which said 'Sorry . . . had to mow the lawn.'

Submitted by RN no name

AND FINALLY!! ! . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . ..

8. As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB, I was quite embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams... To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly.
The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassed me. I looked up from my work and sheepishly said.....
'I'm sorry. Was I tickling you?'
She replied with tears running down
her cheeks from laughing so hard . .. ..
'No doctor but the song you were whistling was . . ..
'I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener.' '
Doctor wouldn't submit his name....

Monday, August 10, 2009

That's My World - Whidbey Island

Time to share your world again! That's My World is sponsored each Tuesday by Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise. Click here to sign up and share your world with us!

As many of you know, this past week has been a busy one with two of my children visiting. We tried to show them as much of our world as we could during their stay and on Saturday to took off for Whidbey Island. We took the ferry over to the island and visited several parks. It was a gray, cloudy day but the island was as beautiful as ever as we hiked several of the trails.

Fort Ebey State Park, a 645-acre camping park on Whidbey Island, was originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II. Concrete platforms mark the gun locations. The park has three miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a freshwater lake for fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

This was taken at a park above Deception Pass -- one of those truly breathtaking places that I have written about before. As I said, the weather was crappy and gray, but hopefully you can get a sense of the beauty!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
Rabindranath Tagore

God seeks comrades and claims love, the Devil seeks slaves and claims obedience.
Rabindranath Tagore

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Rabindranath Tagore

God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man's hands.
Rabindranath Tagore

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.

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