I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author Unknown

Shadow Shot Sunday!

It's that shadowy hour once again! Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted each week by Tracy at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and start looking for shadows in your part of the world! Warning! it is addictive, but the most fun ever!

I really had to search and get creative this week -- no sun! But here is that Christmas cactus going nuts a month early even with watery light!

The sun came out for a few minutes right after a windy shower that tossed these maple leaves on the Irish Moss, they were so shiny and wet and they looked as though they were announcing Christmas!

The African Violet seemed to be happy with it's little sliver of sun!

And Sam the Man enjoying some colored sunlight!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ~Robert Frost

Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense. ~Author Unknown

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. ~Ken Kesey

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. ~Author Unknown

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

Shirley and Marcy and a Smile for the Day

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.

The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.. Finally she said to Timmy, 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'

Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.'

The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'

'Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?'

'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much and in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sky Watch Friday!

Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch Team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and myself. Last week 350 people from all over the world shared their beautiful skies. Click on the icon, sign up and join us. Please do read and follow the instructions. Let us see the beauty of your skies!

Lots of moody skies here in Seattle this past week, but they're still dramatic and beautiful if you take the time to look at them. These were taken last evening and they can still take your breath away!

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. ~Aristotle

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism. ~Leo Buscaglia

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts

I don't discriminate - I'm an equal-opportunity hugger. ~Author Unknown

How can these not take your breath away!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Attributed to Howard Thurman

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
~Will Rogers

The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen. ~Sarah Brown

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

No one is free when others are oppressed. ~Author Unknown

Time for Some Chuckles!

The Woodpecker Might Have to Go!

Quote of the day:

"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of sh*t.

Wonder Who Did Their Landscaping!!


And London, too????
Westminster bridge, London...

The Mayor of London has decreed that Westminster bridge will be closed in the early afternoon on sunny days. This is because a strange phenomenon happens when sunlight passes through the balustrade of the bridge, forming a small army of..... well...... see for yourself!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. ~Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life, 1977

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it. ~Gordon R. Dickson

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
~Author Unknown

The fourth one, a white rose, and a widow wrapped in a white sari, trying to get on with life...

Wrapped in yards
of white,
she stands
an edge
covering her head,
facing a life alone today;

Deep inside,
golden memories
shining on
the recollections
of arrivals in
bridal red,
then the little buds,
a healthy pink.
enriching branches ,
occasional thorns

The colored
of experience
over the years,
fading to a white,
comforting her,
as a few petals drop,
but life continues
a calm fragrance....

Wrapped in yards
of white,
she stands
yet again,
an edge
covering her head,
facing a life alone today;
but sharing
the fragrance,
with the
whole world....
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at November 17, 2009 8:03 PM

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. ~Auguste Rodin

Who says nothing is impossible. I've been doing nothing for years. ~Author Unknown

Just remember, if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off. ~Author Unknown

ABC Wednesday -- R!

I've entered my blog again because people were having difficulty connecting and there seemed to be a problem with my web address.

Get out your dictionary and start checking out the R words because that is the letter of the day! ABC Wednesday is hosted each week by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt. Click on the icon and sign up to play with us!

R is for RED!

R is for Red Maple!

R is for Red tomatoes!

R is for Red Rose!

R is for Red dahlia!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

That's My World is the next post down.

If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye. ~Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris, 1935

The highest virtue here may be least in another world. ~Kahlil Gibran

Lessons from the fourth picture ....

Growing tall in life
makes invisible
those at
your feet...

When you revel
and hobnob
at your peak,
the spray
of the waterfall
your face,
as you struggle
to enhance
your prestige

the one
who helped you cross
your bridges,
by throwing
itself across the creek...?
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at November 16, 2009 9:15 PM

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend. ~Walter Savage Landor

That's My World -- San Miguel de Allende

That's My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World team of Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and myself. Over a hundred people from all over the world have shared a part of their world with us last week. Click on the icon, sign up and please do follow the instructions and share the beauty of your world with us!

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

The past couple of weeks I've had reasons to look back at some of the wonderful places that have been a part of my world over these many years and yesterday as I was responding to a blogging award given me, I was reminded of the year that San Miguel de Allende, Mexico was 'my world'. I took pictures while I was there but over the past ten years of moving and relocating many of them were lost, but thanks to Google Images and Wikipedia I can share this world with you today.

One of the many lovely courtyards around the city.

The town was founded in 1542 by the Franciscan monk Fray Juan de San Miguel. It was an important stopover on the Antiguo Camino Real, part of the silver route from Zacatecas, Zacatecas. The town featured prominently in the Mexican War of Independence. General Ignacio Allende, one of San Miguel's native sons, was a leading player in the war against Spain for independence. Allende, captured in battle and beheaded, is a national hero. San Miguel el Grande renamed itself "San Miguel de Allende" in 1826 in honor of his actions.

Streets in San Miguel.

My apartment was on a street just like these, within walking distance of the cathedral and the stores and shops.

In the 1950s, San Miguel de Allende became a destination known for its beautiful colonial architecture and its thermal springs. After World War II San Miguel began to revive as a tourist attraction as many demobilized United States GIs discovered that their education grants stretched further in Mexico at the U.S.-accredited art schools, the privately-owned Instituto Allende, founded in 1950, and the Bellas Artes, a nationally chartered school.

American ex-servicemen first arrived in 1946 to study at the art school. By the end of 1947, Life magazine assigned a reporter and photographer to do an article on this post-war phenomenon. A three-page spread appeared in the January 5, 1948, edition under the headline “GI Paradise: Veterans go to Mexico to study art, live cheaply and have a good time.” This was possible when apartments rented for US$10 a month, servants cost US$8 a month, rum was 65 cents a quart and cigarettes cost 10 cents a pack.

San Miguel's version of the running of the bulls! Great fun to watch -- from a second story balcony, that is!

I had a lovely apartment opening onto a lovely patio in a building very much like this one.

And this is the dominating building in the city, the Parroquia de San Miguel.

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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