I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. ~H.L. Mencken

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. ~Charles Schulz

Carry laughter with you wherever you go. ~Hugh Sidey

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ~Arnold Glasow

Hug someone your appreciation. ~Violet Gartenlicht

A hug delights and warms and charms,
that must be why God gave us arms.
~Author Unknown

Shadow Shot Sunday!!

Shadow shot is hosted each week by Tracy at Hey Harriet! Looking for shadows is great fun and challenging at times, depending on what time of year! Click on the icon, sign up and show us what kind of shadows you discover!

With not a lot of sun and cold temps as well, I tried to catch what I could inside the house during the few hours of sun that we had this past week! Always a little shadow, a little color if you look hard enough!

Little shadow here ....

Little shadow there ...

Oh, and over there!

Hey, who are those guys???

Ah, remember these days??

Friday, December 4, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. ~Benjamin Franklin

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others. ~Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. ~Author Unknown

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle. ~Rita Mae Brown

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~John Barrymore

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Give and take : the last photo....

Gardens of life,
with upright folks,
holding on closely
to what is theirs;
sometimes their riches,
sometimes their blessings,
at the fall
of dusk,
locking it all away
to open
on another day.

But some gardens,
are blessed with
who also stand upright
open to the world;

"What is mine
is yours too;
come partake
of nature's kindness
Sip the nectar...."
And the ballerina in yellow,
and lands daintily,
on her toes,
amidst a
carpet of white,
hands outstretched,
and says
Thank you !
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Kids! No One Says it Better!

A friend of mine in London sent these to me and I think they have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3)
was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'

MELANIE (age 5)
asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.'

STEVEN (age 3)
hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window.'

BRITTANY (age 4)
had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

SUSAN (age 4)
was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough..'

DJ (age 4)
stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?'

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your face?'

JAMES (age 4)was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.' Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?'

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget
This particular Sunday sermon....'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sky Watch Friday!

So, how are your skies this December day? Click on the icon and join Sky Watch! Klaus and the Sky Watch team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and myself host Sky Watch every week and it's a marvelous opportunity to share the beauty of your skies with people from all over the world. Please do read and follow the directions!

Here in Seattle we've had a little of everything, but right now it is brilliantly sunny, not one cloud, but who knows what tomorrow will bring???

When I woke up this morning and staggered up the stairs to feed the dogs, I glanced out the window and couldn't believe my eyes! It was a full moon, beginning to fade in a cloudless sky! I barely caught these two shots, and to see them well at all, you need to click on them to embiggen, but it was a breathless moment!

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~John Muir

I drove down to the harbor later to get a glimpse of snow on the Cascades, and again, not a cloud, just brilliant sunshine and blue skies!

But earlier this week we had our usual glorious sunsets!

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. ~Gloria Pitzer

Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets. ~American Proverb

Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. ~Mary Hirsch

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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

A hug is a smile with arms, a laugh with a stronger grip. ~The Quote Garden

Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.
3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
4. A dog's parents never visit.
5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go 24 hours a day.
7. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk.
8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, 'If I died, would you get another dog?'
10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad. They just think it's interesting.
13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

And last, but not least:
14. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

You have freedom when you're easy in your harness. ~Robert Frost

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. ~Author Unknown

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. ~Grace Pulpit

A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
~Irish Blessing

ABC Wednesday - T

ABC Wednesday is hosted each week by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt! So click on the icon and sign up and reach for your dictionary! The letter for the day is T

T is for Trees

And T is for Trails through Trees!

T is for Tulips!

T is for Tired!

And last, but by no means least, T is for Tongue!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. ~Thomas Szasz,

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. ~Alan Alda

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Sometimes it's better to put love into hugs than to put it into words. ~Author Unknown

Hugs grease the wheels of the world. ~Author Unknown

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Author Unknown

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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