I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Every exit is an entrance somewhere else. ~Tom Stoppard

Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic. ~Rosalind Russell

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1600

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want - an adorable pancreas? ~Jean Kerr,

Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor. ~Abe Lemons

How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty... when you look into a woman's eyes and see what is in her heart.
~Nate Dircks

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Time to put on your sleuthing hat, get out the magnifying glass and start searching for shadows to share on Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Tracy at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and start looking for shadows -- even if they are a little harder to find these days!

Had to search the files for this Sunday's shadow shots! The sun has pretty much kept itself hidden for the past week except for one totally glorious sunrise that disappeared within about twenty minutes as it succumbed to the gray once again. So, here's what I came up with for today.

Here is Sir Sam Schnauzer enjoying a little sun on the deck along with Mojo the Most's feet!

The good old kitchen chair and plant!

My favorite deck furniture just before we moved it into the garage for the winter!

The shot that first started me looking at colored shadows!

And a favorite plant in the living room, soaking up what little sun it could find this week!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart. ~Mencius, Book IV

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. ~Mark Twain

A golden moment

A dark world,
bombings of innocents,
they look different
and speak odd.....
Cover the face,
they'd demand,
the body too;
lest lashes be
in your future,

And one day,
she ran,
for another shore.

She shudders
at the memory,
her long hair
standing on edge...

But she is now safe,
amidst the green
pines, cones,
and a warm fireplace.
She pulls
the blinds open,
a sliver of light,
rests on her face,
and she takes
a deep, thankful
through her tresses,
with hope,
on the sun,
coming up,
to brighten
a new day,

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at January 8, 2010 7:02 PM

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
~Gaston Bachelard

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination. ~Sam Levenson

Eminent Eights

I was tagged by Thom for this one -- he always has the fun stuff! Click on the icon at the top of my side bar to check out his blog! OK! here goes!

8 TV shows that I like to watch:
That's a hard one because we haven't had TV service in over 2 years. I was never a big fan of TV to begin with. I belong to Netflix and I watch an occasional movie, but mostly documentaries etc. So the first one I have to cut short.

8 Favorite Places to Eat and Drink:

Taco Bell
Crab Pot
Spaghetti Factory
Marie Callendars
Outback Steak House
Any Restaurant at Pikes Market

8 Things I Look Forward To:
Waking Up
Brush My Teeth
Taking Photos
Going to the Harbor
Thom's Visit to Seattle
The Super Bowl

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
Fed the dogs
Bought groceries
Did Some Laundry
Put posts together for the blog
Took photos
Made a Terrific Salad for Dinner
Corresponded With a Good Friend
Wound Down the Day With Some Music and a Glass of Wine

8 Things I Love About Winter:
You're Kidding, Right???
I Live in Seattle! Oh, Well!
Short Days
Super Bowl
Snow When We Have It
No Yard Work
I Get to Hide My Aging Body Under Layers of Clothes
Good Excuse to Sit In Front of the Computer All Day
Get to Stay in Bed Longer in the Morning
And Yes, Spring is Just Around the Corner

8 Things I Am Passionate About:
Mojo and Sam (the Dogs)
Lots of Laughter
Appreciating My World
Music and Writing

8 Words/Phrases I Often Use:
Are you sure you want these????
Oh Please!
Up Yours
Give me a Break!
Bite Me
That Will be the Day!

8 Things I Learned from the Past:
Life is as Good as You Make It
Watch What You Say and to Whom
Know Who You Are and Be That Person
Love of/for Family
Keep Track of Finances (Use Quicken, Don't Rely on Memory)What Memory????
Be Positive
Respect Others
Always Find a Reason to Laugh

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Time for another Sky Watch! This meme is hosted by Klaus and the Sky Watch Team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and myself. It's a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of your skies. Each week over 350 people from all over the world share their skies with us. Click on the icon, sign up and share yours as well! PLEASE! do read and follow the instructions before signing in! Thank you!!

We've had variety of skies here in Seattle the past couple of weeks that's for sure. All lovely, different and a part of winter in the northwest. The following shots I caught about fifteen minutes ago. We had dawn all over the sky -- east, west, north, south! It was breathtaking!

Touch the sky, look the sun straight in the eye and laugh."
Linda Ellerbee

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
Gustave Flaubert

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
Bern Williams

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
E. M. Forster

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese Proverb

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat. ~Author Unknown

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~From the movie An Affair to Remember

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Ward Elliot Hour

The Baby Ocean
gently breathing,
the day's
ups and downs,
a bit of spittle
bubbling in white
on the side.

And the
Mother Sun,
tired but happy,
the day's sky,
glowingly sings
a last lullaby
as it covers
the baby
with a blanket
of dark.

Its time now,
to sing
wake up
the Baby Oceans
the other side
of the World .....

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at January 6, 2010 7:39 PM

I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime. ~Will Rogers

I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood. ~Bill Watterson

The Original Computer!!

Memory was something you lost with age;
An application was for employment;
A program was a TV show;
A cursor used profanity.

A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider's home
A virus was the flu
A CD was a bank account

A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived

And if you had a 3 inch floppy.

You just hoped nobody ever found out!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~Malcolm S. Forbes

Remedy it, or welcome it: a wise man's only two choices. ~The Quote Garden

Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go. ~Author Unknown

When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ~Author Unknown

Whatever you are be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln

ABC Wednesday -- Y!

Break out the dictionary, search the photo files, roam around the neighborhood, it's time for ABC Wednesday hosted each week by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt. Click on the icon and sign up to play with the ABCs and today's letter is Y

Y is for Yacht!

So, Y is for Yoga!

Y is for Yellow Jasmine!

Y is for the Yakima River!

Y is for the Yakima Indians!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. ~Mark Twain

In my friend, I find a second self. ~Isabel Norton

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
~Lewis B. Smedes

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

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~Mahatma Gandhi

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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