I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author Unknown

No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. ~Thomas Mann

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. ~Nelson Mandela

If you've lost your enthusiasm, there's no better place to find it than on a skipping excursion. And, you might just find your lost youth as well! ~Jessi Lane Adams

Skipping is oxygen for the soul. ~Jessi Lane Adams

Shadow Shot Sunday!

So, how are the shadows in your world these days? Shadow Shot is hosted each week by Tracy at Hey Harriet. Click on the icon, sign up and start hunting those shadows. Little harder to find for some of us these days!

Our grass stays green all year, so with a little sun you can convince yourself it's warmer than you thought! Well, at least for a few minutes when you see shadows like this one.

A watery sun and a faint shadow in the living room!

Playing with a shells!

Madame Mojo the Most doing her downward dog yoga pose!

And what would I do without the fridge in the kitchen as a backdrop???

Friday, January 29, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. ~Abraham Lincoln

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows.
~Jennifer Yane

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
~John Donne

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. ~James Baldwin

Men's Age ... as Determined by a Trip to Home Depot

You are in the middle of some kind of project around the house- mowing the lawn, putting in a new fence, painting the living room, or whatever. You are hot and sweaty, covered in dirt or paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit - shorts with the hole in the crotch, old T-shirt with a stain from who knows what, and an old pair of tennis shoes.

Right in the middle of this great home improvement project you realize you need to run to Home Depot to get something to help complete the job.

Depending on your age you might do the following:

In your 20's:
Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss, and put on clean clothes. Check yourself in the mirror and flex. Add a dab of your favourite cologne because you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout lane. And you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.

In your 30's:
Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change shoes. You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair. Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it. Add a shot of your favourite cologne to cover the smell. The cute girl running the register is the kid sister to someone you went to school with.

In your 40's:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts. Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands. Your bottle of Brute Cologne is almost empty so you don't want to waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot. Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing. The spicy young thing running the register is your daughter's age and you feel weird thinking she is spicy.

In your 50's:
Stop what you are doing. Put a hat on, wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt. Change shoes because you don't want to get dog doo-doo in your new sports car. Check yourself in the mirror and you swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat. The Cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it. Then you remember the hat you have on is from Buddy's Bait & Beer Bar and it says, 'I Got Worms.'

In your 60's:
Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat anymore. Hose the dog doo-doo off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50's. You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants. The girl running the register may be cute, but you don't have your glasses on so you are not sure.

In your 70's:
Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until the drug store has your prescriptions ready, too. Don't even notice the dog doo-doo on your shoes. The young thing at the register smiles at you because you remind her of her grandfather.

In your 80's:
Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again. Now you remember you needed to go to Home Depot. Go to Wal-Mart instead and wander around trying to think what it is you are looking for. Fart out loud and you think someone called out your name. You went to school with the old lady who greeted you at the front door

In your 90's and beyond:
What's a home deep hoe? Something for my garden? Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this? Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Time to share your skies! Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself. Each week hundreds of people from all over the world share the beauty of their skies! Click on the icon, sign in and share yours as well! Please do read and follow the instructions on the Sky Watch site. Thank you!! Look forward to seeing your skies!

Here in Seattle we've had a little bit of everything in regards to the skies. I learned yesterday that this is the warmest January on record for Seattle, however, when it is rainy and cold and gray, it's still cold! But enough complaints here are some of the beautiful skies from our deck and particularly from the harbor where I've spent a lot of time this week.

Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world, but here the earth is the floor of the sky. ~Willa Sibert Cather

I don’t feel rejected by the sky. I’m a part of it- tiny, to be sure, but everything is tiny compared to that overwhelming immensity. ~Dr. Carl Sagan

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure. ~Cecil Beaton

And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky, Where under crawling coop'd we live and die, Lift not your hands to It for help for it As impotently moves as you or I.
~Edward Fitzgerald

Those grey skies are just a challenge for optimists. ~Loesje

See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away Over the snowy peaks! ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
~Michel de Montaigne

If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found. ~Author Unknown

The fourth one...

Lush amidst the offsprings
and neighbors,
Grandma Green,
stretches out her limbs
to relax.

Its been a good life,
living amidst
her kind,
being the tallest,
and looking across
everyone's head
to the Bay.

Some of the
younger ones,
stand ramrod straight
as assorted
leafy stragglers
climb all over....

The older ones,
managing some
sagging branches
look and nod

Some balding ones,
some Christmas trees,
and some new ones
trying to fit in,
and she,
wrinkled but strong
spreads out her arms,
encompassing them all,
takes a breezy breath,
looks up,
and glances
across the Bay
as if to say
"Oh ! what a wonderful world!".........
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at January 27, 2010 7:51 PM

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. ~Seneca

Revising the Music of the 60's

Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits, with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomer's who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday .

They include:

Bobby Darin --- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash

Herman's Hermits --- Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr --- I Get By With A Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees -- - How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?

Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash --- I Can't See Clearly Now.

Paul Simon--- Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver

The Commodores --- Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom

Procol Harem--- A Whiter Shade Of Hair

Leo Sayer --- You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations --- Papa's Got A Kidney Stone

Abba--- Denture Queen

"You haven't seen my teeth have you?"

Tony Orlando --- Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, And I'll Cry If I Want To

And Last but NOT least...

Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. ~Andrea Boydston

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~Swedish Proverb

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. ~John F. Kennedy

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ~Winnie the Pooh

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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