I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Time for the shadow sleuths to
show what kinds of shadows they've found! Shadow Shot is hosted by Tracy over at Hey Harriet and it is the most addictive fun you can have!! Click on the icon, sign up and show us all the mysterious and fun shadows you've discovered this week!

The sun abandoned us for most of the week, but has returned and it is most welcome by humans and plants and trees -- everything is celebrating!

Last week I found a hand and this week a foot! Hey, I can always say that I'm writing another mystery!!

And with spring here I started dreaming about our annual trek to the local zoo where I got this shot on our last visit!

And hiding away in a tiny patch of sunlight, the vase waits for flowers to display!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~ Confucius

I am not young enough to know everything. ~ Oscar Wilde

The mind is everything; what you think, you become. ~ Gautama Buddha

Happy Gardening!!

The teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with this see-though blouse on and no bra. Her grandmother pitched a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that!

The teenager tells her "Loosen up Grams. These are modern times. You gotta let your rose buds show!" and out she goes.

The next day the teenager comes downstairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die.

She explains to her grandmother that she has friends coming over and that it is just not appropriate...

The grandmother says, "Loosen up, Sweetie. If you can show off your rose buds, then I can display my hanging baskets."

Proof Reading is a Dying Art

A good friend of mine sent this to me and it is too good not to share! A dying art indeed!

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
The Editorial Room was called and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Time to share your skies! Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team of Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself! Each week people from all over the world share the beauty of their skies! Click on the icon, sign up and join us!

To really see this week's skies here, do click on the photo to embiggen. Amazing what a difference it can make.

March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away. - Thalassa Cruso

The air is like a butterfly. With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings. - Joyce Kilmer, Spring

The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.
- M. Romeo LaFlamme, The First of March

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. - William Wordsworth

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural. There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments. It's non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable. ~Author Unknown

Forget love - I'd rather fall in chocolate! ~Sandra J. Dykes

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. ~Peter Ustinov

This photo was taken by a good friend of mine in Portland in their garden. I wish I were as good a photographer!!!

A hug is two hearts wrapped in arms. ~Author Unknown

That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.
- William Shakespeare

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. ~Jean Anouilh

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! And Some Chuckles Too!

I've always wondered what the big tease is about blondes, but regardless of the hair color, these are funny!


Two blondes were going to Disneyland. They were driving on the Interstate when they saw the sign that said Disneyland LEFT.
They started crying and turned around and went home.


Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other,
'Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?'
The other blonde turns and says 'Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida?'


A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station.
She tells the mechanic it died.
After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.
She says, 'What's the story?'
He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor'
She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'


A police officer stops a blonde for speeding
and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.
She replied in a huff, 'I wish you guys would get your act together.
Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!'


There's this blonde out for a walk.
She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank.
'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back,
'You ARE on the other side.'


A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.
'Impossible!' says the doctor. 'Show me.'
The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more.
She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed.
Everywhere she touched made her scream.
The doctor said, 'You're not really a redhead, are you?
'Well, no' she said, 'I'm actually a blonde.'
'I thought so,' the doctor said, 'Your finger is broken.'


A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway.
Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!
Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper put down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'
'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'


A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day.
The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!'
The American said, 'We were the first on the moon!'
The Blonde said, 'So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!'
The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads.
'You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!' said the Russian.
To which the Blonde replied, 'We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!'


A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn.
She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature.
Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?'
She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off?'


During a recent password audit, it was found that a
blonde was using the following password:


When asked why she had such a long password, she said
she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital.


A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs.
The girl asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.
Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?'
'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde.
'They're watch dogs!'

The End!

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket...keep it in your own.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ABC -- I!

So, show us what the ABCs mean to you! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise
Nesbitt and her ABC team members. The letter for the day I! Just what does I say to you?

Here's what it says to me!

I is for Irish Moss!

At the foot of our deck steps!

I is for Ivy!

I is for Icy!

I is for Iris!

AND I is for Ice Cream, hmmmmmm yummy!

Happy ABC Wednesday!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

That's My World and This is My Life!

This is the place to show/share the things that are beautiful/interesting
/exciting/important parts of your life. My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World Team - Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself! So, click on the icon, sign up and share your world with us!

I've shared so many parts of my world over the past year and a half there isn't a great deal left, but today I share the lovely things/people that make my immediate world the wonderful place that it is!

My kids, Kerith,

And David,

All three

Our dogs -- that you've all gotten to know quite well -- Mojo and Sam!

Good friends! James and Chiaki from Portland introduced me to Snoqualmi Falls, Pikes Market and the Lavender Festival!!

James and I worked together in Portland at Komatsu.

And, of course, our deck!

The beach where Adam and the dogs and I love to play!

And the harbor where I spend so much time!

Mine is a wonderful world!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MicroFiction Monday

>Susan at Stony River Farm hosts Microfiction Monday. She posts a picture and you compose a story in 140 characters. You can click on the icon to get further instructions. To help you along she has posted a wonderful link that counts your characters for you! How great is that! You can get the counter at Design 215.

This meme is easy and it's fun! Thanks, Susan for hosting.

And here's the picture for this Microfiction Monday!

Mommie, look there's a man sleeping in the canal with his clothes on!
There was a man, but he wasn't sleeping. The water was turning red.

142 letters

Sunday Humor

After deliveries to a Mental Institution a truck driver was about to
return home, when he discovered he had a flat tire. He jacked up the
truck and took the flat tire down. When he was about to fix the spare
tire, he accidentally dropped all the nuts into the drain.

While he was standing perplexed, not knowing what to do, a patient
happened to walk past and asked the driver what happened. When he was
told what happened the patient laughed and said "can't even fix such a
simple problem?... no wonder you are destined to be a truck driver “
“Here's what you can do, take one nut each from the other 3 tires and
fix it onto this tire. Then drive to the nearest workshop and replace
the missing ones,…. easy as that"

The driver was very impressed and asked
"You're so smart but why are you here at the Mental Institution ?"

The patient replied: "Hellooooo, I stay here because I'm crazy....... not STUPID”

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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