I miss you Sam!!

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

Friday, March 26, 2010

Not Well Yet -- My Computer That Is!

I had the most recent post scheduled several days ago, so that's why it's here now! I'm still, grumbling and mumbling and going slightly stir crazy with such limited connection, but my computer whiz will finally be back in town and at my house on Tuesday. Until then it's still just scraps! But I'm thinking of you all and I do miss you!!! Wishing you all a great weekend!!

Laugh for the Day

How To Tell If Your Feet Stink


Then Scroll Down


Scroll Down

Your CAT SCAN and

LAB TESTS are now


Do you feel like working today?


The day after?

Next week?

Next Month?

Me neither!

I just want to party!


...have a GREAT Day!!!

Life is short!

Break the rules!

Forgive quickly!

Kiss slowly!

Love truly,

Laugh uncontrollably

And never regret anything that made you smile.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Virus Attack!

I'm having to shut down my computer until next Tuesday when I can finally get the virus taken off my computer. I haven't deserted the blog, just can't afford to lose everything again.

Thanks Australia! This is Awesome!

To Kill an American
You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was
actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an
offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let
everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one..
(Good one, mate!!!!)

An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German,
Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian,
Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian,
Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot,
Navajo, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native
Americans. An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or
Muslim... In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan
..... The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as
each of them chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion...... For that he
will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming
to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the

The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of
Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the
pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every
other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago,
Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any
other nation to the poor in Afghanistan..

The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes
your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the
homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America.

Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of
September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told
that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different
countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and
abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must.. Hitler did. So did
General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants
in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because
Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the
embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that
spirit, everywhere, is an American.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. - Sophocles

Without music, life would be a mistake. - Nietzsche

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - From the quote by Chinese philosopher Laozi

Nature does nothing uselessly. - Aristotle

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

ABC -- J!

Time to play with the ABCs
again!! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and her ABC team! click on the icon, sign up and show us how much you know about the Alphabet!!

And the letter for the day is J!

J is for Jamaican Rum! MMmmmmmmm!

And J is for Jambalaya! MMMmmmmm, again!!

And J is for James, my friend from Japan, who always brings me yummy Jam when he and Chiaki come to visit me in Seattle!

And all of these can be enjoyed even more under the Joshua tree!

And may you all have a Joyous day that leaves you Jumping with Joy!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. - Confucius

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. -African proverb

Youth is wasted on the young -George Bernard Shaw

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. -Mary Pickford

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. - Confucius

That's My World -- Our Neighborhood's Flowers

It's SPRING! Has it shown up in your world yet? My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World team of Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself. Click on the icon, sign up and share the beauty, the interesting aspects of your world with us!

Spring arrived early in Seattle this year and everything began blooming way ahead of their usual schedule! Believe me, no one here is complaining!! I just strolled around our neighborhood to see what beautiful, spring like things I could find and here they are!!

And over it all -- beautiful skies, lovely, happy clouds!

I love SPRING!!

Sunday, March 21, 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!

He watched her staring at the poster.
Don't worry hon, I'm not enlisting.
Good thing, you couldn't pass the physical any more than I could!


Not Likely to Ever See It Like This Again

But maybe this is the way it should be ...... something to think about at least.

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year..

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois )

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!!

Enjoy life now-it has an expiration date!

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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