I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Get out the magnifying glass, get into your best sleuthing clothes and start prowling your environment looking for those wonderful, but sometimes elusive shadows. This fun and challenging meme is hosted each week by Tracy over at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and show us how clever you are!

I've had some problems signing into the SSS site, so forgive me if I show up twice!

My, how time flies! Whether we're having fun or not! I'm really not whining today, the weather is gorgeous -- now that we're not planning a camping trip, my back is feeling pretty good. The only problem now is the car is back in the shop and the bill is not pretty!! But I've managed to catch a few things for today!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekend Reflections

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James each week beginning Friday at 11 AM. It's another wonderful way of opening your eyes to new and different kinds of beauty. Click on the icon and join us! If the icon doesn't work here is the address and you can click on it instead: http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/
One of my favorite places to go and fortunately it's only five minutes from our house!

And, of course, my favorite, waddling friends are only five minutes away, too!

And I do love boats!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Time to share your skies, the beauty over your world, the clouds, the colors! Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team of Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and me. Join us and the many people from all over the world who share theirs with us each week! Click on the icon and sign up today!

Beautiful weather has returned to Seattle with lots of sunshine, blue skies and warm temps, and there are always the wonderful, breathtaking clouds to decorate the view from our deck!

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
— Mark Twain

"Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty."
— Mark Twain

"If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away."
— Mark Twain

"Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them."
— Mark Twain

"You can't reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns."
— Mark Twain

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Evening, Thoughts and Beauty

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

Do all things with love.
Og Mandino

the petals
spread in clinical precision
shoulder to shoulder
fresh and blue
clustered en masse
in the safety
of numbers,
the hardworking,
rough skinned
upward looking
flaring out
mostly in tolerance,
in each other,
some purple
at the edges
due to strain,
some coming up
with new ones,
and some,
slogging away beneath
in proletarian style
so that
the blues
may enjoy their day
in the sun.
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at August 11, 2010 9:03 PM

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Kahlil Gibran

How Fast Can You Guess These Words??

From my 89 year old friend, Fran! Always breaks me up!!

1. F_ _K
2. PU_S_
3. S_X ?
4. P_N_S
5. BOO_S
6. _ _NDOM?

Answers are below

3. SIX

You got all 6 wrong….didn’t you?

And the doormat for the day is ........

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday - D!

Got your dictionary out? You ready to play with the letters? It's that time again! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and the ABC team: Denise, Annelie, Nathalie, Joyce, Donna, Helen Roger, Troy, Jay, Barb, Gattina and me! So, are you ready to play with the letter D? Don't put a Damper on the Day or Disappoint your readers! I know you're as Dedicated as the ABC Team! Don't be Daunted by the task at hand. You Don't want people to think you're a Deadhead or Decrepit Do you? Or, worst of all Dumb!!! No, of course not! So, Dash to your computer without Delay and show us how Dedicated you are!!

D is for Dramatic skies, Daffodils, Dahlias and Daisies, D is for Ducks and Dogs, Deck, Dancing Daughter and Drummer David!

Monday, August 9, 2010

That's My World!

That's My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and me. Click on the icon and share your world with others from all over Our World! So! How is your world this week? Have you taken time to see the beauty there? What is it about your world that makes you smile or laugh or feel grateful for? Here are some of those things from my world today.

As I posted earlier, I was unable to go camping this weekend, but considering our weather it's just as well -- Adam came home last evening after having spent only one night! It rained the whole time they were there making hiking or sitting around a campfire less than desirable in spite of the fact that the camper has a roll out awning. It was just plain cold and wet! But he did take some shots for me share with you!

Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business. ~ Dave Barry

The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition. ~ Dave Barry

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent. ~ Dave Barry
Or on a camper for that matter!

The new camper folds up to a very compact size and no one would think that it has a king size bed on one end and a queen size on the other. It has a U shaped couch with a table for eating, but the table can be taken outside as well. There is a two burner stove, a covered grill that fits on the outside, a fridge, a sink and an amazing amount of cabinet and storage space. There is also a shower and a commode. But even with all these amenities it didn't make the weather that much easier to deal with!

The camper before he left.

And at the campground in the process of setting up.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday, Wisdom and Nature

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
Martin Luther

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The same woods,
the same tree,
the same leaves
mingling with each other,
like kids, in groups,
like older adults,
posing on a branch.

Some are green,
some appear light,
some dark.
They mingle
shrugging off
the opinionated dewdrops,
facing up
to a new morning
a tough looking trunk
some tall leader.

The light, dark and green
into one another
in fun
cocking a snook at the sun.

We must be the only species
that talks about
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at August 8, 2010 7:58 PM

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

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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