I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, September 25, 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!

Had to hunt high and low for shadows this week, but here's what I finally came up with! Hope everyone has had a great week and that you're ready to play all weekend long!! Click on the photo to embiggen for a better look!

Friday, September 24, 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/

Blogger has a bunch of new stuff all of a sudden, so I'm not exactly sure how this is going to come out! I took the photos down at the harbor last night and the colors were pretty spectacular! It was definitely a night of golden reflections! Click on any of the pics to embiggen and see in greater detail! Enjoy your day!

The Guardian Goddess
of the Earth,
through the skies
jet black tresses
across the skies.

by a polite Sun
who is
trying to meet
Lady Pacifica.....

And so
a Sylvan lady
at the harbor
the Sun
"You do that everyday;
Now stand still,
while I take your picture,
before the Goddess
to other lands
and other oceans
all the golden trinkets
in her hair
with her ..... " 

Thursday, September 23, 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!

Once again we've had a little of everything this week, but in between the gray, grumpy skies there have been the glorious ones!

I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up! — Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. — Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
— Mark Twain

When angry, count four. When very angry, swear. — Mark Twain

The secret to getting ahead is getting started. — Mark Twain

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. — Mark Twain

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
— Mark Twain

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

In every act of kindness, there is the seed of healing the world and ourselves.
~ Lee Jampolsky

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you', it will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart

Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be. ~ Author Unknown

You Are Joking, Aren't You???

Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:
1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!
2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'
4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5. 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.'
6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'
8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!
10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'
And the best one of all.
12. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'

How About Our World??????

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonald's, and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 'ouncer'.

Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

BP Oil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Lifeline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ABC Wednesday - J!

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 Jump for Joy because today is the J Day and that doesn't mean Jail!! We're going to play something like Jeopardy, listen to a little Jazz while we get ready to Judge all the many Js that we will discover today! Js such as mine for the day!!

Drum roll, please!

J is for Jacaranda tree, for Jacuzzi, for Jalapeno peppers, Jambalaya, Jello, and cool green Jade!

Don't you Just love them? I wish I could tell you that I took all the photos, but unfortunately I don't own any Jade, don't have a Jacuzzi, ran out of Jalapeno peppers and Jacaranda trees don't grow in the northwest and I haven't made Jambalaya or Jello in years --- SO I have to say thank you to Google Photos for providing me with all the great J's for the day. So, don't be Jealous!

Monday, September 20, 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? You can click on the photos to embiggen and get a better look!

Autumn is slipping quickly into the northwest and while everything hasn't changed, the things that have brought back memories of the beauty we have here in My World at this time of year. I thought today I would share some glimpses of the beauty I have seen since I moved to Seattle. And, of course, my favorite, Mark Twain, always has something worthwhile to think about.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. — Mark Twain

And remember to get out and visit other worlds, always a great way to learn about all the wonderful things in Our World!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. — Mark Twain

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and the Beauty of Autumn

From my lovely friend in Mumbai!

Brilliant skies,
dew-fresh mornings,
yellow green leaves,
enjoying their first day
in the Kindergaarten woods.

Sunny Days,
a strong crowded green,
hanging out with the crowd,
overlooking the bay,
swinging in the breeze,
flirting in the rain,
its the Teenage Woods.

And then Life
its health lessons,
some tough browning,
pale yellowing,
some angry reds
clouds dark with
of the imminent season,
its the Middle-aged woods.

happens to all
in nature,
a shedding
of the brown and gold,
shivering in Winter,
tough wood
seasoned by snow
of energy within.

The Senior woods,
a time
to draw around you
a cloud cardigan,
a nip in the air,
a sudden ray of sunlight
and a great cup
of hot tea
with a friend....
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at September 19, 2010 8:57 PM

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. ~ Carl Sandburg

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. ~ William Cullen Bryant

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz

Best Comeback Response of the Year!

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility ......

Q: 'Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?'

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'

Q: 'Officer -- who provided this description?'

A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.'

Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?'

A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.'

Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?'

A: 'Yes sir, we do!'

Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?'

A: 'Yes sir, I do.'

Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?'

A: 'Yes sir.'

Q: 'Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?'

A: 'You see, sir -- we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's 'Best Comeback' line -- and we think he'll win.

Pet Pride!

Hey guys, get up off your tush and lets go see Bozo over at his pad in Mubai! It's always a fun time when we all get together and talk about what's been happin', Bro! You know? Get you human to click on The Man's pic and sign you up! We'll be waiting for you!!

Sam won't look at the camera because he's embarrassed! Last weekend when he and his Mom were visiting a friend, he just walked into the swimming pool!! He thought the cover was hard!! Ha Ha Ha! I can't stop laughing!! If it had been me I would have started swimming laps!!

Oh, Mojo! You have such a big mouth! I don't know why Mom told you! I'm not talking to you for the rest of the day!!

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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