I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, October 16, 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 do believe the Weather Man is severely emotionally challenged here in Seattle if the crazy weather we've had is any indication! But yesterday was gorgeous and sunny, today is iffy at best, but I can usually dig up something shadowy for the day!
And here it is! 
The flower is from a bouquet my son had waiting for his lady friend who was visiting us from Portland over the weekend. She's lovely and delightful, by the way!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Reflections

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James each week beginning Friday at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time. It's another wonderful way of opening your eyes to new and different kinds of beauty.  We've had a little of everything weather wise this week -- that's the norm here in the northwest though as I'm sure you've guessed by now.

A part of the sanctuary that was empty of it's usual inhabitants, but I thought it was beautiful anyway!

And the harbor, of course, celebrating the end of the day!

I'm always amazed by the complex  reflections and shadows, patterns and colors that appear even in the most common places!

Thursday, October 14, 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!  It was like a day in mid summer yesterday, with incredible blue skies, but as I'm sure you've come to know from my Sky Watch posts, blue skies one day surely doesn't guarantee them for tomorrow. But one thing is always guaranteed and that is beauty! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.  — Mark Twain

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.
Distance lends enchantment to the view.  — Mark Twain

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.  — Mark Twain
A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.  — Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Remind yourself often: All thoughts create. Then decide what it is that you want to make. 
Lee Jampolsky
Step back from what you are angry or hurt about and ask, "What do I want to fill my mind with?  Lee Jampolsky
Positive expressions and feelings are contagious.  Lee Jampolsky

Happy Mental Health Day for Us Old Guys/Gals!

Henry was in his back yard trying to fly a kite....
Henry threw the kite up in the air, the wind would catch it for a few seconds, then it would come crashing back down to earth.

He tried this a few more times with no success.
All the while, Valerie is watching from the kitchen window,
Muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything.

She opens the window and yelled to him...

"You need a piece of tail."

Henry turned with a confused look on his face and said,

"Make up your mind. Last night, you told me to go fly a kite."

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.  Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.  One day while they  were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly  jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him.  She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.  When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news.  The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love.  I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

'The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him.  I am so sorry, but he's dead.'

Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself. I put him there to dry....  How soon can I go home?'

Happy Mental Health Day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ABC Wednesday - M!

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! And hey! Guess what, Men! It's the M Day! Just like I promised! Although there is always room for a  Madame and/or  Mademoiselle to add their Marvelous M words as well! It's time for the Maestros and Magicians to show us their Magic! To delight us with their Musical and Majestic pictures and words so we can Meditate on their Meaning before we have to March down to the Market for supplies to Make a Meal to feed us all! So don't be Melancholy! It's a Magnificent day!!

And here are My M words for the day! M is for Musician, Moon, Mojo, Magnolia, Margarita and Magnificent sunset!!

Monday, October 11, 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? The colors of autumn are always breathtaking here in the northwest -- even when the skies are gray and they have been gray much of the past week. Sometimes for various reasons, one has to look a bit harder for the beauty in their world, but I have discovered that it is always there if you take the time and truly want to see the beauty. The ugly stuff is always there, too, but just as you can open your eyes to the beauty, you can close them to the ugly. It's knowing that the choice is yours that is important!

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. 
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.  — Mark Twain

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.  — Mark Twain

I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
Mark Twain

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

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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MicroFiction Monday

Happy Birthday to Microfiction!!! Thanks for the fun, Susan!!
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 the day!
 She watched the train pulling into the station, picked up her bags.
One last look around. No one. Would he miss her, even know she was gone?

Pet Pride!

Hey guys, get up off your tush and lets go see Bozo over at his pad in Mumbai! 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!!

Well, it's been one of those weekends!! Mojo's Dad -- as you know, has a new friend -- as in girl friend! And she has a dog named Stella -- who can't stand me!! But they are visiting us this weekend and hee hee! Stella has to put up with me whether she likes it or not. Mojo likes her okay, but it does mean that her Dad has less "special time" with her these days and she sometimes looks just a little ticked off and ignores Stella!
Personally, I love it!! Hooray for Stella! Even if she doesn't care for "little guys" like me!!

And here she is with Mojo, hoping for a tasty treat! I stayed downstairs!!
You'd think by the look on their faces that they hadn't eaten in a week!!!

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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