I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, October 23, 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!
The rain has definitely returned for an indefinite period of time so I hope you enjoy the shadows for the day -- I'm going to have to get very creative to find any during the coming week!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, October 22, 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. I think we've seen the last of the sun for a while, so I grabbed what I could the past couple of days. Hope you all have a great weekend -- with some sun!!

There's a little bit of everything in this one including some old broad with a camera. But it was sunny and everything was reflecting in the breakfast room's big window!

This one got cleaned up a bit!

It's still surprisingly green down at the sanctuary and at least one duck and one turtle thought that was pretty cool -- or warm, as the case may be!

It was mostly gray at the harbor! Even the sun's reflection looked gray!

A poem written for this pic by my dear friend in Mumbai, India!
Thank you, my friend!
Gift in an Envelope

And how
is this gift
to us !

Ocean bays,
calm waters,
green banks,
and mountains
rising to applaud,
the opera
in the skies.

tidings of a new day,
this gift envelope
licked shut
by a warm sun
the adhesive
in the midst of clouds.....

Thursday, October 21, 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 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!
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. — Mark Twain
Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.  — Mark Twain

There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.  — Mark Twain
You have to love what's loveable and hate what's hateable. It takes brain to see the difference.
Mark Twain
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it's that they know so many things that just aren't so. 
Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Where there is fear, love is the answer.  Lee Jampolsky

If I see any value in holding a grudge, my goal cannot really be peace of mind.  Lee Jampolsky

Listening goes much further to building positive relationships than giving advice ever will.
Lee Jampolsky

Where Does the Time Go?

'Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but you better live for today.  How quickly the years pass!!
 And another thing to remember!
Be sure to scroll all the way down to license plate!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ABC Wednesday - N!

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!
Today is the N Day! Now, Now, No Name calling! We have a Narrow time frame! Don't Neglect the N Day! No time to join the Navy or slip through that Narrow doorway to your Neighbors house. Now! Just do what comes Naturally when you think of the Letter N!! No Naps with  your Nervous Nearsighted Nana Now! Just Nestle down, Nibble on a Nestle cookie and look around the Neighborhood for the Nice, Numerous things like I'm showing you here!! And that's it in a Nutshell!

My N words for the day are: Nightingale, Neighborhood, Nachos, Nest, Nightclub and Nasturtium
My photos are the Neighborhood and the Night Club, the other N word photos are courtesy of Google! Have a beautiful N Day!

Monday, October 18, 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? My good friends, James and Chiaki from Portland were in Seattle last week and came to take me to lunch at a great Italian Restaurant, Tutta Bella Neapolitan where we had a fabulous pizza -- really Italian style!! From there we went to take photos of Seattle from the opposite side of the harbor from where we usually go. Of course, I forgot my camera!! I shouldn't have been surprised -- there are days when I forget just about any and everything!! Ah the joys of old age! But never mind that, James didn't forget his and we headed out to get some shots for me to share with you today!!

First there was the pizza!!

Then there was Mark Twain to go with the photos! 
I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.  — Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.  — Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  — Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.  — Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.  — Mark Twain

Some people bring joy wherever they go, and some people bring joy whenever they go.
Mark Twain

If we were supposed to talk more than listen we would have been given two mouths and one ear.
And so ended a beautiful day and visit! 
Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 17, 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 the day!

She knew they were watching, waiting for her answer. It wasn't the answer they
wanted. Soon they would seal her in the tomb they had chosen.

My friend from India has joined me again today. Here's hers!

Everytime I go by with the bricks, she says, "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread", and THOU! she hits out with a spear through the window....

A Little Humor for the Day!

My humor providing, 89 year old friend sent this to me -- too funny not to share!

Charlie's wife, Lucy, had been after him for several weeks to paint the
seat on their toilet.  Finally, he got around to doing it while Lucy was
out.  After finishing, he left to take care of another matter before she
returned.  She came in and undressed to take a shower.  Before getting
in the shower, she sat on the toilet.  As she tried to stand up, she
realized that the not-quite-dry epoxy paint had glued her to the toilet
seat.  About that time, Charlie got home and realized her predicament.
They both pushed and pulled without any success whatsoever.  Finally, in
desperation, Charlie undid the toilet seat bolts.  Lucy wrapped a sheet
around herself and Charlie drove her to the hospital emergency room.
The ER Doctor got her into a position where he could study how to free
her (Try to get a mental picture of this.).  Lucy tried to lighten the
embarrassment of it all by saying, "Well, Doctor, I'll bet you've never
seen anything like this before."  The Doctor replied, "Actually, I've
seen lots of them.  I just never saw one mounted and framed."

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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