I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, November 13, 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 link under the blog title and sign up to play!! Not much sun again, but I went crazy when it did put in a brief appearance, as you can see from my latest collage. I do like to play and it's a good thing since I'm pretty well housebound these days!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend with lots of sun and shadows, love and laughter!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Moment to Say Thank You!

Life is frequently difficult and sometimes it catches you unaware. That's where I have been the past week and I just want to thank all of you for your comments and visits to my site. It has made such an incredible difference in my ability to deal with a reality that I hadn't planned on! Thank you! You've helped more than you'll ever know! Have a beautiful weekend and week ahead!


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. Our weather hasn't been particularly encouraging for any activity that requires sunlight, but I did catch one rather busy and interesting one in our breakfast room window -- obviously a favorite place of mine! There are not only the reflections in our window, but a reflection of a reflection in a new window to be installed in our neighbors house. Then a couple of old favorites that I hope you enjoy -- again!

Thursday, November 11, 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 and me. Join us and the many people from all over the world who share theirs with us each week! Click on the post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up. I don't usually post this many pictures on one Sky Watch, but this past week we've had some uniquely clear skies for a few days and there were some extremely large aircraft to be seen -- military planes, I was told. But whatever, between them and the usual planes, they seemed to be playing contrail games in the sky and it was fascinating to watch. Every time I went outside and looked up there would be new ones -- so bear with me! We did have a couple of gorgeous sunsets as well!

We are all stupid, just on different subjects  — Mark Twain

There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he less savage than the other savages.  — Mark Twain

Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.  — Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.   — Mark Twain

A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.  — Mark Twain

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

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.  — Mark Twain

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.
Charles M. Schulz

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.
Garrison Keillor
1.  Try everything twice.
On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
"Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2.  Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning: 
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever... 
Never let the brain get idle.  'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, 
spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6.. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on.
 The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever..
Your home is your refuge. 
8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it. 
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips..
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, 
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. 
 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 
11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..

Now, do share this with someone.

Remember! Lost time can never be found.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. 
Wine does not make you FAT ...
- it makes you LEAN ....(Against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.)

And a couple of added laughs for the day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Q!

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, Leslie, Nathalie, Joyce, Donna, Helen, Roger, Troy, Jay, Barb, Gattina and me! 
So, do you have a Question? Of course you do! And the answer is today is the Q Day! Quickly now, no Quarreling  or trying to be Quaint! We're not in a Quagmire here! Just looking for Qualified  Qs! Enough to store in a Quonset hut or in case we fall short, to fill  a Quiver! And here are my Q words for the day!
Q is for Quiche, Quail, Quarter Horse, Quintet, an all time favorite group, Queen! Quilt and Quesadillas!! Yummmm!! Hungry yet?

Photos today are courtesy of Google -- they have a great supply of Qs!!

Monday, November 8, 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? It is chilly, wet, gray -- you get the picture, right? But I still have a great world -- just have to look a little harder and here are some views from the better times! This first shot I took from a bus stop and the lines and poles are a distraction, but the colors of the trees along the freeway and on the hill were so beautiful and typical of the colors you still can see all over the city -- although they are fading!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it."
Mark Twain

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.  — Mark Twain

Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.  — Mark Twain

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.  — Mark Twain

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.  — Mark Twain

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain

Sunday, November 7, 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 stared down the path as she had done for weeks. Where was Mama?
Tears ran down her cheeks, as her Dad, staggering, led her back home.

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 your human to click on the Post Title, that'll take them to the website where you can sign up! We'll be waiting for you!!

So, how do you like my new look? Mom couldn't decide on which photo, so I told her to post all of them!!  I don't like going to the groomer, but she is a really nice lady and is really sweet to me, so guess I shouldn't complain! AND! I can see again with my eyebrows trimmed! Won't have much of a beard for a while, but I'm tidy and besides it makes me look younger, don't you think?

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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