I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, December 4, 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!! Hey, guess what? It rained nearly all week AGAIN! So, back to the photo files! Hope you are all enjoying a great weekend! And just think how much fun it will be when the sun does return!!

Friday, December 3, 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. Click on the post title and sign up to play with us! Same old, same old -- GRAY! So, here are some fun reflections from better days!

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.
Joe Moore

Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.
Jack Hanna
Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.
Evan Esar

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. 
Pamela Hansford Johnson

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

I'm so sorry to be behind time in visiting your sites.  We lost out internet connection early this morning and I've just now managed to get online! I'll get to as many of you as I can, as quickly as I can. Thanks!!
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 find it hard to believe that it is December already!! But then time does fly -- whether you're having fun or not!! And the weather has been anything but fun! But I can always manage to catch a few moments of gorgeous skies regardless and I do try not to miss them! I couldn't resist sharing one more shot of the our full moon!! Hope each of you has a beautiful weekend -- weather wise, other wise or whatever it takes!!

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.  — Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.  — Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.  — Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.  — Mark Twain

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.  — Mark Twain

The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.  — Mark Twain

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:

A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life..'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need d to be able to throw
 something back sometimes.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
Your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Judas Asparagus

My daughter sent this to me and as a former teacher, this one really broke me up! It is so like something a child in all seriousness would write.   I wonder how often we take for granted that children "understand"  what we are teaching???
Judas Asparagus

    A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible.

    Through the eyes of a child:

  The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

    In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing
    but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says,'The Lord thy God is
    one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

    Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.

    Then God made the world.

    He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked,but they
    weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.

    Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were
    driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in
    though, because they didn't have cars.

    Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was

    Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah,
    who lived to be like a million or something.

    One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy,but
    one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put
    his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join
    him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

    After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than
    his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange
    for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really
    loud sports coat.

    Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton
    Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the
    evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These
    plagues included frogs, mice, lice,bowels, and no cable.

    God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them
    His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke,
    dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.

    Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more:Humor thy father and thy mother.

    One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to
    use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell
    over on the town.

    After Joshua came David.. He got to be king by killing a giant with a
    slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500
    porcupines. My teacher says he was wise,but that doesn't sound very
    wise to me.

    After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of
    these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up
    on the shore.

    There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have
    to worry about them.

    After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of
    The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn.(I wish I had been born
    in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the
    door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter
    of fact, I was.')

    During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the
    Pharisees and the Democrats.

    Jesus also had twelve opossums.

    The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named
    a terrible vegetable after him.

    Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to
    some Germans on the Mount.

    But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before
    Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed
    his hands instead.

    Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He
    went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His
    return is foretold in the book of Revolution.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ABC Wednesday - T!

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! There are lots of Ts in the world, but I'm sure you've noticed that. Hopefully, you found the T to be Titillating enough To join the fun! So, let's get down to my Tasty, Terrific Ts for the day! They are Tree/Trees, Tomatoes, Tulips, Tasty Meal, Tornado, Turtle, Terrier and best of all -- Tango!!

All of the photos are mine today -- but the Tornado was sent to me by a friend in Texas who wanted to show me what I was missing by not living in Texas!!  I think they're probably one of the reasons Why I don't still live in Texas!!

Monday, November 29, 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. Join us and share your world with others from all over Our World! Just click on the post title, read the rules, sign up and play with us! 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? Another wild week weather wise with snow and temps in the teens, lots of wind and gray, angry looking skies. But if you keep looking long enough eventually you will see some of the beauty you thought was lost!
Buy land, they're not making it anymore.
Mark Twain
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Mark Twain

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

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
Mark Twain

Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Mark Twain

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Mark Twain

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Mark Twain
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
Mark Twain

Sunday, November 28, 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 link under the title 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!

Believe me, she's a bargain, great with bulls and bullshit and not bad looking
either! Worth every penny I'm asking! What say? Deal?

And my friend in Mumbai added this one for the day! How terrific is that? Two for one!

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Look,we're representing the anti-vodka Milk Party planning to march from Wisconsin to Alaska. Palin said we could go to Russia from there..

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!! It's been a wild week here in Seattle at our  house!! First we had lots of snow and really cold weather!  

Then Stella and her Mom came to visit!! Mojo hates it when that happens because she has to share the upstairs!! Ha Ha! I don't have to share anything! And the first day they were here they all went to a neighbor's house for Thanksgiving including my Mom.  Mojo and Stella and I had to stay home!! What kind of Thanksgiving is that????? But on Friday Mojo and her Dad and Stella and her Mom went out sightseeing and hiking and Mom and I got to have the whole house to ourselves!! Whoooh! That was cool! But now for the really fun part! Today Adam and Amber went out for the day that didn't include Mojo or Stella! You can tell by the look on their faces how they felt!! I tried not to laugh at them, but it was hard!!!

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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