I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Wishing you all a very, very Happy New Year!! And thank you to all of you who are so kind to visit here throughout the year and to leave your lovely comments! They are appreciated so very much!!

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!! And, you guessed it, another week of rain!!! At least I had my lovely daughter to take my mind off the weather!! Hope you have fun looking back -- again!

Friday, December 31, 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!  Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! Needless to say, I did! Such a wonderful visit -- at long last -- with my daughter! The weather hasn't been conducive to getting out to take photos, but I dug up a few! Hope you enjoy them!  Wishing you all a very wonderful, Happy New Year!!

Each moment of the year has its own beauty. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. ~ Horace Friess

Each season has its own wonder, it's own special place, and purpose in the pattern of creation. ~  Unknown

Some think
it's green envy,
rippling across,
in waves
of discontent,
across a few islands
of stability.

But to some,
its the ability
of two peaceful types,
to meet,
on these
floating supports,
each other's thoughts,
as they talk,
about diving into the green,
and making their own waves,
urging the denizens
to live together,
and swim together
in peace.....

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at December 31, 2010 8:44 PM 

Thursday, December 30, 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. Here are some of our magnificent skies from the past week in spite of the rain, and the gray, there always seemed to be a break before the day ended! And, of course, what is beauty without some of Will Rogers humor and wisdom!
Wishing you a wonderful New Year with lots of love and laughter!
We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
Will Rogers

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
Will Rogers

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do well, that's Memoirs.
Will Rogers

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
Will Rogers

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.  ~ Martha Washington

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person. Always do what you are afraid to do.
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.  ~ Oscar Wilde

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.
This is how it manifests:

I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trashcan under the table, and notice that the trashcan is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the bottle of coke that I had been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm bottle of coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

Do me a favor, will you? Pass this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ABC Wednesday - X!

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! Hope you all had a terrific Christmas! I did as my daughter I hadn't seen in seven years came for a wonderful Christmas visit! So, I've been pretty busy! But X marks the spot and today is the X Day!! X is for Xmas, Xanadu, X-ray - a flower X-ray this time! And X is for Xylophone!
May you all have a very Happy New Year!!
Photos today courtesy of our terrific partner in blogging fun, Google!

Monday, December 27, 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? Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was incredible as my daughter, Robyn, whom I hadn't seen in seven years flew in from Michigan to surprise and  spend Christmas with me! It's been the best one ever!!

If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn't have to advertise them.
Will Rogers

I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this - no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.
Will Rogers

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep.
Will Rogers

In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.
Will Rogers

It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.
Will Rogers

Sunday, December 26, 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!

This is your idea of the perfect honeymoon place? An ocean and an iron fence?
What's for food?
Food? I thought we were gonna live on love!

139 letters
And from my wonderful friend in Mumbai!!

Between phone taps, and leaking embassy cables, for a minute I thought Julian was after pigeons. So glad we overflew Sweden. OK. Now Tell.

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at December 26, 2010 7:53 PM

Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas! I surely have! As some of  you know, my oldest daughter, Robyn, whom I hadn't seen in seven years, surprised me with a Christmas visit and I've had such an incredible holiday! She's here for another couple of days, so I may be slow to get to your blog, but I will!! Have a great week and a very Happy, Prosperous New Year!!!

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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