I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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!! Oh, yes! More rain!! I'm MOLDING!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

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 web address under the blog title and sign up to play with us!  We actually had some sun yesterday, but by the time I was able to start looking for reflections, it was packing it's clouds and moving on -- apparently another long vacation from Seattle! So, back to the files! I do promise to have new photos someday -- hopefully soon!

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
Marie Curie

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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.  Yesterday we actually had blue skies, lovely, puffy white clouds and SUN!!! The skies began to get dramatic as the afternoon slipped by. Hope you enjoy! I surely did!

We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.
  Will Rogers

This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.   
Will Rogers

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.  Will Rogers

You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one. 
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

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Your life is not an audition for a soap opera. ~ Lee Jampolsky

Remind yourself often: All thoughts create. Then decide what it is that you want to make.  ~ Lee Jampolsky

Never miss a good chance to shut up.  ~ Will Rogers

A Couple of Laughs for the Day!

A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus.
She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her. 
She immediately moved to another seat.
This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again. 
The man seemed more amused. 
When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing,
She complained to the driver and he had the man arrested.

The case came up in court.
The judge asked the man (about 20 years old)
What he had to say for himself.

  The man replied,
'Well your Honor, it was like this:
When the lady got on the bus,
I couldn't help but notice her condition. 
She sat down under a sign that said,
'The Double Mint Twins are coming' and I grinned.
Then she moved and sat under a sign that said,
'Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling,' and I had to smile.
Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said,
'William's Big Stick Did the Trick,' and I could hardly contain myself.
  But, Your Honor, when she moved the fourth time
And sat under a sign that said,
'Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this Accident!'
... I just lost it.'



 Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had an elephant? So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was
 now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle's butt and a car hit me.

 I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

 Costco won't let me shop there anymore.

 Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ABC Wednesday - A!

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!
Aah!! May I have your Attention! It is time to play with the Alphabet Again And we get to start with the lovely letter A! I'm confident that as Adults with Alphabetical Abilities you will quickly Accumulate An Abundance of A's! I would never Accuse or Admonish you for being incapable when I do know how Absolutely Adept you Are At these games and what Adorable, Adult, Action filled, shots you will display. So, don't do an About face now! Act now! Acknowledge the mighty letter A! And here Are my As for the day!! A is for Armadillo, Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Apples and Apple pie, Adam, Alphabet, Appaloosa and Ankh!

Except for the photo of my son, Adam, the remaining As Are -- As Always courtesy of His Majesty  - Sir Google!

Monday, January 17, 2011

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? The photos for this week were not taken by me, but were sent to me by a friend. I did take a few shots of them back in Sept. when I was visiting a friend closer to the mountain. Normally, I would save these for Sky Watch, but they are of such an awesome place here in the northwest and such a gorgeous part of my world -- in spite of the fact that with the weather lately I haven't been able to see Mt. Rainier at all, let alone like this. So, I want to share them with you today!

Those are called "lenticular clouds"  They're caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing cloud formations as we've seen so far today.  It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.
The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back!   Will Rogers
the whites ,
blues, and oranges,
live in peaceful
feet firmly entrenched
on the ground,
a life
with day to day
earthy concerns,
is it any surprise,
that those
at the
the flow of reason,
spin out of control,
and are often
troubles to come ?

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at January 17, 2011 7:34 PM
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Abraham Lincoln

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated. 
Will Rogers
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
Will Rogers

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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!

Akihiko, the "large glory"? You do live up to part of your name! Umbrellas won't
make it though! You're not even fit to rule the kitchen! 

And from my friend in Mumbai!!

You right handed crook! My sword is stuck on the left. Never mind. Destroy the umbrella. But you won't get the Iphone. I'm sitting on it.

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!!

Well, Mojo and her Dad are gone again this weekend! Guess I should be use to it by now!! But I miss not having her to gripe and growl about!!!

I know Sam gets so lonesome when Dad and I are off playing with Stella and her Mom!! So! I decided to bring home some early Valentine treats for him! Sweet, huh??

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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