I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, February 5, 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!! And, yes, more RAIN!! I did try to find some sunny pics, but it's getting harder every week. However, you will see how desperate I've become when you look at the pic in the upper left hand corner -- I sat in front of the Christmas Cactus and raised my glass!! How do you like my new hairdo??? Well, it's either that or a drunk cactus!

Friday, February 4, 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 had the same come-and-go sun this week and none of it enough or for long enough to be able to catch any reflections! SO --- yeah, last week's actions all over again. Hope you all have a lovely weekend with SUN!

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.  G. K. Chesterton

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. 
  Albert Einstein

No eyes that have seen beauty ever lose their sight.  Jean Toomer

Thursday, February 3, 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.  Just like last week, we actually had some blue skies and sun this week and the clouds that we had were pretty interesting!!

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.  Will Rogers

Alexander Hamilton originated the put and take system in our national treasury: the taxpayers put it in, and the politicians take it out.   Will Rogers

Golf is good for the soul. You get so mad at yourself you forget to hate your enemies. 
Will Rogers

Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.  Will Rogers

I have always said that a conference was held for one reason only, to give everybody chance to get sore at everybody else. Sometimes it takes two or three conferences to scare up a war, but generally one will do it.   Will Rogers

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.  Mark Twain

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

I've learned that
  • we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
  • that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
  • that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. The same goes for true love.
  • that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
  • that it's taken me a long time to become the person I want to be.
  • that you should always leave loved ones with loving words, for it may be the last time you see them.
I've learned that
  • you can keep going long after you can't.
  • that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
  • that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  • that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
  • that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that
  • money is a lousy way of keeping score.
  • that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
  • that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
  • that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
  • that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I've learned that
  • maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many years you have lived.
  • that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
  • that no matter how badly your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
  • that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned that
  • just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other.
  • that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
  • that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
  • that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
I've learned that
  • even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
  • that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
  • that the people you care about most in life are sometimes taken from you too soon.

What is the definition of Globalization?



How come?


English princess
with an
Egyptian boyfriend

in a French tunnel,
riding in a


with a
Dutch engine,

by a Belgian

who was

Scottish whisky,

(check the bottle before you
change the spelling),

closely by


Japanese motorcycles,

by an American doctor,


This is
sent to you by



Bill Gates' technology,

you're probably reading
this on your computer,

uses Taiwanese chips,





in a
Singapore plant,

by Indian

truck drivers,

by Indonesians,

unloaded by
Sicilian longshoremen,

trucked to you by Mexican illegals.....

That, my friends,
 Globalization !

And this is the giggle of the day!

Housework was a woman's job, but one evening, Janice arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of laundry in the washer and another in the dryer. Dinner was on the stove and the table set. She was astonished!

It turns out that Chuck had read an article that said, 'Wives who work full-time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex'.

The night went very well. The next day, Janice told her Red Hat friends all about it. 'We had a great dinner. Chuck even cleaned up the kitchen. He helped the kids do their homework, folded all the laundry and put it away. I really enjoyed the evening.'

'But what about afterward?' asked her friends.

'Oh, that. Chuck was too tired.'

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ABC Wednesday - C!

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! And guess what? It's that day again!

Calling all blogging alphabet lovers! Check your Calendar! Grab your Camera! Jump in a Cab and Come join us! It's the C day! We'll ride with the Camels, fly with the Condors and maybe even go Camping with some Caballeros, stay in a Cabana, and do the Cha Cha Cha at a Cabaret! So, light some Candles, spread out the Carpet! I know how Capable and Clever you are! Bring a Casserole and if there's time later we may even go to the Cabaret or how about a Cruise to the Caribbean to Celebrate! How about that for a Challenge? Check the Clock, Change your Coiffure -- you do want to look Classy! And here are my C words for the C Day!  C is for Cucumbers, Cole Slaw, Cabana, Colorful flowers and veggies and Clouds
The Cucumbers, Cole Slaw and Cabana are courtesy of Lord Google -- he's moving up the royalty scale! And the flowers and veggies and clouds are my very own!!

Monday, January 31, 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?  I'm sure you all know what I'm going to say -- YES, It's still gray and grim and I'm once again prowling my photo files, looking for Spring! We do have one! You know when the ducks and geese are playing in the water, relaxing on the green grass and even Sam and Mojo get affectionate!! Yeah, that's Spring!  I just don't know when it plans to put in an appearance!

Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
Will Rogers

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.
Will Rogers

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

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
Will Rogers

Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.
Will Rogers
The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it.
Mark Twain

Sunday, January 30, 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!

What are they trying to tell us? We have to bathe before they'll rescue us?
That water is freezin' Bud! I ain't bathin' for no one!


And from my good friend in Mumbai!!

Hey! there's a Walmart here ! Never thought they'd have "Buy LifeBuoy Soap, get a floating tube free" deal. Now maybe Towels for Valentines!

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!!

We're all wishing for some sun! I was remembering doing my Yoga on the deck last summer! Wish the sun would come back so everyone would be in a better mood and I would be excited about Yoga again!!

Oh, forget all that healthy stuff! I just want my old toy box back again and one of my rawhide cigars!!

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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