I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, March 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 another week of "iffy" weather! Some snow, lots of cold, temps in the teens and then a little lovely sunshine and blue skies! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that one of these weekends soon I'll have some new shadow shots to share with you. In the meantime, here is old grumpy Sam, sitting on the snowy deck - my most recent take!!

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Carl Sandburg

Friday, March 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!  And, YES, we're still playing hide and seek with the sun these days and I am still looking forward to having something to chase besides old photos soon!!!

Never a ship sails out of the bay
But carries my heart as a stowaway.

Roselle Mercier Montgomery, The Stowaway

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  Isak Dinesen

Thursday, March 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. It's been gray, windy, rainy and so it was back to my files! And as far as words to share -- well, I had a serious need for some laughter!!
Read Winter as nature's way of saying, "Up yours." 
Robert Byrne

Yep, I can believe that!!

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
Carl Sandburg

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
Charles M. Schulz

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Will Rogers

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
Jessamyn West
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.
Joyce A. Myers

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

Anyone Lose a Cat????

"Did you lose a cat?"

Valuable Information!! And Some Senior Funnies for the Day!

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine...
and  those who don't.

As Ben Franklin  said:
In  wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom,
in water  there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled  trials,
scientists  have demonstrated that if we drink
1  liter of water each day,
at  the end of the year we would have absorbed
more  than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria
found  in feces.
In  other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of  poop..

we  do NOT run that risk when drinking wine and  beer
(or  tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor)
because  alcohol has to go through a purification  process
of  boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.


Water  = Poop,
Wine  = Health.

Therefore,  it's better to drink wine and talk stupid,
than to drink water  and be full of crap.

There  is no need to thank me for this valuable  information:
I'm  doing it as a public  service!   

And this bit of elderly humor was sent to me by my very dear, friend who is in her late 80s and this is how we can keep going!! It's called LAUGHTER!! Have you got a sense of humor? Are you ready for some giggles?

 Getting old in Arizona  
Two elderly ladies are sitting on the front porch in  Scottsdale , doing nothing.
One lady turns and asks, 'Do you still get horny?'
The other replies, 'Oh sure I do.'
The first old lady asks, 'What do you do about it?'
The second old lady replies, 'I suck a lifesaver.'
After a few moments, the first old lady asks, 'Who drives you to the beach?'

Three old ladies were sitting side by side in their retirement home in Phoenix reminiscing. The first lady recalled shopping at the green grocers and demonstrated with her hands, the length and thickness of a cucumber she could buy for a penny.
The second old lady nodded, adding that onions used to be much bigger and cheaper also, and demonstrated the size of two big onions she could buy for a penny a piece..
The third old lady remarked, 'I can't hear a word you're saying, but I remember the guy you're talking about.
A little old lady was sitting on a park bench in The Sun Lakes, an   Arizona Adult community. A man walked over and sits down on the other end of the bench. After a few moments, the woman asks, 'Are you a stranger here?'
He replies, 'I lived here years ago.'
'So, where were you all these years?'
'In prison,' he says.
'Why did they put you in prison?'
He looked at her, and very quietly said, 'I killed my wife.'
'Oh!' said the woman. 'So you're single...?!'

Two elderly people living in    Apache Junction, he was a widower and she a widow, had known each other for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the big arena in the Clubhouse.
The two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, 'Will you marry me?'
After about six seconds of 'careful consideration,' she answered 'Yes. Yes, I will!'
The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places. Next morning, he was troubled. 'Did she say 'yes' or did she say 'no'?'
He couldn't remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her..
First, he explained that he didn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past.. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, 'When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ' Yes' or did you say 'No'?'
He was delighted to hear her say, 'Why, I said, 'Yes, yes I will' and I meant it with all my heart.' Then she continued, 'And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn't remember who had asked me.'
A man was telling his neighbor in Mesa , 'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect.'
'Really,' answered the neighbor. 'What kind is it?'
'Twelve thirty.'
A little old man shuffled slowly into the 'Orange Dipper', an ice cream parlor in Gilbert , and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.
After catching his breath he ordered a banana split.
The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'
'No,' he replied, 'hemorrhoids
Life is short! 
Break the rules! 
Forgive quickly! 
Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably.. 
And never regret 
anything that made you smile 
The best things in life are free until the government finds out and taxes it.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ABC Wednesday - G!

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!

Gather around Gang, stop the Gabbing -- this is no time to Gamble or Grumble! It's a Gala to Gladden your heart and  time to Gaily Get together and Go for those Genuine  G words! So, Gallop on over to Lady Alphabet's Garage and Get into the Game!! Just slide through the Gate, Go through the Garden -- you'll find a Gathering of Generous, Giddy, Gentle, Genteel alphabet loving followers, sipping Gin by the Glass, Giggling and dancing the Go-Go through the Golden Gardens and listening to a Great Gypsy Guy playing his Guitar. Take another Gulp of that Gin! It's the G Day! And here are my G words for the day!!  Hic!! Will someone please move that bottle of Gin. Thank you!  My G words are, Goose and Gander, Gorgeous Garden, Gold on the water, Gulls, Gold and Green trees! I'm really into Green and Golden colors after the Gray winter we've had!!

And Hooray again!! All the pics are mine!! Getting jealous Lord Google -- particularly today on the G Day???? That's Great!! Let me see you Grin!

Monday, February 28, 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?  It has been windy and really cold and even a little snow -- AGAIN! So, back to the files! Hope you all have a great week in Your World! And how about a little wit and wisdom to go with the beauty??

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

William James

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Truman Capote

Life loves the liver of it.
Maya Angelou

Life must be lived as play.

And here is my favorite pissed off  sea gull!   His expression and huddled body looked just like me this morning!! But don't tell him I said that -- he'd be really pissed off then! Who wants to think they look like some shivering, old broad????

Sunday, February 27, 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!

No one big enough and smelly enough to wear these here in
Fairyland! But my magic beans will make it smell heavenly. Voila! my new bed!!


And from Mumbai! A real winner today, that's for sure!!!

I hear Palin's coming to India. Must do something. She jogs in the garden. This stickfast glue ball I'm dropping in should work. Betcha.
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at February 27, 2011 7:18 PM

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!!

Hey, we had some sunshine for a couple of days! Sure felt good!

Now, can you tell that Mojo is feeling like the Queen of the Road? Yep, they headed back to Portland on Friday! Man, is she sick of that car -- never liked to ride in it to begin with!!! So, she's been laying around looking pretty sad!

Now me! I've got a whole different plan! First, I'm getting a haircut on Tuesday and I'll be looking SO COOL!! Next, I'm already getting ready for St. Paddy's Day! Like my hat? And how about a glass of green beer?? Don't tell Mom though!!!

Hope all you guys have a great week!! See you next time!

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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