I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, March 12, 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!!

Please, everyone, offer prayers for the families and victims of the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Warnings are being issued as far away as California and Washington. I think we all have friends in these areas that are in need of our prayers and good thoughts.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
Audrey Hepburn

Friday, March 11, 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!  

Please, everyone, offer prayers for the families and victims of the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Warnings are being issued as far away as California and Washington. I think we all have friends in these areas that are in need of our prayers and good thoughts.
A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.
-Ken Keyes
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
There are two ways to spread happiness; either be the light who shines it or be the mirror who reflects it.
-Edith Wharton

Thursday, March 10, 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. We've had a little of everything -- not just this week, but every day!!

God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
Benjamin Franklin
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Benjamin Franklin
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Benjamin Franklin
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
Benjamin Franklin
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
Benjamin Franklin

I posted this  next quote last week and lo and behold four days later I got a confirmation from Mother/Father Nature!!!  Yep, it's apparently true!!  And from both of them!! Just to make certain I got the message, I guess!!
Read Winter as nature's way of saying, "Up yours." 
Robert Byrne

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
John Barrymore
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Han Suyin
You change your life by changing your heart.

Men Happier Than Women?? Could be!!!

 Men Are Just Happier People!!
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Just consider:
Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck. (and that is optional)
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.

As seen through the minds of kids...  
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, 'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'

On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents ..'

A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone.. 'Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now She's hitting the bottle. 

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?' 

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop? Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?' 'Yes, that's right,' I told her. 'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe?'

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. 'Is that a dog you got back there?' he asked.
'It sure is,' I replied.
Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, 'What'd he do?

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'

A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.'
'And why not, darling?'
'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.' 

While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.
The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: 'Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.' (I want this line used at my funeral!)

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!' 

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.
'What have you got there, dear?'
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear!' 


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ABC Wednesday - H!

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!
Hi! Hello! Howdy! Hooray and what a Hoot!! It's the Happy, Howling H Day! Ready to Hoop and Holler! No time for Ho Hums right now!! So crawl out of your Hogan, out of your Hacienda and Head for the Home of today's alphabet Hero! We don't care if you're a Hag or a Hit Man, you can wear a Hairpiece, carry some special Hardware! You can even Hallucinate about the Hs!  Just make sure that your Household is Harmonious and that there is a lot Ham to feed us for dinner!! Of course, we could also consider Hastening to Havana for a Heavenly day -- I'll ride my Hobby Horse over to get the Houseboat! How's that? Hush now, no need to be a Hussy!! Just blow your own Horn and Hasten to join this Happy, Hippy crowd for a Harmonious day!! And my H words for the day are, Harbor, Heart-shaped frame, Heavenly skies, Happy Human, Hot air balloon, and Hand! 

And, YES, they're all mine!! How does  that grab you Sir Google? By the what????  Never mind! Just Hurry and  Head out, comb your Hair,  straighten your  Headdress and Hurry to join us at the ABC Hall of Hilarious fame!

Monday, March 7, 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! And this is what My World looks like starting mid- March or April -- usually!!
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
Carl Sagan
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Khalil Gibran

Don't forget to love yourself.
Soren Kierkegaard

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Theodore Roosevelt
Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
Ellis Peters

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.
Will Rogers


Sunday, March 6, 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!

Dignified, proper, framed in gold, first politician in her family! He'd been
found in a creek with his throat cut. Easier then than now!

138 Letters

And from my friend in Mumbai!!

International Womens' Day, tomorrow, and she finally did in death what she couldn't, in life... Run away from him. With the gold trimmings.

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!!

This weekend Stella and her Mom are here so, of course, Mojo and her Dad are off playing with them!!! No surprise there!!!
But, I don't care because I'm making all the prep for a great St. Paddy's Day! I love holidays!! AND I wanted to show off my new haircut that I got last week in preparation for the big St. P Day!!  Do I look dashing and debonair or what????
Sorry, Mojo and Stella, you didn't stay around enough for us to get any pics of YOU!!

Look deep into my eyes!!!  Grabs you doesn't it? Have a great week!!!

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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