I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earth Hour ! Your Opportunity to Call Attention to Climate Change!

 Since 2007, one day a year has marked Earth Hour, during which folks across the globe shut off the lights and unplug for an hour to draw attention to energy overuse and climate change. 

This year, the Empire State Building, the London Eye, the Eiffel Tower, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe will all go dark for Earth Hour, according to the event's.
 This year's event is now upon us: Earth Hour 2011 is tonight at 8:30 p.m. (local time).

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!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Still a couple of weeks before I will actually move, but there has been so much to do before then, so I'm still running around like a crazy lady! Hope all of you are enjoying a great weekend! Here's a little beauty and a little humor!

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
Harry S. Truman

Friday, March 25, 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!   Things are a little better weather wise -- at least on Wednesday and Thursday, now back to to gray! But I am getting excited about my upcoming move into my own place, so I'll forgive the weatherman and do the best I can to entertain you just a bit!!

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Bertrand Russell

If you want to be loved, be lovable.

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Maria Mitchell

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein

Thursday, March 24, 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.Things are beginning to bloom and we have had some sun and some lovely skies. I'm really looking forward to the new views of skies that I will have from my new apartment! The excitement is growing!! But here are some from the past week! Enjoy!

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime.
Alicia Machado

Beauty is whatever gives joy.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Woodrow Wilson

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
Thomas Jefferson

Beauty is not caused. It is.
Emily Dickinson

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

What is a Grandparent?

If you are not a  grandparent, you will still love this. If you are, it  shows how precious the babies are and what grandparents mean to  them. 
(Taken from  papers written by a class of  8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man  who have no little children of their own.  They  like other  people's. 
A grandfather is  a man, and a grandmother is a  lady! 
 Grandparents  don't have to do anything except be there when we come  to see them.They are so old they shouldn't play hard or  run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give  us money. 
 When they take us for  walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and  caterpillars. 
 They show us and  talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why  we shouldn't step on  'cracks.' 
 They don't say,  'Hurry up.'  
 Usually  grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your  shoes. 
 They wear glasses  and funny underwear.

They can take  their teeth and gums  out. 
 Grandparents don't have to be  smart. 
 They have to answer  questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come  dogs chase  cats?' 
 When they read  to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for  the same story over  again. 
 Everybody should  try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like  to spend time with have  us.   
They know we  should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted  bad. 

It's  funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they  blame their  dog.

Humor to Start the Day!!

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After 
the  cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I 
cannot accept money from  you, I'm doing community 
service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When 
the barber went to open his shop the next  morning, there 
was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at 
his door. 
  Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to 
pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept 
money from you , I'm doing community service this week.' 
The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when 
the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card 
and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door. 
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he 
went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I can not 
accept money from you. I'm  doing community service this 
week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. 
The next morning, when the barber went to open up,  there 
were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free 
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental 
difference between the citizens of our country and the 
politicians who run it. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ABC Wednesday - J!

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!
It's the J Day! Jump into my Jeep for the Journey -- no Jaywalking -- but let's Join the fun under the Jacaranda trees. We can play with the Jackrabbits and even the Jaguars and eat lots of Jambalaya while we enjoy the Jamboree! Oh, and bring your favorite Jam and Jelly for breakfast. Put on your best Jewelry and be ready to dance a Jolly Jig by the Jukebox! I'm Just being much too Juvenile today! Lets get get on with the Jolly J Day, I can dance a Jig tomorrow! And here are my J  Words for the day! J is for Jam and Jelly, Jeep, Jewelry, Jalapenos and Jar!
Things are busy here in Seattle as I prepare to move into my new home!! I'm very excited, but it can be nerve wracking at the same time.  I ran around the house, camera in hand, looking for J words before I went back to my moving agenda, so forgive my lack of creativity! At least I didn't call on -- well, you know who!! Hope you all have a fun day!

Monday, March 21, 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?  My world has had it all this week! Beautiful, colorful, gray and gloomy, blue and clear! All you have to do is wait for the right color! Unfortunately, I'm the impatient kind!  But here is a sample of my world this past week!!
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
Herb Caen
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Cleverness is not wisdom.

Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.
Dan Rather

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht

Change in all things is sweet.

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Gail Sheehy

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts

We're Not the Only Ones Tired of Snow!!!

A good friend sent me these and I thought that we could all relate this year!!!

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!!
Oh, do I have some exciting news to share with you today!  Mom and I are getting our OWN APARTMENT!!!! And it's in the best place ever! Close to shopping for Mom and lots of places for us to walk!! It's on the 5th floor, has lots of windows and a great view of Mt. Rainier -- I'm not sure what that is, but Mom is really excited about it!! And there's garden space on the roof where we can grow some of our -- well, Moms favorites. She even has an office!! And Tai Chi classes and Yoga -- yeah, I don't know about any of that kind of stuff either, but I do know she has a really big smile on her face these days!!! The best of all is that I don't have to share my space now with Stella or Mojo!! Whooppeee!!!  I do love them, but because they're so much bigger than me they really do boss me around and I get tired of that!!!

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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