I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, May 14, 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!!
Today's pictures are a little different from my usual shadow shots, but we had a day of sun!! And several times a week here at my new home, there is a van that takes groups of us to various places around Seattle. Sometimes it's just to a favorite store to do some shopping, sometimes to something scenic, but always something different. Yesterday we went to Bellevue, WA which is about a thirty minute drive from the complex. It was warm, it was sunny and while most of the group headed for the shopping center, I headed across the street to a lovely park and here are some of the shadow shots I found there in this very lovely place! Hope you enjoy them!
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
William Hazlitt
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
David Herbert Lawrence

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei

Friday, May 13, 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! Sorry to be so late, but like most of us I've been suffering from Blogger Loss -- almost as bad as brain loss!!! We've had a couple of nice days, but the weather doesn't look promising for the next ten days -- AGAIN!!!  So, back to files!
I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
W. Somerset Maugham
The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.
Alexander Chase

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...'; And then do it.
Duane Michals
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
Anatole France

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

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 address under the post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up. Even the weathermen are sounding hopeless today as the rain began to pour again and the temps remain chilly. So, I've had to go back to some of the earlier shots of my new skies -- hope you don't get totally bored with them before spring actually makes a warm and beautiful entrance to the northwest!!
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Dr. Seuss

A Crocodile Tale!

Two Crocodiles were sitting at the side of the swamp near the Capitol in DC.

 The smaller one turned to the other and said,
 'I can't understand how you can be so much bigger than me. We we're the same age,  and we were the same size as kids. I just don't get it.'
'Well,' said the big Croc, 'what have you been eating?'
'Politicians, same as you,' replied the small Croc.
 'Hmm.  Well, where do you catch them?'
 'Down the other side of the swamp near the parking lot.
 'Same here. Hmm. Well how do you catch them?'
 'Well, I crawl up under one of their Lexus cars and wait for one to step out.  Then I jump up, grab them by the leg, shake the shit out of them and eat 'em!'

'Ah!' says the big Crocodile, 'there's your problem.     

You're not getting any real nourishment. See, by the      time you finish
shaking the shit out of a Politician, there's nothing left but an asshole and a briefcase.

Hmmmm sound familiar????

Ever wake up in someone elses bed???

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Q!

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!
Quick now! Get Quiet and think!! It's the Q Day! Yipes! My mind is a blank and I'm in a Quandary! I just want to go out and enjoy some Quiche! Ah, but I'm saved by the Queen of the tango, my beautiful daughter who is as Quick on her feet as I am slow in the brain! I'll Quit whining now! May you all have a high Quality Q day!

Monday, May 9, 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? We've had some sun, some beautiful clouds and skies and every day I get more excited about the view from my new home! So, I'll share a few more shots of those views today!  The view was so beautiful yesterday I raised the blinds as far as they would go! It was like being on top of the world! Then just down the hall from my apartment we have our own deck and furniture and views!! The last shot was a sudden fiery sunset from my rain-spattered windows! Are these great or what!!!
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Max Lucado

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
Wendell Berry

Don't find fault, find a remedy.
Henry Ford

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The Last Sun Show

It is all in the mind. You can start
a new exciting life
with the 'girls",
when all
about you
are cribbing
about clearing snow
from the driveway,
and loud music
at the neighbor's....

You think
you've had it
with the harbour
and now's the time
to conquer
snowy peaks
glistening in the Sun....

Life windows
are so wide and tall,
The air so fresh up there,
the colors in the flowers
put rainbows to shame,
the Sun

has just one question ....

This lady,
keeps creating
such wonderful shadows
by keeping things in my path,
and even when
I am doing my thing
behind the pines,
celebrating my "setting",
how come,
her photos
make it look,
like she is
a beautiful sunrise?

Because ,
every day,
is a new day
to explore and enjoy
her new place....

Like I said,
it's all in the mind.... 

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at May 9, 2011 8:51 PM


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

You change your life by changing your heart.
Max Lucado

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
Nido Qubein

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

Happy Mother's Day!

 God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
Rudyard Kipling

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
E. M. Forster

I can't think why mothers love them. All babies do is leak at both ends.
Douglas Feaver
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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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