I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, May 21, 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!!
We began to see some sun this week after a long rainy weekend! It didn't hang around very long and today is rainy once more, but I did catch a few lovely rays of sun and shadows! Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.
Eric Sevareid

Friday, May 20, 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! 
Another week of having a little of everything from serious rainstorms to brilliantly sunny days! Haven't been able to get too far from home, however, so thank goodness for the files!! So, reflect on the fun and the beautiful things in your life and enjoy a lovely weekend!!
 Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
Louis L'Amour
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo
Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.
Nelson Rockefeller
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
Will Rogers

Thursday, May 19, 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 address under the post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up. 
Over the past week we've had a little of everything from pouring rain to sun and cloudless blue skies and some beautiful clouds as well. The photos on each side were sunsets in between rain storms this week and taken from my office window. The top and bottom shots in the center were taken of the lovely skies in Bellevue last Friday and the one in the center -- if you look really hard, you will see Mt. Rainier slowly awakening to the world this morning, still wrapped in her blanket of clouds and sharing a lovely moment with me as I stood on the roof deck, thinking how blessed I am to be surrounded by so much beauty.  
May you all have a beautiful, joyful weekend!
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
Ayn Rand

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

No matter what has happened, you too have the power to enjoy yourself.
Allen Klein
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara de Angelis
Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
Roger Babson

An Old Farmer's Advice

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

*Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered ... not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

 * If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever
have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier than puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some
influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ABC Wednesday - R!

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!
Check the Radar! Read the directions! Run up the Ramp and  Race to the computer! I just Realized that it's the R Day! Raise your hand if you're Ready to play! Bring the Rabbits, the Raccoons, a Raven or two and even bring a Rat if you're in the mood! They can all help us with R words today. And Remember, no Regrets -- putting down lots of R words is not being Redundant. Wave the Red flag, Relish the moment, no Remorse! We gain Respect for our Report on the alphabet each week! Now, I shall Retreat and leave you with my R words for the day! And they are, Red skies, deck Railing, Roaring water, Rose, Resting, Rocks, Red vase!

Monday, May 16, 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? 

On Friday I went on one of the four or five trips a week arranged by the complex where I live now and I got to see a part of my world that I had never seen! And that's what I'm sharing with you today! Bellevue, WA is about a half hour drive from here and I was amazed at all the sky scrapers, parks and beautiful neighborhoods as we drove through town. Everyone on the bus except me headed for the huge Mall -- and me??? I headed across the street to one of the loveliest parks I've seen anywhere and particularly lovely on this amazingly beautiful, sunny spring day!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them!! 

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
Golda Meir
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
John Wooden
Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
Roger Babson
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
Dion Boucicault
Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
Charles Caleb Colton
Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
William Gibson

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

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! I'll be waiting for you!!

Not more photos!!!! I'm trying to get a nap!! 

I know it's your bed, Mom, but this move has worn me out and I needed  a really comfy place to snooze! Besides there's plenty of room for both of us!!

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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