I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, August 6, 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!!

It's been a really fun week -- even though I got still one more year older!!! on Thursday! My son, Adam and his dog, the beautiful Mojo, came to get Sam and I to go play at the beach, take photos and have a wonderful dinner at my favorite restaurant!! And here they are!!

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. 

Author Unknown

First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly. 
Branch Rickey
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekend Reflections

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. 

Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

It was a very Happy Birthday!! Thank you, Adam!
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! 

Hope you've all had a great week! Mine has been busy celebrating a birthday! Mine! What fun! And I have a doctors appointment this morning, so I'll be a little late checking out your reflections for the day, but I'll get there! My son and I spent time at the harbor and the Sanctuary yesterday and I had a wonderful birthday -- as you can see and the people in the reflections seem to be having fun, too!! So, some old and a new shots for the day with more new ones next week!  Wishing you all a lovely weekend!!

The happiness of life is made up of little things; a smile, a helping hand, a caring heart, a word of praise, a moment of shared laughter. We are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

 Thornton Wilder

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.  

James Dent
A life without love is like a year without summer.  

Swedish Proverb

Thursday, August 4, 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.

First of all let me say thank you to so many of you who have sent such lovely birthday wishes!!  I'm not sure how you found out that today was my birthday -- at my age I don't spend a lot of time talking or thinking about it!! But I may have spilled the beans unknowingly and that wouldn't surprise me either!  Nevertheless, you have surely made this birthday a truly lovely one!! I'll be spending much of the day with my son, so I may be a little late visiting your sites, but I will get to as many of you as I can!  In the meantime, enjoy some of our gorgeous skies and some thoughts about birthdays!!
We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.
Author Unknown

There is still no cure for the common birthday. 
John Glenn

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. 
Chili Davis

They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.  Author Unknown

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
  Charles Schulz

Youth is a disease from which we all recover.  
Dorothy Fulheim

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.  Robert Frost

I do hope you gentlemen will keep this bit of advice in mind!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.  
Ada Louise Huxtable
Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year - it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.  
Author Unknown
Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby.   
Langston Hughes

Little Humor for Wednesday!

Several men are in the locker room of a golf club.  A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: 'Hello'

WOMAN: 'Honey, it's me.  Are you at the club?'

MAN: 'Yes'

WOMAN: 'I am at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat.  It's only
 $2,000.  Is it OK if I buy it?'

MAN: 'Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.'

WOMAN: 'I also stopped by the
 Lexus dealership and saw the new Models.  I saw one I really liked.'

MAN: 'How much?'


MAN: 'OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.'

WOMAN: 'Great! Oh, and one more thing....the house I wanted last year is back on the market.  They're asking $980,000'

MAN: 'Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of $
 900,000.  They will probably take it.  If not, we can go the extra 80 thousand if it's really a good deal.'

WOMAN: 'OK. I'll see you later!  I love you so much!'

MAN: 'Bye! I love you, too.'
The man hangs up.  The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths agape.

He turns and asks:  'Anyone know who this phone belongs to?'


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ABC Wednesday - C!

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 and Gattina! And guess what? It's that day again!  It's ABC Wednesday!!

Calling all ABC fans! Check your Calendars! It's time to Celebrate the C Day! So don't Crawl back in bed or start looking for a Cabin -- or a Cage to hide in! Grab your Camera, a Can of something tasty and some Cash!  And don't forget to bring some Candles! Hop in the Car! We're headed for the Cabin -- I was going to say the Capitol, but I don't think any of us wants to go there!!! Are you Curious about my C words for the day? Well, they are Children's park, Colorful flowers, Cucumbers, Café and Cauliflowers! And they are all mine!! Smile Sir Google!

Monday, August 1, 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?

Saturday was a beautiful day and we finally got to the Bellevue Art Festival. I'm not a "crowd" person and the first look at all the people sent me scurrying over to the park about a block away and it was as peaceful and beautiful as ever; the trees fuller and greener. There  was  a colorful, fun, hot air village for the kids to enjoy  -- and they were! I finally got myself together and went back to Festival and did some people watching as well as checking out a few of the exhibits. Mostly, I watched the people and there were some great subjects!! I got lots of giggles!! I'll share some more of those with you later!

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
 Eleanor Roosevelt

 Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb.  
Benjamin Franklin

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh....

  Kahlil Gibran

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet 

And in light of our recent political debacle, I thought you should know about another change that does seem appropriate! My 89 year old friend sent this to me today! She does get some good ones!!

The government announced today that it's changing it's emblem to a CONDOM, because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense of security while you're being screwed.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
        Johann Wolfgang Goethe, from "Faust"

You can't expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh....
Kahlil Gibran

Pets Forever!

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!!

Wow! It got warm -- really warm here in Seattle this past week!  Mom told me it really wasn't that hot, I just need a haircut!!  I should have known that's what she'd say!  But she did get me a fan of my very own!!  I can make it now until I get a haircut next 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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