I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, September 3, 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!!

As many of you know, I've been pretty much house bound due to sun poison, but it is much improved. Even so I haven't gotten out a lot as I do want it to heal and go away!! A real pain in the whatever!!  So, I dug up some older shadow shots, hope you enjoy them!  For those of you in the States -- have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and may all of you enjoy a beautiful one!

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Langston Hughes

Friday, September 2, 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! 

Due to my bout with sun poison this past week, I haven't been able to get out with the camera, but I've prowled through files and found some reflections to share with you today. Hope all of you  have survived the unbelievable weather we've experienced this summer and that you're ready for a great Labor Day weekend -- here in the states and a terrific weekend wherever you are!!
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn
The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Onassis

Thursday, September 1, 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  the Sky Watch team of  Sandy, Wren and me. And this week as every week, we remember Klaus and know that he joins us in spirit! 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.

I have been so enraptured with my view of the western skies from my desk and the 364 degree views from our roof garden, that I just recently discovered that I only had to walk a few steps from my front door to the deck here on the fifth floor to be able to see some breathtaking sunrises as well!! Earlier this week I began and ended my day gloriously!! Doesn't get any better! Hope you enjoy!!

And this was how it began!
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! John Muir
And these are how it ended! What a day it was!
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fun and Beauty for Wednesday!! It's Not Hard to Find!!

This is really a priceless video!  It does make me wonder why different species of animals -- very different species, can get along, then what is wrong with us "brilliant????" humans???? It isn't a long video, but it is delightful!! 

The best shelter from the rain!!

Maybe you should brush your teeth!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
 James Thurber

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. 
Hans Selye

A Brief Break and Some Early Humor for the Week!

The last ten  days have been really busy to the point of being frantic, plus I discovered yesterday that what I thought was a just a bit of sunburn from my time at the beach ten days ago is actually sun poisoning hence all my discomfort lately. So, I'm taking a break today -- will be back with an ABC post next week and today I'll share some humor and funnies that one of my good friends keeps me supplied with.

Two comments that I've heard about the recent earthquake felt in Washington DC:

1) Some scientists in the Obama administration have now labeled the
earthquake "Bush's Fault".

2) Many other scientists are theorizing that it wasn't an earthquake
at all...simply all of the Founding Fathers rolling over in their
graves simultaneously. 
 And speaking of  the Founding Fathers!
There should be a new rule: Limit all  U.S. politicians to two terms:
One in office
One in prison.
Illinois already does this.
• Cowboy: 

A cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates….
'Have you ever done anything of particular merit?', St. Peter asked.
'Well, I can think of one thing,' the cowboy offered.

'On a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen.

So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, 'Now, back off or I'll kick the s - - t out of all of you!'

St. Peter was impressed, 'When did this happen?'

'Couple of minutes ago.'
And the blonde joke of the day!

A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the
Mechanic it died.  After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.
She says, 'What's the story?'
He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor'
She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'

Hope all of you have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our World Tuesday!!


Needless to say, I'm very pleased and excited about continuing with our new version -- Our World! Thank you, Gattina, for your help -- not only with the header, but helping me get the web address on my blog -- no idea what the problem was other than just me and old age!! 
I do so look forward to visiting your blogs and continuing to view your worlds as well!! I looked all around my world .... from the final touches i.e. new curtains in the living room of my new apartment, to the beach, to the flowers and the incredible view from my desk!! And what a wonderful world it is! Hope those of you on the East coast managed to escape the wrath of Irene and that all of you are ready for a great, new week!
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
Will Rogers

We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that's overfilled with everything we want.
Will Rogers

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
Will Rogers

There is no credit to being a comedian, when you have the whole Government working for you. All you have to do is report the facts. I don't even have to exaggerate.
Will Rogers

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U. S. Senators. There ought to be one day (just one) when there is open season on senators.
Will Rogers

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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