I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday!!

Come play with us and the shadows!!
Your hosts are:
Magical Mystical Teacher

Gemma Wiseman

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

 The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.  Oliver W. Holmes

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I needed to be.  Douglas Adams

Friday, October 5, 2012

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!

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

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.   Will  Rogers

Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell.
Bill Copeland

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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 and I. 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!
 More wonderful weather and lovely skies this week!! Amazing, but delightful!  We even had a rainbow across the the entire sky day before  yesterday at six-thirty in the morning!!!  My shots aren't that good, not the best light and too big to get the entire rainbow in one shot, but here is a sample! It was awesome to watch!!
Hope each of you has a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Jim Rohn

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty!

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

 The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.   Henry David Thoreau

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

An Amazing Look Back!!

1911 Ford Model T


This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
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The year is 1911  --- One hundred and one years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:
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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower .
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year ..
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home .
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars...
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
 There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"
 Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ....
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
I am now going to share  this you without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 101 years.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

Church Ladies With Typewriters! They're Back!!

Always happy to have those Church Ladies back!! Wonderful church bulletins and church ladies with typewriters! These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services.

1. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals!
  (my favorite way to fast!)

2.  The sermon this morning:  Jesus Walks on the Water.
     The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.

3.  Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale! It's a chance to get rid of those things
    not worth keeping around the house! Bring your husbands.

4.  Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone
    who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you!

5.  Don't  let worry kill you off -- let the church help.

6. Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure 
   to the congregation!

7. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

8.  Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.  They need all the help they can get!

9. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in church. So ends a friendship 
   that began in their school days.

10. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow!

11. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?". Come early and listen          to  our choir practice!

12. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to     the  deterioration of some older ones.

13.  Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

14.  The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility!

15.  Potluck supper on Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

16.  The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They maybe seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

17.  This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket  and come prepared to sin.

18.  Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done! 

19. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday!

20.  Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door!

21.  The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement on Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy!

22.  Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.  Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

23.  The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: " I Upped My Pledge -- Up Yours!!"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Our World!!!

Time for "Our World" again! This is a wonderful way to find the beauty, the fun, the good and even the bad things about Our World and to share them! Hope you will join us! Click on the link  to go to the Our World site and sign up!!
Such an amazing Fall we are having!! Still no rain, lots of sun and mild temps!! We must be living right in Seattle!! But the colors are beginning to show, the leaves are turning! Lots of beauty to enjoy, but not enough to take many photos of, so in the meantime it's back to last year! But soon -- I'm sure!!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  Albert Camus
How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.  John Burroughs

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty!

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.  John Allen Paulos.

 How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Be aware.

Happiness always sneaks in a door you did not think was open.  Anonymous

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!!

Hey! Mom got a new bed for us!! Pretty cool, huh? And I do look good right in the middle of it, don't I!! My favorite place -- right in the middle of EVERYTHING!!!

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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