I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart. ~Arabian Proverb

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Time for Shadow Shot Sunday hosted by Tracy at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and become addicted like the rest of us shadow hunters!!

We had sun this week, but it was also in the low 20s! The first two I spotted when I went out on our deck to break the ice on the dogs water bowl and I found this frosted shadow on the glass top of a table. It was so different and so lovely and I couldn't wait to get a shot, not knowing if it would photograph well or not. I think it did! Click on them to embiggen and see the patterns even better.

And, of course, a touch of color!

And ever alert Sam Schnauzer! And Mojo's feet, no shadow this time!

And who is that in the stairwell???

Friday, December 11, 2009

Evening, Wisdom, Beauty and Celebration!

First of all this evening I want to wish all my Jewish friends a very Happy Hanukkah!

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. ~Oscar Wilde

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~Annie Gottlier

A smile confuses an approaching frown. ~Author Unknown

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. ~C.P. Snow

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

Drafting Guys over 60 ............ !!!!

This is funny and obviously written by a Former Soldier-

New Direction for any war: 'Send Service Vets over 60'!

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military.

They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry.' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical S-of-a-B....'

If captured, we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any push-ups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

How about recruiting Women over 50 with PMS !!!

You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!

If nothing else, put them on border patrol....they will have it secured the first night!

I would have posted this in large print so it would be easier for you "old guys" out there to read, but bloggers only have one size -- type that is. Now, you can share this with friends or not -- you probably won't remember it in an hour anyway. Isn't getting old the most fun ever????

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sky Watch Friday!

Time one again to share the beauty of your skies! Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch Team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and myself.
Click on the icon to sign in and share your skies with the 350 people around the world that participate in Sky Watch each week. PLEASE read and follow the instructions before signing in!

We've had very cold weather here in Seattle this week -- lots of sun, but icy! And we have had incredibly beautiful, awesome skies! As usual all these shots were taken either from our deck or down at the harbor overlooking the Sound. They speak for themselves and need no words from me, others have said it all much better than I ever could.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

This one is rare as it was taken from our deck which faces west not east -- this sunrise covered the entire sky from east to west!

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~John Muir

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. ~Victor Borge

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. ~Attributed to Arthur McBride Bloch

Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch it to be sure. ~Murphy's Law

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. ~Erma Bombeck

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. ~Author Unknown

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. ~Will Rogers

Wednesday Humor


I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
And I had to answer 'yes.'

He told me to get off my fanny
And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick....
I was just admiring my work.
I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops I found
A real absorbing site.
That I got SO way into it.
I was into it all night.

Nothing's changed except my mouse
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess....
While I sit here on my hiney.

Company Structure -- in case you were wondering!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. ~Author Unknown

Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ~Author Unknown

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda

ABC Wednesday - U!

ABC Wednesday is hosted every week by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt. Click on the icon and sign up and show us what you've learned about the alphabet!!

The letter this week is U

U is for something as huge as the Universe!

U is for something as small as Utensils!

U is for Ute Indians!

U is for Utopia! Anyone been there lately!

U is for Unnecessary, or perhaps, Useful! Well, you get the picture, U is an Utterly important letter!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. ~Author Unknown

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~Japanese Proverb

All the windows of my heart I open to the day. ~John Greenleaf Whittier

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. ~Joan Baez

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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