I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Anais Nin

The second one : Rocking in the Sun

Snuggled around,
fluidly blanketed,
and water eroded
they lie
Amidst some weeds,
and possible
hiding fish,
safe, and away
from the cares
of a world.

But for some
it's about learning
how to live
the ebbing starts;
touching and shying away,
leaving you
and yours,
however young and green,
to face bravely,
a drying, pleasant,
yet warm,
sometimes comforting,
morning Sun.
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at February 20, 2010 7:44 PM

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

Dreams are necessary to life.
Anais Nin

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
Anais Nin

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
Anais Nin

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Time to chase the shadows once again!! Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted each week by Tracy at Hey Harriet. It is addictive, but it is the most fun ever! Click on the icon, sign up, get on your sleuthing clothes and start looking for shadows!!

We have SUN!! The last two days have been gorgeous, almost warm and I didn't know where to start first! Unfortunately, it was a very busy day here and I didn't have as much time to prepare for tomorrow as I would have liked. So, I just ran around clicking on everything in sight -- I'll extend my search over the weekend so I have something for next week -- who knows what the weather will be then?????

Mojo was in hog -- doggie heaven!

The neighbors garage door was just too busy with shadows of everything!

The lilac tree is full of leaf buds and drinking up the sunshine!

And flowers! Blooming!

Mojo caught in a red shadow!!

And Mojo wondering who that long creature is????

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some Sad News

I learned this evening that a cousin of mine that I spent every summer with when we were growing up, passed away this evening. She had been battling cancer for the past year and a half. I'm so grateful that I was able to spend time with her this summer when the remaining members of our family got together in Houston for a wonderful visit. She was younger than I am by several years and a very talented musician. What a loss to her family, her husband and two daughters. One can't help but wonder, why?? But then I guess there are many of us who ask that question many times in our lives.

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston

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

Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.
3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
4. A dog's parents never visit.
5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk..
8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died, would you get another
10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad. They just think it's interesting.
13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

And last, but not least:
14. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.

Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour. Then open the trunk and see who's happy to see you.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch Team -- Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself. Click on the icon and sign up to share the beauty of your skies with the hundreds of people all over the world who post theirs each week!

In spite of all the whining I do about winter and gray skies, we've actually had the mildest winter on record!! Go figure! And for what it's worth, they are predicting lovely weather for the next week. So, we're having some sun, some blue skies, but also some incredibly beautiful, colorful clouds so this week I'm focusing on them. Maybe if I'm nice to them, they'll let more sunshine slip through!

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.
~Cecil Beaton

The Sky is the daily bread of the imagination.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those grey skies are just a challenge for optimists

The sky is God's gift to you . . . what you do with it is your gift to him.
~Bill Purdin

The clouds,--the only birds that never sleep.
~Victor Hugo, The Vanished City

The hooded clouds, like friars, tell their beads in drops of rain.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. ~William Shakespeare, Othello

The fifth : Teaching the yuppies....
white haired seniors
tagging behind
the cool yuppies
dark with intent,
a few blondes
to the side;

The seniors
need to push,
the yuppies,
dense with
condensed thoughts,
crowded in lethargy.

And as they wander
high above the earth
the going ons below,
a senior spies
a few parched lands,
gives some yuppies
a push,
to say,
"Corporate Social Responsibilty
becoming Rain
for those that
look up to you,
parched and arrid....."

They rumble,
and grumble,
then again,
there's a flash
of realization,
and they
pour down in torrents....

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at February 17, 2010 9:00 PM
Smile - it increases your face value. ~Author Unknown

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. ~William Feather

Whale or Mermaid ! ! !

Recently, in a large city in Australia ,
a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.
It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern,
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.)
They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.
They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp.
They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia,
the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia .Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist.
If they did exist,they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life
because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?
Just look at them ... where is IT? Therefore, they don't have kids either.
Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.
P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.
Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Benjamin Franklin

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ~Robert Frost

Some pursue happiness, others create it. ~Author Unknown

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness. ~Author Unknown

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
~John Barrymore

ABC Wednesday - E!

Ready to play with the alphabet?? ABC Wednesday is a fun meme hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and the ABC team. Click on the icon and show us how well you know your alphabet!! And the letter of the day -- drum roll, please! The letter for today is E!

E is for Evening!

And E is for Eagle!

And E is for Edelweiss!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ~Arnold Glasow

A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo

Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.
~Author Unknown

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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