I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, February 12, 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!!  We've had sun for two days and I'm afraid to look at the weather report for the next two!! My problem now is not having a car anymore, therefore most of the stuff around the house you've seen, but we change a few things, add a few things .....  So, wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day -- tomorrow!!

Friday, February 11, 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!  Same story as last week -- couple of days with some sun and more gray, plus no way to get down to the harbor or the sanctuary when the sun was around! Thankfully, I still have some from sunnier times! Hope you enjoy!

Remove those 'I want you to like me' stickers from your forehead and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good - on your mirror!  -Susan Jeffers

This shot was taken from a seaplane over Seattle harbor on my birthday a couple of years ago! The flight was a birthday present from my son. It was fantastic! 
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.  -Albert Einstein 

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.
Nitin Nohria

Thursday, February 10, 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 post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up. Hooray!! We had some sun yesterday and the day before and night before last I caught this sunset over a period of about a half hour.  

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Albert Einstein

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Albert Einstein
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Abraham Lincoln
I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.
Never live in the past but always learn from it.

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
       Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
       Frank Lloyd Wright

Church Ladies With typewriters . . .

They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:   

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. 
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' 
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. 
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. 
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. 
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. 
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get. 
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. 
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.. 
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice. 
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. 
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.. 
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. 
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow. 
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. 
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. 
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. 
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. 
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door. 
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM . The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. 
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance. 
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

Oh, and a last minute note!

As a law enforcement officer I have been approached by several people lately wanting to know how to identify a Meth Lab. Here is a picture of four Labs.  I think it's pretty obvious which one is the Meth Lab.  I hope this helps. Let me know if I can be of any further service in this matter.
Your local Sheriff

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ABC Wednesday - D!

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, Gattina and me! And guess what? It's that day again!
Dear bloggers! You're not Deaf are you? I know you're not Dumb and I also know it's the D Day! So stop your Daily Dabbling, no acting like the Damsel in Distress, this isn't the Dark Ages!! And, yes, it is Damp and Dark, but it's winter, you know! Let's shake up a Daiquiri, go out on the Deck and get into a Decadent  mood! No, you Don't have to be a Deadhead, just Different and now is your opportunity to Demonstrate just how Delightfully brilliant you can be Despite the Dull weather! Use some Determination, some Diplomacy and help us all Discover the Delight of Ds!! And here are my D words for the Day! D is for, my Dancing Daughter, Darling Dogs, Ducks, Daisies, my Drummer son, his Drums and our Deck -- my favorite place!

All the photos today are mine! Sir Google is getting the week off!

Monday, February 7, 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?  I'm sure you all know what I'm going to say -- YES, It's still gray and grim and I'm once again prowling my photo files, looking for Spring! Here are some fun times from when we had SUN!!! There were Ferry rides to the Lavender Festival, a day on  Orcas Island and at Pikes Market, and a wonderful Day on Whidbey Island!! Enjoy the fun! I surely did!!
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Albert Camus
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus

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

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers

Cleverness is not wisdom.

If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.
Will Rogers

If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?
Will Rogers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MicroFiction Monday

Susan at Stony River Farm hosts Microfiction Monday. She posts a picture and you compose a story in 140 characters. You can click on the link under the title to get further instructions. To help you along she has posted a wonderful link that counts your characters for you! How great is that! You can get the counter at Design 215.

This meme is easy and it's fun! Thanks, Susan for hosting.

And here's the picture for the day!
He sat staring out the classroom window at the clock outside. A cooking class!
How could he have been so dumb to let her sign him up? 

And from the brilliant lady in Mumbai!

It's good the finicky head lady has her windows closed. We actually passed off an old clock with a 7 as an inverted 2, as an antique.
Posted by Ugich Konitari 

Pet Pride!

Can you tell how ready we are for Valentine's Day? Our Humans say we are WAY too early, but you can't take the chance of missing out on the treats!! Right???

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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