I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, April 9, 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!!
A quick update on my big move -- I had no idea what or how much information and time this move was going to require -- don't you love big corporations????? Anyway, after dozens of phone calls and faxes we were finally able to get it all together and now it has to go to Corporate for final stamp! Looks like the end of the month now. We took the latest/last bit of info to them yesterday and I got another look at the apartment and it looks even better than it did the first time and I am SO excited -- frustrated, but excited! I'll keep you posted and have shadowy photos soon!

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

 Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Friday, April 8, 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!
I'm still depending on my archives, but I'm not the only one weary of our weather -- a big event every spring is the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley and it usually begins in late March with fields and fields of gorgeous tulips of every color. This year they've rescheduled three times and have already given notice that there may not be a festival this year -- there are NO tulips!!!  Forty-one days straight of rain and below normal temps is discouraging to tulips as well as people! So my reminder is a quote by Aristotle!

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

 A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Lou Holtz

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Rabindranath Tagore
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, April 7, 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.  

First let me give you an update on my move. I'm still waiting for all the tons of paper work to be processed -- since this is housing for seniors they want to make damn sure you're who you say you are, you're as old as you claim and that you haven't robbed or murdered anyone -- on purpose!! So, hopefully, next week will see everything in place and we can get on with it!! Do hold good thoughts for me -- I'm really tired of living out of a suitcase!

Now for today's pics! After a gray, grumpy, cloudy, cold, windy day, about six o'clock the skies began to clear and this was the glorious way we ended the day! It was worth waiting for! Enjoy!

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Emma Goldman

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Richard Armour

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Mark Twain

And from my dear friend in Mumbai .........

Green prayers
under an
erstwhile blue sky;

Dark clouds
bursting at the seams,
the good,
the bright
and the shining.

a semicircular dome,
a temple top
or the
faithful pair ,
praising the Lord,
raised to the heavens,
something says,
the black
will soon pass
the peaceful,
all encompassing
sky behind.....

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at April 7, 2011 8:43 PM

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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

Lost time is never found again.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James


Government Job Hours

 A guy goes to the post office to apply for a job.
The interviewer asks him, "Are you allergic to anything?"
He replies, "Yes, caffeine. I can't drink coffee."
"Ok, Have you ever been in the military service?"
"Yes," he says, "I was in Iraq for one tour."
The interviewer says, "That will give you 5 extra points toward employment." 
Then he asks, "Are you disabled in any way?"
The guy says, "Yes. A bomb exploded near me and I lost both my testicles."

The interviewer grimaces and then says, "Okay. You've got enough points for me to hire you right now. Our normal hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can start tomorrow at 10:00 am, and plan on starting at 10:00 am every day."
The guy is puzzled and asks, "If the work hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 PM, why don't you want me here until 10:00 am?"
"This is a government job", the interviewer says. 
"For the first two hours, we just stand around drinking coffee and scratching our balls. No point in you coming in for that."

                      Awww...so true

Mathematics -- Try These Numbers!!

This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 yrs. experience.
It has an indisputable mathematical logic. It also made me Laugh Out Loud.
This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint..it goes like this:

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.



8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 =



11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 =
But ,


1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 =

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 =
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 =
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, its the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.
Now you know why some people are where they are!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ABC Wednesday - L!

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!
Oh, Lord! It's the L Day or in the case of ABC Wednesday participants, L is for Labor day! And there is no Lack of L words for the day - don't you Love it!! Don't Lag behind, the Laundry can wait! For you gals, Let's make Like a Lady, put on something Lacey and show a Little Leg! Do watch your Language though and don't get into a fight with your Landlord today. Grab your Laptop and Let's head for the Lake or the Lagoon and you can bring your Lap dog if you Like!! And it's all right if you're a Latecomer because you had to do the Laundry at the Laundromat! You can still be the Liberal,  Leading Lady, the Landlord or the Lovable Lamb! And you gentlemen can roar Like a Lion in the Lobby while we wait for our Loan! Then we can Linger under the Lush, Leafy trees, enjoy Lunch and some Literature before we have to meet in the Lobby to share our Language and demonstrate just how Literate we are when it comes to the ABCs!! And here are my Ls for the day and they're all mine!! Lion, Lavender, Lovely Light, Lattice, Lap dog, Lace and Llama!!  Now, Lead on!!

Monday, April 4, 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 do think I'm down to the last few days of waiting to move! Just one more piece of paper to prove that I'm not a dangerous, crazy old broad -- well, at least not dangerous!
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin
This shot and the next two were taken on the usual gray day at the Arboretum, but these old, twisted trunks were so interesting to me. I look forward to going back once the sun returns and sit for a while and enjoy the beauty -- the sun will return won't it????? 

Her neck
wiry translucent
the lines
of a golden age,
wisps of
baby leaved twigs
across her crown,
in anticipation
of an imminent spring,
she reaches out
to the
young branches
her life.

A touch here,
a call there,
a smiling email,
she brushes
a light hand
across her neck,
as she gets up.

she thinks
she is moving
she still
the same land
with the same memories .

Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over the Hill at April 5, 2011 7:52 AM 

 Politics have no relation to morals.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
John F. Kennedy

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.
Cal Thomas

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Milton Friedman

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Ellis

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
William Gibson

Pet Pride!

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! We'll be waiting for you!!

I'm hoping this is our last weekend here!!! Mojo's Dad has been gone and will be until Tuesday and so where does she come to sleep??? That's right! In the middle of Moms bed -- my bed!! There's not room for us because she stretches CLEAR across the bed!! Mom says I'll miss Mojo once we move --- me?? not a chance!! I'm sure glad I have you guys to talk to every weekend!!

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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