I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, September 10, 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!!

It took summer a LONG time to get here, but it has been beautiful these past couple of weeks and I have enjoyed the sun, the flowers, beautiful skies etc. etc. etc.  Hope all of you are staying safe from the bad weather and that you and your families are safe and well as we look back at the horror of 9/11 -- so hard to believe it has already been ten years since that nightmare of a day! And that if for no other reason made me want to focus on the beauty!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward


Friday, September 9, 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! 

We're still enjoying beautiful weather and I'm loving every minute! It looks as though we have another week before it begins to cool down a bit. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. Stewart Udall

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sky Watch Friday!

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter  
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
Robert Brault 
Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.
Michael LeBoeuf
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What's for Dinner???

        Presentation is the key

Chicken Wings, Hush Puppies With A Dash Of Ketchup and       Asparagus
served On A Bed Of  Lettuce.

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change. 
Life's too short to be anything but happy.

Remember to Cancel Your Credit Card!!!!

Cancel your credit card before you die.......(hilarious – in a rather sick, sad way!) 
Now some people are really stupid!!!!
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die.

This is so priceless, and so, so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today..

A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank. 

Here is the exchange

Family Member:
  'I am calling to tell you she died back in January.'

:  'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.' 

Family Member
: 'Maybe, you should turn it over to collections. '

: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.' 

Family Member
: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?' 

: 'Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!' 

Family Member
: 'Do you think God will be mad at her?' 

 'Excuse me?'

Family Member
: 'Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?'

: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor' 

Supervisor gets on the phone

Family Member
: 'I'm calling to tell you, she died back in January with a $0 balance.' 

: 'The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply.'

Family Member: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?' 

: (Stammer) 'Are you her lawyer?'

Family Member
: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Lawyer info was given)  

  'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'

Family Member
: 'Sure.' (Fax number was given )  

After they get the fax

: 'Our system just isn't setup for death.. I don't know what more I can do to help.' 

Family Member
: 'Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. She won't care.'

  'Well, the late fees and charges will still apply

(What is wrong with these people?!?)

Family Member
: 'Would you like her new billing address?'

: 'That might help....'

Family Member
:  ' Odessa    Memorial   Cemetery , Highway 129, Plot Number 69.'

: 'Sir, that's a cemetery!' 

Family Member
: 'And what do you do with dead people on your planet???' 
(Priceless!! ) 

You wonder why Citibank was going broke and needed the feds to bail them out

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

 A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Elbert Hubbard

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. Max Frisch

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

How About a Laugh to Start the Day?

This is an oldie, but it still makes me laugh out loud! If you didn't see this on the Tonight show, I hope you're sitting down when you read it. This is probably the funniest date story ever, first date or not!!! We have all had bad dates, but this takes the cake.

Jay Leno went into the audience to find the most embarrassing first date that a woman ever had. The winner described her worst first date experience.
There was absolutely no question as to why her tale took the prize!
She said it was midwinter...Snowing and quite cold... and the guy had taken her skiing in the mountains outside Salt Lake City , Utah .
It was a  day trip (no overnight). They were strangers, after all, and had never met before. The outing was fun but relatively uneventful until they were headed home late that afternoon.
They were driving back down the mountain, when she gradually began to realize that she should not have had that extra latte. ! ! They were about an hour away from anywhere with a rest room and in the middle of nowhere! Her companion suggested she try to hold it, which she did for a while.
Unfortunately, because of the heavy snow and slow going, there came a point here she told him that he had better stop and let her go beside the road, or it would be the front seat of his car.
They stopped and she quickly crawled out beside the car, yanked her pants down and started. In the deep snow she didn't have good footing, so she let her butt rest against the rear fender to steady herself. Her companion stood on the side of the car watching for traffic and indeed was a real gentleman and refrained from peeking. All she could think about was the relief she felt despite the rather embarrassing nature of the situation.
 Upon finishing however, she soon became aware of another sensation.  As  she bent to pull up her pants, the young lady discovered her buttocks were firmly glued against the car's fender. Thoughts of tongues frozen to poles immediately came to mind as she attempted to disengage her flesh from the icy metal. It was quickly apparent that she had a brand new problem, due to the extreme cold.

 Horrified by her plight and yet aware of the humor of the moment, she answered her date's concerns about' what is taking so long' with a reply that indeed, she was 'freezing her butt off' and in need of some assistance!  He came around the car as she tried to cover herself with her sweater and then, as she looked imploringly into his eyes, he burst out laughing. She too, got the giggles and when they finally managed to compose themselves, they assessed her dilemma. Obviously, as hysterical as the situation was, they also were faced with a real problem.
Both agreed it would take something hot to free her chilly cheeks from the grip of the icy metal! Thinking about what had gotten her into the predicament in the first place, both quickly realized that there was only one way to get her free. So, as she looked the other way, her first time date proceeded to unzip his pants and pee her butt off the fender.
 As the audience screamed in laughter, she took the Tonight Show prize hands down. Or perhaps that should be 'pants  down'. And you thought your first date was embarrassing. Jay Leno's comment... 'This  gives a whole new meaning to being pissed  off.'
Oh and how did the first date turn out? He became her husband and was sitting next to her on the Leno show.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Our World Today!!

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!!

This week -- as I'm still nursing my sun poisoned shoulders -- I decided to take an overview of my wonderful world to share with you today! There's  beautiful Seattle and the Space Needle, breathtaking Puget Sound, the incredible sunsets, four of my wonderful five children -  counting my wonderful daughter-in-law to soon be! I have a hard time getting photos of my oldest daughter in Michigan -- unlike her sister, brothers and mother, none of whom object to having their picture taken, she's usually the one behind the camera -- rarely in front of! But one of these days I'll catch her!! And lastly, there are the fun, delightful things that wonderful friends bring into my life to make me smile and this sign did just that! Have no idea how he did it, but I love it!!  And now some laughter to go with the beauty!!

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."
Claude Pepper
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby
Are you paying attention CONGRESS!!!! 
Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean. Mark Twain
Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.  Nido Qubein

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

A heart makes a good home for the friend.
Yunus Emre

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. Buddha

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. Han Suyin

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!!

No more photos!! And stop looking at my tummy -- I just ate, what do you expect????
Yes, I'm being grumpy! I'm nearly ten years old, it's been a long day and I've earned the right to speak my mind!!

Hey, I sound pretty tough, don't I?

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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