I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, September 24, 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!!

I was seriously in need of some humor this weekend, so when I started choosing my quotes for the day, I was looking for a giggle or two. And guess what? I found some. Hope you get a giggle, too!  Enjoy your weekend and the beginning of Fall!

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. Albert Einstein

The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver. Jay Leno

 A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
Bill Cosby

Friday, September 23, 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!

Hope you've all had a great week. Our weather is warm, but still gray and grumpy. The one day we had some sun I wasn't able to get out and had to grab a shot from my desk, not very inspiring, but, hey, we get what we can with what we have! Right? 

Enjoy your weekend!

You change your life by changing your heart.
Max Lucado
The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

Thursday, September 22, 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  the Sky Watch team of  Sandy, Wren and me. And this week as every week, we remember Klaus and know that he joins us in spirit! Join us and the many people from all over the world who share theirs with us each week! Click on the address under the post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up.

It has been one of "those" weeks, but taking time to look up is always a reminder of the beauty in all of our worlds.  As usual, we've had a little bit of everything -- weather wise, too -- but I spent some time on the roof and got these over a couple of nights.

Hope all of you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

Who Creates These Signs?? Always Good for a Laugh Though!

That should do it!

They must have made this one this summer!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Smile, Some Sadness and Some Thoughts About Life


Some Thoughts on Aging and the Alternative

My children's Father doesn't have much longer to live and it hurts me to see their pain. He has been a wonderful father and has had a remarkable life. And as I look around me here in the senior complex where I live, I see much of the same thing happening with other people and their parents/relatives. I'm very blessed to be as well and as strong as I am and when a friend sent this to me  I realized it was pretty much how I feel and I thought I'd share it with you this evening.
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of  myself. I've become my own friend..

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before  they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer  until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 and 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish  to weep over a lost love .. I will.
 I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with  abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I  eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not  break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken  hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will  never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have  my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever  etched into deep grooves on my face. 
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about  what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I  like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could  have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert  every single day (if I feel like it).

Enjoy your evening and may your life be filled with lots of love and laughter.

Thought for the Day

Walk with me by the water, worth the read... 


I forgot the words....

Oh, well, how about this!

The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would 'hate' to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.
And ......

Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord... 'God, what does a million years mean to you?'

The Lord replies, 'A minute.'

Smith asks, 'And what does a million dollars mean to you?'

The Lord replies, 'A penny.'

'Smith asks, 'Can I have a penny?'

'The Lord replies, 'In a minute.'
Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Our World Tuesday!!

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!!

Rainy, windy weather has ushered Fall into Seattle this week, consequently, I haven't been able to get out with the camera. But as I looked through my files I found some to share with you, view some of the wonderful, beautiful places in my corner of Our World!  From the mountains to the ocean, from winter to spring and everywhere in between, it is a beautiful world!

Hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead, a week with lots of laughter and beauty and love!

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

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. Mohandas Gandhi
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Henry Ward Beecher

You change your life by changing your heart.
Max Lucado

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Mohandas Gandhi

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Night Smiles and Giggles!

I think they'll need more than just a face lift!!!

Now that is relaxed!!  Wonder what he was smoking!!!

Beauty and Wisdom for a Sunday

 Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
Dag Hammarskjold

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mohandas Gandhi

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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