I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, November 5, 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!!

Fall has definitely come to stay for a while and while the colors are still beautiful, there is no sun! So, back to the files! I hope all of you are enjoying the Autumn colors and a beautiful weekend! Happy Shadow Shot Searching!!

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Bertrand Russell

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy!  Sarah Ban Breathnach

Friday, November 4, 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!

Hard to believe that another week has gone by -- I guess it's true that time does fly when you're having fun!!  I'm still going through the files so hope you enjoy the choices for the day!

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way
to live.  Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
Don't let what you can't do stop you from what you can do.
John Wooden

The only way to live happily ever after is to do it one day at a time.

Thursday, November 3, 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 
The temps are lower, the rain is back, the skies are gray, but I can remember a few weeks back thanks to my camera and we did have beautiful skies and they will return -- some day!  Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm, stay dry and keep smiling!!
Autumn's the mellow time.
William Allingham

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
John Keats

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.
Bertolt Brecht

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Albert Camus

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Some Humor for Wednesday! We Need All We Can Get!!

 Dog Logic
The  reason a dog has so many friends is  that he  wags his tail instead of his  tongue.


There  is no psychiatrist in the  world like  a puppy licking your face.

-Ben  Williams

A  dog is the only thing on  earth that  loves you more than he loves  himself.

-Josh Billings

If  you pick up a starving dog and make him  prosperous, he  will not bite you; that  is the principal difference between a dog and a  man.

-Mark  Twain


And back to humans ......
...A cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral. A huge Heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever. At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, "I'm sorry, I was just thinking of my own funeral. I'm a gynecologist". The proctologist fainted!

And of course a blonde joke for the day!!  But a cute one!
A blonde was driving her car about two hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down. The man asked her, "Are you going to San Diego?"
"Sure," answered the blonde, "do you need a lift?"
"Not for me. I'll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I've got two chimpanzees in the back who have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo. They're a bit stressed already so I don't want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me? I'll give you $100 for your trouble."
"I'd be happy to," said the blonde. So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde's car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went.
Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified! There was the blonde walking down the street and holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd. With a screech of brakes he pulled off the road and ran over to the blonde. "What the heck are you doing here?" he demanded, "I gave you $100 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!"
"Yes, I know you did," said the blonde, "but we had such a good time and money left over, so now we're going to Sea World."  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Charles Spurgeon

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier

Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
Alice Walker

And the Humor for Day Is ....... The Shoe Box

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little Old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. 
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but One day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said She would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was In the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls And a stack of money totaling $95,000.  He asked her about the contents. 

'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me The secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that If I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two Precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two Times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with Happiness. 

'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'

A Prayer...... .
Dear Lord, 
I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; 
Love to forgive him; 
And Patience for his moods; 
Because Lord, if I pray for Strength, 
I'll beat him to death,
 Because I don't have the time to crochet.

AND ........

Monday, October 31, 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!!

You can sign in to Our World now! The site is up!!

It's been a good week and I got to make a trip to Snoqualmie  Falls! The colors everywhere are so fantastic that even a walk with Sam Schnauzer or to the store can take your breath away with such beautiful colors! You can see a sample in the leaves that I brought home! And then the end of the day yesterday was so unbelievable, as you will see in the last photo!  It was taken from the roof of my apartment building!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.
Faith Baldwin

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
Emily Bronte

October is a symphony of permanence and change.
Bonaro W. Overstreet

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.Stanley Horowitz

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
Marie Curie
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e.e. cummings

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!!
(I apologize for the poor quality of the photo -- Sir Sam didn't want to sit still!)
What do you mean? I don't know why my beard is red!!!  No, I didn't eat the spaghetti off your plate!! I don't know where it went!  How much longer till Thanksgiving???  I'm not changing the subject!! 

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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