"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Poetry Jam July 31, 2013 My Super Hero

He doesn't have a red cape
Nor a mask to disguise
He's a high energy creator 
Which comes as no surprise

Starting from the ground up
With truckloads of supplies
He handled all the challenges
And sometimes improvised

At long last our home's complete
You think he'd just relax
But now he begins to shape the land
Making pathways to the max

Just about 18 months ago we made a huge move
350 miles south to live near Mt Shasta, California.
It's been a wonderful experience and a time of growth
for both of us. I have thoroughly enjoyed
watching my best friend have the time of his life
creating our wonderful home that we can share
with friends and family for years to come.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Awww Mondays Happy Cows!

Talk about Awww!
This is adorable!
Happy week to you!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Eric Alders MPP July 29,2013 Summertime!!!

Shoes in Trees
Photo by Eric Alder

Summer is a time for loose ends
Tossing shoes high into a tree
I'm sure they don't belong to friends
Ride your bikes all over creation
Race back home for lunch
And get back to your vacation!!!

Bikes Askew
Photo by Kathe W.

I hope you all have as many fond memories 
of endless hot summer days on a bike with friends.
Those were the days my friends....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Magpie Tales #179 Wishful Thinking

Driving home
Happily anticipating
Loving hugs 


Normally we drive together when going up to Portland
This time we came in different vehicles as my sweetie went
to a motorcycle rally several days earlier 
and so I drove up separately in our car.
He is already home safe and I will be home later today. 
Wish I could just wiggle my nose and be there!
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday July 27-28, 2013

I love feeding family and friends


There is nothing more satisfying than making 
dinner for family and friends.
We have been visiting up north in the Portland Oregon
area and staying with good friends. 
Last night I made a yummy pasta with my marinara sauce 
and a delicious Peach tart.
Everyone licked their plates clean!
Darn! I should have a photo of that!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Poetry Jam July 26, 2013 The Year 1985

The year before 1986
The year I lost three
So much pain inflicts 
Emotions at sea
Abandoned by death
and negligence
I could hardly take a breath
Sorrow so pendulous
As the timeless clock ticked  
I began to breathe
And life again clicked 
I began to believe 
In myself 
And in life

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It's Feline Friday!!!! July 26, 2013


And just where is our breakfast!!!!????

The question is.....
what came first the floor to match the cats
 or the cats to match the floor....??
Our buddy Steve of Burnt Food Dude started this meme
 because he wanted everyone to know that he doesn't hate cats. 
We're still not convinced that he loves cats,

 but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
One thing for sure is this is a fun and easy meme to do.

 So come and join us in Feline Friday.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Eric Alders MPP July 22, 2013

photo by Eric Alder

The sheer joy
Of playing, running and jumping
A dog and his boy 
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Magpie Tales #178 Full Moon Buffoon

painting by Andrew Wyeth 

There once was a man named Lance
Who dared to ride his cycle with no pants
He was a total buffoon
By the light of the moon
T'was weeks before he could dance

Once again Tess Kincaid has given us another
 stellar image to prod our creativity. 
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Please note: We are up north away from home for a week

and I will do my best at blogging and returning comments,
 but I think it will be sporadic at best. Happy Week everyone!   

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday July 20, 2013

Watering my vegetable garden comes first!
After the sun leaves our veggie garden
I am out there watering before dark.
That way the plants have enough time to
soak up the water before the next hot day!
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Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Feline Friday! July 19, 2013

I have been busy the last few weeks
 working in "Kathe's Sweat Shop" making 
3 baby quilts for 3 boys all due
 from late October to mid-November...

Here's one- please note the "feline" theme!
Close up of it is below....  

And here's another- I had a jungle theme going on...
please note Lucy checking it out ....

The third one is already at the quilting place,
but I'll take a pic of it once it's all done.
It has giraffes in it and turned out so cute!
These go the the quilting place today.
I can design and sew the top together but I am not
so great at the fancy top stitching....
The man who does the quilting around here
does it free hand and is a genius at it! 
To see more Friday Felines or to post one yourself
go here thanks to Steve of BFDude!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poetry Jam July 17, 2013 Summer Flowers

Stubborn Flowers

Hot parking lot!
Cart wheels veer too close for comfort
Poppies still grow.....
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Eric Alders MPP July 15, 2013

Tiki Torches by Eric Alder

Summer nights
Young romances lit by fire
Some still burn

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Awww Monday July 15, 2013

Hey! Don't bother me......
I am busy eating your flowers!
Yep- deer will eat anything. No matter where...
no matter how nice it looks...deer will eat it!
Have a great week and do click on the 
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Magpie Tales #177 Potatoes!!

photo by Agustin Berrocal 

I never met a potato I didn't like

Oh me oh my!
I love potatoes
Red or yellow 
Fried with tomatoes
Mashed til mellow
Roasted in a pie
Baked in the oven
Or nicely fried
New or sweet
They can't be beat
I do love potatoes
Oh me oh my!

Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales!
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Feline Friday!!! Six Words and Shadow Shots!!! July 12-13-14, 2013

Is our cat spoiled? You bet!!!

Lucy prefers her water bowl by the shower

Because she can then keep a lookout
 for any chipmunks outside.....

Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!
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Have a Happy Week!! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Poignant Blast From the Past


Amy and Fred Kline back in the '60s!
Just was emailed this precious photo of Fred and Amy
years before their daughter Grace was born.
Such a beautiful lovely photo.
Those were the days my friends.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Eric Alders MPP July 8, 2013 HOT!!!

Photo by Eric Alder

 Really hot 
Shimmery melting asphalt hot 
Red hot day
Apologies all round as Blogger has been quite naughty 
and Blogger support is non-existent.
However thanks to a great Geek advising me
I uploaded Google Chrome to be my browser
and all is well now.
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Monday, July 08, 2013

Magpie Tales Sorry if you have to squint to read.....

Supermoon 2013, Julio Cortez, AP

Good old Liberty
Always there
Romantic and
Looks down on us
She stands high
Midst the reconstruction
Or is it destruction?


I apologize for this poorly designed post,
 however Blogger was just a wee bit malfunctioning
and many of us were not impressed
nor happy with this situation.
It's fixed now by my loading Google Chrome
and deep sixing IE8.
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Awww Monday! One dear deserves another deer!

While on the phone with my good friend Amy I spotted the mother deer and baby in the top photo! Later on Amy emailed the other photo sent to her by another friend for her birthday! It was a deer kinda day! Click below to see more Awww Mondays!
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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Six Word Saturdays and Shadow Shot Sunday July 6, 2013

Summertime brings relaxation in the shade !
What is better than sitting in the summertime shade?
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Have a great day!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Feline Friday July 5, 2013

Little pic seen in Dunsmuir second hand store...
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Eric Alders MPP July 2, 2013

What is this?

Good old Archimedes
Futuristic view
Along came Leonardo
More uses he drew
Important mechanics
Tried and true
Never ceases to amaze me what
devices these two brilliant men
invented that are still such important
parts of todays machines.
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Monday, July 01, 2013

Awww Monday!! Quigley the Quail

This is Quigley the Quail.
His entire family was killed by a careless driver. 
(and I do mean care less)
Quigley was tenderly cared for by an
experienced naturalist,but did not live past 3 days.
He was too lonesome and missed his family.
So sad- please look out for the little guys
when you are behind the wheel.   

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