"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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Magpie Tales #115....

image by Manu Pombrol

There once was a man from Mars
Who loved to read in glass jars
Not a Mason, a Ball or a Weck
What the heck?
I prefer the ones made by Kerrs

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Update! A Clever Scam

I was notified by Animesh Agarwal that I had been scammed by some very clever
bastard. If you want more info you can access his blog below.

Fortunately I did NOT click on anything within the nasty phishing email.
So if you get an email like the one I did below mark it spam and don't click on any
of the links within that email.
It's interesting that Google hasn't picked up on this phishing scam.

Dark Days Ahead...
Remember a few days ago I posted a RANT about the "new upgraded blogger" and how much I hated it? Well. humpf, Google who maintains Blogger wrote me this latest email:

You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with an unmigrated legacy Blogger account. As we announced in April of last year, legacy accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30th, 2012 unless they are updated to the Google Account system. Any blog content associated with this account will also be unmodifiable after that date."

Well now, ain't this just the friendliest message ever. (not so much! )

I guess if I want to keep on using blogger to blog and don't want to lose years of memories and images stored in blogger I will "obey" and upgrade. Grrrr. More and more I am beginning to believe that Google is evil. Suggestions anyone?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Eric Alder's Monday Photo Prompt 4-23-2012

Where am I going?
It's just another question
Is the gun loaded?
Let's not find out.
Were you born in a barn?
Nope-but Jesus was
What were you thinking?
I wasn't; I'm a teenager
Where am I going?
None of us know.
There is no magic phone number
And life can change on a dime.
So try to live each day
As if it were your last.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Magpie 114 .....Splash!

image by Alex Stoddard

One moment paddling
Oops underwater
Uh oh...
Realizing the danger
Holding my breath
Oh no....
Unhooking the trap
Swimming through roots
Oh boy....
Reaching to grasp
Life giving sky
Oh joy...

Image provided by sometimes grumpy photographer Douglas Prior of Portland Oregon
(Doug wanted me to add that sometimes he is grumpy!)

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt 4-16-2012

Photo prompt provided by Eric Alder

Tree forts
Tire swings
Three boys
Never tire


I had three brothers in three years
I was seven years older than the oldest
Guess who was the boss? Hah!

I'm still the boss.....kinda...

A Second Look at Magpie Tales #113

My friendly blogger buddy Stafford
wrote to me after reading my previous post
that he wanted to know more of the story.
So, I wrote him back this:
HI there! well- your remark on my Magpie post made me
ponder for about 24 hours and while Russell and I were
taking a drive through the mountains this new poem came
to mind- It still isn't the whole story, but another chapter
and I thank you for pushing for more....
maybe you weren't pushing but thanks anyhow!
Smiles Kathe
Below is my "Second Try"

Pink moon shines on rooftops
Reflecting red blood of hatred
The angel of death genuflects
Before the stricken mourner

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Above Red Roofs- Magpie Tales 113

Red Roofs Marc Chagall

Above red roofs
His colors sing and sparkle
A lonesome visionary
A gift to us

For more takes on this wonderful painting go here:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Weedy Update...or What Has Lucy Been Up To?

We are pleasantly settled in our new home
here in the "hinterlands" of Weed, California.
Our garage is beginning to actually resemble
a garage rather than a warehouse for immigrants.
Russell keeps busy with little projects and is very
happy to be here.
I have completed two baby quilt tops and I am
waiting for the weather to warm up enough so
that I can begin my vegetable garden.
Rumor has it that by May I will be able to do that!
Meanwhile here are a few new photos for you to look at!

Lucy surprised me by paying close attention to my sewing...

It still snows now and again, but nothing so serious
for us to even worry about. It usually melts by mid-day.

Here's the second baby quilt top I just finished.
Now to get it to the quilters!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What do you think of the "new" blogger?

Me? I hate it. How can I go back to my good old Blogger?

I am told I cannot and I think this new one stinks.

Any suggestions out there? Help me as the Blogger Help doesn't.

Hahahah I now have my "Old Blogger" back. Here's how:

I figured it out thanks to Helen! On the main dashboard page you should see on the upper right hand side an object similar to a gear or cog wheel. Click on it and you should see Old Blogger interface as one of the options Click on it and VOILA your old blogger is back. Whew Thanks Helen!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

An Easter Tail-Magpie Tales #112

image: djajakarta

There once was a lass named Meg
Who got stuck in a rather large egg
She thought it was a joke
Til she saw the sticky yolk
That wouldn't come off her left leg

for more eggish takes on this image go here:

Friday, April 06, 2012

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt 4-6-2012

Stubborn little
Spring blossom from Iberia
Thrives on adversity

(So just where do weeds leave off and flowers begin?)

This image is brought to us by Eric Alder

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Magpie Tales #111 Spring Building

image: ParkeHarrison

He weaves so deftly and with care
This home of soft twigs and grasses
Remembering generational skills
Taught so well as a child
Now it's his turn