"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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Feline Friday, Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday November 29-30 and December 1, 2013

Look carefully......you will be surprised...

There's Lucy reflected in the clock....
Let's all thank Sandee for Feline Friday
Usually Steve posts it, but he is taking a break.
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And for Pete's sake enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Could I??????????

My Thoughts.....oh my goodness......
I so appreciate you!

  • Could I live without you?
  • Could I be without my pals ?
  • Could I be without children?
  • Could I be without a cat ?
  • Could I be without wind?
  • Could I be without rain?
  • Could I read?
  • Could I see?
  • Could I taste?
  • Could I laugh?
  • Could I cry?
  • Could I breathe....?
  • Without thee.........Could I Be Me..........?
  • Could I do without?
  • Absolutely NOT!

That my friends is the big question...........
and Oh heck this is supposed to be a post about
being thankful with gratitude  and here I am
the usual  narcissistic bore....oie.....sorry.
BUT I love you!!!
Thanks to Laurie Kolp for this weeks Poetry Jam!
Click on this link to participate or just to enjoy!

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a beautiful morning...

Making Challah to take to our neighbors...

Recipe books out for Challah and pumpkin pies...

Ta dah! By 10:30am I've made the pies, Challah 
and three little custards from leftover pie filling.
Have a Happy Day!!

For those of you who are wondering why 
Hanukkah is so early this year here's a short explanation:
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eric Alders MPP November 26, 2013

Powerful machines brought jobs
With growth and prosperity
Sometimes run by the mobs
But mostly cranium dexterity

No one had the foresight
Nor keen observation
Those gray plumes of night
Would bring devastation

Richmond CA Oli Refineries August 2013

As a child I thought oil refineries at night were
beautiful with all the plumes of smoke and
twinkling lights. Now I know better.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Awww Monday! November 25, 2013

One of our local Western Gray squirrels 
enjoying a sunny morning.
Western gray squirrels are forest dwellers, and can be found at elevations up to at 2,000 m or more. Time on the ground is spent foraging, but they prefer to travel distances from tree to tree. They are strictly diurnal, and feed mainly on seeds and nuts, particularly pine seeds and acorns, though they will also take berries, fungus and insects. Pine nuts and acorns are considered critical foods because they are very high in oil and moderately high in carbohydrates, which help increase the development of body fat. They feed mostly in trees and on the ground. They generally forage in the morning and late afternoon for acorns, pine nuts, new tree buds, and fruits. When on alert, they will spread their tails lavishly, creating an umbrella effect that shields them and possibly provides cover from overhead predators. They are scatter-hoarders making numerous caches of food when it is abundant, and thus contribute to the seed dispersion of their food trees. Although squirrels show relatively good scent relocation abilities, some food caches are never reclaimed, becoming seedlings in the spring. Though they do not hibernate, they do become less active during the winter. Like many prey animals, they depend on auditory alerts from other squirrels or birds to determine safety. Once an alarm call is transmitted, those present will join in, and the trees become a cacophony of chirping squirrels. Tree squirrels are prey for bobcats, hawks, eagles, mountain lions, coyotes, cat, and humans.
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays! 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Magpie #195 The Season of Overindulgence

Autumn on the River 1889
John Singer Sargent

There once was a lass named Susie
Who loved drinking lots of brewskis
With an icebag on her head
She should have been in bed
As she's feeling really quite woozy
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for providing yet another 
fine image to prod our imaginations- 
to read more just stagger over to this link! Cheers!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday! November 23-24, 2013

What exactly is making these shadows?

Our indoor cactus plants!
As the sun seasonally moves the shadows
created change making new images through the year.
To read more Six Words or to see more Shadow Shots
click on the links below and please do have a glorious weekend!

Friday, November 22, 2013

It's Feline Friday!! November 22, 2013

Lucy is doubling her pleasure today! Not only does she have a fire to lounge by.... But....wait! There's more! She has sunshine at the same time..... Total bliss for this feline! Have a great day! And if you want to see more click on the link below!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Poetry Jam November 20, 2013

Franklin's discoveries
Edison did more
Than fly a kite

Both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison were 
brilliant ( no pun intended) inventors.
One of Benjamin Franklin's many inventions was the lightning rod
and while Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb,
he did invent the first commercially practical 
incandescent light bulb. 

Thanks to Alan for Poetry Jam's Lightning Theme
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eric Alders MPP November 19, 2013

The Unhappy Stove 

Here I sit all alone
Cold and abandoned 
Shoved off to the dump
It's really quite rotten

You've chosen another 
To roast your turkey-
Baking the dressing
I'm totally forgotten

All those years 
You depended on me
To make lump free gravys
And bake those perfect pies  

I miss the family and
The heart of your kitchen
Hearing clinks of forks
 And happy tummy-full sighs
Happy Thanksgiving !!
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Eric Alder's photos and his MPP !!

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Awww Monday! November 18, 2013

"Get off the table?"

Lucy would like to thank Sandee
of Comedy Plus for Awww Monday!
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Magpie #194 November 17, 2013

A single penny
With envelope and paper
Shaky hands pause
Opening to welcome news
My darling son
Alive and well
Soon to be home
Thanks to Tess KIncaid for this
evocative image. Click on the link below
and you can read more.....

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Poetry Jam! November 16, 2013

When's the last time
You truly knew 
What was in your food?
It's amazing to me that  the FDA and our government leaders
don't insist that there be a moratorium on GMO's.
There are good reasons why Western Europe banned GMO's. 
Here's how you can detect GMO's in grocery stores:

    • Look at the PLU code sticker on your produce. Count the number of digits in the code. Look for four-digit codes, because this indicates the produce was grown conventionally -- with additives. Look for five-digit codes to find GMOs. Those starting with an 8 are organically grown, and codes starting with 9 are GMOs.
      Purchase foods that do not contain corn, soy,cottonseed or canola as they are often top GMOs.
      Buy your meats and produce from local farmers and ask how the food is produced.
      Buy organic foods,  because they are never GMOs.

It's Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday November 16-17, 2013

Red Chair with Mt Shasta  November 13, 2013

Have a seat....
Winter is coming!

Alpen Glow on Mt Shasta  November 15, 2013

Soon the snow will fly onto Mt Shasta....
To see more Six Words or Shadow Shots...
click on the links below and have a great day!


Friday, November 15, 2013

It's Feline Friday! November 15, 2013

I think Lucy is bginning to resemble
a Butternut Squash......
Or is it just her winter coat?

Thanks to Steve of BFDude for this 
cat loving meme!
To see more Feline Friday photos
click on the link below!

And for heavens sake- 
have a great weekend! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

It's Awww Monday! November 11, 2013

Lest we forget....
Today is Veterans Day-a day which honors all
those people who have served in armed service.
We often take for granted the very people that most 
deserve our gratitude. 

See kids- this is how it's done!
Nudge the feeder and you get 
tasty sunflower seeds!

Our resident deer with her twins....
teaching them BAD habits!
Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Awww Mondays! Click on the
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Melange of Blogs

I loved ballet as a child.....
and I still love to dance...

A la barre
Stretching her legs
Her body warms
Becoming limber
Turning in the air
Making a step of the horse
Plie and glissade
Grand jete
Graceful  moves 
Her body responding
To the heartbeat of dance
I have combined three weekly blogs
for my own time constraints-
please click on all three links- 
you will not regret it!



Friday, November 08, 2013

It's Feline Friday! November 8, 2013

Bon app├ętit !!!

Bob and Judy's sweet cats.
I think they are avidly awaiting dinner!
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!
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and for heavens sake have a meowy nice weekend!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Eric Alders MPP and Poetry Jam November 6, 2013

Lost Potion  photo by Eric Alder

Everyone is all a twitter 
Disappearing glaciers 
How we need to change
And make things better

The problem is complex
It's not an easy fix
The problem lies with our
Unchecked sex 

Heedless procreation
Is the root of Earth's woes 
Mother Nature will fix this
With our extinction

Dinosaurs roamed our planet for well over 200 million years.
We humans have really only been here for maybe 5 million years.
As Pogo said "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Thanks to Eric Alder and Mary of Poetry Jam
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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Magpie 192 November 3, 2013 Perception

Resurrection Reunion 2, 1945, Sir Stanley Spencer

It's a curious place
This little town
It's quite odd and really
Turned upside down
The artist paints Resurrection
While others think 
It just depends on one's perception

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday! 11/2-3/2013

Low Autumn Shadows 11-1-2013

Time to change our clocks!!

I am not really fond of daylight savings time- 
if it were me I would just adjust the clocks forward 1/2 hour 
and be done with it! What do you think?
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Friday, November 01, 2013

It's Feline Friday! November 1, 2013

Brought back by popular demand....
It's Lucy the Super Cat!
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for 
Feline Fridays! 
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