"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

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's Feline Friday! February 28, 2014

Dexter  with Umbrella  February 25, 2014
Lake Oswego OR

Living in Oregon requires an umbrella
That's what Dexter says!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poetry Jam February 26, 2014

The Little Engine that Could 
First published in the United States in 1930 

I think we all have known "Little Engines".
Friends or family members 
that don't take no for an answer
and do not let difficulties in life 
deter them from reaching their goals.
One of my nieces is definitely a 
"Little Engine that Could" .
So this is for her and all single moms:

Life is challenging
And you face it head on
With a smile for all
and love for your kids 

You turn dark nights
Into sunny days 
And while helping others
You make your way

We all are proud
Of who you are
What you have done
And who you will be
Thanks to Mary for using
the theme of trains for this weeks theme.
You can see more here at 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bifocal Univision February 25, 2014

Photograph by Eric Alder

Winter driving is such a pain
Slogging to work in all the rain
And then rain becomes pretty snow
Forget work- and grab the Bordeaux
Light the fire-sit down and relax
Winter can suck and that's a fact!
Every week Eric Alder posts a photo
to challenge our creativity.
Go to Bifocal Univision and play
along while seeing more photos 
and poems.
Cheers- drive safely!  

Monday, February 24, 2014

It's Awww Monday! February 24, 2014

Dexter Lake Oswego OR  2/24/2014
Excuse me, 
but where's our  breakfast?

Astro   Lake Oswego OR       2/24/2014

Thanks to Sandee for 
Awww Mondays! 
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to see more!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday February 23, 2014

 Castle Lake near Mt Shasta, CA   February 22, 2014

Yesterday we took a short drive and 
a little walk around Castle Lake.
We need to explore more often.
Have a great week everyone!

Castle Lake near Mt Shasta CA
February 22, 2014

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Magpie Tales #208 Wordless

Poet's Sleep 1989        by Chang Houg Ahn
Provided by Tess Kincaid of  Magpie Tales

Wordless poet
Dreams less with no stones unturned
All stones thrown 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Six Word Saturday February 22, 2014

Feeder antics-squirrel inside the feeder!
I've seen everything now! This Gray Squirrel is now inside
the jar....wonder if he might get stuck eating so much?
I think I'd better not fill up the feeder for awhile.
Thanks to Cate for Six Word Saturday  
Click on the link to read more and play along too!
Have a great Saturday!

Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Feline Friday! February 21, 2014

Lucy having a morning nap      February 21, 2014

"I'm telling ya- don't bother me 
while I am working on a good nap!"
Thanks to Steve of  BFDude
for Feline Friday! Below is the 
link for you to play along or to just
 have fun looking at more Feline Fridays! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Awww Mondays! February 17, 2014

Nothing better than a cozy quilt!

Baby girl quilt that will go to Colorado

Two more baby quilts are ready!
I posted some weeks back photos of 3 other baby
quilts that I have been working on.
Here are 2 others that are completely 
finished. Now they have to wait til the babies are
here before I will mail them off. 
All 5 babies will be born sometime this spring!
This link shows you the quilt sent to
a baby girl born this January!
January Baby Quilt

Baby boy quilt that will be mailed to Los Altos, CA

Thanks to Sandee for Aww Monday!
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or just to enjoy all the other posts!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Magpie Tales #207 Summer in the City

Universal Studios Lot, Instagram by sessepien

Hot summer days
 Asphalt cools as the sun goes down
 We invent new games
 Until our mothers call us in

Arthur Leipzig's 'Chalk Games'

Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales
Have a great week! 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows February 15-16, 2014

Gray Squirrel in the Summer 2013

Summertime and the living was easy

Gray Squirrel inside the feeder~ February 14, 2014

Wintertime....... I should be in Mexico!
This little Gray Squirrel has figured out that the
feeder is a pretty good place 
for a snack and some shelter from the rain!
Click on these links to see more 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Feline Friday and Happy Valentines Day!!

Grey Squirrel and Lucy ~February 14, 2014 

Happy Valentines Day !!!
Thanks to Steve of BFDude
for Feline Friday!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Poetry Jam 2-12-14 "Dandylions"

There once was a cute little flower
That made some folks really sour
Claiming it's a "weed"
The Dandylion agreed
Saying "There's more of me by the hour!"

Thanks and a tip of a petal to Alan
for this weeks Poetry Jam
And for heavens sake have a great day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Awww Monday February 10, 2014

Twinkies at the Glass Forge, 
Grants Pass, Oregon  Feb 8, 2014 

They're baaaaaaack!
First Friday treat at the Glass Forge
We attended a 2 day ceramic workshop in Grants Pass, Oregon.
While there we checked out the glass blowing studio and gallery.

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Magpie #206 Happy Valentines Day!

Image proided by Tess Kincaid of  Magpie Tales

    Oh my!
        Obey and
Age is of no consequence
When we kiss
Our years slip off so easily
As we smooch
Our dance is so familiar
Yet always new
Happy to be together
Just me and you

Thanks Tess !
Happy Valentines Day everybody!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Six Word Saturday and Sunday Shadows February 8-9, 2014

Our weather is finally becoming winter!
We've had a severe drought here in all
of California. It started snowing yesterday 
and hopefully will cotinue. 

 Milepost #6, I-5 Oregon

Baby Quilt for Stan and Maggie's Grandchild
February 2, 2014

Finally finished all 6 tops for 6 babies!
Now they've been mailed to the quilter-
and she;ll mail them back to me so I can
put on the binding and then mail them off
once each baby has been born.

A Sunny Day in January,2014

Probably won't see shadows for awhile-
since we are finally getting some winter weather!
Go here to see more Six Words
and here to see more Sunday Shadow Shots
And have a lovely weekend!

Friday, February 07, 2014

It's Feline Friday! February 7, 2014

Lucy's Bedtime Routine...

I'm brushing my teeth
and what do I see?

Lucy's little ears
Come play with me!

Oh yes indeed-
I love this game
I chase that red dot
Right down the drain!

Thanks to Steve of BFDude
for Feline Friday!
To see more or to play along
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Eric Alders MPP and Poetry Jam! February 5, 2014

"Visitor "
  photograph by Eric Alder

The Family Dog 

Living in the now
So tolerant and loving
Four legged loyalty
Patiently waits 
For us to come home
Greeted by warm joy
and a happy tail.
This lovely image was provided
by Eric Alder of Bifocalunivision
Click on his link to play along
or to see more of his fabulous photos!
This weeks Poetry Jam theme is hosted by Gabriella
and she chose the theme of Tribute. Now most people
might chose a human- I chose the family dog- an important
element in many children's lives.  Do click on the link 
above to enjoy more Tribute poems. 
And for heavens sake have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Awww Monday.....February 4, 2014

Super Bowl Party Pics....

Darling pug-

Very sweet rescue dog....
with some herding breed in the mix...

Adorable little boy...
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon
at a friends home with their dogs and
grandchild- who was remarkably 
well behaved and fun to watch.
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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Magpie #205 Twinkle Toes

unknown photographer

Twinkle twinkle little toes
How you do this no one knows
Up above the floor so high
Like a maestro in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little digits
Oh so clever little widgets
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales !
Click on the link to read more and to play along....

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Six Words and Shadow Shot Sundays February 1-2 2014

 Fabric Evidence    January 31, 2014
Uh oh....up to my eyeballs!
Yep- I'm quilting again...
I had 6 to make- finished one
now have two more to send to
my friend Nancy Stovall-
 Portland's quintessential quilter!
 Just three more to go....
it's not work- it's fun! 

 Log Cabin quilts are so satisfying...

I made a "Big Sister" quilted purse
for Talea. You can see Talea's
quilt here:

This quilt will be for Talea's cousin.
She will be born three weeks
after Talea's brother. 
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