"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, April 30, 2014

A to Z 2014 Challenge Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra
Ok I am cheating here....
Zebra = Cebra in Spanish!
Who knew? Certainly not me!
Look where I had to go to get
this photo! 
April 29, 2014

Canada Geese and Zebra
April 29, 2014

I convinced Russell to stop on our
way home to drive through this 
wildlife park. Their purpose is:
Wildlife Safari is dedicated to conservation, 
education and research of native and exotic wildlife.
 It is our commitment to educate the public
 about the status of animals around the world.
Besides the Zebras and geese we saw
lots of other animals from all over the world.
Here are only a few of the photos I took.

Watusi Cattle

 Watusi Cattle April 29, 2014

I could not get over the size of the horns
on these cattle and how heavy they must be.
The cattle did walk rather slowly. 

Scimitar Oryx
April 29, 2014

Giraffe in conversation with one of the handlers.
April 29, 2014

American Bison
April 29, 2014

Quite tame Rhea also looking for a hand out
They sell food at this park so you can feed the animals.
Some animals....not the lions, tigers, cheetahs nor cougars!
April 29, 2014

White Fallow Deer 
April 29, 2014

The deer are quite sweet 
April 29, 2014

Last, but certainly not least
the Brown Bear! Having  lovely time.
Thanks to all the A-Z Co-Hosts-
especially Alex and Tina
and all 2018 fellow participants!
Click HERE to see everyones blog links.
See you all next year!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

A to Z 2014 Challenge Y is for Yanqui

Y = Yankee

Yogi Berra 
One of the greatest baseball players !
I love baseball!
Famous Yogi quotes
And hit a home run HERE
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It's Awww Monday! April 28, 2014

Oscar the Cutie Pie Cat!

We are up in the Portland area
visiting friends and family-
Oscar tries to sleep wih us every night!
Only works for awhile and then off
he goes back to bed with Lisa...
Lisa  April 25, 2014

Lisa would rather Oscar NOT 
be in the same room with her!
Thanks to Sandee Clarke for Awww Mondays!

A to Z 2014 Challenge X is for Dos Equis

Dos Equis = Two X's

Since "X" is another letter that has few true
 words in Spanish I chose the Mexican beer 
Dos Equis for todays A-Z post. 
Most Spanish "X" words 
have prefixes of foreign origin
 such as "Xeno", "Xero" and "Xylo".  
Cheers! Have a great Monday!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Magpie Tales #217 Wake Up!

Sofa Dog, artist unknown
Provided by Tess Kincaid

I surfed the net
Ordered some treats
Made you coffee 
And still you sleep?

What's a doggie to do
When he wants to poo
And walk in the park
Do I chew on your shoe?

Take a look
I am being so good
I guess I'll just wait
While reading my book

Dogs are so darned patient-
unlike cats......who by this point
would have pushed you out of bed!
Click on WOOF! to see what others wrote... 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shadow Shots and Six Words April 26-27, 2014

Everyone needs their own artistic space !!!

Russell's Studio
April 23, 2014

When we moved to our new home
we knew we had to add a bedroom
on the main floor. I thought it was
a great idea to also add an "Art Hall"
so that Russell would have a perfect
place to paint! 
Here's the latest painting.....

Playa la Ropa Vendor
March 2014

Click on these two links to see
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 25, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challenge W is for Wheels

There are no actual Spanish words that begin with the 
letter "W". There are a few words used in Spanish 
that begin with "W", but they are words borrowed
 from other languages such as English. 
For example: "winsurf","walkman" and "western". 
Because of that I will be using an English word today!

W is for Wheels
While driving north on I-5
we pulled off the freeway 
and stopped so I could get
these farm photos. 
By the way the Spanish word
for wheels is "rueda".

Farm photo #1   April 23, 2014

 Farm photo #2  April 23, 2014

 Farm Photo #3  April 23, 2014

Farm Photo #4  April 23, 2014

Farm photo #5  April 23, 2014

Farm photo #6  April 23, 2014

Someone spent an enormous amount of 
time and most likely money to amass
this wonderful rusting collection.
Have a lovely day and don't forget to
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It's Feline Friday! April 25, 2014

Lucy is ready to pounce!
April 2014

Lucy loves to play and
one of her favorite games 
is to hide and jump out as
we walk by! She is such a cutie!
Lucy is a Korat just like
Teddy a fellow bloggers kitty!
Thanks to Steve of BFDude 
for Feline Friday!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A to Z 2014 Challenge V is for Viento!

Viento = Wind

Paraguas son inĂștiles en el viento
( Umbrellas are useless in the wind )
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A to Z 2014 Challenge U is for Util

Util = Useful

Un paraguas es muy util!
( An umbrella is very useful )
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A to Z 2014 Challenge T is for Trafico

Trafico = Traffic
Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico
March 2014

No hay trafico aqui.
( There is no traffic here )

College Ave, Weed California
March, 2014

No hay trafico aqui tabien.
( There is also no traffic here )
To see more A-Z drive AQUI

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A to Z 2014 Challenge S is for Sobrina and Sobrino

Sobrina = Niece
Sobrino = Nephew

My wonderful niece and her sweet husband 

They live a wonderfully balanced life.
Working hard, but also knowing when
to take time off and just have fun.
Now married 20 years with two children.
No small accomplishment these days!

And their two very nice children. 
Smart, sassy and very fun!

Resobrina and Resobrino
Great Niece and Great Nephew
And they are great- that's for sure!

Lisa, Annabelle and Maddie
April 2014
Here's another Sobrina and her daughters.
I am so proud of all my nieces and nephews!
( sorry for the blurry photo )
To see more A-Z blogs go Here

Monday, April 21, 2014

What?? It's Awww Monday Already???

Ms Nanny Goat  April 2014

"I'd like to be scratched under my chin please."

Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challenge R is for Rabano

Rabano = Radish

Radish by ceramic artist Deb Norby, 2000

Carved Radishes
Night of the Radish,  Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico 

Every year on December 23rd in Oaxaca City
the Night of the Radish is celebrated.
To learn more click here: Radish
And click here to see more A to Z

Magpie Tales #216

Finland, 1968,  photo by George F. Mobley

Gloomy rainy day
Lifted by splashes of color
And children's laughter
Nothing deters children from having fun- 
especially a little bit of rainy weather. 
Thanks to Tess Kincaid who created Magpie Tales.
To read more Magpie Tales go Here

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Three in One Day!! A to Z, Six Words and Shadowy Shots April 19-20,2014

Q is for Quietud
Quietud = Stillness

My Garden Window  April 18, 2014

Hay una quietud en las sombras
( There is a stillness in shadows )

Have a great weekend and
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Words , Shadows and A-Z's

It's Feline Friday! April 18, 2014

As Sandee Clark says
 "Thanks to Steve of BFDude
for Feline Friday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challenge P is for Poco

Poco = little

a smidgen of wine  April 17, 2014

Yo tengo muy poco de vino en el cristal.
I have very little wine in my glass)
And a special toast to Robin who sent me 
this hilarious YouTube
Thanks Robin- I am still on the floor..
not from drinking wine, but from laughing!
If you would like to see
more A-Z players just 
link to this POCO !!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challenge O is for Olvidado

Olvidado = I forgot

Finger of Forgetfulness  April 17, 2014

From the Spanish verb olvidar.
Have you ever tied a string 
on your finger so you don't forget?
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Don't forget!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challenge N is for Noche

Noche = Night or Evening

 Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman 
Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Mexico 
May 2009

After the sun sets the peaceful evening begins....
Buenos noches = Good evening.
Go AQUI to find more A-Z participants!

A-Z 2014 Challenge. M is for Mesa!

Mesa = Table

 Electronic Conversations with Laptops
 Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico March 2014

Fine Dining with the Olsons!
Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico, March 2014 

We are all guilty of this new
practice- electronic conversations
while sitting together! Fortunately 
we do know when to put them away!
To see more A-Z's go AQUI!

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Awww Monday! April 14, 2014 Woof!!

Andi's dogs in her garden  April 12, 2014

All I had to do was whistle...
and they were ready to play!

Let's go play! April 12, 2014

Thanks to Sandee for 
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A-Z 2014 Challenge! L is for Libras

Libras = Books

Book Club Poster  April 2014

Books and reading have been a very
important part of my life. 
I love to read!
What were some of your favorite 
books as a child? I read and re-read
Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland,
Secret Garden and Winnie the Pooh.
To see more A-Z Challengers
go Here! 
Have a great day and go read a book!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Magpie Tales #215 Here Kitty Kitty....

The King of Cats, 1935, Balthus 

There once was a artist named Balthus
Whose love of cats gave some pause
Said he "I love cats
If you don't then just scat!
I adore their sharp little claws!"

Early photo of Balthus date unknown

Thanks to Tess Kincaid for