"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, August 31, 2014

Magpie Tales #235 Gravitational Pull

Dark Harbor, 1943, N.C. Wyeth

The ocean sighs as the tide comes in
Dawn's sky fills with cries of gulls
A boat overflows with silvery bounty
Enough to share so all will feast    
The ocean sighs as the tide goes out
And the fishermen return to the sea
Row over here to read more
And thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Six Words and Shadowy Shots for Sunday August 30-31, 2014

Vegetable gardens are works of art...
Come into Andi's Garden...

Andi's Garden Gate
August 29, 2014

Early morning birdbath
August 29, 2014

Swiss Chard
August 29, 2014

Amaranth with green beans
August 29, 2014

Purple cabbage
August 29, 2014

Peeking mushroom
August 29, 2014

For more go to these links:
and for heavens sake enjoy your day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Feline Friday August 29, 2014

Lucy in her window
August 29, 2014

Lucy would really like to be
outdoors.....and the coyote would too.
That's why she's an indoor only cat!
Two days ago I observed a coyote
just outside our dining room window
stealthily stalking a squirrel.***
Then the coyote saw me watching 
and left in a huff.
*** Try saying that 3 times!

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Awww Monday! August 25, 2014

The 22nd Annual 
in Dunsmuir !!!

We had a great time and so did 
all the kids in the park. 
Here are a few photos....

These two little girls were 
having a serious conversation!

Very serious conversation!

Meanwhile other kids were playing football...

Have a great week everyone!
And don't forget to thank Sandee for 
Awww Mondays!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Magpie Tales # 234 Painful Perfection

Starry Night by Alex Ruiz

Once seen
Never forgotten
Once seen
Has to be painted

Enraged losing friends
Losing friends who loved 
Who loved him despite 
Despite his madness 
Madness driving him
Driving him to slashing
Slashing lines and colors
Colors from that night
That starry starry night
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales
Have a great week!

Friday, August 22, 2014

OH!!! It's Six Words and Shadow Shots !!! August 23-24,2014

Colourful scraps appear as I cook.....

Even detritus can be amazingly beautiful....
I hesitate before I toss anything aside...
Scamper over HERE for more Six Words
and AQUI for Sunday Shadow Shots!
Have a happy day!

It's Feline Friday! August 22, 2014

Lucy relaxing in the sunshine

Life can be hard when you are only 12" tall.
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!!
Cheers!And have a fantastic day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Once again...it's Awww Monday! August 18, 2014

Our music party was great fun! 

Perfectly gorgeous evening... 

Fabulous music by Allison and Victor

Wonderful friends and family-
Everyone brought delicious treats-
what a great evening!

Now it's early morning and I am watering
the garden with my deer friends!
Have a wonderful week!

Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Magpie Tales #233 Bon Voyage.........

Yell Sound, Shetland 2014
by R.A.D. Stainforth

Farewell love
Until you return I will 
Pace the shore
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Six Words and Shadowy Shots! August 16-17, 2014

 "Please pet me!" 
August 13, 2014

Goats are beautiful......but also mischievious !!

"I am soooo bored"
August 13, 2014

Earlier this week we went to the
 Plumas County Fair in Quincy California.
If you would like to see more of Quincy
and what we did while at the fair go here!

Thanks to Cate for Six Word Saturday
this weeks Shadow Shot Sunday!
Have a great week everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

It's Feline Friday! August 15, 2014

Some cats prefer to catch their own fish.....

Other cats prefer beer....

And then still other cat's want ..........

Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On the Road Again.....

Off to the Plumas County Fair
in Quincy, California

 Highway 36E
August 13, 2014

 Train trestle near Quincy 
Highway 89S
August 13, 2014

 Great neice Juliana ready to show her pig.
August 13, 2014 

 Juliana and Smartie
August 13, 2014

Look how handsome Smartie is!
He's a Red Wattle. Juliana got 4th place- a great
win as this is her first 4-H year!     
August 13, 2014

Smarite is a handsome pig -
 right down to the tip of his tail!
August 13, 2014

We stayed here at the Pine Hill 1950's classic motel 

After the pig show we explored Quincy.... 

 Charming old homes
August 13, 2014
Some fixer-uppers....

 Quincy Historic Home

 Quincy Museum
August 13, 2014

1905 photo of loggers.
There still is a very active 
mill operation here in Quincy. 

Later on we went back to the fair 
for the Pig Call Contest!
What a hoot- the kids had 60 seconds
to get their pig to come to them from
a corner of the arena. The best time was
11 seconds! Juliana won 5th prize
 for 20 seconds. Some pigs never did 
saunter over to their kids.

 This little piggie didn't move....

 This one finally came over after about 50 seconds...

 This piggie stood outside the box.....

Smartie was smart and made it over in 20 seconds!
Good job Juliana! 

Obviously we had a great time and
a good visit with the family!

Julianna won three ribbons! Woo Hoo!

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Awww Monday! August 11, 2014

Colorful Macaw spotted in a parking lot
July 30, 2014

When I spotted this bird having
a snack I just had to talk with
the person who adopted Merlin 
two years ago. Merlin is only 3
years old and macaws can live
up to 80 years. Obviously they
are a lifetime committment.

Here's a link for more info.
Have a squawking great day!
And thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Magpie Tales #232 Committment

Keith Haring   1958-1990

Artfully choosing honesty
Loving openly 
Thanks to Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales !!
Have a great week!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Six Words and Shadowy Shots! August 9-10, 2014

Sunrise August 8, 2014

Sleeping in means you missed this....
And here's where you can find Six Word Saturdays
and this weeks's Shadow Shot Sundays 
Cheers and have a great day 
no matter what time of day you woke up!

Friday, August 08, 2014

It's time for Feline Friday! 8-8-2014

Lucy taking a nap 
January 2013

Lucy is so sweet when she's asleep...
Lucy waking up from nap
February 2013

Just don't wake her up....haha!
Thanks to Steve for Feline Friday!