"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, October 31, 2014

It's Feline Friday October 31, 2014

Tienda dogs in Puerto Vallarta

I have yet to see one cat since we arrived
in Mexico. I think it's these ferocious
guard dogs that keep them out of sight!
Have a great weekend and tell Steve
of BFDude  thanks for Feline Friday!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Yesterday the Botanical Garden and Today's Bus Ride to Where.....?

Lots to see and do....
First we went to a Botanical Garden..

Botanical Gardens near Tuito 

Lily Pads and Blossoms

Tree Fern

That's a  Philodendron!?
Yep- they grow 'em big in the tropics!

Los Horcones River

Close up- but not sure what plant this is....

Melon loving birds....

Hummingbird staking out his territory..

Now we are on the bus- 
headed towards another adventure...

Fields of Agave for tequila...

 After a calm bus ride we have a 
matador for taxi driver!
Check out the poised thumb for horn honking!
Actually he was a good driver.

 Russell with paper mache 
Day of the Dead Catrina...

 Yes- we are in Guadalajara...
intense city of .
At least that is what the taxi guy said... 

And with gorgeous historical buildings...
That's it for now!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What little town did we go to?

Yesterday we took an hour long bus ride
to a little town we once stayed in for two weeks.
It appeared to us that time had been kind 
to this still peaceful place.

The bus driver texted almost the whole way...

Yep- even on the curvy two lane road.....

Having a fabulous lunch with a view....

Surfing is very popular here.....

Some vendors have umbrellas
to keep the sun off of them.....

Here's a place for sale- 
beach front and ready to fix up.
It used to be called Papa's Palapas....

Let the fiestas begin!

A very happy dog! 
Last time we were here ( about 14 years ago) 
there were lots of homeless and hungry dogs.
Did not see one- obviously the "Spay and neuter"
program that had just been started has helped.

Back at our "base camp".
This is a view from the roof top pool ...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Evening Treat

Makes me dizzy.....

October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's AWWW Monday and where the heck are we?

Take a guess!!!!
Someplace at 5:30pm Monday October 27, 2014

Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Magpie Tales #243 Soxy Dancing

Image provided by Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales

There once was a lass named Mable
Who dearly loved dancing on tables
Said she with glee
Makes me feel so free
So what if some say I'm not stable!
Thanks to Tess for this stellar and fun inage!
Have a great week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Six Words with Sunday Shadows October 25-26, 2014

Mt Shasta  October 24, 2014

Torrential rain ...wind gusts 85 mph!! 
I would say that winter is just around the corner.
Mt Shasta is finally getting snow and
may it snow til next May! That might alleviate
the drought conditions we have endured
 the past three years! 
Point your umbrella Here for 6 Words
and throw a snowball Here for Shadow Shots!
And for heavens sake go find your snow shovel!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ole! It's Feline Friday! October 24, 2014

My humans went to Mexico and all
they brought back for me was this
serape and sombrero.....I suspect they
did it all in fun as they are laughing
really loudly now.....or is it the tequila?  

"Borrowed from the internet"

Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday.
He posts it every week to prove to us he 
really really loves cats! Thanks Steve!

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Awww Monday! October 20, 2014

Kids love to get dirty!
At our local Mt Shasta Middle School
some of the kids are helping build a Cob Oven
to be used in firing ceramics and on 
occasion probably making pizza! 
And here's another LINK for more info
on how to build one in your backyard!

 Stomping the Cob
October 17, 2914

Cob Stomping Feet
October 17, 2014
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Magpie Tales #242 Airborn.........

Cemetery in Dublin, Ohio
Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales

You were the center of my universe
My teacher and first friend
You taught me how to treat others
And value each day as if the last 
You are gone now but still here
Not buried under a cold stone
           But like                               
                       a  leaf drifting           
           in the air                            
                  you are with me  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows October 18-19, 2014

Reading to children.....a priceless gift .
Children Love to Read 
October 12, 2014

Our Little Library is Open!
October 13, 2014 

In last weeks blog post I wrote about our
library being destroyed in a horrendous
wildfire that consumed over 160 homes.
Our little town has begun to recover and
rebuild, but this all will take time and money.
If you would like to help rebuild our library
please send your donations to:

Weed Friends of the LIbrary
PO Box 2
Weed CA 96094 

The Weed Friends of the Library
is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) EIN# 77-0605176
and all donations are tax deductible.  
Thanks to everyone for their generous donations. 
And my offer of a matted photo still stands!
Go to this Link to read about my offer.
And have a great day!
Go Here for Shadow Shots 
and Here for Saturday Six Words!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feline Friday October 17, 2014

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer,
A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman,
A man who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist!"
-St. Francis of Assisi

And then there ARE cats.....

WHO Paint.....HAH!

Cats cannot paint, but elephants can.....

Painting Elephant

 Have a spendid weekend .... 

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Awww Monday! October 13, 2014

Had to share two photos this week!

 Service dog Thumper with baby chicks!
Shared by good friend Laurel

Our good friend Tony Tree had this to say about these two
cute camels. " they really enjoyed being petted and getting their necks' scratched, they were crowding around even after I ran out of dried dates! One seemed to really enjoy mouthing my arm and ears. Seemed to be after salt. Very gentle, more fun than hanging out with horses to tell the truth."
Tony is working in the Middle East and it's always great to see
positive photos like this instead of what usually is coming out of that area.
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Monday!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows! October 12, 2014

"Read to Your Children"
October 12, 2014

Our library needs help to rebuild!!
Almost a month ago our library was completely
destroyed by a wildfire that also consumed
our Community Center and over 100 homes.
We have had an amazing outpouring of  
donations and the restoration of our little 
town of Weed California has begun thanks to
everyone pulling together and helping each other.
Our library now has a tiny temporary space as we
work towards the rebuilding project.
And that's where you can help! 
We have received a lot of book donations
which are heartily appreciated, but
what we need now is monetary donations.
Every dollar counts!
So - here's my deal to you:
For every $100.00 donated I will
send you this photo with a 12"x12" mat
with backing ready to be framed. 
The donations should be sent to:

Weed Friends of the LIbrary
PO Box 2
Weed CA 96094 

The Weed Friends of the Library
is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) EIN# 77-0605176
and all donations are tax deductible. 

Thanks to everyone for their generous donations. 
And have a great day!
Go here for Six Word Saturdays
and here for Shadow Shot Sundays

Magpie Tales #241 Fatal Vanity

Self portrait  Vivian Maier

Ignores catastrophic events
Vanity kills
I rarely get on my Ivory soapbox, but
with todays wars, famines and plagues we need
to pay attention and be mindful.
I really don't care about Hollywood
and who is wearing some designer dress.
I care about our planet, the animals that live around us
and how careless so many people are. 
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Feline Friday! October 10, 2014

October 9, 2014

One of our neighbors cats has a new 
spot for taking naps.......such a sweet kitty. 
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!

Monday, October 06, 2014

It's Awww Monday! October 6, 2014

Awwwsome thought of the day.....

And here's some awwwesome gluten free cupcake recipes to try... My niece is coming to visit with her kids and one needs to avoid wheat.... So I'm going to try one of these recipes !

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Feline Friday, Six Words and Shadowy Sunday! October 3-5, 2014

Lucy in her sunny spot.
February 2014

Lucy says.....
"Next time I want to go!"
We just got back from a week long trip
up to Portland to visit and celebrate my birthday!
We had a great time and so did Lucy with her 
favorite friend Cate who comes to stay with her.
Have a great weekend!
Here are the links for Sunday Shadows
and Six Word Saturdays