"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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

We've Moved Back Up North .....December 20, 2018

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We got an early start last week when
the movers finished filling up the
moving van Wednesday afternoon.
So we took that Golden opportunity
and put Lucy in our pre-packed car
and drove up to Medford Oregon and stayed
 the night in a "Cat Friendly" motel.  

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That meant we had a head start as we drove
up to Vancouver early Thursday morning.
Instead of 6 non-stop hours for Lucy
to be in the car, she only had to endure 4 1/2 hours
until we got to the Cat Chalet where she stayed
for a few days until the house was slightly less
chaotic and not quite so full of paper and boxes.
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Lucy is pretty much settled even though
we will be unpacking for at least another week.
Have a great Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Awww Monday December 16, 2018

December 15,  2018 
Paddling Christmas Elves and Santas!
The Portland Hawthorne Bridge is
in the background.
Check it out here !
Have a great week!
We are still unpacking!!!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Feline Friday December 7, 2018

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Lucy loves  sleeping by Russell in the evening....
the fire is toasty warm and she's a contented cat.
The painting in the background is leaning
against the wall waiting for the movers to
pack her up along with everything else.
Whew- I'd forgotten how hard moving is!
Happy Feline Friday to you!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Wordless Wednesday! December 5, 2018

Reitdiephaven, Groningen, Netherlands.
 Photo by Nout Gons.
We've been to the Netherlands a few
times to visit friends. Now that I've
seen this photo I want to go there!
Have a lovely Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, December 03, 2018

Happy Tuesday! December 4, 2018

This photo is priceless! The dogs are so very
concerned about the little pig Jude.
I faithfully follow Kitchen Garden as it is
amazing to learn about farming
and also it is so very entertaining!
You too can follow along.
Here's Monday's post. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Awwwdorable Video for Awww Monday December 3, 2018

This has to be one of the sweetest
and cutest Christmas Advertisement ever!!!
Have a lovely week!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Feline Friday! November 30, 2018

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One of Lucy's favorite spots to
watch the world go by!
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday November 28, 2018

From Sandpipers to Roosters
Mexico has very entertaining birds!
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While relaxing on Playa la Ropa we enjoy 
watching all the Sandpipers ........ 
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And this rooster was hysterically funny
trying to peck the "other" rooster!
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happy and Busy Tuesday! November 27, 2018

 Here's a photo of our new home!
We'll be moving in soon- about
two and half weeks and we're
madly but carefully packing!
Almost done!
Have a great day whatever you are doing! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Early Awww Monday November 25, 2018

After all the welcome rainy days
yesterday turned out to be sunny and dry.
Some of our deer came out from the forest
and I gave them a few bits of carrots.

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November 24 at 4:23 pm

I will truly miss the deer and all the other
mountain animals.
BUT Russell will not miss all the work that
is necessary here!
And we both will miss all our dear friends!

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November 24 at 4:24 pm

Below is a photo looking southwest towards the Eddys.
It was a  gorgeous day!
The banner photo above shows off those fabulous
lenticular clouds and fresh snow on Mt Shasta!   

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November 25 at 4:14 pm

Friday, November 23, 2018

Feline Friday November 23, 2018

Did the cat already eat the turkey or....?
Wishing everyone a very
Happy Day After Thanksgiving!
Remember it's only about 33 days
until Christmas !!!! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday November 21, 2018

2010 Thanksgiving Turkey
Back in November of 2010 I posted all
my Thanksgiving recipes. I've attached
the link to it in case you need a different
recipe or are a beginner when it comes
to Thanksgiving cooking!
Have a lovely day!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Happy Tuesday! November 20, 2018

When we travel to Mexico I always take
time each day to draw with color pencils.
I sit under my palapa on the beach and
draw images from my memories or
 my imagination and not
from what I see in front of me.  
It's the only time I do this and I'm not sure
why that is. But, it's fun and relaxing and
I usually give some away before we come home.
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This one I gave away to Jorge who is a
wonderful artist who paints on the beach
using his fingers as paint brushes.
The banner photo above shows his set up
that was in front of me right before the surf.  

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Totally made up with ridiculous perspective
but I had fun with it!

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Seriously silly! Jorge wanted to know
how I came up with this! I had no idea.

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This was the first drawing for this vacation.

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Before we left for our vacation I finished this
baby quilt. Good thing, because when we got home
the baby had been born the day before we came
home. So, it got mailed a few days ago.
The baby quilts that I make are like my drawings;
other than choosing the fabrics to use,
I never know what they will be like until I am done.  
It will be fun to see photos of the baby with her quilt!
Have a fun day whatever you do!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Early Post For Awww Monday November 19, 2018

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Lucy can always find a sunny spot!
After a lovely 3 weeks in Zihuatanejo
we're back home!  Tan, rested and ready
for our next adventure! In just a month
we will be moving from our beautiful mountain
home and going back up north to a new home in
Vancouver, Washington. We will miss all the
lovely animals and all our good friends here.
But it's time for us to downsize and have more
free time to travel and to spend more time
with our Northwest family members.
Plus ten and a half acres is a huge responsibility
to take care of when one is over 70 years old!
We've accomplished a lot in the almost 7 years
we've been here and our home and land
are better for all our hard work.  
So, that said I'll try to keep blogging, 
but there may be days I just won't have the time.
We have a lot to do before leaving....! Cheers!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Happy Tuesday November 13, 2018

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A black iguana resting in the sun.... 

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Our good friend Judy with an Iguana
that had been swimming in the ocean....
more about that tomorrow.

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A local squirrel up in a coconut tree...they
eat the insides of the coconuts after they gnaw
through the tough shell...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Awww Monday! November 12, 2018

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While shopping with a friend in
downtown Zihuatanejo near the Zocalo
I spotted this quite lovely "shop cat".
It is run by Christina who also is in
charge of the local Humane Society.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

100 Year Anniversary Sunday November 11, 2018

Remember Democracy?
Remember Peace?
 Don't take them for granted.

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Thankful Thursday! November 8, 2018

We've been coming down here for over
twenty years and I am amazed how
much care is given to making sure that
the baby turtle eggs are safe before hatching
and when they are released.
Even with all that care only 1 in a 1000
will survive to sexual maturity.
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Here's the link to Brian's blog...
have a lovely day.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Wordless Wednesday November 7, 2018

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Two views from Playa la Ropa
Evening view from a restaurant....

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and one looking up at the sky
from our palapa!
Have a restful day!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Happy and Relaxing Tuesday November 6, 2018

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After breakfast Russell always takes a nap
under our palalpa!

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Later on he relaxes on our terrace
 and reads a bit....

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One of the local artists who paints
on the beach taking a break... 
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and one of the Catalina cats snoozing
in the restaurant....

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Early Awww Monday ~~~~ November 4, 2018

Posting on the internet can be quite problematic
while in Mexico.....so I'm early while the system
is up and running! Have a great day!
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Yesterday we strolled down the beach.
It was quite busy as it was a holiday weekend.
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It was also a sleepy day for some...

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The most exciting thing we saw last night
was a mother turtle burying her eggs
on the beach! We've helped with baby turtle
releases, but had never seen the mother come up
on the shore.  Such a sweet sight.
Tomorrow morning one of the hotel workers will
dig up the eggs and rebury them in a secure place so
that no animal or human will disturb the eggs.
I don't know how long it takes for the eggs to hatch.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Saturday Snaps! November 3, 2018

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Two nights ago we had dinner at
an Italian restaurant....
Great view and a nice dinner.  

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Have a lovely day!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Feline Friday November 2, 2018

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These two cats are siblings...
I think the kitty below is older by a few years.
Needless to say they do work the guests
looking for handouts! I brought some
packets of "kitty treats" to share!
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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Sailing with Jose Luis! November 1, 2018

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Another lovely day....

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Perfect wind for sailing....

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Russell and Jose Luis went sailing for
over an hour outside of the bay....  
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They had a great time!