"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, May 23, 2019

Feline Friday May 24, 2019

 
 
What a wonderful story!
Each Thursday Ellen of 15andmeowing and
Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs,
 provide Friendly Fill-in questions.
Ellen came up with the first two questions
and Lorianne came up with the last two questions.
If you need help, please let either Ellen or Lorianne know.

Here are my answers to this weeks questions:

 1. I avoid shopping on Memorial Day.
2. I try to avoid driving during busy holidays.
3. If I had a catchphrase, it would be "life is a banquet and we should enjoy every day".
4. Satisfaction in doing a good job motivated me to work

hard. Now that I am retired I can relax and smile!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wordless Wednesday! May 22, 2019

 
Going past Shasta Lake

 
Early morning in Sausalito.
Looking across the bay towards San Francisco.
 

 
Walking towards the Memorial Chapel
at Stanford University.

 
Another early morning driving back up towards home.
We were on highway 680 leaving Los Altos at 5:30am.
A long trip well worth it to honor our dear friend. 
  

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Tuesday! May 21, 2019

 
Something to ponder!
Have you ever piled up a bunch of rocks ?
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Awww Monday May 20, 2019

 
Siblings hard at work!!!
Have a lovely week!
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Feline Friday May17, 2019

 
Del Ponte Winery Kitty Cat! 
Such a cutie pie!
 
 
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wordless Wednesday May 15, 2019

 
One of our new neighbors!
And here's another one!
 
 
 
And guess who is watching them!!!
 
 
 
And we are all wishing you a lovely Wednesday!
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Awww Monday! May 13, 2019

 
Thanks to Photo Journal for this
amazing Bald Eagle shot!
And thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Wordless Wednesday! May 8, 2019

 
Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California.
Photo by Randy Laybourne.
Have a wonderful day!
 
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Happy Tuesday! May 7,2019

 
A happy flash from the past!
While living in the mountains near Mt Shasta
 we always enjoyed seeing the baby deer!
(you can see Mt Shasta in the upper left of this photo)
Have a Happy Tuesday where ever you are!
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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Early Awww Monday! May 6 , 2019

 
I love cat videos!
This one is cute and hilarious too!
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Early Feline Friday May 3, 2019

 
 
 
Lucy the Cat has a very hard life....
1.  Lucy has to wake me up for her breakfast.
Sometimes it takes her 5 minutes before I get up!
2.  Lucy has to remind me about her after
breakfast treats.
3.   Lucy then is forced to take a long nap.
4.   Lucy has to remind us that it is time for lunch.
5.  Reminding is hard work and so Lucy has to 
take another long nap.
6.  Lucy has to meow at the outside door before
we will drop everything ( CRASH ) to take her for a walk.
7.  Again Lucy will have to nag us for her dinner.
8.  And so on...........poor pitiful Lucy. It's a hard
life when one is only 12" tall.......
 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wordless Wednesday! May 1, 2019

 
The Eddy Mountains
June 1, 2018
 
Good grief...going through my photos from last year 
looking for a nice springy shot I came across
this photo I took last year on June 1 when we were
just putting our mountain home on the market!
And now here we are in Vancouver Washington
with warm sunny days in the low 70's!
Mama mia- how our life has changed. We miss our friends
and some things about our life there, BUT we don't miss
plowing snow nor keeping an eye out for wildfires!
We love where we are! And so does Lucy!
 
 
 
Cheers and have a lovely day!
( so much for being Wordless! )
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Happy Tuesday! April 30, 2019

 
 
Click on link above to read all about it!
Have a very happy day!
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Awwww Monday! April 29, 2019

 
Gabby at a Family Birthday Party.....
She really wanted to play....
 
 
There was the "adult" table.... 
 

 
The "children's table"....

 
But, Gabby was all by herself....poor Gabby.
 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wordless Wednesday April 24, 2019

 
As I've mentioned before Cecilia's Farmy Blog
delights me and here's a wee little Instagram
she made of Mr Flowers the resident peacock!
Have a lovely day!
 
 
click here:  Mr Flowers from the Farmy
And then click on the image to start the video! 


 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Awww Monday April 22, 2019

 
Happy Easter photos of just some
of our sweet nieces and nephews!
Hope you all have a great week!
 

 
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Feline Friday April 19, 2019

 
 
Sweet little video.....such tenderness.
Have a lovely day.
Thanks Sandee!
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Awww Mondays!!! April 15, 2019

 
Sunday afternoon family Birthday Party!
We all pitched in for the Annual Potluck
get-together....great fun!
I made the names into a crossword...yummy
and I was hungry also for a Pineapple Upside Down cake. 

 
Have a great Awww Monday and
Thanks to Sandee!
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Sunday, April 07, 2019

Awww Monday! April 8, 2019

 
Another photo of my nephews
wonderful rescue dog Kahneeta!
They are inseparable on the weekends!
Have a great week!
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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Thankful Thursday April 4, 2019

 
 
I am so thankful for people like
this kind man who rescued a baby goose.
Thankful Thursday is brought to us by Brian!
Thanks Brian!!!!
 
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Wordless Wednesday April 3, 2019

 
 
Tugboat pushing a very long
barge down the Columbia River.
 

 
 
Have a lovely day!
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Monday, April 01, 2019

Happy Early Tuesday April 2, 2019

 
Have fun watching this!!!!
And have a Happy Tuesday!
Thanks Sandee !!!
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

It's Awww Monday and April Fools Day! April 1, 2019

Last Saturday we actually went to downtown
Vancouver, Washington for the first time
since we moved! It was a gorgeous day and
we had a lovely time and a delicious brunch.
The photo above is my attempt of making a collage...
I need to find some online software better
than what I have at the moment.
But, it will do for now!
This is the I-5 bridge that crosses the Columbia river.
On the south side is the state of Oregon. Not much traffic
on Saturday but it is a traffic nightmare on week days.
It is the biggest chokepoint on all of I-5 from 
the border of Mexico to the border of Canada.
Not so Awwwsome !
 
Meanwhile here's a cute Awww Monday photo...
 
Two of our former neighbors with
adorable little goats....hard to say
which duo is cuter!
Have a lovely day!
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Feline Friday! March 29, 2019

 
 
 
 
Lucy is attempting to stare at me
long enough so that I get her message
that it's time to take a walk!
Meanwhile....
Each Thursday Ellen of 15andmeowing and
Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs,
provide Friendly Fill-in questions.
Here are my answers to this weeks fill-in questions:
1. I am allergic to rude people.
2. Our taxes are done! Yay!
3. I don’t tell many people my political beliefs.
4.  When it rains, I put on my raincoat
or stay inside and cook!
 
Have a delightful weekend!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Awww Monday! March 25, 2019

Here's a LINK to an instagram
from my favorite Farmy Blog
Thanks Cecilia G. !!
 
 
 
Two of Cecilia's Cats......
 
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Feline Friday! March 22, 2019

 
 
Henri is hysterically funny!
Kudos to Big Geek Dad!
Have a lovely weekend!
And Happy Spring! Tra La!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thankful for Spring! March 21, 2019

Thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!
 
 
 
 
I planted these little signs of spring
last month. And now that is sunny
and warmer they are happily blooming!   
 

 
And below is what I think might be a
Mock Orange shrub. There are a lot 
beginning to bloom in our back yard.
I'll take a sample to our local nursery
to really find out what it is.  
 
 
 
Have a great day!
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Awww Monday! March 18, 2019

 
Tengmalm’s owl in the Czech Republic.
Photo by Zdeněk Macháček.
 
Have a great week!
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Feline Friday! and Friendly Fill-Ins! March 15, 2019

 
This is Lucy's favorite sunny spot.
After her lunch this is where she has a siesta. Ole!
Have a lovely day and do try to
have a siesta yourself!
 
 
 
Each Thursday Ellen of 15andmeowing and
Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs,
provide Friendly Fill-in questions.
 
Ellen came up with the first two questions and Lorianne came up with the last two questions.
If you need help, please let either Ellen or Lorianne know.
Here are this weeks questions:
1. I could live on __________.
2. I rarely ___________, but when I do, __________.
3. I would most like to be known for __________.
4. If you want __________, you have to __.
And here are my answers:
1. I could live on appetizers.
2. I rarely tell a lie, but when I do, it's a doozy!
3. I would most like to be known for being kind.
4. If you want to travel, you have to save your money.
Remember pack half the clothes and take
twice as much cash!
And remember to always have fun! Cheers!
 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thankful Thursday! March 13, 2019

Thankful Thursday is brought to us by Brian
Thanks Brian!
 
 
I am especially thankful for our new home
as it backs up to a small green belt where
we can watch little critters and all sorts
of birds hopping and flying through.
I managed to capture this female
Hairy Woodpecker enjoying pecking
away at the suet feeder.
 
 
 
Strangely enough I am grateful for the 205 bridge
that takes us across the Columbia River
to visit friends and family. Sometimes the
traffic can be a bit much, but we're learning
to time our departures and to be patient!
 

 
And then if you are not the one driving you
 can look out the window and watch the world go by. 
You can just glimpse Mt. Hood on the far right.
Life is good and I have no complaints!
Have a lovely day!
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Wordless Wednesday March 13, 2019

 
Photo by Jos Zwaan.\
 
Next time Russell and I travel
to the Netherlands I hope to go here!
Have a lovely day!
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Feline Friday! Here's Lucy! March 8, 2019

 
One has to envy how cats can sleep anywhere
and in every yoga position possible!
Lucy is a pro!

 
Look at those cute little pink toes!
Have a purrfectly wonderful day!!
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Thankful Thursday March 7, 2019

 
I am so very thankful for living here in this country.
Grateful for all our friends near and far.
Thankful for our all our family members near and far.
And especially thankful for my wonderful husband
who I am happy to cook for every day!
He is my best friend! 
 
 
Wednesday night's dinner included a home made
loaf of Peasant bread from the Artisan Bread
 

 
Cream of Broccoli soup from another one my favorite
So easy and so dang delicious! 
 
 
And a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, kalamata olives, 
slivered almonds and Manchego cheese.  
Topped off with juice from a freshly squeezed lime!
What more could we ask for?
Cookies!!! Homemade chocolate chip cookies!
( no photos we ate them all up! )
Have a lovely day today and everyday!
 
Many thanks to Brian  for Thankful Thursdays! 
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Wordless Wednesday March 6, 2019

 
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
  May the songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
  May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. 
 And may happiness fill your heart each day
 your whole life through.

~ Irish blessing ~
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