"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, December 25, 2019

Wordless Wednesday???? December 25, 2019

Merry Merry Christmas to all!

 What the heck is this?

Well, a few days ago I made a big batch of 
orange lemon raspberry ginger marmalade.
YUM!


So, today we had a yummy
 Christmas Breakfast !
A huge puffy Dutch Baby with our marmalade! 
Have a lovely day!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Happy Tuesday December 24, 2019

Yes! It's yet another happy baby arrival
in our growing family!
Below is the quilt I made for yet
another sweet baby Great Nephew...
or is it Grand Nephew? 
Never mind...... he is both Great and Grand!  



And here's the cutie pie:


Merry Christmas little one!
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Feline Friday! December 20, 2019



Well trained kitties!
Have a great weekend!
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Awww Monday! December 16, 2019

A good childhood friend sent me this
 photo and story about Great Dane service dogs. 
I thought you all would enjoy this.
Have a great day!





THIS POTENTIAL SERVICE DOG PUPPY IS AT HOME -   IT IS ALMOST 2 MONTHS OLD NOW.  IT WAS BORN AT THE SERVICE DOG PROJECT, WHERE IT WILL LIVE UNTIL IT CHOOSES A HUMAN IT WANTS TO LIVE WITH - WHEN IT'S 1-1/2 TO 2 YEARS OLD.  PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES APPLY FOR THESE DOGS.  SELECTED APPLICANTS COME AND LIVE AT THE SDP FARM FOR SEVERAL DAYS, JUST HANGING OUT, HELPING WITH CHORES AND STUFF.  AT SOME POINT A DOG WILL CHOOSE THEM, THEY DO NOT CHOOSE THE DOG.  A DOG WILL DECIDE IT LIKES THEM, AND IF IT LOOKS LIKE A MATCH, HUMAN AND DOG ARE PAIRED AND ON THEIR MERRY WAY.  THE DOG HAS BEEN TRAINED WITH THE BASICS, AND THEN WHEN IT CHOOSES A HUMAN, IT IS FURTHER FINE-TUNE-TRAINED TO THAT INDIVIDUAL'S SPECIFIC NEEDS.  IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.  VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES GET FIRST CHOICE.  :)
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Feline Friday! December 13,2019


Lucy is waiting for Santa Claws!
Have a great weekend! xoxo
And thanks Sandee for Feline Friday!
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thankful Thursday December 12, 2019




Russell and I on our South America cruise.
Amazing 16 days with 13 friends. 
I am so thankful for my best friend who
enjoys adventures with his best friend!
Cheers! Happy Holidays!
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Thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursdays!

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Awww Monday December 9, 2019


A Service dog lets Santa know
what he wants for Christmas!
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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Early Feline Friday December 6, 2019


Lucy sleeping once again by the fire.....
Have a lovely weekend!
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Monday, December 02, 2019

Awww Monday! December 2, 2019


Winnie is an awdorable cat who lives with one
 of our good friends in Lake Oswego,  Oregon.
She is definitely a cutie!
Have a great week!
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Early Feline Friday November 29, 2019


While Lucy lounged  by the fire...
I made a Pumpkin Pie 
and an Apple Pie! Yummy!  

 


Have a great weekend!
Thanks Sandee !!! 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful Thursday November 28, 2019


Thankful for a day of Thanksgiving.
Thankful for the wildlife that is here with me.
Thankful for friends and family here and there.
Have a lovely day.
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Thanks Brian!

Wordless Wednesday November 27, 2019


The Eddy Mountains
Taken some years back when we lived
in Weed California.
Right now they are getting lots 
of snow and we are NOT missing plowing!
Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy Tuesday! November 26, 2019


Sometimes communication breaks down....
Have a great day and a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Awww Monday November 25, 2019

We spent a few hours this Sunday having 
a lovely walk along the Columbia River. 
We came upon two men quietly feeding the
many ducks and a few sea gulls. Silently tossing bits 
of bread while the numerous birds noisily enjoyed a snack.
I carefully walked or should I say waded through
these ducks and gulls so I could talk to the men.   
They come here almost every day. 
I felt like they were the Pied Pipers of Ducks
since so many of the ducks followed one man as he left.
However, after a bit, they turned around and went back to
the river bank.

 November 24, 2019
Columbia River, Vancouver Washington
3:30pm
  

3:30 pm

3:31pm 

3:38pm

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Early Happy Tuesday November 19, 2019


Another lovely sweet baby girl
arrived into our family in early October.
I really enjoyed creating this quilt for her!
She is laying on top of her quilt and
her gorgeous Mom is with her in the 
photo below. They do not live far from us
so we'll be able to visit often!     



Have a great day!
Thanks Sandee!
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Feline Friday November 15, 2019

This is a re-do of this weeks Feline Friday...
I experienced a lot of technical problems and
eventually had to delete the original post as some
problems with commenting could not be fixed. Sorry!
 
 
These 3 little kitties showed up in our backyard 
yesterday afternoon. Very skittish and not
trusting at all. But they knew all about "Kitty kitty"
and came towards me when I had Fancy Feast
to share with them!  




 
 
 
I then went online to the Nextdoor web site and
left information and these photos hoping someone
would say "Oh those are our kittens!" 
But nope no one did and we had to assume
that they had been abandoned to fend for themselves.
By this morning after feeding them many times 
yesterday and twice this early morning I managed to
finagle them into our large dog crate we used to 
transport Lucy to our new home. They were also getting
 quite friendly, rubbing up against us
 and wanting in the house.  Well, Lucy was having
none of that and was going ballistic and attacking
 the windows. Russell managed to herd her upstairs
without getting bitten or clawed. 
( Lucy turns quite feral seeing other felines )
I was getting lots of responses and offers of
help by this morning. One amazing woman who is a
came to our home and will transport them
to the shelter for us . Thank goodness for angels.
 


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Feline Friday November 1, 2019

January 3, 2018
11:26am
Weed, California
 
 
 
 
"Is the cat gone yet?"
 
 
January 3, 2018
11:29am 
Weed, California
 
"Nope, we can still see him!"
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Bald Eagles photo thanks to:
Fifty-five bald eagles in one tree,
by the Nooksack River in Washington state.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Awwww Monday! October 28, 2019


Have a very Happy Awww Monday!
Video thanks to Big Geek Dad!
Thanks Sandee!!!

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Feline Friday October 25, 2019

 
Lucy loves playing on her new cat tree.
After more than 10 years we
needed to replace the old cat tree.
She literally wore it out.
Have a great Feline Friday Sandee!
 
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 didn't eat liver until I lived in Spain.
 2. I try to be patient but it doesn't always work!
3. My fear of heights keeps me from bungee jumping.
4. If I were a ghost, I would haunt crooked politicians.

( that would keep a lot of ghosts busy..bwa hahah)
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Thankful Thursday October 24, 2019


It's only been 2 weeks since Russell had his
very serious surgery. And look at him today!
He's sitting with Armando a good friend of ours
and you can see how well he feels!
Amazing man of mine!
Just proves that if you take care of
your body, your body will take care of you.
Russell has made an amazing recovery in large
part due to his working out 2-3 times a week
 for years and years! Yay for Russell.
The physical therapist came today to see
how Russell has been doing and he said
"You don't need me any more!"
Tomorrow he has an appointment with the
surgeon and we shall see what he thinks.
I am so thankful for the care Russell got 
from all the dedicated people who helped
Russell be where he is today!
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Thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wordless Wednesday!!! October 23, 2019


Fisher Creek Roundabout
Not far from where we live....
we use this route when going shopping
or heading to the airport.
I took this photo yesterday while sitting
in the car. I figured I'd better snap this
photo before all the leaves disappear.
Click below for a lovely song:
 
Have a lovely day!
And as always thanks Sandee!
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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Awww Monday October 21, 2019

 
Little Toby with his "Baby".
Toby is such a cutie and a really good dog!
Have a lovely week!
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Feline Friday October 18, 2019

A little over a week ago Russell woke up
in the middle of night in a lot of pain.
He tried laying on the couch downstairs,
but then all of a sudden his left side became
paralyzed and I immediately called 911.
I won't go into the grisly details, but after
some serious surgery and a few recuperative 
days in the hospital Russell is back home and
will have home health care for a few weeks. 
The paralysis disappeared quickly after
the surgery and Russell is making amazing
 progress and the doctors have assured us 
that he will make 100% recovery!
Lucy the Cat is now referred to as Nurse Lucy
as she has been very attentive and loving
towards Russell. She knows how to show her love.
Just look at her!  Such a great cat!         


"Nurse Lucy" takes her responsibilities
very seriously!


But...she also takes good care of herself!
Have a great Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday October 17, 2019

 
Lacamas Lake Blue Heron
October 1, 2019
 
I am so thankful that even though we moved
from a beautiful mountain home we are still
living where we can walk amongst wildlife.
Many times I feel a more kindred spirit with
the wild than with so called civilization.
Thanks to Brian we have Thankful Thursday!
Have a lovely day.
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Feline Friday October 11, 2019


Lucy patiently waiting for her walk!
She is such a sweet kitty.
Thanks Sandee for Feline Friday!
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Wordless Wednesday October 9, 2019


 
Close up.....
 
 
So very far away.....cameras are amazing.
Have a wonderful day!
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Happy Tuesday! October 8, 2019

  We just got back from spending 5 days
down in the Mt Shasta area of Northern California.
We celebrated a friends wedding and
visited many friends and enjoyed the beautiful
and warm Indian Summer days.
Here are a few random photos from our visit:
 
 
The happy couple at their wedding reception 
was held at a local tap house.....
 

 
Our friends latest grandbaby....
 

 
And their darling Ki-Ki kitty cat....
 

 
Who was not the easiest kitten to photograph...
she usually was in constant motion....
 
 
 
Like this young Cairn Terrier Toby!
 
 
 
He did slow down a bit once he
had "wrassled" with Russell for a bit!
 
 
 
Yep....he's tired now!
 
 
 
Mt Shasta as we drove towards our friends
Cave Springs Motel in Dunsmuir.
A great place to stay!
More photos tomorrow!
Have a great Happy Tuesday!
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Sunday, October 06, 2019

Awwww Monday! October 7, 2019


One of our good friends Newfoundland puppy!!
Her name is Brooklyn and she definitely
is a rather large cutie!


Have a great week!
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