"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

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......

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!

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!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Awww Monday! March 18, 2019

Tengmalm’s owl in the Czech Republic.
Photo by Zdeněk Macháček.
Have a great week!

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!

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!

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!

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!!

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! 

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 ~

Monday, March 04, 2019

Happy Tuesday! March 5, 2019

A true story......
Enjoy and have a great day!
A llama on a MAX train in late February.
Yes, a llama rode a light rail train in Portland this weekend, TriMet confirmed Monday.
Caesar the No Drama Llama has a website, a social media director, multiple personal assistants and a handler named Larry McCool who says the camelid has a habit of making everyone smile wherever he goes.
On Sunday, according to multiple social media accounts, the llama and crew took the show to the city streets. The llama’s Instagram account indicated the animal and human entourage were on their way to the Wizard Con at the Oregon Convention Center.
Tim Becker, a TriMet spokesman, said the llama would not be permitted to ride, presumably even with a valid fare or Hop Card.
It’s not clear whether Caesar had valid fare.
“While we appreciate that Caeser is promoted as “The No Drama Llama”, and that he apparently was well-behaved during his ride, TriMet policy only allows service animals on TriMet vehicles,” Becker said in an email.
“Service animal,” according to TriMet Code Section 28.10(R), means any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability. You can learn more about that policy on this web page. Non-service animals – or “companion animals” – are considered pets, which are only allowed on board in a closed carrier.
According to the llama’s website, Caesar can be hired for a charity, business or personal event or a party where hosts are “looking for a fun and unique guest star.”
Charitable events are free of charge, according to the website.
If you desire or demand more Caesar action, there’s a video profile of him on KGW from last week helpfully posted to the previously described website. The video includes some llama closeups and several utterances of the phrase “That is so Portland,” by KGW personalities.
According to the video, he resides in Jefferson, a bit south of Salem.

Awww Monday March 4, 2019

Seen on Facebook.....
I think we humans could learn a lot
from these two cuties!
Have a sweet Monday!


Saturday, March 02, 2019

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!!! March 1, 2019

Born March 1, 1904  
I read many Dr Seuss books to my children.
Most of the time at bedtime.
They were entertained and so was I!
We all loved Dr Seuss!!
Thanks ATCAD for reminding us !!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Feline Friday!!! March 1, 2019

We got to pay some attention to our friends
kitties while they went skiing.....such
good and cute fur babies!

This is Poo... 

And this is Muffin!
Have a lovely Feline Friday and weekend too!
Oh and here are my answers
to this weeks questions:
Here are this weeks questions:
1. My favorite kind of music is 60's rock and roll
and Blues from the 40's .
2. I don’t believe I've ever been bored .
3. My ideal day is spending time with good friends and family.
4. Don’t let negative folks stop you
from having the time of your life! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Wordless Wednesday February 27, 2019

The covered bridge at Lanternman’s Mill
Youngstown, Ohio
Photo by Sandi Bohaychyk
Thanks to Sandi and the internet!
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Awww Monday! February 25, 2019

My nephew Doug with his rescue dog!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Early Awww Monday February 18, 2019

Sleepy dog in art class....our art teacher Eloise 
always brought her old dog with her to class.
He just slept and slept while we painted and painted!
It was such a great class!
Have a great Monday!
Thanks Sandee!!!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Feline Friday February 15,2019

Lucy is wishing you a belated
Happy Valentines Day!
This photo was taken shortly after
we had taken her into our home as a stray.
She was only 6 months old and slightly feral.
She is now almost 9 years old and she tells
us what to do. A very bossy cat and we love her!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Early Wordless Wednesday February 13, 2019

Kayaking on the Columbia River
Near the town of Skamokawa, Washington 
This photo was taken sometime in the
summer of 1990 while I was working
on my BFA Photography thesis.
My subject was water. I had a great time
combining kayaking with photography.
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

It's Early Awww Monday! February 11, 2019

Snoozing buddies!
Have a great week!
Thanks Sandee...hope you had fun on the cruise! 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Feline Friday February 8, 2019

Our good friends highly entertaining cats....
It's never dull with these three!
Have a great Feline Friday!

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Wordless Wednesday February 6, 2019

Lucy looking out at the snow!
Only perhaps an inch and a half.....
not like being up in the mountains...
thank goodness Russell doesn't
have to plow anymore!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Awww Monday February 4, 2019

Photo of Koala bear in Australia taken by
 the intrepid Mt Shasta hike leader Neal Clark.
Thanks Neal for sharing this !
Have a great week!

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day! February 2, 2019

Image thanks to the National Geographic magazine and the internet......
Special thanks to the internet and Caddyshack movie starring Bill Murray.....
Supposedly Phil has predicted an early Spring!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Early Feline Friday! February 1, 2019

Lucy is getting quite settled in
our new home.  Here she is in
our TV room enjoying the
warm morning sun! 
Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Early....Awww Monday January 28, 2019

We've been so busy unpacking that I
just realized I am almost out of jam!
This photo was taken on Christmas Day of 2017.
And we are down to our last jar of marmalade.
Guess what I'll be doing this week!
Have a great Awww Monday!

Friday, January 25, 2019

It's Feline Friday! January 25, 2019

Lucy in one of her favorite places.
Lucy likes to be up high where she
can keep a sharp eye on us!
I sometimes think her name
should have been Aerial!
Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wordless Wednesday January 23, 2019

Photo credited to Cecilia's blog
I've been following her blog for several years
and I have learned so much about farms
and how to properly care for the animals
and the land. Check it out!
Have a lovely day.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Early Awww Monday! January 21, 2019

Newfoundland dogs in Camas Washington.
They are hysterically funny dogs!
And it's not easy to get them to sit quietly!  
Have a great day!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Feline Friday!!! January 18, 2019

Lucy has settled right into our new home.....
especially with a toasty warm fireplace! 
Have a very lovely Feline Friday and weekend!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wordless Wednesday! January 16, 2019

Can you imagine staying here?
Belvédère Hotel in Switzerland
first opened in 1882 and is now closed.
Photo by Felix Arauner.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy Early Tuesday !!! January 15, 2019

It's a Happy Day when enough unpacking
is done so that you can make cookies!
We only have garage boxes left to unpack! YAY!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Wordless Wednesday! January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!
May we all have a very good year!