"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 31, 2020

Feline Friday! January 1, 2021!!!!!

 And here's Lucy! 
She is wishing all of you a very Happier New Year!
Hugs to all you wonderful bloggers!

And big thanks to Sandee and Brian !!!
We all appreciate you !!!
Cheers !!!!


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Wordless Wednesday! December 30, 2020

No I did not get into futile fight----
I am fruitful of raspberries!
Wishing you all a Happier New Year !

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Awww Monday! December 28, 2020

Our friends and their pup joined us for a bite to eat
at our favorite outdoor restaurant and tap house.
They have rigged up ( with city's approval )
on their outdoor deck a large canopy with
clear sides so that we can see out and be
warm and dry while it rains outside!
We all practice the Covid rules and it's 
great to be with fun people!
Have a great week!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas and Feline Friday! December 25, 2020

I wrote the poem below many years ago.

 Today is much simpler

With only stockings to fill

But I miss the childish chuckles

In the early morning still

Of sweet children opening gifts

Of toys so wanted and admired

Whispered softly in Santa's ear

What those little hearts desired

And in that early morning

As parents yawn and smile

They watch their lovely children

Past remembrances beguile

Another lovely Vancouver kitty!
Merry Merry Christmas! 
Lots of good wishes and hugs!
Thanks Sandee!

Thankful Thursday! December 24, 2020

I am so thankful for all the friends
we have met and kept over the years.
Especially this year. We may not be able 
to visit them in person, but we certainly 
can talk on the phone, write letters back
 and forth and exchange photos and 
stories online! I consider all our blogger
buddies our friends too - and special thanks
 to Sandee and Brian who are blogger hosts!
May you all have a wonderful holiday 
and may we all have a Happier New Year!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday! December 22, 2020

 Happy Winter Solstice!
Sure I am one day late....
but today is better than never!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Awww Monday December 21, 2020

A neighbors kitty having a snooze.
Have a purrfectly great week! 
Thanks Sandee!


Friday, December 18, 2020

Feline Friday December 18, 2020

Lucy is snoozing part way in her couch bed!
You can sorta see her right ear sticking up!
Have a snooztastic day!
Thanks Sandee for all you do!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Thankful Thursday December 17, 2020

 Freshpet makes the best videos!
And when you share this on Facebook
or Twitter they donate one meal to a pet in need! 
I am thankful for companies like this
that help our four legged family members
while producing healthy and nutritious food!
Have a super thankful day!
Thanks Brian !!!
( ps I am not marketing to make $$.
 Just very impressed by this company!)

Monday, December 14, 2020

Happy Tuesday! December 15, 2020

Here's Vivi smiling! 
She's 14 months old now
and one of my Great nieces.
Darling little girl!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Wordless Wednesday! December 16, 2020

I am quite late posting as my computer insisted it
needed to go to the Computer Geek.
I complied of course and it was a good thing too!
So no more visiting some blogs as 
that's where I got the malware. Boo Hoo.

This photo was taken a few years back
when we still lived in the Northern California
mountains. We used to go on Friday hikes
led by Neal Clarke and he took this amazing photo!
Have a lovely day!


Awww Monday! December 14, 2020


               Here's a Christmas cutie! Have an awesome day!                      And Thanks Sandee!


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Feline Friday! December 11, 2020

A very good childhood friend sent

me this darling video- Here's the link!

Have a wonderful Feline Friday!

Thanks Sandee!!!!


Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Thankful Thursday December 10, 2020

Thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!


We are so thankful for our wonderful Lucy!
She brings comfort and joy to us every day.
Especially right now. 
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Monday, December 07, 2020

Happy Tuesday December 8, 2020


and here's..................Reilly!

                             One of our fav dogs! Belongs to one of                                                   Russell's brother and sis-in-law.                                   Very fun pup for sure!


Awww Monday! December 7, 2020

In rembrance of Pearl Harbor.
December 7, 1941
I attempted to post a photo of just the
American flag, but was denied by server.
But this image works!

 And here's Winnie! 
When we lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon,
Winnie and her buddy Joe did not 
live far from us. 
Thanks Sandee for Awww Monday!


Thursday, December 03, 2020

Time for Feline Friday!!!! December 4, 2020

A very pawsome video from Korea!
Enjoy!  Smiles and purrs!
Thanks 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. Here are my answers to this weeks fill-ins:  

  1. I am going to give each of my Great Nieces and Nephews a National Geographic subscription for Christmas.    

 2. I sleep about 6-7 hours a night.                            

 3. My home is decorated with three little Christmas trees.

4. Playing Christmas carols makes me feel festive.


Thankful Thursday! December 3, 2020

 Thanks to Brian we have Thankful Thursday!
Today and every day I am so thankful for
my wonderful husband who has always 
been there for me. We are having such a wonderful
and delightful life together. He's my best pal!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

Awww Monday November 30, 2020

        We have been coming to Zihuatenejo, Mexico                            for well over 20 years. We would usually stay for 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately we had to cancel this years trip because of the Covid pandemic. Two of our good friends did go and this is what they saw happen on last Thursday November 26, 2020. One of our friends sent me the photo plus his notes from observing this event. We hope the crocodile is okay. You can click on my links HERE  and  HERE  and HERE to see my 2018, 2016 and 2014 blog posts with  photos of the Zihuatenejo crocodiles and other reptiles plus lots of birds!

"At approximately 10 AM a crocodile made its way out of the sanctuary at the south end of the beach.  From there it leisurely swam north.  At 11:45 it was spotted in front of the Hotel Catalina.  From there it went further north to the EMBARC before turning around. 

  A Blue Flag lady and a kayaker were keeping an eye on it.  The kayaker would spot the croc, race toward it while banging his oar on the kayak, presumably to get it to move along. Yup, the croc emptied the bay of swimmers.


Croc kept enjoying a swim around the north end of the beach. 


  At approximately 12:30, a group of beach vendors and one tourist wrestled the croc into a net near the rocks below the EMBARC.  

No idea if it was taken for croc steak or rehoused. "

P.S. Just got another email from our friends: 

"Croc was taken to one of the Ixtapa lagoons for further instruction on beach compliance and access rules."
So all is well! 


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Wordless Wednesday November 25, 2020

Dutch Apple Pie....my son Paul's favorite!
Have a lovely day!!


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Awww Monday! November 23, 2020

This was sent to me by my good friend of over 60 years! Lots of wisdom here. I think we can always learn to live more simply and that kindness and good manners cost nothing!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Kathe  

I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:
1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
2 I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
3 I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
4 I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.
5 I stopped telling the elderly that they've already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.
6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say "Thank You.”
8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
9 I walk away from people who don't value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
12 I have learned that it's better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.
13 I have learned to live each day as if it's the last. After all, it might be the last.
14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!
I decided to share this for all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 60 or 70 or 80, why can't we practice this at any stage and age?
I borrowed this. I don't know who to credit it to, but thank you! Painting by James Coates


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Feline Friday November 20, 2020

 Have a Happy Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!

Thankful Thursday November 19, 2020

I am thankful for many things-

Thankful for the 6 years we had in the beautiful California mountains. We will always treasure our time there.

I am so thankful for my sweet husband who continues to amaze me as to what he can fix and build. He is my wonderful lifelong friend. I am so lucky. He is a 24 Karat treasure and I tell him that everyday!

And last but not least I am so thankful for
our Lucy who chose us. She brightens each day
with her antics and love for us.

Have a wonderful day every day!
Thanks Brian!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Awww Monday November 16, 2020

 Normally we are in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
for 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately because 
of the Wuhan Flu we had to cancel 3 trips
planned for this year. Only 2 of our friends have
 traveled down to this lovely beach-Playa La Ropa.
Thanks to them we have this gorgeous photo 
taken by Ted just a few days ago. 
Hopefully next year we will be there.
Have a great week! And thanks Sandee!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Feline Friday!!! November 13, 2020

I just added the above image as a friend of
mine remiinded me I had already used this image!
Ooooopsie doodle!

Have a great day and a splendid weekend!
Thanks Sandee!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Wordless Wednesday November 11, 2020

Two views of the greenspace
behind our home. 
So peaceful and full of wildlife! 

We are able to have our tranquil 
little piece of land because of
all our Veterans who have served.
Without our Veterans we would not 
have our peaceful country. 
Thank you to all the men and women 
who have served .
May our peace return in full.
I have attempted multiple times to
have our flag displayed on my
blog today, but was blocked . 
Not sure why. Very sad.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Happy Tuesday November 10, 2020

Just one of my many super great nieces!
We are truly blessed.
Have a very Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Awww Monday! November 9, 2020

Here's the latest addition to
our rather extended and large family!
She is only a few hours old here!  

And here's her baby quilt that I just had
 finished the day before! Whew!
Good timing!
Have a lovely day and a great week!

Friday, November 06, 2020

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Thankful Thursday November 5, 2020

 Some of you might say ...
"What the heck is this?"
Well, this is Home Improvement!
My sweetie is in the process of not
only doing a wonderful home 
improvement project in our
Living Room, but will also be 
reorganizing his garage!

But the first thing he is doing is a 
lighting improvement in our 
Living Room and then he'll be
putting all that garage stuff in the new 
cupboards he installed a few days ago!
I am so thankful for his hard work
and that he enjoys it! He is most
happy while working on projects!
I'll post photos on Monday!
Cheers and have a great day! 
And thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Wordless Wednesday November 3, 2020

What's not to love?
Have a sweet and hug-filled day!


Monday, November 02, 2020

Happy Tuesday! November 3, 2020

This has to be one of the most beautiful
Autumns that I can remember.
Maybe I am paying more attention
since I cannot do much else?
Or is this Autumn just beautiful on it's own?
Have a lovely day wherever you are!
This early morning the sunrise woke me as our
 bedroom was flooded with a pink and orange light.
I got up and quickly got this header photo
before the sunrise faded. 
It will be yet another glorious day!

Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Awww Monday! November 1, 2020


Two brothers helping their
dad in weatherproofing the deck on 
friends tap house before
the winter rains begin!
Have a great week!
Thanks Sandee!!