"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

Saturday, January 30, 2021

AWWW Monday! February 1, 2021

The latest quilt has been finished 
and just in time for this cutie's arrival!

She was born a few days ago and 
weighed almost 8 pounds! 
I had forgotten how tiny they are first born.

Have an awesome Monday and
a happy week!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Monday!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Feline Friday January 29, 2021

I just ordered this for Lucy!
It's called a Cat Cave and I bet
she will just love this!
Saw it online and could not resist!
Here's their link if you are interested.
FYI I'm not being paid to advertise them. 
Have a comfy day!
And thanks to Sandee for Feline Friday!
Cheers...have a great weekend!
Here's my Friendly fill-ins brought to us
 by Ellen of 15andmeowing
 and Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs.
They provide the Friendly Fill-in questions.
Here are my answers:

 1. So far 2021 is not so great for me.

2. A book (movie or song) title that best describes my life is perhaps is Cheaper by the Dozen. At least while I was a kid in a big family!

3. This past Christmas was a pleasant surprise.

4. I learned that trying to tell folks what to do is a recipe for disaster. It's better if I keep my mouth shut!

Thankful Thursday January 28, 2021

The photo above was taken by 
William Oliver of Bennington, Washington.
I saw it on our local Nextdoor website
and he was so kind to allow me to use it!
Have a lovely day!

I am so thankful for our librarians
who either work from home or 
within the libraries. 
We can reserve books online and then
when notified can come to the library
and safely pick them up outside!
One can only watch so much TV!
And thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Wordless Wednesday January 27, 2021

 Riding the rails past Puget Sound and 
headed to Vancouver B.C.
September 2016

Happy Tuesday! January 26, 2021

Laughter is the best medicine!
Thanks Sandee for Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Awww Monday! January 25, 2021

Remembering Tuffy. 
And here is that sweet Tuffy!
He lived not far from where we lived 
up on top of a hill. He loved to chase the deer, 
the squirrels and anything else that moved
 and he had a wonderful life!
My header above shows him by the edge of a creek. 
Have a lovely week!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Feline Friday January 22, 2021

Have a very happy Feline Friday and
a wonderful weekend! 
Cheers and thanks to Sandee!
Friday Fill-ins!

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. Racism is a mystery I would love to know the answer to.
2. Antarctica is the farthest I have ever been from home.
3. I’ve lost count of how many times I have to turn around and go back to another room to remember why I was in the other room.
4. Looking at our photo albums reminds me of  my happy childhood.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thankful Thursday January 21, 2021

Thanks to Brian who brings us 
Thankful Thursday every week!
It's a good thing to reflect on all 
that we have to be thankful for!

 Today I am so thankful that during this
difficult time we have not lost our
sense of humor !! It amazes me everyday
that we manage to find something to
laugh at and then we turn around and
share it with our friends, neighbors  
and family! 
Have a wonderful day every day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy Tuesday! January 18, 2021

Here is our sweet Great Niece Tabitha!
Having fun at the park and
may you all have a fun day!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Awww Monday! January 18, 2021

 When I was a kid I always wanted
to have a lion or a panther as a pet.
But my parents always said "NO!!"
So this really made me chuckle!
Have a great week!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Feline Friday! January 15, 2021

And here is our wonderful Lucy
enjoying her cozy bed!
I am trying to remember to participate
in Friday Fill-Ins  .....but first I have to try 
and find the link! 
Thanks to Sandee for Feline Friday!
Each week 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.

1. I learned who to trust the hard way.
2. Everyone should travel and learn a foreign language at least once in their lives.
3. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about who I can trust in the government.
4. I’ll never be too old to move to another country.

Thankful Thursday January 14, 2021

 Thankful Thursday is brought to us by
Brian of Brian's Home so we can
post our thankfuls along with everyone else!
I am so thankful for my sweet husband and 
all the adventures and fun we have had
and will have in the future. 
We are so fortunate to have found each other.
Have a wonderful day every day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wordless Wednesday January 13, 2021

We have a seasonal creek below our
property and with all the copious rain
we can not only see the creek running
but also hear it! Here's a wee little video!
Have a great day!

PS I am not the best movie maker...
need to practice more! Cheers!


Monday, January 11, 2021

Happy Tuesday!!! January 12, 2021


                            Cooking for our friends and family                                            keeps me happy during these difficult days.                       Nothing better than baking...unless it's bacon!

Bon appetit! Thanks Sandee!


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Awww Monday January 11, 2021

 Each zebra's stripes are unique
Just as no two human fingerprints are alike, 
no two zebras have the same stripe pattern.
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Feline Friday! January 8, 2021

 Oh what a cutie!
Just about a year ago we
drove down to our old neighborhood 
in Lake Oswego Oregon. 
We dropped in on our next door
neighbors .....what a surprise!
We had a great visit and got to
play with their kitty Oscar!

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 fill-ins- I'm a bit late!

1. I hope our Democracy and our Constitution never changes.
2. The luckiest I have ever been was when I
 met my wonderful husband.
3. I never thought I would see so much hatred and divisiveness in our country, but I did.
4. I’m waiting for peace and tranquility to return.


Thankful Thursday January 7, 2021

I am so thankful for being married
to an incredible man; honest, smart, talented,
can fix or make just about anything
and he also has the best sense of humor!
This photo shows him painting the underglaze
on the clay tiles he had made.  
Once painted he fired them in the kiln.
Then overglazed and fired one last time in the kiln.
Once done he installed them at his cousins home.
They are in the front entry.
Below is the finished and installed artwork.
It was installed in May of 2007 and still looks the same!

And many thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Not So Wordless Wednesday!! January 6, 2021

 Lovely penguins near Punta Arena
We were here in early 2008. 
Here is what I wrote then:

We docked at Punta Arena, which is one of the two most southern towns in the world.
Took one of my favorite tours, we went out to the summer penguins! Saw some emu’s along the way, wild! Got to the penguins after about one hour. We walked out to the area where they gather, on a wooden path. There is a colony of about 10,000. CUTE,CUTE! They are about 1 ½ feet tall, and there were some older babies that were losing their fluff. Lots of noise, and it’s so different, because they nest in the seagrass, not snow and ice! There are little trails through the grass and they mate and have their young in burrows. Lots of humping! They follow the leader in little groups as they come out of the grassy area to the water. Waddle, waddle!

Monday, January 04, 2021

Happy Tuesday! January 5, 2021

 And here's Lucy and Russell...
my favorite duo!
Have a very Happy Tuesday!
Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Awww Monday! January 4, 2021

The Owl and the Belgian Shepherd

For years, photographer Tanja Brandt has made it her mission to capture magnificent photos of animals and wildlife. 
Recently, the German artist found a new challenge when she photographed the unique bond between two unlikely friends: Ingo, a Belgian shepherd and 
Poldi (Napoleon), a one-year-old owlet. 
The owlet and canine have a special protector-protected relationship. Their affection toward each other couldn't be any more evident. Ingo lovingly guards Poldi, who apparently doesn't know how to live free. The owlet hatched two days after his six brothers and sisters, therefore, has always been very vulnerable due to his small size. 
They respect each other and they can read each other, 
says the photographer Tanja Brandt.