"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, September 30, 2013

Awww Mondays September 30, 2013

Puhleese! I am trying to sleep!!
Lucy needs her morning nap after breakfast.
Thanks to Sandee for hosting Awww Mondays
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Magpie Tales... A Cold Autumn Path

Photo by Mark Haley

Blustery day leading

Up a cold autumn path

Wearily I trudge  

Finding an open door

With welcoming warm hearts

Photo By Kathe W.
Tess Kincaid's Magpie Tales is dedicated
to the enjoyment of poets and writers,
for the purpose of honing their craft,
sharing it with like-minded bloggers,
and keeping their muses alive and well.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday September 28-29, 2013

Ready, Set, Go!

Scott, Lap, Russell and Tom

My favorite bikers raring to go!
Our indomitable bike riding trio are off once again
to participate in a Double Century bike ride on Saturday.
Yesterday Russell joined them for a simple jaunt of 20 miles.
Tomorrow they will ride a bit over 200 miles in one day!
Here's the link to that bike ride they are doing today:

Meanwhile we continue to have 
beautiful sunrises......lucky us.
Here's the link to Six Words:
and to Shadow Shot Sundays: 
Have a fabulous week!

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Feline Friday!!! September 27, 2013

Ain't that the truth whether you're a cat
or a human! Have a great non-hiss day!!!
Thanks to Etta Wilkins-Foster for this
excellent photo! And thanks to Steve
of BFDude for Feline Friday!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First snow of the season!!!!

Two Feet of Snow Over the Weekend!!

A view from our deck....

A view from the little town of Weed....
so far no snow on the ground around
our home- but it's beginning to get
cold at night...I think I hear
Frosty humming a tune.....hahah!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Awww Monday! Lucy Plays Peek-a-Boo!

Peek-a-Boo Lucy!!!
Lucy loves to play and will dash under a small rug
thinking we cannot find her....bwah hahahah!
Sandee hosts this fun Monday meme....
To see more click on the link below
and for heavens sake have a great day! 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Magpie Tales September 22, 2013 Fatal Attraction

The Moth and the Lamp by Cesar Santos

Danger! Fly too near
Beguiling warmth will pull you 
Into fatal bliss
Each week Tess Kincaid posts an image
to inspire our imaginations . Click on the link below 
to read what others have written.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday!! 9-21/22-2013

It's the first day of Fall!

Celebrate the seasonal changes!
Enjoy the cooler nights and crisp air.

Soon our oak trees will look like this...
have a great weekend!
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Friday, September 20, 2013

It's Feline Friday!!! September 20, 2013

Booneville Deli Cat
This adorable sweet kitty lives at 
the deli in Booneville California.
We were traveling through and I had
to get my "kitty fix". 
She didn't mind at all!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Awww Monday....One day late... September 17, 2013

Magpie Tree
Durham, California

Tree full of Magpies....
Only a few minutes later they were gone!
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!!!
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And for heavens sake- have a great day!!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Magpie Tales and Eric Alders MPP September 16, 2013

Map provided by Tess Kincaid

Planning a trip is part of the journey
Poring over maps and names of places
Throwing the dice or a dart at a map
And then there's the joy of seeing new faces

photo by Eric Alder

The cherry on top of traveling for me 
Is the people I meet and their life stories
Everyone's lives are tapestries woven
Lessons to be learned and never boring.

Judy and Bob 50th Anniversary Surprise Party
Zihuatanejo November 2012

And if you are really truly lucky
You will meet some faces oh so dear
That you will travel many miles to see 
Such good friends full of good cheer

The Zihuatanejo Crowd  November 2012
Over the years we have made such good friends
while traveling that we do return time and again
to renew those sweet friendships.
To see what others have written for Eric's MPP 
of Tess Kincaid's Magpie Tales click on the links below:

Have a great week wherever you are!   


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday!! September 14, 2013

We're having a music party today!
Last year we moved to the Mt Shasta area of California.
We've been having fun working on our new home and
discovering new places and new faces. One of our favorite
things to do is go listen to live music- and we so enjoy
Tom and Leslie's music that we organized a party to
feature them and their glorious music. You can learn
more by going here:
Enjoy your day and check out these two
links for Six Words and Shadows!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Feline Friday September 13, 2013

Oh! There's that white dot!!!!

I got it! I got it!
Thanks to Steve of Burnt Food Dude
for starting Feline Friday!
Click on the link below to see more!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Stephen Hayes 30 Year Retrospective

Back in the late 80's I finally got my
BFA at Marylhurst University. One 
of my favorite teachers was Stephen Hayes.
I took Second Year Drawing, Life Drawing 
and Mono-prints from Stephen. He's a 
wonderful teacher and fabulous painter.
Here I am with Stephen in front of the
chair painting that Russell and I bought back
 in the late 80's. We have loaned it to 
be included in this lovely retrospective.
It's our favorite painting.
Here's more info:

Monday, September 09, 2013

Awww It's Monday and We're Leaving Vancouver BC and Headed Back to Portland

Our train left at dawn....the city is just waking up...

Lots of herons  and other birds on the waters edge.

I really enjoy going along by the water.
Very peaceful!
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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Magpie Tales Changing Times

Boy in a Dining Car 
Norman Rockwell

Oh the memories of riding on a train
On a train and dining while views evolve
While views evolve and  times changed 
And times changed for the better 
For the better as we became equals
We became equals and best friends
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this wonderful prompt.
Go here to see what others saw and wrote


Waiting for Godot or is it Roberto??

The three amigos....

Meanwhile look at this 20 story
high view from our friends condo....
Vancouver BC is a stunning city.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday September 7-8, 2013

Sunrise near Mt Shasta California

Yet another road trip for us!
Soon the snow will fly and we will be cozily 
staying home. We have a few more short
trips planned before then. This time we're off
to visit friends in Vancouver BC!!
We will be taking the train from Portland Oregon.

Hop Works Thursday September 5,2013

Russell at his favorite brew pub Portland Hop Works.
 He's at the far end of the bar

Hop Works Black Bean Burger.....perfection !

It's now Friday and here's
 some downtown Portland pics:

Manager Hands Through the Glass
Davis Street Tavern

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil soup  9-6-2013 

We had a lovely lunch at this Tavern. 
Now off to catch our train!

Stuck on the Columbia River Bridge 9-6-2013

Our train got stuck for awhile...
and then we got going...but did
have to stop all along the way...

 Tacoma Narrows Bridge 9-6-2013

Sunset Along the Puget Sound 9-6-2013

Ted and John  9-6-2013

An hour and some minutes late we
finally arrived in Vancouver B.C.
Ted had a hilarious sign... and 
we're so happy to see them!
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Friday, September 06, 2013

It's Feline Friday! September 6, 2013

Cats are discerning about where they sleep....
Thanks to Steve of BFDude we have Feline Fridays!
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Eric Alders MPP September 4, 2013

Eric Alder photographer

"Oh bother said the house
I've been overtaken by a louse"
Virginia is such a pest-
and she's really quite absurd
If only she would grew feathers 
I could fly like a bird 
Each Monday Eric Alder posts one of 
his fine photos to inspire us .....to see more go here:

Monday, September 02, 2013

A Quite Tardy MPP

Eric Alder post one of his fine photos
every Monday. I am very tardy as this is
his photo from last week- but since he
is off having fun on Labor Day I will
finally write what came to me today
while looking at this work bench....
It's actually quite appropriate for Labor Day!

Work Bench by Eric Alder

Watching my father attempt a repair
As a small child I did not dare
Ask him how come he was doing it that way
Or why in the heck didn't he pay
Someone else who knew what to do
Leaving him time to take me to the zoo
But rather I watched his frustration
and listened to all his damnation's
Until my sweet mother would come into the fray
Telling me it was time to go out and play.

Thanks Eric for this challenging image-
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mag #184 A Place of Her Own

artwork by Jeanie Tomanek

All Angela ever wanted

Was a place of her own

And to be with a friend

artwork by Jeanie Tomanek

The End

Every Sunday Tess Kincaid posts an inspirational
image for us to create a poem or a story.
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