"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, December 29, 2014

It's Awww Monday Once Again!

Sunday morning as I was putting out the bird feeders who came up ever so quietly to see what I was doing ???

One shy fawn.....

Three curious fawns.....

And a gorgeous buck.....I do believe
he was here last year about this time
with one of the does.....I called them
the Honeymoon Couple...... 
Once again please do stop by
Comedy Plus so you can play
along with  Sandee !!! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Magpie Tales #251 Oh Baby!

Nothing is free.....
Image provided by Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales
Nothing is free
There is always a catch
Even with love
That is priceless
Pink made me think of
my youngest nephew and his wife  
and their first baby....a darling little girl.
Here's a photo of her:
Taken just a few hours after being born
two days ago December 26, 2014 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows! December 27, 2014

Memories of Mexico....
Always with us...

Mexican art from Chiapas and Oaxaca 

The handcrafted yarn horse with
 Chiapas hero Marcos stand below a
wall hanging from Valle del Teotitlan, Oaxaca.
The last time we were in Oaxaca we met 
Arnulfo Mendoza a wonderful artist and person.
Unfortunately he died suddenly in March of this year.
We are so fortunate to have spent some time 
with him and his family.

 May 11, 2009

RIP Arnulfo
August 17, 1954 - March 7, 2014
Click Here for more Six Words
and Here for Sunday Shadows....

Friday, December 26, 2014

It's Time for Feline Friday! December 26, 2014

Yoda the Comeback Kitty!

Yoda with one of his many foster kitties.....

Beth and Howard Stern foster lots of 
kittens and when Yoda showed up he was
in a very fragile state. However when he began
to interact with all the foster kittens he came back
to life and his heart condition began to heal.
Yoda is quite the remarkable cat and Beth
wrote a childrens book about Yoda.

I purchased 4 copies of this book for 
my many Great Nieces and Nephews.
They all love this book! 
To read more about Yoda scamper over Here! 
And don't forget to thank Steve of BFDude
 for Feline Friday....
he started it to prove he loves all cats! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Morning 2014

Hash browns, bacon, eggs and toast!

   • ★ Merry ★* 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★ Christmas 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
        ˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚| 田田 |門| 
˚And a Happy New Year
* Joy to all! ♫•*¨* Peace on Earth ♪♫•*¨* 
Kathe and Russell
and Lucy the Cat !!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's a Bit of a Bah Humbug Day

Yesterday I made a huge 
batch of White Chocolate Chip cookies with
dried cranberries and finely chopped walnuts...

Popping them into the oven.....

I made them larger than usual
as Santa told me he prefers them that way...

So what happens last night? After they are
all tucked into the cookie jar?

Two guesses.....I have a cold...bah humbug!
Good thing though is by the time my son Paul arrives 
my cold will be gone or at least not contagious! 
I'm going back to bed now to read and wait 
for my orange juice to arrive....
Have a great day!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Awww Monday! December 22, 2014

Second Day of Winter 
Awesome sunrise!
Looking towards Mount Eddy     7:31 am       12-22-2014

Now how about some awesome puns.....

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Did you hear about the midget fortune-teller
who escaped from prison was a small medium at large?

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was
cut off? He's all right now.....

For more painful puns go Here and don't 
forget to thank Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows December 20, 2014

No shadows today....
very stormy outside!

Lucy is in this photo- can you find her?

Yet another baby quilt- this one is going
to Brooklyn NY ! I love bright colors...
the more the merrier I say!
Once the baby is here I will send it back east-
and I then will be able to tell a very cute
story about this baby and the quilt.
Have wonderful weekend and holiday time
with your friends and family!

Sarah's grandbaby quilt December 20, 2014

Zip over Yonder and Afar to enjoy lots
more Six Words and Sunday Shadows!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Oh Nooooo It's Feline Friday Already?

Tick tock.....

Have you finished all your shopping?

Who has more time to shop???

Time is flying by...

And Felix is laughing ...
at all the last minute shoppers!
Merry Merry Christmas!
My thanks to this website allowing
me to use their images for free!
PS these watches actually exist!
Go to Steve's blog  BFDude
to see more Feline Fridays!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I do believe winter has arrived.......

Mt Eddy December 18, 2014   8:31 am

I know the official date for winter is December 21st
 and yet.....doesn't this look like winter?
I took this photo earlier today. It's cold and windy,
but NOT raining or snowing so I walked around
our 10.5 acres to see what I could see. 
Lots of little Goldfinches, Steller's jays,
Black-capped chickadees, White-breasted  Nuthatches and Juncos. No California Gray squirrels to be seen...
I think they are taking a nap. 
We can see Mount Shasta and Mount Eddy from our property.
Mount Eddy is my favorite. It is the highest summit
in the Trinity Alps which are part of the Klamath mountains.
To read more about Mount Eddy you can go here .
Have a great day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Awww Monday! December 15, 2014

Here are some pretty birds to
brighten your day and to sing along with
Julie Andrews' rendition of
Some of My Favorite Things that she 
recently sang at a special appearance at 
Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for a benefit.
She was celebrating her 79th birthday!

(Sing It!) - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
    Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.  

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please
share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and humor with others who
would appreciate it.
And big hugs to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Magpie Tales 250 Click!

Le baiser de l'hotel de ville  ( The Kiss 1950 )
photograph by Robert Doisneau

I don't photograph life as it is, 
but life as I would like it to be. - Robert Doisneau
A sweet kiss
Led to a memorable life capturing
What others did not see
Thanks once again to Tess Kincaid
for our beloved Magpie Tales

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows December 13-14, 2014

Lucy smiling while in the sunshine!!

Lucy on the sunny stairs.... 

Lucy reminded me of this cat...
Slightly blurry Cheshire cat from
Alice in Wonderland!

Hop over here or here to see more!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Feline Friday! December 12, 2014

Honest Santa, I have been really, really good!
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Drive By Photo

Taken through an almost clean windshield .....

Going south on I-5 at 4:08 pm December 9, 2014

And no! I was not driving!
Just had to share this with you.
Have a great day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

It's AWWW Monday! December 8, 2014

A day in the life of Lucy.....

First she gets all puffy and watches the squirrel....

Once she is properly fired up she plays
around the Christmas tree...

Then she takes a nap....
Lucy has such a hard life!!! Ha ha.
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Monday!!!!
It's easy to play too!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Magpie Tales #249 Childs Play

Photo by Elene Usdin

Hide and seek
We played this game as children
Why not now?
( It might be more fun )
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows!!! December 6-7, 2014

Soon I will make Lemon Marmalade!!
Meyer Lemon Marmalade is the best!

 Our Meyer Lemon tree lives in the Art hall
during our cold winter months...

Here's the largest lemon so far....

We have a total of six lemons this year...
last year we only had two, but I managed 
to make about 8 small jars...and actually
shared a few! Just imagine how many more
I can make this year!
Saunter over Six Word Saturday and then
sashay over to Shadow Shot Sunday to enjoy
what other folks have to say and how!
Have a great day!

Friday, December 05, 2014

It's Time for Feline Friday!!!! December 5, 2014

Our buddy Steve of  BFDude started Feline Friday to show us he truly does love cats! We aren't sure if he really does, but
what the heck Feline Friday is fun- so come play along! 

Our Lucy loves the sun!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

It's Awww Monday! December 1, 2014

Colorful tropical birds
to warm a wintery day....
Enjoy your day!

Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Magpie Tales #248 Rotten to the Core!

 borrowed from All Around Artsy Blog

There once was an odd couple caught stealing
Some apples from a pig who was squealing 
Their excuse was so lame
Saying the snake was to blame
They were rude and totally unappealing

Bond of Union, 1956, by M.C.Escher
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this splendid image!
Click here for more....

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows! November 29, 2014

Let's call this weekend 
"Leftovers Weekend"
Forget about "Black Friday" That's just retail madness!
Hug your friends and family and just have fun!

Kitchen shadows on Thanksgiving morning 2014

I was having lots of fun in the kitchen.....
Homemade apple pie, cranberry sauce, foccacia bread 
with delicious triple cream brie.

Sending you all a virtual hug- and
here are the links for Six Word Saturdays
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's Feline Friday! 11-28-2014

We love Lucy!!!

Some of you might have wondered how we came up
with the name of Lucy for our rescue stray kitty.....
Well.....she's actually named after one of
our favorite TV stars of the 1950's!

And here's the link to the top 10 Episodes for your enjoyment! 
And for heavens sake don't forget to thank
Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday! Cheers!