"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

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's Feline Friday! January 31, 2014

Tiger in Oaxaca City Mexico 2009
Tiger has had a hard day
 and needs to take a big nap!

Market Day in Oaxaca City, Mexico  2009
This turkey is having a really bad day...

Market Day in Oaxaca City, Mexico  2009
Same with these two turkeys! 
Have a great day and if you are a turkey...
stay clear of the market! 
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline friday! 
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Poetry Jam-What's Going on in Our House....

Almost silent
Brush on canvas creates a vision
A magic moment
Years ago before I met Russell he had stopped painting....
for many reasons. 
Now that we've got our new home settled he has
picked up his brushes and has begun to paint again.
He has completed a painting for a friend and is now
creating another from a trip to Mexico ....
Another reason we included an Art Hall to our addition.

 Russell finds the Art Hall is a perfect place
to paint- great light and peaceful.
He finished the painting of Charlie...

Charlie Okamura

Work in progress....a new painting being created.
This one is inspired by our many trips to Mexico.
Seeing him paint makes me so happy and I love 
watching the process. It's magic!
Thanks to Peggy Goetz for this weeks Poetry Jam
and to Helen Dehner prodding me to post this!
Here's the link to Poetry Jam. Have fun writing and reading!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bifocal Univision Presents............... Eric Alders MPP!!! January 29, 2014

Hard scrabble
Scratching against an impermeable surface
Glass ceiling resists
As a white single mom in the early 1970's 
I personally experienced discrimination.
It still exists.
Thanks to Eric Alder for this stunning image.
To participate ( and I wish you would! )
please click on this link:

Monday, January 27, 2014

It's Awww Monday!! January 27, 2014

The following has been approved 
by the Kitty Cat Fundation

First of Six Baby Quilts Completed!
Five babies will be born within 6 weeks of each other.
Three are in California, one in Germany and one in Colorado 
Another little one arrived in Sandy, Oregon last week .
I am mailing it today!
I have til April to get all of the rest done. Stay tuned!

Obviously it's a girl! 

Can you see the Eiffel Tower?

The backing is called Minky- and 
feels so soft-perfect for a baby!
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Monday!
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Magpie #204

The Mill  1964   Andrew Wyeth   

East Coast chills
While out of balance fiery climate  
Roasts West Coast

Hammond Pond,  Weed California,  January 2014
Perhaps the non-believers will begin to "get it".
Every week Tess Kincaids posts an image
to tweak our imaginations.
Go here to see more:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Time for Six Words and Shadow Shot Sunday January 25-26, 2014

Lots of fun......
We're headed home!!

Remedy Wine Bar
Hopping place- very fun to sit
at the bar and watch the dance between
the "mixocologist" and chef!

Al Amir!!
Wonderful Lebanese food and belly dancing!!


Oh yes.....!
We so enjoy this restaurant-
we've been coming here for over 25 years!

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's Feline Friday ! January 24, 2014

Gato de Casa de las Bugambillias   May 2009

You finished your breakfast
 without my help???
Thanks Steve of BFDude 
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Boxcar Kids Travel Report...

Boxcar detail  December 2013

Lots of visiting, eating and appointments...
Here are a few photos .....

Cleaning out the liquor cabinet  January 2014

One of Russell's brothers was 
reorganizing his kitchen....

Just Quilting Shop Dog   January 2014

Wednesday was a super busy day...
8am- Dentist for teeth cleaning
9:30am- Eye checkup
11am- Dropped off 2 baby quilts
Noon- Wine shop- dropped off boxes 
and picked up some wine
1:30pm- Skin cancer screening
2:30pm- Office Depot for printer ink

Ross Island Bridge Construction  January 2014 

Today all I had to do was take the car 
across the Ross Island Bridge
for an oil change and then had a 
lovely pedicure with my 
good friend Etta!   

Ahhhhhh bliss!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On the Road Again!

On the Road Again!
The Boxcar kids are once again rambling along
the rails visiting friends and family while 
going to appointments etc .... so blogging
will definitely be taking a back seat for a bit.
Cheers and have a great week!
Here's a close up of the boxcar art:

Art on Mt. Shasta Boxcar    12/2013 

It's Awww Monday! January 20, 2014

    Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca  May 2009

A memorable day visiting 
Arnulfo Mendoza and his family.
Thanks To Sandee from Comedy Plus!
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Eric Alders MPP January 20, 2014

Photo by Eric Alder

I'm not tired
Nor simply a rejected retread
I'm just flat....
Eric Alder patiently posts a photo a week
just for us!!! Go here to see more and play!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Magpie #203 A Cello in Brooklyn

Musician in the Rain  Robert Doisneau

Mon dieu I hate this rain
I hate this rain always dripping
Always dripping on my neck
On my neck-what the heck?
What the heck.....hey fella!
Hey fella-gimme your umbrella! 
Your umbrella will keep me dry 
As I'm a slightly damp cella!
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales
A venue for all of us that find fun and pleasure in writing-
Click on the link below to read even more! Cheers!
Magpie Tales

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's Feline Friday! January 17, 2014

NW 23rd, Portland Oregon, 2009

I'd really like to be outside...
except then I'd have to listen
to THEM barking....

NW 23rd, Portland Oregon, 2009

Hey Louie ...keep barking !!
that will keep HER inside...hahaha!
Steve of BFDude started Feline Friday
to show us he really does like cats!
Click on the link to play along or see more!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Poetry Jam January 16, 2014

There once was a panda named Bryce
Who enjoyed his drinks with lotsa ice
He opened his old Kelvinator
Growled "Hey what the heck's da matter
Everythings melted- dat's not nice!"
We have Laurie Kolp to thank for this weeks theme!
Go here to participate or read more cool poems!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eric Alders MPP January 15, 2014

Photo by Eric Alder

It's deja vue all over again
I know I've been here before
Is this the road less taken?
This all looks so familiar
I surely am not mistaken

I remember that gray overpass
With the large tree on the right
It's deja vue all over again
 and if  I were to make a bet
You know that I would win
Thanks to Eric Alder for his MPP photo prompts
to see more go here:
and to see my Deja Vue go here:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Awww it's Monday and I'm a day late!

Tuffy shopping at Petco!
Back in 2009 Tuffy and his family came 
to visit us up in Lake Oswego. 
He was very happy to be in this store!
Click on the link below to see more Awww Mondays
thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus!!!!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Magpie #202

La Jument, off the coast of Brittany
Photograph by Jean Guichard **

Ghosts of Drummond Castle

Strong current pulls
Sweeps drowning souls forever circled
By violent water
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales
and providing this weeks stellar image by Jean Guichard.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Poetry Jam, Feline Friday, and Six Words for Saturday! January 11, 2014

Whoopee...we finally are getting rain!

Fiery little Lucy
Literally re-lapsing in the 
Lap of luxury
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday
Thanks to Alan for Poetry Jam's Fiery theme
and lastly Thanks to Cate for Six Words !

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Eric Alders MPP January 7, 2013

White Trinity    Eric Alder

Ghostly force 
Brings springtime reincarnation 
Back to life


Eric Alder posts a weekly image to poke our imaginations!
Go here to play and view others.....

It's Awww Monday! 1-7-2014

Grace and Mushu shopping....
Mushu was the best! He went everywhere with Grace!
Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus for Awww Monday!
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and have a great day!

Magpie #201 New York Night

 New York at Night   Vivienne Gucwa

Holding hands
Walking home with heels clicking 
On rainy streets

New York  Times Square  Kathe Worsley 2004
We have Tess Kincaid to thank
for Magpie Tales. To see more go here:

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Six Word Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday January 4-5, 2014

Love sunshine,but we need precipitation!!!!
We seriously need rain or better yet snow.
This is the driest winter on record since 1936.
For more Six Word Saturdays go here:
Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Feline Friday Please Don't Wake the Cat!

Didn't you see the 
"Do Not Disturb" sign?
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!!
Click on the link below to play or just to see more!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


Lucy kicks off the new year
by watching the squirrels.....
while we watch our beautiful sunsets.......

Happy New Year!!!!