Things to think about

~♥~Living in the Moment Soothes the Soul.~♥~

~♥~The First Hundred Years are the hardest.~♥~
My Big Bro, Jerry K.

~♥~ May you walk with Beauty all around you. ~♥~
The Navajo Blessing Way

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Tails....Jade's story.... Greek doggie...Wonderful story!

Amazing Tuesday tail!  This will warm the cockles of your heart......

I have decided to foster dogs or cats at some point in my life, because it's an essential step on the road to a forever home for rescued animals, like Jade, who need more initial care.

I give thanks for all the people all over the world who are stepping up to help save them.  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Music Monday: "High Cotton", Alabama..... Tap your toes

This is such a lovely, lovely song.  The sounds are what my Grandpa left inside my heart, with his voice and guitar.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Shannon's meme Part II

 August 27, 2016

Shannon's Moment Meme, Part Two

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes (or surveys) from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. When possible, we contact the owner of the blog where we stole the post. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme. 

We found this gem when a few weeks ago we asked for memes to steal. Shannon W (my friend and the author of Moments of Introspection) gave us this one but did not tell me where she got it. It's long so we broke it up in two parts. Today is the second and final part. And please don't fret, Kwizgiver will be back soon. She'll straighten this all back out!

Okay, now time for me to shout:

Cheers to all of us thieves!!

Sunday Stealing: Shannon's Moments Meme, Part Two

23. Have you ever gone to the “dark side”? 

Is that Darth Vader's side?
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Or Bock Beer side?  
Oooo, I love Bock Beer.  Hmmm... Cookies and beer, what a concept. 
Oh, Oh!! you mean dark chocolate.  Yes, and yummy it is, with beer.

Now this one >> comes right out of "Office Space"  Image result for go to the dark side

24. What shirt are you wearing right now?
A night shirt.  It's about time to wrap this puppy up, init?

25. What’s important about a bed to you? Like type of sheets, size or whatever. 
I've found that it's best size wise is a California King if the dog is going to sleep with you.  A Queen is too small even for a 15 pound dog and two humans.  The dog thinks the whole thing belongs to him.
Maybe we need to do this?
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26. Can you sing? 
Yes, I can still sing and even harmonize as long as no one is listening.  Maybe I should sing in the car with the Stereo blasting (like the good old days) but  I hardly ever go anywhere alone now.
27. What is something about you that would surprise us? 
If I haven't told you before this, it's highly unlikely that I'd tell you now.

28. Have you been a pirate, Renaissance Fair, or other costumed event? If not, would you for the right event or say cause? 
Um, something is missing there... "at a.."?  Women don't "swashbuckle" in quite the same way as a guy, despite the excellent performance by Keira Knightly in "Pirates of the Caribbean3". So no.  I have been a fortune teller which was a blast, but wouldn't do as a pirate.  No, i wouldn't dress up for any charity.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? 
Rigoletto, of course....... 

No, really, I'd get water down my windpipe trying to sing Opera in the shower.  I guess it would be like gargling, eh? 

30. Favorite girl's name? 
Maria.  I wanted to name my first daughter that but it got nixed.  It must have been, shall we say, too "Ethnic"? But in my heart, she was always my Maria.

31. Favorite boy's name? 

32. What’s in your pocket or purse right now? 
Actually I don't know.  The purse is big and shaped like a backpack and it's kitted out like an EMT's bag.  

33. Last thing that made you laugh? 
Something in the Halloween episode of "NCIS" from a few years ago.  We just saw it last night through the magic of Netflix.

34. Best toy as a child? 
My mother saved up and bought me a beautiful tea set.  Not the kid kind, but a real grown up one.

35. Worst injury you have ever had? 
A broken back.  I had to fight for years to get back my strength and the crappy thing is that no one tells you that when you are 65 it's all going to come back down on you anyway.  

36. Where would you love to live? 
Somewhere in Central Coast, California.  My whole Life is up there.  But it's freaking impossible.

37. What type of TV do you have? Would you’d like an upgrade? 
It's a small flat screen, and no,we don't want an upgrade.  This one fits the little space it's in, perfectly.  But, if you are giving them away we could re-arrange furniture a bit.

38.OK it's really missing

39. How many dogs do you have? 
One, but I'd like one more.  I'd love to get a very little, very fuzzy white rescue dog..  That's why I can't look at shelter dogs anymore.  I think Wolfie needs a sister, and Mr. Z. and I might have a big fight if I find one.

40. Do most folks trust you? 
They seem to.  I always try to be honest and trustworthy, and to keep no agenda running in the background like too many people seem to do.  

41. What book are you reading? 
I've been trying to read books for the last six month now but it's not working.  I just started yet another one.  

42. What’s your favorite classic TV show? 
I always loved "Major Dad", And over the years I've added, "Frazier".

43. What’s your favorite sports team? 
That would be both the Green Bay Packers and the Forty Niners, both equally.  The Packers because classmates played for them, and the Niners because, well, I just really like them.

44. Favorite month and why?
I've always loved October because the hot weather is over, and the holiday season starts shortly after.  This may change.  Lots of things are changing.  Move'n on...
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Saturday9: Hello there! My name is......

Today is National Dog Day!  Yay!

Saturday 9: Hello (2015)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This video begins with Adele and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a smart phone?
It's a Smart phone, but not as smart as my sister's android. Actually, texting proved to be so much fun that when the old phone chargers broke, we traded in our flips.  They were the best little phones but hard to text on- tiny buttons.

2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy?
Sam, we do the very same thing.  There are no adapters in the outlets unless something's being charged.  Energy conservation, just like water conservation, means that Mother Earth gets a break.

3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? Or did you just hang up? 
I got through.  

4) Adele brews a cup of tea in the video. How often do you drink tea? Year round? Only in winter? Never?
I drink tea all the time, no matter what the season and always, now, decaf, though some are caffeine free, like Rooibos chai.  Yummy! 

5) Adele told Glamour magazine she like two sugars in her tea. Do you watch your sugar intake?
Since I'm practically immobile compared to two years ago, yes, I watch every calorie.  I save sugar for things that really count, like chocolate or chocolate covered ginger from TJs.  How about another Yummy here just for that chocolate treat.

6) This song is about reaching out to someone and extending an apology. When is the last time you said, "I'm sorry?"
I've probably said that, "I'm Sorry", most recently to Mr. Z. when I did or said something that made him sad.  
I'm pretty careful not to overstep my bounds with anyone, now that I'm not a parent anymore.  Parents are trying hard to not raise a "criminal"( as one of my rockhound friend once said) so they can get pretty overwrought.  I'm not talking about beating, brow or body.  But just going a little too into the nasty side of human nature.  Yelling is sort of like the Bearing of teeth, in the animal world, eh?  

7) Adele was a heavy smoker who enjoyed the habit and didn't quit until 2015, after  doctors convinced her it contributed to her chronic throat problems. What's something you know you should do for your health?
 A heavy smoker who sang for a living always amazed me.  But they got a lot of second hand smoke anyway.  I'm glad it is BANNED in Boston and every other inside venue now.
So, this is a meme and you asked about meme.  Well, I really should walk and stand more.  Something I'm trying to do. Knitting is fine but you can stand to do that, too.  I can no longer walk and chew gum so walking while knitting is too dangerous, both for me and for others.

8) Even though she is one of the world's highest-earning entertainers, she recently had her credit card rejected while shopping at H&M. She admits she was "mortified." Have you ever experienced that moment at the counter when your card was rejected?
No I haven't.  Probably because I hardly ever used a credit card.  But I did see an amazing arrest of someone who was using a stolen card!  It was so exciting!  It was in a small gift shop in Old Town and caused quite a stir!  The perp looked me right in the eyes and stared!

9) Random question: When you were a kid, did you keep a neat or messy bedroom?
If you saw my craft spaces now you wouldn't believe that I was neat as a pin the whole of my life until falling ill in my fifties.  I really miss that tidy sort of life and must get back to it!

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See?  Even in the middle of the Jungle it's possible to tell the Naturally Tidy
© Betty Londergan and Heifer12x12 2012. 
Heifer International is a great organization, and I support it's work wholeheartedly.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday5 for August 26 : 1999, the last year before The Great Oblivion?

Friday 5 for August 26: Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over Oops Out of Time

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! 

The links are there in case you need a little bit of help, but of course there are other ways to get relevant info.  For number 3, click the link and change the “January” in the URL to your birth month and “1” in the URL to your birthday, then hit enter.

1.What’s your favorite song from 1999?

"In the End, Only Kindness matters"

2. What are some of your favorite films from 1999?
I have three from that year, four actually: "Galaxy Quest"- such a gas, "The Sixth Sense", "Office Space", and "Dogma".  We've watched them several times in the ensuing years.  "Office Space" was one of Elle's favorite movies.  Who could ever forget that red stapler?  Or, for that matter, could anyone ever forget those bad A** angels in Dogma?

3. What’s something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999?
Harry Potter hammered his way into literature?  Did I use literature in that last sentence?  I've never had the time to read a single word of those books but it's pretty apparent that not only little children feel powerless in this real life world we find ourselves in.  

4. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000?
At home, with a bottle of Bubbly and some chocolate.  It still is the best way to not get a DUI or have to call a cab at 1 am. Yes?

5. What’s something that’s gotten better since 1999?
The internet has, well, sort of grown but of course some of it was sideways.  It's growth, per year, is astounding, to say the least.  Now if we could just get the spooks out of our back pockets again.  It's painful to sit on them, so well armed are they.

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Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

One's True identity comes with self knowledge....

Just so you know who you're dealing with here.... heehee
Now, some music from the Carter family.

Sunflower bought at Santa Cruz Market
"Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side

Keep on the sunny side of life

It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way

If we keep on the sunny side of life"

Giant sunflower in Trescony Garden

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Peace bells, for Colleen

More wind bells and more modern castings....

I guess in the United States they started to be called Peace Bells, these little ones, but they are called Wind bells in Japan.  Meditation may be the reason for them being called that here.

Peace bells are actually the large Sister City bells - San Diego has one on Shelter Island- that Sister Cities exchanged.

Thursday 13:Visit to Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.

Thursday 13

Come Play?  It's fun, and you meet new people.

It was a Peaceful time to photograph flowers.  It was mid-June a few years ago.

Enjoy the Garden, and be sure to visit it when you are in San Francisco.  They sell many things garden related, and even T-shirts and other interesting things at the little store.

I bought Peace bells there.  I'd love to have a dozen more of those, but I'll settle for three or four.  All these sales help the Gardens; it's all for the greater good!

All the ornamental stones used in creating the garden adjacent to the Library building were once part of a 12th Century Cisterian monastery in Spain, some of which was dismantled, and shipped to San Francisco by Randolph Hearst.  He wanted to use the beautiful stones to build a gargantuan castle that would outshine his own mother's near Mt. Shasta.  (Take that, Mommie!)
Some how after the arrival, he lost interest, or otherwise turned away from the project.  The stones were either sold or given to the city of San Francisco, which putting them to use much later.

There's been a huge dispute going on for a century, give or take a few years, about whether they were acquired by the Stealth and/or Guile of a somewhat ruthless American billionaire.  READ about it here,
Read it, that is, if you can wade through all their irritating pop up ads and other detritus.  There is an even more detailed story HERE, from Outlands Org. which is easier to read.

Just a semi-related thought:  Nature, more or less, instructs  us to bloom where we are planted, and, therefore, to Compromise.  To compromise can mean to accept standards that are less than desirable, and go ahead and bloom anyway.

So, shall we do this, live in neighborhoods, and towns and meditate-bloom- instead of medicate?  Is this how it's done?  I'm hoping it's so.  Everything, save ice cream, that makes me euphoric also makes me sick.

Have a Happy T13!