---Alice Abrams

Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo Hunt - Blue

If it's blue you want - blue I got! It was hard
choosing just one so I went for
Blue is my favorite color, can you tell?

We flew back from Oklahoma to Denver via
Frontier Air. I love the parrot on the wing!

This is taken from one of the lighthouses
on the north short of Kaua'i.
It's one
of my very favorites...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Happy Things...

Things That Make My Heart Sing
(and not in any particular order)

1. Puppy breath

2. The voice of a loved one on the phone

3. Knowing my kids and grandkids are safe and well

4. A Hershey kiss slowly melting on my tongue

5. Going for a walk with hubman and holding hands

6. Being part of a large community choir and singing Handel's Messiah
(the whole thing!)

7. Watching a baby learning to laugh - I dare you not to laugh along!

8. Swimming with wild dolphins in the ocean in Maui

9. Talking a walk by a waterfall in heavily forested woods, full of
ferns and pure oxygenated air

10. Reading a really good book- not enough hours in the day for them all

11. Diving into a pool on a horribly hot day and feeling the rush as the
cold water envelops me

12. Walking on the Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara on a clear summer's day
and stopping for fresh fish for lunch

13. Looking at the moon shining on the ocean waters in Oahu while
listening to Hawaiian music wafting on the breeze from the hotel

Now, was that saccharine enough? It's so much easier
to be flippant or sarcastic. I'm trying to be a nicer
calmer "Gracie!"

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(I don't know who to credit this to -the print is too small!)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Photo Hunt - Scary

It was a dark and stormy Oklahoma. I shot this right after being in a huge rain storm right outside of Oklahoma City. It was a scary ride...

This is Norma Jean - a Shiba Inu.
She really wanted to come out
and play but it
was just too scary!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - When to Quit the Road

Ten Signs You May, or May Not, Be Losing It!

10. You find yourself changing signal light bulbs once a week.

9. You are the focus of a neighborhood driving watch.

8. You are often followed by the emergency-personnel paparazzi.

7. You have relatives lining up to take out life insurance on you.

6. You recently got angry at someone who cut you off and gave them the thumb.

5. You own prescription night-vision goggles for driving after dark.

4. You are often tailgated by women pushing strollers.

3. You routinely take up three parking spaces at the mall.

2. You are thinking about replacing your Lincoln Town Car with something bigger.

1. You often pull into gas stations and sit there, waiting for the attendant to come out
and fill the tank, check the oil and wash the windshield.
I read this and laughed my head off! Then, it hit me. Do I do any of these things? No, but
hubman does!!!

1. Put him in a parking lot looking for a place to park and he turns into Mr. Magoo.

2. He pulls out in front of people who are coming up pretty quick. His response to my
shaky, heart-pounding voice? Well, they were coming too fast. Uh.....

3. His passive-agressiveness rears it's ugly head the minute the wheels hit the on-ramp
of any freeway - whether or not it's crowded!

Oh, about my driving skills? They are still as good as they were ten years ago! Yep, that
lead foot still works.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Always Loved Clark Gable...

And here's another reason why:

Clark Gable nearly walked off the set of "Gone With the Wind" because of racism, the New York Post's Page Six reports and an upcoming book reveals. In "Victor Fleming," a bio of the director of the beloved Hollywood epic, Michael Sragow describes how a group of black extras, upset at studio bathrooms with "White" and "Colored" signs, approached Gable.

He got on the phone to (Victor) Fleming, who called the prop master and told him, 'If you don't get those signs down, you won't get your Rhett Butler,' " writes Sragow. "The Signs came down immediately."
A Man of Principle.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wordless Tuesday

If you look closely you can see the crystals hanging
from the votive holder...
I love black and white photography.

Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Manic Monday - Bite

Last year our county had 160 cases of West Nile virus. This year - none reported. They did an aerial spraying and I guess it worked, thank goodness!

One summer, while the kids were at church camp, hubman and I sneaked off for a few days. We
camped up at Twin Lakes, which is close to Bridgeport - or 90 miles north of Mammoth. We decided to go fishing in the Bridgeport dam spillway, where large trout were rumored to hang out. Casting your line into the fast-moving water and then keeping it out of the rocks was very tiring, so I sat down on some rocks. Boy, did I ever regret that move! I must've had 25-30 humongous bites on my butt and upper thighs. I itched my way all through Yosemite! It is SO hard to have those kinds of bites on your rear end and be in the public eye! And once you scratch, you know what can't stop scratching!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Photo Hunters - Family

In looking for a photo to represent family, I couldn't find one that I had taken recently. So, my eyes landed on this photo of a church steeple. I took this picture in August in Oklahoma City. It's right across the street from the Oklahoma Memorial of the bombing. I realize that the church is tilted and not a really great shot but perhaps that's the deeper meaning. I have a church family and we're not perfect either!

Church gives me a sense of family, community and hope. I can enter any church in the world and feel the presence of family. Blogging has given me a sense of family. You make wonderful friends and know that people actually care about one another! And that's FAMILY...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(Woman with the longest legs and world's smallest man...)



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Funnies in the News

With all the bad stuff in the news, I found a couple that should provoke laughter and not
San Diego: "A lit candle in a voodoo supply shop sparked a fire, destroying the San Diego Store."
Yep, gotta watch those zombies. You turn your back on 'em and they're burning your store

"A San Diego man who was allegedly poaching lobsters was caught with six of the creatures
stuffed down his pants. Lobsters in the San Diego area do not have pincers."

Now, the last sentence cracked me up. You know what we were all thinking!

Friday, October 10, 2008

This photo isn't new but seeing it again reminded me of sitting on the balcony, sipping
a cold drink, just being lazy...
After a long day running around the island, taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells,
it was nice to just sit a spell and commit it all to memory.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Manic Monday - Leaf

Manic Monday LEAF graphic by Janna
Since I don't live in a part of the country that has a lot of glorious fall colors, I thought I'd share my favorite leaf - a Canna. This is the leaf of a Tropicana, just one of the varieties of Canna.
This plant faces west and even in our brutal summers and the hot afternoons, you can see how beautiful it is! It flowers, too! This one has bold, bright orange spike-like flowers.
I love flowers but sometimes a single leaf can hold as much beauty as a flower.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Photo Hunt - Sad

I looked through all of my photos and I cannot find any that are of a sad event or person. So I stepped back and chose a photo that makes ME sad. This is a picture of my son-in-law (more like my own son) at Thanksgiving. He was dead by April. We were at my oldest daughter's home and everyone had a fantastic time. None of us ever imagined that we'd have to go on without him...

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Thursday Thirteen (Ok, Sixteen)

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Most of these pictures are from my trip back to Oklahoma this August.

1. Meeting my great-granddaughter for the very first time

2. What a smile!

3. Daughter #1's new house

4. A hole in the Oklahoma sky

5. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum - the reflecting pool You can see that this is built right where the actual Murrah Plaza stood. The pool occupies what was once N.W. Fifth Street.

6. There are 168 empty chairs, the smaller chairs representing the 19 children killed.

7. Gates of Time: "These momumental twin gates fram the moment of destructoin - 9:02 a.m. - and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial. The East Gate represents 9:01 a.m. on April 19, and the innocence of the city before the attack. The West Gate represents 9:-3 a.m., the moment we were changed forever, and the hope that came fro the horror in the moments and days following the bombing." ---taken from the Memorial & Museum Guide I was taken by the light and shadows skillfully represented by the artist.

8. Another view of the gate.

9. A beautiful old church right across the street from the memorial.

10. From somber to nightlife...This is "Bricktown," a wonderful collage of old brick buildings and new, upscale restaurants and shops.

11. This is daughter #1, my granddaughter, and daughter #2 - before they ate the cake in photo number 12!

12. We had dinner at the Spaghetti Factory and after pasta, it was the battle for cake!

13. This is the wing of the Frontier plane we flew in from OK City to Denver. It reminded me of the classic Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner and the monster on the wing. At least I had a friendly face to look at!

14. This is the sky from the aircraft.

15. This is the sky just Monday night here in town! I hopped in the car and drove up the hill to the southeast of us and took some fantastic pictures.

16. I made this bouquet of some of the last of my summer roses just for you.....

Thanks for letting me throw in a few extras ...

Thursday Thirteen