Friday, February 27, 2009

I received a "Friends Award"!

Thank you very much Teresa - I never expect to get recognition for anything, but if it's for being a friend - I gladly accept with a big THANK YOU. Artist Unplugged has been a favorite new friend of mine for some time now and I greatly appreciate her art and sense of humor. I will gladly pass this award along to 8 others.
"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines. I am to choose eight friends to share this with." 8 friends, out of many, that have been supportive, friendly and just good fun include:

Pet Portraits by Karie-Ann Cooper

Middle Life

Sue's Daily Photography


Writing From the Inside Out

Sand Fibers

Beetle's Photos

AVCr8teur's Photo Blog


NEW VIDEO: Why Women Drivers are so Bad (Just Some :-}

I know..... But take a look - it's funny :-}
Scroll to the bottom of the page - just above Red Green
Enjoy :-}
Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Welcome to Hermiston....

Hi Guys :

I thought I'd share a few photos of where I live (if you leave now, you'll miss the commercial!) :-}


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Large water tower as you enter from the east (note the bird to thr left)

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Another shot in my "Bird on the Left" Series

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One of my favorites - "Traffic Jam at Wal-Mart"

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And my favorite: "EVAC ROUTE"

Hermiston is in near proximity to the Umatilla Army Chemical Weapons Depot, where they have been destroying chemical weapons for over a decade. We live in what they call "The Kill Zone" (cool). This sign indicates the route to take in the event of an accident at the plant that releases nerve gas, etc., for those of us who are silly enough to think we can escape :-}

(I am not a member of the welcoming commitee or the Chamber of Commerce) We will be moving soon - I hope the death threats stop:-}

Oh, BTW - right across the Columbia River is "The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site" that they have been trying to clean up for more than a decade. I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box, but I'm thinkin' a move just might be a wise choice :-}

Have a Great Day.



Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crazy English - Part 2...

Today's post is dedicated to Carol Dean Sharpe, a former English Teacher/Wrter/Editor turned "artsy person" - Check out her blog here:
But not until after you read my post and leave a comment:-}

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse .

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present , he thought it was time to present the present .

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row ..

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

These few sentences illustrate how difficult it must be for folks who are trying to learn English as a second language (and for many of us who claim that it is our FIRST language :-)
I hope you have enjoyed these - I'll post "Part 3" after another "Artistic Interlude" :-}
Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Floral Interlude: Yellow Flowers and their Alien Mutant Cousins :-}

Tomorrow I will Post " Crazy English - Part 2", But for today - "A Floral Interlude" - Enjoy:

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Yellow Flowers

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Yellow Flowers 2

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Yellow Flowers 2 Alien Mutant Cousins

I hope you enjoy this "Floral Interlude"

I lost Five Followers yesterday - I hope you aren't one of them :-{



Monday, February 23, 2009

Crazy English - Part 1..... "UP"

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this - have fun :-}

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It 's easy to understand UP , meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special ..
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP . We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP....
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP ....
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP .
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now my time is UP , is time to shut UP !

That about does it, but if it were UP to me.....:-}
Have a Great Monday (I know that's an oxymoron)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Florence, Oregon....Bridge and Sunrise

Florence, Oregon is a quaint small town on the Oregon Coast north of Coos Bay. I took these pics in the early morning from our hotel balcony on our anniversary a few years back. Florence has a neat "Old Town" with a variety of shops that I unfortunately did not get any shots of! (left the camera in the car cuz I was too tired too carry it - how dumb is that!)
I hope you enjoy these - let me know :-}
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Florence, OR. Sunrise

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Florence, OR. Bridge
Have a Great Day!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How the Fight Started..... :-}

How the fight started - enjoy :-}

One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift.The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.When she asked him why, he replied, "Well, you still haven't used the giftI bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started.......

My wife walked into the den and asked "What's on the TV?" I replied "Dust".
And that's how the fight started.....

A woman is standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, 'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's darn near perfect.'
And that's how the fight started.....

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. Shes aid, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 200 in about 3 seconds. 'I bought her a bathroom scale.And that's how the fight started.....

I asked my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.'Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!' she said. So I suggested, 'How about the kitchen?'And that's when the fight started.....

When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplaceexpensive. So, I took her to a gas station.
And that's when the fight started.....

I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95.Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95. I told her the beerwould make her look better at night than the cold cream.
And that's when the fight started.....

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.My wife asked, 'Do you know her?''Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.''My God!' says my wife. 'Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'
And that's when the fight started.....

I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car.You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and! little things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn't believe it. He was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, look ed up at me, and shouted, 'I AM NOT

HAPPY!!!' So, I looked down at him and said, 'Well, then which one are you?'
And that's when the fight started.....

I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. 'I'll have the strip steak, medium rare, please.'He said, 'Aren't you worried about the mad cow?''Nah, she can order for herself.'
And that's when the fight started.....

Now you know how fights get started - maybe you have a few of your own? Have a "Fightless Friday" tomorrow :-}

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fuchsias!.... More Fuchsias!

Yes! - More Fuchsias! But today I thought I'd give you a blow by blow visual of going from an unedited photo to where ever I end up - Hope you enjoy :-}

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Original unedited photo

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Cropped and edited

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Edited (tweaked) some more

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Edited (tweaked) yet some more

So there you Have it. I'm sure that I'm not done playing with this photo, but that's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the blow by blow account - Boy, I live Photoshop!! :-}Seeya,


Monday, February 16, 2009

If Microsoft Built Cars....

This has been around for awhile, but it's still funny and it's still true - enjoy:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

- For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

- Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

- Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

- Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

- Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT." But then you would have to buy more seats.

- Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five per cent of the roads.

- The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.

- New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

- The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

- Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.

- GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.

- Everytime GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

- You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine." :-}


Pink Foxglove

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I thought perhaps you might prefer Pink Foxglove. This was growing right next to the white one, but I was unable to get them together. Hope you enjoy .....
Funnies tomorrow! :-}


Saturday, February 14, 2009

White Foxglove

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This is one of my wife's favorites - hope you enjoy it too :-}

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Dog Cross Breeds - Coming Soon to a Pet Store Near You :-}

In the everchanging world of canine cross breeding, some imagintive people have come up with some unique breeds that are sure to please:

New Dog Cross Breeds:

Collie + Lhasa Apso - Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport

Spitz + Chow Chow - Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot

Pointer + Setter - Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund - Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso - Peekasso, an abstract dog

Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel - Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle

Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever - Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists

Newfoundland + Basset Hound - Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors

Terrier + Bulldog - Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes

Bloodhound + Labrador - Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly

Malamute + Pointer - Moot Point, owned by....oh well it doesn't matter anyway

Collie + Malamute - Commute, a dog that travels to work

Deerhound + Terrier - Derriere, a dog that's true to the end

I wanted to make this a Top Ten list, but there are twelve, and I was a little worried that someone might catch it. I know - it's a very remote possibility - but I didn't want to take a chance :-}

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fluorescent Fuchsia

This a is the digitally manipulated alter ego of yesterday's post - thought you might like to see it. I was able to use this for a larger prints (24"x32"). When printed in the larger size, the detail is much more dramatic than what this photo shows. Hope you enjoy...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I thought I'd share a photo of a Fuchsia that I did awhile ago - hope you enjoy it...

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Have a Super Day!


Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Rest of the NEWS :-}

You may have missed these articles in your local newspaper, so we would like to share them with you now:

And that's the rest of the NEWS - we hope you enjoyed it :-}

Saturday, February 7, 2009

No More Freezing Fog.... Melting Snow and Ice Pics

Freezing Fog Photos are all done, but it's winter, so my options are limited. Here are a few photos I took recently of some Melting Snow and Ice - I hope you enjoy them.

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Pine Needles On Ice

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Icy Pine Needles

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Bubbly Melting Ice

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Bubbly Melting Ice on a Bush

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Bubbly Melting Ice 2

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Bubbly Melting Ice on a Bush 2

There you have it! On Monday I will have a very funny post for you - be sure you aren't eating when you read it, cuz you're liable to choke from laughing - now that's what I call a worthwhile post! :-}