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"Nothing is ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Duck photo source: Lisa's Chaos
I hope you enjoy your visit. If you're looking for something specific, check out the links to posts by category in my sidebar and down a ways. They'll assist with tracking down different types of posts found on each of my three blogs. You might also enjoy checking out the other sites: Sacred Ruminations, Blog Rolls, Bling & Blurbs, and Happily Retired Gal.

I hope you'll look around & leave comments
then visit me at my new blog ...

Giraffe Journal

and/or website ... Labyrinth Journal
both self-hosted at WordPress
where I publish as myself
rather than under a

I've not had much time for posting or blog visits, but if you're interested I hope you'll find time to check out my new blog, Giraffe Journal or my Labyrinth Journal website ... both self hosted at WordPress.

Thanks for your visit and have a delightful day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Monday, June 30, 2008

Fun Monday #12 - My Quirks & Stuph

Lisa is hosting Fun Monday today and writes:
"The next assignment is ...

A quirk is defined as a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism. We are all unique individuals, having quirks that help make us who we are. I would like to know what your quirks are. Confess to one, confess to ten, you decide. Just come back Monday ready to spill the beans, the rest of the world may look at you like you are from Mars, but you‘re among friends here. We won’t laugh, in fact that eccentricity just may endear you to us more.

So ... here are some of MY QUIRKS in no particular order.

1. I almost always spell the word 'stuff' as 'stuph' ... and use 'the ellipse' often ... just because. It all started about 25 years ago as a whim ... when I adopted an 'e e cummings' style of interacting on Bulletin Boards and in Chat Groups online (before the World Wide Web became the Internet we know & love today) ... using no capital letters or punctuation (other than the ellipse).

I stopped this 'quirk' consciously (for the most part anyway although with some difficulty) when I noticed 'bad habits' creeping into my REAL LIFE writing ... but a few 'habits' lingered and some have 'revived themselves' ... pushing unconsciously to the forefront in the 8 months since I've started blogging ;--)

3. Occasionally I substitute the letter 'z' for 's' in wordz ... (like this) ... have allowed other idiosyncrasies to creep into my writing (semi-purposefully) ... for 'fun' .

4. You may have noticed I have a fondness for parenthetical asides and use single rather than double quotes most often when
I write. In addition, I love writing in Haiku along with other rhythmical forms of rhyming poetry ... I end my posts with a 'Thought for the Day' ... have many 'Quotes' in my sidebars ... and close my comments with 'Hugs and blessings'.

5. In many respects I'm a private person, but I do tend to share whatever's on my mind & happening in my life when I sit down to create posts ... much as I've always done when writing in my journal. First person present tense comes most easily to me ... though I'd love to be able to write in 3rd person past tense more fluently because telling stories (or sharing 'small reflections' from daily life) is my 'blogging' intention.

6. I love animals, words & books, the ocean, coffee in the mornings, and TENNIS but don't watch much TV (as a general rule) unless it's one of the 4 major tennis championships' or the Olympics.

7. I've been an avid reader all of my life (of both fiction and non-fiction) ... written daily in journals for decades (originally with a fountain pen in rather rigid rhyme & rhythm but shifted to mechanical pencils and a more spontaneous fluid 'visual' style) ... ignoring the lines on the page and eventually moving to unlined paper.

8. I'm told I have a 'twinkle in my eye' and a smile on my face always ... and I suspect I learned that from my Dad. I look strangers in the eye and nod or say hello often ... just because.
I've made some interesting friends in this manner.

9. I'm a 'saver' and always have been, so I'm surrounded by 'stuph' I don't need or want. I've made a conscious effort to 'simplify my life & environment' in recent years with only minimal success ... but believe that if I don't quit, I can't fail ... so I push on ... SLOWLY but steadily. It's helped immensely to give up shopping as recreation because I'm no longer bringing new 'stuph' into my home on any sort of regular basis ... and that's a good thing!

Well ... I just accidentally published this (don't quite know how because all I was doing was adding labels as I thought about a #10) ... so perhaps I'm finished? If so, all I need is a ...

Thought for Today
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." e e cummings, 1955
Click for others participating in Fun Monday this week.

While looking for something else Monday afternoon, I happened upon a Ten on Tuesday post (ToT#10) about My Quirks ... published on April 25th. I add the link here (with apologies to those who have already visited and who won't see this addendum) for those yet to visit ... enjoy ;--)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

UM#12 ... my 12th Camera Critters ... and 'stuph'

Scroll down for Camera Critters
I'm participating for the 12th time today.
How about you?

What comes to YOUR mind?

If you'd like to play here, copy and paste the clues in comments along with your responses ... or post on your blog and let me know so I can visit ;--)

Here are MY responses:

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Loneliness :: can be positively reframed as Solitude ... a state of being that I value and many might benefit from in these overly busy times
  2. Traffic :: Patterns
  3. Chaos :: Theory
  4. Burp :: Excuse me
  5. 500 :: Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
  6. Movie :: tickets cost way too much these days
  7. Coma :: title of a book by Michael Crichton I read years ago ... and THE DEAD ZONE by Stephen King
  8. Bark :: Woof (wasn't that a command?) ... or the interesting covering on trees
  9. Stare :: Look for a long time ... while perhaps thinking of something else
  10. Angelina :: Jolie came immediately to mind, but I thought next of Crab Cakes from the 'award-winning' Angelina's of Maryland ... YUM!

Your Turn: I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Loneliness ::
  2. Traffic ::
  3. Chaos ::
  4. Burp ::
  5. 500 ::
  6. Movie ::
  7. Coma ::
  8. Bark ::
  9. Stare ::
  10. Angelina ::
Click for others 'muttering' today.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Today is my 12th
Misty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here:
Introductory Information
Meet Golden Doodle puppy, Lucy
visiting in the neighborhood this week & with Molly

I know I posted CC#11 yesterday, but decided to post a 2nd Camera Critter entry this weekend. That way I'll be caught up since I missed the 1st week way back when. The Chocolate Lab featured yesterday helped me 'deal with' missing my Lab while I attended a Writer's Retreat in Taos, NM. Of course, my little girl, Molly, was happily playing 'fur-friends' at Camp Ilene during my two-week road trip last summer ... but here she is playing with Lucy, an 18 month old Golden-Doodle pup who visits occasionally and has been at my neighbor's house for the past week. It's strange to watch them together because 'Labs' play by throwing their entire bodies at one another and (quite differently) 'Goldens' tend to use their paws to 'bat at one another' playfully ... but they both enjoy chasing & retrieving tennis balls ... competing to see who can get there first.
Click for others participating in Camera Critters this weekend.

General Things 'n Stuph
Unfortunately, my new Dell laptop didn't arrive yesterday after all (and there's no new email from DHL this morning) ... but I'm hoping it will show up here tomorrow since I've got my Photoshop class on Tuesday and will be gone all morning. I'd love to be 'setting it up' ... getting things loaded & running today, but instead I'm planning to visit blogs (if this old laptop will cooperate) and catch up on recorded tennis matches.

Even though there have been several upsets, I've enjoyed the tennis at Wimbledon thoroughly this year ... and since they don't play on the middle Sunday of that tournament, I should be all caught up before today ends. Compared with last year, the weather is spectacular and things are 'on schedule' for the most part. All the remaining matches are scheduled for Monday (as planned), so methinks I'll be happily watching (unless 'weather' interrupts play) whether or not my laptop arrives. I'm currently watching Murray & Haas play on Center Court even though I know that Murry ultimately won yesterday ... much to the delight of British fans.

I'm looking forward to having a 'faster' more powerful computer to catch up on blog visits and re-organize my pictures so things are easier to find. I know both are monumental tasks at this point, but believe it's worth the time & effort required. This old workhorse of a machine will get a much needed rest ... and once I get things running on the new one ... I'll dump everything from this one except my 'stock-trading' software and 'financial' stuph. It'll be good to have that running while I blog rather than having to switch back and forth between the tasks.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend
and plan to post later at Sacred Ruminations too.

Thought for Today
"The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic." Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Smiley Saturday #9 and Camera Critters #11

Read on for Smiley Saturday ...
and/or scroll down for Camera Critters
Photo Hunt #7
is at Sacred Ruminations today

I'm smiling BIG TIME today because ... although Dell sent an email on Thursday afternooon that delivery of my new computer would be delayed until July 1st-3rd, I received another email Friday morning that it had shipped after all (as I shared in yesterday's Haiku Friday #50 and #51). According to an email from DHL Express this morning ... my laptop arrived in Riverside, California (from Sparks, Nevada) around 11:35 last night and is on it's way to Orange County currently. With any luck it's possible it might actually arrive today, but I should have it in my possession on Monday at the latest. Of course I've got my fingers crossed hoping for a delivery today ;--)

If you're in need of a quick chuckle today, check out this week's Hump Day Humor at Jan's, and if you're curious about me ... drop by Sacred Ruminations this afternoon or tomorrow. I'm 'musing' a bit about my past after seeing the results of a Blogthing Quiz shared by Misty Dawn last week, but probably won't finish & publish until much later because I'd 'distracted' watching Wimbledon where there have been some excellent matches and big upsets! I'm still behind ... watching yesterday's matches while recording this morning's. Since there's no play on Sunday, I should be caught up by Monday ... unless my computer arrives today and I get distracted by it ;--)
Click for others participating in Smiley Saturday this week.

I started a week late so today is my 11th
Misty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here:
Because it seems Camera Critters has evolved into a WEEKEND activity (rather than a Sunday one as I first believed) ... and because the Saturday 9 questions don't 'move me' to respond today, I'm opting to post mine now.

Meet the friendly Chocolate Lab that kept me company last summer in Hensington Gardens ... inviting me to put down my pencil & paper to play ball often, but meandering off to play with others once I picked it up to write again.

Thought for Today
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." John Barrymore

Friday, June 27, 2008

Haiku Friday #51 - Ups & Downs ... and Ups

HF#50, OSI Week 17 and 40PC#9 are at
Sacred Ruminations today.
Sharing what's on my mind today ...

Computer Issues - ups & downs
Yesterday I found
an email from Dell that said
shipping's been delayed

on my new laptop
and although I'd suspected
problems ... I was 'bummed'

but this morning there's
a new email stating that
it's been shipped! Hooray!

Apparently a
fire in a battery
plant in early March

created a few
problems for the company
they've not talked about

when accepting new
orders from their customers ...
Last night I wondered

if I'd made a huge
error ... but today all's well.
Funny how life goes.

~ ~ ~

As for Wimbledon
What a week it's been!
I'm still watching yesterday's
tennis matches and

just saw Maria
lose to Kudryavtseva
in the 2nd round.

James Blake now out too
also Novak Djokovic
and apparently

Andy Roddick lost
to Tipsarevic after
winning the 1st set ...

That's the match that I'm
watching currently because
I'm quite far behind

due to my classes
and a jazz concert last night
I attended with

a friend I'd not seen
in a LONG time. It was well
past eleven when

I returned home so
this morning I'm 'dragging' just
a bit ... creating

my Haiku today,
but at least I've got the day
at home to catch up.
~ ~ ~

For a Mr. Linky to other Haiku Fridays
go to A Mommy Story or
Playgroups are no Place for Children.

To see more previous Haikus,
click on the Haiku Friday label below this post
or in the sidebar under About Me.

Thought for Today
"Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to back a short distance correctly." Edward Albee

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #30 - 13 Cute Critter Photos

13 Cute Critter Photos
(found at Cute Overload Press)

For easy access, I’ve listed more T-13 links along with the Thursday Thirteen Blogroll at My Blog Rolls.

Thought for Today
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." George Eliot

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 33 - Unexpected Shots

Almost Wordless
Wimbledon Wonders for Wednesday

Ana Ivanovic kisses net
after it saved her on Match Point
in the 2nd set ... after losing the 1st to Nathalie Dechy.

Marat Safin celebrates upset over 3rd seeded Novak Djokovic
Tennis photos from Yahoo Sports

(Bird photo found at Flickzzz.com)
(Click for other participating wordlessly on Wednesday)

Thought for Today
"Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last." Don Quixote

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HoTs #12 - My 'off-beat' association to Line

Hosted by Skittles at Head or Tails

The theme/prompt this week is HEADS - Line

One of my favorite authors is James Thurber who illustrated many of his books with line drawings resembling cartoons. In 1969-1970 My World and Welcome To It aired for a single season as a TV series starring William Windom ... playing John Monroe (a Thurber alter-ego) based on Thurber's articles and cartoons. I never understood why this wonderful show didn't last longer because it was an imaginatively creative combination of real people and 'line drawings' ...

Thurber (and this TV show) came to mind when I read this week's theme so I did some searching and came up with this 90 second introductory 'clip' that gives you a quick idea of the flavor of the show. There's also a 6 minute piece from one episode entitled 'The Human and the Dinosaur' (Addendum: 7-5-08 ... I just discovered that the 6 minute Dinosaur clip has been removed by the user and is no longer available) and two 9 minute clips entitled 'The War Between Men and Women- part one' and part two (comprising a single episode) ... (sorry the one brief commercial is still there in each, but the ads are sort of nostalgic). I couldn't figure out how to embed them here, but that may be for the best since I've made significant changes recently designed to make the site load faster, and embedding the videos would probably slow things down agai ... however the clicking the links will take you to them on YouTube. Whether or not you remember this show, the clips (in my humble opinion) definitely worth checking out when time permits.

Next week's theme prompt is:
TAILS - Share a Summertime memory

Here are a few one-liners from Thurber himself:

"With sixty staring me in the fact, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs."

"I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance -- a sharp, vindictive glance."

"Progress was all right. Only it went on too long."

"He who hesitates is sometimes saved."

"There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare than obscures."

"You can fool too many of the people too much of the time."

"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
and my favorite is ...
Thought for Today
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness." James Thurber

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fun Monday #11 - Manic Monday #3

I've 'borrowed' Hula Girl's Fun Monday Logo for today.
Isn't it lovely? I need to make one of my own soon.

Hula Girl of Growing Older But Not Up is hosting Fun Monday today and writes:
"I used to be a journalist you know, and I love prying information out of people...and I’m really nosey….ridiculously nosey. After much thought and consideration I’ve come up with the following topic….clothing…specifically clothing you can’t get rid of. We all have at least one or two items of clothing that we can’t part with, even if we can’t or don’t wear them. I want to know about yours. Show us if you have pictures or describe it in detail. Model it for us if you dare. Nothing naughty please-we don’t want to see your backside (or your front side) in that thong you foolishly bought in Cancun on vacation. Is it your old FFA jacket from high school (which my husband has)? A Grateful Dead concert t-shirt from 1978? A shirt from an old lover or that size *&! pair of jeans you hope you get into again one day? Or maybe the really large pair of jeans you wore before you lost 100 pounds or your grandma’s vintage wedding dress. Dig around in your closets and find something you want to share with us Monday. I can’t wait to see and hear about your choices."
My challenge today is to decide what to choose from many options because I'm not only a recovering pack-rat ... my sister tells me often that I'm "true to my clothes" ... meaning I keep them a LONG TIME and wear them even when they're 'well-worn' ;--)

First ... I have MANY pairs of comfy and colorful shoes, but these two get worn most frequently even though they're old and well-worn ... just because. The sandals on the left are Merrills
(at least 10 years old and possibly older). The clogs on the right are Keens (probably 7 or 8 years old).

Although I own the Keen clogs in 3 other colors, I've never been able to find the Merrill sandal again after purchasing this pair at REI years ago. It's a testament to the way these shoes are constructed that they're still comfortable after all this time.

The jackets in the collage below are old favorites too. I've show the front & back of each ... just because. All 4 jackets are much too large for me these days and I can't remember the last time I wore any of them ... but I love them all for various reasons.

I purchased the warm jacket top left while in Alaska to take a bicycle tour down the mountain (after riding up on a train) in the rain because it was just too cold there for any of the winter clothes I brought with me. Not surprisingly, it's NEVER been cold enough for me to wear it here at the beach in Southern California ... though I have worn it a few times in the snow when visiting the mountains close by.

All 3 of the other jackets are from Chico's ... what once was my favorite women's clothing store for about 8 years. The warm jacket on the right is just funky & fun. The two at the bottom are both velour-type 'dress up' jackets ... but can also be worn with jeans. I'm not quite sure why I keep them now that I've gotten rid of weight ... except that I loved them when I bought them and feel 'attached' as I do with many 'things' in my life ... for they bring back memories.

If I had time ...(and my computer was being more cooperative)... I'd share more, but methinks this will have to do for now.

Questions for Manic Monday #122
1. Are you a talker or a listener? Is it ever possible to really be both? I suppose I've been a 'talker' most of my life ... (what teacher isn't?)... but over the past couple of decades I've evolved into more of a 'listener' ... so I believe it's possible to be both. Actually, I always listened to my students ... and asked lots of questions too ... so maybe I've been both always.

2. Do you think God has a sense of humor? Actually yes ... and the older I get, the more I believe this to be true ... however I also believe God weeps at some of the things mankind does (and doesn't do).

3. Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever experienced it? When I was young, perhaps I did ... though then I didn't really understand love as a verb. These days I'm less inclined to be swept away spontaneously by my feelings.

Click for others participating in Manic Monday this week.

Did you know that Wimbledon starts today?
I can watch TENNIS when my
laptop overheats today.

Thought for Today
"Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." Moms Mabley

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Belated Saturday Memes ... just because

See the NEXT post for
Camera Critters #10 and
Unconscious Mutterings #11.
Read on for Smiley Saturday or
scroll down to the bottom of this post
for my 6th Saturday 9

As many of you know already, I'm a happy camper generally ... (being an eternal optimist seems innate for me) ... and I believe in 'accentuating the positive' as much as possible ... even in the face of adversity. It's been HOT in Southern California and that's added to my 'computer issues' ... which is why I'm creating this SATURDAY post on SUNDAY. It's a little cooler this morning and my laptop hasn't 'balked yet' ... so after posting my Camera Critters & Unconscious Mutterings, I decided to check the Saturday 9 questions (answered below) and share some SMILES today ... just because I could.

1. I'm delighted with the changes I've made on each of my blogs ... and have more plans to implement when possible. Several of you have indicated that Small Reflections loads faster and it's easier to leave comments. I'm relieved to have figured out a way to make that happen. You can read about the process in my HF#49- Changes.

2. I love the 'ducky' photo at the top of my page (found a while back at Flickzzz or Cute Overload Press perhaps and saved ... but lost amid my files until it surfaced while I looked for something else this weekend). Gotta love serendipity! I also like the 'giraffe' photo I've added to the top of Sacred Ruminations and the changes I've made to the About Me section of my sidebars. Those 'category links' permit visitors (and me) to find specific types of posts on each of my blogs easily.

3. Although it's quite possible no one other than me will ever visit and/or comment on the NEW blog I created this weekend ... I like the look ... and am happy moving 'stuph' from here to there has made things work smoother here at Small Reflections.

4. If you've not discovered Chris at Ms Cellania who participates in Witty Wednesday, you're in for a treat. The previous link takes you to all her Witty Wednesday posts. This week is her 54th entitled Irish Dog. I drop by whenever I need a chuckle, and hope you will too.

5. If you missed my 7 Really Good Things last week, I hope you'll check it out today. I keep learning how to do new things at Blogger and it's fun to share.

So ... that will wrap up my belated Smiley Saturday for now ... though I plan to post again at Sacred Ruminations (as I usually do on Sundays) if my computer cooperates.

Click for others participating in Smiley Saturday this week.

This is my 6th...

1. The other day I purchased gas for $3.96, which was less than the $4.37 my local station charges per gallon. What is the current gas price in your area for regular?
I filled up at Costco (because I was there) on Thursday ... paid more than $51 for 11 gallons (about half a tank) ... at a price of $4.499 for regular (premium was $4.699 ) ... 30 cents/gallon less than stations around my neighborhood. Sigh! I'm grateful I don't need to drive much any more.

2. Will your vacation plans be altered by the price of gas?
I hadn't made 'vacation plans' for this year because I'm still recovering from last summer's road trip to Taos, New Mexico for the Writer's Retreat that got me started blogging and I've just spent a 'chunk of change' for a new computer ... though it's 'still in production' rather than on it's way here. Sighing once more ... probably because it's HOT again ... already. At least I live at the beach. I feel for folks inland right now ... especially where the fires are burning (and, of course, for those in the Midwest dealing with flooding), so I'm counting my blessings as always.

3. Is there any movie this summer that you're looking forward to seeing?
I've not seen a film at the theater in several years ... so probably not. I'll be catching up on Cable as last year's films show up ... and seeing this year's films next year I suppose. It works for me.

4. Gas prices aside, what is your favorite vacation destination?
Currently ... my front patio. I do love Hawaii ... and am thinking about the Maui Writer's Conference this fall because the brochure just surfaced again.

5. Will you watch more film on DVD than in theaters this summer?
Definitely ... though I'll watch even more using my DVR.

6. Will you fly anywhere this summer?
I don't think so ... unless my impulses get the better of us and I register for the Maui Writer's Conference. One never knows ;--)

7. Guess: How high will a gallon of gas peak at?
Who knows? Probably more than most of us WANT to pay ... and as high as the market will bear. The news is reporting that use of mass transit has increased in recent months here in So Cal and that more folks are using the 'park and ride' options available in some areas.

8. Will gas prices effect who you vote for in this fall's election?
Probably not. There are so many more urgent issues for me ... like ending the war in Iraq and using that 'wasted money' to pay down debt (rather than add to it) and for programs that benefit people.

9. How much will the price of home heating oil effect you?
Because the ocean 'stabilizes' temperatures in a narrower range than 'inland' areas ... I suspect it won't have much of an impact on me directly.

Thought for Today
"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it." H. L. Mencken, Minority Report, 1956

CC#10 ... UM#11 ... and more

I started a week late so today is my 10thMisty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here:
Introductory Information

Beach visitors in Southern California
can be strange indeed!

No ... I don't know the dog
nor the gal on the other end of the leash
not pictured here.

Click for others participating in Camera Critters today.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I'm participating for the 11th time today.
How about you?

What comes to YOUR mind?

If you'd like to play here, copy and paste the clues in comments along with your responses ... or post on your blog and let me know so I can visit ;--)

Here are MY responses:

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Goodbye :: Girl (can you hear the two songs written for this film in your head yet?)
  2. Cage :: Nicholas (hmm ... guess that came up because I was thinking of films?)
  3. Buddy :: Friend, pal ... but also a popular name for Pitbulls I've met.
  4. Magic words :: Abra-cadabra ... shazam!
  5. Library :: Lots of BOOKS!!!
  6. Fall in love :: at first sight! (romantic ... though not always practical)
  7. Tense :: Relaxed
  8. Work! :: Play!
  9. Empty :: the trash
  10. Heat wave :: what we're experiencing in Southern California right now!!!

Your turn: I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Goodbye ::
  2. Cage ::
  3. Buddy ::
  4. Magic words ::
  5. Library ::
  6. Fall in love ::
  7. Tense ::
  8. Work! ::
  9. Empty ::
  10. Heat wave ::
Click for others 'muttering' today.

Thought for Today
"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather." Loire Harwould

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Photo Hunt #6 - It's a Gusher!

This week's theme: Water

In April of 2007
a car hit this Fire Hydrant

then drove off ...
leaving a 'gusher' for the
Fire Department
to deal with for about 25 minutes ...

and, naturally ... I captured photos!

Click for other Photo Hunters this week.

Thought for Today
"Well done is better than well said." Benjamin Franklin

Friday, June 20, 2008

HF #49 - Changes: I've been 'productively' busy this morning ... (and this afternoon too)

You may (or may not)
have seen
a NEW blog listed
on my
Blog Profile.

Hopefully this change
will correct problems without
generating new

challenges ... we'll see!
I have moved my Blog Rolls and
'summary' Bling posts

in hopes these changes
will help Small Reflections load
more quickly ... and that

leaving comments will
be less agonizingly
slow & tedious

for all visitors
plus make publishing my posts
easier as well.

I've modified the
About Me section in my
sidebars to reflect

these alterations
and updated links therein
to help visitors

find whatever they're
seeking ... although this laptop
over heated and

shut down several times
making it more challenging
to complete this post.

It is 6:20
and methinks I'll simply stop
and publish it now.

~ ~ ~

Addendum: 4:15am Saturday morning
I intended to share awards yesterday, but it got so late (and this old laptop was working so slowly) that I decided to skip that. This morning, however, I'm adding a couple of awards created and shared by Tammy of Mom Knows Everything ... way back in early May as she celebrated her 1st Blogoversary. Somehow they got 'lost' in my files until they surfaced yesterday while I moved my 'Awards & Bling' to my new blog and updated it.

I'd like to offer them to all who leave a comment below to show my appreciation, and if time permits, I hope you'll also check out my 48th Haiku Friday by clicking the link below the awards. You'll find more surprises there ;--)

My 48th Haiku Friday is at
Sacred Ruminations

For a Mr. Linky to other Haiku Fridays
go to A Mommy Story or
Playgroups are no Place for Children.

To see more previous Haikus,
click on the Haiku Friday label below this post
or in the sidebar under About Me.

Thought for Today
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." Faith Baldwin

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday Thirteen # 29 -Springtime Butterflies

13 Springtime Butterfly Photos
(from Flickzzz)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Thought for Today
"Butterflies are self propelled flowers." R.H. Heinlein
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