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Sunday, July 20, 2008

OSI - Week 21 : Rest ... CC#17 and UM#15

Make Room for Small Reflections
The prompt for Week 21 is Rest
Returning from two
weeks at Camp Ilene, Molly
RESTed sev'ral dayz ...
and I lounged on my
patio reflecting on
the Taos Retreat
I've also shared a second OSI Week:21 post at Sacred Ruminations
This is my 17th
Misty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here:
Introductory Information
Click for others participating in
One Single Impression and/or Camera Critters this week.
Camera Critters #15 is in yesterday's post.
~ ~ ~
I'm participating for the 15th 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. Flicker :: candles ... (though I also thought of the folks who share their photos with Flickr)
  2. Styling :: hair is something I wouldn't like to do for a living, though I'm glad others enjoy the profession
  3. Episode :: segment in a serial program on television
  4. Sexier :: attractive or appealing
  5. Studious :: what I was most of my life (and perhaps still am?)
  6. Mushroom :: Shitake (my favorite kind)
  7. 8 minutes :: Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life by Victor Davich
  8. Bald :: what Molly's tennis balls are within minutes of leaving them with her after we've played fetch (and minutes after that, they're in pieces)
  9. Immunity :: from disease and/or prosecution
  10. Sectioned :: partitioned (as with hard drives and/or 'chapters' in books)

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

  1. Flicker ::
  2. Styling ::
  3. Episode ::
  4. Sexier ::
  5. Studious ::
  6. Mushroom ::
  7. 8 minutes ::
  8. Bald ::
  9. Immunity ::
  10. Sectioned ::

Click for others muttering this week.
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Thought for Today
"The real problem with leisure time is how to keep others from using yours." Arthur Lacey


Hootin Anni said...

#8 is cute!!!

Mine's posted, if you haven't already, I do hope you can find time to stop by!

SandyCarlson said...

I love the way you captured the shared rest in your haiku! Marvelous, Storyteller.

Geraldine said...

Your dog is so cute and the lounge pic looks so inviting!


Raven said...

Molly is a sweetie. Love your haikus for rest. #8 was my favorite response in your list. Your patio looks just lovely and peaceful.

Anonymous said...

I'll have mine up in about 5 minuites on both sites!

Noah the Great said...

Great work!

Maude Lynn said...

Ah, if I had that patio, I don't think that I'd ever leave it!

Roswila said...

The photos are fabulous, and the colors are simply delicious!

Barb said...

Can I snuggle with Molly?

Joy Des Jardins said...

I love your patio.....looks so comfy and inviting Virginia. And Molly looks so adorable....

As usual your haiku is wonderful....

Hugs to you....

Anonymous said...

I loved the picture of Molly! She's gorgeous and that scarf suits her!

I enjoyed your mutterings...I didn't think of 'candles' but they are the most beautiful 'flicker' of all. And 'bald'...very clever, and as a dog owner I know....!

Mine are up too, at

Bella :)

Joyce said...

Molly DOES look like she is resting, dear puppy. :)

Have a great Sunday. :)

storyteller said...

Hootin’ Anni – I’m not sure the tennis balls would agree about how ‘cute’ it is … and when I’m cleaning up the pieces … I’m sometimes muttering under my breath, but thanks. I noted we both had ‘candles’ for Flicker.

SandyCarlson – Ah yez … shared rest! That’s exactly what it was … enjoying the company one another while resting after extended fun.

Geraldine – I’m glad you found them so. Methinks you might have been visiting me as I was visiting your blog. Let’s hear it for serendipity!

Raven – Thanks … she is, and it seems like you and Hootin’ Anni agree on #8 as your fav. I’m enjoying my patio as I type my responses this afternoon … the weather is a bit cool, but pleasant enough with a light jacket.

Mike – I enjoyed your ‘mutterings’ … thanks for letting me know you planned to do them.

Noah the Great – Thanks ;--)

Mama Zen – I do sit here whenever I can … usually in the early mornings and/or later afternoons when it’s shady like now.

Roswila – Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed them. I guess you can tell I like blue ;--)

WillThink4Wine – Anytime … it’s her favorite thing to do when she’s tired from playing … and she’s very soft especially after a bath.

Joy – I’d love to sit with you and visit … sipping fresh lemonade made with lemons from my tree. You know how I love Haiku. I’m glad you enjoy it too.

Bellamocha – I’ve not had a chance to visit anyone’s mutterings yet today, but will try to drop by either later this evening or tomorrow. I’ll look forward to seeing yours.

Joyce – As you can see in this photo … try as she might, Molly couldn’t keep her eyes open and could barely hold up her head for 3-4 days, but after that she was her actively enthusiastic self.

To all – I’m delighted to find all your comments here this evening. It’s been another busy day but a pleasant one. I managed to visit some blogs, read & respond to some email, and post on both blogs in addition to trimming my lime tree, do some weeding & watering, play with & walk Molly, chat with my writing buddy, do some journaling, laundry, and clearing away of clutter … visiting with neighbors … and this evening I’ll read a while. I hope your day was delightful too. If I didn't get to your blog today, I'll do my best to visit tomorrow.
Hugs and blessings,

Misty DawnS said...

Molly is so special and precious - she certainly knows how to enjoy and appreciate life.

Ivanhoe said...

Molly sure looks tired at that picture. That's how I feel today after working hard all weekend :o)

Irish Coffeehouse said...

I received your message. I'm sorry you are having problems accessing.

Have you tried the blogger help section? I know one time it worked for me. But for the life of me I cannot recall what I had to do to correct it.

Thanks for taking the time to drop a note!

Karen said...

Lovely pics!

Here are my responses:

Episode::Star Trek
8 Minutes::Quiet Time
Bald::Patrick Stewart

Now off to read yours...

spacedlaw said...

I love your patio!

spacedlaw said...

1. Flicker :: Clouds (a light play)
2. Styling :: Hair
3. Episode :: Musemuggers (LJ writing community where my stories go up as episodes)
4. Sexier :: wrinkles
5. Studious :: Math
6. Mushroom :: Yummy
7. 8 minutes :: Drive to work
8. Bald :: Sexy
9. Immunity :: Diplomatic
10. Sectioned :: Lizard tail (all over the house - I have 4 cats)

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos to go with your great haikus.

maryt/theteach said...

You have a beautiful dog! You send him/her to camp? I didn't know there were camps for animals... :)

maryt/theteach said...

Noticed Molly is her name... :)

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, this retreat must have been so rewarding! Love the photos and words!

Mary said...


Loved your photo of Molly. She is beautiful.

Enjoyed my visit, as always.
Blessings for a great week.

Momisodes said...

Wow! What a gorgeous sanctuary you have :) I love those chairs. Looks so incredibly peaceful.

Tina Coruth said...

Hi Storyteller!

Love the photos!

I wish I had thought of candles for Flicker! I enjoyed your responses.

Here are mine:
Flicker :: My Friend (a TV program, Flicker was a horse)
Styling :: Cool
Episode :: next week's
Sexier :: than my shirt
Studious :: industrious
Mushroom :: chicken stirfry
8 minutes :: more
Bald :: is beauty
Immunity :: from prosecution
Sectioned :: orange


Anonymous said...

calm and quiet_molly the mendicant-thanks for a lovely post..

storyteller said...

Misty Dawn – Thanks. Methinks dogs are wonderful teachers for those of us privileged to live with them. She DOES know how to enjoy the moments.

Ivanhoe – And well she should … because she’d been playing non-stop with fur-friends for TWO WEEKS. Fortunately we both had ample time to recover at home.

Irish Coffeehouse – Thanks … it’s all a distant memory at the moment, but I do recall feeling frustrated Monday morning. I’m happy that all’s been well since then and I’m hoping there will be no more problems logging on.

Karen – Thanks for ‘muttering along’ this week. Flicker meant candles for you and me both! I love the two references to ‘StarTrek’ … ‘cuz I’m a ‘trekkie’ too ;--)

Spacedlaw – What a unique response for ‘clouds’ … but perfect! I’ve never heard of ‘musemuggers’ and would like to know more about that.

Teric – I’m delighted you enjoyed the photos and haikus today.

Mary, the teach – Yup … Molly goes to ‘camp’ when I travel and it works out well for both of us because otherwise I’d be limited to places I can take her with me. If you Google ‘cage-free animal care’ you’ll probably find similar facilities where you live.

Tumblewords – The retreat was amazing … and I’m ever so grateful for the experience.

Mary – Thanks. Molly’s even prettier now that the scar under her left eye has healed.

Sandy – I am blessed to live in such lovely surroundings and try not to take any of it for granted.

Tina – Thanks for ‘muttering’ along and sharing your answers here. I remember ‘My Friend Flicka’ … one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Mushroom chicken stir fry sounds delicious … as does a sectioned orange ;--)

Zoya – and thank YOU for teaching me a new word ;--)

To all– Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I apologize to be so slow with my responses. If I’ve not been to your blogs, I’ll do my best to visit on Saturday or Sunday.
Hugs and blessings,

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