Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Myspace Graphics
Thanksgiving Myspace Graphics

Hope you all have a blessed and happy turkry day!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Part of the Memeplexes

Stolen from Knatolee's World, the rules along with the answers.

A. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.

B. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.

C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Eight facts/habits about me:

1. I was born in Yokohama, Japan, and my Japanese name is Harumi.

2. When I was a kid, I was always bringing home stray animals, much to the chagrin of my poor mom. Unfortunately, I never outgrew it ;-P

3. When my kids were very young and we lived in California, I brought home baby chicks that we hatched in an incubator for them to experience. They were very tame and would follow us around outside (the chicks). At night they lived in our downstairs bathtub, but they went to live on a friend's hobby farm when they got too big.

4. I was a real tomboy when I was young, no cooking or baking for me. I wanted to be outside with the guys playing baseball, kickball, running wild.

5. I hate hot weather and love cool/cold weather. Fall is the best season of the year, followed by winter and spring.

6. At night, when I was very young and we were supposed to be sleeping, I used to read books under the covers with a flashlight. My favorites were fairy tales.

7. I grew up in upstate New York in a town called Cheektowaga, an Indian word that means "Land of the Crabapples," at least that's what my aunt used to tell me.

8. I worked as a court reporter in the military justice system for 11 years, and I absolutely loved it. Too bad the military did away with this job for civilians.

Guess This Movie

Okay, here are some quotes from another of my favorites:

"How do you write women so well?"

"Easy. I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."


"When you first entered the restaurant, I thought you were handsome . . . and then of course, you spoke."

Beautiful Fall in the Carolinas

My sister and her husband gave me their old camera, which I love because now I can upload some pictures to my blog. This is what fall looks like in the Carolinas. This beautiful dogwood is in my front yard. It also has beautiful red berries that the birds love to eat.

Natalie, I should have sent this to you. Here is a wind chime shaped like a cow! I have windchimes hanging in all my trees in the backyard. I love their tinkling sounds.

My grandkids love this chime I have hanging by my front door. They use it like a doorbell when they come to visit. It has a gorgeous sound.

Stained glass leaves!

Friday, November 2, 2007

A Bright Star

I heard on the news that Washoe, a female chimpanzee, who was part of a project to see if chimps could learn to communicate through the use of American Sign Language, has died. I was a young mother when I first saw a program about her on Nova. I was amazed and entranced by what I saw. My exposure that day led me to read the fascinating work of Jane Goodall and others, hungry for more information, fascinated by what I had seen. Washoe died on Oct 30th, surrounded by her "family." There is another bright star in the sky for a loving, intelligent being that helped to broaden our knowledge and who personally helped me realize that human kind is only a small, small portion of the universe. Washoe's legacy lives on. You only need to look at that beautiful face to see the intelligence and awareness there. Farewell, Washoe. You touched many, many more people than you could ever know. You can leave your own tribute or read the tributes by the many who were touched by her here: Tributes