Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sanitary Sewer???

I did a double-take when I saw this sign ...

I mean, I was under the impression that most sewers were "unsanitary" by definition!

Or maybe the people of Sherwood are so perfect they ... well, you know what I'm gonna say ... it's right up there with "I NEVER fart and when I do it smells like roses", right?

And since it's Wednesday and all, I'm going to link this up with Lesley's "Signs, Signs"!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tree Parking - Signs Signs

This wonderful sign now hangs on Mom's shed ...
I was with my brother Dow when we found it abandoned in a parking lot the day after Christmas nearly ten years ago ...

Dow was so tickled when his girlfriend and I jumped out of the car and grabbed the sign. It was something he would have done himself, had he still been able to do so.

Dow died less than a month later.
And I am thankful that we have this wonderful sign as just one of the reminders of his beautiful and adventurous spirit.

I am linking this to Lesley's "Signs, Signs" - come join us!

And HAPPY THANKSGIVING to those of us who celebrate this holiday here in the US!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Frost on Blackberry Leaf ...

Yesterday mornings frost showed a whole new world of beauty ...

Tina's PicStory's photo challenge this week is "Leaf" - come join us!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Autumn Flower Surprise

The local wildflowers have come and gone, winter season is nearly upon us.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this beautiful yellow flower next to the road ...
covered in raindrops ...

I don't think it will be there long, as we are expecting freezing temperatures Saturday night.
But I sure enjoyed it on Friday!

To see beautiful flowers from around the world, visit Tina's PicStory's "Weekend Flowers"!

To see reflections from around the world, visit James' "Weekend Reflections"!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Too Many Locks - Flower Thief!

So the question is ...
How many locks does it take to secure the fence and gate to a Metro park?

(Answer: At least 8!)

Maybe the homeowner to the right of this shot should have secured their flower garden with 8 locks ... I watched as this man made off with a whole handful of blooms!

Flower Thief!!!
(Or ... is he just brave enough to do what we would ALL like to do sometimes???)

It's Friday's Fences time! Join us over at Jan and Jer's for the fun!

It's also time for Tina's PicStory's "Weekend Flowers"! Come see the gorgeous flowers people did NOT steal out of other peoples' gardens!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pay it Forward

I was dropping off my neighbor at the middle school.
Not the school just down the street, but the one on the other side of town.
The middle school with the BAD reputation - all of the "trouble makers" go there after they get kicked out of the "good" school.

Chase hasn't been kicked out of school, he just has a lot of friends that have.
He loves his school.

As I was leaving, I noticed a bunch of leaves tucked into the fence along the tennis courts.


I asked Chase if this was something the school planned.
"No," he said. "The kids just do something like this every year on their own."

As a tribute.

And THIS is the "Bad" school?
The one with the "reputation?"
Where all of the students who are trouble makers hang out?

Chase and I had a long talk, and ...
I realized I have been guilty of a lot of things.
Of assuming that the rumors were true.
Of being JUDGMENTAL of things that I know nothing about.
Of being biased and discriminatory.
No wonder Chase loves his school.

Thank you Chase.
Thank you students of Athey Creek Middle School.
I think you're AWESOME!!!

I am linking this up with Jan and Jer's wonderful "Friday's Fences!"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Big Brother is Watching You!!!

I couldn't resist this shot of a man working diligently on an access panel (halfway up the side of a building, atop a tall ladder ...)

With Big Brother watching over his shoulder!

While technically not a "sign" ...
It is still a "sign" of the times!!!

To see signs from around the world, visit Lesley's "Signs, Signs"!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn Rainbow of Color

Some blackberry leaves are turning red ...

While the grape leaves are brilliant yellow!

Yellow, Green and Blue ... go well together.

So do red and green!

And the red berries seem to glow against the changing leaves ...

Happy Autumn!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Remembering Wayne ...

(photo by Clytie Garretson)

Wayne was nearing retirement age when I knew him back in the early 1980's ...
Wayne was a hard worker -- a man of few words. When he did speak, it was always profound.

It was late Autumn in Washington state, and we were bemoaning the loss of daylight.

"It's dark when we come to work, pretty soon it will be dark when we go home," said Chuck.
"Pretty soon we will be living our lives in the dark!"

Wayne looked up from his work.
"Yep," he said quietly ... "Just Like A Mushroom".

And he went back to his work.

Now, when autumn steals the daylight hours, and the darkness of night seems to last forever ... I remember Wayne.
And I think of mushrooms.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Tale of Genevieve

The flower's short life was spent watching the world rush by.

Yet not all of her world was so frenetic. The oak tree roots upon which she rested offered years of knowledge and wisdom.

So when the whispers arose to surround the beautiful lady who had come to stay, the flower listened.

The whispers hinted at the mystery and the curse of the gnome princess ... she who was called "Genevieve". The flower had never seen such beauty - perhaps because she had never glimpsed herself.

The whispers became a chatter, the chatter a roar. The flower reached to cover Genevieve's stone ears. The wind pulled her back.

So, as the crescendo of noise enveloped her, the flower leaned forward to Genevieve's face.

And bestowed a kiss upon her lips.

A kiss of beauty. A kiss of life.

The whispers ceased. The world beneath the oak tree came to a halt for just a moment.

And then went on.

Because, you see, the flower's short life was spent watching the world rush by.

But sometimes, magically, time slowed enough for the flower to catch up.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Heapest Beer in Town!

So I guess the obvious question is ...

How do you HEAP beer???

I mean, wouldn't it spill out of the glass?


To see wonderful signs from around the world, join us for Lesley's "Signs, Signs"!