Friday, March 27, 2009

Twitter Gold - Fathers and Daughters

Do you tweet? I do, but not to excess. My friends on Twitter share the most remarkable things, and this one really hits me in the heart. Paul Simon sings a lovely dad-song with some help from his daughter. A thousand thanks to fellow Squid, Twitterer and online friend, GypsyOwl for tweeting this blip from her playlist.

I'm gonna watch you shine, watch you grow. There could never be a father loved his daughter more than I love you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

Or so they say. Last night the temperature fell to 19 degrees. There's a new skim of ice on the fish pond and the tulips and daffodils are looking a bit chilled. For southeastern Pennsylvania, the normal daytime temperatures should be hitting the fifties, and overnight lows should be in the thirties in the last week of March.

It's also Red Flag Warning time in our area - there's been little or no rain for a long time, winds are brisk and humidity is low. C'mon Mother Nature - it's time to lighten up a bit on this region.

I guess the month will go out like a lion ... let's at least hope for April showers and spring flowers before Easter.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shadow Play

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sweet Irish Candy Crafts

I live in pretzel land and most of the long timers around here have German roots. When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, though, everyone's a wee bit Irish. Here's a sweet holiday treat that's a perfect blend of both cultures - pretzel shamrocks.

Like these? I found lots more Candy Crafts here.

free st patricks day clip art and crafts

Thursday, March 12, 2009

National Debt Clock

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Live for Today, Plan for Tomorrow

If you or a friend or loved one has ever experienced a life-altering accident or illness you can truly identify with this story: In a Flash, My Superhero lens is the story about how a serious work accident changed the course of one man's life, and altered his entire family's life forever. It's a story about real people with ordinary lives and day-to-day problems - problems that suddenly seemed trivial when one family member suffered serious burn injuries in a flash fire.

But In a Flash is more than just another recovery story. It's the story of how not just the victim, but his wife and family and friends grew stronger, became much bigger human beings during the recovery and continue to expand their presence in the world today.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Going to the Dogs

Do you have a dog? I have loved many canines in my life, but I haven't had a dog companion of my own for more than 15 years, and I'm feeling like it's time for a new family member.

One of the two cute pooches above has already traveled over the Rainbow Bridge; the other little old gal is 15 years old and still with us. These two ladies were officially the fur children of my middle brother but they were well loved by everyone in our family. Digger, on the left in the blue bandanna, is part black lab and I think part Rottweiler. She has the look of a guard dog but the disposition of a kitten. Plus, she has cute webbed feet.

Digger slept with me and loved to climb onto my lap when I sat on the porch in my big wicker chair, pondering life and the future. Cricket, on the right wearing my purple bandanna, was a high energy mutt of undetermined heritage - she probably had some golden in her because she had the brains and color and lack of attention span. She was usually the instigator when the two got into mischief and wandered away from the yard.

Both the "girls" were good pals and loyal pets, welcome at our family get togethers for many years. I spent many days with them in good and bad weather, teaching them a few new tricks and learning a couple from them, as well.

If I get a new dog, I've found a great place online to find all sorts of helpful information for dog owners, with reviews of every type of accessory and toy I might need for every stage of a dog's life.

And if they're really special BFFs - Best Furry Friends - I'll consider clothing them in high style Pet Fashions.