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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sun's Out ... I see SHADOWS again ;-)

The prompt is Sunny Days

After all the rain
we've enjoyed two clear days with
beautiful sunshine!

Clouds in the distance
giving way to amazing
brilliance against blue

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and for others participating in
One Single Impression

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
Cherokee Indian Proverb
Although I continue to keep a Daily Gratitude List in my sidebar at Small Reflections, it's been a while since I last Blogged my Blessings here, so here goes: I'm grateful ...

1. that the rain has stopped (for the weekend at least) and next week's predicted weather isn't supposed to be as severe as last week's storms. We really do NEED the rain (though not all at once like this) ... the ground has responded producing new growth (and WEEDS everywhere)! Guess I'll be busy in the garden for a while.
I'm hoping to get the flat of pansies in the ground next week but the soil's much too saturated today.

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Shadow Shot Sunday, Mellow Yellow, & Mosaic Monday

2. It's wonderful to see blue skies and shadows again ... and Ms Kitty's happy to have her favorite spots dry enough to hang out & watch the world go by!

3. I'm relieved to have made progress with my Medicare applications last week and am hoping everything will progress from here with no unexpected glitches. I'm still trying to decide about a Plan D prescription plan and am open to input on the process if anyone has advice to offer. Online research is confusing at best and the fact that my computer has been crashing to the Blue Screen of Death several times a day isn't helping ... but I'm confident I'll figure it out before the end of the month and get myself signed up for something.

4. I've been backing up my photos and documents this morning and plan to call Dell later on today or tomorrow once that's finished. The previous 'crash messages' have indicated WLAN 'driver' issues (though I've checked numerous times & have the most recent drivers for my card installed) ... but an early morning 'recovery message' indicated that the WLAN card isn't working properly so perhaps they'll send me a new one and my problems will disappear. (One can always hope, right?)

5. Although I've fallen behind on 'blog visits' ... the rain and computer problems have freed up time to watch Australian Open tennis matches and US National figure skating championships on television this week ... and that's been a pleasant diversion. I do hope to be able to catch up eventually and I appreciate all of you who have continued to drop by in the meantime.

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in the sidebar at Small Reflections
and the lists I've transferred to Happily Retired Gal

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Thought for Today
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." Frank A. Clark


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Glad it's drying up a little for you. I think you've had enough rain for awhile. We're having a very rainy, stay-inside Sunday here, but we expect it here in Oregon of course.

SandyCarlson said...

I'm glad you've had the weather you like! Welcome, sunshine!

Carol said...

So nice to see all that sunshine &, of course, Miss Kitty! Have a wonderful week!

Maude Lynn said...

When I noticed that the Australian Open was on, I immediately thought of you!

Mary said...

Glad you are getting some sunshine. Ms. Kitty certainly seems to be enjoying it. Thanks for sharing. :)

Laurie said...

It is a pleasure to see the warm sunshine and flowers. I'd like to join Ms Kitty on her spot in the sun!

jeanne said...

Beautiful sunshine. We do the same when it clears here, run out and enjoy that sun. Love that you even have a sunny yellow dandelion in your mosaic. It's such a happy color it deserves love too.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I'm so glad to see your sunny photos! I do hope Dell can help you. I love Dell and that's the only brand I buy. They do seem to have good customer service. I absolutly adore your thought for today, and It's so true. I must write it down and post it somewhere visable at all times!! Blessings.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful photos and inspiration
Hope your computer woes are ended!

Hey Harriet said...

Love the sunshine bursting through the palm tree! And the tree lined street is gorgeous. All of your photos are lovely! I'm glad the sun came out to play this week for you. Yay! Hope it sticks around for a while :)

eileeninmd said...

I am glad your are getting the sunshine after that awful rain. Your flowers should be very happy. Love the mosaic and the shadows are great.

Sherri B. said...

Your gorgeous, sunny photos lifted my spirits just by looking at them...I'm glad your rain has passed!

Karen said...

I think we're used to you disappearing when tennis matches are on! LOL!! Enjoy the sun and may the next bout of rain come softly...

GardenOfDaisies said...

I especially love the pictures of your kitty out in the sunny garden!

ellen b said...

The sun has been great after all the rain we had. Love the splash of yellow in your mosaic. I hope all goes well with your computer!

lissa said...

wonderful pics of the sunny skies

Carol said...

Super pics, beautiful sky blue! Ms. Kitty seems to be enjoying herself :)

Wildflowerhouse said...

Thinking about you with all that rain. love your kitty and garden. Sunshine is a wondeful thing!

Anonymous said...

Oh i'm so glad to see the sun is shining bright again & the rain has stopped! Hope nobody is flooded out of their home & everyone is safe!

Kim, USA said...

Nice shots! The sun is not shining in this side of state (MI).


Tammie Lee said...

sunshine can be a lovely thing, especially with palm trees.
wishing you the best with all the things going on in your life.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Thank you for visiting. I like the shadows in your mosaic and hope to see some palm trees myself in March.

Marites said...

thank goodness that the sun is out now. We had the same rainy days for the past few days and am just happy to see the sun again today. Looks like Miss Kitty's quite happy too with her place under the sun :) love your flower photos. so pretty ! my MYM is up too.

Stephanie V said...

Dandelions! My favorite flower. I can hardly wait until ours start to bloom. Thanks for the preview...and the visit.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

HRG: Great to see that old Sun just to remember what it looks like. Those are excellent sky shots.

Jim said...

Ah, Sunny Southern California is back in good form!

This is a lovely set of OSI 'verses.'

Best wishes on the Medicare. Being sure to beat the deadline is the most important.

Mom and Dad used AARP, so does my sister. None of them has had any problem and feel it is competitive.
Mrs. Jim and I have Texas Employee insurance that carried on as Medicare Supplemnts when I retired and hers when she became 65. It includes drugs with copays. Mine is free to me, hers costs about $250 a month. We have no copays but do have a small annual deductibal.
My mother-in-law had a very inclusive HMO (different name with Medicare, but can't remember) that was excellent except for a hassle on ambulance fees. She died three years ago on January 19.

Best of wishes with it all. I think you can change during a 'change period' but check to see if you need a physical to change into it. I hope our national health law does away with pre-existing for all the medicare companys.

This is all I know and it is only our dealings.

Agan, best of wishes, (((((HUGS))))) and :)

George said...

I've almost forgotten what sunshine looks like so I really appreciate your pictures of sunshine. Ms. Kitty looks as if she's enjoying the sunshine as well.

Carolyn Ford said...

Is loved the rainy days last week but really welcomed the sunshine this weekend! How beautiful it was and still is (so far) today!
Pretty pretty mosaic of yellow!!!

Carver said...

I'm glad you got some sunshine in your world. Great shots and words.

Tumblewords: said...

So glad to see blue sky there! What a flood it's been. Always nice to see some real flowers, too! :)

Rambling Woods said...

Sunshine and no snow..Sounds perfect. No wonder the cats are happy...Michelle

Unknown said...

Sour Grass blooms and Dandelions! Yummy Spring is coming! Beautiful shadows!
~Really Rainey~