Sam Catches His Favorite Treat

Samudra, “Sam” is a male Asian elephant who was born on Aug. 23, 2008 at the Oregon Zoo to Tusko and Rose-Tu. His trainer tossed a melon, his favorite treat and Sam caught it perfectly. My friend and photography student, Liz Campbell, did a great job of capturing the moment. Liz has quite a good eye and does this teacher proud with her work. Liz is also a volunteer at the Oregon Zoo.


Samudra 02

Liz Campbell

Liz 06

Bob With Beard

I thought I’d set up a selfie this morning with my camera on a tripod. I’m not into cell phone photography since I do know how to use a real camera so here is my latest look. My new beard is starting to actually fill out quite nicely as it’s been about two months since I started to let it just grow. I may need to go to my barber and get it trimmed. I trimmed it with Photoshop on this photo so at least I have an idea what to show my barber. LOL

Bob Beard Shot 03

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

I have an Amazon Echo Dot that allows me voice control over all my light. I tell them to turn on or off from anywhere in my apartment. Utilities are included in my rent but I still turn lights off when I leave the room.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500?

That’s easy, giving it away to someone who really needs it.

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is… turn it off!

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Donald Trump inspired me this week. He didn’t fire anybody and he told that Korean dictator what would happen if he didn’t change his ways.

Happy Birthday Barb

It’s my sister, Barb’s, birthday today. I wanted her to realize how much I love her so I sent her this customized birthday card!

1000 Fleas

Happy Birthday Barb!!!!

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I’m a Christian so I believe in heaven & hell. I do not believe in reincarnation.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

My emails tend to turn into short stories. LOL In real life I am a bit long winded, having been born with the gift of gab.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I get inspired watching YouTube videos of oriental woodworkers creating beautiful heirloom furniture and structures with old, beat up hand tools.

New Puzzles For The Senior Center

We’ve had a lot of fun recently at our Senior Center. The activity worker has covered a table with a green felt cloth and put out jigsaw puzzles for anyone walking by to enjoy. It’s a communal effort as few have time to complete a 550 piece puzzle. In the past few months we’ve worked every puzzle in the Center’s library. I believe we’re on the last one now. I’m sure by the time I return Monday that too will be finished.

I’d love to convert some of my photographs to puzzles but that can get costly as quality puzzles in the 500-600 piece price range can cost $30-$50. I’ll keep shopping online for better prices.

Imagine how difficult the scenic below would be as a jigsaw puzzle! I have hundreds of landscape and scenic places in my photo library. You can even get puzzles in a tin with the finished photo printed on top. They’re available through Walgreens. I had one done as a great Christmas present.

Uxbridge RR Trestle Over Mumford Puzzle 2



How I Garden – Gronomics

There have been a few questions on how I garden out of a 120 square foot single room government housing unit. The solution is raised container gardening. There’s no digging, hoeing, weeding or spraying involved. You put potting soil mix and compost in the container, mix it up with a hand trowel and garden claw, add water and seeds and forget about it!

Below is what I’ll be buying next year to make it all even easier. This planter stand is made in The U.S.A. from cedar and assembles in less than 15 minutes with no tools. It comes with a ground cloth for the inside. Just add dirt, 🙂 Rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks can’t get to the plants. It’s really an ideal way to garden.

Gronomics Rised Container Planter

Fruits Of My Labor

It’s now time to start enjoying the fruits of my labor! I picked my first tomato from my garden yesterday but it didn’t survive long enough to take a picture. I rinsed it off under cold water in my kitchen sink and ate it all. 🙂 What a delight it was, juicy, full of unspoiled flavor straight from Nature! This morning it’s early so I took the time to wash my 2nd tomato and plop it on my dark orange cutting mat from Ikea. It’s about 3-4 inches in diameter and just as good looking as my first one. I still have 3-4 more red ones on my 5 plants with 20 more hanging there ripening. There haven’t been enough ripe tomatoes yet to share but that will come soon.

I cut this one up along with celery, radishes and a cucumber from my garden. I poured a bit of Italian dressing on it and called it lunch. Yum! The celery and radishes came from Foppema’s Farm in Whitinsville, MA. Their produce is organically grown and has never been refrigerated. They put in on their shelves right out of their fields. I love their veggies and fruits.

Tomato No 2

Bob 2.0

I’ve been working on this for a couple of months. If you have young children in the room shield their eyes. My new beard had grown long enough to not mistake it for a 5 o’clock shadow si I decided to take a selfie this morning. I’ll add it to the rare few photographs I have of myself. There’s a reason I prefer to be behind the camera. Anyway for what it’s worth here’s the latest rendition of Bob. I call it Bob 2.0, up against the wall.  🙂

Bob With Beard