I come to you for a Name!

Several many years ago a wonderful photo turned up on the 'net, it was called Paris by Night and is a panoramic view of the city.  I found it on my list of websites and this is it:


You scroll across the bottom and it just seems to go on forever, so beautiful.

It made the rounds for a while, like most things of interest do on the 'net, and then you tend to forget them for a while.  So I am sure many of you have seen this.

But this photo was done by a man who also had a  second website with many really wonderful photos of Paris.  I wanted to find this and send it to a friend, but I cannot locate the second website nor can I remember his name. 

Can anyone help me with this?  I think his first name was Arnold if that helps.

Thanks and enjoy the panorama view if you haven't seen it before.

Cheers and good wishes to all,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat



One thing birthdays always make me think of is my mother.  She was my adoptive mother,and my birth mothers older sister, my birth mother having died when I was 18 months old.  We'll call her Lila, she was a rare character and always loved to regale me with my November 16th birthday story.  The snow was deep, the winds were wild, and the old car wouldn't start to take my mother to the hospital.  Finally it did but it stalled on the railroad tracks and then finally moved along.  You can see what this is about.  Every year the story got wilder , the snow got deeper, the wind blew harder.  Guess what I miss most every year of my birthday?  All the old ones are gone and nobody knows my story anymore.

Here is another thing.  Everytime my son and I would send Grandma flowers for a special day, she would make this little shrine, of the flowers in the center, photos of Mike  on one side, and a candle on the other side.  When the flowers died, the candle got transfered to the center, and a picture of the flowers on the side.  It stayed up forever, or until the next one came, and every one who visited had to know about it.  So Mike and I would always have a laugh about the shrine for the flowers and soon a picture would come of it. 

So this year my son and his wife sent me flowers on my birthday along with a nice gift card.  I sort of felt I should make a little shrine, just to send to Mike, but this was the best I could do:

So this one is for you, Mike, it doesn't measure up to Grandma's but I'm just not the Shrine type, I guess.  Big thanks to you and Laura.




A Birthday and a Prize

About three weeks ago, Stella and I shared a blog post and mine had to do with a wonderful book I had read.  That was The Round House by Louise Erdrich. 

This book has won The National Book Award for Fiction which gives the writer a small statue and a $10,000 award AND a much wider audience.   Here is  photo of the very happy Ms. Erdrich.

Do yourself a favor and get The Round House at your local library or bookstore.  I am betting you will like it very much.


Yes, its mine, and this morning when I  clicked on Google I found this and when I clicked on it (to see what the occasion was

It said

Happy Birthday, Jo  !

Now usually its in honor of say, Albert Einsteins 200th birthday or some other VIP but on my computer, on my birthday, it was just
for me.  So thank you to whoever is responsible for this.  Google?
Kathy B?  One of the Sues?  Mary?  Mike?  I have no idea, but
it was great fun.

Stella and I are going to the PO to mail a package to a friend, then come home and bake  that big birthday cookie I saw on Mennonite Girls Can Cook yesterday and the rest will be the same kind of surprise this morning was.

Cheers and hugs all around,



Peace on Earth

Everybody, lets just hold hands and paws and sing this song together:


Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
and let it begin with me.

Peacefully yours,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat (she's trying)