Goof off thread…of course it is an open one.

Picture of Miriam’s house…

I haven’t been on the internet that much lately, but today I did check in on Facebook, and I thought I’d share a few things with you. First from my buddy Miriam, just an update on how she is doing.

I have the best friends in the world..and by that I mean, in the world, scattered across the globe, for so many different worlds…this past few weeks have shown me just how much these relationships have grown and how important you all are to me.. ♥
Thank you for being out there, in real life, on skype, in emails and messages and in thoughtful packages of love…you are awesome!!

Social media is a wonderful things at times. I love being able to keep up with friends in a quick non-committed way.

Here are a few other things I found…

From Mona, she always post such great things:

Today is International Day Against Violence Against Women. Show your support for ending gender-based violence by sharing and learning more about the issue:
http://www.halftheskymovement.org/issues/gender-based-violence

From Kathy/Delphyne:

- The President -

This particular Giant Sequoia is the second largest living tree on earth, and has been formally named “President”. Located in Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevada.

“Its trunk is rusty red, thickened with deep layers of furrowed bark, and 27 feet in diameter at the base. Its footprint would cover your dining room. Trying to glimpse its tippy top, or craning to see the shape of i

ts crown, could give you a sore neck. It’s a giant sequoia, a member of Sequoiadendron giganteum, one of several surviving species of redwoods…Its four great limbs, each as big as a sizable tree, elbow outward from the trunk around halfway up, billowing into a thick crown like a mushroom cloud flattening against the sky. Although its trunk isn’t quite so bulky as that of the largest giant, the General Sherman, its crown is fuller than the Sherman’s. The President holds nearly two billion leaves…Giant sequoias are gigantic because they are very, very old.They are so old because they have survived all the threats that could have killed them. They’re too strong to be knocked over by wind. Their heartwood and bark are infused with tannic acids and other chemicals that protect against fungal rot. Wood-boring beetles hardly faze them. Their thick bark is flame resistant. Ground fires, in fact, are good for sequoia populations, burning away competitors, opening sequoia cones, allowing sequoia seedlings to get started amid the sunlight and nurturing ash. Lightning hurts the big adults but usually doesn’t kill them. So they grow older and bigger across the millennia…”The President contains at least 54,000 cubic feet of wood and bark, has been detected to be roughly 3,200 years old, and as of 2002, the volume of its trunk measured about 1278 cubic meters.Source:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/sequoias/quammen-text

“Forest Giant” Gallery:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/sequoias/nichols-photography#/03-snow-tree-from-base-670.jpg

Photograph by Michael Nichols:
http://www.michaelnicknichols.com/

Additional Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_(tree)

From one of my artsy Etsy friends:
That woman is 90 years old, and she looks great.
Not all of these are just re-post, they are actual status stuff written by the person who posted it on their FB walls.
Another picture from a weaving friend:
Just fixed my broken belt loops. Something about little basic/easy sewing fixes is so rewarding! Even more so that I get to use a 100 year old machine.
From one of my friends back in Tampa…Grace. I’ve known here since 2nd grade:
Reflective thought of the day: Father Time, I’m trying really hard to embrace you, but you pass too quickly. Yep, that means heading back to work tomorrow.
I’ve got another personal post, from another long time friend:
17 years ago I was truely blessed with my baby girl! Although we have our ups and downs, she is truely an amazing person & my best friend. Words cannot describe blessed I am to have her in my life!! Love you with all my heart.. ♥ mom!!
Here is one from a girl I went to school with…starting from kindergarten. She just got married last week:
Honeymoon ain’t over…. 2 trees up, lights outside, gifts under tree and off for a spa day!!!! Yeeehaw love my hubby!
I’ll let you know what she post this time next year, I bet that honeymoon will be over big time!
From another friend, this one I’ve know all my life:
From another old friend, she shared this:
MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER..SHE WILL BE 81 TOMORROW AND IS SO FUNNY AND FULL OF LIFE…SHE IS MY WORLD!!
My beautiful Abuela. She will be 81 mañana :) She is my heart. http://instagr.am/p/SdxSQ6FBEj/
Here is a funny picture, I don’t have any cats but I know lots of you do:
From the Being Liberal Page:
And finally from George Takei, who always makes me laugh:
Just bits of lives, and funny pictures…with a touch of important stuff thrown in. Have a great night!
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6 Comments on “Goof off thread…of course it is an open one.”

  1. Simply love the puppy one at the end. The internet has been keeping me overly busy lately doing all I can to share/assist in prying open the eyes of the people of America, to the truth of they are so willing to not see. You and all that you do are awesome Kat.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for this post, JJ. I needed a lift tonight.

    • me too wordpress is not letting me sign in, and the pages are real slow. I havent even been able to read the blog, I’m surprised the post loaded up. Sending this from my phone…;)

      • HT says:

        Thank you JJ. Too often some of us forget that the beauty in life is not about what you have, but who you know and that includes our furry companions. bTW, Zeke would kill anyone who tried to make him into a model cat for stupid holiday crap. Milly wouldn’t care as long as she go fed and walked more, but cats seem to have a sense of dignity whereas dogs seem to exist to just make people happy. I wish more humans were like dogs. WRT to your friend who posted her mother’s picture – I wish my mother were still here with me so I could post her picture. Mind you, she is always in my heart and mind, but just to see her once more, to hug her once more. That would be worth all of Rmoney’s millions.

  3. Greywolf says:

    Thanks for something fun to make me smile. Some days I forget such simple pleasures.