Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Magpie #29 - The Dream House - August 31, 2010


Magpie #29 - The Dream House - August 31, 2010


Their wedding was a grand affair,
At a bluff above the sea,
After two weeks in the South Pacific,
They settled down happily.

Their jobs were most exciting.
And both were quite well paid,
They filled their upscale condo,
With the finest furnishings made.


On their second anniversary,
She smiled as he poured champagne,
"I think it's best for the baby -
You'll understand if I abstain."

They decided to move from the city,
And went house hunting everywhere,
They looked inland and near the sea,
And found one beyond compare.

It was being sold by the owner,
An elderly gentleman whose wife had died,
As he recounted their lives there,
He broke down and cried and cried.

The lovely house was pefect,
With large rooms and shiny wood floors,
And there was a garden planted,
Outside the pretty French doors.

The kitchen was full of windows,
And cabinets lining two sides,
It had much charm and beauty,
Yet would suit the most modern of brides.

From its perch on the bluff,
One could see the ocean below,
And as the sun began to set,
The house took on the rosiest glow.

The price was quite a bit higher,
Than the couple had wanted to pay,
They were concerned about their budget,
With a baby now on its way.

The old gentleman had several offers,
But money mattered little to him,
So he looked at the couple and asked,
What would be affordable to them.

The house is filled  for Thanksgiving,
The new baby is sweet as can be,
The guest of honor is the old gentleman,
Who has become part of their family.

Carmen Henesy

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday - Flowers from Botannical Gardens, San Francisco - August 30, 2010


Monday - Flowers from Botannical Gardens, San Francisco - August 30, 2010














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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sundays in My City, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA - August 29, 2010

Sundays in My City, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA - August 29, 2010

Chinatown, San Francisco, dating back to the 1840's is the oldest Chinatown in North
America and the largest Chinatown outside Asia.  It has played a major part in the history
and culture of the Chinese community in the United States and North America.  It is a city
unto itself, with a post office, banks, shops, a hospital, clinics, culture and traditions. 
Chinatown is a must for visitors, with its wonderful festivals, especially at Chinese New
Year and the Autumn Moon Festival. 

Early Chinese immigrants came as workers on the transcontinental railroad and to work
in the mines and as pospectors in the Gold Rush of 1849. 

San Francisco's Chinatown holds the distinction of being one of the most densely
populated in the United States.  It is also one of the poorer to middle class sections
of San Francisco. There are a large number of elderly residents.


Grant Avenue, named after the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, at
Bush Street is the southern boundary of Chinatown.  It ends at Broadway.

One of the beautiful pieces of art in a shop in Chinatown


California at Grant, across from the B of A building


Bank of America sign in Chinese





Objects de art

Ehru player ( Chinese violin ) - he was really horrible!
The Bank of Canton was originally the Chinese Telephone Exchange, founded in 1891.  Operators knew their patrons by names, not telephone numbers.  The exchange was
destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and rebuilt.  With the advent of rotary phones in 1949,
the exchange closed.  In 1960, the Bank of Canton bought the building and restored it.

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A VERY greasy duck
Tea shop

Items for tea

Rose buds for tea








Erhu played by Ma-Xiao Hui who is the most famous erhu player of Chinese
women in South Korea



Music title is 江南小鎭 ( ganng nam sou jin ) that means


"A little town at the Southern side of River Yanja"


This video is prepared for erhu-mania groups named "erhu-rang"(http://erhu.kr) in
Seoul, South Korea.

 
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Camera Critters - Potty Detail Needed - August 28, 2010


Camera Critters - Potty Detail Needed - August 28, 2010





They left Canada for San Francisco,
And roam contentedly for all to see,
They like our Botannical Gardens,
Where they're well feed, you must agree!

They're larger than most other birds,
And they don't mind staking their claim,
And if sparrows and finches are hungry,
Well, isn't that just such a shame!

Folks, who visit the gardens,
Must picnic with a bit of care,
For the places they lay their blankets,
May have goose droppings everywhere!

Carmen Henesy



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Friday, August 27, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - Happy 28th Birthday, Alex - August 27, 2010



Flash 55 Friday - Happy 28th Birthday, Alex - August 27, 2010

I certainly can't forget that day,
My nearly nine pound boy,
In all the years that have ensued,
You've given me such joy!

The middle of three brothers,
You're the first to take a bride,
I wish you all the best in life,
With Laura by your side.

Happy birthday, beloved son,
Life's really just begun!

Carmen Henesy
 
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Alex - baptismal picture
 
Alex with bald Jeremy
 
Alex in middle school
 
At U. C. Davis
 
Playing football for American River College, Sacramento
 
Mr. & Mrs. Vukasinovic, May 7, 2010
 
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday, Rainbow Summer School - Blue - August 26, 2010



Alphabe-Thursday, Rainbow Summer School - Blue - August 26, 2010

Blue is a special color,
Shading from red to green,
To give you a lovely palette,
With its choices from in between.

It's the color of the sky above us,
On beautiful clear blue days,
So welcome after winter storms,
When the sun sends warming rays.


Blue is the color of robin's eggs,
Such a lovely sight to see,
But they're usually hidden in a tree,
Far away from you and me!


photo by even8r, flickr


Blue is part of Old Glory,
May our flag eternally wave,
In honor of all who have served her,
In the land of the free and the brave!



Many items of clothing are blue,
From navy to the palest pastel,
It's a color that is suitable for most,
From men to the most femine belle.





Blue is the color of oceans,
Which cover most of our earth,
As a source of food and water,
They are of incredible worth.





Treasures of art and paintings,
Make use of the color blue,
Enriching our lives and our spirits,
With the qualities it seems to imbue.



Carmen Henesy

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