"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fun Friday

May your troubles be less, Your blessings be more,And nothing but happiness come through your door!

You know laughter doesn't have to be all jokes.  When I visit blogs with photos of animals or flowers - it makes my heart smile.  I think those things are gifts from God.  Color.  Smells.  Sight.  Hearing.  All gifts.
Now I am not a photographer - but I have these forwards sent to me and the photos are gorgeous and I want to make your heart smile - I hope it will!. 

So come and travel with me and see some sites. They are NOT my photographs. 

Anheuser-Busch is on the phone and they want to talk to you....

Paradise Tanager...mostly found in South America

At Wat Samphran (
วัดสามพราน) in Nakhon Pathom Province there is a 17 story
Building that has a giant dragon climbing to the roof. The head is at the top where
There is a shrine and the tail is on the ground floor. The dragon is hollow and it is

Possible to walk up some sections of it.

This house was designed by Rudy Ricciotti. The unique architecture includes a
Pool house, which is like a window in the living room where you can enjoy not
Only swimming in the water, but the person swimming in it with the effect of the

Outdoor landscape which is reflected through the window.

 Meanwhile, in China .

 The Aiguille du Midi cable car leaves from the centre of Chamonix . It takes visitors
Up to 3842m for a stunning view of the French Swiss and Italian alps. — 

 New Town Hall in Hanover , Germany .

Manarola , Italy ..

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

"The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge
And tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side
Canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. USGS topographic
Maps show the elevation at the Skywalk's location as 4,770 ft (1,450 m) and the
Elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft (350 m), and
They show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk
Is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (240 m).

Commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, it was unveiled March 20,
2007, and opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. It is accessed via the
Grand Canyon West Airport terminal or a 120-mile (190 km) drive from Las Vegas ,
Which includes a 10-mile (16 km) stretch of dirt road which is currently under
Development. The Skywalk is east of Meadview and north of Peach Springs with
Kingman being the closest major city."

 Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper Alberta , Canada

Amazing Constructions..!! Barcelona .

Beautiful village of Hallstatt - Austria :

Okay - so did you have fun traveling with me and seeing some beautiful sites?
 Some one is an excellent photographer.
Did your heart smile?
I hope so..

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A preacher was making his rounds on a bicycle
when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawn mower.

"How much do you want for the mower?" asked the preacher.

"I just want enough money to go out and buy me a bicycle," said the little
After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked,
"Will you take my bike in trade for it?"

The little boy asked if he could try it out first,
and, after riding the bike around a little while, said,
"Mister, you've got yourself a deal."

The preacher took the mower and began to crank it.
He pulled on the rope a few times with no response from the mower.

The preacher called the little boy over and said,
"I can't get this mower to start."
The little boy said,
"That’s because you have to cuss at it to get it started."

The preacher said, "I can't cuss.
It's been so long since I became a Christian
that I don't even remember how to cuss."

The little boy looked at him happily and said,
"You just keep pulling on that rope.
It'll come back to ya."
Thank you Debby - @ Just Breathe 



mail4rosey said...

Every one of these is awesome. That horse is beautiful!!!

I could live with that pool (if I had a professional pool cleaner, which I'm sure they do ;) ).

I should be in Italy. :)

And that skywalk would scare me, but I'd probably do it anyway. :)

Changes in the wind said...

LOVE all those pictures....if I could just wiggle my nose and visit those places I would be there in a flash!

Cheri said...

Love those pictures and wish I could actually visit everyone of those spots. Wouldn't that be some trip.

Sandra said...

lot so beautiful photos, love that horse and the Ital houses and the spain houses.

Jeanie said...

These are stunning pictures. My friend rode that cable car on a trip to the Alps last fall...she said it felt like the top of the world.

Susan said...

Oh Sandie, yes. Those photos did make me smile. And be amazed at the same time.

I'd seen that Grand Canyon glass floor look-out. There is NO WAY you would get me to walk on that. uh uh uh uh UH

The bike and lawn mower story was so cute, too.

Take care and girlfriend? Have a SUPER good weekend. Susan

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

Have a beautiful weekend!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

The Paradise Tanager is beautiful!! I'm gonna say no to the Grand Canyon skywalk :-)

linda eller said...

WOW, they are all breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing and yes, I did have a smile on my face by looking at them. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jackie said...

Each photograph is beautiful.
I enjoyed my visit today. Thank you so much for the smiles. I needed them....

TexWisGirl said...

i really liked the dragon around the building - and i'm usually not a fantasy kind of person. :)

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for the 'joyride'!! Friday yayy...

Sandee said...

I loved all the shot. Magnificent photography.

Love the joke. Kids just get things don't they.

Have a fabulous day and weekend honey. Big hugs from HOT California. ☺

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Wowzer...that horse is just gorgeous!

I've been to the Grand Canyon but that was before the skywalk was built. No way I would have the nerve to walk out on it.

Austria is a country that I would love to visit but probably never will.

Such beautiful photos...thanks for the smiles! Have a super duper weekend!

Stephanie said...

I really did have fun tavelling with you!( and now I want to go to Italy more then ever!)

Ruth Wilk said...

Loved the pictures! I wrote a couple down on my wish list.

Terri said...

Cool pics today- and yes- TGIF! I have had the worst week- so here's to the weekend being 100% better!

dr momi said...

Loved it....

Sharon said...

Oh, what a beautiful journey today with you. Isn't it amazing to see the beautiful sights that exist around the world?! And how grateful I am that I have eyes to see!


Donna said...

The horse and Hallstatt Austria....Gorgeous!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The photographs are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them. (your welcome)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We read your blog together again today! The photos are spectacular! Please take me to Italy! lol And we had a laugh at the joke. Sounds like what we do to get our computers to work sometimes! lol Happy weekend!

Ms. A said...

The only thing better than the gorgeous photos, is to be the photographer that took them! I can't even imagine that!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Thanks, Sandie. This was fun!

Ginny said...

My heart not only smiled, it laughed and laughed!!! This is probably my favorite post of yours EVER!!! And I want to live in some of these places like the Barcelona one. It would be worth flying there just to see that! These are the best pictures EVER!!!

nancygrayce said...

My ipad will not let me post a comment so we'll see what happens on my laptop....

The only one of those places I have been in the Grand Canyon, although I did NOT go on the Skywalk, nor would I ever as I have an irrational fear of heights. Besides, that thing just looks dangerous!

I did tell my grandson if he would make really good grades this year so he can graduate, I would take him on a trip and he said Italy, so that little town in Italy might be the place to go!


BY far my favorite is the DRAGON. I LOVE it.

The Domestic Sweetheart said...

I just love all of these photos!! I so hope I get to see some of these beautiful places. Have a fabulous weekend :) Thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

These are some really amazing pictures, Sandie! I already don't like bloglovin' as much as google reader but of course I switched. No choice. I'm still followin' ya!

jack69 said...

Oh yeah, you cannot help but smile at those beautiful and interesting shots. I told Sherry I wanted the living room with her swimming in the aquarium. LOL
As always the lift and laugh are very good.

((HUGS)) from the Alamo town.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, they are some amazing photos, some I wouldn't be brave enough to visit... Had to laugh because I used the squirrel today myself-have a great weekend:@)

Denise said...

Thanks for taking me along on such an amazingly beautiful journey. Enjoy your weekend.

My Journey With Candida said...

Love the Dolphins... Never seen anything like that. TGIF !! Have a GREAT weekend.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

They are amazing photos. Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, those pictures are amazing! I kept changing my mind as to the most fabulous one. I think it's the colorful cliff in Italy.

Now, that bridge by the Grand Canyon? Oh. No. Possible. Way.
I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Ann said...

OK that squirrel in the first one is adorable and that Clydesdale is gorgeous. Thanks for the trip around the world. :)

Jill said...

Oh my gosh! That horse is AMAZING! I'm in love!

Thanks for all of the pretty pictures but that horse! It's amazing! :)

SweetMarie said...

I love your squirrel photo! :)
The horse is gorgeous! I guess I won't be seeing the Grand Canyon, at least not from that point of view. :)

Terri D. said...

Breathtaking photos! Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing them, Sandie. I always enjoy your posts!

Dee said...

WONDERFUL photo's ...my heart will smile each time I think of them. Not sure which was my favorite. The joke is really funny. I can't wait to share it with Frank. Have a good weekend,,,,

Blondee said...

Incredible photos! I love the pool house! If I had that I'd never have to worry about where the kids were, again!

Theresa said...

Amazing photos! I am so thankful for the people who take these pictures and share them with the rest of us. I am thankful that we have the internet to be able to see these sites every day, even if we wouldn't have had the opportunity to ever see these in our every day lives!

Zoe Byrd said...

I want to live in the town in Italy or at least someplace with all that color. Thanks, Sandie...Im back with a more coherent message! Have a great weekend...I will get back 2 you re the bloglovin thing after Sun. Z :)

barbara woods said...

love your pictures , the horse, but I will never walk out over the sky walk

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Holy smokies
those are some fabulous photos that you share with us!
Love that horse!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Awesome photos thank you for sharing them

Stacy said...

Beautiful! Don't we live in an awesome, gorgeous world?

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you today for the beautiful trip. That horse is very beautiful.
There is no possible way I could ever walk out on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. I hope you have a great weekend.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I wish I could travel to some of those beautiful places!

Betty Manousos said...

terrific photos you posted.
i, especially, love that horse.

thanks for this delightful post, sandie!

hope you're having a lovely weekend~

Katie Clooney said...

Can always count on you for a laugh! Great photos but the Grand Canyon horseshoe makes my hands sweat! Thanks for your guidance with Google and Blogin. I appreciate the time you took. I am putting you on my blogroll because thats what I use to check in on all my faves. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Maggie Ann said...

I loved the photo tour....it was magnificent! Thank you so much.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The photo's were stunning and I literally caught my breath. I had NO idea the Grand Canyon has such a ...scary walk like that. You would never in a million years catch me out on that, no matter how beautiful the scenery!
I burst out laughing at the joke at the end! Reminded me of Howard..however..that strange man never did curse. I DID IT FOR HIM!!

Annie said...

So much beauty. Barcelona knocked me out.

Barbara said...

Love the variety in the photos! And yes they made me smile!

Carol Z said...

Great pictures and so many places I'd like to visit. I think Jasper is top on my list. I didn't make it when I was in the Canadian Rockies.

Yes, I've used IGoogle for years and will miss it when it goes away.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Jim said...

Nice post, Sandie ~~ Thank you for the pictures. I've been to several of those places.

One, the du Midi cable car I didn't ride. But we did ride a boat for a whole afternoon on the du Midi Canal (South France).

Theresa said...

Gorgeous pictures:) Love them all! Cute joke too... just keep pulling that rope and it will come back to you. HAHAHAHAHAHA Have a blessed Sunday, HUGS!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That horse. Oh my!

Rose said...

Loved them all! Especially the one of Italy and the first one of the horse.

Thanks for sharing. Made me smile.

Jemma said...

Oh my goodness! What a great trip we took!! I loved it, I am amazed at the wonder of these structures and the people who create them!!!
I could never ever walk out over the Grand Canyon like that-without screaming!
Happy Weekend!

Valerie Tilsten said...

Thank you for sharing these great photos Sandie.
What amazing ones indeed.
The grandcanyon one.. a no for me.
the houses in Barcelona..very different.
Glad you are back with me.. please join my friend connect again..
i am working on bloglovin.. i was on it but have done something and must get back on it.
I see you are up to date.
big hugs.. val
vals Alentejo

SquirrelQueen said...

Love that joke!
All of those photos are gorgeous. My favorite, other than the squirrel of course, is the dolphins.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

No way would you get me on that Grand Canyon Skyway Bridge!

Along These Lines ... said...

Interesting collection. I would go on the Skyway Bridge, if significantly drugged enough.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am following you, my.friend. I followed you profile pic and you are in my feed, too. So we are good, I hope.

Love you,


Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

The travel was awesome Sandie! I'd love to go to the Grand Canyon and go on the Skywalk.


Lynn said...

The Grand Canyon skywalk - I don't think I could do that. :)

JOHN said...

Very nice