Life Stages – Waddle On

Thank you for visiting today to read my wandering and Random Thinking. Hugs.

In British Columbia, Canada there are many forest fires currently. Some people are on evacuation alert, some people are already evacuated. The people in larger centres are safe but in some smaller towns in the interior there has been devastation and loss of homes. The firefighters are working hard, and long days.

Every day I check the weather and I hope for rain. I hope for a rain that will bring relief and last for days not only for British Columbia but also for the Americans who live south and face the same heat and fears we do.

As always, whether we face issues of weather or something else – let’s go forward even if it means small steps, even if we waddle. – David

Internet photo, not me swimming


Definition of Waddle: walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion.

Penguins waddle. You have probably watched penguins as I have, smiled a little as you watched them waddle. They have short legs, and live on ice. If you lived on ice and weren’t wearing cleats then you’d be wise to choose to waddle also.

Waddling prevents injuries and falls. Small steps are still forward. ☻

Not only do penguins waddle , but a group of penguins is called a colony, or a waddle if they are on land. A group of penguins on the water is called a raft.

Perhaps there is a lesson for me from penguins – whether I waddle on land (go slow and steady for progress) to prevent a fall or injury or whether I join up with other penguins to form a raft and float in peace and float with company ♥

Nice and easy does it Waddle On.


Best Speech Moment Ever – 1912

Since 2006 I have been a member of Toastmasters. I regularly give speeches and presentations at my Toastmasters Club. I have also had the confidence to speak in other occasions which meant to me personally much more. But I can’t compete with Teddy.

I doubt any professional or amateur speaker ever seized their audience’s attention as well as Teddy Roosevelt did in 1912.

Teddy’s first speech sentence was possibly overlooked which was “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible.”

But his second sentence definitely had their attention: I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot.

Many speakers have trouble keeping their audience’s attention, but the audience for Teddy Roosevelt was rapt when he took off his jacket and his white shirt was bloody for all to see.

Teddy showed his damaged speech notes (seen below) and his eyeglass container to the photographers and the crowd.

I don’t know whether it was because he was a politician (and gave long speeches) or whether it was because he wore glasses but the combination saved his life; even if the bullet remained lodged in him for the rest of his life.

October 14, 1912 Teddy’s failed assassin shot him with a Colt Revolver a mere 5 feet from his chest. Nicknamed Bull Moose because of his physique, the bullet stopped in muscle due to two other factors; the folded over 50 pages of speech notes and the steel eyeglass case.

Best speech moment ever ? Possibly – I don’t think many politicians will copy him though.♦

Read more here


Wings – Mamunia – click here to see it on Youtube, a delightful ditty, ♥

It might have been a bright blue day
But rainclouds had to come this way
They're watering everything that they can see

A seed is waiting in the earth
For rain to come and give him birth
It's all he really needs to set him free

So the next time you see rain it ain't bad
Don't complain, it rains for you

So lay down your umbrellas
Strip off your plastic macs
You've never felt the rain my friend
'Till you've felt it running down your back

So the next time you see rain, it ain't bad
Don't complain, it rains for you
The next time you see L.A. rainclouds
Don't complain, it rains for you and me


See you next time ♥ David

An amazing gift is an unexpected message from a dear friend – Those type of friends inspire.


Friends are a treasure that never tarnish.

Friends can surprise us with unexpected generosity.

Friendship that is sincere doesn’t diminish.

If you have friends like this – You are a friend like that. –

♥ Thank you to my special friends, and your always welcome messages. – Dave

These sweeties are best buds and belong to my special friend Greg.

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Blessed Rain to Refresh Us has Arrived

Such a lovely few days and now today a lengthy dose of refreshing rain.

In addition to the puddles on my street I smiled today as I watched our neighbourhood doe cross the street, she does so very slowly as she has a large udder to accommodate her twin fawns.

How sweet they looked as they scampered to keep up to their Mom. – David

I came across this lovely song from the 70’s today – Bluebird (The Wings – Paul McCartney)

Touch your lips with a magic kiss
And you’ll be a bluebird too
And you’ll know what love can do

I’m a bluebird, I’m a bluebird
I’m a bluebird, l’m a bluebird
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m a bluebird, I’m a bluebird
I’m a bluebird
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Link to the song on Youtube here – ♥♥♥ Sing Along !


Thanks for visiting today ! – David

A quote to end today’s post:

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” 

– Scott Adams

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Simply Silent Saturday (almost)

Thank you for visiting my blog, Life and Random Thinking, as without you visiting I would stopped long ago – I can’t be like a tree falling in a forest with no one around.

Weather Update – The Okanagan valley has filled with smoke from forest fires. There are fires all over the province of British Columbia which has negatively effected air quality.

Rain is needed, and many people (including firefighters) will be praying and not only for British Columbia but also for the farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan. I pray the rain will come.

I am happy to share some photos with you in this post that I took with my blog friends in mind. I hope you will enjoy the photos and captions. Stay safe !


If you want to know more about Elephant Island wineryhere is a link for you. ♥ It’s my favourite one of all.

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Pics, Be’s, and a Word of the Day

This is my 791st blog post. I am amazed that I have continued to write posts and have various categories. I know that I am still writing posts after eight years for one reason and it’s not because I am an inspired writer; the reason I am still writing is because of the kind encouragement from readers.

I sincerely appreciate your comments and that you take the time to visit and share your feedback on my posts. ♥ David


Let’s start today with some photos I have taken recently in and around Penticton.


One of the reason sunflowers are appreciated is that they are such a bee-friendly plant and when the seeds arrive they also make birds quite pleased. ♥

We can always use more Be’s such as:

  • Be Understanding
  • Be Patient
  • Be Better
  • Be Careful
  • Be Slow to Anger
  • Be Positive
  • Be Quick to Praise


Today in reading I came across this word “garrulous” which means : excessively talkative especially on trivial matters.

If you want a Word of the Day challenge – try using this word today ♥


Enjoy your day, and thanks for meeting me here today. – David.

Africa learns to make us disappear

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Three Little Random Thoughts #11 – Morning; Natural; Hooked

Thanks for reading and visiting #11 in this category.

My three thoughts today I hope you will relate to, and comment on.

I am living through a heat wave along with 90% of British Columbia and Alberta. We are used to heat in the summer, but not like we are having now.

There could be some readers out there that don’t know Penticton is on the edge of a desert, we have rattlesnakes and scorpions here.

Instead of the normal June weather of 30ish Celsius, today is 41 C. Since this is only June (albeit late June) there is a sense of foreboding in many people’s hearts as the hot weather is usually in July and August.

We don’t want to have forest fires or see animals suffering. Speaking of animals, four cute newborn fawns are new arrivals to the neighborhood. No photos yet, but I will keep my eyes peeled for you and hope I can get a nice photo. – David


First Random Thought

It’s been so hot that I have been getting up at 5:30 a.m. to head out for my morning rides, hence the theme MORNING. If you click on the pictures then you can see them better. 🙂


My second random thought

is one I just read on another post: She shared how she was encouraged to LIVE NATURAL instead of LIVE NORMAL. Here is the link to the blog that inspired this thought.

I liked that thought and though it was one worth chewing over, and thought you might also.

It makes me think about my post about the Life’s Top Five Regrets – I was surprised that I wrote that back in 2012.

The No. 1 Regret is ” I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. ” Click here to read the other four regrets


My third Random Thought is HOOKED. It can be love, music, chocolate, Netflix or even cookies.

What are you HOOKED on?

Below are song lyrics !

Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga

I can’t stop this feeling
Deep inside of me
Girl, you just don’t realize
What you do to me

When you hold me
In your arms so tight
You let me know
Everything’s alright

I’m hooked on a feeling
I’m high on believing
That you’re in love with me

  • Hooked On a Feeling – Blue Swede

This song “Hooked On A Feeling” was a song hit back in 1974. I think it has been used a few times since then in some movies. The beginning is sort of unique. You can see it here from 1974 on Youtube !

I remember the 70’s music and it’s my favourite era.

Careful though if you are not familiar with 1970’s music – you can get Hooked.


Thanks again for visiting, I really appreciate it. ♥ David

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A Lesson I have felt for a long time; for Dad

You may have thought I didn't see,
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me, 
But I got every word.

Perhaps you thought I missed it all, 
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything, 
It's written on my heart.

Without you Dad, I wouldn't be
The person I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away

I've grown up with your values,
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.

By Joanna Fuchs
Dad is the youngster in the middle

Father’s Day is this weekend. I wanted to have a simple post to acknowledge my Dad – he knows what he means to me . Thanks for visiting today. – ♥

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