Saturday, September 30, 2006

Leave Well Alone.

Hello Everyone ~ I hope that you are all enjoying a 
wonderful weekend.   Here in Australia half the country 
is celebrating and the other half commiserating after
the Grand Final of AFL.  West Coast Eagles won by just
1 point against Sydney Swans.  It was a good match with
a close last quarter.
I know Kathy will be pleased, Hi Kathy, thanks for your
message.  John is also pleased and no doubt Jacqui will
be when she hears the news.
Tonight’s story is “In Praise of Leaving Well Alone.”
Have you ever thought how some so-called “helpful
devices” and remedies have an adverse effect on us, in 
this day and age when we appear to have an answer for
Among them: Air conditioners give us pneumonia in Mid-
summer Vacations produce fatigue; exercise to limber up
makes us stiff and get-well cards make us sicker.
Marriage counsellors cause unhappy marriages by writing
articles entitled “Is Yours a Happy Marriage?  (In the old
days, few people bothered to wonder.)
Hundreds of gadgets designed to alleviate life’s little 
problems, usually add to the distress.  For example,
improved methods of telephone dialling make it imposible
to get numbers.  Cars hinder us from gettiny anywhere.
Expressways induce people to come out and make roads
impassable. Road maps get us lost.  Insect sprays make
insects immune to insect sprays.  Fertilizer kills grass.
Buy a new chair and the rest of the living room looks
shabby.  Adopt a baby and your wife has twins.
Do-it-yourself and you have to get somebody else to do
it  again.  Drop your voice to be confidential and every-
body stops talking to listen.  Easy payments cause
bankruptcy.  “Wet Paint” signs make people touch wet
paint, and telling children not to put beans up their noses
causes children to put beans up their noses.
All these things suggest that perhaps the best idea is to
sit still, and not rock the boat.
Now a joke - - -
Never Tick Off a Nurse.

A big shot attorney had to spend a couple of days

in the hospital.

He was a royal pain to the nurses because he bossed

them around just like he did his staff. None of the

hospital staff wanted to have anything to do with him.

The head nurse was the only one who could stand up

to him. She came into his room and announced,

"I have to take your temperature."

After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled

down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth.

"No, I'm sorry, the nurse stated, "but for this reading,

I can't use an oral thermometer."

This started another round of complaining, but eventually

he rolled over and bared his behind. After feeling the nurse

insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, "I have to

get something.Now you stay JUST LIKE THAT until I get back!"

She leaves the door to his room open on her way out! He

curses under his breath as he hears people walking past his

door, laughing.

After a half hour, the man's doctor comes into the room.

"What's going on here?" asked the doctor.

Angrily, the man answers, "What's the matter, Doc? Haven't

you ever seen someone having their temperature taken?"

After a pause, the doctor confesses, "Not with a carnation".


And a few quotes - - -

If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful

piece of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble

as an inevitable Part of life, and when it comes, hold your head

high, look it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger than

you. You cannot defeat me,” Then repeat to yourself the most

comforting words of all, “This too will pass.” - -Ann Landers.

Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power

diminishes, we grw toward the light. - - - May Sarton.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

- - - Mark Twain.

You may have tangible wealth untold,

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold,

Richer than I you can never be ---

I had a mother who read to me. - - - Strickland Gillilan.

Bye for now, till next time. Take care friends, Merle.

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Jeanette said...

Dear merle
I thought Sydney was going to win when they made the big come back ,was a good last quarter kept you on the edge of your chair.
I laughed out loud at never tick off the nurse .And how true leave well alone . take care,keep smiling. Janxxx

Tammy said...

I loved your post as always...the attorny was Hubby is a horrible bad the nurses hug me when he leaves the hospital and say "You poor thing"!!
lol...he is really not so bad...just give him his cigarettes and he's fine...lmbo!!

Sue said...

Your post was a day brightener as usual!
Loved the Gillian quote about the mother who read to me...SO important to do!!

PEA said...

Hello dear's so very true about modern technology sometimes not being very good for us! Then they wonder why there are so many illnesses never heard of before! Loved the joke about the attorney...wish I could see that for myself! LOL The quotes are wonderful too! Hugs xox

Puss in Boots said...

He he - a carnation! A lot of lawyers could do with that treatment (and some doctors, too!).

I really look forward to coming over to your blog, Merle, because I know you will have something to make me laugh with joy or cry in sympathy or think deeply about.

I bet you have a wonderful library of books at home because you post some great quotes.

Take care, Merle, and I will be looking forward to your next post.

Love and hugs

Robyn xoxo

Pamela said...

Merle, I am glad your West Coast Eagles won! Woohoo! Sounds like it was an exciting game. :)

Where as in don't rock the boat...they might have included the internet in that little bit. lol

Enjoy your Sunday!

annadams95340 said...

Congrats on the victory.

Love that joke. The first time I heard it (I think in Reader's Digest in the Humor in Uniform section many years ago) it was a daisy.

The effect is the same. I think about that joke and start laughing all over again. It's timeless.

willowtree said...

I'm among the half that is mourning the loss. But at least I have some dubious umpiring decisions to blame instead of blaming my Swans (except for Big Bazza's poor pecentage from set shots).

West Coast deserved the win, but then so would we if we had won. I hate those close games ;(

Michelle said...

I watched the last 20 mins, what a thriller! The best team won ( ican say that as my beloved Collingwood missed out) :o)

Margaret said...

Dear Merle, I wish I had left well enough alone on my last post which I will remember without affection forever. The footie was great wasn't it,fancy just 1 point. I must say I will never look at carnations again without giggling, this could be a problem for me as I have a bed of them,I will have to giggle very quietly! Hope you had a good weekend yourself.Love Margaret.

Bec said...

hey grandma. yah for the eagles.
The Bronco's just won,
cheers Bec

Margaret said...

Thanks Merle, Yes we did have some great times and were all there for each other, though we number is fewer,the bond is still as strong, I am the one who needs the friends and support now as you know, and I am blessed to recieve it in spades,I know also that you are on my support team which means a lot to me. Love Margaret.

Merle said...

Hello Bec ~ Thanks for your message
I only watched the last part of the Broncos and Melb Storm. I find it is too rough for me. Your Dad went motor cycling today for a few hours
around parts of Victoria and ad a good day. Bye for now, Love, Grandma.

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
The joke on the carnation is so funny.

Lee-ann said...

Merle, hello to you.
just dropped in to thank you with all my heart for your very kind comments and good wishes while I have been ill. It was horrible and I still have a cough.

Now I am off to take a peek! at all your blogger posts I have missed and MUST! read.