Friday, December 08, 2006

Remember This at Christmas.

Post 87 - - - - - Friday, 8 December 2006.

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all OK with the rushing about

and the hustle and bustle of Christmas. It is a wonderful

time, but can be very tiring. I wrote on about half my cards

last night, and hope to finish them later tonight. It is nice

to contact friends and relatives at least this once a year and

to share our news of the year’s doings.

I would like to thank Ruth for her comments. I could not get

to her site to say hello. Also to thank her for the hint of

putting a banana in with green tomatos to ripen them. I will

try that one. Bananas have been very costly lately as the crop

was destroyed by a hurricane, a few months ago and they were

priced up to $14 a kilogram. Now down to about $7 kg.

There are dreadful bush fires around a lot of Victoria, not very

near to me, but the smoke in the air is so strong today

that I have all the doors closed. A lot of them are in the high

country in the mountains and forests. These are so inaccessible

that they are just letting them burn, and the smoke makes it

impossible for aerial water drops etc.

However, some fires are close to towns and there is a fear of

some fires joining up with others. The temperature for where

I live in Shepparton is predicted to be 39 degrees C tomorrow

which is about 101 F. Sunday 41 degrees C, about 104 F.

and I guess much hotter where the fires are. There are some

fire-fighters arriving today from New Zealand, and the army

is being sent in to help with manpower and bulldozers etc.

The next piece was sent to me today from both Tammy and

Sandy, so thank you both. The ladies will enjoy it anyway !!


According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.

We should've known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fatman in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.


Now for some jokes - - - The girls will like the first one !!

Adam asked God : “Why did you make Eve so beautiful ?”

“So you would like her.”

“Then why did you make her so dumb ?”

“So that she would like you.”

<><><> One for the boys - - -

Two good ol’ boys down in Tennessee were sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold beer.

After a while, the first guy said to the second guy, “If’n I was

to sneak over to your trailer Saturday and make love to your

wife while you was off huntin’, and she got pregnant and had a baby,

would that make us kin ?”

The second guy crooked his head sideways for a minute, then

scratched his head and squinted his eyes, thinking real hard about the question.

Finally he replied, “ Well, I don’t know about making us kin, but it sure

would make us even !!


Some lesser known Murphy’s Laws - - -

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people

appear bright until you hear them speak.

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

The 50-50-90 rule : Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting

something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish

and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

The things that come to those who wait will be the things left

by those who got there first.

Flashlight : A case for holding dead batteries.

When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands

of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

<><><><> Some quotes - - - -

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly

value the only companion we will have from birth to death –-

ourselves. - - - Eda LeShan.

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.

- - - Josh Billings.

The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in.

- - - Bill Copeland.

There’s one thing worse than being alone; wishing you were.

- - - Bob Steele.

Integrity has no need of rules. - - - Albert Camus.

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man

I have ever met. - - - Dwight L. Moody.

Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive

evidence that you are wonderful. - - - Ann Landers.


Enough for this post. Take care, my friends. Be happy, and have

a wonderful weekend. Cheers, Merle.

Post 87 - - - - - Friday, 8 December 2006.



UKBob said...

Thats flippin' hot Merle, we will be lucky to reach a quarter of that here, its all wet and muddy too so no fires - except in the house to keep it warm.

Meow said...

I can't believe the temps we are expecting this weekend, Merle. Poor Chicky has to play her netball grand final in that heat tomorrow !! HOpe the poor kids don't all come down with Heatstroke !
We have had unbelievable smoke haze today, here in Melbourne. I cannot imagine what it must be like close to the fires ... to scary to think about. My thoughts and prayers are with all those amazing fire fighters.
Have a great weekend.
Take care, Meow

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle
The fires are bad In Benalla a lot of the NZ fire fighters sent there
and all around Wangaratta area.i have taken a few photos of the smoke here. will post them soon people were turned back on the hwy between Yarra and Wang the smoke was so thick.cant turn on the air con just brings the smell inside.

Pamela said...

Merle, those are some real twists on "Murphy's Law"...I'd be in serious trouble. lol

Love...the one about not knowing about it making us kin, but it sure
would make them even !! hehe!

Those bush fires sound awful! Hope you are able to stay out of harms way. My goodness, can't believe your temps! Never heard the banana tip with green tomatoes! Take care! :)

kenju said...

Merle, great minds think alike, they say, and if we post the same subject on the same day - who cares!! I hope the fires will go out soon.

Jim said...

An exception for your Murphy is young people, I didn't have to fish to drink beer all day in a boat.
Now that I'm older I suppose I must fish.

Tammy said...

my prayers that all will be safe during the fire season for all of my Aussie friends!!
I'm glad you liked the forward...I thought it was too true and enjoyed all of your post!

Peter said...

Hi Merle, from Warren and I, I'm AWOL for the weekend, had lunch with Margaret on the way down to Brisbane yesterday just catching up with a few friends before Christmas.

DellaB said...

Hi Merle, have been thinking of you from the news of the fires. Take care, expecially about the fresh air and breathing, that fire smoke can be nasty.

Bananas also work well for ripening avocadoes - put together in a brown paper bag...

thanks for the fun things

Lee said...

Hi Della says about the bananas and avocados...put avos with apples...that works too in quickening up the ripening process.

Stay cool and I hope those fires are soon doused by loads of welcome rain. Watching the tv coverage of them is chilling.

Kila said...

I hadn't heard about the fires. I'll have to do some reading. I hope they don't affect you too much.

Enjoyed the jokes, as always :)

audrey` said...

Hi Merle

I'm very sorry to hear about the smoke and haze in the air.

Try to drink more plain water.
Take care =)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I understand that brush fires are necessary and good for the environment. I’ll qualify that with “if only brush burns”—the burning of houses and such is good for no one. Although there was a social worker who I once supervised who suggested burning down some apartments owned by a slum lord, which didn’t seem like a terribly bad idea as long as the residents were evacuated first!