Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Bell.

Post 133 - - - - - - Tuesday, 6th February, 2007.

Hi Everyone
~~ I hope you are all doing well. I am doing much better today as it has been much cooler and I have had my fortnightly shopping trip. I had all sorts of bother yesterday, could not comment or post as my line kept going down every few minutes. So it is really nice to be back to normal.

Tonight I have a nice story sent by a friend of long standing, as opposed to an old friend. Barbara and I have been friends since we were teenagers, and we are both
well past that now. We haven't seen each other for many years, but keep in touch.

The Bell.
I really hope you take the time to read it all. I've held many things in my hands, and
I have lost many of them; but whatever I've placed in God's hands, I still possess.
Just up the road from my home is a field with two horses in it. From a distance, each
looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing. If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around
for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her. As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.

When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening she stops occasionally and
looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are
not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. God watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who
God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.
Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours. - - - Author Unknown.
Now for some jokes - - - -

How to do Business.

Father : I want you to marry the girl of my choice.
Son : I will choose my own bride.

Father : But the girl is Bill Gates's daughter.
Son : Well in that case . . . OK.

Next Father approaches Bill Gates.

Father : I have a husband for your daughter.
Bill Gates : But my daughter is too young to marry.

Father : But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.
Bill Gates : Ah, in that case ..... OK

Finally Father goes to see the President of the World Bank.

Father : I have a young man to be recommended as a vice president.
President : But I already have more vice-presidents than I need.

Father : But this young man is Bill Gates's son-in-law.
President : Ah, in that case..... OK.

This is how business is done !!!

This one came from my friend Margaret called "Ain't it the truth?" Thanks Margaret

A woman goes to the doctor for her yearly physical. The nurse starts with certain basic items. "How much do you weigh?" she asks, "115," she says.
The nurse puts her on the scales and it turns out her weight is 140.

The nurse asks, "Your height?" "5 foot 8," she says.
The nurse checks and sees that she only measures 5'5"

She then takes her blood pressure and tells the woman it is very high.

"Of course it's high !" she screams. "When I came in here I was tall and slender.
Now, I'm short and fat !!"

This one from my friend, Robyn Thank you Robyn.

Noah's Ark. Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.

1. Don't miss the boat.
2. Remember we are all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
4. Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something big.
5. Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
8. Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9. When you are stressed, float awhile.
10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Most people walk in and out of your life......but Friends leave footprints in your heart.

Bill had always been a prankster. As each of his friends were married, Bill made sure some type of practical joke was played on them. Now ready to be married himself, he was dreading the payback he knew was coming.

Surprisingly, the ceremony went off without a hitch. No one stood up during the pause to offer a reason 'why this couple should not be married'. His reception wasn't
disrupted by streakers or strippers, and the car the couple was to take on their honeymoon was in perfect working order.

When the couple arrived at their hotel and entered the room, Bill even checked for
cornflakes in the bed (a gag he had always loved). Nothing, it seemed was amiss.
Satisfied that he had come away unscathed, the couple fell into bed.

Upon waking, the couple was ravenous so Bill called down to room service and asked,
"I'd like to order breakfast for two."

At that moment, a soft voice from under the bed said, " Make that five !!"

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is
faced. - - - - James Baldwin.

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
- - - - - Leonardo da Vinci.

You've got to stand for something or you're gonna fall for anything.
- - - - John Cougar Mellencamp.

Learn to say no. It will be more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
- - - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Half the troubles in this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying
no soon enough. - - - - Josh Billings.

Bye for now my friends. Take care and be happy. Cheers, Merle.

Post 133 - - - - - Tuesday, 6th February, 2007.


Hootin' Anni said...

G'day Merle.
As always, I'm here to read and enjoy your posts.

I'm actually laughing out loud, literally with the new dress and Satan.

And ya know? I really liked the 'reaping of character' proverb.

Well said.

Today, I'm sharing a video of my backyard statuary in South Texas...perhaps you'd enjoy viewing it?

Have a great day.

Susie said...

Good morning Merle,
It's a lovely day here in CA. Hope it's not too hot for you!
Loved "The Bell" and the Noah's Ark!
As always, I enjoy a laugh when visiting you!

The Ramblin Irishman said...

Hi Merle my Aussie friend,
Truly enjoyed the story about the bell and copied it for future reference should I be called on to give a speech. Nothing like a good old shopping spree to cheer up the day, right? Have a nice day.

JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,
I enjoyed your post very much. I especially liked
'The Bell.'


Lee said...

Good morning, Merle...another lovely day up here, but very dry. I've just been out watering my potted and hanging plants and putting a bit around on the other plants. I wish it would rain...we need some of what North Queensland is getting!

Mountain Mama said...

I love the story about the blind horse. Sure gives us something to think about.

Peter said...

Hi Merle, I'm stealing the business story, lots of good stuff.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That is a nice story, Merle. Thank you-and your friend.

mreddie said...

Hopefully the bother you had about commenting and posting didn't deminish the good time of your shopping trip - it's always good to get out. ec

Raggedy said...

G'day Merle,
I am glad it is bit cooler and that your internet is working again.
The Bell was beautiful!
The jokes were funny and I loved the quotes.
Take care,Cheers,
Love, Raggedy

PEA said...

Hello dear Merle...so glad to hear that you had a better day! May tomorrow be even better:-) How wonderful that you keep in touch with such a long time friend! Those are the friendships to be treasured for sure!!

I just loved reading "The Bell"...God certainly does not cast us away just because we are imperfect. Lovely lesson to be had!

Enjoyed the quotes and jokes...I especially liked the one about "how to do business" lol

Take care dear friend! Hugs xoxo

Anonymous said...

Dear Merle,
Hope you are doing well. So glad to hear the weather is nicer for you.

Thanks for posting "The Bell". That one is a keeper.

Take care,

Leann said...

Hi Merle. as always enjoyed your post.Its late so Im off to bed.glad things cooled down and you got your line up and running.I had a spell with mine the other night.it sure makes you want to shut the darn things off.well God bless.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Yes, I liked "The Bell", too. I've been in the city working today, will be tomorrow and probably Friday as well. Ah well, no rest for the wicked!

HORIZON said...

Hello Dear Merle.
Lovely post- have missed dropping by here.
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog - this past month has been hard. Too much to blog about but am glad you posted the story of 'the bell'.
Bests my friend x

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle
The weather has been kind to us for a couple days,hope you got all your shopping before the weather heats up again.Ty for the lovely email.
I enjoyed reading your stories jokes and quotes.
I think the Bell got my vote tonight. Take care stay well (((Hugs))). Janxxx

annadams95340 said...

Our weather has warmed up but now we have rain. Can't win.

I loved the story about the two horses.

If you don't see a post from me for a while, it's because Blogger is forcing me to switch. I can't even get into my own blog.

Pamela said...

Merle, I LOVED the story Barbara sent with the little horse and the bell! I also got a kick out of the wedding heckler "Make it five"! Too funny!

Glad you are enjoying cooler weather and that you got your shopping done. Enjoy your day! :)

Joy Des Jardins said...


I loved this batch of goodies...and in particular "The Bell." What a beautiful message.

Are you staying cool? That's not a problem here. 7 degrees right now..but the sun is out. No more snow right now...just the frigid temps.

Thinking of you dear friend... Hugs, Joy