Monday, May 14, 2007

Handwriting on the Wall.

Post 206 - - - - - Monday, 14th May, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope all is well with you and that the week
ahead will be a good one for you. I am OK, and did some more
cooking today. More Corned beef with heaps of vegetables.

Tomorrow is my shopping day, and we will leave the computer
at the shop and hope for better luck this time. I shouldn't need
a huge list after the last one, but no doubt Woolworths will get
quite a nice bit of cash from me. They usually do !!

I have found a nice poem called "Handwriting on the wall" Enjoy.

A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son,
Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.

"While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall !
It's on the new paper you just hung in the den.
I told him you'd be mad at having to do it again."

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
"Where is your little brother right now ?"
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear --he knew that meant doom !
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair,
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally distraught !

She headed for the den to confirm her fears,
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears,
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said, "I love you Mommy," surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall.

Author Unknown.
This was sent to me by my dear friend Joy . Thank you Joy.
Birth Order of Children:

1st Baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your
pregnancy if confirmed.
2nd Baby: You wear regular clothes as long as possible.
3rd Baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth:

1st Baby: You practice breathing religiously.
2nd Baby: You don't bother because you remember last time
breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd Baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

The Layette:

1st Baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color coordinate them,
and fold neatly in baby's little bureau.
2nd Baby: You check to make sure the clothes are clean and only
discard the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd Baby Boys can wear pink, can't they ?


1st Baby: At first sign of distress - - a whimper, a frown ---
you pick up the baby.
2nd Baby: You pick up baby when her wails threaten to wake
your firstborn.
3rd Baby: You teach your 3 year old how to rewind the
mechanical swing.


1st Baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until
you get home to wash and boil it.
2nd Baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off
with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd Baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.


1st Baby: You change baby's diapers every hour, needed or not.
2nd Baby: You change diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.
3rd Baby:You try to change them before others start to complain
about the smell, or it's sagging to their knees.

Going Out:

1st Baby: The first time you leave baby with a sitter, you call home
five times.
2nd Baby: Just as you walk out the door, you remember to leave a
number where you can be reached.
3rd Baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she
sees blood.

At Home:

1st Baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at baby.
2nd Baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your
older child isn't squeezing, poking or hitting the baby.
3rd Baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins (a favorite):
1st Baby: When the first child swallows a coin, you rush to hospital
and demand x rays.
2nd Baby: When 2nd child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for
the coin to pass.
3rd Child: When the 3rd child swallows a coin, you deduct it from
his allowance !!


God;s reward for allowing your children to live.
The Wisdom of the Indians.

I've always loved the story of the cowboy who was riding along
and came across an Indian lying flat on the ground with his ear
pressed to the earth. The Indian said, "Wait. Wagon. Two miles
off. Drawn by two horses. One black, the other gray. Four
people on board: man in red flannel shirt, his wife and 2 kids."

The cowboy was very impressed. He said, "It's amazing you
can tell all that just by listening to the earth."

The Indian said, "No. They ran over me thirty minutes ago.
Go after them !!"
A few quick Irish jokes - - -

Paddy and Murphy were walking down the road one day, when
Paddy said to Murphy, "Can you see that beautiful wood over
there?" Murphy replied, "I can't see, those trees are in the way."

His wife had been killed in an accident and the police were
questioning Finnegan. "Did she say anything before she died?"
asked the sergeant. "She spoke without interruption for about
forty years," said Finnegan.

When the Irish say that St. Patrick chased the snakes out of
Ireland, what they don't tell you is that he was the only one who
saw any snakes.

Irish Toast :
May you be in Heaven a half-hour before the devil knows you
are dead.

Cheerfulness and goodwill make labor light. - - Danish proverb.

Tread softly. All the earth is holy ground. - - Christina Rossetti.

Every blade of grass has it's Angel that bends over it and
whispers, "Grow, grow." - - - - The Talmud.

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.
- - - - Charles Baudelaire.

Joy is not in things: It is in us. - - Richard Wagner.
Bye now my friends. Have a great week and enjoy life,
Love and Best Wishes to all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 206 - - - - Monday, 14th May, 2007.


JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,

I loved that first story!

And the jokes were good, as always.


EmBee said...

Wonderful as ever. Hope your computer gets better soon.

Lee said...

Hey Merle...great jokes...thanks for the laughs. :)

Leann said...

as always some good ones.always glad to hear your doing good.the corn beef and veggies sounds so good.wish I were there to have some with you.
have a great week God bless.

Val said...

The handwriting on the wall story was precious. And although my baby bearing days are long gone, I could sympathise with the baby jokes.

Hope your computer problems clear up soon.

Hope Carlton can get a win this week... Boy, Jeanette must be tearing her hair out, with the Tigers' start to the season.

"Early Bird" said...

Every blade of grass has it's Angel that bends over it and
whispers, "Grow, grow." - - - - The Talmud

I need said angels to chase my hedge hogs off...grr!!
Hope you are having a great day my friend!

Susie said...

Hi Merle,
Hope your computer problems are short lived. Loved the precious handwriting on the wall story..

Gattina said...

He, he that Indian joke must be international, I heard it here too !

I read in your comment on Meows blog that you have a terrific kookaburra ! Since Jeanette introduced me to the kookaburra and even let me hear his laughter I am fascinated by this bird ! It makes me laugh too ! I drove everybody crazy family and visitors included because each time somebody showed up I filled the room with kookaburra's laughter, coming out of my computer ! You should have seen the faces lol ! Nobody wanted to believe that it was such a little bird making such a big noise !! So what is your terrific kookaburra ??? (I am not curious AT ALL !!)

~ Janice ~ said...

Great reading, thank you! :o)You certainly know how to share smiles.

Lee-ann said...

O! Merle that first story handwriting on the wall tugged at my heart that is for sure.

I may have to take a copy of that one it is so beautiful and true.

I see you are happy and well and that is how this note to you leaves me happy and well.

see you again soon.

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle.
I loved handwriting on the wall I think were all been quilty of screaming at our kids for doing something wrong then being sorry after for our actions.
Hope you got puter fixed and its up and running ok for you, Take care my friend. Love Jan

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Karen said...

What a lovely poem; it brought a big smile to my face. The Irish jokes were really funny, I'm still giggling.

I hope your day of shopping goes well and that you have a great day!

Love & hugs!

PEA said...

Hello dear Merle:-) Oh dear, I do hope you get your laptop back in working order this time! Nothing more frustrating than buying a new computer and it not doing what it's supposed to do!! lol Loved "The Writing on the Wall", such a touching story. And isn't that "Birth Order of Children" oh so true!! hehe Take care my friend! xoxo

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

I think my favorite this time was the first second and third child.

Take care, Janice~

Puss-in-Boots said...

I've always liked that Irish toast...may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead. Only the Irish could come up with that one!

I have tagged you. Go to today's post and see what it is.


Joy Des Jardins said...

I swear computer problems are going to kill us all Merle. We've come to rely on our computers for a good portion out of our days. I hope everything gets fixed soon for you.

That corned beef and veggies sounds awfully good. You always make me so hungry when I read what you're making.

I'm so glad you used that piece I sent's hysterical. Have a good shopping day 'til you drop....not literally. Love ya dear friend....

The Ramblin Irishman said...

Great blog as always Merle. I too loved the Handwriting story and made a copy for my children to read. The birth of children cracked me up. That also went to my children. Have a nice day.

RUTH said...

Hope you get the computer sorted out. I'm certainly having a good day after reading your post!

Marvene said...

People should read this.