Thursday, May 24, 2007

Under Our Skin.

Post 211 - - - - - Wednesday, 23rd May, 2007.

Howdy Everyone ~~ I hope things are going well for you
as they are for me. My only complaint is there are not
enough hours in the day. It is well after midnight , so this
will be a quick post. I made up a dozen meals today, the
chicken casserole, and some lamb chops, heaps of vegies.
My younger son, Geoff and his wife Joanne are coming up
for a visit, for my birthday and to get some firewood.

I have a short item called "Under Our Skin."

There once was an oyster, whose story I tell ;
Who found that some sand had gotten into his shell.

It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain;
For oysters have feelings, although they are plain.

Now did he berate the harsh workings of fate,
That had brought him to such a deplorable state.

"No," he said to himself, "Since I cannot remove it,
I'll lie in my shell, and think how to improve it."

The years rolled around, as the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate Destiny . . . stew.

Now the small grain of sand that had bothered him so,
Was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow.

This tale has a moral, for isn't it grand,
What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand ?

Think . . .. What could WE do, if we'd only begin,
With some of the things that get under OUR skin.

Author Unknown.

Another of Warrens jokes. Thanks Warren.

A teacher gave her class of 11 year olds an assignment :
Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the
end of it. Next day, the kids came back and one by one
began to tell their stories.

Karl said, "My father's a farmer and we have a lot of egg
laying chooks. (chickens) One time we were taking our
eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the car when
we hit a big bump in the road and all the eggs went flying
and broke and made a mess."

"What's the moral of the story ?" asked the teacher.

:Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
"Very good," said the teacher.

Next little Emilie raised her hand and said, "Our family
are farmers too. But we raise chooks for the meat market.
One day we had a dozen eggs, but when they hatched we
only got ten live chicks and the moral of this story is :

"Don't count your chickens until they are hatched."
That's a fine story Emilie. Mick do you have a story to share?

"Yes. My dad told me this story about my Aunty Sharon.
Aunty Sharon was a flight engineer on a plane in the Gulf
War and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy
territory and all she had was 3 bottles of rum, a machine gun
and a machete.

She drank all the rum on the way down so it wouldn't break
and then she landed right in the middle of 100 troops.

She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran
out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete
until the blade broke. And then she killed the last ten with her
bare hands."

"Good heavens," said the horrified teacher, "what kind of moral
did your father tell you from that horrible story ?"

"Stay well away from Aunty Sharon when she's been on the grog.


I borrowed this lovely quote from Granny Ann's blog - - -

Live Simply; Love Generously; Care Deeply;
Speak Kindly and Leave the Rest to God.

I am off to bed folks and when I wake tomorrow
I will be 73 -- Yikes, should get some respect for that
I reckon. Look after yourselves and each other.
Love and Best Wishes to one and all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 211 - - - - - Wednesday, 23rd May, 2007.


"Early Bird" said...

Live Simply; Love Generously; Care Deeply;
Speak Kindly and Leave the Rest to God.

a beautiful quote thanks to you and Granny Ann!

Happy Early Birthday my friend!

Joy Des Jardins said...

"Happy Birthday wonderful you." I hope you spend your day in laughter, love and great conversation. So glad Geoff and Joanne will be there to celebrate with you. 73 Years Young....Congratulations my sweet friend...Love always, Joy

Karen said...

Happy Birthday, Merle! I'm glad your card arrived and that you liked it. It sounds as if you're cooking for an army! I'm sure your Geoff and Joanne will enjoy their visit with you and make your birthday a special day (more special than it already is).

Love & hugs,

Val said...

73 years young - well done! Happy birthday, dear Merle.

Susie said...

Sending you lots of love and best wishes for the Happiest of Birthdays!
Hope it's an absolutely wonderful day!!

PEA said...

Happy Birthday my dear friend, hope your day is as wonderful and delightful as you are:-) Truly enjoyed "Under Our Skin" the ending says, can you imagine what we could do with some of the things that get under our skin!! It was so hot here today but I'm not complaining...after such a cold May, I'm loving this:-) xoxo

Jeanette said...

Have a very Happy Bithday Dear Merle.Those meals sound Yummy great post.Take care have a great day... See you on my return Love Jan xoxo

Mountain Mama said...

I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday Merle. You are only five years ahead of me.
I like the Oyster story. If only I could make pearls from some of the things that get under my skin!

Meow said...

Happy Birthday, dear Merle ... hope you have had a wonderful day.
Huge hugs to you.
Take care, Meow

EmBee said...

Wishing you a Happy Birthday and a wonderful year to go with it. You keep us all amused and thinking. Although not far behind you I am still at work because I want to be and I followed a van in the other day which had this painted on the back, I thought you might like it.
Love a lot, Trust a few, but always paddle your own canoe. Best wishes.

Hootin'Anni said...

Hi Merle!!

Ya know what I did today? I read clear through your blog's page! Yep, I sure did!! I always enjoy everything you have to share with us!

But the ONE THING that struck me as I read, and I must comment on, is that you are a cancer survivor of 28 years!!!!!

That in itself is miraculous and great for us who consider you a friend!!!

smilnsigh said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Our dear blogging friend PEA, said you were having a birthday and I wanted to come and wish you a lovely day and coming year.

We gals {you and I} in the early part of our 80th decade, have to stand together. :-)


JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Merle,

Hope your birthday is/was a happy one for you.

If anyone deserves a happy birthday, it's you- with all the good cheer you spread for everyone! :)



Peggy said...

Came over from Peas to wish you a Happy Birthday

wazza said...

Gidday Merle,
You may be 3 years old than you know who, but the years have been better to you. Happy Birthday you ole' rascal you, and may you have many more (birthdays too....oops!!!)

smileymamaT said...

I heard from a little birdy that you were having a birthday. Well, Happy Birthday to you, and I hope it's a grand one! I so enjoyed the oyster poem and the funny Aunty Sharon joke! Thanks!

Gwen said...

Hi Merle.
I can honestly say you have surely
gotten under my skin and I wouldn't have it any other way,
and we will be there soon for Jan& my lunch date with you.xoxo
P.S.My driver took the wrong turn on the way down to Joanne's.
Needless to say I'm not paying for the trip..
When she told me that she drives better in the day light I thought
this is ok because we left in
day light not thinking it would be "DARK" when we arrived.
We are both sitting at Joanne's computer after 2or3 brandy's
laughing our heads off now just about to head off to bed,xx