Friday, June 08, 2007

A Pillow and a Blanket.

Post 223 - - - - - Friday, 4th June, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you are all OK and keeping warm /cool
whatever the case may be. It is Friday night here, so another
weekend starts tomorrow - the weeks just fly by. We have a
Public holiday on Monday, for the Queen's birthday (which is
in April) So it's a 3 day weekend in Australia.

Today my eldest son, John turned 53 years old so I hope the
day was pleasant for him at work. Happy Birthday John !!

I planted a punnet of pansies today into some containers and
in the morning hope to plant some climbing peas.
Tonight's story is "A Pillow and a Blanket"--Author Unknown.

A long time ago, a young wealthy girl was getting ready for bed.
She was saying her prayers when she heard a muffled crying
coming through her window. A little frightened, she went
over to the window and leaned out. Another girl, who seemed
to be about her age and homeless was standing in the alley by
the rich girl's house. Her heart went out to the homeless girl,
for it was the dead of winter, and the girl had no blanket, only
old newspapers someone had thrown out.

The rich girl was suddenly struck with a brilliant idea. She
called to the other girl and said, "You there, come to my
front door, please."

The homeless girl was so startled she could only manage a nod.

As quick as her legs could take her, the young girl ran down the
hall to her mother's closet, and picked out an old quilt and a beat
up pillow. She walked slowly to the front door, so as not to trip
on the quilt. Dropping both articles, she opened the door.
Standing there was the homeless girl, looking quite scared.
The rich girl smiled warmly and handed over both articles to the
other girl. Her smile grew wider as she watched the true amaze-
ment and happiness alight upon the face of the other girl. She
went to bed incredibly satisfied.

In mid-morning the next day a knock came to the door. The
rich girl flew to the door hoping that it was the other little girl
there. She opened the large door and looked outside. It was
the other girl. Her face looked happy, and she smiled.
"I suppose you want these back ?"

The rich girl opened her mouth to say that she could keep
them when another idea popped into her head. "No. I want
them back."

The homeless girl's face fell. This was obviously not the
answer she had hoped for. She reluctantly laid down the
beat-up things, and turned to leave, when the rich girl yelled,
"Wait ! Stay right there." she turned to see the rich girl
running up the stairs and down a long corridor. Deciding
whatever the rich little girl was doing wasn't worth waiting for
so she started to turn around and walk away. As her foot
hit the first step, she felt someone tap her on the shoulder,
turning she saw the rich girl, thrusting a new blanket and
pillow at her. "Have these." she said quietly.

These were her own personal belongings made of silk and
down feathers.

As the two grew older they didn't see each other much, but
they were never far from each other's minds. One day the
rich girl, who was now a rich woman got a telephone call from
someone. A lawyer, saying that she was requested to see him.
When she arrived at his office, he told her what had happened.
Forty years ago, when she was nine years old, she had helped
a little girl in need. That child grew into a middle class woman
with a husband and two children. She had recently died and
left something for her in her will. "Though," the lawyer said,
"it's the most peculiar thing. She left you a pillow and a

Bin Laden is thinking about his life and is wondering how
much longer he is going to live. So he goes to a psychic and
says, " Can you see the date of my death?" So the psychic
looks in her crystal ball and says, "Hmm .......I see something looks like .... yes I see a holiday. Yep, it looks like an
American holiday." Bin Laden says, "i'm going to die on an
American holiday ? That's weird. Which holiday ?"

The psychic says, "Doesn't matter. When you die it is going
to be an American holiday."

Reasons Why Chocolate is Better than Sex.

You're never too old to enjoy chocolate.
It's safe to have chocolate while you're driving.
You never feel guilty after chocolate.
You can make chocolate last as long as you want.
You can ask a stranger for chocolate without getting your face

Reasons Why Chocolate is Better than Men.

No one's ever been jilted by a chocolate gateau.
After telling your chocolate bar all your worries, you simply
eat it.
You can share chocolate with your best friend.
A bar of chocolate doesn't bore you by constantly talking
about football.
Your mother will never disapprove of your choice of chocolate.

Reasons Why Chocolate is Better than Women.

Chocolate never keeps you waiting.
Chocolate doesn't get jealous when you look at another
chocolate bar.
You never have to buy a box of chocolates for a box of chocolates.
Chocolate doesn't talk incessantly while you are watching the
It doesn't expect you to remember the anniversary of the first
time you met.
Chocolate never tries to chat up your best friend.
Chocolate isn't looking for a long term commitment.

Some Young at Heart Quotes - - -

I am pleased to be here. Let's face it, at my age I'm very
pleased to be anywhere. - - - George Burns.

Except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.
- - - Robert Benchly.

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the National Debt.
- - - Herbert Hoover.

I'm at the age now where just putting my cigar in it's holder
is a thrill. - - - George Burns.

Sex at the age of eighty-four is a wonderful experience.
Especially the one in the winter. - - Milton Berle.

The secret of longevity is to keep breathing.
- - - Sophie Tucker.

He is alive, but only in the sense that he can't be legally
buried. - - - Geoffrey Madan.

A man's only as old as the women he feels. - -Groucho Marx.

What Men and Women Think About. - - - -

What runs through a man's mind during every 5 minute period.

Sex, Food, Work, Sex, Football, Beer, Sex, Work, Anger, Sex.


What runs through a woman's mind during every 5 minute period.

Romance, Worry, Romance, Men, Diamonds, Worry, Romance,

Just a few quotes for you - - - - -

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true
beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- - - - - Elisabth Kubler Ross.

The best career advice to give to the young is 'Find out what you
like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it'.
- - - - Katharine Whitehorn.

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me
an invincible summer. - - - - Albert Camus.

The trick is not how much pain you feel - - - - but how much
joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses
to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.
- - - - Erica Jong.

Bye for now Folks. Have a great weekend and enjoy your lives.
Love and best wishes to you all. Cheerio, Merle.

Post 223 - - - - - - Friday, 8th June, 2007.


JunieRose2005 said...

The trick is not how much pain you feel - - - - but how much
joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses
to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.
- - - - Erica Jong.<<<

I like that!


Anonymous said...

I agree with Junie...That quote really caught my eye.
Time to feel the joy!

Hope you are doing well.
Happy Birthday to your son.


Kila said...

Hi Merle,

I haven't commented in a while, but I think of you and enjoy your blog.

Happy Birthday to your son, and to you (I think birthdays mean more to the mom than they do to the child!).

"Early Bird" said...

Have a happy weekend!

Gledwood said...

I love stories with that kind of twist in the tale...
... one that comes to my mind is Maupassant's The Necklace.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle

I've been catching up on your posts. The Death of an Innocent should be make compulsory reading for all young drivers, but would it really make any difference? May be one or two may take note. I also live Erica de Jong's saying about pain...she's right, isn't she?

I hope you're enjoying the long weekend Merle and that the weather is not too chilly for you. For the first time this year, I have the heater on.

Take care of yourself.

Love and hugs xoxo

Lee said...

Hi Merle...I've had lots of interruptions this week so I'm just catching up on blogs. It's freezing here today. The temperature has really dropped drastically, so I'm all rugged up and a huge pot of chicken and vegetable soup is simmering away on the stove.

Take good care. :)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy birthday to John! (Youngster that he is).

Dixiechick said...

Happy Birthday to your son.

I loved the Rich Girl/Poor Girl story... to inspiring.

Hope you have a great weekend too.

RUTH said...

Happy Birthday to your son. I hope you are keeping well; you're certainly finding some great jokes, thoughts and quotes. The Bin Laden one is really good. Have a great weekend.

Jeanette said...

Hi Merle, Avery happy belated birthday to John.
Loved the Pillow and the blanket story, and your joke and quotes specially Erica Jong, Life is full of excuses,time to feel joy..Take care, keep well, (((HUGS))))

Leann said...

as ever you shine..
needed a good Lol and got it.
the weather here has been great,cool and just plan wonderful.we had some places that had some storms.but thank God not as many as could have been.
we had a real bad front go through and thank God it didnt do as much as they had feared.
have a great weekend dear.
God bless and stay safe.