Sunday, July 15, 2007


Post 258 - - - - Sunday, 15th July, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I am late starting tonight, again, but will post
something. Hope you are all doing well and have had a great
weekend; it's all over for us Aussies, but has been a lovely one
for me. Today Bec took me to the local craft market and to see
another new shop that had opened and also to a book shop - -
I just love book shops, but should stay out of them as they get
away with some money quick smart.

Tonight I have a short piece called "Perceptions". Enjoy.

There were two brothers in a small village in the Eastern Cape.
The twin brothers grew up knowing nothing else but poverty.
Their father was an alcoholic and their mother a domestic
worker. They grew up with very little.

On their way home one day, their parents were involved in an
accident and died instantly. The brothers' condition became
even worse. At age 17 they separated. Years and years later a
family member decided to find them for a family reunion.

One of the brothers was a wealthy engineer owning a construction
company. He had a wife and three beautiful kids. The other
was an alcoholic with no sense of direction.

The family member asked the engineer, "How did your life turn
out like this ?"
"What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" he replied.

She moved to the other brother with the same question.
"What did you expect with a childhood like mine? he answered.

This tell us that, "men are not disturbed by the things that
happened but by their perception of the things that happened."
- - - Author Unknown. - - -

Some more Shepparton cows. - - -

I like the dinosaur one, and the others are colorful.

A good friend, Sherrill and her husband sent me the next one - it's more
of a warning than a joke.

This lady has changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile
phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag which contained her
phone, Credit card, purse . . etc . . was stolen.Twenty minutes later when
she called her husband, from a Pay phone telling him what had happened,
Hubby said, "I've just received your text asking about our Pin number
and I replied a little while ago."

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money
was already withdrawn. The pickpocket had actually used the stolen cell
phone to text "hubby" in contact list and got hold of the pin number, Within
20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from the bank account.

Moral of the lesson : Do not disclose the relationship between you and the
people in your contact list. Avoid using names like - Home, Hubby, Dad, Mom
sweetheart etc . . . And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked
through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also when being texted by friends and family to meet them somewhere, be
sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't
reach them, be careful about going places to meet "family and friends" who
text you.
Please pass this on. Thanks Sherrill.

A police officer was driving his patrol car down next to a beach when he noticed
a man knee deep in the water holding two red things; he wasn't sure what they
were. The officer made his way down the sand to the man standing in the water.
As he approached, he could see that the two red things were lobsters.

The officer said to the man, "It's illegal to be poaching lobsters, you know."

"What are you talking about?" he said startled, these are my pet lobsters."

"Sure, they are !" replied the policeman.

"No, I'm serious. I will throw them into the waves and call them back. They
will come.

"This, I have to see," chuckled the officer.

So the man launched the two lobsters back into the ocean and stood there
watching them.

"I thought you said you could call the two lobsters back," said the cop.

"Lobsters ?" replied the man, "what lobsters?"

A blonde was speeding in a 35 mile-per hour zone when a local police
cruiser pulled her over.

The police officer who walked up to the car, also happened to be a blonde.
She asked the blonde's driver's license.

The driver searched frantically in her purse for a while and finally said
to the blonde policewoman, "What does a driver's license look like?"

Irritated, the blonde cop said, "You dummy, it's got your picture on it !"
The blonde driver frantically searched her purse again and found a small
rectangular mirror down at the bottom.

She held it up to her face and said, :Aha. This must be my driver's license,
then handed it to the blonde policewoman.

The blonde cop looked in the mirror, handed it back to the driver and said,
"You're free to go. And, if I had known you were a police officer too, we
could have avoided all of this."

Please note, I have the greatest respect for police, and nothing against
blondes either. Just happened to pick 2 cop jokes and the blonde one is
especially for Jim.

Well, it is time to hit the hay, so will get back to normal in the next day or so.
Take care of each other and have a wonderful week ahead. Love and Best
Wishes to all. Cheerio, Merle.

Post 258 - - - - Sunday, 15th July, 2007.


Lady Di Tn said...

Those cows are wonderful. I especially like the yellow one. What will they do with them? Our catfish were auctioned off.

I LOL about those police jokes. I have a brunette niece who I accuse her of having blond roots.

I had to go look at the Great Ocean Road pictures each time I come to your site.

Take care and stay warm. You need to give us the name of the book you purchased.

It is so nice to know you.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Fabulous cows...actually a few years ago I seem to remember something like this done by the Uni art students. The Queen Street Mall was full of cows of all colours and scenes. It sure brightened the place up.

Loved the joke about the lobsters...

How nice that you and Bec are having such a lovely time. I'm a bit like you with book shops, I cannot go into one without buying a book...there's always one I have to!

Have a good week and keep warm.

Hugs xoxo

Lee-ann said...

Merle believe it or not I hve hugged some of those cows ((smiles)) understand just for photos of course!!! lol lol lol.

So glad you added the stolen phone story warning that is horrid and I would never have considered that happening.

have a great week Lee-ann

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Hi Merle, love the cows ... are they still there ???
Hope you have a fabulous week, and manage to stay warm. Seems like there is a bit more rain a-coming !!
Take care, hugs, Meow

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
The warning by your friend Sherrill is so important.
Thank you for sharing =)

LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ They did the same thing (only with PIGS) in Des Moines, Iowa a few years ago, it was kind of fun to try and find them. They also did it in Minneapolis, Minnesota that same year, only with SNOOPY the cartoon character. ~ jb///

Lee said...

Have you any idea how many artificial cows there are in Shepparton, Merle? (And I don't mean artificially inseminated ones either!) ;)

Val said...

Love the cows!!

And thanks for that mobile phone warning. Although I don't have one, my husband and sons do, and I'll be sending them that message.

Merle said...

testing netspace.

Diane said...

Love the cows! In St. Paul, MN...we have done the same thing with Snoopy characters. I think the author of from St. Paul. You would think I would know that being a life-long Minnesotan!

And how I love your story about perception. So true!

I'm glad you posted....always a joy to visit here.


JunieRose2005 said...

hi Merle,

I enjoyed all the jokes and everything of your post!

:0 And of course I like seeing the cows! Fun, like the horses we had here!