Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Renie.

Post 371 ~ ~ ~ Sunday, 25th November, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you have all had a great weekend.
We had an election yesterday, and it is compulsory to vote,
or we get a fine. We have a new Prime Minister, and I hope
he will run the country as well as Mr. Howard has done.
The country is in good shape, low unemployment, low interest
rates, and no huge national debts. I hope this new lot don't
mess it up, as they have in the past got us into huge debt and
soaring interest rates. Time will tell.

We have another Birthday girl on the 25th. Please pop over
and wish our blogging friend, Renie a very Happy Birthday.
I hope you have a wonderful day dear Renie.

The story I have tonight is called "The Meaning of Peace."
Written by that very prolific writer ~ Author Unknown.

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who
could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried.
The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two
that he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror
for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead
was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this
picture thought that it was the perfect picture of peace.

The second picture had mountains too. But these were rugged
and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in
which lightning played. Down the side of the mountains
tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny
bush growing in a crack of the rock. In the bush a mother bird
had built her nest . . . a perfect picture of peace.

Which of the pictures won the prize?
The king chose the second picture.
Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, " peace does not mean to be in a
place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace
means to be in the midst of all these things and still be calm
in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

Next is a good joke that I have posted before with a different
title (Honk if you love Jesus,) This was in our local paper
called "A Letter from Grandma." I hope you enjoy it.

Got a letter from Grandma the other day. She writes :

The other day I went to a local Christian bookstore and saw
a "Honk if you love Jesus" bumper sticker. I was feeling
particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a
thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous
prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my car.

Boy, I am glad I did! What an uplifting experience followed.

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in
thought about the Lord and how good He is, and I didn't
notice that the light had changed. It was a good thing someone
else loves Jesus, because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have
noticed. I found that a lot of people love Jesus !!

Why, while I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking
like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed
"For the love of GOD, Go ! Go ! Jesus Christ, GO." What an
exuberant cheer leader he was for Jesus !!

Everyone started honking ! I just leaned out my window and
started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even
honked my horn a few times to share the love !

There must have been a man from Florida back there because
I heard him yelling something about a "sunny Beach."

I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle
finger stuck in the air. I asked my teenage grandson in the back
sear what it meant. He said it was probably a Hawaiian good
luck sign or something. Well, I've never met anyone from Hawaii,
so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back.
My grandson burst out laughing; why even he was enjoying this
religious experience !!

A couple of people were so caught up in the joy of the moment
that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me.
I bet they wanted to pray or ask me what church I attended, but
this is when I noticed the lights had changed, so I waved to all
my sisters and brothers grinning and drove on through the

I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection
before the lights changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had
to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed the car
down, leaned out my window and gave them all the Hawaiian
good luck sign one last time as I drove away.

Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks. Love, Grandma.

There was a Protestant boys' school alongside a Catholic
boys' school. The boys' toilet in the Protestant school was
blocked up and couldn't be used. So the Principal went to
the Head Brother and asked if the boys could use their
toilet. The Head Brother said, "By all means, you would do
the same for us."

One day, one of the Brothers from the Catholic school was
walking past the toilet when he heard yelling and laughter
coming from the toilet block. He went to investigate and
found the Protestant boys having a competition to see who
could pee the highest up the wall, (as all boys do at some time)

He scolded the boys and told them that Catholic boys would
never behave like that, and he would report the matter to their

He went straight to the Head Brother's office and said, "Head
Brother, I just saw a terrible thing. I saw those Protestant boys
in our toilet having a competition to see who could pee the
highest up the wall. I was so disgusted."

The Head Brother was shocked and said, "And what did you do
about it?"
The Brother said, "I was so angry, I hit the roof."

"Well done," said the Head Brother, "we can't have those
Protestant boys beat us."

Q. Why was there lipstick all over the blonde's steering wheel?
A. She had been trying to blow the horn.

A Russian, an American and a blonde were talking one day.
The Russian said, "We were the first into space."
The American said, "We were the first on the moon.

The blonde said, "So What? We're going to be the first on the
sun. The Russian and the American looked at each other and
shook their heads. "You can't land on the sun, you idiot. You'll
burn up."

To which the blonde replied, "We're not stupid, you know. We're
going at night."

A guy took a blonde out on a date. Eventually they ended up parked
at Lover's Point where they started making out. After things started
getting pretty good, he thought he might get lucky, so he asked her,
"Do you want to go in the back seat?"
"NO," she answered.

Okay, he thought, maybe she's not ready yet. Now he has her shirt
and skirt off, the windows are steamed and things are getting really
hot, so he asks again, "Do you want to go in the back seat?"
"NO," she answers again.

Now he has her bra off, they're both very sweaty, and she even has
his pants unzipped. OK, he thinks she HAS to want it now.
"Do you want to go in the back seat?"
"NO," she screams.
Frustrated, he demands, "Why not ?"

"Because I want to stay in the front with you."

Just a few quotes to close with ~ ~ ~

If fame is only to come after death, I'm in no hurry for it.
~ ~ ~ Martial.

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you
are going to have, ~ ~ ~ Ring Lardner.

What a fool does in the end, a wise man does in the beginning.
~ ~ ~ Proverb.

Bye for now folks. Be kind to each other, and enjoy the rest of
your weekend. Have some fun and then a great week ahead.
Love and Best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 371 ~ ~ ~ Sunday, 15th November, 2007.


Patty said...

Dear Merle,
I just visited Renie Burghardt's blog and then I put her name in and did a search, just finished reading several of her published stories. What a great person she must be, just like yourself. Her stories are wonderful. Now I am on my way back to wish her a Happy Birthday. Again, thank you for telling us about Renie.

Have a great week.

Gledwood said...

I love the "lavatorial" joke...

Dont' worry about the new government they have promised faster broadband for all...

Merle I hope you don't mind my passing on a tag it is 7 weird things.

I have already done 5 weird things about myself about 6 months ago and frankly I think this is the same one but if you haven't done it (I can't remember whether you have it has been everywhere like a good dose of the pox though) feel free!!


JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,

Lots of funny (slightly naughty ) jokes here! :) lol- but we can take it!! (we be grown-ups!) :)



Susie said...

Hi Merle,
I had no idea that voting was mandatory for you! Very interesting!
Loved your jokes esp the Protestant vs the Catholic boys. Very cute!!
love and ((hugs))

Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle, Thank heavens the elections over. Now our letters boxes wont be filled election propaganda.
Loved he verse on Peace..
Go granny "Honk"
Good blonde jokes never tire of them...
Stay cool Merle, We had the warmest in the state again yesterday 35c and about the same here today... love Jan

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Well, Merle, I bopped over and wished Rene a happy b’day. Congratulations on your new prime minister.

Raggedy said...

Have a wonderful week!
There is an award for you over at
my place.
(=':'=) huggles
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

You are one of a kind, and I'm so happy to have met you in blogland. Thank you so much for mentioning my birthday. It has been a wonderful event with my family here. They took me to a fancy restaurant, and then we went shopping! But the best part was that they were here with me to celebrate, along with dear friends. They are leaving later today to fly back to their homes, and I will be sorely missing them!

Dear Merle, loved the real meaning of peace. And the letter from grandma was so cute. Hehe on the blond trying to blow the horn. And the quotes are always so good.

Loved visiting with you again. Have a wonderful Tuesday. And thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

Warmest regards,


Lucy Stern said...

Merle, I like the story about the meaning of peace. There will always be turmoil in the world and peace does come from within....

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

"Letter From Grandma" is so funny.

Take care.

Lady Di Tn said...

I am running low on time as I have been trying to crawl down all the blogs I missed and since you dear girl blog starts with a T it was the last in the line. I will have to come back and read all the stories and jokes. I just read about you and looked at the pictures but could not get the fejoa tree picture to come up. All I got was a red x maybe you could post it again or just email me the photo.
A fine for not voting. What a concept? I need to rush this over to our Government as we could make up the national debt with the slackers in our country.

PEA said...

Dearest Merle,

It's always a delight to catch up on your posts, I miss you when I don't have time to visit every day!! I so enjoyed the pictures of your get together with Jan, Gwen & wonderful that you were able to meet up again:-) That fluffy duck Gwen got for you is just adorable!!

That letter from Grandma is just hilarious and the next time I see such a bumper sticker I'll probably start laughing thinking of it! hehe The blonde jokes are good too...I'll even forgive you for those! LOL Oh Merle, I always know that when I come here you'll bring a smile to my lips:-)

Take good care and enjoy this wonderful time of the year! xoxo

mreddie said...

I was a bit surprised about the compulsory voting - the results would be a lot different over here if that were the case in our voting. The Spice and I always vote but that is not the case with all. ec

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

I hope your new PM does better than our pres. and lucky you, your government hasn't mucked around and caused a huge national debt like ours has.


Gina E. said...

Re your thoughts on Mr Howard and the new sentiments exactly. Wall to Wall Labor..not a pretty sight.