Sunday, December 30, 2007

Family Photos.

Post 385 ~ ~ ~ Sunday, 30th December, 2007.

Hello my friends ~ ~ Nice to be back with you again, but I had 2 lots
of visitors today, so I have not got around to answering your comments,
but I will get there and I am anxious to see how you all are and what
has been going on in your lives.

So I am putting some photos on this post, and it is 6 pm and I have
decided to do my posts earlier, before it gets so late and my eyes can't
see as well. Maybe before long I will have to start first thing in the
morning. !! Unfortunately there doesn't seem much that can be done
for macular degeneration.

The temperature today has been 39 degrees C, which is round 100F
and the next couple of days they are promising us 40C od 42C which
is getting very hot. So you can bet I will be indoors most of the time
with the cooler going. Kathy rang to say they got back home safely
and said the temperature there was 20 C and we were still over 30.
Maybe I should have stayed down south where they get sea breezes.

This is Kathy, Jorja 9 and Kate 20 and her puppy. Nick just has his head in.

Merle and Kathy. She amazes me the work she gets through.

Nick got into this one, he is 12 and Kristen is almost 15.

We went for a picnic and the kids went in the canoe in the river, and managed to sink
the canoe, but they were OK Jorja had a life jacket and they all swim well. Joh swam
out and righted the canoe for them. (Save the world Joh who loves the army BTW)
Joh is short for Johannes but spell check tells me Joh is wrong. Don't believe it.
My son in law was born in Holland, but is Australian now.

Well I had better find a few jokes for you ~ ~ ~
Maybe I should take notice of the first one !!

Henry's doctor told him to be like a rabbit and eat lots of carrots to improve his
eyesight, so he could see better at night in his work as a night watchman. His
eyesight improved slightly, but he kept tripping over his ears.

A young boy came home from school and asked his father, "Dad, is it true that
I am a descendant of apes ?"

"I'm not really sure," replied the father. "I don't know much about your mother's
side of the family."

Jake and his son Gabriel were farmers. From birth, they had lived in a small, remote
village surrounded by mountains. Due to the location, television reception was

Jake and Gabriel had never even visited a town - let alone a major city. But all that
was to change when they received a letter from a lawyer stating they were the major
beneficaries under a distant relative's will. They were asked to attend a meeting with
the lawyer in the city.

Jake and Gabriel were rather nervous about visiting a large crowded city, but eventually
they arrived at the multi-storey office block which housed the lawyer's firm.

As they waited in reception, Jake saw an elderly, very wrinkled woman press a button
on one of the walls. Two metal doors slid open and the woman got in, pressed the number
21, and the doors closed.

A display panel above the doors showed numbers that started to count to 21, then paused
a while before dropping rapidly. When the numbers stopped to be replaced by the letter
G, the metal doors opened and a beautiful young woman walked out into the reception area.

"Did you see that ?" Jake asked his son. "We must bring your mother here. I wonder how
much it would cost to put her in that contraption and make her look 21, so quickly.

A blonde named Sally was talking to her friend Jane about the wonderful party they
had just attended.
"That George was really hunky," said Sally. "I
know," sighed Jane.

"He and I got on really well," said Sally. "He wants to see me again and asked for
my phone number."
"Did you give it to him?" asked Jane.
"I told him my number was in the phone book."
"Does he know your surname ?" asked Jane.

"I told him that was in the phone book too. I can't wait until he rings.

An athiest was in a small boat off the coast of Australia when the weather
suddenly turned stormy and violent waves threw him into the water.

As he began swimming he saw a large shark heading towards him, so he
called on God to help him. But God replied, "How can I help you if you
don't believe ?"

"OK,: replied the athiest. "Then at least make the shark believe in you."

When the shark was only a short distance from the athiest he heard the
shark say, " Dear God," and the athiest sighed with relief. The shark
continued, " Thank you for the man/food we are about to receive."

There I was in the desert, walking about all alone. Then I heard a voice
saying: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil."
I looked around. No one. Not even a camel.
The voice continued: "For thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they
comfort me."
Then I realized the voice was coming from a
tree near a small oasis.
It was a PSALM tree.

Cynthia : What do you think of the new clergyman ?

Janice : Very good. I didn't know much about sin until he came.

Yesterday I went shopping with my girlfriend and she went to a chemist's shop
(drugstore) and asked if they had any mirrors.

"Do you want a hand mirror ?" asked the sales assistant.
"No," replied my girlfriend, "I don't want to look at my hands in it. I want one
I can see my face in." Maybe she was blonde ???

A few quotes to close with ~ ~ ~
The book where I get these has tiny print, so I get out the magnifying glass !!

Some persons do first, think afterwards, and repent forever. ~ ~ Thomas Secker.

It is better that 10 guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
~ ~ ~ William Blackstone.

The more we do, the more we can do, ~ ~ William Hazlitt.

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority. ~ ~ Alfred Adler.

I am part of all that I have met. ~ ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much
as he deserves. ~ ~ ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

Instinct is untaught ability. ~ ~ ~ Alexander Bain.

Bye for now folks, Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, so do take care and
be safe. Love and Best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 385 ~ ~ Sunday, 3oth December, 2007


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Merle,

I missed you!

Love the family photos. You have a beautiful family. I'm so glad you had a lovely Christmas. I missed the funny jokes, too! Glad you are back, dear Merle.

Happy, Happy New Year!

Warmest regards,


Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle just Stealing a few minutes to say welcome back, and pleased you enjoyed Xmas and your time with Kathy and family.Mine are all still here . By tomorrow i'll have 24 visitors 2 tents and my caravan in the yard.but having a lot of fun.. Gees its still hot here we got to 42c and at 10pm its still 31c a very hot night to try and sleep.
Lovely family photo's and great jokes take care dear Merle ill be back soon as I get a chance... Love Jan xxx

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Those are neat photos, Merle.

deborah wilson said...

Dear Merle,

I'm glad to know that you had a lovely Christmas! The family photo's are nice - I like the one of the kids in the canoe - I love to canoe too. And I've turned one over too! (my kids helped - lol)

Wishing you a nice New Year and may 2008 be wonderful for us all!

Patty said...

Good evening Merle, we just got back from our one daughter's home, she had everyone there for cake and icecream to celebrate her son's 9th. birthday and my Mother's 85th. birthday. Yes, my Mom is only 14 years older than me.

Glad you had a nice visit with your family. Hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve, safe and sound at home. More later, I to am trying to catch up. Our internet service was down almost all day yesterday.

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

These are very beautiful family photos.
I'm glad you had a lovely time with Kathy and her family.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2008 =)


Jim said...

Merle, you have a nice family. And you can keep on showing us more and more of them. Thank you.

I'll bet that even if that guy in the desert didn't say it, this was the 23rd PSALM (tree) he had found.

Sorry I didn't pick up that you were home yesterday, I was pretty strapped for time then
Welcome back.

Oh yes, all the men ancestors in my family tree, Dad's side, since in America in the 1800s had macular degeneration.
Dad did, his two female first cousins had it also. The one I knew best had to quit driving at age 97. She died at 103.
So I am expecting to have the beginnings any time now. I visit the eye doc every year and he checks for it.
My sister and I both take eye-caps (mine is a generic from Kroger) having lutein. The doc says he doesn't know if it helps any but it can't hurt.
The doc did say that he recommends his patients with macular degeneration take it.

Happy New Year! Stay cool, I wish we could send you some of our weather. We are in the 30s F mostly at night now and 60s in the day.