Saturday, May 24, 2008

Oh! Happy Day.

Post 456 ~ ~ ~ Saturday, 24th May, 2008.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you have all had as good
a day as I have. It is my 74th birthday, and it's
been a great day. My sons were both here today
and my daughters called as well as phone calls
from five of my grandkids. Had a couple of lovely
e cards which were a nice surprise. Even my friend
and neighbor Helen got into the act and arrived
with a lovely bunch of roses and purple salvia and
also some muffins she had made and a lovely card
she had embroidered, and Lorraine had made the
card but she has been away.

Geoff and Jo came up from Sunbury last night and we watched
football and had a nice evening together. Then this morning
Geoff as usual worked in my garden and generally tidied up
around the house. Might even inspire me to do more, now I
have the all clear. Remember, I have a bird hotel and hadn't
had luck with Alyssum seedlings, so Jan suggested we put
cacti there. So Geoff did that as well as other things.
Pictures following ~ ~

Bird Hotel with cacti plants in the bottom. A solar light comes on at night.
And happily the birds like it now and come to visit and feed. The post on
the right holds my rain gauge.

Close up of the plants.

Jo and Geoff when they arrived Friday night.

I had my hair cut and blow dried and it looked nice yesterday with nice waves
but sleeping on it didn't do much for it. The wave in front survived.

Just a couple of jokes as I am tired. This supervising is tiring
business, as is celebrating.

First one from my friend of long standing, Barbara
Thank you Barbara.

After an exhaustive review of the research literature,
here's the final word on nutrition and health.

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart
attacks than us.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart
attacks than us.

3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer
heart attacks than us.

4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and
suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and
fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

6. The French eat fois-gras, full fat cheese and drink
red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION : Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.


A man walks along a lonely beach. Suddenly he
hears a deep voice: DIG!

He looks around; nobody's there. "I am having
hallucinations," he thinks. Then he hears the
voice again: I SAID DIG!

So he starts to dig in the sand with his bare hands,
and after a bit, he finds a small chest with a rusty
The deep voice says: OPEN!

Okay, the man thinks, let's open this thing. He
finds a rock with which to break the lock, and
when the chest is finally open, he sees a lot of
gold coins.
The deep voice says: TO THE CASINO!

Welll the casino is only a few miles away, so the man
takes the chest and walks to the casino.
The deep voice says " ROULETTE !

So he changes all the gold into a huge pile of roulette
tokens and goes to one of the tables where the players
gaze at him with disbelief.
The deep voice says: 27!

The man takes the whole pile and drops it at the 27.
The table nearly bursts. Everybody is quiet when
the croupier throws the ball.

The ball stops at 26.
The deep voice says: OOOPS!

A few funny birthday quotes ~ ~

Inside every old person is a younger person
wondering what the hell happened.
~~~ Cora Harvey Armstrong.

To me, old age is always fifteen years older
than I am. ~~Bernard Mannes Baruch.

You are only young once, but you can be
immature for a lifetime. ~~John P. Grier.

Growing old is like being increasingly
penalised for a crime you have not
committed.~ ~ Anthony Dymoke Powell.

Well that is it for this post. See you again
before too long. Take great care of yourselves
and each other. Stay well and keep smiling.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, my friends.
Love andbest wishes to you all.
Cheers , Merle.

Post 456 ~ ~ ~ Saturday, 24th May, 2008.


PEA said...

Dearest Merle,

Happy Birthday to you my friend!!! When I looked at my calendar this morning and realized it was your birthday, I felt so bad because I didn't post today to announce it was your birthday!! Also have to get use to the fact that you're practically a day ahead of us! lol Sounds like you had a wonderful day with lots of lovely deserve it:-)

I just love your bird hotel, I've never seen one made like that, I love it!! Glad to hear the birdies are moving in:-)

Merle, I want to thank you so much for your words of comfort and encouragement you left on my blog, it truly does mean a lot to me. It's friends like YOU who make blogging all worthwhile!!

Happy Birthday again dear friend!! xoxox

Lucy Stern said...

Happy Birthday Merle! It sounds like you had the perfect day with lots of family and friends to help you celebrate.

Your garden sounds lovely. I have been working in my back yard lately, clearing some over grown plants and weeds. We have a young boy coming over to help me and I promised him that I would help pay for some of his boy scout camp fees if he would help me.

Yes, I am supposed to take the General test today, BUT I have posponed it till June 14th (the next class) for a little more study. I am having a time with the Math that is required for this class. I should have it down by the next test date....Thanks for remembering.....

ChrisB said...

Hi Merle
Just dropped by to wish you a Happy Birthday.
Love from
Chris & Embee x

the teach said...

Well, Happy Happy Birthday, Merle! You have a wonderful family that comes and visits you and made your day wonderful. (I'm in the USA on the East Coast so I'm talking in the past ) Tomorrow is my day and I'm celebrating at my blog, Work of the Poet. I love your jokes and quotes! Glad to have met you. Let's visit again.

linda may said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Merle,
Happy Birthday to you.
Hip Hip Hooray!
Well I am a few days late,
But did you hear me singing to you.
Love Linda.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Dear Merle,
Happy Birthday, probably a day late. It sounds as though you had a terrific day. Glad some of your family were with you and others called. Hope you sleep well tonight. Again, Happy Birthday my friend. I'll be 72, and by the way, I just got my hair cut this past Tuesday, we must be more or less on the same schedule, I think we both got our cut last time around the same time. I go every five weeks, this time I got it cut really, really short. I'm not good at doing hair other then washing and blow drying it, then a few squirts of hair spray. Again, Happy Birthday.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Lovely, Merle. I wish I had your garden and a Geoffrey to occasionally help out.

Bear Naked said...

Happy Birthday Merle.
I came to visit from Joy's Blog.
Hopr you had a wonderful day.

deborah wilson said...

Happy Birthday to you, Dear Merle..:)

The cacti plants are cute - I use to have some of them, but we don't call them 'cacti' we call them 'hens and chicks'.

I'm glad your family was there to celebrate your birthday. My youngest son and I took off Thursday and we spent all day together, just goofing off. Now I'm goofing of

Jim said...


That's all the better I can sing, Merle. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERLE!
I have tried to learn singing like Linda May but I can never remember the words.
A friend from Texas, I call her Little Prayer Pal, tried to teach me a really nice song but I couldn't learn it either. She lives in Canada now.

I hope your day was rewarding, it sounded like you had a really good time.

And don't you believe all those things you wrote about old people, I surely don't.


Jim said...

Oh yes, we got back tonight about 9:30 from Louisiana. We ate a lot, I have just a few pictures for the blog.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Happy Birthday!

It sounds like you had a lovely day, and I loved your new plants around your bird feeder.


Gramma Ann said...

Just hopped over from "Old Lady Lincoln's" blog. She has selected you for a GOOD BLOG award. Enjoy;)

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Dear Merle, I'm late getting around, after I made my post, we shut off computers, went out to have a bite of lunch, stopped to visit our one daughter and her nine year old son, and then stopped to visit my Mother for a bit and we just got back home. Please go to my blog and pick up your award. Love, Patty

b said...

Such a lovely family blog!!! I too am retired with family in china as well as at home here in Oregon, USA. This did resonate with me in so many ways.

Happy Birthday dear lady...and many more to come.


Peter said...

1000 pardons for missing your birthday Merle, have been out and about doing "Farm stuff" each time I thought of it.
Glad to hear that it went well even without my help.. how does it feel to be old (and three years older than your younger brother??)

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

Oh, my, I missed your birthday! I am so sorry! But I am here now, so here it goes:

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday, dear Meeerle...
May all your birthday wishes come true! May you be showered with many blessings on your special day and always!

You look nice with your shorter hair and always bright smile. I am glad you had a nice birthday celebration. I enjoyed the humor and the quotes, and your lovely pictures. I am just sorry I missed your birthday!

Take care, dear Merle. Enjoy the new week, and keep celebrating, and smiling!

Birthday Hugs and Love,


Lady Di Tn said...

Happy Birthday. I had to read several post at once and it was a grand treat being back reading yours. Thank you for making my day with all the stories and jokes. It was 91 here on Sunday. Peace

Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle just a quick comment.Im Back, 3 weeks in a row is taking its toll on me I think ive picked up a bug im feeling very tired,

Pleased you had a great weekend with family popping in to see you.
Your Bird hotel looks nice with the cacti planted around the bottom
great jokes also.. well Merle take good care im off to bed,,xoxoxoxo

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Hootin' Anni said...

My dear Merle!!!! I just read from Pea's blog that you had a birthday a couple of days, I'm more than positive that you had all kinds of fun and good wishes, but, let me add mine!!

May you have many many more. Happy Belated birthday to you.

I'm gonna stop talking in English now for sure. Maybe I can add a couple years to my life. rofl. Love that joke.

Mountain Mama said...

I'm late but I want to wish you a very happy Birthday. It sounds as if you had a really nice time. I love your wavy hair.

"Old age is always fifteen years older than I am." I love this one. It's just how I feel too!
I pray you have a wonderful week Merle.
Love & Hugs!

SMA said...

Happy Birthday dear, dear Merle!!!!
Please forgive me for I'm so late.
I wish you a long and happy life!!
I'd like to be as positive as you are now and when I'll have your age. You know the secret of happiness and I try to learn it from you.
Have a wonderful week, and :

Hugs, Sma

Big Dave T said...

My birthday was yesterday (May 25th) but you're ahead of me, in spirit as well as numbers. Happy belated birthday.

I'll pass a note to Lucy that you left a thank you for her on my blog. It reminded me that I hadn't been by to visit in a while. That cat is cool. I was playing with it here and got it all wound up, meowing and the like.

Betty said...

Happy Belated 74th Birthday, Merle. Pea sent me over. I'm glad you had a nice birthday, and I hope you have many, many more.

Rachel said...

Happy Belated birthday Merle! Dear Pea sent me over!

JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Merle,

I'm sorry I missed your birthday! I just learned from Pea's blog.

We were away on the weekend .
I'm so glad you had a good one!

Things are looking good at your place with your flowers and etc. You're very blessed to have family to help you do things!



Terry said...

Dear Merle...Just read at Jim's that you had a birthday and I thought it only fitting that I should wish you at least a belated birthday. On my blog, Jim is forever singing his birthday song to everybody.
I call him our very own singing telegram man!!
If I know that there is someone's birthday, I have to leave the volume down on my computer. Otherwise he will be waking up everybody in the neighbourhood, because he usually comes in at the dead of the night to do the singing!

I hope that you had a great Memorial day, remembering all of the precious soldiers who gave their all for freedom.
Bernie and I really enjoyed what the ABC news had on last evening. They showed a guy, Michael Reagan who is an artist and who has been doing nothing but painting profiles of the dear American soldiers who have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. He paints the pictures and sends them to the moms and dads who have lost their sons and daughters.
If you go to ABC on the internet the video is still there and you can see the story for yourself.

Well cheers and I hope that you didn't eat too much cake during the celebrations!!
74 ? Why you are still just a spring chicken, Merle !
My mom turned 78 just recently!!!...Love Terry

audrey` said...

Very lovely pictures =)))