Monday, June 23, 2008

Lemons and Sugar.

Post 470 ~ ~ ~ Monday, 23rd June, 2008.

Hello My Friends ~~ I trust the week has started
well for you. It has been a sad one for me. One of
Australia's best fast bowlers, Glenn McGrath lost
his lovely wife yesterday. Glenn has retired from
cricket and spent a lot of time with his wife Jane.

Jane died from breast cancer that was first found
11 years ago. She had beaten it twice in those years
and was so brave and always smiling and positive.
She and Glenn founded the McGrath Foundation
to make more breast cancer nurses available to the
breast cancer sufferers.

They had two children and the photos of the four of
them were so lovely, as Glenn and Jane were very
much in love. We could see it in their eyes and they
were so happy together. Glenn is devastated but he
will bring up the children very well. He has had
practice during Jane's illness.

Jane was an English girl, who became an Aussie a
couple of years ago. Rest in Peace, dear Jane.
My dear friend Patty sent me the story tonight.
Thank you Patty. It is called Lemons and Sugar.

This should be probably taped to your bathroom
mirror where one could read it every day. You may
not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that
you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is
because they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone
even if they don't like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you
before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don't even know exists
loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,
something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its
back on you, take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you
received. Forget about the rude remarks.

And always remember . . when life hands you
lemons,ask for sugar and call me.

Good friends are like stars You don't always
see them. But you know they are always there.

Whenever God closes one door, He always opens
Another, Even though Sometimes it's Hell in the

I would rather have one rose and a kind word
from a friend while I'm here, than a whole truck-
load when I am gone.

Happiness keeps you sweet, Trials keep you strong,
Sorrow keeps you human, Life keeps you humble,
Success keeps you glowing, but only God keeps you

Just a few jokes tonight ~ ~ ~

First one from my friend Warren - Thanks Warren.
It is called The Banana Test.

There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are
4 animals. A Lion, a Chimpanzee, a Giraffe and a
Squirrel, who pass by.

They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to
get a banana off the tree.

Who do you will guess will win?

Your answer will reflect your personality. So think
carefully..but try to answer in 30 seconds.

Got your answer?

Now scroll down to see the analysis.
If your answer is:
Lion = you're dull.
Chimpanzee = you're a moron.
Giraffe = you're a complete idiot.
Squirrel = You're just hopelessly stupid.

Obviously, you're stressed and overworked.
You should take some time off and relax.
Try again next year.

One from my friend Lady Di. Thank you.
It is called Cajun Diet.

Boudreaux was terribly over-weight and his
doctor put him on a diet,

Doc : "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days and
skip a day and then repeat this procedure for 2
weeks. The next time I see you, you should have
lost at least 5 pounds."

When Boudreaux returned, he shocked the doctor
bu having lost nearly 60 pounds.

"Why, that's amazing. the doctor said, "Did you
follow my instructions?"

Boudreaux nodded, "I'll tell you though, by God,
I thought I was gonna drop dead on that day 3."

"From the hunger, you mean?" asked the Doctor.

Boudreaux : "Hell, no, it was from all that Skipping."

The parish priest waded into the evils of cardinal
sin and consequent damnation to a packed congr-
gation. After this fire and brimstone oratory, he
addressed the gathered assembly.

"Stand up all who wish to go to Heaven?"
The whole congregation stood up and sat down.
"Now who wants to go to Hell?" said the priest.

After a minute or so, Murphy stood up. Glaring
at the misfit, the priest demanded, "Do you tell
me, Murphy, you wish to go to Hell?"

"No, Father, " replied Murphy, "But I don't like
to see you standing up there by yourself."

A man spots his doctor in the supermarket. He
stops him and says, "Six weeks ago when I was
in your office, you told me to go home, get into
bed and stay there until you called. But you never

"I didn't?" the doctor says, "Then what are you
doing out of bed?"

An optimist who went hunting with a pessimist
wanted to show off his new dog. After the first,
shot, he sent his dog to fetch a duck.

The dog run across the top of the water and brought
back the game. The pessimist said nothing. The
dog retrieved the second and third ducks, the same
way -- over the water. Still the pessimist did not react.

Finally the optimist could stand it no longer. "Don't
you see anything unusual about my new dog?"
"Yes -- he can't swim."

At the wedding of a computer programmer to a
computer operator, one congratulatory telegram
read : "Now is the time to abandon your computers
and learn to multiply the old fashioned way."

"Please keep your dog beside you, sir," a woman said
crossly to the man opposite her on the bus. "I can feel
a flea in my shoe."

"Bello, come hers," replied the man. That woman
has fleas."

And on that happy note, I will say goodbye for
now and hope you all have a happy week and
stay well. Love and best wishes to you all.
Cheers, Merle.

Post 470 ~ ~ ~ Monday, 23rd June, 2008.


Big Dave T said...

That's a sad opening, Merle. So was that man's sport bowling or cricket? I wasn't clear on that. You've probably heard of the passing of George Carlin here in the U.S. His heart finally gave out.

I'm waiting for the car repairman to call with the bill for our car repairs. I hope my heart can hold up for that one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Merle, how sad...Rest in Peace Jane.
The jokes turned the corners of my mouth up though Merle! Very funny.
Hope you are ok, give that lovely virtual cat a cuddle for me. Love Daffy. xxx

Jim said...

Hi Merle! I am alive again, but just barely. The next three weeks are going to be sparse on the blogging as was last week. I did pass the radio test I had been studying for or that would be again Tuesday and maybe Saturday.
Then we are heading out of town until about the middle of July. I will bring a computer along, but still, ...

I liked Stacy's list, I only have room for No. 8 on my small mirror.

Leann said...

love the post and the laughs it gave me.always get a lift reading your posts my dear.
sorry to hear about the lady who past over.I will pray for her family.
when your work is done you rest.this dear lady is on streets of gold and has a body that no longer an get sick.
one day the call will come for her loved ones and then no one or nothing can ever split them apart again ever.

God bless you my dear have a wonderful summer.I am playing hookie off and on.its too nice to be in the house.Ill post more in the winter.I did a post on mine today.

Mountain Mama said...

Hi Merle. Sorry about your loss.

I love your jokes. Sorry to say I flunked the Banana tree joke!
I sent it to a lot of my contacts so they can feel as silly as I do. LOL!
I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Have a nice week.


Captain Mary said...

My mom passed away from cancer also and we learned that life is so precious and she would have had the jokes afterward too. Thanks for the visit and the laughs, by the way I picked giraffe. Duh!! I should know better, I have coconut trees in my yard.

Dave said...

Hi Merle,

Sorry to hear about Jane.. sounds like a wonderful woman.

Loved the jokes.. always making me smile! *S*

linda may said...

Yes it was sad about Jane and she was lovely.
I also had a death in the family last weekend, my cousin's son suicided. Horrific stuff. I didn't know him well but was very close to his Dad, my cousin while growing up.
Who said Murphy the Irish man was dumb.
And I said Giraffe too.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

So sorry to hear about Jane, she seems very young.

Rosezilla said...

That's so sad about the woman who died, although I'm sure she's fine now, but I feel bad for her lonely husband.

I appreciate all your jokes and funny stories. You remind me of a favorite Aunt, who always has a great story. And the one story about the guy in church keeping the priest company, reminded me of my young son years ago - he was asking everyone what they wanted the most. I don't remember now what I answered, but when his father got home, he said "To go to heaven." To which my son replied, "Yes, that's what I wanted too, but Mommy doesn't want to go to heaven - she wanted something else!"

Bear Naked said...

Hi Merle
That skipping on the diet joke is funny.

JunieRose2005 said...

A sad story, Merle. Always especially sad when there are children!

:) the jokes made me smile, as always! For once I figured one out- and didn't feel so dumb! LOL- The coconut tree one!! YAY for Junie!! haha

Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle. I feel sad as I read about Jane, and for her young family in the paper this morning, a tireless campaigner for Breast Cancer.

Great jokes to end with. the banana test I was thinking the Chimp then it clicked hold on! coconut trees dont have bananas..True.
Stay well keep warm Jenxxxx

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

How sad about Jane McGrath! May God comfort her loved ones at this time of great sorrow.

Lemons and Sugar is so nice. I will tape it on my bulletin board by my computer. Very encouraging to think about any time, or especially when one is discouraged about something. Thank you for sharing it.

Oh, my, I failed the Banana Test! LOL. And that Cajun Diet is pretty good. And that Murphy was clever, wasn't he? LOL. Well, the jokes all brought a chuckle, as always, dear Merle. I hope your week has been going well, and your weather is nice. Our weather has turned hot again, but I don't mind. My small vegetable garden seems to like it. I am already enjoying some zucchini, and soon cucumbers, and then the tomatoes in another two weeks. Can't wait for the tomatoes to be ripe!

Take care, dear Merle, and stay as positive and nice as you are!

Love and Blessings,


Karen said...

I just read about your friend and I'm so sorry for your loss. My SIL died at 38 from complications from breast cancer that spread to her brain fluid (5% of women with breast cancer get the cancer in the brain fluid) and she left four children behind.

I got tears in my eyes when I read about her two children setting the doves free. My heart breaks for them but I'm also happy she's free from all she went through. It sounds as if she was meant to bring them into the world; 31 is so young. I'll keep her family and all who loved her in my prayers.

You are such a kind soul and the world is a better place because you're here.

Love & hugs

mreddie said...

Many smiles wrapped up in your writings and the world always needs more smiles. :) ec

Lady Di Tn said...

Sorry to hear about Jane. The jokes were good ones, I especially like the guy who stood up so the priest would not be alone. hee hee
Thanks for sharing the diet and I hope you are having a good week. Peace

Nancy said...

What a sad story about Jane. Two children now without their mother. We are all so fortunate, if we think about it. I thank God every day I wake up.

Thanks for sharing this story with us. Maybe it will make some of us stop stop and "smell the roses" more often.


audrey` said...

"Lemon and Sugar" is so true.
Friends are the best gifts in our lives =)
Take care, Merle dear.