Monday, July 14, 2008

The Whale.

Post 480 ~ ~ ~ Monday, 14th July, 2008.

Hi Everyone ~~ Here goes what I tried to post
last night. I thought the posts were being saved
automatically, but apparently not.

I hope all is well at your place. All OK here, I had
my wrist ultra scanned and the bump is on the top
of my wrist, not underneath. We think it's just a
ganglion and will be left alone for now. It is not

I mainly mentioned that I had to get to
bed so I could get up in time to get a taxi and get
there on time. As it was it was nearly 2 am when
I got to bed. I had cooked a lot of chicken soup
and had to get that in the fridge.

The first item tonight is a nice story that my friend
Barbara sent me. Thanks again, Barbara.

The Whale. A true story.

If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle,
you would have read about a female humpback
whale who had become entangled in a spider web
of crab traps and lines.

She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds
of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat.
She also had hundreds of line rope wrapped
around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line
tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone
Islands ( outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an
environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and
determined that she was so bad off, the only way
to save her was to dive in and untangle her.

A very dangerous proposition.

One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and
eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in
what seemed like joyous circles.

She then came back to each and every diver, one
at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around
--- she thanked them. Some said it was the most
incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the cord out of her mouth says her
eye was following him the whole time, and he will
never be the same.

May you, and all you love, be so blessed and
fortunate. . .to be surrounded by people who
will help you get untangled from the things t
hat are binding you. And may you always
know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

I pass this on to you in the same spirit. It's
a beautiful story and it;s true.

Time for jokes, but I hope you read the above.
Health, eyesight, hearing, memory
Cracking up a bit?
Can't walk so far or play so hard?
Not feeling quite so fit?

Although the sense of humor
Is still as sharp as frost,
Yet we have that urgent feeling
That something has been lost.

What is it that is missing?
Well, sad to say, the truth
Is found in anno domini
We've lost our blooming youth.
<><> Well that is far from a joke isn't it?

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons
Kevin 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue
over who would get the first pancake.

Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral
lesson. "If Jesus was sitting here, he would
say, "Let my brother have the first, I can wait.""

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
"Ryan, you can be Jesus."

How long has it been ?
An old but still ruggedly handsome Sergeant
Major found himself at a gala event hosted by
a local liberal arts college.There was no shortage
of extremely young, idealistic ladies there and
one of whom approached the Sergeant Major
for conversation. "Excuse me Sgt Major, but you
seem to bea very serious man. Is something
bothering you ?"

"Negative ma'am. Just serious by nature."

The young lady looked at his awards and
decoration and said, "It looks like you have seen
a lot of action."

"Yes, ma'am, a lot of action."

The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a
conversation, said, "You know, you should
lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself."

The Sgt Major just stared at her on his serious
manner. Finally the young lady said, "You know
I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but
when is the last time you've been with a woman?"

"1955, ma'am."

"Well, there you are. You really need to chill out
and quit taking everything so seriously. I mean
1955 ?"

Feeling charitable and a little bit drunk, she took
his hand and led him to a private room where she
proceeded to spend some time with him.
Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned across
his chest and said, "Wow, you sure didn't forget
much since 1955."

The Sgt Major, glancing at his watch, said in his
matter-of-fact voice "I hope not, it's only 2i.30 now."

(Gotta love military time.)

Next joke is from Gina. Thank you my friend,

While stitching up the hand of a 75 year old
Queensland farmer, who got cut on a gate post
while working cattle, the rural doctor struck up
a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Kevin o7 and
his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia.

"Well, you know," drawled the old farmer, "This
Rudd fella is what they call a fencepost turtle.

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked
him what a fencepost turtle was.

The old farmer said, "When you are driving along
a country road and you come across a fence post
with a turtle balanced on top, that'a a fencepost

The old farmer saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face
so he continued to explain.

"You know he didn't get up there by himself.
He definitely doesn't belong up there, he
doesn't know what to do while he's up there,
and you just gotta wonder what kind of dill
put him there in the first place."
Head Space.
One day, a group of people were sitting and
talking. A not so bright woman was
among the
group and she even participated in the discussion,
When she came up with an unusually stupid
comment, one of the friends couldn't take it
any more.

He said to her, "You must have a vacuum in your
This upset her greatly. She looked at him for a

couple of seconds and then replied,"At least it's
better than nothing."

Wisdom from Kids - Thanks Patty for these.

Never trust a dog to watch your lunch.

When you want something expensive, ask
your grandparents.

Never back-chat a teacher whose eyes and
are twitching.

Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed
for the morning.

Never ask for anything that costs more than
$5.00 when your parents are doing taxes.

Never tell your mother her diet isn't working.

When you get a bad grade in school, show iy
to your mother when she is on the phone.

Never try to baptize a cat.

A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the
Caribbean. The lawyer said, "I'm here because
my house burned down And everything I owned
was destroyed by the fire. And the Insurance
company paid for everything.

The engineer said, "That's quite a coincidence.
I'm here because my house and all my belongings
were destroyed by flood and my insurance
company also paid for

The lawyer looked somewhat confused.
"How do you start a flood?"
What do Winnie the Pooh and Jack the ripper
have in common ?
They have the same middle name.

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand
that rules the world.
~ ~ ~ William Ross Wallace.

Married couples who love each other, tell
each other a thousand things without talking.
~ ~ ~ Chinese proverb.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
~ ~ ~ Thomas More.

That's it for this post, my friends. I trust this
one will post all right. Take care of yourselves
and each other. Love and best wishes to you
all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 480 ~ ~ ~ Monday, 13th June, 2008.


Old Lady Lincoln said...

So happy they will wait and see how the thing on the wrist goes. Now try to get to bed earlier tonight. LOL 2am, that wouldn't give you much sleep.

Anonymous said...

very attractive and interesting your blog he has a soul I wish you every good

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audrey` said...

Good Morning Merle =)
I'm so happy that your wrist is fine.
The Whale is a very touching story.

Thank you so much for the blinking sunflower. I like it very much.

Take care.

mreddie said...

Glad the wrist is not serious at the moment, hopefully it will stay so. I have stayed up late for many reasons much less worthy than chicken soup, that's good stuff. Good story about the whale. ec

Dave said...

Excellent post as usual Merle. Loved the story about the whale and the jokes! *S*

Puss-in-Boots said...

Love the story of the whale, Merle. Animals do seem to know when they are being helped.

Heehee...Kevin 07 a fencepost turtle...I really like that one!

Glad it's only a ganglion on your wrist...nothing to worry about.

Have a good week.


raccoonlover1963 said...

Hello Merle. My name is Lisa. I have seen your comments on Patty Lincoln's and sm's blogs. Your post is wonderful. I really enjoyed it and will continue to return. Hope to see you visit me.

Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle,Im a bit slow getting to comments, im using every spare Minute trying to get a rug finished for my grandaughters birthday. A little birdie told me she would like me to make her one and I told her No as she should have given me more time, so cant publish in case she reads my blog.

Love the whale story Glad there were able to get it untangled so it could go on its merry way,,great jokes I love mother making pancakes..

Take care Love Jan