Thursday, November 27, 2008


Post 539 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 27th November, 2008.

Hi Everyone ~~ Some more pictures tonight of some flowers. I hope all is well at your house - wherever that is. It has been quite warm here today 30 C which
is 86 F so the cooler has been going flat out. I guess that sounds like a good temperature for those experiencing snow and Winter weather.

I hope you all have a very enjoyable Thanksgiving and lots of lovely food etc.
I am very thankful for so many things ~~ my blogging friends and thank you for your comments. I thought I had better do this first while I am awake, but will get to you all.

I am thankful to have a comfortable home with heating and cooling and lots of nice things to enjoy. I am grateful to my granddaughter,, Bec who showed me the basics of my computer and was so good to me before she moved to Queensland. I am thankful for my four children, who are all well and truly grown up now, ranging in age from 47 to 54. They are all so good to me and
look after me so well.

I also have some lovely neighbors and friends. So many things to be thankful for
~~ just to wake up each day and feel pretty healthy. So many blessings.
Today I went down to the K Mart and bought a nice table and chair set for the gazebo. It is being delivered tomorrow. Picture will follow, no doubt.

First picture is on my front porch and is a "Spathiphyllum" or more commonly "Madonna Lily."
My son Geoff suggested this one as "you can't kill them" he said. I said "Watch me," but so
far it is doing very well and has 4 new flowers coming on.

This one on front veranda is called "Freckle Face" for obvious reasons. There are three and possibly
four different colors in the one pot.

This one is in the back yard and is a "Strezletzia" or commonly "Bird of Paradise."
It is beside a bungalow that is out in the yard.

Tonight's story is called "Shipwrecked," and was sent to me by my
friend Patty. Thank you so much Patty. Our prayers are with Abe.

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea! And only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, deserted island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do,
Agree that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

However to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island. The first thing the first man prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit bearing tree on his side of the island, and he was able to eat its fruit.

The other man's parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day,
another ship was wrecked and the only survivor was a oman who swam to his side of the land.
On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes and more food. The next day, like magic,
all these were given to him.

However the other man still had nothing,

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that his wife and he could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.

The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from Heaven booming,
"Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"

"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them," the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered, and so he does not deserve anything."

"You are mistaken," the voice rebuked him. "He had only one prayer, which I answered.
If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings."

"Tell me,: the first man asked the voice, "what did he pray for, that I should owe him anything?"
"He prayed that all your prayers be answered."

For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another
praying for us. When Jesus died on the cross, He was thinking of you.

Aussie bloke gets on a plane and finds himself seated next to a cute blonde. He immediately turns to her and makes his move.

"You know," he said, "I've heard the flight will go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger. "So let's talk."

The blonde, who had opened her book, closes it slowly and says to the guy, "What would you like to discuss?"

"Oh, I don't know," says the guy, smiling,"How about nuclear power?"

"OK," says the blonde. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow and a deer all eat the same stuff ~~ grass. Yet the deer excretes little pellets, the cow turns out a flat patty, and the horse produces muffins of dried poop.
Why do you suppose that is ?"

The guy is dumbfounded. Finally he replies "I haven't the slightest idea. "So tell me," says the blonde.

"How is it that you feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know crap?"

A brunette, a blonde and a redhead are in Year 10. Who has the biggest boobs?

The blonde as she is 21.

John Howard and George W. Bush were having breakfast at Kirribilli
this morning. The attractive waitress asked
Mr Howard what he would like and he replied, " I would like a bowl of porridge and some fruit this morning thank you."

"And what can I get for you Mr. President?"
George Bush looked up from the menu and replied with his trademark wink and with a slight grin, "Can I have a quickie this morning?"

"Why, Mr. President," the witress exclaimed, "How rude! You're starting to act like President Clinton when he was here. And I thought
you were a married Christian man." and she stormed out.

Mr Howard then leant over to Bush and whispered, "It's pronounced
'quiche' mate."

Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my dad,my older brother Colin, or my younger brother Ho Cha Chu

But I think it's Colin.

An Irishman walked into a shop and asked, "Can I have some Irish
sausages, please?"
The assistant look at him and asked, "Are you Irish?"

"If I had asked you for Italian sausages, would you ask me if I was Italian?" the Irishman demanded indignantly, "Or if I asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?"

Then, warming to his theme, he went on, "Or if I asked you for a kosher hot dog, would you ask me if I was Jewish?" Or if I asked for a taco, would you ask me if I was Mexican? Would you? Would you?"

The assistant said, "Well, no."

Suitably encouraged by the siccess of his logic, the Irishman steps up a gear. "And if I asked you for frog's legs, would you ask if I was French. What about Danish Bacon, would you ask if I was Danish?"

"Well no, I probably wouldn't," conceded the assistant.

So, now bursting with righteous indignation the Irishman says, "Well, all right then, why did you ask me if I was Irish because I asked for Irish sausages?"

The assistant replied, "Because you are in Bunnings."

Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?

Because a woman who can't even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.

How do you know when a woman is about to say something smart?

When she starts a sentence with, "A man once told me."

How do you fix a woman's watch?

You don't. There's a clock on the oven.

A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore, she kept staring at him.

She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease, but you look so much like my late son." He answered, "That;s OK."

"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Goodbye Mum' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy."

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, "Goodbye Mum."
The little old ady waved and smiled back at him.

Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries.

"That comes to $171.85." said the clerk.
"How come so much. I only bought 5 items?"

The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things too."

A few more from Mark Twain ~ ~ ~

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Humor is a great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much as you please.

By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another's man's, I mean.

When you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.

When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

Well that's all for tonight, my friends. I hope your week has been as good a one as mine has been. Any day above ground is a good day.
Take great care of yourseves and those you love, and enjoy your lives. My love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 539 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 27th November, 2008.


Margaret Cloud said...

Happy Thanksgiving, it is very cold here. As usual you never cease to amuse me, they are all very good. Thanks for coming by.

audrey` said...

Thank you so much for sharing "Why Women Cry" with me, Merle =)

Yeah! Yeah! We're looking forward to seeing your new purchase =D

Take care.

Beth65 said...

Enjoyed your blog today, first time to see it. Happy Thanksgiving day to all.

Sioux said...

Bless you today, dear Merle!

Bear Naked said...

I really like your *freckle face* plant.
Next spring I am going to see if I can find something similar.

Bear((( )))

bigbikerbob said...

Hi Merle, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I too am looking forward to photo's of the finished Patio area.

Gramma Ann said...

Your flowers and plants are lovely. I just love that "Bird of Paradise."

As always your jokes brought a smile to my face.

Have a nice week-end.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Happy Thanksgiving to you to.

We had a bit of sadnes today, my uncle passed away he would have been 94 this January.

I am thankful that he died peacefully in his sleep, and his oldest daughter was by his side.

Take care,

audrey` said...

Yeah! Yeah! Your new things had arrived. How I wish I could help you, Merle ;) Take care.

My Dad is improving. He can take soft diet now. With physiotherapy, perhaps he could speak again. Thank you for your concern, Merle =)

Pearl said...

Wonderful Merle, I love the little old lady one, thanks for putting a smile in my heart again.
All the best. :)

Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle, Love your plantsim going to try get A freckle face after seeing yours its lovely and 3 plants in the one pot is very strking..
Great jokes and quotes once again. my vote the Italian Sausage.. hehehe.. Take care merle sleep well.. Opps I think I can hear rain drops on the roof...Love Janxxxxx

Hootin' Anni said...

Good happy day to you Merle my friend!!! Love your photos of your porch and plants. Our Bird of Paradise is bloomin' like crazy right now too. Love it.

And the joke about Bush and his quickie?!!! That cracked me up. He's such a dumb a$$. Sorry, but he is. LOLOLOL

Happy weekend.