Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Pink Dress.

Post 566 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 29th January, 2009.

Hello my Friends ~~ I hope you are more comfortable wherever you are than we are here
in Australia. We had 41C today which is 105.8 F and tomorrow will be 43C ~~109.4 F.
Melbourne had that today and over in Adelaide where my brother Peter and niece Vicki are
at present it was 45 C which is 113 F. And there is more ahead of us all.

My dear friend Jeanette has passed on this lovely award to me. Thank you Jan and I added your name to the Friends award as well.

I would like to pass this on to the following friends ~ ~ ~

at Old Lady Lincoln

Gramma Ann at Anns Quotes and Things

Audrey at Marvellous

Gattina at Writers Cramps

Nick at Sometimes Saintly Nick

Carole at Peas Corner

Linda at Linda May

Jeanette also tagged me to give 6 random things about me. I recently did 10 things about me
so will lea
ve that one for tonight. Maybe later. Thanks Jan. I noticed your first one and also my
first one were both about cancer. It does seem to have that effect on our lives. B/C before cancer etc.

My story tonight is called "The Pink Dress." It was sent by my dear friend, Robyn.
Thank you so much Robyn.

There was this little girl sitting by herself in the park. Everyone passed by her and never
stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak. She never said a word. Many people passed by her, but no one would stop. The next day I decided to go back to the park in curiosity to see if the little girl
would still be there.

Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was yesterday, and still with the same sad look in her eyes. Today, I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl.

For as we all know, a park full of strange people is not a place for young children alone.
As I got closer I could see the back of the little girl's dress. It was grotesquely shaped.

I figured that was the reason people just passed by and made no effort to speak to her.
Deformities are a low blow to our society and, heaven forbid if you make a step toward
assisting someone who is different. As I got closer, the little girl lowered her eyes slightly to avoid my intent stare.

As I approached her, I could see the shape of her back more clearly. She was grotesquely
shaped in a hunched over form. I smiled to let her know it was OK. I was there to help and to talk. I sat down beside her and opened with a simple 'Hello.'

The little girl acted shocked, and stammered a 'Hi' after a long stare into my eyes.
I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked until darkness fell and the park was completely empty. I asked the girl why she was so sad.

The little girl looked at me with a sad face and said, "Because, I'm different."
I immediately said, "That you are." and smiled.
The little girl acted even sadder and said, "I know."

"Little girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent." She looked at me
and smiled and then slowly, she got to her feet and said, "Really?"
"Yes, you're like a little Guardian Angel sent to watch over all the people walking by."

She nodded her head yes, and smiled. With that she opened the back of her pink dress
and allowed her Wings to spread, then she said, "I am."
"I'm your Guardian Angel," with a twinkle in her eye. I was speechless - - sure I was seeing things.

She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself. My job here is done."
I got to my feet and said, "Wait, why did no one stop to help an Angel?"
She looked at me and smiled, and said, "You're the only one that could see me," and then she was gone. And with that, my life changed dramatically.

So when you think you're all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you
Pass this on to everyone who means anything at all to you. Let your friends know you're glad they care about you. Like the story says, we all need someone. . .

And everyone of your friends is an Angel in their own way.
The value of a friend is measured by the heart.
I hope your Guardian Angel watches over you always.

First jokes tonight came from Sue and Bob. Thank you for these.

The Wisdom of a Retiree. I've often been asked,
"What do you old folks do now that you're retired?"

"Well, I'm fortunate enough to have a few friends who have chemical engineering backgrounds, and one of the things we enjoy most is turning beer, wine, bourbon and
martinis into urine.

And, we're pretty damn good at it too."

New study of Obesity looks for larger test group. Weren't they fat enough?

Kids make Nutritious snacks. Do they taste like chicken?

Typhoon rips through cemetery. Hundreds dead.

Hospitals are sued by 7 Foot doctors. Boy are they tall?

Next one from my good friend Patty called Senior Lovemaking.

1. Wear your glasses. Make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

3. Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF.)

4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5. Write partner's name on your hand in case you can't remember.

6. Keep the polygrip close by so your teeth don't end up under the bed.

7. Have Tylenol ready in case you actually complete the act.

8. Make all the noise you want. The neighbors are deaf too.

9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news.

10. Don't even think about trying it twice.

Thank you Lady Di for the next one - - The Geography of a Woman.

Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa, half discovered, half wild, fertile and
naturally beautiful.

Between 23 nd 30, a woman is like Europe - well developed and open to trade
especially for someone with cash.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece, gently aging but still a warm and desirable
place to visit.

Between 41 and 50 a woman is like Great Britain - with a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60 a woman is like Israel, has been through war and doesn't make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70 a woman is like Canada, self preserving but open to meeting new people,

After 70 she becomes Tibet, wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages . . . only those with an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge visit there.


Between 1 and 70, a man is like Iran, ruled by nuts ....

From my local paper. 20 Things to Ponder.

1. Why ask Why.
2. What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men? How do they check?
3. What WAS the best thing before sliced bread?
4. If it's zero degrees outside today and it is supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow,
how cold is it going to be?
5. Since Americans through rice at weddings, do Orientals throw hamburgers?
6. Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
7. Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
8. Why could Superman stop bullets with his chest, but he always ducked when someone
threw a gun at him?
9. If it was a 3 hour cruise, why did Mrs. Howell have so many clothes with her?
10. Why is lemon juice mostly artificial ingredients BUT dishwashing liquid contains real
11. Why buy a product that takes 2000 flushes to get rid of?
12. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
13, Why do we put suits in a garment bag, and garments in a suitcase?
14. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
15. What do little birdies see when they get knocked unconscious?
16. If instead of talking to your plants, you yelled at them, would they still grow, only be
troubled and insecure?
17. When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?
18. Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
19. What should you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
20. Is it possible to be totally partial?

"Business" Quotes :
When you need to knock on wood is when you discover the world's composed of vinyl
and aluminium.

If you ask your husband to get five items at the store, and then add one more as an after-thought, he will forget two of the first five.

We should refrain from making harsh judgments of people just because they happen to be dirty, no good s.o.b.s.

Keep up with the Johnsons . . . you'll never make enough to keep up with the Joneses.

Nothing motivates a man more than to see his boss putting in an honest day's work.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Two Irish brothers Mick and Paddy have made a promise to their uncle Seamus who was a great maritime gent all his life that when he died, they would bury him at sea.

Of course, he did die and the boys remembered to keep their promise, so off they set with Uncle Seamus all stitched up in a burial bag loaded on to their rowing boat. After a while Mick said, "Do you think this is far enough out Paddy?"

Without a word, Paddy slips over the side only to be standing in water up to his knees.
"This will never do, Mick, let's row some more." After a bit more rowing, Paddy slips over the side again but the water is only up to his belly, so on they row.

Again Mick asks Paddy, "Do you think this is far enough out?" Once again Paddy slips over the side and almost immediately says,"No, this will never do," with the water up to his chest. So on and on and on they row, when Paddy slips over the side and disappears.

Quite a bit of time goes by and poor Mick is really getting himself in a state when suddenly Paddy breaks the surface gasping for breath.

"Well Paddy, is it deep enough for you yet?"
"Aye, it is. Hand me the shovel."

Bill meets Doug at the mall and sees that he has a small gift wrapped box

"It's my wife's birthday tomorrow," Doug said. "Last week I asked her what she wanted for her birthday?" "And?" Bill asked.

"Well she said 'Oh I don't know, just give me something with diamonds in it."
"So, what did you get her?" asked Bill.
"I bought her a deck of cards."

Time to call it a day my friends. I am off to have a shower before going to bed as that
helps me get some sleep in the heat. I have an overhead fan on most of the night.
I hope you are enjoying your lives and looking forward to a happy weekend ahead of us.
Happy Birthday again Pearl and I hope you have a lovely day. Take care folks and my love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 566 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 29th January, 2009.


Dave said...

I think I've asked this before Merle, but don't you have air conditioning there in that heat?

Loved the 20 things to ponder! *S*

Gramma Ann said...

G'day, Merle,

I hope you are using your A/C in that hot weather. I know I use mine when it gets super hot in the summer.

Thank you for the award, and for considering me your friend. I will post it soon.

I enjoyed your joke about "The Geography of a Woman." But as always you make me laugh at your funnies. You had so many today, I didn't know which one to pick from.

Have a great week in the heat. I guess it is to hot to even enjoy your Gazebo and new furniture! It is suppose to get in the 30's F. here today. It seems like a heat wave after the sub-zero weather we had a week or two ago.


Lady Di Tn said...

Whoa it is surely HOT THERE. I can always put on enough clothes to stay warm but never able to take off enough to stay cool. I like an overhead fan also. I always feel sorry for our feathered friends and animals that have to stay out in the heat and cold. We have a big 25 degrees F this morning. It is suppose to be fifty by Sunday and then drop again the first of the week to welcome the Groundhog.
The diamond joke reminded me of the 0-60 joke. LOL Keep cool my friend. Peace

Rosezilla said...

Love the diamond joke! Also the Geography of a Woman, and the things to ponder... I can sympathize with the heat, I used to sometimes get in my kid's wading pool at night before i went to bed so i could cool off and sleep!

Nancy said...

Congrats on the award! You so deserve them!!!

I LOVED the story about the Pink Dress...I do believe in guardian angels!

I know it's hot there as we get it hot here in summer, also. Do you get the high humidity there? I would imagine you would, living so close and surrounded by water. I can take the heat but no that awful humidity!

Hope you stay cool and sleep well. I like to shower before bedtime, too, as I feel soooo clean when I crawl into my lazy boy chair! I usually fall asleep in it while watching TV. The cats love to cuddle on top of the afghan with me! LOL

((( HUGS )))

Jim said...

Hi Merle, the girl in the pink dress was wonderful.
And I too sure hope my Guardian Angel watches over me always. I hope yours does also.

Retired life is pretty good, I run out of time before I can get all my things to do done.
Cheers, and stay cool,

Puss-in-Boots said...

Yes, I have a ceiling fan too, Merle. I prefer that at night to the aircon, because I like to have the windows open...I feel claustrophobic with the bedroom windows closed at night.

Hope you are all safe from the bushfires...keep cool.


Gattina said...

Thank you so much for the award ! That's nice that you thought of me !
I wished you could send over to me a little of your heat ! here they announce again very cold weather like we had 2 weeks ago when the thermometer dropped under 15°C !! This hasn't happened since more than 20 years ! Love you angel story and agree with the ages !

Margaret Cloud said...

Congratulation on the award, I love the character. Nice post, do you have AC? I could not stand that much heat. Take care my friend.

Winifred said...

I can't tell which one is funniest. Loved them all.

Take care in that heatwave, heard about it on the national news this afternoon!

Funny isn't it we spend a fortune on heating bills and you probably spend it on air conditioning. That's something we'll never need here.

Christina said...

I can't believe your temperatures - we have our heat on here!

LOL at Paddy and Mick, and I liked the geography of a woman too.

Jeanette said...

Gday Dear Merle ,was close to 44 c Pheww were had a few scorchers here we wait till the sun goes down before we have a swim.. ive just got out now I think the others will be getting out soon .im just taking a minute while I have a cuppa..

great post love the Pink dress and I hope your Guardian Angel is always watching over you...Good post from your Paper No. 10

Well dear Merle the kids are calling I better get off, Keep that A/C going to keep cool mines running 24hrs non stop...Love Janxxxxx

Susie said...

Hi Merle,
So sorry to hear you're still suffering in that heat! We're having delightful sunny days, but no rain in sight.
Loved the story of the "Pink Dress" I do believe we have angels around us.
Stay as cool as you can.
Love and ((hugs))

audrey` said...

Thank you so much for the award, Merle <3

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you, Merle.