Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Tragedy or Blessing?

Post 554 ~ ~ WEdnesday, 7th January, 2009.

Hello My Friends ~~I hope the world is treating you right and the year 2009 is starting off
well for you all. All OK here, just a little too hot close to 100 F today and yesterday was
about the same. I have my granddaughter, Kate coming tonight, so am doing this
in the
afternoon. I saw her over Christmas, but will be good to see her again - just the two of us.

My picture today is especially for my friend, Gina who showed a photo of their budgies all in a row.
I think her husband Ken and my son John put "blue tac" on the rows or maybe super glue.




John's last lot of puppies posing for his camera. Just for you Gina. I am sure they are somewhere
on my blog, but this was quicker than finding them. Tell Ken to keep up the "training."

The story tonight is called "A Tragedy or a Blessing ?" Author Unknown.

Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved,
making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they finally saved enough money and had gotten their passports and
reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.

The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, a dog bit the youngest son. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yelllow sheet on the Clark's front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.

The family's dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.

Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland - the mighty Titanic had sunk.
The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but bucause a dog had bitten the son, they were left behind in Scotland.

When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he thought was a tragedy into a blessing.

Although we may not always understand, all things happen for a reason.
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A Little Boy's Prayer.

"Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy, and my sister and my brother
and my doggy and me.

Oh, please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we're gonna be in a big mess." ~ ~ Author Unknown.
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One from my dear friend, Robyn called "Rearranging Words." Thanks Robyn.

DORMITORY: when you rearrange the letters : DIRTY ROOM.

PRESBYTERIAN: when you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER.

ASTRONOMER: when you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER.

DESPERATION: when you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT.

THE EYES: when you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE.

GEORGE BUSH: when you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE.

THE MORSE CODE: when you rearrange the letters: HERE COME THE DOTS.

SLOT MACHINES: when you rearrange the letters: CASH LOST IN ME.

ANIMOSITY: when you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY.

ELECTION RESULTS: when you rearrange the letters: LIES - LET'S RECOUNT.

SNOOZE ALARMS: when you rearrange the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z's.

A DECIMAL POINT: when you rearrange the letters: I'M A DOT IN PLACE.

THE EARTHQUAKES: when you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE.

ELEVEN PLUS TWO: when you rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE.

AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

MOTHER-IN-LAW: when you rearrange the letters: WOMAN HITLER.

Yep. Someone with waaaaaaay too much time on their hands. (Probably a son-in-law.)
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Some quotes about Character - from the paper.

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.~ Elmer G Letterman.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him
power. ~ ~ Abraham Lincoln.

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. ~Japanese Proverb.
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Strange and unusual Facts. . . . .

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you in the morning.

A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

People do not get sick from cold weather, it's from being indoors a lot more.

When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop. . .even your heart. This is why people have always said, "God bless you," after a sneeze.

The only 2 animals that can see behind them without turning it's head are the rabbit and
the parrot.

Only seven per cent of the population are lefties.

Humphrey Bogart and Princess Diana were seventh cousins.
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An Irish tourist at a hotel in Rome asks, "What time do you serve meals please? The receptionist replies, "Breakfast 7am to 11am. Lunch 12pm tp 3pm, and Dinner is
6 pm tp 9 pm."

The Irishman shook his head and said, "Well that doesn't leave much time for sight seeing."
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A woman decides to have a facelift for her 50th birthday. She spends $15,000 and feels
pretty good about the results.

On her way home, she stops at a newstand to buy a newspaper. Before leaving, she says to the clerk, "I hope you don't mind me asking, but how old do you think I am?"
"About 32," is the reply. "Nope, I'm exactly 50," the woman answered happily.

A little while later, she goes to McDonald's and asks the counter girl the same question.
The girl replies, "I'd guess about 29." The woman replies with a smile, "Nope, I'm 50."

Now she is feeling really good about herself. She stops in a drug store on her way down the street. She goes up to the counter to get some mints and asks the burning question.
The clerk responds, "Oh, I'd say 30." Again, she proudly responds, "I'm 50, but thanks."

While waiting for a bus to go home,, she asks an old man waiting next to her the same question. He replies, "Lady, I'm 78 and my eyesight is going. Although when I was young,
there was a sure-fire way to tell a woman's age. It sounds very forward, but it requires you to let me put my hands under your bra. Then and only then I can tell you EXACTLY how old you are."

They wait in silence on the empty street until her curiosity gets the better of her. She finally blurts out, "What the heck, go ahead." He slips both his hands under her blouse and begins to feel around very carefully, then bounces and weighs each breast, etc. After about
two minutes of this, she says, "OK, Ok, how old am I?"

He completes one more squeeze of her breasts, removes his hands and says, "Madam,
you are 50."

Stunned and amazed, the woman says, "That was incredible, how could you tell?"
The old man says, "I was behind you in McDonald's."
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Four friends were talking over lunch one day. The first lady says, "You know girls, I have known you all a long time and there is something i must get off my chest. I am a
kleptomaniac. But don't worry, I have never stolenn from you and I never will; we have been friends for too long."

The second lady says, "Well, since we are having true confessions here today, I must get something off my chest too; I am nymphomaniac. But don't worry, I have never hit on your husbands. They don't interest me and never will. We have been friends too long."

"Well," said the third lady, I, too must confess something. I am a lesbian. But don't worry
I will not hit on you. You are not my type. We have been friends for too long for me to ruin our friendship."

The fourth lady stands up and says, "I have a confession to make also. I am an uncontrollable gossip, and I have some phone calls to make."
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What are the three dolls in a man's life?

His daughter is his baby doll, his mistress his Barbie doll and his wife is . . .his Panadol !!
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I will leave it there, my friends. Take great care of yourselves and each other.
My love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 554 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 7th January, 2009.

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14 comments:

Winifred said...

Thanks for these Merle you always make me laugh.

I'd take the Titanic story with a pinch of salt though. Luckily they wiped out rabies in the UK at the turn of the century, a while before the Titanic sunk. Only quarantined animals and people going abroad get it.

Those puppies are gorgeous, it's a brilliant photo, looks like a birthday card.

Have a great time with your granddaughter, isn't it a great relationship. Hope the heat isn't too bad.

Dave said...

*LOL* Lots of great laughs Merle!!!

But I must know, exactly what kind of dogs are those? They're ADORABLE!!!!

Jack K. said...

Have a great time with Gina.

There is indeed a blessing in everything. Sometimes it is difficult to find, but keep looking it is there.

Lady Di Tn said...

Merle
You out did yourself today. I always end with your blog as I will have a smile on my face all day thanks to you.
Have fun with Katie. Peace

Rosezilla said...

Oh, I want a puppy! They are so cute! There were so many funny jokes I don't even know where to start. Loved the words that you change around. Thanks for a day brightener!

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Merle,

That picture of the puppies is so cute. The third one from the left as a look as if to say: "But why do we have to stay?" The "change the letters" in the words was funny. As I was reading it, I was thinking someone has to much time on their hands." And when I got to the end, you thought the same thing. I guess we are beginning to think alike! haha!

I enjoyed "Strange and Unusual Facts" for some reason those kind of things always amuse me. Like everyone before me said, A lot of funnies to brighten a cold, brrrr, winter day! No 100 degrees here today. Around 20 degrees.

Have a fun time with your granddaughter today.

Ann

Old Lady Lincoln said...

I'll have to send Reader Wil over, she loves play on words. Glad you're doing great. We are to, except it's a little cold today and we've been having snow flurries. More later.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Fancy Princess Diana and Humphrey Bogart being related...albeit very distantly. I laughed at the man's three dolls...and the four women's confessions.

The weather was quite pleasant here at the beginning of the week but is beginning to become hot again. I can't wait to get my airconditioner in and working.

Hugs.

Beth E. said...

Your stories always make me laugh! Thanks for brightening my day. :o)

Christina said...

Your puppies are very cute - I want one! Your jokes were good as always, and the point of the Titanic story was very good.

GutsyWriter said...

I love your stories and jokes and thought the facelift one extremely funny. A typical southern California type of joke. Thank you for making me laugh.

linda may said...

G'Day Merle,
I love palindromes,um ,did I spell that right? Cute puppies, pity they grow up eh. Photo was taken at just the right moment.
Happy New Year and many more to come, no New Year resolutions from me.

Nancy said...

You outdid yourself this post! Loved all your stories and jokes. I need to come back later on and copy and paste them so I can email them out!

Loved those dear little puppies!!! It can't get any cuter than that!!! I saw on TV this morning where some young guy had taken in 180 cats off the streets! He was getting help from www.rescueink.org, an organization that adopts them out. It is run by all big guys who love tattoos, thus the word 'ink' in their name. Great group!!! Hope these precious little puppies get good homes. As an older lady said to me one day, "Old people and animals are at other people's mercy." How true!

You have a good day and enjoy your summer season there!

((( HUGS )))

audrey` said...

"Tragedy or Blessing" opens our eyes to our Lord's great plan for us =)