Monday, July 13, 2009

Ann's Garden.

Post 614 ~ ~ Monday 13th July, 2009.

Dear Friends ~~ I hope you are all doing well and life is good for you. All well here and
Life is good. I went to the doctor today and got all good news, everything is a little
better than I expected, so both of us are really pleased about that.

Then after lunch my son Geoff called in after buying a load of wood for his heater in a
town away from here and stayed awhile and pulled some weeds from my garden. He
does so much in an hour, that I couldn't do in a week. So Many thanks Geoff again.
My friend Lorraine also called but it was too wet to do much outside in drizzly rain, but
she will come another day.

Yesterday my son John, put together a new computer desk for me and it has 7 shelves
and a drawer and should keep things tidier and where I can find them. It takes quite a
lot of room in my lounge, but I am mostly on my own, so no problem. Thanks John
for getting it done. I still have a few things to sort out to go into the shelves.

My dear friend Ann sent me the first item tonight. Thank you Ann.

I need a small favor.... If it's not too much trouble.

I am going away on vacation, and I need a friend to come over and water my plants
while I am gone. The plants are mostly geraniums and begonias. In hot weather they'll probably only need water twice a day. I'll be gone only 21 days. I've attached a photo
for your reference. I'll send you a postcard. Thanks.

P.S. The ladder is in the garage.

A few from the papers . . . . . .

Who can say this sentence ?
A Chihuahua, a Doberman and a Bulldog are in a bar having a drink when a great looking
Collie comes up to them and says, "Whoever can say liver and cheese in a sentence can have me."

So the Doberman says, I love liver and cheese. The Collie replies , "That's not good enough."
The Bulldog says, "I hate liver and cheese." She says, "That's not creative enough."

Finally the Chihuahua says, " Liver alone.....cheese mine."

You can beat the giant pig.
You are riding a bike at a constant speed. On your left side is a deep valley. On your right side is a fire engine travelling at the same speed as you.

In front of you is a galloping pig which is the same size as your bike and you cannot
overtake it. Behind you is a helicopter flying at ground level.

Both the giant pig and the helicopter are also travelling at the same speed as you.
You are on a blind bend. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous

Get off the children's Merry-Go-Round, you've had too much to drink.

A baby polar bear went to his Mum asking if he was really, truly sure he was a polar bear.

"Of course you are, " she said, "But ask your father if you really want to make sure."

So the baby polar bear finds Dad and asks if he is really, really sure he's a polar bear.

"Of course you are, my boy," says Dad. "You're pure white, you live in the Arctic, and
eat fish. So why ask if you are a polar bear?"

"Because I'm bloody freezing."

After I was married 25 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, "Honey, 25
years ago, we had a cheap flat, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10 inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25 year old blonde.

"Now we have a nice house, nice car, big bed and plasma screen TV, but I'm sleeping
with a 50 year old woman. It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of
"My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 25 year
old blonde, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap flat,
driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed ane unable to even afford a TV."

Wise advice from an old Farmer.

Your fences need to be horse high, pig tight and bull strong.

Keep pigs, bankers and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered. . .not yelled.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest trouble maker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from
your mirror every morning.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

Live simply. Love generously, Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

A drunken man who smelled like beer, sat down on a subway next to a priest.
The man's tie was stained; his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty
bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket.

He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few miutes the man turned to the priest and asked, "Say, Father, what causes arthritis?
The priest replies, "My son, it is caused by loose living, by being with cheap, wicked
women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with
prostitutes and lack of a bath."

The drunken man muttered in response, "Well I'll be damned." and went backto his paper.
The priest , thinking about what he said, nudged the man and apologised.

"I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis.

The drunk answered, "I don't have it. Father. I was reading here that the Pope does."

A few quotes to conclude with. . .Tonight these are from a 6th century B C Chinese named Lao-tzu.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Be content with what you have; rejoice the way things are. When you realize there
is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives
you courage.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

I have just three things to teach you: simplicity, patience and compassion. These
three are your greatest treasures.

At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you
know what you want.

Time to say Bye for now with this post. Take great care of yourselves and each other.
May your lives be filled with joy. My love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 614 ~ ~ ~ Monday, 13th July, 2009.


Gledwood said...

What an amazing garden!

If I ever get a villa in Spain (as if!) I would do the courtyard something like that...

Koalas came looking for water after the fires? How cute! They must've been desperate but...

I saw a picture of one all burned. Very sad :-<...

Wouldn't the world be boring if all our tastes were same~??? Also shops would constantly sell out of everything we liked.. and the selections of most things would be miniscule...

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

What a wonderful, insightful blog! I love to visit you Merle! You make me laugh, think, and get on with my day in a better way!
Thank you dear lady.
What a beautiful garden that was! I can't help wondering how do they water it??
Bless you Merle!

Gledwood said...

Your friend must be very patient, getting up all those walls with a watering can...

PS more koalas today, I did the bushfires

Patty said...

Dear Merle, you're have to check me off your waiting list to care for your plants. LOL I'm afraid of heights.

Love the jokes, got a chuckle from a quite a few times as I was reading.

Hope you have a great week. It's a beautiful day here, not too hot, and no humidity. It's around 70 degrees F, lovely sunny day. I wish we could have weather like this year around, now it that asking too much? LOL More later, Love Patty

Jeanette said...

Gday Dear Merle,
ive been very slow blogging this time. Carol been over here for few days. went home yesterday. She took me to Wangaratta for a re test.

Ive just read the last couple of posts ive missed.Your Dr was a bit late with your birthday card, He should know your of sound mind and quite active without that long appointment. Nice that Goeff and John come over to do a little gardening and put your new desk will have to take a photo or 2 and post,look forward to seeing it next time im in Shep..(no plans at hand). .
Great Jokes I had a good hearty laugh at a couple of them.and I hope the person with the garden has a good hose and water pressure to water the plants on the walls.

take great care
erle love Janxxxx

Dave said...

Great post as always Merle... got me laughing again this morning! *S*

Christina said...

Hi Merle, I'm glad you got a good report from the doctor! love the joke about the Pope's arthritis.

take care

Not the Good Scissors! said...

I want to know how they water that garden and WHO waters that garden. That is amazing.

Thanks for the good laugh.
Take care, Susan

With Loving Stitches said...

I truly hope it is not a sin to have TOOOO much fun.

audrey` said...

To God be the glory for the very good medical results! He is always so good.

Good Morning, Merle =) Ann's Garden made me open my eyes bigger. HaHa!

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

I'm glad you had a great doctor's visit. I hope things are good for you in your chilly weather.

Loved the Ann's garden picture and joke.

We're been 100+, but today just 93, so its not so bad.


Puss-in-Boots said...

Sorry, I can't water those plants...I hate heights. By the time one finished watering them, it would be time to start over'd be at it for ever!

Ahaha, so you have a new computer desk, Merle. You know that just gives you more room to put stuff and you'll end up with three times as much as you had in the beginning.

Have fun... Hugs.

Beth E. said...

I'm so happy to hear that you got a good report at the doctor's office!

That picture is something else! I wonder how the garden is cared for? Someone must get on a ladder a lot!

As usual, Merle, your jokes gave me a good laugh. I got a good laugh over the drunken man and the priest in the subway.


Jack K. said...

You've done it again. There is no wonder your health situation is doing so well. Anyone who lives with as much love in their lives as you have has got to be healthy.

But, I like riding the merry-go-round. lol.

Farmer's advice is sound and should be obeyed.

The Pope has arthritis? snerx.

Lao-tzu knows a thing or two.

Thanks for sharing.

Peter said...

Congrats on the good health reports, I think you'd better off-load that watering job to somebody less old-more active.
I starting to understand your situation more, and I've only been without my car for three days, it will take up to two weeks they say!!!!!!!!!!!

linda may said...

G'Day Mate! That quote sounds like me. "The biggest trouble maker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from your mirror every morning". :)
I had a good laugh at the car body joke last post too Merle.
Good to hear you got a good test result from the docs.
And steak and kidney with dumplings,what great winter fare. Not something I am allowed to make here, as Peter shudders at the thought of eating kidney because of bad kidneys when he was younger.

Margaret Cloud said...

I am glad to hear your good health news. Your son's is like my son Doug, he treats me so good and does the chores I can't do, especially outside. If an ocean did not separate us I would gladly come and water your flowers. A three week vacation sounds good, hope you enjoy every day of it. I enjoyed yore post very much, put a smile on my face. Take care friend and be safe on your vacation.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Dearest Merle,
I had to come back and ask you, have you been to this garden? I am so in awe of it, I keep coming back to look at it. It's spectacular! Ingenious!

Big Dave T said...

I always like coming over here and playing with Maukie. Glad you're all set with your new computer desk. I recently got organized myself with a new two-drawer file. I put all my travel stuff in there. Some day I might make it to Australia. That's a long way from my house though.

I don't have a garden this year though. I'm too busy working on my plumbing yet. That might take me the whole summer.

Mountain Mama said...

How nice of your sons to do so much for you. My kids help me out too and they are sure a blessing.
I enjoyed the quotes and plan to send them to some of my contacts.

We are having some hot temps here. So hot in fact that my outside work has to be done early morning and late evening. I'm having to do a lot of watering too to keep the gardens from buring up.
I hope it cools down soon.

I'm trying to imagine your new computer desk. Seven shelves is my kind of desk!
Take care Merle.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Dearest glad to hear of your good health reports sweetie....sure brightens your day, doesn't it?

Whew, that garden....I'll pass on watering that one. Have a wonderful weekend Merle. Always thinking of you my dear friend...Love, Joy

Kerri said...

Hello again Merle! Thanks for directing me to this garden. Amazing indeed, and ingenious. It sure would be difficult to water. Perhaps the hose spray reaches a long way up!
What a joy to have a good health report, and then all that help from your wonderful sons! Showers of blessings :)
As usual, your jokes made me laugh and your quotes inspire me.
Thanks dear friend. Have a wonderul day.