Post 681 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 12th May, 2010.
Hello Again My Friends ~ ~ I don't know where the days get to!! I do really ~ I
get to bed too late and then get up too late. My son John told me today it is a
week since I posted, and to try putting shorter posts on, instead of my long ones.
Well I got the letter today from the Vascular Specialist, so the waiting is over,
and the news is good. They have a cut-off length of 6 centimetres before they
repair these aneurysms and mine is 5 cm. So that is good and there were no
bad signs around it and the result is~~We leave it for 6 months and have another
CT scan to see if there is any change - so I am relieved to have a reprieve.
I hope all is going well in your lives, my friends and you are well and happy.
First joke tonight was sent by my dear friend Sherrill and also my son John.
Thank you both.
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
--- Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!!!
And you thought I was going to get all spiritual!
The nice story tonight was sent to me by two of my good friends, Patty and Lady Di.
Thank you both for " Woman and a Fork."
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and
had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things " in order"
She contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain
aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she
would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young
woman suddenly remembered something very important to her . . .
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
"What's that?" came the Pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued . . "I want to be buried
with a fork in my right hand."
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing what to say.
"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.
"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," the Pastor replied.
The young woman explained . . . "My grandmother once told me this story, and
from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love
and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending
socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course
were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, "Keep your
fork." It was my favorite part because I knew something better was coming . . .
like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish apple pie. Something wonderful, with
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand
and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them:
"Keep your fork . . . the best is yet to come.
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman
good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her
before her death . . .but he also knew that this young woman had a better grasp
of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like
than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.
She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw
the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand . . Over and
over, the Pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?" And over and over
During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with
the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and
what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking
about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop
thinking about it either.
He was right.So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you,
ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
Friends are a very rare jewel . . Indeed they make you smile and encourage
you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share.
Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.
And remember to keep your fork.
Next two items are from my dear friend Barbara. Thank you.
These are for you.
Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy.
They just promised it would be worth it.
Friends are like balloons.
Once you let them go, you can't get them back.
So I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.
HOW MOSES GOT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.
God went to the Arabs and said, I have Commandments for you that will
make your lives better."
The Arabs asked, "What are Commandments?
And the Lord said, "They are rules for living."
"Can you give us an example?"
"Thou shall not kill."
"Not kill? We're not interested."
So He went to the Blacks and said "I have Commandments."
The Blacks wanted an example. and the Lord said,"Honour your Father and
"Father? We don't know who our fathers are. We're not interested."
Then He went to the Mexicans and said, " I have Commandments."
The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said,"Thou shall not steal."
"Not steal? We're not interested."
Then He went to the French and said, "I have Commandments."
The French wanted an example, and the Lord said "Thou shall not commit adultery."
"Not commit adultery? We're not interested."
Finally, He went to the Jews and said, :I have Commandments."
"Commandments?" They said, "How much are they?"
"We'll take 10."
One I borrowed from my good friend, Jeanette. Thanks Jan.
A woman was flying from Melbourne to Brisbane. Unexpectedly the plane
was diverted to Sydney along the way. The Flight Attendant explained that
there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft,
the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.
Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. A man had noticed
her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Guide-Dog lay
quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.
He could also tell she had flown this very flight before, because as the pilot
approached her, calling her by name,said "Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost
an hour would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"
The blind lady replied, "No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill, when they looked
up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Guide dog.
The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.
They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!
True story . . . Have a great day and remember . . .
. . . .THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR.
Enough for this post folks. I hope you found something of interest and the
odd chuckle. Take care of yourselves and each other. Love and Best Wishes
to you all. Cheers, Merle.
Post 681 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 12th May, 2010.