Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Something to Think About.

Post 701 ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, 7th September, 2010.

Three Bloggers together -- Peter, Merle and Warren, 2010.

Hello Everyone ~~ I hope all is well with you and your
families and life is good. I have had a great time with
those two Queenslanders who were here for a week,
We all live alone so we had lots of talking and also 3
computers going at once a lot of the time.

They left this morning to go to Melbourne and then to
Geelong to stay with friends there. Then off to Western
Australia to the wedding of one of Peter's granddaughters
on the 18th September. Going home a different route
to visit Warren's daughter and family.

Shepparton has been in the news lately because of floods
which have been over about half of Victoria. They have
been awful for lots of people who have had to evacuate
and then their homes were flooded. Mostly on the areas
surrounding towns and low lying areas Lots of roads closed.

I am quite safe here, as far as I know, unless it increases
by much more than expected, and then we may need an
Ark. They should all recede in a few days or so,
I think I would much prefer to be flooded than caught in
a bush fire.

First item tonight was sent by my son Geoff and is called
"Something to Think About.". Thanks Geoff - Good one.

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a context:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in
your private bank account for your use. However this prize
has rules, just as any game has rules.
The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be
taken away from you.
You may not simply transfer money into another account.
You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account
with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:

The bank can end the game without warning, at any time.
It can say "The Game is over." It can close the account
and you will not receive another one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?
Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love, right?
Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't
possibly spend it all yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?


Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just
can't seem to see it.
The Magical Bank is TIME.

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a
gift of life and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining
time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost,
Yesterday is gone forever.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can
dissolve your account at any time. . . . Without Warning.

So what will you do with your 86.400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same
amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life because time races by
so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love deeply and
enjoy life. Remember to spend time making others happy.

Here's wishing you a wonderful, beautiful day.
Start spending !!!
A second cousin, who lives in Duneden N.Z. 4 hours away
from the terrible earthquake in Christchurch. She felt
the quake from her home.They are still having after shocks
of up tp 5.4. No fatalities, but enormous damage and loss.
Karyn sent me "The Bacon Tree". Thank Karyn and glad
you are safe.

Two Mexicans are stuck in the desert after crossing into
the United States, wandering aimlessly and starving. They
are just about to lie down and wait for death,when all of a
sudden Luis says..."Hey Pepe, do you smell what I do?
It's bacon I think."
"Si, Luis, it sure smells like

With renewed hope, they struggle up the next sand dune
and there in the distance, is a tree loaded with bacon.
There's raw bacon, fried bacon, back bacon, double smoked
bacon . . . every imaginable kind of cured pork.

"Pepe, Pepe we ees saved, Ees a bacon tree.
"Luis, maybe ees a meerage? We ees in the desert, don't
"Pepe, when did you ever hear of a meerage that smelt
like bacon. . .ees no meerage, ees a bacon tree."

And with that, Luis staggers towards the tree. He gets
within 5 meters, Pepe crawling close behind, when
suddenly a machine-gun opens up and Luis drops like
a wet sock. Mortally wounded he warns Pepe with his
dying breath, "Pepe . . . Go back man, you were right,
ees not a bacon tree."
Luis, Luis my amigo . . . what ees it?"



Ees a ham bush. . . ."
One from my other son John called "Big People Words"
Thanks John I lol at this one.

A group of kindergarten kids were trying very hard to
become accustomed to the first grade. The biggest
was that the teacher insisted on no Baby talk.
She was always reminding them to use Big People words.

She asked John what he did over the weekend?
"I went to visit my Nana."

"No, you went to visit your grandmother."
"Use Big People Words."

She then asked Mitchell what he had done?
"I took a ride on a choo choo."
She said, "No, you went for a ride on a train. You must
use Big People words."

Then she asked little Alex what he had done?
"I read a book."

"That's WONDERFUL," said the teacher. "What book
did you read?"

Alex thought real hard about it, then puffed out his
chest with great pride and said,

"Winnie the s**t."
Lastly some more from my dear friend Margaret
in Q'ld. Thanks Margaret for "How to start the fight."

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife
kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But somehow
I always had something else to take care of first, like
the shed, the boat, making beer. It was always something
more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way
to make her point.

When i arrived home one day, I found her seated in the
long grass busily snipping away with a pair of tiny sewing
scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went
into the house. I was only gone a minute and when I came
out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, " When you
finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the

The doctor says I will walk again, but will always have a limp."
My wife sat down next to me while I was flipping through
the channels. She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started.
Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed,
made my lunch and slipped out quietly to the garage.
I hooked up the boat to the van and proceeded to
back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was
blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage and
turned on the radio. I discovered that the weather
would be bad all day. I went into the house quietly,
undressed and slipped back into bed, I cuddled up to
my wife's back and whispered, "The weather out there
is terrible.:

My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And can you believe
my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's when the fight started.
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our
anniversary. She said, " I want something that goes
from O to 150 in about 3 seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And that' when the fight started.

My wife was standing nude in front of the bedroom
mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and
said to me, "I feel horrible, I look old. fat and ugly
I really need you to pay me a compliment."

I replied, "Your eyesight is damn near perfect."
And then the fight started.

Well it is time to close this for tonight, so until next
time, take care and look after yourselves and each
other. Love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.
Hi Peter, Warren, Lorna and Allen.

Post 701 ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, 7th September, 2010.


Rob said...

Hi Merle, I'm please to read that you haven't been flooded out of house and home. There seems to be a lot going off on your side of the world at the moment what with flooding and earthquakes. I agree with you that flooding is better than fire. Take care.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi Merle, Nice to hear that your safe and sound in the floods and still blogging too. Had a smile or two at the jokes.

Gina E. said...

The news tonight about Shepparton looked pretty bad, Merle; I hope you are on high ground. Ken said it is so sad for our country people - after all those years of drought, to be suddenly under water. From one extreme to the other - it seems you just can't win. Certainly no win as far as the government goes, eh....:-(
On a brighter note, loved that joke about Winnie the (Pooh)!

Jack K. said...

Glad to know your visit with Peter and Warren went so well. I am sure you will miss them.

Stay dry.

I think the best way to "spend" our 86,400 daily seconds by....

Serving with integrity, caring about those we serve and sharing the love in our hearts and souls.

The "then the fight started" jokes are terrific. You can just picture the event. Bwahahahaha!

Dave said...

Sounds like you had a great time with the guys Merle!!

Great jokes as always too... *S*

Lady Di Tn said...

Glad you and the guys had a good time. I love the bank account story. The jokes were outstanding and I would say the 0-150 birthday wish was my favorite. LOL.
Nice to hear you will not suffer any water damage. Peace

Joy Des Jardins said...

I love the picture of the three of you Merle...really nice. You all look like you were having a good time.

I'm so relieved that you are safe from the flooding; but I feel very badly for all those that aren't. It can be devastating. Stay safe dear friend...


linda may said...

G'Day I just dropped by to see how you are going with all that water down there. I am pleased t5o see you are ok. I guess that pool at Shep where I took my kids to play when they were little is a bit muddy at the moment being near the river. It is such a shame that after being short of water for so long the drought has ended with too much of it and the damage it has caused. But...I guess there is an upside to that too because the river is getting a flushing that it has needed so badly for ages. Us Aussies are obsessed with water, either too much or not enough eh.
I love a sunburned county
A land of sweeping plains
of rugged mountain ranges
of droughts and flooding rains

I love her far horizons
I love her jeweled sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me.

Patty said...

Dear Merle, so glad that the flooding isn't in your area. Also very happy you are able to do some traveling and see different family members and go to a wedding. Don't over do things. Yesterday was a beautiful day, not Fall yet, but it sure felt like it yesterday and today is suppose to be cooler. Rain is what we need. Have a great time with all of your traveling around. Love, Ptty

Jeanette said...

Gday Dear Merle.. It was lovely catching up with you and Peter .. The rain and floods are bad , Yarrawonga/ Benalla rd, Wangaratta/ yarrawonga Rd. all blocked cut of with the floods..and the hume hwy was cut between Benalla and Seymour ,The Yarrawonga camping ground underwater. and the water come up to Donna's back fence.from the Murray river..
I went took some Photo's of the weir annd down river.. so will get them up soon...
Was Bowling Tuesday put my back out Ouch pain not very pleasant.. Hope your feeling a lot better and not in pain.....

Take care Dear Merle ,, Love JanXXxx

Big Dave T said...

When I spend a few of those 86,400 seconds here on this blog, then I know I've done something worthwhile this day. That's great that you had a nice visit with Warren and Peter. I had to smile at the image of all three of you on your computers. Who would have guessed 50 years ago it would be like this.

Weather here turned cool. We did have some gusty winds that knocked out power for a few hours. The weather this year sure has sure gone from one extreme to another.

Peter said...

Hi Merle, it seems we were very lucky to be able to talk on Warrens mobile as its not "next generation" just digital and they won't usually work at all from here!!!!!
Stay well, will catch up later.

Margaret Cloud said...

I am glad your area is safe from the floods. I really liked the Something to Think About. I am saying a prayer for your cousin and others in her area. I laughed through all those fights. Very nice picture of you three. Have a nice week.