Thursday, October 07, 2010


Post 706 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 7th October, 2010.

Hello again my friends ~~ I hope all is going well in your lives and that
life is good for you all. I am doing OK, a few warmer days helped and
getting my vegetables planted (Thanks Nick) and having to water them
makes life interesting. The lettuce are growing like mad and I could
already pick a few leaves - I have red and green. Tomatoes have some
flowers on some of them. I have some pea plants with lots of flowers
on them and quite a few pods, so am watching and waiting for them.

I went for blood tests on Monday just the regular 3 monthly check on
my diabetes, see Dr. next Monday. I am pretty sure I will get a good
report, going by my blood tests. I read that Cinnamon is good for it
so put some on my porridge, Soon I will put it on Muesli with fruit.
I have had porridge to warm up during the cold weather.

First item tonight came from my dear friend Patricia Lincoln in U.S.
It is called "Need Washing?" Thank you Patty.

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in WalMart. She must have
been 6 years old, this beautiful red-haired, freckle faced image of

It was pouring rain outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top
of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to
flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside
the door of WalMart.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up
their hurried day.
I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight
of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories
of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome
reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were
all caught in, "Mom let's run through the rain," she said

"What?" Mom asked. "Let's run through the rain." she repeated.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit, Mom replied.

The young child waited a minute and repeated, "Mom, let's run through
the rain.." "We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

"No, we won't Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young
girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

"This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not
get wet?"

"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer
you said, "If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything."

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn't hear anything
but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought
for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even
ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young
child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will
bloom into faith.

"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's
us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they
darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children
all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran, I got wet. I needed
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they
can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But
no one can ever take away your precious memories... So don't forget
to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate
them, a day to love them, but then an entire life time to forget them.
Some short Airline jokes from my UK friends, Sue and Bob. Thank you.

Kulula is an Airline with Head Office in Johannesburg.

Kukula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety
lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real
examples that have been heard or reported.

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you sit where you want)
passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight
attendant announced, "People, people, we're not picking out furniture
here, find a seat and get in it."

On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot
said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be
turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance
the appearance of your flight attendants."

On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all your
belongings. If you are going to leave anything, please make sure, it is
something we'd like to have.' "No children or spouse."

"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways
out of this airplane."

"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us your
business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport, a lone
voice came over the loud-speaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA."

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo,
a flight attendant on a flight announced, "Please take care when opening
the overhead compartments because after a landing like that, sure as
hell everything has shifted."

Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but
we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you and remember
no one loves you or your money more than Kulula Airlines.

"Your seats cushions can be used for flotation, in the event of an emergency
water landing. Please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.

Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing, "We ask
you to please remain seated while Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the


An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight, he had hammered his
ship into the runway really hard, The airline had a policy which required
the first officer to stand in the doorway, smile and thank the passengers
for flying our airline. Finally everyone had gotten off except for one little
old lady with a cane. She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?"

"Did we land, or were we shot down?"

My Canberra friend Linda sent the next one to me. Thanks Linda.
How do you decide who to marry? Written by kids.

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like
sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the
chips and dip coming. Alan aged 10.

No person really decides before they grow up who they are going to marry,
God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're
stuck with. Kristen age 10.

What is the right age to get married?
Twenty three is the best age because you know the person forever by then,
~~ Camille age 10.

What do most people do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each
other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
~~ Lynnette age 8.

What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
Both don't want any more kids. Lori age 8.

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets
them interested enough to go on a second date. Martin age 10.

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the
same kids. Derrick age 8,

When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they are rich. Pam age 7.

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them
and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do, Howard age 8.

The law says you have to be 18, so I wouldn't mess with that. Curt age 7.

Is it better to be married or single?
It's better for girls to be single, but not for boys. Boys need someone to
clean up after them. Anita age 9.

How would you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump-truck.
~~ Ricky age 10.

Another from Linda called "A story about getting even." Thanks again.

One December day, we found an old straggly cat at our door. She
was a sorry sight. Starving, dirty, smelled terrible, skinny and hair all
matted down. We felt sorry for her so we put her in a carrier and took
her to the vet. We didn't know what to call her so we named her

The vet decided to keep her for a day or so. He said he would let us know
when we could come and get her. My husband (the complainer) said, "OK,
but don't forget to wash her, she stinks." He reminded the vet that it was
his WIFE (me) that wanted the dirty cat, not him.

My husband and my vet do not see eye to eye. The vet calls my husband
"El-Cheap-O", and my husband calls the vet 'El-Charge-O". They love to
hate each other and constantly "snipe" at each other, with my husband
getting the last word on this occasion.

The next day my husband had an appointment with his doctor, who is
located in the same building, next door to the vet. The MD's waiting room
and office was full of people waiting to see the doctor. A side-door opened
and the vet leaned in (coffee Dave)
as he had seen my husband arrive,

He looked straight at my husband and in a loud voice said, "Your wife's
pussy doesn't stink any more. We washed and shaved it, and now she smells
like a rose. Oh and by the way, I think she's pregnant. God only knows who
the father is" Then he closed the door.

Now THAT my friends is getting even.
Last one tonight from Mountain Wings. Flagpole Measurements.

A group of managers are given an assignment to measure the height of
a flagpole. So they go out to the flagpole with ladders and tape-measures
and they are falling off the ladders and dropping the tape measures The
whole thing is a mess.

An engineer comes along and sees what they are trying to do, walks
over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it flat, measures it from
end to end, gives the measurement to one of the managers and walks

After the engineer has gone, one manager turns to another and laughs,
"Isn't that just like an engineer? We were looking for the height and he
gives us the length."

Time to say Goodnight Folks and get myself to bed. Take good care of
yourselves and those you love. I have been watching some of the
Commonwealth Games in India, where Aussies are doing very well.
My love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 706 ~ ~ ~ Thursday, 7th October, 2010.


Jim said...

We watched the Ryder Cup in Wales. America vs. Europe. Europe won again.

Good that you are taking care of youself physically. I eat one Cinnamon cracker a day with my morning meds. That isn't much help is it?

Liked your kid sayings and the flying jokes. There were very good ones in each.

Jim said...

Merle, I meant to mention that back in my running days I ran in the ran whenever I could. Only when there was thunder and lightening would I not run.

I'd like to be able to go running this morning. We are having a supreme fall as the temps have ranged from 40's to low 80's (F) and no rain for two weeks. That is unusual for here on the Gulf Coast.

Big Dave T said...

Red lettuce. I know of purple onions and red cabbage, but I didn't know there was red lettuce. And I've probably eaten it too. Hope your garden produces a bountiful harvest.

If you take your cinnamon, make sure you take your other medications too. I got into a BIG argument with my doctor over the beneficial effects of cinnamon versus prescription drugs.

Great jokes. I like the airline ones, but they make me a little squeamish as I don't like to fly.

Beth E. said...

Great jokes, Merle! I especially like the Kululah Airlines jokes.

Your weather is getting warmer, ours is finally getting a little bit cooler! I hope your garden does very well this year.

My brother has surgery tomorrow. I just wrote a post about it. Please keep him in your prayers.


Christina said...

Hi Merle, just thought I'd pop in and see how you were doing. I enjoyed your stories and jokes as usual!

take care,

Peter said...

Hi Merle, its good to be home again, the trip was great but so is home.
All that's left to do now is put away clothes and etc,clean up the dusty house and learn to cook again!!!!
Hope you are keeping well, all's good here.

Gina E. said...

"Did you land this plane or get shot down?" LOL LOL LOL!!!!
More beaut jokes there, Merle.
Cinnamon must be the new Wonder Drug. I had an email from someone this year, telling me it would cure arthritis. Well, believe you me, I have been having cinnamon on just about everything every day, and I still have my arthritis..

LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ "Thank you for flying (insert any airline name here). We hope you enjoyed giving us your
business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."
Boy ain't that the truth? ~ jb///

Dave said...

*ROTFL* Great ones Merle... and thanks for the warning!!!

Margaret Cloud said...

I read the one from Patty before about the washing. The Kulula flight comments were great. Like the kids comments. I enjoyed you jokes and stories. Have a nice week and good luck on your blood work.

Rhi said...

Merle, as always, thanks for the laughs. I couldn't stop laughing at what the kids had to say. Hope you're enjoying the warmer weather, it certainly is getting chilly over here. Have a great week and good luck on your results!

Patty said...

Good morning Merle,
Hope all is well at your end of the world. We've been having some beautiful fall weather. Just wish we would get a little rain. Loved the getting even story. I just don't seem to make it around to all my favorite blogs like I use to. Perhaps when winter sets in I'll have more time. Take care. Love, Patty

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle =) How are you? How was the doctor's appointment on Monday? Take care (((HUGS)))

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Cinnamon is good for diabetes, but a friend and her mom use lemon to lower their sugar level. I actually saw them suck on a lemon and then test their blood before and after using the lemon. It does seem to work.