Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pilot Father's Love.

Post 718 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 29th December, 2010.

Hello my Friends ~~ I am back home again after a wonderful
trip seeing so many of my loved relatives, especially the ones
I don't get to see very often - it is 3 or 4 years since I saw
my daughter Julie who lives in Gladstone and her husband who
is very ill and their two children, Christopher 25, and Sammie
who is 28 and is engaged to Scotty and between them they
have 4 beautiful daughters. I hadn't met Scott or the two
younger girls, we took lots of photos and I will post some soon.

We went to Brisbane first to stay a night with two of John's
daughters Rachael and husband Andrew and his only grandchild
Chloe - a dear little girl 2 years old. Rebecca (Bec) has a room
there with them. She came to Gladstone with us and so we had
more time with her and she helped me in and out of the car etc.
John was terrific and helped me all the way and could not have
been more helpful.

I have unpacked and done heaps of laundry and got things back
to normal. We got home Monday afternoon - pretty darn tired, as
I guess John was too. The car never missed a beat and we just
beat floods everywhere we went. There have been more roads
closed since we got home with floods in Q'ld and New South Wales
We were in the car a lot, and did 4,200 kilometers in 6 days.
Stayed Christmas Eve with my brother Peter and left next morning.
We had meals at roadhouses, Maccas and Subway etc.
I doubt if I will ever make the trip again, but it was great.
Thank you so much, John.

The first joke tonight was sent to me by my friend in Melbourne
Gina. Thanks Gina. It is the title of my post.

Most people nowadays think it improper to discipline children,
so I have used other methods to control my kids when they
have had one of 'those moments'.

Since I am a pilot,one that I have found very effective is for
me to just take the child for a flight during which I say nothing
and give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her
behavior. I don't know if it's the steady vibration from the
engines, or just time away from any distractions such as TV,
video games, computer, iPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving
after our flight together. I believe that eye to eye contact
during these sessions is an important element in achieving
the desired results.

I have included a photo below of one of my sessions with my
son, in case you would like to use the technique...
Works well with Grandkids also......

Sorry the picture is so small but you

get the idea.


Next one is also from Gina and also Bikerr Bob in UK.

I have just heard from a friend in central Bristol.

He says it has been snowing heavily for three days now.

His wife has done nothing but stare through the window.

If it doesn't stop soon, he'll probably have to let her in.

Another from Biker Bob ~ ~ Thank you.

I thought you would want to know about this e mail virus.

Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot
take care of this one.

It Appears to affect those who were born prior to 1960.

1. Causes you to send the same e mail twice. Done that.
2. Causes you to send a blank e mail. That too.
3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. Yep.
4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. Well darn.
6. Causes you to hit SEND before you have finished.
7. Causes you to hit DELETE instead of SEND.
8. Causes you to hitSEND when you should DELETE.


Hmmm....Have I already sent this to you or did you send it to me?

A Woman's Poem. Thank you Karyn in New Zealand.

He didn't like the casserole,
And he didn't like my cake.
He said my biscuits were too hard. . . .
Not like his mother used to make.
I didn't perk the coffee right
He didn't like the stew.
I didn't mend his socks,
The way his mother used to do.
I pondered for an answer,
I was looking for a clue.
Then I turned around and smacked the s**t out of him . . . .
Like his mother used to do.

A nice one from my good friend Linda in Canberra. Thank you.

I have a list of people I know
All written in a book
And every year at Christmastime
I go and take a look
And that is when I realize
That those names are a part
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine
And once you've met some people
The years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.

So when I send a Christmas card
That is addressed to you
It's because you're on that list
Of folk I'm inde
bted to
And you are one of many folks who
In times past I've met
And happen to be one of those
I don't want to forget.

And whether I have known you for
Many years or few
In some way you have a part in
Shaping things I do.
This, is the spirit of Christmas, that
Forever and ever endures
May it leave it's richest blessing
In the hearts of you and yours.

May your Holidays and New Year be filled with love, good health
and much Peace.

Well on that nice note, I too will wish you all a wonderful New Year
filled with lots of good things, health, peace and love.
It is good to be back with all my friends again. My love and very
Best Wishes to you all. 'Till next year, cheers, Merle.

Post 718 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 29th December, 2010.


Jack K. said...

Merle, glad to know your trip was so wonderful. However, I got tired just trying to imagine all of the ground you covered in such a short time. Whew!.

Being with relatives and friends can be delightfully tiring. The joy they bring is priceless. You will have a lot to reminisce about in those quiet times at home.

I wish you continued good health and happiness in the new year.

Dave said...

Merle, your trip sounded so great.. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! *S*

Happy New Years my friend... and to a very happy, and healthy 2011

BBQ said...

Welcome home, Merle! I'm so happy that you had a very blessed and safe trip. Thank you, Lord, for the journey mercy.

I copied and pasted the Christmas dots and hearts. HeHe! They're so lovely.

Take care, my dear friend (((HUGS))) and love.

Lady Di Tn said...

I am glad you are home safe and had such a grand time seeing all the relatives. I know you are proud of John for the care he gave you. Can't wait to see the photos you took. Peace

jel said...

Glad ya have a very cool trip and visit !

hope ya have a very blessed new year!


Granny Annie said...

We get to see our Oklahoma kids and grandkids quite often but we rarely get to see the California bunch. We are now going into our second year since we spent time with them and I don't see how you managed 3 or 4 years between contact.

That pilot father needs to start a children's training camp. LOL

BBQ said...

☆。★。☆。★ 。☆。*。☆。 ★。\|/。★ * Happy New Year 2011 Merle * ★。/|\。★ 。☆。*。☆。 *。★。*

Joy Des Jardins said...

So glad you had such a wonderful time on your trip Merle. Seeing family that you haven't seen for a long time is always a warm experience. Hope you are well rested since you've been back. I'm still recouping from the hectic holidays we had here....but they were such fun.

May you have health, happiness...and lots of love in the New Year my sweet friend. Blessings to you... ~Joy xo

Peter said...

Hope 2011 is a good year for us all.

Big Dave T said...

We just got back from our own road trip to Florida to enjoy some warmer weather. I think we might have equaled you on miles (kilometers) traveled but I'm not sure. We did close to 3,000 miles. Also enjoyed the road food . . . passed a lot of Subways but I'm not familiar with Maccas.

I'm glad you had a nice visit with family. I liked that joke and picture about the mis-behaving child. But I always like your jokes. Hope you have a happy 2011.

JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Merle,

So happy to hear about your trip. It sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting loved ones.

Hope we all have a great new year!

Hugs to you,dear Merle.


PEA said...

“Here’s to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.”

Happy New Year, dear Merle! Wishing you all the very best that 2011 has to offer!!

I'm so glad to hear that you got to spend the holidays with so many of your loved ones. No doubt it was a very long trip and very tiring, especially being in the car for so long, but well worth it:-) I look forward to seeing pictures.

Now that the busy season is over with, I'm hoping to be more consistent with my blogging and visits. Been much too long since I've visited you! Know that you are never far from my thoughts and heart!! Love all the jokes:-) xoxo

Pearl said...

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and made it back safely. It is always so nice to visit and see people but there is no place like relax and breath easy again.
Hope you had a wonderful New Year.

Winifred said...

Oh my, over 4000 kilometres, good grief what a journey! Thankfully you missed the floods, they look horrendous.

I love that woman's Poem, got a great laugh at it.

Have a wonderful year in 2011 Merle.

Sioux said...

Sending love, kisses, and best wishes for a lovely 2011 to you, Merle!

Margaret Cloud said...

It is always nice to visit relatives we don't often see. I think I would scream if I was on the outside of the plane. The woman's poem was nice and so was the other poem about friends.

Gina E. said...

I'm just catching up on a few blogs Merle, and am enjoying your post about your trip up north. Gosh weren't you lucky you got there and back before the floods!
Love the 'four generations' photos; we have some of those with Ken's Mum and her daughter, GD and GGDs - lovely keepsakes!