Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Some photos from my trip.

Post 719 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 5th January, 2011.

Hello my friends ~ ~ Time to do another post, and I have posted quite a few
photos, so will not waste too much time here. I am still feeling tired, but better
this week. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and that it will be a great
one for all of us. I feel so sorry for the people involved in floods, who stand to
lose everything - it must be heart-breaking for them. Many can't even go home
for days or weeks. Great start for their New Year, not.

This is John's youngest daughter Rachael, her husband, Andrew and Chloe who is 2.
We stayed here two nights one on the way up and one on the way home.

Chloe with a piece of Pizza in each hand and she has it all over her dress.

This one is out of order but is John's middle daughter Rebecca (Bec), Sammie
with her baby Summer 10 months with her Dad Laurie. Julie at the back.

Another one of Rachael, Chloe and Andrew. My granddaughter, her husband
and my great granddaughter Chloe.

This is 4 generations with me, Julie on the right, Sammie on left and 4 great
granddaughters - Summer, Gabrielle, with her arm around me, Tabatha and Maya.

An older one on Summer -- she is almost walking now and full of smiles.

Again 4 generations, Me, G D Sammie, with Summer, daughter Julie
and Great Granddaughters Gaby,Taba and Maya.
Chloe, Sammie and my son John who took me on this journey. Sam is his niece.

Me with Chris, John and Laurie

I started off with a small photo and could not
delete it and there are some the same.
But you get the idea.

Summer and her Grandpa are great friends
and have been her entire life. They "talk" to
each other.

Me, G.Son Chris, G D, Samantha and Julie daughter with her husband Laurie
with Summer, great grand daughter.

Now to find a few jokes.

One from Mountain Wings called Things are not always what they seem.

One day, an out of work mime is visiting the zoo and attempts to earn
some money as a street performer. Unfortunately, as soon as he starts
to draw a crowd, the zoo keeper grabs him and drags him into his office.

The zoo keeper explains to the mime that the zoo's most popular attraction,
a gorilla has died suddenly. The keeper fears that attendance at the zoo
will fall off. He offers the mime a job to dress up as the gorilla until they
can get another one. The mime accepts.

So the next morning the mime puts on the gorilla suit and enters the cage
before the crowd comes. He discovers that it's a great job. He can sleep
all he wants, play and make fun of people and he draws bigger crowds
than he ever did as a mime.

However, eventually the crowds tire of him and he gets bored just swinging
on tires. He begins to notice the people are paying more attention to the
lion in the cage next to his. Not wanting to lose the attention of his
audience, he climbs to the top of his cage, crawls across a partition, and
dangles from the top of the lion's cage. Of course this makes the lion furious
but the crowd loves it.

At the end of the day the zoo keeper comes and gives the mime a raise for
being such a good attraction as a gorilla.

Well this goes on for some time, the mime keeps taunting the lion, the crowds
grow larger and his salary keeps going up. Then one terrible day when he is
dangling over the furious lion, he slips and falls. The mime is terrified.
The lion gathers itself and prepares to pounce. The mime is so scared that he
begins to run round and round the cage with the lion close behind.
Finally the mime starts screaming, yelling, "Help me" but the lion is quick and

The mime soon finds himself flat on his back looking up at the angry lion and
the lion says, "Shut up you idiot. Do you want to get us both fired?"

A good friend Edna always encloses a joke or two with her Christmas
card, so Thanks Edna. Doctored Results is the first one.

The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, "Hello", "Mrs Ward
please," "Speaking."
"Mrs Ward, this is Doctor Jones at the Medical Testing Laboratory. When
your doctor sent your husband's biopsy to the lab yesterday, a biopsy
from another Mr. Ward arrived as well and we are now uncertain which
one is your husbands. Frankly the results are either bad or terrible."

"What do you mean?" Mrs. Ward asks nervously.
"Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other
one tested positive for Aids. We can't tell which is your husbands,"
"That's dreadful. Can't you do the test again?" Mrs Ward asks.

"Normally we can, but Medicare will only pay for these expensive tests
one time."
"Well, what am I supposed to do now?" asks Mrs Ward.

"The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off
somewhere in the middle of town.
"If he finds h
is way home, don't sleep with him."

Ever since Mick was a child, he'd always had a fear of someone under his bed
at night. So he went to a shrink and told him his problem.
"Every time I go to bed, I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared, I think
I'm going crazy."

"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. "Talk to me three
times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears."
"How much do you charge?" Mick asked.
"Only $80 per visit," the doctor replied.
"I'll sleep on it," Mick said, a bit startled.

Six months later the doctor met Mick on the street. "Why didn't you ever come
to see me about those fears of yours?" he asked.
"Well $80 bucks a visit three times a week for a year is a lot of money," Mick said.
"A bartender cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money."

With a bit of an attitude he indignantly inquired, "And how may I ask, could a
mere bartender cure you?"
"Simple, he told me to cut the legs off the bed. There sure isn't anybody under
there now, nor likely to be..

So forget the shrinks. Go have a talk with your bartender instead.

One my son John sent about a Washington Post Competition. Thanks John.
Asking for a two-line rhyme. With the first line the most romantic and
the least Romantic second line.

1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife
Marrying you has screwed up my life.

2. I see your face when I'm dreaming
That's why I always wake up screaming.

3. Kind, intelligent, loving and hot,
This describes everything you are not.

4. Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss,
But I only slept with you 'cause I was pissed.

5. I thought I could love no other
-- that is until I met your brother.

6. Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead.
the sugar bowl's empty and so is your head.

7. I want to feel your sweet embrace,
But don't take that paper bag off your face.

8. I love your smile, your face, and your eyes
Damn, I'm good at telling lies.

9. My love, you take my breath away
What have you stepped in to smell this way?

10. My feelings for you no words can tell
Except for maybe, "Go to hell."

11. What inspired this amorous rhyme?
Two parts vodka, one part lime.


Time to say Bye for now, Next time less photos and more jokes.
Look after yourselves and your loved one. Share a smile with someone
who doesn't have one. Love and Best Wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 719 ~ ~ ~ Wednesday, 5th January, 2011.


Dave said...

Less pictures?? No!

I love the pictures of family, and you! *S*

Great post Merle... always nice to see your smiling face.

Jack K. said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of your family. I am sure they enjoyed your visit almost as much as you did.

Loved the jokes. I think I had heard the one about the mime before. As for the poetry, very funny.

Glad to know you are feeling better. Sorry to learn of the flooding. It seems both of our countries are having weather problems. We have been fortunate so far. It has passed us by. Although the tornadoes that passed through a few days back did come within several hundred miles of us.

Take care.

Gledwood said...

Merle, no wonder you have a royal bearing, Your Majesty. You are the Queen Mother of your own family! I can see that clearly in those photos. And very lovely photos they are too. I'm glad you had a great Holiday Season.

I had a quiet one. My family aren't that bothered by Xmas so there's little to no point my trekking over at the most stressful expensive time of year to do nothing we wouldn't do in mid-January! I stayed in for New Year's too, because I used to go out to huge rave type events and am avoiding that type of stuff for the sake of my fractured mental health. I'm seeing a psychiatrist now (very infrequently). He's giving no meds he says I need to clear my system OUT before they can establish with any certainty what's what. So I'm trying to follow directions but it's not easy when he says NO DRINKING.
He did say just for a couple of months and then I can start again (hurrah!)... so I made it my New Year's Resolution to cut alcohol down and then out. (Been told it's inadvisable to stop anything ultra-suddenly considering some of the weird reactions that happened before)... So life's a bt confusing and dull this end what with cutting out this and cutting down on that and not doing the other. I never was into New Year's Resolutions until I gave up something that if you said it you'd mean there was a fissure in your wall. To me it's something I used to put on a pipe. (Begins with C, rhymes with "rack".) I stopped that 2 years ago and bar the odd little "lapse" never went back.
Once I throw all this rubbish out of my life I never want it back either.
Talking of rubbish I've been clearing out my house. Wow, it looks amazingly clear now. Quite uncanny...!

Sorry to burble on and on about me (what's new). Really I came by to wish you VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR INDEED!

and may 2011 be way better than sodden old 2010!!

Gattina said...

Hi, Merle, it's a long time I haven't been on your blog ! I wish you a very good New Year and all the best ! What a nice big family you have ! I became grandma for the first time in November. A little boy called Toby. Here you can see him and us

BTW do you know what happened to Robin from Puss in Boots (Kat's craddle) ? Since September I haven't heard anything from her and she doesn't answer on emails either. Hope there is nothing wrong.

Beth E. said...

I enjoyed your pictures, Merle. What a lovely family...I'm so glad you had a good trip!

Thank you for the always make me smile!

Love you

jel said...

great photos, thanks for sharing them, really glad ya have a good visit!


Margaret Cloud said...

Liked all the pictures, especially the four generations one, so precious. That lion one was very good. Good one John. Thank you for the smiles.

Big Dave T said...

We're hearing quite a bit on the news about your floods over there. They sound terrible. Glad they don't affect you where you are. I liked looking at your pictures, especially the four generations photos. You look so cheerful. I'm going to have to pass on your poetry; they really made me smile.

Patty said...

Glad you had great, safe trip and a lovely time. I like the four generation photo with you sitting in the front. Take care and get some rest.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I'm glad you posted ALL those pictures Merle...I thorougly enjoyed seeing everyone. My favorite is the '4 Generations' one. You look wonderful and very happy. I posted a Xmas post a couple of days ago...and I really DID put too many pics in it; but I had so many to pick from and kind of got carried away.

Take care sweetie...Love, Joy

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for the smiles and the photos, Merle! I hope that 2011 is treating you well.

Jim said...

Thank you Merle, for sharing your family with us. You have a very nice looking family. I know you certainly enjoyed your traveling visits. The floods are terrible; we see them on our TVs. I am glad you and your home are safe.

Good deal too, on the grandkids and the greats. I haven't posted on them yet but this Christmas is new to me with the greats. I have two, one was six weeks old on our first visit in December. The other lives in Nevada and is now eleven. She came for a month, first time this year, to visit her father (Tim) and her grandmother (our duaghter Susie).

Your jokes are delicioius. I showed Mrs. Jim the Mime Joke and she loved it. We both laughed. And they all were what some people call 'decent' too.
I know of children who read mine quite regularly and others, family or in our Sunday school classes, who might not (could even lose a friend or two) if I strayed very far. A little suggestive is pretty well my limit [most times :)].


Theanne... said...

Loved the family photos and the jokes! Good stuff!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Happy New Year, Merle. Finally I have actually posted on my blog (only a few months overdue!).

You have a lovely fanily and it's lovely to see photos. It's a good one of you with them all, too.

Loved the jokes, especially and mime at the zoo! Funny.

I hope this finds you well, Merle and ready to face 2011 head on.


Janice said...

Hi Merle,

You have a very handsome family, and the baby is adorable. :)

I love the last one with the rhymes very funny. :D


Lady Di Tn said...

Nice photos of everyone. I love the generation ones. I feel very sad for those in the floods as I can recall our thousand year flood last May. Lots has been fixed but there is lots still that needs to be done. The zoo joke was so funny. Thanks for sharing and Peace

PEA said...

Such wonderful pictures, dear Merle and I especially love the one of the 4 generations, so precious!! I can well imagine how much fun it was with those babies around:-)

I've heard on our news about all the flooding going on in Australia and my heart really goes out to all those affected. I can't even imagine losing everything.

Enjoyed the jokes...Doctored Results had me laughing so much! lol Also love the poetry, omigosh too funny!!!

Take care of YOU, dear Merle. xoxox

Mountain Mama said...

According to the photos you sure had a nice time. I like the generations photo.
Love the jokes too.
Glad you are feeling ok Merle.
Take care.

LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ I love the pictures! The Four Generations was GREAT! Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes as well! ~ jb
PS Where is that goofy brother of yours? I hope he is not underwater down-under. It sounds really bad on our news here in the US. I really hope that all is fine?

BBQ said...

Thank you so much for sharing the very lovely photos with us, Merle =)

Linda May said...

Merle. It is good that you got back from up north when you did...if you had left it another week, if you had left it another week you may have been in trouble. Lovely that you got to see your family and all those gorgeous littlies. Loved the funnies too, the two liners and the Edna and the Doc one especially.