Saturday, July 22, 2006

Old Fashioned Saturday

We had a Parade today!


With Clowns!

Old Tractors...

Our Son rode his 4-wheeler in the parade and tossed candy to the children...

Our daughter ran after all the candy...

The pony ride made her day!

It was very hot and I am very tired...nuff said...

Friday, July 21, 2006

Your Grounded

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” ~ Dale Carnegie

A Utah farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. the dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.

4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

This demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (7th)

Children in Church

1. A little boy was attending his first wedding.

2. After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"

3. "Sixteen," the boy responded.

4. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do you know that?"

5."Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like the Bishop said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer."

6. After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up."

7. "That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?"

8. "Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen."

9. A 6-year-old was overheard reciting the Lord's Prayer at a church service: "And forgive us our trash passes, as we forgive those who passed trash against us."

10. A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon.

11. “How do you know what to say?" he asked.

12. "Why, God tells me."

13. "Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?"

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

King Eider Video, Bird Audio clips

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.~ Henry David Thoreau

The name of this bird is the Western Meadowlark. I love this bird! It is common where I live. Years ago when I lived on the farm, one of these beautiful birds used to visit me and sing every morning while I fed my horses their grain. Toss away those ear mops and ipods. When Joe was little my eldest son went through his rap music period. I made him wear headphones to listen to it. Joe called the headphones ear mops and I still call them that. The sounds of nature are wonderful. Click on the link below to listen to a 2 second. Yes, I said second. A two second sound bite from this wonderful bird. After you listen to the meadowlark use your back arrow to return to this page.

I am just surfing around and I found some things to share. Get your clicker finger ready. I am going to direct you to a few interesting places. Sit back and enjoy. First you will view a short video of a King Eider resting and preening. This little clip is just ducky! I love the little tail wag at the end of the video. Turn your volume up I think i can hear him make a cute noise with the tail wag like wooohoo! It is only a 2 minute video it is worth the click.

Of course it is a two minute video if you watch it once. My daughter is wanting to watch this character over and over and over. There is a part of the video where he takes a foot out of the water. I thought it looked like he was waving. I told Jaycee he is waving and she said, "No Mamma he is shivering!" She is laghing and laughing as she watches the video. I may have to place a shortcut on my desktop.

Click on the link below to watch and listen to this cheeky ducky. After you watch the duck, click the back arrow on your explorer bar to return to this web page.

This video is ten seconds, if you only watch it once, tee hee. Click the link to watch and listen to a Great Reed Warbler.

This little birdie can sing. I loved this ten second video of the Common Chiffchaff.
This next link is a ten second video of the Canary Islands Chiffchaff.

Drum roll. For the final two videos these are Puffins. They are a sea bird and only land to lay and egg and nurture their young for 21-39 days. They spend their life at sea. A few of them were tagged and tracked and they did not come back to land for 3 years! Jaycee really likes this one. She said the birds are kissing.
And in this final link music was added to the video and it is tastefully done.

That is all I have for today. If you have not had enough then the link below will direct you to the site where you can watch 10 second videos of many other birds. *waves


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Doll Song

I still remember my Raggedy Ann
Although she sat all torn and tattered
I am glad she was there when it really mattered.

I got an email from Mom. I am posting the lyrics to the doll song that she sang to me and the one I sing to her granddaughter. Thanks Mom!

Mom said: “I don't think that the melody matters much. Little girls just love the words.”

Dear Mom,

Big girls love it too! I still remember how you sang that song. I can hear your voice in my memories. It is one of my most treasured memories of us.

It was a secret, my love for my raggedy doll collection when I was a little girl. The cat is out of the bag now. The Raggedy life does have a special something behind the name…

I still remember the beautiful hand made raggedy you bought for me.

I was never for the porcelain pretty, I find it very beautiful but I never had the delicacy to handle them. Do you remember my little white porcelain horse I named “Dusty”? He was just a heap of glue by the time I was done with him. I loved him though.

The throw against the wall kind of things lasted a lot longer with me.

The Doll Song

"I had a doll--come from a fair,
with big blue eyes and yellow hair.
I wanted her to come and play,
but Mom made me put her away.
Once when I had the chicken pox,
My mom took her out of the box.
I stood her up and I let her fall,
and now I've got no doll at all.

'Ceptin' my ole rag doll.
You can throw 'gainst the wall.
Her eyes don't shut when she's asleep,
but she's a doll I'll always keep.
I never do comb her hair--
Cause there ain't any there.
Of all the rest, I love her best--
My little ole rag doll."

Monday, July 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac

We had our share of hardships
in our earlier years.
Now that I am older,
time made so much clear.

I know that you have always
done the best you could.
I am proud to be your daughter,
I am proud to call you Mom.

I want you to know how much I respect what you have

done for my Dad, for your children, for me,
and even for yourself.

When problems knock you down
you just slowly, steadily, adjust your shoulders
and then move on.

Your strength amazes me.

I am proud of you.
You are beautiful.
I miss you.

You are strong.
You are loving.
You are caring.
Your are dependable.

We are blessed to have you in our lives.
I sing your doll song to my daughter…
She holds the pillow you made her at night…
I love you….

Have a Wonderful Birthday!

Hugs and Love from all of us here!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sunday July 16, 2006

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, And a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

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