Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve

Not only is it New Year’s Eve, but it’s my granddaughter’s 12th birthday.

Last Day of 2009

What happened in two-thousand and nine,
Does is even matter?
Is it worth a dime?
No, no. But some things I’d rather.

Would be better to not worry about the past.
To look ahead to twenty-ten.
And plan for the things that last
Thing that will make us better men.

Kara’s Birthday
birthday Our granddaughter, Kara, is twelve years old today. We’ll be attending a little Birthday Celebration this afternoon.

We wish Kara a very Happy Birthday!


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
You may be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Someone said that bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

Let’s work this year and
make it a goal to develop good habits.

Quote of the Day
Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to.
~Bill Vaughn

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. 
~Bill Vaughan

Joke of the Day

What's the difference between government bonds and men?

Bonds mature.


The age old question:

If a man says something in the woods and no woman hears him, is he still wrong?

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winding Down

2009 is Winding Down
I’m sure you have things to do to finish out the year and to start the new year. You may have things you need to get rid of, and you may need to set up a new filing system. You may be interested in organizing better, cleaning up some clutter, and simplifying some of your chores.

You might need a good shredder to use on some of your old papers and stuff. You might want to consider the shredder of shredders which is highlighted in the following video. It’s called “The Monster”. It can shred a larger tractor tire, a refrigerator, etc. It’s amazing.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’m thankful for my good friends who have meant a lot to me this past years. Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

Quote of the Day
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

Women's Bumper Stickers

  • 'So many men, so few who can afford me.'

  • 'Coffee, chocolate, men ... some things are just better rich.'

  • 'Don't treat me any differently than you would the Queen.'

  • 'Guys have feelings too, But ... who cares?'

  • 'And your point is?'

  • 'Next mood swing: 6 minutes.'

  • 'If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.'

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Year for Deer

Plenty of Deer
We have seen lots of deer in our part of Tennessee this year. And once we narrowly missed one not too far from home.

Some areas have more that you can imagine. A friend sent me this pictures. I don’t know where it was taken. But look at the multitude of deer.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Somebody asked my wife if she woke up grouchy
in the mornings. She replied that she let him
wake up by himself.
Why is it that we get ill and grouchy sometimes?
I hope I can be better in the coming days.

Quote of the Day
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
~Hal Borland

Joke of the Day

There was a story going around about a long winded politician in Washington, DC. They say that one day last week he was crossing the street, and he narrowly missed be hit by a car. It was the quick action by one of his aides that pushed him out of the way of the auto just in time.

It was later reported that this is one of the few times that an airbag was saved by a person.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

A Busy Saturday

A few pictures from last Saturday.

1) Kara had a basketball game (left)

2) We took Celia to lunch at Riverfront Seafood Restaurant. (above)
3) Celia, Jade, and Beverly at Celia’s home.(above)

4) Jade and Tennessee Granddaddy (right)

After we got home and had supper, we played two games of Rummikub. Beverly won both games! Jade and I were both really disappointed. RKWe’ll be playing again soon and good fortune may turn our way.

Note: We played 3 games of Rummikub yesterday. Beverly won 2 games and Jade 1 game. Things don’t look good for me in playing games.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone said that a conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. It reminds me of the story  I heard one time. It goes like this.
Your conscience is like a star inside you that has sharp points on it. The star rotates when you have wrong thoughts or do something wrong. When it turns it hurts you inside. If you don’t stop making it turn, the points will eventually wear off and then when it turns it will not hurt you. Then your conscience will not not be a guide to you.
Keep the points sharp. Read & Pray.

Quote of the Day
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Joke of the Day

A man goes into a bar and seats himself on a stool. The bartender looks at him and says, "What'll it be buddy?"

The man says, "Set me up with seven whiskey shots and make them doubles." The bartender does this and watches the man slug one down, then the next, then the next, and so on until all seven are gone almost as quickly as they were served.

Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks why he's doing all this drinking.

"You'd drink them this fast too if you had what I have."

The bartender hastily asks, "What do you have pal?"

The man quickly replies, "I have a dollar."

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Day After

It’ll be a Big Mess
Don’t you know it will be a big mess today when the stores open. I hope I can stay home. But we’ll be out a little, as Kara has a basketball game this morning. We also plan to visit our dear friend, Celia, who has been ill for the past few weeks.

We’re enjoying our time with Jade. Tomorrow we’re having a potluck supper so all our church friends can visit with Jade while she is home for Christmas.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. Now we have the New Year to look forward to. Just think 2010 is almost here. What will you call it?

  • Two Thousand and Ten
  • Twenty Hundred and Ten
  • Y2K Plus 10
  • Twenty Ten
  • Or something else?

I like calling the new year Twenty Ten.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Well, I guess by now half the toys are broken, and people are lined up at the stores to return things that didn’t fit, were the wrong color, broken, or they didn’t like. My advice to you, stay about from malls and stores for the next few days.

Quote of the Day
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
~Eva Logue

Joke of the Day

One day a teacher read Chicken Little to her class of 1st graders. When she got to the part where chicken little told the farmer “the sky is falling”, the teacher stopped. And then she asked the class "What do you think the farmer said when chicken little told him the sky was falling?"

A little blond girl says "I think he said ‘HOLY COW!!! A TALKING CHICKEN!!!’"

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Santa Did It Again
wonder_lick_Christmas30It seems impossible for a chubby old man in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer could travel around the whole world and deliver toys and good cheer to all the children… but he did it again.

I still believe in Santa Claus. Don’t you?

Singing Santa & Reindeers
Here’s a cute flash movie of Santa and the Reindeer singing White Christmas. Just click on the following picture.MChristmas 

Here are some pictures from Christmas Eve. We had a great time. Kara loves her new cell phone, and Zachary was wild about the Star Wars Lego set. We were glad Jade was with us.

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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Give old Santa one day a year.
But put Jesus first every day of the year.

Isn’t it wonderful to give a gift.
It’s better to be on the giving end,
than on the receiving end of things.
Don’t you think?

Quote of the Day
May Peace be your gift at Christmas
and your blessing all year through! 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

After some deliberation I've decided to think generous this Christmas and so I'm going to give each member of my family a check for $1,000.

I haven't actually got any money in my account, but they do say it's the thought that counts.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

It’s Christmas Eve

Gifts tonight for the Grandkids
christmas_snowman_9 Tonight’s the night Kevin, Lesley, Kara, and Zachary come over for Christmas Eve snacks and Christmas gifts. It’s true joy that to see your grandkids tear into a wrapped Christmas gift with a gleam in their eye and watch their expression and excitement. Oh what fun!

We’ll miss having the rest of our family with us, but we did enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with them.

Do you remember much about Christmas when you were growing up? Do remember shaking gifts and trying to guess what they were? Do you remember those packages coming from a relative by the postman? Do you remember the bowl of nuts with the nutcracker and those little prong things to help you retrieve the nuts? SNOWMANDo you remember those red, green and white Christmas cookies in the shapes of Christmas? Did you remember putting out cookies and a Coke for Santa to enjoy after he delivered your toys? Do you remember Perry Como, Bing Crosby and the others singing the Christmas songs? Do you remember when Santa only had eight reindeer? Remember when Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer was “invented”? Well, I sure do!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas that’s filled with the warmth of love and happiness. I hope your giving to others has warmed many a heart, including your own.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It’s Christmas Eve.
I hope the Grinch did not steal your Christmas.
If you have love in your heart he did not,
so you can relax.

Quote of the Day
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Joke of the Day

A lady is walking down the street to work and she sees a parrot in a pet store. The parrot says to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly."

Well, the lady is furious! And she storms past the store to her work. On the way home she saw the same parrot in the window and the parrot said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly." Well, she was incredibly ticked now.

The next day see saw the same parrot and the parrot said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly." The lady was so ticked that she went into the store and said that she would sue the store and kill the bird.

The store manager said, "That's not good." and promised he wouldn't say it again.

When the lady walked past the store after work the parrot said to her,"Hey lady." She paused and said, "Yes?" and the bird said, "You know."

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Let Them Know

Contact the White House
I just did something I had never done before. I contacted the White House in Washington, DC with my comments about the Health Care bill and how it has been handled. I mentioned the Nebraska deal which should make each of us a little sick to our stomachs, among other things. I feel better now that I got it off my chest. You may want to contact them yourself.

Contact the White House

My normal post for today is right below this one.

Christmas Lights

A few days ago we were driving to watch Kara’s basketball team play a game across town… and we found the ultimate Christmas decorations on a home and lawn. It’s a classic at the corner of JB Dennis Highway and Bloomingdale Pike in Kingsport, TN. These people have been putting up the decorations for years… and they even encourage you to drive up their driveway to get a better view. We talked to the daughter briefly, and she said it takes them three full weeks to set everything up. I took a few pictures, but it does not do justice the length, breadth, and detail of this Christmas time exhibit.

(You may click on the pictures for a larger view.)

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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Bah Humbug!
Just kidding, I don’t really mean that.
Enjoy the season and be thankful.

Quote of the Day
It is Christmas in the heart that puts
Christmas in the air.
~W.T. Ellis

Joke of the Day

A man is waking up after surgery, his wife sitting by his side. His eyes flutter open and he says. "You're beautiful," before falling asleep again.

A few minutes later his eyes flutter open again and he says, "You're cute!"

His wife is slightly taken aback and says, "Cute? What happened to beautiful?"

The man replies, "The drugs are wearing off."

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

From My Cell Phone

The following picture was posted from my cell phone while I was in Knoxville, Tennessee this afternoon. The picture was taken with my phone and then transferred directly to this Blog. Dad was excited by this technology, an may be getting a new cell phone soon.

My regular post for today follows…

Another Gem Today, Jade

Jade Arrives Today
We’re excited about the arrival of Jade today. She’ll be spending most of her Christmas vacation with us in her Tennessee “home”. We’ll be picking her up at the airport later today. Needless to say we are excited about seeing her and having her home again.

JadeSenior If you don’t remember Jade, she was an Vietnam exchange student who lived with us during her senior high school year at Sullivan south High School. She is now enrolled in college in one of the western states. We delighted she chooses to come “home” to be with us at Christmas time! She has lots of friends here, and we’ll be busy visiting others and having them here during the holidays. They will all want to see Jade!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Welcome Home, Jade!

Global Warming Protest
The main steam media did not report on this event. I even have a picture of hundreds protesting against global warming.

Quote of the Day
He who has not Christmas in his heart
will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith

Joke of the Day

A blonde is out of money so she decided to kidnap a kid and hold him for ransom just like in the movies.

She went to the play ground and randomly grabbed a kid and told him I’ve kidnapped you.

She then wrote a note saying I’ve kidnapped your kid. Tomorrow morning leave ten grand under the oak tree in the playground. Signed a naughty blonde.

Then the blonde pinned the note to the kids shirt and sent him home to show his parents.

So the next morning the blonde checked under the tree. And sure enough the money was there in a bag with a note that said how could you do this to a fellow blonde?

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Gems Today, For Help Tomorrow

Madrid, Spain
star-sapphire-acn71f-ga Someone recently sent me some “gems” from one of our church conventions in Madrid, Spain. I selected a few to share with you this morning. They might help get you week off to a good start with the right focus.

  • Alone with God ... no opportunity of comparing self with others!
  • One meaning of INTEGRITY: One who cannot be corrupted.
  • Daniel would rather face the roar of the lions than a silent God.
  • Enthusiasm is no substitute for true depth.
  • Submission in the eyes of the world is weakness; in the sight of God it is a strong point that is of great value.
  • In a storm the sail needs to be set again and again, making use of the same wind that can destroy the vessel to the maximum advantage. We need to change our attitude again and again in order to get through the storms of life.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It’s Christmas Week.
A beautiful time of the year.
A time of cheer.
Think, think! What should we seek?
Do you have a wish?
Is is something you hold dear?
Let’s hope it is something that is lasting,
and that cannot be wrapped
in colorful paper with a big bow.

Quote of the Day
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 
~Norman Vincent Peale

Joke of the Day

Teacher: Jimmy, let’s say your dad has 10 dollars, and you ask for 4 dollars, How many dollars does your dad have left.

Jimmy: 10 dollars

Teacher: No. you don’t know your math.

Jimmy: No, you don’t know my Dad.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow in Kingsport

WinterSnow A Special Post this Saturday Morning to let you see what we have. Here’s a couple of pictures from the back window (see below).

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And we have surprise guests. My cousin John White and his wife Beverli were on their way to Johnson City yesterday. They were planning on going to their daughter’s graduation at ETSU this afternoon. It took them about 8 hours to drive from Knoxville to the Tri-Cities. We got in touch with them while they were stranded on I81, but eventually they were able to get to our house around 11:30 last night. When they arrived they were cold and hungry. We were delighted to give them some hot coffee, some soup and sandwiches, and a warm bed last night.

We’ve had a wonderful visit. Things are looking up weather wise, and they are planning to go to the graduation ceremony this afternoon.

Fishing Tackle Replacement

I’ve Started Slowly
Even though I have not received any money from my insurance claim to Nationwide Insurance, I have made a start in replacing my stolen fishing equipment.

bps2Want to guess what was my first purchase? I was in Wal-Mart last week and i bought a fish stringer. It was exactly like one of the two that I lost, but they only had  one so I grabbed it. Dad told me that was optimism to buy the fish stringer first.

CabThe second thing I bought was a tackle box. I got one that is very much like one of those I lost. I bought it a Bass Pro this past week using a gift JNcard and a money from Kevin and Beverly. I also have a  Cabela’s gift card that Bethany gave me.

Monks Now I’m in a holding stage until Nationwide pays off. In the meantime I’m making lists of what can be bought locally and what must be ordered. Most of my purchases will be online with Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Jann’s Netcraft, and Monk’s

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Time is our opportunity.
Time can be wasted, like anything.
If time is not used it will be lost forever.
There is no recycling plan for wasted time.

Quote of the Day
Delay is preferable to error.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Joke of the Day

it is near Christmas break of the school year. The students have turned in all their work and there is really nothing more to do. All the children are restless and the teacher decides to have an early dismissal.

Teacher: Whomever answers the questions I ask first and correctly can leave early today. Little Johnny says to himself good, I want to get outta here. I'm smart and will answer the question.

Teacher: Who said four score and seven years ago. Before Johnny opens his mouth, Susie yells Abraham Lincoln, teacher: That’s right Susie, you can go home. Johnny is mad Susie answered the first question.

Teacher: Who had a dream? Before Johnny opens his mouth, Mary says Martin Luther King. Teacher: That’s right you can go. Johnny is madder than before.

Teacher: Who said ask not what your country can do for you.  Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says John F. Kennedy. Teacher: That’s right Nancy. You can go.

Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been able to answer any questions. When the teacher turns back Johnny says: I wish these girls would keep their mouths shut!

The teacher turns around and asks, “Who said that?”

Johnny says, “Tiger Woods. Can i go home now?”

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Live and Learn

Japanese Addresses
The following video was very interesting. I was in Japan for about a week some years ago and never knew how they handled addresses and location. It is the opposite of how we do things in the USA. I think you’ll find this interesting and educational.

Now, after you watched the video, you may be like me… I am wondering how a GPS device would work for driving instructions?

Global Warming 
There may be something true about global warming. I think this picture shows a possible cause.GlobalGore
Thanks to dk 

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Any job worth doing should be done to the best of our ability. If we do shoddy work it does no honor to our Creator or to the time of our endeavor.

Quote of the Day
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Joke of the Day

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he's doing a show in a small town in Arkansas. With his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.

A blonde in the 4th row stands on her chair and starts shouting: "I've heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What does the color of a person's hair have to do with her worth as a human being? It's guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the community and from reaching our full potential as a person. Because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only blondes, but women in general, and all in the name of humor!"

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize.

But the blonde yells, "You stay out of this, mister! I'm talking to that little idiot on your knee."

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Only Zeppelin in the US

Photo Gallery
Bernard Zee had a unique opportunity to ride in and photograph the only Zeppelin in the United States. A Zeppelin is a rigid airship.
See Wikipedia.

Click on the picture below to see Bernard’s photos of what was a most interesting event.

Zp Photo by Bernard Zee

Maybe someday we’ll be riding around in these airships.

Another Blog in the Family 
I am delighted to tell you that my sister has started a new blog. It promises to be most interesting. It’s named:

Let’s Live and Learn Together

Check it out. I think you will enjoy checking in on Mary to see what she has to say.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
What power does a sincere smile have?
It promotes peace, shows love and kindness,
shows inner happiness, makes other people smile,
it says “I care about you”, etc.

Quote of the Day
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Joke of the Day

Three blondes were all applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, "So y'all want to be cops, huh?"

The blondes all nodded The detective got up, opened a file drawer and pulled out a folder. Sitting back down, he opened it and pulled out a picture, and said, "To be a detective, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities, such as scars and so forth."

So saying, he stuck the photo in the face of the first blonde and withdrew it after about two seconds."Now," he said, "did you notice any distinguishing features about this man ?" The blonde immediately said, "Yes, I did. He has only one eye!" The detective shook his head and said, "Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It's a profile of his face! You're dismissed!" The first blonde hung her head and walked out of the office.

The detective then turned to the second blonde, stuck the photo in her face for two seconds, pulled it back and said, "What about you? Notice anything unusual or outstanding about this man?""Yes! He only has one ear!" The detective put his head in his hands and exclaimed, "Didn't you hear what I just told the other lady? This is a profile of the man's face! Of course you can only see one ear!! You're excused too!" The second blonde sheepishly walked out of the office.

The detective turned his attention to the third and last blonde and said, "This is probably a waste of time, but..." He flashed the photo in her face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it, saying, "All right, did you notice anything distinguishing or unusual about this man?" The blonde said, "I sure did. This man wears contact lenses." The detective frowned, took another look at the picture and began looking at some of the papers in the folder He looked up at the blonde with a puzzled _expression and said, "You're absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! How in the world could you tell that by looking at his picture?" The blonde rolled her eyes and said, "Well, Helloooo! With only one eye and one ear, he certainly can't wear glasses.”

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Old but Always Funny

Who’s On First
This is a typographical version of the old skit by Abbott and Costello. I never tire of listening to this. It is truly a classic. it will make you smile and chuckle a little.

If the video is not working, click here.
I hope you enjoyed that.

Tennessee Granddaddy’s Birthday
I had a wonderful birthday yesterday. It all started at 7 AM when Kevin and I drove to Bass Pro Shops. Of course we stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way. I used a gift card and money gift at Bass Pro to start buying replacement fishing tackle to what was stolen a few weeks ago.

IMG_2517The later yesterday we went to Red Lobster for my  birthday supper, and then we had a big cookie and Marble Slab ice cream at our house. Here’s a few pictures taken on my 71st birthday.

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Thanks to all by relatives and friends for all the birthday cards, phone calls, and emails wishing me a happy birthday. I appreciate each and every one!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Choose good over bad,
better over good,
and best over better.
That brings a blessing.

Quote of the Day
The democracy will cease to exist when you
take away from those who are willing to work
and give to those who would not.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Joke of the Day

When Al Gore found out about the hacked email that indicated fraud in reporting data concerning global warming, he replied, “I wish I had never invented the internet.”


Did you know that 4 out of 3 persons have trouble with fractions.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

28th Amendment

New Amendment Proposed
At the present time there are 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. A recent email I received has proposed a new amendment, the

28th Amendment:

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

“When the people fear their government,
there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Today is December 15. Seventy-One years ago today I was born on my Mother’s Birthday. My Mother was a very special person and I have missed her very much since her death in 1974.

Quote of the Day
I miss thee, my Mother!  Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
~Eliza Cook

Joke of the Day

A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man. "Hi there, little girl, I'm President Obama. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.

kit1 "Baby kittens", little Suzy said.

"And what kind of kittens are they?"

"Democrats," answered Suzy with a smile.

Obama was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens. Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the president should return the next day, and, in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of "FREE KITTENS" when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Obama got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

"Hello, again," he said, "Id love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."

kit2 "Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're Republicans."

Taken by surprise, the president stammered, “But … yesterday, you told me they were DEMOCRATS.”

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know. But today, they have their eyes open."

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Monday, December 14, 2009

About Writing in the Sand

I received the following last week, and I thought you might enjoy this story.

Sand & Stone
Two friends were walking through the desert during some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face the one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:

“Today my best friend slapped me in the face”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire! And started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

“Today my best friend saved my life”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The friend replied, “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

Paris, TN Convention Gems for 2009
I finally finished writing up my “gems” from the Paris Church Convention that was held back in October of this year. I have lot of excuses for being so tardy in reviewing my notes and writing them up, but I won’t bore you with all that. Going back through my notes brought back a lot of good things that we heard. You can download them from the following web page:

Convention Gems

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
There will never be Peace on Earth because of the nature of man. But there can be Peace in Earth if we let God control our lives.

Quote of the Day
Life is like a coin. 
You can spend it any way you wish,
but you only spend it once.
~Lillian Dickson

Joke of the Day

One day, an employee received an unusually large check. She decided not to say anything about it.

The following week, her check was for less that the normal amount, and she confronted her boss.

“How come,” the supervisor inquired, “you didn’t say anything when you were overpaid?”

Unperturbed, the employee replied, “Well, I can overlook one mistake – but not two in a row!”

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