Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Good Day

We had a good day of celebration for Beverly’s Birthday. Here’s a couple of pictures that we took last night.

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That cake was all gone at the end of the evening. It was a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake made with world class chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake. This was after an evening out at a local Italian restaurant where we had a happy and fun time.

Beverly is recovering well from her surgery, and is getting her strength back. I, too, am feeling much better and I seem to be over the bug I was fighting for a couple of weeks. We’re definitely on the way back to normal.


And we have another family birthday today. Read on…

Happy Birthday

A Special Birthday Greeting to my Cousin Karen in Memphis! You have to check out her beautiful art work and painting help at her
Brush Strokes Blog.


Trucker and His Duck
Here’s another story about interesting relationships between man and animals. This is about a Minnesota truck driver who has a pet mallard duck who accompanies him on his trucking travels.

So don’t be surprised if you see a duck in the passenger seat of an 18 wheeler as you ride down the interstate. In fact, in this day and time don’t be surprised at anything you see (except maybe a duck in the driver’s seat). 

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of winter.
I’m ready for some warm spring days.

Quote of the Day
An ounce of blood is worth more
than a pound of friendship.
~Spanish Proverb

Joke of the Day

Walking through a supermarket, a young man noticed an old lady following him around. He ignored her for a while, but when he got to the checkout line, she got in front of him.

"Pardon me," she said. "I'm sorry if I've been staring, but you look just like my son who died recently.

"I'm sorry for your loss," the young man replied. "Is there anything I can do for you?"

"Well, as I'm leaving, could you just say 'Goodbye, mother!?' It would make me feel so much better." She gave him a sweet smile.

"Of course I can," the young man promised.

As she gathered her bags and left, he called out "Goodbye, mother!" just as she had requested, feeling good about her smile.

Stepping up to the counter, he saw that his total was about $100 higher than it should be. "That amount is wrong," he said. "I only have a few items!"

"Oh, your mother said that you would pay for her," explained the clerk.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Beverly’s Birthday Today

My Wife’s Birthday

To my wonderful and loving wife, I wish her a Happy Birthday.

We were married in 1961, that’s 48 years as of June 8, 2009. We’ve been through just about everything. I love her more today than I ever did. Some things just get more precious with age.


Here we are still together after 48 years.

Happy Birthday Beverly!

I love you!


Look what Beverly just received just before noon today. A beautiful vase of cut flowers for her birthday. They were from Sylvia, Mandy and Alex who live in Lebanon, TN.

They are really nice in a beautiful rectangular vase made of thick green glass. She thanks you very much!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Life is a wonderful gift. A gift so precious, just to live a life on this earth. How much more precious is the gift of eternal life? Some things are unknowable and immeasurable.

Quote of the Day
A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein

Joke of the Day

An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked someone in the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips to the refrigerator, stove and table, often carrying just a single item. So I suggested, 'Honey, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"

Another person asked, "Did it save time?"

The expert replied, "Actually, it did. It used to take her twenty minutes to get breakfast ready...and now I do it in about ten."

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A High Job

Afraid of Heights?
If so, you would not want this guy’s job. He works in high places, very high places. This is supposedly true, and it’s interesting. The note I received said:

IndiaSkyScraper-1“Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southern India is the cult hero of Dubai's army of construction workers. Known as the "Indian on the top of the world", Babu is the crane operator at the world's tallest building - the 819-meter (2,687 ft) Burj Dubai. His office, the cramped crane cab perched on top of the Burj, is also his home - apparently it takes too long to come down to the ground each day to make it worthwhile.  When the building is completed, its elevators will be the world's fastest. Stories about his daily dalliance with death are discussed in revered terms by Dubai 's workers. Some say he has been up there for more than a year, others whisper that he's paid 30,000 dirhams ($8,168) a month compared with the average wage of 800 dirhams a month. All agree he's worth it.”

See the red arrow. That’s supposedly where he works, and lives for the time being. I wonder what it would be like up there in a thunder storm? I don’t want to think about it.


Get more information about this amazing building HERE.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’ve got a secret.
Beverly is having a birthday tomorrow!

Quote of the Day
Fear knocked at the door.  Faith answered. 
And lo, no one was there. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

Marty was in his usual place in the morning sitting at the table, reading the paper after breakfast. He came across an article about a beautiful actress that was about to marry a football player who was known primarily for his lack of IQ and common knowledge.

He turned to his wife with a look of question on his face. "I'll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives."

His wife replies, "Why thank you, dear!"

… AND …

A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"

And the father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Bullet-Proof Glass
When I saw this the other day, I could not believe my eyes. It is a film taken in the early 1930s showing the effectiveness of a new bullet-proof glass. What remarkable is that a man shoots a rifle at the glass which is being held up by her in front of her face. This is supposed man and wife, and I must say she had a lot of trust in her husband and in that glass.


No wonder we have longer life expectancy these days, people were stupid in the 1930s.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I hope that every day I can choose
to be in a good mood!

Quote of the Day
Keep your fears to yourself but
share your courage with others.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Joke of the Day

Four college friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to Dallas and party with some friends up there. They had a great time. However, after all the partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Austin until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it.

They explained that they had gone to Dallas for the weekend with the plan to come back and study but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The Professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved.

They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth 5 points. It was something simple about free radical formation. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room. "This is going to be easy."

Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written:

(For 95 points): Which tire?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Great Smoky Mountains

Last Sunday
The Knoxville News-Sentinel ran several articles in last Sunday’s paper about the creation and dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In a couple of the old photographs it showed the dedication ceremony with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on September 2, 1940. Many of you may have been to the spot where this dedication ceremony was made at Newfound Gap.

I was asking my Dad about this the other day. And he told me that he remembers it clearly. He was in the crowd that day and saw President Roosevelt and heard his speech on top of the mountain.

The first picture shows President at the podium making his speech on Sept. 2, 1940. My Dad’s out there in the crowd somewhere.

This next picture shows the crowd that was gathered to see and hear. Click on the pictures for a nicer and larger view.
Smokies2 I hope to have Dad to share with more about the events of that day. I am curious about their travel from Knoxville, how long it took, what kind of car, who was with him, their thoughts about the event, etc. And I wonder where I was? I would have been 1 year and 9 months old at that time, and I am sure I was home with Mom.

Some Links About the Smoky Mountains:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The more knowledge you attain in this life, only goes to show not what you know, but what you really don’t know. This is true if you are wise.

The following quote is so true.
Quote of the Day
There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Joke of the Day

Curious when I found two black-and-white negatives in a drawer, I had them made into prints. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were of a younger, slimmer me, taken on one of my first dates with my husband.

When I showed him the photos, his face lit up. "Wow, look at that!" he said with appreciation. "It's my old Plymouth!"

… AND …

I have a funny poem on my Diet Scorecard Blog. It’s called ’Twas the Month After Christmas

Check it out: Chick Here

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Henry Ford & the Model T

Slide6 The Model T
The video I found for you today is about Henry Ford and his famous Model T Ford. The car was the first ever mass produced on an assembly line. The picture to the right is a  1912 Model T Touring car. It is more elaborate than most of the Model T’s that came off of Mr. Ford’s assembly line. I enjoyed this video very much, and feel that I learned a lot about this automobile, its manufacture, its impact on a growing nation, and its toughness as an automobile. It might put sum modern day SUVs to shame.


Hey, I was just thinking… I wonder if we could get my Dad to tell us a few stories about driving the Model T. How about it Dad?

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Every day we have choices. Will I focus on my purpose or will I focus on my problems?

Quote of the Day
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~ Henry Ford

Joke of the Day

A gentleman was having some physical problems and his doctor told him that he had to drink warm water with Epsom Salts one hour before breakfast. At the end of a week he returned and the doctor asked if he was feeling better.

The man said that he actually felt worse. "Did you drink warm salt water an hour before breakfast each day?" the Doc asked.

"No," replied the man somberly, letting out a sigh. "I could only do about 15 minutes!"

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Never Underestimate the Wrath of a Mother

Thanks to our friends Charlie and Faye for sending me the following pictures of an encounter between a dog and a couple of squirrels. It seems one of the mother squirrel’s babies is on the ground and is being checked out by this dog. Scroll down and see what happens.

A baby squirrel is in the clutches of this dog, but mother is coming to the rescue. s1
Mom has no fear! She jumps right up in that dog’s face! s2
Mom’s on the offense and the baby is free. The dog is not sure what to do. s3
Mom and baby squirrel go up the tree, back to the nest.

The dog has a funny expression, doesn’t he?

Never underestimate the wrath and fury of an upset mother!

This applies to all species!

Report on the Sick and Ailing 
Beverly is doing good. Her nose is stopped up and still draining from the surgery. One of the worst parts is that she has to sleep sitting up until she sees the doctor again on Feb.2. She’s in good spirits! She camped out on the sofa in the family room where I can keep a sharp eye on her.

This old Granddaddy has been better. I still haven’t gotten completely over that flu bug or whatever it was that hit me last week. I am still very weak, with no energy, and start perspiring at he very little exertion. So I went back to see my doctor yesterday. He said I was fighting some sore of infection. He had me x-rayed to check for pneumonia, which was a negative. He went ahead a put me on a high power antibiotic. We’ll see what happens. Last night and this morning I had a low grade fever.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I think they are right when they say that most of what you worry about won’t happen anyway.

Quote of the Day
Whether you think you can or think you can't
- you are right.
~Henry Ford

Joke of the Day

This woman rushes to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattles off, "Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were blood-shot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What's wrong with me, Doctor?"

The doctor looks her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly says, "Well, I can tell you that there ain't nothing wrong with your eyesight."

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Beverly’s Home

The Surgery
IMG_0055-1Everything seemed to go off as planned yesterday. We are thankful. I love that woman! She is more precious to me each day.

This picture was taken of us on December 26, 2008.
(Click on the picture for a larger view.)

Thanks for all my family and friends who have called and sent email wishing Beverly a speedy recovery. Those things mean a lot.

My Other Blog: Diet Scoreboards
Don’t forget to checkout my other blog (Diet Scoreboards) about health and weight loss. You might find something to help you, or if nothing else you can keep up with those that are letting me post their progress in the side panel. At the present time only two people have set goals and are in the system. That’s Jim and Sue. If you want to be added just send me your goal for 2009, your start date, and then every week or every tow weeks send me an update of your progress. (You don’t have to tell me what you weigh, because I am not going to tell you what I weigh.)

More Nostalgia
Here’s a few links you might want to check out for a few laughs and some good memories:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
There are many good things in our natural life that we can have too much of. And too much of good things can make them bad things.

Quote of the Day
Never let a computer know you're in a hurry.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office.

After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't follow my instructions carefully, your husband will surely die.

"Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him.

"Don't burden him with chores. Don't discuss your problems with him; it will only make his stress worse. Do not nag him. Most importantly, give him all your love attention.

"If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely."

On the way home, the husband asked his wife, "What did the doctor say?"

"He said you're going to die," she replied.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

All Went Good!

Hey Everybody! We’re Back Home!
We got back home a little before Noon.

Beverly’s surgery went great. The hospital did a great job of keep Granddaddy updated as the morning progressed. But that phone call from the doctor around 8:15 AM was the the best. He told me he found exactly what he expected, and no sign of cancer, but he was still sending in samples for a biopsies to be on the safe side.

I am happy and feeling good again. Now I’m playing the role of nurse.

Surgery Today

birds Beverly has sinus surgery this morning. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM. So I’ll make this post short. She has a blockage in her right sinus area that has been bothering her for at least 4 months. Finally they did a CT Scan that showed something in her sinus cavity. The doctor (ENT specialist) told her surgery was not an option. It had to be done to find out what she is dealing with. The procedure this morning will be done as an out patient, and we’ll be home later today unless there are complications.

I’ll give you an update to this post when we return from the hospital. Please keep Beverly in your prayers.

Still Nostalgic
This next link will have you looking back in time. When you open the infoplease web site, then click on the year you were born, for detailed and specific information. You’ll have your choice as the range goes from 1900 to 2008. (Dad, I’ve got you covered)

I think you’ll find it very informative, and it’s all business. Click on:


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Here is a test to find
whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.

BIBLE = Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth

Quote of the Day
When you are through changing,
you are through. 
~Bruce Barton

Joke of the Day

Wife after returning from fishing trip with husband to neighbor:

"I did everything all wrong again today --
bcrappie2  - I talked too much and too loud. 
  - I used the wrong bait.
  - I reeled in too fast AND 
  - I caught more than he did."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beverly’s Surgery

Sinus Surgery
Beverly has Endoscopic Sinus Surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning. I’ll tell you more after her surgery. Her right sinuses have been blocked for months. Finally they did a CT scan which showed the need for surgery. A few weeks ago she went to the ENT doctor who told her surgery was not an option. It was imperative to find out what was the cause. She’s a little nervous, because, believe it or not, Beverly has never been put to sleep with anesthesia.

1:36 PM Update: The hospital just called and we have to have Beverly at the hospital at 5:30 AM Tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Inauguration
I was reminded yesterday that our nation is not based on a group of people of the same race or skin color, or is it based on us having the same religion, instead it is based on the fact that we all believe in freedom.

This is a good video showing each of our forty-four presidents… from George Washington to Barack Obama.

How’s This for Nostalgia!
TrainBuickThis picture was taken by Michael F. Allen, and he has many more beautiful photographs that truly capture an era of American history. If you like trains go to:


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The highest form of wisdom is never to worry about
the future but to resign ourselves entirely to God’s Will.

Quote of the Day
All men desire peace,
but very few desire those things
that make for peace.
~Thomas a Kempis

Joke of the Day

While sports fishing off a Florida inland waterway, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, "are there any gators around here?!"

"Naw," the man hollered back, "Ain't been any for years!"

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming toward the shore. As he got closer to shore he shouted to the guy again "What did you do to get rid of the gators?"

"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got 'em all."

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nostalgic Week

The Good Old Days
I guess this must be Nostalgic Week for me. Yesterday, I was rambling about going to downtown Knoxville to Woolworth’s. Then another friend sent we a link to flash movie about those western movies… Then I found lots more. I hope you enjoy.
(Time in Minutes:Seconds)

Granddaddy and His Car
Jims50Ford2This pictures brings back lots of memories. It was my first car, a 1950 Ford V8, 2 door, straight shift with overdrive. It was a dull gray color, but soon after I got the car I got it painted Black.

When I bought the car, I didn’t know how to drive a straight shift. With Dad’s help and a vacant lot next door, I practiced until I got my driver’s license. I was at the door of the DMV on my birthday, but they said come back tomorrow. It was raining a little bit that day.

I got me a ding-dong bell, and Ooga horn on the car. I wish I still had that car. And that same wish goes out from probably every guy about his first car.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says: 
Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when
you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

Quote of the Day
Put a grain of boldness into everything you do. 
~Baltasar Gracian

Joke of the Day

A small town doctor was famous in the area for always catching large fish.

One day while he was on one of his frequent fishing trips he got a call that a woman at a neighboring farm was giving birth. He rushed to her aid and delivered a healthy baby boy.

The farmer had nothing to weigh the baby with so the doctor used his fishing scales. The baby weighed 32 lb. 10 oz

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Do You Remember Woolworth’s?

I Sure Do!
I remember going downtown to Knoxville with my Mother when I was a small boy. We rode the bus to get into town. I always wanted to sit at the back of the bus. But I could not sit there, it was reserved for the blacks. To me it looked like the best seats on the bus.

When we got to town, we always went to Woolworth’s. It was one of the best places to go. I always went to the toys and looked. I remember looking carefully at each toy to see if it said “Made in Japan”. I knew if it said that, that it would be junk, and I would not buy it. Now days, if it says “Made in Japan” it generally means the highest quality.

I also remember segregated rest rooms and water fountains at Woolworth’s. Even as a small boy, that that did not seem right to me. We have come a long way in this country. This week we will be inaugurating our first black president, Barack Obama. God Bless America!

We usually ate lunch at the Woolworth lunch counter. And, I have something very special to share with you. It’s a copy of a 1950’s sandwich menu from Woolworth’s. (Thanks to our good friends Faye and Charlie in Owensboro, KY for sending it to me.)


Yes, a king size coke was 10 cents and a piece of pie was only 15 cents. This was fast food in the early 1950’s.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
We are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

Quote of the Day
Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.
~Astrid Alauda

Joke of the Day

A fisherman from the city was out fishing on a lake in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror. Being curious the man rowed over and asked, "What is the mirror for?"

"That's my secret way to catch fish," said the other man. "Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat."

"Wow! Does that really work?"

"You bet it does."

"Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I'll give you $30 for it."

"Well, okay."

After the money was transferred, the city fisherman asked, "By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?"

"You're the sixth," he said.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009


Ever Make a Slingshot?
When I think about slingshots I think about how we used to make them when I was a boy. We would look for a branch of tree with a “Y” shape. Then we would cut it to size and carve the “Y” to get the ends smoothed up. We would then search for an old inner tube and cut it to make some strips, and we would look for some leather to make the rock holder with. We used string to tie the rubber strips to the “Y” on the slingshot, … It seems like only yesterday. To tell the truth, old inner tubes did not work all that well, but it was all we had. We used what we could find and we had made out own slingshot. Now you can go buy one at Wal-Mart.

This video below is about a man who is an expert with slingshots. He can hit just about anything. He is really good! It brought back lots of memories. Thanks, Don, for sending this to me.

Now the next video is about a different kind of slingshot. It’s about a human slingshot. I wonder if that poor girl has any idea about what she is getting into.

Wow, what did you think about that? I would call that dangerous with a capital “D”.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Remember that there are two theories for arguing with your wife. Neither one works.

Quote of the Day
A daughter may outgrow your lap,
but she will never outgrow your heart.
~Author Unknown

(Granddaddy says that the above quote
also applies to granddaughters.)

Joke of the Day

Mrs. Pete Monaghan came into the newsroom to pay for her husband's obituary. She was told by the kindly newsman that it was a dollar a word and he remembered Pete and wasn't it too bad about him passing away.

She thanked him for his kind words and bemoaned the fact that she only had two dollars. But she wrote out the obituary, "Pete died."

The newsman said he thought old Pete deserved more and he'd give her three more words at no charge.

Mrs. Pete Monaghan thanked him and rewrote the obituary: "Pete died. Boat for sale"

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Elephants Live In Tennessee

The Elephant Sanctuary
Yes, elephants live in Tennessee! There’s a special place in Hohenwald, Tennessee where elephants can go to retire. The Elephant Sanctuary is “A Natural-Habitat Refuge Where Sick, Old and Needy Elephants Can Once Again Walk The Earth In Peace and Dignity.” Click on the Elephant Sanctuary to visit the web site.

MY cousin recently sent me a link to a YouTube video concerning this sanctuary that tells about a dog and an elephant which have established a very lasting and unique friendship. I found this very interesting.

The Elephant Sanctuary is definitely a good thing.

My Aches and Pains
Granddaddy woke up yesterday and felt awful. I was weak, no energy, no appetite and I had a fever. Grandmother always gets worried when I’m not myself, so we made a trip to my doctor. He said it was probably a virus. I just laid around and slept all day.Fishing Show

This morning I feel some better, but I’m still not myself.

Beverly knew I was sick, because I had planned to go to the Fishing Show in Knoxville yesterday. When I told her I was unable to go she knew right away that something was wrong with me. So I guess I’ll miss the Fishing Show this year.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
We either control our own attitude or
our attitude controls us.
We alone are responsible for our attitude.

Quote of the Day
You have succeeded in life when all you really want
is only what you really need. 
~Vernon Howard

Joke of the Day

Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, a pretty girl asked, "I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?"

"Only one kiss per yard," replied the smirking male clerk.

"That's fine," replied the girl. "I'll take ten yards."

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk quickly measured out and wrapped the cloth, then teasingly held it out.

The girl snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her. "Grandpa will pay the bill," she smiled.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Large Houses

goofyI feel a little goofy today. How about you?

Monstrous Houses
The pictures below were sent to me a while back to illustrate the “homes” of rich and famous people. Are they homes? Probably not, depending on your definition of what makes a home. A home is very different than a house. I’ve been in very large homes that were small houses.

Arnold S

J-Lo & Mark
J-Lo and Mark-1


Halle B

John T


Bill J

Eddie M

Hugh H

Sylvester S


Ok… I’ll get serious. The link below will take you to a video that shows a castle that was built to be a home for some people that live only about 20 miles from where we live in Kingsport. This house is in Johnson City, TN, and It’s quite amazing. Click on the following link to get a tour of the castle:

The Grindstaff Castle

And we learned last Sunday that the castle took a lightning hit during a storm on 1/10/2009. It caught fire and the owners were not home, and the fire department had difficulties getting in to fight the blaze due to the large iron gate that secures the property. The house is also for sale. Before the fire the price was 28.5 million dollars. (Someone told me that the house had sold before the fire.) About the Fire.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’m thankful that as I have gotten older, that age has only affected my body, and not my mind.

Quote of the Day
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.
~Bernard Baruch

Joke of the Day

A few weeks ago, a man who was an officer in the naval reserve was attending a conference that included admirals in both the USA and the French navies.

At a cocktail reception, my friend found himself in a small group that included an admiral from each of the two navies.

The French admiral started complaining that whereas Europeans learned many languages, Americans only learned English.

He then asked. "Why is it that we have to speak English in these conferences rather than you having to speak French?"

Without even hesitating, the American admiral replied.

"Maybe it is because we arranged it so that you did not have to learn to speak German."

The group became silent.

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