Tuesday, June 30, 2009

High Mileage

Mercury Comet
Here’s an interesting story about a lady who owned a Mercury Comet that had 540,000 miles. Her name is Rachel and she’s quite a gal, and she’s got quite a car!

June’s Gone
This is the last day of June! It’s kind of hard to believe that this year is going so fast. It’s half over already! A reminder that time is going fast. It goes faster for us when we are older. I think that’s because we don’t have as many days left to live. Whereas, someone young has many more years of expected life, so time seems to go much slower.

Gone Fishing Again Today 
I’m going fishing again today, then I’m going to stay away from the lake until after the July 4th. It seems around the holidays there are lots of crazies that get out on the lake. So Lake Trout. Salvelinus namaycush.I’ll stay home and leave them alone.

My fishing buddies, Ralph and Doug, are going with me today. We hope to fish South Holston Lake for some more trout.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone said without GOD, our week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday,
Thirstday, Fightday & Shatterday.

Remember seven days WITHOUT GOD makes one WEAK!!

Quote of the Day
There is no education like adversity.

Joke of the Day

Some years ago an old Indian chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking a ceremonial pipe and eyeing two US government officials sent by the President to interview him.

Chief Two Eagles was asked by one official, “You’ve observed the white man for many years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances, you've seen his progress, and the damage he's done.”

The Chief nodded in agreement.  The official
continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”

The Chief stared at the government officials
for over a minute and then calmly replied,

”When white man found the land, Indians were running it.  No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, women did all work, medicine man free, Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing, all night doing whatever he wanted.”  Then the chief leaned back and smiled.  “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”

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Monday, June 29, 2009

A Good Weekend

We had a great weekend. Our friends Don and Illa visited us and we a great time.

On Friday night we had our pot luck picnic. We had a big crowd in attendance and the food was great, as usual. This picture shows me waving the flags as we were organizing the picnic tables.

102_0923 Picture above by Don B 

On Saturday we had a late breakfast, then took our visitors for a tour of the area. As part of our tour we went to visit James and Elizabeth at Telford, TN. We had a good visit and ended up a Bob Evans for a good supper together.

On Sunday we took this picture before Don and Illa left to return to Knoxville. (I used the tripod that Dad gave me and the timer on my camera for this shot.) IMG_2012

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Make use of your opportunities while you can.

Quote of the Day
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
~Arabian Proverb

Joke of the Day

Today's Stock Market Report:

  • Helium was up.
  • Feathers were down.
  • Paper was stationary.
  • Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.
  • Knives were up sharply.
  • Pencils lost a few points.
  • Hiking equipment was trailing.
  • Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.
  • Weights were up in heavy trading.
  • Light switches were off.
  • Mining equipment hit a rock bottom.
  • Diapers remained unchanged.
  • The market for raisins dried up.
  • Coca Cola fizzled.
  • Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.
  • Sun peaked at midday.
  • Balloon prices were inflated.
    And ... . .
  • Charmin Tissue touched a new bottom.

Thanks for this joke, EDK! I like it.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Retired Bumper Stickers

Have a Laugh or Two
Here’s a few bumper stickers for today, and I’ll have more for you next week…


Have a great weekend! Remember…


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Quote of the Day
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
~St. Augustine

Joke of the Day

The Proverbs of Life

  • A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand
  • A Clean House Is A Sign of A Misspent Life
  • A Husband Is Someone Who Takes Out the Trash And Gives The Impression He Just Cleaned The Whole House
  • A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen... And This Kitchen Is Delirious
  • Help keep the kitchen clean - Eat OUT
  • Housework Done Properly Can Kill You
  • If we are what we eat, then I'm easy, fast and cheap.
  • My next house will have no kitchen --- just vending machines.
  • No Husband Has Ever Been Shot While Doing The Dishes
  • Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Picnic Today

Picnic3 Our second picnic of the year is planned for this afternoon. We have a couple of good friends coming to visit us this afternoon, and they will be going to the picnic with us and spending the weekend with us.

Fishing Yesterday 
P1050972 Beverly and I took Nancy and Sheila for a boating and fishing outing on South Holston Lake. We had a picnic on the water and we did some fishing for trout.

This picture shows Sheila and I holding the stringer. We had 6 nice trout, 5 were Lake Trout and 1 was a Rainbow Trout. The largest was a 3 lb 10 oz Lake Trout that Sheila caught. The stringer weighed 15 pounds.

Common Sense?
A good friend sent me the follow a couple weeks ago. He said it would be useful for my blog:

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately -- illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida .
.... not me -- I concentrate on solutions for the problems -- it's a win-win situation.

  • Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
  • Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.
  • Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?  Think about this:

1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments   

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.  

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.   

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... it creates a hostile work environment.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Having a good friend is like having a treasure.

Quote of the Day
Invest a few moments in thinking. 
It will pay good interest.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A bum, who obviously has seen more than his share of hard times, approaches a well dressed gentleman on the street. "Hey, Buddy, can you spare two dollars?" The well-dressed gentleman responds, "You are not going to spend in on liquor are you?"

"No, sir, I don't drink," retorts the bum.

"You are not going to throw it away in some crap game, are you?" asks the gentleman.

"No way, I don't gamble," answers the bum.

"You wouldn't waste the money at a golf course for greens fees, would you?" asks the man.

"Never," says the bum, "I don't play golf."

The man asks the bum if he would like to come home with him for a home cooked meal. The bum accepts eagerly. While they are heading for the man's house, the bum's curiosity gets the better of him. "Isn't your wife going to be angry when she sees a guy like me at your table?"

"Probably," says the man, "but it will be worth it. I want her to see what happens to a guy who doesn't drink, gamble or play golf."

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Big & Small

Star Sizes
This short video shows how small earth is in relation to our sun and other stars that have been discovered by man.

How small we are! How come we ever get the big head? 

On the Lake
BoatIf all goes as planned I may be on the lake again today.  I’ve been promising Sheila and Nancy a boat ride and maybe a little fishing. So Beverly will go along to help me with the boat. lifesaver We’ll also take a picnic lunch and ride the waves in my pontoon boat later today. Who knows… we might just try to catch a fish or two or three or four…

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
When we lived in Mexico, I had saying that was good to remember. It was to “Expect the Unexpected.”

Quote of the Day
Always borrow money from a pessimist,
he doesn't expect to be paid back.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

Stress is created when one's mind overrides the body's basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it!

How to Control Stress by Relaxing
If you've been having a rough day, there is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological texts in order to help you relax.

Please follow these steps properly to get the full effect:

  1. Picture yourself near a stream.
  2. Imagine birds chirping softly in the crisp, cool, mountain air.
  3. No one but you knows your secret place.
  4. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place known as "the world."
  5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
  6. The water is crystal clear...  
    ...You can easily make out the face of the person you're holding under the water.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pant Sale or Pants Sale?

PantSaleThis ad pictured was in the Knoxville News-Sentinel last Sunday. I have never heard of such. Pant means to gasp for breath, and I doubt that they could sell that.

So it’s almost certain that they meant to say “Pants Sale.”

Did Abe Lincoln Say This?
I got the following in the mail they other day, and I like what I read and I agree with it. But I wondered if Lincoln really said those things. Does anyone know?


Fishing Report
We had a fun day of fishing yesterday at S. Holston Lake. We got our limit in Lake Trout, but we fizzled out on the Rainbow Trout. Here’s a few pictures…

Here’s the stringer. The 6 fish weighed about 15 pounds. P1050961
Some of the beautiful scenery… P1050918
It’s a beautiful lake with the mountains in the background. P1050939

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Time heals most everything. Give time a chance…

Quote of the Day
I love the sweet smell of dawn -
our unique daily opportunity to smell time,
to smell opportunity -
each morning being, a new beginning.
~Emme Woodhull-B├Ąche

Joke of the Day

Given that Al Gore has no job, he decided to take a sightseeing vacation to Europe. While visiting England, he is invited to tea with the Queen. He asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to surround herself with intelligent people. He asks how she knows if they're intelligent. "I do so by asking them the right questions," says the Queen. "Allow me to demonstrate."

She phones Tony Blair. "Mr. Prime Minister," she says, "please answer this question: "Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"

Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."

"Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up and says, "Did you get that, Mr. Gore?"

"Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that!"

Upon returning home, he decides he'd better put some of his old friends to the test. He calls Bill Clinton and says, "Hi, Bill, I wonder if you can answer a question for me."

"Why, of course, Al. What's on your mind?" "Uhh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Clinton hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back to you?" Gore agrees, and Clinton hangs up. Clinton immediately calls members of his old staff, and they puzzle over the question for several hours, but nobody can come up with an answer. Finally, in desperation, Clinton calls Colin Powell at the State Department and explains his problem. "Now look here, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Powell answers immediately, "It's me, of course, you idiot."

Much relieved, Clinton rushes back to call Gore and exclaims, "I know the answer, Al! I know who it is! It's Colin Powell!"

"Wrong!" Gore replies. "It's Tony Blair."

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monkey Boy

Zachary Climbs
On Father’s Day, we were invited over to Kevin and Lesley’s for a hamburger cookout. We had a great time. And we got to see Zachary perform a his latest climbing trick on the door jamb. I made a YouTube video, and you can watch this marvelous feat right here. Enjoy…

Gone Fishing
Lake Trout. Salvelinus namaycush. While the trout are still taking the bait, we thought we would run back up to South Holston Lake today and give it a try. So… when you read this I may be riding the waves, while fighting a monster trout. (I hope!). Remember…

Good things come to those who bait”.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Get outside every day.
Miracles are waiting everywhere.

Quote of the Day
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land.  It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
~Chuck Clark

Joke of the Day

A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it's half past three in the morning. "I'm not getting out of bed at this time," he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows.

"Aren't you going to answer that?" says his wife.

So, he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn't take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

"Hi there," slurs the stranger. "Can you give me a push?"

"No, get lost! It's half past three! I was in bed!" screams the man as he slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened. She remarks, "Honey, that wasn't very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby sitter and you had to knock on that man's house to get us started again? What would have happened if he'd told us to get lost?"

"But the guy was drunk," says the husband.

"It doesn't matter," explains the wife. "He needs our help and it would be nice to help him."

So, the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door but he can't see the stranger anywhere in the dark, so he shouts, "Hey, do you still want a push?"

He hears a voice cry out, "Yes, please."

“Where are you?" shouts the homeowner.

The stranger calls back, "I'm over here, in your swing."

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Monday, June 22, 2009

A New Week

Mark Gregory White
P1050915 Last Saturday we visited the grave of our son, Greg, and placed some new flowers on the grave.  Greg is Mandy’s Daddy. Greg was killed in a car accident when Mandy was just a few weeks old.

The cemetery is well maintained and not too far from our home. It always brings sadness to think of his departure from this earthly scene. We miss him dearly. But life goes on, and while we miss those that are gone, we value and love those that we live with today. As we know, life consists of tears and joy interwoven.

Temper !@$#%&*$!
Sometimes we might loose our temper. Hopefully as we have grown older we have learned to control our temper and go through life with joy. Here’s an interesting story about temper that teaches some good lessons.

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence....

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are a very rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us."

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Blessed are those who can give without remembering
And take without forgetting.

Quote of the Day
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
~Edward Young

Joke of the Day

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew all about it. If any mischief occurred in their town, the two boys were probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.

The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually. So the mother sent the 8 year old first in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.

The preacher, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, 'Do you know where God is, son?'

The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.

So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, 'Where is God?'

Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, 'Where is God?'

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, 'What happened?'

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, 'We are in BIG trouble this time,'

“GOD is missing, and they think we did it”

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father’s Day, June 21, 2009

Tomorrow is Father’s Day
Tomorrow is a special day. A day to Celebrate Father’s Day. I have two fathers that I want to honor:

My Dad and My Son

P1040766For My Dad – Dad has been a wonderful Father and I am thankful for his example and advice through the years. No one could be kinder, helpful, and more gentle than my Dad. Dad, thanks for teaching me how to love, how to help others, and how to put God first. I hope I can live up to your standard. I’m proud to call you my Dad.

IMG_5175 For My Son – Kevin has grown up to be a fine young man, a devoted husband, and a loving father. I admire his love and care for his family. He puts his family first, and he sacrifices his own self to help others. Kevin, you are a wonderful father that makes your Dad and Mom proud to call you our son.


Jim With TroutFishing Report
The fishing on South Holston Lake continues to be very good for trout. Doug, Ralph, and I fished the lake yesterday and had our limit of Lake Trout by early afternoon. However, we only caught one rainbow trout.

After we had our limit we caught and released as many as we brought home. It was a good day to enjoy the water, feel the waves, and catch some fish.

Lake Trout. Salvelinus namaycush.We’ve also learned that the Lake Trout are very good eating, especially on the grill. I’ve been filleting my fish, and then laying the fillets on the grill with spices including a generous sprinkling of pepper. They are delicious that way,

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
When growing up, my Dad was a man that made you want to obey him. Not out of fear, but because you didn’t want to displease him.
Someone said that Mother's Day and Father's Day are alike. Well, except of course, on Father's Day, you can buy a much cheaper gift.

Quotes of the Day
It is not flesh and blood but the heart
which makes us fathers and sons. 
~Johann Schiller

Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter
how tall I've grown. 
~Author Unknown

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder
will remain with me forever.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

You can change this joke around to suit your fancy…

A first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a Florida Gator. She asks her students to raise their hands if they were Gators, too.

Not really knowing what a Florida Gator was but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.

There is, however, one exception. A girl named Kristen has not gone along with the crowd.

The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.

"Because I am not a Gator."

Then, asks the teacher, what are you?

"Why, I'm a proud Tennessee Volunteer," boasts the little girl.

The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Kristen why she is a Vol.

"Well, my mom and dad are Vols, so I'm a Vol too."

The teacher is now angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly. "What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?"

A pause, and a smile. "Then," says Kristen, "I'd be Gator."

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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Ross Sisters

Amazing! Really Amazing!!!
Watch this video of the amazing Ross Sisters from 1944. Don’t stop halfway, and you will see some amazing stuff.

A Great Eagle Picture

A good friend sent me the following picture taken by Bruce Cole which was taken on the Holston River near Kingsport, Tennessee.
We’ve got a few eagles around here.
eagle1h_Bruce_Cole_Holston River

Fishing Today
GoneFishing2_thumb2If all goes as planned I hope to be on South Holston Lake later this morning to try another day of fishing for Lake and Rainbow Trout. The Lake Trout are not native to this lake, but have been stocked during the past few years. They are growing good, but so far there are no positive signs that they are reproducing in the lake.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Even when we have pains, we don't have to be one.

Quote of the Day
I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A newcomer to Portland (or Seattle) arrives on a rainy day. She gets up the next day and it's raining. It also rains the day after that, and the day after that.

She goes out to lunch and sees a young kid and, out of despair, asks, "Hey, kid, does it ever stop raining around here?"

The kid says, "How should I know? I'm only 6."

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Oreo, Not the Cookie

Update of Kara & Zachary’s Puppy
We were fortunate to have a visit from Oreo last Saturday. We all enjoyed watching, petting and playing with Oreo. She’s getting growing too. Here’s a few picture of Oreo, a lab mix.

Oreo IMG_1746
Kara and Oreo. Kara taught her to “sit”. IMG_1806
Zachary and Oreo. They enjoy playing together. IMG_1784
Oreo is checking things out. IMG_1747

Natural Tunnel
We had a great time this past Tuesday. We took a day trip to Natural Tunnel which is a short distance from Gate City, VA. On the way home we had a feast at the Hob Nob Drive-in. Here’s a few pictures. If you wish, click on each picture for a larger view.

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IMG_1891 IMG_1871 IMG_1889
IMG_1873 IMG_1905 P1010016

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Nothing is better than that human touch: holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

Quote of the Day
To think too long about doing a thing
often becomes its undoing.
~Eva Young

Joke of the Day

A dietitian was once addressing a large audience in Chicago. "The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago.

"Red meat is awful. Soft drinks erode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. Vegetables can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water.

"But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"

A 75-year-old man in the front row stood up and said, "Wedding cake."

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Wooden Bowl

A Good Story with a Good Lesson
A good friend sent this story about the wooden bowl to me last week. Snopes said this story had more legs than a bucket of chicken, but I enjoyed it, and I though you might like to read it and think about it…

The Wooden Bowl

wooden bowlA frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.’
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

Quote of the Day
Do not regret growing older.
It is a privilege denied to many. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

From a redneck: What My Mother Taught Me

My mother taught me RELIGION -
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

My mother taught me LOGIC -
"Because I said so, that's why."

My mother taught me FORESIGHT -
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

My mother taught me IRONY -
"Keep laughing and I'll give you something to cry about."

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS -
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Update on Jade

One of My Other “Daughters”
Jade has now finished her first year of college. She is not going home to Vietnam this summer, instead she is working two jobs to save money for her education. She sent Nana and Papa this picture a few days ago to show us her hairdo. (To Jade we are Papa and Nana, not Granddaddy and Grandmother.)

Jade_pic1Nana and Papa miss her and hope she will be able to come “home” to Tennessee for a visit before school starts this fall. We miss you Jade!

Birds and More
The backyard has been active with birds and squirrels the past few weeks. The feeders get emptied so very quickly, especially the finch feeder which is filled with thistle seed. Here’s a couple of pictures I took a couple of days ago.

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And I have something else interesting… I have seen an albino squirrel a couple of times in the last few days. I hoping to get a picture soon, but he seems kind of shy.

If you’re interested you may want to read about several towns that brag about the number of white squirrels that live in their jurisdiction. Read about the White Squirrel Wars.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Dr. W. Edwards Deming autographed his book,
Out of the Crisis, for my son Kevin.
He wrote, “Learn to love learning.”
I like that.

Quote of the Day
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Joke of the Day

My face in the mirror
Isn't wrinkled or drawn,
My house isn't dirty,
The cobwebs are gone.

My garden looks lovely,
And so does my lawn.
I think I might never
Put my glasses back on.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Broken Finger

Kevin’s Left Pinky
He broke his finger two weeks ago, and they did the surgery a little over a week ago. I thought you might like to see the before and after x-rays.





Japanese Wisdom

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
You can tell a lot about a person by how they handle little disappointments in this life.

Quote of the Day
We make a living by what we get;
we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill

Joke of the Day

Tale from an old geezer…

I went to the store the other day. I was only in there about five minutes. When I came out there was policeman writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?"

He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires.

So I called him a a dirty and dumb cop.

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket.

This went on for about 20 minutes ... the more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn't give a hoot. My car was parked around the corner.

I try to have a little fun each day. It's important at my age.

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