Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beverly’s Birthday

Today is My Wife’s Birthday
Yes, today is a special day. We will celebrate Beverly’s Birthday. I made up a lot of posters and posted them around the kitchen and family room to remind her and all our visitors of her birthday. Here’s some examples…

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Slide8I have nine (9) such posters that I taped up in the house.

This Morning is Quiet and White
We were hoping to go out to eat this evening to celebrate Beverly’s Birthday. But we had about 7 inches of snow last night and we’ll have to wait and see what the roads look like this evening. The snow is beautiful, but the quietness is amazing. No noise, no cars, no interstate traffic. I think everyone stayed in bed this morning.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’ve been thinking that the devil is a fisherman. He’s trying to hook people by using flashy lures with sharp hooks. He’s like a fisherman who targets certain types of fish. Yes, Satan does the same thing. He’s looking for the lure he can catch you with. He has a presentation style that make the lure look harmless and natural, so you will bite and get hooked!

Getting hooked by the devil takes you away from
God and all His glorious promises.

Quote of the Day
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
~Irish Blessing

Joke of the Day

There was this statistics student who, when driving his car, would always accelerate hard before coming to any junction, whizz straight over it , then slow down again once he got over it.

One day, he took a passenger, who was understandably unnerved by his driving style, and asked him why he went so fast over junctions.

The statistics student replied, Well, statistically speaking, you are far more likely to have an accident at a junction, so I just make sure that I spend less time there.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

A Busy Week

I’ve Been Working
Yes I’ve been working on my fishing tackle. BUT my wife calls it “playing”! Just yesterday she came to the door of my little office where I was working on my fishing gear and she said, '”Oh, I see you’re playing.” Can you believe that?

Here’s some my handiwork.

Here’s some Walleye Rigs fabricated on wire. IMG_2765
Some more walleye rigs. These worm harnesses are made with mono line. IMG_2766
Some spoons made from willow blades, treble hooks, & split rings. IMG_2764

Here’s a picture of one of my new fishing rods and reels. It’s 7’ Microlite Fishing Rod from Bass Pro and a Shimano Sienna Reel. I’ve got 4 lb. test line on the reel. It’s a light action rod and works great for crappie.IMG_2763

Big Snow?
According to the weather forecast, we’re supposed to get a big snow beginning this afternoon. One forecast said we might get as much as 8-10 inches in the lower elevations and 12 or more in the mountains. We’ll see. Many times when they forecast snow we never get it, it’s when they don’t forecast it that we get the big snows. No matter what, it sure helps the grocery business. People we packed in the local groceries yesterday afternoon. By noon today, it may be hard to find a loaf of bread. Ha.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Wrong things can creep into our lives. But, they will not crawl or sneak back out. They have to be driven out.

Quote of the Day
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.  ~Confucius

Joke of the Day

The two thousand member Baptist church was filled to overflowing capacity one Sunday morning. The preacher was ready to start the sermon when two men, dressed in long black coats and black hats entered thru the rear of the church.

One of the two men walked to the middle of the church while the other stayed at the back of the church. They both then reached under their coats and withdrew automatic weapons.

The one in the middle announced, Everyone willing to take a bullet for Jesus stay in your seats!

Naturally, the pews emptied, followed by the choir. The deacons ran out the door, followed by the choir director and the assistant pastor.

After a few moments, there were about twenty people left sitting in the church. The preacher was holding steady in the pulpit.

The men put their weapons away and said, gently, to the preacher, All right, pastor, the hypocrites are gone now. You may begin the service.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Trolling with Deeper Divers

New Tackle
Since the robbery I have been buy ordering and organizing my fishing equipment. In getting ready for fishing for Lake and Rainbow Trout in our South Holston and Watauga Lakes. I now have four sizes of the Deeper Divers as shown below:DD1 This range of sizes will allow us to troll from 10-15 deep all the way down to 90 feet with great accuracy. Here’s how they are rigged.

This shows the way things are set up when we are trolling. We use 50 lb. braid to the diver. from the diver to the lure we use 17-20 lb. mono line.
After a hit and during the hook set, the pin is released to allow easier retrieval of the fish. DD3

We caught some nice trout last year using this technique. Some of the Lake trout we approaching 10 pounds. We hope for even larger fish this year.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’m not a politician, but one thing seems rotten to me is that bills before Congress have all these riders and additions to the bill that have nothing to do with the bill. All these “extras” are usually pork spending and “bribes” to get the thing passed.
What about a law that says a everything in the bill has to relate to the bill’s basic purpose with no pork!

Quote of the Day
I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
~Ancient Persian Saying

Joke of the Day

An inmate on death row was scheduled to be put to death by firing squad the follow morning. Throughout the day, the prison guards were being very nice to him. But when they asked him if he wanted something specific for his last meal, he didn’t want anything special. When they asked if there was something special he wanted to do, he said nothing. It went on like this all day.

Finally when he was put before the firing squad, the guard asked if he wanted a cigarette and a blindfold. No, the inmate said, just get it over with. Well, is there anything that I can do for you before you go? said the guard. You didn’t even want a special last meal!

The inmate thought. Actually, he said, Music is my life. One thing I would really like would be to sing my favorite song, one whole time through, with no interruptions.

The guard nodded and told him to go ahead.

The inmate started, One billion bottles of beer on the wall…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Creative Ideas
Here’s some interesting advertising that some creative person came up with.

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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It seems that if we had a healthcare plan that was good for the people of the United States, that both parties would support it. It always bothers me when something does not have support of both parties. That’s a warning sign I think.

Eat More Possum.

Quote of the Day
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. 
~Robert G. Ingersoll

Joke of the Day

A man walks into a bar, sits down on a bench and orders a cold one. He swigs down the beer, looks in his pocket, cringes and orders another. He gulps down that one, looks in his pocket again, cringes and orders yet another one. This goes on for at least an hour and a half.

Finally the bartender, bursting with curiosity, says, "I know its none of my business buddy, but I have to ask. Why the whole "drink, look in pocket, cringe and order another one" routine?"

"Well," slurred the man, "There’s a picture of my wife in my pocket. When she starts to look good, then its time for me to go home."

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Polar Bears

So Cute

No other way to describe a polar bear. They’re just  cute. You’ll agree, just look at these pictures.

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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Remember when you were a kid and all the fun you had playing outdoors. That was before TV and all these electronic games they have now. We had so much fun in those days. It’s seems a shame that kids today miss out all the fun things to do outside. Did you ever “double dog dare” one of your friends to do something?

Quote of the Day
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
~Mary Engelbreit

Joke of the Day

Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA Freshman, sat in her US government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about.

Bambi pondered the question, then finally said, "That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware"

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Dolphin Intelligence

Bottlenose Dolphins
The following video shows how the dolphins have developed and utilized a hunting technique. It’s amazing to me that they do this as a group so it is apparent that they have a means of communicating with each other to accomplish a group goal.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
One thing that seems to be missing with our government today is integrity. Someone say that one who has integrity cannot be corrupted.

Quote of the Day
A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault

Joke of the Day

A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry.

She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, "No, honey, don't do it!!!"

The blonde replies, "Shut up, you're next!"

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Saturday, January 23, 2010


Interesting Site
I ran across a site that you may find interesting. It called the Encyclopedia of Life. the site is dedicated to providing information and photographs of the earths living organisms. The goal is to establish an electronic web page for each species of organism on earth.

A Big Walleye
Here’s picture of a statue of a big walleye pike that you can see in Garrison, Minnesota. It looks like a good place to go fishing.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone said,
“Failure is not defeat if it brings humility.
Victory is not victory if it brings pride.”
That’s a good thought.

Quote of the Day
For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

Joke of the Day

A patient goes to the doctor's office where, much to his surprise the doctor asks him, "Would you please help me with a problem I'm having?"

Sure, doctor, what can I do for you, says the patient.

"Would you scream in the most earsplitting, piercing screams you can manage? Try to make it sound as if you're in terrible pain." The doctor says.

"But why, doctor, you've always been gentle with me and your treatments have never caused me any pain?" Asks the patient.

"Yes," Says the doctor in a matter-of-fact tone, "but I have a 4 o'clock tee time at the golf course I don't want to miss, and my waiting room is still full of patients."

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Lure Making

Walleye Rigs
To help pass the time these dreary days of winter I have been making some walleye rigs that we may use this spring. The pictures below show some of my parts & supplies, and a few example of the lures.

The picture below show some of the plastic beads that I use. I like the bright colors and I hope the fish do.
Below are some of the spinner blades. Most of them are in two styles: Colorado and Indiana. They are very colorful.

Below are two rigs I made using June bug spinner blades in 2 sizes. A big juicy night crawler will be placed on the hook when fishing for walleye.


Below are two unfinished lures. All that needed is to add the round loop in the wire (the hardest part of making these lures) and adding a single or treble hook.

Last Saturday

On way to the fishing show last week, we made a quick pass by Douglas Lake to see what the water looked like at Swann’s Marina. We were surprised to find that the cover was covered with ice. See picture below.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It’s good to have a goal or purpose. But we need more. We need a plan to achieve out purpose.

Quote of the Day
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. 
~Rabindranath Tagore

Joke of the Day

A tough looking biker had been in the biker bar for quite some time when he finally decided it was time, once again to hit the road. He stepped through the front door of the bar and instantly realized that his bike had vanished from the spot he had parked it.

"All right" he said loudly, coming back into the busy biker bar "I'm going to have a shot of whisky and if my hog isn't back up front by the time I'm done, what happened in Detroit will happen here too!"

With that many of the bikers ran out of the bar and within moments one came back to tell the tough biker that his hog was now parked in front of the bar for him. When the tough guy started to leave the bartender asked him.

"Pardon me, stranger, but what happened in Detroit?"

The tough biker replied casually: "I had to walk back to my hotel!"

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Human Coordination on Motorbikes

An Amazing Demonstration
The following video is from a converted film made sometime during the 1950s in Italy. It shows expert coordination of motorbikes driven by the Italian Police. If you haven’t seen this, it is worth watching.

Waiting for my Orders
I’ve been watching the mail box for my recent orders of fishing tackle to replace what was stolen. I’m interested in see which company will make the first delivery. Will it be Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Jann’s Netcraft, or Tackle Direct?

Well, I was surprised I got my first order yesterday. It was from Tackle Direct.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Worship is not something we plan to do. 
True worship should be natural.
“Worship is the overflow of a thankful heart.”

Quote of the Day
You've gotta have hope.
Without hope life is meaningless.
Without hope life is meaning less and less.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

There was a man who worked all of his life and saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the afterlife."

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him.

Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said "Wait just a minute!"

She had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in the casket."

"Yes," the wife said, "I promised. I'm a good Christian, I can't lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him."

"You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?"

"I sure did. I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check."

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Congressional Reform

This Actually Makes a Lot of Sense
I received this a few days ago. It’s a proposal to have the members of congress live with the rules they create as the rest of do. What a novel idea!

Even though liberals and conservatives disagree on a variety of issues, I believe almost all would think that this makes a lot of sense.

It contains eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly Capitalendorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I know many of you will say, "this is impossible".   Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when Americans can join together to reform Congress - the entity that "represents" US, the citizens of the  USA .

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2.  No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.

Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned  citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/2011. 

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned  citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
If we’re fighting the same battle this year that we were fighting last year, does that mean we’re not making any progress? I think it could be said we are making progress since we haven’t lost the battle. We’re still fighting! Don’t ever give up!

Quote of the Day
You can learn many things from children. 
How much patience you have, for instance. 
~Franklin P. Jones

Joke of the Day

A new firefighter was being trained by an old fire chief.

"How would you react if a sudden fire flared up on the front of the building?" asked the fire chief.

"Break out a fire hose and start spraying it, chief." answered the new firefighter.

"How would you react if another fire flared up in the back of the building?" asked the fire chief.

"Break out another fire hose and start spraying it, chief." answered the new firefighter.

"And if another huge fire flared up in the basement, how would you react?" asked the fire chief.

"Break out another fire hose." answered the new firefighter.

"Now wait a minute, son," said the fire chief. "Where are all these fire hoses coming from?"

The new firefighter answered, "The same place where all of the fires are coming from, chief."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Be Careful now…

Scary, huh?
People like this are out there on the road today. Just watch this short video, and you’ll wonder how some people ever got their Driver’s License.

Cabela’s Discount
I’ve been working on replacing some of my stolen fishing equipment. Last Friday evening I placed a sizeable order with Cabela’s on their website. Then the next morning I received an unrelated email from Cabela’s saying they were giving a $75 discount on orders like mine. I was thinking that here I go again and that if I had waited a few hours to place my order I could have gotten the discount.

So I sent off a short note to Cabela’s Customer Service about this. They replied within a few hours that they would give me the rebate off my current order. That was nice of them, and it was the thing to do.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Pride can do a lot to hurt others and ourselves.
Pride could keep us out of Heaven. 
True humility is a wonderful trait. If we see ourselves the way God sees us, that could help our humility.

Quote of the Day
Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
~Albert Einstein

Joke of the Day

A lawyer's dog, running about unleashed, beelines for a butcher shop and steals a roast.

The butcher goes to the lawyer's office and asks, “If a dog running unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog's owner?”

The lawyer answers, “Absolutely.”

“Then you owe me $8.50. Your dog was loose and stole a roast from me today.”

The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $8.50 (attorneys don't carry cash).

Several days later, the butcher opens the mail and finds an envelope from the lawyer: It was a bill for $100 for a consultation!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Crash Test

Old Vs. New
Which would win, a 1959 Chevy Bel Air or a Chevy 2009 Malibu?

This test was done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It clearly illustrates the improvement in automobile safety in the past 50 years. If I was a betting man, I would have thought the older Chevy would have been the safest car. We should feel good about the improvement in safety… and think, the older cars did not have seat belts!

New Week
January 2010 is gradually going past, and pretty fast. I hope you have a grand week. We’re hoping for an early Spring here in E Tennessee. This winter has been a little harsh. We’ll find out on Groundhog Day, but I heard they were changing Groundhog day to Al Gore day. If he does see his shadow he starts scheduling global warming speeches. If he doesn’t see his shadow, things are good to be colder than normal, so Al just lays low.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
“A little child’s wants are all its needs.”
We need to be childlike, but not childish.

Quote of the Day
What a person believes is not as important
as how a person believes. 
~Timothy Virkkala

Joke of the Day

One day, a teacher, a garbage collector and a lawyer wound up together at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter informed them that in order to get into Heaven, they would each have to answer one question.

St. Peter addressed the teacher and asked, "What was the name of the ship that crashed into an iceberg? They just made a movie about it." The teacher answered quickly, "That would be the Titanic." St. Peter let him through the gate.

St. Peter turned to the garbage man and decided to make the question a little harder, "How many people died on the ship?" Fortunately for him, the trash man had just seen the movie and answered, "About 1,500." "That's right! You may enter."

St. Peter then turned to the lawyer. "Name them."

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nice Weather & Good News

Wonderful Weather
It almost felt like spring yesterday in Kingsport. The temperature hit a high of 55 degrees, and it was a great relief to the cold days we had been having.

Nationwide Came Through 
Even though I no longer have my insurance with Nationwide, they came through big-time and sent me a nice check. It will cover the replacement of most of fishing tackle I lost in our November robbery. Good for Nationwide Insurance!

I spend some time last night in sending off orders to 4 different companies for replacement tackle including rods, reels, line, lures, etc:

I feel much better now.

Fishing Show
Ralph and I are off to the Knoxville Fishing Show this morning to check out any good deals they might have. I am almost sure I will buy something… it’s automatic for me when I’m around fishing tackle.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Life is good. Be thankful for every day,

Quote of the Day
Firefighting - one of the few professions
left that still makes house calls.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A man and a little boy entered a barbershop together. After the man received the full treatment - shave, shampoo, manicure, haircut, etc. - he placed the boy in the chair.

"I'm goin' to buy a green tie to wear for the parade," he said. "I'll be back in a few minutes."

When the boy's haircut was completed and the man still hadn't returned, the barber said, "Looks like your daddy's forgotten all about you."

"That wasn't my daddy," said the boy. "He just walked up, took me by the hand and said, 'Come on, son, we're gonna get a free haircut!'"

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Fishing Show

Knoxville, TN
This week they are having the Fishing Show in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was not able to go last year, so I am planning to go down tomorrow and take a look of what they have to offer. Ralph is planning to go with me, and we hope Doug will be able to join us. As you know, Ralph and Doug are a couple of my fishing buddies.


P1060450Kevin’s Birthday
After Kara’s basketball game last night we joined Kevin and his family to celebrate Kevin’s birthday.

We had a Baskin’s Robbins Ice Cream Cake and it was delicious.

Here’s a picture of Kevin just before we sung Happy Birthday (—>)

Nationwide Insurance
I’m hoping to get my settlement from the robbery I had back in November soon. I talked the adjuster in Memphis a few days ago and he said the check was in the mail. It looks like I got a reasonably good settlement. It will not replace everything, but it will get me back in business.

I’ve got wish lists put together at Bass Pro, Cabela’s and Jann’s Netcraft. I am looking forward to working on my fishing gear for upcoming fishing season. Spring is just around the corner. I hope!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Maybe the fishing show will cheer me up. I’m a little depressed. The doctor says I will need to stay on the Coumadin until May when they plan to do the next test on my leg for blood clots. He said this was because the my blood clots in the leg were extensive. This is more serious than I thought. I guess getting back to a normal life will be on hold for a while longer.

Quote of the Day
When one bases his life on principle,
99 percent of his decisions are already made.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A married man left for work early one Friday afternoon. Instead of going home, however, he squandered the weekend (and his paycheck) partying with the boys.

When he finally returned home on Sunday night, he ran into a barrage of epithets from his wife. After a couple of hours of nagging and berating, his wife asked, "How would you like it if you didn't see me for a couple of days?!?"

"That would suit me just fine!!" the man said.

Monday went by, and the man didn't see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday went by with the same result. Come Thursday, the swelling went down a bit and he could see her a little, just out of the corner of his left eye.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Special Day!

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Today is my son’s birthday. He is 42 years old today, and  that’s making me feel older. I remember when my Dad turned 40 and I thought he was older than dirt then. Now my own son is 42!

~ Happy Birthday Kevin ~

You outgrew my lap, but not my heart.

IMG_2407 The picture above was taken on Thanksgiving Day 2009. It shows 4 generations including Kevin, with his son, Zachary, on his lap. It seems like yesterday that Kevin was sitting on my lap.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Kevin, you are my sonshine!

Quote of the Day
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
~Richard Buckminster Fuller

Joke of the Day

My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods.

We've discovered that when I'm in a good mood, it turns green.

When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he'll buy me a diamond.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thomas Jefferson

A Brilliant Man
I received an email with the following information about Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), our 3rd President of the United States of America.TJefferrson

The Following Quotes from Thomas Jefferson will make you wonder how he had such great vision.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

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

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson

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

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

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

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..'

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I believe in freedom and capitalism.
I don’t want to see us loose our freedoms.
Many have fought and died so that we can be a free and capitalist country. It’s the best system in the world and I don’t want to see us loose it!

Oh yes, one more thing… be careful today.
Friday the 13th came on Wednesday this month.

Quote of the Day
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
~Edgar Degas

Joke of the Day

A woman walks into the downtown welfare office, trailed by 15 kids... "WOW," the social worker exclaims, are they ALL YOURS???"

"Yep, they are all mine," the flustered momma sighs, having heard that question a thousand times before. She says, "Sit down, Billy." All the children rush to find seats.

"Well," says the social worker, "then you must be here to sign up. I'll need all your children's names."

"This one's my oldest - he is Billy." "OK, and who's next?" "Well, this one he is Billy, also."

The social worker raises an eyebrow but continues. One by one, through the oldest four, all boys, all named Billy. Then she is introduced to the eldest girl, named Billie!

"All right," says the caseworker. "I'm seeing a pattern here. Are they ALL named Billy?"

Their Momma replied, "Well, yes--it makes it easier. When it is time to get them out of bed and ready for school, I yell, Billy!' An' when it's time for dinner, I just yell Billy!' an' they all comes a running. An' if I need to stop the kid who's running into the street, I just yell ‘Billy’ and all of them stop. It's the smartest idea I ever had, naming them all Billy."

The social worker thinks this over for a bit, then wrinkles her forehead and says tentatively, "But what if you just want ONE kid to come, and not the whole bunch?"

"I call them by their last names."

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