Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cars from the 50s and 60s

A Good Show
A friend sent me the following link to a slide show showing the old cars of the 1950s and 1960s. It brought back a lot of memories to me, and I thought some of my family and friends might enjoy it also. Click on the link below:

The Cars We Drove

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Two of My Cars
My first car was a 1950 Ford. Here’s a picture of me with that car when I was in high school.Jims50Ford2
I later had it painted black and it was a beauty. It had a flat head V8 engine that was smooth and quiet.

Jim1961My favorite car I owned was a 1957 Chevrolet convertible. I had this car when Beverly and I got married. Here’s another picture that shows the car. The car was canary yellow with a white top. Oh, I wish I still had that car today.

Fishing Today
I hope to be on the lake today. Doug, Ralph, and I are going back to South Holston Lake to troll for some of those big Lake Trout. So far this year, we’ve gotten our limit each trip. The limit is 2 lake trout per person.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
This is true, “
All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.”
Remember, this too, shall pass.

Quote of the Day
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
~Kimberly Johnson

Joke of the Day

This farmer had a grouchy wife who nagged him all the time. One day while he was outside plowing the field, she came out and started nagging him. While she was doing this, the mule kicked her and she died.

At the funeral, the ladies came up and talked to the farmer. The farmer nodded his head "yes".

The men came up and talked to him and the farmer nodded his head "no”.

Well this other man wondered why he nodded his head "yes" to the ladies and "no" to the men. Then, he went up to the farmer and asked him why.

The farmer replied,” Well, when the ladies came up, they told me how pretty my wife's dress was and how pretty she looked. When the men came up, they asked,’ That mule for sale?'

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Tribute to Our US Troops

A Good Video
Oliver North makes a good speech which is a tribute to our armed forces. I think you’ll find it interesting.

It Wednesday… and I hope this week is going good for you. Maybe you can accomplish a little more before the week is over. Look around you, and set a few goals to accomplish something. It’s help your outlook on life.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES,
it takes away today's PEACE.

Quote of the Day
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
~William Blake

Joke of the Day

This was written by a black gentleman in Texas. What a great sense of humor and creativity!!!

When I was born, I was BLACK ,

When I grew up, I was BLACK ,

When I went in the sun, I stayed BLACK,

When I got cold, I was BLACK ,

When I was scared, I was BLACK ,

When I was sick, I was BLACK ,

And when I die, I'll still be BLACK .

NOW, You 'white' folks....

When you're born, you're PINK,

When you grow-up, you're WHITE ,

When you go in the sun, you get RED,

When you're cold, you turn BLUE,

When you're scared, you're YELLOW,

When you get sick, you're GREEN,

When you bruise, you turn PURPLE ,

And when you die, you look GRAY.

So who y'all callin'

COLORED folks?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Rheem Electric Water Heater

It Failed! After 35.5 Years!
IMG_0992It had been in our home since the house was built. We moved into our home in December 1975. That electric water heater had been working faithfully for 35 1/2 years! It heated water for our family when the children were growing up. It’s heated water for all the company and guests we have had though those years, and for our family “get togethers”. The picture above is the logo off the front of that long-lasting water heater.

Now we have a new water heater we bought from Lowes. I sort of miss the old one. It was a good and reliable helper for many years. Thanks Rheem for making a long lasting product!

When Lowes called the other day to see if the water heater had been installed, Beverly told them, “We’re in hot water!”

Is Spanking Against the Law?
Can you believe this article I ran across:

Mom Gets Probation for Spanking
Published : Monday, 20 Jun 2011, 3:52 PM CDTBy Kevin Boie | MYFOXDFW.COM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Texas mom has been sentenced to probation and lost custody of her children for spanking her daughter.

Rosalina Gonzales of Corpus Christi pleaded guilty on Wednesday to Injury to a Child for swatting the 2-year-old on her buttocks.

According to prosecutors, Gonzales in December hit the girl with an open hand, leaving some red marks.

Police arrested Gonzales after the child's grandmother reported the injuries and took the child to a hospital.

Gonzales will serve five years probation, take parenting classes and follow guidelines laid out by Child Protective Services reports that the ruling judge in the case made it clear that spanking is a crime.

"You don't spank children today," Judge Jose Longoria is quoted as having said. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children."


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
This was sent to me the other day. I like it:
Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

Quote of the Day
Technology... is a queer thing.
It brings you great gifts with one hand,
and it stabs you in the back with the other. 
~C.P. Snow

Joke of the Day

A bar owner locked up his place at 2 AM and went home to sleep. He had been in bed only a few minutes when the phone rang. “What time do you open up in the morning?” he heard an obviously inebriated man inquire.

The owner was so furious, he slammed down the receiver and went back to bed. A few minutes later there was another call and he heard the same voice ask the same question. “Listen, the owner shouted, “there’s no sense in asking me what time I open because I wouldn’t let a person in your condition in—“

“I don’t want to get in,” the caller interjected. “I want to get out.”



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Monday, June 27, 2011

A Great Day!

Fishing With Zachary
On Saturday morning Kevin, Zachary and I went fishing. Zachary had been telling me he wanted to catch some big fish for a change. He was tired of catching those little blue gill. Well, it seems we did just that.

IMG_1001We had not been on the lake long when we got our first bites. Then we netted a 4 pound plus lake trout and Zachary was excited by how “big” it was. But a few minutes more Zachary was fighting a bigger fish. It was a struggle to get him to the boat, and I had a hard time getting it to the net. I knew it was big. It weighed 7 3/4 pounds. See picture at left.

We had 7 fish in the cooler when we left the lake: 6 Lake Trout (our limit) and 1 Rainbow Trout. We were home by about 2:00 PM, then they watched me clean the fish. They are now in the freezer waiting for a convenient time for us to have a fish supper. Here’s a few more pictures from our exciting day.

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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Granddaddy had a great time on the lake with Kevin and Zachary. I’m glad we caught some fish. It gets pretty boring to go fishing and not catch any. It made a good day for Zachary, and I hope he’ll want to go back and try his luck again.
Fishing is a great sport. It’s a good thing to get young boys and girls interested and excited about fishing.

Quote of the Day
Grandfathers are just antique little boys.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking surely I can't look that old. Well . . . You'll love this one.

My name is Alice, and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist.

I noticed his DDS diploma on the wall, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40-odd years ago.

Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought.

This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.

After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School.

'Yes. Yes, I did. I'm a Mustang,' he gleamed with pride.

When did you graduate?' I asked.

He answered, ‘In 1975. Why do you ask?'

‘You were in my class!', I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely.

Then, that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled faced, gray-haired old goat, decrepit asked,

‘What did you teach???’

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Did You Know?

Two by Fours
cedar-2x4Did you know that a 2 X 4 is really
1-1/2" by 3-1/2"?

When the boards are first sawed in rough form they are actually 2 X 4s. But whey you go to buy  2 X 4s they have been dried and planed and the size of the board is reduced to the 1.5” by 3.5”. I found the following link for common sizes of lumber and their actual size. You might find it useful someday when you are working on a home improvement project.

Home Projects
Some home projects I don’t mind. Others I despise. I guess we are all that way. I don’t mind changing light bulbs, mowing the yard, sweeping the garage, etc.

But some I utterly despise. These include working on a leaking toilet, replacing a toilet seat, trimming shrubbery, and weed eating.

Maybe I can avoid some of the above this coming weekend. Maybe I can take Kevin and Zachary fishing tomorrow. Zachary has been wanting to go. He told us he’s tired of catching those little fish, he wants to catch some big fish. It may be time to let him graduate from bluegill to lake trout?

Hope you have a great weekend. Hope to see you Monday!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
When faced with decisions,
do the right thing!
The right thing always brings peace.

Quote of the Day
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.  ~Andrew Brown

Joke of the Day

It's a hot summer day and Jake and Harry are in a ditch digging away. Meanwhile, Ralph is up under the shade of a tree sipping on a cool drink.

Jake asks Harry, "Why are we down here digging in the hot Sun while Ralph is being cool up there?"

Harry says, "I don't know, I'll go ask him". Harry goes up and asks Ralph, "Why are you up here in the shade drinking a cool drink and Jake and I are in the ditch digging in the hot sun?"

Ralph says, "'cause I've got smarts". "What's that? Asks Harry. Ralph puts his hand in front of the tree and says, "Hit my hand as hard as you can".

Harry swings his fist at Ralph’s hand, Ralph moves his hand and Harry hits the tree, hurting his hand.

Ralph, says "I knew to pull my hand away, that’s called having smarts".

Harry goes back in the ditch and Jake asks, "What did he say?"

Ralph says, "Its cause he has smarts."

"What's that? Asks Jake.

Harry puts his hand in front of his face and says. "Hit my hand!"


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Strange Things About Animals

Strange Friends
We’ve seen many strange things on the web concerning animals and the friends they make. I remember a rat, a cat and a dog that were the best of friends. There was also the Orangutan & the hound dog, and there were many others…

But here’s a new one: A Labrador Retriever and a Dolphin. They like to swim together.

Aristotle said, “Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” Perhaps animals feel the need for friends.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Forget your failures of the past.
It can ruin your present happiness.
In other words, make peace with the past,
so it won’t spoil the present.

Quote of the Day
Competition brings out the best in products
and the worst in people. 
~David Sarnoff


Joke of the Day

The man walked over to the perfume counter and told the clerk he would like a bottle of Christian Dior for his wife’s birthday.

“A little surprise eh?” said the clerk.

“You bet,” replied the man. “She is expecting a cruise.”


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BBC–The Human Planet

Amazing Video
hplanetThis video takes you around the world and shows people in fantastic situations. The photography is absolutely outstanding! It's fast moving. Blink and you will miss something. Click below to watch 3 awesome minutes!

The Human Planet

You won’t be sorry… Also check out the following link:

Fishing on South Holston 
IMG_0987Doug and I went fishing yesterday. We caught some nice fish and came home early. Our stringer, which Doug is holding in this picture,  weighed over 21 pounds and included 1 smallmouth bass and 4 lake trout.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Try to make at least 3 people smile today.

Quote of the Day
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man
to consider what he has done, compared to
what he might have done. 
~Samuel Johnson

Joke of the Day

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

Father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying."


Then there was the woman who said, "I never knew what real happiness was until I got married, and by then, it was too late."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Like Golf Carts?

The Villages, Florida
The town of custom golf carts and 90 miles of golf cart paths.

Now, if you know my Dad, I think he would like to run around on those 90 miles of golf cart paths. He loves his golf cart which has become a necessity that enable him to garden and care for the birds and wildlife.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Do you dream when you’re sleeping? They say it’s healthy. Try dreaming during the day while you are awake. It’s OK to daydream a little.

Quote of the Day
Pleasure is the flower that passes;
remembrance, the lasting perfume.
~Jean de Boufflers

Joke of the Day

At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?"

"Yes, I am. I married the wrong man."


A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds:  "Husband Wanted".

Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Yes, it Comes With Age
I have recently been diagnosed with Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder (AAADD). This is how it goes ...

I decide to wash the car, start toward the garage and notice the mail on the table.

OK, I'm going to wash the car...

BUT FIRST I'm going to go through the mail. Lay car keys down on desk. After discarding the junk mail, I notice the trash can is full. OK, I'll just put the bills on my desk....

BUT FIRST I'll take the trash out, but since I'm going to be near the mailbox, I'll address a few bills.... Yes, Now where is the checkbook? Oops... there's only one check left. Where did I put the extra checks? Oh, there's my empty plastic cup from last night on my desk. I'm going to look for those checks...

BUT FIRST I need to put the cup back in the kitchen. I head for the kitchen, look out the window, notice the flowers need a drink of water, I put the cup on the counter and there's my extra pair of glasses on the kitchen counter. What are they doing here? I'll just put them away...

BUT FIRST need to water those plants. I head for the door and... Aaaagh! Someone left the TV remote in the wrong spot. Okay, I'll put the remote away and water the plants...

BUT FIRST I need to find those checks.

END OF DAY: car not washed, bills still unpaid, cup still in the sink, checkbook still has only one check left, lost my car keys; and, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm baffled because... I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY! I realize this condition is serious...

I'd get help... BUT FIRST... I think I'll check my e-mail!

Now see it on YouTube:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Don’t forget how enjoyable it can be to read a good book, or play some games.

Quote of the Day
A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them
~Frank A. Clark

Joke of the Day

A young son asked, "Is it true Dad, that in some parts of Africa a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?"

Dad replied, "That happens in every country, son."

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day

fthrdayYou know I don’t have a post today… but today is Father’s Day and I just had to make a short post to say Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and to my Son.

Here I am in the middle. I am 72 years old. My Dad is 97 years old. I’m 25 years younger than my Dad. My Son, Kevin, is 43. I’m 29 years older than Kevin.

These are big age differences, but age doesn’t matter when it come to being a great Dad.

Thanks to my Dad and my Son, for being a wonderful and loving fathers. Not a day passes that I do not admire them more.

Friday, June 17, 2011

It’s Friday

Some little tidbits to share with you today.

Still Driving?
How do you know when it’s time “to hang up the car keys”? Here’s the answer: When your dog has this look on his face!


P1060773Fishing Yesterday
Ralph, Doug and I went fishing on south Holston Lake yesterday. We had a good day of fishing. We had our limit of Lake Trout before Noon. That was a total of 6 nice trout. The largest was over 5 pounds, and the stringer weighed a tad over 21 pounds. Ralph took them home to clean and freeze. That will make some mighty fine eating! That’s a heavy stringer to hold.

What’s Important In Your Life?
Hope you don’t focus on material goods. Read on…

A very successful attorney parked his brand new Lexus in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out, a truck came along too closely and completely tore off the driver's door.
Fortunately, a cop in a police car was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the Lexus with his lights flashing.

Before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the attorney started screaming hysterically about how his Lexus, which he had just purchased the day before, was completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how any car body shop tried to make it new again.

After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disbelief. "I can't believe how materialistic you lawyers are," he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life."

"How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer.

The cop replied, "Don't you even realize that your left arm is missing? It was severed when the truck hit you!"

"OH NO, OH NO!!!" screamed the lawyer… “My Rolex!”

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I have heard this all my life, I should do it:
Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince,
and dinner like a beggar.
Hope you have a nice weekend.
Hope to see you on Monday!

Quote of the Day
Idleness is the beginning of all vices.

Joke of the Day

An Israeli doctor says: "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 6 weeks."

A British doctor says: "That is nothing; we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 4 weeks."

A Canadian doctor says: "In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in 2 weeks."

A US doctor, not to be outdone, says: "You guys are way behind...... We just took a man with NO brain, made him President, and now the whole country is looking for work.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

The Virtual Wall
An excellent way to view the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You can look up names by last name and by city and state. It has memorial pages and much more.
Click on the following:


I looked at those names, and thought to myself… My name could be on that wall. It was time and chance and God’s mercy that I am not.

Text to Speech
A good friend sent me a link to convert text into speech.

I think you will find it interesting. Click on the following link:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Plan to get 7 hours of sleep each night.
And during each day, sit in silence for at 20-30 minutes, and meditate.

Quote of the Day
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. 
~Thomas Fuller

Joke of the Day

Father Murphy walked into a pub in Donegal, and said to the first man he meets, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

The man said, "I do Father."

The priest said, "Then leave this pub right now!" and approached a second man. "Do you want to got to heaven?"

"Certainly, Father," was the man's reply.

"Then leave this den of Satan," said the priest, as he walked up to O'Toole.

"Do you want to go to heaven?"

"No, I don't Father," O'Toole replied.

The priest looked him right in the eye, and said, "You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole smiled, "Oh, when I die, yes, Father. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

National Geographic

2010 Photography Contest Pictures
Click on the link below to view 47 photographs from the National Geographic Photography Contest. I am sure you will enjoy. These photos have captions written by the photographers, which helps the understanding and enjoyment.

Click Here:

Here’s a clip from one of the beautiful photographs in this collection.
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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Get 30 minutes of exercise every day.
And while you exercise, smile.
I’m going back to the gym today!

Quote of the Day
A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

An old lady walked into a newspaper office. She approached an employee and said that her husband had died and that she would like to have an obituary appear in the paper. The employee gave her a form and told her to write the obituary on it. She wrote, "Earl W. Worth died Saturday, December 2nd at his home. Services are at The Baptist Church at 3 P.M."

The employee looked at the form and said, "I'm sorry, ma'am, but obituaries are limited to 7 words apiece.

The woman took another form and wrote, "Earl died. '57 Chevy truck for sale."


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Must Watch

A Video of Balancing
This video is amazing. It is a balancing act where a man balances sticks of varying sizes. You know it all going to come tumbling down… but just hold your breath and watch this amazing act.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I saw my family doctor yesterday, and he gave me to go ahead to start increasing my activity. So we’ll start back to the gym, and plan a fishing trip soon.

Quote of the Day
If you don't like how things are, change it! 
You're not a tree. 
~Jim Rohn

Joke of the Day

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland, arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice. She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm in my little bikini." with that, she stripped down to her bikini. Then she rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed... "Yes! Yes! I won, I won!"

She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly parted. The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked,
"What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching."

Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, ..... but all men...are men!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

The Porcelain Unicorn

Prize Winner
Once in a while see a video you want to share with everyone……this is one of them. It is very short and worth the watch.

The renowned director/producer Ridley Scott launched a global filmmaker competition dubbed “Tell It Your Way” following its Cannes Lions award-winning short-film project “Parallel Lines.” The entrants were given freedom of expression and could take up any theme they wanted; still there were two strict rules—there had to be the exact six-line dialogue as it was in the Parallel Lines films, plus the entries could last no longer than three minutes.

Here’s the prize-winning entry in the “Tell It Your Way” competition. On YouTube below on click here:


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Do something kind today.
Give everyone a big smile, too.
But be careful today,
because Friday the 13th
came on Monday this Month!

Quote of the Day
Let us be of good cheer, remembering
that the misfortunes hardest to bear are
those which will never happen.
~James Russel Lowell

Joke of the Day


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Friday, June 10, 2011

A Quiz

This is a quiz for people who know everything!
There are only nine questions. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers. I hope you do better than I did!

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters 'dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.

Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'

Answers To Quiz:

1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing.

2. North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls . (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry.

5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6. Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle...

7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe,question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.

9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S': Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

How did you do? Feel a little humble? Just remember you don’t have to know everything. Just accept you knowledge for what it is, and be ready to Google.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Let the 3 E’s show for as you live each day:
Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy 

I hope you have a great and safe weekend.
I hope to see you Monday!

Quote of the Day
To fear is one thing. 
To let fear grab you by the tail and
swing you around is another.
~Katherine Paterson

Joke of the Day

A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by. The jet jockey decided to show off. The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The F-16 pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!' The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?'

Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'

The C-130 pilot chuckled. 'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, took a leak, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.'

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Remarkable Statue

I received the following from my cousin, Don, with the request to pass it on.

This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.

The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad.

Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors. Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months.

To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.

Do you know why we don't hear about this in the news? Because it is heart warming and praise worthy.
The media avoids it because it does not have the shock effect. But we can do something about it.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Good will overcome evil.

Ask, Seek, and Knock.

Quote of the Day
A business that makes nothing but money
is a poor business.
~Henry Ford

Joke of the Day

I have this great new way of training, I have become much stronger the last months while doing this. And now I'm going to tell you about it!

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks. Then try 50-lb. potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

50th Wedding Anniversary

The Eighth Day Of June
Yes, it was 50 years ago this day that Beverly and I got married in Knoxville, Tennessee

We left Knoxville on our honeymoon to Florida. We drove to Crystal River and enjoyed a wonderful free week in a motel that was owned by a friend of the family. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed being together so much. I’ll never forget going into a restaurant on our honeymoon, and almost every waitress would ask if were newly weds. It must have been obvious that we were in love. I hope today that it is still obvious, but maybe in slightly different ways.

The year was 1961. I had graduated from the University of Tennessee a few days before. I had a summer job with the Tennessee Valley Authority. In September we were planning to move to Raleigh, NC where I had an assistantship to work on my Masters Degree.


The picture above was taken on June 8, 1961.
From Left to Right: Beverly, Jim, Mary, Ray, & LaVerne.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone once said, “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.”

Quote of the Day
A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. 
The order varies for any given year.
~Paul Sweeney

Joke of the Day

Colin was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know.... just name someone, anyone, I bet I know them." Tired of his boasting, his boss says, "Okay Colin, how about Tom Cruise?" "Sure, yes! We use to be old friends, and I can prove it." So Colin and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruises' door. Sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts, "Colin! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch."

Although impressed, Colin’s boss is still skeptical. After leaving Cruises house, he tells Colin that he knowing Tom Cruise was lucky. "No, no. Just name anyone else,"Colin says. "How about President Obama?" His boss says. "Yes, let's fly to D.C." When they get to the White House, President Obama sees Colin in a tour and motions him and his boss over saying, "Colin! What a surprise! I was on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on and we'll have a cup of coffee and catch up." Well the boss is really shaken now, but not totally convinced.

After they leave the white house, his boss tells Colin about his doubts, who tells him to name someone else. "The Pope," He says. "Sure! My folks are from Poland, I've known the Pope for a long time. So off they fly to Rome. Colin and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican square when Colin says, "This will never work, the Pope can't catch my eye with all these people around. Tell you what, I know the guards, so let me go upstairs and I will go out on the balcony with the Pope." And he disappears in the crowd.

Sure enough, half an hour later, Colin emerges on the balcony with the Pope but by the time he returns, he finds his boss on the ground surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his bosses side, he asks, "What happened?" His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out unto the balcony. And then the man next to me says, "Who in the world is that man standing by Colin?"

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