Thursday, May 31, 2012

Music Link

Music Lover?
I received the following in an email. It has some great links to music. All you have to do is click on an artist and it goes to a link on Songs Tube where you hear the artist singing one of their famous works. Enjoy.

1) Elvis Presley 2) Roy Orbison 3) Beatles 4) Abba 5) Bee Gees 6) Michael Jackson 7) John Lennon 8) Celine Dion 9) Frank Sinatra 10) Credence Clearwater Revival 11) Julio Iglesias 12) Queen 13) Neil Diamond 14) Paul McCartney 15) Rolling Stones 16) Pink Floyd 17) Bruce Springsteen 18) Elton John 19) U2 20) George Harrison 21) Cliff Richard 22) Tina Turner 23) Bob Marley 24) Andrea Bocelli 25) Dire Straits 26) Barbra Streisand 27) Eagles 28) Madonna 29) Simon & Garfunkel 30) Ac/Dc 31) Bob Dylan 32) Dean Martin 33) Andr? Hazes 34) Tom Jones 35) Eric Clapton 36) John Denver 37) Eros Ramazzotti 38) Deep Purple 39) Led Zeppelin 40) Rod Stewart 41) Status Quo 42) Louis Armstrong 43) Fleetwood Mac 44) Bryan Adams 45) Jimi Hendrix 46) Barry White 47) Nat King Cole 48) Santana 49) Michael Buble 50) Gipsy Kings 51) David Bowie 52) Adriano Celentano 53) Robbie Williams 54) Charles Aznavour 55) Metallica 56) Doors 57) Shakira 58) Beach Boys 59) Cat Stevens 60) Bon Jovi 61) Ub40 62) Joe Cocker 63) Whitney Houston 64) Phil Collins 65) Enrique Iglesias 66) Ricky Martin 67) Ray Charles 68) K3 69) Zz Top 70) Van Morrison 71) Ringo Starr 72) Stevie Wonder 73) Gloria Estefan 74) Supertramp 75) Jethro Tull 76) Black Sabbath 77) Marco Borsato 78) Guns N? Roses 79) Neil Young 80) Chuck Berry 81) Billy Joel 82) Sting 83) Kinks 84) R.e.m. 85) Laura Pausini 86) Genesis 87) Who 88) Monkees 89) Animals 90) Simple Minds 91) Prince 92) Aretha Franklin 93) B.b. King 94) Iron Maiden 95) Pearl Jam 96) Christina Aguilera 97) Alice Cooper 98) Depeche Mode 99) Nirvana100) Gary Moore Top 70 Songs: 1) Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley 2) Fernando - Abba 3) Dancing Queen - Abba 4) Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison 5) Spanish Eyes - Elvis Presley 6) Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley 7) Chiquitita - Abba 8) Massachusetts - Bee Gees 9) Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley 10) Imagine - John Len non 11) Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley 12) California Blue - Roy Orbison 13) My Way - Elvis Presley 14) Billie Jean - Michael Jackson 15) In Dreams - Roy Orbison 16) Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison 17) Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison 18) I Have A Dream - Abba 19) Yesterday - Beatles 20) Mamma Mia- Abba 21) Thriller - Michael Jackson 22) Amazing Grace - Elvis Presley 23) Unchained Melody - Roy Orbison 24) Can?t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley 25) Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley 26) Ave Maria - Celine Dion 27) And I Love You So - Elvis Presley 28) Blue Moon - Elvis Presley 29) Hey Jude - Beatles 30) I Started A Joke- Bee Gees 31) My Way - Frank Sinatra 32) Hotel California - Eagles 33) A Big Hunk O? Love - Elvis Presley 34)Bridge Over Troubled Water Elvis Presley 35) The Winner Takes It All - Abba 36) Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival 37) Ben - Michael Jackson 38) Waterloo - Abba 39) Stayin? Alive - Bee Gees 40) Words - Bee Gees 41) How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees 42) Crying - Roy Orbison 43) Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley 44) Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley 45) Beat It - Michael Jackson 46) A Day In The Life - Beatles 47) Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 48) Let It Be - Beatles 49) Only You - Roy Orbison 50) Sweet Caroline - Roy Orbison 51) A Hard Day?s Night - Beatles 52) Bad - Michael Jackson 53) Earth Song - Michael Jackson 54) Woman - John Len non 55) Imagine (live) - John Len non 56) Heal The World - Michael Jackson 57) Stand By Me - John Len non 58) Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond 59) O Sole Mio - Andrea Bocelli 60) Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel 61) Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson 62) Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra 63) Black Or White - Michael Jackson 64) Only You - John Len non 65) My Sweet Lord- George Harrison 66) What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 67) 24 Horas - Julio Iglesias 68) Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin 69)

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
If ignorance is bliss,
why aren't there more happy people?

Quote of the Day
If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
~Dennis Roth

Joke of the Day

Husband: Whenever I get mad at you, you never seem to get upset. How do you manage to control your temper?

Wife: I just go and clean the toilet.

Husband: How does that help?

Wife: I use your toothbrush.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Some Interesting Thoughts

Some I Agree With

  1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  2. Nothing hurts more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
  3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
  4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
  5. Was learning cursive really necessary?
  6. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
  7. can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.
  8. Bad decisions and bad luck make good stories.
  9. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
  10. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  11. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
  12. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
  13. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
  14. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
  15. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
  16. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
  17. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
  18. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Condense soup, not books!
I know people who like condensed books. My thought on this is that if I read a really good condensed book I would have missed so much!
Condense soup, not books!

Quote of the Day
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.
~Dr. Seuss

Joke of the Day

Obama Care EMS Unit:


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Street View

I found the following link to something called the Virtual Turnpike, or Vpike. It works like this: Enter an address and it shows a picture of that particular address. I tried it for a few addresses and it worked, but it do not work for my home. I don’t think the Google Camera Vehicle has been down my street yet. Try it here:



Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
One thing we have been told to keep confidential is our Social Security number. Why then does every doctor ask me fill out a form that asks for my SS#. How many clerks and office workers have access to this?
I have my concerns. Don’t you?

Quote of the Day
The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. 
~Leo Rosten

Joke of the Day

An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other.  Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life !"

Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.

To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 92. His wife had a closed casket at the funeral.
After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed dig his way out of the
grave and haunt you for the rest of your life ?"
The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig.
I had him buried upside down. And I know he won't ask for directions!"

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Beware the Free Stuff

Nothing is Really Free
Read the following. It came from a good friend. It’s about free stuff. Whether you contribute or receive, this is an important message:

The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that. In 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I think you know what to do in November.

Quote of the Day
Over every mountain there is a path,
although it may not be seen from the valley.”
~Theodore Roethke, American poet

Joke of the Day

A funeral director asked a young minister to hold a graveside service for a homeless man with no family or friends. The funeral was to be at a cemetery way out in the country. As this was a new cemetery, this man was the first to be laid to rest there.

The minister was not familiar with the area and became lost, but he finally found the cemetery about an hour later. The backhoe was there, and the crew was eating their lunch. The hearse was nowhere to be seen.

He apologized to the workers for being late. As he looked into the open grave, he saw the vault lid already in place. He told the workers he would not keep them long, but that this was the proper thing to do. The workers, still eating their lunch, gathered around the opening.

He was young and enthusiastic and poured out his heart and soul as he preached. The workers joined in with, "Praise the Lord," "Amen," and "Glory!" He got so into the service that he preached and preached and preached, from Genesis to Revelation.

When the service was over, he said a closing prayer and walked to his car. As he opened the door, he heard one of the workers say, "I never saw anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic systems for 20 years!"

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Grandchildren and More

Zachary is Now in Middle School
He also a smart kid who makes all A’s and very quick of wit. I was kidding him the other day and told him that my parents gave me a $100 for every A I made. He replied, “I guess you didn’t get much money!”

Kara’s Now a Freshman in High School
They had honors day at her school today and she walked away with 3 Award Certificates and 5 Plaques. She’s a straight A student that is very creative.

Mandy, My Oldest Granddaughter
Mandy is my oldest grandchild. She’s expecting and we are looking forward to the birth of Atley James Rogers sometime in July 2012. Then I’ll be a great granddaddy! The whole family is excited!!!


A Visit Home
Yesterday I visited Mary and home in Knoxville. (We left there last Friday.) It still feels like a dream—the fact that Dad is gone. I miss him in so many ways.

While I was there I filled his bird feeders and watered his tomato plants. I felt like he was watching me while I was doing these things…

His tomato garden looks great. Ted, his next door neighbor put the cages up around the plants a few days ago. Here’s a couple of pictures of Dad’s Tomato Garden.


Look at those blooms!
Dad would be proud!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
They say a good friend is cheaper than therapy.
There’s a lot of truth in that.

Quote of the Day
The greatest wealth is health.

Joke of the Day

This is the story of our favorite blonde flying in a two-seat airplane with just the pilot. He has a heart attack and dies. She frantically calls a May Day:

"May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. And I don't know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!"

All of a sudden she hears a voice over the radio saying:
"The is the tower. I have received your message and I will talk you through it. I've had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just relax. Everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position."

She says, "I'm 5'4" and I'm in the front seat."

"O.K." says the voice from the tower. "Repeat after me: Our Father. . . Who art in Heaven. . . .."

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Big Day for Zachary---May 23, 2012

Graduation & Birthday
Yesterday Zachary graduated from 5th Grade and had his 11th Birthday! We shared in the fun of these two events which will become warm memories of the future. I took pictures and a few videos. I hurriedly put them together last night in a little YouTube Video. Excuse the quality, but I think it captures the fun we had.

Sorry about the sound not coming through on all the videos…

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Being in a good frame of mind
helps keep one in the picture of health.

Quote of the Day
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
~Douglas Pagels

Joke of the Day

The sign below from one of my cousins. You’ll have to guess which one?


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


A Couple of Pictures
I really enjoy the wonderful ability we have these days to capture pictures with these fantastic digital cameras. My phone does almost as good a job as my Canon camera, and I have it with me everywhere I go.

Kara and I were comparing our Canon cameras earlier this week. She’s got the best camera! Anyway, here’s a couple of pictures I snapped…

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This is Kara with her new digital camera. She’s very creative, combining her camera work with her artistic skills. This is a flower on our patio, It’s one that we transplanted from some of the flowers we received at the funeral.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
A bird sings because it has a song to sing.
We also have songs to sing. 
Songs of praise and thanks.

Quote of the Day
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. 
~Kahlil Gibran

Joke of the Day

Here’s a comical song and video about aging…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beautiful Days

The Lake
I enjoyed getting on the lake today for a few hours. My friend Doug went with me and it gave me a chance to relax and reflect. It was a beautiful day. I thought of Dad many times while on the water. He would always tell me on any day the weather was nice, that this would be a good day to go fishing.

While we fished it seemed that was not the real reason to be on the water. I think I enjoyed nature more than I ever had. But we did catch fish. We caught 5 nice lake trout but only kept the 3 largest. I was lucky in catching the biggest one which weighed 4 pounds and 12 ounces.

Here’s a picture I took on South Holston Lake today.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Take the time to be kind to everyone.
We all appreciate kindness, and at times it can make a tremendous difference to our attitude.

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

Joke of the Day

A woman got on a bus holding a baby. The bus driver said, "That's the ugliest baby I've ever seen."

In a huff, the woman slammed her fare into the fare box and took an aisle seat near the rear of the bus.

The man seated next to her sensed that she was agitated and asked her what was wrong.

"The bus driver insulted me," she fumed.

The man sympathized and said, "Why, he's a public servant and shouldn't say things to insult passengers."

You're right," She said. "I think I'll go back up there and give him a piece of my mind."

"That's a good idea," the man said. "Here, let me hold your monkey."

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Monday, May 21, 2012

A New Chapter

Life Goes On
Dad is gone and we miss him so much. We go forward with wonderful memories that help the pain of loss. We know things will never be the same, but time does heal, but there will always be a scar.

One of our good friends wrote the following about Dad:

How do we say, "I am sorry and I am rejoicing for him in the same sentence!?". Where would you find a better man? Mr. Ray was a man that God had made like a wedge of gold...

Thanks to All
For all the family I want to thank everyone for their care, thoughts, and concerns for us during this time. Thanks for your comments on our blogs, your cards and letters, etc. We appreciate it very much. Friends help hold us up when we are weak.

Dad’s Tomato Garden Blog
We have been asked by Dad’s friends to leave his blog on line. We plan to do that. In the days to come we may add some thoughts and share some memories about Dad. So we’ll let his blog remain as a continuing tribute to him.

The tomato plants he planted earlier this year are really growing good. Dad’s next door neighbor, Ted, is caring for them. We’ll post some pictures of Dad’s garden and his tomatoes later in the year.

Tennessee Granddaddy’s Blog
Some have asked if I plan to continue my blog. The answer is YES. I started my blog because of Dad’s encouragement, and I plan to continue. However, in the next few weeks I may not be able to post as regularly as I have in the past, but I’ll do my best to make 2-3 posts per week.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Time is precious, use it wisely.

Quote of the Day
No one can confidently say that
he will still be living tomorrow. 

Joke of the Day

From somewhere up north in January…

Wife texts husband on a cold winters morning:"Windows frozen."

Husband texts back: "Pour some lukewarm water over it."

Wife texts back: "Computer completely screwed up now."

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Thursday, May 10, 2012


In Memory of Ray F. White
September 2, 1913 - May 9, 2012

IMG_1432-1White, Ray F. age 98, born September 2, 1913, passed away May 9, 2012 at Physicians Regional Medical Center. He was a non-denominational Christian. He was founder and co-owner of White Brothers Poultry & Egg Company and since his retirement he has enjoyed gardening, raising tomatoes and roses. One of his greatest joys was feeding the birds and wildlife at his home which was designated as a Wildlife Habitat. In 2003, he began blogging with his well-known blog, "Dad's Tomato Garden." He had many friends and followers from all over the world.

Preceded in death by beloved wife, LaVerne R. White; parents, Harris and Maude White; grandson, Greg White; brothers, Ralph, Earl, Howard, and Willard. Survivors, son and daughter-in-law, James and Beverly White of Kingsport; daughter, Mary L. White of Knoxville; grandchildren, Kevin and wife, Lesley White of Kingsport, Bethany R. White of New Jersey; great grandchildren, Mandy and husband Alex Rogers, Kara White and Zachary White; Mandy's mother, Sylvia Massey; sister, Helen Weals; brother, Roy and wife, Mavis White; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, May 11, 2012 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway with funeral service to follow at 8:00 PM.

Ministers Greg Harger and Robert Johnson will officiate. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, May 12, 2012 for a 10:30 AM interment service.

Pallbearers will be Don Johnson, Lance George, John Delius, Pat Cooke, Ted Beightol, Jerry Walker and Michael VanVuuren. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Pell, John Walker, Woodrow Franklin, Jay Conatser, Pinky Conatser, Ben Burnette and Don Brawdy. Condolences may be offered at


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Are Sad & Grieving

I wanted to let my readers know that my Dad passed away this morning while he was in the hospital. The doctors postponed surgery yesterday and again earlier this morning because of some health issues.

Yesterday afternoon  he felt pretty good and was alert and talked to his visitors. Early this morning he was resting, was alert, and knew all the family that was with him. Around 9:00 AM or a little later he quickly turned for the worse and died around 10:15 AM while he was asleep.

No Surgery Today

The doctors are working with Dad to make him a little stronger before the surgery. The main issue is his oxygen level which dropped last night.

If things change I'll make another post.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Surgery Postponed Until Wednesday

Joint decision between the surgeon and medicine doctor: do the surgery tomorrow NOT TODAY.

We do not know when tomorrow.

Dad's Situation

I'm with Dad this morning in the hospital. The surgeon was here earlier and tells they do the surgery on his hip later today... 4-5 PM. The surgeon said they will have Dad walking some and sitting in a chair tomorrow. That's good news!

(They surgeon explained that he broke the ball off the hip joint. And that the surgery will be like a hip replacement. It will take about an hour.)

He's a little uncomfortable but not in pain. He talking a lot and would like to check his email, work on his blog, check his tomato plants, and feed the birds. That will come later.

Some Interesting Things

A Couple of Links
You might want to check out the following links. I enjoyed each of them.

  1. A Dramatic Surprise
  2. Andie’s Isle

A Week With Dad

My sister is taking a little trip this week. She’s enjoying sunny Florida with a girl friend. While she is gone Beverly and I are help my Dad. He’s quite a guy at the age 98 years with a mind as sharp as a tack. We’ve having good and enjoyable days with him. He keeps us on our toes.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I saw a bumper sticker that said,
“Honk if you love peace & quiet.”

Quote of the Day
Always be a little kinder than necessary.
— James M. Barrie

Joke of the Day

Three men were talkin' about a new scheme, and one of them was an engraver. He said, "I can make a batch of money, and we'll pass it out and get rich."

He showed up with the money—all eighteen-dollar bills.

The other guys said, "You must be nuts! Nobody'll take an eighteen-dollar bill." He said, "Don't get excited. I know where we can get rid of 'em—down in Tennessee." They said, "Well, come on, let's go get rid of 'em fast."

They drove down to the mountains of Tennessee and they pulled up to a filling station in front of a little country grocery store. The owner came out and said, "Y'all wanna get something?" They said, "Yeah, fill it up with Hi-Test, boy."

The guy filled it up and said, "Anything else?"

One of them got out an eighteen-dollar bill and popped it a few times and said, "You got change for that?" The country boy looked it over a few times, popped it a couple of times, and said, "Oh yes. Whaddya want, three sixes or two nines?"

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Monday, May 7, 2012


Dad's in the hospital. Early today he fell and broke his hip. Surgery is likely this afternoon.

I'll make a post on his blog tomorrow to give a status report.

I will tell you he is in good spirits and taking things with patience.

Class Reunion

55 Years
I graduated from high school in 1957. We had a high school reunion just recently. It as nice to see these friends from the past. I think this was the best reunion we have ever had. Everybody’s old and just glad to be alive.

We have lost to death 30 of our class mates. As I remember our class was somewhere around 100 seniors. So it seems that 30% have died. That’s a sobering thought. Remember, life is precious.

Some people don’t seem to age. I noticed at our reunion that several looked like they did when we graduated. But many didn’t.

Here’s an example of aging that I saw recently on the internet. The 2 pictures below are of a famous movie star when she was young and famous, and now more recent. Would you ever of guessed that Brigitte Bardot would have aged like this?


Youth and beauty are temporary.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I like what Mark Twain once said, “There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can.”

Quote of the Day
Honesty is the best policy,
but insanity is a better defense.
— Steve Landesberg

Joke of the Day

An older man and his friend were having a conversation one night, and the topic drifted to memory, or lack of it. The first man mentions to his friend:

"My wife and I have been having a hard time remembering very simple things lately, and a friend recommended that we see this memory specialist doctor."

"Oh, well how is it working out for you?" asked the friend. "Has it helped either one of your memory's?"

"Very much so!" replied the man. "The results are incredible!!"

"What's the name of this doctor?" asked his friend.

"Hmm, its a really long last name I know," he replied. "Well, help me out for a second. What's the name of the one kind of flower, with the thorns, and that grows on a bush?"

"A rose?" said his friend.

"Yes, Yes! A rose!" says the man. "Rose dear, what's the name of that memory doctor we've been seeing?"

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Friday, May 4, 2012

A Good Story of Life

Hot Chocolate and Life
The following was sent to me as a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of children and background music. I can’t share that with you on this blog, but I can share the words which have a good message:

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives. Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said: "Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.

  • Live simply.
  • Love generously.
  • Care deeply.
  • Speak kindly.
  • And enjoy your hot chocolate.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
We’re enjoying watching the birds on the feeders this year. Here’s a couple of pictures.
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Quote of the Day
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.
~From Above Story

Joke of the Day

Not Really a joke, but a good story!

A 50-something year old Muslim man arrived at his seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn't want the seat. The seat was next to an elderly white woman reading her Bible.

Disgusted, the Muslim man immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The man said "I cannot sit here next to this infidel." The flight attendant said "Let me see if I can find another

After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated "There are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class."

About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated "The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one
in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain
agreed to make the switch to first class."

Before the irate Muslim man could say anything, the attendant gestured to the elderly woman and said, "Therefore ma'am, if you would so kindly
retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn't want you to sit next to an unpleasant person."

Passengers in the seats nearby began to applaud while some gave a standing ovation.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ever Owned VW?

We owned one of those bugs. It was red with a sunroof. It was a great little car. It was so ugly it was pretty!
Now they make some beautiful automobiles. In fact, I would not mind owning one of them.

A good friend send me this video about a VW factory in Germany. I was impressed, and I think you will enjoy it.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Here’s nice “Thank You’ from Japan for all the assistance provided after the massive earthquake and tsunami last year. It’s good…

Quote of the Day
A child can ask questions
that a wise man cannot answer.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

You are probably not very interested in any used farm equipment but I thought you might like to see this ad taken from Craig's List.

Fifty year old manure spreader - $1 (Washington, DC)

Fifty-year old manure spreader. Not sure of brand. Said to have been produced in Kenya .

Used for a few years in Indonesia before being smuggled into the US via Hawaii . Of questionable pedigree. Does not appear to have ever been worked very hard. Apparently it was pampered by various owners over the years. It doesn't work very often, but when it does it can really spread the manure and sling it for amazing distances. I am hoping to retire this manure spreader next November. But I really don't want it hanging around getting in the way afterwards. I would prefer a foreign buyer that is willing to relocate this manure spreader out of the country. I would be willing to trade this manure spreader for a nicely framed copy of the United States Constitution.

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