Got good news today, spoke to my 85 year old dad, who informed me he was being released from his physical therapy rehab center this Friday! He'll get to see my mom who has Alzheimer's. My brothers and sisters and myself, along with two nursing assistants,have been caring for both of them to keep them from a nursing home for as long as possible. |
Reply #2241. Mar 13 13, 6:47 PM
Today I took thirty two dogs for a walk! They all live in the local rescue centre and are always keen to go out for a wander.|
Reply #2242. Mar 14 13, 12:16 AM
This is a story that I hope illustrates the thrill of thinking about etymology -- the origins and building blocks of the words we use in speech and thought. Consider the word "contemplate". I recently found out that it does share a common ancestor with the word "temple". A temple is a place where we go to receive and interpret divine signals. So when we contemplate, in our heart of hearts we go to a place where we can do that. I hope you will agree with me that "contemplate" is a very beautiful word, and that it's something very worthwhile to do!|
Reply #2243. Mar 14 13, 3:59 AM
I couldn't sleep anymore, so I got up and decided to play a few games on FT. I'm getting ready to go out of town for a few days. |
Reply #2244. Mar 14 13, 7:16 AM
Last night my 10 year old son and I watched a rerun of the quintessential 1950's (USA) TV show called "Leave it to Beaver". 1957, Season 1 Episode 7 was called "Water, Anyone?" Who knew that it was a brilliant economic analysis of scarcity, pricing, insider information, and ethics. It will be required watching for the next Econ 101 class I teach!|
Reply #2245. Mar 14 13, 3:28 PM
Time to share a few incidents from long, long ago. When I was a Forces brat, and we got posted every couple of years.|
You might think that moving schools, losing friends, packing up possessions into a small box might be tricky, but sometimes it presents other challenges.
Like the morning I leapt out of bed, only to remember half way down that I was now in a top bunk and sharing a room.
Or the crash and yell from a disorientated brother who had needed the bathroom in the middle of the night and had discovered that the bathroom had been replaced by a brick wall.
Or my sister looking for the garden that someone stole and replaced with a balcony on the 5th floor, and all the neighbours speaking German.
Some of those weird sci-fi films? Wonder how many of the writers were forces brats working out past traumas!
Reply #2246. Mar 14 13, 4:59 PM
The news on my brother wasn't good but we have to believe he'll find the strength to pull through. I'm not ready to say goodbye to him yet.|
It's wonderful that complete strangers take the time to wish him well & it gives the rest of the family renewed hope fo him.
Reply #2247. Mar 14 13, 6:02 PM
I just spent the morning delivering a new litter of golden retriever puppies... I k ow have 6 adorable balls of golden fur:)|
Reply #2248. Mar 14 13, 6:07 PM
Ahhh, Springtime in TEXAS! The grass is greening up and the trees are putting on leaves.|
Now about those WEEDS...
Reply #2249. Mar 14 13, 6:23 PM
My schooldays are gonna end!|
Reply #2250. Mar 15 13, 1:27 AM
My husband and I went to the local supermarket and, as usual, once the goods had gone through the checkout, I walked off with the trolley leaving him to pay. He just followed me and forgot to pay. There is only one exit to the parking area and as we got there the security guards were waiting for us. Thank goodness my husband realized immediately what he had done. I am just glad nobody who knows us was around. The staff now always has a good laugh with us when we go there now.|
Reply #2251. Mar 15 13, 6:05 AM
Years ago I was lodging in a house in West Belfast. The woman of the house, who worked in her brothers' fishmonger's and poulterer's shop, told me I shouldn't be shy about helping myself to food from the fridge when I came in late from an evening out. "There's always roast chicken in the fridge that I bring home from the shop, so help yourself," she said.|
A short while later, two days before Christmas, I came in around 2am - much the worse from drink, and so hungry my belly thought my throat had been cut. Opening the fridge I spied a very large chicken and pulled off a leg and ate it, before staggering to bed.
Early the next morning the woman woke me and asked nervously: "Did you eat anything when you came in last night?" "Yes," I mumbled through my hangover, "a leg off the chicken I found in the fridge - hope that's alright - you said it would be okay?"
"Yes, but that wasn't a chicken!" she said. "A customer came into the shop yesterday and ordered a turkey for Christmas Day. Her oven wasn't big enough so I offered to cook it for her. She's coming back in this morning to collect it!"
Well there were no spare turkeys that close to Christmas and it was too late to cook another one anyway! Luckily the customer took the tale of the stupid drunken lodger in good heart, and brought her one-legged turkey home with her for the Christmas table. (Truth is she was lucky, I'd intended to eat both legs, but the first one had seemed a bit dry so I didn't bother!)
For years afterwards I would always try to sneak past the fishmonger's and poulterer's shop unseen, but everytime her brothers would spot me and come running out, laughing - calling up the street behind me: "Hey Dáithí, are you looking for some turkey?" :-)
Reply #2252. Mar 15 13, 7:25 AM
Here's a golf joke:|
John met Mary in an internet chat room and after many months, they finally met in person. They were both thrilled to learn that their online attraction carried over into real life and they began to spend all of their free time together.
One night over dinner, John said "Mary, I'm in love with you and want to spend the rest of my life with you, but before you answer, there's something you should know about me. I am a complete golf nut. I play golf as often as I can. When I'm not playing or practicing, I'm watching golf tournaments on TV or reading about golf. I eat, drink, and sleep golf. If that's going to be a problem you need to tell me now."
Mary replied "Well, John, your golf obsession is not a problem, but since we're being so honest there's something you need to know about me. For the last five years, I've been a hooker. Will that be a problem?"
John said, "Not at all Mary. I'm sure if you just weaken your grip you'll be hitting them straight in no time!"
Reply #2253. Mar 15 13, 7:28 AM
My wife went to visit her mother for the entire day. Yippee! Now, I can spend the day playing fun trivia!!!!|
Reply #2254. Mar 15 13, 9:01 AM
I'll spend the whole day on FunTrivia as well, writing many quizzes I need completed. It'll be fun!|
Reply #2255. Mar 15 13, 9:37 AM
Got a free ticket to the Big 12 Finals tomorrow night. Go K-State.|
Reply #2256. Mar 15 13, 11:50 AM
Due to a water shortage in Ireland , Dublin swimming baths have announced they are closing lanes 7 and 8.|
Reply #2257. Mar 15 13, 12:26 PM
I recently buried a close relative. My final whisper to the dying soul was a request to "upon reaching Heaven, would you leave the back door (gate) open for me?" Thanx|
Reply #2258. Mar 15 13, 2:47 PM
I am still reeling from seeing the very G-rated production of "Cinderella" where the magic looked freaking real - no smoke and mirrors, things just changing before your eyes. Recommend if you have kids, seriously.|
Reply #2259. Mar 15 13, 7:59 PM
So March Madness is upon us. When my mother told me show was watching the ACC tournament, she said NC State was playing Vermont. I had not followed the ACC games this year, but was surprised to hear that Vermont joined the ACC. Well, it turns out that VT was actually Virginia Tech, not Vermont. Funny mistake.|
Reply #2260. Mar 15 13, 8:00 PM
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