Saturday, January 28, 2006

Humpty Dumpty

At least that's what I feel like. I have fallen and I am trying to put the pieces back together!! On February 7, I will undergo long awaited cataract surgery on my left eye. For the last 10 years I have had "smudgy" vision due to cataracts, but the eye doctor said it wasn't "bad enough." Well, now they are bad enough. This is the only operation I am looking forward to.

There will be some new photos from the Journey in next week's Newsletter. Typically, the Newsletters come out on Tuesdays. A "revised" Newsletter will come out today, Saturday. It is the same one as published earlier this week, but with some new info and a few funny children pictures. Best wishes to you all, and much thanks again for all of the e-mails of support. Richard Roe


Merry Mary said...

We just never know when we will be in need of support and I do thank all of you for the support given to me. You are all wonderful and I am so happy Richard got all of this sisterhood going. My blood sister and my brother in law left for home today. They have been a Godsend the last 2 weeks. Thank Heaven for sisters. I am doing well but have to wear a brace while out of bed and can't drive until 4 weeks from the date I had the surgery. Mary Corbett has been a sweetheart through this and I am grateful I got to know her through Richard's endevors also. I started a 1000 piece jig saw puzzle while ago. I may have to call in the grandkids for help. We finally are having much needed rain in Tulsa today. Richard....I have another...find the duck picture I'll send to you soon...Find it for another dance on the ship...Ok????? Take care. Loads of Love,MM

Saturday, January 28, 2006 8:19:06 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dearest Richard!
Humpty Dumpty...cute one;)
As the saying goes, it never rains but it pours, a good sign believe it or not! The darkest hour is just before the Dawn, then the Sun brings the brightest Light!
Thinking of you! Made a note of February 7th and 23rd, keep seeing yourself as 100% fully recovered, the mind is a powerful tool!
G-D Bless You and Yours
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. Merry/Mary: you go girl ;)

Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:32:53 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hey Richard, The broken pieces can be changed to remnants of a valuable antique tapestry being put back together to be treasured by all. Just change your attitude toward what you are going through and you change the reality of the circumstances.The scripture says the footsteps of a righteous man are ordered by a higher power who has a clearer view of the destiny of your life. All we are ask to do is trust and obey. Unlike the king in the Humpty Dumpty story this higher power is able and willing to put the remnants of the battle back together.

We all love what your trying to do for us and would love to have just one piece of the remnant to hang on to. Love M.M. Corbett

Saturday, January 28, 2006 10:14:02 AM  
Neva said...

When we can see how to put the pieces back together in a more meaningful and deeper way, life and its meaning becomes clearer and we can weather the strongest of storms. (been there done that--voice of experience speaking..)

Hope you are feeling more humpty than dumpty. Take care.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 11:11:44 AM  
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Saturday, January 28, 2006 2:10:22 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Everyone,

I send grettings and great photos from Umberto! These are photos from his home town in Italy- they are amazing!

Click here to go to the Journey Photo page.



Saturday, January 28, 2006 2:13:39 PM  
JanieGirl said...

The new photos of the kids are so precious. Nothing like a child to put a smile on one's face. All the writings about Princess Grace, et al are very interesting. She was such a beauty and always personified the perfect lady. MERRY MARY, I just sent you an email. I was beginning to worry about you. Glad to see you are back blogging and sending emails. JOE, the photos of Umberto's home are lovely. I'll bet you all miss him. Bye for now!!! Lady Jayne

Saturday, January 28, 2006 2:39:16 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Richard, Joe, Posse and bloggers!
Thank you Richard for the additional photographs and info. on The Royal Family Of Monaco, love the nostalgia! Keep it coming!

JOE: the pictures of Umberto's hometown is awesome to say the least! In one of the pictures there
is small white fluffy cloud in the shape of an Angel high above the sea and mountains on the right hand side of picture, amazing!!!!

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': ditto, sending LOVE on a Moonbeam ;)

UMBERTO: bonjourno, Viva Italia!

Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, January 28, 2006 2:57:01 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Umberto - tell me where that is in Italy- I want to visit there. What city? You live in paradise. What beautiful photos and a lovely city. Can I look you up and say hello?
Miss you! Hope all is well with you.

Richard - some good news about your eye surgery. That will be good for you and hang in there with the rest. The road will get easier.

MerryMary - I am glad to see you doing so well and happily writing and being yourself.

Joe thanks for sharing Umberto's pictures. Hi to you and your family and tell Umberto I said hello.

Take care all and Happy weekend!

Saturday, January 28, 2006 4:04:30 PM  
leslie said...

Umberto's photos are great! Italy has been on my list for several years already and now I'm even more anxious to go.

Richard - LOVE the kid photos! So cute! Especially the one where the baby is biting the cat's tail! Hope you're doing fine - remember February is the shortest month of the year.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 5:40:47 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi Merry Mary, How are you feeling??

Also, the town where Umberto lives is Lerici, and this is where I lived for a year, 2001. In fact, Umberto's mother and father lived in one-half of a gorgeous house and I lived in the other half. It is on a Contessa's estate!! This is one of my very favorite places on earth and I cannot wait to go back. Best wishes, Richard Roe

Saturday, January 28, 2006 5:58:58 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello Richard and all,
Your cataract surgery will be very easy. I had both of my eyes done within a week apart last April. It is the eye drops that are the killer because you don't have a life during the week preceeding the surgery. Constant drops and I had a couple of black eyes after but not everyone has those. All in all, I was out working and excercising within 48 hours so it is a painless and easy surgery. And you will have such clear sight after so it is all worth it. I put up with all that fogginess for too long also.
I cannot speak for your other surgery but you are fit and ready for it and that is the main thing. I wish you "God speed" and may you be back to your old self again very soon afterward. Keep thinking positive thoughts.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:39:00 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Paula,

We are making plans right now to visit Umberto's home this Christmas vacation. (We don't know if he will be there at that time- he's a busy guy!) But we will meet his parents and friends for sure. It's either in or very near the Cinque Terre area and Umberto (and Richard) has told us it is a "must see." We will be there around New Years Eve. From there after a few days we are planning to take an overnight ferry (more like a cruise ship I'm told) from Genoa to Barcelona where we will finish out the trip.

Would love to hear if anybody has taken that ferry and also to hear about Barcelona. We'll have about three days there and would like to stay in a nice hotel.



Saturday, January 28, 2006 10:42:56 PM  
Vicki In Brazil said...

Seeing the pictures of your boys when they were little brought back memories of my guys at that age. Did anyone ever mention to you these "points to ponder" BEFORE having boys?
1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 ft. house 4 inches deep.
2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with hair spray they ignite.
3. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape but it is strong enough, if tied to a paint can, to spread on all four walls of a room.
4. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. It takes a few tries before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a ball a long way and a glass pane does NOT stop a baseball when hit by a ceiling fan.
5. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh" it's already too late.
6. Brake fluid mixed with clorox makes smoke and lots of it. Thank goodness it's mostly women who read this newsletter since 80% of men who read this will try mixing the clorox and the brake fluid.
7. A 6 year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old man says it only happens in the movies.
8. Certain legos will pass through the digestive track of a 4 year old boy.
9. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
10. Super glue is forever.
11. No matter how much jello you put in a swimming pool you still cannot walk on water.
12. Pool filters do not like jello.
13. VCR's do not like "PB & J" sandwiches even though TV commercials say they do.
14. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
15. Marbles in gas tanks make a lot of noise when driving.
16. You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.
17. Plastic toys don't like ovens but the good news is that most fire departments have a five minute response time.
18. The spin cycle on a dryer does not make earth worms dizzy but it will make cats dizzy and keep in mind that cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
19. If you don't have children you probably found the following to be hysterical. If you have grown boys this brought back memories. If your boys are now these ages, these points were NOT funny. If you have children nearing this age, this is a warning. For those who have not yet had children, this is called birth control!!!!!


Sunday, January 29, 2006 7:19:24 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear Richard, Sisters and Brothers
This will make you smile: :)
My Middle Son Stuart looked up at me one sunny day when he was just 'knee high to a grasshopper' and asked me if I plan on having more babies(I have two boys, one girl) I politely said no darling you three are all that I have prayed for and my wish was granted!
His facial expression kinda changed and smiling he said:"Oh I get it, you've been neutered"
That is only one of my journal of questions and anecdotes from my adorable 'three'! As the saying goes 'from the mouth of babes' :)
Wishing you a lovely sun shiny day!
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, January 29, 2006 7:59:40 AM  
Vicki In Brazil said...

correction on #2: "If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with ROLLER BLADES they ignite." (not hair spray) Sorry....

Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:17:07 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Vickie, way funny and oh so true. When I think back to those days it makes me laugh and wonder how we made it. It seemed that we were either at the dentists office with broken teeth or I was getting a call from the paramedics that they were on the way to the ER with my son (good thing I worked for the ambulance company). And I wondered why my hair turned gray.

Joe, I only WISH I could fill you in on Barcelona. If you need a babysitter let me know, I am sure your kids would just love me!

Umberto, Thank you for sending the photos of your home town. Beautiful, I couldn't imagine it being any more inviting. Yes, Lerici is now on my list of places to see.

Richard, Glad to see that you are focused on your health and staying fit. Remember that come Spring February will be in the past and just a memory.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:59:45 AM  
leslie said...

Vicki I never had the "honour or privilege" of having sons but now I have a darling grandson. I copied your post to give my daughter. I hope she laughs but also keeps it as that warning you mention. LOL Thx for sharing.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 11:59:38 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi Richard!
I so enjoyed watching the Australian Open for Roger Federer again although Marcos Baghdatis played a mean game throughout the two weeks, we have not heard the end of him!
An exciting year with the upcoming World Cup Soccer etc. too!
Here's to Family, Romance, Adventure, Sports and Travelling, the good stuff!
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, January 29, 2006 2:14:55 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

oops...not forgetting Friendship ;)

Sunday, January 29, 2006 4:25:10 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I am writing this week's Newsletter and struggling with the Subject. Newsletters are often opened, more or less, depending a lot on the Subject that you see when you first see the e-mail. I'll be discussing a very funny story I alluded to last week about my son Richard's christening, a story about the Oscar Grace Kelly won, and some social events coming up. I think I might simply use a Subject of....Hello from Richard. OK, back to writing. RR

Sunday, January 29, 2006 7:44:03 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Richard and Posse:) yeehaa
Well here comes Superbowl Sunday, love all the craziness that goes on during the game and of course the entertainment at the half way mark! I look forward to hearing all about your Son Richard's Christening and Grace Kelly's Oscar story, I get the feeling we are in for a treat and a laugh :)
Keep Shining!

Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:14:38 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard looking forward to more of your anecdotes. BTW, are you still working your way through all the emails you've received. Just wondered if "Bubba" has arrived. LOL

Sunday, January 29, 2006 11:02:54 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Life's a Cherry Bowlies !!!
Weekend at the hospital puts it all in perspective. I could be there as a patient, but would rather be on the giving end. I'll be your nurse anytime! Your cataract surgery will be'll see the bugs on the leaves of the trees, not only trees or the forest!! Then again do you want to see anyone that clearly?? Just kidding, I have that dry sense of humor only those that know me can appreciate. As for the other surgery we're all there for you. It great to know more about you and your past, like seeing your family pictures and famous people. I'm passing on the Alaskan Cruise to those that may book a cabin...This cruise is going to be just what your nurse and doctor ordered!!
OOPS, I'm missing late night with Oprah Winfrey 2335, gotta go!
Hugs and Hershey's Kisses

Sunday, January 29, 2006 11:35:58 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Linda (callmelin),

Is that offer of baby sitting good anytime!? We are actually taking the kids with us. Nancy and I feel we have their attention for only a few more of their early teenage years and then they won't want to go ANYWHERE with us.

Already they ask if their friends can go with us. In fact, we are taking this trip to Italy over Christmas break with another family who lives down the street whose kids are the same ages and genders as ours. This is due mostly to their kids seeing us doing these trips and bugging their parents to no end to go along. They are wonderful people but, we all know what it is like to make travel decisions by committee! A challenge but fun. We have traveled with them before but never so far or for so long. It will be interesting to see the dynamic of having their friends along.

A fond memory of our last trip to Italy in December, 2002 was on the ferry from Sorrento to Naples to catch our train to Rome. On the ferry were four families from our neck of the woods in southern California who have been traveling together for over 20 years! They had such wonderful memories to share.

Now, Vicki, keep those notes to yourself. I picture Jimmy and his posse spending time at our house literally cooking up such ideas. I'll add one more, however. The boys have a science project that they are working on together. They had to devise an experiment on "action and reaction." Being into paintballing, they devised an experiment whereby they shot at one victim (action) and video taped their "reaction." Jimmy is still recovering.


PS- Still need the Barcelona hotel tips and any personal experience on the overnight ferry from Genoa to Barcelona. Also, anybody have suggestions on where to stay in Siena and Venice? Thanks.

Monday, January 30, 2006 7:23:11 AM  
Merry Mary said...

I wish I could be of help Joe....I just wish I could go. Someday maybe I'll go to least I can dream, can't I??? I'm catching up on the old movies...Ben Burke with Ashley Judd ( so sweet), Top Gun (romantic), Urban Cowboy(exciting) and Hallmark Hall of fame was good....That one was new. Anyway, I'm getting stronger and better every day. I need to take a dancing class so I can impress Richard. I hope all of you had a nice week end. Lots of Love from Tulsa,Ok.

Monday, January 30, 2006 8:31:31 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Yes Joe anytime would be a pleasure. I do think that the teens not wanting to be with you is a myth. I found that they really do they just don't admit it. So the offer still stands, the kids would have someone to watch them as they are doing their thing and you parents could have some freedom. Did I persuade you yet?.....heehee

Monday, January 30, 2006 9:26:54 AM  
CallmeLin said...

MerryMary, if you are into old movies I have a couple of suggestions...'Country Girl' with Grace Kelly was a great movie and 'Two Faced Woman' with Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. My father-in-law did the snow ski stunts in the movie. Also try 'Far and Away' with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the Oaklahoma land rush scene is so wonderfully done.

Hope you are feeling better, can't wait to see you dance with Richard.

Monday, January 30, 2006 9:36:30 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hey Big Guy, For the first time in years I found myself waking up laughing in the middle of the night. I just could'nt get the picture of that little baby with the black cat's tale in the mouth out of my mind. What fun it is to read your letters and share your pictures. M.M. Corbett

Monday, January 30, 2006 10:57:12 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Oops!! Tale-- Tail

Monday, January 30, 2006 11:01:31 AM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Joe your family trip to Italy should proove to be outstanding. I was so excited to read the word "Siena", this brought back a warm fuzzy feeling that I feel about Italy especially the Tuscany region that I cycled through last Aug. I wore my Siena (black rooster) jersey to Manhattan Beach, you know you saw it, ha, ha. Stayed at the Villa Lecchi a few miles from Siena.

tel. 0577 930090 - 930885

The Villa Lecchi is a beutifully restored family-run, 18th-century villa with terraces, gardens and swimming pool & is half way between San Gimignano and Siena. They may be able to recommend where to stay direct in Siena, but I so enjoyed the Villa.
It seems to me Joe you & your wife could use 2 sitters for your trip, one for each teenager....
I will be thinking of you all this December holiday in Siena.
Have a Great Day, Peace!

Monday, January 30, 2006 12:19:22 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...


Monday, January 30, 2006 12:43:48 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Callmein....I'll help you babysit in Italy....I'd love that. I love Tom Cruise...anything he's in. I got the name wrong on one...It was Simon Birch not Ben. Have you seen it??? I watched it twice. I'll try to get the one's you told me. I used to love Grace Kelly movies back in the late 40's and 50's. What year did she marry the prince??? I can't wait to hear Richard tell us his stories on the cruise. I am so looking forward to it. I also watched Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. It is always good for some big laughs. It's time for The Wheel Of Fortune so gotta go see if they do my number on the prize puzzel. Tootles for now.

Monday, January 30, 2006 4:51:50 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Thanks, Erica, that villa looks great! We are going to check it out. Would love to get the kids out on a day bike ride around the area. Of course, it will be a little different in the middle of winter but probably not too bad. We love traveling with our kids but Nancy and I are looking forward to the day when we don't have to travel by the school calendar and can take more trips in the fall or late spring.

Just so you all know, hotels and airlines really jack up their rates for families during spring break time- which is from late March to mid-April around the country. Not only do we feel we are competing for space and seats but then they bump up the rates as well. It's been a long time since the kids rode for free on our laps!

Hey, I was asking for the babysitting help for the kids staying at home! Look how you are all trying to get a trip to Europe. I love it!

C'mon Mary, win that Wheel of Fortune and take us all with you on a big trip....


PS- Psst, Mary, let's play a trick on Nancy. We like to watch the Wheel every now and then. Why don't you post the answer to the final puzzle and I'll read it before the Wheel of Fortune is on here. If it's a hard one, I'll pretend I figured it out and amaze the kids and Nancy!

I come from a family of jokesters (led by the biggest one of them all- my dad!) It carried over in my newlywed days. I remember Nancy and I were lolling (before kids) on a lazy July Sunday listening to the Wimbledon women finals. She wanted me to get something from the store (she was pregnant with Jimmy). While in the car I listened to the radio and quite innocently heard the final score- the TV broadcast was tape delayed. Turned out it was an incredible come from behind victory. As Nancy and I continued to watch on TV it was looking bad for the one who was eventually going to win. I worked the converstation saying something like, "Man she is down but she is known to come from behind." Nancy says, "No way." Joe says, "Wanna bet?" Nancy walked right into it. I think I told her about it on our first anniversary.

Monday, January 30, 2006 5:15:06 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Joe, now you know what we teachers are up against with the travel situation. Nice vacations, but all at peak season! And teachers are, as everyone well knows, WAAAAAY underpaid. I find that a lot of parents take their kids on a great trip at other times of the year (to get the cheaper rates) and just make sure they do the missed work before they come back. Wonder what the parents would do if the teachers decided to do that? Oh well...such is life. Retirement - here I come! LOL

Monday, January 30, 2006 5:17:51 PM  
I'm Connie-pick me! said...

Hey Joe--
My kids went to a year-round middle school. Traveling in November was an unanticipated benefit! Cheap was great!


Monday, January 30, 2006 7:59:08 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi ROEmeo, jOE and Posse!
Well talking about kids, I wish to share this heatwarming and amazing story!
I manage a Seniors Club in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks this city has to offer, just 5 min walk from where I live, mornings only Mon-Thurs.
Then I have a part-time 3 hour early evening shift also doing community service. This evening my daughter surprised me with a call from my home, she was in the neighborhood and thought to pop in for a bitty before heading out with her new beau(a very refined yound man) As I arrived home, she was just leaving and told me to look in the fridge and cupboards.
Yes, this loving child filled my fridge with almost everything, it brought me to tears. My children
do that periodically, in fact Stuart(who is presently in Uganda) did just that not too long ago, he and his ladyfriend decided to go on a shopping spree and voila, somehow they managed to distract
my attention, while they filled my fridge and cupboards! If I say so myself, an example of un-conditional love, generosity, compassion etc.
To Kidz To Kidz L'Chaim :)
I am off to dreamland...tootloo
Senior bachelorette:)

Monday, January 30, 2006 9:26:42 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

I've just finished the Newsletter to go out (probably) tomorrow. I send it to Joe who adds the pictures and helps with some edits and then it is off to the company who sends it out. You will read that I have flown to the mountins in Northern California for 5 days of R&R. I hope you enjoy the Newsletter, and goodnight to all. Richard Roe

Monday, January 30, 2006 9:41:58 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

ooops, misspelled mountain. sorry, RR

Monday, January 30, 2006 9:44:54 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Joe, I'll put the answer to the last puzzel on your email at7pm my time. Richard,have a wonderful RandR time in the mountains...Ok???MM

Monday, January 30, 2006 11:45:04 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Val, What sweet kids you have. I have to brag too. My 101 year old father-in-law passed away right after I got home from the hospital and my kids did the funeral arrangements and I hear did a fantastic job of it. I don't know what I'd do without them. I didn't even get to go but my son and daughter both have said they would take me to Wetumka as soon as I can travel that far. (that's where he is burried by my mother-in law. I married Bill in 1976 and he passed away in 1999 so I had my father-in-law 6 years longer than Bill. The preacher's message was you don't have to have the same blood to be family. They were all very close. Have a great Tue. MM

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:45:37 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello All,

Just waiting to scan to some of Richard's photographs and the newsletter will be complete.

Mary, didn't get the email in time. Let's try it again this evening! Poor Nancy.

Val, it does not surprise me that your children are so caring and loving. How do you think they learned it!

Connie, you lucky duck, I wish our school system would try something like that.

Leslie, I am the only one of ten children who did not follow my father's path and became teachers. It's a great profession and so very important. I do envy the time off in summer but the rates are high and it does get crowded. Good on you!

Erica, that villa is amazing! The others like it too. Umberto is checking out a villa that a friend of his has in that area. My only concern is the need for a car (or bike!) There will be eight of us total and, at times, I feel like I am the logistics officer in Patton's Third Army! We plan on staying in Siena and take a day trip to visit Florence. I know, Florence deserves more time- but consider the limited attention span of four teenagers!


Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:12:32 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Hey Joe...Here we go....Get Nancy good...
To: Joe

1.Glitz and Glamour

2. Mellon Baller

3.Amatuer Boxer Shorts

4.Grilled Asperagus

5.Living the Island Lifestyle

6. Flightless Birds

7.Tenants and Landlords

8. Jackson, Mississippi

9. Buiness Lunch

10. I'm Flexible

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 5:05:29 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Merry Mary...what a neat idea! I love it! getting the answers to the puzzles from someone in a different time zone. Makes we wish I had someone here to impress but alas...I am alone tonight. I hope Joe shares the outcome with all of us.
I just caught the end of the I will read up to the beginning...I'll be back.

Hugs to all!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 5:32:54 PM  
willemina said...

Hi again Merry Mary...glad to hear that you are recovering from your surgery. You've been in my prayers.

I love Umberto's photos!!!Wow!!!
I can certainly understand why Richard says this is his favorite place on earth.
G E O R G E O U S!

Val and Merry Mary...your children sound wonderful. They love their mother and learned to be the caring individuals that they are from you. God has also blessed me with 4 wonderful children...2 boys and 2 girls. My oldest will be 37 on Saturday.

I want to say hello to Mary Corbett, neva, joe, janiegirl, leslie, paula, chandra, vicki, lin, erika, connie, val, merry mary and of course RR too...

RR...I hope you enjoy your R&R in the mountains...sounds lovely. Keep those positive thoughts and know that you can and will survive this. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:04:24 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Laughter is the best medicine....
Subject: Voters

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old
fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying:
"Free to good home. You want it, you take it". For three days the fridge
sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually
decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked to
good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale
$50". The next day someone stole it. Caution! . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These people Vote
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent
which direction was North because, he explained, he didn't want the sun
waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?"
When my brother explained that the sun rises in the East, (and has
for sometime), she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with
that stuff". . . . . . . .She ALSO votes!
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I
got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center
was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7
days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to
end the call quickly, I said, "Uh, Pacific" . . . . . . . . .He ALSO votes!
My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we
overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the
sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a
convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car
was moving". . . . . . . . She ALSO votes!
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car It's designed to cut
through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk . . . . . .
My sister ALSO votes!
My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were
discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The
cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount . . . . . . . .
He ALSO votes!
I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring
attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the
chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I explained that a person's
nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the
head is turned. . . . . . . . . . My friend ALSO votes!
I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to
the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never
showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a
trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me,
"has your plane arrived yet? ".
. . . . . . . . . SHE ALSO votes!
While working at a Pizza Parlor I observed a man ordering a small
pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would
like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He though about it for some time before
responding. "Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry
enough to eat 6 . . . . . . . . Yep, he votes too.
These have been around but still make me laugh. I forget from one day to the next. MM

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:47:50 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Kinda weird. Yesterday morning at the airport I was standing next to Chris Cooper as we both had coffee, and I just saw a movie this afternoon with him in it. RR

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:50:42 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi Wilimena...So good to see you here again. You were missed. Joe, the president is on. Does that mess you up on the Wheel of Fortune???? If so we'll do it tomorrow. Just let me know. MM

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:51:18 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Joe and Merry Mary Well, I just tricked metalxmonkey with the Wheel answers. I went in just when the "business lunch" puzzle went on and I pretended to guess it. She was surprised 'cuz she's so used to getting them before me. Then, when I got the "I'm flexible," I added "I guess I'm psychic." To which she responded, "No, you're psychO." So..Mary put up tomorrow's answers and I'll do it again and see what happens. She had no idea I already knew the answers. This is FUN! Hee, hee!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:58:23 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi Richard, Joe, Posse, Bloggers and Bloggettes!
Richard, enjoy your few days of R&R
communing with Nature, very healing! Just received your Newsletter and BRAVO to you for being so candid. I like to refer to the 'C' word in your case as being COURAGEOUS. No matter what, you WILL rise above it and in time to come will smile and say, hmmmm I did not allow this 'nasty business' to consume me!
Please remember THE MIND IS A POWERFUL TOOL, we are what we THINK....keep thinking positive and believe in MIRACLES!
The Patrick Joseph Rooney story is PRICELESS...what a character!!!
Oh yes I like that tale of synchronicity at the airport with the movie star....twilight zone!

JOE: thank you for the kind words, you certainly contribute towards the camraderie on the blog, in a BIG way, in addition to your good friend 'Richie Rich' ;)

WILLEMINA: nice to see you on the blog again, how lovely that you have two boys and two girls, what a Gift!

MERRYMARY: mary mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Thinking of you too :) is wayy past midnight, hope I don't turn into a 'punkin' as my three used to say when they were little :)
Sweet Dreams y'all
Senior Bachelorette:)

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:49:44 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Good Morning,

Yes, missed the Wheel last night because of the State of the Union. We'll try tonight. I'm patient- sometimes these things take time to set up! Glad to see Leslie is getting in on the fun! Impressing the kids is always high on my list.

Glad you are enjoying the newsletters. I got a sneak peek at the photos Richard has because I have to scan them. Looks like there are some very interesting stories coming up! Amazing that for all of her celebrity Grace Kelly was so down to earth. The true definition of her name.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:21:53 AM  
Merry Mary said...

The Wheel goes off at 7PM here so will come put the answers on then. This is fun. Have a good Hump Day all you out int RR Land.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:35:46 AM  
Merry Mary said...

This is good.Subject: A Remarkable Obituary.....

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense. Mr.
Sense had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he
was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing
when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that
life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial
policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting
strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge).

His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. - Reports of a six-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the
parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became
contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better
treatment than their victims.

Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize
that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and
was awarded a huge financial settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his
wife, Discretion; his daughter, Resp onsibility; and his son, Reason. He is
survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you
still remember him, pass this on; if not, join the majority and do


No virus found in this incoming message

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:57:00 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello to you too, Miss WILLY. Good to hear from you. I have not been blogging very much lately. Have been busy with a few things concerning my book. It will hit the market in April. It's been a long journey and a wonderful experience. RICHARD, have a wonderful trip to the mountains and keep your chin up. Jayne

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:58:10 AM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,

Richard, Great news letter! Something in it for all of us. I could connect most with your honest feelings about what is going on and a time away for R & R. It always helps me to talk my feelings out.

And of course, my 2 favorite sayings that I repeat often:
1. "No one would have ever crossed the ocean if they could have gotten off the boat in the storm."
2. "Happiness is having SOMTHING PENDING."
ie: cruise, closer smaller outtings for today and tomorrow, even game shows or where we can help out.

I will probably get kicked off the Blog by saying that 98% of us ladies like you, Prostrate or no Prostrate. We just want to help as we can and keep you or anyone we know from dying. We are available "Helping Hands."

I think us ladies are a little more natural at enjoying a single flower instead of holding out for 5 dozen Roses. We treasure those little "Flowers" from anywhere. Lucky is the man who has learned that.

Enjoy today.
Mary Rose

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:59:29 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hi Willemina, We are having a lovely, beautiful day in Tulsa. I'm going to call Merry Mary tonight to see if she would like to see a movie with me sometime soon. All is well with me. I'm working on a book called the "Transformed Sexual Women". It's not like painting a picture. It takes a lot more thought of a different kind. Hopefully it will be done by June. Where have you been all this time? M.M. Corbett

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 2:18:40 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Here we go Joe and Leslie...
1.Money well spent
2.Blushing Bride
3.See No Evil,Hear no evil and next line please =Speak no evil
4. Ironman triathlon competition....trip to Hawaii
5. Alphabetical and takeout order
6. New Brunswick
7. Scottish Terrior
8. Personaslized stationary
and grand prize for $25,000=
Just Wing It....
Joe won $55,950......Joe's the man....Go get "em Tigers

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:03:35 PM  
JoeInMB said...

We're a day behind on the Wheel. I've set the trap. I let her win the one just before the final word.

Here goes....


Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:55:36 PM  
willemina said...

Your story of standing next to Chris Cooper in the coffee shop reminded me of the time I was standing in line behind Diane Lane at my local Albertson's which also reminds me of another story. Back in the 1980's...we were stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia and Patty Duke was filming a movie there ( I forgot the name of the movie but she was a helicopter pilot). Well, she met an Army Sergeant by the name of Michael Pierce. He divorced his wife and married Patty Duke...I believe they are still married. My friends and I used to comment..."wouldn't it be a hoot to see Patty Duke in the commissary?" I never did. And this reminds me of another celebrity moment I had (actually...I've had quite a few.) When I was living in Seoul, Korea (1991-1993( I met David Copperfield and his mom and dad (the Kotkins) The following day I took Mrs. Kotkin shopping in Itaewon (a big shopping area near my home)
On another afternoon I was shopping in Itaewon with some friends and Smokey Robinson walks out of one of the stores! The Korean shoppers had no idea who he was so he was able to shop in peace until he met me! LOL...Actually, he was very nice and I got a kiss and a big hug from him. Okay, enough name dropping for now...

Leslie Good on ya!
I read the answers from Merry Mary tonight and found that it's no fun to know the answers if you have no one to impress. maybe one day?

Mary Corbett I think it's so special that you and Merry Mary have become fast friends. Wish I could join you for a movie. Let me know when your book comes out...I would love to read it. I've been spending most of my free time with my 84 year old mother who had a hysterectomy last week. She was in the hospital for 3 days but she's home now and doing great! I just returned home from visiting her and I told her how beautiful she looked tonight. So relaxed. My mother also has a good friend in ICU so we have been concerned about her...she had triple bypass surgery 2 weeks ago and has had a setback. Please keep "Micki" in your prayers.

Joe Good on ya too! Watch out though because Nancy will get you back...

Gotta go now...I'm an American Idol fan...(I love the bad singers...funnneeee!)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:17:46 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Janiegirl
What's the name of your book? I would love to read it...I think :)
Have any good cookie recipes? :)

Oops! I forgot to say hi to mary r. You took the words right out of my mouth. I love your're so real.

Commercial's over...gotta go.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:48:58 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Richie Rich, Joe, Posse and Bloggers!
Top 'Oer the mornin' too you, it is 3.12am, I was in a deep sleep and suddenly woke up, had a cuppa T believe it or not and now blogging....this is just too much :) Richard (mountain man ;) enjoy the peace and quiet, I am also heading for them thar hills next week Thursday-Saturday, a wee break away from the maddening crowds and work, gotta charge the batteries!
Lotsa fun happening on the blog....a joy to read!
Hugs y'all
Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, February 02, 2006 12:21:27 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Willy, The name of the book is "The Wonderful World of Collecting PERFUME BOTTLES". It will hit the market in April and is about what the title indicates. You can get a sneak preview on Amazon or any of the online book outlets. I hear from the publisher that there are hundreds of orders on back order already. I am so pleased!! You will also be able to get copies from the major retail book stores such as Walden, Barns and Noble, Borders, etc. I also think Walmart will be selling my book. I am happy about that since I have written this book for all collectors, not just those with deep pockets. I have some perfume bottle books in my own library that cost $150 and that was with a $25 discount. Others start at $70. Mine is very reasonably priced at $29.95 well within reach of all readers. Schroeder's Collector Books is the publisher. Thanks for asking. No, Willy, I have not been baking cookies or fantasy fudge lately. Have to watch the carbs, fats, and calories!!
Hi RICHARD, Hope all is going well and that you are enjoying the mountains. I hope you don't mind my plugging my book. Willy asked, and of course, I seized the opportunity. I promise not to use your blog as a billboard for publicity. Thanks so Much!! Jayne

Thursday, February 02, 2006 5:08:49 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi Richard, Joe, Posse and Bloggins(sounds like a character out of 'Lord Of The Rings')
I just had a peek at the photos once again, Meg was beautiful and you look just like your Son Chris in those pictures. Love the pink pants...too and baby biting the black cat's tail is priceless, especially the expression on the cat's face..LOL
Wow I was in Monaco in Summer of 1975 also Antibes was one of my favourite spots and remember going to the Casino on the beachfront in Monaco with beautiful palm trees lining the beach road. In fact Sea Point Cape Town has the same beach road drive with beautiful Palm Trees all the way along the seaside. I am sure you remember it well too considering you have visited Cape Town Richard.My trip to Europe, Summer of '75 and one to remember, met a moviestar called Douglas Sheldon in London U.K. he starred in Iron Eagle as a German Officer. He wrote a book dedicated to me called 'For The Very First Time' and another one called 'The Rainbow Men' He fell deeply in love at first sight and took me home to meet his parents, of course I was not in the same headspace as I was just about to leave for my European Camping Tour.
When I returned to London 3 months later, Douglas was filming on location in France...I think the movie was 'Soft Beds And Hard Battles'. There is a bit of nostalgia wow, I could be living in London married to a moviestar, but alas fate had another plan in store for me:)
I hope y'all find this entertaining and not too boring as I just needed to go back in time for a bitty, good...wonderful memories, got that warm fuzzy feeling!
carpe diem
Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, February 02, 2006 12:39:08 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Dreamweaver Val. You have had such a wonderful life and I have too. I love to reminise. I wish I could live it all over again. Seems like only yesterday I was having babies...Now in the blink of an eye my grandchildren are having babies. I'm not sure where Monoco is but I was in Paris in 1970,Is that close???? I turned 30 there. It was a hoot.
Dear Lady Jane, I can't wait to read your book. I took a picture of a pink perfume bottle that was given to me years ago to send to you. I'd forgotten abbout it but my sister found it and set it in her bathroom here. It has a hummingbird on the sweet. I won't be getting pictures developed for a while since I'm on my 18th day of not driving and I have10 more days to go and it is the first picture on the roll.
Dear Joe, Does Nancy think you should go on the Wheel as a contestent????
Dear Richard ...I am snail mail another picture for you to hunt the ducks. Good Luck. How many dances are you going to win now??????? I may be your only pardner if you keep finding those ducks. When you get your eyes fixed it'll really be easy.
Well for you working girs TGIF....As a realtor I worked harder on week ends with open houses nearly every weekend.

Lots of Love from T-Town...One of the Mary's....Hugs to the other Mary.

Friday, February 03, 2006 5:34:49 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Hi to everyone from Arizona, I am so enjoying the weather, it is in the mid 70's and just perfect. Yesterday I spent the day in old town Scottsdale and went thru so many beautiful art galleries. The art, jewelery, and Native American pottery are soooo beautiful and tempting but I must save my $$$ for the Gem Show this weekend.

Dale is cooking for all of us Saturday night and the menu sounds delicious, what a nice guy!!! Hopefully Suzanne will provide you all with some pictures as I am without camera. Cheryl will also be there and hopefully camera ready, I can't wait to meet her face to face and see what she found at the Gem Show.

Mary Rose I sure hope you can make it over to join in the reunion, I have my fingers crossed.

Friday, February 03, 2006 1:26:07 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Lin Man O Man am I happy to be getting out of this wicked wet weather we're having this winter! One more sleep (a short one) and I'll be bound for AZ to meet up with you, Suzanne, Cheryl, Linda, Dale, et al. Hopefully, Mary Rose will come, too. Also Marty & Tom. I'll be bringing a camera but it's not digital so we'll try to get some shots posted from someone else's camera. I'll get mine up when I return home. The memories I plan on making will hopefully get me through the rest of winter. Okay, off to pack now! See you soon!

Friday, February 03, 2006 3:31:23 PM  
CallmeLin said...

Hi Leslie, you are going to love the weather, I spent the day at the pool, my friend had to work today so I just hung out all day and swam. I could sure get used to this. I do love the Calif Coast but this is heaven.

A great big HOWDY to Nancy and Willy, wish you two were here. I can see that this could become an annual WINTER event.

Mary Rose I'm going to call you tomorrow night if you can't make the dinner so keep your cell handy. You are going to get a group call from all of us at about 7pm....okay dokie

Friday, February 03, 2006 3:58:20 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi 'Rich'ness, 'Shoeless Joe'(I can't remember if 'shoeless joe' was a movie or poem) and Posse!

RICHARD: the few days in a new place that I have never been to before, no-one knows me, and I don't know anyone there appeals to me so much, kinda like 'nobody here but us chickens' ;) feeling!
Going to do me the world of good to get away for the first time since my fall in April 2004....a quiet, peaceful respite!

MERRYMARY: Life is what we make of it and it does not have to cost a fortune by any means. All it requires is a little imagination, a little time, a little money and one can find amazing nooks and crannies to discover in one's own 'backyard' so to speak. I did not see enough of my own beautiful country, South Africa as I was always wanting to cross oceans thousands of miles away to explore distant lands when South Africa has soooo much to offer in terms of scenic beauty, friendly people and beautiful climate. I guess that may be the case for most of us, certainly for me. Now that I live in Canada there are places of interest that I have not yet explored,Alaska, The Queen Charlotte Islands, PEI(Prince Edward Island) The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, with quaint little towns such as Robert's Creek, Tofino, The Pacific Rim National Park with miles and miles of pure white soft sandy beaches and forests. Beautiful Nova Scotia etc. Even Muskoka area a few hours out of Toronto, beautiful lush green forests with lakes, oh yes a place called 'Lake Of Bays' in particular I hear is absolutely awesome, North of Toronto, also our World famous Algonquin Provincial Park stretches for miles and miles with incredible hiking trails etc. There you are, a taste of Ontario Canada too ;)
I am not Canadian(only on paper) but am proud of this beautiful vast country that spans thousands of miles, North South East and West!
Here's to Romance and Adventure for the 'young at heart' ;)
Fairytales can come true, it can happen to you, when you're young at heart'
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. I love 'talking travel'

Friday, February 03, 2006 4:49:35 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi MERRY MARY, I can't wait to see the picture of your perfume bottle. It sounds lovely. I will probably be able to identify it and give it a value for you. Don't try to drive to get the photos, though. I will get it when I get it. I took one lady to bingo and we sat with another one from New Orleans this past Thursday. The oldest, little, old lady was one of the one's helicoptered off a roof after Katrina. The other one left before the surge. Anyway, they are typical New Orleans and both sound just like Ray Nagin, the mayor of NOLA. I had so much fun with them. There were two games where you had to cover all the even numbers or cover all the uneven numbers. Well, they just could not figure out odd and even. So, I said "just remember that any number divisible by two" is an even number. All the others are uneven.
Well, they just could not figure it out and declared that no one in Louisiana ever played this type of bingo. So, to shut them up, I covered all their even and uneven numbers for them and held up the games. Anyway, we had a lot of fun and laughed a lot. I won $2.50. Great Night at the bingo tables. Well, I am going to watch Nancy Grace to see who she is tonight, judge, juror or executioner. I think she thinks she is all three!! HA-HA Have a great evening everyone. Lots of love, hugs and best wishes from Jayne

Friday, February 03, 2006 5:47:59 PM  
sharingthenight said...

Dear Richard,
It has been a very long time since I have been on this blog, I appologize!
I was doing some reading and your bad news caught my eye, I will put you in my Prayers, I am terribly sorry, ill news of any kind is always heartwrenching, I just wanted you to know that I am certain, you will come through this just fine! You have a whole lot of women out there who are praying for you now. !!!
well I won't tie up the blog, so I will sign off with my usual,
Hugs Away,

Friday, February 03, 2006 6:36:34 PM  
willemina said...

I'm not really into collecting perfume bottles but I do think there are some beautiful ones out there. I love to visit antique shops/not that I have a lot of antiques...I just love the feeling of euphoria I get...the childhood memories...but I would still like to see/read your book so I'll look for it.

Thanks for sharing your warm fuzzy memories with us. It does sound like you've lead a very interesting life. Just last night I was watching one of my favorite shows "Globetrekker" on KCET/public broadcasting and they were travelling through South is a very beautiful country.

Hi Lin and Leslie
I know that you are both going to have a wonderful time in Arizona and I've heard that Dale is going to cook up some very yummy treats for all of you...that alone would be worth the trip. I hope some of you will post some pictures when you return...I'll be checking.

Hello Wanda
So how is San Francisco treating you? It's nice to see your smiling face and I wish you all the best.

Merry Mary
Monaco borders the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France near the border with other were close...right country any way :)

It sounds like you have plenty of volunteers to watch the kids for you during your trip, but have you thought of taking someone along to walk the dog? As Connie would say, "I'm Willy...pick me!"

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:45:59 PM  
willemina said...

Thought I'd post a few funnies before I say good night...

BENTONVILLE, ARK (AP) -- Some Walmart customers soon will be

able to sample a new discount item: Walmart's own brand of

wine. The world's largest retail chain is teaming up with

E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto,California, to produce the

spirits at an affordable price, in the $2-5 range. While

wine connoisseurs may not be inclined to throw a bottle of

WalMart brand wine into their shopping carts, there is a

market for cheap wine, said Kathy Micken, professor of

marketing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. She

said: "The right name is important."

So, here we go:

The top 12 suggested names for Walmart Wine:

12. Chateau Traileur Parc

11. White Trashfindel

10. Big Red Gulp

9. Grape Expectations

8. Domaine Wal-Mart "Merde du Pays"

7. NASCARbernet

6. Chef Boyardeaux

5. Peanut Noir

4. Chateau des Moines

3. I Can't Believe It's Not Vinegar!

2. World Championship Riesling

And the number 1 name for Wal-Mart Wine ...

1. Nasti Spumante

The beauty of Wal-Mart wine is that it can be served with

white meat (Possum) and red meat (squirrel).

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:50:09 PM  
willemina said...

Dear IRS,
Enclosed is my 2005 tax return showing that I owe $3,407.00 in taxes.
Please note the attached article from USA Today, wherein you will see the Pentagon is paying $171.50 for hammers and NASA has paid $600.00 for a toilet seat.
I am enclosing four toilet seats (value $2400) and six hammers (value $1029), bringing my total remitted to $3429.00.
Please apply the overpayment of $22.00 to the "Presidential Election Fund," as noted on my return.
It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.
A Satisfied Taxpayer

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:51:29 PM  
willemina said...

And on a more serious note...

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife
open a package.

What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered and then was devastated to
discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.

"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and
said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of
no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a
mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is
nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a
mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house
-- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did
not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and
she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with
fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the
soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit
with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer
butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her
funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all
of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem
and think it doesn't concern you, remember -- when one
of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out
for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Goodnight dear friends

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:56:00 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'STARS'
February 4, 2006

A Calming Presence...

You may feel apprehensive today. Perhaps you are thinking about your future and are waiting for something to happen or change. Maybe you're nervously wondering what tomorrow will hold. If this is the case today, you might benefit from reconnecting with your rational mind and focusing on existing facts rather than any interpretations you may be entertaining.

If you do, any anxious thinking you may feel about the future could subside. You might consider giving your complete attention to whatever happens to be in front of you today.

The present moment is the only reality requiring your immediate attention. If your thoughts begin to drift to the future, or you find yourself becoming tense or emotional again, take a deep breath and focus on the present.

When we wish to remain calm and serene, we can do so by bringing our attention back to the present moment. If we actively remain present, we find there is no room or use for worry about what the future may or may not hold.

Concentrating on the now gives us the chance to see precisely what we have in front of us at this very second. When we are clearly focused on what we are experiencing right now, we can free ourselves from worry.

RR, remain present today and you will free yourself from anxiety about the future.


Saturday, February 04, 2006 8:36:38 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hi RICHness, Joe, Posse and Bloggers!

JOE: I have lead a very interesting Life and still do. Just today I happened to be talking about the importance of living in the moment, that is why it is called The Present! Never a dull moment, with all it's challenges and sometimes the challenges seem overbearing but that is just a means of rising above it and seeing it as temporary!
I watch every possible documentary on travel that I can, my favourite is Pilot Guides on OLN, they travel extensively all over the world, in fact as I mentioned before one of the narrators by the name of Shapiro travelled back to South Africa to visit her Nanny in Guguletu, just outside Cape Town.
Yes, South Africa is a beautiful country and very welcoming, you, Nancy and family would enjoy every minute of travelling there. Your good Friend 'Richness' will vouch for that ;)
U.S.A is also a magnificent country to travel through, my dream is to stand overlooking The Grand Canyon and then whitewater rafting down the Colorado River

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': wow your messages for RR is so poignant and today's is no exception. How amazing that you know him for so many years, I hope 'His Richness' takes heed of your words of wisdom.
Thank you for the reminder to live in the PRESENT(the Gift)

Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, February 04, 2006 12:59:46 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello 'His Richness', Joe and Posse
I forgot to mention that by absolute chance when browsing through the TV channels I stumbled on 'To Catch A Thief' starring beautiful Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Grace looked stunning in her Gold Ballroom dress, a Princess in the making way back in early '50's!
Wishing everyone a glorious day
(we have a snowstorm moving in) time for a snowball fight again ;)
Luv Val

Saturday, February 04, 2006 1:05:17 PM  

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