Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

Yes, that's today, February 14, and for most single folks this is not an easy day. Having said that, I cannot tell you how many people have e-mailed me and have discussed being single and wishing they were in a healthy, loving, committed relationship, but also say that being single is better than being in an abusive or lousy non-loving, non-respectful relationship. And now, having said that, Happy Valentine's Day. Respectfully, Richard Roe


dreamweaver18 said...

RICHness, Joe, Posse and Blogettes!
Showering everyone with red glittering hearts
Senior Bachelorette
VALentine ;)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 5:53:13 AM  
Forest Hills said...


Still single, but now in a loving, committed relationship, I take this opportunity to wish you all, alone or with loving partners and/or family alike, all the love that this day represents.

Fondly, and with good wishes,

from Forest Hills

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:53:04 AM  
JanieGirl said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to RICHARD, JOE AND ALL THE R.R. BLOGGERS. Skywatcher, Ella. I surelly would fly up to the moon to skate with Walter Brennan, even though I can't skate. So sorry Michelle Quan had to withdraw from the games. Wish she could have gotten the GOLD, but she did the right thing. What about Shawn White? I am so happy for him. He is a darling kid. I like watching the very best in the world. I have been thinking of Umberto since he is in Italy. I wonder if he is at the games.
Have a "Great Day" everyone. Lady Jayne

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:16:04 AM  
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:17:56 AM  
Karla said...

HAPPY "DAY" TO ALL.....and may ALL your days be happy. Richard, I understand just why you don't want to converse with your friends and acquaintances who present you with that inevitable question.....just remember they "care" and are probably at a loss for just what to say (I speak from experience here). I haven't read anywhere about your cataract surgery...how'd it go?
Keep us in your thoughts as you are definitely in ours...make sure Joe keeps us informed of your surgery results, he's truly a priceless friend.
Check your email...I've sent another one.
Fondly & Ciao for now, Karla (AK & So. Cal)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:53:37 AM  
traveln-hsr said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you Richard. Sending hugs and hopefully smiles.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:26:39 PM  
soft_rain said...



This is a wonderful and caring family that Richard has cultivated
and shared with all....loving spirits from across the globe, united we shall remain.

Huggetts to all x x

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2:22:22 PM  
willemina said...


I don't usually watch daytime television but this afternoon I turned on Ellen DeGeneres while I went through my mail...she was at a See's candy shop/factory in Los Angeles....making and packaging candies...hilarious...reminded me of Lucy working in the chocolate factory :)

I had tears in my eyes at the end of the show when Ellen brought together a soldier (in Iraq) with his wife (in the audience) via videoconference.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 3:50:24 PM  
wanderlust said...


Tuesday, February 14, 2006 4:57:16 PM  
willemina said...

Did anyone see Ted Ligety/USA Gold Medalist in the slalom? He was amazing and what a joy to watch!
I'm off to work...will check back tonight.

hugs from willy

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 4:40:11 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'STARS'
February 15, 2006

You may be eager to express your thoughts and emotions today. This excitement, however, might cause you to speak or write in a muddled, nondirect manner. By articulating your ideas clearly, concisely, and sincerely, you can ensure that what you have to say or write is understandable. Your desire to express yourself could help you achieve success in your personal or professional lives.

Your words might have a positive effect on a loved one who is feeling dejected. Being articulate may also aide you in promoting yourself or your work. If you are thinking about making any kind of proposal, today may be the best day to do so.

Clear and sincere articulation of our thought can give us the power to touch people's lives or change our own. It is when we are understood that we have the ability to use communication as a tool for change. When you are articulate, your words create a picture in people's minds that can help them comprehend your meaning.

Thoughtful and clearly articulated ideas can comfort the heart and ease the spirit. Your requests can be laid out succinctly for people, making them more likely to be responsive to what you have to say. When you articulate your thoughts clearly today, your need to express yourself may translate into new opportunities.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:38:05 AM  
leslie said...

Hurrah for Canada's hockey teams - men AND women! They're doing GREAT so far! Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day (or, as a friend calls it - Quirky Singles Day). LOL

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:36:32 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning RICHness, Joe & Co!
I'm enjoying looking at the latest pictures of the Roe boys, Princess Caroline etc. at the Palace in Monaco. Is that Princess Grace's profile to the left of David Niven, she is wearing sunglasses?
What nostalgia and thank you for sharing wonderful memories with us!
The song 'MEMORIES' by Barbara Streisand from the movie 'The Way We Were' would be the perfect theme
here! RICHness you must be so very proud of your 'three' and what handsome young lads they were already then! As the saying goes 'like Father like Son' ;)
Keeping you in mind and prayer.
What an incredible journey thus far and 'the best is yet to come'(that's another song and a good reminder)

True Freedom lies within
Letting go of all thought
That internal chatter
Clearing the mind
Making way for what matters
For when the mind is free to receive
It is quite amazing what one can achieve
So on this new day, this Gift/The Present :)
Let go of ALL that does not serve you
And embrace that which rightfully deserves you
Written by Valerie

Senior Bachelorette:)
Enjoying watching the Olympics...Shawn White is amazing, gonna miss Michelle Kwan
GO GO U.S.A you are A OK!
p.s. back to dreamland for a bitty!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 2:28:59 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'STARS'
February 16, 2006

Today you may want to express your feelings through words or actions that you care for others. You could feel a strong need to connect on a deeper level with those you're closest to or open yourself up to forming a closer connection to someone you now know casually. You might even want to communicate your love or affection to a friend or loved one via a phone call or a note.

Communicating openly with others may possibly raise the level of intimacy in your interpersonal relationships. Consider getting together with loved ones and sharing some quality time together. If there is something you've been meaning to tell someone but haven't had the courage to, today is the perfect day to do so.`Being received by another when we are authentic can feel like a balm that soothes the heart.

Intimate relationships can be formed when we are authentic in our communications with the people in our lives. Sharing our feelings with another person demonstrates that we care for them and that they are important to us. Seeking them out and telling them what is in our hearts shows them that they are special. Our willingness to share our thoughts and feelings motivates reciprocity. They can't help but respond to our openness, affection, and honesty with more of the same.

Express your feelings today to the people around you, and you will invite a deeper connection and intimacy into your life.


Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:55:24 AM  
wanderlust said...

Hi Richard,
Hope this does not offend you or gets me kicked off your blog, but curious me has a personal question:
How have you supported yourself in the last ~5 years? You travelled much, but was that for business or pleasure? Or both?
Your Health Insurance seems unusually generous, allowing for consultation with so many Urologist (5?) for the same problem. I think you are 65, and so on Medicare. They certainly are never that free with paying for more than one 2nd opinion. It may be of interest to many here on your blog how you got such great Medical coverage. Is it because of your "occupation" befor turning 65?

Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:35:46 AM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Dear Richard
Each day is a new challenge! I can't help but express my opinion:
As a patient advocate, (NO Richard is not my patient)however if it were you, would you divulge any of your personal information? Why not just put your full SS# & private telephone on the blog for the world to see. If you were asking me I would say "it's none of your business". However sensitive as most librans are like myself, and giving you the benefit of doubt, I do believe you had good intensions and you wanted information and perhaps better served to e-mail Richard personally. Now Richard certainly is able to answer himself, but I think presently he has other issues on mind. Peace to you "wanderlust".
Iv'e been off the blog recently since I just obtained a new part-time job . Thank YOU willamina for thinking of me. Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. I spent it with my almost 3 Granddaughter Cierra. Had great fun watching the Olympics, and she would clap after the ice skater performed and said "thank you Guy". We laughed!
Have a Great Day...Erika

Thursday, February 16, 2006 2:43:04 PM  
young at heart said...

"O God, I do take refuge in You.

My heart soars because Your spirit is everywhere ... I know that I am never beyond Your care and protection.

Whatever I plan and wherever I go, I listen for your guidance, knowing that even the gentlest of promptings can lead me to wonderful new discoveries.

The more I give thanks to You and include You in my thoughts, plans, and time, the more aware I am that You are my refuge and constant companion."

- This inspirational message was in a December 1996 Daily Word -

"Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge ... You show me the path of life." Psalm 16:1,11

Thursday, February 16, 2006 8:08:56 PM  
Merry Mary said...

I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.....
All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God! held a book;
It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said
"Your name I cannot find
I once was going to write it down...
But never found the time"

Good morning...May all of you ,my special friends have a Fri. foll of blessings, joy and love.

Friday, February 17, 2006 5:28:02 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

“… I believe that when all is said and done, all you can do is to show up for someone in crisis, which seems so inadequate. But then when you do, it can radically change everything… Your ‘there’-ness… can be life giving, because often everyone else is in hiding… So you come to keep [him] company when it feels like the whole world is falling apart, and your being there says that just for this moment, this one tiny piece of the world is OK, or is at least better…”

---Traveling Mercies…
Some Thoughts On Faith
by Anne Lamott


Friday, February 17, 2006 5:35:59 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

I don't know how I work this but it seems that every Valentines day I'm alone. I'm not doing something right???? and I'm really getting tired of it. Hopefully by next yr this will change. I bought my Tiger kitty some cat-nip and said this is it kid.
Huggs to you all and I will see most of you on the Crusise.

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:36:32 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Skywathcer Ella, I don't remember the name of the movie but years ago I watched it and it was showing the power of healing being transferred from one person to another through touch i.e. holding their hands. Not that I can do anything other than I do try when I go to visit someone in the hospital to hold their hand or at least give them a loving pat while I'm there ,just in case. I guess it's like if there is any magic there I do want to transfer it to the other person. In this day and age there are so many sexual law suits going on I think some people are afraid to give just plain caring hugs...which is ashame.
Dear Wonderlust, In case you don't know....Richard made the movie Pop and Me and I alone bought 4 copies. If you'll watch the movie it tells how he got the money to travel around the world after he retired. He also discloses that he was a stockbroker. I don't know how well he did but my stockbroker is quite well off. I don't care about the money part I have just so enjoyed what he has done and is doing for all of us. I admire him and of course I watch Oprah every chance I get and this is where I first saw him on his rerun and it was like Oh my gosh I want to get to know him. I think he is probably one of the most intelligent men I have ever met. When I walked up in the lobby in Chicago he knew who I was just from what I'd sent in or the blog or something which when someone can call you by name that you have never met face to face that is very impressive.
Dear Willemena, If the weather is decent tomorrow Mary C. and I are going to the movie. Maybe we'll see Curious George or maybe 8 Below. Have you seen 8 Below?????I wish I could come to your get together but will still be getting over surgery and getting ready to have the bunionectomy to correct my feet so I can dance , dance dance on the Alaska Cruise.
Dear Nance, Which cruise are you on??? I am on the first.
Dear Val, How are you doing???? Are you okay????
Love to all ...and
Tuttles for now, MM

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:12:47 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning RICHness, Joe, Posse, Gals and Guys!
There is a beautiful poem called 'FOOTPRINTS', I don't know the words in it's proper order but THE meaning is riveting to say the least!
Something like this: Oh L-D why have You forsaken me, where are You when I need You?
Answer: If you look behind there is only one set of footprints in the sand, that is because I carry you through your struggles.

The metaphor is powerful here as it is a reminder that we must hand it over to a higher power. We can do so much and then when the weight seems overbearing, that is when we need to let go and TRUST!
There is no room for doubt and negativity in the 'BIG PICTURE'
Wishing ALL a happy and peaceful weekend
Senior Bachelorette
p.s. yesterday was incredible .......we had snow, freezing rain, rain rain, sunshine and more freezing rain, wind....jeepers creepers :)

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:33:39 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Val,
The weather in Tulsa is strange too. We were out in shirtleeves yesterday morning and sun and probably 65 degrees. This morning it is windy and 20 degrees. Somewhere in the Bible it says the seasons shall change and I guess nearly all the prophysies have come to pass that are to occur before The Rapture. Did you read The Left Behind series???? They are very exciting and thought provoking. I do not understand Revalations but it is fiction following The authors interpretation of Revalations. I love Footsteps in the Sand....one of my many favorite poems. Stay warm. I've got to walk around and get the mail so am going to bundle up. They are predicting snow and rain so if so Mary C. and I will probably wait and go to a movie when the weather is more better. MM

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:50:43 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha RICHness, Joe and Co.

MERRYMARY: the cruise is going to do you good girl ;) My Lawyer is still sending letters back and forth and my Orthopaedic Surgeon wants to check my arm again, end of March, X Rays etc. to make sure it is healing the way it should.
It is tiring but necessary as it all counts towards the Final Settlement. We ALL have our 'shtick' don't we? Important to support one another through the difficulties...we have laughed, cried, been overjoyed and still the 'support system' exists here on the blog, a special thing!

I have absolutely NO INTEREST in Richard's Private Life, his money and what he chooses to do with it is entirely HIS BUSINESS, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYONE, IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. Those close to him are privvy to that private information, not for the ears of others! What a chutzpah it is asking Richard about his private stuff!!!!
All my life I too have had to contend with 'busybodies' wanting to know my comings and goings, salary, who I am seeing, who I am not seeing. One's privacy is one's Birthright, if anyone is meant to know anything it will be disclosed voluntarily by the person concerned.
Senior Bachelorette:)

Friday, February 17, 2006 9:24:40 AM  
wanderlust said...

BEING THERE, how significant!

At times when we do not know what to say we just avoid visiting the person.
Usually we have no idea how lonely that person feels; untill we are in a similar situation, to find out that "just" BEING THERE is all that is needed.
Many in this situation are terminally ill or Nursing Home residents.
The physical presence and touch of someone is most comforting, words are not necessary to show how much we care.

Friday, February 17, 2006 9:51:52 AM  
wanderlust said...

Got knots in your knickers, Erika & MM ?
(just love that expression)
How long ago was pop&me made?

Richard had no qualms of asking thousands of women to submit extremely sensitive material on a non returnable basis.
He surely would not mind to take a few minutes of his valuable time to help us bloggers out. Most of us are not old enough to be on Medicare, or well enough off to retire. We have only limitING Insurance. So any tips would be helpfull, maybe point us to a better Health Insurance plan.
Do you have any suggestions?

Friday, February 17, 2006 2:35:57 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi all, I have a great idea to get lots of good, fun participation on the blog. I will post a new subject in the next few days outlining the idea. Have a good weekend. Richard

Friday, February 17, 2006 5:55:35 PM  
leslie said...

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Friday, February 17, 2006 6:20:21 PM  
leslie said...

To get a better health insurance plan, become a Canadian. I am fortunate to have the best health insurance possible - I don't even have to pay for my prescriptions. Just hand over the script and they hand me the drugs. And, I don't have to buy Holland America's insurance policy because we have our own private plans here which are much cheaper and have the same coverage.

I'm pleased to say that my friends and I are now officially booked on the Aug. 20th cruise to Alaska. We are really looking forward to meeting and making new friends as well as reuniting with some we've already met through Richard's adventure.

Looking forward to the new topic of conversation Richard will come up with soon. Caio for now. :D

Friday, February 17, 2006 6:21:49 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RICHness, Joe and Co.
Looking forward to bringing humour back on to the blog, we need to 'lighten up' a little as things are getting rather too intense, what with wanting to 'pick your brain' re Health Insurance etc.
There is a 'DR. IN THE HOUSE' so to speak who is fishing on dry ground here...excercise caution and don't let your guards down!
I can think of a myriad of ways to shift the focus, and HUMOUR as you know is the key! I only have to think of all the hilarious occurances during my travels that had me bending over with laughter, memories that will last a lifetime. We ALL must have funny travel stories to share!
The best way to 'look at life' is seeing it through the lens of laughter and capturing those rare instances that occur on the spur of the moment! I have a funny story to tell when I volunteered as a Disco Dancer in Spain 1975, a niteclub in Barcelona whilst touring Europe...OY VEY ;) I was so engrossed with my dancing on top of a narrow ledge above the crowd, when I lost my footing and the rest is history!
Love and Laughter...the best medicine
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. RICHness, your suggestion of good, fun participation on the blog is one I look forward to!

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:16:50 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

For RR's Chickadees... :)

Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened.
-Cora Harvey Armstrong-

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
-Helen Hayes (at 73)-

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I prefer to think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber-

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being --
hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
-Erma Bombeck-

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
-Jane Sellman-

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be
thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton-

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen-

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack
me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited-

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not
dumb -- and I'm also not blonde.
-Dolly Parton-

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton-

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr-

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
-Elayne Boosler-

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want
anything done, ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher-

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor-

**OK, yes, you've probably all heard these before, but it was the best I could do on such short notice... eeekkk!
Have a good night, everyone..

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:00:19 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

RICHness, Joe, Posse and Chickadees

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': what a scream, this is all new to me, enjoyed every line! The Pairs Figure Skating tonight was magical to watch, amazing talent! The face of the Winter Olympics has taken on a whole new vibe and bringing in 'fresh blood' now that they have finally included Snowboarding which is soooo exciting.

Sweet Dreams to ALL
Senior Bachelorette:)

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:51:11 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Good morning and happy Sat. It is white in Tulsa with snow and sleet...a perfect day to stay in and read and drink hot tea or hot chocolate. I watched Pop and Me again and Richard was 55 so it would have been in 1997...right???? If you want a good laugh watch it again and when you come to the part where Richard and Chris are jumping on the beds...after they drank their supper and have to be quitened down that is a sure thing to bring you a laugh. I still have to cover my eyes when they do the bungee jump. I can't believe he had the nerve to do that. I still got tears too on several interviews. Anyway, I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first time I watched it. If you don't have it you can rent it at BlockBuster or buy it on Amazon and it will hopefully be on T.V. before long. Adios for now. MM

Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:40:52 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

“… I remembered another woman at our church, very old, from the South, tiny and black, who dressed in ersatz Coco Chanel outfits, polyester sweater sets, Dacron pillbox hats. They must have come from Mervyn’s and Montgomery Ward because she didn’t have any money. She was always cheerful—until she turned eighty and started going blind. She had a great deal of religious faith, and everyone assumed that she would adjust and find meaning in her loss—meaning and then acceptance and then joy—and we all wanted this because, let’s face it, it’s so inspiring and such a relief when people find a way to bear the unbearable, when you can organize things in such a way that a tiny miracle appears to have taken place and that love has once again turned out to be bigger than fear and death and blindness.

But this woman would have none of it. She went into a deep depression and eventually left the church. The elders took communion to her in the afternoon on the first Sunday of the month—homemade bread and grape juice for the sacrament, and some bread to toast later—but she wouldn’t be part of our community anymore. It must have been too annoying for everyone to be trying to manipulate her into being a better sport than she was capable of being.

I always thought that was heroic of her, that it spoke of such INTEGRITY to refuse to pretend that you’re doing well just to help other people deal with the fact that sometimes we face an impossible loss…”

Traveling Mercies…
Some Thoughts On Faith
by Anne Lamott


Saturday, February 18, 2006 6:21:02 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'STARS'
February 18, 2006

Body-Soul Restorative...

You may feel discouraged today and perhaps even lack the drive to compete in the world. If so, you may have the desire to retreat from everything and everyone and be alone. It is okay if you would rather not deal with stress today. Consider doing something to nourish and revive your body and spirit. You could eat a healthy, delicious meal today, participate in a yoga class, or go for a hike in an inspirational place. Give yourself the luxury of not thinking about anything stressful and ease into relaxation. Time spent in meditation can nourish your soul.

Tending to the wants and needs of the body and soul generates joy and serenity, regardless of what is happening in the world around us. By nourishing ourselves physically and spiritually, we fortify ourselves against things that might otherwise cause us to worry or create stress. Our vitality and serenity act as a buffer, allowing us to live simple, joyful, and healthy lives. Our immunity becomes strong and tension is quickly released from the body. When we return to our busy lives after spending time taking care of ourselves, we have more energy to thrive when we are in the thick of things.

Choose peace and happiness over the potential stress of competition today by satisfying the needs of your body and soul.


Saturday, February 18, 2006 6:38:35 AM  
Merry Mary said...

This person has found her way into my house and could

also get into yours.

A very weird thing has happened.

A strange old lady has moved into my

house. I have no idea who she is, where she came from,

or how she got in. I certainly did not invite her.

All I know is that one day she wasn't there,

and the next day she was.

She is a clever old lady and manages to keep out of sight

for the most part, but whenever I pass a mirror I catch a

glimpse of her. And, whenever I look in the mirror to check my

appearance, there she is hogging the whole thing, completely,

obliterating my gorgeous face and body. This is very rude!

I have tried screaming at her, but she just screams back.

The least she could do is offer to pay part of the rent, but no.

Every once in a while, I find a dollar bill stuck in a coat pocket,

or some loose change under a sofa cushion, but it is not nearly enough.

I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I think she is stealing money

from me. I go to the ATM and withdraw $100, and a few days later,

it's all gone!

I certainly don't spend money THAT fast, so I can only conclude the old

lady is pilfering from me. You'd think she would spent some of that

money to buy wrinkle cream.

And money isn't the only thing I think she is stealing. Food seems to

disappear at an alarming rate-especially the good stuff like ice cream,

cookies and candy. She must have a real sweet tooth, but she'd better

watch it, because she is really packing on the pounds.

I suspect she realizes this, and to make herself feel better, she is

tampering with my scale to make me think I am putting on weight too.

For an old lady, she is quite childish. She likes to play nasty games,

like going into my closets when I'm not home and

altering my clothes so they don't fit.

And she messes with files and papers so I can't find anything.

This is particularly annoying since I am extremely

neat and organized.

She has found other imaginative ways to annoy me.

She gets into my mail, newspapers and magazines before

I do and blurs the print so I can't read it.

And she has done something really sinister to the volume controls on my

TV, radio and telephone. Now, all I hear are mumbles and whispers.

She has done other things - like make my stairs steeper, my vacuum

heavier and all the knobs and faucets harder to turn. She even made my

bed higher so that getting into and out of it is a real challenge.

Lately, she has been fooling with my groceries before I put them away,

applying glue to the lids, making it almost impossible for me to open the jars.

She has taken the fun out of shopping for clothes. When I try something

on, she stands in front of the dressing room mirror and monopolizes it.

She looks totally ridiculous in some of those outfits, plus she keeps me

from seeing how great they look on me.

Just when I thought she couldn't get any meaner, she proved me wrong.

She came along when I went to get my picture taken for my driver's

license and just as the camera shutter clicked, she jumped in front of


I hope she never finds out where you live.

I really do!

Actually, more and more I look in the mirror and see my mother looking back at me.......Much Love to all, Merry Mary

Saturday, February 18, 2006 7:22:34 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Ella and Val. Thank you for the inspirations and the funnies. I also enjoy reading Richard's star horoscope.
Richard, I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND AND ENJOYING YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. I REALLY ENJOYED POP AND ME LAST NIGHT AND JUST MAY WATCH IT AGAIN TODAY. YOUR CHILDREN WERE SO PRECIOUS WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE. IN POP AND ME IN LOTS OF THE SCENES YOUR EYES LOOK BROWN. I GUESS IT'S THE LIGHTING BECAUSE I KNOW FIRST HAND YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES. How long will you be in the hospital? Which hospital will you be in ??? Where can we send you a card???? I talked to Mary C. and since the weather is so slick they are having closings all over the place so we aren't going to the movie until the weather gets better so she is going to work on her book today and I'll probably read and watch movies. Take care....Best wishes to you, MM

Saturday, February 18, 2006 7:43:25 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy RICHness, Joe(very quiet of late) Posse and Chickies!

MERRYMARY: every time I watch POP&ME there is something new to see! Riveting to watch Richard standing at his Dad's graveside, raw emotion and a reminder that Men
need to keep their feelings close to the surface rather than supress
it through years of conditioning.
The 'BIG BOYS DON'T CRY' is hogwash
:) and the root cause of a lot of illness. Shows great strength and compassion when a Man can cry.
I agree with you Mary the bungee jumping is a definite no no for me and I am very adventurous, but not dat one. It was a thrill to watch the 'two' do it and oh so funny. My favourite part is the pillow fight whilst jumping on the bed, hilarious and the snoring of course...LOL

Kudos to YOU RICHness for being such an open, honest man of INTEGRITY! You're cut from a different cloth, the woman whom you choose and whom she chooses in YOU will have to be a special kind of woman, a mirror for you!

I am presently looking after my daughter's Dwarf Rabbit a rare breed of rabbit indeed, she has a personality supreme and believe it or not she is an Olympic High Jumper with speed to match:) Adorable is an understatement! Her name is POH (HOP is too obvious;)

Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. hoping your eye is 20/20 vision Richard!

Saturday, February 18, 2006 10:56:49 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

psssst SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': as usual you don't miss a beat.....;)
sending LOVE on a MOONBEAM

Saturday, February 18, 2006 11:06:51 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Val, We had a pet bunny when the kids were young and they thought it was so cute they wanted to enter it at the fair so I let them. Patti Cake got disqualified because her eyes were different colors...but she was sooo cute. I wanted to ask you if you ever watched the deleted scenes on Pop and Me ....If not you have got to do that. I had never watched them until today. Talk about a hoot. You will really get a kick out of them. Really,really,really funny....both Chris and Richard. I've watched Pop and Me 5 times at least now and just feel like I get to know them both so well and I've never even really met Chris person to person. RichardI know what you mean about feeling like an A.T.M. machine...been there ,done that with my clan too and sometimes I've felt just like you did....Re: to one of the deleted scenes in Pop and Me. The rice patty dance was cute, cute,cute....We must try that one on the Alaska Cruise...One glass of champaign and I betcha I can do it...We'll need that special music too. Did your feet really get stuck in the mud???????? Do we get to see the movie on a big screen on the trip?????

Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:48:19 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

RICHness & Co.

MERRYMARY: I am planning to watch POP&ME again to see what you are refering to, I missed the extra footage...mmmm interesting, more laughs to look forward to :)
Just watched an incredible documentary, National Geographic called the 'Hidden Forests Of Yellowstone' with the Grey Wolf back from the brink of extinction and one particular Grizzly Bear Family. For 18 months a couple studied wild life in the park and the documentary highlights the most poignant events during that time! A magnificent park that I too would love to see, the wide open spaces where the animals run wild and free. Beauty in all its splendour. I am in awe of the Yellowstone Geysers especially the main one that is world renowned!
Now back to the Olympics!
(geysers/geezers...all hot stuff ;)

Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:31:01 PM  
willemina said...

It sure has been cold here on the Central Coast of California the past few days. Yesterday we had some snow flurries...and today we had rain and hail. The other morning it was 22 degrees...BRRRR

I hope it's warmer in the LA area when some of us meet next month. I know I can't complain though because some of you live in much colder climates. I used to love the snowstorms in Colorado (as long as I didn't have to go out and drive in it). When I worked as a telephone operator, they would send the repair trucks or Taxis to pick us up at our homes to make sure we arrived safely...and then they would have food catered to us because they didn't want us to go out and get stuck in the snow. Once when I was working as an operator at Fort Carson, they closed the post and I worked for over 48 hours by myself because no one was able to come in to relieve me. The military police brought food to me from the dining facility.

At times I miss the snow...my son and his family live in the Denver area now so I can see snow anytime...but I prefer to go there in the summer. Colorado has beautiful summers.

Merry Mary...no I haven't seen 8 below...did you see Curious George? I only recommend it if you go with children...very cute and fun to watch their reactions...not exactly a movie for adults.

Erika I can just picture your cute little Cierra talking to the skater on the TV saying "thank you guy" That's adorable!

Leslie It sounds like the Canadians have a very good health plan...good for you! I know of so many people here who have no health insurance because it's so expensive! But the alternative is even more expensive...a person could lose everything they have to pay for medical costs. I feel so lucky to have an excellent health insurance plan thanks to my ex-husband and his 30 years in the military (and mine too :)

My 51 year old neighbor had a stroke this week! She spent 3 days in the hospital and is home now...doing very well. This was a shock as she is a very health conscious person. She is also divorced and lives alone so I've been checking in on her often and helping with the dog (this is the neighbor who shares her dog with me)

I will have an empty nest soon as the last of my four children will be moving into an apartment next week with his girlfriend...2 blocks from my home...so I'm sure they will still be hanging out here often. I'm not sure if I will like living alone. I kind of like having him around and I'm going to miss him...messy room and all.

Finally...Our California get-together March 2-5. It looks like we're going to have a small group as a few of the ladies who planned on coming won't be able to make it. I was so looking forward to meeting them...maybe another time. But for those of us who will be meeting up in the LA area, I think we will have a great time together. Ada from Baltimore, Neva from Maui, Lois from Dana Point, maybe Suzanne? and myself.

Richard I'm looking forward to hearing your great idea to get more participation on the blog. Hmmmm...what can it be? Curious minds want to know.

Hugs to all and Goodnight

Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:41:55 PM  
leslie said...

Hey Willy! Hiya! So sorry I can't join you all in LA, but...Give Ada a hug from me. She's phoned me a couple of times and we've had some great chats.

I just got home from a fun evening out - went to a "games party" at friends' house. Played 3 games of crib, some crazy eights, and Boggle. Haven't had such old-fashioned fun in a long time. Now I need to learn some casino games so I can try them out on the cruise.

Well, even though I worked a few hours today, I still have several more hours to do tomorrow. So I guess I better get some sleep. Caio to all.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 11:42:54 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Lord,
So far today, I'm doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy,grumpy,nasty ,selfish or self-indulgent,I have not whined,complained, cursed or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.
But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think I will really need your help then.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 5:39:57 AM  
willemina said...

Hi Leslie
I'm sorry you can't make it to LA in March but I will give Ada that hug and want you to know that you're welcome to come for a visit anytime...just let me know.

It's not raining today...but it's still cold. I may stay in...just relax and read.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 8:26:15 AM  
willemina said...

Some Sunday funnies

THIS IS A TRUE INCIDENT.... Stopped at a fast food place in Baltimore
> and my bill was $14.27 and I gave them a 20 but the cashier put in 14.27
and the register showed "No Change"...... "I can't give you any change" she
> said What?????? I didn't give you 14.27 I gave you a 20.
> "I don't know what to do..."
> Count backwards...... I told her I wasn't leaving til I got
> "How did you do that?"
> The safety of our nation depends on the generation that has an ipod,
> laptop, cell phone to make change....
> Remember: They Vote!
> 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
> 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 that'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.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:32:09 AM  
willemina said...

Evolution of Teaching Math In Our Schools
> Teaching Math In 1950
> A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
> cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his
> profit?
> Teaching Math In 1960
> A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
> cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What
> is his profit?
> Teaching Math In 1970
> A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
> cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
> Teaching Math In 1980
> A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
> cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your
> assignment: Underline the number 20.

> Teaching Math In 1990
> A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is
> selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the
> habitat of animals or the preservation of our
> woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of
> $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
> Topic for class participation after answering the
> question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the
> logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong
> answers.)
> Teaching Math In 2006

> Un ranchero vende una carreta de madera para $100.
> El costo de producion era $80. Cuantas tortillas
> puede comprar el ranchero?

Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:34:06 AM  
willemina said...

last one...

> >>
> >>Two old ladies are outside their nursing home, having a drink and
> >>smoke, when it starts to rain. One of the old ladies pulls out a
> >>condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and
> >>smoking.
> >>
> >>Maude: What in the hell is that?
> >>
> >>Mable: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.
> >>
> >>
> >>Maude: Where did you get it?
> >>
> >>Mable: You can get them at any drugstore.
> >>
> >>The next day, Maude hobbles herself into the local drugstore and
> >>announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.
> >>
> >>The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of
> >>(she is after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks
> >>brand of condom she prefers.
> >>
> >>"Doesn't matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel."
> >>
> >>The pharmacist fainted.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:38:32 AM  

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