Sunday, May 30, 2010

View from the Balcony 31/05/2010

Well, here I am sitting at the small table out on the Balcony eating my saucepan made porridge.

The temperature is a pleasant 24C and the sun is streaming unimpeded into the Unit, warming the Lounge carpet much to GTF's delight.

There is a slight breeze coming from the Hinterland and it appears to be concentrating on heading out over the sea with a 'tunnel vision' determination, no time to stop off for a brief respite and linger amongst the greenery on the Balcony.

The sea has turned into a rich deep blue and an occasional small whitecaps can be seen in the distance, ever so briefly waving to those looking out from the shoreline.

Above the horizon line a small string of puff clouds are stretched out, resting lazily and going nowhere in a hurry. The sky above is a clear light blue turning into a mid blue wash as it fans out away from the rising sun.

The Point is free from surfers as the swell is not significant enough to warrant their attention.

Likewise the Esplanade has only the odd walker and jogger using the facilities that the local Council keeps under close management.

It is a beautiful morning!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Perception - Two sides to the same event!!

This came from my good friend, young 'Patto'

Perception IS NOT Reality...

Two women are chatting in an office.

Woman 1: I had sex last night, did you?

Woman 2: Yes.

Woman 1: Was it good?

Woman 2: No, it was a disaster... my husband came home, ate his dinner
in three minutes, got on top of me, finished having sex in five
minutes, rolled over and fell asleep in two minutes. How was yours?

Woman 1: Oh it was amazing! My husband came home and took me out to a
romantic dinner. After dinner we walked for an hour. When we came home
he lit the candles around the house and we had an hour of foreplay. We
then had an hour long session of fantastic sex and afterwards talked
for an hour. It was like a fairy tale!

At the same time, their husbands are talking at work.

Husband 1: You went home to have sex last night, did you score?

Husband 2: Yes it was great. I came home, dinner was on the table, I
ate, had sex with my wife and fell asleep. Perfect! How did you go?

Husband 1: It was horrible. I came home, there's no dinner because the
electricity was cut, I hadn't paid the bill. Had to take my wife out
to dinner which was so expensive that I didn't have money for a cab.

We walked home which took an hour - and when we get home I remember
there is no electricity so I had to light candles all over the house!

I was so angry that I couldn't get it up for an hour and then I
couldn't climax for another hour. After I finally did, I was so
ticked off that I couldn't fall asleep and my wife was jabbering away
for another hour!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Timing is everything!

Thanks to young Ninure for this piece.


The following story comes from John Kanary in "Chicken Soup for the Soul":

Charlie Boswell was blinded during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire. He was a great athlete before his accident and in a testimony to his talent and determination he decided to try a brand new sport, a sport he never imagined playing, even with his eyesight .!

Through determination and a deep love for the game he became the National Blind Golf Champion! He won that honor 13 times. One of his heroes was the great golfer Ben Hogan, so it truly was an honor for Charlie to win the Ben Hogan Award in 1958.

Upon meeting Ben Hogan, Charlie was awestruck and stated that he had one wish and it was to have one round of golf with the great Ben Hogan. Mr. Hogan agreed that playing a round together would be an honor for him as well, as he had heard about all of Charlie's accomplishments and truly admired his skills.

"Would you like to play for money, Mr. Hogan?" blurted out Charlie.

"I can't play you for money, it wouldn't be fair!" said Mr. Hogan.

"Aw, come on, Mr. Hogan.....$1,000 per hole!"

"I can't, what would people think of me, taking advantage of you and your circumstance," replied the sighted golfer.

"Chicken, Mr. Hogan?"

"Okay," blurted a frustrated Hogan, "but I am going to play my best!"

"I wouldn't expect anything else," said the confident Boswell.

"You're on Mr. Boswell, you name the time and the place!"

A very self-assured Boswell responded: "10 o'clock . . . tonight!"

Timing is everything! As Solomon said, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." (Eccl. 3:1). But the problem for me has always been doing or saying something at the right time. So often, I'll leave a conversation and hours later be thinking, "That's what I should have said!", but it's too late, the time has passed.

Solomon also said, "A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" (Prov. 15:23), or as the NCV translates it, "People enjoy giving good advice. Saying the right word at the right time is so pleasing."

Father, may the words I speak today be "the right words at the right time" both to be of help to others and to be a glory to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North CarolinaHelen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Friday, May 21, 2010

View from the Balcony 22/05/2010

It was a late night last night and so it was with sleep in my eyes that I fully opened the glass sliding doors and stepped out onto the Balcony. The sudden contact of the cold tiles on my feet quickly brought me to life.

The air is still with only a zephyr of movement passing by giving the leaves of the Balcony greenery a slight touch, much like a feather brushed across the forehead leaves a slight tingle.

The sea is calm with barely a ripple showing on the surface with the waves only breaking at the last moment before they rush up the beach only to disappear into the golden sands to be forever lost.

Along the horizon, stretched out across the scene from left to right a large bank of heavy grey cloud is putting up a solid wall of resistance as in not allowing the rising sun to be seen as it immediately indicates its presence as it shoots out golden rays of light into the heavens.

The clear sky above is in the throes of changing from a dark blue through the spectrum of orange and pinks into light blue as the sun has now ascended above the so called grey wall of resistance.

At the Point all is quiet as without the chance of being able to ride a wave or two there was no incentive for any surfer to be out on the water.

However, it is a different story when it comes to the Esplanade as a number of walkers and joggers are nikeing along at various speeds. Even the beach is playing host to the occasional walker as well.

At the rear, the Hinterland has completely discarded its overnight covering of mist and is already flexing its greenery for all to admire.

Yes, another great day is upon us here at Burleigh!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Things about Men - Written for Women

The following came from a post by young Suz. I believe that the source was from Opra.

I also can recommend the book 'Act like a Lady, Think like a Man' by Steve Harvey. This book pulls no punches and the language can be pretty raw at times, depending on your upbringing, but the contents are sound.

If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away.
If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.
Stop making excuses for a man and his behaviour.
Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache.
Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be.

Slower is better.

Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy.

If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can't 'be friends'. A friend wouldn't mistreat a friend.
Don't settle.

If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is
Don't stay because you think 'it will get better'
You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better.
The only person you can control in a relationship is you.

Avoid men who've got a bunch of children by a bunch of different women..
He didn't marry them when he got them pregnant, why would he treat you any differently?

Always have your own set of friends separate from his.

Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you. If something bothers you, speak up..

Never let a man know everything.* He will use it against you later.

You cannot change a man's behavior.* Change comes from within.

Don't EVER make him feel he is more important than you are...
Even if he has more education or in a better job.

Do not make him into a quasi-god.
He is a man, nothing more nothing less.

Never let a man define who you are.

Never borrow someone else's man.

If he cheated with you, he'll cheat on you.

A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you.

All men are NOT dogs.

You should not be the one doing all the bending...
Compromise is two way street.

You need time to heal between relationships. ..
There is nothing cute about baggage...
Deal with your issues before pursuing a new relationship

You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you...
A relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals. ..
Look for someone complimentary. Not supplementary.

Dating is fun...even if he doesn't turn out to be Mr. Right.

Make him miss you sometimes... when a man always know where you are, and you're always readily available to him - he takes it for granted

Never move into his mother's house.. Never co-sign for a man.

Don't fully commit to a man who doesn't give you everything that you need.*
Keep him in your radar but get to know others.

Scared of being alone is what makes a lot of women stay in relationships that are abusive or hurtful: Dr. Phill

You should know that:
You're the best thing that could ever happen to anyone and if a man mistreats you, he'll miss out on a good thing. If he was attracted to you in the 1st place, just know that he's not the only one.

They're all watching you, so you have a lot of choices.
Make the right one.

Ladies take care of your own hearts....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Old dogs and new tricks...has a certain ring to it.

One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old German Shepherd thinks, 'Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!' Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, 'Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?'

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. 'Whew!' says the panther, 'That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!'

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, 'Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, 'What am I going to do now?', but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...

'Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!

Moral of this story...

Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!

BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.

If you don't send this to five 'old' friends right away, there will be five fewer people laughing in the world.

Of course, I am in no way insinuating that any of you are old, some are just more 'youthfully challenged'.

You did notice the size of the print, didn't you?

Men and Women.

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.

If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla
and Four-eyes.


* When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20,
even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything
smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

* When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.


* A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

* A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on


* A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste,
shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel ..

* The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.
A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


* A woman has the last word in any argument.
* Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


* A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
* A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


* A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can
* A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


* A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
* A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she


* A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the
trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
* A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.


* Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
* Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


* Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about
dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret
fears and hopes and dreams.
* A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house


A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people
remembering the same thing.

I'll show you mine and I hope that you will show me yours!!

"Hillary Clinton spoke about a meeting she attended with a State Councilor of China, who proudly told her that he had just had his first grandchild.

And Secretary Clinton responded that she thought everyone should bring pictures of their children and grandchildren to international meetings, and set those pictures right in front of them and ask themselves, “Is the decision that we’re about to make going to make their lives better?”

And then at the very next meeting together, the first thing he did when he had arrived was pull out a picture of his grandchild."

A big thanks to young Geoff Pound for this post.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It happened!

An illegal alien in Polk County Florida who got pulled over in a routine traffic stop ended up 'executing' the deputy who stopped him. The deputy was shot eight times, including once behind his right ear at close range. Another deputy was wounded and a police dog killed. A state-wide manhunt ensued.

The murderer was found hiding in a wooded area and as soon as he took a shot at the SWAT team, officers opened fire on him. They hit the guy 68 times.

Naturally, the liberal media went nuts and asked why they had to shoot the poor undocumented immigrant 68 times.

Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel: 'Because that's all the ammunition we had.'

Now, is that just about the all-time greatest answer or what!

The Coroner also reported that the illegal alien died of natural causes. When asked by a reporter how that could be since there were 68 bullet wounds in his body, he simply replied "when you are shot 68 times you are naturally gonna die".

View from the Balcony 17/05/2010

It has been a while since I have put pen to paper, so to speak, in relation to the view that we have from the Balcony of the small Unit that we occupy in a High Rise Complex at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.

The first thing that hits you as you walk through the Lounge ares towards the glass sliding doors is the constant sound of the waves as they fall over themselves as the reach the shoreline. The noise is like nectar to a bee, it just attracts your attention in a very powerful way.

Today, as I gaze out towards the horizon there is a medium off shore breeze blowing that originated from behind the Hinterland mountain ranges that form the land backdrop, across the small plain, past our building and out over the sea to end up wherever mother nature decides.

The sea is quite flat with just a slight undulation appearing which must be sufficient for some surfers as there are more than a handful sitting on their boards at the Point scanning in the hope of sighting a change in the water that may mean that a rideable set of waves were heading in their direction. So far this morning, this has been a non event.

Above the horizon, a grey mass of clouds are stretched out like chewing gum between your fingers, hovering like a crowd of onlookers waiting for something to happen and knowing that that happening is drawing ever closer. Behind the clouds glimpses of light blue can be seen and that presence adds a depth to the scene, that otherwise wold not be there.

The sun, according to the weather report timing on the news last night has already risen, but the clouds have done a great job in masking its presence as there is no direct visual face to face sighting of the star of the daily heavenly show that we are partakers of as appreciative onlookers.

In relation to human activity along the grassy strip that is the Esplanade, all is relatively quiet. Both joggers and walkers have almost left the pathways alone and apart from a 'one on one' fitness group that is using the picnic lawn area that is to my immediate right, there ends the human participation in the seaward view that I have this morning.

At the rear, the previously mentioned Hinterland ranges are displaying their diverse spread of luscious greens, which are being hidden somewhat in the valleys by some last remaining remnants from the previous overnight covering of mist. The mountain ranges add a somewhat nice safety factor, as though a big brother is standing in the background, ever ready to come to our rescue should anything untoward happen. Mind you I am sure that this is just a mental perception that I have generated for my own peace of mind.

Until my next report, I trust that you will continue to enjoy life as it unfolds before you.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How to tell when foods have gone bad.


ICE CREAM - If you can't tell the difference between your ice cubes and your ice cream, it's time to throw BOTH out.

FROZEN FOODS - Frozen foods that have become an integral part of the defrosting problem in your freezer compartment will probably be spoiled (or wrecked anyway) by the time you pry them out with a kitchen knife.

EGGS - When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime.

DAIRY PRODUCTS - Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt. Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway - if you can dig down and still find something non-green, bon appetit!

MEAT - If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a three-block radius to congregate outside your house, toss the meat.

UNMARKED ITEMS - You know it is well beyond prime when you're tempted to discard the Tupperware along with the food.

CANNED GOODS - Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be disposed of very carefully.

POTATOES - Fresh potatoes should not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.

BREAD - Sesame seeds and poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable "spots" that should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy looking white or green growth areas are good indications that your bread has turned into a pharmaceutical laboratory experiment. You may wish to discard it at this time, depending on your interest in pharmaceuticals.

CEREAL - It is generally a good rule of thumb that cereal should be discarded when it will no longer fall out of the box by itself.

FLOUR - Flour is spoiled when it wiggles or things fly out when you open it.

RAISINS - Raisins should not usually be harder than your teeth.

SALT - It never spoils. However, if you can't chip off reasonable amounts from the block, maybe another box is in order, as fresh salt usually pours.

SPICES - Most spices cannot die, they just fade away. They will be fine on your shelf, forever. Put them in your will.

VINEGAR - If your grandmother made it, it is probably still good.

Thanks to young Ninure for this item.

They say that this is an easy quiz. Try it for yourself.

(Passing requires only 3 correct answers out of 10!)

Only total thicko's will fail !!

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats?
3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 3 correct answers to pass. Check your answers below.




1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years
2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs
7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert
8) What color is a purple finch? Crimson
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange (of course!)

What do you mean, you failed?!! Me, too...!!! (And if you try to tell me you passed, I have my concerns as to your honesty!)

Pass this on to some "brilliant" friends, so that they may feel useless too!

Thank to young Kellie for this.

Monday, May 10, 2010

So who reads the back of wrappers anyway!!

While preparing a nice cup of tea I just happened to read a little saying that was on one of the sugar sachets in the container on the kitchen bench in the unit that we are staying in here at the Marama Resort at Rotorua in New Zeal;and.

I thought that it was quite good, so I upended the container to share with you the sayings that I found:

. The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice, they just want quiet. (Bill Cosby)

. It's so cold I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets. (Bob Hope)

. Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. (Kim Hubbard)

. I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer. (Douglas Adams)

. It's kind of fun to do the impossible. (Walt Disney)

. The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good. (Polish Proverb)

. Successful people are just very lucky, just ask any failure. (Michael Levine)

. One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson)

. When I eventually met Mr Right I had no idea that his first name was 'Always'. (Rita Rudner)

. I may have many faults but being wrong isn't one of them. (Jimmy Hoffa)

. As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. (John Glenn)

I did enjoy the cuppa with the above reflections floating around in my mind. I do love Rita and her sense of humour!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sitting on the back porch.

Well, here we are at the beautiful Marama Resort at Rotorua in the North Island of New Zealand.

I placed some photos of the Resort on my Facebook site yesterday afternoon, but as usual my skill in pushing the start button is still sadly lacking.

The Resort has 79 Units of two and three bedrooms in size, positioned over several acres of beautiful lakeside land. The property is maintained in pristine condition and the lawns and garden beds are a treat to enjoy.

We have already enjoyed two evening meals in the small restaurant that abuts the outdoor pool area, and relaxing there with the open gas fire blazing away, hot chocolate in hand, is just oh so pleasant.

From the Unit that we are staying in, the waterway is the longest in length away from the Lake itself, but that is no obstacle to the enthusiastic swans who make it their daily task to swim along each of the several waterways in the hope that some kind occupant would throw them a welcoming titbit or two.

There are also a number of inland seagulls who also frequent the Resort in the expectation that they too will receive a favourable reception, and judging by the sizes of their bellies their expectations have proven to be well founded.

This morning, as I sit at the outside table with my toast and porridge I am indulging in the benefit of a beautiful clear blue sky that has lit up everything in sight. Oops, three seagulls have seen me and have flown in to see what delight I can offer their taste buds today. All I had to offer were the crusts, which were gratefully received. Darn, just as I settle back in the chair, I drop a piece of hot buttered toast wrong way up on my fresh for the day jeans. Hmm, I cannot change as my other pair are in the washing machine. I will have to resort to the 'blowdryer' routine and hope that the leftover stain is not too noticeable.

Talking about the washing machine, after two uses Viv has now found the instructions. We were not being compliant in how we used the machine. Next time we will get it right. *Where I say 'we', read 'I'*!

No sign of the swans...yet!

I also notice that It must have been quite cold overnight as there appears to be a thin layer of ice on the windows of the cars parked in their allocated bays. Like the blue sky above that will not last for long as the weather report is for light rain to make it's way down the coast from Auckland and perhaps arrive here late afternoon.

Looking down the waterway, I see that I am not the only one to be taking advantage of this beautiful crisp morning. I wave a greeting and a pleasant wave is returned. Great to be able to tick off my arm exercises for the day!!

Now to think about making an inroad to the 10,000 steps, that have proven to be so elusive to reach over the past few days.

'Bring it on'!!

Friday, May 7, 2010



In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognised days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honour, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said, "Your Honour, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools' Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."

You have to love a Judge who knows his scripture!

Thanks to young Kellie for this entry!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Deep Questions

A big thanks to Rowland Croucher for these:

1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?

2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?

7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game"
when we are already there?

10. Why are they called " stands" when they are made for sitting?

11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?

16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?

21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control
when you know the batteries are dead?

22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?

24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?

25 Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

27.Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway ?

I dunno, why do we?

A Mother's Day letter that went missing.

This was posted as a Blog by Lynn Rothfuss.

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2010

Letter for Mother's Day Delivered to Mom almost 50 Years Later Lost in Mail System

A Navy Wave wrote home to her mother while away at Dental Tech. School in California.

Strange as it may seem, the letter was lost in mail system for almost 50 years. When local post office went to renovate building, a bag of mail was found that was never delivered.

May 1963

Dear Mom,

Dental Tech School is long and hard, but I am holding my own.

With your birthday and Mother's day so close this year, I thought I would design a card just for you.

Mom, these words are from my heart to your heart.

Thank you for being my Mom.

Thank you for always believing in me.

Thank you for not telling Dad when I messed up on my report card in my senior year.

Thank you for understanding I needed to join the Navy to grow up and be on my own.

Thank you for taking me to Sunday School each Sunday, with Aunt Mary.

Thank you for signing me up for tap dancing lessons, knowing I had two left feet.

Thank you for my allowance of $5 a week, I know it put a strain on your budget with Dad not always working.

Thank you for showing me how to clean a house properly. Here at the base, it sure has come in handy.

I love you Mom, I just don't know how to deal with Daddy anymore. Believe me when I say, I left home to find myself and become a person who helps others. What ever job I end up in, I want to be just like you Mom. You are always so caring and understanding. You make a difference to any one who comes into your store, for a bottle of milk, newspaper, or just to speak with you.

I have watched you in your candy store , be treated poorly by some and some who skipped out on their bill. Mom, you never once complained or even got angry.You said they must need it more than us.

The family that you help support monthly down south, with ten dollars you send faithfully, even though we struggle ourselves.

Thank you Mom for being my role model. I Love You Mom.

Your Daughter,


The 18 year old was me. That was many moons ago. My Mom never received the letter, so I went to her grave with flowers and read it to her.

My mother was my best friend, oh, how I miss her.

If your Mom is still alive, let her know while she can still hear and see you, how much love and gratitude is in your heart.

My family, like many, was dysfunctional, but still I loved them and freed myself from future quilt by letting them know I may not like their behavior, but I loved them.

I'm most grateful for all my life's experiences. They have made me what I am today. They were all blessings in disguise to help me grow. Challenges are there to give us an opportunity to change and grow into the person we are meant to be.

Your Partner in Success

Lynn Rothfuss

Saturday, May 1, 2010

View from the Balcony 01/05/2010

Well, here it is late Saturday afternoon. Rochelle and young Abbie have left to head back to Brisbane and Viv and I can now relax on the Balcony having a quiet cool drink, whilst taking the occasional glance at the Port Power and Adelaide Crows AFL game on the telly in the Lounge. (who says that males cannot multi skill)?

It is quiet, save for the constant deep hum in the background of waves breaking along the shoreline.

As I look out towards the horizon a mixture of light grey clouds are chocking up the sky. Below, the green/blue sea is sending undulating waves, army platoon style, towards the golden sands of the beach.

At the Point there are a number of younger surfers enjoying the small waves that are breaking along the rocky outcrop and then run in straight lines till they can run no more as they have then reached their final destination and collapsed and disappeared out of sight forever.

The Esplanade on the other hand is playing host to joggers, walkers, roller bladers, pram pushers, skate boarders and bicycle riders. Quite a spectrum of activists!

It was only just over two hours ago that I was one of them as I was striding along the pathways armed with my headphones and ipod in full display, as I sang the songs, in my head only mind you, as I commenced to whittle down some of the 10K steps for the day and tick them off as being out of the way.

On the beach I saw chairs and flags set up ready for a dusk wedding. The three bridesmaids present were dressed in light sky blue and their outfits will look great in front of the purples that will stretch along the horizon as evening arrives.

Over the Hinterland the sun is slowly descending having completed its daily task of bringing warmth to the Gold Coast and especially to us folk at Burleigh. As it falls there are some heavy rain clouds sitting on top of the mountain range ready to pour out their tears of joy as they embrace their soon to arrive golden guest.

Ahh, a great time of the day!!