Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

aI couldn't resist posting this picture of Kimball Hall at the University of Maine in Machias, Maine, where I lived my freshman and sophomore years of college.  During our sophomore year, my roommates, Joy Fitzherbert and Gail Wood and I shared the "premier" spot in the dorm:  it was referred to as "the apartment" and consisted of one large room, a smaller room, and our own private full bath, and was directly adjacent (through the window) to the porch roof.

In the spring, we would throw our pillows and blankets out the window onto the porch  roof and lie out on the roof to get a tan.  The rail detail around the edge of the porch roof served as a barrier to hide us from people on campus, although I understand we posed a bit of a distraction for male students in the second floor laboratory in the classroom building across the street and just slightly higher up the hill!

Those were the days!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Effing Holidays!

If I seem a little disgruntled it's because since I retired, I don't have the cash to do Christmas  as I'd like!  My limited budget takes all the fun out of shopping, and my family keeps getting bigger!  As a result, I don't think I'd miss the holiday if it didn't come at all.  

Putting up and decorating a tree has become a major chore, so we bought a small, artificial tree to make things easier.  Yesterday I finally put it up and decorated it (this 3-foot bit of yuletide joy) and then I proceeded to knock it over accidentally this morning, and nearly every ornament fell off--so I was back to square one!  Luckily, with it being only 3 feet tall and sitting on a 1-foot tall box, at least no ornaments were broken.

Now, to the other thing that has me disgruntled:  The big broohah regarding "Merry Christmas"  and "Happy Holidays". 

This time of year represents holidays for people of many faiths and beliefs.  For example:

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 26th, the day we refer to as Christmas.

Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on December 8th, when they celebrate the enlightenment of their religious leader, Buddha.

Eid-al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims on December 10th, the Festival of Sacrifice.

Hanakkuh is an 8-day Jewish observance which begins on the 25th day of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar.  (Thank you, fishducky for catching my error!  I think my brain was on overload from the plethora of holidays I found in December!)

Diwali, the Festival of Light, is a 5-day celebration observed by those in Tobago, Malaysia, India, Surinam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad as well as other countries where Hindus abide.

Las Posadas, which translates as The Inn, is celebrated from December 16th through December 24th in Mexico, Guatamala, and the southern  parts of the United States.

Kwanza, an ancient African harvest festival is celebrated from December 26th through January 1 by African Americans.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th in New Zealand, and parts of Canada and Britain.

Hogmanay, a celebration of the year's end is observed December 31 through January 2 in Scotland, and by those of Scottish descent.

So, the next time you hear someone say, "Happy Holidays!" know that they are being inclusive of all religions and cultures with special days dear to their hearts in December.  Don't get all up tight thinking they're taking "Christ" out of Christmas; they are wishing you well, along with others who chose to celebrate this time of year! 

 Christians are not the only people on earth, or even in this country, so lighten up!  This is a happy time of year for many, not just those who follow Jesus.  

Happy Holidays to all!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Weekend Wackiness

And Life's Full Circle. . 

Thank you, N.P.


Thank you, fishducky.


Rehab Exercise For senior Men

My doctor started me on a rehab exercise program.
I am walking with a walking therapist every day.
I never knew walking with someone else was such
an incentive.
We don't talk much during the walk, though.
My therapist walks about 10 feet ahead of me and
sets the pace, as directed by my doctor.

So far, I have followed her for 27 miles without even using my cane!
I am feeling better each mile and my heart condition,
my blood pressure and my breathing seem to be improving.
I now just have to remember the way to get home!

Thanks again, fishducky!


Hope you're enjoying the weekend!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Wackiness

Juvenile Delinquents?

A policeman brought four boys before a judge. 

"They were causing an awful lot of commotion at the zoo, your Honor," he said.

"Boys," said the judge sternly, "I never like to hear reports of juvenile delinquency. 

Now I want each of you to tell me your name and what you were doing wrong."

"My name is George," said the first boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Pete," said the second boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Mike," said the third boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Peanuts," said the fourth boy. 


Motorcycle Mishap

Two guys were driving down the road on a motorcycle.  The driver was wearing a leather jacket that didn't have a zipper or any buttons.
Finally, he stopped the bike and told his passenger, "I can't drive any more with the air hitting me in the chest."

After a bit of thinking, he decided to put the jacket on backwards to block the air from hitting him.  They continued on down the road, came around a curve, lost control, and crashed.  

A farmer who lived nearby called the police and told them what happened.

The police asked, "Is either one of them showing any signs of life?"

The farmer answered, "Well that first one was until I turned his head around the right way."


Thanks, fishducky for those first two!


Bad Idea!

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack said as he stepped out of the shower. " What do you think the neighbors would say if I mowed the lawn like this?"

"Probably that I must have married you for your money," his wife answered.


The Joke's on Us!

While creating husbands, God promised women that good and ideal husbands would be found in all corners of the world. . . . .

. . . . .then He made the earth round and He just laughed and laughed and laughed.....


Thank you J.W. for the last two!


Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!