Friday, May 30, 2014

Old McDonald Had A Farm

We live in such a beautiful area- a few miles from here is the actual center of Washington State. Just west of us is Cashmere, (home of Applets and Cotlets Candy factory) as is Leavenworth, the famous and beautiful Bavarian Village. Just outside Leavenworth is a place called Smallwoods. I love to take the grandkids there for the animals, toys, maze, and more. Several years ago I made this video of a visit there- if you ever are in this area, stop and visit Smallwoods, especially if you have kids with you. It is on my bucket list for this June with the Grandkids.
Two football players were taking an important final exam.
If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl the following week.
The exam was fill-in-the-blank.
The last question read, "Old MacDonald had a _________."
Bubba was stumped. He had no idea of the answer. He knew he needed to get this one right to be sure he passed.
Making sure the professor wasn't watching, he tapped Tiny on the shoulder.
"Pssst. Tiny. What's the answer to the last question?"
Tiny laughed. He looked around to make sure the professor hadn't noticed then he turned to Bubba.
"Bubba, you're so stupid. Everyone knows Old MacDonald had a farm."
"Oh yeah," said Bubba. "I remember now."
He picked up his No. 2 pencil and started to write the answer in the blank.
He stopped. Reaching to tap Tiny's shoulder again, he whispered, "Tiny, how do you spell farm?"
"You are really dumb, Bubba. That's so easy. Farm is spelled E-I-E-I-O."

What day do potatoes hate the most?

What farm animal keeps the best time?
A watch dog!

Did you hear about the magic tractor?
It turned into a field!

What do farmers use to make crop circles?
A Protractor

What new crop did the farmer plant?
Beets me!

What kind of things does a farmer talk about when he is milking cows?
Udder nonsense!

Why can't the bankrupt cowboy complain?
He has got no beef.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Real Men of Genius (2006)

Last week was "Public Works Appreciation Week" I enjoy my job  and my co-workers. I made this video in 2006, my second video of striping crew. It looks like everyone on crew is getting older except for me? We actually have a new driver this year, Beau Strutzel, who has caught on fast and is doing an excellent job. Last year our new support Truck driver was(is) Steve Lupton who greatly adds to the team. This year my spotting and marking truck was replaced with a 3/4 ton Ford shortbox Pickup after the old one reached 154,000 miles. We have seen a few "refuge" lanes added- where at T intersections, you can use the center to pull into and then look for traffic to clear. As perWW article below, they are trying hash marks on some corners to see if it slows down motorcycles and this year they are going to add 11 foot lanes in about 4 areas to see if it slows people down and to give bicycles more room. Those areas for now are Entiat, Chelan area and on 97 between Chelan and Pateros. (Maybe the police will think I am going slower than it says on his radar) Could I also remind you that it is against the law and a 124.00 ticket to "drive on Wet Painted Lines" in our state? Even if you don't get caught- it will show up on the side of your car and don't expect the taxpayers to have it removed.
Shrinking highway lanes: It’s just an illusion in some areas, not so much in others, but some state highways seem to be slimming down. Jeff Adamson, spokesman for the North Central regional Department of Transportation office, confirmed that optical speed bars have been strategically placed on Highway 20, east of Loup Loup Pass, and on the Blewett Pass portion of Highway 97, near Ruby Creek, to make the road appear as it is getting more narrow to traffic coming into sharp turns. The optical speed bars — stripes painted on the road — have been used for about two years to slow traffic — especially motorcycles — in areas where there’s been a history of accidents. The DOT and Washington State Patrol are studying the matter to see if the strategy has been effective at slowing traffic and reducing the number of accidents.
Narrow lanes are no illusion on Highway 97A south side of Lake Chelan. Work is underway to chip seal parts of the highway. When the work is complete, the highway will be restriped with lane width reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet in the area from Pat and Mike’s store and Lakeside Park, said Terry Berends, regional DOT traffic engineer. The intent, he said, is to create a “traffic calming” effect in that area and create an additional one foot space along the road edges for pedestrians and bicycles. (From The Worm, WW-  5-25-14)
Superman has become a Lead Tech on Stevens. Good Luck. We miss you.
 Two of our former support truck drivers have moved on to be lead techs',
and one of our former drivers is now a superintendent in Ephrata.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sex is what Men want from women

 Mark Gungor is a pastor and has a video series on marriage called "Laugh Your way to a better Marriage. I have the video series and our church used it for a class. Here is a short except from that video series called "sex is what Men want from Marriage"
John and Nancy were married for 40 years and decided they wanted to renew their vows and planned a second wedding. They were discussing the details with their friends. Nancy wasn't going to wear a traditional bridal gown and she started describing the dress she was planning to wear. One of her friends asked what color shoes she had to go with the dress. Nancy replied, "Silver."  At that point, her husband chimed in, "Yep match her hair."  Shooting a glaring look at John's bald spot, Nancy's friend said, "So, John, I guess you are going barefoot."

One day Ole and Lars met for coffee at a restaurant. Lars then said, “Ole, I hear your 50th wedding anniversary is next month. Are you going to celebrate?” Ole answered, “Yes, I think so. You see for our 25th anniversary I took Lena back to Norway for an enjoyable trip that I really enjoyed. I thought for our 50th Anniversary I would go back and pick her up.”
Mike, an avid golfer, was teeing up for a very difficult shot. At that moment a funeral procession went by. Mike stopped, stood  still with his hat over his heart, and bowed his head. His golfing  partner looked at him and said, "Mike, that was kind and decent of  you to show such respect for the dead." Mike replied, "Yes, we would have been married twenty-six years come tomorrow."

 Never argue with your wife when she's tired or rested

Our marriage was okay until we bought a waterbed...
Then we seemed to drift apart

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What A Day That Will Be

My Dad was born on May 24th- he would have been 95 if he was still living. He died in Sept of 1995.

Dad wrote he wanted to be remembered; “that I found the Lord Jesus Christ to be all sufficient”, and “Only what is done for Christ will Last”.

Some of his favorite thoughts were;
Others will not care how much we know-until they know how much we care;
You can tell where a man goes here after by what he goes after here;
If we are not satisfied with what we have, we will not be satisfied with what we want;
Oh blessed hour, oh hallowed spot, where love divine first found me! Whatever falls my distant lot, my heart shall linger round me. And when from earth I rise to soar, up to my home in heaven, Down will I cast my eyes once more- where I was first Forgiven.

This was found in my fathers possessions after his home going in 1995-
Author Unknown...
Sometimes we look at the gray hair of a ripening saint and say, “Old man, the frosts of many winters are on your head”. Be he answers, “That is not frost. I am getting ready to wear the crown of life, and my hair is taking on a tint agreeable to the color scheme.” We say, “Old man, your back is bent from the caring of many loads.” But he replies, “that’s not it. I am about to come into the kings presence, and I am practicing obeisance that I may the more readily bow to him.” We say, “Old man, your eyes are dim.” He says, “no my focus is changing. I am not largely interested in the things close at hand, so my eyes are training to see the land that is far off, and to behold the King in his Beauty.” we say , “Old man, your hearing is failing.” “No,” he replies, “they have just closed the windows of the street side to keep out the confusing noise that I may be better able to hear the angels sing.” We say, “Well, Old man, your house is about to fall down.” And we hear him say, “this is only my tent. It was designed as a temporary dwelling place and it has served it’s day well. It is not steady on its foundation, the windows are broken out, the whole place is in delapitation and the owner has notified me he has no plans to spend anything on repairs. But that’s all right. I have had the warning in time and I have made definite plans to move into a house that has foundations....”

My dad was very special and I owe so much to him for the example, standards, and life he lived. I am so thankful for my parents and looking forward to seeing them again someday. I hope I have not disappointed him. What A Day that will be!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blonde on Game Show

We do not have cable for TV and I do miss some game shows. Here is a video of a game show that shows you why I would not want to be on a game show on TV- they say it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Our words can mean so many different things. someone sent me the following words yesterday;
In case you haven’t had your dose of corn today .. .    
Overheard at a recent Department of Defense briefing: When chemists die, they barium.
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
How does Moses make his tea  Hebrews it.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.  I just can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O.
PMS jokes aren't funny; period.
Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.
Broken pencils are pointless.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?  A thesaurus.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Velcro - what a rip off!
A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy
Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.
Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cats in The Cradle

40 years ago the song Cats In the Cradle was a hit- actually Harry Chapins only #1 hit. The lyrics were  actually written by his wife. He died July 16th, 1981. Several years ago I added a few photos of my grandson to the music. I am so thankful for grandkids- someone said it is God giving you a second chance?  I am proud of each of them and wish I could see them more often. They are growing up too fast, I don’t know where time goes. Two years ago, My daughter posted some of Cody’s School work- being a proud grandpa, I had to post it below for you.  It  again reminds me, you never know when you are making a memory, and the importance of time spent with children. Perhaps this song is for me than anyone else. Cody used to like me to play this song for him,  and used to like to go to men’s breakfasts, Sunday school, and the car races with me. We all have the same amount of time in a 24 hour period- Can you believe this year will soon be half over? I have already blocked out several dates on the calendar for family time- if you don't it will not happen.

Walk a little slower, Daddy, Said a little child so small.
I'm following in your footsteps And I don't want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they are hard to see;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me.
Someday when I'm all grown up, You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child Who'll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you.
Did I ever say thanks for all the toys you mended, games we played, outings to the park, and the way you always tried to cheer me when I was down?
Did I ever say thanks for the sacrifices you made so I could be involved in so many enriching activities?
Did I ever say thanks for working so hard to provide for our family?
Did I ever say thanks for having such faith in me and always being there when I needed you?
Most of all, Did I ever say thanks for caring?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Understanding Taxes

I think it is good that our state legislators must run every two years- I wish all who can raise taxes had to, since the year they run is the only year they will vote against raising taxes it seems. Once elected, all promises are forgotten until next election.  Douglas county is looking at a weed control board that will include a new tax even though we have done fine all these years without that new tax/board. Currently Washington State is the 9th highest taxed state and its tax freedom day was not until April 25th- only 28 days ago. (after April 25th you get to keep what you make finally)  I know I am preaching to the choir and I am sure all those running for office will agree with me, raising taxes is not the answer- (well for now),- but they will forget by October 31st- thus the video lesson above. Please tell me one candidate who promises to raise taxes if elected? The other good news prior to election day- you will seldom hear of new taxes being proposed for some strange reason. I don't care your political views really or am I trying to sway your vote- just don't tell me the min. wage must go up to pay for all these taxes- why not lower taxes instead?  I personally have not had a cost of living raise in 5 years- and am fine with that, if they would put taxes back where they were 5 years ago.
"The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would tax Botox. When Botox users heard this, they were horrified. Well, I think they were horrified. It's difficult to tell."

 "So, it's pretty crazy. Look, we're bailing out Wall Street, we're bailing out banks, we're bailing out car companies. In fact, did you know there's a special box on your tax form this year you can check if you want a portion of your taxes to actually go to running the government?"

"We ought to thank our elected officials. They made it a lot easier for people to do taxes this year. No job, no income tax this year."

Washington currently has the 7th-highest gas tax in the nation at 55.9 cents per gallon, according to the American Petroleum Institute. If an 11.7-cent per gallon increase is approved, that would move Washington to 67.6 cents per gallon -- second behind Pennsylvania at 68.9 cents per gallon.
If the increase were to be applied Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular in Washington would go from $2.72 per gallon (6th highest in the nation) to $2.83 per gallon (3rd highest).

Along with the gas tax increase, the revenue bill would also increase car-tab fees by $15 in the program’s first year and then by an additional $8 in 2022. The classified skill examination fee for obtaining a commercial driver’s license would increase from $100 to $250

While on line, Please oppose HB 1938  to increase State Tourism! It may sound good, but you will pay for it in more costs, and even the government budget would pay more, if it passes. My last stay at a motel in Spokane had 23% in fees/taxes already on top of base rate, and who knows how many the motel passed on in its base rate as well. If the state needs tourism dollars, use the already local tourism dollars that go for things like sprint boat races and city gateway projects that benefit only a few. I am so tired of these little taxes that add up- look at your next motel bill or your phone bill- those "little" taxes add up quickly. This tax is on top of the 12.2 billion Transportation tax proposal.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Perfect Church

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25 (MSG)

You can look up that verse in any translation- I think it means we need to attend church?  There are many good church's in our valley and I hope you are plugged in to one and faithful. I don't know how people make it without a church family. I am thankful for my church family. They have been so encouraging, so patient with me, forgiving, helped to keep me accountable and helped me grow in my walk with Christ.
 Reasons Why I Never Wash- in the Sunday bulletin:
I was forced to as a child.
People who wash are hypocrites - they think they are cleaner than everybody else.
There are so many different kinds of soap; I can't decide which one is best.
I used to wash, but I got bored and stopped.
I wash only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
None of my friends wash.
I'll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
I can't spare the time.
The bathroom is never warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer.
People who make soap are only after your money.
I don't like the songs people sing in the bathroom.
I can clean myself perfectly well whenever I pass a sink, so I don't need a bathtub.
I know how to stay clean without washing.
The last time I washed, someone was rude to me.
What I do doesn't affect anybody but me.
I know someone who washes every day and still smells bad.
I don't believe in soap. I sat beside a whole case of it for an hour once, and nothing happened.
Washing was invented by people who knew nothing about science.
If people saw me without my makeup, they would laugh at me.
I'm so dirty now that if I washed, the drain would clog.
Cats, dogs, and chickens never wash, and they are happy all the time.
Prehistoric humans were happy all the time until the first soap salesman made them feel guilty.
If I start washing again, my friends will think I am trying to conform to middle-class standards.
Washing is for women and children.
Washing is for people much dirtier than I am.
I will wash when I find the bathroom that is exactly right for me.
I only believe in things I can see, and I can't see bacteria.
Children need to see that it is OK to be different.
Children need to see a few bad examples.
Washing may have been OK in my grandfather's day, but it's not practical in today's world. I need to look dirty, talk dirty, and fight dirty to survive.
I watch other people washing on TV.
There are lots of clean people who never wash.
We've just moved here six years ago and haven't had a chance.
I bought a bad bar of soap once, so I swore I would never wash again!
I feel as close to washing on the golf course as I do in the bathroom.
I never wash when I have company.
Washday is the only day I have to sleep in.
My wife washes enough for the whole family
I know people who wash but don't act very clean.
Washing is the opiate of the masses.
How to Help Someone Leave a Church Without Hurting the Bride!
May 17, 2012 By Kurt Bubna 
Most pastors have been there, struggling over the news that someone they love and care about has left the church in a tizzy. It doesn’t matter if the church has a hundred people or ten thousand; it always leaves at least a little sting when they go. This is especially true if they go away mad. We cannot control what people do, but we should attempt to pastor them even on their way out the back door.
Some current realities:
1. Unfortunately, we live in a consumer-driven culture. There are a lot of options if they don’t like your church. “Tick me off,” they think, “and I’ll just take my church-business down the road.”
2. Too few truly understand the value of connecting and belonging to a local church at a meaningful level. People have a hard time staying the course in marriage these days. Bailing on a church is even easier for many.
3. Too often people come and go for the wrong reasons. They might have come to our church for the wrong reasons, and if so, they will probably leave someday for the wrong reasons.
Good reasons to leave a local church:
1. Heretical teaching.
2. Continued unrepentant sin in the leadership such as moral or financial failure.
3. Neurotic, controlling, and unbiblical leadership.
4. A major change in the church’s vision, values, doctrinal beliefs, or practices.
5. Relocation.
Ten important questions to encourage them to ask before they go:
1. Are you possibly reacting to something out of fear or a past wound?
2. Are you being proud or petty?
3. Are you being self-centered?
4. Are you being unrealistic in your expectations?
5. Do you realize that there’s no such thing as the perfect church or the perfect pastor?
6. Are you being divisive?
7. Do you realize the ripple effect of your decisions on others?
8. Do you have an unhealthy pattern of church-hopping?
9. Will it matter to anyone if you leave (i.e. will anyone care)? And if not, why not?
10. Do you understand the value of working through hardships and conflict?
What to say and do if they must go:
1. It may be hard, but it doesn’t have to be ugly. Let’s commit to loving each other no matter what.
2. Please don’t slide out the back door and hope no one notices. Talk to people who are connected to you in a God-honoring way.
3. Leave graciously, kindly, and in love. Bless rather than curse. Resist the temptation to concentrate on the warts and wrinkles of the church. You’ll find out, soon enough, that your new church has a few of these too!
4. As the pastor, you can lead the way by confessing your sin (own it). Ask God to heal any wounds, and ask for forgiveness of anyone you’ve hurt.
The church is a family of faith. As any family does, we will fail each other from time to time. We will wound and disappoint each other. It should be difficult to go because we’ve lived our lives connected with a group of people whom we love and who love us.
That being said, people will go, but how someone leaves is important. As leaders and pastors, we have one last opportunity to teach those who move on. We have the privilege of speaking into their lives for the benefit of the Kingdom. So speak the truth in love for the sake of His Bride.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Inapproiate Wedding Songs

Tim Hawkins not only is a good comedian, he has a good singing voice and today he tackles songs that are not really the best Wedding Songs. Since this is filed under humor- lets just have a good laugh today- humor is part of any good marriage- so don't take the photo below too serious.

 Favorite Hymns of Different Professions
The Dentist's Hymn ... Crown Him With Many Crowns
The Weatherman's Hymn ... There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing

The Contractor's Hymn ... The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn ... Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn ... There Is A Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn ... Standing On The Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn ... Open My Eyes That I May See
The IRS Agent's Hymn ... I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn ... Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn ... Send The Light
The Shopper's Hymn ... In The Sweet By and By
The Realtor's Hymn ... I've Got A Mansion Just Over The Hilltop
The Pilot's Hymn ... I'll Fly Away
The Paramedic's Hymn ... Revive Us Again
The Judge's Hymn ... Almost Persuaded
The Psychiatrist's Hymn ... Just A Little Talk With Jesus
The Architect's Hymn ... How Firm A Foundation
The Credit Card Telemarketer's Hymn ... A Charge To Keep I Have
The Zoo Keeper's Hymn ... All Creatures Of Our God And King
The Postal Worker's Hymn ... So Send I You
The Waiter's Hymn ... Fill My Cup, Lord
The Gardener's Hymn ... Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
The Lifeguard's Hymn ... Rescue The Perishing
The Criminal's Hymn ... Search Me, O God
The Baker's Hymn ... When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
The Shoe Repairer's Hymn ... It Is Well With My Soul
The Travel Agent's Hymn ... Anywhere With Jesus
The Geologist's Hymn ... Rock Of Ages
The Hematologist's Hymn ... Are You Washed In The Blood?
The Men's Wear Clerk's Hymn ... Blest Be The Tie
The Umpire's Hymn ... I Need No Other Argument
The Librarian's Hymn ... Whispering Hope

Friday, May 16, 2014

Raising Kids

I want to meet Jeff Allen someday- he is not only funny, but I can look up to him the way he turned his life around and saved his marriage. This is a video where he spoke to a Corporation, but there is lots of truth in his humor as well.
Things I Learned From my kids..
It's more fun to color outside the lines.
Ask why until you understand.
Make up the rules as you go along.
It doesn't matter who started it.
If the horse you're drawing looks more like a dog, make it a dog.
Save a place in line for your friends.
Sometimes you have to take the test before you've finished studying.
Picking your nose when no one else is looking is still picking your nose.
Making your bed is a waste of time.
There is no good reason why clothes have to match.
Even Popeye didn't eat his spinach until he absolutely had to.
If your dog doesn't like someone, you probably shouldn't either
Don't pop someone else's bubble.
You work so hard pedaling up the hill that you hate to brake on the way down.
If you stand on tiptoe to be measured this year, you'll have to stand on tiptoe for the rest of your life.Just keep banging until someone opens the door.
You can't ask to start over just because you're losing the game
Chasing the cat is more fun than catching it.
Make your mother proud of you.
No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
VCR's do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
Always look in the oven before you turn it on. Plastic toys do not like ovens.
The fire department in Austin has a 5 minute response time
The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earth worms dizzy.
It will however make cats dizzy and cats throw up twice their body Weight when dizzy.
Super glue is forever.
From Tell Me A Clean Joke by Dennis Hendricks- page 72/73

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Charming Billy

I have six wonderful Grandchildren who I love very much. Somehow the older they get the harder it is to get pictures of them.  My youngest just turned One last month. His mom is an excellent photographer and I added some of her photos to an old song from the 60's called Charming Billy by the late Johnny Preston. Billy took his first steps last week.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Looking For My Wallet

Getting old is not bad- when you consider the alternative.  It is a privilege denied to many. And forgetting things is not all bad- there are some things I am glad I can forget. I have been told that two things happen when you get old. the first is you loose your memory. and I forget what the second thing is....Actually I  just wanted a light hearted video for today and hope it brings a smile to your face.
Brains of older people are slow because they know so much . People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive becomes fuller, so humans also take longer to access information, it has been suggested.
Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more, but just may not be able to access the information.
Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Baby Laughing

 Sometimes we need a good laugh- and if you have listened to todays news, I bet you need a laugh to help relieve stress. Maybe we can learn from children the importance of laughter?
Laughter is “Internal Jogging.” A good belly laugh can give you the same benefits as an aerobic workout. Laughter boosts the immune system, and lessens pain. Laughing also reduces stress,  lowers  blood pressure,  and has a beneficial effect on our overall well being. It can double the heart rate for three to five minutes and provide a complete workout for the  upper torso.  It  can  reduce  muscle  tension, deaden pain, and energize the brain.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day! I think we should honor and thank moms every day, not just the 2nd Sunday of May.  As pointed out in todays video by Chuck Colson,  that includes not just throwing money out, to say thank you. I also believe every mom is a working mom and there is nothing wrong with those who can stay home with their kids full time. My hats off to moms who have to play the role of both mom/dad- that was not Gods plan I can assure  you- and most did not make that choice themselves. I want to honor/thank the many moms who took time to guide me and encourage me in growing up- many who had already raised their kids and most who are not alive today to thank. I am proud of my two "mom" daughters who are raising up my grandchildren- I hope I will be around to see one more generation become a mom. I also want to thank those moms involved in politics- rather than tear them down, may be we should listen to what they are suggesting? And rather than fight to change Gods plan for marriage- maybe we should build up and encourage men/women to do their jobs in raising families as designed instead of making a mockery of what God ordained. My mom  passed away a few years ago, she was such a great mom and I miss her of coarse. And to you who say I don't need to buy flowers for my wife since she is not my mother- she has not only raised 3 of the best kids- she is still raising me!  Happy Mothers Day to all Moms.
From Mike Huckabee; I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. And if you’re a mom, I hope you made out well. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent $20.7 billion on the holiday, including $3.5 billion on brunches alone. The average American spent $169 on his or her mom, and that’s up 11 percent from last year. By the way, when Woodrow Wilson signed the resolution proclaiming Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914, there was only one thing you had to do to celebrate it: fly the flag. Obviously, Woodrow Wilson was never a mother. And he never heard of brunch.
Good mothers love their children.
Good mothers breastfeed—for six days, six weeks, six months, or six years—because they know it’s “best,” because it’s natural, because they have support, because it works, because they made it work, because it’s easier, because it’s really nobody’s business why.
Good mothers formula-feed—rarely, occasionally, or always—because they have to, because they want to, because they didn’t have support breastfeeding, because they had support but still couldn’t breastfeed, because it’s familiar, because it’s easier, because the flippin’ pump won’t do what it’s supposed to, because it’s really nobody’s business why.
Good mothers feed their children organic food because they have the means, fish sticks because their kids will eat them, and whatever they can scrape together from the cupboards because they have no other option.
Good mothers work outside the home because they have to, because they want to, because they want their kids to know that women can participate fully in the working world, because it’s the best choice for their families.
Good mothers stay home with their children because they have to, because they want to, because they want their kids to know that women can call motherhood a full-time job without shame or apology, because it’s the best choice for their families.
Good mothers bake cookies. Good mothers don’t bake cookies. Good mothers try to bake cookies and bake hockey pucks instead.
Good mothers grow organic gardens and have spotless houses. Good mothers grow piles of laundry and have black thumbs.
Good mothers never yell at their children. Good mothers yell at their children and then apologize for losing their patience. Good mothers yell at their children and don’t apologize because occasionally kids need to know they’ve crossed a line, dammit.
Good mothers know when they need a break and take one. Good mothers know when they need a break, but can’t always take one. Good mothers don’t always know when they need a break, and then beat themselves up for saying or doing things all good mothers do when they need a break and don’t get one.
Good mothers show up. Good mothers sometimes can’t show up. Good mothers try to make up for not showing up.
Good mothers take care of their children. Good mothers sometimes can’t take care of their children. Good mothers ask for help. Good mothers sometimes don’t have help. Good mothers sometimes make the heartbreaking choice giving up their children because that’s the only way can see to take care of them.
Good mothers make mistakes. Good mothers support other mothers when they make mistakes.
Good mothers forget to support other mothers when they make mistakes.
Good mothers forgive each other.
Good mothers care about each other.
Good mothers care about being a good mother.
Good mothers love their children.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

William Overture Mom Song

Someone sent me answers from 2nd graders on Moms that I had to post for your laughter. Its simply called Why God Made Moms. I had to post them below as well as thank "Moms" for being so special and making the world a better place. So Thankful  that God chose to make a family with a mom and dad called marriage.
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Friday, May 9, 2014

What I Wouldn't Give

People have believed the marriage statistics for years as facts without questioning it, including myself. the news has become opinions and there is no investigative reporters or facts it seems.  Yesterday I heard on the radio, and today as saw this note on marriages. I don't need to add anything to what she says; just don't be fooled by the media. I won't get into other issues we have been lied to about. I just can bet most of you did not see this story;

Is it possible, reporters are asking, that everything we've been told about marriage and divorce is wrong? Shaunti Feldhahn thinks so. The Harvard-trained researcher spent the last eight years trying to get to the bottom of the data on broken marriages -- and the results might shock you. We've all heard the statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. Not so fast, says Feldhahn, who lays out the argument in her new book (The Good News about Marriage) that the actual divorce rate isn't even close to that number.
Like most sociologists, Shaunti says she's "stood up on stage and said every one of those wrong statistics." Now, she's on a mission to correct those assumptions. If anything, she points out, the divorce rate is dropping. "First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25% have ended in divorce on average," she explains. "There is no such thing as a 50% divorce rate. It's never been close. Right now," she tells Billy Hallowell of The Blaze, "...72% of people are still married to their first spouse -- that's Census Bureau data."
At the very least, Feldhahn estimates, the divorce rate is 27-50% lower than people think. "Starting in the 1970s -- that's when those projections started -- when no fault divorce started, the divorce rate skyrocketed. Suddenly, there was this explosion in divorce... it has fallen according to the crude divorce rate... 32% since 1980."
What's more, she says the comparisons between the church and general society are an absolute myth. "The divorce rate dropped by 27% between those who went to church last week." One of Shaunti's favorite things is shocking people with the news that 80% of marriages are happy. "The sense of futility itself pulls down marriages. And the problem is we have this culture-wide feeling of futility about marriage. It's based on all these discouraging beliefs and many of them just aren't true." I don't know about you, but I could use some good news on our culture -- and the Good News about Marriage is exactly that.
I had to share that good news with you- yet you may wonder how it relates to todays video by Steve and Annie Chapman called "What I wouldn't give"? I am not a hunter but I sure understand Proverbs 7 and guarding our thoughts and how the Devil blinds us. I know far too many who have walked away from marriages. Some have given up just because they feel it will not work or have given up. I cannot promise you things will ever be the same or how to turn things around for you- But I do know God cares, hears, and answers prayers. Don't play with fire and loose all you have going for you- Guard your Thoughts.  
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again

A lady wrote to an advice column in a newspaper: 'I have been engaged to a man for some time, but just before the wedding, I find he has a wooden leg. Do you think I should break it off?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nursery Rhymes

I love to sing songs to my grandkids- well at leasts while they are young- my first grader told me "shhhhhh" when I started singing in public at the water park last month. I can understand, but I have a one year old who enjoys it still. Tim Hawkins explains nursery Rhymes in todays video- maybe I should have listened to this several years ago?
Humpty Dumpty's summer was terrible but he had a great fall...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jesus On The Mainline

I am a big Bill Gaither fan and love the Gaither Vocal Band as well. I have many of his videos and listen to him on you tube a lot. This is an old video of "Jesus On the Mainline" with Mark Lowry. I understand Mark is no longer part of the Vocal Band- but this is a classic and you will love it.

PRAYER - The world's /greatest/ wireless connection.
 HYMNS - The original soul music.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The New Guy

On May 8th, 2009- almost 5 years ago,  I started my first blog. It is a hobby and replaced my joke book hobby.  I never dreamed it would last this long and I still do not know what makes a great blog- some of my favorites do not have the most views- but that is ok, My first blog did not have a video attached like the other 810 since nor the daily quote photo I try to put in now.  I started blog, to share my videos I made, (some that youtube would not post,) and also to share my views that I felt was not getting out. I since have retired off council and now try to focus on making people laugh and think as well as show off my grandkids. I have 61 different labels to easier find a topic and make sure I do not have duplicates. Occasionally a video on a post will be removed by youtube and when find it, I try to re find it, replace it, or delete that post. My most popular all time page is "The Sound thru the Ages" which has  over 17,000 hits as of this post. The total page hits as of this posting now reaches over 100,000 pages viewed and over 14,600 page view hits last month. I am humbled and thank you- I pray you leave having laughed or challenged to be a better person even if we may disagree on a topic. I welcome suggestions on how to improve and I certainly thank you for taking time to view today's blog as well as others.

I could live without TV shows-in fact we do not have cable.  I find many of the commercials very well done and amusing. This is one made several years ago- called the New Guy. Some would still call me the new guy in Blogging...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday!
Wanted to make a special video just for you,
but this Arby's commercial will have to do.
This is just a reminder we are thinking of you
Hope you have a Wonderful Birthday Too!

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. 

Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang, ‘Happy Birthday’

The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet

You think your special JUST because its your birthday today….no way you’re special every day!!!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lost in the Fifties

This weekends Classy Chassis Car show brought back so many memories. I always said that the show is filled with money and memories, well actually mostly money for most. Someone sent me this video by Ronnie Milsap- I can remember about 95% of the photos- anyone do better than that? Don't forget to stop by Eastmont Park today off Grant Road to see the Classy Chassis Car show-No Admission Fees!
Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A take-away was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.
The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties ... was elbows, hats and cell phones!