Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hawai Five-0 (Hawaii Vacation)

Three years ago today we left for Hawaii for our first time. I would love to go back-I keep looking for that good deal.  We had so much fun.  I have found that looking at old vacation videos is a lot cheaper than going there in person?  I first read a comic book by Dennis the Menace in the early 60's that caught my attention (wish I still owned that comic book) and later I would hear an Adventures in Odessey Story of the Barkleys visiting Hawaii (Focus on the Family) that would keep my attention on that island.(I still own that cassette tape) We had won 3 free nights stay at the Maui in the Banyan in Maui.  I wish we could find another deal like that for Jan's Birthday or anniversary. Temperatures ranged from 46 degrees at 10,000 feet at dawn, to 83 degrees as a high. We traveled 533 miles on our rental car with gas costing around 4.34 a gallon. And the entire 7 days was less than $1,800.  Thank you Journey Travel and Aston at the Maui Banyan and thanks Darcie for watching our animals and house while gone. We had so much fun. And reliving that week did not cost me anything.

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one”

“The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see.”

“A vacation should be just long enough that you're boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Where to Go for Answers

 Thanks for putting up with my posts/blogs, and for your comments. There are many topics I do not have the answers to; but I know who to turn to for the answers. This video has a powerful message without any photos or spoken words. check it out. May you turn to Jesus Christ for Life's answers and for hope.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'd Like To Teach The World

I love my job and am looking forward to  this winter.  I addded a few photos of friends to an old song called "I'd Like to Teach the World To Sing". The song first aired on American radio on February 12, 1971, but failed. Although many radio stations refused to play it, Backer persuaded McCann-Erickson to film a commercial using the song. The TV commercial, entitled "Hilltop", was directed by Roberto Malenotti. The first attempt at shooting was ruined by rain and other location problems. The eventual total cost of the commercial was $250,000—an unheard of price in 1971 for an advertisement. The finished product, first aired in July 1971,The popularity of the jingle led to it being re-recorded by The New Seekers and by The Hillside Singers as a full-length song, dropping references to Coca-Cola. In the mid-1970s, another version of the commercial was filmed for the holiday season. This reworking featured the same song, but showed the group at night, with each person holding a lit white candle. In the final zoom-out crane shot, only the candle flames remain visible, forming a triangle reminiscent of a Christmas tree; this impression is cemented by a Coke-bottle logo superimposed at the top of the "tree", and the words "Happy Holidays from your Coca-Cola bottler" below. This version was reused for many years during the holiday season. I hope you find the tune stuck in your head and I hope you have a Wonderful Holiday Season. 
A soprano died and went to Heaven. St. Peter stopped her at the gate asking, "Well, how many false notes did you sing in your life?"
The soprano answers, "Three."
"Three times, fellows!" says Pete, and along comes an angel and sticks the soprano three times with a needle.
"Ow! What was that for?" asks the soprano.
Pete explains, "Here in heaven, we stick you once for each false note you've sung down on Earth."
"Oh," says the soprano, and is just about to step through the gates when she suddenly hears a horrible screaming from behind a door. "Oh my goodness, what is that?" asks the soprano, horrified.
"Oh," says Pete, "that's a tenor we got some time back. He's just about to start his third week in the sewing machine."

Q: How do you tell when your lead singer is at the door?
A: He can't find the key and doesn't know when to come in.

Q: What happens if you play blues music backwards?
A: Your wife returns to you, your dog comes back to life, and you get out of prison.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winning The Lottery

Someone said Lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math? Someone has said if you aren’t happy with what you have, you won’t be happy with that what you want. The odds are 1 in 17 billion for winning the 425 million powerball prize with a $2.00 ticket on a recent Wednesday night. In fact there is a 6% chance that no one would win that powerball winning.  I am sure there are people out there who need it a lot more than I need it- I hope they win it and enjoy it. And right now I feel like I am the winner in more ways than one. You think $425 million is impressive? Try $60.8 billion. That’s the amount state lotteries reporting making in the last fiscal year, according to the North American Assn. of State and Provincial Lotteries. That’s an 8.7% increase from the previous fiscal year. And at the pace the industry is going, you can expect those numbers to continue.

Sure the videos are funny and show how you could spend your money- but the reality is that it does not always buy happiness. In 1998, William "Bud" Post III won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery, only to later wish it had never happened. That's because his brother hired a hit man to try to kill him and his sixth wife (and was arrested for doing so), other relatives made him invest in businesses that never paid off, a landlady made him give her a third of his winnings, and Post "spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector." He declared bankruptcy and, in 2006, at the age of, 66, "died of respiratory failure... at a Pittsburgh area hospital," writes Patricia Sullivan in The Washington Post. Then there's Victoria Zell, who won an $11 million Powerball jackpot with her husband in 2001, only to end up in Minnesota prison after being convicted of a drug- and alcohol-induced collision that killed one and paralyzed another. "This just goes to show you winning the Powerball doesn't guarantee you happiness," said County Attorney Amy Klobuchar.
Abraham Shakespeare won the $31 million jackpot in Florida in 2006. He disappeared in 2009, having spent most of his fortune; his body was found in early 2010 under a concrete slab. John Campanelli writes in The Plain Dealer, "A woman who had befriended him -- and fleeced him for $1.8 million, say police -- has been charged in connection with his murder." Campanelli goes on to list 9 other unfortunate lotto cases, including the sad tales of Willie Hurt, who killed a woman over crack cocaine, and Callie Rogers, who won $3 million at the age of 16 in the UK lottery, and used her money on "vacations, cars, gifts, drugs and even breast implants." Rogers was broke by 2009, "driving a used Volkswagen Golf to her job as a maid and had twice attempted suicide."

In June of 1997, a man named Billie Bob Harrell Jr. took the $31 million Texas Lottery jackpot. At first, all was great: "Harrell purchased a ranch. He bought a half-dozen homes for himself and other family members. He, his wife and all the kids got new automobiles. He made large contributions to his church. If members of the congregation needed help, Billie Bob was there with cash," writes Steve McVicker in The Houston Press. "Then suddenly Harrell discovered that his life was unraveling almost as quickly as it had come together.... everyone, it seemed -- family, friends, fellow worshipers and strangers -- was putting the touch on him. His spending and his lending spiraled out of control. In February those tensions splintered his already strained marriage." And tragically, 20 months after winning the lottery, Harrell committed suicide.

Jack Whittaker of West Virginia was an already wealthy businessman when he won what was at the time the largest jackpot ever by a single ticket, garnering him $314.9 million on December 25, 2002. A chain of awful events followed, including his car being broken into twice, first with $545,000 in cash stolen, then later with $200,000 stolen (and later recovered); a plot was revealed in which two club employees had planned to drug his drinks and rob him; his granddaughter's boyfriend was found dead in Whittaker's home from an overdose; Whittaker's granddaughter was found dead at a male friend's house after being reported missing (the death was ruled an overdose); Whittaker had a DUI; Whittaker was sued by Caesars Atlantic City casino for bouncing $1.5 million worth in checks to cover gambling losses; Whittaker was sued by a woman who had previously sued him for not paying her money (he claimed thieves had stolen it all from him); and Whittaker's daughter was found dead. "I wish I'd torn that ticket up," Whittaker has said.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Gospel in Four Minutes

Everyone is so busy. Some, are too busy to attend church today.  I try to keep my videos around a couple minutes. People don't have time to watch my long videos. We have many different styles of presenting the gospel message- but there is only one way to Heaven.  It does not change. Not everyone agrees on the style of music they prefer, and I am sure it is the same way with listening to the message of salvation- This young man can reach people with his style that I can never reach with my style. I am glad Gods word never changes. I hope you know my friend Jesus and have accepted him as your savior personally.  Preach the word of God, and if you have to, use words.

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.

This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include :
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician , JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R .

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus , into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus .

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention!


P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by 'Knee mail'!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Little Bitty Pretty One

For 20 years I have known Abigail the Clown- but only made one video of her and really do not  know her that well. Yes, I have spent Royal Family Camp with her but most of the time I see her getting ready and then she is gone in a hurry. When she returns she is usually tired and hungry so I don't see her much then. She loves to do Birthday parties for children and also usually is in the parades. I don't know how many missionary trips she has been on- two years ago she went to both Uganda and Thailand. Most of her trips are with Janice- but I can sneak along when they are with the Grandkids. Somehow I get the bills of all the balloons she orders for herself and others. She received a photo with a note dated May 1, 1999 that reads; They wouldn't believe that I was a clown in the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Parade. You made the world go away. I was a Kid Again... And now I have this picture to put on my dart board. Thanks for a Great Day. Jack Raymons, Muckiltio, WA.. She also has a photo and signature from Shirley Jones. Today she is scheduled to attend the adoption celebration.

Why did the clown go to the doctor?
(Because he was feeling a little funny!)

I'd like to take over the clown's job!
(Those are big shoes to fill!)

What should you do if you're attacked by a group of clowns?...
(Go for the juggler/jugular!)

Why did the clown throw his clock out of the window?
(He wanted to see time fly!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Viera TV

TV's have come a long way- we actually did not have a tv in our house until I was in high school. I remember the little TV's that came out- not sure if they sell them anymore? Those TV's were not like what we have now- I suppose cell phones can be used as TV's?  This is an old ad, but full of humor and shows you how far TV's have come.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”
― Erma Bombeck

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Romantic Men

I do not drink beer. This commercial is borderline but does have some humor to it. I have over 30 commercials devoted to beverages. I would say this is a commercial that tells you another reason I do not drink beer.
A pig walks into the bar and asks for a pitcher of beer. He drank it all then asked the bartender where the bathroom is. Bartender replies "down the hall and to the left".
Another pig walks into the bar and orders 2 pitchers of beer. He finishes them off and then asks where the bathroom is. The bartender replies "down the hall and to the left".
Another pig walks into the bar and orders 3 pitchers of beer. Finishing them off he was just going to stand up when the bartender asks him "well aren't you going to ask where the bathroom is?" The pig replies " no, i am going to go wee wee wee all the way home."
"It's true, alcohol kills people. But how many are born because of it ?"
"I was drowning my sorrows but they learned to swim."    

A man walks into a bar and says, "Give me a beer before problems start!" Again, the man orders a beer again saying, "Give me a beer before problems start!" The bartender looks confused. This goes on for a while, and after the fifth beer the bartender is totally confused and asks the man "When are you going to pay for these beers?" The man answers, "Now the problems start!"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

That's What Jesus Means to Me

I should post a new video of Caitlyn, rather than this one  I made and posted two years ago. She helped me see the world- pointing out things I seemed to miss. She could be so quiet as she  listened and took in conversations, but also so talkative as she expresses herself. I would get to play “mommy”, play in hot tub, swing, and eat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets, apples and chocolate milk. Bedtime stories were usually the same nursery rhyme book. Since I posted this video two years ago- Caitlyn has grown up so much, maybe faster than she needed? She still loves the hot tub, She loves Disney role play Stories and her role models I have no control over. I am so thankful for memories, her solid foundation,  and the blessing she is to us. Last Saturday while playing school with her, (she was the teacher and I was a 2nd grader) one of the questions was when was her birthday- She had to help me, but I got it on the 2nd guess. I love being a Grandpa and I love Caitlyn Rae Wentworth!
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Billy Graham

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Draggin' the Line (2012)

Our Striping season is about over for the year. I normally work striping from April to November and then plow snow in Wenatchee the remaining months.  Since 2005 I used to make a video of the crew each year- this song is Real Men of Genius and Draggin The Line from 2012- I think the last striping video I made.  I hope you can tell we have fun and enjoy our work.   We see some pretty county and we see the best and worst drivers. It is a great crew to work with. Several in this video have moved up to Lead Tech's back in Maintenance.  For the past 20 winters I have worked plowing snow in the winters in Wenatchee. This winter will be my first winter working Leavenworth Shed- I start Dec. 3rd at 5am; Wed. thru Saturday.
No Video of this year; but these photos are from 2014 season.
below was on  Hwy 172 near Mansfield
Below;Lunch near Grand Coulee Dam this summer on SR155
Below is on Hwy 20 taken in October, after the summer fires
Below is a photo of Support truck taken on hwy 174 in September
Below- Cleaning out tanks at end of year is not a glamour job or popular choice by some
Below is near Republic on SR 20 and Lunch is ready as soon as the truck is full
Below is Washington Pass taken in late October- now you know why we shut down
This truck replaced my old Dodge flatbed spotter truck at 153,000 miles. 
The new Ford now has about 12,000 miles on it since April
Below is 2014 Crew  taken off Hwy 20 in September on a cold morning near summit.
Left; Dennis Hendricks-Spotter, Steve Lupton-Support Trk, Beau Strutzel-Striper Driver
Sid Simon-Boss/shoulder gunner, Alana Johnson-Lead PU, Al Willms-Center gunner
In 2014 We may have put out 37,750 gallons of White Paint,
25,250 gallons of Yellow Paint and 383,590 pounds of glass beads.
And No Accidents!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Airline Pilot

I have dealt with some serious issues, this is the longest I have gone since posting a humor video, and we need to enjoy a good laugh today. I love humor and a good laugh. Some of you may remember a prime time show from the 70’s called the Dean Martin show, a skit called the Airline Pilot. You can see humor has changed in more ways than one. Today’s blog could possibly offend some? But before you think I am saying drinking is funny, let me post this from wikopedia regarding Foster Brooks;
As his "Lovable Lush" character, Brooks usually portrayed a conventioneer who had had a few too many drinks — not falling-down drunk, but inebriated enough that he would mix up his words to comedic delight. Brooks drew upon his own battles with alcohol for his act. However, during his period of greatest fame, Brooks rarely drank.[4] Of giving up drinking to win a bet in 1964, Brooks said, "A fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn't quit, and I haven't had a drink since. At the time I needed the $10."[4] He would occasionally make cameo appearances in which his character was perfectly sober, such as his appearance in a 1968 episode of Adam-12 playing a straight-laced citizen who tries to get out of a parking ticket by dropping the name of an officer senior to the main characters.
 Places I have Been and not Been;
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!
It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not!
I have been in Deepshit many times. The older I get, the easier it is to get there.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Greatest Gift

Several years ago I added some photos of Janice to this song by Steve and Annie Chapman. The words are more important than the photos.  Someone asked what I want for Christmas- I have so much to be thankful for- I really do not need any material gifts. As I recall some of the past presents have received- I think of those who gave them, and more importantly the things money could not buy that were given me. I have lost too many loved ones this past year. Its reminded me of what really is important in life.
The Message Translation of Proverbs 13:22 reads like this; A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren; ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.
Or if you prefer the New International Version, Proverbs 13:22 reads like this; A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
The Message translation of Proverbs 20:7 reads like this; God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.
The New International Version  of Proverbs 20:7 reads like this; The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
Whichever translation you relate to- I owe a lot to my parents- My parents left me a wonderful legacy and an example to follow. We have been married only 40.5 years- but I owe so much to those who have prayed for us, led by example, and taught us. I hope I can pass some of  those blessings on to my children and grandchildren- that is the Greatest Gift one can give. So if you are looking for a gift for Christmas- listen to the video song for my wish from you-Its the gift that keeps giving and giving.
Proverbs 22 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold

Friday, November 14, 2014

I'm Not Really Old, I'm Just Mature

Hilton Griswold sang with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet back in 46-48 and he passed away just last spring. Here is the update;  

Chapel at the dedication of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.
By Glenn Gohr
The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center is saddened to announce the passing of a dear friend and saint of God. Rev. R. Hilton Griswold was born on November 12, 1921, and he passed away on May 5, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 93.
Hilton Griswold passionately loved Gospel music. He is remembered for playing the piano and singing baritone for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet from 1940-1950. He was credentialed as an Assemblies of God minister on July 10, 1948, and pastored churches in Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois.
Hilton has been a friend of the Heritage Center for many years. In addition to singing and playing in the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center chapel on various occasions, he played gospel hymns and choruses for the opening of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center and museum on January 19, 1999.
In recent years he ministered in nursing homes and senior adult gatherings. He also hosted his own program called “Inspiration Time,” which was released on television, radio and internet releases nationwide. He not only personally knew many of the gospel singing groups and composers, but he often knew the stories behind the songs, which he often shared on his weekly television programs.
For a wonderful example of Griswold’s inspirational music, watch this segment of him playing the piano, bass, and harmonica, and also singing 4 different parts for the song “We Shall Rise” as well as some other selections:
Additional selections of Griswold’s music are found on YouTube:
Hilton Griswold was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, and his daughter, Barbara Chapman. He is survived by his son, Rev. Larry Griswold of Plainfield, Illinois and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He leaves a wonderful legacy of gospel music and singing which will continue to inspire future generations.
When I’m An Old Lady..
When I'm an old lady, I'll live with my kids,
and make their life happy and filled with such fun.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided,
returning each deed. Oh, they'll be so excited
. . . When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.
I'll write on the wall with red, white, and blue;
and bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, they'll shout.
. . When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.
When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
and when that is done I'll hide under the bed.
. . When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.
When they cook dinner and call me to meals,
I'll not eat my green beans or salads congealed.
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
and when they get angry, run fast as I'm able.
. . When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.
I'll sit close to the TV, thru the channels I'll click.
I'll cross both my eyes to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
and play in the mud until the end of the day.
. . When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.
And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
and thank God in prayer and then close my eyes;
and my kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
and say with a groan, "she's so sweet when she's sleeping."
. . when I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

After much nagging from his wife, Sam was visiting the audiologist. Yes, he would need hearing aids and they ranged in price from $10.00 to $2,000, was what he was told.
“I’ll try the $10.00 pair” Sam said.
The nurse placed the hearing aids into his ears and hung a wire around his neck.
“Does the wire really have to be around my neck?” asked Sam.
“Why of course!” replied the nurse. “You think these things in your ears do anything?! It’s the wire around your neck – it makes people talk louder!”

Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."
To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!"

An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over.
He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.
He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'we're not coming out until you leave!' The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.' Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator...'
Some old men can still think fast..

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It Couldn't Wait

Studies show you have a 23% higher chance of an accident if you text and drive. It's like driving with your eyes closed for 5 seconds- and don't tell me you can text without looking at phone- just please do not text and drive. Last week I mentioned there were few things more stupid than drinking and driving-  Texting and driving is one of those more stupid things you can do.
This college girl was still holding her cell phone when they pulled her out of the car her in Eastern Washington- texting on her cell phone??? Couldn't  it Wait??

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tim Lovelace

Tim Lovelace is a very talented man- I first heard him in a comedy song on the Gaithers called the Fourth Man. He has many comedy videos on youtube and this one caught my attention- his talent at piano playing! I took piano lessons in the 6th grade but have forgotten it all. Check out this video, you will laugh and recogize his impression of many piano player legands. Who says music cannot be fun? And never judge a book by its cover.
At a posh wedding reception in Beverly Hills the pianist falls into the swimming pool. The pianist flails furiously while calling for help, yelling "help me! I can't swim!" One of the other guests who happens to be at the poolside says "So...? I can't play the piano and you don't hear me complaining."

Piano Tuner: I've come to tune the piano.
Music Teacher: But we didn't send for you.
Piano Tuner: No, but the people who live across the street did.

The audience at a piano recital was appalled when a telephone rang just off stage. Without missing a note the soloist glanced toward the wings and called, "If that's my agent, tell him I'm working!"

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dealing with Difficult People

John Lund wrote a book called How to Hug a Porcupine and is a marriage counselor. Most marriage advice is not just for marriages, but also helpful in your work, your friends, and family relationships. Criticism is the issue he deals with in this series.
This is actually part 2 of the issue of criticism in marriage. It was too important to leave out or post another day- many marriages break up as they cannot deal with criticism.
I had to include part 3, as it gives us a test to see if we have a toxic personality and is final part dealing with criticism in marriage. I hope this posting helps you not only in your marriage, but in your job and with your family. Some Good stuff we all can improve on- and yes, I have just made 3 blogs into one very important one. If it did not help you, it did help me.
You might be a difficult person if...
you have to stand on your head to smile.
people often tell you you’re a difficult person.
your parrot only knows swear words.
your parents move and ‘forget’ to tell you where.
milk curdles when you try to drink it.
your wife changes your home phone number while you’re away on a trip.
people salute you on the job and you’re not in the military.
your imaginary friends constantly tick you off.
you often walk into businesses when they are coincidently closing.
you go to work and find your desk has been moved to the cellar.
to screw in a lightbulb you stand there with the bulb in the socket and wait while the world revolves around you.
your wife addresses you as “Sir.”
tele-marketers hang up on you.
your Christmas “Mystery Person” gift at work is a muzzle.
someone keeps sending in your obituary to the paper.
your houseplants talk back to you.
you find out you were the center of attention at parties you weren’t invited to.
you aren’t invited to your office’s Christmas party and you’re the boss.
it’s not your deodorant that isn’t working.
you really can break crystal with your normal speaking voice.
the Foreign Legion won’t let you join because they’re afraid you’ll be a bad influence.
you find out that your office has a pool on how many minutes it will be before you explode again.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Wifes Death in Biblical Perspective

Rev. E.V. Hill was pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles for 42 years. Hill served as leader of the National Baptist Convention and on the board of the Billy Graham Association. He was also an influential leader in the civil rights movement. E V Hill passed away in 2003 at age 69. His first wife, Jane, died of cancer on October  29th, 1987. He was married for 32 years to Jane. Today he delivers his wifes funeral as was broadcast on Focus On the Family. It is a powerful message with humor and wisdom- not sure if I should file it under marriage, life or sermons. I urge you to listen to this message. He calls it "My Wifes Death in Biblical Perspective" and Job 1:21 is his verse. I first heard it on Focus on the Family and had the tape for years until I lost it in our house fire.

Noted author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia tells of a four-year-old boy who lived next door to an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
One day the child saw the man sitting on his porch in a rocking chair, and noticed that he was crying.
The little boy walked over to the man’s porch, made his way up the steps and climbed onto the old gentleman’s lap. 
Without saying a word, he just sat there.
Later, when his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy answered, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Senior Moments

Some people are afraid to get old- I find it more exciting every day and lots of fun. I thought I needed a category on ageing- only to discover I already had 10 videos in that label. It took me 10 minutes to find this video that I wanted to post today that someone sent me several months ago. And if you wonder why I label my blogs- its so I can find out which ones I already posted. Don't feel sorry for me- your turn is coming- I remember in the 2nd grade learning about the explorer who was looking for the fountain of youth almost 300 years ago-If he could not find it, why should I even bother looking?
The Senate is investigating deceptive sweepstakes practices. These companies target the elderly and make them think they will receive a bunch of money, but in reality they never see any of it.
The most popular of these scams is called Social Security.

I've sure gotten old. I've had 2 By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement, new knees. Fought prostate cancer, and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends.
But.....Thank God, I still have my Florida driver's license!

The doctor tells his patient: "Well I have good news and bad news..."
The patient says, "Lay it on me Doc. What's the bad news?"
"You have Alzheimer's disease."
"Good heavens! What's the good news?"
"You can go home and forget about it!"

Friday, November 7, 2014


Someone sent me this video last year-  this video is not your normal exercise video. I know she has talent, but I also know she has worked hard to do what she can do so easily. Great Job.
WHEN Francis hit his late 40s, he started jogging. A few weeks later the familiar figure was no longer going past our house. "Have you stopped running?" I asked him.  "The first week I ran one block and walked one block," Francis began. "The next week I ran two blocks and walked a block. The third week I ran three blocks and walked two blocks.  "The fourth week," Francis concluded, "the math got so darned hard that I just gave it up."
A FRIEND wanted me to enroll in an aerobics class. "No. Absolutely not!" I exclaimed. "I tried that once."  "What happened?" she asked, looking puzzled.  "I twisted, hopped, jumped, stretched and pulled," I replied. "And by the time I got those darn leotards on, the class was over!"
WHILE I was working at a fitness club, a co-worker was showing a new member around. Turning to the trainer the woman said, "I don't feel comfortable here. I feel fat, ugly and not properly dressed. Everyone seems to be thin, beautiful and wearing the nicest aerobic outfits." In an attempt to make the unhappy woman feel at home, the fitness trainer replied, "You shouldn't feel that way. Not everyone here is the way you describe. Look at the fat man riding the bicycle over there. He's not well dressed." The woman stared at the trainer and said, "That's my husband."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Funny Man Gets Serious

I have yet to meet Jeff Allen in person- he is a Christian Comedian.  It's a powerful testimony that I hope you will take time and listen to it. No matter where  you are in your marriage, make sure Jesus Christ is part of it. I actually have two labels for Jeff Allen, one is under marriage and one under humor.
Ten Biblical Rules for a Happy Marriage  By Steve Arterburn
New Life Ministries
1.Never bring up mistakes of the past.
Stop criticizing others or it will come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37).
2.Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? (Mark 8:36)
3.Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26).
4.At least once a day, try to say something complimentary to your spouse.
Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).
5.Never meet without an affectionate welcome.
Kiss me again and again, your love is sweeter than wine (Song of Solomon 1:2).
6."For richer or poorer" - rejoice in every moment that God has given you together.
A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate (Proverbs 15:17).
7.If you have a choice between making yourself or your mate look good, choose your mate.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them (Proverbs 3:27).
8.If they're breathing, your mate will eventually offend you. Learn to forgive.
I am warning you, if another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him (Luke 17:3,4).
9.Don't use faith, the Bible, or God as a hammer.
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it (John 3:17).
10.Let love be your guidepost.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged (1 Cor. 13:4,5).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This could be us Someday

I do not ever intend to make fun of anyone in my blogs and most blogs are for me instead of others. I love funny commercials, and Caltex has a good one here, maybe it could be me someday? I hope it brings a smile to your face and if not, let me post some songs for you old timers below. Actually I think it is about a company who boasts their employees go the extra mile- now that is a good goal and concept for anyone.
If you are over 55- you may remember some of these song titles from yester years.
Herman's Hermits --- Mrs.. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker .
Ringo Starr --- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.
The Bee Gees --- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Bobby Darin --- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash
Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Johnny Nash --- I Can't See Clearly Now.
Paul Simon--- Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver.
The Commodores --- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom.
Marvin Gaye --- Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.
Procol Harum--- A Whiter Shade of Hair.
Leo Sayer ---You Make Me Feel Like napping.
The Temptations --- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.
Abba--- Denture Queen .
Tony Orlando & Dawn--- Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.
Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.
Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.
Bonnie Tyler - It's My Heartburn
The Beach Boys - Help Me Rhonda (Get Up Out of My Chair)
And my favorite:
Willie Nelson --- On the Throne again!

Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.

The Senate is investigating deceptive sweepstakes practices. These companies target the elderly and make them think they will receive a bunch of money, but in reality they never see any of it.
The most popular of these scams is called Social Security

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Those Voices Do Not Speak for the Rest of Us

Only 31%  have returned ballots in Douglas County as of yesterday. The other 69%  actually will vote" by allowing " others" votes to count more, by simply by not caring to vote. I respect those of opposing views- that is your right- we can still be friends.  My vote was not swayed by polls- or who is projected to win.  I vote on issues and morals mostly and for my grandchildrens sake.
Voting at various times has been described as a right, a privilege and a responsibility. Some argue that these terms are mutually exclusive while others believe that all three terms apply equally.In the end, no matter which position one takes, it is clear that every vote is important. 
To illustrate this I am reminded of an election that happened two years ago when one Robert McDonald ran for city council in Walton City, Kentucky.  After all the votes were counted, he ended up in a 669 to 669 tie with another candidate. Under the law, there had to be a coin flip to determine the winner.  Even though he was allowed to call the coin flip, he still lost and the other candidate was declared victorious.The irony here is that his wife, who was going to school, working nights and caring for their three children, woke up just 10 minutes before the polls closed and Mr. McDonald reportedly told her that he thought he had done enough to win and didn’t think one vote would matter.  She didn’t vote (presumably she would have voted for him), and obviously he was wrong.
545 PEOPLE--By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, ‘if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?’
Have you ever wondered, ‘if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?’

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.... The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ .
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Its up to you- Vote! Vote. Vote. Please Vote. Quit listening to excuses and blaming others- VOTE. And Don't just blame the president- congress must approve all spending- hold them accountable as well.

Monday, November 3, 2014

This Old House

Thank you for your prayers and patience! (I do not deal well with stress and lack of control.)  Friday we officially closed the sale of our Tumwater house at 4;30pm. It was empty since June 30th when the renters moved out (same day Jan retired) and was on the market for 106 days. Probably 8 or 9 trips to Olympia and who knows how many papers we had to scan, sign, and email back.
We lived in that house after moving from Spokane in early 80's. Jan found the house-I think I was ready to give up?  I actually quit my job to move back to Spokane and then, re-moved  back after they rehired me a few weeks later. (change is hard on me) We had Darcie while living there and did home school and daycare in that house. (we reunited with one of the daycare girls this summer)  Jan and I turned 30 while living in that house. The neighbors were super, (one still lives there and 3 we know of have passed on) We still have many friends there, and the location was great. I worked for Allen Homes, Denny's Restaurant, Dairyfresh, and Charlie's Home Center while we lived there. Evergreen Christian Center was our church home with Pastor Smith and Pastor Hastie. I love the memories. We moved from that house  back in Sept. of 1985-thinking maybe we could move back- when I accepted a State job in Pasco.  Our first renter was there 10 years or so and we even took a family vacation to Canada together. I am guessing we had 7 or 8 different renters in 29 years- each one special and different kind of memories but special. Somehow with age, It became less fun to work on repairs and even this summer was filled with long days of work and frequent trips to work on house. I think we reroofed the house three times and not sure how many times painted it.
Both our realtors and closing agent went far out of their way to make this work- and to put up with me. Thank you Rachel Dillingham, Kami, and Stephanie Woodson- you will not know how many times I thought this was not going to work out. I certainly wish the buyer the best, he has 4 kids including a set of twins and hope he can sell the house someday just on the value of memories. It will be nice to go to Olympia the next time just to visit friends, and not have to work on the house for 15 hours each day and sleep on an air bed.
This video was made 6 years ago of the house- it is time to move on, let go, count my many blessings, and give thanks. No immediate plans- just taking a deep breath is good.  I had forgotten what it was like to sell a house, the one previous to this one in Spokane was the last one we sold, and was stressful to me as well. As I told the closing agent- this will probably be our last home sale; we will probably live here till we die and let our kids deal with the stress of selling.
I would guess that is Grace and Jeremy, and yes it does snow in Tumwater.
same house 30 some years later (after Global Warming?) and first day of listing
A typical load back, of tools and garbage, after typical 2 days of work
We were blessed with sunshine each time we went over this summer-
the color is the same as our home here in East Wenatchee.

Below is a sky view taken from  near the Tumwater Golf Coarse and not far from 1-5. The Capital 5000 Building was next to entrance to Palermo Valley. Our house was by the "N"

5001 Palermo Ave SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

4 beds2 baths1,604 sqft Edit  

Edit home facts for a more accurate Zestimate.

Sold: $155,000
Sold on 10/31/14
Zestimate®: $188,620    


  • Lot: 6,969 sqft
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1965
  • Views: 3,013 all time views
  • Heating: Baseboard
  • Last sold: Oct 2014 for $155,000
  • Last sale price/sqft: $97


  • Cable Ready
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Laminate
  • Parking: Garage - Attached, 480 sqft
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Additional Features

  • 3rd Party Apprvl Req: None
  • Appliances That Stay: Dishwasher
  • Appliances That Stay: Microwave
  • Appliances That Stay: Range/Oven
  • Appliances That Stay: Refrigerator
  • Basement: None
  • Bonus room location: M
  • Building Information: Built On Lot
  • Dining room location: M
  • Energy Source(heat): Electric
  • Entrance level: M
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Floor Covering: Laminate
  • Floor Covering: See Remarks
  • Form 17: Provided
  • Foundation: Poured Concrete
  • Heating and cooling: L
  • Heating/Cooling: Baseboard
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Living room location: L
  • Lot Details: Corner Lot
  • Lot Details: Dead End Street
  • Lot Details: Paved Street
  • Lot Topog./Veg.: Fruit Trees
  • Lot Topog./Veg.: Level
  • Master bedroom location: M
  • Parking Type: Garage-Attached
  • Possession: Closing
  • Potential Terms: Cash Out
  • Potential Terms: Conventional
  • Potential Terms: Lease/Purchase
  • Potential Terms: Owner Finance
  • Potential Terms: Rehab Loan
  • Property type: RESI
  • Roof: Composition
  • Sewer: Sewer Connected
  • Show map link: Y
  • Cable TV
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Site features: L
  • Status: PI
  • Style: 10
  • Utility room location: M
  • Water Source: Public

Appliances Included

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Range / Oven
  • Refrigerator

    Room Types

    • Dining room


    • Construction quality:
      Provided by the county assessor, this grade is based on a scale that varies by market. For more information, or to update the grade, contact the county assessor's office.
    • Roof type: Composition
    • Stories: 1
    • Unit count: 1


    • Floor size: 1,604 sqft
    • Heating: Electric
    • Last remodel year: 2014
    • Parcel #: 67100300500
    • Zillow Home ID: 49403899



    Price History

    10/31/14Sold$155,000-22.5%R. Dillingham, S. Sampson
    10/21/10Listing removed$199,900
    06/17/10Price change$199,900-0.0%
    02/21/10Price change$199,990-6.1%
    02/04/10Listed for sale$212,900+1.4%
    12/18/09Listing removed$209,960
    11/08/09Price change$209,960-4.5%
    10/25/09Price change$219,960+10.0%
    10/12/09Listed for sale$199,960





    Tax History

    YearProperty taxesChangeTax assessmentChange