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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oh the stuff I find in my email or on Facebook! How about this?! These all pertain to events in Australia.


My daughter and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 note.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.'
I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar coin back.'
She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said 'We're sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.'
The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change.
Do not confuse the people at MacD's.


We had to have the garage door repaired.
The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.
I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
He shook his head and said, 'You need a 1/4 horsepower.'
I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two.'
We haven't used that repairman since...this happened in Ipswich, Qld

I live in a semi rural area.
We recently had a new neighbour call the local council P & W office to request the removal of the WOMBAT CROSSING sign on our road.
The reason: 'Too many wombats are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'
Story from Collingwood, Melbourne.


My daughter went to a Mexican takeaway and ordered a taco.
She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
From Bankstown, Sydney.....


I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,
'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'
To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'
He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'
This happened in Elizabeth S.A.


The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it's safe to cross the street.
I was crossing with an 'intellectually challenged' co-worker of mine.
She asked if I knew what the beeper was for.
I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, 'what on earth are blind people doing driving?!'
She is a government employee in ATO Newcastle NSW AU.


When my husband and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it.
We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door.
As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.
‘Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!'
His reply, 'I know. I already did that side.'

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AMBIENTRAYN 2/13/2013 9:17AM

    They were all hilarious, but the last one actually made me LOL.

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BOOKWERME 2/13/2013 8:02AM

    Friend posted this one on FB yesterday!!!

"CNN anchor Deborah Freyeric asked on air if the asteroid that will pass close to the Earth Friday is the result of global warming. There you have it, folks. O_o.....on that ludicrous note, goodnight."


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STEADFASTNSEE 2/12/2013 10:19PM

  On that note: Puppy Night night Asta! HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/12/2013 9:08PM

    Oh my goodness, what a laugh. Thanks!

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CINA-MINI 2/12/2013 7:25PM

    Good to know I am not the only one who seems to get the "Idiot" in all the places I go to. lol

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    Oh My! I needed that laugh, it's been a long day LOL

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LYN-EDWY 2/12/2013 4:23PM

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Thanks so much for the chuckles. I'm going to send these on to my family.

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MOBLUEBIRD 2/12/2013 2:47PM

  Those are priceless!

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Did you know? Observations from an email

Monday, February 11, 2013

Couldn't copy the photos from the email, but thought this was interesting. This is all from an email that also had a bunch of orders to delete or pass it on and some other comments I chose to ignore.

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ...

It is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments

There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington D.C.

James Madison, the fourth president known as "the Father of our Constitution" made the following statement: "we have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God."

Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies.

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy: the rule of few over the many.

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    Interesting & Informative...and... moving me toward more research! :)

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TATTER3 2/12/2013 6:53AM

    I don't like the idea of paying a person to pray...but it goes on in a lot of places. I knew a lot of the other information but appreciate the post.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2013 11:51PM

    Very interesting, thanks.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2013 9:02PM

    Did a little investigating about the tetragrammaton...didn't find the info on it but DID find all sorts of info relating to OTHER mystic and mythical god related connections to art work and architecture. Too much to relate, but I was surprised.

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2013 8:55PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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PICTUREME40 2/11/2013 6:57PM

    Thanks for the information. Very interesting.

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CINA-MINI 2/11/2013 3:20PM

    Interesting! The thought of "prayer" being paid for by tax payers is a bit disturbing.

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    There is also the tetragrammaton on some of the buildings so I have heard

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My Father's Prayer ...and mine

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This was on the refrigerator door at my Dad's house for many years. At the bottom were the birth and death details of my paternal grandfather's life...1886-1966. I thought he was the author of this poem..but in the last year or so, I discovered that he is NOT the author. If you search google for comes up in many variations...but apparently the author is unknown. So, I am sharing the version my father liked.

My Father's Prayer...and mine.

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older; and someday will be old.

Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details...give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips to my many aches and pains....they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible for me to be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint...some of them are so hard to live with...but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Help me to extract all possible fun out of life. There are so many funny things around us, and I do not want to miss any of them.

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    Great advice. It does hit a few nails on the head!

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:07AM

    Good advice indeed!

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CELEST 2/6/2013 8:06AM

    That is an excellent poem. I try to be patient, but struggle with these and dont know which order is more annoying....those who suffer from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion or the endless bowel movement subject or the a sour old person which surely is one of the crowning works of the devil.
I keep reminding myself I will be old-er one day too.
My prayer for myself is ... TO SMILE A TON AND LOVE THE YOUNG.

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  What good advice!

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TATTER3 2/6/2013 5:45AM

    I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    I love it! Thank you for sharing Asta!

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NANADEE44 2/5/2013 9:28PM

    I'm going to copy and paste this prayer to a new text document on my laptop, just so I can access it quickly on days when I can feel myself exhibiting some of the same behaviors in this prayer. I am so guilty of many of them. Thanks for sharing. Interesting comments about the original author.

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Carpet Dance round two

Monday, February 04, 2013

Well, for such a dirty carpet, I should have known it wouldn't be THAT easy. emoticon Last night I noticed some large spots resurfacing. I pretreated two of them and went on to bed. This morning I was at it again...using a mostly hot water solution this time. It is astonishing how much dirt is coming up (embarrassing to see that much crud in my rug!) At the moment, the carpet is still pretty wet, but the machine won't pick up any more I must wait for the dry environment and woodburning stove to dry things out. It looks better and better.

Lesson from all this...I need to DO this more often. I kept putting off professional cleaning for a variety of reasons..too hot (no ac in summer...and right in front of the stove in winter), too cold, too expensive, no time to be home.
I am SURE a professional cleaning SOON would be wise (can't afford it right now), but in the meantime, I will continue to spot clean...AND I think I will keep doing Carpet Dance cleaning more frequently.

DH says we will need to replace this rug when Miss Daisy leaves us..but that could still be some years. Till then, I have my dancing cut out for me! emoticon

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TATTER3 2/5/2013 8:45AM

    I'm replacing carpeting this's been over 40 so it's time. Conservative sister thinks a 'cleaning' will fix it......not! Keep dancing!!!

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LYN-EDWY 2/4/2013 6:52PM

    You make me laugh....thanks! emoticon

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    Who knew exercise and housecleaning could be so much fun??!?!?!

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DR1939 2/4/2013 3:18PM

    Well, you are burning calories and building muscles. emoticon

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    We rent a cleaner from our grocery store. All you have to do is buy the cleaner. The work really well.

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The Carpet Dance

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I have a very old wall-to-wall carpet in our main living space. When we put it down, I chose commercial carpeting, knowing it would be taking a beating...and it has. Through multiple pets, raising four children, constant traffic, renting our house out for 2.5 yrs, parties and oopsies...the carpet has held on.

Now I also have a very old dog. She is as sweet as she can be, but in her elder years, she is a little bit. Vet put her on antibiotics..twice...but it didn't quite do the trick. I have found natural tablets for bladder control that have helped alot...but there are still occasional spills.

All these years, I have been an avid spot cleaner. I tackle EVERY spill promptly and thoroughly. After our rental period, I thought the carpet was done for, but I purchased a steam cleaner and went to work...and it came out wonderfully well.

The carpet cleaner works great..when it works. Now the repair place is gone..and I can't find a repair/parts service. Now it won't put DOWN the water/soap...but it will pick it up.

I had an idea. I bought two different kinds of pump sprayers with the idea of mixing the soap and hot water solution, spraying it on the carpet and then using the steam cleaner to pick it all up. Seemed logical.

Today I decided that since I am home alone, it is sunny (thus easy to see) I would try cleaning one section of the rug that really was catching dirt badly. husband has "borrowed" both is full of something and the other is not to be found. OK. So..plan B. I filled a 1 gallon bottle with very hot water and the Oxyclean. I poured this on the carpet and then, using my bare feet, worked it in.

This has become my method of choice for spot cleaning...but this was a LOT more than just little spots. Think EXERCISE!!! The Carpet Dance got the soap solution worked in. Then I hauled out the steam cleaner and started 'vacuuming'. It worked very well. I went over the same areas over and over as long as it seemed to be picking up water...and then poured clear water over some of it and did some more pick up.

NOW I have a damp, but much cleaner looking area of rug. I have gotten up the old cleaners used to treat the spots..and the spots that were catching dirt. Is it perfect? Not hardly...but you would never guess how old my carpet is...especially today.

Now I am counting on the dry heat from the wood burning stove in that room to thoroughly dry things out. I am very pleased with my efforts...and sincerely hope I won't have sore shoulders from so much push/pull or sore legs from my prolonged carpet dance.

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    emoticon Love creativity!

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    You're awesome, Mom! (My carpet needs lots of dancing on, too, haha.) emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 2/4/2013 4:00PM

    You a certainly intrepid in your cleaning efforts! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 2/4/2013 2:57PM

    What a great idea!

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CELEST 2/4/2013 7:38AM

    I read your story to my nephew who's line of work is carpet cleaning. He found it highly amusing and says he will never be able to look at another carpet without thinking of your word "carpet dancing". I have had wooden floors for nearly 20 yrs so I cant fully relate, but I have an avid imagination so the picture you painted gave me a big smile.
I have to purchase a vacuum cleaner because my dogs sleep on my couch and its getting awfully dusty.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/4/2013 12:04AM

    Way to go Asta. Where theres a will, theres a way! Lots of exercise as well. emoticon

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LYN-EDWY 2/3/2013 8:45PM

    Creative is the word. My goodness dear sure have a great imagination!


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    That is so awesome!! I would have NEVER thought of something that creative. I know what your first job in paradise will be, carpet cleaning hehehe

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  Very inventive sweetie!

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DR1939 2/3/2013 7:19PM

    Very creative.

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MOMOSG 2/3/2013 4:27PM

    Very creative solution. I love how you turned a household chore into a whole heap of fun. I should try enlisting my children to do "The Carpet Dance". We have an area run in need of attention!

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DEBBY4576 2/3/2013 3:42PM

    Wow, you were certainly inventive. Congrats that it worked!!!! I need to clean mine too. Never thought of your tricks. I know hydrogen peroxide works too on really bad stains. I do my kitchen floor the way you did the carpet. It is a good workout, since I live in Arizona and have ALOT of tile. Not as good as your Carpet Dance tho haha.

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SPIRALDOWN 2/3/2013 3:31PM

    would have never thought of that...great job

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