Monday, December 31, 2012


I get my nails done at a local Vietnamese beauty shop. I’ve been going there for many years, and have had many different manicurists. One of the first was a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thuy (pronounced ‘Twee’) who has an adult daughter. When her daughter became pregnant and had a baby, the manicurist left to help take care of the child.

Now the Vietnamese manicurists I have met, except Thuy, all introduced themselves with an Anglicized name because their original names are too hard to pronounce for Americans.  For example the owner of the shop is Helen. Her husband is Ken.  My current manicurist’s name is Moon, a rather interesting name.

My standard appointment is at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, and my appointment last week would have fallen on Christmas day.  Well obviously, that was not going to work, so for that one week we changed to two days later on Thursday.  And that is when I got quite a surprise!  As I came into the shop, the person beaming at me obviously was not Moon.  She looked familiar, but ... “THUY!” I yelled!  Yes, it was she!  As it turned out, we’d not seen each other for five years.  We knew that because her daughter’s baby just turned 5.  Wow!

And fun of a different variety --

Saturday, December 29, 2012


 My thanks to my niece, Brenda, for sending these photos.

 I'm not ignoring you; this just happens to be the way I'm facing.

 Nap time

 This is the way I exercise.

 Swing it to the right; swing it to the left.

 I was thinking of climbing down there, but changed my mind.

 Looking you over.

 Cub snuggling.

 This has to be Photoshopped.

 I love you, too.

Fun -


A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."
His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all of his beer.

Friday, December 28, 2012


 The following photos are from the Yasuni National Forest in Ecuador – –

  Red howler monkey

 Pygmy marmoset

 Golden mantled tamarin

Poeppig's woolly monkey

 Common squirrel monkey

 Noisy night monkeys

 Equatorial Saki
(That has to be  the weirdest animal I've ever seen.)
(Oh, there may be two of them. What do you think?)

 White fronted Capuchin

 Red titi

 White bellied spider monkey

Fun -


1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


New words and definitions

The object here it to take any ordinary word, and make an entirely new word by adding just one letter.  Then provide the definition of the new word.  For example:

Word        New word           Definition

Call          Crall            To phone with an abject apology

Joke         Jokel            Fellow from the country who is a stand-up comedian

Car          Crar             Very noisy automobile  (say it aloud)

Barber     Braber          Hair stylist who charges too much  (also aloud)

Internet    Internest      A website for the birds

Water       Swater         A way to kill flies by drowning them

Insert       Inshert         A garment meant to be tucked in.

Bear        Bearl            A large overweight animal.

Elephant Telephant     A new trumpeting means of communication.

Can you come up with any new words?

Fun --

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


‘Twas the night after Christmas, but I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned – the dark meat and white,
but I fought off temptation with all of my might.

I tossed and I turned with sweet anticipation,
As the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey, ham and potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
‘ Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees –
Happy eating to all! Pass the cranberries, please!

May your baked ham be tasty, may your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
May your Christmas dinner stay off of your thighs.

Monday, December 24, 2012


 I don't remember when I bought this latest Canon printer, but about two weeks ago, it decided not to print. I called technical support and described the problem. The technician gave me the choice of taking it to one of their repair places, or simply replacing the machine.

After looking at replacement printers online, I came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to buy a new printer then to try to repair the old one. So I ordered an upgraded piece of equipment. It showed up a few days later, and appeared to be working beautifully. But when I tried to copy something, it wouldn't do it. Back to tech support.  After testing a few things, the tech said it was not a good piece of equipment and to send it back.

In the meantime, I had seen in the literature they had sent, that some models printed directly on CD's. That intrigued me, someone I called sales, I asked about it. Yes, they had printers that did that. The short story is that I upgraded and now has a printer that, prints, fax's, and is supposed to print on CD's. All the hardware and software is there, but I cannot get it to work. So when I finish this blog, I will be back to Canada technical support.

It's Christmas eve, and time for a bit of humor – –

The Usher:
An elderly woman walked into the local country church.
The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped
her up the flight of steps. "Where would you like to
sit?" he asked politely.  "The front row please," she answered.  "You really don't want to do that," the usher said.  "The pastor is really boring."  "Do you happen to know who I am?" the woman inquired.  "No," he said.
"I'm the pastor's mother," she replied indignantly.
"Do you know who I am?" he asked.  "No," she said.
"Good," he answered.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Amalie and I visited Paris many years ago, and some of these photos bring back memories.

Arc de  Triomphe

Fun --


A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for a loan. She says she is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some type of collateral for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank. She has the title and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as security for the loan. The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan.  An employee of the bank drives the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later the blonde returns and repays the $5,000 loan and the interest which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzled us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000? The blonde replies, "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"

Friday, December 21, 2012


The following text came with the photos:

"Tough Love"
Brown bear's parenting method snapped in Ukraine 's Simferopol Zoo.......What the little chap had done to
incur his mother's wrath remains a mystery, but the chances are that he won't do it again!

A baby bear made his mother angry. She tried to explain something to him in the corner, and then shook him by the neck.

How many times have I told you not to do that? She pins him in the corner for a dressing down.
First, the mother glares angrily at her son as he stands a few feet away looking guilty and sheepish.
Within seconds he is backed into a corner with a terrified expression as she roars her disapproval.
Shortly afterwards he finds himself airborne after she seizes him by the scruff of the neck and propels him from side to side.

Perhaps THIS will teach you a lesson. She picks him up by the scruff of the neck and swings him around.

The crestfallen cub approaches his mother.  Sorry, Mom!!

Never mind. Mommy loves you! 
He gets a bear-hug to show the row is over. She gently hugs him to her chest to reassure him that all is forgiven.

If the so-called Mayan prediction is true, you won't be able to see this:

Thursday, December 20, 2012


 I took these photos from the video. I don't know where this takes place, but I suspect in some natural habitat for leopards. You will note many other vehicles in the background as you go through these 10 photographs.

 A leopard is spotted on the ground.

 Suddenly he leaps on the hood of this vehicle!

 Immediately everyone in the car started taking pictures.
I could not tell if there was a windshield on this vehicle.

 Surveying the scene.

Whaddya suppose they're looking at?

 I think I shall just relax here, and pose for the spectators.

 I'll say here as long as I want.

 That's enough! Stretching.

 Standing up now.

The leopard then jumped down, and the occupants of the vehicle that out great sighs of relief, with comments like "Whew!" "Wow" and "I can breathe now!"

 Let's change the subject -


A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, walking to school. Timmy didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.  So she had an idea of how to handle it.  She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow
him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her. The lady said that
since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as
well, so she agreed.

The next school day the lady and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?  Do you know her?"

Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."
The friend said, "Well, who is she?"  "That's just Shirley Goodnest," Timmy replied, "and her daughter,

"Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?" "Well," Timmy explained, "every night my mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers,'cuz she worries about me so much.  And in the psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life,' so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!"

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the
Lord for ever.” (Psalms 23:6)