WE LOVE ELVIS

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I got a photo taken in Branson on August 22, 2004 with an Elvis impersonator – it was snapped after the show, so he was not exactly spring fresh – but we get photo ops when we can.  I’ll bet he never went to a gym – doing those shows is a workout in itself.  You know what’s in my scrapbook along with this photo?  One of his scarves – or whatever you call those sweat catchers…  eeeewww.  Funny story though – I was so short there’s no way I could have caught one before all those tall girls – so my sweet hubby jumped up and got it for me – then handed it over.  Teamwork – yep!

Who thinks that real life is just overwhelming right now?  I’m raising my hand!  Seriously, there have been NO positives in the news and even though someone is running around saying America will be GREAT again, well…  never mind.  I’ll tell ya what, I’ll believe it when I see it – let’s put it that way.

So when real life gets to be too much, what do we need to do?  That’s right – we need to have fun and laugh.  And guess what I have today?  Yep – my friend John Coyote made a YouTube video – another Elvis tribute – but I gotta tell ya – this one is a hoot!  But John’s voice does have an Elvis-like quality – but the dramatics along with it are too funny!

And honestly, I didn’t even know Elvis recorded this song – I think the first time I heard The First Time (lol – that was confusing) – was when it was sung by Roberta Flack.  I had the 45 record of it, so of course that’s the one I’m most familiar with.  Of course, John would know for sure because I think he’s older than me (LOL) – yeah – he’s probably not – I’m just a music illiterate.  Don’t hit me, John! 

I think John should be an Elvis impersonator, don’t you?  They get paid pretty good, I think – and he’s certainly got the talent and that ham bone quality…  yep – I think he needs to consider a possible career move.  I don’t know if they’re hiring in Branson, but he surely should check it out.  🙂

 

 

 

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I WILL MISS YOU…

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Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925.  She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.  She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005.  Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.  I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.

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Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was???  Sheesh…  even I know what that means.

In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana!  If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program.  It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.

Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:

  • 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  • 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
  • 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
  • 1976 – A NEW LEAF
  • 1976 – HESTER STREET
  • 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
  • 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
  • 1979 – THE ROSE
  • 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • 2001 – MY GIANT
  • 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
  • 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR
  • 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
  • 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
  • 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
  • 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
  • 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice.  She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.561px-DorisRobertsApr2011

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There were funny women in her generation for sure…  she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview.  Also Mary Wickes comes to mind.  There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas!  Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad.  I will miss you!  🙂

 

BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

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A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate!  It began back in 1988…  every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales!  The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.

Here’s how it works.  About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks.  Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with.  A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.

It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants).  It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!

The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!  – Toshihiro Kawabata

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 If you’re looking for a great coffee table book, this is a favorite of mine.  Published in 2004, this book of fishing tales will keep you “hooked” from cover to cover!  It’s a series of books entitled THE GREATEST (fill in the blank) EVER TOLD.  There are only twenty-eight fishing stories, so it is a quick read – but if your family is like mine, we like to pick up books from the coffee table when it’s cold or blustery outdoors – and just thumb through, half-reading, hoping to escape to a better climate.  It’s not a book about big whopper lies, but extraordinary true stories about fishing excursions.

A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?”  “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”

Are you a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away???  Today’s the day you have permission to tell a WHOPPER lie!  While you have the chance, you’d better tell your best story.  Tomorrow will be too late!  Wink!  😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The very fact that we humans have a sense of humor indicates that God does, too, for we are made in His image.   You can’t look at penguins, platypuses, and puppies without thinking that God has a sense of humor!  Jesus, as the Son of God, shares the Father’s attributes, including a sense of humor.

As the Son of Man, Jesus shares in the full human experience. We cannot imagine life without laughter; even those in dire circumstances have known seasons of joy. Everyone laughs and appreciates good humor. To say that Jesus never expressed joy through laughter is akin to denying His full humanity.

Yes, I watched the Republican debate and there were certainly some funny moments, but when it’s all said and done I have to say…

NO MATTER WHO IS PRESIDENT, JESUS IS KING!

We have to learn to laugh, and for me this video did the trick!  I really dig that little Donald Trump, don’t you?  Love the rug!  The wee little Rand Paul is too cute as well.

You know, there was a time not so long ago when the ideologies of Democrats and Republicans were minimal.  They seem to be polar opposites these days.  That’s why I believe so strongly that conservative Christians need to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on.

For years I’ve heard friends and family say there’s nothing we can do about it, so why pay attention?  Well – maybe a few years ago we could have taken that attitude, but now…  I don’t know.  It seems to me we need to follow current events closer now.  And if you wonder what you can do…  as a voter – you can pray before the election – then vote your conscience.

The “real” debate (with the so-called grown-ups) was entertaining at times, but I just had to share the kid’s version because it’s just so darn cute!

Life gets heavy and weighs us down.  When we can find a reason to smile and laugh, why not share it?  I don’t believe God expects us to be less than joyful because we know that He has always seen us through – and will continue to lead us going forward.  We have nothing to fear because He is in control.  🙂

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY

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2-23 CANDIESOur dogs are priceless, aren’t they?  I’m so thankful to God for making animals to keep us company.  They are so sweet and cute and sometimes downright funny!

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.  – Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

We’d do anything for our best friend.  Have you ever thought of baking your own dog biscuits?  These are delicious and nutritious!  Well, I assume they are delicious from the response I get when I bake them!

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup of Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese

1/2 Cup of unsweetened Apple Sauce

1 Cup of any of the following: 1 can of salmon or tuna, drained; shredded beef, chicken, turkey or liver; ground meat or ground turkey or chicken

3 Eggs, beaten

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. You can roll out the mixture and using a cookie shape, cut out a size suitable for your dog. Or you can drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet. Warm oven to 350 degrees and bake. Check after 10 minutes. You may want a softer cookie or leave in another 5-10 minutes for a crispier cookie. Cool on a rack. Put cookies in a container and refrigerate some and freeze the rest. You can take them out of the freezer as needed. They are good for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator (if your dog doesn’t finish them before that).

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  – Ben Williams

And then there’s bath time – oh boy.

 From the dog’s point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog.  – Mabel Louise Robinson

It’s surprising what ingredients are used in our dog’s treats and bones.  At least when I make them, there’s no doubt about the nutritional value my dog is getting.  Pet food is finally beginning to be a little more healthy, but there’s nothing quite like homemade dog treats!  Wink!  😉

LAUGH & GET RICH DAY

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It’s LAUGH AND GET RICH DAY!!!

Some people do laugh all the way to the bank – we all hold on to the hope that one day we will be able to enjoy what we do for a living, be able to laugh and watch our bank accounts grow by leaps and bounds.

Laugh and Get Rich is a 1931 movie – an amusing little tale.

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I was inches away from saying NO WAY to this writing challenge.  It sounded utterly ridiculous and unreasonable.  Then as I thought more about it, I realized that sometimes riches are not measured in dollars.  I don’t receive money when I laugh, do you?  Maybe a stand-up comedian does because they make others laugh for a living, but most of us are not financially compensated for laughing.

Here’s a guy who is definitely compensated for laughing – and do you know how wealthy people laugh???  Yeah, I didn’t know it either – but here it is:

http://youtu.be/EffPnse4WQs

Well that’s why I’m not wealthy – I don’t know how to laugh like that.  I’m glad someone explained it to me – wink!  😉  To be honest, a Scripture popped into my mind as I was watching that – Ecclesiastes 7:6.

OK – back to reality.  The thought of hope kept coming back to me.  Where does that hope come from?  It comes from God.  We pray that God will improve our circumstances and give us a happier countenance as we go through life.  He helps us every day whether it is through education, promotion, or direct inspiration.

It’s very sad when people think they have achieved these things by themselves – they refer to themselves as “self-made” when they are being molded into what God wants them to be.  If you have a gift or talent for something, that came from God.  You may have had to take classes to hone it, but the basic gift is from God.

 Therefore humble yourselves +[demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation+] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…  – 1 Peter 5:6

In this day and age, laughing is not heard as much as it used to be.  There are terrorists running around committing horrible acts, showing no mercy whatsoever.  They cannot be reasoned with and there is talk that it could come to our country.  Yes, I know God has this in His control – but I’m not laughing and it is scary.  Every day I pray for a speedy end to this threat.

When we find ourselves laughing at something these days, we should count it as a blessing.  Maybe the fact that we’re laughing at all is the reward.  Maybe those moments that we are happy ARE the reward.   No, we don’t laugh all the way to the bank, but God gives us a reason to smile and laugh and be happy.  That is good enough for me. 

What makes you happy makes you rich.  – Russian Proverb

Money for laughter might make me too vain.  Too much money makes your laugh change from genuine to fake.  I’d rather keep my real laugh and not have the wealth.  🙂

 

 

 

 

INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY

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Inane means lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly.  This is INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY!!!

The answering machine is a device for answering telephones and recording callers’ messages. On a two-cassette answer phone, there is an outgoing cassette, which after a certain number of rings plays a pre-recorded message to the caller who rang the number. Once the message is complete, the outgoing cassette stops and the incoming cassette starts recording the caller’s message, and then stops when the caller hangs up.

We have a choice to make on this day.  I know, you hate choices before you’ve had coffee – so drink your coffee first and then make your decision.

Ready???  Ok…  (hey, that sounded like a cheerleader!)

You can either use this day to be more professional with your answering machine message – you know, try to not giggle or spew pop through your nose in the middle of it.  This would probably be a good idea if you are leaving a message on your phone at work – or if you are in the process of trying to find a job.  Jus’ sayin… 

If there is too much personal information on your message, like, “You guys KNOW I’m always out for my daily walk at 3pm every day.”  Yeah – well the world doesn’t really need to know that.  Make your message short, sweet and complete without a lot of double-talk.

Yes, I know I’m the queen of double-talk.  I reign proudly, thank you very much!

Under certain circumstances, your message should be as professional sounding as you can make it.

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.  – Annie Gottlier

But…  here is choice number two.

If you are out of the workforce and free as the breeze, not waiting for the phone call from a potential employer, you could make your answering machine short and sweet, but creative, funny and silly!

Let’s face it – answering machine messages are dull and boring.  Why not liven them up a bit today???  Although this annual “holiday” was created by Wellcat back in 2001 to encourage us to “change, shorten, replace or delete those ridiculous and/or annoying answering machine messages that waste the time of anyone who must listen to them”, I think making them more creative would do away with the “boring” factor.

You’re the only one who can assess your situation and decide if it’s time to starch and iron that answering machine message – polish it up – or loosen your collar a bit and make it a little more crazy.  The message doesn’t have to go on forever – it can be short and sweet and complete either way.

Here’s an idea…  you could call someone and leave a totally inane voice message for them!  That could be fun!

Today you may change that outgoing message on your machine – and make it a fancy tux or a purple polka-dot frock, or leave a lime green slime message on a friend’s answering machine.  Wink!  😉  It’s totally up to you.  🙂