Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Friday, 26 December 2014

We Are Never Alone

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more! ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! #quote

"One can never have enough socks", said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone #quote

Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts. ~ Max Lucado, God Came Near #quote


The threat of Christmas hung in the air, visible already in the fretful look of passersby as they readied themselves for the meaningless but necessary rites of false jovialities and ill-considered gifts. ~ Peter Dickinson #quote

The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. ~ Alice Cooper #quote


Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall.  We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. ~ Dave Barry #quote


People can’t concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December. ~ Ogden Nash #quote

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~ George Carlin #quote


CALVIN: This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn't make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn't he ever show himself and prove it And if he doesn't exist what's the meaning of all this?

HOBBES: I dunno. Isn't this a religious holiday?

CALVIN: Yeah, but actually, I've got the same questions about God. ~ Bill Watterson #quote


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder #quote

Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees? ~ Linus #quote

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day. ~ Dag Hammarskjold  #quote


My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? ~ Bob Hope #quote

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~ Johnny Carson #quote



At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional. ~ Robert Godden #quote

It is the apathetic person that sees the cause while the charitable person sees the need. ~ Shannon L. Alder #quote

Christmas...that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance...a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. ~ Augusta E Rundell #quote


The proper behaviour all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to. ~ P. J. O’Rourke #quote

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you just because it's Christmas, there are other people who want to strangle you just because its Christmas ~ Robert Lynd #quote

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~ Oren Arnold #quote

Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. ~ Author Unknown #quote

Love the giver more than the gift. ~ Brigham Young #quote

Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling. ~ Graham Greene #quote

On Christmas day you can't get sore, Your fellow man you must adore, There's time to cheat him all the more The other three hundred and sixty-four. ~ Tom Lehrer  #quote


To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. ~ Philip Andrew Adams #quote

For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway! ~ Anne Bristow #quote


There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus ~ Bob Phillips #quote

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. ~ Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience #quote

You know you're getting old, when Santa starts looking younger ~ Robert Paul #quote

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year ~ Victor Borge #quote

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~ Harlan Miller #quote

I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards, and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed. ~ Charlie Brown  Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. ~ Charles Brown & Linus #quote

It's Christmas at Ground Zero.  The button has been pressed.  The radio just let us know that this is not a test Everywhere the atom bombs are droppin'.   It's the end of all humanity No more time for last minute shoppin'.  It's time to face your final destiny. ~ Charles Sumner #quote



A Christmas shopper's complaint is one of long-standing ~ Jay Leno #quote

Christmas is a race to see which gives out first - your money or your feet ~ Anonymous #quote

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic ~ Anonymous #quote

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present ~ Anonymous #quote

This is the message of Christmas:  We are never alone. ~ Taylor Caldwell #quote



Parade Pictures from December 24, 2014
Cuenca, Ecuador



Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Dime

Below is a cute story that made the email rounds last season ~ Via:  Christmas Fun


Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his back yard in the snow. Bobby didn't wear boots; he didn't like them and anyway he didn't own any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them and they did a poor job of keeping out the cold. Bobby had been in his backyard for about an hour already. And, try as he might, he could not come up with an idea for his mother's Christmas gift. He shook his head as he thought, "This is useless, even if I do come up with an idea, I don't have any money to spend."

Ever since his father had passed away three years ago, the family of five had struggled. It wasn't because his mother didn't care, or try, there just never seemed to be enough. She worked nights at the hospital, but the small wage that she was earning could only be stretched so far.






What the family lacked in money and material things, they more than made up for in love and family unity. Bobby had two older and one younger sister, who ran the house hold in their mother's absence. All three of his sisters had already made beautiful gifts for their mother. Somehow it just wasn't fair. Here it was Christmas Eve already, and he had nothing.

Wiping a tear from his eye, Bobby kicked the snow and started to walk down to the street where the shops and stores were. It wasn't easy being six without a father, especially when he needed a man to talk to. Bobby walked from shop to shop, looking into each decorated window.









Everything seemed so beautiful and so out of reach.

It was starting to get dark and Bobby reluctantly turned to walk home when suddenly his eyes caught the glimmer of the setting sun's rays reflecting off of something along the curb. He reached down and discovered a shiny dime. Never before has anyone felt so wealthy as Bobby felt at that moment.











As he held his new-found treasure, a warmth spread throughout his entire body and he walked into the first store he saw. His excitement quickly turned cold when the salesperson told him that he couldn't buy anything with only a dime.








He saw a flower shop and went inside to wait in line. When the shop owner asked if he could help him, Bobby presented the dime and asked if he could buy one flower for his mother's Christmas gift. The shop owner looked at Bobby and his ten cent offering.


Then he put his hand on Bobby's shoulder and said to him, "You just wait here and I'll see what I can do for you." As Bobby waited he looked at the beautiful flowers and even though he was a boy, he could see why mothers and girls liked flowers.











The sound of the door closing as the last customer left, jolted Bobby back to reality. All alone in the shop, Bobby began to feel alone and afraid. Suddenly the shop owner came out and moved to the counter.






There, before Bobby's eyes, lay twelve long stem, red roses, with leaves of green and tiny white flowers all tied together with a big silver bow. Bobby's heart sank as the owner picked them up and placed them gently into a long white box.

"That will be ten cents young man," the shop owner said reaching out his hand for the dime. Slowly, Bobby moved his hand to give the man his dime. Could this be true? No one else would give him a thing for his dime!





Sensing the boy's reluctance, the shop owner added, "I just happened to have some roses on sale for ten cents a dozen. Would you like them?"

This time Bobby did not hesitate, and when the man placed the long box into his hands, he knew it was true. Walking out the door that the owner was holding for Bobby, he heard the shop keeper say, "Merry Christmas son."


As he returned inside, the shop keeper's wife walked out. "Who were you talking to back there and where are the roses you were fixing?"






Staring out the window, and blinking the tears from his own eyes, he replied, "A strange thing happened to me this morning. While I was setting up things to open the shop, I thought I heard a voice telling me to set aside a dozen of my best roses for a special gift. I wasn't sure at the time whether I had lost my mind or what, but I set them aside anyway.












Then just a few minutes ago, a little boy came into the shop and wanted to buy a flower for his mother with one small dime.













"When I looked at him, I saw myself, many years ago. I too, was a poor boy with nothing to buy my mother a Christmas gift. A bearded man, whom I never knew, stopped me on the street and told me that he wanted to give me ten dollars. "When I saw that little boy tonight, I knew who that voice was, and I put together a dozen of my very best roses." The shop owner and his wife hugged each other tightly, and as they stepped out into the bitter cold air, they somehow didn't feel cold at all.














May this story instil the spirit of Christmas in you enough to pass this act along.

Have a Joyous and Peace-filled season.














Goodness is the only investment that doesn't fail.








Only the Best of the Season to All
from:  Bossy, Selfish & Princess


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Selfish Asks Bossy if She ever Misses Canadian Winter



Almost Budding (Cuenca = Forever Spring) 




Saturday, 20 December 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014

There are No Such Things as Strangers


We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give ~ Sir Winston Churchill #quote

All ears - Listening intently; fully focused or Awaiting an explanation  #ENGidioms
                                    
Bass - A Shoal of bass. #factoid #collectivenouns


"Creed' was the last name of the family in Stephen King's "Pet Sematary". #factoid 

It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb. #IwantToGoBackInTime                          

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find that he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. ~ Henry Ford #quote



Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? ~ It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own. #factoid


Team spirit is knowing and living the belief that what a group of people can accomplish together is much larger, far greater, and will exceed that which an individual can accomplish alone. ~ Diane Arias #quote

'Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.’ Oscar Wilde, writer. #famouslastwords  
                                
For a song - Almost free  Very cheap  #ENGidioms

The net on a tennis court was the perfect height to play volleyball and rules didn't matter. #IwantToGoBackInTime              


Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you. ~  Mary Bly #quotes #cats                                    
Earthworms have five hearts #factoid    

Reality is a nice place, but I wouldn't want to live there #bumperstickers

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~ Henry Van Dyke  #quote         



Any ordinary favour we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain. ~ Sharon Salzberg #quote

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers #quote
                                    
I'm wondering if you have any horns with goofy songs #bumperstickers        
                           
"Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish. #factoid   

The cat has too much spirit to have no heart. ~  Ernest Menaul #quotes #cats



Support publik edekasion #bumperstickers                                      
I'm only driving this way to piss you off #bumperstickers

Humpty-Dumpty was pushed #bumperstickers     

                       
There are no such things as strangers, only friends that we have not yet met. ~ Author Unknown #quote 
                                    
When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate. #factoid     


When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake. #tips  
                                 
Do what you can with what you've got wherever you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt #quote  
                                 
The more you listen, the more you know #bumperstickers

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 #factoid

You WILL eat it, and you WILL like it! #Momism                                      
Save a tree, eat a beaver #bumperstickers

The total weight of skin in an average adult human is 6 lb. #factoid (2.7 kg). #factoid       
The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON #ENGlanguage

I Don’t Have To Be Dead To Donate My Organ #bumperstickers                            
In Korea and other East Asian countries, the age of the person is counted from conception and not physical birth #factoid                                      
Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers and lawns. #factoid
                                     
The  chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a  floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug. #lifelaws

One human hair can support 3 ounces. #factoid
                                   
An olive tree can live up to 1500 years #factoid