Thursday, December 30, 2010
Happy New year from the Great White North (Spent Christmas 10 miles South of the Arctic watershed)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Swine flu hit us and just recovering, 7 - 9 days and I think the 9 days is about right. Ed my youngest son fell too as did my sister.... good news we are recovering.
More good news I became a grandmother again yesterday to a bouncing baby boy 9llb 2oz and arrived using 4 paracetamol according to daddy (my eldest son) not spoken to mummy yet.
Thought the photo might cheer us all up on the very grey foggy but snow free part of the south coast.
Helga - recognise Jesmond Dene, although it was a very hot day when I visited a long time ago... stunning photos.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
The vet finally figured it out...
Oh c'mon, you know what it is.....
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.
To My Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ashland College in Ohio always does a beautiful Christmas card and this year they have done another one. This should get you into the Christmas spirit. Make sure you have your speakers on and enjoy.
From Squiz and Gael
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"ONLY THE INGLISH COULD HAVE INVENTED THIS LANGUAGE."
We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Then shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England ..
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends
and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
in which you fill in a form by filling it out,
and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
And, in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?
I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT IF PEOPLE FROM POLAND ARE CALLED POLES THEN
PEOPLE FROM HOLLAND SHOULD BE HOLES AND THE GERMANS GERMS!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Cannot recollect this much snow down here for a long time particularly at this time of year... is sleeting now and hopefully I will get to my daughters (South East) for Christmas - but in true PRS style I will have plan B ... all about planning and preparation!
Keep warm my friends.