Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thanksgiving

May everyone be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter where you are or when you celebrate it or even IF you celebrate it because being a giver of thanks should occur every day in every way...

Just watch out for your pumpkins even before they become pumpkin pies or they could disappear before your very eyes...

Yet another word of caution about your turkey big or small for puppy dogs love them all...

Now this is what it is all about, in fact this is what everything is all about, so give it a shout...

Our friendly Internet is always full of information...

"Funny Thanksgiving Trivia
In 2009 it is reckoned that nearly 300 million turkeys have been reared for Thanksgiving celebrations. In the UK approximately 12 million turkeys are reared for Christmas Day.
There appear to be three places in the USA named after this traditional meal: Turkey in Texas [population 491]; Turkey Creek, Louisiana [population 364]; and Turkey, North Carolina [population 267]. Three towns in Kansas also have the name Turkey. Do you know of any others?
Following this discovery we have found that there are a number of places named Cranberry - perhaps after the sauce often eaten with turkey. The biggest appears to be Cranberry in Butler County, Pennsylvania with 28,000 inhabitants.
Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrim Father's landed, is celebrated by 28 sites in the US. Of course, England have the original Plymouth in Devon city, and this is where the the Pilgrims set sail. Minnesota and Massachusetts have the biggest conurbations of Plymouth
There is Pilgrim in Dade County, Missouri with a population of some 133 good folk.
Turkey Shoot!
Will and Guy's Top Ten Thanksgiving Trivia Additions
1. The first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 lasted for three days, it included not only food, but also games. Furthermore, the Pilgrims gave thanks for the bountiful harvest with the Wampanoag Indians.
2. Pulling the "wishbone" is an ageless tradition at Thanksgiving (and Christmas). Two people pull the turkey's breastbone apart, only the person who has the larger piece of bone is allowed to make a wish.
3. A full-grown turkey has over 3,000 feathers. Guy's aunty once counted them!
4. Firkee is the Native American name for this tasty bird. Firkee sounds a bit like turkey.
5. When a Tom turkey [male turkey] gobbles, it can be heard from as far away as a mile. In fact, only the Tom turkeys gobble, female turkeys make a clucking or clicking sound.
6. Puritans from the Mayflower used to drink beer. This was probably weak 'boy's beer' and safer to drink than transporting water on a ship.
7. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
8. Benjamin Franklin, proposed that the turkey should become the official bird of the United States. Turkeys now look jealously at the protected rights given to the Bald Eagle when they won the Official USA Bird status.
9. 87% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving according to the National Turkey Federation. During a year the average American eats 17 pounds of turkey, that's the weight of a decent sized bird.
10. Sorry to burst the bubble, but the Pilgrims on the first thanksgiving ate deer and not turkey."

From my heart to yours I would like to give a very heart felt wish for an over the top Thanksgiving with happiness and joy and good food....

Be kind to your tummy, for although the food is yummy too much can be a pain and cause you pounds to gain...

Thanksgiving Alphabet
T ... Turkeys, table-spreads, being together,
H ... Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A ... Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N ... Nieces and nephews, family members all.
K ... Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S ... Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner,

G ... Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide,
I ... Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride,
V ... Very special times-there could even be snow,
I ... Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago,
N ... Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G ... Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

The most important part of this day is the opportunity to pray as well as to remember to say, "Thank You Lord and please help me to always lead my life Your way."

Some yummy jokes for a yummy day...

Turkeys and Little Turkeys

If a big turkey is called a gobbler, what do you call a little turkey.
A goblet.
Hanging the Turkey
Young Simon was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal.

'What are you doing?' Simon enquired.

'Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey,' his grandmother replied.

'Wow, that's cool.' Simon remarked. 'Are you going to hang it next to the deer?'
The Secret of Stuffing a Turkey
How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey? Only one, but you REALLY have to squeeze to get him in.
Grave Humor
What did the hen tell the naughty chicks? If you your father could see you now he would turn in his gravy.

Indians and the Pilgrims
Nathan, a young boy, after hearing the story of Thanksgiving and how the Indians and the Pilgrims sat down together, climbed up into his father's lap and said, 'Daddy, did you know that if we were Indians, you would be a brave and Mom would be a squawk?'

'That is the best description of your mother I have ever heard, Nathan', replied his daddy as he ducked.
The man who forgot to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door.

'Please let me in, 'says the man desperately. 'I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don't come home with one.'

'Okay, 'says the butcher.' Let me see what I have left.' He goes into the freezer and discovers that there's one last scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man.

'That's one is too skinny. What else you got?' says the man.

The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes and brings the same turkey back out to the man.

'Oh, no, 'says the man, 'That one doesn't look any better. You better give me both of them!'
~~~For the incredible blessings of loving and wonderful friends and family in blogland and even next door to us, I most sincerely thank You dear Lord.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Septic Tank...the final, episode

Lots of busy days, lots of mass chaos, but here comes the final story of the sad septic tank. How were we to know he was so upset? While I am pleased that all that came out of the downstairs toilet twice was laundry and dishwasher water mixed with a few noxious fumes, it was still not something that warmed my heart.
When calling the gentleman who pumps out septic tanks (thank You Lord for these people and their lack of smelling ability) we were unaware of the surprises that lay ahead.
Michael had been told that our septic tank was waaaayy out in the back wrong and in so many ways. Two or three years ago we had our patio size enlarged and a little sidewalk put in and guess what? It was poured right over a huge part of the septic tank, making it inaccessible for the pumping.!!
This left us two options...tear up the concrete and leave it messed up that way or wait until Monday when the driller guy could just barely drill a hole near enough to the part of the tank that needed pumping, so we opted for waiting.
Need I describe what a delight that week-end was? Have you ever had to run to two different grocery stores to go potty or to work for a shower??? Michael tried to avoid having anyone see him as he slipped into work to shower in the little used small gym in the was a nervous shower as he still worried that the big female security guard on duty might decide to check out why someone was using the almost never used shower.
When everyone showed up on Monday morning I was one happy camper, although I did learn how to wash dishes and clean floors without letting any water go down the drain. The drill guy drilled, the pump guy pumped, but these people have burned off any sense of smell they may have had and they failed to warn me to close the door!!
The picture below would have been me, but not knocked over from sweet flowers for sure...

There weren't any smells like this coming up...

I love the smell of carnations but they wouldn't have stood a chance against the evil powers of the smell...

The cap they put on top looks a little bit like one of these...

The truck looked like this except not but it did have some words on the side and they should have been...KEEP FAR FAR FAR AWAY (go the the next State at least)FROM HERE FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR NOSE AND YOUR NEIGHBORS' AND YOUR PETS' ETC. ETC.

Isn't it time for some funny snickers now and a stop to this potty talk (and to think I did a post on potty mouth and now I'M talking potty!!!)....

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The
ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve
you, but don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walked into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and
says: "A beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this
taste funny to you?"

7. "Doc, I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to
Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true; no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing
to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I
couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted,
"Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!"

The doctor replied, "I know, I amputated your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and
says, "Dam!"

16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in
the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't
have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were
standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them
to disperse.
"But why," they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said. "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open

18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes
to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.' The other goes to a family
in Spain ; they name him 'Juan.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of
himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her
husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband
responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time,
which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate
very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he
suffered from
bad breath. This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it's
good) ... a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The call went out
that there was a small medium at large.

21. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to
his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make
them laugh. No pun in ten did.

~~~Thank You Lord for the blessings of the many happy endings in our lives that we take for granted and even overlook, we really DO mean to be grateful.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Where is the caution tape when you need it? It should have been around our doors when we arrived home...

And WHERE was this guy when I needed him and had to do all of this alone?...

It was definitely not a pretty smell, but I don't think it went all the way to the city...

(Here is the poem for Wednesday anyway...)
Now I need to tell a story

But it's not one of glory

In fact, it might be a little 'gory'

So I'll keep it short because you won't want to know any "more...y"!

It was a dark and gloomy night, well, no, actually, it was just dark when we got picked up by Mimi at the airport. The good news was that our flight came in real early...the bad news is we ended up late because there was no docking station for our plane so we sat and sat and sat...I was listening really hard but I couldn't hear any of the passengers singing "Zippadee doo dah, zippadee yea, my oh my what a wonderful day" (they must have been whisper singing it!).

Kelly did call to forewarn us while we were still in Arizona, that our septic system had backed up!! Now, it could have been a whole lot worse, but she was doing laundry so up from the downstairs toilet came a bubbling laundry water and gaseous mixture. It spewed water all over for quite awhile before she caught it. She thought it only went out onto the immediate carpet by the bathroom itself so she used the shampooer to suck up the water. This happened twice, as Kelly thought the problem was over and used the dishwasher next.

Upon entering our little 'love nest' I smelled something less than lovely...a combination of the escaping gases from the septic system combined with a moldy smell. So I took the portable heater and a fan and put them by the carpet area in front of the bathroom and left them on for hours. After a day of this, both Michael and I thought of the fact that the water must have also gone into the little storage area under the stairs and to the immediate right of the bathroom...we started pulling things out like crazy. The first soggy bottomed box with photos in it told a sad tale!! There had been so much water in there that it splashed up against and warped the drywall! The trusty sucker upper machine sure came in handy again as did the heater and fan. We seem to have gotten rid of the moldy smell but we now have wavy drywall in there.
This was supposed to have been finished and posted on Wednesday, but that didn't happen and to keep it short and sweet (well, maybe just short), I will give a part two to this saga, hopefully tomorrow.
Ready for a smile or two?

I was helping a buddy of mine, who was an orthopedic surgeon, move to his new office, and using my car to help transport some of his office equipment.

I had decided to position his somewhat fragile display skeleton strapped into the back seat of my car, his bony arm across the back of my seat.

At one traffic light, the stares of the people in the car beside me became quite obvious. I looked across and explained, "I'm delivering him to a doctor's office."

The other driver leaned out of his window. and commented, "I hate to tell you, but I looks like you may be a bit too late!"

************* Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee...
... were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them and about to pass them up. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, "When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figured I'd better run too!"

A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss.
She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, "I suppose you will want some identification?"

He replied, without hesitation "No ma'am, that won't be necessary."

"How come?" asked the woman.

"Crooks don't buy peat moss." answered the clerk.
~~~Heavenly Father, thank You for being able to count and appreciate the blessings of situations and challenges in our lives that could have been so much worse.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Art Class Progress

Though I must do this in a hurry
It might even cause a little worry
But at least these photos are not blurry
As for this trip I rush and scurry
Just had to give you the update
On my paintings, even though it's late
For I love to watch things as they change
Unless it's a dog with mange (gotta rhyme, you know).
So here's what happening right before your eyes
And this will be no big surprise
For they're natural with no disguise
Just hope they don't cause any negative "Oh Mys!"

First try...

Next try, where the teacher said it was finished so I got a frame, then I decided it wasn't quite finished...

Second try without the frame...

Final try where I added some more final touches in spite of the teacher teasing me for still working on it and bringing it back!....

Without the frame and 'finished'....

Here's the start of the other painting, a landscape that is ever changing...

Here it is with the burnt trees that I did and the mountains that she originally wanted...

A closer view of my forest fire trees....

Totally (almost) changed as she closed in the water and told me to take out the mountains, I LOVE what she did to the trees, but I did the water all by myself...still needs lots of work and there may be a little waterfall between the trees on the left and the one on the right (I do like waterfalls)....

And a close up of what is happening...

By the time you see this post (if it posts like a good little post should) it will be getting VERY close to time for us to be coming back. I will have missed all of you dearly for you are all dear to my heart and I am so blessed to have all of you in my life!!!!
~~~Heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank You for the wonderful blessings of visiting and then coming back home safely with happy memories.

Friday, November 6, 2009

*******A Heavenly Birthday For A Husband In Heaven*********

There will definitely be a challenge with these pictures as they are pictures of pictures and my old camera is acting a little wacky. This special day would have been my late hubby's birthday, so I wish him a happy birthday but he is having happier days than ever there were here on earth, so we will 'celebrate' his day with prayers and a visit to the cemetery while we are in Phoenix, AZ.
Mario LOVED sky diving and you might be able to distinguish something from these two shots of the pictures of him free falling and sooooo happy.....

Is this better or worse, (darn camera)?.....

Here's our wedding photo...I was only eighteen and he was a "mature" twenty-four!....

This is a photo of him laughing when we were at a friend's house and one of the guys was coming up behind him....

I know this is sideways but my goofy camera took several upside down and I am time challenged now getting ready for this trip, so please excuse the goof ups...

I like to think of his love and the love of all others for him as going up to heaven and down to us through angel wings....

Since he had a great sense of humor and since Spanish was his native language, here's Garfield wishing a happy birthday....

Wonderful Mario used to work out alot so here is a body builder happy birthday...
And this is my thank you for so many wonderful years of bliss, what blessings!!!....
From the Internet, I found this sweet phrase and it is truly comforting....

"If you have lost someone you loved, then honour them here.

Capture all that was good, and all that was dear.

Let the pain wash away and wipe tears from your eyes,

For they are here with you now, as love never dies. "

My Mario knew that I loved butterflies for their beauty and symbolism, so he would often get me butterfly things....

Even though it goes without saying, I feel the need to just say to his beautiful 'soul'....

Most of all I must say this for such incredible blessings to have come to me in so many ways....

Mario smiled so much even in the most difficult circumstances and when he was even in pain that I think this flower so expresses him....

How about a smile in Mario's honor as he loved to have people happy and he was able to laugh at himself as well, even when he started getting old age jokes at the young age of thirty!!?.....

Did you hear about the 83 year old woman who talked herself out of a speeding ticket by telling the young officer that she had to get there before she forgot where she was going?
A well dressed, debonair man in his mid nineties enters an upscale cocktail lounge and finds a seat next to a good looking, younger woman in her mid eighties, at the most. Trying to remember his best pick-up line, he says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"
Two old guys were sitting under a tree, watching the sun go down. One says, "You know, I'm 84 years old and my body is full of aches and pains. You're about my age. How do you feel?"

The other guy says, "Oh, I feel like a newborn baby."

"Really," says the first guy.

"Yep," says the second one. "No teeth, no hair and I think I just wet my pants."

An 84 year old man went to the doctor for a physical. A few days later the doctor saw him walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. The next time the doctor saw him he asked how he was doing.

"Great," said the old guy. "I did just what you told me. 'Get a hot momma and be cheerful.' "

"I didn't say that," said the doctor. "I said, 'You've got a heart murmur. Be careful.' "

~~~Heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for the blessings of loved ones in our lives who brought so much joy and who we will one day see again in Heaven with You.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is It My Imagination ???

Sometimes it may seem like nothing more than a dream
Then again it may even be more than it seems
An idea, a thought comes to mind
And what do we find?

Our searching mind is at sea
So what can this be?
We are becoming more of creation
When we use our God-given imagination.


So, do you see a darling little kitty asleep or deep in thought?...
Do you wonder what 'battle' might have been fought
For this work of art to be wrought?...

And who can fail to be inspired
By clouds that almost look wired?

Everyone of us has been gifted with an imagination, something we can use to dream big dreams and great schemes but the best way to use it is to make this planet a more loving and giving world, one kindness at a time...


"Imagination is what makes our sensory experience meaningful, enabling us to interpret and make sense of it, whether from a conventional perspective or from a fresh, original, individual one. It is what makes perception more than the mere physical stimulation of sense organs. It also produces mental imagery, visual and otherwise, which is what makes it possible for us to think outside the confines of our present perceptual reality, to consider memories of the past and possibilities for the future, and to weigh alternatives against one another. Thus, imagination makes possible all our thinking about what is, what has been, and, perhaps most important, what might be."

So let's see if there might not be a creative joke here?....

3 Dogs

Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female poodle.

The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but they end up arriving in front of her at the same time.

The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return.

Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, "The first one who can use the words 'liver' and 'cheese' together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me."

The sturdy, muscular black lab speaks up quickly and says, "I love liver and cheese."

"Oh, how childish," says the poodle. "That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever." She turns to the tall, shiny golden retriever and says, "How well can you do?"

"Um ... I HATE liver and cheese," blurts the golden retriever.

"My, my," says the poodle. "I guess it's hopeless. That's just as dumb as the lab's sentence." She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, "How about you, little guy?"

The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell chihuahua. He gives her a smile and a sly wink, turns to the golden retriever and the lab, and says...

"Liver alone. Cheese mine."

The First Kiss

At the end of their first date, a young man takes his favorite girl home. Emboldened by the night, he decides to try for that important first kiss.

With an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and, smiling, he says to her, "Darling, how 'bout a goodnight kiss?"

Horrified, she replies, "Are you mad? My parents will see us!"

"Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?"

"No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?"

"Oh come on, there's nobody around, they're all sleeping!"

"No way. It's just too risky!"

"Oh please, please, I like you so much!!"

"No, no, and no. I like you too, but I just can't!"

"Oh yes you can. Please?"

"NO, no. I just can't."


Out of the blue, the porch light goes on, and the girl's sister shows up in her pajamas, hair disheveled. In a sleepy voice the sister says: "Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, he'll come down himself and do it. But for crying out loud tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!"

Shopping in a clock store, I found a grandfather clock marked 25% off. It was exactly what I wanted, so I paid for it and had it delivered the next day.

When it was delivered I set it up in a prominent place in the living room. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that it ran slow! No matter how I adjusted it, the clock lost 15 minutes every hour.

Returning to the clock store, I complained to the manager "The grandfather clock I bought loses 15 minutes every hour."

He replied, "Well, what did you expect? It was clearly marked 25% off!"

~~~Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessings of our imaginations, may we use them to make this world a more loving and happy place.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Birthday that Was a Birthday Gift

Once upon a time there was a wonderful birth of a beautiful little baby boy that ended up being a birthday gift for his daddy. My caring and kind son was born on November 2nd and we brought him home on November 6th, his dad's birthday, such a special treasured birthday "gift". I feel sure his wonderful daddy is looking down from Heaven and blessing him especially today...

"Happy Birthday Song Information

Happy Birthday to You, the four-line rhyme, sung all over the world, by millions of people at a time - fabulous!
It was written as a classroom greeting by two Louisville teachers, Mildred J. Hill in the year 1893 at Columbia University.
The composer of the song Happy Birthday to You is Mrs. Mildred J. Hill, a schoolteacher born in Louisville, KY, and the composition was created on June 27, 1859. The song was first debuted in 1893. And the lyrics of this beautiful song were written by her sister, Patty Smith Hill, as "Good Morning To All."
Happy Birthday to You was copyrighted in the year 1935 and this copyright was renewed in the year 1963. The song was actually written in 1893, but it received its first copyrights in the year 1935 after a claim (stated in the New York Times of August 15, 1934, p.19 col. 6)
Later on, it was in the year 1988, when Birch Tree Group, Ltd. sold the copyrights of the birthday song to Warner Communications (together with all other resources) for almost $25 million (much more than a song). (Stated in Time, Jan 2, 1989 v133 n1 p88 (1)
In the 80s, the song Happy Birthday to You was estimated to make more than $1 million in royalties yearly. With Auld Lang Syne and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, it is considered one of the most well-liked songs in the English language. (Stated in Time, Jan 2, 1989 v133 n1 p88 (1)
Happy Birthday to You continues to bring in about 2 million dollars in licensing returns annually, as a minimum of 1996 records, in line with the Warner Chappell and a Forbes magazine report."

"Birthstones and Their Meanings

Birthstone jewelry is always a adorable gift.

January - Garnet ~ Constancy
February - Amethyst ~ Sincerity
March - Aquamarine ~ Courage
April - Diamond, White Sapphire ~ Innocence
May - Emerald ~ Love, Success
June - Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite ~ Health and Longevity
July - Ruby ~ Contentment
August - Peridot, Sardonyx ~ Married Happiness
September - Sapphire ~ Clear Thinking
October - Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire ~ Hope
November - Topaz, Citrine ~ Fidelity
December - Blue Topaz, Zircon ~ Prosperity "
I wish a super HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you son and want you to know how very dearly you are loved and always have been loved and how proud we are of you!!

The Birthday Gift

There were a bunch of soldiers out on some very long field maneuvers in the middle of some dirty swamp land. This was designed to made them feel rough and tough and pretty grimy too.

After a week of sweating and no bathing and dirty clothes, the Captain says "Men, in honor of George Washington's birthday, I have some good news and some bad news! First the good news...Tomorrow we will have a change of underwear!!!" Everyone starts shouting, thumping each other on the back and yelling and singing "Happy Birthday to George Washington" as well as "For he's a jolly good fellow..."

"Now for the bad news" says the Captain... "Woods you change with Toney, Oldham you change with Borkowski-Glass, Jansson you change with Siebels, Postin you change with Barrales...."
~~~Thank You gracious Father for the blessing of a precious "little bundle" to warm our hearts, as well as for all the precious little ones in our lives.