Grandparents’ Answering Machine

Here’s another post on the lighter side of life.

If you are a grandparent, perhaps you may want to use this system for your phone:

Good morning . . . At present we are not at home but, please leave your message after you hear the beep.

beeeeeppp ….

If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of “arrival” so we know who it is.

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2

If you want to borrow the car, press 3

If you want us to wash your clothes and iron them, press 4

If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5

If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6

If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7

If you want to come to eat here, press 8

If you need money, press 9

If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, take us to the theater, start talking. We are listening !!!!!!!!!!!

Puns in Honor of My Husband

October 2, 2014
 Take a quick break and enjoy these puns.

Bob loved puns. I have heard him tell hundreds of them. However, early in our marriage I learned to neither laugh nor groan; it would only encourage him.

One of his favorites was a double pun. It seems that three sons inherited a large ranch out on the wide open land of Texas. They decided to call it “Focus” — because that was where the sons raise meat. It is also where the sun’s rays meet.

I have no idea what happens after we die. I don’t know if we go somewhere else or hang around to watch what is happening to the people we knew in life. So in case he knows what I am doing today, he may be pleased I am sharing some of the puns he liked to tell.

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How Old People Park Their Cars

September 18, 2014
 Take a quick break and enjoy this funny video

Here is another post to lighten your life — in less than two minutes.

Incidentally, I should have titled this “How SOME Old People Park Cars” because I don’t know anyone in my retirement community who would come anywhere close to parking like this.

It seems to defy the laws of physics. I still can’t figure out how he does it. Can you?


Buildings That Don’t Look Like Buildings

September 11, 2014
 Enjoy a slideshow of unconventional architecture.


Chicago Art Institute Modern Wing
Chicago Art Institute Modern Wing
Tomorrow I am going to Chicago for a Road Scholar Program. This is an organization that provides learning experiences around the world for adults who are adventuresome, curious, and want to be life-long learners.

The program I am attending is called “The Art of Empires” at the Art Institute of Chicago. We will be studying how artists respond to the imperial aspirations of great nations. For example, we’ll look at the roles that art and artists played in the civilizations of the ancient world.

Since their first programs that began at five colleges and universities in New Hampshire in 1975, today’s Road Scholar programs include an extraordinary range of topics, formats and locations in every state in the U.S., in 150 countries, and aboard ships and sailing vessels on waterways throughout the world.

So far I’ve attended eight Road Scholar programs, five of which were “intergenerational,” allowing us to experience something different and special with our grandchildren.

A Lighter Touch for Today

While I am getting ready to leave tomorrow for my program, I have scheduled something a little special. I found it recently when I went through some old notes and came across these fifteen buildings that don’t look like buildings.

My favorite is the Kansas City Public Library.


Laugh About Kids and Keep Your Sanity

September 4, 2014
 Laughter helps bridge a generation gap.

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I hope you are able to laugh about your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, and children in the neighborhood now that they are back in school (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). I would like to think that you were able to laugh about them (and with them) even when they were home and underfoot.

You see, we all need a little bit of humor — maybe a big dollop of humor — when we’re dealing with the younger generation.So when you get a bit frustrated, don’t worry, those young folks will someday be struggling with their own children. When they do, they, like you, can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

Here is a story about what happened to God when he brought children into the world.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.  And the first thing he said was “DON’T!”

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