Time Out for a Chuckle

img_0488-3Lately we have been inundated with bad news. The weather devastation of hurricanes, terrorism attacks, volcanoes ready to “Blow their tops”, horrific fires, it really does not matter.

Perhaps you are dealing with personal circumstances that have left you in a World of pain.

So I thought it was time to take few minutes and have a laugh. A lot of these you may already have seen but reading them again may give you a much needed chuckle. They do say that laughter is the best medicine.

🔹A penny for your thoughts. Asked for your opinion you are giving your two cents worth. Where did the other penny go?

🔹If Cinderella’s shoe was a perfect fit, why did it fall off?

🔹Did the brain name itself?

🔹Is sand called sand because it is between the sea and the land?

🔹Is the “S” or the “C” silent in the word scissors?

🔹Why do they call it a building if it is already built?

🔹Why do they call them asteroids when they are in outer space and hemorrhoids when on your butt?

🔹100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has a car and only the rich own a horse

🔹Do twins realize that one of them was unplanned?

🔹If you attempt to rob a bank, you will not have a problem with rent or food bills whether you are successful or not, We

🔹If you replace the “W” with a “T” in Where, When or What you get the answer

🔹Why are eggs packed in flimsy foam cartons and batteries are packed in plastic that is as tough as can be?

🔹Why is abbreviated such a long word?

🔹Why does the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune and why did you just sing it to check?

🔹Why do they steriize the needle for lethal injections?

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Golf


The home of golf is Scotland with anyone addicted to the game hoping one day to be able to play on the Old St Andrew’s course. As notorious as it is, the regular local can play there. 

A form of golf was played long before, some saying a version in the Netherlands many, many years before, but as far as the modern day version goes, Scotland seems to be recoznised as the home of golf. 

St Andrew’s is a links course, being close to the sea where farming was difficult if not impossible. That piece of land became St Andrew’s, the bunkers where there was a natural hole. Here you played 9 holes out & returned for the next 9. There is a lot of interesting history about that. Some bunkers are so deep I think my club would break before I ever got out of it. 

When you think about the beautiful courses you either play or see on TV, the links courses are basically free of trees. The terrain is difficult and deceiving. 

Golf can be the most frustrating game imaginable. One day you play so well and think you have finally figured it out only to find yourself playing your worst game the next day.

Whether you play, watch on TV or enjoy being a spectator, golf is a super great game to challenge yourself.

I realize a lot of people would not agree with me but I really think that is because you do not fully understand the game. For the uninitiated, it just appears that someone uses a golf club and hits a ball until it finally drops into the cup but there is so very much more than that.

Personally I love playing the game. For one thing, anyone can play in their neighborhood or a local course. Those who prefer can join a private club, but either way, that does not make you a great golfer.

You can purchase inexpensive equipment or spend a fortune but that will not help you either.

For the average weekend golfer who plays regularly then you will find your average score and be delighted when you score way below.

What matters is you are outside, getting exercise, walking for a few hours, playing with friends and forgetting any stresses at work or elsewhere. Win, win situation. It is also a super fun way for the family when the kids are at least 8 years old and introduce them the game. When they grow up, they may find that so many business deals can be done out on the course. 

For a professional golfer who is one of the few that excel at the game, they too, suffer the highs and lows of day to day play.

Tournament play lasts 4 days so you need to really be consistent to get the win. After two days there is a cut with those not making the top 70 going home, no pay check.

They need to have a team around them, a coach, trainer, caddie, perhaps a sports psychologist etc. Injuries occur, not from physical contact as a team sport but having your body move in ways that are just not normal hour after hour. Eventually it catches up with you.

Everyday is like playing on a different course as conditions change in weather, wind direction, rain, tee off positions and holes moved. Those playing in the morning very often face a very different course to those teeing off in the afternoon.
Quite often the hole they are playing on is not even visible from the tee off box.

After the 4 day tournament when a player starts to feel more comfortable with that course it is time to head off for the next weeks event. Another week away from family unless somehow it is possible for them to attend occasionally. 

Other sports are played usually on a field, rink, oval, that is a basic size, with conditions not coming into play. For those who do play an outdoor sport, if weather challenges you, at least the size of the field remains the same.

If you have never played, been interested in or caught a bit on TV, take time out to realize how difficult a seemingly simple game can be. You may be surprised how difficult, challenging and great it is.

 Why?


Watchng TV the past few days is truly beyond words. The World has become such a different place in the last few years especially. 

These people did not do anything wrong. They were enjoying a vacation, a nite out, fun with friends, some having travelled to Las Vegas after saving for a few years for that special trip from overseas, hoping to see a star performer, concert, just have a really good time. 

From nowhere suddenly as of now, 59 people have lost their lives, families torn apart, and for years to come may never fully recover without serious counselling, over 500 injured with some injuries taking forever to deal with. For some little children their Mom or Dad are not coming home to them. 

Right away there will be another question about whether guns should be allowed. If guns are a right by law to carry, I do not see that changing. But should the everyday person need to have or be able to buy guns that can fire so quickly? How many guns did this particular man have?

So many attacks are by someone using truck or van to drive into crowds of people. London for one, was a van driving into people on the bridge hitting so many. Again these innocent people were just going about their daily lives. 

It is bad enough that terrorists cause devastation and are so happy to claim responsibility but there are so many lone wolf attacks that have nothing to do with that. 

Times have so changed. It seems concern about your fellow neighbor, co-worker or even a stranger on a train no longer exists. In a very small way, devastation is also caused by those who drive with while texting, have been out partying, are under the influence or something else never thinking about the harm they could do to the people sharing the road. Difference is they actually think they are able to drive, text, or talk on their cell phones. 

We all have opinions every time something as horrific as the Las Vegas incident occurs.  As hard as it may be, we need to step back for a moment and try to understand why.  

Who knows what is making these people do such dreadful things. Obviously they are unwell. In the Las Vegas case it was such a well planned event for him. Who knows why he flipped out as it appears he had held a responsible job at some time, enjoyed gambling, did things that so many do. Occasionally family or others realize there were signs that this person may be having personality changes but always too late. 

There are so many ways to describe the person who did this deadly deed but who are we to judge. We have to try and see both sides of the coin, though certainly not understanding. 

It breaks your heart to hear the stories of those injured, the terror they endured. 

At times like this we cannot forget the brave, caring, beautiful people who go in and help immediately.  

Also remember, most everyone are loving, caring people.  We can never lose sight of that. We are 
all neighbors in the sense that regardless of Country we do love each other. 

“Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly”

Moving

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To move or not to move?

So many things come into play with moving.

Are you moving because you wish to? Maybe a transfer or other work opportunity. Depending on who you are, maybe your kids have grown up, have their own families and you wish to be closer or downsize. Hopefully you are making this decision on your own and have not had your employment been deemed redundant.

There are any number of reasons why a move may be in your future. Bottom line is, you are about to pack up and be on your way to a new place, around the corner, across country or even a new country.

If you have moved before, you have an idea of what is involved but for those who have not, it can be a huge and overwhelming time, especially for those who have lived in a particular place for many years. Experts have said it is one of the most stressful times for anyone.

Fear not. You will come out the other end and find a lot of your apprehensions were imagined. Just take a deep breath, get a pen & pad of paper and write down what you can think of. Seeing it rather than imaging it are two so very different things. When you can read it you will also not have to remember what it was you thought you should do and forgot about.

After finding your new home, just look at your check list and do what needs doing as in contacting the electric, gas, water, cable TV, and Internet companies, anyone whose services you use and depend on so that as soon as you move in, your services are there waiting for you. Waiting a few days for the mover to bring your possessions is not as big a deal as not having things you depend on daily. And in some cases perhaps you have taken this opportunity to sell some of your older things so the new purchases can be delivered then.

The most important thing is to keep an eye on that check list all along the way.  First pack up  the “ good” stuff like dishes, glasses, keepsakes etc that you will not need until after the move.

Gradually move onto things hidden away in closets. Do you need it? Amazing what you can find that you have kept, put away and forget you even have. Maybe this is a good time to have a garage sale or advertize these items. Why pay to move things you no longer need?

Eat up things in the pantry that are there to use one day.

If children are involved get them registered into their new schools so there is no delay in their education or move when the kids are on school holiday.

If you have pets, they feel your anxiety, know something is happening but trusting you to take care of them. Depending on whether your cat or dog can suffer from changes, decide if boarding them for a few days would make them happier. Cats especially have been known to hide and cannot be found when you are about to lock the door and get of your way.

Having moved several times across countries I really understand the process.

Bottom line, enjoy the process. You will be so happy in the long run having the opportunity to embrace how people in different places live. You will not regret it though occasionally it will have challenges for you if your favorite store, TV show, products that seem unfamiliar and depending on where you may move to, perhaps learn a new language. It is all good.

Most important, take a time out every once in awhile, enjoy a yummy treat and latte, cuppa tea or wine!

Embrace and Enjoy it!