May 8, 2009
Let’s start our own Virus Pandemic!
Opps… I guess we should define a few words. Pandemic: “A disease that moves world wide, and is not contain in one region or country.” Virus: “A piece of code or an agent that is capable of copying itself.” Viral: “The rapid spreading of a disease or information.” For example, the past two weeks, these words have been on the lips of many folks… as the fear of “Swine Flu” spread quickly from one country to another. I am amazed at how rapidly fear can spread with the aid of T.V. Newspapers and the Internet. From Twitter to the Blogs… people were talking about the “Swine Flu.”
Just a week before… another type virus spread through out the world. The name of Susan Boyle spread like wild fire through the blogs of the World. Just one You Tube video had over 20 million views in less than a week. Support, cheers, and happiness were prevalent on the web for a couple of weeks. How refreshing! Now, that’s the kind of virus I’m happy to pass on.
“Only The Good” Friday, gives met the opportunity to pass on a “good, happy and positive virus. At he present time, it’s only an epidemic because it hasn’t spread world wide… but it’s my hope and the hope of Shelly, the OtGF host…. that it will. If you want to join us… just let her know.
On this “Good Friday”… I want to share two videos with you. The first one is Susan Boyle singing “Killing Me Softly.” This was recorded 10 years ago as a demo. Wow! what a voice… what a woman. I think one of the reasons the Susan Boyle virus spread so fast… besides having a great voice…was the fact that she’s just “One of Us.” And…I want her to stay that way.
This next short video is a “Good Friday” surprise. If this type of virus could spread to become a pandemic, the world would be a better place… Not only on Friday… but every day of the week. I just loved this.
Enjoy… and may your Friday be filled with “Only The Good.?
P.S. My sis, Sheila… is spreading the “Only The Good” Friday virus too. She’s hoping for a viral pandemic also.
May 1, 2009
May Day traditions began before Christ was born. Celebrating the first day of May has been popular in many countries. The meaning and celebration seems to vary from country to country. In some countries, it is considered a day to honor the working class… much like our “Labor Day” in September.
It was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someones doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.
On this “Only The Good” Friday, I’m leaving a May Day flower basket at your internet door. And since you’ve caught me… I will accept your kisses by way of comments or e-mail. lol
Some of you may recognize this paper cone basket because I presented the instructions on how to make it in a January post and video called “Paper Crafts For Valentines Gifts. Pssst. The secret of turning it into a flower basket rather than a candy basket is simple.
Follow the instructions in the “Paper Crafts For Valentines Gifts” post except you don’t close the back of the cone tightly. You want to leave room for a 10 oz. plastic cup that you insert in the top of the cone. I just put a bit of floral foam in the cup and arranged the flowers. Waaaa Laaaa. Now you have a May Day basket that you can leave on someones door knob. Run fast or they will catch you!
Have a great May Day on this “Only The Good” Friday.
P.S. I got this fun May Day flower basket idea from a sweet friend last May Day. I didn’t catch her so I couldn’t give her a kiss. But this year… I caught her and we exchanged kisses. This is a happy May Day.
April 24, 2009
I came home from the store to find a wonderful surprise… the “Good” family of my son, Wade, came over and cleaned up my backyard after the heavy snowstorm of last week broke off several major limbs. Two other grandsons, (Emily’s boys) came along to help with the fray. They worked hard to get everything cut up, pruned, raked and hauled away. After they left to go home… I kept looking out into my back yard and grinned like a Chessy Cat.
Here is Glade, Barrett and Wyatt. They’re cleaning out the rain gutters and doing a great job. They love any excuse to get on the roof and walk around.
Wyatt came down from the roof to help with the tree pruning. I wish the storm had been a little more selective about how it pruned my trees. Two major branches came down from my globe willow tree.
Braden climbed up the tree to do his pruning work. He did a great job and the tree looks really nice. This tree is a River Birch and I love it…. especially in the fall.
Lisa, my sweet daughter-in-law was the ground lady. She raked and rake. She’s a Respiratory Therapist at the New Born Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Don’t ask me how she shoves those tubes down the throat of a preemie newborn… but she does. She is part of the life saving team for babies…. and I hope your family never needs her services… but if you do… you family member will be in good hands She’s the best!
Here is Braden, Wade and Wyatt cutting up limbs and loading the truck for the dump. I couldn’t get Wade to turn around and smile. He grabbed an old shirt from out of the my closet and it didn’t fit just right. Boy… don’t I know what that’s like.
Landon and Josie helped too…. that’s after a few tricks on the swing set. They pick up sticks and volunteered to help unload the truck at the dump. What is there about the “dump” that intrigues kids? I loved to go to the dump with my dad… and my kids loved to go with me. I use to scare the living daylights out of them by telling them Oscar The Grouch lived there and was waiting for them. Oh my… that wasn’t a good thing to do…. wouldn’t do that again. I’m a bit wiser now… Thank Goodness.
The truck is loaded and the workers: Wyatt, Barrett, Josie, Braden, London, and Glade pose for this final shot.
Thanks guys! Job well done kids. Your “goodness” has made this “Only The Good” Friday a “good” one for me. You make me want to be a better neighbor, friend and family member.
I hope your blessed with good family and friends.
P.S. My brother-in-law, Dew Atwood just mowed my lawn. More family “good” on this “Only The Good Friday.
April 17, 2009
Are there 10 “Good” reasons for snow in April? Yes, of course. If I didn’t look at the “Good” side of it…I might sit down and cry. So on this “Only The Good” Friday” I’m going to share with you my reasons for being grateful for snow at this late spring date.
I woke up to eleven inches of snow this morning. It looked like a “White Christmas Scene” on a card.
The Ten Good Reason Why I’m Grateful For Snow In April.
1. We can always use the water. The mountains are getting bombarded.
2. It has extended the ski season and that is good for the Utah economy.
3. It has pruned some of the trees… naturally.
4. It’s a gentle reminder that Christmas is only 8 months away.
5. I have an excuse not to leave my house because I’m snowed in.
6. I have kindling and fire wood for my wood burning fireplace from all the fallen limbs.
7. The grands have one more chance to play in the snow.
8. When my yard is covered with snow… my yard looks as good as all my neighbor’s including Linda, who is the Queen of Gardening.
9. I have another few days before I have to finish cleaning up my yard to get ready for the “real” Spring and Summer planting. (Those cans are full of pine needles, old grass and twigs.)
10. It’s another sure sign that “Global Warming” needs to be reassessed.
There ya go… Snow in April… Yeah!
P.S. I have another reason to be cheerful on this “Good Friday because, I know the snow won’t last long. It is suppose to be up to 73 degrees by Monday.
April 10, 2009
Since this really is “Good Friday,” I thought I would make it the main focus of my “Only The Good” Friday. Yes, I was there… No… not the original “Good Friday,” … but I traveled to the Holy Land a number of years ago and the trip remains vivid in my mind. I want to share with you a bit of my experience as we traveled from Galilee on the North to Jerusalem. These photos were taken back in the days of the “non digital” camera, but they may give you a little different perspective of the area rather than the traditional professional photos you usually see.
We were told before we left on the tour… “If you don’t take Christ with you… you will not find Him there.” In some of the historic sites… I found that to be the case… especially in Bethlehem. However, for the most part… I felt a strong spirit and energy in the entire area that was powerful and profound. I would love to go back and do it all over again… it was a wonderful experience.
Don’t ask me how I got up there nor how I got down… I was too frightened to remember.
The dome of the rock actually covers a rock… the top of a mountain. When you go inside…that’s all there is…. rock or a mountain top. It is a sacred place for Christians and Muslims. Christians believe this is where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, his son. It is the third most holy place for the followers of Mohammad to worship.
And Abraham rose up early in the morning…and went unto the place which God had told him. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. Genesis 22: 3 and 14.
Dome of the Rock sits on the Temple Mount. The wall is a side wall of Solomons Temple. Men and women go there to worship… they are separated by a small fence.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, A certain Priest named Zacharias…. According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. St.Luke 1:5 and 9.
The Galilee empties into the Jordan river in this area. Nazareth is not far from this location.
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan. St. Mark 1:9.
This area is believed to be where Jesus gave The Sermon on the Mount. The side of his mountain forms a natural bowl and the acoustics are astounding. You can hear every word from quite a distance. This overlooks the Sea of Galilee…. calm and blue.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit.. Matthew 5:1-3.
Nearly every afternoon, the wind changes on the Galilee… and the sea becomes a tempest. The Galilee over stepped its bounds and beat upon this wall at the south end of the sea.
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him and awoke him saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oh ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:23-26.
This photo is take on the mount of Olives at the Orson Hyde Memorial. Our guide was just speaking of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey… when these two little boys appeared.
And when they drew night unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then set Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me.
In the Garden of Gethsemane are are many olive trees thought to be over 2000 years old.
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39.
Golgotha is just outside of the wall that surrounds Old Jerusalem. Below was a natural rock quarry where it’s believed Stephen was stoned to death. At the present time… there is a bus station located there. To the left of the photo… not more than 100 yards, is the Garden Tomb.
And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull. Matthew 27:3
The Garden was one of the few places that was left very natural. The Church of England owns the property and it was beautifully kept… so quite and peaceful.
Now in the place he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. St. John 19:41-42
I’m a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. We focus on the resurrected “Living Christ.” Non the less…I’m grateful for his extraordinary sacrifice and his glorious resurrection.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said….. Mathew 28:5-6.
Have a happy Easter… and remember to share “Only The Good” On this Friday.
P.P.S. Guess what? Tomorrow, Saturday I’m featured a guest writer for Grandparent week at “I Never Grew Up.” Here’s the bottom line… you won’t want to miss it. Go Here and see.
April 2, 2009
Easter is only a week away…which means Spring is around the corner. I love spring… and Easter is one of my favorite holidays. To cheer up your Friday… I’m passing on Only Good Easter jokes. On this “Only The Good” Friday… I’m giving you a copy of these jokes so you can hang them on your fridge or tack up somewhere and make a family member or a friend’s Friday a “Good One” too. Have a good laugh…. or at least a chuckle.
Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
A: A receding hareline.
Q: What do ducks have for lunch?
A: Soup and quackers!
Q: Why did the rabbit cross the road?
A: Because it was the chicken’s day off.
Q: What do you call a bunny with a dictionary in his pants?
A: A smarty pants.
Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?
A: An egghead.
Q: What would you call the Easter Bunny if he married a chicken?
A: The very first rabbit to lay an egg!
Q: Why are people always tired in April?
A: Because they just finished a march
Q: Why did the magician have to cancel his show?
A: He’d just washed his hare and couldn’t do a thing with it.
Click HERE for Easter Jokes. It may take a few minutes to download.
Have a good Friday…. Remember to pass on “Only The Good.” My sister, Sheila and I have been having a good time with this…. passing on the “Good.”
P.S. If you want to join the Only The Good Friday Folks…make sure and go to the “Only The Good Friday” main site. Shelly is the host and will list you blog site there.
March 27, 2009
During the fifties, The Art Linkletter Show was on every afternoon. Part of the program was a segment called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” The children were all dressed up, sitting on stools and Art would ask them questions. Oh my… some of the things that would come out of their mouths. Once I had children… my home was a constant Art Linkletter show… as my kids kept me in stitches with the funny things they would say. Now, the grandkids keep the family in stitches with the cute, funny and embarrassing comments they make.
I have a tendency to see life in a “way too serious” manner… so today.. On this “Only The Good” Friday… I’m going to lighten up a bit and share with you a few funnies my grandkids have come up with. (Prepare for “R” rated material.)
LuLu age 5
Coming out of “Time Out” … Lu scowled at her mom and said, “You’re a bad person for getting mad at me…. but you have pretty hair.
Randall at age 4
One evening, I offered to take a few of the grands to dinner… and I ask them where they would like to go. Randall piped up and said he wanted to go to check on grandma. My mom, who was 88 years old, had been ill… so I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful that he wanted to go see her. Before we went to eat… we dropped by my mom’s place for a quick visit. We were there for only a couple of minutes when Randall started to complain and wanted to leave. Go figure!
We kept out visit short and then went to our regular eating establishment, Chuck-A-Rama. As soon as we pulled in the parking lot… Randall cried out… “Yeah, we’re here at “Check On Grandma.”
Wyatt at age 4
Wyatt loves horses… and he had plenty of imaginary ones when he was younger. One day, he was in the car with his mom when he announced, “Shawn and Kicker got into a fight and Kicker kicked Shawn’s eye out. Emily replied, “Oh my Gosh, that’s terrible.”
“It’s okay now,” said Wyatt.
“Oh really, what happened?”
Wyatt replied, “Jesus fixed it.”
Josie, at age 5
Josie was home ill with the flu and Lisa, her mom, offered to play a game with her. “What game would you like to play?”
” Oh… you know.. that game with the oranges, apples and pears,” replied Josie.
“You mean the matching game?”
“Oh no!” Josie replied, “That would burn our house down.”
Landon at age 4
At the family reunion, a large food buffet had been set out. Lisa ask Landon what he would like to eat. He said, “I’ll take everything except the gross.”
Braden, at age 4
Braden’s mom had a hard time getting him out of bed to get ready for pre-school. He finally arose and said, “It’s not that I’m sleepy….I’m just tired.”
Norah at age 5
My son, Brad… and his wife Martha took their family and dog to check on the new house they were building. When they left the new house, they forgot to load their dog (Tequila) into the car… and didn’t realize their mistake until they arrived at Grandma And Grandpa Wright’s house, 10 miles away.
Of course, the girls were upset, and Martha assured them that Tequila could find her way home from the new house because it wasn’t too far away.
On the way home, Martha suggested they pray. Norah volunteered. She said, “Heavenly Father, please help us find Tequila. Help us get off our butts and look for her.”
It obviously worked… because when they went back to the new house, Tequila was there waiting for them oblivious that she had been deserted.
Claire, age 5
Claire was at the doctor’s office for her yearly physical. The doctor was checking her heart with a stethoscope when Claire ask, “What is that?”
“It’s a thing that checks your heart to see if your blood is pumping okay.” the doctor replied.
“Do you have blood?” Claire ask.
“Yes, I have blood and you have blood.”
After a bit of thinking, Claire replied, “My mom has blood too and it comes out of her cootie.”
Oh My…..”Blush.” The Innocence Of A Child!
Hope these put a little smile on your face on this… “Only The Good” Friday.
P.S. If you want to participate and blog on OtGF… go to “This Eclectic Life.” Shelly will be the main host for “Only The Good” Friday. All participating blogs will be listed there. Join us…. let’s spread the “Good Word” on Fridays.
P.P.S. Check out my sister, Sheila’s site too.
March 19, 2009
The first time I remember seeing Mother Teresa was the night she received the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1979. That evening, she stood before the world as example of doing good… and that it was possible to bridge cultures, classes and religions with caring and love. When Mother Teresa received the prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered “Go home and love your family.”
She and her Missionaries of Charity worked tirelessly among the poorest of the poor. She established hospices centers, a home for the dying, orphanages and leper houses all over India. She the expanded the order throughout the globe. At the time of her death, at the age of 87, the Order of the Missionaries of Charity had over 4,000 sisters, an associated brotherhood of 300 members, and over 100,000 lay volunteers, operating 610 missions in 123 countries.
Today…. on this “Good Friday… I give tribute to Mother Teresa, who is one of my shining stars. For you… here are three of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes. You can download them free HERE and print them. (Be patient with the download… the file is large.) Place them on your desk, counter top or fridge… as a reminder of the good we can do for each other.
Join my friends today… and check out their posts for “Only The Good” Friday. Sheila….. Shelly..… If you would like to be one of my OtGF friends…write a post on your site… and make a comment on mine. I will include you next week.
Spread the “Good”
P.S. Mother Teresa started her mission at the age of 18. She left the home of her mother and father, and never saw them again. What a sacrifice… what a woman.
P.P.S Enjoy this short video of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
March 13, 2009
Living at the base of the Rocky Mountains often goes unappreciated by me. That is until I look up and see the grandeur of Mt. Timpanogus covered with snow. Timp… the magnificent protector…looms over our little valley here in Utah. It is an unusual mountain because you can view the front side of the mountain one minute… and ten minutes later you can be on the other side, enjoying a completely different perspective. I live on the front or city side of the mountain… and my sister, Sheila enjoys the view from the backside or country side . We debate on who has the best vista.
After leaving her home the other day and rounding the corner, the backside of the mount came into full view. Wow… I couldn’t resist jumping out of my car and taking this shot of Timp, the clear blue sky, white snow and the red barn in the foreground. I’ll have to admit… on this day… Sheila’s argument for beauty won.
However… look at view that greets me every time I round the corner away from my house. As the seasons change… so does the face of the mountain… and the winter perspective is one of my favorites.
The debate is over… I think we’re both right… don’t you?
On this “Only The Good” Friday, I wanted to share with you two perspectives of this majestic mountain which uplifts my soul.
If you want to join my list of “Only The Good Friday” friends…. all you have to do is post a “Good Friday” message on your site and leave me a comment and I’ll include you in my list.
P.S. In between my house and Shiela’s is the turn off to the famous Sundance. The Sundance view is the backside of Timp at closer range. I’ll share that view of Timpanogus with you at at later time. It’s a magnificent perspective too.
P.P.S. Have a “Good Friday.” Look around and see what is great and good in your neighborhood.
March 6, 2009
Acts of kindness certainly is not limited to adult behavior. Timothy Crookston of Kaysville, Ut has been helping his neighbors since he could walk. He is now twelve, and is known to his neighbors as a friend and helper. He takes out the trash, cleans yards, mows lawns, cleans houses and does what ever he can do to help.
He also visits those who need cheering up. He checks on all the grandmas and grandpas on a regular basis. Tim said, “I just kind of talk to them instead of leaving them in their house to keep to themselves.”
Neighbor, Pauline said, “We love him in the neighborhood.” Over the years, some of the neighbors have passed on… but their families praise Tim and thank him for his kindness toward their family member.
Last week, Tim was honored by television station Channel 5. He received the High 5 award for his acts of kindness toward his neighbors. His reaction? “I guess I just kind of learned that that’s what you do when you live in a neighborhood.”
I offer my High 5… along with his neighbors… to Tim Crookston, who does good deeds all week long… not just on Friday.
What an inspiration!
P.S. This reminds me of a song I learned as a child in church….”Have I done any good in the world today… have I helped anyone in need…..”
P.P.S. Check out My friends Sheila and Shelly… and Karina who are also spreading the good word on Fridays