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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Friday, July 08, 2011

Fun Friday With A Little Help of My Friends . . .

Good Morning Dear Friends. . .

Okay what do you see in this picture and how many?


Click on the pictures below. When they come up, click again and drag your mouse in any direction.
The picture will give you a 360 degree view
(You can also look straight up and down.)

Thank you Ann and Jerry.






Ever had days like this? I do like her hair though.

I know y'all relate to this one!

Thank you Trish

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend..

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..... I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

Thank you Jenn - this is why you have children:

Are you interested in the US Census? Something you might like.

And from my very own daughter - thank you!

Hanging by my boob:

While conducting some businessat the Court House, I overheard a
Lady, who had been arrested for assaulting a Mammogram Technician,
Say, "Your Honor, I'm guilty but.....there were extenuating circumstances."

The female Judge said, sarcastically, "I'd certainly like to
Hear those extenuating circumstances." I did too so, I listened as the
Lady told her story.

"Your Honor, I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually
Kept. I was met by this perky little clipboard carrier smiling from
Ear to ear and she tilted her head to one side and crooned, "Hi! I'm
Belinda! All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip
To the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?"

I'm thinking, "Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science."
Belinda then skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.

With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to
The left and said, "Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean
In a tad so we can get everything?" Fine, I answered.

I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the
Remaining circulation in my legs and neck to finish me off? My body
Was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other breast wedged
Between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when I heard and felt
A zap!

Complete darkness, the power was off!

Belinda said, "Uh-oh, maintenance is working, bet they hit a
Snag." Then she headed for the door.

"Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?" I shouted.

Belinda kept going and said, "Oh, you fussy puppy...the door's
Wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right

Before I could shout NOOOO! She disappeared. And that's exactly
How Bubba and Earl, "maintenance men Extraordinaire" found
Me...half-naked with part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the
Other part smashed between glass!

After exchanging a polite Hi, how's it going type greeting,
Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the
Power was off.

Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much
Calmness as possible, "Uh, yes, I did but thanks anyway."

"OK, you take care now" Bubba replied and waved good-bye as
Though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.

Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin.
Making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, "Oh I am sooo
Sorry! The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And
Silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?"

And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between
The clamps...."

The judge could hardly contain her laughter as she said "Case Dismissed. ''



If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear.

- Glenn Clark


BECKY said...

Such wonderful funny stuff, as usual, Sandie!! OMG...the horror of the Mammo Story!! I experienced pain, but laughed at the same time!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Loved both the mammogram story and the photos. With the mammogram--been there! And the photos gave me a great view of places I've never been to.

Sandra said...

i can relate to the cartoon with the gun aimed at the computer because this morning when i found the new blogger draft format i pulled my gun to blast away, i really wanted to.
i do NOT like being old and never will, being old is a pain in the hip,arm,leg,back,head and last of all butt.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The cartoon about the torture devices is so funny! Telephone indeed - I hate that!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The cartoon about the torture devices is so funny! Telephone indeed - I hate that!

Changes in the wind said...

Great post today...loved the little kids laughing and the mammogram story:)

wanda said...

This post made me smile. The mammogram story had me rolling on the floor.

Remington said...

This is great! I truly enjoyed this! Thank you!

Starry Dawn said...

Good Morning Sandie,
This one is an awesome post!!
I agree with you in all the ways.
Aging comes along with wisdom.
Many folks died at a young age, and they were unable to live a full life. As we age and our hair get silver grey or white, we discover new things which make us free, for we do whatever we please to do in our hearts. Thank you, Sandie for sharing your wisdom with the world!! You've got an amazing blog that I follow. God bless you, Sandie, and those beloved ones!! We all love you in Christ, my friend. Smile, God is watching over you, sweetheart.
In God's Garden,
Poet Starry Dawn.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Sandie you have done it again...given me a big laugh on Friday! Hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Sandie have a fun weekend!...I couldn't view the 360 degree thang!.. made me drunk, and I ain't been drunk in 10 years,teehehe.

Pat MacKenzie said...

Lots here Sandie. IL counted nine people in the waterfall picture. I totally agree with the views on getting older...enjoy it all you can. And the mammogram story! Oh dear...I think Bubba and Earl should have sensitive parts of their anatomy clamlped in the machine too. Its obvious they need to learn empathy!

Susan said...

Great post, Sandie. Lots of good writing, too. Did Trish write that piece about getting old or did you? I loved it.

Hope your day is great. Thanks for all the chuckles and for making the world a better place. Susan

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Another great Chatty post.. Thanks.. My fav today were the two pictures from Capitol Reef and the Arches --since we have just come from there... What beauty!!!!!!

The Mammo story is priceless... Been there --and been smashed before --many times!!!!


Retired Knitter said...

Those pictures where magificant. So beautiful

Whosyergurl said...

Sandie...I recently saw crow's feet around my eyes. Oh well. It probably happened when my precious Natalie was born. This is what a GRANDMA looks like! Thank you, Jesus!

xo, Cheryl

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Friday Fun :) Loved the pictures. Great stories, the laughing kids were so funny :)

Karen Lange said...

Those pictures are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. You are so thoughtful. :) Thanks also, for supplying me with several good chuckles.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thisisme. said...

I saw people in white robes, and counted 19 or 20! Brilliant post as always. So much there! I think we've all had days when we have wanted to shoot the computer! Have a lovely weekend my friend.

The Boston Lady said...

I've got to go spray my face with water! Have a good weekend! Ann

Flora said...

Great Post. The Parks in Utah are amazing... We have been to a few hope to visit more! Love the mammo story!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, yeah!! I'm with that lady!!! They need to put Belinda in the cooler!!

Belle said...

Great post! I loved the photos of the rock formations in Utah. We have been there and loved it so much. Loved the bit about growing old and the mammogram.

Debbie said...

HAHAHAHA!!! I was laughing so hard by the end of the last one.

I also resemble that woman at the computer... complete with hairdo.

I love your Fun Fridays.

Michaele said...

Love this Friday posts and those 360 degreee photos! I have been to those places and LOVED seeing them again.

Ginny said...

The 360 degree thing is totally awesome!!!

Ann said...

A post full of delight today. My entire day has actually been full of it today. Loved the cartoon with the lady in front of the computer. I can so relate.

That corgi :) said...

Those pictures rotated 360 degrees were awesome, Sandie!! Amazing how they can do the technology like that in our computers so to speak! I saw people dressed in white in that picture, that faded to a waterfall. What was I supposed to see?


Knitty said...

I don't look like the woman in front of the computer, but I sure felt like her the past few days. I should have known to come here first thing this morning to get my day off to a better start.

What is the correct count on the shrouded figures (nuns?) in the painting?

Sharon said...

Oh what fun.

In the first photo, I saw a bunch of rather scary wraiths - maybe 15 or 16?

The photos were great fun. I showed them to my husband, because many of them were of some of our favorite places. He loved them - except I "panned" a little too fast, and we got dizzy.

The mammo story? Oh yeah - those things are torture chambers. I hate the *boob squishing* - but the contortions that you have to put your body and arms in is no picnic either...


Mevely317 said...

Hmmm... I only counted 12 robed folk in the pix -- feelin' EPIC FAIL over here.

I'd seen that mammogram story before, yet I'm still LMAO over here .... what woman over a certain age can't relate? (Come to think of it, I think I'm over-due ... oops!)

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

DaCraftyLady said...

Oh I love the last "boob" funny be sure and tell your daughrter that was a great one!!! I could picture it as clear as day, and I am due for a mammogram now...ut oh!! :) The old story was terrific...thank you for the Friday chuckle!! Debb

Linda O'Connell said...

Great advice a good laughs, thanks.