Friday, January 30, 2009

Never Alone

Never Alone
(By Bertrude B. McClain)
 
He can calm the troubled waters
When you walk in dark despair.
There is hope when you feel helpless
Knowing that the Lord is there...
 
Sharing in your sunshine moments
Or in valleys deep and wide,
He will never, ever leave you-
He is always by your side.
 
There's no other friend so faithful
Through the sunshine and the rain,
Through the teardrops and the laughter,
In your joy and in your pain.
 
We could never, ever thank Him
For His love He gives so free,
Never changing...never ending
Throughout all eternity.
 
Oh, the wonder of all wonders
As we live from day to day,
Knowing that we have a Father
Who is with us all the way.

 

 


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

I've sure gotten old

 

"I've sure gotten old!
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought cancer and diabetes.
I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications
that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. 
Have bouts with dementia; have poor circulation;  hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92.
Have lost all my friends.
But, thank God, I still have my driver's license."

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked,
 'How old was your husband?'
'98,' she replied.  'Two years older than me'
'So you're 96,' the undertaker commented.
She responded, 'Hardly worth going home, is it?
     
Random thoughts -

"Know how to prevent sagging?  Just eat till the wrinkles fill out."

"It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker."

"These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, 'For fast relief.'


Overheard: "My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.  
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be."  

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Little Things

Little Things

Little stones make big mountains,
Little steps can cover miles,
Little acts of loving-kindness
Give the world it's biggest smiles.

Little words can soothe big troubles
Little hugs can dry big tears,
Little candles light the darkness,
Little memories last for years.

Little dreams can lead to greatness,
Little victories to success -
It's the little things in life
That bring the greatest happiness.

 

May your day be filled with joy, laughter

And the little things that would make you smile!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ek en Jy

Aan almal wat ek seergemaak het of pyn veroorsaak het, ek is jammer!

Aan almal wat ek kon laat glimlag, opbeur en hoop gee, ek is dankbaar daarvoor!

Aan almal vir wie ek beloftes gemaak het en dit nie nagekom het nie, vergewe my asseblief!

Aan almal wat beloftes aan mý gemaak het en dit nagelaat het, ek hou dit nie teen julle nie.

Aan almal wie se lewens ek aangeraak het op een of ander manier, behou asseblief kontak.

Aan almal wat lief was vir my en wie se liefde ek nie kon beantwoord nie, ek is jammer en dankie vir jul liefde.

Aan almal wat deel van my lewe wou wees en dit nie kon regkry nie, ek is jammer maar ek bied steeds 'n hand van vriendskap.

Aan almal wat 'n verskil in my lewe gemaak het, dankie, dankie, dankie!

Aan almal wat my bygestaan, opgehelp, vertroos en hoop gegee het, sonder julle sou ek nie kon uitreik na ander nie.
 
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Unfaithfull

 

UNFAITHFUL

    An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table,

took his wife's hand in his and said, "Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there's something I have to know.  In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?"

    Martha replied, "Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.

    Henry was obviously hurt by his wife's confession, but said, "I never suspected.  Can you tell me what you mean by 'good reasons?'"

    Martha said, "The first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn't pay the mortgage.

    Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?"

    Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for that.  You saved our home, but what about the second time?"

    Martha asked, "And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed?  Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge."

    "I recall that," said Henry. "And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that.  Now tell me about the third time."

    "Alright," Martha said. "So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 73 more votes?"



Monday, January 26, 2009

Friend

God must have known there would be times
We'd need a word of cheer

Someone to praise a triumph

Or brush away a tear.

He must have known we'd need to share

The joy of "little things"

In order to appreciate

The happiness life brings.

I think he knew our troubled hearts

Would sometimes throb with pain

At trials and misfortunes

Or some goals we can't attain.

He knew we'd need the comfort

Of an understanding heart

To give us strength and courage

To make a fresh, new start.

He knew we'd need companionship

Unselfish...lasting...true,

And so GOD answered the heart's

great need

With a Cherished Friend...like you.
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Follow Me

 

 Take up your cross and follow Me

Wherever I may lead

Your back will ache, your feet grow tired

And yes, your heart will bleed.

But we shall walk together

And I will share your lot

For I am always with you

And will forget you not.



Take up your cross and follow Me

And I will fill your days

With joy that only I can give

In many precious ways.

So learn to know me better

For there are miles to go

And rest your head upon my Heart

For I have loved you so.



The light grows dim, the dusk descends

The sunlight turns to shade

I give my angels charge of you

So do not be afraid.

But trust in Me and do not grieve

For what has come and gone

I will provide for all your needs

Because you are My own.



My yoke is easy, My burden light

No matter where you roam

Remember earth will pass away

But heaven is your home.

How very brief a time man walks

Upon this earthly sod,

So love Me as I first loved you,

And know that I am God.

Author: Grace Easley
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Car News

 

Rumor: Next Generation BMW 1-Series

Apparently some of our friends in the UK managed to get some "rare" details on how the n BMW 1-series is going to look like. With an accent on fuel efficiency, the new BMW 1 is going to sport a new 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine but the power figures are like that.

PETROL

§ BMW 116i - 136bhp (101kW)

§ BMW 118i - 184bhp (137kW)

§ BMW 120i - 218bhp (163kW)

§ BMW 130i - 272bhp (203kW)

§ no M1, but a twin turbo that will sport 300bhp (225kW)

DIESEL

§ BMW 118d with 150bhp (112kW)

§ BMW 120d producing 184bhp (137kW)

§ BMW 123d good for 211bhp (157kW)

Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed double-clutch (as optional), running on a RWD suspension, and a few body changes, we're only eager to get behind the wheel for a test ride. This BMW looks much better than the older version .. isn't it ?

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

South Africa Part 2

Copper foundry near Phalaborwa mine, Limporo province, Republic of South Africa

Copper foundry near Phalaborwa mine, Limporo province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

 

A deposit of flying ash near Secunda, Mpumalaga Province, Republic of South Africa

A deposit of flying ash near Secunda, Mpumalaga Province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

These enormous reservations are built on flying ashes which are the result of coal liquefaction operations carried out by South African oil company Sasol and its industrial plants nearby.

It is the biggest and probably the only synthetic fuel factory in the world.

It uses the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert not only bad quality coal but also natural gas, into liquid hydrocarbons.

The factory alone covers a surface are of 13 square kilometres and its existence is mainly due to the international embargo against South.

Although the production of synthetic fuel is minimal, the technology used to make it is attracting attention once again as petrol prices soar.

From an environmental point of view, the production of a litre of liquid fuel from coal emits twice as much greenhouse gases as an equivalent fuel from an oil refinery.

 

Oil refinery near Secunda, Mpumalanga province, Republic of South Africa

Oil refinery near Secunda, Mpumalanga province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

 

Center-Pivot irrigation near Delmas, Mpumalaga province, Republic of South Africa

Center-Pivot irrigation near Delmas, Mpumalaga province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

 

Outdoor coal mine near Delmas, South Africa

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Coal remains the source of energy worldwide.

Despite using coal for 94% of its electricity production, South Africa's electricity demands are still not adequately accounted for and the country plans to open more coal-fired power plants in the years to come.

In 2005, 33% of energy used in the world came from coal.

Despite the closure of several coal mines in Europe during the past decades (as a result of low returns which did not meet the investment cost) coal mines still exist in many other places with cheaper labour costs.

With increasing energy demands, coal mining is expected to continue until at least the mid-twenty-first century, as coal resources are abundant and easily exploited.

Nevertheless, coal-fired energy poses a problem because it causes huge pollution, particularly in terms of CO2 emission, which is a greenhouse gas.

It also blights the landscape.

In order to reduce global warming and to respond to the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol, it's necessary that we reduce, or discontinue the use of coal.

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Burned eucalyptus plantation near Sabie, Mpumalanga province, Republic of South Africa

Burned eucalyptus plantation near Sabie, Mpumalanga province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

 

Seals on a rock near Duiker Island, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa

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Cape fur seals  are gregarious.

They gather by hundreds in coastal colonies, chiefly to mate and give birth. Happier in the water than on land, these semiaquatic mammals spend most of their time swimming in coastal waters seeking food: fish, squid, and crustaceans.

The species found at the Cape of Good Hope lives only on the coasts of southern Africa, from Cape Cross (Namibia) to Algoa Bay (South Africa), and numbers about 850,000 individuals.

Seals belong to the pinniped family, which includes fourteen species of otarid seals (sea lions and eared seals), nineteen species of phocid seals (true seals), and one species of walrus.

Pinnipeds live in most seas and total about 50 million individuals, of which 90 % are phocid seals.

 

Cormorants and Cape fur seals at Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa

Cormorants and Cape fur seals at Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa.JPG

 

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South Africa

 

Whale off the Table Mountain National Park, near Kommetjie, Cape province, Republic of South Africa

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Vintage (Grapes being produces for wine making) in the north of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

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The Cape of Good Hope, Republic of South Africa

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Cape fur seals at Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa

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Gregarious, the Cape fur seals gather into colonies on the coast to mate and give birth.

More comfortable in the water than on land, these semi-aquatic mammals spend most of their time scouring the coastal waters looking for food: fish, squid and shellfish.

This subspecies only meet on the southern coasts of Africa between Cape north of Namibia and Algoa Bay east of Port Elizabeth in the Republic of South Africa and number almost a million.

Although they are classed in annex II of the Convention concerning international trade of wild species of fauna and flora threatened by extinction, the Cape fur seals are commercially hunted in Namibia.

Every year tens of thousand of young and thousands of adults are killed.

Another subspecies live on the southern coasts of Australia. The sea-lion family includes 16 species in all, called fur seals or sea lions.

 

Marsh in West Coast National Park and Langebaan, Republic of South Africa

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Portrait of Mandela, Orlando Power Station Cooling Tower in Soweto, Republic of South Africa

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Monday, January 19, 2009

New virus


Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.
It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1950

Symptoms:
1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.
2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.
3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.
4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished.
7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND."
8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE."

IT IS CALLED THE "C-NILE VIRUS."

 



Liberty Life


You were born to shine on

 


Disappointment grabs hold of your tender heart

Don't allow it to hang on too long.

You weren't born to be sad or born to be blue

You were born to ever shine on.


Loneliness drops you in a deep, empty hole

Don't forget there's a place you belong.

You weren't born in darkness or born to be lost

You were born to ever shine on.


Mistakes and false steps, shatter your confidence

Don't believe that you'll always be wrong.

You weren't born defeated or born to stay down

You were born to ever shine on.


You're a symphony of light, a grand design

Don't transgress to a life without song.

You were born to a Promise, born to love

You were born to ever shine on.

© 2001 Terri McPherson

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Speak lovingly and kindly

Speak lovingly and kindly

While here on earth we stay

Our life is but a shadow

That soon will glide away



One little word of kindness

On some poor heart may fall

Like beams from yonder golden sun

That brightly shines for all



Speak lovingly and kindly

O let the task be ours

To scatter by the wayside

Not thorns, but smiling flowers



Though crowned with peace and plenty

Our happy homes may be

Remember those around us

Less favored far than we



Speak lovingly and kindly

For He our Lord we know

To us will show the kindness

That we to others show.

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The whole farmyard is at risk

The Whole Farmyard is At Risk

 
A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package.
What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a rat trap.
Retreating to the farmyard the rat proclaimed the warning; "There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!"
 
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Excuse me, Mr. Rat, I can tell this is a grave
concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
 
The rat turned to the pig and told him, "There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!".
 
"I am so very sorry Mr. Rat," sympathized the pig, "but there nothing I can do about it but pray.
Be assured that you are in my prayers."
 
The rat turned to the cow. The cow said, "Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat trap.
Oh boy, like that really puts me in grave danger."
 
So the rat returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's rat trap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a rat trap catching its prey.
 
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a
venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
 The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.
 
She returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to
 the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
His wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them the farmer butchered the pig.
 
The farmer's wife did not get well.

 She died, and so many people came for her funeral that the
farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.

 
So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you,
 remember that when there is a rat trap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Simple things



Simple things are lovely things
Rain, dropping from the eaves
Is molten silver streaming down
Upon the fallen leaves.


The thick, gray mantle of the fog
Hides everything from view
Footsteps make a hollow sound
When they're unseen by you.


The echo of a horse's hoof
Upon the cobblestone
Beats like a strange, erratic pulse
Within my heart alone.


A quiet hour on the sand
When all the tide is out
Brings with it something deeper
Than I care to talk about.


Shafts of sunlight through the trees
That grow upon a hill
The first green shoots above the ground
Though winter lingers still.


Simple things are lovely things
We need no wealth to share
The monotone of nature's soul
...That whispers everywhere!


~ Grace E. Easley

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Teddy Bear hugs and sweet smiles
Hearts overflowing with love
Big bright eyes that say "Hi"
All have made their way
Across the miles
To brighten your day

I've added a sparkle or two
So take it all in, my friend
It's special from my heart to you.
Now when you are done
You know just what to do...
Share it with each and everyone.

You will light up their day too.
It's easy, just send, send, send
My friend true, through and through
Keep it going till the day is done
There's plenty more where this came from
Spreading hugs & smiles is so much fun

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