Friday, August 11, 2006

There isn't Time.

Hello My Friends ~~ The end of another week here

and all is well. I hope everything is going well for

you folks. I haven’t really got a recipe tonight, but

last night, I cut up 4 large chicken breasts, and cut

up 2 onions, and put these and a large can chicken &

corn soup plus more water. I cut up 2 carrots and

3 stalks of celery, and some bell pepper (capsicum)

and added some frozen peas and frozen corn..

All of the above, plus salt and pepper went into the

crockpot. This morning I made dumplings to go on top.

2 good tablespns of butter or marge, 2 cups Self-

raising flour and milk to make a dough. I used a scone

cutter and made nice rounds, which I put in top of the

crockpot and they cooked in about ½ hour (while the

casserole was hot). Then cooked heaps of vegies to go

with it. So no more cooking for a couple of days at

least. So that’s my Friday recipe. Ok ?


<><> a Poem called “There isn’t Time”. <><>

There isn’t time in life – there isn’t time

To fret about each petty ill or wrong !

You’ll find folks love you better when you smile;

They do not want your frown – they want your song.


And when folks love you better, all the world

Grows brighter and more beautiful each day

The fret and worry of the common task,

Before a friend’s warm smile, will fade away.


There isn’t time for anger or for strife –

Your bitter word a deadly thing may prove;

There isn’t time in life – there isn’t time

For anything but courage, hope and love.!!


The King and His Four Wives

----------------------------------------------------- Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.


He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to

neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave

him for another.


He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind,

considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he

could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.

<><> The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions

in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife

Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!

<><> One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his

luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me, but when I die,

I'll be all alone." Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most,

endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now

that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!", replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without another word.

<><> Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart. The sad King then asked

the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow

me and keep me company?" "No!", replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to

remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.

<><> He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've

always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of

lightning, and the King was devastated.

<><> Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she

suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should

have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"

<><> In truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives: Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die. Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

<><> And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.

<><><> Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees,

you're in the perfect position to pray.


<><><> Another Blonde Joke <><><>

This blonde was sick and tired of all these blonde jokes.

She wanted to show her husband that blondes were smart.

She decided to paint a couple of rooms in the house while

he was at work.


The next day, right after her husband left for work, she

got down to the job.

Hubby arrived home that evening and smelled the distinctive

aroma of fresh paint.

He walked into the living room and found his wife lying on

the floor in a pool of sweat.

He noticed she was wearing a ski-parka and a leather jacket

at the same time. He asked if she was all right.


She said she was, so he asked what she thought she was doing.

She told him how she wanted to disprove the blondes were

dumb theory by painting the house.

Then he asked why she had a parka on over er leather jacket.


She just pointed to the instructions on the can of paint, where

it said : “For best results, put on two coats.”

<><><><> Some thoughts for you. <><><><>

Generous is the man who gives of his wealth,

but wise is the man who gives of his heart


Open your eyes and see those things which are

around us at this hour. –Richard Jefferies.


The happiest moments of my life have been the few

which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

--- Thomas Jefferson.


The rules of a friendship are simple and true. Do unto

your friends as you’d have them do.


Well that is my little effort for tonight. Cheers, Merle.



Lee-ann said...

Merle good evening to you my your last post has gone a little mad! and posted three times well at least I think it has.

I like the crock pot meal you made very nice for the cold winter nights we are still having.
see you again real soon.

Jeanette said...

Hi Merle
Im going to try that recipe sounds lovely havent had dumplings since Mum cooked them ,great jokes also. Had the blonde joke in front of me to add too .have a great weekend take care, Janxxx

Sue said...

Hi Merle,
The crockpot recipe looks good, I'll save it for cooler days though :-)
I loved the story of the King and his wives. A lesson for all of us there...

Tammy said...

once again your post spoke to me...I am inspired to nourish my soul more...and I always laugh at blonde jokes, you see I may not have blonde hair but my eyelashes and eyebrows are blonde!!!
My daughter came by and read you this afternoon, she told me that and I told her oh don't tell me, I haven't been by yet today and I love her posts!!!
Keep up the good work Dear Merle!!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Dumplings!! I haven't had them for absolutely ages. Thanks for the idea, I've bought some nice beef for a casserole and I put dumplings on top, too.

Good parable about the king and his four wives, and so true. We do neglect our souls in the pursuit of money and possession. Thank you for that.


Connie and Rob said...

Dear Merle,
Your recipe just left me so wanting dumplings...I will be dreaming about them.

Thanks so much for the King and His Four Wives. Very important message.

Take care,

mreddie said...

That sounded good and I'm not even hungry right now. Good one about when we are pushed to our knees being the perfect posture in which to pray. ec

Granny said...

I've been doing more with my crockpot since I've been reading your recipes. I used one all the time when I was working but I'd gotten away from it here.

Tonight though I stewed some skinned chicken thighs with honey barbecue sauce. Lazy Ann