Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reasons to be cheerful


My daffodils are in bud and Barack Obama makes history today becoming the first black president in The White House. I hope all those people who have suffered throughout the years, and in my lifetime, can rest easy in their graves. It’s been a long time coming.

How to bring a smile to someone’s face.

1 Make a coffee / tea for you and your partner / husband.

2 Collect all pencils that need sharpening, a sharpener and old newspaper.

3 Spread paper on kitchen table and sit to drink coffee/ tea. A slightly smug smile is permitted at so perfectly illustrating how – even at a break - the woman never stops, whilst the man just drinks.

4, Sharpen all pencils making sure all the detritus lands safely on the paper.

5 Blow on the sharpener to clean it.

Well it brought a smile to MTL’s face even though he was covered in pencil shavings. Sometimes it’s useful to be a klutz.


Kim Ayres said...

Reminds me of being in the pub when I was younger and used to smoke. After lighting my roll-up I lobbed the match in the ashtray, but I suddenly realised it was still burning.

So I blew it out.

Unfortunately it didn't bring a smile to the fag-end and ash covered friend on the other side of the table.

kenju said...

HA! I didn't see that one coming. I have an "antique" pencil sharpener attached to the back of a door in my kitchen and it catches the shavings.Maybe I should photograph it.

Anonymous said...

As an American who has been reading your blog for a while now, it is so wonderful to see the positive outlook about this hopeful,vibrant man. I join you in hoping that all who have gone before are sharing in the joy of this day.

PI said...

Kim: thank you - that really had me chortling and I must run downstairs and tell MTL. Priceless!

Judy: yes do - it sounds interesting. If you were puzzled by the 'alphabet' on my e- mail- I meant to ask if you had any useable letters left. And then I forgot:)

Anon: thank you for visiting and for commenting. Come back anytime:)

savannah said...

we're all hopeful today, sugar! xoxo

(loved the visual re MTL)

scarlet-blue said...

Did the shavings go in the coffee as well?

Bob-kat said...

Ooh! Daffodils! How lovely. A sign that spring is on it's way :)

Thnk you for popping by my blog and for your kind words. I appreciate it :)

David said...

poof, sharp pencils
dull pat.
laughing spouse
sounds good.

have a great day!

funny post up today

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE Newly Sharpened Pencils....! There is something so satisfying about that first bit of writing with the newly pointed lead....Not the mess, of course...lol!

This is quite an amazing day, in every way, Pat, isn't it?....! Bless Us All!

john.g. said...

Time will tell!

granny p said...

A great day. The pencil shavings make the perfect topping on the cake.

PI said...

Savannah: Kim's is funnier!

Scarlet: I think we had both finished by then, otherwise the smile would have been a little thin:)

Bob-kat:it looks a little hesitant and nervous don't you think? The daffodil I mean.

David: nice to have you visit even if I'm 'dull'. I've been watching 'Ice Truckers' on TV near Big Bear Lake, but in Canada, and you are in California I think. Anyway I thought of you:)

PI said...

Naomi: glad you like that. I sat watching the Inauguration and imagined you doing the same - with a few tears too.

Eryl Shields said...

I watched the coverage on the BBC website, amazing that you don't even need a TV anymore, and definitely shed a tear along with the crowd.

Daffs in January, I haven't even seen a snowdrop yet!

Anonymous said...

The citizens of the United States of America celebrate a very special day today. The replacement of prejudice with intelligence has produced many smiles all over the world.

PI said...

John.g: everything crossed:)

Granny.p: sounds like one of my cakes alright:)

Eryl: the daffs are beginning to look as if they are changing their mind.

Rhubarbwhine: very often where you go , we follow. Let's hope so:)

Krimo said...

My comment must've been swallowed by Blogger.
I think I said:
"I have a dream...
That one day pencils would never to be sharpened again."

Good Bless, Obama!

Deb said...

Even in Aussie land, I too am hopeful of a better future with Obama presiding over America. He has provided hope, and put his faith in people, but best of all, he has taken ownership and ecouraged us all to do so.
I have to say too Pat, that I love the pencil sharpening story - enjoying the simply pleasures in life is so important.

PI said...

Krimo: they both came through. My dream is to conquer html. Fat chance!

Deb: yes I feel the world is a little closer now but especially Aussie land with much loved family members there.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Many tears of Happiness and I found it all THRILLING in every way...That beautuful loving family is like a Breath Of Fresh Air, in Washington, D.C. I wish them and him, only the BEST!

PI said...

Naomi: what is so great is that it's not just America - there is a universal feeling of great hope and good will.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying. Flowers in springtime, getting things organised, warm tea.

And then there are the big things, which amaze me that I get to witness.

PI said...

Miss d: I know what you mean and agree but living in this climate tea has to be hot:)