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#856452 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Sequel

Posted by on 01 March 2013 - 03:45 AM

Saw this on facebook. Had to share


Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for
her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give
up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem
was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the
kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed
carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground
coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the
carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and
placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a
bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted
that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as
she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had
been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior.
But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.

"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the
heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a
financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water,
the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it
releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things
are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?



So go there for and be coffee!

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#837013 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 16 November 2012 - 08:53 PM

I see y'all have been having fun while my family and I were off.... EARNING OUR BLACK BELTS! W00T! :D
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#834927 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 07 November 2012 - 03:37 AM

So now the political ads and calls will stop for a few more years! No matter who you voted for, thats gotta be great news this morning! :)
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#833527 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 30 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

There was one family who we have not heard from since before the storm and we could not reach all day. So I put out an all call on Facebook to track them down and someone saw it and called someone else who drove out to their house and found them stuck with out power or food! Now they have dinner and are safe! Yay! Internet+Smart phones rock at a time like this! *insert snoopy dancing here*
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#831278 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 21 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

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He got his pumpkins finally :D
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#830125 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 15 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

Well. . ..together you`d make 38 -- and isn`t the answer to Life, Death and Everything 38?.. . ....:unsure: . ...or is it 42?......


*ahem* 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything. :rolleyes:
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#826393 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 30 September 2012 - 09:18 AM

Why do I do this? . . . Is it the challenge? . . . Is it because I have no life? :lol:

In another forum that I hang in (well I am down to three that I am active in anymore) we have a thing called karma we give out to good/funny/helpful posts. IF I COULD do that here, this one has good karma reward written all over it.! B)
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#814722 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 30 July 2012 - 02:15 AM

Congrats Peter, looks like a much needed upgrade ;)
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#806539 So Long For Now

Posted by on 26 June 2012 - 05:59 AM

I wonder if he feels she is revealing to much private info. Some people are not as comfortable with public lives as others. He may be embarrassed even by the medical issues. If that is the case, it is good that she respects him enough to pull out.
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#804485 Just A Little Humor

Posted by on 18 June 2012 - 05:51 PM

I think you missed my point.
Those foods almost killed me, <_< so no, I HONESTLY do not miss them at all. Honestly.

Oh,m I assume it is true for you, just not me.

I miss foods that make me sick. No joke. I really have a problem I know! :lol: :lol:

Oh... esply sugary stuff... wow, I could binge RIGHT NOW on [insert any bad food here], knowing that I will be puking within 2 hours if I am lucky, potentially in the hospital is more realistic. :P

Back on topic for this thread... my "card" would simple say something like..

My son, My wife, and I are all currently training for our black belts and see any attempt to give my son gluten as a personal threat to his life. Therefor we will react with all necessary force to prevent it. If that is not clear, picture my boot slamming into your nose, at high velocity.

Its a bit long though, so I guess I will trim it.

Got Gluten for my son? Better have good insurance.

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#802990 Would Anyone Recommend Homeopath Testing?

Posted by on 12 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

Sorry if this is confusing! I wrote it rather hurried this morning.

I'm just feeling pretty weak and tired all of the time, it could be from the gluten still but I'm concerned it could be some other food also? I'm just wondering if there would be any point in seeing a specialist for some guidance, as I know what's making me sick even if the doctor's don't!

Thanks for your suggestion, I'll do some research! :)

I am sorry if this got lost in the thread some place... but how long have you been gluten free for? Maybe you just have not healed enough yet. Some people on this forum taking months to years that it took them to get better.
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#802802 Would Anyone Recommend Homeopath Testing?

Posted by on 12 June 2012 - 02:57 AM

Seeing a dietician for help with making a healthy gluten free diet makes sense, but a dietician can not give you an official diagnoses.

Really though ... why do you care? You state that if you eat gluten you have a harsh reaction. So the logical course of action is to not eat gluten. Would any test of any kind change that? No matter what test you take, you still have the original problem where you eat something and it makes you sick. The answer is the same, do not eat what makes you sick. Seems to me unless you have a specific reason, testing at this point for you is a waste of time and money.
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#802241 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Original

Posted by on 10 June 2012 - 01:45 AM

:D Have you read through the entire thread V? It's an event in itself. But, I assure you, it's only consequential that Altoids arrived with your return. B) Maybe it's karma that you should be with us again. :rolleyes: < not about Altoids. :unsure:

If you mean the Altoids thread from 5 years ago... yes. If you mean this thread now? Only the last 3-4 pages. Its a bit long to go back now! LOL
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#802059 Help With Visit To SIL

Posted by on 09 June 2012 - 12:18 PM

Later this month I'll be traveling to my SILs for the weekend. She loves to bake and cook and I'm tempted to tell her that I'll bring all my own food. How can I do this without insulting her? I need to keep myself healthy, but I need to balance that with a healthy family relationship too. Any tips on how others have visited friends/family and been able to eat safely?


With out knowing her personality it is hard to say BUT if she loves to cook, bring recipes! Talk up about how great it would be to cook / bake foods together. Educate her with out her knowing it on gluten-free cooking/eating. Might even say something like "been having trouble with this gluten-free recipe" and ask for advice.

Try to spin it to the positive as much as you can.
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#802041 New To Gluten-Free

Posted by on 09 June 2012 - 11:32 AM

So, here we are. Brand new to the gluten-free idea, and no idea where to start. I do have 3 older children (ages 15, 13, and 10) who have informed me that they do not want to change their diets because of their brother. Any ideas of where to start? I have no clue what even contains gluten, or not! From reading different posts, I see that things I would have never dreamed of may have gluten in them.

Is there a Dummies Guide to Eating Gluten-Free?!

Sorry for the long post, but if you are still reading this, do you have any suggestions?

First welcome to the forum! This is a great place to learn form other parents' experiences. Here is some threads to check to get you started:

Some threads with good info:

FAQ Celiac com

Celiac Newbie Info 101

What's For Breakfast Today?

What Did You Have For Lunch Today?

What Are You Cooking Tonight?

I know it seems overwhelming right now, but that will pass. In time it will be come just part of your life.

We only have one child, so it is a bit easier on us, others will chime in on how to handle the multi-kid part of this. :)
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