Holy Tornado

To see the soul of your comrade listen carefully to his music.

Friday, April 28, 2006


Long green legs, spindly, yet strong,
Bending in the April breeze.
Whilst feet cling tightly to the soil,
Toes drink deeply of earth's wine.

She grows tall and lean,
Her arms reach to the sun.
Her small green head grows daily,
And begins to show a hint of red.

The brazen sun kisses her passionately,
She turns her face eagerly to receive his warm embrace
Then turns bright crimson in pure delight.
She whispers, "Today I am a woman...er...Tulip."

(this is without a doubt the most ridiculous poem I have ever written. I worked too hard today. Thats my excuse and I'm sticking with it!)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Count your garden by the flowers
Never by the leaves that fall,
Count your days by golden hours
Don't remember clouds at all.

Count your nights by stars, not shadows,
Count your life by smiles, not tears.
And with joy on every birthday,
Count your age by friends, not years.
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Sunday, April 23, 2006


If you look closely at the picture above you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they are praying.
This incident took place at a ceremony honoring the birthday of the Corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms.

"These are federal employees" said Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately."

When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said, (cleaned up a bit) Screw the ACLU."

God bless our warriors and send the ACLU to France.

So what's wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.

{For the above pic, and info, a Country Curtsy to cousin Patty.}

Whats wrong with the ACLU? Just about everything.

My mom would say the ACLU is as worthless as teats on a boar.
I guess I'd say it too, but actually they are worse because they are a slow spreading poison out to destroy the United States Of America. They are proving it.

Remember to pray for our troops and pray in public at every opportunity. Don't let them take away our rights. Christians have more power that they realize, we have the Lord God and His great armies fighting with us. We are on the Winning team!
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Monday, April 17, 2006


Madalyn Faith is my great granddaughter. At two and a half years old, she is a delightful and beautiful child.
She is holding her huge Easter Basket in her right hand and the flag, our symbol of freedom in her other.
She tried several times to poke the small pole the flag was attached to in the garden soil, to make the flag stand up and finally got some help.

This picture sort of got to me because of the symbolism of the items she is holding. Easter meaning our salvation and eternal life, thanks to the great sacrifice, and our flag, symbolizing the freedom of the American people and our right as Americans to worship when, where, and how we choose without interference.
If we want to keep this privilege, we are going to have to fight for it. I for one, believe it is worth fighting for.

My sincere prayer is that little Maddie and all of our children will always have the freedom to worship the Lord God when, where and however they choose!
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Gigantic leaf

I found this prehistoric looking plant growing at my daughters, whose home is set in a densly wooded area in the mountains of Whatcom County. It is possible that the previous homeowner had planted it there.

The leaves are absolutely huge, some up to 47 inches in diameter. I thought it was what I have heard called Eleaphant Ear, however the internet shows a completely different plant by that name.

I would like to know what it is and how to grow it, so if anyone knows anything about this plant please leave a comment or e-mail me.
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Will the real Coton de Tulear please say woof?
Patty-Jo raises this beautiful and rare breed of dog (top photo).
The lower photo is some clever persons Chrysanthemum version.
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Friday, April 14, 2006

For years and years, as an American citizen, I have been taxed for everything imaginable, just like you have. I can't imagine how much money the government has collected. from us.
We work and we pay into Social Security and Medicare etc., with the understanding that we will be taken care of when we are no longer able to support ourself.
I was given my ex husbands Social Security a year ago. $697.00 a month. Because of this huge sum of money I am not eligible for Medicare part A, but am grateful to get part b. However there are many things it doesn't cover. Things most of us consider necessities, like eye exams & glasses, dentist and or dentures, hearing aids, certain surgeries, prescription drugs, foot care like cutting of corns and calluses, routine or yearly physicals, Screening tests vaccinations and more.

Please don't get me wrong. I am very thankful for what I get.
What is bothering me is the fact that the government takes the tax money I have been paying over the past 67 years, and sends it to some needy country, so someone there can have surgery, or new dentures, or drugs, a hearing aid, or what have you, while they deny the American taxpayers the same.
This is insane!

ILLEGAL'S come and get housing, food and medical, but they never paid a dime into our system. They are taking what is rightfully yours and mine.
Employer's hire them because they work cheap. They can afford to work cheap because we are providing them with everything they need.

So in the future what are we going to see?
Healthy, well fed hispanics driving fancy cars as they smile, flashing their newly capped teeth.
News clips showing the strong, proud citizens of the foreign countries we have supported, who may well be planning an attack on our nation.

And here in the USA we will be weak with sickness, hobbling about with crippled bodies, bumping into things because we can't get eye exams or glasses, and not smiling because we don't have any teeth, and what in heck is there to smile about anyway when you consider this atrocious theft from the American people!

Ok I'm done. Just had to say what was on my mind.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

This is my little girl puppy. She was one year last month.
She is my little sweetheart, weighing about eight pounds.
She is a little rebel. If I say 'come' she runs away from me. She loves to be chased all over the back yard.
If I say 'eat' she walks away from her food dish. If I look away she comes running back and chows down.
If I didn't love her so dang much she could be very annoying.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


I don't ordinarily plant red and pink tulips side by side, but in this case, they were planted a few years apart and I had forgotton about the first ones being red.
Oh well, it is colorful
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For the past several years, I have been trying to encourage my daughter, Patty-Jo to lock her doors.
When she lived in SanDiego she always locked her doors, but she lived at the border and there were swarms of illegals crawling over her fence constantly. when she moved back home she 'felt safe.' After all, she wasn't close to the Mexican border anymore.

Patty raises the cutest little Coton de Tulear dogs. She is as protective over them as a mama lion over her cubs. Her dogs live in her home with her and are very loved.

A few nights ago, when she was sleeping, her dogs began to bark, They wouldn't stop so she got up to scold them but when she opened her bedroom door there was a strange man in her living room.

She told me that she didn't scream or faint or do any of the other ladylike things generally associated with such an event. Instead, it made her mad and she yelled, "WHAT IN H--L ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE?"
The man, who was hispanic and wearing a blue bandana on his head, said , "I'm Smoky " Patty repeated, "I DON'T GIVE A D--N WHO YOU ARE, WHAT IN H--L ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE?"
The man was in his twenties and smelled like a brewery.
He told her there were a lot of people in her back yard having a party and tried to get her to go out back with him. Patty called her husband then. When hubby heard her, he thought he was dreaming and went back to sleep.
The second time she called him, he came flying down the stairs, but the stranger had fled out the back door.

Patty then called the police who responded with several cars and the K-9 as well. They didn't find the man but did find his blue bandana in her back yard.

The next day Patty discovered that this jerk had gone through her car as well and left her things scattered all over.

She isn't shook up, but she is mad as a wet hen.
I don't blame her.
From the color of his bandana we can assume he was a member of the Crip gang.

Patty I am so sorry this happened. I know you thought that when you moved back home you would be rid of these undesireable, cheating, thieves. Now here they are walking right into your house.
I'm glad you lock your doors now.
I think you need some kind of protection.
I will gladly show you how to use it.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Just because your washer leaves a puddle on the floor doesn't mean it has a leaky hose, or tub, or anything!
Thanks to advise from my Patty-Jo, I checked the "DRAIN' and discovered it was plugged. I fashioned a metal clothes hanger with a hook on the end and rammed the plug out. Now my new washer is working beautifully.
I learned that lint can collect in the drain and stop the thing up. Never knew that before and never had it happen in all these years!

A young woman at Home Depot told me that her family ties a nylon sock over the end of the drain hose to collect the lint. I'm not sure how often it need to be cleaned.

Well now you know what to check first if your washer leaves puddles on your floor.
My old washer was just fine, just old, but it was time for a change anyway.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Ok, today was better. Sort of. My son in law brought the washer and dryer I bought, and installed them. He even disabled the obnoxious dryer buzzer that scares the stuffing out of me when the cycle is finished.
After he left I did a load of wash. The hose connection is leaking. I will get new hoses.
No problem. I think. I hope. I pray!!!!!

I made mac n' cheese for supper. When I removed the kettle from the burner I noticed a crack in the burner. It's an electric range. I need to replace the burner.

Now considering all the problems I am having with appliances and faucets I should be pretty fed up. And at times it does get to me, but then I remember back when I was first married and didn't have a washing machine of any kind. I had to scrub clothes in the bath tub, then hang them out on the clothesline to dry. If it was winter they froze solid, so I strung up clothesline's in the house. You gotta have diapers, disposables hadn't been invented and I couldn't have afforded them if they were.

The faucets could be a problem, but they can and will be fixed. I remember one snowy winter back in the 60's when we had a well and the pump broke. It took two weeks to get it fixed. During that time, with four little kids to bathe and toilet, etc, not to mention hubby and me, we needed water. So I put a large milk can on the kids sled and pulled it about a half mile down the hill to the creek, filled the can then pulled it back to the house. It usually took two trips a day. Where there's a will there's a way.

As for the burner on my range. There are still three to use and I never use them all anyway so I won't be missing it. I'll find a replacement soon.
I remember the wood cookstoves I have used. They were hard work. Chopping and hauling wood, and feeding that hungry thing sure kept me hopping. However, there will never be a loaf of homemade bread comparable to that taken from a wood cookstove. Most people don't realize that electricity has an odor and a flavor. It ruins the bread. Lots of other foods too.

Tomorrow is Sunday, the Lords day. I know it will be good.
Actually, every day is the Lord's day around here.
I just wish my appliances knew it.

Friday, April 07, 2006

It seems that whenever something in my house falls apart, a few other things follow suit. It's like they have this conspiracy or something!
My bathroom faucet needs replaced because the handles are really hard to turn. The kitchen faucet was jealous so it had to have a mechanical tantrum too. Now I need two new faucets.

Somehow, my washing machine heard the news and became so upset it sprung a leak. Today I replaced the washer and got a new dryer too, because I figured the old dryer wouldn't tolerate sitting beside the new washer. Besides it might cause it to have an inferiority complex.
Things are on the mend around here and I am hoping nothing else will need to be replaced because of jealousy and behavioral problems.

I'm not sure if I should give all my appliances a loving caress and whisper sweet nothings into their nuts and bolts, or if I should give them all a good whack with my big spatula and threaten to toss them out on their greasy motor if they ever complain again!

"tomorrow will be a good day---tomorrow will be a good day---tomorrow will be a good day!"

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This is the rather insignificant blossom of the Wallflower. I remember the orange and yellow shades from many years ago, when my grandma had them growing in her yard. There are several other colors now, but the old fashioned ones smell best. I think they hybridized the fragrance right out of the newer ones.
A few years ago I planted a few packages of seed along the front of my house, knowing that when they bloomed it would be very fragrant out there, and my visitors could enjoy them. They re-seed easily so just keep on growing as long as I let them.

They are beginning to bloom now and today the sun was warm on them. When I went out to my car I was absolutely enveloped in their lovely fragrance.
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006


I took advantage of the sun today and got a few pictures of the flowers in my yard. I like this one with the sun shining through the petals.
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My mom used to make this fun and delicious cake. As a child I had no idea how it was created but just assumed my mom could do magical things. After all, she did have eyes in the back of her head.
I found this picture while going through her papers. She apparently wanted to save the memory, and I am so glad she did.
As I got older, I learned her secret was cake pans with specially designed inserts. The chocolate batter went in certain places and the yellow in the other.
When a slice of cake was placed on a dish you could play tic-tac-toe on it, if it lasted that long.
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Saturday, April 01, 2006

No matter what obstacles may have risen up in your life, God is bigger.

If it isn't big enough to pray about, it isn't big enough to worry about.

God has big shoulders, let Him carry the load.

Billy Sunday said, " You can take the promise of God, tie a knot in the end, swing out over the flames of hell, and spit in the Devil's eye."

I'm not sure why I am blogging this, but I believe someone needs it.
God bless you and lead you, and give you peace.