Holy Tornado

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

Monday, July 31, 2006


I bought this Azalea last summer, but didn't get it planted. It sat beside the house with a three others through the long cold winter and this spring. When I remembered them, the others were still green, but all of the leaves on this one had turned brown and the branches were dry and brittle like dead wood.

I brought them all to my back deck which has a northern exposure, and began watering and fertilizing them. The three survivors thrived and are ready to be planted in the garden. But this one just stayed dead looking and I was sure it was lost. But hoping there was still a spark of life in the roots, I continued to care for it.

Then one day a few weeks ago, I looked at it through very guilty eyes, and prayed, "Lord, this is your creation, and you gave it life once. Please revive it.
That was all, and I actually didn't expect anything. After all, it was dead.
I think I prayed as a last resort before tossing it.

Today as I was watering them, I had to look several times to believe my eyes. The dead, dried up branches are growing lush green leaves. This plant is alive.

Now I am thinking of the times I thought a situation was hopeless, stopped praying, and just gave up.
With God, nothing is impossible.
I believe in miracles!

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Saturday, July 29, 2006


I am participating in BooMama's Tour Of Homes. You will find my contribution in the two previous posts. Picasa wouldn't let me put it all in one post.
Thanks for coming by.


This is my happy little home, filled with the love of the Lord, and lots of kisses from my two little Yorkie's.

Come on in and sit a while, Coffee's hot.

Soup's on too with fry bread (which we call Skawns) and a fresh loaf.

This is my office, where I spend way too much time.
What you can't see are the two walls filled with cupboards which hold loads of genealogy files, books, pictures, and heaven only knows what else. I even found a tiny heart shaped box with a few pussy-willows inside, which my dear mother collected. I just can't toss it.
The pictures on the shelves above my computer are of some of my ancestors. One was born in 1792.
Genealogy is great fun!
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A special corner of my bedroom. Can you tell I like dolls?

A few more dolls, some of which belonged to my mother.

It was so nice of you to stop by for a visit.

Come back soon!
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Thursday, July 27, 2006


This info was taken from a book called "Shocking Facts."

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $80,000.00.
At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.
A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I'm cleaning out files today and decided to post a few titbits I found.

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born. "
~Dale E. Turner

"Go often to the house of a friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. "
~Swedish Proverb

"God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those He calls".
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

"When you're down to nothing, God is up to something."
~Author unknown

Sunday, July 23, 2006


A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked, " What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied,
"Then you ask him".

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I don't know what this one is called, but it's fragrance is intoxicating. A combination of essence of rose mixed with fruity fragrances, and undertones of English Violets. You can smell it from several yards away.
It is fantastic!
This delightful pink rose came from a start I got from a very old German woman, Martha, who is near 100 years old now. She didn't know anything about the rose except that it has lots of flowers. One year there was a picture of her in our newspaper, standing beside her rose, which had over 60 blossoms on one stem which she had propped up with branches that had broken off one of her her trees.This little beauty is another I started from a single rose. I have no idea what it's name is, but as it ages it turns from this lovely golden shade to a deep pink, then a brilliant red. Not as fragrant as the orange but so gorgeous to look at!
I hope you enjoy seeing my flowers as much as I enjoy posting them.
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Friday, July 21, 2006

These cute little Coton de Tulear puppies were born to Miss Molly, one of my daughter, Patty-Jo's dogs. They are so sweet and hugable!
A rare breed, they are very much in demand. They have an excellent temperment, are small, (under 10 pounds), and are totally devoted to their owner.
Patty-Jo is in the process of setting up a new website for her dogs. When it is complete I will post the URL for anyone interested in learning more about these little cuties.
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I don't know where this came from. I just found it in one of my files this morning.

21 Ways to be a Good Democrat
(Wait. Is that an oxymoron?)

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.
2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression, and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists.

4. You have to believe that there was no art before federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV’s.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.

7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teachers who cannot teach 4th-graders how to read and write are somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters do not care about nature, but activists, who have never been outside of San Francisco, do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it. 11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million of his own money to make "The Passion of the Christ" for financial gain only.
12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and is a very nice person.
17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism has not worked anywhere it has been tried is because the right people have not been in charge.
18. You have to believe that conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White House.

19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag queens, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and that manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
20. You have to believe that Democratic Party funding by the Chinese government is somehow in the best interest to the United States.
21. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, Right-Wing conspiracy.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


I got a few more pictures today. In this one we can see there are two chrome strips running the length of the hood and two shorter. In this shot the divider in the front and back window can be seen, as well as the chrome ornament on the car's nose. (well I'm not sure what it's called)

In this one we can see the placement and shape of the headlights. Also notice that the upper grill frame is shaped like an eyebrow.
Ok, back to the net to try to find a match!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What Kind Of Car?

This rusty, old two door car has been sitting in the same place, about two blocks from my house, since the 50's. Back then it was a dark color, black I think. Over the years it has rusted. The windows are gone and as you can see the fender is crunched. It doesn't have a hood ornament now, and I'm not sure if it ever did.
I've always wondered what kind it is. Anyone out there have an idea?
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Monday, July 17, 2006

Time To Laugh!

Here is one of my embarassing moments.
I dare you to share yours!

A few years back there was a lot of talk on TV about some new medications. I never listen carefully to commercials and have learned I shouldn't talk about them either.

It was around this time that my daughter Patty-Jo had most of the family to her home for Thanksgiving Dinner. There must have been about 25 of us.

Five of my teen aged grandsons were there, and after dinner as we sat around the table talking, one of the boys, around 19 at that time told me that he was going bald, then pulled his hair off of his forehead to show me.

I didn't know what to say, but remembered something about a commercial I heard, so I said, "you don't need to worry about it. There are new medications to make your hair grow now. I think one is called Viagra."

At this, the five boys eyes nearly popped out of their heads as they tried to stifle their mirth. They were making a variety of unpleasant raspberry sounds as well.

I was perplexed at their odd behavior until Patty-Jo leaned toward me and said, "Mother, Viagra is used for penile dysfunction."
I squawked, "WHAT?"

Then in my embarassment, my brain shut down and I replied, "well I knew it was used to make something grow!"

At this, the boys left the house, and I went to the kitchen for some water.
As I looked out the kitchen window, there were the boys standing on the lawn in five different stages of hysteria.

I no longer give medical advice.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006


Patty and I bought a bunch of American flags and she passed them out as we waited on the overpass for the 2,000 member motorcycle motorcade on I-5 which came to town with the Vietnam Wall. This man held two large flag's during the entire time. I kept my camera very busy! The overpass we were on, as well as all the others in town, were loaded with people waving their flags. Cars and trucks honked, yelled and waved their support from the street behind us as well as the highway. The city closed all of the on-ramps in town so the motorcade would not be disturbed.
When they crested the hill, led by the state patrol, also on motorcycles people were screaming, crying, shouting and frantically waving all those flags. It was an awesome thing to see and hear. The motorcycles just kept coming and coming. Everyone needs to be involved in something like this to rejuvinate their patriotic cells!
This gentleman was crying when we arrived at the overpass and continued to do so the entire time. There is healing in things of this sort where people care enough to gather and SHOW their love and support. Especially in the Vietnam situation where they were treated so horrible. Any way we can support our military has my vote.

Over 2000 years ago, one man was willing to lay down His life so that all the people of the world could have eternal life. He was perfect and holy.
I love and rever this man Jesus.

There are thousands in our world who have also been Willing to lay down their life so we can live in a free country.
They are the Military of the United States Of America.

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I have heard of the Vietnam Wall over the years, and saw pictures of it, but there is no way we can imagine something like this. We need to stand before it to actually realize the enormity of it all.
To take a quick glance, they are just names. When you let your heart see, they are some mother's son, some father's pride. Each one precious.
Many flowers and small personal items were left by family & friends. Flags, flowers and such. One had a Baby Ruth Candy bar laying among the flowers. A way of reaching out across the years and beyond death to say I haven't forgotten you. I will always love you.

This elderly Gent in a wheelchair, came from a resthome to pay his respects. He was not well, and seemed barely able to sit in the chair, but as they neared the flag, he raised up his head, and the love in his eyes as he honored the flag would have melted your heart.
We have a memorial park here, with large markers, naming the fallen Military people from the wars.
This man was oblivious to anyone as he knelt before the Vietnam memorial. His heart was in a different place. My heart cried for him.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I found this beautiful lily in my upper pond yesterday.
I had a potted lily in the pond a few years ago, but it was dumpped to the bottom when a neighbors dog took a swim. I assumed the lily was lost, but much to my delight, it is thriving, as you can see.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006


The following was sent to my daughter from Shelley Prentice,who has worked so hard to bring the Wall to Bellingham:

"I just got a phone call from the Washington State Patrol. The Traveling Wall will get an escort into Bellingham from Smokey Point. The WSP will be closing down the onramps all through Bellingham until we pass safely to the Sunset exit where the Bellingham PD will help us off the freeway. So that will put us here a bit earlier I'm hoping. Now I can almost guarantee a 7:20- 7:30 PM arrival.
Bellingham Harley will be staying open until 9:00 PM for all riders to stop by and enjoy some cookies and shopping.
Shelley Prentice, Traveling Wall Coordinator"

Thank you Shelley, you have done a great job!!!

It is interesting that many Veterans with Motorcycles who heard of this, have joined in the motorcade, raising the number from 1,000 to 2,000.
God Bless Them!


As I mentioned in my earlier post, the 80% replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall is coming to town.
My daughter, Patty-Jo told me about it. I believe she saw it mentioned in the Newspaper of a nearby town.
The town I live in used to be a good place to live, filled with God loving families and patriotic citizens.
Then the Liberals came....

There had been no mention of the arrival of the Vietnam Wall in our local newspapers or on the radio, let alone TV.
We were told that Bellingham refused any kind of support to bring the wall here, and the police wouldn't even direct traffic.
Patty-Jo and I were too darn mad to just sit back and take it. (I'm sure there are others who felt the same)

We called all the radio stations and newspapers in Whatcom County and asked why they weren't printing or broadcasting about it. We learned that some didn't know about it, others simply did not feel it deserved coverage.
I have to admit that I did a little rump chewing and I know Patty did too.

Now, the news of the Vietnam Wall is being broadcast several times a day on at least five local radio stations, the newspapers are finally catching up too. Even our largest local paper printed the following today: (in part)

"Vietnam veterans memorial wheeling into city

The names of more than 58,000 people who died while serving in the U.S. military will be on display in Bellingham this week as the American Veterans Traveling Tribute comes to Whatcom County.

The nearly 400-foot-long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial arrives Wednesday evening and will remain on display until Sunday evening.
This is the third time since 2000 that a traveling replica of the D.C. memorial has stopped in Whatcom County.

The wall will be open for viewing 24 hours a day and "Taps" will be played every night at 8.
Wednesday: The wall is expected to arrive at Sunset Square in pieces about 7:15 p.m., escorted by up to 2,000 motorcycles, according to organizers.
· Thursday: Three aircraft from the Heritage Flight Museum will perform a fly-over about 1 p.m.
· Friday afternoon: Senior Citizens Day runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The wall will be wheelchair accessible.
· Friday evening: The opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by KGMI radio. There will be musical performances and speakers, including three-time war veteran Glen Douglas.
· Saturday afternoon: Classic vehicles on display from 4 to 6 p.m.
· Saturday evening: A candlelight prayer vigil with live gospel singing performed by Anointed 2 Praise will start at 8:30 p.m. Organizers suggest bringing blankets and lawn chairs.
· Sunday: The closing ceremony starts at 5 p.m. and will include speakers, the short film "The Corporal's Boots" featuring Whatcom County's Cpl. Jonathan Santos, who was killed in the war in Iraq, musical performances and a 21-gun salute."


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Look what’s coming to my town this week!
Am I going to be there? You bet your britches I am. Patty-Jo is taking me, and all my family who can, will go.
So if you are there too and you see a gray haired lady waving old glory, with her hand over her heart, and singing “AMERICA" at the top of her lungs, and pledging allegiance to the flag “UNDER GOD,” it’s me.
Ok Patty-Jo, so I will try to be less conspicuous. But can I please have a flag?

Excerpt from the Lynden Tribune:
"An 80 percent to scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. will be on display in Bellingham next week. The wall is the larger of two replicas and is part of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, which pays homage to American war veterans.

The wall will arrive in Bellingham accompanied by approximately 1,000 volunteer escorts on motorcycles Wednesday, July 12 at 7:15 p.m., said Shelly Prentice, Bellingham resident and organizer of the visit.
Prentice said she was passionate about bringing the wall to Bellingham, despite the city's liberal reputation, because she does not feel veterans receive enough honor or respect in America.
"There is more support for sports than for veterans in the United States," she said. "There's something wrong with that."
The wall is not about politics or supporting or not supporting the president, Prentice said. It is about honoring the veterans who fought in American wars."


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Saturday, July 08, 2006


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Friday, July 07, 2006


This is a macro shot of the center of a huge purple clematis. The blossoms are about eight inches in diameter.

When I first got my digital camera, I went crazy, taking pictures of anything and everything! This is a close-up shot of a large burl, with moss & lichen that is sitting beside my lower pond.
I think this is one of the most interesting plants I have. I rescued it from my daughters place when they landscaped. I believe it is a type of Sea Holly.

This Dianthus is one of the brightest colored plants I have. This is the second year it has bloomed for me in a pot on the back deck.
I love color, and the brighter the better!
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


After shopping today I came to a very busy intersection, where I had a wait for the light to change. There were probably around 24 or so cars gathered , all waiting to be on their way.

Two women standing at the side of the street held a large white banner, and written in red it said, "get the hell out of Iraq."
A man standing beside them held a cardboard sign saying "Honk to impeach."

We have freedom of speech, and actions too it seems. They wanted to make a statement.
What I am wondering about is the 'Honk to impeach" sign. What good would a honk do?

It's interesting that the entire time I was at that intersection with all those cars, only one driver honked, and because there were so many cars there was no way to know which one it was.

It seems to me that praying for our country's leaders would do a lot more good than honking a horn.

Monday, July 03, 2006


God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her,
through the night with the light from above,
From the mountains, to the prairies,
to the ocean, white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home.


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