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Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... December, 2009
December 1, 2009 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie

Posted on 11/30/2009 9:30:13 PM PST by JustAmy




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To: Jen

Hope it was a happy one, Jen!

151 posted on 12/02/2009 8:15:00 PM PST by yorkie
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To: WayzataJOHNN
Merry Christmas, JOHNN.

Thank you for sharing. that with us.
152 posted on 12/02/2009 8:20:08 PM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: yorkie

Thank you!


153 posted on 12/02/2009 8:22:06 PM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: Jen

I haven’t shot anything for many years. Hubby had a 410 shotgun that I used to like. Didn’t have a kick. LOL


154 posted on 12/02/2009 8:22:19 PM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: All

Sorry to be away for so long but I received a phone call from Texas earlier.

It was a cousin that I haven’t seen or talked to for about 10 years. It was great to hear from him and to get the latest news on my Texas relatives.


155 posted on 12/02/2009 8:25:14 PM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: JustAmy

Get to a range and try a few handguns and find one you like. Hubby and I really enjoy going to the range for our “ballistic therapy” and also trap shooting - which we just started. It’s so fun to see the clay pigeons get blown to bits in the air!


156 posted on 12/02/2009 8:28:06 PM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: Jen

We used to shoot ‘clay pigeons’, too. (Until my husband (ex) got all upset because I never missed - and he never hit.) LOL!


157 posted on 12/02/2009 8:31:53 PM PST by yorkie
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To: JustAmy

I’ve been on the phone to Texas, too, with a cousin who lost her husband three weeks ago, and is trying to cope with a 34 year old mentally challenged daughter - alone.

It was hard to hear the tears, and not be able to hug her!


158 posted on 12/02/2009 8:34:22 PM PST by yorkie
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To: pollywog

Me, too, Polly. I won’t even get my ears pierced. LOL!


159 posted on 12/02/2009 8:35:30 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie

You’re a natural! I hit one about half the time, but I just started. Hubby is better but he’s had guns all his life. Our kids enjoy it too, so they’re getting shotguns for Christmas - for trap shooting and home defense. I even bought a pink camo pop gun for our 3-year-old granddaughter. Her mom and dad will love that! Hee! :D


160 posted on 12/02/2009 8:38:20 PM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: pollywog

Me, too, Polly. I won’t even get my ears pierced. LOL!


161 posted on 12/02/2009 8:40:38 PM PST by yorkie
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To: Jen

We have a problem up here on the ‘high desert’ with javelina (wild pigs). I wanted to get paint guns for me and my friends to shoot them with - then, when they would return, we could say - “Hey! That one’s got a yellow ‘hit’! He’s MINE!”, and the blue marked one? “That’s mine - he was eating the cactus when I shot him last Tuesday!” And own and own and own.

But, the Fish and Wildlife guy told me that altho it wasn’t illegal - it would ‘shame’ the little guys, to walk around with colored spots. (I almost lost it!)


162 posted on 12/02/2009 8:45:43 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie

Shame??? A wild pig??? Are those agents on crack? Liberal loons are everywhere. *shaking head in disbelief* If it’s not illegal, heck do it anyway! Shame the suckers and maybe they’ll stay away from your property. At least you and your friends can have some fun with the pests.


163 posted on 12/02/2009 8:52:55 PM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: Jen

Well, I figured I could use the wrist sling shot, with steel ball shots - as they would leave holes in rocks that I hit. But, those pigs? Never even phased them, their hide is so thick! (It is against the law to injure or kill a javelina, here, so I needed to be careful with my choice of weapon.)

I just wanted to scare them away. I even tried a b-b gun - but, no response but a tiny flicker, when the b-b hit.

Wish they would have been too ‘shamed’ to come back. If I were strong enough to dig ten holes 2X4, I might be able to get rid of a whole herd - and ‘wonder’ what happened to those ‘cute little piggies’ that were destroying my place! (with the help of my .38 S & W) LOL!


164 posted on 12/02/2009 9:04:05 PM PST by yorkie
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To: yorkie

Sorry to hear about your cousin losing her husband.

My cousin had his daughter look up my phone number on the Internet.

He and his brother are coming to Laughlin, NV in February and would like for us to meet them there.

I will check the school schedule to see if it might be possible.


165 posted on 12/02/2009 9:25:53 PM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: JustAmy
Paul O'Neill explained the story behind Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 in an interview published on ChristianityToday.com:

... We heard about this cello player born in Sarajevo many years ago (Vedran Smailović) who left when he was fairly young to go on to become a well-respected musician, playing with various symphonies throughout Europe. Many decades later, he returned to Sarajevo as an elderly man—at the height of the Bosnian War, only to find his city in complete ruins.

I think what most broke this man's heart was that the destruction was not done by some outside invader or natural disaster—it was done by his own people. At that time, Serbs were shelling Sarajevo every night. Rather than head for the bomb shelters like his family and neighbors, this man went to the town square, climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain, took out his cello, and played Mozart and Beethoven as the city was bombed.

He came every night and began playing Christmas carols from that same spot. It was just such a powerful image—a white-haired man silhouetted against the cannon fire, playing timeless melodies to both sides of the conflict amid the rubble and devastation of the city he loves. Some time later, a reporter traced him down to ask why he did this insanely stupid thing. The old man said that it was his way of proving that despite all evidence to the contrary, the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place.

The song basically wrapped itself around him. We used some of the oldest Christmas melodies we could find, like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Carol of the Bells" (which is from Ukraine, near that region). The orchestra represents one side, the rock band the other, and single cello represents that single individual, that spark of hope.

166 posted on 12/03/2009 2:18:09 AM PST by StarfireIV (Atlas Punted)
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To: JustAmy; Billie; MEG33; jaycee; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; deadhead; LUV W; mathluv; DollyCali; ...

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December 3, 2009
Finding Jesus
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? —Romans 8:32

After someone stole a valuable ceramic figurine of Baby Jesus from a nativity scene in Wellington, Florida, officials took action to keep thieves from succeeding again. An Associated Press report described how they placed a GPS tracking device inside the replacement figurine. When Baby Jesus disappeared again the next Christmas, sheriff’s deputies were led by the signal to the thief’s apartment.

There are times when difficult circumstances or personal loss can cause us to feel that Christ has been stolen from our Christmas. How can we find Jesus when life seems to be working against us?

Like a spiritual GPS, Romans 8 guides us to God’s never-failing love and presence with us. We read that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us (v.27). We know that God is for us (v.31). And we have this grand assurance: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (v.32). Finally, we are reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus (vv.38-39).

Look for Jesus in the manger, on the cross, risen from the dead, and in our hearts. That’s where we can find Jesus at Christmas.

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show,
The love of Jesus, what it is
None but His loved ones know. —Bernard of Clairvaux

If we focus only on Christmas, we might lose sight of Christ.


Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 45-46; 1 John 2


167 posted on 12/03/2009 4:28:29 AM PST by The Mayor (The character of your children tomorrow depends on what you put into their hearts today.)
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To: WayzataJOHNN

Woo hoo!!! Loved this poem and going to send it on....this is just so true!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!


168 posted on 12/03/2009 4:54:54 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: The Mayor

Good Morning Mayor! May Jesus Christ be our central focus this Christmas! Thanks for starting our day off right!

Polly


169 posted on 12/03/2009 5:16:50 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: Billie

So sweet of you to help your friend. Wish you lived close to me...LOL~~

We may put my tree up tomorrow or Saturday....however it works out. My son and DIL are planning to help me because of the troubles I’ve had and have.


170 posted on 12/03/2009 7:05:23 AM PST by jaycee (((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."))))
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To: Billie; MEG33; jaycee; Kitty Mittens; Aquamarine; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; ...
December 3, 2009

Graphics by Billie


171 posted on 12/03/2009 7:54:58 AM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: yorkie

Oh my, you make me so ashamed...LOL! I have 2 in each ear. I had the first ones done many years ago. Then years later, I had the second ones. First ones for little diamond studs and the other for matching up to whatever! I am a jewelry collector and love it. No other piercings, no tattoo’s EVER!


172 posted on 12/03/2009 8:01:38 AM PST by jaycee (((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."))))
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To: JustAmy; Billie
Gorgeous opening, Amy and Billie. The song is another tear jerker but oh so beautiful. I don't think Susan can sing a bad song....she's terrific and I liked her quote very much!

"The tears of yesterday don't mean a thing. There is happiness out there for everyone who dares to dream."

173 posted on 12/03/2009 8:12:56 AM PST by jaycee (((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."))))
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174 posted on 12/03/2009 8:27:41 AM PST by jaycee (((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."))))
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To: All; JustAmy; Billie
Good morning to Amy and friends!

Such a pretty opening today, Billie. Susan Boyle sings this song so sweetly, doesn't she?

175 posted on 12/03/2009 8:39:02 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: jaycee

Top o’ the mornin’ to you, too! :-)


176 posted on 12/03/2009 8:46:57 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Hey, Lori! How ya doing? I’m getting ready to go out for some errands, etc. Guess you’re like the rest of us...work, work, work,!!


177 posted on 12/03/2009 8:55:51 AM PST by jaycee (((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."))))
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To: jaycee
Yes, busy, busy, busy....shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning. And now Chachi is sick again. He's had another bout of colitis. Doctor has him on three different kinds of medication, plus prescription dog food. Chachi acts like he is feeling much better the past couple days, so I am hoping that these medications have done the trick.

How have you been doing?

178 posted on 12/03/2009 9:10:34 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: jaycee; JustAmy; Billie; pollywog; Mama_Bear; All

179 posted on 12/03/2009 9:31:54 AM PST by yorkie
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To: jaycee

How cute that little doggie is - if he’s gonna wait until Santa gets there, in a kid’s mind that will be forever - in ours, only a blink of the eye!


180 posted on 12/03/2009 9:34:41 AM PST by Billie
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To: yorkie

Good morning, yorkie. I’ll take some of that coffee. :-)


181 posted on 12/03/2009 9:35:10 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie
Oh ... this reminded me of a post that I failed to answer on November 24th.



Billie ... "Please don't fire me, Amy! I'm not tired of making graphics, promise!"

Lori ... " Heck, if she hasn't fired me, she sure isn't going to fire you!"

Billie ..... I am happy to see that your are working off your probation. :)

Lori ..... you need to sit in the corner for setting such a bad example. :)

I appreciate you two, but you need to get busy, Lori. LOL


182 posted on 12/03/2009 9:36:07 AM PST by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: jaycee

Isn’t she a cutie! I’ve had that poem for a long time, thinking surely I would find a little BOY to illustrate it, and then something about the little girl made me change my mind and use her instead. :)


183 posted on 12/03/2009 9:36:37 AM PST by Billie
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To: MEG33
I'm glad you're feeling better (or were yesterday when you wrote) Thank you for the compliment on the graphic - am glad you recognized it was her picture. :)

I've been just so enthralled with her cd and happy you were looking forward to another song from her (today). :)

184 posted on 12/03/2009 9:40:30 AM PST by Billie
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To: JustAmy

Oh a wonderful song and graphic!! I am loving these Susan Boyle songs. I’m buying her album for Christmas!


185 posted on 12/03/2009 9:41:28 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: MEG33

:)

Thank you!


186 posted on 12/03/2009 9:41:30 AM PST by Billie
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To: JustAmy
I appreciate you two, but you need to get busy, Lori. LOL

LOL! Okay, Amy, I'll see what I can do, promise. I should have plenty of time while I am sitting the corner to come up with some graphics for you. :-)

Actually, sitting in a corner sounds nice and peaceful. I think I will go sit in a corner all day today!

187 posted on 12/03/2009 9:42:44 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: jaycee

...and “ Top of the morning to you” too Jaycee!!


188 posted on 12/03/2009 9:42:47 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: yorkie

I’ll take a second cup of that coffee, yorkie!
Would you believe I slept for 10 hours last night!!!! The most I’ve slept in years!

Went to bed shortly after 6pm....and slept until 4:30!!


189 posted on 12/03/2009 9:44:25 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: JustAmy
Thanks, Amy. Can't remember if you were the one who found that little girl or if I did, but she is such a cutie. :)

Love your bird graphic!

190 posted on 12/03/2009 9:44:25 AM PST by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear

ohhhhhhhhh sorry about your Chachi!!

Sending dog greetings and hugs from Shallie, who has made a remarkable recovery!


191 posted on 12/03/2009 9:46:07 AM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: yorkie
I think Betty Crocker (or Duncan Heinz) makes a pretty good one, in those little plastic tubs. (But, to be REALLY good, it takes two tubs.) No calories, of course. LOL!

Readymade cream cheese frosting???! I couldn't possibly. (hmmmm, or could I?) :)

192 posted on 12/03/2009 9:46:14 AM PST by Billie
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To: yorkie

I agree, to an extent! Her makeover (hair, makeup and clothes) is wonderful, and it was sorely needed. But none of those things are extreme, and things that many women benefit from if they don’t have the natural knack for what looks good on them.


193 posted on 12/03/2009 9:50:52 AM PST by Billie
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To: pollywog

Awwwww.......thank you, polly. And I am so glad to hear that Shallie is doing well. It is so distressing when our fur-babies are ailing. I told my husband that after our two have gone to Rainbow Bridge, NO more dogs for us. I worry so over them. (Of course, I’ve said “no more dogs” before and somehow we still end up with them anyway, LOL.)


194 posted on 12/03/2009 9:51:44 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Molon labe!)
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To: yorkie
Today, I am a child and my work is play.

Sweet poem again today, yorkie. :)

195 posted on 12/03/2009 9:53:54 AM PST by Billie
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To: JustAmy
I took awhile to get back because I was Just Playing. :^)

Okay, just get back to work now. :)

Sweet Yorkie in the pumpkin patch graphic.

196 posted on 12/03/2009 9:56:03 AM PST by Billie
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To: JustAmy

Oh, how cute - the captions on these pics are always the best!


197 posted on 12/03/2009 9:58:11 AM PST by Billie
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To: JustAmy

That is a precious graphic, too. Sweet thing, holding so many sweet white kittens while “mom” is watching to make sure she doesn’t hurt them. :)


198 posted on 12/03/2009 10:02:32 AM PST by Billie
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To: yorkie
What a wonderful post, yorkie. Sad, but the parallels are certainly there (Susan = ugly duckling)

I hope that she continues to overwhelm the world with her voice and can grow more confident about herself. I still want to post more of her music here, in addition to the second one Amy posted this morning.

199 posted on 12/03/2009 10:13:37 AM PST by Billie
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To: jaycee

ANOTHER cutie!!!


200 posted on 12/03/2009 10:15:35 AM PST by Billie
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