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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....01-31-07....Warm Fuzzy Wednesday
January 31, 2007 | Billie

Posted on 01/31/2007 8:31:42 AM PST by Billie



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Welcome to Warm Fuzzy Wednesday at the Finest. For those who start counting the days on Monday until the weekend, we're halfway there! So we're here to banish those doldrums and make you smile inside! Please feel free to post sweet graphics and/or little stories that make you feel all warm and fuzzy - or just come by and give us a smile. Only two more days 'til the weekend!









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1 posted on 01/31/2007 8:31:45 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

Good Morning Billie.
Have a happy Warm and Fuzzy Wednesday.


2 posted on 01/31/2007 8:33:30 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman (Proudly supporting our Troops,Allies and our President GW!!!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Aquamarine; The Mayor; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; MEG33; ...

3 posted on 01/31/2007 8:35:15 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; All
Happy Warm and Fuzzy Wednesday to the Finest.


4 posted on 01/31/2007 8:35:56 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman (Proudly supporting our Troops,Allies and our President GW!!!)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman

Good morning, Noosie. I'm having a terrible time with FR this morning - don't know if it's just on my end, but it's taking forever and a day to open anything. As small as the opening post is on WFW, it just sat there and sat there and sat there without fully opening so I could "post" it. :(


5 posted on 01/31/2007 8:37:40 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Mornin Billie, cute pledge and opener graphic.
Just watched our President give a great speech in NY about the economy.
6 posted on 01/31/2007 9:06:32 AM PST by Aquamarine (Without Victory there will be no Peace.)
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To: Billie
I haven't had any problems so far.
Might be your computer.
7 posted on 01/31/2007 9:56:42 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman (Proudly supporting our Troops,Allies and our President GW!!!)
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To: Billie

Good afternoon, Billie! Great thread and pledge! Happy Warm and Fuzzy Wednesday!


8 posted on 01/31/2007 10:35:38 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Billie; dutchess; Mama_Bear; WVNan; The Thin Man; Diver Dave; The Mayor; ST.LOUIE1; Lakeside; ...
Found the perfect warm and fuzzy picture!!! :)


9 posted on 01/31/2007 10:48:25 AM PST by Aquamarine (Without Victory there will be no Peace.)
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To: Billie; MEG33; Aquamarine
Happy Warm Fuzzy Wednesday at the Finest



Oops, okay, maybe not so warm and fuzzy for any goldfish lovers out there (but thought the picture was too cute!)
10 posted on 01/31/2007 11:14:06 AM PST by dutchess
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To: Aquamarine
...and a special warm fuzzy hug for a special person who's giving me the evening off! ((((aqua)))))


11 posted on 01/31/2007 11:16:52 AM PST by dutchess
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To: Billie; The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Allegra; lonestar; ...
Gray Fox

~Happy Warm Fuzzy Wednesday~
Thank you, Billie!
I have seen a gray fox twice lately getting a drink of
water on my patio. He also "marks" the birdbath..LOL

12 posted on 01/31/2007 11:45:44 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Billie; All
That's a Sweet Pledge Graphic, Dear (((((Billie)))))! Here's a Pic of our President that is Absolutely Adorable:


13 posted on 01/31/2007 11:46:12 AM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

January 31, 2007

Claiming Responsibility

READ: Isaiah 53:1-10

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. —Isaiah 53:5

As images of burning rubble and frantic people flash on the TV screen, a reporter says, “A terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for last night’s bombing that left 23 dead and scores injured.” It was not a random act of violence but one that was calculated to frighten people and advance the agenda of those who stepped forward to say, “We did it.”

In stark contrast, one of history’s most brutal acts was intended to bring peace and healing, not fear. In addition, God claimed responsibility in the prophecy of Isaiah, seven centuries before it happened. The prophet foretold the death of the Messiah in these words: “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. . . . Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief” (Isa. 53:5,10).

Just before Jesus Christ was crucified, He said, “No one takes [My life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. . . . This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:18). Jesus died willingly for our sin so that we might live through faith in Him.

God claimed responsibility for the death of His Son, allowing anyone to claim His gift of forgiveness.

When Jesus died upon the cross
He took our sin and shame;
He offers us His righteousness,
A gift that we must claim.  —Sper

The search for forgiveness ends when we find Christ.


14 posted on 01/31/2007 11:47:45 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman; TASMANIANRED; MS.BEHAVIN; MEG33; LUV W; Lady Jag; EsmeraldaA; Kitty Mittens; ...
Kitty Bliss





The House is feeling
kind of cold. Up on the Chair
we layer and fold

Stretched or twisted or
cozily curled. A Collage
of textures unfurled

Warm in the middle
and the back. The front's prepared
in case of attack!

Fur rises and falls
as we nuzzle tight. No one
wants to scratch or fight

Green eyes slowly close
as purrs abound. Creating
a soft, lulling sound

Plush arms on shoulders
Soft ears cuddle chins. As warmth
is shared from within

Each Cat has its own
preferred spot. We trade sometimes,
but most often, not

Seeking comfort where
we may. The only day more
fun is Laundry Day!


Jack Deth~ 01/31/07.

15 posted on 01/31/2007 11:52:34 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: dutchess

LOL!


16 posted on 01/31/2007 11:53:42 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Kitty Mittens

Adorable..I love to see the President with babies..


17 posted on 01/31/2007 11:55:44 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Jack Deth
This looks like one cat had the idea and it was a good idea, till the fourth cat decided it looked like a good idea. lol


18 posted on 01/31/2007 11:56:30 AM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: All
My warm fuzzy Cali..


19 posted on 01/31/2007 11:59:16 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Aquamarine; All

A warm sunny beach sounds so inviting..

I just looked up the 10 day forecast and Friday is the only day the sun may peek through..My electric bill will go up as I will be turning on a lot of lights. It's 40 and not bone chilling because there is no wind..
The squirrels and a titmouse.brighten up my view.


20 posted on 01/31/2007 12:02:12 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Jack Deth

Silky and Sassy

Thank you, Jack!


21 posted on 01/31/2007 12:20:06 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: dutchess
What a sweet kitty picture (((dutchess))).
Was happy to fill in for you. :)
22 posted on 01/31/2007 12:30:14 PM PST by Aquamarine (Without Victory there will be no Peace.)
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To: MEG33

We've had plenty of sunshine this week but very low temperatures. It's supposed to snow here tonight so I need to do my pioneer bit and go put some firewood in the dry.


23 posted on 01/31/2007 12:33:29 PM PST by Aquamarine (Without Victory there will be no Peace.)
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Don't have the blossoms, but have
the bluebirds coming to my feeders.



24 posted on 01/31/2007 12:41:29 PM PST by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: Lady Jag

I am green with envy..No bluebirds at my house..

I have seen many bluebirds at a rural home about 20 miles away ..with lots of bird houses lining the circular drive. She had a "view window" and birdfeeders hanging in a big tree near the family room..It is a very fond memory.


25 posted on 01/31/2007 12:53:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Jack Deth


That made us feel even cozier! Thank you!



26 posted on 01/31/2007 1:22:39 PM PST by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: Aquamarine

Snow would be a pretty sight here in Central Texas..and most unusual.


27 posted on 01/31/2007 1:36:02 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Billie

Hi Billie!

Thanks for the adorable graphics.
Precious!!


28 posted on 01/31/2007 2:05:15 PM PST by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: The Mayor

Mayor.....I all but expect that puppy to bark :)


29 posted on 01/31/2007 2:06:29 PM PST by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: MEG33

I had never seen a bluebird till they began coming to the feeder about a week ago.

They look most beautiful when I don't have a camera and I've only gotten shaky shots so far.


30 posted on 01/31/2007 2:21:41 PM PST by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: Jack Deth

What a tangle'o'kitties!

Sweet!


31 posted on 01/31/2007 2:32:37 PM PST by LUV W (The War On Terror--not a clash between civilizations....it is a clash ABOUT civilization--Rush L.)
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To: dutchess

Its a darling picture and I love cats!


32 posted on 01/31/2007 4:21:31 PM PST by jaycee
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To: Jack Deth

A warm and fuzzy picture with words to match!!


33 posted on 01/31/2007 4:24:59 PM PST by jaycee
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To: DollyCali

Very precious, Dolly!


34 posted on 01/31/2007 4:26:27 PM PST by jaycee
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To: Lady Jag

Gorgeous bluebird! Life is so good~~~


35 posted on 01/31/2007 4:28:05 PM PST by jaycee
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To: Billie

Can't get more warm or fuzzier than that!! LOL...


36 posted on 01/31/2007 4:31:52 PM PST by jaycee
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To: Billie; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; deadhead; Diver Dave; ..
My new little friend, Mr. Handsome, asks me to let you all know that he's having a warm and fuzzy day.

He's Mama Kitty's new suitor, quite an impressive fellow ... he makes a sweet trilling noise when he visits ... won't let me close enough to touch or hold, but he's really lovey, and rather bold.

I expect Mama will be bringing a new batch of kittens up to the porch sometime soon ... )

37 posted on 01/31/2007 4:38:34 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: jwfiv

I see you have a new friend! More to arrive soon!

Foxy..I am seeing your "relative" visit my patio in the wee hours of the morning. First sighting in years of a gray fox.


38 posted on 01/31/2007 6:02:04 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Billie

An Iraqi army soldier from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, kicks down a door during the recapturing of a building from insurgents in Baqubah, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall


070125-N-9150R-058 Cascade Mountains, Wash. (Jan. 25, 2007) - Helicopter in-flight rescue crewman, Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Marko Vignjevic begins his rappel from an MH-60S Seahawk search and rescue (SAR) helicopter during a training mission in the North Cascade Mountains. The Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR unit's primary mission is to rescue aviators on land or at sea. The unit is also called upon to conduct rescues for civilians when other assets are unavailable or unable to complete the rescue due to high altitude, poor weather or other conditions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen (RELEASED)


070129-N-0000X-001 Official File Photo (Aug. 14, 2006) - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. Navy file photo (RELEASED).


070127-N-9712C-006 San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2007) – On the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors man the rails, as final preparations are made for getting underway for deployment. Ronald Reagan and attached ships of the Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) surge deployed to the 7th Fleet Area of Operations from Naval Station North Island on Jan. 27. Surge deployments are part of the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan (FRP), which ensures ships are able to respond to real-world situations by maintaining high states of readiness during their surge windows. The Reagan CSG is comprised of, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, Commander Carrier Strike Group 7 (CCG 7), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Detachment 15.U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Curtis (RELEASED)


070130-N-4776G-195 Pacific Ocean (Jan. 30, 2007) - Alone, a table stands with two flags resting upon it on an elevator aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The two flags represent two military members who served their country with honor, courage, and commitment. Fellow military members honored the two men by giving them a burial at sea they had requested. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen Gorby (RELEASED)

39 posted on 01/31/2007 6:15:50 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: jwfiv
'Mr. Handsome,' Lol, that's a Cute Name for a Very Cute Kitty!


40 posted on 01/31/2007 6:58:36 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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For Sweet (((((Dolly))))) and Sweet (((((Cali)))))


41 posted on 01/31/2007 7:11:48 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: jwfiv
Oh my...you are becoming a "cat house"!!!! They are addictive my friend.....and I think you may have crossed the line LOL!!!! Welcome to the club!!!!!!

Sadly we lost fredthecat christmas eve...we both didn't like cats but couldn't refuse Fred's begging 18 years ago. The past few mornings I'm hearing kitty pleas in our yard....(we're in the country) Don't know what to do!!!! Busy with a dad and two dogs...not sure a cat is in the picture (but I bet we have one by next week LOL!!!!)
42 posted on 01/31/2007 7:14:49 PM PST by dutchess
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To: Kitty Mittens

Thank's KitMit(neat nickname?)

I appreciate the thought & the gorgeous flowers.. my gal is still hanging in their & is still playful & talkative.


43 posted on 01/31/2007 8:29:48 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Jack Deth; La Enchiladita; Mrs.Nooseman; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; DollyCali; The Mayor; MEG33; ...

Oh dear. I missed Warm and Fuzzy Wednesday.

Thanks Jack for pinging me to a kitty poem.

I have a Snow Shoe like the kitty on the left. She's a funny one.


44 posted on 02/01/2007 4:40:41 AM PST by beachn4fun (Just who funds those protests, anyway? Hmmmm?)
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Hi beachn - ran into some flurries on my way to the office this a.m. - should be an interesting afternoon and evening.


45 posted on 02/01/2007 4:57:46 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Jack Deth
Are all those yours, Jack?

They are adorable. The poetry is good too!

46 posted on 02/01/2007 7:22:38 AM PST by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: Jack Deth

I love cats and they are all warm and cozy by the fireplace.
We have Big Boy, Lady, Peeper, and Baby and feel if you get down to two cats you are about out.


47 posted on 02/01/2007 7:38:50 AM PST by Big Horn (Life is a sexually transmitted disease that is 100% fatal . Author unknown)
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To: All
Come on over and read JH2's latest essay.

Yawn Kerry: All we are saying is give the 12th imam a chance

48 posted on 02/01/2007 7:49:26 AM PST by Aquamarine (Without Victory there will be no Peace.)
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How sweet and pretty Meg. That must be a treat to see a Fox. I always wanted to see one.

We do have bunnies living in the woods. The biggest cotton tails. I enjoy seeing them run as I go to look. It may be good for them, there is not a Fox around. At least that I know of. :)


49 posted on 02/01/2007 8:38:58 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Awesome photos EMB!
God Bless Our Military Heroes!


50 posted on 02/01/2007 8:40:37 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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