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This is sheer Genius!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In a bid to stem taxpayers losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae, Sen. Bob Corker (R- Tenn) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify.

His proposal was rejected 57-42 on a party-line vote because, as Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) explained, "Passage of such requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it".

Does this explain liberals to you?

I can't add anything to this!

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    LOL! You know me (although its been a while), I lean towards the liberal side but I recognize DUMB when I see it! Wow!! emoticon

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RUFFIT 2/3/2012 5:01PM

    I am totally speechless!! Moni

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    Ahhh hon, yet anothers example of mans imperferfion showing that he can NOT lead himself. I leave it ALL Up to God. Yuppers.

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ALMMOM 2/1/2012 4:03PM

    I used to work in the loan industry back in the time they loaned to everyone - I couldn't believe the loan programs out there at that time. Those people are the ones that Sen. Dodd is talking about.

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MARTHASPARKS 1/31/2012 9:33PM

    I'm a liberal but this is the stuff that gives us a bad name...kind of like Newt gives Conservatives one...

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/31/2012 8:07PM

    OK, I admit to being a liberal on some topics but that comment is...well, words have failed me here. He should be nominated for a Darwin award for coming out with that.

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Latest Quilt Update

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hi Special Friends!

A lot of you know that I have been working hard on making another Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers for a child battling cancer in Oregon. I've been primarily off line since getting the request.

You have asked me to be sure I post a photo of the finished quilt. I will do that, but it isn't ready yet.

I needed to take 4 hours off the quilt so I could clean up my quilt room, as there was no place for me to work any more.

I had fabric on the tables, desk, light table, chair, chest and floor. Some of it was scraps from cutting (I was doing the Eleanor Burns thing, if you get my drift), and other fabrics that I interviewed and rejected were just plopped where ever they landed.

I couldn't find any of my 5 rotary cutters; they were amoung the layers.

Who could even guess where the rulers were??

I even lost my design that I had worked so hard on.

I picked up one pile of fabric, and lo and behold, there was a CAT sleeping under it.

That fabric had to be washed before putting away. Cat hair on fabric is not a good thing, except when one is watching TV with a quilt on the lap, and a cat on the quilt. Then it is okay.

So, dear friends, I have certainly gotten some exercise today!

Now, back to the quilt.

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GRANNYSUE9 1/29/2012 4:38PM

    What you are doing is awesome! Thanks for caring for these children.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/29/2012 12:00AM

    I admire you doing this for a child with cancer .

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RUFFIT 1/28/2012 9:47PM

    Thanks for what you do!! Moni

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 4:53PM

    Certainly sounds like some good exercise. Glad you got your sewing room straightened up. I know how much making these quilts mean to you. Can't wait to see a picture. Your quilts always give me hope and promise for those receiving them. They make me smile even as I cry. ((HUGS)))
If you get a chance, please stop by my blog today...Prayers and cards requested for a 9 year old boy.
Blessings and hugs,

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LKWQUILTER 1/28/2012 3:31PM

    That sounds like something that happens to me. Have fun getting back to your quilting.

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MARTHASPARKS 1/28/2012 2:10PM

    Please post a picture of it for us!

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BANDMOM2012 1/28/2012 1:58PM

    Love quilts! Saw your picture with your name and had to check out. I'm a cat lover too!

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The Letter

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This letter came across my desk this morning, and I want to share it with you.

We have an election coming up, and I hope you are all participating in the process.

Some say that there are too many debates going on. I don't think so.

Our last election for President had no "vetting" of the candidates, the media played up to the winning candidate without checking him out thoroughly. Had we had the full information on him, I am positive we would never had put him in office.

No bona fide birth certificate, no college records, house that was financed by a well known thug, questionable social security numbers (13 found to date so far), the list goes on and on.

And now he is using OUR tax dollars to do his campaign, all the while bragging about raising "over a billion dollars to campaign for re-election".

Talk about illegal!! And of course, the media hushes that little bit up.

He turned down thousands of Americans the opportunity for jobs by refusing the pipeline, citing Environmentalists reasons.

The truth of the situation is that all the reports were in LAST YEAR, and were completely approved by the White House. NOW they say they need MORE studies, and a different route.

Canada is, understandably talking to the Chinese about the pipeline. Thank you, Mr. Obama.

So yes, let us continue on with the debates. This time I want to KNOW the candidates' positions. I want to know their stance on National Healthcare, wars, military might, tax structures, czars, jobs, our natural resources, their backgrounds, and their position on "talking with the Taliban".

WE are responsible for America. This election will either make or break our nation.

Now off my soap box and on to the letter:


Dear American Taxpayer

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not
ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard
working American people for paying $242 thousand
dollars for my vacation in Spain .

My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends,
my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time.

Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed
in a $2,500.00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel.

Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two
and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged
along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.
By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol ,
I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant
in Marbella ; great lobster with rice and oysters!
I'm ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha's Vineyard were not quite as tasty, but what can you do if you're not in Europe , you have to just grin and bear it?

Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate
according to Government Accounting Office reports)
only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip
and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2.

These are only rough estimates, but they are close.
That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend
Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American
citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and
drive less too, so we can lessen our combined
carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling
to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet.
So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you
find work soon.

I was really exhausted after Barack took our family
on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago.
I just had to get away for a few days.

Michelle (Moochelle) Obama

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION dollar trip
to India

P.SS. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to
Martha's Vineyard; it was fabulous.

And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our
dog Bo to Martha's Vineyard so we and the children
could have him with us while we were away from the
White House for eleven days. After all, we couldn't
take him on Air Force One because he might pee
on some wires or something.

P.SSS. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for
our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000
square foot house was great! That only cost you guys $4m. The Mr. wanted to do Camp David! Boring !!!!!!!!

P.SSSs don't forget my ski trip to Vail this winter
and now the girls and I are in Africa with my mom.
All this while Barack golfs and campaigns to
keep my trips coming for the next 4 years !
Love ya!Remember, we all have to share the pain of these
economic times equally!
Love to -redistribute- share- the wealth.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 4:48PM

    It's hard to imagine spending money like water. I will definitely know, or will know the best I can, those I will be voting for. I am not a person to vote blindly or to follow popular opinion.
Thank you for posting this.
Blessings and hugs,

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MARYANNGI 1/26/2012 7:05PM

    You are one heck of a lady for posting this. I have to agree with Fangfacekitty though. You may get alot of backlash for posting this. Hope not though. I will be cut & pasting this to some friends. Can't wait to hear their reactions! LOL

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LKWQUILTER 1/24/2012 7:30PM

    It is a shame that the letter is the truth. She really likes to rub our faces is the fact that she does how, when, where, and what she wants. How many would love to just have a "little" vacation while she has mega ones.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/24/2012 12:24PM

    Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion and has the absolute right to share that opinion. However, be prepared to receive a lot of abuse for sharing a highly polarizing political opinion here.

Not by me...I do not agree with you in the slightest or with your assertions. But I respect your right to have and communicate your opinions.

I meant by the many haters that seem to populate the site, and who will be stirred up by the subject matter. I wish you luck if they stumble upon your blog.

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YAHOO is more than a Web Server!

Friday, January 20, 2012

YAHOO ON ME!!!!!!!

I am back in from shoveling snow for 115 minutes, and toted a sawhorse up my East Driveway so no one can try to drive on it.


I weighed in and see that I shoveled away 1.5 pounds.


I have some wonderful home made stew that I started yesterday and am now heating up on the stove.


I was going to bake bread to go with the stew, but got too busy and forgot to make it. That means I won't be eating a lot of delicious, home made bread with gobs of butter!!


I realized that shoveling snow is a better thing than shoveling horse........ahem.


I can clean my snow shovel with a hose and put it right away.


I'm going to do some quilting this afternoon.


I did my blog today.

That's TEN YAHOOS!!!!!

That's a whole lot of YAHOOS for me. I feel great about them!

Got any YAHOOS you want to tell us about???


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MARYANNGI 1/21/2012 4:37PM

    YAHOOOOOO! You rock girl!

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    U DID YOOOOHOOOO DAHWONDAHFUL ! YOOOHOOOO !!! And me? I helped a neighbor ended up taking literally ALL DAY ! I am NOT healthy enough for day, but she was sooo scared,and FRIENGHTED beyound what she could honestly control. So yes that feels YAHOOOOOO GOOD ! LOL I keep falling asleep as I type ! YAHOOOOO !

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/20/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 1/20/2012 4:43PM

    You burned a ton of calories with that snow shoveling! emoticon
You scored a "perfect 10" (yahoos) today!

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ESILBO 1/20/2012 4:42PM

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MARTHASPARKS 1/20/2012 4:31PM

    You really YAHOO! WOO HOO for you!

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GRANDMA1951 1/20/2012 4:22PM

    Over an hour shoveling? You go girl!! Think of all the calories burned.

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    Yahoo! Yahoo!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/20/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon for you, my dear friend! You have more than earned that stew, it sounds wonderful on a day like today.

Stay warm and enjoy your quilting!


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I've been Shoveling!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Before I moved to Washington state, we lived on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in CA. We had a view all the way from Carmel to Santa Cruz, and we had a ranch.

I had horses on that ranch, along with dogs, cats, peacocks, wild turkeys, coyotes, and cougars. My life was full.

For those of you who have never had a ranch or horses, here's some news for you.

They are wonderful, beautiful, intelligent beings, and are so easy to love. The smell of horses is a wonderful, soul-soothing thing, and nothing in the world compares to giving a horse a big hug.

But they are also a lot of work. You have to feed them twice a day, at the same time. You have to keep track of their water levels, make sure you have called in the alfalfa order and made room in the barn for the tons of it. You have to remember when it is time for the vet to come out and give them an annual check up, and when the ferrier is coming to do their hooves.

Horses need currying, and brushing, and their teeth floated. Their ears need to be checked for ticks, and they need to be kept clean. Horses rarely like getting their ears cleaned, so that takes some doing.

Have you ever given a horse a bath? Yep, horses need to have baths. That is usually a several hour job. And they need exercising and training daily.

That means you have to haul heavy saddles, fight the bit, and make sure the cinch is nice and tight, and that the horse has not kepts its stomach all bloated out, which they do when they know a saddle is in the same vicinity.

Along with all this, there is the care and maintenance of their gear. Saddle soaping and conditioning the bridles, reins, saddles, and keeping their blankets clean. And you have to keep the bedding in the stalls fresh and clean.

Oh, yes. There is one other little thing among the many I haven't listed here.

You have to shovel. You have to shovel out their stalls every single day.

Horses do not do little doodies like dogs or cats or birds. No. Horses do BIG DOODIES, piles and piles of doodies. And YOU get to shovel it. AND have it hauled away.

I made the decision to not move my horses when I came up here.

Hauling horses across mountain ranges is not a good thing to do, because there are some damned mean people out there who try to force horse trailers off the roads because they don't go fast enough. And horses can't travel in trailers for long periods of time, so you have to make arrangements along the way for them to be able to pasture 6-8 hours every day, and get plenty of rest outside the trailer. Professional horse haulers are not easy to come by either, so you have to be real careful there too.

Anyway, back to shoveling and doodies.

I believed that, moving up here without horses would end my shoveling days. Not so.

It snows where I now live, and we have a big circular driveway on a very steep hill. It doesn't snow all the time, and most of the time we have pretty good weather.

Not the case this week.

We got dumped on, big time.

Some of you may remember when I shoveled snow last year, too, and made my Snow Queen.

Well, I haven't made a Snow Queen or even a Snow Tramp, but I sure have been shoveling!!

I've been shoveling for two days. DH shoveled with me for two days. Winnie was delighted with the snow, and perched himself in the deepest snow mound he could find, grinning from ear to ear and panting.

Ya gotta love them Goldens!!

So here I am, haven't done anything with Nicole for a couple days, but my body might as well have. I've got aches and pains in places I didn't know my body had!!

Hot bath time!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/19/2012 11:56AM

    I try not to shovel anymore. I figure that's what teenagers are for lol. We actually have not yet had any snow yet this winter, which is perfectly OK by me.

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    I did my share of shoveling when I lived in the Pocono Mountains in Penn.

I miss the snow - but not the shoveling, lol.

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RUFFIT 1/19/2012 9:24AM

    Can you send some snow here in NJ??? Nothing but a few flurries here occassionally. My family enjoys the winter and outdoor activities!! Take care of yourself - especially the back. Moni

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GRAMMAMARY 1/19/2012 9:08AM

    so far this winter we haven't had any snow that needed shoveling. Only a couple of dustings. I'm sure it will not be this way through the whole winter though. We have a person who comes to plow our driveway so the shoveling we have to do is limited.

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GRANDMA1951 1/19/2012 8:16AM

    Sounds like you've had more snow this year than usual - and you've had more than we have (central NY). Am so glad I haven't had to shovel much this year since I really do hate snow. But think of all the exercise you're getting and the calories burned. Just got to think positive.

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MNABOY 1/18/2012 11:42PM

    You miss the horses? They were great exercise!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/18/2012 10:06PM

    That is my definition of Hades! I don't do well in cold and snow. What is it with dogs and snow, though? We have it rarely and when we do, our dogs have always loved it. They romp and frolic...even our most ancient border collie on death's door went out in the snow 2 weeks before he died and played like a puppy. It was incredible to watch and one of my few happy snow memories.
PS I would rather shovel snow that horse manure...

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