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Hurricane Isaac

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Thank you so much for checking on us and praying for us. Isaac was not nearly as mean to us as Katrina was, and for that we are most thankful. So many were not as fortunate, though, and have had outrageous flooding. Waters are STILL rising and there continue to be new emergency evacuation orders put in place as dams, levees, and locks are stressed -beyond their limits from the incredible rainfall. Please continue to pray for those who have lost their homes and have such horrendous damage to their homes.

One of my dear SparkSisters, Dorothy, asked about my husband, Bill's, ship and his company's other ships and how they handle hurricanes. If possible, they head away, in this case, to Galveston from Port Fourchon, Louisiana. All 200 or so ships fled in front of Isaac, as they did with Katrina. If they cannot safely get the fleet out, they lash the ships together with huge ropes (three double lines up to four inches in diameter). The largest ships (280 feed long) tie up broadside to the dock, then a smaller one and a smaller one, up to four in a row (Bill's is 190 feet long, a crew and supply ship).

Bill (CaptainCookie) dug up these photos so Dorothy and her husband cn see what we're trying to explain, so I figured I'd share them with you, as well!

On the far right you can see the size of the ropes that attach the biggest ships to the dock.

This is a great shot of the knots that hold the whole thing together. Awesome, isn't it?!

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BEESPARKLE 9/12/2012 4:25PM

    Thank you for your explanation of the ships. Nice your hubby dug that out for all.

Our one friend sort of a distant relative by marriage is a Captain also. Captain Andy.

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BEESPARKLE 9/12/2012 4:23PM

    I was praying for you also. Glad your fine.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/7/2012 12:04AM

    Missy, I am so very glad to learn that you, Bill and the family survived that horrible storm with little to no damage this time. When I heard it was heading for New Orleans, I was so worried about you, and all the others in your area.

The photos are wonderful! Thank you (and Bill too, of course!) for sharing them. I had no idea that this is what the sea farers have to go through to try and keep their vessels safe, but what a clever plan.

Thank heavens you are all okay!!!

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SUSAN134 9/6/2012 9:19PM

    So thankful that Hurricane Issac did no damage to your house and also to Bill's boat(s). Thank you for posting the pics, what an amazing setup!


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ROZEEROZ1 9/4/2012 11:13PM

    Missy, I copied your memo about the ships and forwarded on to a family member. This is what he said:

Thanks for forwarding the memo. it's interesting…Bob

DH & I enjoyed. Haven't seen others to share.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/4/2012 7:50PM

    Cool pictures. So glad you came through everything fine. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/3/2012 12:33AM

    O! I'm so thankful y'all are safe as y'all've been in my prayers. *hugs* Amazing the brilliance of man~ and so thankful Bill and their fleet are safe, too. Will pray for those dear souls who've lost so much. *hugs* BB~

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PEPPERLEAH 9/2/2012 9:09PM

    These pictures are awesome! It makes it so much easier to understand when you can see it. Thank you for posting these!


Love you!

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IMAVISION 9/2/2012 6:31PM

    I am thankful to our Abba that y'all are safe, sweet Missy.

emoticon for answering our Dorothy's question here, so we could learn something new & share in a very small way part of your CaptainCookie's work-a-day world. I am totally impressed with the whole process.

I am going to copy & paste your Blog to our #3 Grandson (11-yr-old), who will be properly impressed, also.

God bless you, Missy!


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PATRISNA 9/2/2012 3:19PM

Glad you & Bill made it through okay. We missed the bullet this time. I am so happy my family and friends in LA. made it through. I feel so bad for all the people who have had such a terrible time.


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SADIEDOLORES 9/2/2012 10:03AM

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PURPLELVR7 9/2/2012 9:21AM

    glad you are fine, praying for others
thanks for sharing the pictures

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 9/2/2012 8:55AM

    thanks for sharing, I wondered what happened to ships in hurricanes

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/2/2012 8:21AM

    Thanks for sharing these great pictures and your blog with us. AWESOME!!! I am just very glad to know that the Lord continues to bless you even with the large amounts of rain. Praying for your safety and the safety of all in the paths of the rains from Isaac. Please thank Bill for the pictures also. You guys are GREAT!!!
May God continue to bless everyone and fulfill their needs as He knows them. I, honestly, can not begin to imagine all the rains that you get from these storms. But God knows that I am a good prayer warrior and this I will continue to do for you and all who are in need.
Continued blessings, love and hugs,

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/2/2012 3:19AM

    SO glad you're okay - still praying for those less fortunate. What incredible pictures! Thinking of you always.

Love, Leah


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FERGSGIRL2 9/2/2012 1:00AM

    Thanks for sharing the info and for the pictures. I have a friend who lost his home and church due to Hurricane Isaac. Evacuated to TX, and most likely will not be going home. I have been praying for all of you in LA. Even though a lot of people did not lose everything they owned, everyone will be affected in some way.

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/2/2012 12:25AM


Glad you are safe! My sister lives in LaPlace and she and the family are ok, but her house did have 2 feet water damaged inside. She is thankful that it wasn't any worse. Continued Prayers to all of the people in the Area.
Mary Ann

That is so awesome about how the boats are tied together!

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JUNA89 9/2/2012 12:15AM

    Still praying for ya!! emoticon

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SLS-NY2IN 9/1/2012 11:44PM

    Thank you for us way -in land lubbers who have no idea of what ships do in hurricane.
We are getting some of the rain here in IN. more on way tomorrow. We are praying for those hit by storms.

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VISUALLYRICS 9/1/2012 11:31PM

    Awesome pics ..thank you for sharing.. Wow! Now that's a knot!

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GINGER_BEAR 9/1/2012 11:11PM

    Continued prayer for those whose are suffering from the storm. God bless them all. Awesome pictures of the ships.Glad the crews stayed safe. emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/1/2012 11:08PM

    I am so glad you are ok!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIDMIS 9/1/2012 10:46PM

    I am so glad it wasn't as bad as Katrina. Praise God.

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ROZEEROZ1 9/1/2012 10:43PM

    Thanks - we love the pics. The knots are awesome. What a neat idea of keeping boats safe at shore.

Missy - 200 ships is a lot of ships to look after. It sounds like a huge task to do and needs loads of organization to get the job done well. Even getting the ships out of harbor into safety of another. Are there other shipping companies as well?

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SUCCESSN2014 9/1/2012 10:36PM


My late husband was in the Navy and the ships did the same thing (went out to sea) when there were bad storms. I'm glad to hear your safe and sound.

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IUHRYTR 9/1/2012 10:35PM

    Very interesting but also sad that you all have to go through this again. The pictures of flooding, anywhere, causes my heart to break as I see what people go through and I try to imagine water up to my house's roof and what an ordeal it would be to recover from that. -- Lou

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TINKERBELL200 9/1/2012 10:28PM

    Thanks for sharing Missy! That is awesome!

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RONNIEHUEY 9/1/2012 10:24PM

    Love the pictures

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target

23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there's a will, there are relatives.

27. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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PRINCESS1309 12/6/2012 5:34PM

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/2/2012 3:21AM

    emoticon as always!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/25/2012 11:57PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing these, Missy!!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!!! Love and miss you, my friend!!!

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1GROVES2 8/24/2012 1:32PM

    I love these! thanks for sharing. i plan to share these with my friends

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ROZEEROZ1 8/24/2012 12:13AM

    Missy - I like these. emoticon

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M77355 8/16/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you... I've spread these smiles to other people, too!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/15/2012 10:22PM

    Thanks for sharing these! Great!

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    Good blog, Missy! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/15/2012 9:18PM

    Nice & thanks for sharing!

God bless,


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SADIEDOLORES 8/15/2012 8:07PM

    Interesting AND CUTE, THANK YOU FOR SHARING. emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/15/2012 7:50PM

    I love these!! emoticon

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SLS-NY2IN 8/15/2012 7:37PM

    Loved these "truism's" emoticon emoticonSherry Are you ever going to play Double Words again? emoticon

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One Bad Cat

Friday, August 10, 2012

This guy is TOUGH!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/14/2012 12:57AM

    Ken enjoyed this as much as I did!! Thank you!!

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TEXASFILLY 8/12/2012 12:10AM

    emoticonI'm a cat lover~ so I adore Mugsy! He's fearless! Thanks for sharing, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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SLS-NY2IN 8/10/2012 10:53PM

    emoticonWatch out for that slap!! Even got DH to come in and watch. Thanks for the laugh.

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IMAVISION 8/10/2012 5:35PM

    That was something else to watch.

Thank you for sharing it with us, Missy!

God bless!


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DYNAMICDEB53 8/10/2012 4:59PM

    Awesome little guy!

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    I emoticonlittle Mugsy!

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Underwater Sculpture

Friday, June 01, 2012

What amazing sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor. Located in Grenada’s Moilinere Bay, Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures are a monument created to pay homage to the hundreds of slaves that sought freedom or were forced to jump overboard slave ships traveling through the Middle Passage from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Moiliniere Bay suffered considerable storm damage in recent years and the placement of an artificial structure has provided a new base for marine life to proliferate. The sculptures were also designed to create a diversion from other areas of coral reef currently endangered by over use from water activities.

This link will bring you to a site with more of his fabulous underwater creations:


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/14/2012 12:59AM

    Unbelievable!!! Thank you so much for sharing this, Missy!!!
I looked at this earlier but evidently didn't post a comment.
Blessings and hugs, dear friend.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 8/8/2012 7:28AM


Very moving...

Thank you for posting this!


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KICKINGIT@56 7/30/2012 2:40AM

    Such haunting pictures depicting a very sad time in human history. There was a scene in the movie "Amistad" which recreated just such an event.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 7/19/2012 6:07PM

    those are great photos ~ thanks so much for posting them! i'm definitely going to check out the link so as to enjoy more of his works.


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NEWMOON 7/19/2012 11:09AM

    Such a coincidence to see this on your page. I just stumbled over this artist a few days ago while looking for something else and was enchanted. Hope you are doing well. XOXO

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ROZEEROZ1 6/21/2012 6:40AM

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The art work is great!

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BUNNYCATS 6/12/2012 5:33PM

    Beautiful underwater sculptures! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 6/12/2012 4:20PM

    Very nice pictures and interesting topic...

Wendy emoticon

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  I had no idea that anything like this even existed.

This is so intriguing to me.

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TEXASFILLY 6/2/2012 6:36AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing great art! *hugs* BB~

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BABY_GIRL69 6/1/2012 10:21PM

    So incredible.....

God bless & thank you for sharing!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/1/2012 9:32PM

    Thank you for sharing these great pictures and the link to more!!!
Hugs, dear friend.

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IUHRYTR 6/1/2012 8:53PM

    Amazingly creative and thoughtful. -- Lou

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GARDENQE2 6/1/2012 5:53PM

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures!

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IAMWINNING 6/1/2012 5:27PM

    These are fantastic pictures. I'm glad to see 'man' is doing something to build up the coral areas instead of just tearing them down.

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When a puppy drops from the sky ...

Monday, May 21, 2012

This affirms my belief in providence.


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ROZEEROZ1 6/22/2012 3:02AM

    Missy, DH and I enjoyed this blog. Thanks for posting it as a blog!

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  Things that happen like this affirm my faith more and more and make me cry from happines that we have such an awesome Father God who is so gracious and loving.and watches out for all of His creation no matter how small or big.

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LIGHTHEART09 5/24/2012 11:28AM

How are you my friend...

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IUHRYTR 5/23/2012 5:55AM

    My heart is filled with compassion for animals so I am especially happy this little guy is safe in a loving home. emoticon -- Lou

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/23/2012 12:47AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing this with us, Missy!!!

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M77355 5/21/2012 10:25PM

    I love all your happy posts! Thank you for spreading good!

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67YKCEB 5/21/2012 8:10PM

    I saw this on the internet but didn't bother with reading it ..... I'm glad I read it today. Thank you! emoticon

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IMAVISION 5/21/2012 7:52PM

    What a wonderful account. I am so thankful that the little fellow is safe & now has a loving home.

Thank you, Missy, for sharing this with us.

God bless you!


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TEXASFILLY 5/21/2012 6:53PM

    Awww~ how precious! And into the loving arms of a new family. Thanks for sharing, Missy~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 5/21/2012 5:37PM

    God watches out for puppies, too! Awesome!

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IAMWINNING 5/21/2012 4:39PM

    Wow! First a hawk gets it, then the puppy drops 30 feet to the ground! Yes-sir! Truly a puppy from Heaven. : )

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NELLIEC 5/21/2012 4:15PM

    Wow, it is a miracle that little one lived!

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/21/2012 3:28PM

    Sounds like that family and pet were meant to be!

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TESENISIS1 5/21/2012 3:19PM

    Awww...too cute!!! what a miracle that the puppy lived!

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