Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

2009!!! Happy New Year!! WOW!!

January dates for the new year.

January 1 - New Year's Day. Watching it snow at our house.
January 7 - Grandson Kevin's birthday 23rd I think. If I am wrong his mom will let me know. Corrected.
January 8 - I will be 83. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and I always have to tell everyone that Memphian Elvis Presley was also born on January 8.
Also, our good friend and pastor for the seniors at our church also has the 8th for his birthday.

January 12, great grandson Jerett wil be 10 years old, and a real gentleman.
January 26, sister-in-law Vivian's birthday, a wish-you-were-here or vice-versa.

January 29, I will visit the eye surgeon once more with catarac surgery in view.

Happy birthday and more good wishes for a great new year, to you all.
Betty G

Sunday, December 28, 2008

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

We met at our house for our Christmas party and it was absolutely wonderful.
We seemed to have room for all or us, 21 including the two babies. Of course Amanda at one-year-old, is walking and enjoying everything in sight and doing it so sweetly.
I must tell you, she had a cup with a teddy bear stuffed into it. Right away she took the bear and hugged it and then she tried to give it a drink with the cup. That was precious.
She had a little pair of gloves, glitter and fur decorated, I think, and right away she put them on, crooked of course and waved her hands around. That, too, was precious. I loved it.

Before moving here two years ago, we had a big basement family room and had a ping pong table and added smaller tables, for eating and for all the foods. There was lots of comfortable seating so we had a perfect place for the family party.
Not so here, we had the livingroom and the kitchen, but we seemed to come out just fine. And so much food, goodies, and all.
Bobbi took charge and really did it so everyone was happy. All our girls could have done it, but they were busy, so Bobbi, with help popping in and out, came up Christmas night because of the weather, loaded with ideas and rosettes and angel food, and lots more good things, and worked nonstop and gave our family a great time.

Lots of presents of course, but I think the family had the most fun with Laura's game. Each one brings a $5 gift and is given a number, and then picks a gift, one at a time. You can, at your turn, take someone's gift if you want it, and then they have to take someone's or a new one. There was a lot of happy laughter and teasing, and it really was a lot of fun for everyone.
Too, we make a lot of noise at this!!!
I have a hunch there are many families who play this game and enjoy it too.

Bobbi left this morning after a BIG job well done and we thank her very much.
Dean is watching the Packers, I am thinking about lunch, and company is coming later today.

So, all is well and happy at our house.
Hope you can say the same and had a wonderful Christmas
Now I wish you a great New Year ahead. 2009, WOW!!!!

Betty G

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A BEBO NORMAN SONG

Yes I Will LyricsBebo NormanIn the passion of Your sacrifice I saw the prophecy fulfilled The Healer of the world, the wounded ChristI heard You say, come follow me So I will, yes I will Follow You Jesus, all the way up that hillI will follow youFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hill To the cross where the river runs Crimson even still, yes I will Follow You Lord. Follow you, I will Yes I willOn the sacred path, You bled for us Scorned and broken, up that hill How terrible the cross, how gloriousI heard You say, come follow meSo I will, So I will, yes I will, yes I will Follow You Jesus, all the way up that hillI will follow youFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hill To the cross where the river runs Crimson even still, yes I will Follow You Lord. Follow you, I will Yes I willWill I stumble in the darkness?In my weakness, when I feel afraid Hear me Jesus, Hear me Jesus, when I call Your name Oh help me Lord, won't You help me Lord Please help me LordWould you help me LordFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hillI will follow youFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hill To the cross where the river runs Crimson even still, yes I will Follow You Lord. Follow you, I willFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hillI will follow youFollow You Jesus, all the way up that hill To the cross where the river runs Crimson even still, yes I will Follow You Lord. Follow you, I willI will, I will, yes I will, yes I willHelp me Jesus, when I feel afraid

Betty G

Saturday, December 13, 2008

RAMBLINGS OF A RETIRED MIND

Got this in an e-mail today. It is great !!!


Ramblings of a Retired Mind

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones or purse.
I can't afford one, so I am wearing my garage door opener.

I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and calling it "Pumpin Rust."

I've gotten that dreaded furniture disease.
That's when your chest is falling into your drawers!

When people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?"
Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!!"

Employment application blanks always ask, "who is to be notified in case of an emergency?"
I think I should write, "A Good Doctor."

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?
What are we supposed to do.........write to these men?

Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mails?
Or better yet, arrest them while they are taking their picture!!

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older.
Then, it dawned on me, they were cramming for their finals.

Still laughing,
Betty G

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

IT'S HERE, TOO, SNOW!!!



Last year, Dean, took our Christmas tree apart so we could get it on a table in a window.
This year we are using the whole six feet of it.
I have been seeing Christmas trees covered with decorations and I like them. So I am covering mine with all kinds, but it isn't done. I should have realized decorating a tree like this is hard on the arms, and they really hurt.
I also am glad we gave the big tree to daughter Betty when we moved here. She does hers with big things, and small stuff of course, and it always looks perfect.
The two great granddaughters of our who became one year old this year are proving to be busybodies. They are into everything since they started walking. Now they have to learn to live with Christmas decorations. So, it is interesting and fun.
The other new great grandson isn't walking yet, this will be his first Christmas.
I am rambling. It isn't 6 a.m. yet, as I write this, and I am just barely awake. I'll post this later.
It's 28 degrees and we have 3 1/2 inches of snow. South they got around 5 inches.
I am in no hurry for snow. It means Dean has to bundle up and get behind the snowblower and clean everything.
I am thankful we don't have sidewalks or a long driveway, and that he does have a snowblower ready. though.
There isn't anything really interesting here. I do write for the family so they know what we are up to and I do keep these. I print them and stick them in my journal. It's a lazy way of journaling.
So, it's 6 a.m. and I need to see what God's Word says this morning.
Have a lovely day.
Betty G

ANOTHER SPECIAL BIRTHDAY


We had a nice day yesterday.

We celebrated another birthday in the family. Our daughter, Bobbi, becomes 58 today!!


It was weeks ago a professor, at Viterbo College, asked her to ride to Eau Claire with her, giving Bobbi all day with us. So, two other daughters who live here, came for lunch and were laughing and remembering, and it was wonderful. I am so thankful they are such good friends.


My brother in Arkansas, had sent pecans again. Big, all shelled, they are awesome, so I bag them up so we all get some. Each girl had a bag of pecans by their plate.

We do thank him very much. So many good things to make with pecans!!!


Merry Christmas,

Betty G

DECEMBER DATES

Here's a quick, short list for December.

3., Today, daughter Bobbi, 58th birthday.
10- Grandson Josh, birthday, he will be 32.
16- Granddaughter Denise - birthday.
24 - Gary and Brandy, anniversary.
25 - Celeration of Jesus' birthday, known as Christmas.
25 - Also a friend from my school days, Mary E., also known by her brother Carl, and I, as Sister. She will be my age.
26 - Great granddaughter Denae. She will be 8.
27 - Daughter Vada, birthday.
21 - New Year's Eve.


All loved in the family.
Happy Day for you all.
Betty G

Sunday, November 30, 2008

WE ARE RICH !!!!

This was written by steve Williams.

We are rich. From the standpoint of material wealth, Americans have difficulty realizing how rich we are. However, going through the little "mental exercise" suggested by Robert Heilbroner, can help us to count our blessings. Imagine doing the following, and you will see how daily life is for as many as a billion people in the world.

1. Take out all the furniture in your home except for one table and a couple of chairs. Use blankets and pads for beds.
2.Take away all of your clothing except for your oldest dress or suit, shirt or blouse. Leave only one pair of shoes.
3.Empty the pantry and the refrigerator, except for a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a few potatoes, some onions, and a dish of dried beans.
4.Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, and remove all the electrical wiring in your house.
5.Take away the house itself and move the family into the tool shed
6.Place your house in shantytown.
7.Cancel all subscrptions to newspapers, magazines, and book clubs.
8.Leave only one radio for the whole shantytown.
9.Move the hearest hospital or clinic ten miles away, and put a midwife in charge instead of a doctor.
10.Throw away your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, and insurance policies. Leave the family a cash hoard of $10.
11.Give the head of the family a few acres to cultivate on which he can raise a few hundred dollars on cash crops, of which one third will to to the landlord and one tenth to the moneylenders.
12.Lop off 25 or more years in life expectancy.

By comparison, how rich we are! And with our wealth come responsibility to use it wisely, not to be wasteful, and to be sure to help others.
Think on these things.

Betty G
I hope you put back your house in order!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

JOHN 3: 16

John 3:16
A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold.The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.He walked up to a policeman and said,'Mister,you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight.Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay.'
The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, 'You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16, and they will let you in.
So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,'John 3:16.' The lady said, 'Come on in, Son. 'She took him in and she sat him down in a splitbottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:John 3:16 ...I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.
Later she came back and asked him, 'Are you hungry ? 'He said, 'Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,'The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to himself:John 3:16 ...Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for awhile. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out thewindow at the snow coming down on that cold night,he thought to himself: John 3:16...I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested.The next morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same big old splitbottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible. She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face.'Do you understand John 3:16 ?' she asked gently. He replied, 'No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard itwas last night when the policeman told me to use it,'She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either,how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every angel in Heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end.I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the directions .
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.' Pass this on only if you mean it. I do Love God . He is my source of existence.. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Phil 4:13 If you love God and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things he has done for you, send this on.Take 60 seconds & give this a shot !Let's just see if Satan stops this one.All you do is:1) Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you this,'Father, God bless this person in whatever it is that You know he or she may be needing this day !'

From an e-mail,
Betty G

REHAB FOR A PARROT

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity.
John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up' the bird's vocabulary.
Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.
John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer.
For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.
Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and action."
"I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."
John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.
As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
Betty G

Monday, November 24, 2008

A NEW PRAYER REQUEST

Hi Mom, Got a call from Tracy in Texas and her Dad has been diagnosed with cancer, and is not doing so well. Please ask for prayer for him. His name is Don Jackson, and he lives in California.Everything is well here, still trying to get settled in, lot of un-packing left.
Love you guys, Bryant

Thanks, Betty G

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TAX POEM

TAX POEM

Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers, Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he' s laid. Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline At x (44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Sales Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?!?!?!? I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!!! YOU can help it get there!!!! GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!!
Betty G
received from a nephew

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I am writing this to answer some of my anons.

First, if you don't agree or even tolerate what I write, don't read it. I won't miss you and you won't change my mind.

Second, I know some of my links are blank. Some have given up writing. They are still listed because I don't know enough computer to take them off. I do have some I would like to list, but again, I don't know how. Links are actually listed for my conveience.

And last, I don't read your blogs if you differ too much from mine. Most blogs are free so write whatever you like, and I will do the same. I find it fun, and it certainly helps me cope with age and pain. I'm coming up on 83, and wondering how long I can write anything.

There must be millions of bloggers out there, I just happen to be a minor one. I don't intend to be mean here so hope everyone finds what they want to read and enjoys it, as I do.

Betty G

Sunday, November 16, 2008

ISN'T IT A MESS ???

Aren't things in a mess? Does anyone really know what to do?

Tony Evans said this morning on television, "God doesn't expect us to 'do.' God expects us to let Him fix things."
"He will fix things but it will be something we do not expect."

I for one, agree. I need to obey what He says to not do. Not to worry.
I do need to subject my thoughts and actions to God, and obey what He says.

God is in the "doing" business, He will produce His excitement.
Betty G

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A COUPLE OF PICTURES



The kids gave me a lot of nice things for my late, late, birthday party, a week ago, and this is just a sample.
The Orchid plant is a Phalaenopsis orchid. I know nothing about growing any kind of an orchid so will work with this one.
The other picture is a pitcher, with little pineapples embedded in the glass. It is also unusually pretty.
I also got a pants suit , black with silver threads. I plan to wear it Christmas. Maybe I will get my picture wearing it.
I even still have cut flowers alive and blooming.
It really was a nice party and I thank all the kids for doing it for me. It's a great bunch.
Betty G

Monday, November 10, 2008

REFLECTIONS ON GOD AND THE ELECTION

Well, I'm glad the election is over.
I do not like the polices of Obama, but I left the election decision up to God. Now I do thank
God for bringing the nation ready to go forward.

I will still continue to pray that innocent life will be spared abortions. Abortion will always be a horror in my mind as I believe God hates abortions also. And creating life for stem cells is included in this.

I accept the fact that I am fallible and do not have the knowledge to see God's plans. I do know I must pray for God's leading for this country. Where there are mistakes made, I trust God to redeem them for good.

So, I will pray for Obama and his family, for their best to come forth in governing, and for the joy of God in their hearts.
Betty G

Sunday, November 09, 2008

HOME FROM A FAST TRIP WEST

Yes, we are home again. We were west but not as far as Fargo, ND, this time. I did read that they had nearly 4 feet of snow.
We were in the middle of northern Nebraska, and we did have snow but not much was sticking. I took my camera with the idea of getting pictures of snow for Brandy, she went nuts when they were here over snow flurries that melted when they hit the ground. She loves snow.

We started for home Saturday morning and when we crossed over into Iowa there was the snow. Lots of it, not 4 feet of it, but it covered fields and roofs. And my camera was out of my reach. Oh, well, I had good intentions.

No snow on the ground here in Wisconsin, but we had several deer run across our path when we were close to home. Dean slowed but didn't have to stop. The deer disappeared into the brush. So, believe me, we were busy watching the sides of the highway after that, and it was dark so that kept us nervous and awake.

We are home, safe and sound, just tired. Every time Dean goes out on a job, and it is a long drive, I say no more. But he loves it, and I can't let myself let him go alone.
Betty G

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I MISS JANIE MARIE

I am missing Janie Marie and her blog. It was AOL and AOL has canceled its blog site. That is my understanding anyway. I tried to get her daughter's blog, and it turned out to be AOL too.
So, I miss her.

If anyone will let her know that I miss her, I will appreciate it.

Thank you,
Betty G

Monday, November 03, 2008

MEMPHIS UNCLES

You know I write about my uncles in Memphis and think about them a lot.
Reading MrEddie this morning and his concern for helping young people with spiritual things and knowledge of how to live, reminded me of how much I learned from my uncles, and then the family in Arkansas.
MrEddie was with the young people, and I was reminded that the elderly need the attention, too.
That brought to mind when my grandmother, Mama, in Memphis was dying in the hospital, my uncles were at her bedside constantly, singing to her all the old hymns she loved so much.
That is love.
Then there was the time of the death of my grandfather, Papa, in Memphis, all seven uncles were there for Mama, and were pallbearers. Dan had to hitchhike all across the country to be there and he was there on time. Several uncles were in service then. Can't you imagine how Mama's heart was full of love for her sons?
I know how much love I feel for our children when they all come together for our family gettogethers. I love them all.
Betty G

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NOVEMBER DATES

Nov. 2, Tyra Marie, great granddaughter, will be 8.
Nov. 7, Jeni and Eric, grandchildren, will note their 4th wedding anniversary.
Nov. 11, Terry, grandson, will be 35.
Nov. 13, Gary Jr., grandson, will be 26.
Nov. 24, Jeni, granddaughter, will be 32.
Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day.
Nov. 30, Great Granddaughter Jaelyn will have her first birthday.

Who else did I miss this time??? I have had to make some corrections.

Blessings to you all.
Betty G

HALLOWEEN

Halloween is past and it was quiet at our house. We probably had about eight kids until granddaughter Sara brought a carful. When all of them came in at once Dean just set the big orange bowl of candy in the middle of the living room floor and let them fill their bags.

I am showing my Grinch side today.
I don't know which is worse, kids going around begging candy or the stunts we pulled when I was a teen.

A few years back I was jolted with Halloween memories by an old teenage friend in a birthday card.
He reminded me of things we did as teens, one in particular was on Halloween. I lived with my grandparents in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on a minor highway going to Memphis, so a bunch of us tied banners, like the college banners, on a long rope and tied it across the highway.
Cars did stop. I remember we did get the police but I don't remember what they did or said. Also, I don't remember anyone breaking our rope.

This sounds minor after all these years, but in today's traffic, it would be a disaster.

This was in the late 1930's. There were all sorts of stunts pulled on people in the neighborhood and I was there, but thankfully they are not in my memory!!!

Betty G

Friday, October 31, 2008

COULDN'T RESIST THIS, THOUGH IT IS LONG

Yes, Barack Obama really is a Manchurian candidate
Posted: October 29, 200810:32 am Eastern© 2008 WorldNetDaily
"If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." – Abraham Lincoln
As Election Day rapidly approaches, many Americans are wondering why so many of their countrymen reject a genuine war hero with decades of experience, one whose pro-life, limited-government values pretty much reflect those of Middle America. Instead, these same countrymen are enthralled with a man who not only has no experience or qualifications for the job, but who is, in fact, the most radically left-wing major-party presidential candidate of our lifetime, having been mentored and supported for decades by terrorists (Ayers), communists (Davis), America-hating racists (Wright) and criminals (Rezko).
Doesn't make much sense, does it?
After all, in past presidential contests, Americans have flatly rejected ultraliberal candidates like McGovern, Mondale and Dukakis – and those guys weren't nearly as radicalized as Obama, who the nonpartisan National Journal rates as having the most left-wing voting record in the entire U.S. Senate – even more so than socialist Bernie Sanders! Moreover, recently it's been proven, despite his campaign's denials, that Obama was indeed a member of the socialist "New Party." And Obama himself confesses that during his college days he intentionally sought out Marxists as friends.
So, how do we explain all this? Why are so many of us eager to turn our nation, the greatest and noblest on earth, over to an angry-at-America, hardcore left-wing "change agent" who will – with the help of a like-minded, Democrat-dominated Congress and a liberal-activist federal judiciary – bring about radical "change" to every area of our lives? Just consider:
Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history, having announced publicly: "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." This would remove all restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortion and parental notification laws, making America the abortion capital of the world. Of course, you know what kind of Supreme Court justices he would nominate, which as I have pointed out previously would end all hope of overturning Roe v. Wade in our lifetimes.
He's hands-down the most pro-homosexual candidate in history, promising to back virtually the entire radical "gay rights" agenda, including the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, essentially throwing open the door to gay marriage in all 50 states. And, as he proclaims in his "open letter to the LGBT community": "I have also called for us to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." That will allow and encourage overt homosexuality throughout the armed forces, something military experts have long maintained will destroy the very fabric of America's armed services.
Sounds bad for Judeo-Christian values, you say? Dr. James Dobson's influential Focus on the Family organization analyzed issue after issue and predicts – are you ready for this? – "hardship," "persecution" and "suffering" as the fate of Christians if Obama becomes president.
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Obama "would be the most anti-gun president in American history," warns the National Rifle Association, which points out that he has supported a complete ban on handguns, voted to ban most rifle ammunition, and supported increasing the tax on guns by 500 percent.
Obama would devastate an already deeply troubled U.S. economy. Jacking up taxes, as he promises to do, during the worst financial crisis and credit meltdown since the Great Depression is breathtakingly foolish. No wonder three out of four CEOs of American companies say Obama would be a disaster. Apparently Obama, who constantly badmouths "CEOs" and "corporations," doesn't realize it is these very companies that create over 120 million of America's 140 million jobs (the rest being created by government).
In order to throttle the troublesome talk radio truth-tellers who caused him so much trouble during the election season, and to reward his cheerleaders in the elite press, Obama will attempt to muzzle conservative talk radio by resurrecting the horrendous "Fairness Doctrine."
Obama alone will be able to snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory in Iraq. He is so weak, inexperienced and narcissistic, he will reflexively appease our nation's enemies and thereby encourage the growth of evil the world over. Millions will suffer as a direct result.
Then there's the issue of Obama's truly disturbing past. It seems that no matter how stunning the revelations – some of which are finally emerging, no thanks to a shockingly irresponsible and infantile "mainstream press" – they don't penetrate the public mind. Regardless of the evidence against him, people remain entranced by Obama:
Amidst ever-growing evidence of vote fraud in multiple states perpetrated by ACORN – the notorious left-wing group with which Obama, despite his public statements, has long and deep ties – the Obama campaign's lawyers are now arguing that the Justice Department should not investigate any vote fraud claims until after the election. Instead, say Obama's attorneys, Justice should investigate those citizens who have brought to light the evidence of voter fraud, for supposedly trying to intimidate poor people into not voting. And no wonder: Thirteen of Obama's own campaign workers in Ohio have confessed to have fraudulently voted in that crucial swing state.
Despite repeated indignant denials by the candidate and his campaign, Barack Obama was once a Muslim. If you question that fact as just a nasty "Internet rumor," examine for yourself Obama's registration papers to the Catholic school he attended in Indonesia, reproduced here by the Associated Press, which clearly indicate his religion at the time as "Islam." Much more troubling are the radical Islamist ties he maintains today, as respected Islam expert Daniel Pipes documents. Even rabid anti-Semite and leader of the radical Nation of Islam group, Louis Farrakhan, says "the Messiah is absolutely speaking" through Obama.
Which brings us to his most troubling association of all: Obama sat in the church pews for 20 years listening to and absorbing the anti-American, racist, hate-filled sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who claims, among his other lunatic rants, that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks and deliberately created AIDS in order to commit genocide against black people. Wright's rage-filled preaching of "black liberation theology" – an anti-American, anti-White, Marxist philosophy disguised as Christianity – filled Obama's mind and soul for two decades, and they have unquestionably influenced his worldview.
Sitting at the feet of Jeremiah Wright for two decades and being filled each week with such venom against America and white people can fairly be called a form of brainwashing. If you doubt this statement, try spending 30-60 minutes on YouTube and just listen to random video clips of Wright's "sermons." Then, imagine swallowing this poisonous concoction, in person, every week for 20 years. It would be transformative.
One can go on and on, it's dizzying: Obama worked closely – for years – with William Ayers, a criminal and domestic terrorist who once bombed the Pentagon and other government buildings; there's absolutely compelling evidence – including independent scientific forensic analysis – showing that Ayers wrote all or part of Obama's best selling book "Dreams from My Father"; Obama received crucial funding and other financial benefits from notorious convicted Chicago criminal Tony Rezko; the Obama campaign refuses to produce a simple birth certificate to dispel persistent claims in multiple lawsuits that question the candidate's constitutional qualifications to be U.S. president – it goes on and on, and yet inexplicably, none of it seems to penetrate the minds of those entranced with Obama.
So again, the question: Why, despite a mountain of evidence utterly proving his profound unworthiness to be president, do so many millions of Americans worship Barack Obama? Let's take a closer look.
The magic of envy
In recent decades, more and more Americans have been conditioned by politicians to depend on government to solve their problems. This is how demagogues have long operated. They demonize "the rich," implying they obtained their wealth by exploiting the downtrodden; they stir up racial hatreds at every opportunity; they endlessly bash business and CEOs as evil exploiters; they promise "social justice" and universal happiness if only we will elevate them to power over us.
They do all this by appealing to anger and envy. They know instinctively that if they can stir up and ignite these dark, addictive passions in all of us, they will create a large voting bloc of people dependent on them, and thus be rewarded with great power. In its purest form, this phenomenon is called Marxism, communism, socialism – the spiritual core of which is raw envy. This philosophy of cradle-to-grave security and "wealth redistribution" exerts a powerfully seductive grip on people who have not discovered true inner "government." As William Penn famously said, "Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants."
Communism, of course, is atheistic – where the government is the only true god, the giver of blessings, the solver of problems, the dispenser of justice and mercy. This envy-based, class-warfare-fueled revolutionary system talks always of justice, fairness, progress – but the only progress it delivers is from freedom to slavery.
This is the appeal more and more Americans have been conditioned over the years to respond to, as we have progressively fallen away from the Judeo-Christian values that once animated our culture and institutions. The envy-based system Marx unleashed on the world is alive and well, and in different forms it still dominates large parts of the world. In America, it has taken root in the Democrat Party. Ronald Reagan may have destroyed the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union, but you cannot destroy evil itself. Evil remains, and continues to do its job of tempting and, if possible, corrupting the souls of men.
Even the encouragement of immorality – free sex, abortion, homosexuality, easy divorce and so on – is all part and parcel of the socialist modus operandi, because immoral, dysfunctional people who have crossed the moral line and thus become estranged from God now need the "god" of socialist government.
All of this, my friends, is what we're poised to elect as president in the person of Barack Obama.
This has been coming for quite awhile. Americans, many of us anyway, have become increasingly corrupted over the years. We've been conditioned by our leaders into voting for lying, unprincipled, seductive candidates. We almost elected certified wacko Al Gore as president – someone who seriously wants to outlaw the internal combustion engine. Then we almost elected John Kerry – a super-ambitious, unprincipled and thoroughly unlikable man who first achieved notoriety by betraying his Vietnam soldier colleagues, scandalously maligning them as baby-killers before Congress and the nation.
Now, we're very close to electing an even worse candidate – and the reasons for this tell us much about ourselves.
The power of guilt
If you've ever studied disasters like the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle or the sinking of the Titanic, you'll find there was not just one reason, but a whole series of factors that seemingly conspired to cause the catastrophe.
One of the "aiding and abetting" factors in the current election is the fact that Obama is black. Let's talk about race.
Americans – even though slavery and segregation are long gone from the national scene – still have a large and understandable reservoir of collective guilt over its past exploitation and mistreatment of blacks.
Guilt is a fantastically powerful factor in all of our lives. It is a very uncomfortable, nagging pain in our conscience, this thing we call guilt. When we're guilty we try to relieve this inner conflict, and this is often a good thing. If we're guilty toward God, for instance, then we naturally want to make up for that guilt by finding reconciliation and obedience to Him. If we've wronged our neighbor and our conscience bothers us, that guilt is the valuable, redeeming factor that prods us to apologize and make restitution if appropriate. Without being able to experience a guilty conscience, we'd all be amoral psychopaths – literally oblivious to whether or not we had done anything wrong.
However, there's another side to guilt. Manipulative and unprincipled humans soon discover how to use our guilt to get their way. They can even make us feel guilty when we haven't done anything wrong – for instance, by way of false accusation, a tactic the left has perfected.
Now, Barack Obama obviously is not to blame for being black – or more to the point, for how people feel about him because of his race. But the fact is, his being black pushes the guilt button in most of us and we simply see him differently than we would if he were white. (Imagine voting for a white guy with such flimsy credentials and ominous associations.) With white voters in particular, there is a strong urge to finally move beyond our collective guilt over slavery and to prove, once and for all, that we're not a nation beset by racism – by electing a black president.
It's not an exaggeration to call this guilt-induced way of looking at Obama, this conditioned attitude, a type of trance. We hold him to a different standard, we see and feel differently about him, than we would if he were white. We have a kindliness, a desire for his success, a form of love and admiration and well-wishing toward Obama, all based on guilt. But love based on guilt is not real love. It's just an unconscious attempt to rid ourselves of guilt. Shelby Steele, author of "White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era," puts it this way: "[Americans] struggle, above all else, to dissociate themselves from the past sins they are stigmatized with."
Yet this guilt phenomenon is also why craven race-baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton still command media respect as "black leaders." We see them through the "white guilt trance," part of which means we're really afraid of being regarded as racists, so we don't criticize these men for their blatant serial demagoguery. Likewise with Obama, there is a great deal of hesitancy to criticize him out of fear of being thought a racist.
You might respond to this by saying: But I don't have any guilt over slavery or segregation. Fine, but it gets much subtler than that.
Did you ever get angry at your kids – and then find yourself "being nice" to them to make up for the guilt of having been impatient? With that in mind, consider just one of many ways guilt (in this case, racial guilt) can find its way into you: Let's say you're walking down the street and a group of black men are walking toward you, and you become fearful (very similar to the story Obama famously told about his white grandmother). That fear has a little resentment attached to it, for that's the nature of fear. But when you become resentful for any reason at all, you automatically incur guilt, because resentment is a wrong, failing way for mature human beings to respond to the stresses of life. Now, saddled with this new guilt associated with black people, a compulsion rises up from within you to make up for that guilt – which you do by discovering a mysterious affinity for black people that wasn't there before. But that "love" isn't real love – it's all rooted in guilt and resentment (just like when you got impatient with your kids, then suddenly became "nice" to them to compensate for your anger). Although my example here centers on race, this guilt principle is universal. Indeed, guilt-based false love is the basis of the ubiquitous "love-hate relationship" that so vexes the human race; hate easily turns into false love, to make up for the guilt of hating. Do you get it?
It's subtle, but this is exactly the kind of dynamic that leads to self-destructive relationships – from personal relationships to electing tyrants.
The Obama News Network
A third factor, shaped powerfully by both the secular love of government and the white guilt factor just discussed, is the incomprehensibly unprofessional way the news media have behaved during the 2008 election.
In my estimation, we basically don't have a free press in America any more, other than the "New Media" – that is, talk radio, the Internet and some cable TV. Most of the rest of the establishment media have pretty much committed suicide this year.
Get David Kupelian's best-selling exposé, "The Marketing of Evil," autographed, from WorldNetDaily.
Just imagine that radical activist groups like the ACLU or the strident abortion outfit NARAL decided to start up their own "news organizations," complete with broadcast "anchor people," "reporters" and "correspondents," as well as newspapers and news websites and so on – and with a straight face they called their output "news." Everybody would laugh. Why? Because, while it would have the familiar form of news, it would of course just have the substance of their radical propaganda. No one would take it seriously.
This is exactly what we have in the so-called "mainstream press" today. The New York Times and NBC News, for example, are not true news organizations any more. They've become political and cultural activist organizations pretending to do news. And after having dropped all pretense at fairness this year, everyone knows it. This is why they're more concerned about Joe the plumber's tax bill than about the election being stolen by ACORN – because the elite media have become nothing more nor less than the propaganda ministry and attack dogs for Barack Obama.
Obama, the Manchurian candidate
In the classic 1962 movie thriller "The Manchurian Candidate," a man was programmed by communist handlers, and then emerged into the public arena as a hero, with a largely manufactured history, large parts of which were either obscured or changed. Then he was planted into a position of great influence, having been programmed to usher in tremendous change at the appointed time.
Barack Obama was programmed for years by his atheist, Muslim father, by the communist sex pervert Frank Marshall Davis, by con man Tony Rezko, by domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and others – most of all by black liberation theology screamer Jeremiah Wright. Obama's resume is largely manufactured. There is a total blackout on his college years. His campaign obscures what he did as a "community organizer." All his radical associations are denied or minimized. His miserable legislative record (voting "present" over 100 times to avoid taking a stand), his lack of achievement, his radical views and so on – all have been laundered through the magic of public relations into the near-sacred saga of "The One" who has been sent to serve, and to save, America.
Yet, as I have documented previously, John McCain rendered more genuine service to his country each and every day of those five-and-a-half years he endured in a North Vietnamese prison than Barack Obama has in his entire life.
In "The Manchurian Candidate," several war heroes came back to America from abroad. But one of them harbored a dark agenda, lying in wait, secretly, until it could emerge and transform America.
America has a choice Tuesday between a genuine war hero and a genuine Manchurian candidate.
Choose well.
Betty G

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ANOTHER BUSY DAY

The temp here right now is 73.8. Can you believe it!!! It is beautiful. Dean has finished up the flower beds so he can now forget them.
Daughter Betty and I got our flu shots this morning at the clinic, Dean got his yesterday at the VA clinic. He got his check up, too, for another year.
This afternoon Dean and I voted for McCain. When I voted, I thought, if our mayor had the friends of the bad reputations that Obama's has, I wouldn't vote for them for anything. And consequently I wouldn't vote for Obama either. Follow me?? I know I talk in circles sometimes.
Then Dean and I visited the new flea market building just a couple of blocks from us. The owner has it full of pretties, a lot of them antiques, that I don't buy.
Some of the stuff was garage sale stuff so I did find some things. I was happy.
So, it is now after 5, and my day is probably slow for many, but for me it is busy. And I tire easily so the day is done for me.
Take care,
Betty G

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CATCHING WILD PIGS

A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange> students in the class. One day while the class was in the> lab the > Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept> rubbing his> back, and stretching as if his back hurt.> > The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The > student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had> been shot while> fighting communists in his native country who were trying> to> overthrow his country's government and install a new> communist government.> > In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and> asked a > strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch> wild pigs?'> > The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the> punchline. The young man said this was no joke. 'You> catch wild pigs by> finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on> the> ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat> the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you> put a fence> down one side of the place where they are used to coming.> When they get used> to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put> up another side> of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again.> You continue> until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate> in the last side.> The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come> through the gate to> eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.> > Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run> around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.> Soon they go back> to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they> have forgotten how> to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their> captivity.> > The young man then told the professor that is exactly what> he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing> us toward> socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the> form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit> for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies,> payments> not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc..> While we continually lose our freedoms -- just a little at> a time.> > One should always remember: There is no such thing as a> free lunch! Also, a politician will never provide a service> for you cheaper> than you can do it yourself.> > Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government> 'help' is a problem confronting the future of> democracy in America, you> might want to send this on to your friends. If you think> the free ride is> essential to your way of life then you will probably delete> this email, but> God help you when the gate slams shut!> > In this 'very important' election year, listen> closely to what the candidates are promising you !!> > Just maybe you will be able to tell who is about to slam> the gate on America.> > > 'A government big enough to give you everything you> want, is big enough to take away everything you have.> > Thomas Jefferson

Betty G

SURPRISE !!!!

Our kids from Texas have been visiting us so I"m late with this.

Daughter Betty had a potluck for the family Sunday. I thought it was so everyone could visit with them, which I guess it really was. But it was also a surprise for me.

Son Bryant was giving the blessing when I heard him say a happy birthday for Mom. He came over to me after that to see about bringing a plate of food to me, so I told him my birthday was in January, not October.
He said he knew that, this was a belated birthday party for me because they didn't do much for me in January for my day.

And it was, a birthday party with a banner, a birthday cake, presents, and cards.
It was such a wonderful surprise from our kids, I still marvel at it. Our kids find the sweetest cards, I will always keep them and read them.
The gifts all suited me just fine, evan an orchid plant for me to learn to care for from Bryant and Vada and kids. And Bobbi brought me a beginning of that beautiful flower of hers I posted.

It was a wonderful day and I am so thankful for our family and all they mean to me.
Betty G

THIS IS SOOOO FUNNY!!!!!

This is so Funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From Vada Jane, a granddaughter. Thank you.

Bill, Jim, and Scott were at a convention together and were sharing a large suite on the top of a 75 story sky scraper.After a long day of meetings they were shocked to hear that the elevators in their hotel were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their room. Bill said to Jim and Scott, let's break the monotony of this unpleasant task by concentrating on something interesting. I'll tell jokes for 25 flights, and Jim can sing songs for 25 flights, and Scott can
tell sad stories the rest of the way. At the 26th floor Bill stopped telling jokes and Jim began to sing. At the 51st floorJim stopped singing and Scott began to tell sad stories. "I will tell my saddest story first," he said. "I left the room key in the car!"

Betty G

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A CREATIVE APPROACH

This from a granddaughter and I thank her.
Here is a creative approach to redistribution of wealth as offered in a local newspaper...Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more.I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.=============
Betty G

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ELECTING THIS PRESIDENT

Everyone that knows me, knows how much I want a Republican to win this election.
But, I know, this could be my last presidential election, as I am 82 years old. You have to see now how important it is to me.
If Obama would win, I would have to live with it, but I probably wouldn't bother to see what he is doing, as I would live with the past, and not the present. I may not care what he does or what the Democrat Congress does. I will not have any sayso in the matters.

BUT, I can still give my opinions.
Today I read that a political action group, Vests for Freedom, has criticized Obama for skipping 45% of Senate votes on Iraq, and never holding a single hearing while he was chairman of the committee overseeing Afghanistan.
This is hard for me to believe and hard to understand how he plans to lead others.

Then, there are the three lessons learned from the story of Joe the plummer about Obama.

1. I will tax just the rich. That is over "$90,000." I would love to just once, see that amount come into this house!!!Then I would want to keep it.
For Joe the plummer, he says he won't be able to hire employees and grow a business. His plans were to buy a business and start anew.

2. I want to give a tax cut to the middle class.
This means an automatic 5% max tax increase on almost all taxpayers by letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Bet you haven't heard Bush had something good going.
He wants to almost double capital gains taxes from 15% to almost 30%.
He has promised taxes on gas and energy. And also to hike the dividend tax.

3.I want to make America more secure.
While some crazies promise to destroy the USA and Israel, Obama has promised to gut the missile defense program created by President Reagan.
Then spend money to invest in unproven missile defense systems.

Then, cut billions from the Defense Dpt. Disarming us won't make us more secure.
I don't think he has a clue for keeping us safe.

So, I will complain about him while I can.
Betty G

Monday, October 20, 2008

PEGGY SINGING

Ever listen to those old tapes you made years ago? Do they just sit in a box somewhere and wait for you to get back to them?

I did today.
Haven't heard Betty sing since she was in school where she did sing solos and duets in choir.
One was Daughter Peggy singing 22 years ago at church. I hadn't heard her sing much since then. I think the last time was at Grandson Buck's funeral about two years ago.

Peg has a lovely voice and I wish she would sing more ( I don't want funerals so she can sing). I just wish she would sing more.

Daughter Bobbi sang a duet with granddaughter Jeni at our 50th wedding anniversary at church. Daughter Peggy sang a duet with a girl at Daughter Bobbi's wedding. And I have heard that Daughter Vada really belts our a song, but I haven't heard her sing anything. Daughter Brandy tells me she can't, just can't sing.

Son Gary sang in the choir in school. Bryant never did anything like that. He was a drummer until he rammed his hand through a door/window at school. I don't know if he sings or not.

Dean is pretty good with singing, I just croak, it's my age.

So, I am happy with all of them. All of us are to sing in Heaven.

That is a promise for which I am thankful to the Lord.
Betty G

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

QUESTIONS, LOOKING FOR ANSWERSI

I am considering giving up reading about the election. Not really, but so much is about Obama's friends and how Obama got his ideas, and his ideas are not to our good.
I would like to get some answers to questions I have read.

1. How did America gt to the point when a greenhorn like Obama could be within a breath of the Presidency?
And may I ask on my own, who will Obama have in his cabinet, and his advisors?

2. Why are so many Islamofascists who are sworn to the destruction of America also actively campaign for Obama?
This I didn't know.

3. What special rights would Muslims demand, and receive, from Obama?
I must say, we are doing this already, but it could get worse.

4. After refusing to condem MoveOn.org for calling General Petraeus a war criminal, how could Obama be an effective Commander-in-Chief?

5. What are called Obama's labor watchdogs?
I haven't a clue so I hope someone will explain this to me.

Betty G

Friday, October 10, 2008

PREGNANCY CENTERS TO BE TARGETED

I read this today. Pregnancy Centers to "provide abortion alternatives. could be shut down or face severe regulations if Obama wins this election. "
These helpers are a priority of mine. I worked with a local group, 20 years ago, and what little I did, was done with all my heart.
Young wives considering abortion, sometimes the husband was insisting on it. Teens scared and looking at abortion, sometimes the parents were pushing it. It seemed that it was the college age coming in the most. My guess it is more numerous now.
And the center I was a volunteer for really helped them. We had furniture and clothing, and other necessary helps, and the girls made it through the pregnancy. And at no cost.

The center is still working, more and more, with more help and more volunteers, and the Democrats want it stopped. There is no federal money at the center I was at, but that makes little difference with the Democrats, they just simply want it stopped.

A bill was introduced in April to do this. It will pass if Democrats get the White House.
Betty G

WANT TO SEE ME CRY?

Bobbi said she was going to do more searching re taxes. I hope she does. I am on the verge of crying re this election.
Why anyone would vote for a man who is so involved with the wrong people is more than I can understand. Who would he have as his advisors? Who would he have as his spoke persons? What would he do re anything as president?
A man who has been schooled to hate the United States. To hate the constitution. Who has more secrets that I can imagine.
A man with so many questions re his life and that we have never heard any answers.
And the biggest question, where was he born? Is he an American citizen? Why don't we hear the answer to this?

I am very uneasy with him and his winning the White House. I do not believe he is an American first and whatever second.

Betty G

Thursday, October 09, 2008

TAXES

Been reading about Obama's tax plan to raise taxes on those in the higher brackets.

Discovered Wal-Mart paid 37.4% in 2007. The USA has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, 35%.

Reading - if we raise business taxes they will leave the USA. China is now offering some companies a no-tax policy - none at all.

Goodbye business here.

Then where will we be?

Betty G

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

PROUD OF MY GRANDSON

Bobbi sent this to me and I just have to post it. It makes me so proud.
Grandson Matthew, Bobbi's son, was presented with the Outstanding Service Award for Portage County, at the county banquet.
Matthew is a fire fighter and the award was for a rescue of children from a car fire.
Congratulations, Matthew!!

So, I wanted everyone to know.
Matthew is also a paramedic and he was the one tending to a little girl who had gashed her foot on her bicycle, when we were having a picnic this summer. I posted that.

Betty G

AMERICAN QUEEN

American Queen, a huge river boat on the Mississippi River. Today it is sitting at LaCrosse at a beautiful park.
I do not live in LaCrosse so know very little about the park, or even the boat, but I would love to go there and see it up close.
LaCrosse provides a cam view via the internet, so the boat at the park can be watched. I have wanted to see it come into port but never get there on time. Today it came in at 8 a.m., and I, of course, thought of it at twenty minutes after 8. It was already there. I tried to see it leave once but it just disappears, as if by a magic wand. So even missed that.
Our daughter, Bobbi, lives in the area and she has been there to see it up close, huge!!! She sends me the schedule for the Queen so I do get to see it parked there.
I know so little about it, maybe Bobbi will comment on its route.
It certainly makes a beautiful picture. Try www.explorelacrosse.com and click on the box for the live web cam. Today it leaves by 1 p.m. The next dates are the 16th, 1 to 5, and the 20th, 8 to 1. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

PALIN & BIDEN DEBATE

Someone asked my opinion of the debate tonight. I think Gov. Palin won without telling lies like Biden was doing. I was thrilled with her performance.
Now if you have an opinion and send it to me, I may, or I may not, print it.
Betty G

OCTOBER DATES

Another small list, but important!!

October 1, my Aunt Margaret's birthday, I think she will be 87, I got it wrong last year.
October 14, Bryant and Vada's 19th anniversary. Precious to us.
October 21, granddaughter Sara, now mothering five children, has a birthday.
October 27, Lowell and Sara have an anniversary, and a busy month!!
October 26, Jeremy'b birthday. He the martial arts/policeman grandson. 34 this year.
October is also flu shot month.

Best wishes and happy times, to you all.
If I missed something or someone, please let me know.
Betty G

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ABOUT AMANDA

I don't post pictures of children so Amanda doesn't have her picture on here but she is one year old and has cataracts and will have surgery someday when she is older.
She will certainly be surprised when she discovers she can see much clearer with her new glasses. To her it will be all of a sudden. I would like to see her as she discovers this.
It does seem a shame that a little tot has to wear glasses but so far she is doing fine with them.
Love you Amanda!!
Betty G -Great-Gramma G

TEMPS AT OUR HOUSE

Good morning, I haven't slept tonight. Don't know why. I will sleep later in the morning but it will take me a couple of days to catch up. Seems this hits me at least once a week.
Now I am yawning. Sleep will hit me soon.

I thought I would post our temps at this early hour. We have these "weather stations", two of them, one in the west end and one in the east. Here in the west it reads 49.8. The east end reads 50.4. Whoops they both dropped.

We haven't had the furnace on yet, but here in my office, the temp reads 71.8. Now that is pretty good for such low temps outside. I won't have that in really cold weather. The furnace will stay on and on and on. And the bill will go up and up and up.

Take care,
Betty G

POLITICALS AND CHARITY

This is gossip from NewsMax.
Charity giving among our candidates.

Joe Biden gave "just 0.31 % of their income (combined with his wife) to charity. His income,
$319,853.

Barack Obama, 5.8 %. His income for 2007 was $4.1 million.

And Sarah Palin wasn't listed.

But John McCain, alone, gave 27.3%. Income, $386,527. Cindy filed separately and wasn't listed.

No comment.
Betty G

Thursday, September 25, 2008

POLITICAL FIASCO

Never a dull day in politics 2008.
Now it is "call me if you need me" - I have to finance my campaign, not work for my salary.
What comes first?

Actually we don't need him.
Betty G

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

SOUTHERN BELLE HIBISCUS



. Friend Hattie came by today with flowers. She had sacks of Black-eyed Susans and Poppies, and in her hands were five Southern Belle Hisbiscus blossoms. She got a glass bowl and a little glass cup and put them in water right away, they do not last long.
The largest one here is 9 and 1/2" across, and is actually smaller than she used to have.
Hattie is a Hawaiian lady and Hisbiscus is Hawaii's flower so she is partial to it.
Hattie is also the former owner of the campground we spent our summers at for about 5 or so years. She and Rennie, now deceased, sold the campground and retired.
When she left it, she gave me some of her Hisbiscus plants, but we have moved around so much since then I have lost mine. I tell myself I will buy at least one plant and see what I can do. You can bet mine will not compare to hers.
She is a sweet lady and a dear friend, and loves everybody and everybody loves Hattie. I really do appreciate her and the blossoms
If you know Hisbiscus, and especially the Southern Belle variety, you know nothing compares with it.
So, thank you Hattie.
Betty G

Thursday, September 11, 2008

LAST TRIP TO THE PAIN CLINIC???

This morning, back to the pain clinic. Hopefully, this is the last time for at least six months or maybe longer.
My doctor went through all the "needlework" and left me with a back full of novocaine. But he warned me I would have pain when it wore off. Then I go to Tylenol and ice, I guess for a couple of days, then I should notice "no pain."
Actually, it was a pleasant time with the doctor joking, and the caring sweetness of the nursing staff.

It's called a "radiofrequency ablation for arthritis pain." If anyone has had this, let me know how it went. I would appreciate it.

AND I am in no hurry to go back!!!
Betty G

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

TOMATO GRAVY MMMMM

A sweetheart of a lady in Texas posted the recipe for tomato gravy and it is a recipe that I have longed for, for many years. Literally.
My grandmother made tomato gravy that was delicious. So it was a favorite of mine. With her perfect biscuits.
Northerners never heard of it so how was I to learn to make it ? Maybe Paula Deen? I have a grandson from Missouri but I doubt if he knows how to make it.
But the lady in Texas has it, and is freely giving it, so, I will soon have tomato gravy and biscuits!!
She has my many thanks.
Betty G

Monday, September 08, 2008

MORE PIX AT THE CONVENTION


Chris with Britt Hume and Bill O'Reilly (
a really big guy).
Betty G

CONVENTION WITH CHRIS

This is Chris, our grandson. Chris was a cameraman for Hume, O'Reilly, and Cavuto. He is a cameraman at the dome, and for the Vikings.
Betty G

Saturday, September 06, 2008

BABY STEPS

This is an announcement for our family. Amanda took her first steps yesterday.
She was at a baby sitter's house when her mom came for her. When she saw her she just got up and walked to her.

Guess she forgot she had never walked !!
She will be 1 year old this month.

CELEBRATE !!
Betty G

"MURPHY'S ROMANCE"

"Murphy's Romance," the movie, was on yesterday, Friday, and I missed the whole movie and then when I wanted to at least see the ending, I missed that, too.
It was for a good reason, of course. D Peg was rearranging our living room. We don't have a family room and the living room has become a family room and I have been unhappy with it.
Whatever, "Murphy" is on again today, Saturday. It's 11:15 am as I write this, and the ending should be coming on soon.

In Florence, Arizona, there was a small restaurant where you got the best barbeque sandwiches I have ever eaten, wished many times I had the recipe.
We ate there many times when we were snow-birds in the 1980's.
The connection to "Murphy" is the movie was filmed in Florence, Arizona. "Murphy" had a drugstore and it is now this restaurant. To remind us it was "Murphy's " the television ran the movie continually.

I often wonder if the restaurant and the BBQ are still there, I hope so. Such good memories.
Whatever, "Murphy" is on again today, and I am seeing the ending .
Betty G

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I'M DOING FINE

Believe it or not, after all my complaining, I am doing fine.

Sunday, I could hardly walk for the terrible pain in one leg. It's Tuesday and I am moving around very well, and no pain. Of course I took two Tylenol-Arthritis pills about 10 am.
Earlier in the morning, I don't know the time, Dean was still sound asleep, I turned over in bed and out I went. Hit the night stand and the footstool that I use to get up into the bed.
Dean heard the commotion and was immediately up and ready to pull me up. "I love that man!"

So, no problems, now I have to get my spaghetti sauce made and supper will be
simple.
I want to watch the Republican convention. Our grandson is a cameraman for Riley.
Betty G

SEPTEMBER DATES

To begin with -

Marty, September 2 seems to be your birthday. Happy Birthday, and maybe now I will remember it next year. Thank you Brandy.
14th will be a Happy Birthday for MrEddie.
16th - Two young ladies' birthdays, Melanie and Amanda, both great-granddaughters. Amanda will celebrate her very first birthday. So Happy Birthday girls.
11th - Patriot Day - and back to the pain clinic for me.
Today, I think school starts for our family.
And it looks like a slow month for us.

I would appreciate any dates I have forgotten.
Betty G

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

THIS IS WORTHWHILE READING AND HEEDING

I am still here, still trying to clean out papers I have saved. Today I am getting recipes and tossing many of them. I don't cook much and when I do it nearly kills me re pain.
In September I am scheduled for a procedure that will eliminate the back pain. Hooray !! but the lack of balance I will have to take care of myself. I walk like a drunkard and fall a lot. I catch myself on something so I haven't fallen to the floor lately.
I would like to hear what others do to keep their balance.

Back to these recipes, I am actually finding some that are easy, so it is a worthwhile project.

Now that isn't what is worthwhile reading and heeding.
This is .......

Money will buy a bed, but it will not buy sleep.
Money will buy food, but it will not buy an appetite.
Money will buy medicine, but it will not buy health.
Money will buy a house, but it will not buy a home.
Money will buy a diamond, but it will not buy love.
Money will buy a church pew, but it will not buy salvation.

Betty G

Thursday, August 21, 2008

ANOTHER VISIT TO THE PAIN CLINIC

A second visit to the pain clinic, another shot of cortisone. No big deal but if this one does its job, in a couple of weeks I will get a bigger shot that is the 6 month one.
So, I am to keep track of pain.
For someone who is in constant pain, seems forever, this is a hope.
God is on my side in this, of that I am sure, so we will keep track how He is doing.
Betty G

Thursday, August 14, 2008

STARTING AS SNOW-BIRDS IN "86

We have our new trailer and will soon be traveling, BUT first we had to let some of the grandkids have a time to try it out. Back in 1986 these two of Bobbi's weren't very big and they agreed our trailer was okay.
Our first destination was Texas and if my neck isn't any better I will wait a while before I post any pix of Texas and living on wheels.
This tryout was near where the boys lived, LaCrosse, in a park, but the name is long gone in my memory.
Betty G

MY YUCCA


This bottom picture is the yucca about a year after my kids in Texas sent it to the hospital when I was having kidney surgery. It had just about all the hospital coming in to see it. Word had spread fast that I had a yucca.
The pot is one I bought in Santa Fe, New Mexico traveling. I had never heard of Santa Fe, NM.
It never bloomed for me.
Daughter Bobbi brought an offshoot from one of her Yuccas, up a couple of weeks ago and planted it in my little flower bed so I have hopes for it. Hers bloom every year.
The top pix was Dean's favorite place in the winter, in his recliner by the wood heater in the living room with Sammy, our terrier that everyone loved, curled up in from of the heater. That heater almost heated our whole house.
Sammy didn't bark at anyone. BUT the moment we left the house she barked herself silly.
Betty G

OUR HOME TO GO WITH THE POST


That isn't spring where Dean is clearing snow off the roof, not much snow at that time, just that it had frozen.
The second is the house. We put it up for sale and took off to Texas to begin our full-timing or snow- birding, whatever you want to call it.
Dean started his first retirement. We would travel, Texas, Arizona, and Florida, from November to May, and then come back to the RV park here, and Dean would walk in and sit down at his old desk, and go right back to work, til time to leave again.
The park was roomy, our trailer then was 35 feet, and we had the same sight every year because we had a telephone hookup on a pole there.
And I could add that the swiming pool was wonderful.
We loved it there and the couple who owned it became some of our dearest friends. Rennie died but Hattie is still a dear friend.
Other couples we met there, also full-timers, became our dearest friends, and still are.
Betty G

1 LOVE MY OWN SPACE



I guess most of us do like our own space. This was my own room for my studying, mostly, the Bible, in the middle of the 1980's. It was so comfortable.
It was before srapbooking or card making, but I found lots of stuff to do. You had to in these cold winters.
My health was pretty good then and I cooked everything and kept busy. I can't say I cook much now. We had lunch at church today, and will have a sub for supper. Tomorrow maybe I will cook a bigger supper.
Notice all my books, my file cabinet, my beautiful fern that was from my parents', that comfortable couch that had belonged to Dean's mother, the rocker, the shelves over the couch that also was my parents', and the flowers I painted.
My youngest son had a friend's mother make me a bouquet of plastic flowers and I painted a copy of them when we lived in Westby in the 70's.
Dean was working here but soon retired for the first time We sold everything and went full-timing.
Betty G

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ANOTHER PIX FOR THE 40TH

This is a pretty awful pix but I didn't have one to post, except this.

It's just a reminder to me what we looked like back in1985. I do forget !!
Betty G

OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Don't get excited !! We celebrated our 63rd anniversary in May of this year, I just thought I would put a picture of the table at our 40th, it was an open house, at our house.
Salads were coming from friends, and the rest of the food would also get to the table.

I told you we had had enought parties, this was the first big one, our house was full, as was the yard. It was wonderful. I really only expected a handful of people.

Our grown children served and it was all afternoon.
Betty G

Friday, August 08, 2008

ANOTHER FACT RE OBAMA

I have just learned another fact re Obama.

It seems that he first won election to the state of Illinois by getting all of his opponents. including the sitting state senator, thrown off the ballet. What a way to start a political career.

This is from the book, "The Case Against Barack Obama," by David Freddoso.

Betty G

Monday, August 04, 2008

WHAT PRAYER IS

I am being bugged re prayer not "working."
I am not sure what"working" re God and praying means.

Praying should begin with praise and recognition of God and what He means to me. We can tell him our hopes of anything we are concerned about, but God will stay in His will for answering our hopes.
God is ready to help us with anything. Sometimes we have to wait and wait but God will always answer.
I do not try to be my own boss in life, only talk over my hopes and worries before Him. I must accept God's workings and trust Him to come through with the best answers. And always thank Him for whatever He does.

I hope I'm not confusing someone with my ideas re praying. I am just writing this from frustration of the bugging I am getting so it is jerky with thought.

I believe in just telling Jesus, who passes it on to His and my Father God, my worries, my desires, things that happen that make me happy or sad, and when I am confused, upset, hurting, and always with thankfulness that he cares. His answer is always what is best for me.

Betty G

ANOTHER VIEW OF EPIPHYLLUM

Remember, click on the picture for a bigger and better view.
Betty G

BEAUTY GOD'S WAY


Babbi's cactus is truly a beautiful work by God. It is the jungle cactus Epiphyllum She will get a cutting for me, if I keep it alive it will bloom in two or three years.
Isn't it magnificent??
Thank you, Bobbi, for the pictures.
Betty G
( mom)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

IT'S STRANGE

It sure is strange how little things can bug us !!

For instance, it's a lot easier to sit on a mountaintop than a tack!!

Betty G

PAIN CLINIC

Today was my date at the pain clinic. I haven't been there in six years, but I did get the same doctor. He is super and all the med staff was just great and so good to me.

I had two shots in my back, for numbness and to inject cortisone. He is starting me on Lyrica at night. It is a med for fibromyalgia, but he didn't say that was my problem. He says he believes it is all nerve pain.

So, I go back in August and should expect to get shot again. I'll let you know how I am doing. Actually I am quiet healthy but I always appreciate prayers.
Betty G

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

IS THIS WISDOM ?

Did you ever notice, when you put the two words, the and IRS together, it spells theirs ?
Betty G

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

AUGUST, TO BE BUSY AGAIN

August 1 - A great grandson will be 8.
Our family reunion hosts will note their 49th anniversary.
17 - Family Reunion
- 3 and 8 birthdays for two lady friends, Grace and Evelyn.
-28 - Brandy's birthday, got it right.
- 29 - Dean born again, 1981.
- 29 Tristian will be 12, I think.
- Avery, a great grandson will have a birthday, not sure of the day.
- 29 - Dave and Marcie, 63 or 64 years married.
- 30 - Lowell, our oldest grandson, 41, I think.
- 31 - Art's birthday, older than I am.

Now, my list is making mistakes and confusing me. So, if I messed any up, please let me know. I will correct them.
Thank you,
Betty G

Monday, July 28, 2008

MORE WISDOM

The easiest way to fine something lost around the house is to buy a new replacement for it.
-copied.

Betty G

THE WEEKEND

Daughter Bobbi was here for a three-day weekend and she and Dean planted a yucca plant for me. She has two grown ones and it was a foot high offshoot. I am thrilled.
Back in the 1980's I was in the hospital for kidney surgery and our two boys, living in Texas, sent me a yucca. It brought everyone in the hospital to my room to see my yucca. So I was thrilled that time too.
I had bought a huge painted pot, about two feet tall, in Santa Fe, NM, and the yucca planted in it made a beautiful houseplant in the winter and on the patio in the summer.
But 1986 we decided to sell as much as we could, including the house, buy a trailer, and go snow-birding, full time. All my plants were sold, including my yucca and the pot. This was the first time Dean retired. He has since retired two more times.

So, now I have another chance of having a yucca, this one planted in the little flower bed. And I thank her very much.
Betty G

WISDOM

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends. - copied.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

READING THE NEWS

Snippets, there's that word again, of the news. And it is almost all about Obama.

First, a grandson has announced they are expecting but he didn't say when. This has really been a year of babies for us. It's wonderful.

Then there is Senator Obama touring overseas, I guess to get aquainted with the people.
He has an enormous 747 jet and it had a painted American flag on the tail. But the flag has been replaced with his trademark "O" symbol.

Despite polls showing overwhelming popular support of the offshore drilling, Democratic congressional leadership is stonewalling any vote on the issue.
The leadership seems to be talking of actually increasing taxes on gasoline.

Senator Obama in a July 2 speech in Colorado Springs, surprised us with his call for a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded, as our military. But he stopped there and has not explained what he is calling for, exactly.

And on abortion, the Democrat Senator has promised changes in abortion laws, that provide no protection whatsoever for unborn children. This includes those laws in Wisconsin, prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions, a woman's right to know, and parental consent. We in Wisconsin voted for these restrictions.

Also on abortion, according to the Senator, living babies who survive abortions, have no rights. His view, "if a woman wants a dead baby, she should get it."

Universal health care, on Obama's list, "I am going to give health insurance to 47 million Americans who are now without coverage." Trouble is that 47 million includes illegal immigrants who virtually all lack insurance. Americans??

Betty G

Sunday, July 20, 2008

DR. JEREMIAH TODAY

I know I will miss most of Dr. David Jeremiah's sermon trying to note it from memory. I always hope it will be on his website.
His reading was Luke 15. The story, "The Prodigal Son."

This was the father waiting and watching for his son to return home.
He did return, and when he was a long way off the father saw him and recognized him. He ran to him. He didn't wait for the son to ask for forgiveness, he just wrapped him arms around him and kissed him, and, v22, he ordered "the best robe, a ring, and shoes.
Dr. Jeremiah surmised the robe being the best would be the father's, the ring, a signet ring for authority, and shoes because the son was barefoot. He was coming home to be a slave and the slaves had no shoes. But to the father he was a son.

The elder son who had been obedient and worked at home was a problem. He was resentful. He was a son but had lived as a slave doing what the father "commanded" all those years. Verse 12 says "the father divided unto them," so he had his heritage too but was living rent free at home.

Some of Dr. Jeremiah's quotes:

"No one can help seeing himself or herself" in this story.
"Once lost but now found."
"The elder son was too proud of his own behavior to understand."
We stand before God and say, "Give me what is mine. Then we go our own way."
God waits, there is "no limit to His patience."

Luke 15:10 says, "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Betty G

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AN OLD DUFFER !



Dean said a duffer is a non professional, so I guess I got this title right.
Last year I posted a pix of Dean swinging. at age 83, in a park swing.
This time I am posting pix of him swinging a golf club, at age 84, in a public golf course. Doug took him. It was the first time Dean had his golf clubs out in a long time. He did enjoy the day.
Betty G