Open Thread: Holly the cat travels 190 miles to get back home

Today’s open thread brought to you by Holly the cat who traveled 190 down the Florida coast to get back home:

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  • LadyMacKeltar

    Glad the family got reunited with Holly. Love happy endings.

    After reading all the news stories of the inauguration, I needed a booster.

    • BlueGood

      What a great story….such a cute kitty too!

      O/T Chuckle for Super Scoopers today…..


      1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
      2) Wrinkles don’t hurt.
      3) Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts
      4) Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground…
      5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
      6) Old age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy..



      At age 4 success is . . . . Not piddling in your pants.
      At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.
      At age 17 success is . . Having a driver’s license.
      At age 35 success is .. . …Having money.
      At age 50 success is . . . Having money….
      At age 70 success is . .. . Having a drivers license.
      At age 75 success is . … . Having friends.
      At age 80 success is . . .. Not piddling in your pants.


      • MeanGreenBeret

        Here is one for you in return BlueGood;

        I just received my tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!!

        They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.
        I guess it was because of my response to the question:

        “List all dependents?”

        I replied: 20 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads;
        42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 24

        prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and

        Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.


        • Conniption Fitz

          Don’t forget
          – Foreign Aid and Arms for Islamic countries, drug cartels and terrorist organizations
          – Free porn for prisoners

          • MeanGreenBeret

            One more? The Obama family

          • 3seven77

            Don’t forget the 535 Congress Critters and Senators, the VP, the various “Czars”, Valerie Jarrett, OFA, the Cabinet…. oh, and Moochelle’s voodoo Mama.

        • BlueGood

          Good one MeanGreenBeret…

          Buddy in Ottawa sent me this I think is perfect to laugh with President & Nancy Reagan!

          This is an old video with President Reagan in the front row at an evening out with Nancy Reagan . He is sitting alongside of Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, enjoying an evening together at the Ford theater. A very funny act takes place on stage.

          • MeanGreenBeret

            The comedian on stage is hilarious.

            Great delivery,timing and had Reagan almost in tears he was laughing so hard.

            I was a little tyke on a trike when he was president. But I knew even as a kid he was a good man.

            I sent him a letter when I was five or six with Red,White and Blue balloons attached to it and he replied back. Probably a form letter signed with a stamp,but it thrilled me to death.I took it to show and tell in Kindergarten and the lib teacher made a nasty comment about how he was as plastic as the balloons and as full of hot air as the balloons. Needless to say, I was moved to another class the next day after my father had a “private” conversation with her.

            He may have gone in there juggling a machete,hatchet and a cleaver.

            • badbadlibs

              Good for your dad…last line, “priceless”! πŸ™‚

              • MeanGreenBeret

                My dad is kinda mean sometimes. Runs in the family.

                • The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
                  nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
                  it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one
                  when he discovers that someone else believes in him
                  and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
                  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  Night myGB. I pray you’re safe.

                  Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength;
                  loving someone deeply gives you courage.
                  – Lao Tzu

                  The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.
                  Psalm 121:5-8

                  I pray this for you. God bless myGB. ‘Night. love duckie

                • I hope wherever you are you are blessed, safe and well. xoxoxo duckie

                • “She waits for a letter or maybe a call.
                  A small sign that he hasn’t taken a fall.

                  The long nights alone she has felt his pain.
                  How long can this go on? Has she gone insane?

                  She lights a candle,all she can do is pray.
                  Maybe he will be home soon,could this be the day?”

                  I know it’s too soon yet, so praying is what she does as the candle stays lit.

                • Some time I hope you can hear this one. Heard it at church this morning and thought of you. Prayed for you and the others. xoxo

                  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
                  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

                  You’re a blessing wherever you are. Hope all is well. Pray you’re safe. xoxo duckie

                • “Remember, your worth is founded in Jesus Christ.”
                  Warren Wiersbe

                  “Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm, for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd of enemies, to an innumerable company of true, loving, and faithful friends; out of shame, reproach, and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.”
                  John Bunyan

                  “Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better – His PEACE!”
                  Matthew Henry

                  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
                  John 14:27

                  Good night sweetGB. I pray you’re safe and well. I sure do miss you. love duckie

                • Feels like forever but only been a week. I pray everything is well and you’re safe. xoxo thinking about you.

                • “Oh I, I’m wonderin’ where you are tonight…”

                  Prayer hope
                  candle burning
                  always thinking
                  soon he will come home again.

                  I miss myGB. Pray you’re safe. God be with you always. love duckie

                • But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
                  Isaiah 40:31

                  Andy saw a bald eagle today on our way home from homeschool co op classes which just started back up. I missed him, too much traffic I couldn’t look πŸ™ I haven’t seen one in a few years. Andy was excited.

                  I taught the kids today about William Blackstone’s Commentaries on English Law. Just the basics on his philosophies of natural law and personal liberties. They now know where the Founding Fathers got many of their ideas for the Constitution. πŸ™‚ I wish I had more kids to teach this stuff to. I love the way they ask questions and answer. They are paying attention and they’re really getting it.

                  Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God.
                  Isaiah 43:1-3

                  He is the Lord thy God, who is with you wherever you are. I pray you’re safe and well sweetGB. Good night. xxoxox duckie

                • I’m assured you’re seeing these when you can. I’m grateful. xoxox

                  I hope and pray you’re safe and well today sweetGB. love duckie

                • Well I sure am upping the comments on this thread with all of these- but I don’t care.

                  A lot of things on my mind and heart right now. Too much for 2 in the morning again.

                  The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.
                  Nahum 1:7

                  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
                  Psalm 27:1

                  She sees the changes every day
                  and feels inadequate for the tasks that lay
                  She looks around, but feels so alone
                  she knows the future she’s been shown
                  is dark.
                  A nation she can’t save yet needs to try
                  the sacrifices of others her heart does cry
                  for them.
                  She wonders in sadness as she looks around
                  so many don’t have something to which they’re bound
                  a nation.
                  Those willing seem so few to fight
                  but she is determined to join for what is right
                  for others.
                  She can not do nothing, to complain and contemplate
                  the time is for action she prays its not too late
                  for them.
                  She thinks of those fighting far away in some sand pit
                  she wonders, with the laziness at home, was she worth it
                  his duty.
                  What others have done for her she sighs
                  she thinks of what they give up every day she cries
                  she loves them.
                  She doesn’t know what to do but she’ll find a way
                  to fight at home, for the country, her boys, some day
                  who will come home.
                  She prays others will join and help her win it back
                  although still it seems so much she lacks
                  to do it.
                  She goes out and looks at the stars, does he gaze
                  at the same ones where he is she prays
                  for him
                  She knows they serve quietly, not seeking recognition or fame
                  she hopes for her nation that she at home can do the same
                  for them.
                  The fate of the nation, she can’t bear the thought
                  that it should fall, that no one kept it or fought
                  for them.

                  Sorry myGB. I have to stop making these up as I go along, especially in the wee morning hours. Just on my heart right now.
                  I pray you’re safe. I pray you’re well. I sure miss you. love duckie

                • going on 10 minutes to 3 am. I need to get to sleep. Spent the last little while reading all the comments of the Christmas Eve o/t. Brought back one incredible memory, but lots of smiles and happy tears too.

                  I sure do miss you my sweetGB. I pray your safe, pray for God’s peace in your heart, mind and spirit. Night myGB. xoxo duckie

                • I miss you very much this morning. I pray everything is OK. I hope no matter where you are, you are blessed. xoxo duckie.

                • If I have yucky days here, I feel guilty because my kind of crap is nothing compared to others. I pray you are able to have good times some how sweet GB. Sorry to miss you so much.

                  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
                  Deuteronomy 33:17

                  I pray you’re safe. I hope you’re well and I ask the Lord that He give you peace in your heart and spirit sweet one. ‘Night myGB. xoxo duckie.

                • β€œβ€¦.be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
                  Ephesians 6:10:1b

                  β€œHe who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, β€œHe is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
                  Psalm 91:1,2

                  I hope and pray you’re doing OK sweet GB. xxoxo duckie

                • It’s been a busy day here myGB. I pray it’s been a safe one for you. Heard this earlier today and couldn’t help but think of you.

                  I miss my sweetGB and pray safe and healthy days every day for you, and pray soon you’ll be back kidding and teasing with me. I hope you are ok. love duckie.

                  Edited by duckie

            • You made me smile with that story.

              • MeanGreenBeret

                Well you make me smile just being here. So there!!!!

                • You’re sweet- but you know that already. It’s good to see you myGB.

                • I miss you already.

                • I don’t know who is taking care of things this time and feel strange about leaving notes at the other place. I pray all day and hope things are OK.

                  Don’t know who said this, but saw this quote a bit ago:
                  “There are not many things in life so beautiful as true friendship, and not many things more uncommon.”

                  so true.

                  I miss you and pray for you. xoxox duckie.

                • Thinkin’ about you. Posted this on the other place too just in case… but just in case you can see here:

                • β€œA friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter how close or far apart you may be. A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.”

                  I don’t know who said this one either- but yes.

                  Wherever your
                  eyes may close, sleep
                  peaceful, dream of
                  angels, ducks and sunshine.

                  sorry now that is so lame… I’m out of practice. xoxox love duckie.

                • I’m sorry for posting here instead of the other place. I just hope you have a chance to see them when you need encouragement.

                  Hope you’re OK. Be safe. xoxoxo duckie

                • You have no idea how much you’re missed right now.

                • It’s goin’ on 3 am. Wondering where you are, but know God is with you and that’s the most important thing. Be well and be safe. xoxox duckie

                  “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
                  Sir Winston Churchill

                  “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

                  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
                  1 Peter 5:6-7

                  Goodnight sweetGB wherever you are. Peace and God’s grace and protection be with you always. xoxo

                • Hoping and praying for a safe day. xoxoxo duckie

                • I just posted this quote to you somewhere else just now- but just in case you can see it here, it’s a good one, and on my mind.

                  So long as we are loved by others,
                  I would almost say that we are indispensable;
                  and no man is useless while he has a friend.
                  – Robert Louis Stevenson

                  I pray you’re safe. I hope you’re OK. I miss you. love duckie.

                • Good morning myGB. I pray you’re safe and well.

                  Can miles truly separate you from friends…
                  If you want to be with someone you love,
                  aren’t you already there?
                  – Richard Bach

            • 3seven77

              I remember when I was in grade school one class read a story about PT-109 and sent a letter to President Kennedy. His hand- signed reply was kept in a glass case in the hallway of the school. Bet it’s still there.

            • LadyMacKeltar

              Good for your dad!! Wish more parents did that today with their kids.

              My mom did something similar with me, but it happened in Cuba. I was in 5th grade and the teacher wanted to induct me into the “Youth Communist Party”. I told him no, that I didn’t believe in the “party”. He got very angry, called me all sorts of names. The next day, my mom went to the school and discussed what happened with the principal. I don’t know what was said, she never told me, but I was taken out of his class and he never bothered me again. In Cuba, you don’t speak out against the system, you don’t refuse membership to the party. By the grace of God, my mom did and got away with it.

            • nosilasunny

              I thought I would introduce myself here. I’m new to posting but not to the site. You guys have a great community here,and I hope I can contribute to it. Ronald Reagan is a personal hero of mine as well. I was also a small child when he was president, and I must have sensed the same greatness in him that you did because apparantly I would kiss the Tv anytime I saw him. Mind you I dont actually remember doing this but I have it on good authority that I did. So that is my little introduction. Thank you for sharing your story!

              • MeanGreenBeret

                Thank you for sharing your story and welcome to the neighborhood.

                • nosilasunny

                  Thank you!

                • I second the Welcome πŸ™‚ Glad to have you here.

                • nosilasunny

                  Thank you for all your warm welcomes. I’m glad to be here. πŸ™‚

                • πŸ˜€

          • badbadlibs

            Whatever happened to that guy, he was hilarious!
            Thanks for posting it, God knows we all need a laugh around here.

          • PJRodman

            That is wonderful….thanks BlueGood

          • LadyMacKeltar

            thanks BlueGood! Very funny video. How I miss President Reagan.

        • Joe


        • And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
          Revelation 21:4

          That one is for me right now. I’m not going to explain right now- but I have much in my head and heart and I needed to share that verse, but it’s what I needed right now.

          This one is for you dear heart:

          He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
          Revelation 21:7

          I thank God for you. I miss you incredibly much. I pray you are safe and well myGB. Lord I pray I can see you soon. Please be safe. love duckie xoxo

        • I hope you’re doing ok and getting some rest some how. Said prayers as soon as I woke up. I pray you’re safe. I miss you. xoxo duckie

        • “No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”
          Francois Muriac

          I’m sure I’ve sent you a few of the same quotes already by Churchill, but some are worth repeating….

          “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

          I’m not sure why her path crossed mine
          Accident or grand design
          Maybe God just kinda likes
          Cowboys and angels

          I was sorting through my emails earlier. Have so many to clear, sort and file. Read a few but it was hard reading them tonight. I miss you. Got so many things on my mind these past few days again and just pray to God you’re safe and doing ok. Sorry myGB. God Blessed me when he sent you as a friend. Please be safe and well. Pray to see you soon. Night myGB.

          β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ duckie

        • I miss you.

          Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
          1 Corinthians 13:4-8

          Troll thread you can read later when you can.

          God Bless and be with you always. May He always keep you in His protection and guide your ways. love duckie. xoxo

        • I sure miss you.

        • It’s 2 hours and 14 minutes into the 14th. I loved it. Thank you.

          I miss you and pray you’re safe myGB.

          “Love is patient, love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, Always shares, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
          I Corinthians 13:4

          Happy sweet Valentine’s Day myGB. love duckie xoxox

        • It’s raining here today. Even though we need it, I miss my sunshine.

          Hope all is well myGB. xoxoxo duckie.

        • “Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.”
          “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
          “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

          I pray all is well with you sweetGB. Freenca sends a happy Valentine’s Day wish for you also. I hope your day was ok. I miss you. Please be safe and well myGB. xoxox duckie

        • I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
          Psalm 4:8

          Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
          Isaiah 26:3

          Good mornin’ myGB. I pray you’re safe and doing ok. xoxoxo duckie

        • Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
          Psalm 27:14

          I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
          Psalm 102:7

          I watch and wait, while I pray for peace, strength and safety for you myGB. xoxox duckie.

        • I missed you this morning, even if you weren’t able to be on at all. My internet was down all morning and I thought with the way things are with me, that’d be the time I’d hear something.
          I pray all is ok and you’re safe. I miss and pray constantly. xoxox duckie.

        • Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. –George Mueller

          See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
          1 John 3:1

          I pray you’re safe and well sweetGB. You’re always in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you, protect you, give you peace in your spirit and rest when you need it most. xoxo duckie

          β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯

        • Thinking about you this morning. It’s a pretty morning but cold. Sunny though. I hope you are doing well myGB. I’ll say extra prayers at church and I’ll “talk” to you later. xoxox duckie.
          I miss you.

        • sweet dreams wherever you are, whenever you may
          peace in your mind and in your heart every day
          God be with you always sweetGB.
          I pray you’re safe and can be back soon. love duckie xoxo

        • If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
          Psalm 139:8-10

          No matter where you are, you are always on my mind and in my heart myGB. I pray you’re safe, and you are OK. God Bless you with rest for your body, peace for your heart, comfort for your spirit and protection for your travels wherever they lead…
          I miss you. xoxoxo love duckie.

        • “Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of the heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

          “True Cowboys Are The Ones Who Aren’t Afraid To Get Dirty.”
          – Lane Frost

          G’night sweetGB. God Bless you wherever you are. Be safe. xoxox duckie

        • There sure are a lot of little x’s on my calendar. I sure do miss myGB. I pray you’re safe and well. I pray I can stop putting x’s on the calendar soon. God Be with my sweetGB, keep him safe and always in your care.
          xoxo duckie

        • Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

          Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

          Matthew 11:28 – 30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

          Psalms 88:2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry

          I pray the Lord will direct your steps, keep you safe and be your strength. I pray He gives you rest when you need it, faith and hope when you’re weary. I miss you. xoxox duckie

        • When you’re back, you’d better come in here and like all these notes I’m leavin’ here lol. I’m sorry for being so pitiful. I didn’t realize how many comments I’ve put here. But they’re going to keep coming until either Scoop closes it or you get back… which hopefully will be so soon. I miss you.
          I really miss you. xoxox duckie

        • I’ve got a favorite song list that I’ve been listening to a lot for the past few weeks. Sometimes the words seem to blend together.

          I know it’s been a long time since the last time we talked…

          I’m wonderin’ where you are tonight..

          Feels like forever…

          It’s so hard to be here so far away from you…

          when you’re flying high take my heart along…

          you’re a ramblin’ man…. And you were born for leavin’…

          It’s gonna get harder and harder, they keep on pushing through
          I’m gonna wanna quit, so I’ll be counting on you…

          Give me strength when I’m standing, And faith when I fall…

          I hope you can somehow have sweet dreams wherever you are. God Bless and keep you safe, give you peace and keep you always in His care. Night sweetGB. β™₯ duckie

        • I was off the computer for most of today. Had too much house cleaning and other stuff that needed to get done and too many distraction. I kept praying all day and was thinking, hoping that maybe I’d come back on and see you somewhere. I know- wishful thinking. Sigh.

          It’s been an interesting Saturday night on Scoop however, with 2 rather theologically inspired posts, one from 911Infidel and one from Scoop. It’s created a little bit of a stir between denominations again, but personally for me, I was blessed by 911’s testimony and by some of the discussion.

          Sometimes I feel like an idiot for posting so many notes, but for you, I’ll be an idiot, if it hopefully means you can see one when you need it. I made the mistake earlier of letting one of my playlists play uninterrupted without checking to see what songs were on it and I heard Letters from Home. It made me bawl. These are your letters from home from me, and I will always write them whether you can see them or not, and whether others see them or not- because they’re for you, from my heart. I do miss you, but I know God is with you always and that’s a comfort to know, and I know you’ll be back when it’s time for you to be back.
          I hope you’re doing ok myGB. I pray you’re well and can rest when you need it, and as always I pray you are safe. β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ duckie

        • somethin’ bout a truck

        • I know you can’t get youtube stuff so I’ll just post the lyrics for now of the song I’ve had on my mind since this afternoon.

          In this house we’ve built of make believe
          Loved ones go long before seems it’s time to leave
          But we will learn how to grieve, to forgive and receive
          ‘Til we see them there in that city

          Span of stars overhead as we walk this road
          While this darkness remains I will bear your load
          And together we will tend the seed He’s sown
          As we walk along the road to that city

          On that day we will sing “Holy, Holy”
          On that day we’ll bow down in the light
          And then we’ll rise and turn our eyes
          To the One who’s the light, the light of that city

          Though my eyes can’t see what is waiting there
          Though my mind can’t conceive all that He’s prepared
          There the blind will see the sun
          What was old will be young
          And the lame, they will run all over the streets of that City

          On that day we will sing “Holy, Holy”
          On that day we’ll bow down in the light
          And then we’ll rise and turn our eyes
          To the Lord, Jesus Christ
          On that day we will sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy”

          On that day we’ll bow down in the light
          And then we’ll rise and turn our eyes
          To the Lord, Jesus Christ
          He’s the light of that City

          Reminds me of my dream/vision I had walking with myGB and myMarine along those streets some day. I wish I could help bear your load until that day comes my sweetGB. But you bear it well. I miss you. love duckie.

        • My day was brighter because I got some sunshine. God Bless you and keep you safe.

          Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God;he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
          Psalm 62:5-8

          I miss you, but I know you’re in God’s hands wherever you may be. xoxox duckie.

        • Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards… Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.
          – Sun Tzu

          I do understand.

          Evenin’ myGB. I hope you’re doing OK. I’ve got a lot on my mind and heart, but hopefully you know I do understand.

          Been kind of a busy day today. Had co op for the kids. Usually I teach the second class, and that gives me time to go over my notes one more time and borrow my friend’s computer to set up any videos or find quotes or whatever. The mom who teaches the first class (Italian) forgot some of her notes and had to go home and get them, so I ended up teaching first. I always have an outline done by Sunday of what I’ll teach Tuesday, but wow that prep time during the first class I found out how much I actually need it lol.
          We did do a review on different forms of government, and why the Founders in their wisdom made ours a Constitutional Republic. One mom said she could handle me teaching this stuff to the kids for the next 10 years lol.
          One of the girls, she’s about to turn 14 next month, last time asked me if kids could run for office. I told her I’d heard of rare stories of high school kids running for town mayor and winning, so anything is possible. I suggested she find out about our local politics and try running for mayor when she’s a bit older. She seemed to like that. Then she asked me if I’d run for president. rofl.
          She knows I can’t so today she asked me when I become a citizen (and to hurry up about it) to run for governor. lol. I told her she should. She said ok but only if she could hire me to be her advisor. πŸ™‚

          OK that was goofy- but these kids are so cool.

          Puppy is driving me crazy- teething or something, gotta chew on everything. Including my ankles every time I make a step. oy, I feel like I’ve a house full of toddlers some times. They wanted the dog, but guess who gets to do all the chores.
          sigh. He’s cute though.

          I’ve got so much on my mind, I’m sorry for rambling, but I was determined to keep things light tonight. I hope I make you smile.
          Be well, be safe and God be with you wherever you are. love duckie. xoxo

        • The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
          Psalm 34:7

          “There is no distance too far between friends, for friendship gives wings to the heart.”

          Be safe and well. God Bless myGB. xoxo duckie

        • It’s been a while since I left a morning ‘hello’. I’m thinking about you. praying you have a safe day. God bless myGB. xoxo duckie

        • there’s somethin’ about a creek….

        • If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
          Psalm 139:8-10

          I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
          John 14:8

          He is always with you, as am I. May He bless my sweetGB. xoxo duckie

        • I hope the sunshine is out wherever you are. I miss mine. I hope you’re doing ok and have a safe day. a Blessed day. xoxo duckie

        • dang it I miss you. I hope you’re resting.

      • Joe

        We start life in Diapers


        End life in Diapers!

        Pretty sad isn’t it?

      • LadyMacKeltar

        LOL thanks! This gave me a good chuckle. πŸ™‚

  • TexasPGRRider

    The moral to this story for Me is: Keep your Faith Strong and “Hang in there Baby” !!! ….( I`ve seen the poster from the 80s).

  • stage9

    Why is there a “Choice Out Loud” banner ad in the right margin of this site?

    It links to a site that celebrates the murder of the unborn.×600&utm_campaign=ChoiceOutLoud#intro

  • colliemum

    What an example this little cat is: never give up, never ever give up!

    She’s such a pretty little cat – I bet her owners were over the moon to have her back, after all the heartache of her loss.

    However – there’s one lesson pet owners ought to learn: cats and dogs can get totally freaked out by fireworks, and will run away in utter panic. That’s the story behind one of our previous housewolves, and I know other rescue dogs who had been taken in by dog homes because they fled and ran for miles.

    Yes, microchipping is a must – but prevention is possible.
    There are spray dispensers which dispense a scent that will calm the pet down.

    We found that the best way to get the housewolves to calm down was to feed them a nice big bowl of pasta for dinner, a few hours before the fireworks started.
    It worked exceedingly well!

    • deTocqueville1

      Growing up on a farm I learned early on that many animals are much smarter than most people assume and a lot smarter than many people!

      • colliemum

        I agree – many animals are indeed much smarter than a lot of people!
        And I’m not talking about my personal favourite dog intelligentsia, the housewolves.

        Semi-wild sheep here in Britain, mostly kept in the Pennines or the Welsh mountains, are living in flocks led by the eldest ewe. They have set ranges, where they follow ancient trails, to food and water. The leading ewe knows the whole range, knows where to find what and where to go when the weather is inclement.
        They are not stupid at all. These are the flock looked after by farmers relying on their collies.

        One wonders – or rather, doesn’t! – how a LIV would fare in such places …

      • And a lot better to get along with.

    • Orangeone

      Always great advice mum! I have kitties and a couple get very frightened by fireworks. Can’t do the pasta for cats so I have on upbeat music and the laser light toy. It doesn’t totally dispel but helps.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Very sweet. I can only imagine how grief stricken, then relieved they are.

    Feel good story of the week. πŸ™‚

    • MominNV

      Yes, it is. I LOVE Happy Endings.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Yes indeed! There seem to be too few of them in today’s world.

  • Conniption Fitz
  • Akabosan

    Aw, probably faked or lip-synched like Beyonce’s Star Spangled Ba-aner.


    • stage9

      Whoops, I didn’t see your post. sorry.

      • Akabosan

        The Truth cannot be suppressed. Sometimes it needs to be repeated to be understood, but it will come out.


  • stage9

    Exclusive: BeyoncΓ© lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration

    Nothing about this “president” nor anything SURROUNDING this “president” is real.

  • deTocqueville1

    Wow! What an incredible story. Reminds me of a real life version of the book ‘The Incredible Journey’ which of course was made into two movies. One very smart critter.

  • Just heard about a mass shooting in Texas live on the AJ show.

  • sjmom

    This is an amazing story and I can only think God sent His angel to show Holly the way home.

  • Rshill7
    • MeanGreenBeret

      Watched this earlier today. Great!

      What is the link for the music you have on line Rs?

      • Rshill7

        Since you mentioned Rshill7 songs, I was going to suggest this one to ABC.

        It’s called “Danger”

        The other ones are available there too πŸ™‚

        • I love it myBear!

        • MeanGreenBeret

          I like Danger but my favorite still is To the Son. You are a guitar virtuosos Rs.

  • I need the kitty story… but I’ll have to watch it later, I’ve got about 10 windows open all trying to load stuff.

    I need music ideas folks. For the Benghazi movies. I’m running out of ideas and my brain is frazzled enough.
    These are the songs I’ve used already, or have waiting so you have an idea of what I’m needing if anyone has any suggestion.

    So far, These Colors Don’t Run- Iron Maiden, Brothers in Arms-Dire Straits, Welcome to the Jungle-G&Rs, Forever Young- Audra Mae (Sons of Anarchy), Soldier’s Eyes- Jack Savoretti, Machine Gun- Jimi Hendrix, Far From Home-Five Fingered Death Punch, Theme from Crimson Tide, My Sacrifice- Creed, Warriors of the World and Fight for Freedom- Manowar, Thunderstruck AC/DC, Watch Over You-Alter Bridge, Come Home- One Republic.

    Anyone who could help with more ideas, I’d be extremely grateful. Thanks!

    • Rshill7

      “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (John Bon Jovi)

      • That’s a good’un myBear! You Rock! Got anymore?! πŸ˜‰ Thanks wally! ((())s

        • Rshill7

          “Home” (Michael BublΓ©)

        • Rshill7

          “I Won’t Give Up” (Jason Mraz)

        • Rshill7

          One more for now:

          “Breakfast Table” (Chris Rice)

          • Thanks mybear! πŸ™‚ You don’t need me to say you’re the best- cause you already know that don’t ya. xoxo

            • MeanGreenBeret

              How about an original Rshill7 song?

              • I was actually thinking of that! I’ve got a few already to choose from if he’ll let me. Thanks sweetOne.

    • TexasPGRRider

      How about The General`s Suite Youtube version with Old Glory covering the screen? “Departure” and other songs by Moody Blues, Tons of Marshall Tucker stuff, maybe some retro stuff from WW2 like Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, etc….

      • Excellent ideas Texas. Thank you! You guys are going to be filling up my 56 hour days in no time lol. πŸ˜‰ sure do appreciate these. I’ll be looking for them.

        • TexasPGRRider

          These songs are ALL at Youtube if you didn`t already know…PLUS, Hendrix: “Star Spangled Banner including Purple Haze” at Woodstock…Don`t forget Led Zep …

          • I’ve got Machine Gun by Hendrix and Band of Gypsies. I do like Star Spangled Banner- may use that for the last one. Was trying to work in Zepplin’s Immigrant Song last night lol, but it didn’t really work. Maybe I need something like Archilles Last Stand- oh yeah…

            πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll be pretty busy tonight again.

        • poljunkie

          Run to the Hills

          Iron Maiden

    • poljunkie

      Theme from Midnight Express

      • I knew it!! You SO ROCK girlie! πŸ˜€ Thanks polsis!

        • poljunkie

          I thought a few might have parts you could use. ….Like the Midnight Express theme. I always thought that would be a great song to use as a background if I was going to interview someone!!!!

          • I like it. It’s good. Just enough moods. I’m listening to When the Levee Breaks now- always been one of my favorites πŸ™‚ Downloading as I go. I sure appreciate it girlie. You and the others who’ve helped are awesome!

            • poljunkie

              I could do this all night. Hahahah.

              • lol I don’t mind if you don’t πŸ˜‰

                • TexasPGRRider

                  If you havn`t considered Moody Blues-“The Story in Your Eyes”, or Martha and the Vandellas- “Nowhere to Run” Please do…

                • I love the Moody Blues and was listening to a bunch earlier. I’ll have to re listen to that one. I don’t know if I know the Martha andthe Vandellas one or not. Going now. Thanks Texas.

                  YES! THe Story in Your Eyes is very good- a little short, but I may be able to use it. I’m downloading it now.

                • I LOVE Nowhere to Run… just not for this- but I’m gonna have to find a place for it in one of the future CFP videos I do. These Benghazi ones have taken much of my time, but they’re so important!
                  I have made a few educational ones for CFP and will continue when I’m done these. I’ll be able to use some of these songs for those too! πŸ™‚

        • poljunkie

          Best version ever!!! I love it!

          Aaron Neville

          • I’ve never heard his version. I’ll get back to you πŸ˜‰

          • I did love it, but I’m sorry pol sis, this one’s gonna have to do it instead! I’ll save this for the very last one I do when I finish them up….

            • poljunkie

              My husband loves this Elvis version!!! He has it on the computer , and he is sooo funny he made duplicates of the same song and plays it 4 or 5 times in a row.
              Its pretty awesome.

              • lol I do that with some of my favorite songs- have the same ones on my different play lists so I can hear them more πŸ˜‰

                • poljunkie

                  I do it as well, but he puts it right after, right after right after right after.

        • poljunkie

          Enter Sandman- Metallica

          • I gotta tell you sister, it’s a bit odd listening to Aaron’s version of Amazing Grace (which is incredible by the way!) after Iron Maiden and Metallica lol. then off to Ave Maria, which I LOVE that song.

            I like this version though- I wish there was a non live version though (Amazing Grace I mean) I’m laughing that you’re giving me all live stuff, and I’m switching to studio versions πŸ˜‰ You’re SO in concert mode! I love it.

            • poljunkie

              I have them non live on my ipod/computer but looking them up on youtube I couldnt find them right off the bat…

              Ave Maria is one of our #1 songs.

            • poljunkie

              NOT FOR WHAT you are doing:

              BUT this is a good song. Good band.

              Blackberry Smoke.

              I like them.

              Ohhhh ohhhh and


              • You’ve sent me Blackberry Smoke before. Back when we first talked music and I told you I grew up listenin’ to groups like April Wine πŸ˜‰

                • poljunkie

                  Oh, sorry about that.

                  Well I STILL like it.

                  The Shinedown is a winner too. If you look closely the iittle girl is holding a portrait of Ronnie Van Zant. Ahhhhh.

            • TexasPGRRider

              Youtube search: Native American-Amazing Grace (In Cherokee) MOST XLNT…Savoy Brown…”Train to Nowhere”… tell me…

              • I listened to the Cherokee Amazing Grace earlier- it was incredible! πŸ™‚ Savoy Brown- haven’t heard in ages. πŸ™‚

                • TexasPGRRider

                  GOODIE !!! JUST SENT 2 more…I`m Pumped (Makin`some hot tea…I`ll be here awhile, Honored to be “At Your Service”) The “General`s Suite” is aka theme from “PATTON”….

      • I love Stevie- but can you think of a less bluesy more rockin’ one by him? I’m brain dead right now.

        • poljunkie

          hmm I’ll look thru my stuff. In the mean time…

          How about Holy Diver RJDio

        • poljunkie

          Ohhhhhh I used to love this song. CROSS FIRE.

          sorry about the pun

          • Crap, now I’m bawling- Listening to this:

            • poljunkie


              I just listened to it. Between Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers we can barely contain ourself’s. Anything military and we lose it.

              On the bottom of the page was a link for Craig Morgan—

              This Aint Nothing (That song is guaranteed to make you cry so watch out)

              I doubt it will be of much help for your project though.

              • True, I can’t use this but I adore Craig Morgan!! All his songs make me bawl. OK- I won’t be using this one either- but I love it- Yes, it will make you bawl.

                • poljunkie

                  OK, we need to buy stock in Kleenex.

                • bounty paper towels work better. Besides, they support Wounded Warrior Project. xoxox

                • poljunkie

                  You’re a riot…and amazing.

                • lol. sorry girlie. I have a big nose.

                • poljunkie

                  oh geeez……that made me snort. There wasn’t a reply button to the nose comment.

                  How about AC DC TNT

                • poljunkie

                  Back to the project:

                  Kind of Mellow

                  Eric Clapton, BB King

                  HOLD On- IM Coming!

                • I like it. It’s a different sound from the others- but I think it may work. πŸ™‚ Thanks girlie!

                • poljunkie

                  The words to me were good…Hold on I’m coming…only no one did.

                • I know. Believe me, I’ve paid a lot of attention to the words for many of the songs I’ve used already. A couple of them about killed me when I was putting them together. πŸ™

                • poljunkie

                  Wow. I know. You are doing a great job.


                • THanks sis. I appreciate it. And you. You’re an amazing sister. xoxo

                • poljunkie

                  Why thank you.

                  Im having fun!

                • I want those!! How do I get little cool guitars?!

                • poljunkie

                  Well, I’m using Safari. But if you go to “Edit” at the top of the browser which is to the right of “file, click on edit, then the drop down will say things like undo, paste, spelling, speech etc. At the very bottom of the list is says Special Characters.
                  Click on that. A list will open and it will have currency signs, math symbols, music notes, and a small amount of tiny clip art, and smiley faces. I notice a lot of times when I use the little clip art such as the snow men, and other things like the ice cream cones, either they are too small or they dont show up. I haven’t figured out a way to make them larger.

                • πŸ™ I can’t get any of my browsers to to that. Oh well. I’ll just have to copy and paste yours lol!

                • poljunkie

                  Ok….heres some other stuff if they show up

                • LOL! I’ll pretend the chicken is a duck πŸ˜‰ Thanks girlie!

                • poljunkie

                  There are a few chickens but no ducks.

                  Heres a puppy though-

                • LOL That’s cute too. Darn it I cant find ducks anywhere. Even my e mail I only have froggies. oh well.

                  Hey pol, have you heard anything from our VirginiaGentleman? I know he was due to have surgery soon- but I’ve not heard back from him at all. I’m kind’a worried.

                • poljunkie

                  He’s doing fine. (Knock on wood) He’s been posting quite a lot on C4P. His check up went better than expected. (Great news!!!) πŸ™‚

                • Aw, that’s excellent! Thanks for letting me know sis. It’s a relief. xoxo

                • poljunkie

                  I just told GIno, if I hadn’t been a total spaz last night and cut my finger opening a can, I would have played in your band. You and I could have been …The Scoopettes to Ginos fine percussion work…. HA. My goodness, for one little slice, the blooooood.

                • And we would have sounded awesome! πŸ˜€ Hope your boo boo is better now πŸ˜€

            • TexasPGRRider

              Wanna wake UP…Chicago Transit Authority…”I`m A Man”…

        • TexasPGRRider

          Little Feat ..”Texas twister”, “Let it Roll”,”Fat Man in the Bathtub”. Hendrix “Easy Rider”… Theme song from “The Great Escape”, with Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, etc…Sorry, but YOU Started this….

          • OH yeah baby! Now you’re talkin’! πŸ˜€ You know, The Great Escape has to be the best movie ever! I love Steve McQueen…. sigh… ok sorry. Thanks Texas! Those are excellent!

          • poljunkie

            Let it roll is a great song. I saw Little Feat with George Thorogood in 94.

            I saw George recently about 2 years ago and he was just as good.

        • NYGino

          “The House is Rockin”

          • I’m over loaded lol. I’m gonna have to wait til tomorrow to do more- but keep them coming. You’re late to the party a little NY, but I know you ROCK too. I’ve downloaded In the Court of the Crimson King. Forgot how much I loved that song!

    • NYGino

      Hey Hey ABC!! Looks like you’ve struck the musical idea mother load here.

      How about anything on the “In the Court of the Crimson King” album, King Crimson.

      • NY you’re a mind reader. I was on the Savoy Brown one earlier and saw a thing for King Crimson… gonna go look after I bawl over the Gary Allan song pol gave me.
        xoxo Hi NY!

        • NYGino

          Mind reader? I don’t know, but a little while ago I kept getting these mental flashes of you and poljunkie having a party somewhere with lots of good music and I had to search you guys out, and I found you!!

          • lol. Well you done good then. Maybe you ought to go into business πŸ˜‰
            Howdy NY. You’re up late.

            • NYGino

              Couldn’t sleep with all this great music goin’ on, playing air percussion now.

              • lol. We’ve got an air band goin’ on then huh. Me on air keyboard you air drummin’. We sound pretty darned good! πŸ™‚

              • poljunkie

                Well if I didnt spaz out opening a can of tuna, and cutting my finger… I would have been shakin’ a tambourine!

      • Listening now- it’s been years since I heard this. Used to play it in the art room in high school when I stayed after to do sculpting. Those were some good times.

      • poljunkie

        NYG, We’re having way too much fun here.


        Almost like the “olden days” with 45’s and a phonograph.

        • NYGino

          I’ll order the pizza!

          • poljunkie


  • Orangeone

    Of course she made it home, a beautiful female calico. Talk about determination, the calico and tortie are known for it and they are always female. This is why you chip them…..

  • Fireplug52

    I can relate to this story in a way that unfortunately did not end in a happy ending. Our cat Minka died two weeks ago, but I know how these folks feel. This cat is family and it is the last thing you want to do is lose family. This story and others like it has shown to me the prove that animals that own humans are to be respected and adored because they give so much back for so little.

    • I’m so sorry about your kitty Fireplug52!! (((())))s

    • freenca

      Me too, Fireplug52. Lost our Harri, Sunday before last, and still have a tear every time I walk by where her dish resided for nearly 18 years. These Florida folks are fortunate indeed!

      • ((((())))s to you freenca.

      • NYGino

        freenca, please accept some concern for you from me.

        • freenca

          Thank you Gino, you’re a good pal!

    • DebbyX

      So sorry to hear you lost your furry family member. They are so precious to us aren’t they. Give your heart time to heal and maybe rescue some lonely kitty waiting for you to love her.

  • Awww…poor kitty. I’m glad she had a happy ending.

  • 1217Chic

    Almost a tear jerker…..Thanks for the story (:

  • Jaels_Song

    This story reminds me of how much, even we don’t realize it, how much our animals love us. They deserve to be well care for and treated with much love. Bless their soft and furry little hearts.

  • Orangeone
  • DCGere

    Luvs it!

  • Jaels_Song

    I just gave my kitty a big soft hug =)

  • DebbyX

    Little kitty with a big heart!

    Holly go lightly…………..

  • Orangeone

    This is a pretty good You Tube from Erik Paulsen, another Rep Congressman from MN on what the debt load means to our country. This is from House Ways and Means mtg

  • Orangeone

    This is from one of my Twitter followers. List of D & R celebs and it explains everything.!&p=63364#post63364

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