Daily Archives: October 7, 2012

Goodbye to summer

My husband and I built our house in 1985, the year our son was born. Because we were so poor, we built as little as we thought we could get by with, the idea being that we could always add onto it later. We built a super-simple, no-frills house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a laundry room, and a living room.

Over the years, we gradually added four more bedrooms (the original two bedrooms were turned into a home office and a music room), another bathroom, a workshop, a garage, and — the best part — a screen porch, which is something I’d wanted forever. The cats, as you can see from the pictures below, think we built it entirely for their amusement.

The problem, we quickly discovered, was that our cats would sit on the catwalk inside the porch, and our neighbor’s cat — who was home alone all day and apparently got kind of lonely — would come over to our house and try desperately to get into our porch. He would jump up and hurl himself at the screens, tearing holes in them with his claws. I got the bright idea that if we put window boxes on all the windows, they would work as cat deflectors, and keep him from inflicting any further damage on the screens.

So our son built eight window boxes, one for each window, and attached them to the outside of the porch. I’ve grown lots of different things in them over the years, but this summer I decided to go with just marigolds. They are easy to grow, hard to kill, thrive on neglect, and bloom enthusiastically from early summer until autumn’s first frost. Now that the weather has turned cold, their days are numbered, so I had my daughter go out and take some pictures of them while they were still blooming cheerfully.


Filed under Family & Friends, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Looking for Aussie

Has anyone seen her? We were told she might be here…


Filed under Funny Stuff

And the winner is … DEMOCRACY!

In 2008, Obama won Ohio by only 263,000 votes.

Ohio’s early absentee ballot requests and cleaned-up voter rolls point to Romney blowout – Oct 5, 2012

H/t Pistol Pete


Filed under Elections

Obama’s JOBS Record

All of the numbers on this graphic are taken from official government reports compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each item can be found at one of the URLs posted below.

Click on graphic to embiggen.

If you like this, you might also want to read @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/unemployment-under-obama/

January 2009 Employment Report @ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_02062009.htm
September 2012 Employment Report @ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_10052012.htm
Unemployment Rate @ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
Employment-Population Ratio @ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000
Discouraged Workers @ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNU05026645

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Filed under Barack Obama, Unemployment

Obama ads for Romney

I saw this today when I was doing my email.

I thought I’d help the Obama campaign think up some more good slogans to put on AOL.


Filed under Mitt Romney

October 7th Prayer for Our Nation

29 days until Election Day

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:2-3


You are the rock and strength of this nation. You are the only one who can deliver us from our enemies. We trust in You and pray humbly for Your guidance and direction for this great nation. Give us wisdom to make right choices. Help us to live in such a way that Your name will be honored in all things. May You be forever praised.

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Filed under Elections, Prayer

Obamacare is on the fast track back to SCOTUS!

The Supreme Court has ordered the Justice Department to respond to a religious freedom suit against Obamacare.

No court has ever ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s abortion funding. Obamacare funds abortions in two ways:

1. It requires all individuals to pay a fee that goes directly into a dedicated abortion fund. This money is not used for various medical treatments, which might include abortion. It funds nothing but abortion.

2. It requires all private insurance policies cover free birth control, abortifacients (chemical abortion drugs.e., the morning after pill), and sterilization.

Both of these are in direct violation with every American’s right to the free exercise of religion.


Obamacare on ‘fast track’ back to Supreme Court – Oct 6, 2012

Liberty Counsel: Forced funding of abortion ‘line we can’t cross’



Filed under Abortion, Insurance, Obamacare, Religious Liberty, Supreme Court