Bailey’s Excellent photo shoot, revisited

IMG_3942HI, Bailey here. By popular request I am filling in for Mom again today. Mom is very busy, trying to find scotch tape, and writing out cards. Then she has to close up the envelopes with a wet paper towel, because she refuses to “lick” the envelopes. I personally don’t have any problem licking anything. Mom can be weird like that.

So let’s get right to my photo shoot:

IMG_3150Look how ridiculous Mom makes me look! Like I’m her own personal dress-up doll! There oughta be a law!


I like the nice green Christmas blanket. Mom was mad that I got my fur all over it, but I think it smells better now.


Ahhhh. That’s better, snuggly warm blanket.



Here’s one from the summer. Is this my best side?


Or maybe this is my best side?



Ha! That’s a trick question. I am handsome from every angle!



I was caught in the act here; I was sniffing Mom’s shoes, and thinking about a little shoe snack, but she stopped me.



Here’s my real sad, begging face. “No one feeds me cheese. No one plays with me. No one takes me on a walk.” It usually works. ;-)



Here I am, on the job, sniffing for squirrels and chipmunks. I make sure no critters are in my yard. If I find any, I bark and chase them away. But they always outrun me.



After all this hard work, I need a nap.

I hope you enjoyed my photo shoot.


Your friend,


Dateline: April, 1980-something


After several layers of mousse and blow-drying, I sprayed my head with hairspray until I was certain my hair was cemented in place. I tucked my toes into my dressy boots, whispering, “Please, God, I really need this job.”

I looked out my bedroom window, and muttered a hallelujah as the snow was still falling. It was April, and the daffodils were already up, but the only decent outfit I had was a winter suit and I didn’t want to look like a doofus. The previous day had been warm and 60 degrees, and showing up in a wool suit to a job interview would not have earned me any points.

I rolled the car down the hill and popped the clutch. It started right up. Thank you. My battery was usually dead on cold mornings, but my brother had already left for work and I had no one to give me a jump start.

I drove through the winter wonderland, carefully following the hand-written directions on a piece of notebook paper. I was almost to the destination office when I saw cops putting out the glowing orange cones to close the road. Whew. I just made it, as they closed the highway behind me.

I was called into the interview, and recited my resume to the man with the big brown eyes.

Then he asked me why I left my last job.


I didn’t lie. “I was fired because I shared confidential information with another employee.” I took a big gulp of air. Then, the golden words flew out of my mouth. “But that can be a good thing because I will never do that again.”

The man with the big brown eyes stood up and shook my hand. “I’ll let you know.”

Yeah, right. 

I went down to the lobby to leave, but the highway was closed because of the blizzard. I sat in the lobby, penniless and unemployed. But at least I was stylish.

My stomach growled, my throat ached for water, and my head spun with dizziness. I watched out the window as the snow continued falling and the wind blew.

Several hours later, the storm ended. The plows went out to plow the roads. A security guard announced that the roads were opened and we could leave.

The phone rang the next day. It was the man with the big brown eyes offering me the job. “You won out over 7 other people,” he said. “You have a good background, and you presented the best professional image. You start on Monday.”

I gasped for joy as I hung up the phone.

The blizzard and the hairspray had saved the day.

That’s the story of my job interview, during the winter storm of April, 1980-something.





It all started in the garden


God created Adam from the dust of the earth (his body) but then God breathed into him the Life of God or Spirit. So Adam had a human body, but his spirit was in tune with God’s spirit. (Scriptures below, with my comments in bold.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
God created Adam from the dust of the earth (his body) but then God breathed (the life of God or Spirit) into him.

God created Eve from Adam’s rib:

Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

** Notice at this point they were not ashamed of their nakedness, because they were clothed with the Glory of God.

Meanwhile, Satan had already been thrown out of heaven. This is told in Isaiah 14

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

(Most Bible scholars agree that this actually took place in the time between Genesis 1:1 and
Genesis 1:2. That’s a story for another day.)

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

<< here the fall of satan, and a major flood, which also destroyed the dinosaurs.>>

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

(Verse 2 says that the earth was without form and void, and was dark. God actually re-created the earth. He would not have formed it and made it dark, because He is light.)

Satan used to be Lucifer, who was in charge of praise before the throne of God. But PRIDE entered into him and he wanted to exalt himself to be like God. There is no redemption for Satan. He is allowed to be on the earth for now, but after the Day of Judgment he will be cast into hell. Satan is allowed to dwell on the earth, he attempts to tempt people away from God’s ways:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world —-1 Peter 5:8-9

So believers are to feed on the Word of God which gives strength to resist the temptations that Satan throws at us.
This is Genesis 3, in the CEV translation:
Gen 3:1 The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the LORD God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

Satan asked, “Did God really say that?”

Gen 3:2 The woman answered, “God said we could eat fruit from any tree in the garden,
Gen 3:3 except the one in the middle. He told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.”
Gen 3:4 “No, you won’t!” the snake replied.

Satan calls God a liar.

Gen 3:5 “God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.”
Gen 3:6 The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too.
Gen 3:7 Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves.

They lost the Glory of God when they sinned, and immediately wanted to cover themselves.

Gen 3:8 Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the LORD God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees.
Gen 3:9 The LORD called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?”

God knew where they were, but this shows that they had a relationship with God.

Gen 3:10 The man answered, “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid!”
Gen 3:11 “How did you know you were naked?” God asked. “Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?”

God asks Adam if he disobeyed because He knows the glory is gone.

Gen 3:12 “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.”

Human nature, blame someone else.

Gen 3:13 The LORD God then asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake tricked me,” she answered. “And I ate some of that fruit.”

Gen 3:14 So the LORD God said to the snake: “Because of what you have done, you will be the only animal to suffer this curse– For as long as you live, you will crawl on your stomach and eat dirt.
Gen 3:15 You and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel.”

King James version of this one scripture brings it out very clearly:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This is the first promise of God that He will send a Messiah, through the line of the woman, and the Messiah shall bruise the authority/head of Satan.

Gen 3:16 Then the LORD said to the woman, “You will suffer terribly when you give birth. But you will still desire your husband, and he will rule over you.”

Gen 3:17 The LORD said to the man, “You listened to your wife and ate fruit from that tree. And so, the ground will be under a curse because of what you did. As long as you live, you will have to struggle to grow enough food.

Both men and women were under a curse because of this sin. Only the Messiah could reverse the curse.

Gen 3:18 Your food will be plants, but the ground will produce thorns and thistles.
Gen 3:19 You will have to sweat to earn a living; you were made out of soil, and you will once again turn into soil.”
Gen 3:20 The man Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all who live.
Gen 3:21 Then the LORD God made clothes out of animal skins for the man and his wife.

This is huge. God killed an animal, shed its blood, and covered the man and woman with the animal skin. This is the beginning of blood sacrifice to “cover” sins. Later, the Jews would be taught to offer up animals in blood sacrifice to cover their sins. After Messiah died on the cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice for our sins, there is no longer any need for animal sacrifice.

Gen 3:22 The LORD said, “These people now know the difference between right and wrong, just as we do. But they must not be allowed to eat fruit from the tree that lets them live forever.”

God did not want them to eat the fruit of the tree of Eternal Life because in their fallen state, they would have had no chance at redemption. So God put angels in the entrance so that they could not get to the tree of Eternal Life.

Gen 3:23 So the LORD God sent them out of the Garden of Eden, where they would have to work the ground from which the man had been made.
Gen 3:24 Then God put winged creatures at the entrance to the garden and a flaming, flashing sword to guard the way to the life-giving tree.

God already had a plan for Jesus to come to rescue us from the consequences of sin and death.

The story of mankind started  in the garden.



Both sides are wrong on Ferguson

"unarmed teen"?  "gentle giant"? seriously?

“unarmed teen”? “gentle giant”? seriously?

With a heavy heart, I’ve been watching the “blowback” from the ruling against the Cop who killed Michael Brown.

I wasn’t in the courtroom, I wasn’t privy to the details that exonerated the cop.

But I have seen a zillion videos. So here’s my 2 cents.

First off, the video of Michael Brown STEALING cigars from the store, and then ASSAULTING the owner. (Stealing and assault are crimes, and the person who commits them can be arrested.)

How would you feel if you were the store owner?

We know someone called the police because the the robbery and assault. We know the police were looking for Michael Brown.

Now we have conflicting stories on what happened next.  Some say Michael Brown attacked the cop, punched him in the face, and there is a picture of the cop with black and blue on his face. Some people say Michael Brown put his hands up and said, “Don’t shoot.”  I don’t know if we will ever know the FULL truth.

I don’t believe Michael Brown should have been killed. Arrested, yes. Killed, No.

Personally, I feel the cop should be expelled from the force, and find another profession.

But someone PLEASE explain to me how looting and destroying other peoples’ businesses is helping to solve the race issues in this country? Why are Sharpton and Jackson allowed to stir this up?

No, I don’t know what it’s like to be African-American. But I have known LOTS of African-Americans who are GOOD PEOPLE, EDUCATED, AND HARDWORKING.

There seems to be a sub-culture (both White and Black) that does not value education, and that is where a lot of the problem starts. Without an education, how can you get a good job? How can you lift yourself out of poverty? You can’t.

Once again, our president has chosen to talk out of both sides of his mouth, at once saying he has “no sympathy for those who destroy businesses in their own communities” but at the same time saying he understands the frustration that drives them to do it. (Wink, wink, it’s okay.)

We thought that having a “half-white/half black” president could open up conversations, education, and bringing together of the races in this country, but sadly, he has decided instead to push us further apart.


Yes, I’m white. There are probably LOTS of things I don’t understand.

Here’s a few stories that I have experienced in my lifetime:

1. Two years ago, I worked with a woman at a church to collect hats, scarves and gloves for inner-city youth.(She lives in the inner-city and works at the Rec center.) She told me of one young African-American man (17 years old) who had to WALK to school because the bus would only pick up if you lived *further* than a mile and a half from school!  I had no idea. I stopped and tried to put myself into his shoes: Would I be willing to WALK a mile and a half at 8 am when it’s 0 degrees outside?!  What an obstacle to overcome. ** This should not be. In this day and age, they can’t get the school bus to pick up kids who live that far away.

2. I worked with an African-American woman who was very dark. She was a really nice person and helped me very much when I took a job in a department that she worked in, and she trained me. She told me terrible stories of prejudice that she had endured in her life.  One instance was after she bought her house and was trying to get a home improvement loan to add a sunroom. The bank officer came over and evaluated her house, and said, “You have all this, what do you want more for?” That was pretty rude.  She told me stories of being picked on in school. As an adult, she went to night college, and the professor told her, “You shouldn’t be here.” (He was a Pakistani man.)


Can someone explain why they think LOOTING is going to solve the problems?



The Arctic Blast, Katniss, and the German Yum-Yum Guy

Just another day to the locals.

Just another day to the locals.

We wanted to get away from it all, so we picked an “Off Peak” time to go to Lake Placid. Little did we know that this would correspond to the timing of the Great Arctic Blast of 2014.

We selected our room online, as we usually do. A King Bedroom for $129. Not too shabby! We loaded up the car, dropped Bailey at the kennel, and headed upstate.

The roads were not bad, as the temperature stayed about 34 degrees all the way up until we hit Keene Valley, just south of Lake Placid. I love this area in the summer, but driving through the twisty turns of the highway when the temperature dropped to 32 was a little dicey. Oh, and did I mention it was raining? Thankfully Mr. Porter had gotten the snow tires installed in the morning before we left town!

We arrived at the Crown Plaza, the hotel on the top of the hill, just up from the Olympic building and with a full view of Mirror Lake. Ah. We made it.

“You’ve been upgraded to a Deluxe King Suite,” the hotel worker told us. “It comes with a Jacuzzi tub and a fireplace.”


Ok, twist my arm.

Ok, twist my arm.

Gasp. “Okay, that sounds good.” No arguments here.

The room was located in the Adirondack Wing of the hotel. This section has a door that blocks it off from the rest of the hotel. When the door is shut, key card access is needed to enter.

The room was beautiful, with 12 foot ceilings, the promised fireplace, and of course a color TV.

Fireplace. Complete with water bottle photo bomb

Fireplace. Complete with water bottle photo bomb

We watched out the window over the next day while the snow came down. We went out for breakfast in the morning, and the thermometer in the car read 17 degrees. Brrr.

Cold.  Arctic Blast 2014

Cold. Arctic Blast 2014

Later, hubby took a 2.8 mile walk around Mirror Lake. It was reported that with the wind chill factor, it was 3 degrees!

I should mention here, that the locals don’t mind the cold, and I saw several wearing shorts, others wearing no coats as they go about their daily business.

No sun bathers here.

No sun bathers here.

The big bummer for me was the pool was too cold. The sign said that they maintain the pool at 72 – 75 degrees, which is fine and dandy in August. When it’s 17 degrees outside, um, is it too much to ask to boost it up a little? Even the children were leaving the pool to jump into the hot tub! I asked at the front desk if they could increase the temperature, and they did a degree or two, put my old bones, (and bionic hip) couldn’t adjust to the temperature. Boohoo. Yes, I’m spoiled. Or old.

While walking down the main street of Lake Placid, we passed the movie theatre and saw the sign that they would have a special showing of Mockingjay Thursday night at 8 pm. Katniss!! Most other openings for Mockingjay were scheduled for Friday the 21st. We hit gold.


Thursday night, at exactly 7 pm, I went up to the movie window and said, “Two adults for Mockingjay please.”

“We don’t start selling tickets for that movie until 7:30. It doesn’t start until 8. It’s because of all the kids.”

Stunned, I took my money and backed up. What is she talking about? Is she afraid a kid won’t be able to see the movie because I bought my tickets first? Does she think I am going to be scalping tickets, because there are thousands of people who are going to line up in 17 degree weather and she wants the kids to get in first? Huh?

I muttered to Mr. Porter all the way back to the car. What was she talking about? I should have told her that I almost died two weeks ago, and I just had breast cancer surgery, and why is my $7 not worth as much as theirs, and I probably want to see this movie more than they do!

With my usual knee-jerk reaction, I said, “Let’s forget it. We can watch it when we go home!”

Hubby said, “Let’s just wait until 7:30 and go back.”

“Fine. But here, you take the money and you ask for the tickets.” I didn’t want to talk to the movie nazi again.

At 7:29 we walked back inside the theatre. The line was already formed, and Mockingjay tickets were selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Mr. Porter purchased two from the movie nazi.

We went inside, noticing there were only about 12 people in the theatre. More and more folks came in, but by 7:59, there were still an easy 100 seats empty.

The movie nazi made another appearance, this time inside the theatre. “Shut down all your cellphones now. I don’t want to have to walk through here again.” Well, I had to agree with her on that one. It is so annoying for a phone light to be in my face while I’m trying to watch the show.

Mockingjay was fantabulous. No big spoilers here, although I really loved the line, “And my sister gets to keep her cat.”  Also Philip Seymour Hoffman—who was my favorite actor—was in this movie. I believe he will also be in Mockingjay part 2, as I heard it has already been filmed.

So I got to see Katniss. I felt like a teenager myself, waiting for the next installment in the series.

I noticed that the guests a few doors down never left the room. I hope they’re ok.

several days of newspapers

several days of newspapers

Friday we had to leave to go home, but first we made a trip to the German Yum-Yum shop, where the display of muffins, cookies, and scones makes me drool. Hubby dropped me off while he went to park the car. When he arrived one minute later, I had already bought the chocolate-chocolate-chocolate yummy, and had it in the bag ready to go. The German guy told me, “It tastes best if it’s allowed to warm to room temperature before eating.”

“Thanks.” Ha. He obviously doesn’t know me. That yummy never had a chance to get to room temperature.

We drove back home, and the temperature was 34 degrees again. Downright Toasty.


Bailey is glad to be home too!





The Bible teaches the message of salvation

The Bible teaches the message of salvation:

1.      Repent – of our sin and sincerely pray to God, seeking His forgiveness.

2.      Believe- Believe in God the Father, and believe in the Lord Jesus who paid the price for our sins, which we can never pay for ourselves.

3.      Do good works – As led by the Spirit of God. God has preordained that we should walk in them. The works themselves do not provide salvation but are evidence that we believe and have Faith in God.


1.      Repentance –

While each person is responsible for himself, for his own sin and repentance, we are born with a sin nature because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  (Babies are not of an age of accountability and if a baby dies, he/she will go to Heaven.) Adam and Even were made in the image of God, because the spirit that lived in them was from God. Their bodies were made of the dust of the earth. When they sinned, the spirit within them died, thus bringing the sin nature into the human race.

“From then on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near!”   -Matt 4:17

“But if you don’t repent, then you, too, will perish.”    – Luke 13:3



2.      Believe-

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. –Romans 10: 9-10

Jesus paid the price for our sin with his Blood. We can never pay the price for our sin by ourselves.

But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!  –Romans 5:8-9


How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
For I passed on to you the most important points that I received: The Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures—and is still alive!— 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2
Yet the time is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Indeed, the Father is looking for people like that to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”   – John 4:23-24


There is therefore  now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.   – Romans 8:1-4


3.      WORKS.

We don’t do works to receive salvation. Works are proof that we have already received the gift of salvation. Once we have believed God, we want to do his will.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with works, is dead.  But someone may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without any works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  –James 2:18
Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24

My blood pressure dropped to 83/35 and I yelled, “Get Help!”

Last Tuesday, I was sitting here on the computer when suddenly the center of my chest hurt like the proverbial elepant sitting on it, and my stomach hurt with knife-like stabs. I sat back in the chair to calm down and slow my breathing. A hot flash enveloped me, and my head began spinning. The hot flash increased with intensity and I stumbled to the freezer to get ice, while the room around me began to spin and get dark.


I put ice on my forehead and wrists, as I had done many times while a teenager, when the monthly fiend would throw my system out of whack.

After fifteen minutes I was fine, and went about my day.

When Mr. Porter came home from work that night, I told him what had happened. “Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you call someone?” he asked.

“Because I felt okay.” I didn’t want to bother anyone.

The next morning we agreed I would go to my Primary Care Doctor and get checked over. I got the resident Nurse Specialist who told us to go to the Emergency Room at the hospital.

Here’s where the fun begins. I was brought into a small room, with a cot, where a pit crew took over my body. One took blood, one inserted and IV hookup, one took my temperature, one took my blood pressure–which by the way was normal. I was sitting up, with the back of the cot up for support.

The Nurse Practictioner then asked if I had chest pain. Well I had a little on the left side of my chest. “This will make you feel better,” she said, handing me a nitro-glycerin tablet. “Put it under your tongue.” With that, she left the room.

My chest began hurting again like the previous episode, and I began feeling hot and dizzy. I instinctively was driving to get my head down, and scooting down the bottom of the cot. “Get help,” I said to my husband. He noticed that my blood pressure was 83/35 and my pulse was 47. He went to the desk across the hall from my room, where three 20-something workers were chit-chatting.

“My wife needs help.”

“Well, call your nurse.”

“Can you help me find the nurse?”

“Ring for the nurse on the button.”

“What button?”

“The calling button on the remote.”

“We don’t have a remote.”

“There is one in  your room. It’s attached to the wall.”

I imagine at this point the 20-somethings were all rolling their eyes at each other as my husband came back into my room and frantically looked for the remote for the nurse button behind my bed, and a shelf by the back wall. He found it and pressed the button for the nurse.

I confess I don’t remember what happened here. But soon enough, the cot was rolling through the halls, and up the elevator. I was placed in a room next to a woman who was hacking up phlegm. Thankfully the curtain between us was closed. A doctor came in to talk to the hacking woman, and asked what color the phlegm was: beige, green, clear. Okay, HIPAA, I know you are supposed to keep things private, but can’t you also work the other way, so that *I* don’t  have to hear things that I don’t want to?

Over the next day and a half, I was subjected to all kinds of fun. I was given radio-active dye and placed into some kind of mod photo taking machine. I was given a stress test. I was unable to get my heart rate up to 144, as I am still recovering from the major surgery of 2 months ago, and remember, I have an artificial hip. So — they gave me a chemical to stress my heart. Oh here we go again, chest pains, can’t breathe, dizzy. But they got the EKG they needed, and then they gave me the “antidote.”

After all the tests and different kinds of pictures, the doctors were happy to tell me that they can find nothing wrong, and that I can go home, and isn’t that just great.

I have a suspiction as to what caused this. I recently started taking estrogen-blocking meds that are supposed to diminish the chances of the cancer returning. (Of course when I called my Oncologist to ask about this, she said she never heard of that kind of problem.)


But then I found this:


So I’m sticking to my theory. And if I have another episode, I will be throwing these pills out the window.