Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I have much to be thankful for!




Its 9 PM, I just finished preparing the turkey that I'll put on about 3 AM.

I've had a long-short week. I was supposed to work 3 - 10 1/2 hour days and be off tomorrow and Friday. Unfortunately I'll have to work 3 or 4 hours Friday and a full day Saturday.

Some of you, my friends, have sent me Email that I haven't had a chance to answer. I'm sorry, I'm going to get after that.

If you have replied to me in a post, again, I'm sorry for not answering you, I just haven't had the time.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to work. I am thankful for my family and the joy they have brought me, I thank my Creator who knew me in my mothers womb and who has carried me when I was too weak to move forward and for bringing us together.

I am thankful for you that pray for me and come to visit me.

May the peace of God be with you all.

Warren

104 comments:

Kathy said...

That was a lovely touching and humble post, Warren.

God Bless you mate!

And I hope you and Nanc enjoy the turkey.

Hmmmm. Pity I live so far away, otherwise I'd be paying you a visit!!

Ps In answer to your question, as to whether we have a day of thanksgiving in Oz,the answer is yes.

We call it Australia Day, and we celebrate it on January 26th..

Kathy said...

Thinking about it though, Warren, I guess it's more about celebrating than being thankful.

Which is a shame really!

We certainly have a lot to be thankful for in Oz Too!

So I really envy you guys.It is a good thing to thank God and to be grateful. Yes it certainly is a wonderful day for you guy's

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

Warren said...

Kathy,
May God fill all your days with happiness.

You'd be welcome at my home anytime!

:^)

Elmer's Brother said...

Sir Warren I appreciate you, your warrior spirit. You're a true gentlemen. Happy Thanksgiving.

The Merry Widow said...

Warren-You, Jackie and your son and daughter-in-love, have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Always On Watch said...

Warren,
Some of you, my friends, have sent me Email that I haven't had a chance to answer. I'm sorry, I'm going to get after that.

If you have replied to me in a post, again, I'm sorry for not answering you, I just haven't had the time.


No need to apologize. You've been busy.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to work. I am thankful for my family and the joy they have brought me, I thank my Creator who knew me in my mothers womb and who has carried me when I was too weak to move forward and for bringing us together.

Today is a day to place emphasis on our Creator's providence. We cannot possibly count all the blessings He has given us, but we must take the time to start the counting.

Have the best of Thanksgivings, Warren!

Fight The Good Fight! said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
FTGF!

beakerkin said...

Happy Thanksgiving and may this upcoming year be better than the last.

kuhnkat said...

Thank you Warren.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Kathy, you and everyone else are welcome to join in our Thanksgiving celebration. It may be an official holiday in the US commemorating a special thanksgiving by some of our countries ancestors, BUT, the spirit is sooo much more than just the US!!!

Kelly said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Nanc!

Mad Zionist said...

Very nice post, Warren. Hope you had a very warm and happy Thanksgiving.

Brooke said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Warren and Nanc!

Mr. Ducky said...

Stuff your faces, remember yor blessings. And remember from space the Earth is Blue.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I'm thankful for everything. Hope everyone had at least almost as good a Thanksgiving Day as I did.

And if you're reading this, I'm in your fridge pilfering leftover deviled eggs.

Warren said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Beak, MZ, Brooke, EB, Cuz, Kuhnkat TMW, FTGF, AOW, Kelly and Ducky.

I'll pray for you Ducky.

kuhnkat said...

Little Che Suck the Greenie Weenie said:

"And remember from space the Earth is Blue."

Except where it is NOT blue!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The Merry Widow said...

Warren- Let's all pray for plucky, he needs it!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

nanc said...

that was beautiful, warren - and you know there are so many of us who are thankful for your friendship.

we had a wondy time on the mountain and didn't want to come back - but here we are, again...

The Merry Widow said...

Warren-Have you considered suspenders for your saggy posts? A nice red or rainbow pair would be cheerful!
Smartaleckly, your little sis!

tmw

The Merry Widow said...

Warren- Nice suspenders! Thanks for pulling up the pants, I was getting a cramp in my arm rolling down, and down, and down...

tmw

nanc said...

thank you, warren. i was counting on someone else to complain and nag you into fixing our saggy-baggy bottom! far be it from me to be so pushy...

bwaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha!

Warren said...

My fault, EB said something about it then I got busy with something else and forgot.

I don't use MS Internet Explorer and Firefox doesn't do the same thing.

It was from an unbroken string of code that I used in a hurry. I had to reboot into Windows to see what was happening.

If you would, when you see something like that, let me know what you see. (or don't see). :^)

Gayle said...

I hope you both had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sorry to get here so late, but better late than never.

Christmas is just around the corner and I'm not at all ready for it!

American Crusader said...

I hope you and all your readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving's day.
I know I enjoyed the all too brief holiday.

beakerkin said...

Is it too late to put Duck on the Christmas Menu.

The Marxist Duck Call is FREE GOVERNMENT CHEESE.

Warren said...

The turkey was all gone as of Sunday evening!

DANG!

I was wanting just one more turkey sandwich with salad dressing. :^)

The Merry Widow said...

Beaker- Feed him up, he's a little on the "slim" side, need that time to fatten him. I'll go harvest some fresh wild rice!

tmw

Steve Harkonnen said...

Wow! Thank God you didn't spell His name with a dash!

We had a great Thanksgiving at the house here as well.

Farmer John said...

warren,

Before nanc gets here, do you have any clever tricks for talkin' your way out of the doghouse that you'd care to share with someone who's probably gonna need a few?

Elmer's Brother said...

fj, beg for mercy and bring flowers.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Before nanc gets here, do you have any clever tricks for talkin' your way out of the doghouse that you'd care to share with someone who's probably gonna need a few?

Tell her that despite the repetitious monotony of it all, you really don't mind if she breathes.

Farmer John said...

O' you go the high road an' I'll take the low road,
an' I'll be in Scotland before ye
for me and my true love we'll never walk again
on the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.


You guys are no help. Sounds like I'm gonna get one of my legs busted no matter which way I go.

Thanks for nothin'!

Farmer John said...

...I'd better get out of Dodge.

The Merry Widow said...

FJ- What could you have possibly done to get Nanc smelling blood? She thinks you're the cat's meow!
Chocolates, flowers and an apology should be sufficient! That andstand up and be a man, no sniveling(you sound like uppity or jobro when you do)! She has no respect for that kind of behavior.
Now go blow your nose, wash your face and get the flowers and candy!

tmw

Farmer John said...

I burned the FIG instead. She'll never know, now! That was a close one. Phew!

nanc said...

burnin' figs again, eh, farmer?

cover your tracks, old boy.

it's a darned good think you didn't mess up the good dick morris thing i have going on each week you scalawag!

nanc said...

now, i must go beat up some moonbats...if'n i can find some...

Warren said...

FJ, Its like voting in Chicago, apologize early and often, especially if you're right!

The other way involves the "Sun Dance Ritual". It won't mollify her any but after its over you won't care!
;^)

nanc said...

i have seen a woman do this - she outlasted quite a few men. must have had something to prove. personally, this squaw appreciates a flawless and clawless chest, thank you very much.

it takes more panache to avoid pride than to try and make a point. most of my points have already been made or will be made by far better people than i.

Elmer's Brother said...

fj congrats you made it...now hopefully she has a short memory. (like that would ever happen)

nanc said...

elbro - i cannot remember to take the gingko biloba my schweetie sets out for me - i wish i knew what farmer was talking about! i can usually read him - well, about as well as anyone can...

Farmer John said...

I apologize nanc. I won't make fun of you again. It was eb's fault, he made me do it (yeah, that's the ticket...blame eb). He got me on the subject of nodong missiles, and things got a little out of hand from there (no pun intended).

And I see how cleansing the Sun Dance Ritual is. Many of our people have lost their understanding of this concept. Too much time on the black road, I guess. They've stop searching for Larissa in their quest to find and exploit El Dorado. The original tradition of the rulers of El Dorado was the lesson they should have learned instead.

Farmer John said...

...and I'm sure eb and I will soon forget everything that was said.

warren, Start counting coup on that sacred tree.

eb, Stick 'em in the front, or pokem in the rear? It's time to fly!

Farmer John said...

erratum: for US to fly (since I named you as a co-conspirator... even though you had nothing to do with the attrocities that were committed). Of course, I can't make you come with me, but what they hey, it might be fun!


e-r-r-r-r. Not.

Farmer John said...

ps - Ps-s-s-s-t, eb... If you decide to come, you might want to choose the back. nanc prefers a flawless chest. Me, I've already got flaws in mine.

Farmer John said...

Amour propre is an ugly thing. I need to get back my amour de soi. The ritual, what a wonderfull way to do that.

Farmer John said...

Thank you warren. I'd give you one of my laurel and hardy handshakes, but must first simply offer you this palm of friendship.

Farmer John said...

ps - warren, you can have your ring of sage back just as soon as the ceremonies complete....


there. I think it's about done.

Farmer John said...

...|...
../|...
.*.|...
...|...

Okay, Now it's done.

Farmer John said...

Na-a-a-a-h!

I think it went more like this...

...|...
../|\..
.*.|.*.
...|...

Okay. Now it's really done.

Thanks for the ring, warren.

Farmer John said...

obtw - nanc, I hope you didn't see any of that. The ritual wasn't meant for you... but me and eb found it particularly healing.

Farmer John said...

From the Jowett summary of Plato's "Republic"

'When a lively-minded ingenuous youth hears all this, what will be his conclusion? "Will he," in the language of Pindar, "make justice his high tower, or fortify himself with crooked deceit?" Justice, he reflects, without the appearance of justice, is misery and ruin; injustice has the promise of a glorious life. Appearance is master of truth and lord of happiness. To appearance then I will turn,--I will put on the show of virtue and trail behind me the fox of Archilochus. I hear some one saying that "wickedness is not easily concealed," to which I reply that "nothing great is easy." Union and force and rhetoric will do much; and if men say that they cannot prevail over the gods, still how do we know that there are gods? Only from the poets, who acknowledge that they may be appeased by sacrifices. Then why not sin and pay for indulgences out of your sin? For if the righteous are only unpunished, still they have no further reward, while the wicked may be unpunished and have the pleasure of sinning too. But what of the world below? Nay, says the argument, there are atoning powers who will set that matter right, as the poets, who are the sons of the gods, tell us; and this is confirmed by the authority of the State.

Farmer John said...

btw- I think nanc must be the fox of Archilocus whom Plato mentions above...

Now stay tuned for the Revenge of the Muse. Coming to a theatre near you...

Farmer John said...

...just kidding, gracie!

;-)

Farmer John said...

*Gulp!*

nanc said...

that's a pretty good prayer tree, farmer.

Farmer John said...

nanc,

Not as nice as these though... My only prayer is for it to grow.

Oh hear me All Spirits
Please hear my prayer
Oh hear us All Spirits
Please take our prayers
Here do we place them
Here with Eternal Tree
All of our prayers
Each of them need
All of You Spirits
All of You Spirits
Each of them Need
Please join with our Prayers
Take and Transform
For each Prayer must hear
The Breath of Creator
The Voice of Mountains
Each Prayer must See
Forevereness of blue Sky
Each must be touched
By the Power of Sun
By the Power of Moon
By all that lives within
Both Day and the Night
Here have we planted
At the Center of the World
Our Praying Tree
Bless Us, Oh Bless Us
We surrender our Hearts
And our soulful Concerns
Singing our Thanks
As Praying is Done.

Farmer John said...

...for mine was made impurely of Spirit only.

My fox still pursues me.

Farmer John said...

...whilst I follow the muse.

Warren said...

"The fox knows many tricks; the hedgehog one good one."

Archilocus' fox.

As for the sage, de nada. On me, it was merely spice on the turkey.
:^)

kuhnkat said...

Farmer John,

are you trying to remember the name of the bar with the sign:

Liquor in Front
Poker in Rear

???????????????????????????????

I hear Little Che Suck always gets it backwards!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Farmer John said...

warren,

I didn't know you were an Isaiah Berlin fan too!

kuhncat,

sh-h-h-h-h. All my material is stolen. You're giving away my plagiarized sources! Now I must go burn the FIGs before the intellectual property police find me out and lock me away.

The Merry Widow said...

There he goes again, I'll go find a taxi for the pegasuses!

tmw

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

There was this one time, but then it became two.

Farmer John said...

...but then it all related back to One.

I guess I'm more hedgehog, than fox. Or at least... I try and be? ;-)

Warren said...

FJ,
I believe that, Isaiah Berlin, fell into the same trap as most philosophers. He tried too hard to fit human begins into rigidly defined groups then sought to explain away contradictions.

Its been my observation that most people fall into the "fox" category and merely pay lip service to their "hedgehog" tendencies.

A good example of that would be Isaac Newton who opened new worlds of science and mathematics, (calculus), his deep belief in God and his conviction that scientific investigation leads to a greater knowledge of God the Creator of the universe.

I would hardly call him a one-trick-pony.

Nor do I believe that, Archilocus, meant that quote as an absolute but more along the lines of another quote, that the race does not always go to the swiftest.

However, I do agree with, I Berlin, that a "hedgehog" type of world view, (as he defines it), leads to Totalitarianism.

Just some thoughts. (speaking as a fox). ;^)

Warren said...

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. … This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called “Lord God” παντοκρατωρ [pantokratòr], or “Universal Ruler”. … The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect."

--Sir Isaac Newton--

nanc said...

not to be an alarmist, warren - but, that quote came to my e-mail with some strange data - my pc doctor went haywire with it - could it be possessed? just curious...

Warren said...

Nanc,
The Isaac Newton quote?

Did you see a Greek word in that quote? Your software might not recognize non-English standard characters and read it as a unidentifed string of code.

That could trigger some kind of reaction in the PC Doctor.

nanc said...

that must be it - i just did an upgrade and it catches EVERYTHING and gives me a little startle...

Farmer John said...

I saw a PBS Documentary on Sir Isaac about a year ago. I'd agree that he was something of a fox... much of his interest lay in alchemy, not "science". His arch-rival, Liebnitz was more of a hedgehog... and his "monad" (as a basic building block of all matter) theories led Franklin to work out his Theory of Electricity.

Farmer John said...

...but I think the real key as to whether one in a fox or a hedgehog is dependent upon "how" one resolves the materialism/ spiritualism (G_d) paradox. IMO, Plato's solution was the most elegant even if Nietzsche were to be proven correct. Even the tension between the two, I find useful. Wouldn't most Christians be foxes, by definition?

nanc said...

okay, okay, okay - you can have all my stuff! now can we stop talking about foxes and hedgehogs?!?

hehehe...

true story:

nancpop is one of the most unusual people on the planet. one day while splitting wood - he chopped into a log that was filled with "GRUBS" - he popped one in his mouth and ate it - turned to me and said, "would you like one? they taste just like this hickory they came out of!" oh yippee, i responded, "no, not now, not ever, thank you." and he then asked, "what kind of indian are you?" to which i politely replied, "i'm not THAT kind of indian!"

you now have me wondering just what kind of fox i am! just when i was comfortable being covert.

Farmer John said...

A 21st century fox?

Okay. I'm done. I've officially bored the muse. It's time to move on.

nanc said...

YOU are anything but boring, farmer. and i'm not easily bored.

i find the simplest things delightful - for instance, i bundled up yesterday morning and went out to the porte cochere with my coffee and a good book and read and watched my birds feed - it was about 19 degrees out and the sun was shining on me - although there were still icicles in the trees. if it was cold, it was lost on me. i actually wondered why there weren't more people out doing the same thing...

Elmer's Brother said...

uh here's a clue nanc....it was cold out?

nanc said...

then i guess it's fortunate for me to be pre-menopausal!

nanc said...

and since i was somewhat under THE porte cochere - i removed the keys from nancpop's truck lest he get any ideas...

nanc said...

now, where'd i put those keys...

Farmer John said...

Coat on, coat off, coat on, coat off, coat on...

You sound like Mrs. Farmer, nanc.

nanc said...

she's a hot chick too?!?

do you get a hand towel and dip it in icewater and rub her neck with it in the middle of the night when the covers are flying? even though it's below zero outside? i have much to be thankful for!

Farmer John said...

She is one sizzlin' hot chick! Course she gets no wet towels from me in the middle of the night... I sneak into one of the kid's rooms (we're empty nesters now!). what's really hard is driving with her in the car... between the open windows and the defroster/ heater...)

Elmer's Brother said...

cold wet towels? now that's an idea thanks.

nanc said...

well, elbro - there was that one time where he said, "i wish there was six inches of snow on the ground for you to go out and roll around in!" there being only two inches...i had my 'spicions and figured he was just trying to get me out the door so he could lock it...

Elmer's Brother said...

maybe he just wanted to wait till you came back to "see" how cold it was

Elmer's Brother said...

my wife in her early 40's (41) has had to go on meds. she has been pre-menopausal for almost a year now. I didn't mind the hot flashes as much as the lower libido. I MADE her go to the doctor.

nanc said...

well, i've been over five years into this and refuse to go to doctors to tell me what to do! thank the Power which is that i have native american blood coursing through my veins and am incapable of growing a decent mustache - that's pretty much all i care about.

nanc said...

you "MADE" her go to the doctor? please give her my e-mail addy so i may have a few words with her...

Elmer's Brother said...

she wasn't the only one suffering and I've got some native american blood in me see

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Menopause lowers a woman's libido?

So there is light at the end of the tunnel? ;P

Elmer's Brother said...

run away from the light Mr. Beamish

Farmer John said...

before the... Look-out, beamish!!!!.... CAVE-IN!!!!!!

Good thing the purest ore has already been mined. Ain't many prospectors that can make a go of it left roun' these here parts, anywho.

Farmer John said...

Our story opens up in the post office in Frostbite Falls Minnesota. Rocky and Bullwinkle come to pick up their mail. Amazingly, Bullwinkle gets a letter from a New York Law Firm. The letter says that Bullwinkle's Uncle Dewlap had passed away, Bullwinkle has inherited a claim to a mine. The mine is on the slopes of Mt. Flatten, but just hearing that made the post office worker faint. Rocky and Bullwinkle head home to pack up to end up almost being stabbed by a mysterious knife-throwing stranger. The knife has a note attached to it wanting them to keep away from Mt. Flatten, but Rocky's not giving up! Once Rocky and Bullwinkle are at home, they start packing, only Bullwinkle is having trouble opening his suitcase. His suitcase has a big can of TNT wired to go off as soon as he opens it. He kicks out the window hoping the force will open it. The suitcase lands next to the mysterious knife throwing stranger, and blows up. On the way to Mt. Flatten, Rocky and Bullwinkle are tricked into going the wrong way with a sign pointing to Mt. Flatten, but it was really the direction of a minefield. The mysterious stranger behind all of this is...Boris Badenov! Rocky and Bullwinkle continue driving, unaware that they are driving over landmines.

Better keep an eye out for nanctasha, you old prospector, you! Beamwinkle & I will stay on the lookout for landmines...

Farmer John said...

Look! up in the sky...

"It's a bird!"

"It's a plane!"

"It's a SQUIRREL!"

Farmer John said...

A Squirrel?

Anonymous said...

No doubt about it.... I gota get another hat!

Watch out for the upsydaisyium!

Warren said...

That was me.

Farmer John said...

That has got to be one of the best shows to describe the Sixties Generation. Upsydaisyum... Mt. Flatten... the Cold War... Mr. Big.

Fractured Fairy Tales. Mr. Peabody & his boy, Sherman.

Hi warren!

Warren said...

Hola FJ!

I had an aunt and uncle that were members in good standing of the "John Birch Society".

They saw commies everywhere! LOL

Even my most gullible relatives chuckled when they told us that Rocky and Bullwinkle was communist propaganda because they showed the commies as inept baboons.

R&B was the 60s Southpark. They made fun of everyone. Durwurd Curby even sued them for defamation of character because of the "Curwood Derby" episodes.

They had trouble with the censors also. Natasha's hem-line would go up and her neck-line would start creeping down. The Censors would get on them and back they would go again, only to start creeping again.


(aside), I would agree that true Christians are "foxes"

Farmer John said...

I guess some things never change (that hemlines & necklines are constantly changing). I miss those somewhat more innocent days.

And now you gone and forced me to go do some research on Durwurd Curby...

Goodnight warren. Hasta banana.

Farmer John said...

Cool beans, warren, cool beans.

The Merry Widow said...

I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody, much more intelligent stories too!

tmw

nanc said...

i'm not leaving longrange, warren!

Elmer's Brother said...

no matter how much he begs you to go nanc?