Peeking In *Weekend Open Thread*


DSC_0200Hey, All!

Get it? “Hey” Horse?Ahem. Now you know why I have’t been the one posting since my back surgery! Ahahaha…Oh, that is Peanut the Pony peeking up over his stall door. He is the resident pony at the barn where our horse, Jordan, is.

Peanut is so stinkin’ cute. This is what ALL of him looks like:

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I wanted to peek in and give y’all an update on how things are progressing with me post-spinal lumbar fusion, as well as providing your Weekend Open Thread.

But first, before I go any further, I want to thank Kenoshamarge for doing a yeomans job keeping the blog going as I recover from my surgery. Marge has done a spectacular job or writing great posts filled with her wit and wisdom, as well as her trademark assortment of outstanding political cartoons. In addition to providing consistently outstanding posts, Marge has kept an eye on the Comments section, commenting and adding additional excellent cartoons, links, and stories.

Along those lines, thank you to the fantastic group of regulars who continue to share their thoughts, cartoons, links to pertinent articles, and good humor as always. I am grateful indeed to have such amazing folks come by to spend some of their precious time. Thank you so much – y’all are just the best!

My update, such as it is, will be brief. It has been a little over six weeks since my surgery. I had a follow-up appointment at the end of last week to see how things were progressing. I was HOPING my doctor was going to say I was on the verge of starting Physical Therapy, but unfortunately, that is not what he said. Instead he said I have a few more weeks of doing what I am doing. Or rather, trying not to do much of anything like bending, twisting, or lifting.


What I can tell you is that NOT doing those things is a LOT harder than you might think. For example, try something simple like brushing your teeth without bending over. Go ahead. I’ll wait! Yeah, it’s tough, right? Or say you reach back for an item on a table, something you do a thousand times a day without thinking twice about it. Or reach up to grab something that you are SO sure isn’t going to be a problem.

k21927543Well, I can tell you one thing that happens – your back lets you know IMMEDIATELY that you just did something really, really stupid. And it will remind you every single little time you do something without thinking, and let me tell you – there are lots of things a body does throughout the day without thinking about it, just second nature kinds of things, like reaching for something or bending over, or twisting.

I might add that since the surgery, I have dropped more things in the past 6 weeks than I have in the past 6 years, or darn near close to it. I swear,  I have dropped all KINDS of things like vitamins, or lids, or pieces of paper, any number of things that usually are not the kind of thing I would just drop willy-nilly. But now? Oh, yeah. All kinds of things slip from my fingers and I have to remind myself NOT to bend to pick them up. That’s when I usually go, “Suzy! I dropped something!” Poor Suzy…

All that is to say, “Mindfulness” has become more important than ever to me, that’s for sure!

I am definitely progressing, thank heavens, but slower than I would have liked. So I will continue to peek in at Comments, adding my own two cents worth from time to time, and keeping up with everyone. As I start to get better, I will start writing more often, but it will be slow going at first. Thankfully, KenoshaMarge (and occasionally Puma Forever) will keep putting up excellent posts to inform, enlighten, and entertain you. Thank heavens for Marge!

But this is a Weekend Open Thread, and I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a break from all the unbelievable insanity that seems to have overtaken our nation. I have to say, have you EVER seen so many people calling for a major political party to recall their nominee and pick someone else? I sure haven’t. But then again, I have never seen such a pathetic excuse for a candidate, either. I am speaking about Trump, but I reckon that could be said for the ethically-challenged Clinton. Then again, THAT could be said of Trump who doesn’t seem capable of speaking the truth even when he is being deposed and reading from a piece of paper with his handwriting on it. Hell, I could go on like this all day, so I’ll just stop now. You can feel free to add your own examples!

So, yeah – back to that whole break thing. At the top of the post, I mentioned the barn where our Jordan is. I am known at the barn as the “Treat Lady.” Handing out treats to all of the horses and Peanut is my way of saying hello to everyone and spending a little bit of time with them before getting down to the quality grooming time I spend with Jordan. Well, since the surgery, I have not been able to go to the barn. I miss seeing Jordan and the other boys there terribly, so Suzy is the “Surrogate Treat Lady,” as you will note below:

Bear in mind that Jordan is 36 years old, and his pal, TC (the one with the fly mask – he is missing an eye due to disease), is 33. That they are both so healthy at this advanced stage is all due to the amazing care our friend Beth gives them.

Just to give you an idea of Beth’s care, when TC came to the barn not even a year ago,  he could barely walk he was in so much pain. To make matters worse, he got bitten by a snake on his leg. We thought we were going to lose him for sure, but through Beth’s care and attention, he not only made it through but is now able to move like he is in the above video. Just incredible..

Well, that’s it for me. Thanks again to Marge, and to all of you. I hope you have a great weekend. This is the Weekend Open Thread.



103 Responses to “Peeking In *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    !st—glad to see your are getting better. Yes it will take time.
    She made me think, laugh, and enjoy many things. Marge is a very good writer.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Helen. I appreciate that!

      And I could not agree more. Marge is just terrific. I look forward to more of her excellent posts!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thank you Helen – but without your great additions in the comments we’d run out of things to say. You always give us links to great articles that make us think and you always let us know about cosmic happenings. Thanks to you for all you do.

  2. helenk3 Says:

    something to think about

  3. helenk3 Says:

    the girls keep on bringing them home

    US takes gold, Great Britain with silver and Romania with bronze in women’s 8 rowing at Rio Olympics – @WorldRowing
    See original on

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Ben Shapiro has an outstanding piece abt Laura Ingraham, “Immorality,” and not voting for Trump (h/t Facebook friend):

    • helenk3 Says:

      he sums it up perfectly

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I thought it was a great article. And he’s right, if anyone is “immoral” it’s people like Ingraham. I never liked her much and since she became a Trumpanzee like her even less.

        Ben Shapiro tends to get right to the heart of the matter as usual. I really like his writing. I really respect him as a man and as a writer.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, I agree – he does get right to the heart of it. I thought he summed up the arguments against Ingraham’s claims brilliantly and succinctly.

          Steve Deace said on Facebook he wanted to be Ben Shapiro after this article (or words to that effect)!

  5. helenk3 Says:

    Amy on the bad days think of this young lady. she just keeps on trucking

    Photo: Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro continues the women’s 3,000m steeplechase after losing a shoe during a crash – @folha

  6. helenk3 Says:

    yes he is and he is doing a good job of it

  7. helenk3 Says:

    I guess that old idea that you don’t talk to anyone over 30 is still alive and well

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahaha – some of those comments were hilarious!! And yes, they do make him sound ANCIENT at the ripe old age of 31!!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Funny they don’t seem to care much about age when touting Hillary for the tough job of president.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    Just because I liked it
    and I think they were over 30 when this was filmed

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I like it too. Like to see anyone 1/2 their age, at that time, keep up with them for one dance routine.

  9. helenk3 Says:


    list of town where backtrack settled muslims

  10. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack and hillary’s democratic party

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    What Hillary’s Tax Return Shows

    The Clintons lowered their tax liability by giving to charity. Of the the $1,042,000 the Clintons gave to charity as listed on their return, $1 million of that went to the Clinton Family Foundation. The other $42,000 went to Desert Classic Charities, a non-profit that organizes a charity golf tournament with the Clinton Foundation. “They are practically tithing”.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump: Mary Katharine Ham ‘Says Only Bad Things’

    Jake Tapper asks Mary Katharine Ham on CNN about Donald Trump’s opinion of her as a debate moderator.

    Trump said he never met Mary Katherine, which isn’t true. Did he forget? Or is he lying again?

    I suspect in this case he “thinks” he’s telling the truth because he can’t remember. That happens to some of us old farts. But then he lies every time he opens his ugly mouth so …

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I love Mary Katherine Ham. She is something, isn’t she?

      And of COURSE Trump remembers the whole thing differently, or that he even met her. Does he forget that there are RECORDINGS of these debates? Or things he says? The lies he tells (not that it matters to his minions)? WOW. He is just nuts.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Did you notice that Tapper said “I don’t know how anyone can not like you Mary Katherine”? That says a lot I’m thinking.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ohmygosh – this is SO good!!!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Ain’t it though? Trump is making one group very happy – cartoonists.

        Although left and right they’re having fun with Hillary too.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – ain’t that the truth? They are having a boon day with all the things coming out of the mouths of these two…

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Joe Scarborough: portrait of a media hack

    By Steve Deace

    Back on May 2, just one day before Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%) was forced to drop out of the race following a devastating loss to Trump in Indiana, this is what Scarborough had to say about his false messiah:

    A lot of people have been in denial up to this point and I’ve been saying it for a couple of months now, things are going to change when Republican voters – maybe not the 12 people in the #NeverTrump group on Twitter – but when the rest of the Republican Party, at least conservatives, they are going to look at their ballot and say ‘ok, I can take another Clinton for 8 years and have three of her appointees on the Supreme Court … or I can take a chance on this guy. I don’t think it’s going to be tough for most Republicans in the end.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    all the threats of what will happen if you do now bow down the the flim flam man bring out the Irish in me.
    If i had entertained any idea of voting for him, now I would not. I do not take threats too well

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Brings out the Irish in me too. The more someone tries to push me where I don’t want to go the harder I dig my heals in. We Irish are perhaps more famous, or infamous, for it but I think it’s a human trend among those who tend to be their own people and not mindless followers.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Me, too!! It amazes me that people think threatening, insulting, and belittling people will bring them over to their side. Um, NO!

  17. helenk3 Says:

    should I save this for tin foil hat day?

  18. helenk3 Says:

    Michael Phelps says Saturday’s 4x100m relay race will be his last, won’t return for 2020 Olympics – NBC New York

    I am sorry to hear this

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He is a great addition and leader of his sport. But let’s face it, he’s already won more medals than most countries. He’s made his mark. And training like he does in draining. Time to find other things to do with his life.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, as you noted above, he is SOOOOO old, abt time to hang up his goggles! 😉

      Seriously, he is an unbelievable athlete, but I can understand why he wants this to be his last. The amt of time and effort it takes to compete at that level is off the charts. With his new son, and his fiance, I can see that his priorities are changing.

  19. helenk3 Says:

    I wish I could paint, We had rain today as usual, I went out side a little while ago and the sky was amazing, large pink clouds, i saw a faint rainbow in one, blue sky and the moon, It was beautiful.

  20. helenk3 Says:

    Marge this is for Lou

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Lou loved it and so did I.

      Remember when pop music had people who actually could sing and when lyrics told stories? I always loved this kind of music.

      And who didn’t love the Coasters and their amazing talent.

  21. helenk3 Says:

    Amy maybe you could enlarge this and put it on your wall for the bad days

  22. helenk3 Says:

    I know he is not serious when he does this, but what the hell is happening to this country? no problem killing babies now the old

  23. helenk3 Says:

    In Michael Phelps’ final Olympic swim, USA wins Olympic gold in men’s 4×100-meter swimming medley relay; Great Britain takes silver, Australia takes bronze – NBC

    • helenk3 Says:

      Photo: Michael Phelps, most decorated Olympian in history with 28 medals – including 23 gold – on final win: ‘It truly is an honor’ – @NBCOlympics

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And they set an Olympic Record while they were at it! What a way for a great champion, one of the greatest athletes of all time, to end his career…

  24. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jonah Goldberg: Hillary’s advantage is that she’s boring, not shocking

    In a normal, healthy political system, the Clintons would be shunned like pimps in an Amish colony. But we don’t live there, so the Clintons bore rather than shock. It is Hillary’s greatest advantage. The devil we know is a boring, paper-pushing bureaucrat.

    I loved this quote from P.J. O’Rourke:

    “I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises. It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she’s way behind in second place. She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”

    He added in an essay for The Daily Beast, “Better the devil you know than the Lord of the Flies on his own 757.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      There goes that Jonah again – capturing the essence of the race in one paragraph!

      And the O’Rourke quote is something!!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I love Jonah! He and Ben Shapiro are my favorite writers. An P.J. O’Rourke has a way of skewering nonsense with humor. Gotta love that.

  25. kenoshamarge Says:

  26. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    So the Muslim fencer who wore the hijab for the FIRST TIME EVER (ahem) won a bronze medal with her team. I am so, so sick of how much has been made of this woman just because she is a Mulsim. I mean, really. So she wore the hijab. Big Whoop-de-doo. The whole thing abt the Olympics is that they are supposed to be above politics and religion. They are supposed to be abt SPORT and good sportsmanship. Not glorifying one person over another because of their religion (especially when they got knocked out of their individual event in the first round).

    I am so sick of this constant appeasement. To hold her up just because she is a Muslim rather than being an AMERICAN on the Fencing team so misses the mark…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      She’s also a whiny “I’m afraid to walk the streets in America Muslim”. That’s what the left loves about her whiny ass – she puts American down. Send her to the Middle-East and left her whine about being afraid there.

      I am so sick of this crap. We welcome people from all over the world to our country and once they’re in our house they pee on the carpet.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        EXACTLY!! That just irritates the bejeezus out of me. I am so sick of the whole “poor me!” thing, as if people don’t have a LEGITIMATE reason to be concerned abt some Muslims. Not all, of course, and while I can appreciate it has to be frustrating to those who don’t have that Islamist belief, surely they should be able to grasp why.

        But yeah – you are so right – that is exactly what they do. If she is so unhapy here, let her go try leaving in a country like Iran. THEN she’ll have something abt which to complain…

  27. helenk3 Says:

    I love this it is just awesome

  28. helenk3 Says:

    US President Obama briefed on Milwaukee
    violence; White House says adviser Valerie Jarrett spoke with Mayor
    Barrett and offered support for local authorities – @markknoller

    See original on

    does anyone see anything wrong this? I thought the vice president handled things when the president did not want to do so. I do not remember val jar being on the ballot and elected to any office

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Now that Obama’s on his way out they don’t even try to pretend she doesn’t run things. Poor old Joe? He’s been out of the loop since 2008.

  29. helenk3 Says:

    they messed with the wrong sheriff
    requests national guard

    • helenk3 Says:

      Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker activates National Guard to help if needed after night of Milwaukee unrest – AP
      End of alert

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It doesn’t sound as if either Clarke or Walker are going to play patty-cake with these thugs. Mayor Barrett is another story entirely.

        The mayor of Milwaukee has been trying to get $100,000,000 for a two mile trolley car.

        He also wants to build a bike path. His priorities are typical democrat party.

        Police once again told to retreat and let the democrat party’s urban youth “express themselves”.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      These aren’t “protestors,” as the article labeled them. These are CRIMINALS, and I hope they throw the BOOK at them for destroying all of that property. So. Sick. Of. This.

  30. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this article on Facebook, swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other athletes were robbed down in Rio, and the robbery was at gunpoint:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Did they wander out of a gun free zone or wander in? Because everyone knows only the evil USA allows people to have guns.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – I know, right?

        Did you hear abt another athlete who was robbed after the thief threw up on him to get him to stop? Oh, yeah.

        And this is what happens when people play politics with these things and thus play with people’s lives/ Just infuriating.

  31. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why is Trump Keeping Two Sets of Financial Records for His Business Deals?

    One of Donald Trump’s companies prepared financial estimates for its lenders and investors that were “rosier” than the projections it used internally, a financial analyst for the company said in a deposition obtained by BuzzFeed News.

  32. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Um, I could be wrong, but, isn’t that illegal?? At the very least, it is unethical and immoral.

  33. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So, so cute! Thanks for this!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We all love animals and anything that puts a smile on the face is welcome.

        By the way, this was sent to me by my amazing MIL Elaine. 2 weeks ago we weren’t sure she was going to live. Now she’s sending me youtube videos. I don’t know whether to post the other one she sent or not. It’s kinda – well – it’s not something you would expect from a sweet little old lady of 86.

        Oh what the hell…

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          ROTFLMAO – that is hilarious ESPECIALLY that your MIL sent it to you!

          Thank HEAVENS she is feeling well enough to do so, too. WHEW, what a blessing!!

        • helenk3 Says:

          love it. what makes you think sweet little old ladies do not know how to have fun.

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            It is especially interesting to see Lou’s reaction when his mother sends him something like this. He’s more of a prude than his mother is. He almost blushes. I nearly roll on the floor. I would if I could be sure I could get back up.

            I think most of us remain the same women we always were – hopefully a little wiser not just older.

            I got a kick of out the video as much for who sent it to me as for what it was. And I laughed out loud too. So I guess there’s still a little raunch left in this not-so-sweet-little-old-lady.

  34. kenoshamarge Says:

    This one is for Amy:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH, I love this! Friesians are just majestic creatures – just beautiful. Thank you!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        This is just one of a bunch of images Elaine sent me. I knew you would particularly enjoy this one. I did too.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I love that she is sharing all of these things with you. Helps to keep her young, no doubt, and we get to benefit, too! 😀

  35. helenk3 Says:

    I love this guy

  36. mcnorman Says:

    Yay!!!! You are doing well…slow will get you there as well as fast Rev Amy.

  37. helenk3 Says:

    when you get better, your job will be to take a trip to Alaska and bring me back some of these. You will have to go beach combing to get them

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Suzy and I were just talking abt wanting to go back to Alaska, and now we have even more impetus for wanting to go. These are beautiful!!!!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I had never even heard about “glass floats” until I read this. Thanks Helen, you know how I love to learn new things. This was a treat.

  38. helenk3 Says:

    along side your MIL’s video were my mummers. she made my day

    here is one

  39. helenk3 Says:

    this is a must read
    who killed the tea party

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And to add insult to injury you have the Scottie Hughes critter as the “face” of the Tea Party with her lies and excuses for Trump.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No kidding. That is one ignorant woman. How the hell did SHE become the de facto leader of the Tea Party??

  40. helenk3 Says:

    soros files
    interesting reading

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