Ahoy, Matey! *Weekend Open Thread*


Here it is – not just the weekend (thank heavens), but also the end of the  first full week of something I never thought I would be writing: President Trump. It has not been a dull week, that is for sure. I think “dull” is something we will NEVER get with Trump.

The media are still freaking out that Trump is the President, and all of a sudden have discovered the importance of looking into statements made by the President and vetting them. That little notion has been largely absent in the Obama years. Good to see they still have the capability, albeit a bit rusty and more often than not, their reports sound more like sour grapes. Take, for instance, this headline from the Washington Post: “In His First Major TV Interview As President, Trump Is Endlessly Obsessed With His Popularity.

Now, I am not one to defend Trump, and I have always thought he was narcissistic, but so was OBAMA, and you would NEVER have seen a headline like that about Obama. EVER. It would be more something like, ” Confident Obama Basks in Warmth of Cheering Crowds And Overwhelming Support,” or some such thing. Never would there have been such an air of petulance in a headline about Obama, the man who used “I, I, I,” “Me, me, me, me,” “I, I, I, I” 118 times in a 33 minute speech in 2015. Hell, he referred to himself 75 times in his  Farewell speech.

Uh, yeah. I think they can both give each other a run for their money in thinking highly of themselves. Just sayin’.

Anyway,  one of the political things that happened this week,  and there have been a lot, is my state, SC, losing our very good Governor, Nikki Haley, to the UN. While it is SC’s loss, it is our great gain as a nation. I have no doubt she will do very well in that position. There were other confirmations, of course, but that one clearly hits closest to home.

And speaking of home, no matter what is going on in the world, both here and abroad, we all have things going on in our lives at home. Some of those things are just the usual day to day events, and some are bigger, for good or ill. I want to talk about the good.

As some of you know, I live on a barrier island south of Charleston, SC, on a tidal creek. At least for now, that is. It is a beautiful location – there is a short dock, and I get to watch the tide come in and out every day. It is a constantly changing vista, and I love it.

But we won’t be here too much longer. The house we are building closer to Charleston should be done by the end of next month (we hope). And that house is on what we call a deepwater creek, meaning it has water in it all the time. Besides building the house, we are also building a dock (it is all but done – just needs the roofing put on), which has a boat lift on it.

Oh – as a total bonus, there is a pretty nice little tidal creek that runs alongside the dock. It will be perfect for crabbing (the old school way) and shrimping. No need to imagine what it all looks like, though. I have a photo for you:


Once the roofing is on, the dock builders can put the solar panels on top of the roof for the boat lift. When you have a 450 ft dock, solar is the way to go. As a total bonus, it means we will still be able to get the boat onto the lift, or off, in the event of a hurricane or some other inclement weather.

But for now, that lift is empty, and not just because they aren’t quite done with it. Nope. Our animals have conspired over the years to prevent us from getting a boat, though we have wanted one for some time. But at long last, it looks like we will finally – FINALLY – be able to buy a boat to put in that lift. Yay!

And that is how I/we will be spending this weekend: at the Charleston Boat Show. We have a good idea of what kind of boat we want, and even what brand, but you just never know until you get to the show to see what’s there, and to see what they are willing to do to get our business. Bottom line, though, there will be lots of boats, and lots of fun, especially since we’l be going with a friend (who is in the Air Force) and his 6 yr old daughter. It is always a good time when we get to see them.

Anyway, with luck, we will be coming home from the event the proud owners of a dual console boat, around 23 feet long.

Honestly, for a while, we were afraid we were going to go from something like this:


To something like this:


When our precious little cat, Punkin’, was being diagnosed with cancer, bless her heart (she is doing extremely well on her Chemo and Prednisolone, has put on some weight, and is very playful again). But thankfully, fingers crossed and trying not to jinx this, she is stable, and we are buying a boat this weekend. Woohoo!

Oh, I guess you might want to see the house we are building. My partner constantly teases me that I am more excited about the dock than the house, but I am excited about it, too. But c’mon – you saw the dock and that view, right?

Anyway, here is the front of the house as it stands (pretty much) now:


And this is the back of the house which is going to have a large screened in porch:


The house is a Craftsman style home, which you will be able to tell more once the siding is up. Oh, and to the left of the house is a golf course.

But even better than that is the horse paddock for Tennessee Walking Horses owned by a woman whose family developed the neighborhood next to us, along with the aforementioned golf course. Anyway, the total bonus is being able to hear those horses and SEE them, from the bedroom, living room, guest rooms…You get the idea. It is the perfect place for us to live – and we  can’t wait until we live there. And have a boat.

That’s it for me. What’s going on for you this weekend? Feel free to talk about whatever you want. After all, this is the Weekend Open Thread.



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31 Responses to “Ahoy, Matey! *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks for updating us on the progress of your house Amy. We’ve all been along for much of the ride and we are nosey interested in what is happening.

    Great news about the boat. My Aunt Margie and Uncle Harry had a small Marina on the Fox River near Fremont, WI. So we grew up on a boat since we spent many summers with these two beloved relatives. I was named for my Aunt Margie who was a Wave during
    WW2 and Uncle Harry was a cook on a ship. Still love boats.

    The house looks like a beauty. Love the craftsman style, my house, which turned 100 this year, is a brick craftsman bungalow. Much smaller but still with the same style. I love it.

    I suspect that long after you begin to take your house for granted, and it happens to all of us, you will still be awed by the view of both the water and the Walkers.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – you are too funny, Marge.And it is truly my pleasure. I appreciate your interest in the house. This coming week should bring the painting and cabinet installation. Sure hope so, anyway!

      That is SO cool abt your aunt and uncle, and that you were named for your aunt. What a wonderful legacy that is. Love that!

      And I love thinking of you as a child staying with your beloved aunt and uncle at their marina playing on the boats, and having a great time.

      I have to say, I am thankful indeed to live in a place of such natural beauty, where we are now, and where we will be living in the new place. It is a dream come true – especially since I get to see horses, too. What a total bonus!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Dangit – I meant to say that your house sounds fantastic! I love the Craftsman look and since we can’t have our log home in the new neighborhood, Craftsman is a close second. Anyway, your house sounds really cool, Marge. And WOW abt it being 100 yrs old!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          It is “cool” except for the “updates” done in the 50s. Cheap aluminum storm windows quite ruin the “look” IMO. But we’ve painted most of them white so they don’t look as bad as they did.

          And “cool” is also right the windows don’t do a really good job of keep the cold out. I doubt they ever did. But we insulate from the inside every winter and it works fairly well. It’s all we can do since the $50,000.00 it would take to put decent new windows on the house is out of the question. And that wasn’t even the highest quote.

          Old houses are a money pit. Especially one as old as this one is. But we love the old gal anyway. The fact that we are directly across the street from a park is an added bonus. At least the “view” such as it is, is green.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Oh, dear. I am sure the “updates” at the time were probably all the rage, but materials then are a FAR cry from what they are now. At least y’all have been able to pretty them up some, and have a method for keeping the cold where it belongs – outside. Still, I know what you mean. I grew up in a house my great-grandfather built in the late 1800’s, so I totally get it!

            And how nice that you have the park across the street -that makes for a wonderful view, I am sure.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Much to my amazement, first that there is a President Trump, there is the fact that I am more than happy with much of what he’s doing.

    I still don’t like many of the things he says but so long as he does good things that’s fine with me. I am more than happy to be proved wrong.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, I feel exactly the same way: I cannot believe I have to type “President Trump,” and yet, I am pleased with a lot of the changes he has made.

      Like you, I am happy to be proven wrong, and I admit, I have been in a number of ways, especially on Israel.

      That is certainly the case by having chosen our Governor to be the UN Ambassador. She is a VERY strong advocate of Israel, and she is a very strong person, so she will do well by our ally in the Middle East.

      So yeah – I have been surprised by a lot of Trump’s decisions. And I am glad for most of them…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oh almost forgot, great news about Punkin!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much! We are so happy she is doing so well. She is acting like her old self, for which we are grateful.

      Love the cartoons!

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    We had a great time at the Boat Show. We went with some friends and their two children (a 6 yr old and a little over 1 yr old). We got to see some amazing boats, saving for last a 45 ft Sea Ray yacht because we could! So many great boats there, but we are still trying to decide between the same two we went in there considering. They each have things the other doesn’t, which makes the decision difficult indeed.

    We acknowledge we are lucky to have that kind of quandary.

    Anyway, it has been a great day – the show, then lunch with our friends, then going by the house and talking to our new neighbor, and the getting to see our friend, Beth, our horse, Jordan, and all the other horses, while playing with Beth’s Border Collie who is an AMAZING, tireless retriever…

    As Gov. Haley always said, “It’s a great day in South Carolina…”

  6. mcnorman Says:

    Great property which is going to be wonderful to live on. The house looks large. A boat sounds so nice. Oh my…when’s the open house? 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, mcnorman! We are excited abt it. The house is a little under 2,700sf. We didn’t really want or need a house that big, but the HOA requires it be at least 2,500sf. So there you go!

      LOL – you are welcome any time, Mcnorman!

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Mollie Hemingway: Trump’s Aide Is Right: Media Do Need To Shut Up And Listen

    Just days after President Trump spoke of a “running war’’ with the media, his chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, ratcheted up the attacks, arguing that news organizations had been ‘humiliated’ by the election outcome and repeatedly describing the media as ‘the opposition party’ of the current administration.

    ‘The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,’ Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.

    ‘I want you to quote this,’ Mr. Bannon added. ‘The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.’

    The rhetoric is direct, but none of this should be surprising. The media have been openly and avowedly warring with Donald Trump ever since he won the Republican nomination, if not before. They have obviously positioned themselves as the opposition party to the current administration.

    This same media completely misread the underlying fundamentals of the 2016 election in just about every way it was possible to misread an election. Also, apart from a brief mea culpa here or there, the major media made virtually no effort to understand the country that just elected Trump president.

    They not only didn’t apologize for their mistakes or attempt to rebuild trust with readers, listeners, and viewers, they also made no systematic changes to the way they hire or promote employees or stories.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I thought this was an excellent article. Hemingway really nails it. The media DOES need to listen more and even the way they have all gone off – including a little blurb in my paper yesterday that did NOT include the salient point of LISTENING – proves how biased they are.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Happy Sunday Morning everyone!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    This Bible Somehow Survived Mississippi Tornado… the Verse it Was Opened to is Even Better

    Sometimes God shows up in the most unexpected ways – this was a touching reminder to those in Mississippi struggling to recover from this tornado.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I LOVE this. Thank you, Marge!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Isn’t’ that a great story? For people of faith it will provide comfort. Those that don’t believe will have to struggle on alone. And that is very sad.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          So true, Marge – the entire Psalm was beautiful and so fitting. Thanks again!!

          Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    MSM BIAS: Headlines From the Women’s March vs. March for Life Prove It


    I know any one that has been paying attention for the last 30 years knows that the media bias is systemic. This is just one more example. And one more reason why reasonable people, that would be the ones not prancing around with pu$$y hats on their empty heads, not only don’t trust the MSM but have come to loathe them.

    I do love the term this writer coined – vaginators. Works for me.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I could tell just from the photos they had in our paper yesterday, when the AP article said “thousands” turned out, as opposed to HUNDREDS of thousands, the bias. But the photos SHOWED loud and clear how biased they are.

      I am going to check out the time lapse now…

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    WHOA: Time-Lapse of the ENTIRE March For Life Rally Pretty Much Says it All


  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Watch Mike Rowe share a HILARIOUS Girl Scout letter [VIDEO]


  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    After going back and forth between two boats today, we have reached a decision. We are going with a Robalo 227. Here is what it looks like:

    Robalo 227

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