HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE FROST SHEET QUEEN!

By: OGal , 12:55 PM GMT on July 06, 2012

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Jack Levine.....a very good friend.

As our prayers for peace and comfort go out to our loved ones and friends during the holiday season, our hearts are broken by the horrific news of the massacre of 28 innocents.....20 young girls and boys and 8 adults who taught and loved them....in Newtown, Connecticut. While we grieve for this tragic loss of life, I sincerely believe we must energize our resolve to take action to reform our gun and super-weapon laws.

Our policy leaders should be supported to enact prohibitions on gun show purchases without background records checks, limitation on the sale of super multi-round ammo magazines, as well as restrictions on access to military-designed automatic weapons. We should join forces with our law enforcement, public health allies, reform advocates and families affected by firearms violence in this fight to bring needed legal redirection.

Legitimate gun ownership for self protection, historic collections and sports is not at issue....but what is clear is we are at a point in our lives when logical lines of defense must be drawn. The debate should not be whether any change is needed.....but to what degree are we willing to recognize that slaughter can be prevented if we mesh quality mental health services with strong and enforceable firearms laws.












MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!





Christmas kitties!





One of our pictures from Jackosn Hole, Wyoming in October. Actually Steve took this shot.





Early morning Teton sky. We stopped to get air in our car tires.


This is where we set up a spotting scope to watch for the Teton Wolf Pack. The minute the scope was set up the wolves started to howl. We didn't see any wolve on this day but we went back for the next three days and saw a hunting pair. You can barely see the car. It was quite a hike to the top of this ridge

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Momma moose feasting on algae. Grand Tetons



Bull Elk looking right at Steve's camera.





At the end of a long hiking day a perfect place to sit in front of a big roaring fire at the Rusty Parrot Lodge.

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107. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:41 PM GMT on January 02, 2013
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106. shoreacres
2:04 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
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105. sandiquiz
10:19 AM GMT on January 01, 2013



Have a wonderful year:)
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104. juslivn
7:48 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
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103. palmettobug53
2:04 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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102. masshysteria
6:44 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
(((OGAL)))) ~

Wanted to stop by to wish you and yours A HEALTHY, HAPPY, SAFE AND MORE PROMISING NEW YEAR AHEAD. Heaven knows, we could all use it!



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101. GardenGrrl
11:08 AM GMT on December 31, 2012
Happy New Year!
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100. sandiquiz
9:50 AM GMT on December 31, 2012


Dear Ogal - I do hope 2013 is a very happy, healthy and safe year for you and your family.
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99. sandiquiz
9:00 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Happy New Year to you and the Frost Queen!
Hang in there, soon be spring!

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98. seflagamma
1:31 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Yes you are the Frost Sheet Queen!!!!

Your tropical plants must love you very much.
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97. Ylee
6:34 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas, Ogal! Hope all y'all have a great holiday!

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96. palmettobug53
9:59 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
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May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
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95. sandiquiz
8:17 AM GMT on December 24, 2012


Wishing you and your family all the Best of the Season.


Thank you for your kind, and supportive words over the weekend. :-)
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94. calpoppy
4:47 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Love your pictures of the Jackson area!!! You heard wolves I am very, very jealous!!! Have a great holiday, OGal!

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93. palmettobug53
4:40 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Hi, OGal. I just stumbled across the fact that OB and Patti are off cruising. That OB sure gets around, doesn't she?

Hope they waved at Crab and Da Bride as they passed through the Caymans.

She might go visit Heavy? That would be cool.

Hope you are ready for the Big Day Tuesday. I still haven't finished some shopping but those gifts will go with me to Dad's later, so there's still time. I might pack an evelope and mail some of the lighter stuff this week. Get some of it to him, anyway. And we'll call Tuesday. Smom had other plans, so I couldn't go up Friday, like I planned.
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92. Barefootontherocks
4:18 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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91. masshysteria
2:30 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Dear (((OGal))) ~

This has been an excrutiating week to process for many, I know. In a few moments, at 9:30 am, there'll be a moment of silence held for the victims of Sandy Hill Knoll school in CT.

Nevertheless, I wanted to stop by, beforehand, to thank you for thinking of me this Christmas (by card). It was so much appreciated!!!! Sorry I couldn't reciprocate, as it's been an overwhelmingly difficult past four months for me due to hubby's second stroke in July, then related troubles in August. He's doing better but further permanently damaged.

Nevertheless, thinking of you and yours this Holiday Season and wishing you all ...




ALL MY VERY BEST TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS AND IN THE COMING YEAR!!!

MASS.
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90. ycd0108
2:56 PM GMT on December 18, 2012
Good morning OGal:
I checked in here when first I saw "Please read..".
At that time I could not stomach any reference to the sadness - still having trouble seeing the keyboard.
This morning I came back, scrolled past the words and looked at the pictures you posted. Felt better so I read the words.
I have lost two very close relations and one very close friend to the power of the gun.
They took their own life but did not blunder about with a weapon causing pain to others - unless the feeling of loss I have is pain.
My advice to legislators is:
Make it very plain that anyone contemplating murder/suicide should
Shoot themselves first
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89. Proserpina
1:23 PM GMT on December 18, 2012
OGal, perfectly said! Amen.
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88. masshysteria
6:04 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Hi ((((OGal))))!

Regarding the absurdity of allowing high-powered assault weaponry to be acquired by ordinary civilians (licensed or not) in our Country, I wholeheartedly agree that we must pressure our entire Congress to reinstitute the "Brady Law" along with other essential gun safety measures to be soon introduced.

It's mind-boggling to think that out of 24 similar gun massacres that have occurred world-wide in recent decades,15 of them have been in the US alone. That's nearly two-thirds!!! These other countries are also subjected to people with mental illnesses (who have also been sorely stigmatized past and present) along with serious gun issues of their own, and they have seemingly legislated successful bans that have actually worked for many years to stop such proliferation. I can't help but ask myself how is it that most European countries seemingly place a higher premium on the safety and well-being of their citizens than we do ourselves?

It is my fervent hope that all US citizens will finally take stock of the many many innocent lives taken by guns (told or untold) in recent decades, continually contact their congressmen (who are supposed to work for us and not the other way around) and demand that proper legislation (not only be introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein and others in her committee ASAP), but be passed and strictly enforced. Congress needs to reprioritize and stop putting price tags on the safety and well-being of its people.
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87. OGal
3:52 PM GMT on December 17, 2012



New, I have my fingers crossed. I think there will be change. I just don't know how extensive it will be.
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86. NEwxguy
3:37 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Ogal,
Exactly words that make so much sense,but can our politicians do what seems like only common sense and not buckle under to the pressures of the NRA.I've become such a skeptic when it comes to our leaders doing what is necessary to protect our children,whether its laws about predators amongst us,or the guns that are rampant amongst us or,mental health issues.Theres always a lot of noise after an horrific event as this,but then it all dies away over time.We really have to pressure our representatives to do something.
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85. SBKaren
2:37 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Sng reiterated what I put on your FB wall. I sure hope we can do something about all this. It seems like all we do is talk, complain, and move on. I'll just have to do my part, and hope that others do theirs.
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84. OGal
9:12 PM GMT on December 16, 2012





Thanks for those words Sng. You should know you are part of the hospital everyday.
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83. sngalla
7:55 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Our health system is a disaster. The whole thing needs to be reformed and everyone should be covered. No wonder insurance costs are sky high. When you are charged hundreds of dollars for a little bandaid in the hospital, costs are out of control. I remember many years ago, when state run institutions closed and released all the patients. Many of those are now our homeless. We need to be a more caring society and that can begin by starting to take care of our own in the appropriate manner. We need to stop sending all of our money overseas. We desperately need those funds here at home.
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82. Proserpina
7:57 PM GMT on December 14, 2012
Yes, very sad indeed.
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81. palmettobug53
12:22 AM GMT on December 11, 2012
I like the moose in the water, too.

Of course, I can also see myself sitting in front of that fireplace with a good book and a cup of 'Earl Grey, hot' as Captain Picard would say.
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80. BriarCraft
11:46 PM GMT on December 10, 2012
It's been awhile since I dropped by to say Hi, and oh, what a treat. I visited Jackson Hole once, nearly 40 years ago. It's nice to see that some things haven't changed much at all. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Love the Christmas kittehs, too!
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79. GardenGrrl
4:01 PM GMT on December 07, 2012
Hi, great pic of the moose in the water! Looks like you guys had an amazing trip.
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78. Barefootontherocks
5:30 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
Oh, wow. The Jackson Hole photos! My goodness. All great.

On trees... A couple of the Christmas Tree farms around here have a buy one, get one free special going on. Maybe drought related.

Good to see you still around wu once in a while. Hope you and your family including Zoe and the kitties have a great Christmas and New Year.
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77. Skyepony (Mod)
4:05 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
Had a hard summer/fall & my summer garden took abuse like it hadn't seen in years. Poor Leyland Cypress..our Christmas Tree. Once we cut the dead out of it & adorned it, it looked a little better than Charlie Brown's tree..certainly reflects our state. Fixing it up seemed maybe to affect our state in a good way. Feels better than plastic or sacrificing a tree's life & my money.

Love your trip pics. The land is so open.
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76. sandiquiz
9:39 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
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Ogal - wishing you a very happy, healthy and warm month.
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75. sandiquiz
6:21 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
Allen is looking at a trip to Wimbledon next year. Will keep you posted. He is going with a group of tennis friends but we may be headed in your direction too. Sure would be fun to meet for dinner.

Now that would be wonderful!

It's Friday, have a good weekend!
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74. OGal
7:37 PM GMT on November 29, 2012




Steve and I got our tree today. it is sitting in sugar water and will go up on the 8th. Once again i will start the three days of tree decorating. We only have one tree which is plenty.

i have the mantle and the fireplace finished but I will clean the brass candle sticks prior to Christmas.

Now no excuse. Need to get started on my cards......Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

So have y'all start on holiday decorations yet? We will do outside this weekend.
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73. OGal
10:46 AM GMT on November 29, 2012




Thanks for the visits everyone. I will try to keep my blog updated. Love y'all. Hey we are almost at the end of hurricane season.....one more time.

Sandi, Allen will be here Christmas day and the day after. Not like when he was flying and he could take four days at a time. We will enjoy him for as long as he can stay. We are just a family that likes to have fun together.

Allen is looking at a trip to Wimbledon next year. Will keep you posted. He is going with a group of tennis friends but we may be headed in your direction too. Sure would be fun to meet for dinner.
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72. sandiquiz
7:58 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
Hello, wonderful to see you back in WU, even briefly....
Glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving, and as you said... On to Christmas :-)

Will your son be back for Christmas?
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71. masshysteria
6:07 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
Hi OGal!

A belated HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY greetings to you and yours! So glad to see you've stopped by here to begin decorating your WU blogsite for Christmas. You and many have already gotten the jump on me. LOL!

Love the pictures you took of your visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming last month! The pic of the unlit fireplace in that gorgeous lodge looks ready to fire up just about now. What an inviting atmosphere both outdoors and in!

Hope you'll find the time in the days/weeks ahead to post more on WU. I realize that people's priorities and schedules have become increasingly full these days, but it's still so nice to share the spirit of the holidays with our good friends made and found on WU.

Have an enjoyable remainder to your week!
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70. palmettobug53
5:50 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
I feel bad. I kept meaning to get over here or to email you but I kept getting sidetracked.

I need to update my blog. If I can NOT nod off in the recliner in the evening. It's getting to be a nightly habit!
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69. OGal
12:17 PM GMT on November 28, 2012




Thanks everyone so much for the darling Thanksgiving greetings. I loved each of them. Just buzzed back from FB land and decided to update my blog.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sure had many things to be thankful for. Son has hopped from flying commercially to a wonderful job producing in his old homeland of Tampa. Back with so many of his friends. Does he miss flying, yes everyday of his life. Will he fly again....maybe.

So on we go once again headed for Christmas.
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68. SBKaren
5:48 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends, food and gratitude for what we do have. I promise to try to live up to this quote all year long!



You have to change your title to Happy Thanksgiving! Get on it girl!
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67. calpoppy
2:44 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sara!

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66. Alleyoops
8:51 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Thinking of you on this Special day. Blessings to you and your family.
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65. Skyepony (Mod)
4:46 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours! Hope all is well:)
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64. GardenGrrl
4:31 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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63. sandiquiz
1:56 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter.
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62. Proserpina
1:55 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING

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For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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61. Ylee
6:42 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Ditto what Sandi said! :)
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60. sandiquiz
8:23 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Well, there was I trawling through the blogs and I see it is 18 days since yours surfaced.

As I don't use FB, I had better say 'hi' here, and wish you a wonderful week:-)

Take care.
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59. Alleyoops
7:10 PM GMT on October 31, 2012
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Happy Halloweenie dear one.
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58. Proserpina
6:51 PM GMT on October 31, 2012
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Ghostly Greetings!
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57. masshysteria
5:16 PM GMT on October 31, 2012
(((OGAL)))!

So glad to hear from you again and are joining in on keeping our annual WU Halloween tradition alive.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy has put the kabosh on tonight's usual local trick or treating (due to continued cleanup and power restoration) but has rescheduled it for this Sat., Nov. 3rd.

We were quite lucky to get away with only a 9 hr power loss (Mon. 3:15 pm - Tues. 12:15 am), having our emergency supplies working and at hand and enough prepared food to last for several days. These pre-Halloween weather-related events are getting more than just scary. Last year, Oct. 28, 2011, we had heavy feet of snow, a 36 hr power outage and a full restoration by 2:00 pm Halloween day. It gave new meaning to the "treat" vs. the damaging trick of the holiday.

Quite frankly, I'm exhausted from the many family obligations these past few months (hubby's healthscares in July and August plus continued dealings with his elderly declining father-in-law), etc., that, this year, I would just rather stay indoors, draw the shades, turn the lights out and SLEEP TILL SPRING. LOL! Unfortunately, my many responsibilites won't allow it.

Hope you'll continue joining us on WU as often as you're able. We miss you around here and it helps to read some of the more positive and mirthful doings of others, especially, around the holidays.

TAKE CARE AND HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



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