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At a crossroads

What was your last personal, practical purchase?
Posted:Jan 16, 2019 1:53 am
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2019 3:43 pm

Mine was just a week or so ago. I finally conceded that my old, hand-turned can opener had lost its grip and bitten the dust …. not to mention that my wrist was more and more pain-stressed every time I used it. The old model had become a struggle. *SIGH* ( All these signs of aging seem to be hitting me at once! )

A simple and cheap solution … enter, the modern world in the form of … DRUM ROLL … an ELECTRIC can opener! WOW!!

WHY has it taken me 78 years to discover this? LOL At this late date, I'm emerging from the dark ages!

What have you purchased recently that actually makes your life easier? Anything? Anything at all?
Up at before the crack of dawn thinking too much ....
Posted:Jan 15, 2019 2:39 am
Last Updated:Jan 16, 2019 7:57 pm

… about MsJoe's How to Manage Passwords post and thinking it's worth a blog of my own. Maybe, maybe not.

Believe it or not, I have a file box on the upper shelf of my bedroom closet labeled, "My Life In a Box and End of Life Directives" - with copies distributed to concerned parties. I have all manner of 'stuff' in that box, stuff that my executor/survivors are entrusted to deal with when time arrives: prepaid funeral plan, life insurance, current bank deposits, checking and savings 'pay upon death' agreements, debit/credit cards to pay/cancel, minimal investments, significant others to notify, highlights of my existence including three, extended page, expired passports, college degrees, yadah, yadah, yahah ….primarily, my intrinsic and valued, life's worth, ending with my ultimate wishes.

In that box … tho it won't be an issue of MINE ... are current passwords, still to me to keep updated in a conscious state and all other directives of significance including SFF passage and notification …. things I would not leave dangling.

It's never too early to prepare. I've never been a believer that I'm going to get out of here alive. LOL

2020 SENATE elections ... NOT that far off! Pay ATTENTION!
Posted:Jan 12, 2019 9:04 am
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2019 12:38 am

Democrats up for reelection in 2020:

Alabama: Doug Jones (Running) Current age: 64
Delaware: Chris Coons (Running) Current age: 54
Illinois: Dick Durbin (Intent unknown) Current age: 73
Massachusetts: Ed Markey (Running) Current age: 71
Michigan: Gary Peters (Intent unknown) Current age: 59
Minnesota: Tina Smith (Running) Current age: 60
New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen (Intent unknown) Current age: 71
New Jersey: Cory Booker (Running) Current age: 48
New Mexico: Tom Udall (Running) Current age: 69
Oregon: Jeff Merkley (Intent unknown) Current age: 61
Rhode Island: Jack Reed (Intent unknown) Current age: 68
Virginia: Mark Warner (Intent unknown) Current age: 63

Republicans up for reelection in 2020:

Alaska: Dan Sullivan (Intent unknown) Current age: 53
Arizona: Martha McSally (Intent unknown) Current age: 52
Arkansas: Tom Cotton (Running) Current age: 40
Colorado: Cory Gardner (Intent unknown) Current age: 43
Georgia: David Perdue (Running) Current age: 68
Idaho: John Risch (Intent unknown) Current age: 74
Iowa: Joni Ernst (Running) Current age: 47
Kansas: Pat Roberts (Retiring) Current age: 81
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (Running) Current age: 75
Louisiana: Bill Cassidy (Intent unknown) Current age: 60
Maine: Susan Collins (Intent unknown) Current age: 66
Mississippi: Cindy Hyde-Smith (Intent unknown) Current age: 59
Montana: Steve Daines (Intent unknown) Current age: 55
Nebraska: Ben Sasse (Intent unknown) Current age: 45
North Carolina: Thom Tillis (Running) Current age: 57
Oklahoma: Jim Inhofe (Intent unknown) Current age: 83
South Carolina: Lindsey Graham (Running) Current age: 63
South Dakota: Mike Rounds (Intent unknown) Current age: 63
Tennessee: Lamar Alexander (Retiring) Current age: 77
Texas: John Cornyn (Running) Current age: 65
West Virginia: Shelley Moore Capito (Intent unknown) Current age: 64
Wyoming: Mike Enzi (Intent unknown) Current age: 73

It's not too soon to begin looking closely at the cast of characters in leadership roles, especially a 'do nothing' senate! NOTE: Mitch McConnell will be on the ballot. Obstructionist as he is, he does the country a disservice. Kentuckians need to take this situation by the gonads and bring about change.

Lindsey Graham will also be on the ballot in North Carolina. He's way too bellied up with Trump to suit me …. and wishy-washy as all get out. How can one be a senate law maker and be that closely aligned with a crook?

2020 is NOT that far off, folks. It's our duty to be prepared.
A Little Good News ......
Posted:Jan 9, 2019 3:19 am
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2019 9:22 am

Anne Murray

I rolled out this morning
Kids had the mornin' news show on
Bryant Gumbel was talkin' 'bout the fighting in Lebanon
Some senator was squawkin' 'bout the bad economy
It's gonna get worse you see, we need a change in policy
There's a local paper rolled up in a rubber band
One more sad story's one more than I can stand
Just once how I'd like to see the headline say
"Not much to print today, can't find nothin' bad to say", because
Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today
I'll come home this evenin'
I'll bet that the news will be the same
Somebody takes a hostage, somebody steals a plane
How I want to hear the anchor man talk about a county fair
And how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care
Whoa, tell me
Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
And in the streets of Ireland, all the children had to do was play
And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
We sure could use a little good news today
Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today.

Songwriters: Rory Michael Bourke / Charlie Black / Tommy Rocco
Do you think a need for the insistance of a WALL on our southern border calls for a national crisis?
Posted:Jan 8, 2019 7:26 am
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2019 5:23 am

SAME question …...
No, it's over-stated for political purposes.
Yes, it warrants calling out a naional crisis.
34 Comments , 27 votes
Tomorrow (Monday) is the day ...
Posted:Jan 6, 2019 9:13 pm
Last Updated:Jan 8, 2019 12:32 pm

… I will devote to taking down Christmas decorations and packing them away for another year. That means up and down a three step ladder to store a couple of heavy bins in a hall closet/storage area, something that is cumbersome for me at my age.

I wonder if Hank would lend an old lady a hand. Then again, he's 95 and cantankerous as all get-out …. so …. perhaps it's best I not suggest it. He tells me to 'stop playing 'the old lady shyt' …. like I have an option. I AM, indeed, an old lady, and I have yet to figure out how to reverse the clock … or if I would if I could.

In the real world, I would expect a 'southern gent' to help me with my groceries, help me across the street, even, stand at a door and left me pass through. But not Hank! I think he'd prefer to catch me at a crosswalk and run me over with his all-wheel drive pickup with rusted wheel wells …. with a half-chewed toothpick in his mouth and vengeance in his eyes and feel rewarded with a GOTCHA!

PEOPLE … I will never understand people! I'm just a wee little woman with a laptop and a louder voice in these blog pages than anywhere else. I have to wonder where else anyone pays attention to Hank … or several others here, for that matter. Speaking only for myself, it's my therapy venue … a not-so-soft place to land at times, but never-the-less, an enduring therapy venue.

I'm lovin' it!

Elizabeth Warren ......
Posted:Dec 31, 2018 9:47 am
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2019 12:24 am

NO!! Too much baggage.
It's all over for another year .......
Posted:Dec 26, 2018 7:00 pm
Last Updated:Dec 29, 2018 11:08 am

Christmas was anticlimactic for me again this year having spent a wonderfully extended Thanksgiving holiday in AZ with family which was busy and eventful the whole three weeks. Everyone makes an effort to keep me entertained to exhaustion, even if it's just shopping 'til I literally drop!

Jim pretty much devotes the season to deer hunting so I don't see all that much of him that time of year. This is nothing new. Since 2006 when we met, we have never once had Thanksgiving day together. He is off to northern Wisconsin where his brother-in-law has a hunting cabin …. doing the man thing, drinking beer, beating their chests, talking smart and God only knows what else. LOL

Then there's Christmas. Jim hates the Christmas season. He claims it depresses him. I find, sometimes, I have to leave him to his morbidity or become burdened with it myself.

We did have a nice Christmas Eve dinner together: king crab, twice-baked potato, a yummy salad, and we split a small French baguette that I like to dip in the drawn butter … and wine, of course.

BUT …. Christmas day, I broke loose. I joined some lady friends for a mimosa brunch mid-morning, and a bit later in the day, we took in a matinee. I can't get Jim to go to a movie because his hearing is bad so it was a treat. We saw The Mole with Clint Eastwood. EXCELLENT film! We were home by 5:00 P.M..

That night, Christmas night, Jim and I had beef stew which I'd put together and thrown in the crock pot earlier in preparation … with another French baguette … and more wine. LOL .

Then, guess what? Jim fell asleep in the recliner watching TV, and I fell asleep on the couch with my head on one of the two new down pillows he got me for Christmas. It was all good!

What was YOUR holiday like? More exciting than mine?? Here, age is settling in.

What is this bright yellow message that hangs over my blog?
Posted:Dec 23, 2018 4:12 pm
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2018 7:56 am

It states: "Messages to your email address ( redacted by me for obvious reasons) are bouncing - Reactivate your email so we can let you know when members contact you. Fix it now."

I FIX IT my way! I did NOT click "fix it now". 99.9% of the time, I deal with incoming e-mail here on the site with an automatic DELETE because it's garbage and because I'm not here believing men half my age (or less) are enamored with a 78-yr-old granny. H-E-L-L-O! I don't invite a flooded e-mail account, thank you very much.

Has anyone else gotten such notice?
Wishing us ALL a brighter future!
Posted:Dec 22, 2018 7:05 pm
Last Updated:Dec 24, 2018 12:43 pm

I don't even care to tune into the news these days, let alone write politically skewed blogs …. feeling helpless to change the course of things and risking confrontation. I have to trust there are greater forces than my willful self that will get us all through these trying times and that we'll all meet with a brighter future.

Merry Christmas to all my SFF friends … and a more wonderful New Year to come.!

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