Outside my window...
|Danny's dog Walynn She's almost 2|
|Paige with Nova who just |
|Harley and Isaiah with Olive |
who just turned 3
What's in the kitchen...
|Danny's dog Walynn She's almost 2|
|Paige with Nova who just |
|Harley and Isaiah with Olive |
who just turned 3
We are on the cusp of new leadership in America. And I, for one, am glad. These last four years have been so chaotic. I know there will be people who will want to remind me of the booming economy we USED to have. I didn't get any benefits at all from the economy. Did you? I live entirely on a fixed income so I didn't get any boosts. I did, however, tighten my belt because I feared what may come. And these past couple of weeks have born that out.
No one could have seen a pandemic coming. But we should have been prepared for it. We had a pandemic office at the federal government but something happened to it. And we were just simply not ready to help Americans get through it. We didn't have enough masks. We didn't have enough hospital beds. We didn't have enough healthcare workers. And we have lost almost 400,000 Americans. My heart goes out to those 400,000 families and friends. I have (so far) been lucky that I have not lost a loved one to this horrible virus.
How has your town or city handled the pandemic? Mine hasn't taken it seriously at all. And we appeared on a list of the 10 worst cities in America back in December. (worst for the number of cases we had) We are a pretty small community compared to New York City but we have been devastated by the virus. Our small (<100 bed) hospital was overwhelmed for a bit. Our health care workers are exhausted and many have had to suffer with the virus too. Our county commission had a temporary member (an anesthesiologist, no less) on the board that just didn't believe the virus was real. So he refused to get on board with encouraging simple things like mask wearing, social distancing, etc. He went as far as to suggest we use essential oils to ward of the virus he didn't believe existed. Oh my! No wonder we were a hot spot. And I love my essential oils!!
I will hold my breath as this new administration gets started. I pray they will get partisan help. I want to see the United States of America to really be the great country it can be. We will all need to do our part. It is time to become UNITED. Because if we remain divided I am afraid our democracy will fail and fall. On you onboard?
How many times did I hear just that when listening to the news during the last four years. Well, they let Trump be Trump and see what happened yesterday. I wish I could say I was shocked and surprised. But, I wasn't. Not even a little bit. For the past four years I have watched this president "just be Trump." You watched too. But did you see it the same way I saw it?
This is not the first time I have written about Donald Trump on my blog. But I hope it will be the last time. I hope something is now done about him. At least he did not win the election. I have been speaking out about this president since he was elected. Actually, before he was elected. I have lost family and friends because of him. They bought into his bullshit. And I just can't let things go. I knew he would not be good for America. I knew he would bring us more problems than he brought us any good. In my opinion, he is not a good man. Good men have a completely different DNA than Donald Trump.
One of the main reasons I did not like him is that he is a LIAR. He lied and he lied and he lied. And there were very few people who could stand up to him. I would hear things like: "but the economy is good", or "the Stock Market is better than it has ever been". America sold her soul for money. It's as simple as that. I would rather die poor tomorrow than die thinking I did not speak out about this man.
What I watched yesterday on TV was disgusting. It was terrifying. It was abnormal. It was amoral. And it was incited by the president of the United States of America. And that should give all of us pause. I listened to his entire speech yesterday. The one where he stood behind a bullet proof screen and told his crazed supporters that "we will never give up." "YOU'LL NEVER TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY WITH WEAKNESS. YOU HAVE TO SHOW STRENGTH AND YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG". Those were his words. Then they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building and overtook it with anger and violence. FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED. Four of his supporters. But nevertheless, KILLED. His own attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told the supporters, at the same rally, that we needed to have "trial by combat".
I am appalled. But, more than 7 million people voted for him in 2020. 7 million!!! Did those people believe what he has fed to them for four years? Or are there that many people who are just in it for the fight? If he just gave them the best economy and the greatest stock markets of all time, what are they so angry about?? That he lost?? Maybe some of them should have worked harder to get him re-elected. I know how hard I worked to see that he not be re-elected.
He will be gone in two weeks. But in the meantime what more harm will come to America? What can be done to prevent this in the future? I am going to do everything I can to make sure those who supported him in Washington D.C.will not get to continue with their dream to become president. I'm looking at you Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. I hold you both responsible for the part you played in this. But there are many others. Their is a long, long list of those who enabled him and just turned their heads.
A lot of people said, "just let Trump be Trump."
I am not sure when I stopped liking to read. Now I prefer to listen to audio books. I didn't use to like them, but once I trained my mind not to wander from the story, it is the only way to go. I can turn off the lights. I can set the book to play for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or whatever. And if I fall asleep it is okay. There isn't a light to turn off. I don't still have my glasses on my face. And the book hasn't fallen to the floor, with my place lost, and pages often creased. And when it comes to finding myself waiting somewhere my book is always with me. I have the app on my phone. And I always have my phone.
Some books aren't ideal to listen to. But those are the ones that are stacked on my coffee table. The ones I flip through. Like the Martha Stewart Organizing Book. Or that Better Homes and Garden Medical Book. Those are books made for browsing. Not reading!
So I just don't read books anymore. I listen. And I like it. What about you? Do you like to read a book? Hold it in your hands. Sniff the pages. Or have you made the switch to audio books? Or do you do both? Curious minds like to know.
Finally, we are coming to the end of this very odd and horrible year. It wasn't all bad but what was bad was very, very bad. Wouldn't you agree with that?
I am over this damn virus crap. What about you? I have stayed home, almost entirely, since the beginning of March. I order groceries online and go pick them up or have them delivered. Depends on my mood. I have not missed grocery shopping because it wasn't something I liked to do anyway. But, I do miss Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. And an occasional trip to Wichita to Target and Michael's. I don't miss restaurants because I don't like to eat out alone. But I do miss the occasional dinner out with my son or my grandkids. I don't miss going out to visit other people. Because I am really a loner and a homebody. But I do miss having people come to my house. I miss going out to see my little brother. (He is more of a homebody than me). I miss rational people. You know those times before people became so angry at being asked to wear a simple piece of cloth over their mouth and nose to prevent infecting others or themselves. So much ignorance and selfishness in this world. Other countries have been so much smarter than the United States. And we are supposed to be the 'greatest' country in the world. I am wondering if 'our rights' have really made us dumber and sicker. We have certainly had more deaths than anyone else.
Can you believe it is almost Christmas? Once again we will have a very small gathering of just the immediate family. Paige came over and decorated my tree. I don't know that I would have even bothered this year. Here is a short video she took after she was finished with it.
How is it even possible that I stopped blogging?? It has been the craziest of years hasn't it? I think about all of my blogging friends a lot but I just don't have the gumption to sit at the computer and compose. Has anyone else felt this way? Any how I will try to catch you all up on what is going on in my life.
I am pretty much still in 'quarantine'. Our town opened back up and the people went crazy and we are now suffering for it. We have more Covid here right now than months ago when it was bad everywhere else. Our hospital is full and turning patients away. We have had 28 deaths. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but we are not a big city. Just a town of about 40,000. The fools here will not wear masks. It is a Republican town so they think it is a hoax. I haven't much left my house since all this nonsense started. I get my groceries through ClickList with Kroger's so all I have to do is drive down and get them loaded up. I have been doing this for a long, long time so that really isn't new. I have driven to the post office and went inside ONCE to mail a package. I wore my mask and social distanced. The cost of mailing the package was almost more than what I was mailing. That is a crime, isn't it? I have been to one funeral. I told you about that in my last post. It was my ex-sister-in-law who died. She was the reason I became a nurse and I really loved her a lot. Saw a lot of the ex's family members. Even saw the ex, but didn't get close enough to talk to him. LOL! Went to one wedding (more on that later) where there was NO social distancing and NO ONE wore a mask. But, thank the good Lord, I did not get the virus. I have been to Walmart once. While there I got a haircut, bought some bread and a can of hairspray. I wore my mask and everyone in the store (except one man and one teenage boy) had a mask on. And that is the only places I have been. It is a good thing I like to stay at home because I cannot imagine what people who like to gad about are going through. My sons have been here a few times. The grand kids have been here when I let them come. I talk outside in the yard with the neighbors, the mailman, the UPS dude and that sums up my social contacts since March.
|This is a 'first peek'|
|A beautiful gown and veil|
|This sign hung on the end of the pew where I sat|
|Last minute advice|
|Paige was her maid of honor|
|Putting her veil on|
|My oldest son, Harley's dad|
|Paige, Harley and me with Papa's picture|
|This charm was tied into her bouquet|
Her favorite picture of her papa
|These are my bonus grandkids with their |
mom and dad at the wedding
|The picture she sent|
|He loves being outside. I don't have|
a fenced yard and he runs off so he has
a tether for now
|Adore this face|
|Such a good boy|