Sunday, October 24, 2021

Good Day!

LLB came and had lunch today. We so enjoy her company! 

We got to talk with #1 and Yellow Rose - today is #1’s 29th birthday! It seems like just yesterday he was a wee one in a bassinet. He looks good and they looked happy. This makes us happy, too…

We went to choir practice for Brava this afternoon. They didn’t kick us out, so I guess we did ok. πŸ€ͺπŸ™ƒ

We have a good life, we are blessed, and we are thankful. 


 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

On the mend

My friend from college, RC and his family are on the mend health wise, but could still use a little financial help. If you need a speaker, he’s your guy. He is faithful. He is a good man. If you know of someone who needs a speaker or even an editor, please reach out to him. 

His update is here: https://rcsprouljr.com/how-are-you-doing/

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Hat making…

Today I spent the day working on a hat to match a scarf that was given to me with a bag of yarn to donate. Hats are not my forte. I’m almost done. 


This picture will give you a sense of what I’m attempting. Baby bonnets? Yep, maybe I’ll make one of those again, but a full fledged grownup sized hat? Eh… 

Monday, October 18, 2021

That cat!

I went up to bed last night and found this:


Mini ensconced next to my pillow all comfy and warm. Was she moving? No. Did she want to just push over and give me space? No. Did she want me to go away and find another place to lay my head for the night? Yes, yes she did.  

Did I oblige her? Oh, hell no! 

Did she move? Begrudgingly… to the spot down by my feet. And then she purred me to sleep - as she is known to do… because eep under that attitude is a really sweet cat. Just don’t tell her I know, ok? 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A friend in need…

I went to a small Christian college in western PA. When I arrived - the only one from my area of Massachusetts - there was excitement about some kid whose dad was a famous preacher being in our class. That kid turned out to be the fun loving religion and Econ major named RC Sproul Junior. 

I didn’t know him well, but what I knew was that he was very fun, had a wicked sense of humor, was pretty smart, and was and still is a genuinely nice guy. 

Fast forward to today… RC is still a fun loving nice guy. He grew up to be a preacher - and a good one!  He’s had some setbacks, but so have a lot of people. It’s hard being a famous preacher’s kid with the same name as your dad. People expect more and when you make a mistake, the vultures come out of every corner. If he were a Hollywood celebrity or a senator, nobody would bat an eye. Now he needs help. If you can, pray. Please read his blog. Listen to his podcasts. If you feel so moved, give. 

https://rcsprouljr.com/risk-and-vulnerability/

RC is a good guy who loves God and his family. His sins are forgiven by God - but not the Christian community he wants to serve. That’s really sad…

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Whoops!

I forgot to blog yesterday, but in my defense, I was running all day. I sopped long enough to have a birthday lunch with a dear friend. She gave me the most awesome gifts including a new “magic” puzzle - which I intend to start today. I’ll let you know how it goes. I suspect it will take a while - 1000 pieces and lots of the same color! 


She also gave me a wine thermos to use while I sit on the porch and some cute sox that say “if you can read this, bring me wine!” I love that! 

The new church linens arrived yesterday, so I ironed up the purificators. For the price, they are fantastic! The fair linen had a smudge on it, so I washed it this morning and it is hanging to dry. I’ll iron it later. If 10 years ago you’d have told me I’d be ironing fair linen and making communion hosts, I’d have told you you were nuts! Alas, I have the time and the organizational skills for this, so why not?! 

Ok. I’m off to set up for bells. I’ll catch you all tomorrow! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Coffee Syrups!

I got a Nespresso for my birthday. 

This morning I ventured into the world of home made coffee syrups. I made salted caramel and chocolate. The chocolate - which is pretty darned tasty - can be used over ice cream as well as in coffee, so I suspect some of my friends will be receiving this for Christmas with an ice cream scoop. 


I have made the caramel before, but this batch is better. Once I perfect it, my dear friends, you are welcome to some of that as well. So - want a salted caramel macchiato? I can do that! Give me a jingle, come sit on my porch, and sit and sip. The fall is beautiful here and I’ve got fuzzy blankets to go along with your favorite coffee concoction. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Craziness!

The world seems to have been rocked on its axis. The progressives have lost their minds! The college campus - a place to learn - is not what it used to be. Want to see what is happening? Read this! 

https://www.newsweek.com/diversity-problem-campus-opinion-1618419

We need to get back to basics. Colleges need to accept those who work hard, get good grades, and are willing to work. We need to get back to hiring those who are most qualified. Does this opinion make me racist? I think not. I don’t much care what color you are, where you’re from, or who your daddy is. I care that you are the best person you can be. Nothing more. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Ringing with my LLB!

Today LLB’s choir was ringing bells at their church in town. They were short a ringer and LLB told the director I’d be happy to help out. What a great time! We rang a version of Kingsfold I’ve not played in a long time.  It was so much fun! 

After that we had a quick brunch and headed home. It was nice to spend time with our girly - even if it was just a short time. 

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Wine with friends!

Today we spent the day at a local winery with friends. The skies were ominous, but the rain held off. We ate like kings! We laughed and enjoyed each other’s company. 



Friday, October 08, 2021

Prepping for wine…

Today I spent the day preparing for a trip to a local winery with friends. I cooked. I baked. I packed. 

Tomorrow we wine and dine! 

Pictures? Nope… I forgot. 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Making Music

We had a bell rehearsal tonight and everyone was back! It was so good to see all of my ringers in one place and have them make music together. 

I have a couple small adjustments to make, but I think the end result will be awesome! Mr is going to swap places with another ringer for a few pieces to give her a chance to ring more and give him a chance to move around like we do with Brava. 

Tomorrow I’ll be cooking and baking. We are headed to the winery with friends on Saturday and we need stuff to munch on! 

Mini is ready for her midnight snack… I’d best get it for her before she starts typing on this blog herself! πŸ€ͺ



Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Presents!

I love presents! My birthday was a few days ago and I got some really lovely gifts including but not limited to a Dr. Seuss book, gold earrings, a Nespresso, and a new under cabinet trashcan. 

Today a surprise package arrived from Lillian. She didn’t know my birthday was a few days ago. She sent  this ladybug picture! I love it so much! 


I love the muted colors and the floating frame makes it! The picture works beautifully with the wall color! (I couldn’t take a picture head on because the light was bouncing off the glass.) 

Lillian said she saw it and knew I had to have it! I am so thankful.  

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Two on Tuesday

Two things today…

1.  I am really close to finishing a lap blanket. Unfortunately, it’s 10pm and I’m too pooped to finish it tonight. Maybe tomorrow morning… then I can drop it off with the Prayer Shawl ladies. 

(I finished the blanket and turned it in!)

2. Once I finish the lap blanket, I’ll get back to the shawl and the baby sweater. 

(They gave me new yarn for another lap blanket. The shawl will wait…)

It’s bed time… I have the munchies… I am going to go to bed and ignore the munchies! 

Monday, October 04, 2021

Monday musings

Figuring out what to write about every day is hard. 

I finished a blanket and am in the midst of a shawl. Next up is a baby sweater to match the blanket and if I have enough, I’ll make a bonnet too. I’ve got a list of gifts I need to make and deadlines are looming. 


My prayer shawl group is making lap robes. I’ve got yarn for two. I don’t think we need those until December, so I’ve got a little time. 

Laundry is forever. I’ve got one load headed to the dryer and another in line for the washer. 

Duty calls! 

See you

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Stay on your own side!

Mr and I were out and about - a Costco run and dinner. On the way home, part of our drive was on a two lane highway. The speed limit is 45mph. There are some places where you’re allowed to pass - providing nobody is coming… key words: nobody and coming. 

I drive this road a lot and have not had any issues with crazy drivers until these past two times. Some asshat decided that he could pass a long line of traffic - it didn’t matter that I was coming towards him… I understand that it’s the tail end of rush hour, but I’d like to get home, too. I would like to get home in one piece with my car intact. I know… I am so demanding and needy! 

The first time this nonsense happened, I slowed down and stayed in my lane. The oncoming car ended up in the breakdown lane on my side of the road. It was crazy! This time I slowed, but scooted to the right and he slid into a spot on his side of the road just in time. Really?? I don’t need more gray hair! 

So… if you’re out and about, please please do me a favor and stay in your lane. My guardian Angel is busy enough without shenanigans like this! 

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Goodies for Supper Club

I spent yesterday cooking. 

I made cheese crisps.



I made cupcakes.



I made a birthday cake.


I made a breakfast casserole that Mr took to Men’s Breakfast this morning. Sorry, no picture because he took it out of here before I thought to snap a quick picture. 

This morning, I made a chili to go with the mini corn muffins I made.

All that’s left to make is the Chicken Brunswick Stew. I’ll make that shortly! 

It’s going to be a great time! 

Friday, October 01, 2021

Blogtober!

It’s Blogtober! The challenge is to write something every day. 

I’ll do my best! 

Today I’m particularly busy cooking and prepping for Supper Club tomorrow. Pictures tomorrow… I promise! 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tooth Fairy Time?

Does the tooth fairy come for cat teeth? It seems Mini has lost a tooth. We took her to the vet today because she was a little oozy around the mouth. She had a tooth just hanging there and the vet plucked it out. Mini needs to step up her game in the oral hygiene department. Maybe I’ll get her a water pick! 

Here she is after the vet finished with her.


Mini was so upset with me that she refused to face the crate door. She loosened up on the way home after I put her in the front with me. She did tell me that she wanted “home” and “out” - frequently during our drive. I encouraged her to sing with the radio, but she wasn’t having it - those aren’t the songs of her people, don’t you know?! 

We are home. She is a bit high on pain meds. She has made the rounds, checked on her bowls, and is currently trying to decide where she wants to be. 



Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Chair For Mr

Mr has been at his company for 30 years this year. He had a choice of a lot of different gifts he could receive from his company. He chose the chair! 

When I graduated from Grove City College, mom and dad bought me a college chair. Ditto for my sister when she graduated from UMass. Mom has one from her alma mater - the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing - that I got for her. Dad got a chair from his company when he retired. When LLB and #1 graduated from VMI, they both got their college chairs from Gram and Grandpa. It’s a thing. It’s what we do. We have a chair fetish. 

Over the years, mom tried desperately to get a chair for Mr from McGill and Concordia to no avail. So, Mr was the only one without a chair. Those days are now gone! He has his own chair! Yippee! Believe me, if I can get him a chair from McGill or Concordia, I will, but this will do. He and Grandpa have company chairs! That’s pretty cool! 

Monday, September 27, 2021

One more “Not Yoda”

As cute as they are, I have probably made too many of these. That said, I love the new yarn I found for the jacket! I could probably be persuaded to make a couple more if anyone wants one. Email me and we can chat.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

It’s back to bells time!

Mr and I started back to ringing with Brava, our community group a couple of weeks ago. We both enjoy that rehearsal so very much. It’s hard work, but it is so much fun! The best part is we just show up and ring. We don’t have to check the music, make sure the bells are out, or have any real actual responsibility. 

This week our church group will be back at it. This group is also a lot of fun, except I’m the responsible entity. I choose the music, set up the bells, maintain the bells, and generally do it all except ring - unless someone is missing. This year, though, I have a very large group with a couple of spots being doubled because of the ringing schedule conflicts. I might even have a new ringer starting at the end of October! How cool is that?! 

So, it’s back to bells and back to making music! For this we are thankful! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Drenched!

Today is Wednesday. I spend Wednesdays in town running errands, grocery shopping, going to prayer shawl and more depending on the schedule. 

Today when I got ready to head to town, I loaded up the trash and recycling, made a list of places I needed to go and checked things I needed to get done. It wasn’t raining when I left… it was supposed to rain today. Yes, rain - not pour buckets. 

I headed south towards town and the sky brightened. I went to the UPS store. I did my quick run in and out. It started to sprinkle as I headed to get my shingles shot and got a little worse on the way to my porch pickup. After that, I headed to the dump. I watched the dark clouds roll in as I drove. By the time I got there, it was actually raining. I quickly dumped the household trash and headed to the recycling. The rain came down harder. I pulled up in front of the cardboard recycling. I opened the tailgate… the wind whipped up, and the rain came down… harder…I scooted into the cardboard container… as I exited, the sky opened up and poured sheets of water. Yes, on me. I looked and felt like a drowned rat. I promptly finished dumping the rest of the recycling and jumped back into the car… which was now almost as soggy inside and out as I was. Because I had to do the grocery shopping, I didn’t just throw my hands up and head home. I went to Walmart. My shoes squished. My pants were dripping. My hair looked like I’d just come out of the shower. Wet? Why yes, yes I was! Soaked thru! I was most attractive. The only saving Grace was that most of the other shoppers looked just like I did! Misery loves company!

I did the shopping, purchased a pair of shorts and a shirt, and headed for the car. I changed out of my pants and into the shorts in the car. Please note that the drivers side floor was a puddle… fortunately, my feet were already wet, so it wasn’t too shocking when I put my feet down… ok.. it was. 😏 I decided to change the rest at church. So when I arrived at prayer shawl, I changed my top in the bathroom. 

Upon arrival at home, I did yet another load of laundry - my clothes were still soggy and the hamper was pretty full. Fun times, I tell you! The bonus - my car is clean, the laundry is done, and my hair is really soft!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday musings

It’s Monday! Monday = Bells! 

I love ringing so much! 

I finished a shawl this afternoon. I need to make one more Yoda… I’ll start it tomorrow. 😁

#1 and Yellow Rose are moving to another apartment in 3 weeks. A 2 bedroom. Larger, more spacious, first floor, and in the building next door. They are very excited! They considered buying a house, but the inventory is lacking and the prices are inflated… and they don’t know how much longer they’ll be in Texas. 

Bible study tomorrow morning and tomorrow night! I’m presenting on Mary Magdalene tomorrow night. I’d best get my act together, huh?  

Friday, September 17, 2021

Gray Day

Today is a gray day. I’m staying in. 

I’ve finished the laundry. I should vacuum. I think I’m going to spend the day crocheting, instead. Doesn’t that sound far more enjoyable? I’m in the process of making a shawl for a friend. I started a blanket, but the shawl needs to get finished first. 



It’s a lovely purple color in a yarn I love - that, of course, has been discontinued. So be it! I’ll just have to use what I have and go find something else. I’m sure I can find something wonderful to work with! 🀣

Monday, September 13, 2021

Too Fast!

 Our visit with #1 and Yellow Rose went way too fast! We got to spend Friday with LLB and her beau. We had a great time - brunch, cupcakes, coffee, and her cats! What more could we want?

We left there and headed to a neighborhood party. More fun and food! 

Saturday was a quiet day at home - which after Friday’s excitement, was definitely needed. 

Sunday brought LLB back home and long time family friends in for a visit. Sunday also brought the invoices for the plumbing crises last week. Yep… there will be no more spending for a while. It was a very expensive week! That said, we are blessed to have saved for a rainy day such as this, so we are able to simply write the check. Not that it isn’t painful to see all those hard earned pennies leave the bank account, it is… but running water is important. πŸš½πŸšΏπŸš°πŸ›πŸ§Ί

This morning, it was back to the grind with a very early trip to the airport, laundry, and general cleaning up. They left us and headed to Florida for a quick vacation on the beach. 

Tonight brought us our first Brava Community Bell Choir rehearsal of the fall. It really is the fastest hour of the week! I do love it so much! Mr did great, too! 



Thursday, September 09, 2021

Today is the day!

#1 and Yellow Rose will be here tonight! I’m so incredibly excited!

The ducts were cleaned.  The water heater at Gram’s was fixed. The mosquito curtains are finally here and are up on the porch. All that’s left is a little vacuuming. 


It looks like we will be meeting up with old friends on Saturday. I’ve got a pork ready to cook! 

Such fun times and blessings are ahead! 


Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Scarves and mittens

I needed a break, so I decided to do some easy things. The pencil scarf is simply adorable! The creamy set is a silk blend - oh so yummy! 



Monday, September 06, 2021

Goes into.. goes out of…

Water goes in and water goes out… that’s how it is supposed to work. Last week the “goes into” wasn’t right… so we ended up with a new well pump. Yep… not looking forward to that bill. 

While they were here, they thought my “goes out of” was fine. Somehow in the back of my mind, I knew something was “off”. Note: always trust your gut. Well, fast forward to party preparations on Saturday morning… and the toilet wasn’t “going out” like it should. As a matter of fact, it was going out in the guest room shower. This, my friends, is not a good thing. Thus, party canceled. You cannot tell your guests to “find a tree”. 

Today, the sweetest drain cleaner on the planet - Monica - arrived and fixed the “goes out of”! She checked everything. The septic is good. The drain lines are clear. Please note, if you stay over, you’ll be asked to double or triple flush to ensure that your “goes out of” exits all the way from the far end of the house to the septic tank. You’ll be asked to take long showers, brush your teeth for as long as you need to with the water running, and to wash your hands for a full minute or more. It’s a long run from one end of the house to another and with no laundry running over there, there’s not a whole lot to push your “goes out of” out of the pipes. 

Just when you think you’re all set, you’re not. We needed to clean the shower… and we discovered no hot water over there on the far side.   The plumber has been notified and I am assured that we will have hot water by the time #1 and Yellow Rose arrive for their visit on Thursday. 

You remember the mouse from a few posts back? Yeah… well we caught the rest of his family… and the duct cleaner is arriving on Wednesday. One cannot be breathing mouse poo remnants! 

Oh, and one more thing. The chlorine feeder lid had a part blow off during Ida’s visit… new lid ordered and replaced. That was a cheap fix - $18. 

We have also had to deal with 5 fallen trees in the last 4 weeks. We cut them up enough to get them out of the way. Once it cools down, those trees will become firewood - which we always need, but really? At this point, we could use a little break. 

It’s been a very busy, rough, poop filled, and expensive couple of weeks. Let’s hope this is the last of the “disasters” for a while. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Rocking it!

The rocking chairs arrived and I put them together… during the hurricane. Yes, I do live large! Once I got the first one together, the rest were easy. I will admit that they are easy, but it’s still a lot of work. Getting them together is cool, but dealing with the boxes and the packing material (times 4) is exhausting! 

We are very pleased with them! We sat outside on them for a brief moment when the rain was stopped and the wind hadn’t started yet. The wind is gusting to 25mph and the rain is off and on… it will be on most of the night - or until Ida blows herself out of here. 




Looking good…

 Baby steps! More furniture is on the way! 





Monday, August 30, 2021

Benches

We are making progress. The benches arrived and I put them together tonight. I’ll put them out tomorrow and take better pix! 



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Decorating

I found a welcome sign for the front porch. 




I love the blue and I remembered that my grandmother made some blue and white blankets. I dug around in a closet and found them. I put one on the swing. 



I’ll put the other on one of the new rockers we ordered. They should be here on Friday. I also ordered two benches. Those are due here tomorrow. Oh, and I ordered some mosquito netting curtains. We have the rods and I’ll hang those with command hooks to keep it simple. (If that doesn’t work, I’ll find a more permanent solution…)

I’m hoping to have everything here, put together, and in place by Saturday - we are having supper club that day. I have a very busy week ahead, but if I use my time wisely, I think I can get everything done. I’ll keep you posted… 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Porch Swinging

The porch swing is up and adjusted! 



I’m looking forward to having LLB home this weekend to help me decorate the porch. It’s a matter of putting things out there and making it look homey. 

Once it’s all pretty, we can do some serious porch sitting. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

I Love My Painted Door!

They finished painting at about 7:30pm last night. We are pleased with the results. There are a couple of places that need touch-ups, but I can do that another day. If they had done the door first, I might not have needed to do the touch ups, but it is what it is! 

Check it out! 







Monday, August 23, 2021

Porch Paint

The porch ceiling is getting painted today, as is the new front door. 

I’m very excited about this door. It’s a Dutch door! We had one in our old house and I loved it. Our contractor found me a Dutch door that looks like a real front door. It’s gorgeous! I cannot wait to see it finished! He put wide trim inside. It’s lovely! The outside trim is plain. It’s fine… once it’s all painted, I’ll decide if it needs more… 






I pushed for ceiling trim and he will put that up.  Heck, I want it to look finished. Don’t cheap out on the good pretty stuff, right? 


Sunday, August 22, 2021

If a tree falls…

 Does it count as a fall if it ends up like this? 





Yup… super scary and dangerous, but pretty cool, too! 

Fortunately, it’s in the woods and not over the driveway. We will tackle this in the fall - with a professional. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Tonsil Band

Mr and I have joined the church vocal choir - affectionately known around here as the Tonsil Band. Tonight we had our first rehearsal in the sanctuary - with the organ. We had so much fun! It’s nice to be back in the church! Our Sunday service will be in the sanctuary - socially distanced, of course. 

At the end of September, we will restart Handbell rehearsals. It’s time to get back to living, singing, and ringing! Our first handbell ringing in the service this fall will be Advent 2 at one church and Advent 3 at the other. I’ve chosen some really fun music - including a postlude that, if we can play it well, will be absolutely the best surprise for both churches! 

It’s really nice to be getting back to it! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Pitter Patter of Critter Feet

The other day I thought I was seeing things. I found two little black mouse turds IN my house. I do NOT do mouse anything in my house. I searched a bit and didn’t see anything else. I focused on Mini. She also doesn’t do mouse in the house. She was sniffing and looking in “different” places. 

This morning I discovered more turds - this time by Mini’s bowl. I did some more searching and found a location that had been frequented by this wee critter. I promptly cleaned it all up and placed a sticky trap. Then I did some more searching and some more cleaning. 

I had to run to church, so my cleaning and sticky trap placing was put on hold for an hour or so. Upon my arrival at home, I wanted to clean and place the last trap. Mr told me that the critter probably wasn’t going to go there because there’s no food, but there is a cat box in that room. I said, no… I think we have the trap, and I want to place it. 

Not even 3 minutes after placing the trap we had our prey! I’ve left the other traps in place just in case there’s more than one critter pitter pattering around. 

Mom - 1

Mouse - 0

Thursday, August 12, 2021

History Repeats Itself

 This came in my inbox this morning. Read. Understand. 

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/08/1938-first-they-came-unvaccinated-wayne-allyn-root/


This is 1938: First, They Came For The Unvaccinated

By Wayne Allyn Root

This is the most important commentary I've ever written.

It's time for alarm bells. It's time for me to play the part of Paul Revere: "The communist tyrants and dictators are coming! The communist tyrants and dictators are coming!" They're coming first for unvaccinated Americans.

This is 1938. I'm a Jew. I now understand just a little of what it felt like to be a Jew in 1938. No, it's not the Holocaust. Nothing can be compared to the Holocaust. Ever.

But 1938 was not the Holocaust. It was the pre-Holocaust. It was the time before the nightmare, when the foundation was being laid to destroy the freedom, free speech, businesses and lives of millions of Jews.

Everything happening today to the American people ... to the U.S. Constitution ... to freedom ... and particularly to unvaccinated Americans reminds me of 1938. This is only the beginning. It gets much worse from here.

First, "the papers." Vaccine mandates and vaccine passports are just like 1938, when the Gestapo demanded papers from every German.

Republicans asked for "papers" from migrants who had broken into our country. Criminals. Democrats said, "No, that's racism." Republicans asked for "papers" once every two years for federal elections, to prove you have a right to vote. Democrats said, "No, that's racism."

Now Democrats want American citizens, not illegal aliens, not criminals, but patriots born in this country, to produce papers 24/7. We'll need papers to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, casinos, conventions and hotels and to board a train, plane or bus. We'll need papers to enter a supermarket, or we'll starve to death. All for the crime of being unvaccinated against ... wait for it ...

The flu.

All for the crime of being unwilling to inject an untested, rushed to production, experimental, "for emergency use only" shot into our bodies.

What happened to the war cry of Democrats: "My body, my choice"? It only applies to murdering babies, but it doesn't apply to dangerous experimental shots that we don't want injected into our bodies.

Weren't Jews injected with experimental drugs by the depraved Nazi government? Wasn't that a key part of the Nuremberg trials? That no government could ever again inject experimental shots into the bodies of unwilling citizens? Isn't that a basic human right?

By the way, this isn't about vaccines. If you want the vaccine, take it. I'd never stop you. I'd never limit your freedom, your choice. This is about vaccine mandates — forcibly injecting Americans who don't want it. That's 1938.

But there's much more in common with 1938. Mask mandates. If you're scared, wear them. I'm not scared. I don't want to wear them. Mandates are about forcing individuals to lose their freedom, choice, individuality and human rights. That's 1938.

Lockdowns are a match with the Warsaw Ghetto. Jews were locked down. Jews couldn't work. Jews couldn't travel. Jewish businesses were labeled "nonessential."

If government can force us to close our businesses, to kill our jobs, to decide who is nonessential, then this is 1938.

Stars on clothing. It's coming. The vaccinated get into restaurants, bars, concerts, supermarkets, planes and trains. They keep their jobs. The rest of us are marked as "subhuman" for life. That's the star. That's 1938.

Media and social media as the public-relations wing of the government. That's called propaganda. Remind you of 1938? Back then, the Jews' books were burned. Today, it's those of conservatives, patriots and specifically the unvaccinated. We are silenced. Our facts are labeled "misleading." Only the facts that agree with big government's agenda count. That's 1938.

Door-to-door intimidation and making lists of those who disagree with "government knows best." Trust me, that army of door-to-door vaccine brainwashers will soon be turned into a Gestapo of gun-grabbers. 1938 was the year Nazis banned Jews from owning guns. They took them door to door. That's 1938.

Only days ago, a former Department of Homeland Security official said the unvaccinated should be on the federal no-fly list. That's exactly how Nazis attacked the Jews and others who disagreed with their agenda. It was always lists. Lists of people to be disappeared in the middle of the night; lists of those to be sent to reeducation camps; lists of those to be sent to concentration camps; lists of enemies of the state. It's happening again. Maybe this time you'll only lose your job or free speech. This is, again, 1938.

It's all disgusting and disgraceful. But I'm warning you, this is just the start. It's all going downhill from here — fast. This is the end of America. This is 1938.

Unless we stop it now. Unless we take a stand now. Unless we draw a line in the sand now.

First, they came for the unvaccinated. Trust me: Next, they're coming for you

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Reunion recap

The VMI Moms Reunion was attended by just a few very dear women. We had a great time catching up. My decorations and food went over very well! 

This is the drink table:


The photo booth that nobody used because we were too busy talking:


The table where we spent most of our time eating and chatting:



Mr after he finished a few last tweaks to the yard before everyone arrived:


We will definitely do it again - maybe sometime this fall… or maybe next summer! 

The porch still isn’t finished, but we know that these things take time… we are waiting on the electrical inspection. Once the electrical inspection is done, they can finish the porch. One piece of paper has stopped all progress for a week. Yes, it’s incredibly frustrating! 

We had our Brava bell concerts this past weekend and I had such a great time! We played very well and our audiences were appreciative. LLB even made the drive to see her dear old mom ring bells. She was definitely impressed! Since she is the most gifted musician in the family, her thumbs up meant a lot! I’m looking forward to getting back to it after Labor Day. 


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Cleaning, primping, and general preparations

My VMI Mom Reunion party is quickly approaching. I am still cleaning and primping and preparing. I’ve swished toilets. I’ve washed floors. I’ve purged and scrubbed cabinets. I’ve wiped countertops. I’ve vacuumed and more. I just sat down to write and realized that the loveseat slipcovers need a good wash. Of course they do! I’ll tackle that on Thursday. Any sooner and Mini will cover them with hair before Saturday! Next on my list is to pretty up the napkins so they look nice on the table. I’ll let you know what I come up with. 

I’m trying to figure out where to hang my lovely welcome banner… Mini is absolutely no help! She insists she is too busy to worry about my little issues! 🀣



Really?! She claims she is busy checking her eyelids for leaks. We all know she’s napping… again! 


Speaking of Mini. She has claimed a box as her own. Mr sprinkled it with catnip and it is now fondly known as Mini’s Opium Den. She used to sleep on the couch with Mr after dinner. Not so much anymore… now she is here:





Sunday, July 25, 2021

Porch progress and more

 It’s been a few busy days since I posted last. The porch is coming along. The floor is down, the posts have been faced and trimmed, the blocking for the swing is in, and the roof is unacceptable. Oh the roof… it’s silver… I hate it! It’s coming off and a darker shade is going on. The builder agreed. It’s just way too light. 




The pergola has been redone thanks to Jimmy Cunningham of Jimmy-Fix-It. The columns were replaced with posts, trimmed out, and the whole thing was painted black! I absolutely love it! 




My VMI Mom Reunion started as a big get together, but has shrunk to about 10. A super easy and manageable number. I’m still a bit put out because so many said they’d come and then backed out. The old, “I’ll put it on my calendar” back in May seemed to be a farce. I mean, if you don’t want to come, just say so. But that’s fine! We will have fun, take lots of pix, and the rest of them will wish they came. We spent the day yesterday getting the house and yard ready. This house is big and the yard is big. Ooo we were tired! I’ll wash the bathroom floors today and give the toilets a last swish on Friday. I’ll put up my banner, decorate my tables, and get this place gussied up - later in the week depending on the forecast. 


I rang my solo last week and it was great! No, I’m not signing up for another any time soon. You can see it here. I’m the prelude, so you don’t have to watch the whole service.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwTd6fDXs0A

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Porch Progress

The porch is coming along! 

Before - well, after they took out the landscaping and the tree:



Now: 


They hope to finish later this week! Squee!! 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Happy Birthday, Mr!

 We celebrated with a trip out to dinner and a new grill!