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My thoughts released; a mind set free
These pages contain my thoughts, from meandering ideas and persuasions to deep cerebrations and serious mentations.

Why, for what purpose? To release my mind and set creativity free. Somewhere inside the constraints of my mind dwells a writer, a poet, an artist who paints with words. In here I release those constraints and set the artist free.

Perhaps, lost somewhere in the depths of thought, is a story or a poem, waiting to be written.

I'm docked at Talent Pond's Blog Harbor, a safe port for bloggers to connect.
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January 14, 2021 at 12:41am
January 14, 2021 at 12:41am
#1002075
I have my truck highway-legal again! My wife stopped by the local DMV and they were actually open again and took her without an appointment. She showed them the letter we received from the state that said we still needed to pay ten dollars to get the tabs for the truck showed them the canceled check and they took care of the rest. They informed her that a lot of people had the same problems with it taking three or more months to get anything back. So, she came home from work with two, pretty, red, and current stickers for me to put on the plates.

The downside, we are under a severe weather warning until Friday afternoon and our warm weather is coming to an end with dropping temperatures starting, well about now. There is no prediction for snow amounts except that it could be as little as an inch or as high as a foot or more. We may see some freezing rain yet tonight, but it depends on how soon the precipitation and the colder air arrive. In other words, the National Weather Service gave the best forecast I have heard in a long time, there are a couple of fronts moving through and we don't have any idea what the weather's going to do beyond strong winds and colder temperatures.

That means my counter project for the garage is kind of held up unless I can get some heat going in there. I do have a torpedo heater that would warm it right up, but I had let my brother use it and it ended up stored for a few years with fuel in it. It could be jelled and all gummed up. I suppose it's as good a time as any to bring it out of storage and see if it fires or not. I will run a cord outside and try it outdoors just in case it tries to fire and blows out a lot of sooty smoke instead.

If the wind isn't too bad, I may be able to get out on the ice for a while, but since I'm walking out, if we get much for snow and the temperature drops too much, with high winds, I'm staying inside. The Clam shelter I have is pretty good for warming up and staying warm and I have anchors to hold it in place in strong winds, but I don't feel like working that hard to drag everything out through the snow and cold, set up in the miserable weather, then relax and enjoy a few hours inside the shelter only to have to go through it all again to get back. If the ice was thick enough to drive on, maybe, but walking... I'm in no shape!

Of course, we have been getting very lucky with the snowstorms and maybe it will hold. If the forecast temperatures are accurate and the torpedo heater works, I may get my work done while the wind blows and once it lets up, go out fishing for a day. Again, it all depends on outcomes and time. Sunday is spoken for, my mother-in-law needs her meds set up for the following week, and the woman who usually comes over to do this got sick this week and has tested positive for Covid-19. However, my mother-in-law may have gotten things messed up, she may have not gotten sick but has come into contact with someone who has and may have been exposed to Covid. We will find out more by this weekend.

Don't worry, if I suspect that I may have been exposed, I can maintain my six feet or more. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse and the monitor is big enough I can sit six or more feet back if I have too.

Ya, I know, it's time to go to bed, I'm just getting silly now.
January 13, 2021 at 12:42am
January 13, 2021 at 12:42am
#1002004
It took a bit of doing but I figured out how I want to install the countertop in the garage. I want it to be strong, but also not too difficult to take down and move if needed. I had thought about putting some base cabinets under the countertop, but they are much too expensive to use in the garage and I couldn't find anything used within driving distance.

So, I took measurements today and set about designing a bench to mount the countertop on. Actually, I took measurements twice, since the first time the paper I had them scribbled on got used for scratch paper and discarded. The countertop is in two sections and measures over nine feet. It's not real heavy, but a solid frame for it would be pretty heavy and awkward to move. So, I am building it in two sections that can easily be separated and moved, if or when needed. I am also setting the height for a comfortable position for standing or sitting on a stool. Finally, and this I still have to figure in, is the legs all need to be different lengths because the floor of the garage is tapered toward the center.

Hopefully, I can get the lumber to start building pretty soon. I may not be able to do much until the girls are back in school, but that's not the main hold-up. The tabs for the pick-up are expired and the new ones haven't arrived yet. We sent for them since the covid thing has everything shut down or messed up. That was in September, the tabes expired at the end of November. The check was cashed about a week after we mailed for the tabs, but nothing came.

We contacted them and got a lot of run-around, but finally were told they should be in here anytime. That was in December! Today, in the mail, we finally got something back. No, not the tabs, but a notice saying that the wheelage tax had changed and we owe another ten bucks. I am not going to send it in the mail, it will be spring before we get anything back. Instead, I will have to make an appointment and go into the DMV and try and straighten it all out.

So, until that mess is done, there won't be any driving the pick-up. That means no way to haul the lumber unless I can fit it into the car. It also means my plans for going out ice fishing are also on hold unless I can fit everything into the car. But, that also means dragging a lot of snow into the car as well. Oh, and since my wife uses the car for work, so it's either drive her to work, do my running, then unloading everything and running back to get her. But hey, I have all my ice fishing gear now, I'm ready to go give my new hobby a try, and I have the plans for the bench frame, I just don't have a vehicle I can drive...
January 12, 2021 at 1:10am
January 12, 2021 at 1:10am
#1001918
Well, I'm trying to get things moved back a bit, I would like to get everyone settled in for bed my ten and sleeping by ten-thirty. If all works well, I should also be ready to go to bed by ten-thirty, or eleven at the latest. That's the plan, and tonight was the first try. It worked fine, but I got involved in a few other light activities around the site, so it's now twenty after eleven and I'm in here blogging. I still should be in bed by midnight, which for me is considered early.

I'm trying to change things around a bit and overcome this trapped feeling I've been having for some time. I know that writing about it is a major way of dealing with it for me, as is talking to someone, as I tried to do earlier this evening. However, I'm not sure if talking will do any good, as the person I tried to talk to is also a part of the problem. The two girls we adopted are the other two-thirds; perhaps they are fourths, and life itself makes up the final quarter.

I also know it is a lot of just me being who I am. I am an introvert without any doubt, in fact, I need alone time to function as much as I need sleep and healthy food. I have known most of my life that I need alone time. It's the time I need to escape life's problems and refresh and recharge. It's also when my creativity can flow and my mind can release; it's why I'm in here writing at midnight or after so many nights. The problem is I also need my sleep. I could adjust quite easily to being up all night and sleeping during the day, but with two girls at home and a wife, it's not an option. Besides, there are too many things I need to access during the day that aren't open at night.

Today was another example of getting frustrated and throwing in the towel. First off, my wife decided this morning to take the day off to work on getting the girls social security cards updated. We have tried since the older girl was adopted early this past spring, but covid shut everything down. I, however, had started a project in the garage that I couldn't get finished because I need to figure a way out to rearrange things so I can install a counter on one wall for storage and workspace. I also have to figure out how to install the counter without spending a lot on base cabinets. I had got a start while my wife and the girls were gone for the weekend. I told her what my plans were last night after they got home.

My wife, like the girls, has a difficult time organizing and sticking to a plan. Even when a task is started, they tend to get side-tracked and off on something else, just the opposite of how I work. So this morning, she's home and trying to find out what needs to be done to get the cards switched over. She finally got through to a person, got the paperwork printed off, gathered all the needed documents, and headed off to the nearest Social Security Office to drop everything off in a dropbox. But, when she arrived, the office is closed and there is no dropbox. She texts me about this, so I stopped what I was trying to do and found her a couple of numberes to call. A half-hour later, she again texts to let me know these are the numbers she called from home.

Not much I can do about it, so I continue to move stuff around, measure, and try and work on my project. But, I have the girls who need to do distance learning, so I have to come in frequently and keep them on task. This means I stop for a break, come in, and get bombarded with questions that have nothing to do with school. By the time I get them refocused, my mind is reeling and struggling to try to find my last thoughts as I head out to the garage.

Then, even as I find where I left off, I get a text. My wife, not knowing what to do, has decided to do some window shopping and wants to know if we need anything since she's in town. Sure, let me drop everything and look through the kitchen to see what we may need. Of course, as soon as I re-enter the house, the girls start in with questions about how much school work they need to do before they can stop. They also have to show me what they did already, what they are working on, and what their friends are doing, the whole time I'm trying to move around them to see what we need to get.

Finally, I get another chance to escape to the garage and try and get something done. I measure and contemplate where things can get moved, what has to go, or if I can find a way to make it fit and still leave enough room to move. I get an idea and am doing some measuring and rethinking things, I may be able to make this work... The oldest girl arrives and begins with questions. I asked her if she needed something. Yes, your phone is going off... I left it inside because I was tired of it interrupting, now here it is, with her asking if I'm coming in now, can she be done with school work, and asking questions about everything in the garage.

I end up back in the house, talking to my wife over the phone who is wondering if I want a specific bait box for fishing. We had looked at them when out Christmas shopping, but I wasn't sure what the best kind to get was. At last conversation, I told her I didn't need one right away, and I want to look around before I spend that much on a glorified minnow bucket. Now, right in the middle of another project, she forgets I said that and is ready to buy it, thinking I really wanted it.

I'm done going to the garage, I'm frustrated and haven't gotten anything done, I've forgotten half the ideas I had gotten, and my head hurts. I decided to look online and see if I can find any cheap base cabinets and just do it the easy way. I found a few, but they weren't very cheap. So, I look online for used cabinets, surely someone must have remodeled and had some to get rid of. But even as I try and read about some, I'm asked to look up this or that for school. The youngest needs help with some math, and my wife is texting me to say she's done and getting ready to come home. My frustration levels are now very high, my head is splitting and I just can't try anymore.

I sit and do nothing for a few minutes, but the questions continue to bombard me, now having nothing to do with school, just foolishness. My younger daughter is telling me funny things she seen in tik tok, and I'm ready to go nuclear! I head back to the garage and put most of the stuff back, even though I'll have to move it all again another day; a day that will likely go the same as today. then return to the house, and surrender a beaten man. I gave up and gave in, I would not accomplish anything today, so here I am for your every question and need. Of course, I don't say this out loud to the girls, but I sure feel it. I pour a cup of coffee and sit down, ready for whatever they may need. They both go to their rooms and it's quiet.

Shortly after, my wife returned. I know because she stopped close to home and text me that she was getting gas before coming home, then she called when she turned in the driveway to let me know she was home and wanted help to bring things in. After she had to show me everything she had purchased, then once everything had settled down, she asked if I made any progress in the garage...


January 11, 2021 at 12:31am
January 11, 2021 at 12:31am
#1001860
It's a new week and I started it off pretty well. I had plans to work in the garage this weekend, and today was the day, however, sometimes plans just don't work out the way we, well... plan.

We need to make more room in the garage and we need more light. I started out with the light project since I dislike working in the dark. However, to be able to string a second light on the ceiling, I needed to move a bunch of stuff out of the way. One of the items is an old wooden table. It's in rough shape, but it's solid -- and heavy.

My task involved moving a bunch of little things out of the way to make room to move the big, heavy table out of the way, so everything kind of got shuffled and created an even bigger mess. But, I now had room to install another light fixture and run the wiring over to the existing fixture. This involved working from a ladder and working a lot with my hands higher than my head, something that is rather difficult to do for extended periods of time if one is not used to it, which I'm not.

It took a bit longer than I had wanted, but soon enough the garage was bathed in light. Next was installing a countertop that was salvaged from a remodel job. It's intended to replace the much too big, heavy table. Now ideally, this countertop would be installed on a base cabinet to increase storage, but I don't have a base cabinet yet, so I was going to set it up on a couple of plastic 55-gallon barrels I have. But then, the barrels are different heights, so even after digging them out of the snow and bringing them in, I didn't have anything to set the counter on. So, I took them back out.

By this time, it was getting on into the late afternoon and I needed to get the garage back into some kind of order. I had already taken the table apart so I could move it, so I took that out to the patio, where it will be reassembled and put to use there. Of course, now without a table and no counter, there wasn't any place to put the chicken. Yes, you read that right, I said chicken, as in cluck, cluck and lays eggs. It's a story of it's own about how we came to have a pet chicken and I think I wrote on that a few blogs back.

Now, I have the cage with the chicken on my sawhorses so she's up off the floor again. But, since I don't have anything to put the countertop on, I'll need to build a stand, which will be difficult because the chicken cage is on the sawhorses. Also, a lot of the stuff I moved, including the cage, is now where the countertop needs to go. Yes, I moved everything with good intent on organizing it as I put it away. You could say I ended up almost back where I started! Two differences, however, the table is out and there is more light. Oh, and another difference, I'm tired and sore from moving everything out and back again.

Now, one of these first days, I get to move it all again so I can get that countertop put up, then rearrange and organize it all as I had planned on doing today.
January 10, 2021 at 12:03am
January 10, 2021 at 12:03am
#1001786
I got my break and spent the day doing a whole lot of nothing. Well, the break started around 1:00 this afternoon, but it was a quiet morning and then everyone left except Hannah, our dog. I spent some time online, I spent some time reading, I spent some time watching a couple of movies, and now I'm here, writing my blog and then planning on going to bed.

I haven't been to bed before one or two in the morning in a long time. I stay up so I can get some quiet time after everyone is sleeping, but here I am tonight in here before eleven o'clock my time. I'm tired and hoping I can fall asleep right away, but not sure since this is very early for me. But, I'm going to try and hopefully get a good night's sleep and be up early to enjoy the day before everyone returns.

I had planned on working out in the garage today but then decided against it, knowing that I really need some downtime. Even so, I'm feeling kind of guilty for not getting anything done. I'm also feeling like I had a lot of opportunities to accomplish a lot and wasted them. But, at the same time, I know I needed a good rest and I got that today. So, hopefully, I'll be up early tomorrow, and then we'll see what the day looks like.

For now, I'm off to bed; hopefully for a good night's sleep.
January 9, 2021 at 1:43am
January 9, 2021 at 1:43am
#1001719
I made it through the week and now the weekend is upon us. It's been a rough week, but then it's been pretty rough since Thanksgiving. That's when the schools and many others shut down for four weeks. At the end of four weeks, like last spring, it was extended another two, but at least this time it didn't keep getting extended. Monday food and beverage joints get to reopen. The school will reopen on Tuesday the nineteenth so about two months of me being stuck here as a teacher's assistant and activity director. Only, nothing is open so what activities?

The plan for the weekend isn't set yet, but tentatively, my wife and the girls are going to great-grandma's tomorrow and returning sometime on Sunday. It's to do some visiting and at the same time, I stay home to get a break from the last two months of trying to deal with two girls suffering from cabin fever, missing friends, and my attempts at teaching and helping with school work. We'll work out the plans tomorrow, but as I've come to anticipate from the last eleven months, there is nothing for sure these days.

Now, my question; will this be a nice break? I'm looking forward to some peace and quiet, but it's only going to be about twenty-four hours. Just enough time to get adjusted to some peace and quiet and then it starts right back up. It seems, in my mind, like giving a small taste of a wonderful treat, but then not letting me have more.

If the girls were going to school, it would be great, but now I get a very short break, then another week of the same frustrations. And, we still do not know for sure when they get to go back, on the nineteenth or if they wait until the twenty-second. See, they have hybrid learning here, so half the students go Monday and Tuesday, the other half on Thursday and Friday. We started like this, but a couple of weeks in, the kids with IEP's were able to go five days a week. Now, we don't know if they are doing the five days a week for IEP's again or not. I hope so, it works so much better for them with access to assistance at the school.

As for my plans for the weekend, I thought about going out ice fishing but not sure if I should since no one will be home if anything happens. I do need to do some work in the garage, so I may plug away on some of that. Then again I may just login here and spend the day. Right now, I'm feeling so burned out, I don't even want to think about making plans. That, and it's been a long time since I could actually plan something and then follow through with it.

January 8, 2021 at 12:45am
January 8, 2021 at 12:45am
#1001656
Not much to say tonight, just too tired. I ended up not sleeping much at all last night; I just couldn't fall asleep. Finally, after four, I did manage to sleep, but it was very uneasy and I woke quite often. I was up at seven-thirty and now I'm just feeling like a zombie. No not Rob, the other kind of zombie.

Other than tired, it was a fair day today. I'm starting to burn out, I think, and really need a break, this distance learning is very difficult, and it's no help the school isn't even letting parents know what needs to be done. Also, the girls both have IEP's and need some special assistance with school. they have trained facilitators at the school, but unfortunately, with the school closed since Thanksgiving, they don't get the help they need and I have to fill that role as well as teacher and parent.

Add to that the fact that the girls are getting burned out as well. It's also very difficult for them to try and learn with partial lessons delivered online and trying to interact with teachers through e-mail. They also miss the organized structure of school as well as interacting with friends and classmates. Of course, with them getting frustrated and me getting frustrated, it only complicates things more and we all need a break.

Hopefully, if things work right, I should have the place to myself Saturday afternoon, night, and Sunday morning. That will help out; it will give me a break from the girls, the girls a break from me, as well as give the girls and my wife some time together. If things work out, I may even get out ice fishing, finally.

That was the idea of getting the fishing shelter and gear, a place for me to get a break and relax for a while. But, by the time everything arrived, it was after Christmas; actually, the sled didn't come until New Year's Eve. I did set it up, I have my gear all ready to go, and now just need an opportunity. I would go out for a while now, but with distance learning and the girls IEP issues, I need to be here to help them when they need it, keep them on task, and since they have separation anxieties, if they are home and I'm out relaxing, they will text and call over everything and anything.

One more week! Restaurants and stuff reopen on Monday, school opens again on Tuesday, but it's a hybrid model here. Half the students attend on Monday and Tuesday, the other half on Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday being a catch-up day for everyone. Before the school shut down, the girls did go every day as a result of their IEP's, but so far nothing has been stated that they will be starting that right away next week. So, they will attend Thursday and Friday.

Hell, since Tuesday is back to the normal school, if you can call it normal, and since they attended five days a week before the break, I may just have them go on Tuesday and let the teachers figure it out. What are they going to do, bring them back home? I know, they will call, text, and e-mail. Sounds like a good time for me to go out fishing and put my phone on silent... The teachers had a nice break while I filled in, now comes my turn~

January 7, 2021 at 12:50am
January 7, 2021 at 12:50am
#1001593
What a day, and what a way to start a new year! I'm talking about the chaos in Washington that took place today. But, we have seen as much across the country over the last year. I'm not talking about legal assembly and protesting, even though I personally do not believe in it; I do support it as one of our important freedoms and rights. I'm talking about violence and the destruction of freedom that is spreading across our nation like cancer.

It seems like that is the answer to any disagreement today, answer with violence. It's this concept that if I believe in something and you don't, I should strike with violence and destruction until I get what I want. Half the time, what is wanted isn't even justified, it's just sore losers and temper tantrums from not getting one's way.

When I see people protesting because they believe in something or some change, I respect them even if I don't agree. They are exercising their rights to bring attention and thought to their issues. But, when I see a mass of people destroying property, burning, stealing, and inflicting personal harm and or death, I have one thought; terrorists! What else could you call them, they rise up in riots, they destroy property, and they use fear and violence to try and force us from our way of life.

Today I avoided the news, knowing from the past year that things would not go the way they should, but tonight I read through the news only to confirm what I already knew. It doesn't matter if a person supports Trump or not, that is no longer the issue. As the president of our nation, his job should be to protect this nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic, as well as to use his power and position to bring all sides closer together, not drive them further apart. In my opinion, he has shown that the American people and our nation come in second to his own desires. It is also my opinion that he should have been addressing the crowds and asking them to stop and go home and when the rioting started he should have announced his decision to resign as a show that he does not support the rioters.

It amazes me and it fills me with concern, for years we, as a nation, have watched as corruption and violence have spread in other countries. We cry in outrage at corrupt elections and we condemn those who fail to accept fair elections. We have even given aid to countries that have held elections and then seen chaos and riots have risen up. Now, we see our own country falling to the same violence and corruption.

It seems we no longer need to fear a foreign enemy or terrorism from overseas, we face a much more dangerous enemy... ourselves!

We the people, unable to maintain a more perfect union, do hereby use chaos and violence to gain what we want and destroy what our forefathers so bravely fought and died for. Can we stop it? Can we repair the damage already done? Can we come together as a nation and rise up and be great again? Or, do we continue to fight, to riot, and to destroy this nation until it becomes easy pickings for whoever wants to invade our shores with false promises of peace and unity.

Perhaps it's time to bring back the Pledge of Allegiance, the original version;



 
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January 6, 2021 at 12:31am
January 6, 2021 at 12:31am
#1001522
Another night where I cannot think of anything to write. I've read through prompts and searched headlines, I've looked back over the day, and nothing comes to mind. I know a lot of it has to do with being tired, I was up early this morning after getting to bed very late last night. I had about six hours to sleep, but it was interrupted and troubled.

Another part of the problem is, I'm stuck here all day keeping an eye on the girls who are doing distance learning. In fact, I saw a post from a teacher who stated how great distance learning is because she has time to work on her crafts and even take a walk during the day now. She's getting paid her full salary and meanwhile, I'm stuck at home doing most of her job for nothing.

So, not doing much doesn't give much to write about, and then people petting my peeves gets my goat riled up. Hey, has anyone actually thought about some of the goofy things we use in speech, like pet peeves, and something getting one's goat?

Sure I know what it means to get peeved; to get annoyed or irritated. Of course, a pet is a tamed animal kept for companionship and pleasure. So how does it work to put the two together when they are all but opposites? It's probably why I state it wrong so that it's more accurate; do not pet my peeves! Why? Because I finally got the irritating little s***s settled down and out of my mind, and if you pet them, they're going to get all wound up again.

And, that really gets my goat. What the hell does that mean? Well, it's quite similar to peeves; to bother or annoy someone. In looking this phrase up, it's origins are unclear, but it's meaning is very clear, it means to be peeved. So then, it only stands to reason that someone had a goat that was in fact a pet. But, when the goat got worked up, it probably did a lot of damage and maybe even sent the owner for a tumble, causing him or her to be peeved. In fact, let's take this whole thing a bit further and name that ornery goat Peeves.

So Peeves is a pet, and sometimes Peeves is friendly, tame, and great companionship. But when something or someone gets Peeves worked up, all hell breaks loose. Of course, this kind of behavior upsets and annoys the owner so anything even remotely similar is referred to as a pet Peeve. Likewise, certain actions are equally annoying to the goat's actions, so the owner informs those who are annoying him, or her, they are getting his, or her's, goat.

There now, it all makes sense, and if someone switches them around, we will still understand what they are saying when they state, "That really gets my Peeves." or, "That's one of my pet goats."
January 5, 2021 at 12:33am
January 5, 2021 at 12:33am
#1001445
We had a beautiful day here, sunny and warm; mid-thirties, warm for us. I finished cleaning up the snow the plow missed and salted down the walks this evening. With the warm weather, the snow is melting and everything was getting icy as the temperature dropped below freezing.

I was very tempted to go out on the lake and do a bit of ice fishing this afternoon since it was so nice out, but my wife was at work and I was watching over the girls. They should be old enough to be home alone, and most times they do fine, however, they had distance learning today so I needed to hang close in case they needed any help and to keep them on task. Also, if I did head out to the lake when they are home alone, I already know I wouldn't get any peace and quiet, they would be texting me about everything and anything. Hell, since we live very close to the lake, they may even show up to see what I'm doing.

My next thoughts were to go after my wife got home, but by then it's getting late and dark. So, instead of going out for some time alone, I worked on our supper, helped the girls, and just did some odds and ends around the house. I was right in assuming that if I tried to get some time for myself I'd be interrupted, and so it was trying to get some stuff done out in the garage and even while I was working on supper. But, being at home it wasn't too bad. Besides, I know how to counter it at home, I just put them to work on dishes or something. They hurry and get their tasks done and then they vanish.

Once schools are open again, I'll have plenty of time t get out fishing, I hope. It depends on the weather, the temperatures, and what else happens to be going on. Normally, they would have gone back today, but with so much shut down here again, the schools are doing distance learning through the seventeenth of the month. Of course, things may change a bit this Wednesday when the governor lets us know if he's going to lift any restrictions.

I could really go a want over this whole thing, but what good does it do? Everyone is tired of hearing about it, tired of living it, and I think if it was up to the people, we would pretty much go back to life as normal. If things don't pretty soon, we may forget what normal was.
January 4, 2021 at 2:57am
January 4, 2021 at 2:57am
#1001378
Another day down, a weekend over, and the girls go back to school tomorrow. Well, if they had school; they will go back to distance learning.

I don't know what your thoughts are on distance learning, but I'll be happy to share mine. I think it stinks! The girls both want to be back in school with their friends, of course. From my side, I want them back to school, too; it's a lot of extra work and a headache having them schooling from home. For one thing, I cannot do much of anything or they will be off their Chromebooks and on their phones. I also have to help them with their studies, but unlike at school, they tend to try and get me to do most of their work by asking about everything. At the same time, I still have my regular work to do around home, as well as shopping and trying to do my own thing.

Meanwhile, the teachers wait for students to contact them with questions and seeking help. But, once the assignments are posted, the kids are driving their parents crazy and not contacting the teachers at all. In our school district, the teachers have to work from school, so they bring in their hobbies and crafts to keep busy through the day. Meanwhile, at home, I'm too busy to work on any hobbies or crafts and am doing good if I can keep the girls focused on their schoolwork and get lunch cooked without burning something.

Meanwhile, the teachers and school staff are collecting their salaries the same as any other time. Now, I don't think they should have their pay reduced, not at all. But, since I'm doing a great deal of their work, I think I should get some kind of compensation, too. No, not as much as the teachers, but a little something for all the added work I'm doing. I'm sure if the forces that be had to start paying parents who stay home to teach their children because of distance learning the schools would reopen. Maybe not full time, but at least back to the hybrid we had before Thanksgiving.

Now, it's time for me to get to bed, I have to be up early to play the part of a teacher's assistant, an unpaid teacher's assistant.
January 3, 2021 at 3:07am
January 3, 2021 at 3:07am
#1001319
2021 seems to be starting out pretty good. Sure, there's still plenty of the same old crap, but one can hardly expect everything to just suddenly change overnight; it's going to take a fair amount of time for things to turn around and take on any semblance of normal. Hell, somethings probably never will return to what was normal. And, even as some things return to normal, there are bound to be new problems arising. Let's just hope and pray that the new problems are far less severe than some of the problems in 2020.

But, as I was saying, the new year seems to be starting out pretty good. First of all, I purchased a small snowblower to save my back from shoveling snow. It's nice that our landlord has someone come in and plow out the driveway, but the person doesn't plow behind my pickup and doesn't get very close to the garage. He, or she, also leaves a lot of snow around the dumpster and the mailbox. Of course, we are responsible for removing snow from our sidewalks and patio. So, I decided to get a small snowblower to clean up around the garage, behind my truck, around the mailbox, and around the dumpster.

I also figure, and this is just based on how things usually go, but if I'm shoveling all that snow, it's going to snow frequently and we will get a lot each time. But, with a nice little snowblower that makes it almost fun to clean up after it snows, we probably won't get near as many snowstorms and they will probably not give us a lot of snow when they do hit.

Also, I received a check in the mail from the telephone co-op I used to be a member of. I haven't used their services in a few years, since we moved, but I still got a dividend check from them this year. Not just a couple of Andrew Jacksons, but five Benjamin Franklins and four Andrew Jacksons! It's like getting paid back for what I spent on a snowblower.

I also gathered up all my ice fishing gear and did a test fit in the sled I purchased to haul it all out on the ice. It's a tight fit, but everything fits and will ride nice. Well, almost everything, I will still need to find a place to stow a thermos of coffee and a couple of bottles of water, and my tackle box. I won't have any problems fitting in the thermos and water, but I'm kind of short on space for my tackle box. I can't believe I forgot it when I did a trial set-up today, but I did.

I'll figure it out tomorrow, I think there's room in the very front, but if that doesn't work out, I can always set it on top of my five-gallon pail or on top of the minnow bucket and use a bungee cord to hold it in place. I also checked out the area I want to ice fish and it's plowed out to the lake and there are a couple of wheeled fish-houses out kind of in the area I want to fish. That's a good sign that the ice is thick enough, they had to use something to pull them out there. Not only that, but their fish-houses easily outweigh me and all my gear. I'm also pleased that they didn't set up in the area I want to fish. Their close, but missed the mark for the bottom contour, at least by the map I looked at.

Now, however, it's getting to be time for me to wrap this up and head off to bed. I have quite a bit to accomplish tomorrow and if there's time, we may have to go do a bit of shopping with the gift cards we received for Christmas. My wife has one for Dick's Sporting Goods for a new bike she asked for, and I have one to use for whatever I decide I want to get. I was thinking about a new camera with BlueTooth and wifi, something with a little better zoom than our old one.

There I go, rambling on again. Good Night
January 2, 2021 at 12:46am
January 2, 2021 at 12:46am
#1001242
And so ends day one of the new year. I was up late last night, or would that be early this morning? Either way, I didn't hit the sack until about 3:30. The girls didn't get to bed until after 1:00, and the youngest was up reading until after 2:00. Then, finally, some quiet time for me, even if I was almost falling asleep in my chair.

I did sleep in late today, not getting up until a little after 10:00, and just kind of loafed around while I waited for the coffee to kick in. This afternoon we headed over to pick up the snowblower I had purchased online. It was a nice day and I nice drive, but when we arrived at the store, a Menards Home Improvement Center, it was packed.

I was glad I had purchased online and just had to drive to the back to pick it up, but after we did venture in to pick up a few items. I really don't understand why we have no inside dining, yet we can be in stores that are wall to wall people? Seriously, with that many people wondering the isles and handling anything and everything, is there any greater risk to sit in a food establishment?

It's really kind of a bummer, man! I mean, our entire family enjoys the occasional going out to eat as a change of pace. But on days like today, when it's just my wife and me, stopping by some nice restaurant and having a good meal and time to sit and talk to each other is the highlight of our shopping trip. It's a nice respite for us and something we seldom get to enjoy. I'm sorry but stopping anyplace and ordering through a speaker, waiting for someone to bring it out and hoping it's not messed up, then sitting in a parking lot and eating in the car is just not the same.

That's another of my pet peeves, I've got a small herd of them started now; ordering take-out food. First is the fact that the speaker never works right and you can barely understand what they say. Then, you're trying to tell them the order with a car full of people reading off the menu that is always placed so someone can't see it. I have yet to order drive-through and have an order come out correct. Sometimes it's pretty close, but there's always something missing. The closest we have come to getting our order was all the food was correct, the drinks were correct, but instead of a double order of chicken nuggets, they only sent out a single. Oh, and they didn't include any dipping sauce, ketchup, napkins, or straws. The worst was getting someone else's order and not a single item we had placed.

Then, once the food arrives, it's a matter of where to eat it. We're all hungry, that's why we stopped to get food, so we don't want to wait till we get home, besides, the food isn't' all that good to begin with, and it never improves with time or a drop in temperature. But for all four of us to eat in the car is a pain and a mess. It's extremely difficult to try and drive while you eat, and if texting is a distraction, what about trying to find the ketchup to dip your french fries? Of course, having sauce, bits of lettuce, and other sandwich fixings falling down the front of your clothes is always a nice experience, especially if you still have more shopping to do. And then there's the mess in the vehicle; we could probably support a large family of rodents for a month with the food that gets spilled inside the car.

Now, I'll probably have drive through nightmares!



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January 1, 2021 at 4:03am
January 1, 2021 at 4:03am
#1001180
So, this is 2021 and another year passes. Will the new year be a good year or not? For that matter, was the last year a good year or not. It was, from a historical point of view, an interesting year. Sometime in the future, it will be read online or in textbooks and there will be those who refuse to believe what we lived through; hell we're still living through it. Others will believe it but think we all blew everything out of proportion. And, then there will be those who will be convinced it was some kind of conspiracy.

I know it's been a difficult year for many people, there has been loss, there has been destruction, and there has been fear. We also had a lot of terrible things we lived through, a lot of frustrations, a lot of fear of not knowing what was going to happen to us. But, we didn't bury our heads in the sand or close the world out. We did what we needed to do, difficult as it was, and we pushed forward and survived.

Now that it's all done and we enter a new year, I look back and instead of focusing on all the negatives, I look to see how many positives we gained through the year; there are a lot. The choices we made would have been different if not for the pandemic and the problems that arose from it.

It's like looking back upon one's life and realizing that if we were to go back and change anything, it would change us. I'm not saying that we are shaped by our circumstances and our environment, but by the choices we make in regards to our circumstances and environment.

I don't know what 2021 will bring, will it be a good year and we will see an end to the pandemic, will people set aside their differences and we will enjoy a period of peace and prosperity? Or, perhaps the virus will continue to mutate and stay a step ahead of our vaccines. Perhaps people will become frustrated and look for others to blame and civil unrest and lawlessness will break out around the globe. Perhaps some madman will take advantage of the problems the world is facing and rise to power and engulf us in yet another world war. Hell, maybe this year the aliens will arrive and enslave all of us or exterminate us completely.

Anything is possible. Well, almost anything. I did read a headline that stated the aliens don't visit Earth because it's too expensive. But, that's for another day, for today, what I'm saying is what the year will bring is unknown, but I do know this, I'm going to focus on the positives and have a good year and wish the same for all of you.
December 31, 2020 at 2:09am
December 31, 2020 at 2:09am
#1001104
It's officially New Year's Eve, 2020 comes to an end, and 2021 begins. Or at least that's what they say...

I'm sure there's a reason, but have you ever stopped and thought about why we end the year at the end of December and start a new one on the first day in January? Why not end the year on the winter solstice? Or, even better for those of us who live "up north", the summer solstice? If you think about it, we could pick any day we want to say one year ends and another begins. In fact, many companies do not end their year on December 31, nor does the government.

Also, what is up with New Years'? I mean, after the way 2020 turned out, everyone is eager for the new year. However, nothing is actually changing as far as the pandemic and the problems it's created. The vaccines have already come out, they didn't wait for January first. A lot of places are locked down or highly restricted, and we are all still wearing our masks and waiting for something to change, to get better. We pick a set point in time, midnight on December 31 to say, "Go to hell, 2020!" Then we add, "hip hooray, it's 2021 and things will be better."

But, are we setting ourselves up to fall? For me and my family, 2020 was a big deal. We had fostered our two granddaughters and in August, adopted the youngest. It was a tough year, a lot of things to do in 2019 to make that adoption happen. But then, 2018 was going just fine until we found out that we could finally step in and foster our granddaughters. Then, towards years end, we had to quit our jobs, walk away from our lives, and start all over in a new state. We had so much to do and accomplish to get our foster license and get the girls out of the system and into a home.

2019 didn't bring any improvements, just more of the same, but then in August, the youngest was adopted and things were finally falling into place. Then, the adoption was approved for the older granddaughter, but not until the end of January. We were ecstatic! We had finally reached the goal we had started over fifteen months before. Yes, 2020 was going to be a great year. Then the virus arrived. Then the schools shut down, we had stay-at-home orders, the girls, already inflicted with many problems, both emotional and traumatic had a difficult time with everything shutting down. More problems and troubles. Then the riots started and we had troubles all around us.

We lived in an apartment complex that was very diversified. We didn't mind, but some of the other tenants didn't seem to approve of us. As tensions climbed, we had troubles with threats against our dog, we had scratches in our vehicles, and it was beginning to feel unsafe to walk across the parking lot. I don't know why, we mostly kept to ourselves, as did most people, but we were polite and considerate, we got along with all our neighbors, then one day the bottom fell out. I know it wasn't anything directed at us personally, but still, it was time to move.

We fought tooth and nail to keep our adopted daughters, we found a nice location in a rural setting with a good school, we managed to get moved in despite the quarantine and the loss of wages, and we survived. We love our new location, even if the duplex is a bit small for all of us. The girls are happy with the school and eager to be able to attend it until they graduate; they have never gone to the same school for more than one year, and quite often had to switch during the school year. Even the people around us are nice, even though we are new and don't know anyone. Sure, like anyplace, there are problems, but it's one of the better places I've lived.

So 2020 started good, we had our girls adopted. Then it turned bad, the pandemic hit, but as a result, we found a nice place to live and are happy here. The girls were going to school on a hybrid system, so it worked, but then after Thanksgiving, they went to full distance learning until mid-January. But, the girls have friends and they are able to stay in touch; they are eager for school to reopen, as are we the parents. What I'm saying is, 2018 was a good year for us, but it ended with a lot of difficult decisions and problems for us. 2019 was filled with obstacles, oversight, and so much to do and accomplish, 2020 started out as a great year but turned very bad, but then turned good, and then ended with more problems.

What will 2021 bring? A vaccine and hopefully life returning to normal. Maybe, but how long will it take, how much worse will it get before it gets better? Even if everything is better, will our leaders return things to normal, or will they continue to feed upon fear as a means of controlling and feed their power-lust? Will the vaccine work? Will we begin to see problems with the vaccine? There is no way of knowing what will come in the next 365-day cycle. We do know, however, there will be good things, there will be bad things.

Will everything just change for the better tomorrow? No, nothing will have changed, life goes on and the only way to have a good year or a bad year is to make it one or the other. I could say that 2020 was the worst year I have ever had, but it wouldn't be true. It was a difficult year and there was plenty that went wrong. Some of it due to the pandemic, some of it due to behavior problems, some of it due to people in positions of government that are hungry for power and control. So yeah, it was a difficult year, but here I am, writing my blog on New Year's Eve and thinking if it wasn't for all the problems and troubles, where would I be right now? Where would my daughter's be? Would life be better or worse?

This I can honestly say, no matter how screwed up this year has been, our family survived and we are stronger because of it. New Year's marks a beginning on a calendar, but what the year brings is determined by us. No matter if we have good leaders or bad, viruses or health, natural disasters or paradise-like weather, it is what we make of it in our hearts and how we treat our friends, family, neighbors, and even those we do not know. The New Year cannot bring us anything, only we control our destiny and what we make of what we have makes all the difference in the world.
December 30, 2020 at 1:46am
December 30, 2020 at 1:46am
#1001038
Well, last night I was going to blog about something but ended up interrupted. I put the topic off for tonight, but guess what? That's right, I forgot what I was going to blog about. That's alright, however, because I have something else that I think is bloggable and worthy of my time tonight.

I'm talking about Sriracha Sauce! Perhaps you've heard of it? I'm sure you have at one point or another, and it's pretty likely that you've tried it. From what I hear from most people, you may have even liked it.

I have heard of it, and I tasted it once, on some chicken fingers. I know, chickens don't have fingers, and I really don't want to know what the fingers are. These weren't actually chicken fingers, they were chicken McNuggets. Again, I don't think I want to know what part of the chicken his McNuggets are, but it sounds worse than they taste. And, speaking of taste, the McSriracha Sauce wasn't very appealing, but it could have something to do with that clown's McRecipe.

Just a side note, I have not heard anything about anyone feeling upset over Ronald's statue and I haven't heard anything about anyone knocking over or defacing ole Ronald. If there were still Big Boy joints you can bet someone would have been offended by both the name and the statue!

But I digress. I do quite often, but then that's why I like to get into my blogging and let my mind wander; as long as it doesn't wander too far or fails to return, I figure it's all good.

So, tonight's topic is Sriracha Sauce. I"m a member of a health site and am trying to lose weight, and it was there that I saw someone bragging this sauce up. It had my curiosity, so I researched it a bit and found myself even more confused. At its basics, the base is just hot sauce! So, why all the hype about it being some kind of wonder sauce that has all these wonderful benefits? Sure, most of what I read about the health benefits are true, but that's the case with just about any hot sauce, especially red pepper hot sauce.

I personally like Frank's Hot Sauce, I think it has a better taste than a lot of other hot sauces. As far as what sets Sriracha Sauce apart from the others is it's supposed to have a tangy, sweetness to it. But, what really sets it apart and adds a bit more health benefit is the garlic. Yes, garlic is a very healthy food, and Sriracha Sauce has garlic while Frank's does not.

But, any added health benefits seem to be wasted on the other two ingredients, salt, and sugar. And not just a little bit, either. I looked at a few different recipes and they all average about the same, some even higher by substituting honey in place of the sugar. Let me show you:

To make a basic Sriracha Sauce, you will need about a half-pound of chopped up Red peppers or chilis, four cloves of garlic, one teaspoon of salt, a cup of vinegar, and two tablespoons of sugar. Once finished, this recipe makes one and a half cups of sauce. Yes, 6 ounces! Let that sink in for a minute, 6 ounces of sauce contains one teaspoon of salt and two tablespoons of sugar!

Now, don't' get me wrong, I'm not saying the sauce is not good, I'm not saying it's all that bad for you, all I'm saying is the amount of sodium and sugar kind of counterbalance the healthy benefits of the garlic and red pepper. No, it's not going to hurt you, not unless you start drinking this sauce as I drink coffee. And, I'm not saying that it doesn't have some health benefits, either. I'm just saying that once again a food has been taken out of context and placed on a pedestal that so many people gather around and do not even question or research.

That's all I'm saying, quit being like Lemmings and following blindly everything your shown and told; Check things out, think, and make rational choices based on what you learn. I know, some of you do, but there are a lot of people who don't.

As for Sriracha Sauce, yeah, I'll try it again. Not from some fast food place, but a Sriracha Sauce I know will be good; Homemade. Just a quarter batch, it should be easy to divide out, and then I can decide if I like it or not. If I do like it and it will get used, I'll check around and purchase a good brand and compare it to my homemade. Sure, homemade is always going to be better, but I like to do things the easy way sometimes. Oh, and speaking of the easy way, I won't be chopping up red peppers and having the house smell of vinegar, I'll just add the garlic, salt, and sugar to Frank's and have about a quarter cup of Frank and TJ's Sriracha Sauce.

December 29, 2020 at 1:16am
December 29, 2020 at 1:16am
#1000979
So, are you ready for another night of idle rambling? I hope not, I don't think I could ramble on much more. Oh, who am I trying to kid, if I can't think of anything else to write about, I can always ramble on about something, or perhaps even nothing at all.

Then again, some nights it's hard to write anything at all; I like it quiet and peaceful without interruptions. But tonight, my youngest daughter is still awake. I thought she would read for a while on her Kindle E-Reader, then set it to the side and drift off to sleep, like most nights. But, she finished her second book already and needed another.

I don't mind purchasing her books but would prefer she would get something she can spend a bit of time reading. Her preference, however, is for graphic books, or as we called them, comic books. She is reading a series and can get the regular book for about seven bucks, but the graphic novel costs twice as much and only lasts her a couple of nights. Of course, we set up Kindle Unlimited so there are many books she can read for free, but the series she wants isn't included.

I did take a break and had her look for a few books that looked good, not graphic books, but regular novels. She found three in the Unlimited that are now on her Kindle and she is reading one of them. Hopefully, she enjoys it and discovers that regular books are so much more in-depth and better than the graphic novels that she will want to get more books that will take a little longer to read.

Now, with that out of the way, I could get back to my topic for the night, but then again, I think I've written enough and will save tonights topic for another night.
December 28, 2020 at 1:25am
December 28, 2020 at 1:25am
#1000922
Another uneventful day. Not that it's bad to have uneventful days, they're kind of nice, relaxing, and restful, but it doesn't provide anything to write about. That's my problem again tonight, I want to write, but I cannot think of anything to write about. The girls are still on Christmas break through the New Year, then it's back to distance learning through mid-month when the schools are supposed to reopen. My wife goes back to work tomorrow, but with New Years', it will be a short week and another long weekend for her. It would be nice to get out and do something with the long weekends, but as everyone knows, the pandemic makes that a little difficult.

I'm still waiting on some items for my new hobby, ice fishing. Some will arrive this week, the rest should get here the following week. I'm looking forward to spending some time alone out on the lake; alone with my thoughts. I got a Kindle reader for Christmas that I will be bringing along, and I already have quite a few books to read on it.

I love to read, but I don't get much of a chance anymore. It seems that as soon as I get lost in a book, the girls need my attention. Of course, this is the case no matter what I get lost in, except for work around the house, then they get lost into anything and everything until the work is done.

Tomorrow I want to start logging my food intake, I need to lose some weight and a good place to start is logging everything I eat. I know exercise would speed things up, too, but with my back bothering as much as it has lately, I'm kind of limited by how much I can do. That's another concern with ice fishing, I want to load up at the landing and pull my gear out on a sled, but not sure how my back will handle it. I have a harness ordered that will distribute the weight and the pulling so that I'm able to prevent any twisting and straining one side or the other, so I think it will go alright. I know I'll be a bit sore and stiff from taxing the muscles the first few times, but I have a good, supportive, folding chair that will provide comfort once I get set up.

It's kind of crazy, I know that if I drop even ten pounds, it will make a big difference for my back. I also know that working and increasing my core strength will improve my back even more. The biggest problem is getting that first ten pounds off and working the core muscles without getting myself laid up for a week or two. It's what so many refer to as a "catch twenty-two", however, I'm not really sure what that even means. In my own terms, I think of it as being all Twenty-twentied!

And with that, I bid you good night.

December 27, 2020 at 2:47am
December 27, 2020 at 2:47am
#1000884
It's funny how I come in here to write some nights after everyone's asleep so I have quiet and can relax and unwind. But when I get here, I can't think of a damn thing to write about. I had a couple of topics earlier, but of course, I didn't write them down; I didn't have anything to write them on when they hit.

It was a pretty uneventful day as a whole, but the older daughter got herself in trouble again. She wanted to go spend a few hours with her friend but is behind on school work. The deal was, get some of it done and then you can go for a few hours. But she didn't work on any of it all morning, then asked if she could go. They are adopted, granddaughters of my wife, so they call us gramma and grampa, not mom and dad. Gramma had given in after she finally did some school work, and once again, instead of coming home at the allotted time, she texts and asks if she can stay another hour. This is the case each time she has gone to visit a friend lately, and it's got gramma pretty upset. On the other hand, the younger girl is doing pretty good right now, but that's the way it always seems to go, one or the other is creating problems, almost like they take turns.

My great task for the day was to set up the X Box we all got as a family gift for Christmas. I should be upset, Santa brings this stuff and leaves it under the tree, then I have to figure out how to set this stuff up. The least he could do is set it up; I think we need a new Christmas rule; if Santa delivers electronics, he either has to install and set up the contraption, or leave an elf with the device to assist with set-up.

It wasn't difficult to hook up, but once it was hooked up and plugged in, I had no idea what to do. This brings to mind a new pet peeve I have. Why in the 2020 doesn't anyone include directions with electronics anymore? From the Kindle readers to the portable photo printer, the X Box, and the wireless ear-buds, as well as a few other gadgets around here, none came with any instructions. A few came with enough to set it up, but then nothing with operating the device. I even looked online and found, in sick humor, operating manuals that didn't explain anything more than the card that told how to set it up.

Yes, I stated 2020 as a cuss word. My daughters just roll their eyes at me when I say it, but I think it's very fitting. I can use 2020 to fill in a lot of blanks. It covers frustration, confusion, all nine levels of hell, the excretions of a male cow, and even a few variations of the very versatile fornication word. So for now, some might wonder what in the 2020 I'm talking about, but I'm sure it will catch on, and sooner or later, someone will tell another to go to 2020, or even accuse them of trying to 2020 them.
December 26, 2020 at 2:29am
December 26, 2020 at 2:29am
#1000836
I hope everyone who honors Christmas had a wonderful day, and for those who don't, I hope you had a wonderful day as well. W had a terrific Christmas eve and day, despite the pandemic. I would even venture to say that this Christmas may have been even a bit more special because of the pandemic. I mean, it put more focus on what Christmas is really all about.

For example, instead of getting together like we usually do, merry Christmas wishes were sent by text, cards, and email. This year, those messages seemed to hold deeper meaning for everyone. We spent Christmas eve and Christmas morning at home with the girls and had a wonderful time. This afternoon we went to my mother-in-law's to make her Christmas dinner and spend some time with her so she wouldn't be home alone today.

Usually, most of her family spends the greater part of the day at her house; this has become a regular tradition over the years. Since her family has grown quite large and her house isn't very large, plans were made this past summer to rent the local hall and have Christmas there. But then the second wave hit (when did the first wave end?), nobody wanted to get together and the plans were canceled. Even though a lot of her family lives close to her, they didn't want to risk getting together with her for Christmas day. They stop and visit her other days, they take her shopping and to appointments, and they have her over from time to time for dinner, but this year they canceled Christmas because of the pandemic.

A couple of them didn't even celebrate with their own families, they canceled Christmas completely. It's like, in my opinion, a small child who can't have his way and refuses to compromise or give in unless it's his way. In fact, we went over about one o'clock and stayed quite late. During the entire time, only one of her children called to wish her a Merry Christmas.

Now, don't get me wrong, I understand people being concerned about the increased cases of Covid and taking precautions. We are very careful about going to visit my mother-in-law and if there are any doubts about being exposed or if anyone even has a sniffle, we stay away. She's over eighty now and vulnerable, so we are careful. But, she doesn't care; she knows the risks, but she explains it quite well, she could die of old age or have a heart attack and die anytime. Why give up living when you have very little time left. She always tells us, I would rather visit with my family, catch covid, and die than to live another month alone and unable to visit them. Still, we are cautious but I do not have it in my heart to not go visit her or help her.

As for the others who are being so cautious they cancel Christmas; I understand, and if that's their choice, I will respect it. However, if that was truly the case, I shouldn't see them out and about with some of their family, extended, or with friends when we go shopping. If you cannot go to our mother's for lunch or have her over for lunch for fear of catching the virus, but you can go out once or twice a week to eat or get together every Sunday at church, I think there is something wrong.

I don't want to get into it with them, and it really isn't any of my business, but I see their bluff. They use the pandemic as an excuse when it fits their needs, but when it doesn't, they pay no heed. In fact, one person who didn't want to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas because of the increased chance of spreading Covid, came over a few days ago to drop off some Christmas goodies. She always bakes a lot of stuff and normally would bring it over for the big get-together.

But this Christmas she canceled out on any get-together with anyone, too risky. But, she could drive to everyone's house on the same day, drop off her package, visit and then head to the next person and the whole time, not even wear a mask. So, how concerned was she about the pandemic?

I didn't mind, she's nice, makes awesome goodies, and we had a nice visit for over an hour. I'm just saying, her reasoning and her actions are in conflict, as are so many peoples. For some, it's just not thinking things through, for others, it fits their true desires. For me, I just live my life as much the same as I always have. If we meet, I will shake your hand and not feel a need for masks. But, if you are more cautious than I am, I will respect your desire to not shake hands, and if you desire, I will wear a mask for you.

I've stated it before, in different terms, but my opinion is, if I have to stop living to stay alive, what have I gained?

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