23 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 10-22-16

  1. I got a msg in m Spam filter from a Brazilian woman. She wants to tell me a secret, right there for the world to see. I was tempted to open it. But wisdom prevailed. You never know what lurks behind those opportunities.
    Yeah. I deleted it.

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  2. Well along Chas’ lines. I got a friend request from a gentleman with a Russian sounding name. I am a married woman. I can’t be accepting friend requests from strange men. πŸ˜‰

    πŸ™‚ It is a bright sunny morning in the Sunny South, but it is cool. It is supposed to remain in these temps for the week.

    πŸ™‚ My husband is off to see Alabama take on Texas A & M.

    ) All is as going as it’s going to be in my world.


  3. πŸ™‚ Five years ago I woke up as Cheryl D. for the last time.

    πŸ™‚ My husband and I have dinner reservations for the restaurant we went to the night we got engaged.

    πŸ™‚ Our daughters gave us a gift card, so we don’t even have to pay for the meal.

    πŸ™‚ The Cubs need one home game win to be in the World Series–they have two chances and I can’t imagine they’ll lose both. First time since 1945 if they get in it, first win since 1908 if they win it.

    πŸ™‚ It’s lovely out there–fall colors, bright blue sky with silver and white clouds.

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world.

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  4. Happy 5th Anniversary, Cheryl!

    In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 80-something years. It was exciting! (And I don’t even follow sports.)

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  5. Happy anniversary, cheryl πŸ™‚

    But Go Dodgers.

    πŸ™‚ A very busy, but productive week, lots of stories but they all got done

    πŸ™‚ Looking forward to catching up on things that need to get done on this house, but …

    😦 It’s all taking a long time and seems often very complicated (not to mention messy)

    πŸ™‚ But I kind of love this little place, as shabby as it seems to me right now. It’s got a lot of original material still to work with for someone who loves old houses. I’m anxious to reach a point where I can paint, which should make a big difference inside and out.

    😦 I usually love national elections (and just following the nuts and bolts of political campaigns, strategies, etc., which has long been a passion of mine), but not this one so much. I feel like I’ve mentally just dropped out of it, everything feels so discouraging.

    πŸ™‚ Knowing our hope and trust lies in God, not government. And whatever He’s doing (who can know??), it’s all good, all for his glory and His people’s benefit in the end.

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  6. πŸ™‚ Life is good around here. So far, this morning . . .

    πŸ™‚ Successful retreat in gorgeous Monterey with my husband in attendance some of the time (meals). He worked from the room with a view over the bay. Very nice if you can get it –I only saw it at night (full moon over the water!) and early in the morning, (Sunrise, liquid gold across the water!).

    😦 Sobering visit with Linda at Stanford Hospital.

    😦 Sobering cyber rehearsal for what will probably be scary soon–maybe November 8 or 9?

    πŸ™‚ Hillary returns for a visit November 8. So while you’re watching the news, I’ll be at the airport–driving through San Francisco late that night. Hmmmmm. Shh, don’t tell anyone, it’s a surprise! She’ll only be with us that one night before dropping in on her father (ha!) and her sister the next day.

    πŸ™‚ Our EMT was accepted to grad school at hisssssssss, was asked to be a union steward at work (But I’m going to grad school. “We can work with that,” they said), and is waiting to hear if she got a management job with the EMT company.

    😦 Called her father in tears, “I don’t want to waste your money on graduate school, How do I know what I should do?”

    πŸ™‚ Wonderful father told her we could handle school (hissssssssss), that she needed to focus on what God was calling her to do. He then pointed out what he saw in her character, her abilities, and her dreams.

    πŸ™‚ She hung up happy, off to pray, but much relieved that her heart’s desire would match God’s for her. “I really can choose, can’t I? I’ll be successful no matter which I choose, right?”

    πŸ™‚ Such a blessing to have seen her grow up and mature in so many ways. Thanks be to God for all the children. All three boys, er, men, were here last night to chat.

    πŸ™‚ God is good. I am thankful.

    Off to get the house cleaner . . . LOL

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  7. 😦 We’ll all be working into the wee morning hours on Nov. 8-9. Our staff is small and everyone has local races to track. I still remember working election night in 2000 when it was back and forth, back and forth between Bush and Gore. I took a dinner out late in the night, came home briefly. When I left the newsroom Gore had been declared the winner. But the time I got back, that had all changed. Crazy.


  8. I think I was filling in for someone who was sick and was supposed to do the numbers chart. I still remember the managing editor at the time standing over me, yelling, on deadline as I was trying to type in the latest figures from the county — now, of course, things are so much easier with the Internet fully usable for all of that (back then I think we still had a reporter at the county office literally calling in updated returns).

    It was pretty much an all-nighter that year, as I recall.


  9. I was still in Chicago in the 2000 election. I always stayed up till all the returns were in, no matter what, even though I had to work the next day. I was up till the wee hours, maybe 3:00 in the morning, I don’t quite know. Back and forth, back and forth. Finally some wear reporter (likely Peter Jennings) said we may not even know in the morning who won, or may not know till morning, I forget which. But it became clear I was wasting my time. So I wrote a quick summary of the crazy back-and-forth results for my roommate (who’d gone to bed hours before), left the note where she would find it, and went to bed.

    My stepfather died of a heart attack the day before Thanksgiving, and I flew down on Thanksgiving day to be with my mom for a week. (Blessedly, I got three paid days off for the death of a stepparent; even though I’d never lived with him as my father, he was legally my stepfather, and so I was able to take off a full week to be with my mom–Thanksgiving and the next day being paid holidays, then a weekend, then three more days.) During the week in Georgia, after the funeral was over and the rest of the family had gone home, I was simply there for Mom, to be with her. And what she mostly did was watch FOX news–the election results still weren’t finalized, and it was after Thanksgiving. I hadn’t watched the results all that much, and it was appalling how hard they worked to try any desperate measure to turn it into a Gore victory. It never was, but they succeeded in stalling for several weeks.

    My husband isn’t inclined to stay up to watch election results, and I don’t remember whether I bothered four years ago. I didn’t care very much; we had a mediocre candidate and I think it was clear Obama would probably be re-elected, if I recall correctly. I don’t know if I will stay up this time–but most likely I will.


  10. πŸ™‚ My sister was here for a week – I took her back to the airport on Tuesday.

    πŸ™‚ We had such a good time together – we agreed we need to do this more often – just the 2 of us.

    😦 We’ve had so much heavy, heavy snow already – way too soon.

    😦 The deer and other animals are going to have a very hard winter if it doesn’t melt before real winter hits

    πŸ™‚ Should be a good day for me to get some stuff done around here – I’m feeling a bit like Donna with have finished renos and supplies for same everywhere.


  11. About five weeks ago I wrote this on the occasion of my mother-in-law’s 91st birthday:

    She’s frail but her mind is sharp, and we are blessed to have her still in our lives.

    When she turned 18 in 1943, her brother was a POW in Germany. She joined her mother, sister, and sister-in-law working in the giant bomber plant Henry Ford had built in Willow Run, Michigan, a few miles from here. She is so small that she could install wiring in the nose and wings of the planes where other people couldn’t reach. Every time I see a β€œRosie the Riveter” picture I think of her.

    She had two long and happy marriages, 42 years to my father-in-law, who died before I met my wife, then almost 20 years to a widower until his death. They each took the other’s family as their own, so I married into a big blended family. I had lost my own mother, so I have been privileged to call her Mom these past 25 years.

    😦 Now Kay is gone and we are sad. She was the last of our parents, and one of the kindest people I have ever known. We will miss her.

    πŸ™‚ We will see Kay again in Paradise.

    πŸ™‚ The service honored Kay and honored the Lord. Since Kay’s church is without a pastor, a pastor friend of ours agreed to officiate. He captured her well when he spoke of her, and , spoke words of Christian comfort and hope. I hope some who were there and don’t know the Lord were drawn in the right direction.

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  12. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Cubs are on their way to the World Series! 27 batters for the Dodgers (9×3) is all it took, 5-0 against “the best pitcher in baseball.” First World Series since 1945. Now for the first win since 1908.


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  13. πŸ™‚ 2nd Arrow was home for a visit early this week.

    πŸ™‚ Friday she was honored at her workplace in the annual awards ceremony. She was voted by her peers as favorite vet tech in her division. (Techs who have been employed at her vet hospital for less than five years. There was also an over-5-years category.) There are about 50 techs employed by the hospital. She received a plaque and monetary gift, and another plaque for display at the hospital, to be placed alongside the previous winners’ honors.

    πŸ™‚ Wonderful state music teacher’s convention I attended Friday and Saturday. I met a lot of people, including two composers whose works I’ve used with piano students. Everyone was so friendly, and I came away with many great ideas to use not only as a piano teacher, but, unexpectedly, also as a performer and a composer.

    πŸ™‚ New friendships and contacts made, and previous acquaintances deepened.

    πŸ™‚ Very very close to getting final word on 1st Arrow’s new job. There’s more I want to say, but I’ll hold off until all the details are wrapped up. πŸ˜‰

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  14. We had a really lovely anniversary, with an extravagant dinner out, the same restaurant we ate at the night we got engaged. I’d wanted to ask to go back for this anniversary, but it’s expensive and so I was going to suggest going for the salad bar (which is very nice, complete with caviar, and moderately priced if you only get the salad bar).

    Well, it turns out that since we were traveling this summer, and then a wedding a few weeks after we returned, the girls had bought us a gift card to this restaurant for Father’s Day and my birthday, but didn’t give it to us until a month ago. So we got to go for the prime rib in addition to the salad bar. The card didn’t cover our whole meal (though our dessert was free and we ordered only water to drink and no appetizers) because the place isn’t cheap. But a fifth anniversary is worth a splurge, especially when more than half of the cost was covered.

    And he made me a card that includes one of our wedding photos turned into sepia.

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