32 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 3-6-21

  1. A beautiful day to be outside feeding the goats and sheep. And now I am off of child care for a few hours. Finished my bike and other exercise and getting my letters off to my grandchildren. Very thankful to God for the life He has given me and the works He has given me to do.

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  2. πŸ˜€ Love covers a multitude of sins. Happy thought for today from either side of the sinning.

    πŸ˜€ Miss Bosley has been my Pandemic Partner.

    πŸ˜€ We go back to in house worship tomorrow.

    πŸ˜€ I can watch the service on Facebook Live.

    😣 I just heard about a person I knew from work long ago who died from Covid.

    πŸ˜€ My neighbor got their fence repaired today after storm damage several months ago.

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  3. 😦 Our department was told by corporate that costs needed to come down and that meant letting someone go. The axe fell this week on Sue, my co-worker of 23 years. Why they picked her I don’t know. She more than pulls her weight and we will suffer some without her. And I will miss her personally.

    Her husband has a good job and they are empty-nesters, so I don’t guess this is a big financial hardship. Still I know it came as quite a blow to her. And the process of finding a tech job has changed so much since 1998.

    πŸ™‚ I’m glad they didn’t pick me.

    😦 But I feel survivor’s guilt.

    I know DJ has dealt with this kind of stuff over and over for years.

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  4. 😦 Where Boy is concerned, sometimes I can’t seem to do anything right in Nightingale’s eyes. Often it is because I didn’t know or remember that I was supposed to do something or not let him do a particular thing, but other times it is because of a difference of opinion on how to handle something.

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  5. Sad when people lose their jobs. Sad for you to hear that bad news, Janice.

    Maybe you should have her write things down, Kizzie. She doesn’t realize how lucky she is to have someone who loves him watch him for her. There are always differences of opinion about raising a child, whether husband and wife or grown children and parents. It comes with the territory. Plus, I remember when watching some grands for just weeks at a time, that it is difficult being a grandparent and having to somewhat being a parent at the same time. I can’t imagine it ever being a completely smooth venture if it is done for very long. However, I cannot imagine you cannot do anything right concerning him in her eyes. That is just a lie from the pit, I believe.

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  6. Kathaleena – Thank you. Yeah, you’re probably right that my statement was an exaggeration. That’s just how I feel when something comes up between her and me, which had just happened right before I commented. I know that she really does appreciate me.

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  7. I’m so sorry about the cutbacks, Kevin. Yes, I’ve been through many, barely surviving so far, I’m sure.

    πŸ™‚ More rain is coming our way

    πŸ™‚ The pandemic won’t last forever

    πŸ™‚ A cousin and some friends of mine (all of us vaccinated now) are already talking about get-togethers in the coming months

    πŸ™‚ My kitchen looks better; laundry getting done

    πŸ™‚ My dogs are hanging in there, despite the usual signs of aging; still happy and can’t wait for their walks every night, though they’re now a bit shorter than they once were

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  8. The saddest work experience was when our harbor daily paper closed — after 100+ years — in 1998.

    I went home and just cried over that one, so sad.

    With permission, we salvaged some of the items from the old office; I have the wheeled wooden book stand (where the gigantic dictionary sat for years), a metal typewriter table (my printer sits on that now), and a coat/hat rack that stood in the editor’s office for so many years. And the paper’s framed AP membership certificate from the early 1990s, now hanging on my home office wall.

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  9. Our EMT is visiting our Stargazer this weekend for his birthday. We’re jealous. We’ll head to Seattle to visit the first time we’re allowed out of the county AC–after COVID.

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  10. Oh, and the date of the newspaper closure? March 13, 1998 — which was a Friday (the 13th). Anniversary is coming up I see. Still remember people packing up their desks, the counselor they sent to keep watch over us (he sat up front, stroking his chin). Some were angry, others were just sad. I was one of the 3 (one was on vacation) who would be staying by way of being transferred to our other regional daily sister paper. The two of us left the office for a couple hours to go out to lunch, we were both so upset and also had “survivor” guilt. We were forced to talk to the counselor.

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  11. We actually had to write a story late that day about the closure, then get the paper out (the next day, Saturday, was our final edition ever) with just the 2 of us and our editor working late. Surreal, it was, and so sad.

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  12. DJ – How old are Tess and Cowboy now?

    Heidi is 11. Her age shows at various times, like when she plops herself down with a grunt-sigh, and sometimes makes a little grumbling sound as she settles herself down. Or when she and Janie have been playing, and she stops and then pants heavily for a bit, while Janie is still full of energy and raring to go. After she’s been playing with Janie, or has been awake for a (relatively) long time, she completely zonks out for quite a while. And she often snores when she’s zonked out! πŸ˜€

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  13. Tess and Cowboy are both about 14 yrs. I’m grateful they’ve both had such long and (I think) happy lives, but dread the goodbyes that will likely come before I’m ready (but I’d never be ready).

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  14. DJ, she and her husband had dinner on the patio. “Out.” Now that it is warming up here (supposed to be in the sixties the next few days), my husband and I can start having dinner outside if we want to, too.

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  15. No, I went to a restaurant with my in-laws and niece ( to say goodbye to her).

    A date! My husband couldn’t go.

    I changed my clothes several times!

    A waiter poured wine into my glass!

    Everyone, but me, wore down jackets. They let me sit closest to the heater. πŸ™‚

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  16. πŸ™‚ Nightingale took me out to a restaurant for breakfast this past Tuesday morning. (Some of you may have seen a photo she posted and tagged me in on Facebook.) This restaurant – The Place 2 Be – has three locations, with another one coming, and each one is influenced by the area they are in, including some menu items. I thought that was pretty neat. And the food is great!

    I had Nutella Coconut Pancakes, with sliced bananas added, a side of sausage, and a Mango Sangria. Most of the menu items have add-ons for an extra price, like the sliced bananas I had added to my pancakes. Nightingale had a quesadilla with scrambled eggs and avocado (and some other stuff), home fries, and drink made with prosecco, lemonade, and honey. Each drink came with a cute little rubber duckie floating on top.

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  17. We’re at 45F here. The windows are open and I think I’ll go sit in the sun for a little bit. Of course, I’ll have boots and a coat on, but… πŸ™‚

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  18. Do they sell down coats in California? Oh, yes, it has been known to get down into the fifties. Never mind. I do not have a down coat.

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  19. I trekked through the garden area – snow is still almost 2 feet deep. It was a tough slog.
    The part of the deck where my hammock goes is almost snow free – I should be able to have some hammock time when I get back from helping with the babies again. I head out at the end of the week πŸ™‚

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  20. Yes, mumsee (3:34). We also have mountains with snow only about 2 hours away that folks like to visit.

    I wear a parka sometimes when it’s raining or when I’m walking the dogs at night. On the walks I leave the knit cap, gloves and scarf at home though.

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  21. I walked down to the willows this morning to check the game camera. A beautiful owl showed up. Anyway, if I go early, there has been a nice crust on the snow, enough to hold me up easily. but by mid morning, it becomes a bit rougher going through the snow.
    Our deck is generally snow free. We have people shovel it and when the sun hits it, it melts any remaining snow or ice in very short order. The deck is generally a comfortable temp even in the depths of winter, on the south side of the house. It is not so comfortable in the summer when it quickly exceeds one hundred. But we have nice trees to sit under then.

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  22. πŸ™‚ 60s here. Mrs L and I took a 2 mile hike.

    πŸ™‚ Our little church decided to meet together in house starting March 28, 55 weeks after our last in house meeting. We met outside in the summer and on Zoom since the Fall, so face-to-face will be great. Not sure if we’ll do a fellowship meal.

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  23. I had forgotten! Of course they need down. And rabbit fur hats (I have one of those from when oldest left his here twenty years ago..) and mittens.

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