New Year’s 2021 Eve Open Thread

Be careful what you wish for 😀

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  1. elliesmom says:

    I doubt I’ll make it to midnight tonight. I’ll do to Ellie and Hank what I used to do to my kids. They’ll be asleep by 8 so I’ll just wake them up whenever I want to go to bed and tell them it’s 2021. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but I think all of the people who are convinced 2021 is going to be better than 2020 are in for a huge disappointment. My grandmother used to make sure the house was spotless and “her larder” full on January 1st every year. That way whatever the new year brought she was prepared. I’m finishing up the food for brunch with my brother later this morning. I hope he makes it because there’s no room left in either freezer. My laundry is done except for the clothes on my back. I just need to sweep the kitchen floor and push the button on Rosie the Roomba, and then I can rest easy about keeping faith with Nana.

    • Mothy67 says:

      You said you know the woman who invented the roomba? I love, worship, adore, treasure her. I cannot fathom running the vacuum with two dogs again. It was an endless war. My house was the Afghanistan of canine shedding. I have an upstairs and a downstairs pet vacuum. I still have to sweep the stairs. I put on those petting gloves which Bad girl brings to me when the mood strikes her. Bella loves those soft plastic teeth. She still sheds.

      • elliesmom says:

        Helen Greiner is one of the founders of iRobot, the company that brought the Roomba into reality. The orginal designer is Joe Jones. He won a student competition with a robotic vacuum cleaner at MIT. My son-in-law worked for Helen for awhile. I got to test some of the other products her company put out. I have a floor washing robot that didn’t make it into full production, but it does fine on my kitchen floor. i could buy the final product, but I got used to the quirks in the prototype. I’ve had Roombas for a long time. When my sistrer-in-law had her stroke and was obsessing over things like not being able to vacuum, I gave her my Roomba. I thought I’d be fine without it in the smaller house, but after a few months of not having it, I bought another one. If I added another robot to Rosie and Gort, it would probably be the one that cuts the grass. I know they must have the technology already to have a robot snowblower because I’ve seen the robot they’ve built that seeks out bombs and dismantles them at work, but they haven’t brought a snowblower to market yet.

        • Mothy67 says:

          I still have Wally. It/he was the yellow industrial first line. I used it in my bar. Best thing. Very old. Mittens Romney had not yet decided to give away election. The thing is industrial. You can’t use it on fine carpet.

    • votermom says:

      Hey! Rosie was the name of our Roomba!

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        This made me laugh and I scar3d a cat.
        On one side of the age line is Rosie the Riveter. On the other side, and my first thought, is Rosie the Robot. Both apropos.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      My bedtime is 11oclock!! 😀
      Our DeRino has us on a 10 0clock curfew!!!! 😡

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I have been [not entirely] joking that since we are going to get a rerun for 2021 , I would rather have a second 2019.

  2. Mothy67 says:

    Sharon , aka mom, aka bad lady is such a dork. Today is her birthday. I am wretched when it comes to gifts. I give them as soon as I buy them. Realized last night that due to covid fears no one was going to stop by. Sister has cancer, bros are too escared to infect our Medea as they are working. So there would be no gifts. I went to the grocery store and bought all of her favorite junk food. Like 200 in garbage. She is in tears over chips and salsa or maybe it’s the sparkling wine. The 600 dollar tablet got a shrug but dark chocolate causes fluids to seep from her orbs.
    The evolution of my monster mom my weeping mom with technology is funny. She is not that old. 19 years my elder. She had a monstrous desktop wanted to never touch a laptop. I bought my dad and her laptops. Couldn’t get them off of them. They were like teenagers. Dell passed away in November. So I bought her a tablet. “Oh I don’t like those” Cannot rip that thing out of her frigid hands.
    Same with phones. They had those flip senior thangs with yuuuuge numbers. I added lines and bought them smartphones. “Oh I don’t want or need that absurd thingy” She is on facebook everywhere we go. I be like mom the food is here put down your phone. Oh let me get a pic!?!?! I will walk by her and she says nothing. Ten minutes later I get a text. Lordy she loves to text. All the time. I will be in a store and she demands face time to determine what type of coffee cream to get. Coffee cream is coffee cream.
    She is not a big fan of lgbtq. She thinks the gays just need to grow up, but has a massive crush on Richard Grenell? Crying freakazoid.

    • taw46 says:

      I love that story about your Mom. Happy Birthday to her!

      • Mothy67 says:

        It’s always fun when elitists inform what it is like to have homophobic parents. They know my story better than me. Okay, sure. Sharon never left for even an hour in 1970 when I was given a 1% chance. ICU back then was ten minutes on the hour. Months my Medea stayed. But okay Smith grad tell me what I think and feel about the life I’ve lived.

  3. taw46 says:

    So, no New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago?

  4. Dora says:

    I’ve heard the whispers about the illegal adoption, but wow!

  5. DeniseVB says:

  6. Miranda says:

    I have my lucky food assembled. We don’t like black-eyed peas or collards, but we have beans, spinach, and ham (different dishes).

    • Somebody says:

      Don’t like black eyed peas? Blasphemy, I may have to revoke your southerner card Miranda 🤣🤣🤣

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Someone had to say it…………

  8. Mothy67 says:

    I really want to buy a robotic lawn mower. I hate mowing the grass. It is the bane of my existence. It only gets worse. I don’t have a big yard so when I ruined my last gasoline powered mower I went cheap and got corded. Nightmare!!!!! I have about 18 inches on the side of my house. Previous neighbors always cut it when they groomed their yard. I cut my other side neighbors yard.New crazies ignore a one run up the side. I cannot get my corded mower to that side without magic if you can call three extension cords magic. My outlet is in backyard. I have difficulty getting to this little strip next to my house.
    I honestly believe they hate me because of Trump. I shoveled my walk- i thought I went to our property line. I was off by four inches. She shoveled later than me and left 4 inches of snow between our houses. Seriously one scoop. This was a drop of easy removal snow if you got out there fast. My snowblower made no sense. It was soft untouched snow. I have a machine for days like today which is maybe in inch. I do the whole block. I listenned to Sundown and If you could read my mind love by Gordon Lightfoot and I was done — there are five houses on my block. I did not do next door. I have always done the block cause I work from home and I can even work as I spend a whopping ten minutes clearing the walks before a freeze. I have done it while people are at work. They come home to clean walks. My neighbors treat Shayla well. That is what matters. Miserable next door I think is TDS. Mofo’s can pull stupid shit like leaving four inches on sidewalk between our houses. There has been more than one occassion with an ambulance in the deep dark night. It is mental health. I guess Trump maga gay hat flipped them out. They bore me. I care nothing for them. Children. I have a ring doorbell. I can see dull late20’s early 30’s remove signs.
    To quote my second fav which is Tina Turner – I don’t wanna fight.
    Cross a line with my kid who is not my kid and I will end you.

    • elliesmom says:

      Buy in for one of the lawnmowers is about $800. Most of my yard is wooded so it would be an indulgence for me to buy one. Now if the $2000 payout were to show up, I could use it to buy a generator and put what’s leftover toward a robot lawn mower. Or I could use it to pay a mover to take me somewhere I didn’t need either one. 😉

      • Mothy67 says:

        Where do I do buy in. I do not indulge myself. Everything goes to brat. I can’t even remember when I last bought socks. I am getting a push mower – one of those old old things with no power or a robot. Corded was such a yuuge mistake. Lawn care is not my thing to begin with – having to lift it over the fence and I daydream. I run over cords all the time. I will be 54 in January. I spend on others. I want a robot to cut my grass.

        • Mothy67 says:

          Funny
          I imagined sitting on my deck watching my robot mow the lawn scowling at me arse /ares hole neighbor. I had to laugh as I know within 15 minutes my brat would be thinking about how she could use an app making money by cutting people’s lawns.
          I am dealing with a lockdown isolated woman because she was always kind to my Shay.
          We had just walked by on our way to the store. Years and years. Shay, unknown to me, and Meg offered yard services. Sandi thought she was reciprocating because I shop for her and pick up meds. It is on my way. She paid Shay and Meg 20 dollars each. The woman cannot afford meds or internet. Love, love my Shay. Bwahahahaha the idea of her actually getting her hands dirty is beyond absurd. I do appreciate a neighbor reaching out to my brat. Ask me first though. Shayla picking up stuff. Hahahaha. She is spoiled.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I will buy in right now if you direct me.

        • elliesmom says:

          In the spring you can find them places like Home Depot and Lowes, but there’s not a lot of market for them right now in the northeast. There’s always Amazon. I’d wait a couple of months because while it’s sitting in the box waiting for your grass to grow, your warranty is running out. If it’s just the cord on your lawnmower that bothers you, I have a cordless electric mower that cost much less. It runs for about an hour on a charge.

          • Mothy67 says:

            Oh i thought buy in meant I take a risk for 800 and accept not working. I will spend 800. I really detest cutting grass. My yard is small. I gave up city life and nights out for little thug. I wish I could erase lawn care. I gave up so much. Can i get one thing? They are 4 thousand on Amazon. My time here I chose to stand with an unwanted child. I did my job. I do not want to push a lawn mower. I don’t care about much else. I am not complex. The lawn takes ten minutes but I hate the fact that I am here. I never wanted it. I will buy a mower because I need to know I am not tethered to a life I never wanted. I am stuck here. C’est le vie.

          • elliesmom says:

            There are several at Amazon in the $800-$900 range. As I said, I’d wait for a sale in March or April.

          • swanspirit says:

            Some good reviews here. I like the orange one with the anti- theft device. If I had a lawn.
            I don’t understand the people here in Ocean Pines, who cut down their beautiful trees, and put in lawns.
            https://www.gearhungry.com/best-robot-lawn-mower/

    • swanspirit says:

      I understand hating mowing grass. I am anti – lawn. One of the reasons I bought my home, was that it has no lawn, just trees.🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 No lawn whatsoever. I have leaves to rake, but I either use a leaf blower, or pay someone to do it. No mowing. I hate it. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

      • elliesmom says:

        I have no lawn in the front of my house, and just a patch in the back. I’ve been slowly replacing the lawn in the back with ground cover plants. My goal is to have no lawn before I get too old to mow it.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I never minded mowing even with tree roots. but had to wear a mask…hummmmm. At any rate, Before I left home, I helped my dad make sure the yard was totally no mow . As he aged the polio symptoms, although milder, started returning. So he knew he would not be able to keep it up. The front was steep and had always been planted but We turned one side to rose garden and dog run one the other. We enlarged the flagstone patio and did ivy covered terraced banks in the back. It was a very nice oasis in the city and ivy and myrtle tended to keep anything but those rascally baby maple trees from sprouting. On darn very old maple tree and we always had a forest of little ones in the spring. I use to pull them and put them in vases. We would give them to people looking to add trees to their property by the dozens. Most grew and are still going strong. Always were sad it was not the cherry or dogwood trees that were so good at self propagation. wild morning glory decided it loved the no grass zones but just trimmed away from any flower beds. It looked pretty and the ivy kept it in check.

    • Miranda says:

      Post snake-bite, I have a lawn service. They can do in 30 minutes what took me all day. It’s awesome.

      • Constance says:

        Isn’t it just amazing how fast the pro’s are. I still mow myself and just keep wondering how the hell did it take me 4 hours to walk around the yard in circles.

  9. votermom says:

    we’ve reenacted the entire Soviet experiment within a year from thus blogger’s POV

    https://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2020/12/we-are-already-in-brezhnev-era-of.html

  10. Mothy67 says:

    I don’t understand how to graph cousins. My mom’s cousin? What is that to me? Second? Once removed? The removed confuses me. Well at 74 in Arizona died from covid five minutes ago.

    • Mothy67 says:

      I have never met him.

    • elliesmom says:

      When you make your family tree, all of your cousins that are the children of your parents’ siblings are your first cousins. The children of those cousins are second cousins to each other. The children of your first cousins are your first cousins once removed. Their children are your first cousins twice removed. When you look at it in tree form, it’s easy to see how it works. To be first, second, or third cousins, both of you have to be at the same level on the tree, The “removed” jumps in when you start naming relationships that are at different levels.

  11. Mothy67 says:

    Bwahahahahahaha
    Shay has to do zoom at 9 am on Monday for school (?). This is the first time they have to log in at a specific time. Three days alert. All the kids stay up all night since March. They were scared off of being outside. So teens chatted and used computers to socialize. They created their place. Shrimp last night begged me to buy Cloudy. It is like a vape, but uses melatonin instead of Nicotene. I said no. Absolutely NO. You r not inhaling melatonin at 14. You will get up at 9 and be exhausted or you sleep through and get a flip phone. Your choice. Ten minutes later my brat who has now claimed she suffers from a disability known as insomnia was sound asleep. I think I might want to try Cloudy. I do have insomnia.

  12. elliesmom says:

    I have word my brother has hit the road so I think this visit is really going to happen today.

  13. Mothy67 says:

    July 30th my Aunt Dunny’s kids refused to have Aunt Sara who is also known as Dunny placed in a funeral home also known as nursing home. The home they wanted to send her to has had a 69% of covid deaths. They fought with my cousins. Sarah had is having issues but she is lucid. They wanted to send her off to death.

    • elliesmom says:

      I have so much sympathy for families who find themselves in the situation of having a loved one who can’t remain at home without lots of support, but putting them in a nursing home is a death sentence. I was truly amazed at how much support is available for keeping a loved one at home, but finding out about it takes persistence.

  14. Dora says:

    No more celebrations in Times Square.

    ===

    Video shows gang of young bicyclists in ‘animalistic attack’ on BMW in Manhattan in broad daylight: ‘Welcome to de Blasio’s NYC’

    ‘It shows how far the city has deteriorated’

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/video-gang-nyc-bicyclists-attack-bmw

  15. Dora says:

    Even in these depressing times, there are things worth celebrating.

    Congratulations Matt and Ginger. 🙂

    See pictures of the happy couple.

    ===

    Matt Gaetz proposes to girlfriend Ginger Luckey…

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/matt-gaetz-proposes-to-girlfriend-ginger-luckey/

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours dear friends. Stay safe, well and Happy. 🥰🙏🙏🌟

  17. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, well, yeah !

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  19. elliesmom says:

    My brother doesn’t dispute that “some cheating” took place in this election, but he claims the cheating is baked into the pie. He believes Kerry beat Bush, Bush cheated. But when there’s cheating, it’s usually because the people behind it know which president we really need. He thinks Biden is going to be a much better president than Trump, and just like people have in the past, they will be happy the cheating led to a better outcome. I’ll give you a moment to digest that.

    Now, my brother was born in 1960, and the Kennedy/Nixon election might as well have been Andrew Jackson/John Quincy Adams as far as his first hand knowledge goes so it’s not a sensitive election to discuss. He admits Kennedy probably stole the election from Nixon. So we played “The Man in the High Castle” over brunch. What would things look like if Nixon had won in 1960? It was a fun conversation. He still doesn’t believe Trump should be president for another term. He still thinks Biden will be a better president. He’s not so sure Kennedy was worth accepting the cheating for. It’s a start.

    He is afraid if Trump is declared the winner on the 6th there will be a real war, and he thinks Trump should step down gracefully to prevent it. The word coward did enter the conversation at that point, but it doesn’t have the sting it used to, I guess.

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