Monday, November 29, 2021

Traverse City, Michigan

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  1. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    Such a beautiful, calm and peaceful picture.

    Thank you for posting.

  2. Dora says:

    He should just go away.


    U.S. should be prepared to do “anything,” including lockdowns, to fight Omicron – Fauci

    • Somebody says:

      I can’t decide if Omicron is the mid-term election variant or just the convenient excuse variant, maybe both. It just seems a bit early for a mid-term variant. It could be they are just building up to a mid-term crisis that requires mass mail in ballots. We’re still dealing with Omicron in some parts of the country try and now this🙄

      Either way, some are chomping at the bit to be dictators again. Fauci misses playing God. The governor of NY wants her turn, she always dreamed of being queen one day. Gavin out in CA is gearing up. The Biden administration will use it for mandates and other unconstitutional acts, as well as an excuse for the economy and supply chain issues. Plus another crisis, another stimulus package or two. The big guy gets 10%. Hell he might charge 20 or 30%, he moved up everything requires his signature now, surely that fetches a higher price.

    • Anthony says:

      Very effective way to destroy small businesses and reward the Democrat party’s big business donors.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Morocco has banned air traffic from here AGAIN. I’m never getting married, apparently.

        We should have a TCH pool on when the next lockdowns start (TX and FL excluded).

        • lateblum says:

          I’d bet Illinois will be among the first – if not the first to be locked down. Probably at Christmas. Pritzker just can’t help himself. His need to be king is overwhelming.

        • 1539days says:

          NY is now postponing “elective” surgeries like cancer biopsies and pain reduction procedures.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            The health care system hasn’t given a fuck about pain since the painkiller manufacturers apparently missed a bribe payment. I’m now completely out of headache meds–the equivalent of Tylenol III, so I’m not taking heroin or anything–and it has become so humiliating and time-consuming, and such a crapshoot as to whether I’ll succeed, to get a refill that I’ve resigned myself to hiding under the covers a few days a month.

            See also: insomnia. We can’t even get melatonin anymore for reasons. Doctors here believe it’s better to take benzos. I pretty much don’t sleep ever.

          • 1539days says:

            Benzos? They give that stuff to addicts in withdrawal.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Really? I thought it was an addictive substance itself. I freaking hate it because yeah, I sleep, but I wake up in a fog and it literally takes until noon to be alert. It’s a completely unworkable solution for anybody who has a freaking job.

          • Mothy67 says:

            Have you tried any foods with high levels of melatonin?
            Bananas, some cherries, Goji berries, lycium berries, almonds are all high. Rasberries too. Check glycemic index because sugar rush might perk you up.

    • swanspirit says:

      They still refer to Faux Md. as the nation’s top infectious disease expert, after all of his mistakes, backpedaling, and outright lies. We should be prepared to do “anything” to fight Fauci!

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Aren’t the Omicron symptoms basically a big nothingburger? I saw them described as basically muscle soreness, headache, and fatigue. Which incidentally is the illness that knocked me on my ass FOUR MONTHS AGO, although I declined a Covid test at the time due to not wanting to add to the statistics and knowing that if it was positive, it wasn’t like there would be some different in the kind of treatment I’d get. (Plus I work at home and shop online, so it’s not like I was going to run around like Typhoid Mary.)

      • Somebody says:

        The doctors that discovered and are seeing patients with Omicron are indeed saying it’s very mild. The lead doctor in South Africa said the patients aren’t even losing their sense of smell and taste. Apparently most people are over omicron in 2 to 3 days.

        Perhaps it’s just me and I admit I am not a doctor, but Omicron sound like a variant that could produce global herd immunity. No lock downs, no travel bans, quite the opposite. Huge social gatherings, concerts, crowded stores. Pass omicron around, let the vast majority develop natural immunity and put covid and all that is associated with it in the dustbin of history.

        Covid wouldn’t be eradicated, some variant will pop up here or there going forward, but most would have natural immunity so the cases would most likely be localized. Obviously people not alive now wouldn’t obtain natural immunity. For most of the world’s population it would no longer be a novel virus and therefore far less chance of a cytokine storm.

        It just seems to me if omicron is indeed that mild, it would be best for everyone if it ran rampant through schools and through most of the population.

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        • jadzia1971 says:

          I just said that to my ex today. In the context of a conversation about how OUR DAUGHTER WENT TO SCHOOL FOR TWO DAYS AFTER THE LAST SCHOOL CLOSURE AND NOW IT’S CLOSED FOR ANOTHER WEEK. Oh, and they made all the kids stand around outside in wet 35-degree weather after they decided to close until the parents came 30-60 minutes later. So that nobody would get sick.

          Anyway, because I’m not a Branch Covidian I too thought, “Wait a minute. Seems like this might be GOOD news.” Because if this variant is very transmissible AND very mild, well, that’s how viruses are supposed to work and this should be a goddamned exit ramp.

          Also, please pray for my sanity over the next week, as apparently the Jadzia Dax Law Firm and Daycare is suddenly reopen for business. FML.

        • SHV says:

          “t just seems to me if omicron is indeed that mild, it would be best for everyone if it ran rampant through schools and through most of the population.”
          Should know in 4-6 weeks. The best outcome will be if the latest variants are more contagious and less virulent. Current thinking is that the 1889 Pandemic “Russian Flu” was Coronavirus and not Influenza. That virus initially very virulent with high mortality and over a period of a few years became a mild infection. That Coronavirus is still with us as one of the viruses that causes “the common cold”. Hope history will be repeated.

      • DeniseVB says:

        After my 2nd Moderna I had what felt like the flu only without a cough or fever. Just slammed with body aches and fatigue. Slept about 24 hours and it was gone. I was told it was my immune system responding? LOL, struck me funny that I must have a lazy system that didn’t want to be bothered with the cough and fever part. I’ve been fine since.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Perhaps my memory is faulty, but other than babies being a little fussy after vaccines (because they’re LITTLE and don’t like being jabbed with a needle), I don’t EVER recall being told that a vaccine would knock me TF out and that was somehow proof it was “working”–until now. And now? I’m hearing things like oh, we’ve always known this. What? Who’s we?

          • 1539days says:

            How about the flu shot? People always said they felt like they got the flu and medical professionals swore up and down that vaccines don’t work that way.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            I only had the flu shot a few times and I don’t remember being told that it would make me feel like crapola. And I DON’T remember them making me feel like crapola.

          • lateblum says:

            I had a flu shot in October, the fall before Covid. I was VERY, VERY SICK for a month. And because the other gramma was birding in South America for a month, I had the task of taking the grandgirlies to school every day. So I’d crawl out of bed every morning and then crawl back in as soon as I got back home. I was freezing and then sweating. I ached and even the bottoms of my feet hurt so I could barely walk. I found myself on all fours on the floor trying to breathe. It was the first time I’d ever had a reaction to the flu shot other than a sore shoulder.

            That December I found myself in a conversation with some older ladies at the senior center who’d had very similar reactions to their flu shots. Lucky for them that none lived alone and none had grandparenting tasks while they were sick. But everyone of us had residual symptoms even 6 weeks later.

            Fast forward to last week… I had a flu shot – my first since that last time. Since then I’ve had major issues with my digestive system, I’ve had chills that are unrelenting. I’ve been to the immediate care clinic with blood in my urine, and been put on one antibiotic and then told to stop it and start a new, “more effective” antibiotic. And people ask why I am unrelenting in my refusal of the vaccine.
            Except for my new PCP. Yay.

            She NEVER ASKED ME ABOUT THE VACCINE. I was shocked. She saw the Quercetin and other supplements and extra vitamins in my med list and I explained I was using the EVMS protocol. She seemed fine with it. We did not discuss it and I have a feeling it will come up in the near future.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            That is horrible! Except the part about the PCP. Wish I could find one like her here.

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          • lyn5 says:

            How are you feeling now, lateblum? Was your flu shot the stronger dose one?

  3. elliesmom says:

    I think Fauci’s shelf-life has expired. I’m not sure if there was one specific thing that was the bridge too far for a lot of people, or if it’s been a gradual erosion of trust. I don’t think there’s going to be much support for lockdowns, and I don’t think there will be a rush to get shot #4. We “crossed state lines” yesterday to go to a store in CT. The cashiers were all wearing masks, mostly with their noses sticking out, but few of the customers were. I asked for help finding a restroom, and I casually commented on store policy about wearing masks. The friendly lady at customer service told me CT still has masking mandates, but RI does not. The store manager has given up trying to get customers to wear masks.

    • swanspirit says:

      I agree. I think we have reached Fauci Fatigue. Good riddance. He still gives me the creeps.

    • Miranda says:

      Our county is under a mask mandate, but some businesses are ignoring it for both customers and staff.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        My country has now given up on closing elementary school classes for a single positive test result. I mean, they’ll probably yank that away from us in 10 days or so because that’s how these assholes roll, but it’s good news for now. (Would’ve been better a week and a half ago, when I had the pleasure of 2 10-year-olds home with me all week thanks you a single positive test result in their class. NOBODY, including the positive kid, actually got sick, and nobody other than that kid had a positive test result. It was a huge disruption of the kids’ education for nothing.)

    • Somebody says:

      There are still some that hang on every word Fauci says like my CA sister.

      I have a comment in moderation for some reason, probably a fat finger 😳

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Not that I had a ton of it to begin with, but the main takeaway of the last 2 years for me is that I have lost 100% of my trust in the leaders of our country, the authorities, the police, and the “experts.”

      I doubt I’m alone in this.

  4. jadzia1971 says:

    Now THAT’s the kind of December I remember; I grew up “just” 300 miles north of there. (Translation: the picture looks like a nice balmy evening, ha ha.)

    We had our Thanksgiving last night and it was lovely. Nobody talked about politics or Covid and nobody gave me any shit about my vaccination status (which unfortunately did have to come up after another guest, a pro hockey player, invited us to one of his games and the truth was the most gracious way of declining). The hostess’s BFF is a real chef (as in, worked at the Four Seasons SF when she lived in the States), so she got put in charge of the challenging dishes and of course they were delicious.

    My teens acted like assholes but ya can’t have everything. The one who is currently grinding my gears (and who, hilariously, just lost a class election after running on the “I’m smarter than you guys” platform) has registered his contempt for my outdoor Christmas decorations in advance of their installation. Apparently we are attracting too much tourist attention. This after I spent hours Saturday running him back and forth and back and forth to hang out with his friends at laser tag, where I strongly suspect there was drinking going on (but am not nearly sure enough to actually do anything about it). The one who USUALLY grinds my gears, which is the one who plans to go to culinary school next year, had a nice conversation with chef lady, so as least that part was good.

    I did meet a new American this weekend and it was because of the outdoor decorations. So we might have had an inflatable, light-up, 2-meter-tall turkey in front of the house. Upon returning from the store and parking out front (to make unloading easier), this car comes screeching to a halt. I THOUGHT it was a tourist stopping to take pictures of the turkey (yes, this has been happening). It turned out that it was The Only Other American in Town, a sweet retiree who jumped out of her car to ask if I was American, because she THOUGHT there were Americans here after seeing the Halloween decorations and then the turkey confirmed it, ha ha. The American community here is SO small that at Thanksgiving yesterday (which is in a completely different town), I told this story and two of the Frenchies at the table were like, “Oh, Madame X! She was my English teacher in high school.”

    Mayyyybe it’s time to do some work. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

    • votermom says:

      Loved reading this – sounds like a great TG!
      Except for the teens being teen LOL

    • elliesmom says:

      Teens have to behave like that so we’re justified in starting to make plans about how we’re going to use their rooms after they move out. 🙂

      Over the weekend a neighbor across the street replaced his inflatable turkey with inflatable Santas, snowmen, and a huge nutcracker. I love living near someone who really gets into holidays. 🙂

      • swanspirit says:

        My next door neighbors put their outdoor pre lit Christmas tree up on their porch on Saturday! I love it. I am planning my door, hope to have it up this week. Yule comes earlier than Christmas! I celebrate both!

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I was thinking something very similar about teens: they act like this so we won’t be sad when they move out.

        Your neighbor sounds great! I just have to figure out how to get lights on the outside of the house. I’ve never done that before.

    • lateblum says:

      My husband and I used to go north of Traverse City for winter skiing. We weren’t very good, so the thoughts of Colorado never entered our heads. After my SIL broke her leg in several places and ended up in casts for months WHILE ON THEIR HONEYMOON, I was pretty much averse to going anywhere except places where I was able to walk down to the base if I got in trouble. But Traverse City was lovely. And Petosky and Bay Harbor were beautiful and the slopes were just hard enough to intimidate me and tempt my husband. We even went up there while I was 8mos pregnant. I got the award for the smartest skier that year – I went shopping in town.

      Honestly, your TG sounds like it was a good time. Although I had been disinvited from family TG at my son’s, I took dd#2 there on Friday. It was so much more relaxed than being in a houseful of left wing, vaxxed and unaccepting people. The only one who questioned me about my unvaxxed status was Calamity. And that was in private when she said that she missed my coming over on school days. It was sweet and very unplanned. I was able to get the mom to allow them to start coming over again. So TG was a win-win for me. I got great food and the best time with Calamity and her big sister.

      • Somebody says:

        I’m glad you had quality time with the grandkids. Our TG was quiet, it was just my kids and grandkids.

        I was sort of disinvited to TG with my extended family, which was at my sister that lives here house. I was disinvited to a host of family gathering plans, all of which I was absolutely dreading🤣 They didn’t formally disinvite me, but the plans were loose, my sisters were trying to coordinate the times for each meal or outing with everyone’s schedule. They never got back to me on final times or even final dates for outings. Just poof no more contact like I didn’t exist, ignored texts and calls.

        It had nothing to do with my vaccine status, it had to do with my mouth and my attitude🤣 My family indulges my sister from CA, they walk on egg shells around her. She’s caustic and nasty, always right, etc. I’ve been through a lot this past year, life is short and I just DGAF. My CA sister says a lot of stuff and honestly I let most of it fly by but she said two things recently that set me off, one about DeSantis or Deathsantis as she calls him and one thing about Trump.

        I called it like I see it, did not hold back. My sister that lives here called me and said she thought I was too tough. Hmm, I thought about it and decided I wasn’t, felt CA sister was wrong not me. So I’ve been shunned for the sin of speaking up, with any luck my shunning will last until next year😉

        • lateblum says:

          Your TG sounds like a really pleasant way to spend the holiday. It’s too bad that your sibs are unappreciative of your presence. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Neither do your kids and grandkids. And with everything you’ve gone through this year, I cannot imagine what this TG would’ve been like had there been a different outcome. {shuddering}

          I wasn’t all that saddened by the TG “dis-invitation”. I was the one who offered to stay away if ppl would be uncomfortable with my vaccine status. I knew what the response would be before I offered and I could even say I was remaining home for “the greater good”. You know, that same greater good that they always throw at me when trying to coerce me into getting the vaccine.

          The shunning that still bothers me is the one stemming from my asking questions about HCQ when dd#2 had Covid. My bil still hasn’t spoken to me since then. It will be 2yrs in April. I had no idea he was so very rigid and judgmental. And mean spirited. The worst is that he has seemingly influenced my sister so that when my cousin in CT and I were talking about my flying in to see her, I never even thought about letting my sister know. I would’ve been gutted if her response indicated she had no interest in seeing me. Sadly, my cousin died in the beginning of Sept. But I treasure the recent years of closeness we had and give thanks. *I will say that my sister actually sent me a TG card this year, unlike last year when she did not. So perhaps there is a thaw of sorts.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I’m so glad it worked out!!!!!

  5. Dora says:

    They were great! It was so nice to sit in front of my television and be entertained instead of aggravated, annoyed and scared silly.

    • lateblum says:

      I didn’t realize they were on last night until five minutes before the program ended. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Aren’t they great together!?!

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  8. DeniseVB says:

    Juicy Omellet’s trial begins this week too. Going to be a busy week just looking for the non-coverage 😛

  9. Dora says:

    The Telegraph: With Harris looking un-electable, Dems Consider “nuclear option” — Put Harris On Scotus

  10. DeniseVB says:

    • taw46 says:

      The commies will just ignore it as if Kamala and the rest of them never said anything about Jussie. Never happened. OR —– the original story was true, according to them, and they will choose to go with that, because their fellow commies will never call them out on anything.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      My favorite part about the Jussie story was where the MAGA rednecks recognized him as the gay guy on “Empire,” because obviously they were big fans.

    • helenk3 says:

      if that is the best the dems can do, God help this country
      remember the good old days when dems had some loyalty to America?

  11. helenk3 says:

    did bid-on and the benedicts go out of their way to pick the worst people possible to appoint government positions? It sure seems like it

  12. lateblum says:


    • Constance says:

      I just had the locks on my new place changed today and the Lib locksmith was just so giddy about the new Covid mutation. Like old warriors when faced with a new war. I listened to hm while he worked. It’s clear the Libs are replacing their unifying Trump hate with their unifying pandemic obsession. So I finally said “Well the people who are refusing vaccination are legitimately afraid of the shot” He told me that is because they have heard lies from Trump regarding the shot safety. Apparently they have forgotten the shots were developed and released by Trump. And they have no tolerance for the fact that vaccine side effects will show themselves over time.

  13. Angie says:

    Remember how they mocked Melania’s absolutely stunning decorations?

  14. helenk3 says:

    hope this shows

  15. lateblum says:

    Okay, I’m going out. Have a great morning, everyone!

  16. Mothy67 says:

    Brat got tested yesterday because she was in a car with a toddler last Tuesday who tested positive (slight fever, no other symptoms). She was negative, but can’t go back to school until Thursday. We realistically only followed guidelines for the first month almost two years ago. Kids and family have been in and out the whole time.
    My aunt died yesterday and whispering down the lane started. She was late 70’s with full blown Alzheimer’s. It was cruel at this point to keep her going. No controlled bodily functions. I assume hospice helped with her exit. Doesn’t stop the Karen’s for attributing it to Covid. Nevermind she had almost no contact with grandchildren or siblings for the last 35 months because everyone was afraid they’d kill her. What an awful way to leave. Facebook is putrid. Instead of brief messages of support some people take every opportunity to embrace the drama of the fauci. She was almost 80 and had been deteriorating for years. I swear some love the covid because it yields non stop drama and misery loves company.

  17. helenk3 says:

    what a wonderful Christmas gift this would be. you might be laughing until JULY4th

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  20. DeniseVB says:

    I did not know this….

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Just playing around with Parler to see if this works like sharing Twitter………..

  22. helenk3 says:

    does anyone here have substack? Dan Bioginio was talking about the stuff there on the maxwell trial and what could be expected. seems to be out of the MSM’ s range of thought

  23. elliesmom says:

    Friday night is going to be my annual latke dinner. Before I met Elliesdad, I had a Jewish friend whose mom was a fantastic cook. She let me hang around her kitchen as long as I promised her I wasn’t her son’s shiksa. When she met Elliesdad, she relaxed. 🙂 She taught me how to make a Chanukkah dinner. My son could fill up my dining room table which easily seats 10 if he told his friends I was making her latkes. Traditionally, I’d be making brisket or weinerschnitzel, but I couldn’t get either at the grocery store this week. With my sincere apologies to Mrs, Weismann, may her memory be a blessing, I will be making schweinschnitzel instead. With the pork cutlets and the latkes, I’ll be serving her green beans and garlic. Challah bread and applecake. There needs to be something chocolate, and my guests might think it’s fun to spin a dreidel for some chocolate gelt. I have to think about that. I’m still in contact with Mrs. Weissman’s son. She didn’t like her daughter-in-law all that much and told him she regretted meeting me. lol

    • votermom says:

      That all sounds delicious

    • swanspirit says:

      My mother learned some Jewish dishes, for my father. My favorite was noodle Kugel, the savory kind. Your menus sounds delicious!!

    • SHV says:

      ” told him she regretted meeting me. lol”
      Well that explains the latkes and pork!

      • gram krakka says:

        Let’s all eat trafe for Chanukah!

        When at my daughter’s home in the DC area I liked to occasionally shop for upscale food items at Balducci’s. In 2007 their NY store on 8th Ave at 14th Street displayed various hams tagged with festive PERFECT FOR CHANUKAH banners.
        Nancy Kay Shapiro’s blog post with pictures of the hams went viral. We still laugh about where can you get a kosher ham these days.

      • elliesmom o says:

        Mrs. Weismann and I had a mutual admiration society. In truth, I was almost everything she wanted in a daughter-in-law. Mostly, I was properly defererential to her. 🙂 But she and I shared a lot of common interests, and I enjoyed being invited to participate in her family’s traditions. I had two insurmountable flaws, though. I wasn’t Jewish, and I didn’t come from a wealthy family. She put the amateur yentas at the synagogue at work to find a suitable wife for her son. They picked out a young woman “of some means”, and being a dutiful son, he married her. She was Jewish, but refused to keep a kosher kitchen, thought dragging Chanukkah out 8 days was silly. Just give her one expensive gift. She treated Mrs. Weismann like household help. All of that could have been forgiven if she had produced a grandson, but she gave birth to a daughter, and that was it for having kids. Mrs. Weismann’s son would never have a son and heir of his own. Elliesdad got the woman who would have spent long hours in the kitchen with her getting special meals on the table for eight days in a row- and a son. The reality is her son and I were and still are just good friends, but that’s why she wished she had never met me.

  24. helenk3 says:

    e-mails e-mails they get you every time.

  25. helenk3 says:

    does anyone know about a bid-on and hunter movie?

  26. helenk3 says:

    new Christmas song

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Oh. Dear. Lord.

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    I’m receiving robo calls in Spanish.

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    Kid yells STFU @ Jill Biden!.

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