Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Holiday Express rolling into Joplin, Missouri

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90 Responses to Wednesday, December 22, 2021

  1. swanspirit says:

    Love it!!! So completely festive!!

  2. DeniseVB says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Beautiful! One of the things my trip to Alaska did was make me aware of how many eagles live in my own neighborhood. I always thought they mostly live “somewhere else”.

    • taw46 says:

      On my trip to Alaska many years ago, one of our visits was to Homer. We took a boat out in the bay, along the coastline, to see eagles. They sat in trees just like that. It was amazing to see so many of them.

  3. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    Dinner at Dr Fauci’s. 🙂

  4. Dora says:

    Christmas in California!

    • elliesmom says:

      OK, this was really funny, but I’m scratching my head about his sponsor at the end. Magnesium is a stress relieving dietary mineral supplement, but it’s also used to relieve constipation. Is he serious about the sponsorship, or is he recommending everyone needs a laxative at the holidays?

  5. Dora says:

    Durham zeroes in on Clinton campaign, could call some aides to testify, court memo reveals

    New court filing in Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko’s criminal case shows prosecutors want to know if Clinton campaign knew false intel was going to FBI. Expert calls it an “incredible twist.”

  6. Dora says:

    New York Prepares to Detain Groups Deemed a “Significant Threat to Public Health” in Internment Camps

    • Anthony says:

      I can’t wait to get kicked out of camp!

    • DandyTIger says:

      Internment camps for the unclean. Rings a bell.

      • lateblum says:

        Just made this same comment during a discussion w a friend of mine last night. She doesn’t notice the blaming and demonization of “the unvaxxed”. I suggested that if she were actually not vaccinated, she would hear the message that Biden sends every day. It underlies all the nastiness from dil toward me. It isn’t even veiled any more.
        My friend is not vaccinated, but is not the least bit judgmental of people who have chosen to remain vaccine-free. So, she really does not hear those messages from our “leaders”.

    • lyn5 says:

      Democrats always will return to their past transgressions.

  7. elliesmom says:

    I have been watching the fallout from Joe Manchin’s current proclamation with some amusement. Lost in the uproar from the left is it’s not one senator refusing to support BBB. It’s fifty-one. Add to that how many people have been coming down with foot-in-mouth disease, and the whole thing is fraught with humor. One of the most hilarious examples is Bette Midler. After declaring West Virginians are an illiterate bunch, she gets shoved in her face that California and New York have higher rates of illiteracy than West Virginia. I lived with some of the bigotry toward WV when I was little so I’ve seen it firsthand. It’s nasty and undeserved.

    I loved to visit my grandparents dairy farm along the Ohio River in WV in the summer. My grandfather played the banjo, and an uncle could fiddle. I love “hillbilly music” to this day. The farmhouse was fully plumbed. There was even a flush toilet and a shower in the milking barn. But down in the farthest pasture from the house sat a privy. I asked Grandpa about it one day when I was six or so, and he told me it was a long walk back to the barn, and “Grandma doesn’t like it when I pretend I’m a bear in the woods.” My mom used that privy to make fun of my dad’s family, and she was not funny. She was mean.

    The summer I was nine, my other grandmother took me home to Nova Scotia for the summer. There were toilets in the houses where my grandfather’s family lived, but when we arrived at my grandmother’s childhood home, I was handed a chamber pot to put under my bed and taught how to use a pump. While we there, we went to a party that was celebrating the first indoor plumbing to be installed in a house. I though it was cool to watch people take turns turning on a faucet and flushing. By the time we visited again, most people had indoor plumbing, but I will never forget the fun everyone had at that party.

    At nine I was what was called an “unfiltered” child. If i thought it, I said it. When I got home from my trip, I had great fun sharing the story of how “backward” Mom’s relatives were compared to my dad’s. She didn’t stop making fun of the West Virginia relatives, but she did stop comparing them to hers. Like someone from Boston should make fun of how anyone else in this country talks. 🙂

    • Mothy67 says:

      I love West Virginia. Spent my summers there as a kid

    • swanspirit says:

      I love West Virginia. I lived in Mill Creek W.Va. for one full luxurious down to earth summer. The owner of a large farm there was spending his summer in Europe, and “let out” the farm to hippies. The house had electricity, but it was for the most part, turned off.

      You had to contribute to the upkeep and well being of the farm and the community, to live there, and it wasn’t a commune. I took care of the chickens, and the chicken coop, learned to cook and bake on a wood stove, and helped grind our own flour from 50 lb bags of wheat bought in Elkins.

      Everyone gardened, and kept up the house and grounds. I even learned some rudimentary skills on the banjo, which I have since lost, but still love bluegrass and old times music.
      In the middle of the heat of the day, we would take a break and head down to the creek to skinny dip in the cool water. The locals thought that was just fine, called us mermaids, and brought us home made elderberry wine.
      The locals had tractors, but still used great gentle giant draft horses on the steep hills, and I got to ride them when one of the farmers was taking them down the road to another farm, to help his neighbor out.
      No one passed a hitchhiking neighbor. No one was ever left standing on the side of the road.
      Bette Midler can KMA.

      • lateblum says:

        The comments that I read were memorable!

      • DeniseVB says:

        What an experience !

  8. helenk3 says:

    every day you post beautiful holiday pictures, but you know this one has to be my favorite so far

  9. elliesmom says:

    I just got an oil delivery. In September I paid $2.74/gallon. This time it’s $3.29. I’m on “auto-fill and auto-pay” and not on a pre-delivery prix fixe so I get a 5% discount off that price. In the past agreeing to a fixed price for the season has always ended up costing me as much or more, and I get better service if I agree to share the risk of price increases with the oil delivery company. What’s different is my Christmas week delivery is usually for 200 gallons or so, and this one is only 130. It’s been a bit warmer this year, but not all that different. What has made a difference is my investment in polar fleece. Comfortable to wear, easier to care for than sweaters, and cozy warm enough to turn the thermostat down 7-8 degrees comfortably.

    • swanspirit says:

      Are heat pumps an option in your neck of the woods?.

      • elliesmom says:

        Heat pumps run on electricity, and that’s the most expensive energy source around here. They were tried for awhile, but most people converted to oil or gas when they saw their electric bills.

      • Constance says:

        I have a heat pump, they are big in Seattle. It replaced my 60 year old oil heater. I loved the oil heater because it puts out super hot air and you can sit by the furnace grate and get super heated. The heat pump blows lukewarm air non stop, you can hear the fan and you can feel it. It blows hard enough that the curtains ruffle all the time. So I’m not saying it doesn’t heat. But heat pumps just aren’t the same thing as real oil furnace heat.

  10. lyn5 says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sounds like answer to a positive test, why is he super spreading it around ?

    • Constance says:

      It might be easier for the Cabal if Biden died. Remember in “9 to 5” When they made the top executive disappear and the underlings ran the company for months?

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  18. elliesmom says:

    Has anyone ever taken a trip for Christmas? I don’t mean gone to visit family. I mean pick a destination and go there for the holidays. Elliesdad and I often talked about taking a Viking River Cruise down the Rhine or something like that, but our family always acted like we’d be abandoning them. The last few years, even pre-covid, my kids have made Christmas into a stressful holiday for me so I’ve been thinking about doing it again. I have a couple of potential travel companions so I probably wouldn’t have to go alone. It would be fun to steal Crash, but I don’t think I could get away with that. I traveled a lot with my grandmother when I was her age. The cruise down the Rhine was ED’s idea, though, so I’m open to some other suggestions.

    • votermom says:

      Is Europe pretty open right now?

    • Miranda says:

      The December after Mom and Gran died in May, Husband, Aunt, and I all went to Vegas and flew home on the 25th. If we’d stayed at home, Aunt and I would have just sat around crying, so we ignored it.

      Vegas is under a mask mandate at the moment, so that’s out for us.

      I’d love to spend Christmas at the beach.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Are you talking about going in two days? I think that would be awesome if kids were being a pain. Personally I’d do a Greek Isle.

      • elliesmom says:

        No, next year. My kids are currently arguing over what time I should serve dinner on Christmas Eve. I’m going to serve dinner when I want to so they’re just getting each other annoyed for nothing. lol But every year they leave me hanging about what their plans are. This year I accepted an invitation to a friend’s house for Christmas Day, and told the kids to “work around it”. By this time I thought I’d be off the hook for doing Christmas, but while they both invite me, they don’t invite each other. And they invite me for the same time. Add in my brother’s wife who won’t leave her house, and they make what should be a wonderful holiday a stressful month. Greece might be fun. Like “Shirley Valentine”. 😉

    • Woke Lola says:

      No, but I have avoided extended family for years for similar reasons. Christmas is a safe zone for me, hubby, and adult children when she’s local. A trip sounds like a GREAT idea. This is the website we use to plan and book international travel. Hella great deals. Good luck!

    • Somebody says:

      I haven’t, but we’ve talked about it ourselves. River cruise in Europe, Baltic Sea cruise and an all inclusive tropical resort have always been our thoughts.

  19. Mt.Laurel says:

    I am getting ready to leave bot central here at the office where they have been attempting to drain any joy out of life more than the spirits of the Grinch and Scrooge and Soros and Fauxci combined. However I feel my work here is done for the week. I have annoyed the anti western culture (well heck they are also anti most eastern, northern and southern hemisphere cultures ) directors of the larger agencies (to the amusement of most of the peons) by using such phases as Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas/Buon Natale/Feliz Navidad/Joyeux Noël and even a Belated Happy Hanukkah to someone I had not seen since before Thanksgiving and it worked better than garlic or kryptonite. Then remined them that many celebrate the Christmas season through Orthodox Christmas/Epiphany. so yes, as usual, the little tree in our office will be up for a while.

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    • Mothy67 says:

      I am concerned that Kyle’s “celebrity” might cause some to think he loves the attention and try to use that to suggest he suffered no harm by being called a white supremist murderer. I know the reality but progs gonna prog.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      On the one hand I STILL don’t want to take anything without true long-term studies, on the other hand I trust the Army more than I trust Pfizer and its ilk, although that’s a pretty low bar.

  22. elliesmom says:

    I have a friend who lives in the burbs outside Montreal. The Canadian government is giving out free at home covid test kits. They’re being distributed through local pharmacies like CVS. The tests come 100 in a box, and the stores are only getting 2 boxes every day or so. People have their names on lists at the store to reserve test kits for their families. The rush is to get their families all tested before they get together for Christmas. At my friend’s closest CVS, today when she went to pick up 6 kits for her family, the pharmacist told her the kits only work if someone is symptomatic. No symptoms,and the accuracy of the test plummets. Now she’s afraid to go see her elderly parents because she can’t get her family tested. She didn’t like my answer of letting her parents decide whether they still want guests. They don’t have dementia.

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    The leftist harassholes made Salena Zito leave Instagram. Grrrrrr.

  25. helenk3 says:

    whenever they start talking about the build back better thingy does anyone else think big bunch bullshit? that is my first thought

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