Remaining Calm In A Chaotic World [Bluebell]

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Serenity Now!

I know I am not alone when I say that the events of the past twenty months have worn me out. From the introduction of COVID-19 to our shores to the shut-downs (“Two weeks to flatten the curve!” ) to masks and lay-offs and shuttered businesses (“We’re all in this together!” ) and on through the 2020 presidential election (eek), I think it is fair to say that last year was a horror show. Like many, I hoped that this year would be better, and, well, let’s just say my hopes were not realized and leave it at that. There have been glimmers of hope recently – the Virginia election, the Fifth Circuit stay on the vaccine mandate for private businesses, the Rittenhouse verdict – and for those I am truly grateful. But, we are not out of the woods yet. And really, while we are still on this earth, we never will be. However, dwelling on the negative isn’t good for anyone, anywhere, at any time. So what can we do? Allow me to share some things that I find helpful.

The most obvious and yet somehow the hardest to do, is just to unplug and walk away from the computer, television, radio, and/or the phone. I know, I know, we all have FOMO (fear of missing out) but you know what I’ve found? The news is still going to be there, when I get around to checking it eventually. There are days, even weeks, when I just feel like I can’t take any more bad news so I just cut myself off from it. Yes, even from our beloved HQ.

Have you ever seen me say in the comments that I’m off to iron, or fold clothes, or vacuum? I’m not kidding when I say those things. Those are all things that need to be done, that I may not be hankering to do, but when they are finished it makes me feel good. Finding something that needs to be done, then tackling it, even just starting it, is a good way to get your mind off things you’d rather not dwell on.

Another thing I find helpful is going for a walk outside. There’s something about being out in nature, breathing the fresh air, looking at the trees and the birds and the bunnies and whatever else you encounter, that refreshes the soul and clears away the cobwebs. Do not underestimate the power of a good walk. If it’s raining or too cold, there are “indoor walking” videos on YouTube that are fun, for all fitness levels.

When you are hanging around the house busily not immersing yourself in the news, turn on some music. You might be surprised how much that lifts your spirits. I like making or finding playlists on Spotify, but you can also find some great playlists on YouTube, or of course play your own music. Music soothes the savage beast but also the ravaged soul.

Find a hobby, or pick up an old one and start again. For me, I am getting interested in sewing again, particularly sewing something besides blasted masks. Find some volunteer work that interests you and gets you out of the house. That way you’ll not only be helping yourself, you’ll be helping others, which is always a good thing. Start reading that pile of books you keep meaning to get to, or go to the library and find something new. You may find it hard to get back into reading if you are used to mostly surfing the internet, but just set a timer for 30 minutes and get started. You’ll be hooked before you know it.

My last suggestion, which is also the most important one for me, is to cultivate your prayer life. As a Catholic, I made a daily rosary a habit years ago, but this year I’ve done more novenas than I can count and gone to daily Mass more often. Pray on your own, or join a prayer group if you like. If you are not a praying person, but would like to be, now is a great time to get started! The more you learn to turn your troubles over to God, the more inner peace you will feel. This is hard to do. But it’s worth doing.

If you are not inclined to prayer, work on changing your mindset. A glass half full is the same as a glass half empty, but the way we think about this affects our mood, or maybe vice versa. Train yourself to see the glass as half full. It may take some time and diligence, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how you feel when you achieve this.

We may not be able to fix the world’s troubles, but we can ameliorate how they affect us. Subjecting ourselves to bad news day in and day out is not going to help us. When you feel up to checking the latest news, go right ahead. But when you feel the world is dragging you down, then unplug, take some deep breaths, find something else to do, and cultivate peace. I’ll be over here listening to my Thanksgiving playlist and folding laundry and thanking God for my many blessings, and I invite you to do the same.

Happy Thanksgiving, and may God continue to bless us all and bring us peace.

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1 Hola

Posted by: Thanatopsis at November 25, 2021 11:01 AM (9Kw6A)

2 Thank you, Bluebell

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at November 25, 2021 11:02 AM (3D/fK)

3 I usually just start drinking.

Posted by: BignJames at November 25, 2021 11:02 AM (AwYPR)

4 Amenski comrade!

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko gender fluid at November 25, 2021 11:03 AM (bzpqM)

5 Thanks.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 25, 2021 11:03 AM (vuisn)

6 Well said, Bluebell.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:05 AM (VxC1e)

7 Very good suggestions, Bluebell.Thanks and God bless you and yours, dear.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:06 AM (poMoX)

8 Drinking and putting the computer down it can be liberating

Posted by: Doug at November 25, 2021 11:06 AM (HMHlJ)

9 Happy Thanksgiving, Bluebell!

And Happy Thanksgiving to The Horde.

Posted by: KT at November 25, 2021 11:06 AM (0ghg2)

10 Thanks bluebell!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by: Just Wondering at November 25, 2021 11:07 AM (jYQlA)

11 There's a load in the dryer right now that I need to fold...

Think I'll put it on the 20 min. 'touch up' cycle....again.

Posted by: Tami at November 25, 2021 11:07 AM (cF8AT)

12
thx, Bluebell

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 11:08 AM (DUIap)

13 Well said, Bluebell.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:05 AM (VxC1e)
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Coming from a great orator like you, that's high praise.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:08 AM (wyw4S)

14 Happy Thanksgiving, Horde!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at November 25, 2021 11:08 AM (kTF2Z)

15 Find a hobby, or pick up an old one and start again.


Not trying to turn this into a gub thread, but I just started a new hobby involving black powder and percussion rifles. Once the new house is finished and we move in, there will be gardening, canning and moonshining going on.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:09 AM (uXonU)

16 3 I usually just start drinking.
Posted by: BignJames at November 25, 2021 11:02 AM (AwYPR)

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The cause and solution of all life's problems.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:09 AM (VxC1e)

17 Agreed. I also have a reasonably sticky daily Rosary habit thanks in part to COVID. That and other good habits acquired lately I hope to keep up.

I did notice while reading a real book this week that I do not read as swiftly or as well as I used to. I need to get that back in shape!

Posted by: Catherine--who generally doesn't curse. at November 25, 2021 11:09 AM (xQ19v)

18

I see that National People's TV, piss be their name, has precisely nothing about Thanksgiving on today other than a kids Arthur's Thanksgiving in the middle of the day.

Their programming tonight? Irish musicians and dancers.

I am however grateful that the local People's TV slipped in Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving last Saturday night.

Off to take thing number two to a fun scrimmage with his football team then come back and start cooking... Rack of Lamb today! Unfrenched...

Going to have quite a conversation about Thanksgiving and gratitude today with the vermin and one of their cousins over dinner.

May God bless each and every one of you and may you find something in your life to be grateful for, to be thankful for, and if nothing else know that we here are grateful that you are here.

Posted by: My Pimp Shot My Dealer at November 25, 2021 11:09 AM (M2P6t)

19 Hemlock on the right. Their lacy foliage causes that dappled-light effect on trails by spreading their limbs out over open areas searching for more sunlight. I miss them in the mountain west.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at November 25, 2021 11:09 AM (Bmy3R)

20 Like many, I hoped that this year would be better, and, well, let's just say my hopes were not realized and leave it at that.

Same here. Anyway, great post and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Bluebell.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at November 25, 2021 11:10 AM (Xrfse)

21
I never see the glass half full. I top it off.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 11:11 AM (dQvv7)

22 Ah! Do you know where I took this photo, Guy?

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:11 AM (wyw4S)

23 I am actually happy about the Arbury verdict. I live in SC and heard about it at the killing at the time it happened.

Even if he was stealing from their construction site, they should have detained him and called the cops.

Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:12 AM (JVCkA)

24 I volunteered to work today. It's time and a half plus 8. Why not, in this Bidenconomy. It's from home, so not too bad.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at November 25, 2021 11:12 AM (Bmy3R)

25 ...and of course to the rest of The Horde.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at November 25, 2021 11:12 AM (Xrfse)

26
When you are hanging around the house busily not immersing yourself in the news, turn on some music. You might be surprised how much that lifts your spirits. I like making or finding playlists on Spotify, but you can also find some great playlists on YouTube, or of course play your own music. Music soothes the savage beast but also the ravaged soul.

This. I'm working on my own classical music playlist, which has now reached 3576 pieces by 1232 different composers. Today, I added pieces by Gasparo Spontini, Volkmar Andreae, Luca Antonio Predieri, Reinhold Glière, Henri Mulet, Joachim Raff and George Antheil.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 25, 2021 11:12 AM (/U27+)

27 If you simply must think about politics today, Schlichter has a good column on why we should be grateful that the tide is turning. I'm pretty sure he reads AOSHQ.

https://tinyurl.com/fvv46ebk

The Chinese kids dancing brought a smile to my face. You know what nobody does? Dance to CCP propaganda and music. We remain the ones the rest of the world emulates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=031K1K8tl1g

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:13 AM (ZsR3z)

28 Tues was laundry day this week. A guilty pleasure, clean clothes are racist.
Neighbor called, tree down across shared driveway, from winds. Landlord will not be happy on his day off but he's got a chainsaw. And his pavilion tarps over vintage cars blew away too.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko gender fluid at November 25, 2021 11:14 AM (bzpqM)

29 Happy Thanksgiving, Horde. I'm taking it easy today, since I'm on deck to cook the big meal tomorrow when we'll have the kiddo. I'll probably tinker in the basement and watch some of the MST3K marathon on YouTube.

Posted by: PabloD at November 25, 2021 11:14 AM (Mw9bd)

30 Don't forget Hadrian's Horde approved classical music! It's a wonderful selection. And thanks again for putting it together.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 25, 2021 11:14 AM (YynYJ)

31 Just what I needed to hear today, Blue bell. Thanks.

Posted by: Texican ette at November 25, 2021 11:15 AM (qyEvT)

32 clean clothes are racist.

"Makes your whites whiter..."

Yeah, I can see that.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at November 25, 2021 11:15 AM (Bmy3R)

33 Thanks for this, Bluebell.

I had gotten lazy about the Rosary pre-COVID. But a buddy of mine suggested saying the Rosary daily in Latin - so I started if only for Lent last year. Am happy to say that the habit stuck past that, and it lends a different feel to the prayers. If you find yourself lagging, give this a try!

Posted by: pikkumatti at November 25, 2021 11:16 AM (vjH93)

34
I don't think I've had the TV on for 10 minutes in the last three weeks.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 25, 2021 11:16 AM (/U27+)

35 Bluebell, that's a Thanksgiving blessing, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Posted by: Braenyard at November 25, 2021 11:16 AM (sP+u8)

36
Agree as well about saying the Rosary. Takes about 20 minutes, but you feel refreshed after doing so.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 25, 2021 11:17 AM (/U27+)

37 Thank you Bluebell and I hope you have a Blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful picture above.

2 turkeys seasoned and ready, spatchcocked one for the smoker (22lbs) and the other (only 16lbs) for the oven.
Yes we hare having a bunch of family over. 30mph gusts right now, I hope the wind calms down this afternoon!

And a Happy Thanksgiving to all the horde!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 25, 2021 11:17 AM (zpexD)

38 ....... And also with you.
Grace and peace to you and yours.

Posted by: Good Dog, Happy Man at November 25, 2021 11:17 AM (RtxtG)

39 Happy Thanksgiving!

(sips coffee)

Posted by: Puddleglum at work, gobble gobble at November 25, 2021 11:17 AM (ppL7t)

40 Floating UFO's in the photo?

Posted by: Infidel at November 25, 2021 11:18 AM (pA4Ca)

41 Our church organist is a genuine professional, as in played with McCartney. Last weekend, in the prelude to the service, he played Albinoni's Adagio in G minor. Wow. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't heard it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMbvcp480Y4

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:18 AM (ZsR3z)

42 Even if he was stealing from their construction site, they should have detained him and called the cops.
Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:12 AM (JVCkA)

I think that is what they were trying to do, but Arbery ran around the truck, and tried to seize the shotgun.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:18 AM (P3gRi)

43

I wonder who the godless, secular-progressive Left thanks on Thanksgiving?

Posted by: Good Dog, Happy Man at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (RtxtG)

44 Here's another suggestion. If you were a reader as a kid, find some books you really enjoyed as a kid and have some positive role models, adventures and engage your interest and read them again. For me, one of things I read is the "Anne of Green Gables" series which are books for girls and women. It was a different time , of course, but the books are uplifting and a pleasure to read. I don't know what the equivalent books for boys are, but I know there have been conversations about the men here treasured as kids.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (poMoX)

45 Thank you Bluebell...Sometime we just have to step back .. A Blessed Thanksgiving to you all

Posted by: It's me donna at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (L7jxG)

46 Just what I needed to hear today, Blue bell. Thanks.
Posted by: Texican ette at November 25, 2021 11:15 AM (qyEvT)
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Glad to hear it!

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (wyw4S)

47 2 turkeys seasoned and ready, spatchcocked one for the smoker (22lbs) and the other (only 16lbs) for the oven.

Please keep us informed as to how the smoked one goes. I thought about doing that this year, but decided TG was probably not the time for an experiment.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (ZsR3z)

48 I am thankful I've had a lifelong Hobbie and a few on again off again ones. It's good to have a diversion .

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 11:20 AM (2JoB8)

49 I had gotten lazy about the Rosary pre-COVID. But a buddy of mine suggested saying the Rosary daily in Latin - so I started if only for Lent last year. Am happy to say that the habit stuck past that, and it lends a different feel to the prayers. If you find yourself lagging, give this a try!
Posted by: pikkumatti at November 25, 2021 11:16 AM (vjH93)
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Maybe I should make that a goal for 2022! Thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:20 AM (wyw4S)

50 Oddly, hangin' out here with Teh Horde is more often than not, just the medicine needed to lower my BP and pour oil on the troubled waters.

Because no matter how bad the news, how hot the outrage, some Moron or 'Ette is sure to zing the exactly correct one-liner, pithy comment or smartass observation needed to help me laugh my way through the mess.

But a year *is* a long time to have to endure between TxMoMeets, I'll damnsuretellya!

Happy Thanksgiving, Horde!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (QzJWU)

51 Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted by: COMountainMarie at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (16EvI)

52 Sorry; Meant the books the men here treasured when they were kids. I'd even suggest reading the Narnia series as an adult.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (poMoX)

53 I volunteered to work today. It's time and a half plus 8. Why not, in this Bidenconomy. It's from home, so not too bad.
Posted by: Guy Smiley


Because anything over normal goes to the big guy at 50% or more.

Once I realized that, I never worked another holiday at time and a half. Especially since everyone that was sitting at home was getting paid time.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (uXonU)

54 Find a hobbit? Where do you find a hobbit? And what if it runs away?

Posted by: Emily Litella at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (VxC1e)

55 Well said, bluebell -- thanks!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Posted by: Doof at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (mZUr4)

56
For me, one of things I read is the "Anne of Green Gables" series which are books for girls and women. It was a different time , of course, but the books are uplifting and a pleasure to read.

Though the times may be different, books like that have something to say to us that relates to our present lives. That makes them worth reading.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 25, 2021 11:22 AM (/U27+)

57 Great advice!

I have been following much of the advice contained within for a while now. For Lent in 2020, I gave up social media, and when my 40 days was over, surprise, I just never went back.

I don't watch news, read the paper or otherwise. I've been quite at peace with that. I know basically nothing unless a friend tells me, I hear it at church, or I read it here or a couple of other blogs.

I'd give one other suggestion, schedule yourself and enormous project that you aren't sure you can complete. Challenging yourself to something you don't think you can do is an enormous mental rush.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at November 25, 2021 11:22 AM (7F9te)

58 Lovely post, bluebell.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (ZLI7S)

59 My diversion next week will be my normal tennis schedule and completing my homemade body armor. My faith though is my rock.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (rwyDf)

60 I'd give one other suggestion, schedule yourself and enormous project that you aren't sure you can complete. Challenging yourself to something you don't think you can do is an enormous mental rush.


Probably best that it NOT be finishing a 1.75 l bottle of scotch.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (ZsR3z)

61 " Find a hobbit? Where do you find a hobbit? And what if it runs away?
Posted by: Emily Litella "

I heard Charlie Brown has a Bilbo.

Posted by: f'd at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (Tnijr)

62 I found that nothing pisses away an entire year better than signing the contract for a new house while the old house was in the middle of renovations, having to clear the old house out, then spend the entire spring and summer and fall finishing the work on the old house and getting it on the market. Yup, I recommend it to all my worst enemies.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (VwHCD)

63 Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Bluebell is very wise in her advice. There is a whole lot of life out there.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 25, 2021 11:24 AM (mu0Y0)

64 All right. Time to bundle Ajax in the car and get moving.

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at November 25, 2021 11:25 AM (csEWM)

65 Happy Thanksgiving, Horde!

Everything is totally under control here and on schedule.

Did anyone/everyone else get a barrage of email asking you to take account of "unequal wealth" and "welcome" homeless people to your holiday table? I am so sick of this shit. My grandkids, kids, and even we oldsters do not need to "share" (more than our taxes and donations" with people we know nothing about, whose illness, addictions, or bad choices have led them to where they are now. I have removed myself from more and more lists.

Posted by: CN...FJB at November 25, 2021 11:25 AM (ONvIw)

66 Bad news: Radio station started Christmas music 24/7

Good news: First thing I heard was Vince Guaraldi.

Posted by: klaftern at November 25, 2021 11:25 AM (taPSh)

67 bluebell forgot her monkey outfit

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 11:26 AM (2JoB8)

68
Please keep us informed as to how the smoked one goes. I thought about doing that this year, but decided TG was probably not the time for an experiment.
Posted by: pep

I have been smoking turkeys for about 5 years now. First in a Ugly Drum Smoker and now it a pellet smoker and I have always spatchcocked them.
They have always turned out great. There is a trick to cooking them in the smoker spatchcocked... they cook faster (spatchcock in the oven cooks faster too).
I wouldn't cook one in the smoker for the 1st time for T-Day either!

Remember the skin on a slow smoked turkey does *NOT* come out crispy. If you want crispy skin take the turkey out of the smoker after 2 hours and finish in the oven.
The smoke does not penetrate after 2 hours so you're not losing any smoke by moving it into an oven (and the house smells outstanding!).

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 25, 2021 11:26 AM (zpexD)

69
Now recording Bianco da Molena by Mieczysław Karłowicz.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 25, 2021 11:26 AM (/U27+)

70 Happy Thanksgiving to all the Horde. We have much to be thankful for.

Posted by: Infidel at November 25, 2021 11:26 AM (pA4Ca)

71 Probably best that it NOT be finishing a 1.75 l bottle of scotch.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:23 AM (ZsR3z)

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Actually, if booze is your passion, go for it. But perhaps spin that in a positive direction.

Endeavor to distill a bottle of scotch. That'll keep you busy for a while. Making a homemade still, tracking down an aging cask, making your own peat, etc.

Once in a lifetime experience.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at November 25, 2021 11:27 AM (7F9te)

72 Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flows the wellspring of life.

Posted by: Proverbs Four Twenty Three at November 25, 2021 11:27 AM (jYQlA)

73 Bad news: Radio station started Christmas music 24/7

Good news: First thing I heard was Vince Guaraldi.
Posted by: klaftern


Saving grace? SiriusXM Radio. Listen to pretty much any music you want 24/7.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:27 AM (uXonU)

74 Yay bluebell!!

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Posted by: Weasel at November 25, 2021 11:27 AM (0IeYL)

75 I am thankful that Costco has been around to supply our elite class with luxury goods in bulk through our time of crisis.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at November 25, 2021 11:28 AM (RL/ur)

76 Saving grace? SiriusXM Radio. Listen to pretty much any music you want 24/7.
Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:27 AM (uXonU)

and help pay Howard Stern? No thanks.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:28 AM (P3gRi)

77 wife's in NJ visiting her kids for a month, so the house is wonderfully quiet. I have a huge collection of music dating from the late 50's thru now, and I have it playing on the computer in "mix-it-all-up" mode. Never know what's next ... classical, old rock, old and modern C&W, even Christmas music.
Having the house to myself means lots of quiet reading when I take a break from repairing my RV or purging leaves from the yard for the 40th time. Tried to watch a movie late last night ... didn't last 5 minutes. No TV ... no news ... just AOS for diversion. Living in the woods is peaceful.

Posted by: Wingnutt at November 25, 2021 11:29 AM (dU9zo)

78 Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord.

Amen

Posted by: olddog in mo at November 25, 2021 11:29 AM (rscIS)

79 Actually, if booze is your passion, go for it. But perhaps spin that in a positive direction.

Endeavor to distill a bottle of scotch. That'll keep you busy for a while. Making a homemade still, tracking down an aging cask, making your own peat, etc.

Once in a lifetime experience.
Posted by: Bitter Clinger


North Georgia Still Company
Exquisite copper stills.
https://www.ngstillco.com/

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:30 AM (uXonU)

80 I am very, very thankful for AoSHQ, and all the creatures great and small who hang out here.

Posted by: Count de Monet, Unvaccinated Meatbag at November 25, 2021 11:31 AM (4I/2K)

81 Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord.

Amen
Posted by: olddog in mo

Amen

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:31 AM (uXonU)

82 I'd even suggest reading the Narnia series as an adult.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (poMoX)
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Fen, I'm in the middle of doing just that!

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:31 AM (wyw4S)

83 75 I am thankful that Costco has been around to supply our elite class with luxury goods in bulk through our time of crisis.
Posted by: Jinx the Cat at November 25, 2021 11:28 AM (RL/ur)
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Jinx! How nice to see you.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:32 AM (wyw4S)

84 Excellent post bluebell! All very good suggestions. I have little time for reading lately but after this last show I plan on spending more time on it. Volunteering is a wonderful way to ease stress and add fulfillment to your life. My time with the pups is when I'm most happy.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 25, 2021 11:33 AM (nxdel)

85 This place Is a harbor to rest your boat on while the storms of life go on.

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 11:33 AM (2JoB8)

86 Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the rosary every day. In return, we are promised to be supernaturally protected from all heresies.

Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:33 AM (JVCkA)

87 This place Is a harbor to rest your boat on while the storms of life go on.
Posted by: Skip

Easier to get to than Whitefish Bay....

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:35 AM (uXonU)

88
Living in the woods is peaceful.

Posted by: Wingnutt at November 25, 2021 11:29 AM


Amen to that. There are people who want to live in the shiny new house on a lot with no trees and there are people who don't mind sleeping in the basement when storms roll through and those ninety foot tall trees start waving back and forth.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (dQvv7)

89 Happy Thanksgiving, fellow mouth breathers and slackers! I hope all of you are with family and friends, enjoying good food and drink.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (fLri9)

90 Happy Thanksgiving to all.... Even tyrants.

Posted by: Hold My Montrachet, I'm Off To Make Some Truffled Porcini Risotto at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (qi/+I)

91 44 Here's another suggestion. If you were a reader as a kid, find some books you really enjoyed as a kid and have some positive role models, adventures and engage your interest and read them again. For me, one of things I read is the "Anne of Green Gables" series which are books for girls and women. It was a different time , of course, but the books are uplifting and a pleasure to read. I don't know what the equivalent books for boys are, but I know there have been conversations about the men here treasured as kids.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:19 AM (poMoX)

Hey now Fen, I enjoyed AoGG.

I especially enjoyed the CBC TV series with Megan Fellows as Anne. Coleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth were well cast too...

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (BgMrQ)

92 Thank you Bluebell, always a pleasure.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (RL/ur)

93 North Georgia Still Company
Exquisite copper stills.
https://www.ngstillco.com/

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:30 AM (uXonU)

Damn, they got some nice stuff. 50 gallon copper bad boy for $3200. 50 gallons is a shit ton of booze.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 11:37 AM (VwHCD)

94 Thanks for the calming post, bluebell.

Today I'm grateful for the wonderful community here at AosHQ.

May you and all the COBs and guest COBs have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: olddog in mo at November 25, 2021 11:37 AM (rscIS)

95 'Ameliorate' is a highly under celebrated word.

Posted by: Weasel at November 25, 2021 11:38 AM (0IeYL)

96 Sometimes I forget to say grace at the beginning of a meal. So I alter the prayer to say "...for which I have begun to receive."

LOL.

Better late than never.

Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:39 AM (JVCkA)

97 Hmm. I don't run into a lot of Ruling Class at Costco. Maybe it's my neighborhood.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:39 AM (VxC1e)

98 Fen, I'm in the middle of doing just that!
Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:31 AM

Those are timeless.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at November 25, 2021 11:39 AM (J5YRn)

99 https://dailytimewaster.blogspot.com/2021/11/
wow-ill-be-off-for-some-shopping-after.html

Heeeheee

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 11:40 AM (2JoB8)

100 Lookout teeth, lookout gums
Down the hatch, here it comes!

Posted by: Count de Monet, Unvaccinated Meatbag at November 25, 2021 11:40 AM (4I/2K)

101 The trick is to stay fully engaged, fighting "the good fight", but to have "this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself" Heb 6:19 -- that Hope is above the worldly fray. (and "The Hope" is certain, not just wishful thinking)

I find it useful to "compartmentalize" the Good Fight, and the Thankful Life (prayer and fasting?) ... and the other segments (hobby, work, community, etc.). We each work out our own priorities to achieve the Good Life. ... Thankfully many contribute here at AoS as one of those segments, while each maintains their own unique sovereignty.

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession." Heb 4:14

https://tinyurl.com/97r23av8

Happy Thanksgiving to the noble horde.

Posted by: illiniwek at November 25, 2021 11:40 AM (Cus5s)

102 85 This place Is a harbor to rest your boat on while the storms of life go on.
Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 11:33 AM (2JoB

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Even if some commenters are a little dinghy.

*ducks*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:40 AM (VxC1e)

103 Find a hobbit? Where do you find a hobbit? And what if it runs away?
Posted by: Emily Litella at November 25, 2021 11:21 AM (VxC1e)


That is what the Nazgul are for

Posted by: Kindltot at November 25, 2021 11:41 AM (EbnT4)

104 Happy Thanksgiving to bluebell and all y'all.

Wonderful and useful thoughts in bluebell's post. Not a surprise. I've about eliminated current TV, movies and other cultural media from my life and feel better for it.

The idea of hobbies is absolutely correct, but make it a hands-on hobby. Reading is wonderful but not active enough. Sewing, knitting, whittling, cooking , book binding, play an instrument, and so many other things qualify. Exercise the body as well as the mind.

I spent most of my adult years as an agnostic. As I've gotten older I'm learning, or relearning, the value of faith and some ritual. Saying the rosary, giving thought to prayer, and reading the Bible have helped me in many ways. BTW, the rosary beads are one of the lovely ones Jewells45 makes. And I've experienced the power of prayer from the Horde.

Posted by: JTB at November 25, 2021 11:41 AM (7EjX1)

105 I'm thankful that we don't have to go visit icky grandpa Joe and can just spend a quiet day here at the trailer park.

Posted by: Navy Joan Roberts at November 25, 2021 11:41 AM (jYQlA)

106 Thank you bluebell for this excellent list! I'd add reading the Bible. (I particularly recommend the imprecatory Psalms.)

And thank the Lord for the Horde!

Posted by: screaming in digital at November 25, 2021 11:42 AM (kTRt4)

107 One of my favorite Coleen Dewhurst roles was in "The Cowboys."

"I have the desire. I have the means. But madam, I don't have the time." - Roscoe Lee Brown, playing the role of Jedediah Nightlinger

Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:43 AM (JVCkA)

108 Amen to that. There are people who want to live in the shiny new house on a lot with no trees and there are people who don't mind sleeping in the basement when storms roll through and those ninety foot tall trees start waving back and forth.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 11:36 AM (dQvv7)

I like a semi clear lot surrounded by woods. The old house was that way, and the new house is that way. Best of both worlds. I can't do an entire property that looks like a putting green.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 11:43 AM (VwHCD)

109
Easier to get to than Whitefish Bay....

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 11:35 AM


For the last time, I did not sink the Edmund Fitzgerald. I only wrote a song about it.

Posted by: Gorden Lightfoot at November 25, 2021 11:44 AM (dQvv7)

110 Great post Bluebell!

It's hard to feel inner calm when you get a barrage of media and email telling you that what you worked for is a random gift, and that your racist ass needs to cough up money or "welcome" convicts, addicts, etc.

I have long received fundraising mailings, but this year takes the cake for anger and entitlement. I am hoping we're turning a corner, but I am fearful that this is still going in the wrong direction.

Posted by: CN...FJB at November 25, 2021 11:44 AM (ONvIw)

111 There have been glimmers of hope recently - the Virginia election, the Fifth Circuit stay on the vaccine mandate for private businesses, the Rittenhouse verdict - and for those I am truly grateful.

This originally gave me hope and a sense of calm. Then last FRI my employer dumped the "vaccine" mandate on us. Even those of us working from home since 03/13/21. And I have been back to being a complete wreck ever since. Even if I can get the religious exemption approved (which is a big IF), I will still be forced into weekly testing. For someone who has not been to the doctor but twice over the past 22 years as an adult, I am *not* looking forward to this. Especially knowing the tests are bogus and result in ridiculously high false-positives.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 11:45 AM (Do5/p)

112 Endeavor to distill a bottle of scotch. That'll keep you busy for a while. Making a homemade still, tracking down an aging cask, making your own peat, etc.

Once in a lifetime experience.
Posted by: Bitter Clinger


Eeeeenteresting. As a retired chemist, this has double appeal.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:45 AM (ZsR3z)

113 If you simply must think about politics today, Schlichter has a good column on why we should be grateful that the tide is turning

...


Hilarious.

Posted by: Yeah, not really at November 25, 2021 11:45 AM (cyNIT)

114 there are people who don't mind sleeping in the basement when storms roll through and those ninety foot tall trees start waving back and forth.

*looks around, slowly raises hand*

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:46 AM (ZsR3z)

115
'Ameliorate' is a highly under celebrated word.

Posted by: Weasel at November 25, 2021 11:38 AM


it's a perfectly cromulent word

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 11:47 AM (DUIap)

116 How about instead getting in the fight to save the Republic.

Posted by: Arnie at November 25, 2021 11:47 AM (3t2jr)

117 Cicero, try Northern Virginia!

And wherever you are, have a great day.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at November 25, 2021 11:48 AM (RL/ur)

118 it's a perfectly cromulent word
Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 11:47 AM (DUIap)

If you know an "Amelia" that does BJ's.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:48 AM (P3gRi)

119 How about instead getting in the fight to save the Republic.

Both Lincoln and Washington understood the importance of stopping to give thanks.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 11:48 AM (ZsR3z)

120 #91 I didn't realize some men read " Anne of Green Gables" Forgive my presumption, browndog, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The series was very good too.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (BDBlI)

121 113 If you simply must think about politics today, Schlichter has a good column on why we should be grateful that the tide is turning
Hilarious.
Posted by: Yeah, not really at November 25, 2021 11:45 AM (cyNIT)

I wasn't thinking about it, then I looked at my email. Ugh

Posted by: CN...FJB at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (ONvIw)

122 New nics are showing up with banners flying and grit in their teeth.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 11:50 AM (VxC1e)

123 Very nice Bluebell. Thank you. I have made it my goal to be more positive and grateful for what I do have, rather than focusing on what I've lost.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by: Rosasharn at November 25, 2021 11:50 AM (PzBTm)

124 I didn't realize some men read " Anne of Green Gables" Forgive my presumption, browndog, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The series was very good too.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (BDBlI)

I really, really liked Anne of Green Gerbils.

Posted by: Richard Gere at November 25, 2021 11:51 AM (P3gRi)

125 The most obvious and yet somehow the hardest to do, is just to unplug and walk away from the computer, television, radio, and/or the phone. I know, I know, we all have FOMO...

I can't get myself to do this. It's not about a "fear of missing out", but a fear of missing information that I need to know. Had I not been paying attention to politics all these years, I would have been completely blindsided by the Plandemic. Just as I was with the 09/11/2001 terrorist attacks. And things change seemingly every day. Imagine not having paid attention to anything during the last 20 months. I would not know about all the lies regarding masks, lockdowns, COVID IFR, COVID treatments (HCQ, Ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies), "vaccine" efficacy and side effects, etc. And all I would know is the bullshit put out by "healthcare" industry and my employer.

The lies are fast and furious and non-stop, that I feel I *have* to stay engaged in keeping up with everything every day otherwise I will be ignorant and unprepared for the next lie. Yeah, it sucks feeling I have to do this. But this is the world in which we live. We have to stay on a war footing and be always prepared.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 11:51 AM (Do5/p)

126 While our side is calling for love and understanding, there's is out in the street, burning, looting and, if necessary, murdering.

If articles like this make you feel good, there's a really good chance you're part of the problem.
Posted by: Uncle Rick at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (48/MM)

Nope. The GOP is useless and the donks are communists wanting to expropriate. Some of the emails I've received lately use mildly threatening language that suggests that what I have isn't mine.

Posted by: CN...FJB at November 25, 2021 11:51 AM (ONvIw)

127 107 One of my favorite Coleen Dewhurst roles was in "The Cowboys."

"I have the desire. I have the means. But madam, I don't have the time." - Roscoe Lee Brown, playing the role of Jedediah Nightlinger
Posted by: Been Lurking at November 25, 2021 11:43 AM (JVCkA)

Roscoe's role had a number of scene stealers...

But yes, the one you mentioned is memorable for "many" reasons!

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 25, 2021 11:52 AM (BgMrQ)

128 Wishing all a very Happy Thanksgiving! And thank YOU, Ace for giving all us reprobates a place to hang out. I agree with the "hobby" discussion.....my primary hobby is electronics, as was my lifelong vocation. However, my secondary is my model train (O gauge) layout as well. That has also been a lifelong hobby. Tooling in the garage on my 57 Chevy also keeps me occupied when politics begin to "take over" my day. I spend many hours here as well, reading the comments and enjoying the virtual friendship of a great group of people. Long live The Horde!

Posted by: thatcrazyjerseyguy at November 25, 2021 11:52 AM (Zvtjl)

129 Posted by: Uncle Rick at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (48/MM)

Maybe have a little sense of appropriateness?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 25, 2021 11:52 AM (WnGFe)

130 Posted by: Uncle Rick at November 25, 2021 11:49 AM (48/MM)

What a grinchy thing to say, and it's not even Christmas. Bah humbug!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 11:54 AM (poMoX)

131 "Ameliorate" is my fave speed on the blender.

The blender stuffed with lights just got promoted to the bay window Christmas tree. Angel on top, natch.

Posted by: klaftern at November 25, 2021 11:55 AM (taPSh)

132 (sniffs ozone)

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:55 AM (P3gRi)

133 It's up to you how to live your life, and I choose not to spend all of my remaining days in a constant state of rage.

Posted by: Weasel at November 25, 2021 11:56 AM (0IeYL)

134 Happy Thanksgiving anyway, Uncle Rick.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:57 AM (wyw4S)

135 t's up to you how to live your life, and I choose not to spend all of my remaining days in a constant state of rage.
Posted by: Weasel at November 25, 2021 11:56 AM (0IeYL)

How DARE you?!?

Posted by: Greta The Great at November 25, 2021 11:57 AM (Zvtjl)

136 Living with physical pain every day gets wearisome but there is always something to be grateful for in life, or rather many things.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 25, 2021 11:58 AM (mNhhD)

137 I have a friend who had a nasty reaction to the vaccine mostly revolving around severe brain fog and headaches.
A couple of days ago he stopped at Taco Time and ordered some Mexi fries with hot sauce and quickly started to feel better.
He says he feels better today than he has since he got the vaccine June 2. He credits the sauce.
I report, you decide.

I do know there are mood enhancing qualities in hot spice.

Posted by: Northernlurker at November 25, 2021 11:58 AM (cSyAR)

138 One thing to point out, part of the goal of the left/FNM is specifically to demoralize normies.

They want you to feel isolated and hopeless so that you will just let them do what they want.

Finding hobbies, prayer and good friends can help with this...though obviously COVID mania is again designed to make each of those harder (what a coincidence!)

Posted by: 18-1 at November 25, 2021 11:59 AM (ESjRY)

139 You don't unplug for others - you unplug for you.

Stress causes inflammation. High constant levels will be bad for your long term health.

Posted by: Nova local at November 25, 2021 11:59 AM (exHjb)

140 132 (sniffs ozone)
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:55 AM (P3gRi)

Heh

134 Happy Thanksgiving anyway, Uncle Rick.
Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 11:57 AM (wyw4S)

You're too kind...

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 25, 2021 12:00 PM (BgMrQ)

141 We visited St Croix this year (we are thankful) and visited a distillery that makes vodka from breadfruit.

We think we can grow breadfruit on our property in Florida. Then we would have a vertically integrated supply chain for ValuRite.

Goes to rewatch Clarksons Farm and reflect on farming folly.

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:00 PM (mbFEM)

142 it's a perfectly cromulent word
Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 11:47 AM (DUIap)

If you know an "Amelia" that does BJ's.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 11:48 AM (P3gRi)

Better than she flys, boy howdy.

Posted by: Fred Noonan, somewhere in the South Pacific at November 25, 2021 12:00 PM (4I/2K)

143 He says he feels better today than he has since he got the vaccine June 2. He credits the sauce.
I report, you decide.


There is some data that spicy foods help reduce general inflammation. One of the many side effects of the clot shot is...general inflammation.

Posted by: 18-1 at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (ESjRY)

144 Goes to rewatch Clarksons Farm and reflect on farming folly.

I dunno. If his girlfriend comes with it, I'll consider it.

Posted by: pep at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (ZsR3z)

145 Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Remember that due to inflation, we're allowed three or four extra pounds of carb-related GAINZZ this year, so tuck in.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (sGnvY)

146 Uncle Rick must be calling in from the front lines.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (VxC1e)

147 Happy thanksgiving everyone - we here are blessed in many, many ways. My blessings have far out paced my trials.

Thanks Bluebell for everything.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (mD/uy)

148 You don't unplug for others - you unplug for you.

Stress causes inflammation. High constant levels will be bad for your long term health.

Posted by: Nova local at November 25, 2021 11:59 AM (exHjb)

It blows up your heart good. Real good.

Posted by: SCTV Farm Film Report at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (4I/2K)

149 I notice the squirrels in my yard are fatter then normal.

A sign of a cold winter coming...or that my neighbors have a new bird feeder?

Posted by: 18-1 at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (ESjRY)

150 I have a friend who had a nasty reaction to the vaccine mostly revolving around severe brain fog and headaches.
A couple of days ago he stopped at Taco Time and ordered some Mexi fries with hot sauce and quickly started to feel better.
He says he feels better today than he has since he got the vaccine June 2. He credits the sauce.
I report, you decide.

I do know there are mood enhancing qualities in hot spice.
Posted by: Northernlurker at November 25, 2021 11:58 AM (cSyAR)

Well, Taco Time hot sauce isn't really very hot at all. And I would also note that it seems the mean time for the "effectiveness" of the vaxx to wear off completely is about 240 days. Presumably, that would apply also to the side effects.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (P3gRi)

151

Keep the hell away from the Morning Report! Oh, wait a second . . .

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (s2VJv)

152 Thanks for that lovely post, bluebell. Have a happy and serene Thanksgiving!

Same for the rest of the horde...

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (HabA/)

153 Keep the hell away from the Morning Report! Oh, wait a second . . .
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 25, 2021 12:02 PM (s2VJv)
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I always look, and there are some days (most days, really) that I wonder how you do it. God bless you, JJ. Talk about taking one for the team.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (wyw4S)

154 I'm prohibitive from folding laundry and not allowed to touch an iron so I usually chop vegetables and putte3r around the kitchen. Not baking bread for now.


Bird is in the oven so I'll just chop some vegetables. Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone.

Posted by: Javems at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (iwutD)

155 Welp with teen girls these days you kind of are thankful for boy trouble because, well, whew. Boys!

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (mbFEM)

156 Everybody takes a beating sometimes, right?

Posted by: Dr. Bone at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (BPuaD)

157 Welp with teen girls these days you kind of are thankful for boy trouble because, well, whew. Boys!
Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (mbFEM)
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Now, there's a glass half full!

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (wyw4S)

158 Bird is in the oven so I'll just chop some vegetables. Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone.
Posted by: Javems at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (iwutD)

You, too, Javems!

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (P3gRi)

159 Pence could have refused to lead the ratification of a reasonably arguable fraudulent election in several states.

He did not. He is thusly more of an English style mindless ministerial drone than an authentic inheritor of the Revolutionary spirit. Nothing animates him. He doesn't have the Right Stuff.

Same goes for most of our Supreme Court including all of the last three picks. We need more KR ...but without the ambivalence about why KR was there to begin with. We need Revolutionary Spirit with Revolutionary purpose.

Posted by: torabora at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (1DLvd)

160 Zounds, it's the hounds. Dog show on after the parade.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (mNhhD)

161 Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 12:01 PM (VxC1e)

LOL. Might be "glowing" a bit too.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (poMoX)

162 125 The most obvious and yet somehow the hardest to do, is just to unplug and walk away from the computer, television, radio, and/or the phone. I know, I know, we all have FOMO..."

I had to do that last year and well into this year. I missed this place, but I couldn't cope with reading everyday how my own fears of a Biden presidency were coming true, especially with the number of blind Dems in my family. I had to focus on other things for a while - like prayer, reading non-political books and so on.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V at November 25, 2021 12:06 PM (HabA/)

163 Bluebell, I've been enjoying your posts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us!

Posted by: Emmie at November 25, 2021 12:06 PM (t62xj)

164 156 Everybody takes a beating sometimes, right?
Posted by: Dr. Bone at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (BPuaD)

Everybody beats somebody
Sometimes

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 25, 2021 12:06 PM (II3Gr)

165 I always look, and there are some days (most days, really) that I wonder how you do it. God bless you, JJ. Talk about taking one for the team.

Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (wyw4S)

Right? Its like a page of concentrated evil. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 12:07 PM (VwHCD)

166 Everybody takes a beating sometimes, right?
Posted by: Dr. Bone at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (BPuaD)

Sometimes a whipping. With butter and sour cream.

Posted by: Mashed Potatoes at November 25, 2021 12:07 PM (4I/2K)

167 Happy Thanksgiving, horde!

May the only turkeys you deal with today be roasted to perfection.

Posted by: mikeski at November 25, 2021 12:07 PM (lyXGZ)

168 Happy Thanksgiving anyway, Uncle Rick.
Posted by: bluebell

I wish I could grow up to be Bluebell (or Grammie Wringer). Lovely post.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and especially those by themselves today. It may feel lonely, but, you aren't alone.

Posted by: old chick at November 25, 2021 12:07 PM (sOete)

169 Now, there's a glass half full!
Posted by: bluebell at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (wyw4S)[/i-]

You ain't kidding.

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:07 PM (mbFEM)

170 LOL. Might be "glowing" a bit too.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (poMoX)

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Hah! I revise and extend my comment 16.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 25, 2021 12:08 PM (VxC1e)

171 You can beat some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not beat all of the people all of the time.

Posted by: Abe Lincoln, noted Vampire Hunter at November 25, 2021 12:08 PM (4I/2K)

172 If you simply must think about politics today, Schlichter has a good column on why we should be grateful that the tide is turning. I'm pretty sure he reads AOSHQ.

Tide is turning? Really? Too bad millions have already drowned before the tide turned the other way.

People have lost their jobs due to COVID lockdown policies; hundreds of small businesses have gone under; my large company just sent out the company mandate policy last FRI where we either get the "vaccine" by JAN 05, 2022 or we face 30 days of unpaid leave and then likely termination; military are being denied leave to see their families if they are "unvaccinated"; rising inflation with no end in sight; shipping crisis for months with no end in sight; border crisis with no end in sight; kids still being forced to wear masks & now being forced to be "vaccinated"; still have people in prison & being tortured for "trespassing"; parents being labeled & treated as domestic terrorists; teachers blowing the whistle on CRT & woke BS are being fired; NYC implementing a policy to only allow "vaccinated" people to ride the subway.

Tide is turning? I don't see it. I wish I did.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 12:09 PM (Do5/p)

173 Welp with teen girls these days you kind of are thankful for boy trouble because, well, whew. Boys!
Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:04 PM (mbFEM)
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Now, there's a glass half full!
Posted by: bluebell

Actually probably needs the full glass (in thanks mind you).

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 25, 2021 12:09 PM (zpexD)

174 Stacey Abrams is celebrating Tanksgiving Day in her Georgia governor's office set located in her basement.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 25, 2021 12:10 PM (mNhhD)

175 Thank you, Old Chick.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko gender fluid at November 25, 2021 12:10 PM (28qe8)

176 Pence could have refused to lead the ratification of a reasonably arguable fraudulent election in several states.

He did not. He is thusly more of an English style mindless ministerial drone than an authentic inheritor of the Revolutionary spirit. Nothing animates him. He doesn't have the Right Stuff.


Posted by: torabora at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (1DLvd)

Pence always struck me as a boring teetotaler that steps out of the shower to pee and has all the excitement of watching iron slowly rust.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 12:10 PM (VwHCD)

177 Thank you BBells.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by: Diogenes at November 25, 2021 12:11 PM (axyOa)

178 Pelosi has pix of Pence with a chicken.

Posted by: klaftern at November 25, 2021 12:11 PM (taPSh)

179 I have made it my mission to become more knowledgeable about Roman Catholicism; the key to that is understanding the orthodox dogma so that I can reject the heretical pronouncements of certain members of the hierarchy. I am even becoming a lay brother of a religious order. It has given me enormous peace of mind.

Once you grasp that the Democrats and Communists (but I repeat myself), and the Liberation Theocrats are in the thrall of Satan, everything they do makes sense. This is a struggle between Good and Evil.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (pJWtt)

180 KR fails to realize why he was there in the middle of Kenosha burning was because of BLM.

KR blundered badly saying he supported BLM.
No goal of BLM is anything but destroying the American Revolution establishing Liberty and replacing it with communist tyranny.

KR needs to stand corrected.

Posted by: torabora at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (1DLvd)

181
Pence always struck me as a boring teetotaler that steps out of the shower to sit down to pee and has all the excitement of watching iron slowly rust.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 25, 2021 12:10 PM


FIFY

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (DUIap)

182 I don't think Pence had the power to decertify slates of electors by himself.

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (mbFEM)

183 Pelosi has pix of Pence with a chicken.
Posted by: klaftern at November 25, 2021 12:11 PM (taPSh)

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Pelosi pics posit Pence posed with poultry.

Posted by: Variety at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (VxC1e)

184 Clyde,
Please step away, have a cup of tea. Go for a walk. Your knowing everything all the time doesn't change anything. You are torturing yourself.

Peace be with you.

Posted by: nurse ratched at November 25, 2021 12:13 PM (U2p+3)

185 I notice the squirrels in my yard are fatter then normal.

A sign of a cold winter coming...or that my neighbors have a new bird feeder?
Posted by: 18-1


Both. I'm in a squirrel group on Facebook. (Used to rehab wildlife) Everyone's squirrels are fat this year.

Signs. Learn to read them.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 12:14 PM (uXonU)

186 Pep, the Albinoni is wonderful.

Posted by: KT at November 25, 2021 12:14 PM (0ghg2)

187 One of my favorite Coleen Dewhurst roles was in "The Cowboys."

"I have the desire. I have the means. But madam, I don't have the time." - Roscoe Lee Brown, playing the role of Jedediah Nightlinger
Posted by: Been Lurking

Love that movie.

Posted by: Infidel at November 25, 2021 12:14 PM (pA4Ca)

188 Signs. Learn to read them.
Posted by: rickb223 at November 25, 2021 12:14 PM (uXonU)

Heap bad Winter coming. White man stackum heap big firewood.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 12:15 PM (P3gRi)

189 First Thanksgiving in about 5 years without my mom. Very strange.

Posted by: rhennigantx at November 25, 2021 12:16 PM (yrol0)

190 Very sane and helpful post to those of us who get too immersed in the world's bullshit.

Posts like yours and our national holiday of Thanksgiving are two reasons why this country is still the best one on earth, current senile warts and all.

Plus, God loves us all.




Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at November 25, 2021 12:16 PM (ufFY8)

191 Very well said Bluebell and totally agree. We unplugged a lots of things especially the newz and only watch a few selected things and even step away from the HQ from time to time.

But the far most relaxing thing is exactly what you mentioned about walking. We do it everyday, rain or shine, and it's uplifting as can be for all the reasons you mentioned.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Posted by: NALNAMSAM - not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine at November 25, 2021 12:17 PM (+ldAm)

192 I fell for marketing and bought some Christmas Sugar Cookie Imperial Ale.

Well it is kinda sorta like Christmas sugar cookies. But a lot more like a honey mead.

Well 8.6% alcohol so I will drink it.

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:17 PM (mbFEM)

193 Somewhat more chaotic nood.

Posted by: mikeski at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (lyXGZ)

194 Monkey nood.

Posted by: Mood guy. at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (jYQlA)

195 Let me say that this Thanksgiving is dedicated (for me) to all those who simply go about the business of making it all run.

All the unheralded who just go about their business ensuring our safety, providing us with the necessities of life in spite of the difficulty of doing so.

THEY are the Americans.

Posted by: irongrampa at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (KATBx)

196 KR blundered badly saying he supported BLM.
No goal of BLM is anything but destroying the American Revolution establishing Liberty and replacing it with communist tyranny.

KR needs to stand corrected.
Posted by: torabora at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM (1DLvd)


The fact that the idea that "black lives matter" (because they, like all Mankind, are made Imago Dei is not the same thing as the Maoist organization Black Lives Matter has been purposely obscured by the Commies within the media and politics.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (pJWtt)

197 If you are not inclined to prayer, work on changing your mindset. A glass half full is the same as a glass half empty, but the way we think about this affects our mood, or maybe vice versa. Train yourself to see the glass as half full. It may take some time and diligence, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how you feel when you achieve this.

This failed me completely this past summer and I ended up having almost a complete breakdown. I say almost, because I got so aggravated with having to pretend to keep seeing the positive in things where they were no positives there, that I was breaking down and making angry comments during call-in meetings at work. And my dept manager ended up setting up a 1-on-1 call-in meeting with me to see if I was okay.

The fact is life is not good right now and there's no pretending it away. I cannot go weeks on end forcing myself to ignore the bad things in life and lie to people - any myself - and tell them things are good. That takes its toll. It is not healthy to go around pretending things are good when they are not. I would much rather acknowledge things are bad and then try to figure out a way to fix them.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (Do5/p)

198
speaking of remaining calm...have we had a "cooking 911" request yet, or do I get the dubious honor of going first?

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:20 PM (DUIap)

199 Once you grasp that the Democrats and Communists (but I repeat myself), and the Liberation Theocrats are in the thrall of Satan, everything they do makes sense. This is a struggle between Good and Evil.
Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop

Indeed RBC.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 25, 2021 12:20 PM (mD/uy)

200 The lies are fast and furious and non-stop, that I feel I *have* to stay engaged in keeping up with everything every day otherwise I will be ignorant and unprepared for the next lie.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 11:51 AM (Do5/p)

Good thing is that we can all afford to step away for a bit, enjoy the silence, and then come back here and get back up to speed pretty quick. I admit, it is difficult. But it is simple self-care like showering or eating.

Posted by: flounder at November 25, 2021 12:20 PM (SH2Zi)

201
I don't think Pence had the power to decertify slates of electors by himself.

Posted by: blaster at November 25, 2021 12:12 PM


Two sets of electors were send from a number of states. In a case like that there was a historical precedent for sending those electors back to their home states to settle it, then reconvening the Electoral College to a later date.

But he didn't and ended his political career and collected a down payment of a single silver coin with the other 29 to follow.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 12:23 PM (dQvv7)

202 speaking of remaining calm...have we had a "cooking 911" request yet, or do I get the dubious honor of going first?
Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:20 PM (DUIap)

Go ahead, caller . . .

Posted by: Turkey Day 911 at November 25, 2021 12:24 PM (4I/2K)

203 News harvesting since the 70s.

Get off my bunker.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at November 25, 2021 12:25 PM (cwZNT)

204 Bluebell, this is a great post and timely for me - makes me wish we had an upvote button!!

Posted by: MaureenTheTemp at November 25, 2021 12:26 PM (Iw1Xj)

205 >>>If you are not inclined to prayer, work on changing your mindset. A glass half full is the same as a glass half empty, but the way we think about this affects our mood, or maybe vice versa. Train yourself to see the glass as half full. It may take some time and diligence, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how you feel when you achieve this.

The fact is life is not good right now and there's no pretending it away.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 12:19 PM (Do5/p)

A change of perspective is a powerful mechanism to cope with the realities of today. In my case, similar to yours, it was a change in perspective that I can work to change the things that I realistically can to positive effect, and make things I can't (feral government) less important or less of an impact. You're a smart guy. You can do similar.

Posted by: flounder at November 25, 2021 12:26 PM (SH2Zi)

206 If you are bereft of hope or faith or inner peace, ask God for some. He takes and delivers on requests. Ask me how I know.

Posted by: Count de Monet, Unvaccinated Dry Brined, Spatchcoked, and Slow Smoked Meatbag at November 25, 2021 12:33 PM (4I/2K)

207 Go ahead, caller . . .

Posted by: Turkey Day 911 at November 25, 2021 12:24 PM


thanks...first time listener, long time caller...

I'm, making enchilada sauce and it's too sweet (full disclosure: this is mostly operator error. Mostly)

looking for something I can cut in to it to ameliorate the sweetness (SWIDT?)

roughly, it's tomato paste (which is the root cause of my problem), chicken stock, and menudo spice mix. The tomato paste has made it too sweet

I'll hang up and listen

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:34 PM (DUIap)

208 The lies are fast and furious and non-stop, that I feel I *have* to stay engaged in keeping up with everything every day otherwise I will be ignorant and unprepared for the next lie.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 25, 2021 11:51 AM (Do5/p)


I have taken the opposite approach; since everything our "leaders" in government and their media/cultural apparatchiks is a lie, there is not any reason to keep up. It is more vital to my mental health to learn the Truth, Way and Life of Jesus Christ. That way, I can argue against whatever Satanically-inspired bull$h!t the Commies are currently expounding.

You have admitted that your approach has adversely affected your mental well-being. It is not pretending everything is great (it's not), but this is a bigger struggle. Find yourself an orthodox Christian parish (if in doubt, find a Latin Mass) and avail yourself of the anchor that is Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at November 25, 2021 12:34 PM (pJWtt)

209 First Thanksgiving in about 5 years without my mom. Very strange. - rhennigantx

Your mom is still with you and every time you think of her, she smiles.

That takes its toll. - Clyde

It surely does. Some days, it isn't easy to be the least bit grateful. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try. It just means it is more difficult for some. You aren't alone in finding happiness hard to grasp. BUT, if you aren't able to be at peace with your life it might be time to ask for help. and, harder yet, to accept help.

Posted by: old chick at November 25, 2021 12:39 PM (sOete)

210 The cost of explorations are scars.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at November 25, 2021 12:42 PM (cwZNT)

211
One of the first things the wife and I did as the virus hit was to purchase fishing licenses and hit local streams, lakes, and rivers. Just getting outside and worrying about keeping the hook baited while the time floated away kept the stress level down. We also did a lot of hiking around enjoying natures beauty and the passing of the seasons.

Most outbreaks of this sort have a life expectancy of two years in any one location. We're mere months away from that.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 12:42 PM (dQvv7)

212 I'm, making enchilada sauce and it's too sweet (full disclosure: this is mostly operator error. Mostly)

looking for something I can cut in to it to ameliorate the sweetness (SWIDT?)

roughly, it's tomato paste (which is the root cause of my problem), chicken stock, and menudo spice mix. The tomato paste has made it too sweet

I'll hang up and listen
Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:34 PM (DUIap)

I'm no Betty Crocker, but perhaps adding some lemon juice to the mix, like getting the right balance of tart and sweet in iced tea? Or maybe salt and other savory spices?

Posted by: Count de Monet, Unvaccinated Dry Brined, Spatchcoked, and Slow Smoked Meatbag at November 25, 2021 12:44 PM (4I/2K)

213
One of the first things the wife and I did as the virus hit was to purchase fishing licenses and hit local streams, lakes, and rivers. Just getting outside and worrying about keeping the hook baited while the time floated away kept the stress level down. We also did a lot of hiking around enjoying natures beauty and the passing of the seasons.

Most outbreaks of this sort have a life expectancy of two years in any one location. We're mere months away from that.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 12:42 PM


when this all started, Obergruppenfuhrer Whitmer specifically banned fishing. I shit you not

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:44 PM (DUIap)

214 The cost of explorations are scars.
Posted by: Humphreyrobot at November 25, 2021 12:42 PM (cwZNT)

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.

Posted by: Shane Falco at November 25, 2021 12:46 PM (4I/2K)

215 Yeah. That last scar added a nice balance to my face.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at November 25, 2021 12:49 PM (cwZNT)

216
when this all started, Obergruppenfuhrer Whitmer specifically banned fishing. I shit you not

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:44 PM


That's insane. Absolutely insane. Hopefully she'll be voted out at the next possible moment.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 12:50 PM (dQvv7)

217 I still see hundred people a week outside, by themselves with masks on. The stupidity is mind-boggling, but shows the power of brainwashing.

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 12:52 PM (2JoB8)

218 I'm no Betty Crocker, but perhaps adding some lemon juice to the mix, like getting the right balance of tart and sweet in iced tea? Or maybe salt and other savory spices?

Posted by: Count de Monet, Unvaccinated Dry Brined, Spatchcoked, and Slow Smoked Meatbag at November 25, 2021 12:44 PM


thanks, Count. it's plenty savory already; mayhaps the lemon juice would knock down the sweet "note"...yeah, there's always salt; I'm not a big "salter" in general (no real reason, I'm just more prone to pepper things rather than salt) so I'll have to add it carefully

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:53 PM (DUIap)

219 >>>particularly sewing something besides blasted masks

You're so wonderful.

Posted by: m at November 25, 2021 12:57 PM (rk2/G)

220
That's insane. Absolutely insane. Hopefully she'll be voted out at the next possible moment.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 12:50 PM


it's fug-bucking nuts. somewhere on my phone, I have scores of pictures of playground equipment and those "little libraries" wrapped in police tape, per Obergruppenfuhrer Whitmer's order

it's OK, though. The Mi-GOPe is confident the Ronna Romney McDaniel will beat Obergruppenfuhrer Whitmer in next years' gubernatorial election; because of course she will

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:58 PM (DUIap)

221 Playgrounds here were all caution taped off, logic should tell you outside is the safest place to be rather than inside where germs circulate.

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 01:01 PM (2JoB8)

222 That thread picture to me could be on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 01:02 PM (2JoB8)

223 thanks, Count. it's plenty savory already; mayhaps the lemon juice would knock down the sweet "note"...yeah, there's always salt; I'm not a big "salter" in general (no real reason, I'm just more prone to pepper things rather than salt) so I'll have to add it carefully
Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 12:53 PM (DUIap)

Test it with a small portion set aside so you don't inadvertently ruin the whole batch of sauce.

Posted by: Count de Monet, Dry Brined, Spatchcocked, and Slow Smoked Meatbag at November 25, 2021 01:02 PM (4I/2K)

224 Great essay.

You are right about reading and having to transition to it from the addiction to on-line media.

Now I plow through one or two books a week.

Recently been reading everything by Ben MacIntyre.
Currently working on "The Man Who Would Be King".

Posted by: Willy Stark at November 25, 2021 01:03 PM (kk8TL)

225
Test it with a small portion set aside so you don't inadvertently ruin the whole batch of sauce.

Posted by: Count de Monet, Dry Brined, Spatchcocked, and Slow Smoked Meatbag at November 25, 2021 01:02 PM


yes, there's enough that I can do several little test batches and still have plenty to work with

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 01:04 PM (DUIap)

226 You, too, Javems!

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 25, 2021 12:05 PM (P3gRi)


Ta. One Peon (retired) to another.

Posted by: Javems at November 25, 2021 01:08 PM (k3M+Y)

227 >>>if you are used to mostly surfing the internet, . . . just set a timer for 30 minutes and get started

Time distortion on the computer--whether for work or play--is really sometime I have to keep reminding myself of. Timers help, on and off the computer.

Posted by: m at November 25, 2021 01:11 PM (rk2/G)

228 sometime-->something

Posted by: m at November 25, 2021 01:12 PM (rk2/G)

229 yes, there's enough that I can do several little test batches and still have plenty to work with

Posted by: AltonJackson at November 25, 2021 01:04 PM (DUIap)


Some sort of vinegar might work. Many remoulade sauce recipes have both sugar and vinegar.

Posted by: Javems at November 25, 2021 01:23 PM (k3M+Y)

230 228 sometime-->something

Posted by: m at November 25, 2021 01:12 PM (rk2/G)


How my comments show up is often a mystery to me.

Posted by: Javems at November 25, 2021 01:26 PM (k3M+Y)

231 I still see hundred people a week outside, by themselves with masks on. The stupidity is mind-boggling, but shows the power of brainwashing.

Posted by: Skip at November 25, 2021 12:52 PM


It's kind of interesting to watch and you know these locations; Produce Junction, all the women going in wearing masks, the men not. Then you go to the gas station, and it's all men wearing masks to go inside to pay. Downtown Phoenixville may still be masks only, in the vape shop I hit, anyway.

But wearing a mask outside? In my weird estimation you're better off getting an occasional stray particle or two. Like training wheels on a bicycle, let your immune system get a taste and decide what to do. Train it to destroy.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 25, 2021 01:39 PM (dQvv7)

232 Nice post. Good suggestions.
Thanks.

Posted by: Bea Arthur's Dick at November 25, 2021 01:47 PM (TU8Tj)

233 This makes a lot of sense. But I want to add one thing here:
On Thanksgiving I normally watch the two football games. Thanksgiving in my family is usually featured by my ranting about why Detroit and Dallas host them every year when both teams (especially Detroit) sucks. Football was a getaway from everything I do and a way to connect to my fellow Americans. It's mindless, doesn't effect me in any meaningful way, but damnit it was fun and nothing like a game involving dudes beating the crap out of each other to get my attention. But...it became political and therefore lost the escapist function.
More and different ways must be found but I am nothing if not inventive. I'm going to plunge myself into the field a bit on the property instead this year. It will be more satisfying, I suspect. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Snake Spirit at November 25, 2021 02:11 PM (CdZ4i)

234 Thank you that. Your essay toddy is proof that blessings are all around us.

Posted by: Buffalobob at November 25, 2021 03:07 PM (MLeHk)

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