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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    And Steven Miller is evil personified.
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    Friday July 19, 2019

    Morning- The labs came back for my cat and she has stage 3 kidney disease. It's not uncommon in older cats and can be managed with a low protein diet. She seems to like the new food. I am also starting her on the Prozac, so we'll see what happens. Tweety-It's hard to feel good about working at a place that's in upheaval. Maybe things will settle down. I turn 58 today. How the heck did that happen???
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    Thursday July 18, 2019

    Morning- We had some pretty violent thunderstorms late yesterday afternoon and lost power for about 4 hours. The lightning was pretty impressive. Fortunately, it wasn't too hot out so we opened the windows and got a bit of cooler air in the house. Today will be rainy and in the low 70s. The heat will come this weekend. I'm excited to have the day off tomorrow and to take our day trip to see DD. I got my Dramamine last night so I can survive the 30 minute ferry ride. I get horribly seasick, even when the water is calm. The crossing between the mainland and Block Island is notoriously choppy, even on a good day. Good thing it's a short ride. I would never survive a cruise. Tweety-I hope you have a decent day today. Ted-A lot of rentals in my area will accept smaller dogs, but you have to leave a hefty security deposit. Do you have a time frame to put your house back on the market, or are you still in the thinking about it phase? Joe-I'm glad you got paid. I wonder what happened? Hope all have a great day.
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    Questioning Pete Buttigieg history?

    Honestly, I have difficulty looking at all the different videos and other stuff you post without comment. I'd rather hear your thoughts and some discussion around the candidates.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Absolutely! I am a Jew, and I do not think Israel is infallible. I often disagree with Netanyahu's policies, and in fact, I believe Israel practices apartheid. I also firmly believe Israel has a right to exist.
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    Wednesday, July 17, 2019, G'Morning Y'All.....

    Morning- Still sore and bruised, and woke up several times during the night due to discomfort. This will pass. It's heating up here, too. The weekend is supposed to be in the mid 90s. I still prefer it over bitter cold and snow. I bought my ferry tickets to go see DD on Friday. She needs to send me a grocery shopping list today. She often gets dinner and lunch at the restaurant where she works, but needs breakfast and snacks. A regular size box of cereal costs over $9 on the island. I send her non-perishable snacks via Amazon as it's less expensive and there's usually an Amazon van delivery every day to the island. I will make a Trader Joe's run for her tonight and can bring some perishable stuff over in a cooler. NSIME-I hope you were able to get a little sleep. Tweety-Glad that SlowBro is doing well. Good luck on the interview today. Joe-Stay cool! Hope you hear from Payroll today. Hope all have a good day.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    By the same token, Republicans who don't like the ACA are free to go live elsewhere. If they are against reproductive rights for women, go live in a more restrictive country. Against legal immigration and asylum for refugees? Then, bye Felicia! That all sounds pretty stupid, doesn't it? It sounds pretty stupid coming out of the mouth of the President, too. My ancestry would put me back in Russia. Not exactly a place I'd like to be. My grandparents left there due to religious persecution. Now it's happening in the US, too. Yesterday somebody left Anti-Semitic posters and literature denying the Holocaust at the synagogue my mother attends. Anti-Semitism and anti-whateverism has always been present. Now Trump has made it acceptable to proclaim bigotry loudly and proudly.
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    Tuesday July 16, 2019

    Hi to all- I had a "Nannie" moment last night. I apparently was not looking where I was going and tripped over a curb and face planted right on a concrete sidewalk. Knees and hands are scraped and bruised, and my chin has a minor cut. I'm sore today, and honestly, I was thinking of Nannie's escapades as I fell. I wonder if this was my first "senior" fall, although I'm technically a senior only by AARP criteria. I yell at my mother all the time for moving too fast and she did the same with her mother. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, figuratively and literally. Kitty made out ok at the vet. We will probably start Prozac, pending blood work. We have to make sure her labs are ok and she doesn't have a UTI. J22-I hope you're home by the time you read this. I'm glad the procedure went well and I hope they got the pacer straightened out. Get some rest today. NSIME-Oy, now you're going to have to deal with Nannie's injury along with everything else. Maybe you can get some home services for her so you don't have to do everything yourself. Steph-Glad Rex is back. How's your sleep been? Joe-Did your pay issue get straightened out? Tweety-Hope SlowBro's path report is negative. I'm sure you're keeping him comfortable and giving him lots of love. I can't wait to hear how your phone interview goes! Dianah-I hope you do hear from the bar owner. I'd go to a bar to hear your music. Hope everyone else is well. Nel-if you're reading this, please say hello and let us know how you and all the critters are doing.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Exactly. Trump will hopefully be gone in 2020, but his legacy of hatred and xenophobia will linger for a long time. He's whipped his followers into a Nationalistic furor and has made the unacceptable acceptable. They won't let go of that easily. Lord help us all if he gets another Supreme Court appointment.
  10. Morning- Monday showed up too quickly. My schedule is good today and I hope to get out on time. I have to take my senior kitty to the vet tonight for a check up. I'm concerned that Niko stresses her, as he won't get out of her face when she's in the house. She's been peeing in places other than her litter box and that's not ok. I've tried a bunch of different things without success. She might benefit from a kitty sized dose of fluoxetine. I'll have that conversation with the vet. Physically, she seems fine. Ted-I'm glad you'e going to see Amy's play. The barbecue sounds like fun. I hope the weather cooperates. Tweety-It never hurts to explore other job opportunities. You'd be an asset anywhere, and we spend too much time at work to be unhappy there. Definitely google "nursing resume" to get some examples of how to structure yours. Good luck! Joe-Hope the pay situation gets straightened out today. Sounds like you had a good time yesterday. Dianah-The bar gig could open a whole new world for your band! Let us know if it happens! Hey to everyone else. Hope you all are having a good day!
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    Saturday July 13, 2019

    Gorgeous pics, J22!! Glad you had fun!
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    Saturday July 13, 2019

    Morning- Working my Saturday 3 hour shift. Have already had 2 no-shows. It's a gorgeous beach day here, so I guess people have better things to do. I wouldn't be here either if I had a choice, . Later today we're going to a "porch fest" in one of the Boston neighborhoods. There's lots of big Victorian homes with the large front porches, and the homeowners let different local musical groups play on their porches. We'll walk around and listen to music, and then grab dinner somewhere. There'll be food trucks and I'm feeling tacos. Tweety-I'm sorry you had to cancel your trip, but better to go when you know BF will be able to be fully functional. Will you still take the time of from work? I hope Slowbro feels better. Steph-I've always admired hospice nurses. It's not a job I think I could do. My father was briefly in hospice before he died, and I wish we had contacted them sooner. His team made a difficult experience better for all of us. You and your colleagues are a special breed and do so much good. I hope you sleep well tonight. Joe-I can't believe they messed up your pay! I hope that gets rectified quickly. Hope you have a good rest of the day. Hope all are doing well today. TTYL!
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    American Values

    This Democrat can only speak for herself, but I am not proud of what America has become since Trump has taken office. The acceptance of what has always been unacceptable, including, but not limiting to caging children, the poor treatment of veterans, the immaturity and braggadocio of our supposed leader, his consorting with dictators, and the fact that his supporters revel in this kind of behavior. Here's what I am proud of: Americans who stand up and say this is not acceptable, Americans who believe that basic rights extend to all people and not just the white and wealthy, Americans who believe that all people should be treated humanely, Americans who may not hold the same beliefs that I do, but still stand up for decency.
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    Saturday July 6th 2019

    Morning- It's hot and humid today, with thunderstorms expected later. Today will be a do stuff around the house day. I have to empty my old bureau that wouldn't make it up the stairs, and put everything in the new bureau upstairs. I can probably weed out some stuff that I haven't worn in a while. We went to CT to see Fiance's brothers and Dad yesterday. Fiance's grandfather had a beach house on Long Island sound where he spent his childhood summers. His younger brother ended up buying it from their father, tearing down the cottage, and building a year round home. He and his family never go near the beach, and he doesn't have anything to do with his neighbors. He's a bit of an odd duck, with some interesting views on things. We went to the beach and talked to a lot of the old timers that still remember Fiance as a child. They all asked why his brother was so standoffish. We spent a little time with his father and other brother, but they didn't stay long. Fiance's mother will not come down because she's afraid of the nuclear power plant that is not too far away. She is convinced it "gave her cancer". I think the 40 years of 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day is a more likely cause, but what do I know?I Joe-I hope you get to see Dad today. I think we're getting your cooler weather tomorrow. Tweety-Glad that BF is getting out of the house. Greek lemony potatoes sound delicious! Hope all have a good day.
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    Friday, July 5th

    Good morning! I'm glad that our California friends here are safe. I hope that everyone had a good day yesterday, celebrating or not. We had a lovely day at the beach. We met some friends there and enjoyed the beautiful weather. The water was warm by New England standards. My sister and BIL came by after dinner with their dog and we went out for ice cream. It's back to low carb today. We'll head south to CT in a bit to see Fiance's family and go to the beach down there. By now you've probably figured out I'm a beach bum in the summer. I like to look at and listen to to waves, and be in the water as much as possible. Fiance would like us to consider Arizona for retirement, but I won't be happy that far from the ocean. I hope all have a good day today, whether working or not.
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    What is it?

    I think he just got goosed by a mouse!
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    Wednesday July 3, 2019

    Morning- Happy that today is my last work day this week. It will be good to have 4 days off. Weather forecast is for sunny and hot, so I will be at the beach. I would love to go visit DD, but she's working and the island will be a mob scene anyway. My new bedroom furniture was delivered at 7 this AM. Fiance was happy, cause he doesn't have to wait around all day waiting for it. I hope he does move our bed upstairs today, and then we can move all our clothes over the weekend. DS will probably be around this weekend and might need a place to stay, so we will get the extra bedroom set up with at least a bed. His b-day is tomorrow and he will likely be partying it up with friends in the area. Tweety-Sorry you missed being cancelled. Hope tomorrow goes well. I spent about an hour last night on line looking at real estate in your area. Prices aren't too bad when compared with my area. It's definitely a consideration for retirement. I was also looking at Maui, just for giggles. Way too expensive there. Steph-Hope you got some sleep last night. Wishing everyone a Happy 4th!
  18. Morning- I tried to post yesterday, but we kept losing power d/t thunderstorms. Some of the storms were spectactular. Fiance and I took my mother out for lunch. Tomorrow she turns 87. She's getting hard of hearing, but otherwise is doing very well. We were up in NSIME's hometown getting fried clams. Delicious, but not healthy at all! This morning has been crazy. Our allergy shot nurse mistakenly thought she had the day off, so we had a waiting room full of patients who were not happy. I did as many as I could, but I also had to see my patients, and I'm not very fast at doing shots. I'm not familiar with how all the vials are set up, so it's like hunting and pecking for keys on a keyboard. Fortunately, someone else was able to come in and is doing the shots. Crisis averted. Ted-Poor Mayson. I've been doing some reading on elderly animal behavior, as I have a very senior cat who has some behavioral issues. I'm going to talk to the vet about putting her on fluoxetine. Might be an alternative for Mayson. I know Stars gives her dogs Bach's Rescue Remedy which calms them down. Joe-A three day work week is nice! Glad J is on his way back. Hi Tweety! Hi to everyone else. Hope Monday is kind to you all.
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    Saturday June 29 2019

    Good morning- I'm waiting for a break in the rain so I can get out for a walk. I could go to the gym, but I like to exercise outdoors in the summer. I've been slacking this past week due to getting out of work late and some GI issues. I'm hoping both have calmed down and I can get back to a regular exercise schedule. I have a hair appointment later this AM, and then we're going to go look for some furniture. We just had the hardwood floors on the second floor sanded and varnished, and we want to move our bedroom upstairs, but we discovered that my large dresser cannot be manoeuvered around a tight corner and up the stairs. We'll have to leave it in the downstairs soon to be guest room, and get something for upstairs. It's not exactly in the budget, but we'll figure it out. We're meeting friends for dinner later. Joe-I hope you have a nice time with your friend at brunch. Hope all have a great day.
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    Part 2 of the Democratic Debate 2019

    That's part and parcel of political debate. However, I bet if each one was asked they would say they will support whoever is the eventual nominee for their party. They know what's at stake.
  21. Morning- It's been a busy week and I haven't had time to get online. I'm glad it's Friday. I'm off this weekend and need the break. Tweety-Sounds like a witch of a day yesterday. I hope you are able to recharge a bit today and bring that BP down. Joe-Sounds like you are a valued member of your team at work. I hope you hear from J soon. Ted-So the lawn still awaits you! I'm glad Mayson is happy. You're a good dog dad. Hope everyone else is doing well!
  22. Good morning! We had some unsettled weather yesterday, too. Part of my town had heavy downpours with hail, and lost power. We had the rain, but no hail and the lights stayed on. We made a last minute decision to go out last night, and I'm glad we did. We went to an art house type theater in Boston to see a documentary called Echo in the Canyon. It was about the Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid 60s, featuring groups like the Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield. It was produced by Andrew Slater and Jakob Dylan (Bob Dylan's son and an accomplished artist in his own right), and featured lots of archival film, interviews with some the featured musicians, and Jakob Dylan performing some of the music from that era with artists like Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Beck. Dylan and Slater were at the theater and held a Q&A session after the film. Then, Jakob Dylan performed some of the music from that genre with his studio band from the film. So, we got a movie, a semi-lecture, and a live concert all in one night. It was a really cool experience and I enjoyed the music tremendously. Today will be a beach day, and then DD and her BF are coming for dinner. I'll make a bean salad and grill some bread to have with burratta cheese for her, as she's vegetarian, and I have chicken marinating for the carnivores. I'll have to hose all the pollen off the deck furniture so we can eat outside. Ted-More rain means taller grass...ugh. I hope the service goes well today. How many weeks of rehearsal is typical for the plays Amy is in? Dianah-Welcome back! Sounds like you had a blast. Tweety-Sounds like yesterday was a joyful celebration. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and glad that many people were there to celebrate and support. Stars-I'm telling ya, you should pitch a sitcom based on life with Nannie. What actor would you want to play you? Herring-I am also horrified that anyone would take a child to a lynching. My Fiance's father is a bit of an Archie Bunker type. He would deny being racist, but he made a comment at his granddaughter's graduation about the black graduates getting more applause. Huh? I thought it was a strange thing to say, and told him that. Joe-Hope you have a good day today. Time for breakfast.
  23. Morning all- I'm at work, covering for another provider today. It's only a 3 hour shift, but is always busy. We do a boatload of allergy shots and testing in that 3 hours. I usually have up to 12 office visits, but today I only have 7. I think it's due to the nice weather. Speaking of weather, it has finally stopped raining and the sun is out! Tomorrow is supposed to be a real summer day, with sun and temps in the mid 80s. We will head to the beach in the AM, and have DD and her BF over for dinner. She leaves for her summer on the island on Wed., and I want to spend a little time with her. I made ferry reservations to go see her on July 19th. So today I am working in our most distant office from me. I only drive here once a month. There's an exterminator business just off the highway outside of Providence. They have a giant blue bug sculpture on their roof, and they dress it up according to the season/local events. Today the bug had on giant sunglasses and was drinking an "Awful Awful", which is a milk shake with ice cream made by a local dairy. It's called that because it's awful big and awful good. A few weeks ago the bug was wearing a Boston Bruins jersey for the Stanley Cup finals. Rhode Island has weird names for a lot of foods. Ted-The dinner theater sounds like fun. I hope all goes well with the meet and greet for the pastor candidate. Have fun mowing!! Joe-have fun at the graduation party! Glad you found the needle threader. I don't do a lot of sewing, but I can't see to thread the needle, and I have to use a magnifying glass. I hate this getting older stuff! Siri-I looooove grocery shopping! Like Tweety-I go to several different places, several times a week. I'm poor at meal planning, plus I like to go to local farms and farmers markets and decide what to cook based on what is available. I agree that the putting away part is the pits. Tweety-are you going to go to any of the Pride events? Hope your weekend off is good. Hope all have a great weekend!
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    Friday June 21, 2019

    Happy Pride Weekend! Still cool and rainy here. it's been a miserable week weather wise. Things are supposed to improve this weekend, with a predicted high of 87 on Sunday. I am planning on spending the day at the beach. Work has been very busy. I suppose that's a good thing. I'm taking some time off at the end of July. It will be a stay-cation, but I will go over to Block Island for a day to see DD. I will have to take some Dramamine to survive the 30 minute ferry ride. I get horribly seasick with any waves at all. I could never go on a cruise. Tweety-I agree with you on the corporate naming of the parade. It would be nice if companies would give just for the sake of giving, and not need their name plastered over everything. It is good to have the support, though. Joe-Hope the utilization work is done with soon. Safe travels to J! Herring-I like festivals, but I don't really like crowds. I also don't like to stay up til all hours. What kind of shrub did you end up getting? Gad to hear your husband is feeling better. Stars-I hope you enjoyed your quiet respite on the patio. Maybe you should get Nannie some of those fake glasses with the nose and mustache attached, and tell her how wonderful she looks! Hope all have a good start to the weekend!
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    Sunday June 16, 2019

    Morning- Had a great day yesterday with DS and his GF, and her parents. Their new place is nice, and it really hit me that he is grown up and launched. GF's parents are really nice and we all had a great time hanging out in town. DS and GF live in Portsmouth, NH, which is a beautiful seaside little city. The weather was perfect, and we had lunch and a drink sitting by the water. Fiance and I then made our way south as we had tickets to see David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young). We had dinner at a funky little place that recently had a bit of local infamy. The owners displayed a rainbow flag for Pride month, and a now former patron vocally and publicly expressed his extreme displeasure over the restaurant allegedly "promoting poor morals and a sinful life style". The restaurant owners told him they would not remove the flag and could take his business elsewhere. Of course, that made me want to give this this place my business! The food was sooooo good. Fiance talked me into sharing a scorpion bowl with him. I'm not a big drinker, and this was a lethal combination of rum and fruit juices. I had a couple of tacos (shrimp and crispy pork belly) for dinner, but lost all my will power and split a deep fried Fluffernutter sandwich with Fiance for dessert. It was heavenly. I'll be eating lettuce for a week to repent for that. The concert started out well, but David Crosby had only played 6 songs when he said he was not feeling well and intermission would be early. He never came back on stage and it was announced that the rest of the concert was canceled. He's had a lot of wear and tear on that body, and I hope he's ok. Tweety-Hope today is better, and you don't get that patient again. Joe-Enjoy your time with your dad. Hope the pie turns out well. Happy Father's Day to all the men who have been important in the life of a child. That goes for pet dads, too.