Today is the feast day of Santa Lucia (St. Lucy) of Syracuse (Sicily), of vast importance to the Nordic (especially Swedish) Christian community:
The traditional song sung on St. Lucy’s Day is set to a folk tune from Naples. So there you have it: A Sicilian saint celebrate in Sweden and honored in a song set to Neapolitan music. A classic rendition of this song is:
I have attended a Santa Lucia service. The church is darkened and then the procession of Lucia and her attendants begins. The church gradually fills with light and music. So sweet and other worldly.
St. Lucy is patron saint of those with eye problems. It takes on more importance for me on this celebration of her feast day because since late last evening (right after midnight and into December 13th) I noticed a shadow in m right eye; I believe I have a cataract and am very anxious about it; calling an ophthalmologist immediately. Please say a prayer to St. Lucy for me. Thank you.
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You’ve got it, Mike. Prayers to all the saints and angels for you.
I had cataracts growing in both eyes and was blessed to be able to get lens implants. If you opthamologist suggests it, go for it with no hesitation! Outpatient surgery and I could see fine right after the lenses settled in place, about 24 hours. They did each eye on a separate day. No glasses anymore and I have 20/20 vision. Hopefully you are cataract-free, but if it turns out you do have them and surgery is an option, no worries needed.
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Thank you. My parents both had lens implants — in both eyes — and that was “back in the day” when it was new. I am sure it will be OK, but thinking about the procedure makes me very, very nervous.
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It’s easy now, ZM – nothing like it was “back in the day.” Mine were done with laser – no pain and great vision almost immediately. Prayers that it’s nothing serious!
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This eye surgeon is well-established in Canton Schywz, which is an very exclusive area and only 20 minutes drive from where I live. He specializes is all of this high-tech stuff that still amazes me.
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Sounds like yer in good hands!
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Yes, I think so!
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luck to be in Swiss land with very serious minded professionals and no messing around people. best of luck and speedy recovery Mike.
Thank you, Joshua!
Had it last year and love it…God Bless.
But now it turns out I have Salzmann Nodular Degeneration and had to have surgery on my left eye. It was yesterday and we will see. I was just thankful I was not one of the 1 in a Million that gets a displaced lens
As I told the others in the room who were all doing cataracts, “No Sweat” and really no pain.
I’ll also send prayers up for you regarding your new diagnosis, k. Sorry to hear about the degeneration. Hopefully the surgery was successful and you’re done with it.
we are working towards that goal.
My friend had the same experience as Patternpuzzler. She is thrilled to be without glasses and sees very well.
Are you also having flashers? There is another condition related to age called posterior vitreous detachment. I had it in both eyes, and it can be very alarming. Fortunately, 90% of the time it is nothing to worry about, although you should see your doctor immediately to be sure. I also have cataracts developing, but haven’t had surgery yet.
No flashes, thankfully. My older brother had a freak detached retina and he is so very lucky that he lives near an excellent eye center — he lost no vision and the retina healed perfectly.
I just have a light grey oval that I can see when I cover my left eye, and I have noticed that if I look at a white object like a wall or ceiling with my left eye, it’s very white, and if I look with just my right eye, it’s beige/yellowish — a definite clouding the lens.
I had lasik surgery 14 years ago and understood the technology, etc., but when you get down to having someone with sharp objects actually touching and cutting your eye, it’s a bit a freak-out!
I called today and have an appointment Monday morning with an eye surgeon / eye specialist.
Thanks for the extra info!
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I’m praying for you, Mike. I had cataract surgery earlier this year, and it was like a miracle! I can see without glasses or contacts for the first time in my life! Better than 20/20 in one eye, and almost 20/20/ in the other! I was wearing a glasses prescription of -10.75! And I see colours better as well! I certainly pray that you have the same results as me, and though the surgery was scary, it was a “Nada-burger”, lol! Just a lot of fiddly eye drops and itchy, but no pain at all. You will do great!
Prayers for you Mike, I know minor surgery never seems minor when it is happening to you. God’s angels guide the hands of all involved 🙏🏼. My dad has had both eyes done and it was a breeze for him and he is a guy if worry and angst can be found he will find it.
Morning Lucille! Happy Wednesday!
Good Day, S&S – Have a wonderful day!
You too! ☺️
Good morning, sand! A bit of snow dust today (which wasn’t forecasted yesterday) but very pretty out.
Sounds really nice! It’s a warm mid 60’s this afternoon. I’m getting whiplash from the back and forth temperature changes! LOL! 😉
Evening Lucille 🙂 !
MUELLER TEAM MEMBER TEXTS MENTION PROTECTING COUNTRY FROM TRUMP
December 12, 2017 – by Daniel Greenfield
This is hilarious…where did they get the penguin?
And what an adorable little lady – you can almost hear her giggle!
An ever-rolling stream…winter just slows it down a bit….
“Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
–2 Peter 3: 8–
Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 (Tom Collins)
Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 (Black & Tan)
Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 (Boilermaker)
Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 (Irish Car Bomb)
Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 (Godfather)
Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 (Mortlach)
Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 (Roy Rogers)
Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 (Classic Daiquiri)
Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 (Gin & Tonic)
Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 (Blackberry wine)
Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 (Backdraft)
Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 (Stinger)
Mornin’ Les! 🙂 (Rusty Nail)
Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 (Jack Daniels)
Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 (Whiskey Smash)
Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 (B52)
Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 (Rum & Coke)
Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 (Night Train Express)
Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 (Albanian Raki Moskat)
Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! 🙂 (Hot Buttered Rum)
Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 (Mudslide)
Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 (RumChata)
Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 (Smoking Bishop)
Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 (Red Russian)
Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 (Yuengling)
Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕
Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance!
NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!
Nutella Hot Chocolate With Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon
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I am starving this morning. I think I will just get some of everything. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. 🙂 Woke up about 4:00 and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was so disappointed with that vote last night. Knowing the other side is cheating makes it hard.
Bacon and pancakes for me please. Thanks Nyet.
Morning everyone. I wish I could say that I was surprised by the vote in Alabama, but I am not. Disapointed? Maybe a little. Surprised? No. I have been predicting that the Republicans will be getting crucified in the elections going forward. Their inability to accomplish anything when they had the power to accomplish everything has been noted. I’m spitting mad too, and I will remember my grudge against them in the next election.
Thank you for breakfast, Nyet! I had to eat first breakfast, so this is second breakfast for me. I was desperately needing meat and ran to Whataburger first thing this morning. I’ve been awake since 1:15 am, coughing, I’m coming down with a cold. Anyway, maybe the bourbon will help. 😉
Sorry to hear about the cold symptoms….Hope you feel better fast.
Thank you, Lburg. Winter colds are hitting hard around here. It seems like everyone is sick.
Sorry, Joshua. Hope you feel better soon.
Healing prayers and bourbon Joshua!
Be well Sand!
Thank you, lovely! Hope your day was a good one!
Good day. I hope your cold is short lived!
That is a tasty-looking breakfast, especially if you crop out the carbs and fruit. Ha! We are having overnight guests at Christmas and of course they asked me to make an “American Breakfast” for them if possible. No worries! Bacon, eggs, more bacon, and enough toast to mop up the egg yolk and whatever bit bacon grease is left on the plate. Mmmmmm.
Thanks for breakfast and good morning, Nyet! Hi there Stellars! I actually eat the parsley – anyone else??
“If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?” ~George Carlin
The plateful looks yummy, Nyet.
I know I need to check in more
Love You all to the moon & back
TY for the Awesome Breakfast ❤ ❤ ❤ NYE ❤ ❤ ❤
….well….it IS Diggitydoggityday isn’t it….?
Good evening Nyet 🙂 .
When you write a letter to Satan instead of Santa asking for a puppy. pic.twitter.com/jKgzCfcYzm
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) December 13, 2017
When you write a letter to Satan instead of Santa asking for a puppy. pic.twitter.com/jKgzCfcYzm
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) December 13, 2017
Morning, Wee! (I think I dated that puppy’s brother once.)
On a serious note…this little princess doesn’t realize until too late that the “gifts” from Satan will always cost you more than you ever dreamed possible. He gives a stone when asked for bread.
I wonder how many people in Alabama this morning understand they sold their state to the Devil.
Hillary as a child and a little girl carrying her?
LOL!!!! Evenin’ Lovely!
Evening Wee 🙂 !
lol, good one
Thank you, some just write themselves 🙂 .
Morning Stella, all,
Picture put a smile on my face, bit different than your usual, thanks.
Hope your days go well out there.
I’m reading this right now. Very important book.
The Last Closet by Moira Grayland.
Published by Vox Day’s Castalia House, a very new publishing company.
I’ve known about her story for quite a while, but only from her web essay, “The Story of Moira Grayland”, published a few years ago online. I’m glad she wrote this book.
Vox himself writes the forward to the book. He understands the sickness and the source of the sickness that every institution which SJWs take suffers. SF/F is just as converged as Hollywood, TV, Academia, YMCA, Boy Scouts, Most Churches, and Most Government Halls.
Castalia House is not converged, and won’t be. That’s what you have to decide, when you create an institution or a company or a collective: Will we allow our organization to be taken over by SJWs? If you say Yes, or even Possibly, it will be, inevitably. They will gut your institution, and then wear it as a skin-suit and demand respect. If you say No, and mean it, it will never be taken.
What is SF/F and what is this about?
The Science Fiction/Fantasy publishing, writing and fandom world.
It relates heavily to what’s also been going on in Hollywood for decades, and all that elsewhere I listed.
Here’s a primer:
The book is MZB’s daughter’s autobiography.
What is SF/F, and who is MZB?
What I said. Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Marion Zimmer Bradley, celebrated she-hag of SF/F.
My point is that I dislike (even hate) acronyms that aren’t immediately identifiable. How would any of us know immediately that MZB means “Marion Zimmer Bradley” – and I know who she is.
Conversation killers, as far as I’m concerned.
There’s a church on one of the main drives in my town that uses twitter abbreviations in their big sign out front – such as “ur” for your . I’m this close to contacting but would probably be talking to a 40 year old Valley Girl trying to be contemporary. I’m up to here with churches that live to attract the younger generation. But that’s a whole other thing.
You will notice I even typed out “as far as I’m concerned”. I see no reason to assume that every literate reader should know what afaic means.
You were good to press for clarification. I normally wouldn’t bother. I just figure the person did not intend to communicate with all readers.
It started with IBM, AT & T, GE, GMC, RCA, and little pictures on public bathroom doors instead of “men” or “ladies”
then it went viral, as they say today…..
I’ve been trying for about a month to recall (without a search) what the letters CNN actually stand for. All I can come up with is Clinton News Network, and I know that’s not it. Of course, there are days where I can’t remember what my apple corer looks like and just hunt in the drawer, hoping it will raise its hand.
Which raises the question: does an apple corer have hands? I’ll check next time I use it.
Just finished doing a julienne cut on a few apples, filled my dehydrator and will have jars of tiny dried apple pieces, all ready to be added to oatmeal and chicken salad and such. I’m really enjoying my dehydrator but am a little slow on the creative side – thinking of the varieties of applications that would fit my cooking. I am glad I got it – sure makes me look forward to next year’s garden.
CABLE News Network
Ah! That would explain the blank place on my memory map. I haven’t had cable (or CNN) for over twenty years so wouldn’t have seen or heard it………… funny…………………
Taking a Stand: MO College Creates Mandatory Patriotism Class
Okay, I just NEED to vent . We are angry! We have had ENOUGH! We will never help anyone again. EVER!! Either we’re too kindhearted, too stupid, or too gullible!! Out of the kindness of our hearts and because it was so cold out yesterday, we took a man into our home. Felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was frozen stiff, we had to carry him out of the cold. This morning he just vanished. Not a word, not even “goodbye” or “thank you” for sheltering him!! The last straw? I realized he had peed all over the living room floor!
Like SERIOUSLY 😡😡😡 That’s the “thank you” we get for being good to people?
Now we’re going to warn our lovely friends/family to watch out for this man! He is heavy set, and he’s wearing nothing but a scarf. He has a nose that looks like a carrot, 2 black eyes and his arms are so skinny they look like sticks!! Don’t bring him into your house! What a huge mess he made on our floor but he did leave me his scarf! He goes by the name of Frosty. (had to share).
hmmmmm….had me going for a moment…..then, I thought about Wendy’s FROSTY and I had to go get a chocolate one…….
LOL—It had me going too. So that is why I had to share.
LOL, and here I was trying to rationalize the peeing in the living room floor…
LOL ❤ ❤ ❤ pattern ❤ ❤ ❤
Good recap from “1600 Daily”…
“President Donald J. Trump will Make the American Military Great Again”
December 12, 2017
• The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) supports a topline defense funding level of $692 billion that goes in the direction sought by President Trump. The NDAA:
o Authorizes funding to ensure the continued defeat of ISIS;
o Provides legislative authority to implement President Trump’s South Asia strategy;
o Authorizes critical missile defense capabilities to confront the threat posed by North Korea; and
o Takes concrete steps to rebuild our readiness and build the needed capabilities to continue to deter our adversaries and assure our allies.
OMG….the pic of Santa….my first “college car” was the same 1953 MGTD convertible….white not red, but was the pride of my youth….but….I graduated on June 1, got married June 2, and that Monday went to bank to borrow money for a new VW Beattle for a “family car” and had to sell my precious MG…..(my father had aways called it a “roller Skate” and said I needed two of them).
My best friend’s husband had one in college in the 60’s, gave it up for a family car. Another friend had a MGTF1600, never sold it. Great to ride in, expensive for upkeep unless you have a live-in mechanic. Something always going wrong with British cars.
Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.
Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.
Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.
Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.
We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
My daughter took this pic at Christkindlmarket in Chicago. That is CHOCOLATE.
Edible works of art! 😊👍🏻
Has anyone heard from Maiingankwe lately? I hope she’s OK.
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