General Discussion, Monday, December 25, 2017

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  1. Menagerie says:

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. litenmaus says:

    Merry Christmas Stella. Thank you for the pictures, the songs, the poetry, the food, the warmth, the camaraderie, the insanity(?) & the travels & travails of the handsome Tucker. :0) God Bless.

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  3. Gary says:

    Good Morning, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, I know I don’t say much but all of you have found your way into my daily life and for this I eternally grateful. Peace, Safety, and Prosperity to All.

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    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! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas Donuts

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  5. hocuspocus13 says:


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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Merry Christmas y’all!

    Liked by 8 people

  7. Menagerie says:

    Today’s commentary from Bishop Barron


    JOHN 1:1-18

    Friends, our Christmas day Gospel focuses on the Word made flesh. Ancient Jewish thought found all sorts of sophisticated ways to say that God was active in the world without ceasing to be transcendent over it. Above all, they spoke of God’s holy Word, a Word by which all things were made.

    Now listen to the Prologue to John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word…” He’s writing a new Genesisβ€”and he is drawing our attention to this word of God, this powerful, musical breath of God that makes and governs the universe and speaks through the prophets, this Word that is the same as God.

    And this Word became flesh. The Greek term means “pitched his tent among us,” the very phrase used of God’s Wisdom inhabiting the Temple in Jerusalem. “And we saw his glory…and he was full of grace and truth.” Glory, for he is beautiful to look on; truth, for he is the new Law. All the ways that the Old Testament spoke of God’s involvement with the world come together in this description of Jesus Christ. He is the powerful Word that will not return without accomplishing his purpose.

    You are all in my prayers, today and every day. Don’t eat too…never mind, no need to be hypocritical.

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    • litenmaus says:

      Merry Christmas Menagerie, hope you don’t mind, but {Christmas hug}…Thank you for your work, it has made a difference in my life. :0) God Bless

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    • I promise not to eat too much, but I do have seven bottles of wine in my fridge. My neighbor works for a winery. I won’t make any promises regarding the wine.

      I second litenmous’s comment. You’re a blessing, Menagerie, and a great source of wisdom and light.

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      • litenmaus says:

        Squeaks and I send you and TriPod the very merriest of Christmas wishes Wooly. You are a gem!

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      • Menagerie says:

        When I think of wisdom and light, Wooly, I can absolutely tell you I am the last person I think of as a source for it. But if I have ever helped or encouraged you, then I am glad. You are simply one of my favorite people.

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        • I’ve come a long way, and grown, because of Stellars. I’m 46 and still trying to figure it all out, but you folks made it easier, Menagerie. I’ve figured some of it out. πŸŽ„πŸ˜

          Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. Douay-Rheims, Luke 2:14

          Most other translations get it exactly wrong. “peace on earth, and good will toward men” — nope. Wrong. Translate, much? Etymology much?

          Peace to men of good will.

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    • John Denney says:

      The tabernacle described in Exodus is a foreshadowing of Christ.

      There was one gate, one door. Jesus said, “I am the Door” – John 10:7 & 9
      It contained the 7 branched candlestick. Jesus said, “I am the Light”
      It contained the table of showbread. Jesus said, “I am the bread of LIfe”
      It was gold plated inside, but covered in rams skins. “He had no form or comeliness that we should desire Him” – Isaiah 53
      God dwelt in the tabernacle, covered in skin, just as Jesus was God in the flesh, covered in skin.

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  8. Me-uh, meh-uh, meh-uh, merry Christmas, friends.

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  9. G-d&Country says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone!
    Here is a vintage Nativity painting by Corbet Gauthier:

    It is the only one I have ever seen that shows the wash basin, which makes me think even more of how our Lord & Saviour came as one of His creations He tries to save.

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    One Solitary Life
    He was born in an obscure village
    The child of a peasant woman
    He grew up in another obscure village
    Where he worked in a carpenter shop
    Until he was thirty when public opinion turned against him
    He never wrote a book
    He never held an office
    He never went to college
    He never visited a big city
    He never traveled more than two hundred miles
    From the place where he was born
    He did none of the things
    Usually associated with greatness
    He had no credentials but himself
    He was only thirty three
    His friends ran away
    One of them denied him
    He was turned over to his enemies
    And went through the mockery of a trial
    He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
    While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
    The only property he had on earth
    When he was dead
    He was laid in a borrowed grave
    Through the pity of a friend
    Nineteen centuries have come and gone
    And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
    And the leader of mankind’s progress
    All the armies that have ever marched
    All the navies that have ever sailed
    All the parliaments that have ever sat
    All the kings that ever reigned put together
    Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
    As powerfully as that one solitary life
    Dr James Allan Francis Β© 1926.

    Have a wonderful & blessed Christmas πŸ™‚

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  11. joshua says:

    Merry Christmas, Stella….and to all who gather here in friendship and love.
    Lots of merry making and food partaking and stomach aching ahead for everyone.
    (I stocked up on Tums for the aftermath…they are in the bathroom cabinet….lol)

    Love to all and may you be special blessed on the birthday of our Lord and Savior.

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  12. Sharon says:

    Air temp (not windchill) in my former MN home town will be -7 Fahrenheit today. It is trying to get above freezing here in the Willamette Valley in OR this morning. They are saying it should make it there by afternoon. Nasty driving conditions. Worse in eastern OR.

    All of you people in genuinely cold country – stay home and stay warm – both if possible.

    Merry Christmas indeed! God “did Christmas” for sure and for always. It is He who made Christmas and we attend the celebration.

    Back to bed now – I’m cold. Woke up at 5 which is too early!

    (Psssttt: The days are getting longer no matter where you are in this hemisphere!)

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    • Yesterday, I bought a box of cat litter, and let Tripod in for the next week or so. It’s about to get that cold here. And he’s 14. We just got six inches of snow last night. Yesterday morning the city was bare concrete, now everything is perfectly Christmaslike, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to stop. Tripod is a really happy cat right now.

      Last night was gorgeous, outside. It was a midnight snow-globe, with the big flakes falling straight down, in large number, no wind at all. Silence. Like Narnia winter.

      This morning, when Tripod woke me up, thinking he wanted to go outside (he changed his mind real quick), it was snowing and blowing and drifting so hard, coming down in great sheets, you could barely see the streetlights 100 yards away.

      I don’t know whether to break out the Toro today or wait until tomorrow morning. I do love me some snowblowing, but not when it’s still coming down, and windy.

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    • litenmaus says:

      Merry Christmas Sharon.

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    • MTeresa says:

      Merry Christmas Sharon. Stay well and warm πŸ™‚

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    • stella says:

      Merry Christmas, Sharon. 22 degrees here right now, but going into single digits tonight. Stay warm! Nobody is going anywhere here until later this afternoon, and the plows and salt have done their work.

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      • Sharon says:

        I guess we have gotten close enough to 32 degrees – I see that the car is dripping. Trash cans are ready to be set out for tomorrow’s pickup – one day later – and they are covered with icicles all around. All of the roads north of here and into the Columbia Gorge (I-84) are really treacherous.

        Even thought that biting arctic cold can actually kill you dead, I really observed when our years in Minnesota ended and we removed to OR that there is this advantage in the serious cold: When Fall is over and it drops down to dead-cold, then the horrible roads, ice, and frozen mud is GONE. The humidity was always very low in MN during the winter so – yes – there was plowing of roads to be done when they were drifted shut with 2-3 feet (or more) but there was not the endless thawing and re-freezing with horrible road surfaces.

        The fact is that in the really cold country (including further east than MN) people do go ahead and live out in it – – having acquired the clothing and equipment to do so safely. Even though 25-30 below isn’t happy this week in ND/MN, it’s happy next week for the ice fishermen! Those who hadn’t taken their fish houses out on the ice yet are now free to do so, since 25-30″ of ice will indeed support their 4-WD pickups, and they can set up housekeeping on the ice for the next two months, with couches and wood stoves – all snug and good.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          When Donald and Hillary were running for president in Wisconsin, they had an ice fishing contest, three rounds, different lakes. After the first, Trump got 20 fish, and Clinton got none. After the second, Trump got 40 fish, and Clinton got none.

          She sent out a spy.

          When Trump came back with 50 fish, Hillary Clinton exclaimed, “I have video evidence that he cheated! He CUT A HOLE IN THE ICE!!!”


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    • czarina33 says:

      But they are getting shorter in the Southern Hemisphere. Just saying.

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    • lovely says:

      Merry Christmas Sharon, I hope that you are feeling toasty πŸ™‚ .

      Liked by 1 person

    • WeeWeed says:

      Merry, merry Christmas Sharon!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Well, I’ll be.

    Apparently Tex Williams, in 1954, was the grandpop of rap, and Mel Blanc was late to the party.

    Our black friends in America are guilty of cultural appropriation, it seems.

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  14. Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have a great day with family and friends.

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  15. WeeWeed says:

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    • czarina33 says:

      Not sure how that fits with Christmas!?! Explain…

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      • WeeWeed says:

        SMOD is a parody account – everyday is a good day to destroy the earth….. even Christmas! πŸ˜‰

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      • SMOD! It’s an ironic, sardonic, sarcastic rendition of the old “stop the ride, I wanna get off” meme. Sort of a riff on every person’s innate sense that we don’t deserve, as a planet, to survive.

        The video starts with the author’s reason (and we all have one, at least): the industrialization and commercialization of Christmas. “Brang that meteor of death!!” is his response.

        I wish I had a SMOD tee-shirt, sometimes. That and a MPAI* tee-shirt.

        (* Most People are Idiots.)

        Yet we love them all. We don’t bring the sweet meteor of death. We just love them actively, and “bless their hearts”. But everyone has that moment, every now and then, when dealing with most people, where we say, “Come on, sweet meteor. We’re RIGHT HERE.”

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  16. Wooly Covfefe says:

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  17. derk says:

    Merry Christmas Stella, Stellars!
    Wonderful night of celebration last night. This creature did not stir till 9 this morning! Breakfast was great, practically perfect poached eggs, bacon that just melted in your mouth (what’s new), and a tasty batch of fried potatoes.
    Cried twice during the giving of gifts. First was a calendar made by my daughters with pictures of the past year, mainly of the wedding. Brought on an overwhelming sense of joy, and what a truly amazing year it has been. Love my girls!
    Second, gift from SIL, a round of golf at Pebble Beach! January 22nd at 11 am. Oh my. A bucket list item of mine for a long time now. Still stunned. He beat me by a stroke the other day, but thinking I’ll bring him down, heck, maybe even Pebble itself next time! πŸ˜€

    Not the word I’d use to describe you all, but hey, I back my President 110%!
    Here’s wishing you all joy and peace on this glorious day, here in this glorious country that is once again returning to the One who is responsible for it all.

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  18. John Denney says:

    Merry Christmas, All!

    Here’s Puddles the Clown, a fool for Christ. (1 Cor 4:10)

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  19. The Tundra PA says:

    Merry Christmas Stella, Menagerie (wow, you were up early–or was it late?), Puddy, and Stellars all! Some o’ y’all got colder temps than Alaska today; we’re barely below freezing. But the snow’s 2 feet deep and in no danger of melting. Stay warm and eat lots of goodies. Tomorrow we diet (some of us, anyway).

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  20. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    Question: Why don’t liberals treat Trump with honor?

    Answer: Because he’s like the parents who come home and bust up the party you promised you wouldn’t have.

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  21. Patriot1783 says:

    Merry Christmas Stella!

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  22. I can understand that since Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was written by Jews, they didn’t understand the actual story of Christ. It needs to be re-written.

    Hear me out. πŸ˜€

    It’s foggy and cold. Santa and his 12 reindeer are starving, and they can’t see. Rudolph and Santa agree to cut his shiny nose off, and attach it to the sleigh. And they all ate venison that night. “This is my body…”, right? Poor Rudolph. Three days later he reappears, nose and all, and everybody celebrates.


    • joshua says:

      it was written by Robert Lewis May, who happened to be Jewish….May graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1926 as well though. I suspect he understood a great deal about the deal….he wrote pseudo ad copy for Montgomery Ward as some stories about a reindeer….


    • Heck, you could make a Foxe’s Book of Martyrs/Acts of the Apostles sequel, where all the other 12 reindeer get killed, too. If a trilogy, Santa gets revenge in the last movie.


  23. czarina33 says:

    And to round out the New Orleans Christmas music, Bennie’s other biggie:

    Merry Christmas y’all

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  24. You know why Leftists never put on Christmas plays?

    They don’t have three wise men, nor a virgin.

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  25. lovely says:

    Merry Christmas Stella and Stellarites ❀️ 🌟!

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  26. derk says:

    Merry Christmas Lovely!

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  27. Gil says:

    Im just going to set this down right here.

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  28. WeeWeed says:

    “Breaking Bad” marathon starting this week!! πŸ˜€ Wait, too early??

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  29. czarowniczy says:

    A belated but still heartfelt Merry Christmas to all y’all, presently occupied listening to the happy (parent prompted) thanks from grand/great grandkids who found what they wanted (for this year at least) under their trees.

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    • stella says:

      Parent prompting (or nagging) is how they learn. My daughter asked yesterday how long she will have to remind her son he needs to change into clean underwear. One thing I noticed – my older grandson (17) has become much more helpful and offers. He did part of the dinner, and his brother helped with shoveling, walking dogs etc. They both helped with dishes.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yeah, 3rd generation of civilizing the tabula rasas, that ‘clean underwear’ thing included. “No, (fill in the blank), clean underwear DOES NOT mean turning them inside out!”. Kids are helping, leaning to cook and all, but it’s still a long way to go.

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  30. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    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.

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  31. Wooly Covfefe says:


  32. ImpeachEmAll says:

    2017 candles…

    That’s a lot of Blowin’ in the Wind…


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