General Discussion, Monday, February 5, 2018

I shuddered, and drank my coffee, leaning back in my chair to gaze out across pine tops furry with gold towards the sparkling sea, and surrendering myself to the dreamlike feeling that marks the start of a holiday in a place like this when one is tired, and has been transported overnight from the April chill of England to the sunlight of a magic island in the Ionian Sea.

Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic, 1964

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215 Responses to General Discussion, Monday, February 5, 2018

  1. czarowniczy says:

    And you could spend days just gazing at that picture and wondering how the place was formed.

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  2. Lucille says:

    In case you missed this happy interview the day after our President gave his first State Of The Union address….

    U.S. army veteran fills seat of missing Dem congressman at State of the Union

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  3. Lucille says:

    I’m into lovely patios and patio furniture today and am visualizing inviting friends over for an afternoon wine tasting sometime very soon…like after the snowy/rainy bit….

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    • czarina33 says:

      I see green grass thru the gate… hope you get there soon. As you saw yesterday, mine is quite brown, here in the lower south

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  4. Gil says:

    The kiddo gets a packet of homework each month, roughly 30 pages of writing, math, connect the dots type of things. Now adding in the common core packet of critical thinking(cough) which requires him to choose from a list of 30 tasks and fill in half a page of corresponding work. At 4 years old. For instance, the easiest one is go to the library, get a book, and draw the story.
    I sat him down this afternoon and did 14 pages of his regular work but I feel resistant to the common core for good reason. Im going to get that stuff done asap but I hope we can do better by the kids quickly. I might just homeschool yet but will try kindergarten at least.
    BTW, when I asked him what he wanted to read at bedtime (we normally read 2-3 books), he happily handed me his pocket Constitution and said, “Only the first chapter!” I read a couple quotes and explained them and then read a regular story. He told me to mark the book and read the Declaration of Independence the next time. πŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™‚πŸ‘ΌπŸ‘ΌπŸ‘Ό

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    • Lburg says:

      What a great mom – raising a great kiddo. Your story made me smile, Gil.

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    • lovely says:

      Bravo! What a great way to start my day. A little patriot πŸ™‚ . Great momming Gil !

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    • Adorable!!!! ❀️

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Brought tears of joy to my eyes. How amazing. He should go far. Don’t hesitate to homeschool. There is nothing that you can’t handle. Well, maybe calculus. πŸ™„ But, I doubt he is ready for that at 4.

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      • Gil says:

        Im not ready for calculus….πŸ˜₯

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          LOL

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        • joshua says:

          I recommend this web site for an intro for yourself.
          I substitute at High School for freshmen and ESL learners in remedial math getting ready for alg, geometry, and then calculus…..and everyone hates math because they have been told it sucks and is hard….but they have to have real world examples of stuff explained by someone that can be enthusiastic about learning, not about math in particular.

          https://betterexplained.com/articles/a-gentle-introduction-to-learning-calculus/

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          • Menagerie says:

            I get really aggravated at people who say they can’t learn math. Does anyone ever say they can’t learn English or History?

            That is complete bull crap. Either you don’t want to learn math, or you’ve had some crappy teachers (still an excuse IMO) or both. What we want to learn we can, even if we have to pursue additional learning on our own.

            What percentage of people do you think say they don’t need to know geometry or algebra, and yet go to buy paint or wallpaper and cannot figure out how much they need? How about even contractors who used to tell me how many square feet was in a house they wanted to buy shingles or siding for. And could not understand why that number was totally irrelevant to me in figuring out how much product they needed.

            Or people, sorry, women especially, who got really mad at me when they asked me to calculate how many bags of concrete they needed for a 10 x 10 patio and I asked them how thick the concrete would be. “Why would you need to know that?” they would scornfully ask.

            Or my all time favorite when ordering window screens and the customer would need a screen just a little larger than say 20 3/8, so I would suggest 20 3/4. They would inform me that 3/8 is larger than 3/4, and many would refuse to believe me when I showed them on a tape measure. These were not uneducated people. Frequently it would be business people dressed very well, who used very proper language and were obviously very well educated other than mathematics.

            Further, only a couple more employees could calculate board feet, lengths for step stringers or down rods for ceiling fans, all very simple formulas. Though I do comsider myself pretty good at math, and I took lots of it in college, what I had to deal with when I worked at Home Depot, aside from the management end of it, where I got into profit and loss, accounting, etc., should have been something virtually everyone knew, not just a few.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              LOL I can’t learn history. Seriously, you have to remember things, names of people, names of places, dates, etc. and I have a bad memory. I have always had a bad memory. I made good grades, but it was because I took notes in notehand, then transcribed them on the typewriter, used a yellow marker to highlight, then used a pink marker to highlight again. Then I went back over in pencil. Memorized. Took the test. Made a good grade. And, then my head was pretty much empty again. 😦 Most of the history I know I learned when I homeschooled my son. Thank goodness for Abeka. And, my son has a voracious appetite for history and reads historical books all the time.

              Algebra, meh. Made straight A’s. No problem.

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              • michellc says:

                I was always the same way in school. I studied for a test then within 2 days of taking the test I’d forget all of it.
                Algebra was easy. I hated science.

                I get mad about algebra now and how it is taught in school, too many teachers just want the answer and the biggest part of algebra is the steps to get to your answer. We were graded on each step. It was starting when my kids were in school and you wouldn’t believe the algebra books who showed the steps incorrectly and then they always gave the odd answers in the back and several of them would be wrong.
                Then there were a few times I helped my kids and their teacher marked the correct answer wrong. Of course that would tick me off so I’d make my kids show them how they were correct and the teacher’s answer book was wrong.

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            • joshua says:

              my youngest son ran the millwork dept at a Home Depot store in Dallas first job out of college when there were no jobs for English majors…., then supervisor of Building Materials…..his stories about window and door measurements and fitting stuff to the
              customer “information” and explaining about opening size vs product dimensions finally made him go take over the Bldg material and give up millwork as a lost cause….without math, it is impossible.

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              • Menagerie says:

                I rolled out the millwork program in our store, and was the initial trainer when Home Depot went into it seriously. They tried to make me becme the district trainer but I refused, wanting to stay in management.

                I used to sell Marvin Windows, before my HD days. It f you ever win the lottery and are building a house that is the finest millwork product made. Anyhow, that’s where I learned, and they were fine teachers. Unfortunately, I had to go to Minnesota to learn.

                All the best millwork companies are in the cold states.

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            • Gil says:

              Do you know liwes gives classes on how to use a hammer or what is a leveller, etc? Too many kids grew up no chores, not exploring now dont even know how to do simple things.

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          • Gil says:

            Ty! I need a college math class but everything is taught completely different now and cant even keep up. I will go over what you linked.

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  5. John Denney says:

    Just saw a Facebook post of a cartoon MAGA guy explaining to a cartoon Lib the complexities of Hillary/DNC buying a fake dossier from Fusion GPS who got info from a former MI-6 Brit and gave it to the FBI which presented it to a FISA court to get surveillance on the Trump campaign, …

    And the cartoon Lib replies, β€œOr . . . Trump is lying.”

    Captioned, β€œOccam’s Razor”

    I’m having a hard time keeping up with the onslaught.

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  6. Lucille says:

    Man Finds Puppies Abandoned in the Middle of the Desert and Takes Them on Epic Cross Country Road Trip
    Feb 1, 2018
    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-finds-puppies-abandoned-middle-desert-takes-epic-cross-country-road-trip/

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  7. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
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    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
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    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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  8. Lburg says:

    Good Morning Nyet – hope you’ve recovered from your overnight…Thanks for breakfast! Morning to one and all!

    “Come, come! Let us go to breakfast. The morning air has given me a rude appetite. I long to say grace over a fresh egg… ” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, A Romance

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  9. Lburg says:

    Thanks for the outstanding photo and quote, Stella. Magical indeed.

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    • stella says:

      I love Mary Stewart, and have always wanted to visit Greece. The book, This Rough Magic, is set on the island of Corfu, and weaves a story that references The Tempest. Well worth the read. Stewart was the originator of the modern romantic mystery, and her descriptions of people and places put you there. Well worth the read! I know that this one, and others, are now available on Kindle.

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  10. lovely says:

    Stunning picture Stella.

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  11. Sharon says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/02/dems_go_despicable_as_the_russia_collusion_plot_to_impeach_trump_explodes_in_their_faces.html

    However long it took me to move from that page to this – was long enough for me to forget my tightly reasoned reason for wanting to post the link. So I just leave it for your consideration!

    Yesterday younger son and his lady came by for such a good visit. Brought TWO dogs: the big/older one I was well-acquainted with and had house-sat for four months a couple of years back.. The two month old was a surprise. What a cutie. A black lab mix little girl, with a bit of American Pit Bull which gives her a wonderfully shaped head and ears – the older one certainly has needed a companion. Now he has someone to look after and play when the humans are at work.

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    • Sharon says:

      Now I could go look and yes – – the links included in the piece illustrate the left’s intention to pull our nation down around their own ears. Those who think the thing is won because the memo got released are mistaken. It is tiresome being at high alert, in fight or flight mode, year after year.. The memo release was essential and Nunes accomplished a mighty thing (another AT piece this morning discusses the significance of what he got done…). It’s the launch of the beginning.

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      • stella says:

        Good morning, Sharon! Yes, it is only step one of many.

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      • derk says:

        Morning Sharon,
        not counting it as won, but the battle does appear to be turning. Unless the “press” is taken out, it will definitely be an uphill battle the whole way.
        This report from Sparta Report has info on Blumenthal and Cody Shearer re: Second Trump dossier, and their association to all things Clinton. Slimy, evil b*astards who are reported to be in collusion with the Steele dossier.

        https://www.spartareport.com/2018/02/sidney-blumenthal-cody-shearer-and-the-second-dossier-what-they-dont-want-you-to-know/

        Had forgotten, but even Hillary’s henchman Blumenthal was banned from WH by Obama himself!

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      • Menagerie says:

        Apparently I’m in a math mood today. Here’s what this makes me think of.

        Years ago I tutored a wonderful young neighbor girl in math. She really had a tough time with it. After a break of a few weeks, probably Christmas break, we resumed with a new chapter in her book. She struggled through the steps, utterly lost as to how to work through the problem.

        I reminded her that the first step to take was what we had just learned in the last chapter. “But we finished with that!” she indignantly told me. I had to break the bad news to her that everything she was learning was a step for the next level to rest on, and that she couldn’t just forget about yesterday’s lesson. Ever.

        She took that really hard. I think most Americans are the same way. They look for one big event to “fix” the country, never realizing that each step must build toward the next one, and that a lot of work is required.

        They just want to be safe in their world again, complacent and content. Kudos to those who have roused from their dozing, but I think a lot of them thought this was just going to require a little time and effort, not a lifetime. And I think they may resent that, if they have to become aware of it.

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      • Lucille says:

        Stefan Molyneux has a very interesting perspective regarding the difficulty of beating back what was started by lefties many years ago under the guise (everything is “under the guise” with the Left) of assisting the poor. The destruction of the family was the left’s actual goal. In large segments of our society that has been accomplished without those affected even realizing they were being manipulated. We are seeing the results this very day in Philadelphia.

        What Pisses Me Off About The Philadelphia Superbowl Riots
        Stefan Molyneux

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  12. lovely says:

    Good morning kids πŸ™‚ !

    β€œI need to make the military more lethal. Some people think I’m supposed to be an equal-opportunity employer.”__The Warrior Saint

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  13. lovely says:

    Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.__Disgraced Fromer FBI Director Jame Comey

    Perhaps James Comey will have a specific corruption law named after him. 66 US Code Β§ 666 – Morons & Liars & Leakers, Oh My!

    (6a) Morons – Disgraced former FBI Directors who think saying β€œPutin hates Hillary” as they make a rat face shall be mocked for generations. AKA James Comey’s has come undone

    (6b) Liars – Disgraced former FBI Directors who lie before Congress with forethought, malice and intent to corrupt the democratic process shall be written about in text books as an example of how not to attorney.

    (6c) Leakers – Disgraced former FBI Directors who leak salacious, self generated, nannyish, yet classified documents to their cohorts in the press in order to illegally and with animus derail the will of the American people shall be considered enemies of America and dully thrashed.

    Keep tweeting and talking James.

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  14. stella says:

    Fifty years ago today was a huge milestone in my life – the birth of my daughter. Every day since has been better for it, but how can it POSSIBLY be fifty years?

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  15. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Monday, February 5th:
    Β· Meeting with Vice President Mike Pence
    Β· Travel to Cincinnati, OH
    Β· Briefing on opioids and patient meet and greet at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Β· Tour Sheffer Corporation
    Β· Deliver remarks on tax reform
    Β· Travel to Washington, D.C.

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  16. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    In re: the matter of Democrats committing arguable treason: Maybe they have, and are still doing so–I myself think that.

    But hey, on the other hand there are certainly other offenses of which they are guilty. And always remember what it took to bring Al Capone down: The government finally mustered a case of income tax evasion against ‘im.

    Hey, whatever works.

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ sportsfans!

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  19. derk says:

    Morning Stelaa, Stellars,
    You had me at first picture of the header! “Can’t Even” on the second. Do love me some beaches! Pushing 80 yesterday and in the mid 70’s the next 2 weeks out here in Kalifornia.
    Travis Allen rally this next Sunday in Sac, will definitely go and see what he has to say. Heard he is MAGA, wouldn’t that be a big KAPOW!!!

    No match for Batman you smirking slimeball, POW!!!!
    Have a great day out there y’all!

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  20. stella says:

    Lousy title, but lots of content, but then it is Andrew McCarthy!

    Jerry Nadler’s Leaked Rebuttal of the Nunes Memo Is Very Weak

    To justify a finding of probable cause, the government must satisfy the court as to the credibility of the informant who, it is claimed, witnessed the factual transactions described in the warrant. There is no vicarious credibility: The informant’s reliability cannot be shored up by the impeccable credentials of the investigative agent. The agent is not the witness; the informant is. The agent’s job is to satisfy the court that the informant was in a position to provide a reliable (generally, firsthand) account of what happened, and that the informant should be believed. Typically, the prosecutor and agent will give the court an assurance along the lines of β€œConfidential Informant No. 1 (CI-1) works at the bank, is intimately familiar with activity in the suspect’s account, and has described the following transactions . . . ”; and/or β€œCI-1 has provided similar information to the FBI on three other occasions and has been corroborated each time.”

    There is nothing close to that in Steele’s dossier. His informants are anonymous. Some of them do not claim to have seen or heard the things they report β€” they’ve purportedly gotten the information from others. Meanwhile, Steele himself does not deal directly with the sources; he has a network of connections developed in his years as a British intelligence officer. In effect, A tells B something that is reported to C, who tells it to D, Steele’s guy in Russia, who passes it along to Steele. We have no idea whether A was in a position to observe what he told B, much less what credibility problems beset A, B, C, and the rest on down the chain. This is no doubt why Steele himself, in the libel cases against him, has taken the position that he cannot vouch for the truthfulness of the allegations in the dossier. Rather, he admits they were hearsay claims that he passed along because they seemed alarming, but that needed vigorous investigation by the FBI to determine their provenance and accuracy.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456093/jerrold-nadler-memo-rebuttal-weak-unpersuasive

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Weak is too kind, more like weasely, like that slimeball lawyer everyone loves to hate defending his mugger client’s armed robbery of you as merely a disagreement over whom the money in your wallet really belonged to.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Nadler’s probably going to use his memo as part of his job application to IKEA as an assembly instructions writer.

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  23. Lucille says:

    Another good one from the so delightfully readable Mark Steyn….

    An Absence of Mind in the Hindu Kush
    Monday Notebook – February 5, 2018

    “It was reported the other day, seventeen years on, that the Taliban are now “openly active” in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. Thirteen thousand US troops remain in the country, which is an extraordinary commitment to a war with no war aims. You’ll recall J R Seeley’s famous line of 1883 that the British Empire had been acquired “in a fit of absence of mind”. Americans are resolute non-imperialists and seem to have acquired almost as vast a non-empire in similar absent-mindedness. For example, when four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Africa at the end of last year, Lindsey Graham, who’s in favor of “boots on the ground” everywhere, professed to be entirely unaware that we had boots in Niger:…”

    https://www.steynonline.com/8436/an-absence-of-mind-in-the-hindu-kush

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  24. Lucille says:

    Jimmy Kimmel Says Talk Show Hosts are Liberal Because ‘It Requires a Level of Intelligence’
    MRCTV

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  25. czarowniczy says:

    Woo Hoo! Posted this nextdoor but it’s too good not to share!
    University of Rochester has discovered in testing (where do you sign up for these things?) that moderate drinking is BENEFICIAL for your brain and may well help prevent some brain conditions!

    https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/5268/in-wine-theres-health-low-levels-of-alcohol-good-for-the-brain.aspx

    So drink up without guilt! I’m gonna see if my medical insurance will pick up part of my bar tab.

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  26. lovely says:

    How did I not know this, George Conway AKA the husband of KellyAnne Conway was one of the attorneys who put together the Paula Jones brief that was presented before SCOTUS and SCOTUS voted unanimously that Bill Clinton or any sitting president could be sued for matters unrelated to their presidency.

    These attorneys, including George Conway worked for years digging up dirt on President Bill Clinton and The Beast, they scoured Arkansas, they won against Clinton hired guns. They were shadow attorneys unnamed in the case. Conway was part of the team that won a unanimous decision against President Clinton before the Supreme Court.

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  27. Hi, Stellars.

    Crazy weekend. Saturday was 14 hours on the clock. Sides were cramping toward the end of the day. We served our chili to almost 1,000 people. We didn’t win, but our sister store won 2nd place. Good on Chef Tom. I thought we were gonna win. Our chili was the bomb. No-frills, generic chili, and it is incredible on tortilla chips, 3rd day.

    I peeled at least 48 eggs, for our spicy crab-stuffed deviled egg app, in 15 minutes. We got that process down pat. Bring them to a full boil. Turn the flame off. Cover the pan with a plate or a bigger pan, and set a timer for ten minutes. Timer goes off, take the pan to the sink, pour off most of the water and shock them with cold water, for about two minutes, BUT NO MORE. When you peel them, the egg itself should still be, at most, lukewarm. If you do it right, don’t boil ’em too long, don’t shock ’em too long, the shell comes off in like two pieces, and you say to yourself, “Wow.”

    Chef learned that technique from Julia Child on TV, long ago.

    Today I had off, and slept for much of it. I’m drinking a Malbec Rose, and one Natty Ice.

    I’ve cut my alcohol consumption in half. And increased the quality of it at least double.

    The Malbec is a good grape.

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  28. Boy howdy, I knew my comment would go directly to Spam. I posted it anyway. It’s just a mouseclick, after some typing. I figure y’all’ll see it at some point.

    And yeah, I said it. Y’all’ll. It’s the most sublime contraction ever made.

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  29. 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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  30. michellc says:

    This virus Gracie caught has been quite contagious and has put her Daddy and Nanny in bed for three days, plus made her brother sick. Now last night Mommy and PaPa both started coming down with it.

    It has been no fun and still isn’t done with us all yet. lol

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  31. michellc says:

    Stella I sent you an e-mail with a picture of Gracie to show to everyone. She has grown too fast.

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    • stella says:

      Here she is! Just adorable.

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      • michellc says:

        She is her mommy’s twin. It’s so strange at times looking at her and it being just like looking at her Mommy over 30 years ago.
        The older she gets the more of her personality she gets as well except for she’s a little diva,loves everything pink, ruffles and sparkles.

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        • lovely says:

          Just beautiful Michelle πŸ™‚ !

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          My oldest, 2 1/2, granddaughter looks like a clone of her mother. She has since the day she was born. In fact, her mother sent my DIL a picture of her right after her birth and when she showed it to my son, he said he didn’t remember taking that picture. LOL Her hair is exactly the same color as her mother’s, a light brown with gold highlights. She also has her mother’s calm demeanor.

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          • michellc says:

            My daughter went through my pictures one night and posted a picture of her when she was around a year old on FB. My son-in-law said he’d never seen Gracie in that dress and never saw that horse before. He thought we had went to a resale shop and bought the horse. lol
            I kept telling my daughter how much she looked like her and she didn’t see it until she started going through my pictures.
            Gracie is a shade lighter in color, although this past summer she was really dark.

            What’s funny is my grandson looks just like my youngest son with the exception he has his Daddy’s eye color and lighter hair and skin than my son.
            I told my son-in-law I was sorry our genes were stronger. lol

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              My second granddaughter is about 7 mo. now and she looks more like her father. But, I still see the looks of her mother in her. I think I stepped on it when I commented that she is going to be jealous of her big sister’s eyelashes. I was told, “No she won’t, because she will have her own eyelashes.” Her big sis’s are very long and feathery and thick. She almost looks like she has false eyelashes.

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              • michellc says:

                I am so glad I have a daughter and son-in-law who doesn’t get bent out of shape.
                I have a niece who does and I’m always saying something that gets her defensive, when I think I say something that won’t bother her. lol

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        How utterly adorable. Makes me miss my grandbabies even more.

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