General Discussion, Monday, December 24, 2018

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  1. Lucille says:

    ‘Tis the night before Christmas…

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  2. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Coffee is done, water for Tea, slowly boiling…. Merry Christmas Everyone……..

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  3. TOG&C says:

    Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

    Today’s first painting is ‘The Adoration of the Shepards’ by Guido Reni (1575-1642)

    and for a different style we have ‘On Christmas Night by Bethlehem Town’ by NC Wyeth

    for our last image we have what I would call an edible work of art more than a cake. I wanted to find an image of Santa kneeling, worshipping the baby Jesus, and found this unique cake. What talent put to use showing a truer version of Bishop Saint Nicholas, who over the years has morphed into an almost secular Santa. The original image was a stroke of genius from the book ‘Santa and the Christ Child’ by Nicholas Bakewell

    I pray we all have a joyous, peaceful & safe Christmas Eve as we travel around and celebrate with those we hold dear.

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  4. TOG&C says:

    A beautiful image today Stella. All of the churches have been just lovely.

    Happy Christmas Eve to all my Stellar friends I wish I had the time to answer during the day, but I’m sneaking these posts in late at night πŸ˜‰

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    • Lucille says:

      Notre Dame de Paris

      View from the tower…

      Looking at various YouTubes of Notre Dame, I ruled many out as the visitors were surprisingly dressed quite disrespectfully, IMO…shorts, skimpy clothing…. I also discovered that the building is crumbling. Large chunks of the building have come down and so the caretakers have removed other sculptures to prevent injury to those below. The pieces are all stacked up behind fencing.

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  5. Lucille says:

    From 2011…
    “On duty Christmas Eve: Soldier courage, faith & remembrance”

    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — “I remember times bunkered down as rounds impacted near-by, but I don’t think it was ever at the magnitude these men endured,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rachel D. Weimar, a four-time war Iraq War Veteran from Cleveland, Minnesota, who lit candles today to honor Soldiers who celebrated Christmas Eve 1944 in the De Schark Caves here before facing the Battle of the Bulge.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Thank you Lucille. My father in Bastogne, his brother, my uncle in Burma in β€˜44. I did miss a few Christmas’ myself.

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      • Lucille says:

        YW, Colonel. Christmas for our troops can be lonely and dangerous. One of my first cousins was also in Burma with the U.S. Army.

        BTW, just now I went to the “Records of U.S. Army Forces” to check up on my cousin to see when he was in Burma. This notice popped up…

        “Government Shutdown:

        “Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, National Archives facilities are closed, websites and social media are not being updated or monitored, and activities are canceled, with the following exceptions which remain open and operational: Federal Records Centers, Federal Register, the Ronald Reagan Museum, and the George W. Bush Museum.

        “View the NARA Contingency Plan for Agency Operations During Funding Lapse for more information.”


  6. lovely says:

    Merry, merry Christmas eve beautiful people!

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  7. 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’ rheavolans! (aka “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’ NC Nana! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Beautiful)
    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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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! Who knew??

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  9. WeeWeed says:

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  10. Merry & Joyful Christmas Eve to All!

    In Jesus Matchless Love

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  11. I have one hour to get to work. Catering four parties for a total of about 400 people, and working my restaurant at the same time, bouncing back and forth between two (maybe three) different restaurants, and gigs.

    Just doing what I love. I guess. I could use a shot. Vodka, lead. I don’t care which.

    I need to take a shower. No time for a nap. Where’s my scrubbie?

    Merry Christmas, all!

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  12. rheavolans says:

    I was introduced to this video a few years ago by none other than Tobymac himself, who hosted it on his Facebook page. Much was made at the time about how some artists would demand that YouTube take their music down, and would have been upset, but Toby shared the video instead.

    I love the song, which I hadn’t heard until I saw the video, and the video itself, the person who made it said it took eighteen hours of work to make. I believe him. But I think it’s really good.

    Merry Christmas!

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  13. lovely says:

    I just came home, sat down and saw this.

    President Donald J Trump is far and away one of the funniest human beings on earth.

    πŸ˜‚Poor me πŸ˜‚

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    • auscitizenmom says:


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    • Lucille says:

      Honestly…how can people dislike this man!! This post simply makes me care for him more.

      Believing lies and propaganda is anti-Christmas. It will be hard, but this year I’m pledging to work on forgiving our enemies and praying that they repent…

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      • Thank you, Lucille. It’s all true.

        There’s a Mexican woman at work, a line cook. She hates me, and I don’t know why. I know she hates me because every morning (I live right next to the restaurant) I say “Good morning!” to her, and she looks right past me and doesn’t say a word. I’m basically a ghost to her. “You need bacon for the line?” Even in a professional setting. Silent stare past me. “Where does this pot I just washed belong?” Silent stare past me. Today, when I was doing dishes and prep for two different restaurants and the same time, I got her to say the first two words she’s said to me in six months. “Merry Christmas!”, and I was happy.

        Baby steps. I don’t know what I did to p*** her off, and she won’t tell me, and her hubby calls me “vato loco”, among other Spanish epithets, but I do know that I got her to say “Merry Christmas” this morning, while I was working for two restaurants at the same time, while catering for 450 people.

        Yes, I think they need to go back home, but I don’t actually hate them. First thing I told her, in front of Bossman, this morning: “If you need anything today, tell me. I got it.” She didn’t acknowledge that I even spoke, let alone answer me. A grown child, basically, and acting like a child.

        She gave me a “Merry Christmas!”, because you cannot not answer that.

        All I can do is work to the best of my ability at what I do. I can speak some Spanish, and “Que dios te bendigo, me hermana y me hermano!” is one of my favorite phrases.

        May God bless you, my brother, and my sister.

        Me and Tripod are spending our 12th Christmas together. It’s hard to believe.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Maybe she is a racist. :\

          Merry Christmas, Wooly.


        • She’s not a racist. No more than most of us are, anyway.

          She’s just petulant and stubborn. She’ll come around.

          She’s a line cook, and as she’s giving me encrusted sixth pans and sautee pans, I’m thanking her. Even for the burnt ones. She’s never experienced a dishwasher like me. Until yesterday.

          She’s starting to understand, now.

          Que dios te bendigo, me hermana. That’s all that matters.

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          • We’re all a little bit racist. A little bit loyal to our genetic tribe. All of us. I understand this.

            It’s natural. This woman just realized yesterday that I’m loyal to another tribe, too. My co-workers, and my business. Yesterday she woke up to that fact, because she saw it in action. It was neat to see. I don’t even care if she or her fam are illegal or not. I just care if they give a s*** about the business and the customers. It’s all that matters on a job.

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  14. Lucille says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is an advertisement for Lands End, but I love it…

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  15. joshua says:

    Merry Christmas to my favorite family at Stellas
    doing ok here
    doing steak and twice baked potatoes instead of turkey or ham this year.
    best to all.

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  16. Merry Christmas Stella and all of the Stella’s Place family! God bless!

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  17. Gil says:

    Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you all. Hope the Christmas gnomes give everyone a nice visit(make sure you leave out cookies, I told kiddo they steal underpants if you dont, so he is obsessed with them now)…lol.
    Remember Christmas calories dont count!

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  18. 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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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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