General Discussion, Friday, February 19, 2021

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

108 Responses to General Discussion, Friday, February 19, 2021

  1. Lucille says:

    Happy Fence Friday!

    Have a blessed day!

    Liked by 6 people

    • just stevie says:

      Good morning Lucille…re: your first picture ~ I remember the first time this New Orleans girl traveled to the mountains in Colorado and stepped outside our hotel to snow, snow, snow and the first thing that made a huge impression on me was the silence! I have never forgotten that! What a gift to experience a sensation like that!

      Liked by 5 people

  2. Lucille says:

    She’s edging closer and closer…good grief, what a duo of dumbness….

    Joe Biden Skips Michigan Trip, Calls an Early “Lid” at White House – Kamala Harris Takes Over All In-Person Events
    By Cristina Laila -Published February 18, 2021 at 2:15pm

    78-year-old Joe Biden skipped his planned trip to Michigan and called an early lid at 8 am Thursday.

    Biden was supposed to travel to Portage, Michigan on Thursday to tour a Pfizer Covid manufacturing facility, but he used bad weather as an excuse to postpone the trip – then he called a “lid” on all in-person events at the White House.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/joe-biden-skips-michigan-trip-calls-early-lid-white-house-kamala-harris-takes-person-events/

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone, it’s fish fry Friday! Praying for all without power, water, and in the case of some I read about yesterday in Texas, even food. I hope everyone of you gets a heatwave soon, and an early spring brings flowers soon. Here we have jonquils blooming.

    Liked by 8 people

    • just stevie says:

      Good morning Menagerie…a lot of news on Texas out there! It’s really bad for Texans right now. Makes me wonder, there’s been some ‘talk’ of secession recently which isolates a state from the federal government. From what I understand about their utilities they are a stand-alone grid…soooo, how would secession go if they can’t even support the state in a crisis like the one just presented? Hmmm…

      Liked by 6 people

      • auscitizenmom says:

        I wonder from what I read about who was on the board for the Texas energy and it seemed they don’t even live in Texas. Democrats all? Was the grid messed up on purpose. I wouldn’t even doubt it.

        Liked by 3 people

        • just stevie says:

          Good morning Mom! It’s not hard to think like that! Here’s an AP article (with a shocking video from the deep, deep south) that I found that pretty well sums up the results in various states of what people are experiencing…

          https://apnews.com/article/texas-power-outages-icy-weather-186cf801ead7e2d21f001a99b3aaa936

          Liked by 3 people

          • auscitizenmom says:

            Isn’t that scary? My son and his wife are planning to get off the grid when they can. She is preparing herself to be able to do a lot of things we don’t do anymore, like canning. It is scary how fast things can go into the pooper when there is an emergency like this. And, I just heard on the news that a mayor in a Texas border town wrote to Biden not to let the illegals cross into their towns because they can’t take care of them. He said they will have to be own their own. That is setting up a really bad situation for illegals robbing and killing just to survive. It will be very dangerous in that area.

            Liked by 4 people

            • stella says:

              There are a lot of YouTube channels with good advice for those starting out, and depending on what their off-grid experience looks like for them. One couple in Missouri lives on rain catchment and just recently started using solar power. Another in West Virginia has full solar and built their own beautiful a-frame home. In other words, some are primitive and others are more modern.

              Liked by 5 people

              • The Tundra PA says:

                DH has been watching vids from the West Virginia couple for about a year, and has followed their progress in deep detail. They’ve done an amazing job building a well planned home. All while living on the land in a trailer, raising pigs, goats and chickens, and home schooling their 3 kids. I can’t imagine having such energy! Ah, youth…

                Liked by 1 person

            • weather257 says:

              We just added a large ‘pantry’ inside our garage to store canning supplies and goods we’ve already canned. Not off grid yet, but prepared with long-term emergency generator power. The ability to do this is good, but there are so many city dwellers that are total energy dependent.
              Andrew Torba at Gab just sent an email encouraging the general population to create ways to bypass systems already in place (i.e., create our own economy, banks, etc.).
              Here’s one interview I found, but look for others…very uplifting:
              https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3924382/posts

              It’s going to be up to us, folks!

              Liked by 5 people

      • Menagerie says:

        Yes, I read about their grid being separate too. A very good thing, and I suspect Texans just might do some house cleaning after this. Maybe I’m wrong, but Texans still have my faith when I’ve become quite skeptical of everyone else. I will be watching the outcome of this with interest for some time.

        Liked by 4 people

  4. Menagerie says:

    Stella, I have really enjoyed this week’s pictures. Thank you!

    Liked by 9 people

    • Menagerie says:

      And I’m stealing some to make puzzles from.

      Liked by 3 people

      • stella says:

        I do that too. Isn’t it fun? I have been doing the puzzles tagged “mandala” and “mandela” lately. Love those.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Menagerie says:

          I found one guy (or gal) who has hundreds of pictures I love, and I’m stuck on them. It is so much fun. I bet I came close to setting up a hundred puzzles this morning, most of them your pictures, but some I had stashed or found too.

          I’ve only worked one of my own. I probably should have varied the piece count if I want to attract more followers but I set it mostly to what I like to work on the iPad. It took me a minute to figure out that you can change the default count on a puzzle you like. Maybe you mentioned it?

          Anyhow, I’ve never been one for online games and stuff but I love that site. I really have gotten better at it, and I really enjoy it because my mind loves shapes and colors and patterns. Appreciate very much you turning me on to that site.

          Liked by 2 people

  5. nyetneetot says:

    I was reading the post next door about the new place being on septic rather than sewer, and it occurs to me that it would be very simple to [content edited] so that you have be in Zanzibar to post.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. just stevie says:

    Good morning ~ a very cold and crisp 7 degrees! It’s ok…the end is in sight! Lots of sunshine in the forecast. We are still in the conserve ‘energy mode’ so that everyone can get up and get back to normal. Texas isn’t the only state suffering this huge winter polar vortex but they certainly win the award! Friday Blessings to each of you! 🙏

    Liked by 5 people

    • WeeWeed says:

      Even the gators are roughing it!

      Liked by 6 people

      • just stevie says:

        I missed that! I didn’t even know we had gators LOL! How are you doing? Water/utilities yet? I watched some videos of LA storm damages…Shreveport got hit really bad…among other places…

        Liked by 1 person

        • WeeWeed says:

          We’re doing well, thanks! Haven’t been out of the house for about a week, now. Our power lines on this side of the street (for whatever reason) are underground so our outages have just been blips. Water is a trickle, but it’s there. Shreveport (the other side of the Red River) has NO water – NG or FEMA or someone’s trucking in water, somehow, for them. Iz gonna be weird around here for awhile.
          We’re not built for this kind of cold – insulation wise, road wise, anything. No heavy equipment for snow/ice removal, nothing.

          Liked by 5 people

          • auscitizenmom says:

            I was wondering if houses there are insulated. I discovered after I moved into my apt here in FL that there is no insulation in the walls. And, this is a big apt complex and they have them all over the state.

            Liked by 1 person

            • WeeWeed says:

              There’s something about insulation in high-humidity, normally warm areas…something about flooring, too. Acts like a sweat/mold box or some such, anyway – we ain’t got it.

              Liked by 2 people

          • Menagerie says:

            My son the trucker always gripes about the South being totally unable to handle winter. I say we don’t have enough bad weather to spend all that money on equipment, salt, etc, just the basics like we do.

            He says, yep, they keep saying that but for some time winters have been getting worse down here and they are still saying it. He really believes that we have been having more bad weather down here each year. I can’t say, not a trucker, not a weather historian.

            Liked by 2 people

            • texan59 says:

              But the north doesn’t do so well with a Texas summer, either. When they do a couple straight 90/90/90 summers, give me a holler. For the record, that means 90 days, 90*, and 90% humidity. 😉

              Liked by 1 person

              • Menagerie says:

                Agreed. I used to sell Marvin Windows, made in Warroad, Minnesota. When the truck drivers unloaded the trailers they about died in 10 minutes in the summer. In the winter they’d have shorts and sandals on, ten degree weather and complaining about the heat.

                My son only cares about the roads. For the most part he likes to stay up north, especially in winter. Freight rates are mostly better and they know how to have the roads clear in the worst weather, short order.

                I was riding with him a few years ago and we got an ice storm. As we drove from Arkansas into Tennessee it was unbelievable. The roads were awful and I was so glad to get off the road that night. Tennessee has to be one of the worst states when it comes to bad weather.

                Liked by 1 person

              • auscitizenmom says:

                Ah, a pleasant day in the summer in Florida. :\

                Like

              • YayaMichigander says:

                You are 100% correct Texan59. In the Great Lakes State that would be considered a miserable summer, IMO.

                Like

      • Menagerie says:

        Well, you learn something every danged day. I never knew Oklahoma had gators. They must be illegal immigrants, I’m saying.

        Liked by 4 people

  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 7 people

  8. WeeWeed says:

    Liked by 8 people

  9. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. I hope things get better soon for all of you, especially Texas. I have friends who moved there before Christmas from S. Cal. They were sick of the rolling blackouts there, taxes, and everything else. I hope they are all right, but I am concerned about them. I can’t reach them at all. Of course, that is understandable right now. Keep warm everyone.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Menagerie says:

      Morning aus. I have a cousin in East Texas. I reached out to him, he’s fine, rolling brownouts are about all he’s had to deal with, and he has a generator if needed.

      We have temps down to 21 degrees tonight and then we warm up. Next week’s highs are going to be 50-60’s and lows in the 30’s and 40’s, but looks like a week of mostly rain. We’ve had a lot of rain the past month or so. This time last year though we needed boats to get around in.

      Liked by 6 people

  10. just stevie says:

    From the Fort Worth area…what some are experiencing with price hikes! wOw! I’d be pulling my hair out with worry…

    Liked by 2 people

  11. WeeWeed says:

    As usual, normal peeps to the rescue. While the dem. governor sits and spins on his thumb.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Morning All!
    Being a native Northerner, may i suggest if any of you all in the cold have any REAL SILK clothing to put that on as your 1st layer of clothing, then anything wool or fluffy to act as an air barrier, then something like a down coat, then a wind block type coat. Do NOT put on tight clothing – you need an air space, but not big open sleeves or necks to let breezy, cold air in. Wear multiple layers of socks if they fit in your shoes, but don’t shove your feet into shoes too tight. It’s better to wear 1 pair of the thickest socks that COMFORTABLY fit. Keep a hat and scarf on at all times.
    Hope this helps, cause the installed people in power sure as heck aren’t – and people complained about Trump and covid response – sheesh!

    Liked by 6 people

    • stella says:

      I have a silk undershirt. Works great!

      Liked by 4 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      That is great info to share, seriously. Too late for some of us because we don’t have any of that. Of course, I live in Florida and it is warm right now. But it certainly would be worth it to take the list and get it for future situations. When I can get in touch with my friend who just moved from S. Cal. I will send this to her. I imagine there are people who live in Texas who go skiing and probably are pretty prepared if they think about it.

      I don’t have any silk clothes, they just stick to you in the heat and humidity. I don’t own any wool. I bought a wool coat to use when I visit my son and DIL. It was so heavy I left it there and ended up giving it away. It was too hot to keep in my closet. I would break out in a sweat when I looked at it. Plus, I think moths would probably have eaten it up. Also, no down coat. I do own a pair of gloves and one pair of mittens, given to me when I lived up North. Also, I have a scarf. So, I probably need to figure out how to store this stuff that I might need.

      When we lived in S. Cal. and my son was 2 or 3, his Upstate NY relatives sent him a pair of mittens for Christmas. I don’t think I ever made him understand what they were for because he couldn’t stand anything on his hands and had never experienced real cold. LOL

      Liked by 2 people

      • stella says:

        The silk t-shirt I have is a knit, like a cotton knit. Doesn’t cling to you! I also have a similar nightie.

        Liked by 3 people

      • In one place I lived I became friends with a woman who went to the Fashion Institute in NY and owned a vintage clothing store who educated me about materials.

        Actually cashmere is warmer than sheep or alpaca wool imho, and real cashmere does not shrink like sheep wool when washed. I NEVER dry clean cashmere or anything else anymore (it’s too toxic & makes me sick). I wondered on Pres Trump’s inauguration day how Melania was warm enough in her lovely blue outfit, and it was cashmere.

        Both real silk and cashmere used clothing is available for surprisingly little cost online at some of the bigger used clothing websites. Of course if there is a used clothing place, Goodwill or St Vincent De-Paul near you, check them out. I have purchased real silk blouses for as little as $3. and cashmere sweaters for as little as $10-$15. A silk scarf can be wrapped around your head and neck like in the 1950’s movies, then put whatever hat on over the scarf. Silk long underwear, socks and glove liners are available. Polyester long underwear is available. Put tights, yoga or stretchy pants under loose pants.

        As to storage, silk, cashmere, and “fluffy” (vs boiled) wool flatten very small in a vacuum bag. I would hand wash them 1st in a watered down non-cream rinse shampoo, dry very well, then put in vacuum bag. Both silk and cashmere dry quickly without high heat. High heat and especially bleach burn silk. I do not put silk or cashmere in my dryer because even delicate is really hot, so why bang them around on air setting?

        If you do not have or are allergic to wool, fleece over silk, cotton, rayon or even a linen sweater would work. Layering clothing with a small air layer between – not tightly- while keeping the wrist, neck and waist closed as much as possible is optimal. A coat with any sort of fleece or the batting like in quilts would work – heck use the quilt you will eventually sleep under as a wrap. If you have a rain coat or storm raincoat, put that on over the last coat. Store the coats in a separate vacuum bag from delicate items. If you can’t afford vacuum bags, use a kitchen type trash bag and flatten/squish out the air by hand holding close to your chest, and tie the top in a knot.

        I do not think nitrile gloves keep me any warmer. Outdoor work or gardening gloves will help. The Playtex living gloves with a lining would even help. The dreaded mask will help keep extremely cold air out of your lungs. A wide cloth hairband will even help keep your ears warm. If you have one of those silver emergency “blankets” in your car use that.

        When this is all over if you can, get an emergency generator and learn how to safely use it, and/or put in a brick/stone fireplace or cast iron wood/coal stove. When we bought this house we chose to spend money on a whole house generator and propane tank large enough to run the whole house for 2 weeks or for a month for minimal necessities. Sadly DH has asthma triggered by wood burning, so we can’t use the 2 wood stove connections we have. The house is not pretty, it is cosmetically old and worn, but we don’t freeze. Up here you can be without power for 2 weeks.

        I grew up in the cold north in an old house with a bedroom with no heat over an unheated porch. We had a big old cast iron coal furnace converted to oil. When the power went out we all slept on the living room floor above the furnace, and the mass of the cast iron kept us from freezing for days.

        I hope this helps someone, if not now, then in the future.

        Liked by 3 people

    • texan59 says:

      With all due respect, people get a bit worried when we Texans begin to put on anything “fluffy” down here. 😉

      Like

  13. Here is an update on what’s going on in Windham, NH about the state’s refusal to investigate the state level republicans (no democrats) being shorted by about 300 votes or about 6% each in the November election. During the 603 Alliance Webinar it shows how machine 2 flipped Trump/Biden and the senate race for the democrat (Shaheen). Also reported are the very strange massive increase in votes in Windham, a republican town, for democrat Shaheen even though Windham voted all republican for state offices as well as for Trump as president! Also in the webinar is that a bill has been proposed in the state legislature to force the AG’s office to do their job and investigate this.

    Webinar video from the 603 Alliance – Uniting Conservatives for a Better America (603 is the area code for all of NH)
    “What Happened in Windham?
    We will be updating it within 24 hours after our webinar on 2/18/2021, we will be adding, links, video, and call-to-action information.”
    http://603alliance.org/windham/

    From
    The Windham Incident Deception
    by NH State Senator Bob Giuda (R-Warren) / 17 February 2021
    “From my experience as a former FBI Agent, they are NOT doing an investigation; they are doing what is known as a document review. They have no intention of doing what’s actually necessary to get to the heart of the issue: rerun the ballots through the machines and perform a hand count to determine the actual number of ballots that were cast.”
    https://granitegrok.com/mg_manchester/2021/02/the-windham-incident-deception

    For a listing of Windham articles on GraniteGrok (NH news website) please go here https://granitegrok.com/microgrok/windham

    Why am i writing about a little town of 14,800 in NH – 2 reasons:
    1. 80% of the towns in NH use the same machines. They are the only machines allowed by law in NH.
    2. The people that have investigated this and are organizing to find out what happened are all regular people like you and me. The “big-wigs” in NH politics, meaning the governor and AG, are ignoring it.

    Regular people when organized together can make a difference. WE are the people we have been waiting for.

    Liked by 7 people

  14. WeeWeed says:

    Liked by 5 people

    • hoosiertruthfan says:

      Please tell your hooman he is many days late as usual. The death toll is 47 with little relief in site.

      PS I congratulate you on your cross species talk regarding purrsonally. How very progressive of you!
      A belated thank you for your tripping job a while ago. You almost got him.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Lucille says:

      It this real or a joke? If it’s real, then that’s some sick-making write-up.

      Oh, and make note that the President of the United States makes sure his dog is warm and comfortable but the Texas power grid broke down just weeks after he gave the U.S. grid info to China for some unknown but likely fellow-traveller CCP reason. Coincidence?

      And, purrsonally? Honestly? Dogs purr now?

      Liked by 2 people

  15. stella says:

    Liked by 8 people

  16. stella says:

    Liked by 5 people

  17. litenmaus says:

    Mornin’ all…..my thoughts and prayers are with all of you who are dealing with extreme temperatures and the effects its having on you and your properties.

    I believe the extreme freeze in our area is moving on. It’s at 38 degrees this afternoon and we are officially 70 degrees warmer than we were last week. Our 80 year old mayor was out yesterday digging free and opening manhole covers throughout the town in hopes that the warmer weather will now aid in thawing the frost that’s been pushed down into the ground resulting in some burst pipes over the last couple of days, but all in all, considering the extreme cold, the community infrastructure held up rather well.

    Liked by 7 people

  18. Lucille says:

    Yeah, but is Nancy being investigated for her part in the security lapse?

    35 Capitol Police Officers Under Investigation, 6 Suspended for Letting Protesters inside US Capitol — The Same Protesters Who Were Later Arrested for Entering US Capitol
    By Jim Hoft – Published February 19, 2021 at 8:19am

    One video from that day shows Capitol Hill police opening a gate to allow hundreds of protesters inside the US Capitol.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/35-capitol-police-officers-investigation-6-suspended-letting-protesters-inside-us-capitol-protesters-later-arrested-entering-us-capitol/

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Lucille says:

    We should be hearing soon what’s happening on the election fraud front…

    Happening Today: Supreme Court Set to Consider Whether Trump Voter Fraud Cases in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan Can Proceed
    By Jim Hoft – Published February 19, 2021 at 10:34am
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/happening-today-supreme-court-set-consider-trump-voter-fraud-cases-pennsylvania-georgia-michigan/

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Lucille says:

    China has planned thoroughly. And now that we have a President with business ties to China (which has LOTS of blackmailable items from electronic eavesdropping, I’m sure), their progress on the world-domination road is well on its way.

    WAKE UP: Here’s What A China-Dominated World Would Look Like
    February 19, 2021 – Dinesh D’Souza

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Lucille says:

    Yes, we still have our U.S. Navy fleet and agreements with other Asian nations for their protection in the China Sea. So the road may be more extensive than China would like, but they are a long-game player. Check out this video from “Defense Updates” today…

    USS RUSSELL MOUNTS FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OPERATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA–CHINA DOESN’T DARE TO POKE IT!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. auscitizenmom says:

    I finally got a hold of my friend who had just moved from San Diego to Texas. They are okay. They haven’t even had blackouts where they are. Her sister lives a little ways off from them and she was without electricity, so came to stay with them for a few days. Prayers for the people in Texas. I am having some doubts about the governor right now. I think I expected more from him.

    And, on the other hand, my DIL had moved in with her parents in Mass. until my son gets back from overseas. They have had no problems because they are used to this weather and are prepared for it.

    Like

  23. ” They have had no problems because they are used to this weather and are prepared for it.”
    HAHAHAHA! ROTFLMAO! Ahem… let me get up and straighten myself out.
    Luv you Mom! 😉
    Yes Marxachusetts is better equipped than an area with very little experience in cold weather storms. Don’t worry – they are capable in certain towns in certain circumstances, but I lived there for 50 years, and it’s only gone downhill since then. There are plenty of storms where tens if not a hundred thousand people lose electricity for an extended period like 3-5 days or a week – just enough time for everything in your freezer and refrigerator to go bad. About 10 years ago when DH & I lived in an apartment between house ownership we drove around in vain for about 1-2 hours looking for somewhere that had electricity and hot coffee! If you don’t have a generator, people know enough to drain their water pipes, lock up their house, and drive to the nearest relative or hotel with heat, even if that’s 2 hours away.
    What’s sad is that fewer and fewer people are prepared and just expect the government to take care of everything RIGHT NOW!
    Once again, in a winter storm I guess I’d rather be in Marxachusetts than Texas just because it is so rare in Texas they don’t know what to do, and don’t have the specific resources to handle that rarity.

    Like

    • This was supposed to be in reply to auscitizenmom above… Sigh – see Mom you’re not the only one!

      Like

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Hahaha. I know what you mean. I just think that my DIL and her family are somewhat prepared and will do all right. They live pretty far from the cities and don’t expect much help from the government. Her dad is a pretty smart guy and is working from home, so he doesn’t have to get out on the roads much. They also have a generator. So far so good.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.