If we’re honest, how many of us have done this?

Phoenix Rainez

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I’m struggling again.

The holidays are tough on Kawanee. She’s fighting back though.

So, I’m not going to lie… The past two and a half years have been rough. Really really tough and I needed help so I took the doctor’s advice and took medications for anxiety and for depression for a year and a half. I weaned myself off of it in January or February this year. I was doing okay.
As Thanksgiving just passed and his birthday is coming up and then Christmas, and I’m not doing great. I don’t want to go back on the medication, because I don’t like taking them or how I feel while on them.

That being said…
Right now, going to the stores is a challenge with Christmas songs targeting my emotional weak spots like laser-guided missiles. “I’ll be home for Christmas, All I want for Christmas is you.” BAH HUMBUG!! I’m standing there frozen like a deer in headlights struggling not to cry…

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Squeaky Wheels

Another double dose of humor-and probably truth tossed in there-from Russell. If you desire more hilarity of this sort, just swing right on the blog and click on one or both of the book covers. You can help Russell even more by reblogging this post on your own blog as I’ve done on mine.

What's So Funny?

Bad news. I fear our new puppy, Liza Jane, is becoming a mime. Every morning she shows up at breakfast wearing white-face and black lipstick. She won’t talk when spoken to. She responds only with sarcastic body motions and exaggerated facial expressions.

To make matters worse, three times this week I caught her trying to rip the Do-Not-Remove tags from her toys. Heaven help us when she grows to seventy pounds and can lift furniture and mattresses.

I’m just praying Santa doesn’t bring Liza a striped shirt and beret for Christmas.

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Emulating the graceful swan.

A recap of a day in Jim Webster’s life, a bit about village life, and a great review of his latest book.

Jim Webster


It’s always said that when you see the swan, swimming serenely across the water, you never see the feet paddling frantically to keep it moving. And life is a bit like that.

Today there have been times when I could have passed for a gentleman of leisure. This morning I couldn’t fill cake bins because there was no dairy cake and a delivery is awaited. So I could get on with something else. I wrote up a Tallis Steelyard story because somebody had sent me a picture for inspiration. It’s across at

But after that I was helping sort through lambs to see if any of these fifty kilo thugs was anywhere near ready for going.
Yes, we still call them lambs; even through they left the cute stage behind them six months ago. At this stage it’s not unknown for them to try and slip past you by…

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The importance of always being fashionably attired

An entertaining tale by Tallis Steelyard, a book on offer by Jim Webster, and a great review of the book.

Tallis Steelyard


Mistress Messia Theldit was always known as ‘the young mistress.’ This is because her mother and grandmother had also been given the name Messia. So to avoid confusion, grandmother is referred to as ‘the Lady Messia.’ Her daughter seems to have won temporary custody of the communal name and she is referred to as Messia. The youngest of the three is habitually known as ‘the young mistress.’

As well as sharing a name, the three generations shared a common quest for excellence. It doesn’t really matter what the three ladies tackled, endeavoured to do it to the best of their ability. This is not entirely an unmixed blessing. When the Lady Messia was much younger, her husband ran into problems due to corrupt business dealings by some of his associates. Lady Messia felt that as a loyal wife she ought to support her husband. Many ladies achieve much by…

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Good People Doing Good Things — After The Fire

Good people doing good things after the California wildfires.

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Y’know … sometimes it takes a catastrophic event, a tragedy, to bring out the best in people.  The devastating wildfires in California earlier this month seems to have brought out an awful lot of good in some people and it is those stories I’m bringing you today … those good people who gave of themselves to help others.  None of these good people are millionaires with money to spare, they are all just people like you and I, working every day just to pay the bills.  But they gave of whatever they had, be it food, information, love … they just gave.  These are the real heroes …

The spirit of the team …

The Cougars is the name of the Paradise, California, Adventist school’s volleyball team.  Sadly, as you might expect, they lost everything – equipment, uniforms, their school – in the wildfires that literally burned Paradise to the…

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This Is Not A Game!!!

Climate change isn’t a game. Trump doesn’t understand. Weather and climate are not the same!

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There are some stories that you can just look at the headline and call “BULL!”  Here are a few such:

Trump dismisses US climate change report

Trump: ‘We’re the cleanest’

Sen. Mike Lee gives a perfectly ridiculous reason to ignore climate change

G20 draft statement on climate change crafted to appease Trump, report says

California wildfires are the fault of ‘radical environmentalists,’ says Zinke

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when most people were either sleeping off the calories from the day before, else out pushing, shoving and fighting for the best deals on Christmas gifts, the NCA climate report, which had originally been scheduled for release in early December, was quietly released on what is known as “Black Friday”.  There may have been hopes on the part of Trump and his fellow climate change deniers that it would go largely unnoticed, but that wasn’t the case.Climate change Portland paperMajor national…

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President Trump Says He’s Not Happy That GM Plans To Idle 5 Plants And To Fire 14,000 Workers

GM is closing some plants and Trump isn’t happy.

Gronda Morin

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We the people have noticed that gasoline prices have declined which is what the republican President Donald J. Trump has wanted and maybe he even negotiated with Saudi Arabia for these lower prices.

The unintended consequence of lower costs to the consumer means that GM is selling more of the gas guzzlers like pick up trucks versus vehicles that are more efficient in the usage of fuel. Then there are the cost pressures as GM costs to build its products have increased by about $1 billion dollars because of President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on imported steel.

Image result for photos of mary barra trump trudeauHere is the rest of the story…

On November 26, 2018, Neal E. Boudette and Ian Austen of the New York Times penned the following report, G.M. to Idle Plants and Cut Thousands of Jobs as Sales Slow”


“General Motors said Monday (11/26/18) that it planned to idle five factories in…

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