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2:38pm on a Monday afternoon & I have not been to bed. Asleep, yes, bed, no. My Sunday night goal was to be in bed at least by 11:30pm (haven't been to bed that early since High School). Intention was to get at least 7 hours of restful sleep, arise at 6:30am, ready to go. This was supposed to be the start of my new health kick, for the rest of 2017. Well, it did not go exactly as planned.

I've often said that Summer TV viewing in the USA is dead. Unless you are a fanatical sports fan, there is not much to see. I am no longer a sports fanatic. If it's Tennis or Rugby, I'm fine. The only thing worth watching was the final 3rd season episode of "Grantchester", on PBS. While waiting for the sheets to finish in the dryer, decided to get out the earphones & listen to music & watch YouTube videos on my iPhone. At about 11:15pm, remember thinking that the sheets should be done, get up, shut off the dryer, fold the sheets & go to bed.


Next thing I know, iPhone alarm is going off ( wake-up music: "Rise Up", by Andra Day ). Horrible cramps in both legs, worsening lower back pain & ears hurting from the earphones. And, I had picked the worse chair in which to fall asleep. Got my 7 hours of sleep, but, it was not a good 7 hours. I could have lain down in the middle of a concrete highway & not feel this bad. Gave me an excuse to not do anything on my schedule. After a bath, feel somewhat better. Entire morning was a waste.

Two closets on my agenda to clean out. Needed one of them to stash last December's Christmas Tree (first time I've ever used a non-live tree). Yes, the 12/25/16 tree is still up, with presents under it. Just. Don't. Ask! Decided I should turn off my Computer - been on for 3 days. Got side-tracked by a YouTube video, of the Dixie Chicks with Beyoncé & her Band, performing "Daddy Lessons", off her Lemonade CD. It was the CMA's (Country Music). This was one of the most stunning performances I have ever seen on the CMA. I saw this when it was originally telecast & have watched several times since. Re-watching it this afternoon was uplifting to my soul. And, I need bit of uplifting, right about now. Especially with that abomination now occupying the White House. Reason for the video at top of this post.
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Obamacare (ACA) lives another day! I saw the below picture & could not stop laughing.



People feel like they can breath again, if only for a little while. Meanwhile, keep on dancing, like nobody is watching.

The Mooch

Jul. 28th, 2017 12:38 am
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White House Director of Communications, one Anthony Scaramucci, A man so not qualified or suited for his job. However, what's new - nobody in the trump WH is, including trump!



The mooch is a complete & absolute tool. This man graduated from Harvard Law, same class as President Obama? What was he studying? 16th century law? Any fool should know that Financial Disclosure Forms (278e) are exactly as the word implies, they are able to be disclosed, they are in the public domain, anyone can request them or download - even a 5th grader! I downloaded a copy, all 14 pages. Not a felony.
And, the DOJ spokesperson, Sarah, is just as clueless. From under what rock did these minions crawl?




How much more can the American people (the non-deplorable segment) take of this administration?
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Wishing John Barrowman a very speedy & uneventful recovery from his Appendectomy - surgery early this morning (Tuesday).

His lovely Mum & Dad were there, along with sister, Carole. People commented that the drugs the hospital gave him were causing him to speak in his native Scottish accent, going in & out - sometimes Scottish, sometimes American. Not so, according to something John mentioned years ago. And, that is when he is around his family, when they're all together, they automatically revert to their Scottish accents, without even thinking about it. So, people, it is not the drugs. Or, did you miss that Mum, Dad & Carole were all speaking with Scottish accents, as well!

Back to my original question - where is Scott? John mentioned his two friends were out buying him a cable. But, no mention of Scott in any of the video Facebook posts he did. I really & truly hope everything is ok with them. I like them together, cute couple. Maybe, he's in the UK.

None of my business - just curious




POST NOTE: All is well, husband Scott is flying back from the UK tomorrow & John will be going home to recover from surgery. That's great to hear.
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For the month of July, using pictures of President Obama and children, on my start page and lock screen.

This is The President with the siblings & relatives of those twenty babies slaughtered at Sandy Hook (the families gave permission for the WH to publish the pictures). This was before the Memorial Service, when The President met with & talked with every family
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So sad and poignant, but also uplifting. At a time when we had a President who cared.
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Last night, for the first time that I can recall, I saw a commercial with John Barrowman on TV, in the United States. It was for BroadwayHD.com. I think Elaine Paige was the women in the commercial.

I have never heard of BroadwayHD.com. Apparently, you can subscribe to taped Broadway (& West End???) musicals/dramas & watch them from the comfort of your home. John spoke about watching with his husband, Scott, with a bowl of popcorn. Sounds like a fun evening.

Naturally, that set me to thinking about John & some of his earlier CDs, like Reflections From Broadway; I love that CD, especially the song, A Boy From Nowhere. Of course, I just had to listen to it. Pleasant way to end the evening.

BTW, John's CD, You Raise Me Up, has disappeared from my iTunes Library & my iPhone! Unless I'm able to recover it from cyberspace, I will have to re-purchase it. Does not make me happy.


(Sorry for the scenes in the above video, from that wretched dreck, miracle day)
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This made me teary eyed:


And, this made me cry:


Why, oh why, can't we have nice things like the neighbors? I always knew I would miss President Obama. But, this is ridiculous! The picture of The President with that adorable baby will be my computer wallpaper for the forseeable future; the Obama alert, this will be my lock screen page.


Trying to pretend he never went away.

As the old song says, if we ever needed you, we need you now (well, maybe it wasn't an old song - whatever!).

G20 SUMMIT

Jul. 7th, 2017 11:23 pm
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What a disgusting and dispicable display by those supposedly representing the United States of America.

Putin: 1
trump: 0

Russia Wins!



God, help us all!
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Oh, how I wish it so!
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A mere 4 1/2 months ago. As someone said on another site: "Give me MY PRESIDENT BACK"!





I would vote for a third Obama term - in a heartbeat!
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Shame on you! Cheating on Barack Obama, so soon? LOL



Canada's Justin Trudeau & France's Emmanuel Macron, at the G7 Summit in Italy.

Nostalgia:




Both sets of "couples" are way too cute. Hey, need something to cheer me up!
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So, Wednesday night was the Season 5 finale.

Too be honest, I have not watched very much of Seasons 4 & 5. Where & when did Oliver get a child? Who is the mother? When did Oliver & Felicity broke up? Questions, Questions, Questions! Truthfully? I'm really not all that interested in the answers.

I only started to watch Arrow because I read where John Barrowman was to play a villain - I only watched for John. And lately, his appearances were few & far between ( I watched CW: Legends of Tomorrow, just to see John ). I loved his Arrow character, the evil villain, Malcolm Merlyn & John's portrayal was perfect.

I hope we get to see Mr. Barrowman in another role soon, hopefully, Torchwood 5 with a return of Captain Jack Harkness, as the main focus. Plus, a return of Ianto ( as Jack's one & only love interest ) - also, bring back Tosh & Owen. As for the boring, uninteresting, lusting after Jack, cheating, boyfriend-abusing, Gwen - that's a character that did not belong in Torchwood - she added nothing to the series.

That's my opinion & I'm sticking to it! Guess I'm showing my utter dislike of the character.
Oh, BTW, I am officially done with Arrow.



MANCHESTER

May. 23rd, 2017 02:22 pm
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Sorry for your pain and sorrow. Words offer very little comfort in these times. Stay strong
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You mean like that witch hunt you perpetrated against the last legitimate and very popular person in the Oval Office, President Barack H. Obama? That one? So, I guess "denial" isn't just a river in Egypt!

You are surely the scum of the Earth. The pond scum is departing on his first (I hope his last) foreign trip. Only thing I can say, is rest of the World, look out!


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About time & I am not surprised.

I always hoped that President Obama would have fired him lying, duplictious traitor, before he left the White House. Oh well, better late then never.

Now, if only it was as easy to get rid of that lying, duplictious traitor currently occupying the White House. Oh, and we don't believe that lie coming from the Oval Office; that he was fired due to the Clinton e-mail fiasco. donald, you fired him to try and stop the investigation into you & your campaign's Russian connections. Prove me wrong!







NOTE: Alright, Comey, I will take back some of my harsh statements about you.

AT LAST!

May. 5th, 2017 10:31 pm
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That raucous noise (alright, music) coming from the city public square, has finally stopped; I think the city ordinance states they were supposed to quit at 10pm - they played & sang until 10:15 pm.

Now I am aware that to most people, 15 extra minutes does not sound like that big of a deal. But, it is when you have been driven insane since early this morning! I'm tempted to contact the Mayor's office, first thing Monday morning & lodge a complaint.

I'm blaming the stress I've been under all day for eating 3 pieces of the cake I baked earlier - only thing I've had to eat all day. Yeah, blame it on Cinco de Mayo, sounds about right to me!


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Bless everyone in my city celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Just wish it was not in my neighborhood!

The celebration is half a block up the street from my apartment building, in the city's public square - has been ongoing since 10:00am, even through the earlier rain. It is really getting on my last nerve; the incessent thrump, thrump, thrump from the music, is fast driving me crazy. Hard to hear my TV - have the volumn turned up 8 notches from my usual 14.

Only thing left to do is put in some earphones & listen to music, although, even that will not fully block out the sound. Oh well, Happy Cinco de Mayo. No, really! I mean it!




P.S.: Could the above images be considered stereotypes?? If so, truly sorry.

BAKING

May. 5th, 2017 05:46 pm
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Made my favorite, easy "go to" cake, after returning from my 3 times a week Physical Therapy session.

Needed something sweet to take my mind off my aching joints (& the rain deluge w/ wind - thank goodness it finally stopped).

Orange Cake:

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Unlike most members of the 115th Congress, all Republican, I know what's in this AHCA.

This is one of the most morally degenerate, morally depraved & morally bankrupt actions, ever! And, sorry to say, I'm not surprised.

And, Congressional "Repugnants" & donald trump are taking a victory lap. The bill has not even passed the Senate, yet.
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You make ME nauseous!
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