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HAPPY HOLIDAYS (or some such thing) November 23, 2012

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It’s that time of year again!


No, not the time to be jolly, merry or loving towards neighbors, but instead to sue, yell, scream and threaten one another because they dare believe something different.


Already we’re having Nativity scenes taken down in the public square by people who believe it’s the governments way of pushing a religion, even though they have multiple holiday depictions of varying types in the same square.





I once had a Jewish woman get angry with me for offering her a candy cane during this time, while I worked as a cashier.  It’s candy – I’m not passing out the New Testament!





While people of the Christian faith get their tighty-whitey’s all in a bunch because someone at the store dare call it “Holidays” and not Christmas.





This country was founded on freedom *OF* religion, not from religion.  Which goes all ways.  Just because someone may not believe, even if it is the foundation of the country, doesn’t mean everyone has too.  That was the whole purpose of this country!  (Well, that and gold, but that’s another blog.)

As a people who don’t have a faith – is looking at the Nativity scene a requirement by law?  Why doesn’t the Menorah bother people as much?  If all the religions, or lack there of are represented, why the big hissy-fit?  If it’s public grounds, shouldn’t we all have access to it, even if it is those blasted, crazy religious people, or is that just a right given to those who choose to believe in nothing?

As a person of faith, why in the world would someone be bothered by a loving, caring gesture by someone from another faith?  Do you get upset when someone says they’ll pray for someone?  Or wishes someone luck?  No, but hand out a piece of candy or wish  a good time of the year in the wrong way and the troops are rallied to boycott!  Getting upset over people who don’t believe, foisting their beliefs or lack-there-of on others and then turning around and doing the same thing makes is just plain silly?





If you believe this time of year is nothing different, then allow the rest of us to enjoy the beauty and love of the season.  I personally promise you don’t have to enjoy any of it.


If you believe it’s just a good time to love your family and friends and that’s it.  Lovely!  Please allow the rest of us to enjoy the same season in our own way without being sued because of the injustice of a bell-ringer at the grocery store doors said “Merry Christmas”.


If you believe that this is the solstice, this should be the time to renew and to let go of the old ways.  This should be a time to gather loved ones near and appreciate the old year and the new year to come.  Not a time to shout out that this holiday was hijacked by those darn “people of faith”.


If you are Jewish, this is a time to be thankful for what God has done in this last year and in past times for your people.   And though those of us buzzing around may not share the faith, but believe in the same loving God that protects His people, we can share Him – I promise!  And candy isn’t going to ruin that protection.


Christians, which I am – Man, sometimes we all can be so uptight!  Yes, He is the reason for our season and yes, as a country founded on mostly Christian beliefs it would be nice to have that acknowledged everywhere, but just as God has given us freedom, our country gives everyone the right to believe or not believe and yelling “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON!!” at the 16-year-old stock girl at Walmart who just wished you a “Happy Holidays”, isn’t exactly spreading the faith.  Besides, if we really are THAT upset over it being the “holidays” in the first place, we wouldn’t be at Walmart on Thanksgiving evening buying everything on sale – we’d be at home, with the people who matter and remembering that Christmas isn’t about the gifts from the store, but instead about the gift given to us so long ago.



Now go out and have a ginormously good Christmas, Holiday, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, or what ever else you choose or choose not to celebrate.  I for one am going to love the freaking crap out of my fellow revelers (or non-revelers)  whether they like it or not!




This is what happen’s when your house tries to swim November 9, 2012


With the elections over and me, not feeling so great about the outcome (oh, like you didn’t know I was conservative) and all that was going on with “that house”, I was feeling a bit, well, twitchy.





But a bit of perspective on the elections and my place in it, has certainly helped – oddly enough it came from my boys too.  Sometimes they can be so smart!


I suppose the massage I got didn’t hurt either?


I also started getting pictures from “that house” – it ‘ain’t pretty, but it could have been worse!



A neighbor’s house.



We’re going to get a new kitchen out of it, including a dishwasher this time – which it seriously needed!  We’re putting in a half bath, which it also seriously needed.  Six people and one bath ….. yeah, that was a long 3 years.  And a new hvac system.  Gone are the radiators – in with an actual heating and cooling system!





Our renters year old couch – with a little something extra.




Along with the girls “seemingly” healthy and our future plans for next few years starting to come together, a long deep breath and a little perspective goes a long way!


While I’m anxiously waiting to see how it comes out, it’s time to finish up Christmas gifts, Christmas packages that need to be sent to my dentist man and plans for the holidays.  I can’t do much from here, for over there, so I might as well stay out of their hair and just send the checks.


I should have some good-looking knits to post next week and a few new sewing projects coming up.


I would just hope that the house tries to stay out of the ocean for a while!




Just call me Debby Downer November 2, 2012

Filed under: Broken/Repaired,What's happening,WTFr — blankenmom @ 7:59 pm
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Manhattan dark – it’s very eery!



Not to sound like a complainer, Debby as we know her, but this has been a pretty crappy few months!

Why do I say this… again.  We are now the lucky owners of a soggy house on the east coast.





This is a house in a neighboring town – this is pretty much what our town looks like.





You’re jealous I know it!


I refuse to stop there though –

WE are one of the lucky few from the little town “that house” is in.  “That house” survived.  Not that we really wanted it to, but there are people who actually like their houses, live in them and lost *everything*!  We have friends who lost entire business’, houses and cars.




A friends bakery. They will not be reopening.

One of our favorite restaurants/bars to knit at. They will be reopening.




















I am very thankful that no one I know passed away from Sandy – the wench!


On top of this, our great new renters who hadn’t even gotten the chance to unpack yet, have been so incredibly wonderful about the whole thing.  Why shouldn’t they be you ask, since it’s not really our fault?  This is the second time this year they’ve lost everything due to an east coast storm.  And they’re still so chipper about it!


I have to admit, that really helps my mood, not to mention my stress level.


I don’t have pictures yet of the mess that was left at “that house”, but I’ve been told by several people already what’s there.  While my dentist man and I are hoping it get’s knocked down and rebuilt or bought out, I think the best we can hope for is a new first floor.  Water made it at least 3 feet up our walls, of an already raised house.  7  1/2 feet of water is what I’ve been told.   Plus a tree that took out our fences, shed and deck.


But again, we’re one of the lucky ones!  I’ve seen pictures of houses completely collapsed and these are homes people loved!


So, while we’re feeling the sting of yet another kick in the pants, our hearts really go out to our friends and “neighbors” who were truly hit hard by this.



Nearby town.



So hopefully I won’t need to keep the nick-name Debby.  Maybe just Deb, since I’m still holding out hope for the upcoming year.


For now I’m taking this as life experience –



I'll post pic's of our actual house and more of the town once they come through.  
Some photo's by Mark Vetrini; all others are uknown.