Friday, November 24

It’s cool, it’s still, it’s a Black Friday morning coffee muses.

It’s almost noisy this morning with birdsong. The diversity this morning is more along the lines of what I’m used to at this time of the year.

It should be cool out here on the back porch, but the sun has warmed this protected pocket of concrete up to almost spring like temperatures.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving yesterday. I know we did. My first attempt at smoked turkey must have been a success. By the time I turned around all that was left was a drumstick, a thigh, a half a wing and a couple of pieces of breast meat. So my leftover meal will be mostly dressing. I do so love a dressing sandwich…

It’s gonna be a long weekend of changing out the seasonal decorations throughout the house. Thanksgiving goes into storage, and Christmas goes up all over the house.

It’s getting harder and harder to hide from the sun of a morning. It’s trip south is making my effort to stay in the shade of the corner column nigh impossible.

I find myself with binoculars at my eyes more than tablet in my hand so I guess it’s time to hit the publish button and move on…

Tuesday, November 21

Muggy, almost Thanksgiving morning coffee muses.

I’m sitting at my desk right now, using my tablet to post this as my laptop goes through the slow process of updating Windows 10. From the amount of time it’s taking, this must be that update the old laptop kept choking on…

I have a load of things to do today. Cornbread to bake for the dressing. Bread to dry in a low oven for the same dish. Vegetables to by for the veggie tray. I need to find something to brine my turkey in.

And on top of all that it’s laundry day in the Boyd house. And since I started late I need to get a move on…

So… here’s a shot at the goldenrod going to seed…

And just for grins… here’s the living room as I went from back porch to front for the shots at the top…

I see Cameron has been playing in the swivel chair again.

Monday, November 20

It’s nippy out for this early morning coffee muses.

As usual on a cool  early morn the sound of a train passing is the first sound I hear. A starting temperature of 48° is always a good sign. with a forecasted high of 70°, it promises to be a very nice day. Other than stepping out for the morning record shots, I decided to start my day at the desktop.  I’ll move back outside after it warms up just a bit on the back porch.

Over the weekend I pointed the grandkids toward the ground under the pecan tree out front. In the course of a couple of hours, over two days they and their mother managed to pick up four plastic Walmart bags of pecans… And there are still a “ton” on the ground, and a lot still on the tree. This has been one of the best pecan crops I’ve seen.

Political Rant Alert

For my conservative friends you may want to stop here…

Over the weekend, once again, my disdain for what the Republican Party has done to Texas was brought into focus once again.

The MIL has to go and get her drivers license renewed by her birthday a few weeks from now. In the past that wouldn’t be a problem… But with the Republicans running Texas, they’ve closed down a lot of Drivers License Bureau offices across the state including the one in our city. They’ve added proof of identity requirements. And they’ve raised the costs of getting copies of birth certificates. In order to get a copy from Austin before her birthday they want $125 without guaranteeing the date it would be delivered.  All of these things were done at the same time they were mandating ID requirements for people to vote.

Every time I went into the local office to take care of business I’d take a book because the wait would be so long. So we close that office and make everyone find an office 45 minutes away… Really? Sound like a good policy from a customer service point of view?

You know, a few years ago I apologized to a co-worker for making comments that led him to think i hated Republicans… You know what I take it back. I hate Republican politicians… I may not hate Republican voters, but, I really don’t like them very much as they preach morality and vote for the hateful and harmful policies they do.

Just look at the last 10 months… A minority of voters elected the most unqualified person ever elected to the Presidency of the US. And now we have Alabama… What the hell does this say about us as Americans? And have you looked at the Tax Bill? It reads like the Health Bill they kept pushing.

I find myself watching Morning Joe more and more to watch conservative and moderates debate the issues. Back in the early 2000’s when I would rant about GWB, I was watching Keith. Then I followed Rachel. Both of them were speaking from my place in politics… I don’t need the opinions from the far left anymore, that’s me. I refuse to look at Faux News because… Hell it’s original Fake News.

Rant over… I’ll leave you with this…

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders