Texas Positivity Rate Reaches 10% & Still Silence From Leaders

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Within a matter of days, Texas has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, cases were floating around 5 percent, and now news outlets are showing 10 percent positivity. Meanwhile, the Nextdoor apps are seeing arguments in local neighborhoods dealing with the outbreak. The attitudes are anywhere from skeptical to concerned about community members living through the next wave.

Many people are frustrated that we are still dealing with COVID a year and a half later. Others are still trying to push the conspiracy theory idea regarding the virus and the vaccine. This morning one poster tried to link the vaccine with the mark of the beast. As a member living in the community, it is alarming that we have people with that mindset dictating their stance on the vaccine.

Part of the problem stems from the fact that people are just too uneducated about the vaccine. The vaccine doesn’t prevent people from getting COVID-19; it helps to minimize the effects. This means it might prevent some people from having to get on oxygen or see hospital rooms. Numerous places are offering the vaccine, but there seems to be a lack of public education around the benefits of getting it.

The administration needs to implement a plan on educating the public due to there being so much negative information. There are a couple of groups that could reach out via phone like, Health and Human Services. The problem, however, seems to be that our governor isn’t talking about the rise. The only information we are hearing in Texas has been misinformation from Senator Cruz linking the rise in cases to people at the border. One poster on Nextdoor tried to link the current rise in our county to the increase mentioned by Cruz. We live 14 hours from the border, which means our rise, has very little to do with the border.

While Governor Abbott is staying silent on the situation, people are still going out and filling up restaurants, stores, and stadiums. It is a scary time to live in Texas and just another reason why our current leadership isn’t cognitively ready to deal with COVID.

https://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/local/texas-covid-19-positivity-rate-is-10-officials-say-we-have-more-tools-to-fight-it

Texas Governor Abbott Silent About COVID-Surge

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

Over the last few days, area hospitals are reporting a new surge in COVID cases here in Central Texas. This past week Senator Cruz publicly announced that illegal immigrants were causing new cases of COVID-19 in some parts of Texas.

https://abcnews4.com/news/nation-world/senator-ted-cruz-says-covid-19-cases-rising-in-south-texas-due-to-border-crisis

I live in a city that happens to be 14 hours from the border. We are a very red area, politically speaking. Most of the people here do not wear masks. Our uptick is not due to illegal immigration; it is due to people, not social distancing, not wearing a mask, plus other nonsense. Sadly, once again, COVID is being used as a political weapon.

For over a year, COVID-19 has been the political machine that has driven people against each other, and due to more lies, like the ones told by Cruz, it will continue to be that way. From churches to the government, there’s no slowing down arguments surrounding COVID.

Once again, at this rate, we will walk into another closure of businesses. Our governor seems to always miscalculate the severity of COVID, and right now, he is not expressing any public concern regarding the recent outbreak. We are now at a level 3, which means we are witnessing a moderate outbreak, and nobody is being warned.

Given the comments made by Senator Cruz earlier this week, I fully expect to see the Republicans place the current outbreak on Central Americans. This is what happened when Trump was in office, but it was towards China.

Without Abbott talking about the surge, Texans are going to get sicker. We have all businesses open with remote workers returning to their offices. There are large gatherings all over the place, and the majority of people have taken their masks off. Not to mention, he has reversed the need for children to wear a mask while attending school.

As for the vaccine, our county has a low number of people who have taken the vaccine. In red areas, which are Republican, people listen to their leadership; when it comes to matters like this. Sadly, the voice of reason no longer sounds like a voice of reason if the person behind it isn’t a Republican. With so much political pandering, the current atmosphere is ripe for more death and blame.

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Studio Wildcard Is Slow About Taking Down Hackers.

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Hackers are slowly ruining Ark, the survival game by Studio Wild Card. If you are not familiar with Ark, it is an adventure/survival game that allows you to build and tame dinosaurs. Players can mate and breed dinos to get the best stats in stamina, melee, and health. These stats help defeat bosses at the end of the expansions or maps.

Gen 1

Whenever a new map comes out, you often find servers full of players on the official servers. There are other servers, but they are your non-dedicated servers. That means they are run my people who rent servers from people like G-portal or other companies. Right now we are losing the battle on hacking. Hacking hasn’t been a big issue in the past. We’ve known about hackers or dupers for a while, but amount of duping wasn’t so horrible that it crippled game play for nearly the entire server, all the time. For some reason, the hackers are hacking overtime.

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While, I could easily play on another server, I have found this server to have a great community. In the end, it’s about community. Some servers are really cool with awesome people. I’ve met friends who are from Sweden, Ireland, and other countries around the globe. During the lockdown, Ark was a really big help for many of the players in hard-hit areas. They tried to help ease real-life struggles by hosting in-game incentives so that people could focus on something rather than death. It was also a small token of how much they cared about their community.

Fast forward to today, and we are seeing some players ruin the game by constant hacking. The server I play on is constantly crashing, and it is happening so frequently that very little gets done. There are constant rollbacks which once again prevent people from getting things done. So, the enjoyment that once came with starting a new map and meeting new people is starting to dull. Sadly, these tribes did not start on the server day one. They came after people were already building their bases and blocked about three tribes from finishing their bases. It is aggressive gaming at best.

If Studio Wild Card doesn’t want to lose players, they will need to find a better or more efficient way of getting rid of hackers. Perhaps, looking into a mandatory downtime like WoW would be beneficial. There has to be something the company can do to make sure their players feel satisfied with the end product.

Can We Still Claim Religion As a Shared Characteristic ?

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Religion is a funny thing. For many of us, we wear it like a necklace around our necks. It often comes up in conversations when addressing the concerns of today. However, how many of us are trying to practice it as Jesus would request?

21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew Chapter 7 NKJV

God knows the color of our heart, and our heart gives birth to our actions. Many of you talk about not liking Democrats due to their stance on homosexuality and abortion. However, I would like to call your attention to something.

Exodus 22:21 – Moses gives God’s law:  “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” 1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Immigration is a hot topic right now because our leaders are trying to cause attention to it. However, I want you to ask yourself what Jesus would do if he were at the wall? We are not talking about the criminals, we are talking about innocents people looking to make a better life.

This past year has been a giant teaching moment for our entire country. We have seen what a virus can do to even the strongest of nations. Here in Texas, we got a taste of global warming via a winter storm so unparalleled that many of us still carry some remnants with us today. Yet, we still argue. We still argue and pick up the same drama from pre-Covid America.

It’s time to put politics aside and think about right and wrong. If you claim the victory over two talking points, but you cannot honor the main objective of being a Christian, who are you? We are called to love and be a light. I used to get so angry when I watched movies showcasing Christians as being mentally unstable and cruel. Then you look at some of the people who take up the name Christian today, and you understand the reason behind it.

Part of the problem is that some of us aren’t studying the Bible anymore. We are going to Church and thinking that the preacher is supplying us all the knowledge we will ever need to call on.

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2nd Timothy 2/15

This was the first bible verse I learned, and it never grows old.

For some of us who might not have understood pre-covid, now we should understand. Some of the countries that are seeing a mass decline are seeing it due to global warming. Global warming is affecting different regions in different ways. For us, it was a great freeze that killed an unknown amount of people. For those coming from hotter climate areas, it is hindering their ability to produce food. Due to what we encountered in Texas, I feel like we should be more open to helping others.

These situations are freak and devastating. Nobody is saying let anyone break the law. I am asking that we find it in our hearts to be kinder to our neighbors. This isn’t about undoing the law, it is about fulfilling God’s law. Hate has no place. We should be handing water and food to those behind the gates, not holding guns in their faces.

King James Version Matthew 25-35

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Is There A Mathematical Way Shib Reaches 0.1 In the near Future?

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about the chances of Shib reaching 1 cent. I have seen articles talking about there’s a chance for Shib to hit $1.00, and I have heard YouTube personalities say the coin can’t reach as little as .01!

I invested in Doge when it was around .08, and I recall people saying the same thing about Dogecoin reaching the milestones it crushed. There were a few things that had to happen before Doge could hit its milestones. If Shib is going to have a chance at reaching .01, it will need to gain support in more exchanges! Those exchanges played a vital part in Dogecoin’s growth.

Without the listing in Etoro, Coinbase, Robinhood, and Webull, Shib is looking at an uphill battle. Until those exchanges allow Shib to be traded on their platforms, we are not going to see mass movement. Thusfore, it will be hard to see the real potential of the token.

While swaps are a great way for people to get tokens they wouldn’t be able to get on exchanges like Coinbase, the process isn’t ideal. Most of us who have traded stocks for years like the buy it and forget it method. It is much easier to have money in an account and just hit the buy button, and the order is filled. The problem with swapping is that new crypto traders might not understand the process.

It could very well be a turn-off for someone having to send money to an account, buy Tether, turn around, and then trade it for another currency. This process might prevent new investors from going all in. It is the reason exchanges like Coinbase make a world of difference. With exchanges like Coinbase and Etoro, you link your account and post your money. After your money hits the account, you buy what you want to buy! It is simple! You only have to buy once, and you do not have to worry about swapping anything out.

So, your new investors are going to be more willing to buy on the larger platforms, which bring simplicity and security. One of the things that these platforms are going to use as a determining factor, in my opinion, will be the functionality of Shibaswap. In 8 days, if Shibaswap shows a gain to the people who are using it, I think we will see more open doors. However, if Shibaswap has a lot of issues and people talking about losing money, things will remain icy. The future of Shib could very well be determined by the performance of Shibaswap. If it is an all-out success, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dogecoin movement.

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As always I am not a financial advisor. If you would like to join Etoro use my link peeps! I get 50 bucks so I can buy me something! https://etoro.tw/3b0Klf1

Shibaswap’s DeFi rating Could Cause Concern For Many.

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I’ve been waiting for the results of the ins and outs of SHIBASWAP before I push any money in that direction. This morning, I got up and did my usual research and found out the results are not good. The word on the streets is that Shibaswap got the lowest rating of all of the exchanges listed today. It was rated a single one-digit number which is 3.

I will post the ratings below after I explain why this concerns me as a potential Shibaswap investor. The rating scores five different categories. The first rating which, is on code and team graded Shibaswap with a zero. There are questions about the coding and the people behind the swap.

The next category is documentation, for which they scored a rating of 11. The experts went on to score zeros for testing and security, which make up lines three and four.

The last category was access control which scored a 9. There were problems across the board. Perhaps the most alarming to me would be the security and not knowing who owns the bulk of the swap. Security is a big issue because hacks can take away your currency. I have seen hackers bring down the best of things, government websites, department store data, and games. If you are dealing with any liquidity, making your platform safe should be a top concern. So, seeing zero in security is a big no-no for me.

Another issue is that the majority of the swap is owned by one address, and when it was exposed, random addresses, were added with little to no currency. This is a little shady and concerning. Why were dummy addresses added, and if they aren’t dummy addresses, where is their currency? What was up with the timing?

The realist in me understands that things do not get great overnight. When Obamacare started up, the website was garbo! It took some months to get the website off and running. So, we could be seeing something like this with Shibaswab. It is a new exchange, and it isn’t expected to have perfect numbers across the board. Yet, I have this little voice in my head that keeps saying, my momma didn’t raise no fool!

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So, I will be careful and pay attention before I decide to dump any money into the swap until they can fix these issues. As always do your research on things! I am not giving you financial advice, I am just breaking down the skinny. Be careful in the crypto universe.

The Difference Between Doge & SHIB

While I am a Dogecoin holder, I cannot help feeling excitement over Shibaswap. It has been a little over 24 hours since Shibaswap went live, and the volume liquidity has already reached over 1 billion. Now, this puts the infant exchange in the realms of Uniswap and others. Keep in mind Uniswap’s volume liquidity is over 1.75 billion. So, again we are talking about 1.15 billion for Shibaswab in just a little over 24 hours.

It took precisely five to eight months for exchanges like Sushiswap, Pancakeswap, and Uniswap to make their way into dollar territory. Right now, Sushiswap is the lowest at $9.18, and Uniswap highest at $23.01. So this makes me feel hopeful. Shibaswap would only have to get to 0.05 to grace me with a million bucks!

I’m hoping we do not see quick movement because I want to add more money next month. My goal would be to acquire around 100 million tokens, but for me to do that, the prices need to somewhat stay the same. Dogecoin’s road was a little bit different due to what it was trying to accomplish and the obstacles placed in its way with shorting.

Dogecoin is going for the crypto payment option, in my opinion. While it is trying to gain more strength as a readily accepted payment option, the press around it has sort of overshadowed the potential. This leads me to believe that when you get famous people too involved with your coins, it can cause the coin to have a negative reaction.

The two can coexist in the crypto world, with Shib being one of the vehicles used to carry Doge on their exchange. While Doge had to worry constantly about shorting, Shib will not have that issue in the future due to its functionality. I see no reason why coin holders cannot put past animosity aside and support both coins.

Both coins have a spot at the table, we just need to wait for the meal to be served.

I am not a financial advisor. I’m just sharing why I like certain coins.

Shibaswap Is Here

It is too early to tell if the launch of the Shibaswap exchange will create the pump many investors dream about seeing since Dogecoin. While the start up and launch have been a victorious sign for many Shib owners, there are problems with transfers. One of the ongoing concerns is the gas fee associated with the Ethereum highway!

For some investors, they are reporting seeing gas fees showing up twice. Others are saying that are not seeing their coins being staked. So, there are some bugs. While some are optimistic about the chance for Shib to price somewhere around Pancakeswap or Sushieswap in the future, others are a little leery. Both Pancakeswap and Sushiswap are both priced around nine dollars and above for their tokens. The tokens like Sushi and Shib will power the swaps.

Shibaswap allows people to do trade for Bone and Leash. It is an exciting time to be invested in the crypto world, but caution is still needed. Before you jump on any bandwagon, read up on it, and if you still do not understand it, YouTube it! Some great Youtubers are explaining the swap in detail, so check them out.

I am, as always, am on the cheap side I am a holder of Doge and SHIB. I have learned to educate myself on matters that hinder my purse. Right now, Shib is at a great price. I do not know how much longer it will be at its current price with Shibaswab going live today. Finding a good exchange was the issue for me when it came to investing in SHIB. So, I went with Kucoin months ago. You also have Voyager and a few other good exchanges when it comes to investing in the token.

Investing in crypto isn’t something I would dump my bill money into, but with 20 to 50 dollars, you could get a million tokens. I put in 235 bucks which allows me to have a little over 26 million tokens. If it goes up to even 0.10, I will have millions! So, it is fun to think about the what-ifs, but I wouldn’t get carried away. SHIB is currently at 0.00000866, so who knows what the week will bring.

Do your research before any investing and talk to a professional. I am not a financial advisor just a geek trying to figure out how cryptocurrency can work in my life.

Please do not participate in any scams. One of the ongoing scams involves people asking for investors to send them 5 million coins for the chance at getting 10 million. They are asking for random amounts so be careful. RESEARCH. Read the threads and be careful out there.

Asking A Really Big Favor

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We had a death in the family and some of the family members started a Gofund me page for our uncle who was killed while biking in PA this week. As of now, we do not know who killed him. I am asking for donations. If you could please just pass the page around it would help wonders. His funeral is on Friday, so any donations would help in a huge way. I am asking if you could pass it around on your Twitter, Facebook or anything that might be able to gain eyes.

http://levittownnow.com/2021/06/29/bicyclist-killed-along-route-13-in-hit-run-crash/

https://gofund.me/fe5d7e52

Is The Rivalry of CryptoCurrency Reminiscent of An Earlier Time In American History?

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This morning, we’re traveling back to some of the revolutionary changes that have made us who we are today. When you think about any advancement within a culture, the first thing that comes to mind is how change comes about.

How did the change come about, and what was the outcome of the change? The earliest implementation of change in our history would be somewhere around Colonial times. Around these times, cultivation outlined what people would eat and where certain things would be grown. This event would spearhead the locality of settlements. Would people build near the water, or would they set up more inland?

So years after the settlements were up and running, someone found oil. That oil would give birth to fuel, railroads, and autos. According to The American Oil and Gas Historical Society, the first well was set up in Titusville, Pennsylvania, around the latter part of the 1800s. If you look on a map, you will notice that Titusville isn’t far from the water. It was settled in the latter part of the 1700s. If you recall, Jamestown was settled around the beginning of the 1600s.

Looking at things from a historical stance, these advancements happen almost every century. They often help to bring the country into another century. However, with these advancements, problems seem to follow. In the past, the resulting conflicts ranged from slavery, racist treatment against Japanese migrants, and also attacks on farmers. These attacks happened almost always against the poor.

So, it is to no surprise that we see conflicts in the markets due to crypto wars. The attitudes to protect self-interest have not shifted that much. Over the past month, we have seen attack after attack launched at Dogecoin. It should come as no surprise when you look back at the warring between railroad companies and the banks.

For years the banks have always been the guardian of finance to some degree. Here comes a new currency that somewhat pushes regular banking aside, and people freak out. Cryptocurrency is still new when you think about an all-out operating system. We are probably overdue when it comes to an updated currency change, in my opinion. Germany and other countries in nearby locations updated their currency to the Euro. I remember moving to Germany some years after the upgrade, and I felt like a child learning to count again! It was uncomfortable, but I got it down. Getting the driver’s license over that way was another story; it took me two tries!!

So, here we are smack dab in the middle of the currency shift, and we are witnessing costly arguments over cryptocurrency. People are tanking rival currencies while others are yelling for the SEC to step in. I fear that the continual arguments will bring the entire house down. There shouldn’t be this level of hostility regarding which currency goes up or down. In the matter of Dogecoin, public figures were calling out for shortages. A lot of people lost money due to manipulation tactics dealt by people from rival coins.

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Sadly, Doge didn’t threaten these coins. However, these people went out of their way to short the coin, which eventually caused eyes to turn in their direction. If we cannot change how we deal with competition, we risk growing as a nation. Once again, we see similar behavior that played out centuries ago with the railroads and banks. They often used bully tactics to get people to sell and move in order to gain their stance. Perhaps it is not too late to learn from history and open our arms to a new way of living without causing pain. We do not have to attack people’s assets in order to protect our own gain.

As always, I am not a financial advisor, speak to one if you wish to learn about investing.

The Expanse In Real Life Powered By DogeCoin

Today we are living in a Sci-fi lover’s dream come true. We have current exploration ongoing on Mars and trips to the moon via private companies. Mars has always been a point of interest for humans due to its chemical make-up and distance from Earth. It is nicknamed the Red Planet because of the iron oxide chemicals. The biggest difference between Earth and Mars would be the absence of water and the fact that Mars is half the size of Earth.

The fact that Mars has no water on its surface raises a concern regarding future colonization. How will early settlers get water, and what will the dusty atmosphere do to their health? If we think about water and its role in creating vegetation, it becomes a vehicle of sustainability. For example, take the Mojave desert and its lack of vegetation. After being stationed there for three years with my husband, I came back with chronic sinus problems.

A lot of the people stationed there had sinus problems. Our second daughter, who was born there, developed skin issues. I recall a nurse once stating that it was common for children born in that region, but I have not been able to find any research to back it up. I can tell you that before living in the desert, I had never suffered a sinus problem. So, this makes me wonder about the health risk associated with living in a dusty atmosphere.

Another drawback of living in a desert environment was the cases of depression. Depressions were very frequent in the Mojave due to the lack of color. The majority of the colors were brown and gloomy. Our base had your run-of-the-mill landscaping, but outside of base was nothing but a desert wasteland.

If any colony hopes to exist on Mars, it will have to create a green oasis out of the desert environment. As of today, there are plans for colonization, but they will not come into play until Mars has been properly examined for human existence or Martian existence. This means the probes will have to check for weather, physical dangers, psychological dangers, settlement obstacles, and vegetation readiness. After all of these things get the green light, then comes the obstacle of currency.

Trade will more than likely the way to go in the beginning because many of these trips will be one way only. This is how crypto currency presents an open door towards financing. Take a coin like Dogecoin which has the ability to be used worldwide and has the ability to be recreated at a larger rate. Just as it can be utilized from country to country, it could also be used from planet to planet. As long as Dogecoin remains affordable, not like Bitcoin, it can create the backing of a new foundation.

So, this is a science geek’s dream come true. I think back to my very first science project which was the solar system. I can still remember the excitement of creating the planets and explaining the difference between Saturn and Jupiter. Needless to say, when shows like Star Trek came on TV, I was right in front, taking in every little detail. We are slowly getting to see how things will start. I am posting some websites with information about Mars colonization below. The Expanse will be real in a couple of decades.

http://www.mars-one.com/

https://www.inverse.com/article/51291-spacex-here-s-the-timeline-for-getting-to-mars-and-starting-a-colony

Always Advancing

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These last few weeks have been a crazy time for many of us who invest in cryptocurrency. I decided to invest some of my income tax money into my Robinhood acct, and it paid off. So let me start with the updates!!

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I am feeling spectacular since my weight is going back down. I have started back mowing the lawn! Yes, I can do the yard again because my knee doesn’t hurt anymore. I have managed to stay active, and I started back playing ARK. I purchased my server. It funny, I’m jumping in bed like a little kid when I lay down at night because I can!!!! So, yes, I am feeling good! Activity is the key, stay active, and you will stay young.

Now, on the topic of cryptocurrency!! I am trying to get my daughter into it because I feel like we are standing on the edge of something earthshattering; when it comes to our financial future. I sent her some money and told her to invest it in crypto. At this point, I do not invest large sums of money because I am conservative with my money.

I have over 15k shares of Dogecoin which means if it goes up, I will make money. If Dogecoin were to hit at least 50 bucks, I would have over half a million dollars. So, I am no financial advisor, but if investing 1200 dollars gives me a chance to get almost half a million bucks at 50 dollars per coin, I am not selling. If there is even a grain of a shot, I want to explore it. My dream would be to see Dogecoin reach about 100 bucks per coin because it would make me a millionaire. Right now, I am just patiently waiting and hoping that just maybe 1200 dollars turned out to be the start of something mind-blowing.

I started with 1200 invested in Doge and now I quadrupled that! So, I am a happy little camper! So, that’s me in a nutshell! I am always trying to better myself inside and out. We should be always be in the habit of doing things that produce positive outcomes for us and those around us. Please understand that I am only telling you what’s going on in my world, not insisting that you follow my path. Investing is tricky and if you want to do it, find someone educated in cryptocurrency to give you the whole story.

“Habit is a powerful means of advancement, and the habit of eternal vigilance and diligence, rarely fails to bring a substantial reward.” ~ Lewis Howard Latimer

Dogecoin And History

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There have been many ideas and rumors floating around about the current cryptocurrency Dogecoin. Talk to anyone, and you will find a vast assortment of opinions that surround the popular currency. Your financial people hate it, while the people love it. So, who’s right?

Let’s say for an argument, most cryptocurrency has no place in the world today. We could say that the only real options for cryptocurrency should remain Bitcoin and Ethereum . Well, what does that say about wealth? Every decade or, so there seems to be a shift in advancement and wealth.

If you look at your history books, we see the financial prosperity started with colonization through farming which introduced slavery into the United States around the 1600s. Soon after that, we saw oil and gold. All of this is happening around the same era, which is around the beginning of the railroad. These advancements produced many of the wealthy families we have learned about throughout the years.

In the 1900’s we would see the advancement of communication. I don’t know if any of you are old enough to remember a time when telephone lines were shared by people living in a neighborhood. It was called a party line, and I hated it. It was good for eavesdropping but horrible for keeping conversations private. HEHEHEHE (I felt both sides of the coin!)

Phone bills were something of a nightmare story for my house due to high long-distance bills. Soon cellphones would come and take over the residential phone platform, and landlines would be a thing of the past. Companies that used to deal in selling long-distance cards would soon turn to cellphones which all seemed to have deals that made long-distance calling a little easier. All of these advancements were making someone money.

The common theme is that everything at some point gets an upgrade. You might not like it, but it happens. For those crying about cryptocurrency, stop! I would wager that it is here to stay and that it is just getting started. It looks like we are in another shift when it comes to technology and modernization.

We have all known that things are going to get a little more techie, but instead of fighting the journey, we should welcome it. I am not a financial advisor. I love history! In my opinion, we are taking place in another historical change that will impact the way we manage our financial institutions in the future. Cheer up!

WHy Is Biden Reluctant To Make The Move On Marijuana?

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If you are anything like me, you are like a hawk these days when it comes to watching states legalizing marijuana. It pains me to no ends to see so many states around us legalizing marijuana and states like mine, which is Texas, sitting on the side of the fence.

We have so much land here in this state, to not legalize marijuana is equal to hard stupidity. I mean, hard! President Biden could help with this problem, but he is trying to act as if marijuana doesn’t exist. It does, and guess what!! We want in! There are new millionaires on the horizon, and these people will come into their wealth by the weed industry.

The situation is taking a little too long. I have had to rethink my marijuana stocks and re-evaluate the companies that are doing something right now. Right now, I am looking at a company that specializes in hemp products. It is called HIPH. It looks like something I could have some fun with when it comes to investing.

I am not giving you advice on it because I am not a financial professional. If you want to know anything about the stock, you will have to research it and decide if it is something you would like in your portfolio.

As for everything else, I am hanging in there. This has been a hard week. Our cat got out during a storm, and we found him dead on the side of the road. It sucks because he was the best cat ever. Our dryer air duct came open, and he escaped. I don’t think I have ever had an animal get killed, so this was difficult for us.

Anyway, have a good week.

Update! Weight,Stocks, And FISHING Oh MY!!!

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Let me start by saying I am doing better. I went fishing over the weekend and had a blast. I didn’t catch anything, but it was fun. Being physical again feels so good. I forgot about my knee because it didn’t bother me. I have added in a routine that involves being more active. For a while, before I started working out and eating better, my activity was crap.

I would blog here and there, then jump on a PC game. I have always been an advocate of gaming, but my body cannot handle the stress it places on it. I still do things here and there, but mostly that time has been replaced with physical actions. I started back painting a few days ago. So, we are talking about regaining my former self! It feels good.

This morning I am up trying to line up my stocks of the week. I am not someone who can give financial advice, but I do tend to look at patterns. I found a stock called GNUS that I am currently in love with. If you want to know more, you will have to look it up! I am still hoping we will hear something about the legalization of marijuana soon for the entire country.

We are so modernized I do not understand why we haven’t made this a thing yet. There are so many good things that would come from the legalization, and legalization would bring an economic boom. With all of the money issues we are gaining, you would think they would be seriously thinking about how to make this thing happen. I think I have invested in five to ten marijuana companies with the hopes of at least one taking off! I guess that is my guilty pleasure in the morning. I jump on the computer and check my stocks.

As for my plans for the rest of the day, I plan to work out and warm my four-hour-old coffee. Oh, and before I forget!! I got a Ninja foodi cooker. It allows us to cook food on a healthier level and I love it!

So that’s the skinny!

Side Note– I am back in a size 8 panties and I do not feel any pain on the side of my legs! Winky Face! I am sorry if it is cringe, but it is a small battle that I have won. Each small battle is enough to make me watch to keep pushing. Have a great week.

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Listen To Your Body

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Weight is a tricky subject for many people. However, we live in a time that requires us to pay close attention to our health due to a disease that targets overweight individuals. Before COVID-19, diabetes and heart disease were some of the main hindrances to being overweight. While they were often associated with people in the obesity realm, they were at least controllable.

However, after COVID-19 happened, all bets were off. Over the past five months, I have noticed a new affliction appear within my body. My knees have started to ache. At first, I thought it was due to the bed we were sleeping in or an old injury. So, I purchased a new rail and a new treadmill last week. My knee feels better! They feel a lot better after working out. On the nights that I didn’t workout my knees felt a degree of pain that caused me issues throughout the day.

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I think something was happening to my joints. I have gained about 40 extra pounds over the past year, and the weight has started to hinder my mobility. I didn’t know just how bad things were until I started working out again. It shocked me and scared me when I couldn’t even walk a lap the first time I got on my treadmill.

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I used to swim, and when I wasn’t swimming, I would walk often. So, to get on a treadmill and not be able to walk a lap was terrifying. I continued working out, and now I am almost at a mile. I have been thinking a lot about goals and trying to figure out what mine should be. I do not have a number in mind, but I do have a couple of other things in mind.

I want to wear my favorite PJ bottoms, and I want to be able to walk two to three miles again every day. I would love to see my thighs get smaller and see my butt get slimmer. I am your typical hourglass shape, so it seems like most of my weight focus on two areas. I have never really had a lot of trouble when it comes to working out. Perhaps, this is why I freaked out about not being able to walk a lap.

We need to start listening to our bodies. Your body gives off indicators that something needs attention. In many ways, aches and pains are the engine lights that pop up inside us to warn us of upcoming issues. I used to ask my husband if he thought I was gaining weight or too much weight, and of course, he would say no. Inside I knew the answer, but I didn’t want to deal with the issue.

I welcomed his words of flattery to place a bandage on my pride. I would get the typical loving husband answer that went something like, You look beautiful no matter what, or whatever you do, keep the butt. It was all I needed to continue our foodie escapades and excuse for not working out. After my knees started hurting, there was no way around hiding from my demons.

Finally, it hit me that this new me was not me I wanted to be. I don’t want to be a prisoner to my body, so working out was the only option. I went out and got myself a pair of good exercising shoes and arm weights to go with my treadmill. I guess I learned a hard lesson the voice I needed to hear was the voice inside. Listen to your body, and take care of it before it’s too late.

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It IS ALl In The Bed!

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For almost a month, I have been feeling like raw meat in the energy department. My knees have been killing me for three months, so I decided to try something new. I noticed that my bed was dropping. One of the little leg holders had fallen off the rail leg that keeps the box spring up. I have had two missing for a while, so I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.

Finally, I was like something has to give because I couldn’t get comfortable at all. No matter which way I turned, my knees continued to hurt. I thought it was just the results of an injury I received in 2007. However, I figured something out last night. I purchased a new treadmill and rail for my bed.

Last night before I went to sleep, I worked out, and I went to sleep on my bed after we replaced the railing. I also put an extra memory foam padding on top of my mattress, so it is like, I have two mattresses. Anyway, this morning I would up and felt like a fairy had sprinkled some miracle healing brew on my body.

My knees felt great, and I had so much energy. So, I am feeling optimistic. I am also trying to get healthier. Today I started a new diet to go with my new workout routine. I started the day with a breakfast sandwich with 495 calories and a cup of fruit. I also got a tall cup of coffee from Panera Bread. I am trying to watch my calorie intake. I haven’t drunk any water yet, but I will after I finish this posting.

So, now I am about to go with my daughter to get a new carpet for the computer room. I will keep you posted about the rest of my diet. PS. I am not getting a scale. I do not know my weight because the number isn’t important to me. What I find important is the performance I am looking to get out of being healthier.

I equate a lot of things with sexuality. So, for me, healthier is being able to do the things I want to do with ease. It is about looking in the mirror and saying, yeah, I turn me on! So, once I see those results, I will know I am where I want to be.

The Undoing of a Duchess

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2018 (L-R) Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). – Britain’s Prince Harry said he and his brother Prince William were on “different paths” and admitted occasional tension in their relationship. The Duke of Sussex, 35, has been plagued by rumours of a growing rift between him and 37-year-old William, and he acknowledged that “inevitably stuff happens” given their high-profile roles in the royal family. In an interview with ITV television filmed during his recent tour of southern Africa with his wife Meghan, Harry said: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

It turns out some traditions transcend centuries when it comes to royalty. Read any romance novel, and you will often see the romantic notion of royalty choosing love over duty fantasized, time and time again. Yet, in reality, some of these traditions have been around since the beginning of time, which makes them harder to break. Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s relationship showcased the ugly side of acceptance from perhaps both worlds.

Being in an interracial relationship doesn’t always come with acceptance, and perhaps we thought those days were long gone. For those of us that thought those days were over, we soon saw the truth of acceptance. Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s relationship soon produced hatred pouring out from various sides of the globe. Which all seemed to start at home base, the UK.

I am sure most of us saw red flags shortly after the honeymoon ended. There were indicators of how the press would either accept or try to tear the couple apart. The was no time wasted comparing hair, clothing, and anything else that the press chose to go after between the two duchesses. The problem with the new couple was that their relationship wasn’t something that could be just theirs. Prince Harry’s life had often been played on the national stage as a real-life docuseries.

So, with all eyes on Prince Harry and his new wife, the nation sat by and watched the press try to undo the Duchess of Sussex. We saw the tears, embarrassment, and sadness in her eyes on multiple occasions. I often wondered what encounters produced such reactions prior to her public outings with the family. Could none of these situations be handled privately after the public appearance to help her save face? It was so blatant and heart-wrenching, considering the fantasy we all wanted to see play out.

From problems with Meghan’s family, allegations of bullying, renovating, cooking, her taste in clothing, all the way to how she held her son, nothing was off-limits. It soon became clear that she could do no right. Instead of the royal family circling around her to try to promote a safe environment, it appeared that they often tried to distance themselves from the drama. It was hard to tell what was staged after a while, and what was no longer staged.

The Duchess of Sussex couldn’t escape the black trap. It is the trap that we often feel in the middle of living life, which restricts us from being human. So, Meghan having emotions, thoughts, reactions that many would see as normal; would be abnormal due to her race. Finally, she gets the chance to do something she has never been able to do. She gets the chance to speak out.

We are living in a different time due to our easy access to news and public relationships. Words hurt and they also travel fast today. Some might see Meghan’s words as a betrayal, but many including myself see it as a right. We have the right to stand up for ourselves, and if you ask me, having her stay silent because she is a duchess sounds sexist. This is 2021!

This is no longer 1587 when royal women were restricted from being able to control their own bodies. We are living in a modernized era with modern ideas. Meghan’s voice is the voice of strength, guidance, and direction for those of us who feel silenced. If racism is ever to be cast aside, we have to stand up for those who have been mistreated. Even if those people are duchesses. So, in the end, just to clear things up! Meghan Markel will always be the duchess with or without the title in our hearts. No matter the outcome of the interview, we will stand beside her, because We Are Meghan!

Smear Campaign Launched, But We Are Not Buying It! America To The Rescue For Prince Henry & The Duchess.

It now seems as though we’re witnessing a full-out character assassination of OUR Duchess Meghan Markle from across the pond. As Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s interview approaches, we are now hearing about more stories that are all shifting negative energy on the couple. With the new baby on the way, one has to wonder if all the negative press endangers the unborn child.

This is yet another sad chapter in the Fairy Tale wedding that so many of us wanted to see produce a better future for racial relations. Europe often looked like the big brother or sister that the United States needed when it came to historical issues on race. Yet, after Prince Harry married his Duchess, things changed. Europe went from looking like a haven of open-minded thinkers to a country with arrogant attitudes regarding who was good enough to be a Royal.

It is sad, but given the day we live, it isn’t surprising. While we are a world skating on the brink of change, we are also fearful of change. There is one thing that will never change, and that is the fact that Meghan will always be Harry’s wife. No matter what changes in the future, even if their titles get caught up in this scandal, they will still have each other. Not only will they have each other, but they will have us.

We are the ones who watched Prince Harry grow and blossom into the man we see today. Meghan is the topping and the extra moisture needed to bake the best cake ever! {Sorry, tomorrow is my 24th anniversary! Cake on the brain!} She is outspoken, smart, and an inspiration to women across the world. I am sure things might feel a little uncomfortable right now but rest assured, The Duchess of Sussex will do great things for the United States as well as the UK if she is allowed. Instead of silencing her, maybe they should have thought of a better way to use her light and bring unity across the globe.

It’s too bad the crown didn’t use Meghan’s popularity to push better programs and unity. I am glad to see her back in the United States because it was heart-wrenching to watch her struggle so publicly with treatment from those who should have been tasked with making her feel right at home. Thank God, Meghan’s home.

Ginny and Georgia

Netflix has set the bar high with Ginny and Georgia. I first started viewing the series Ginny and Georgia last night. For anyone with daughters struggling to fit in, this show is for you. It showcases how teens deal with coming into their sexuality and how little things make the difference in how they see themselves.

We get to know Georgia’s teenage daughter Ginny, who is struggling with overcoming insecurities as growing up being two races. As a mother of three biracial daughters, I can tell you the struggle is spot on. My 15-year-old has hair like Genny’s, and if you let her tell it, her hair is her worst enemy. It is very curly and too silky to keep braids. We have tried everything, but nothing helps when it comes to getting rid of the curls. We have flattened it only to see it curl back un in a day or two.

In the past, we would tease that she was just unlucky and got the in-between hair. After watching the show, I feel like those comments might have aided in her not liking herself. At one point, Ginny, who self mutilates just like my daughter did, talks about the struggle of how she doesn’t feel like she belongs to any race. She had a hard time fitting in with black people because she was too light. Yet, she couldn’t do things like wear make-up or wear certain hairstyles like white people because she was too dark. Fitting in is so important to children, after my daughter ripped her arm to shreds we put her in a self empowerment group. She just stated over and over that she didn’t feel pretty, she often talked about not fitting in. She felt separated by not only her appearance but her music.

So, as I am looking at this show, I couldn’t help but think back to all remarks Alison made regarding her hair ordeal. She would say something like I love their hair, I wish my hair was like that, or I wish my hair could at least get braided. Yet, she could never point out anything good about herself. Of course, I tried to remind her that she had great hair and that she should be happy that she would never need a perm. I grew up having to get perms and get my hair pressed which, can be nightmares. So, I didn’t feel too sympathetic to her remarks about having a different grade of hair because I didn’t understand the real issue.

I was minimizing her feelings about being pretty or not feeling happy. I think as parents, we sometimes want to put a bandage on things, but there are some issues we cannot speak on. When we were dealing with Alison cutting, I remember having daily conversations on how she felt about herself; it always ended with me trying to reassure her that she was perfect. Yet, perhaps those weren’t the words she needed to hear.

She was struggling with her identity, and it started with hair and flowed, all the way to sexuality. I finally told her about a year ago that people do their best when they no longer live by adopting labels. Labels are dangerous and often more confining than any box. This show is an excellent pick for people with children who are going through an identity crisis. I just couldn’t help but feel like Ginny was my Ally. The things she talked about in the essay/poem she read in her class, sounded so familiar. I felt like they read my daughter’s life out loud.

Not only does this series show the struggle of children, but it also shows the extremes of a single parent who will stop at nothing to make sure her kids are safe. In most cases, we would die for our children. I do not want to give away spoilers, but I get Georgia, and I can get behind some of the choices she made. She did the best she could with the deck of cards she was handed.

Schools Can Reopen With A Plan

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I was one of the biggest advocates for remote learning until my 15-year-old shut down due to the lack of social interaction. In the beginning, things were going well.

I was posting videos of how great things were going, and then after six weeks, my daughter shut down. She would no longer do her work, and after pressing her too hard, she ran away for half of the day.

It was an eye-opener. We had two children learning from home due to remote learning. Both girls are in high school, and both had different reactions to remote learning. I printed the work out in their learning room and handed it to them while explaining everything they needed to know. The one that graduates this year did a great job. Her teachers were surprised when she arrived back at school because she was one of their best remote learners.

However, the 15-year-old was a different story. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to work. Her grades were declining, and she was in danger of getting kicked out of her advanced classes. After being grounded for not turning in her assignments one day, she just said she no longer cared. She told me she was trying very hard not to start back self-mutilating.

Even though she had prior asthma issues, I had to make a decision. I had to figure out which situation was the immediate threat, and that answer was her mental health. After she was in school for about five weeks, one of her friends caught COVID. We had to quarantine her because she was around the child. After taking her to the doctor and getting her a test, she was fine.

She didn’t take her mask off around the child who had COVID, and she was only around her in the hallways. This is perhaps what stopped her from getting sick, or it could have been that kids do not spread it like adults. Today her grades are better , and she can reconnect with her classmates. It has made all the difference in her mental health. Was it scary, Yes. However, I wasn’t about to watch her commit suicide or go back to cutting due to my reluctance to move forward.

At the end of the day, this is a struggle that all parents will have to embrace. However, parents will not have to deal with the ramifications of missing out on needed instruction or social interaction. Talk to your schools and find out if they plan to deal with protecting your child from COVID. If you feel like they aren’t doing enough, bring it up with the school board, but don’t just wait it out. Waiting could come with a price.

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When Will President Biden Seal The Deal On Marijuana

Many people across the nation are eagerly awaiting the legalization on a federal level for marijuana. With the uncertainty of Biden’s health, the current state of the economy, some like myself would love to see him push an executive order.

Some states would benefit from cannabis. No matter how you cut it, the days for oil are numbered. Oil and gas used to be sure profits, but with the new dangers stemming from global warming, those are no longer sure revenues for profit anymore.

As the nation advances and grows more modernized, we will see a shift in attitude regarding marijuana. It is already happening across America. When you see southern states warming to the production of cannabis for medical purposes, you know it is only a matter of time before it fully expands. There are just too many benefits of medical marijuana for states to not look at the positives. Even if states do not want to go forward with recreational activity, they will give it a second look due to the push to step away from opioids.

With that said, there are still obstacles. Getting a license in nearly any state to produce and sell marijuana is costly. Here in Texas, there is a set amount of producers that are allowed to farm cannabis oil. That cap presents a real problem for people who wish to enter into the business. Not only do they have to wait in line so to say and maybe hear a no, but they have to have a lot of money for the license fee. We only allow CBD oils. CBD is made from hemp, which in return, requires a vast amount of land.

So needless to say, the average person will not be getting rich anytime soon in this state as growing cannabis remains a thorn in the side. However, investing in cannabis is another story. Anyone can research companies and invest their money in the hope of returns. A few weeks ago, there was a movement in the cannabis stocks out of Canada.

I would look closer to home when thinking about investing in cannabis due to the companies that will see revenue with their local providers. We are not looking at an “if” situation; I believe we are looking at a “when” situation. There are just too many new ways of using products made from cannabis like CBD to say never. I think we will see something similar to what we see with alcohol. You have your dry counties, your wet counties, and your mixed counties.

With The Snow Starting To Melt, How Will Texans Get Water With Stores Not having Water?

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So today looks a little better, but we still have a lot of snow. Many of us, like my family, are still without water. We still have to boil snow for water. We found a store that had some bottles of water yesterday which, allowed us to grab four more bottles.

I am a little fearful of what happens after the snow disappears. It has been easy enough getting the snow over these last few days, but after it is gone, what happens? A lot of the stores are empty now. I have no clue as to when the trucks will start running again. I have a big bin full of snow and some snow in the freezer.

We have plenty of beans, I stockpiled them during COVID, so until the stores restock, we will have to bean it up. I think the scariest part of all this is not knowing. I know the trucks will have to come at some point and restock, but I do not know when. I miss taking baths and showers already.

I would beat a person up for a loaf of bread right now!!! Okay, beat up is too strong! I would maybe tickle them to death or something. We have tuna, but the store didn’t have mayo or bread. We have peanut and jelly minus the bread, but we have crackers. I also managed to get noodles and potato salad. Yeah, don’t ask. I have a thing for mustard potato salad, and once again, the store was low on food. I have one pack of links, brats, some ground beef plus, and a crapload of beans. So, we are blessed. I read something from a mother in Nextdoor this morning asking for milk for her baby. Out of 14 people, only one person had something they could give. I wished I had milk, but we ran out days ago.

Anyway, this is what’s happening in our area right now. We are all trying to figure out how to navigate the coming days. Thank you for following us, and stay safe.

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Getting To Know What A Bottle Bath Feels Like.

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I have a new morning routine. Since we had to shut our water off due to having broken pipes, we are taking bottle baths. Don’t even ask. I spruce it up with a little aloe on the side, and then I feel like a million bucks. Not really, but at least I don’t feel so dirty. However, I have learned that I can be a little self-conscience when it comes to getting close under these circumstances. My husband will come in close for a kiss or hug, and I hide out of fear of body odor. I’m like babe, I might stink, and he reassures me that I smell like aloe and deodorant, his deodorant.

It is still cold here, with snow preventing us from going out to get things like water. We are down to like 2 bottles of water between the two of us, so we are having to use snow for flushing and boiling water to wash dishes. It reminds me of the shows like Alone and Naked and Afraid. Only we are not naked, and we are not alone! I have always wanted to be on ALONE, so now I get my chance to do what they do, minus the building.

As of now, we are waiting for the plumber, and it could be a long wait. There are a lot of houses that need attention right now because their pipes burst inside their homes. Our pipe burst under the house which, was the pipe connected to our washroom. The only way to cut it off was to cut off the water. In some odd way, it feels comforting to know we are not going through this alone. I don’t know if that is something anyone needs to say out loud, but it is true. Maybe this horrible freeze will bring us together and help us remember that there are things more important than fighting.

Good things can come from bad things, I hope that is the result of this.

Many Texans Freeze As Texas Enters Day 2 Of the Historic Freeze.

Calls for help have been ringing out for at least 24 hours now. Many of our neighbors are waking up to no running water and no electricity. The timing couldn’t be more horrible. We have a storm that has rendered us helpless inside our homes. One of my neighbors from across the street managed to get a tractor. He was able to remove some of the snow in his driveway.

It is uncommon to see snow plows here, so people are relying on whatever they have to keep them going. Some families have been without electricity for over a day. The temperature has been as low as 9 degrees at times. It hasn’t gotten out of the teens for the last 24 hours.

Texas is no stranger to natural disasters, hurricanes, and tornadoes often occur. We were in the tornado that touched down the day after Christmas some years ago. Yet, the problem today is how this winter storm has crippled so many Texans and placed people in harm’s way. It is bad enough to be stuck in a storm of this size, but to be stuck without heat is unforgivable.

Some of our Republican leaders are already trying to shift the blame away from their interests. No matter what they say or do, this mess falls on them. At some point, we need to get away from voting for a party and start voting for people who have our wellbeing at heart. There are reports of rich neighborhoods with their electricity on and reports of failed rolling blackouts.

In most cases, rolling blackouts shift from neighborhood to neighborhood. They do not last over a couple of hours. We used to get them when we were stationed in California. We would drive around the duration of the blackout. The fact that we have families here with hours of no electricity showcases a real problem. These people have not been able to warm up, and if their driveway is anything like ours, getting out is going to be a nightmare. It all comes down to the vote, people. If you keep giving yourselves up as sacrificial lambs for the slaughter, you will keep getting treated like the lamb you are.

Yet, once again, this falls on Greg Abbott. He has shown a lack of understanding when it comes to taking certain situations seriously. Not only did we see major issues with his governance over COVID-19, but now we are witnessing another problem with his response to the winter storm.

It is time for Texas to get new leadership because we are seeing a pattern of bad leadership putting more Texans in harm’s way.

Ariana’s Going TO University

We often hear people talk about their majors and their successes as a right of passage. We think about all the years we invest in college and hang our certifications and degrees on the wall, but I want to bring your attention to the most important major. I am talking about the major that requires 18 plus years in the making and continues to grow even after we are no longer around.

We are our children’s keepers. Like a guardian protecting their sacred interest, we protect our children. We fight for our children when the world often tries to cast them aside. I know this because it happened to our 19 yr old after we finally settled down from our last duty station. It had been a hard 14 years for the girls due to their father’s constant deployments. We were like many other military families, and my middle child suffered for it. Did you know that there are countless children of military parents who are on some form of medication? There are a lot of children diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and an uncanny amount with ODD. When Ariana was 7 we had a military cop who talked to us about getting her a second opinion due to the alarming amount of things he had seen with meds and kids. The very first medication they placed her on was Concerta. She became so unstable that she was running out of the school and house. Her school asked me to come sit with her during instructions to help keep her from running out of the building. We took her off the medication and all the behaviors vanished.

By the time we settled down, she had been in four schools in three short years. It was enough to make her shut down. She started school in Savannah, GA. Then, my husband deployed to Korea. After he was in Korea he got orders for Fort Campbell. The girls and I went ahead of him by four weeks, and then the unthinkable happened. He was redirected to Fort Bliss.

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After he got to Bliss, his back gave out. They performed back surgery on him that left him 90 percent disabled. It was a horrible surgery, but there was nothing we could do. He could no longer lift 25 pounds, so he was no longer qualified for the Army. We moved to Garland, Texas, which was our final school after the madness settled.

Ariana shut down around that time. She was no longer interested in communicating with people. I informed the school that I thought her behavior had something to do with the numerous moves. However, we both agreed that something needed to be done because she wasn’t communicating.

The school gave Ariana an IQ test, which stated that she had an IQ of 65. I informed them that her IQ test was off, but they refused to believe me and said she would re-test later. The diagnostician stated that there was no way that the test would be off enough to make that big of a difference. I insisted that tests were known to be biased and that moving created another set of variables. Ariana was performing acts that were well above her 65 score, but people often think parents are just being parents.

Ariana entered Special Education and gained freedom from Special Ed English and Reading. After we moved her to another school, she was removed from speech too. We had her re-tested, and she was indeed higher than the 65. She scored high enough to have the intellectual disability label removed.

She lost time with math due to her moving back and forward. It created a problem, but she was able to regroup. We found out last week that and she was accepted by two colleges. We never let Ariana hide from work. She has ADD/ADHD and is not medicated due to her past issues with medication, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing well. She said from day one that she wanted to be a chef, so she will be attending Lamar University in their BS in Hospitality program which, is also a culinary program.

She was scared and didn’t want to apply to any universities because she didn’t think she could get it, but I told her to apply anyway. She has been in her culinary program for 3 years now. She has been through it all! From getting attacked to fighting to overcome educational hills, she has continued the good fight.

She was able to find coping in cooking and that made all the difference.

To those of you with children who are suffering from similar issues, never give up. Stay centered in their education and stay alert. Always monitor the work YOU see them doing. I remember at the start of the school year when remote learning was getting underway. I talked to one of her teachers who didn’t know us as a family. He informed me he would be her economics teacher. He later said that if she just attempted the work, he would pass her.

I politely told him that was unacceptable! I told him that I needed him to push her just like he would encourage any other student. Economics turned out to be one of her favorite classes because it involved money. I purchased books on economics and even quizzed her on definitions! She understands that we are great not by accident, but we are great because we try hard to overcome.

I have informed her that she might find herself studying in the library often as she attends the university and that she might need to get tutoring at some point. Yet, the tutoring is free, so it is hers for the taking! I will miss those moments of teaching extra lessons, but the phone is never too heavy to pick up.

For those who have followed her growth and story, thank you. She did it! Never give up on your kids and remember the most important major, is the one called parenting.

Will Disney Upset Netflix?

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Disney reports their earnings on the 11th of this month, or in just a couple of days. Some are feeling optimistic that Disney will be within reach of 100 million subscribers when that day arrives. Most caution that Disney will not have reached 100 million subscribers, but for fans of the company, just the fact that it is possible is ridiculous.

The streaming portion of Disney is still fairly new compared to the reigning champ Netflix. However, Netflix has had some issues with its subscriptions over the past year. The company has managed to come back because of some of the shows they have decided to stream. Netflix has picked up the rights to some of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novels. As a fan of Julia Quinn’s books, readers like myself are loving it! We often see fantasy novels like Lord Of The Rings, Game of Thrones, and other science fiction books brought to life. However, there seems to be a lacking of good historical shows in orbit. So, now that Netflix has reached out to those readers, they have been able to gain a larger group of people who were having to watch older shows to quench their thirst.

So, if Netflix has all this goodness going on, what can Disney do about it? Well, while Netflix has us lusting ladies ready to eat our popcorn and binge on our favorite romances, Disney has Marvel fans and Star Wars fans! While I think Netflix will still be on top for the near future, I cannot be sure about the upcoming years. It will be interesting to see what the earnings report has to say about Disney and the strength of its streaming services.

If it hits 100 million, Netflix better stay on the lookout. They might have to be more selective in their programming and not let another issue like the one that hit last year repeat. If you are wondering what I’m talking about, I am talking about a show called Cuties. It was disturbing. I thought people were just being Karens until I started watching the show myself. I quickly turned it off and put Netflix in timeout for a while until I could get over being upset that they would have something like that on their network.

It looks like we are gearing up to watch a battle of the titans when it comes to streaming, anyone want popcorn?

Why Many Are Shaking Their Heads At Gamestop Shares.

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Trading can be very tricky for people who have little to no insight into stocks. Getting in on the right stock at the right time provides nearly the same level of excitement as winning the lottery. With that said, if you do not know what you are doing when it comes to investing, you could throw away a lot of money. This is the reason I mine Bitcoin, but that conversation is for another day!

Right now, everyone is eyeing the GameStop drama. Some of the electronic trading platforms halted transactions of buying and selling GameStop. This was more than likely due to the lack of transparency behind what was causing the stock to rise. , To understand the gravity of the situation, one must investigate the stock. So, we start by taking the stock ticker. It is the symbol for the company. Tickers can change if the company changes names or merges. Right about now, people are seeing this pop up when they type in GME!

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We are looking at GameStop the ticker, is GME it is selling at over 300 bucks per share. Now, this is the issue that prompted the sites to shut the sales down. First of all, you can check a stock’s history. I like reading about the history because it tells you what the stock has been doing for weeks, all the way up to years. So, GME was positioned at 96.80 per share five days ago. One month ago, it was 19.38 cents per share. Six months ago, it was 4.06 per share. So, let’s look at the news. If a stock has risen from $4.06 to $333.00 in six months, we would expect to see some earth-shattering news.

So, the next thing we look at is the news related to GameStop. In December, there was an article published by The Motley Fool. It went into explaining why GameStop would have to close 800 of their stores. This means the store will take in less revenue unless they can revamp their store to move their products to gamers. https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/12/17/why-is-gamestop-closing-stores-after-its-best-sale/

Right now, we have companies like Steam and Epic who are selling PC games, and companies like Epic have free giveaways weekly. Many of the games found at GameStop are being sold online with Xbox subscriptions and PlayStation subscriptions. These subs let players play as many games as they want for a set amount of money each month. So, players no longer have to go to stores to get their favorite games.

We haven’t purchased a game in a store for years. We use Steam and Epic when it comes to gaming. One of the reasons was because of the wear and tear of the disk. When it comes to GameStop and the future, look for similar reasons. People buy online because it is faster. They do not have to worry about scratches, and they never have to worry about putting the disk in. If you look at the future and how everything is geared towards right now and here, companies like GameStop will not last much longer. Especially, when the platforms that make these games are cutting out the middle man. This is the reason for the warning. If this stock goes down, there is a fear that people can do this to others in the future.

Don’t get me wrong, if you entered in this stock six months ago, you made some money over the last two days, but I would be very cautious about moving forward because it is a store on the brink unless they can turn into something like a Steam or Epic for Playstation or the other game systems.

Biden Needs To Executive Order Marijuana Legalization

In times of crisis, new ideas spring forward. With President Biden and the Democrats controlling both the Senate and House, this is the perfect time to push a new marijuana law on the table. People in states that still view marijuana as illegal should be writing their Congressmen and asking them to revamp the laws.

COVID-19 has wrecked the economy in numerous states, but we have a potential gold mine ready for the taking. It doesn’t require drilling or luck; it requires land. I am talking about the task of growing marijuana. America is currently producing upwards of 12.7 billion dollars in revenue on cannabis.

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States like California and Colorado are racking up the dough with billions in revenue, while States like Texas are sitting by the way-side watching money slip away. The fear of legalizing marijuana is a fear that will be costly in the future.

It is kind of funny when you think about it! Texas has this uncanny trust in residents to put on a mask and protect each other from COVID, but they do not trust them enough to legalize marijuana. Our medical marijuana program is a joke. We currently have eight illnesses that qualify for medical marijuana. Two new illnesses are up for debate at the end of this year PTSD and chronic pain. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/01/04/texas-medical-marijuana-2021/

“Industry experts say Texas’ narrowly designed program is also hindering a market that could help drive Texas’ economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/top-texas-lawmakers-say-medical-marijuana-expansion-is-on-the-table-for-2021/


Texas is not alone in its hesitance to legalize the selling and growing of marijuana. There are only 13 states that allow recreational use of marijuana. We have 21 states that fall under some branch of medical usage, and four more states are looking at expanding their laws this year.

However, there are many states in America right now that are under some form of chaos. The chaos is due to the economic downfall created by COVID-19. One of the ongoing problems with states that have legalized marijuana is the cost of getting a license. Licenses in most states are costly. The cheapest state to buy a license, and sell marijuana, can be found in Oregon. They seem to have a very straight to the point license application.

If Biden pushes an executive order on legalizing marijuana at the federal level, we will see more states warm to the idea of cultivation. If states like California can make nearly 4 billion in revenue, think about what Texas would be able to accomplish! For landowners like many of us, we are just waiting and hoping for the green light. If we ever get the green light, we will need to address the fee for licensing. The way it stands, only rich people or people with enough wealth can afford the start-up for marijuana cultivation. The fee is outrageous. We won’t even go into how Texas has something like a lottery in terms of determining which companies, get to grow cannabis. It is a way of preventing wealth from spreading. Yet, everyone is so worried about economic growth, right? It is time to get down to business, cannabis makes good business sense.

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With The Democrats In Charge, It Is Time To Visit The World of Green!

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When we were stationed in Europe back in 2006, I noticed something. I noticed that most of my neighbors had beautiful gardens. I would often get a cup of coffee and stand with the window open, taking in the blissful aromas of strawberries from the farm across the street. It reminded me of home. My father farmed potatoes, greens, peas, watermelons, cabbage, and corn.

After we returned home, I noticed a lot of the beautiful trees that I used to walk through, were no longer standing. For whatever reason, someone had chopped them down, and replaced a lot of the open space with cows. Now that the Democrats are in charge, I think we will gravitate more towards a European way of living when it comes to efficiency. However, with that change comes a few obstacles due to the price that comes from upgrading.

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Upgrading will not be an easy transformation for many Americans. No matter how you cut it, energy efficiency requires money. We often hear people talk about solar panels as a means of controlling electric bills. While they look cool, and the idea rocks, solar panels are expensive. Solar panels will run you anywhere from 7500 to 9000 just for the solar panels, and maybe a generator. We are not even talking about the installation process or replacing a roof because it is not in compliance with the installation.

The entire installation can run as much as 24000 in some cases. Panels might not be an option for some residents if they live in areas with rules preventing the solar panels because of HOA’s. In some of your historical districts, solar panels are not allowed at all because they want to keep the areas authentic. Other things could hinder the installation of panels could be trees. Solar panels have to access direct contact with the sun. Cost isn’t the only issue with solar panels. Solar panels have been known to hurt habitats due to the destruction of trees and cause harm to farmland.

So, if panels seem a little too iffy, it might help to look at solar windows and screens. I have 23 windows in my house, and if I were to go solar, the cheapest replacement would cost me 2392.00 for all windows. Blinds are another story! For some reason, blinds are expensive. For all 23 windows in my house, it would cost us 2691.00 which, means we would have to pay at least 5k for upgrading our windows and blinds. I went with the cheapest windows and blinds, by the way.

If you are looking to learn about pricing. Try stores like Home Depot, shopsolarkits.com, Lowes and other stores that focus on home repair. It is a good idea to start looking now because the future is fast approaching.

The Unending Quest For Freedom

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There have been recent arguments over freedom and what amounts to being restrictive when we think about our rights. When people talk about freedom, the first thing that comes to mind is uncontrollable restriction. Some view this in different ways. Some people feel that restrictions come in boxes with the government wrapped around them. Others might view it as a box wrapped in relationships.

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We have been dealing with the fear of giving up freedom for many years now. It has created a group of people that no longer want to get married or be in monogamous relationships. Ask any single person why they want to be single, and the chances will be because they like having their freedom.

As Americans, we have come to worship the word more so today than any other day in history. We have used the word so often today that I fear some of us no longer understand the meaning. It’s sad when you see people who have so much, continue to want more more more. The lack of empathy has helped to spread COVID-19 to millions of people.

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I look at the young adults of today, and it scares me. Take social media, for example, people have stopped going out to meet people the old fashion way. They use the apps to search for dates like they would use a catalog to search for clothing. It gives them freedom to date as many people as they want, but it also helps to spread STD’s.

Whenever we focus solely on our liberties, something negative happens in return. We were too focused on not wearing a mask with COVID 419,000 people died. We were too focused on having a good time, people stopped getting married, we were too focused on our political views, our Capitol was stormed.

We were not held captive inside our homes; we still had access to the outside world. We did not have an iron mask nailed to our faces or marriages forced on us, yet we heard cries for freedom. Unless you are a victim of the human slave trade, captive in an abusive relationship, or live in some countries that truly do take away your freedoms, is it okay to cry about freedom?

Perhaps, freedom looks different to me because my ancestors were in chains and sold at markets. They were forced to work sun up to sun down with all kinds of physical, sexual, and mental abuse. Perhaps, it looks different because of my time spent with women to help rebuild their lives after they were held captive for months by abusive boyfriends. What is freedom?

Would You Be Open TO An Arranged Marriage?

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In America, we do not often hear or have to think about arranged marriages. We pretty much, for the most part, marry for love. As marriages have now been on the decline for a few decades, one has to wonder about the future of marriage. Are we looking at a future that shuns the union of marriage? https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/2020/4/marriage-rate-blog-test

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What happens to those people who still want to get married when a majority of people now lean towards the “not for me” lane? Do they write off their dreams of being a wife or a husband, or do they sign up for shows like the ones we see on Netflix and TLC?

Shows like Married at First Sight and Love is Blind are similar to arranged marriages. Instead of family members picking the potential bride and groom, a TV show does the picking. When I say arranged marriages, I am not talking about forced marriages. A forced marriage is when one or both parties have no say in getting married.

A forced marriage would be sort of like my marriage! I was standing in front of the judge, with retreat written all over my face. I looked at my husband, and then I looked back at my cousin. She was the one who paid for my wedding dress, so she was invested! She mouthed the famous words “I WIll KICK YOUR ASS,” so I politely turned back around and spit out the two little words, which started the rest of my life.

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In the seconds before she threatened me with bodily harm, I was about to go the bathroom and never come back! I look back at that day and laugh! Little did I know, I would still be with my husband 23 years later. While I would not recommend getting forced into marriage, I would recommend signing up for some of the shows like Love is Blind or Married at First Sight.

Maybe arranged marriages can help to revamp the union before it fades into the background.

Quarantine Is Costly For Many

We are still in quarantine, and I must admit something to you. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. Perhaps it would be easier for people who have family around them, but for us, we are it. Our nearest family lives two hours away.

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By now, I do not think we have anything. We are all doing fine without any signs. My daughter had contact with the student who tested positive for COVID was on Friday. Today is Thursday, so maybe we will all be in the clear. She will be able to go back to school in 6 days if all is well.

We have still been taking our medication, and I have zinc arriving today just in case something happens. The nurse informed us that she thinks we will be fine, but we still have to wait out the quarantine days. She also told us to take multivitamins and zinc. I am so glad I stockpiled meds last week. When I buy chicken, I buy large bags of chicken that can be broken up and used for soup.

This is a mind-opening situation. It shows that if you do not buy groceries the right way or have medication on hand, you could be in trouble. We always hear about having three months’ worth of rent saved up, but right now, people have to have money for food and medicine in case a quarantine happens.

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You have to have either enough food to last you the quarantine or money to get takeout. You also have to enough money for medication or have medication on hand. If you do not have those things, you could be in trouble. This is why these stimulus payments would be a big help right now. There are too many people who do not have enough food to last through three days, so ten would be a no-go.

I am not one to tell you how to live your life. Yet, if I were you, I would stock up on food and meds if you get another round of stimulus. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. For many of the people who have gotten really sick or died from the virus, I wonder if they were able to afford simple things like soup, or vitamins. Many people never thought they would have to add a pandemic survival stash as a doomsday prep fund.

Now That Biden is No Longer In The Dark, Will He Be Able to Help Defeat COVID-19

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Have you ever heard the old saying that the truth comes out in the pudding? Well, it would seem that the Biden Administration is now finding out that things aren’t as good as they had hoped for in terms of COVID. According to The Daily Beast, President Biden will have his hands full with COVID and cleaning up the stank that former President Trump left.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/cm/worse-imagined-team-trump-left-100021175.html

I informed you guys that this could very well be the case weeks ago because of how hard Trump was trying to fight to stay inside the White House. Many of us had hoped that we could forget about Trump after he left the White House, but it looks like that might not be so easy. One would also have to wonder about the outcome of finding altered data before the Senate starts looking at the impeachment. Could we see a different punishment if the findings are too altered? Can Trump be legally held accountable for not being forthcoming about the virus and the real effects?

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Trump had stopped letting the numerical data go to the CDC from the hospitals months ago. Not only did he alter the way data was being delivered, but he also started listening to someone who was pushing herd immunity. If you followed herd immunity in Sweden, you will recall that it cost a lot of people their lives. On top of costing a lot of people their lives, it still wasn’t reached.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference on the coronavirus
https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/29296/in-sweden-herd-immunity-has-failed-tragically-will-there-be-a-reckoning

Only time will expose the enormity of the level of chaos handed down during Trump’s presidency. I fear we will find scarier monsters in the coming weeks marching down the White House steps. I wouldn’t want to be in President Biden’s shoes. However, I think it is safe to say that we can trust him in this fight against COVID. Get ready for some hard truths in the months to come.

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Helping America Get Back To Normal Means Shifting Focus! Let’s Go!

Today will mark the beginning of a new Presidency. It will be coming off the heels of one of our darkest moments, yet it will bring hope. If I had one word to describe the new feeling in the air, it would be rejuvenation. It means that we have all lived to see the end of one presidency maimed with flaws and the injection of hope.

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So, in honoring what this means to us as a country, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog. While I will still be updating you on things going on in my little spot of the world, I will also be taking on other tasks. My blog now has three new sections that deal with gaming, K-Dramas, and KPOP. If you take notice right now, they have one article under each tab.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

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I always tell my children life is like a big box. Sometimes, we have to dig and dig until we make the first groove in gaining our balance. However, after we find out how to make the groove and what direction it can take us, the sky is the limit. It isn’t about thinking outside the box, it is about clawing your way to a new understanding.

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Streaming Services For K-Dramas

There are currently a few sites that have K-dramas, but I would love to point your attention to https://www.viki.com/. It is a site that requires a small subscription of $4.99 per month. You get to see K-dramas that you wouldn’t normally get to see on Netflix or Hulu. You are also able to see new K-dramas as they come out on Viki.com.

https://www.viki.com/tv/37374c-true-beauty

True Beauty

If you aren’t sure of sites like Viki.com because they are not as notable as Netflix or Hulu, you can rest assured that their site is safe. The headquarters for Viki.com is in California with other locations around the globe.

We are currently viewing True Beauty. True Beauty is about a female that has two identities. She is pretty and a plain Jane at any given time. Her story is about a young girl that has to come to terms with finding comfort in a guy that likes her for who she is. It is about dealing with the insecurities that young women often face and the fear of being normal without the make-up. True Beauty was a comic that started off on Webtoon. We are currently watching the first season, so if you are into K-dramas, tune in.

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Now, here comes the skinny. Currently, the only subscription we are having an issue with is Apple. Apple needs to figure out a way to bundle its services with other networks. I love the way Hulu has managed to provide it’s bundling, but Apple needs a little more work.

My only problem with Hulu is that some of their bundles rival the cost of cable. Part of the reason people turned to online streaming was to get away from the high cost of cable. We have Hulu and HBOMAX, which is around 22 dollars. Yet, the live cost for Hulu will set you back 64.99 for Basic plus Live. If your family is anything like our family, that adds up fast. We are paying for like three versions of Apple, Viki, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and Disney.

Yet, with all of that said our children seem to like Viki.com the most. Go figure!

How Does America Move Away From The Aftermath Of Trumpism?

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Aftermath is a word used to describe catastrophic events in most cases, and that definition rings true today. We have two major obstacles that have changed the way we move and think as a country. The election of President Trump has turned out to be a very jarring event for the American psyche.

There’s no denying the current disconnect in America today due to constant rhetoric. It was ongoing into the minds of the American public by way of social media and continuous rallies. Perhaps, that is why you now have companies like Facebook and Twitter who have started paying closer attention to how people spread lies to the public via their platform.

From political issues to health issues, there has been an overabundance of dishonesty, which has created the perfect storm for chaos. One would wager that COVID-19 wouldn’t be the beast it is today if America didn’t fall victim to dishonest politicians trying to use COVID-19 as their political vehicle.

It has been a hard situation to sit back and watch. Unlike some bloggers, I started talking about COVID-19 in January when it was mainly in China. One of my fears was not knowing how to deal with COVID. I even went on to say that we needed to stay away from some of the mistakes that China was making. We have done far worse, which is sad because we should have known better. That failure lands on the President and his inability to deal with the virus by telling the truth. President Trump has been caught in numerous lies from COVID, Ukraine, and now the election. Yet, his people seem undying in their faith in him. I think his rallies are meant to get into the psyche of people and that has proven to be dangerous.

So, the question is, how do we reach people who have been propagandized? What should we be saying to them right now, and what should we not say? We must not give up on trying to reach them because they are fellow Americans. Yet, at the same time, we have to be careful because some followers have become very unstable.  

I guess we start by trying to understand their point of view, and then we explain why certain things happened. There is anger aimed at the Supreme Court, FBI, and other departments for not stepping in to stop the steal. 

So, today, I will give you a lesson in writing affidavits. First of all, I will not tell you my definition because I know some of you might not want to hear it. I will give you an article.

https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-is-an-affidavit-and-how-is-it-used

Affidavit Definition - Legal Meaning ? Lawyer Terms Simplified

So, whatever I put on this needs to be, the truth. This has to be filed prior to court and if something is not right the person standing there who has submitted it can get in trouble. I filled affidavits out on the cases I investigated, lawyers have to be even more careful. If they lie to the judge they could lose their right to practice law. This is why there was such a difference between the information that was getting washed out into the public and the information that was going to the courts. I do not know too many people willing to stand before judges and lie.

If any part of the election steal hoax was true at least one element of government would have picked up on it. We are talking about people who were handpicked by Trump to do his will, so to say. You cannot honestly believe they would turn on him at the last second, unless there was a reason. As for states letting people vote in a more relaxed fashion, put it in the COVID-19 bag. Had COVID-19 been handled appropriately, people would have been able to vote normally. As people have stated, you will have some levels of fraud, but this year showcased less fraud then the last election.

Hope that helps.

What Republicans Are Being Told To Fear Is Nothing Compared To Real Life

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“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” – Aristotle

While driving home after grabbing a present for my daughter, something caught my attention. There we were waiting at the light when a radio personality came on talking about AOC. I do not know his name, and I do not care to find out his name. However, I can tell you he was filling in for Rush Limbaugh.

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So, he starts talking about how the Democrats are trying to take values, take religious rights, and pretty much take everything, let him tell it. So, I wanted to explore this attitude a little today. When Obama was in office, I didn’t love God any less, I didn’t lose my will to attend a mass gathering at churches, and I didn’t lose the ability to see the good in people. If anything, President Obama inspired me to put myself out there a little more.

The same can be said for Bush and the ones before him. I never felt like I was under assault. For the most part, people did what they could for each other and minded their business. Were there issues, of course! There has never been an administration that didn’t come with its own set of issues. However, the issues never bled down to me personally.

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During Trump’s time in office, I felt fearful of things that I used to do regularly. Going to the park is something that I have often loved. If I am with my children nowadays, I find myself cautiously looking around, fearing crazy people. I no longer have my windows down out of fear of some racist coming up beside me and doing the unthinkable. I have chronic sinuses, so wearing my mask is a new must. I have found that it helps prevent headaches that keep me sick for days, if not weeks. I fear what will happen after COVID goes away, and I still wear my mask. Will people see it as a political statement, or will they leave me alone so I can enjoy the outdoors without being locked inside?

If you want to talk about what someone has taken away, I would bring to your attention how Trump has taken away the ability to just be. Who knows what the person wants to be! Trump’s administration has produced zealot like people. These people are the ones who have caused problems throughout history. They are often cloaked in garments of the church, yet in reality, they are not the church. They are people who hold on to part of the word of God and focus on other parts that help them to gain control of certain groups. Some examples would be the religious leaders behind the witch trials, the people behind the Inquisition in Spain, and Zealots.

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On top of the problematic religious groups that have come up from the Trump movement, we have COVID. COVID-19 has taken away the lives of over 340,000 people and obliterated incomes for millions. People have gone from owning homes to moving back home with their family members. How can anyone sit here and possibly compare a “who knows” scenario with a real breakdown of everyday life?

Some Republicans Are Still Having A Hard Time Finding The Area KNown As: Destination Truth

Nearly one week ago, we witnessed a large group of individuals storm our nation’s Capitol. Once again, it will be one of those days that sears a stain into our very soul. As soon as I heard Trump direct his followers to follow him to the Capitol, I screamed and ran to my husband with the news. It didn’t take a Nostradamus to foresee the outcome of this message.

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Now that the events have unfolded, we are left wondering how things eroded to this degree. I guess the first thing we have to look at is the word following. In America, I can often remember us calling people Republicans, Democrats, and even Independents. During the time Obama was in office, I never recalled us using the term follower or following to characterize Democratic voters who voted for him while he was in office.

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However, there were divisions amongst the Republican Party that seemed to break off and present a challenge based on Tea Party Republicans and the Rhino Republicans. I remember during that time, some of the Republicans talked about how the Tea Party would eventually hurt the Republican Party in the long run due to their split. There have been many articles detailing the harmful effects of the Tea Party movement. Some papers have correlated the movement to the rise of Trumpism. The USA Today and Washington Post both ran articles linking today’s issues to the Tea Party. Other sites tried to warn about the breakdown, but nobody listened. The Washington Post article came out in December. While the USA article was published two days ago.

I believe that we are standing on the brink of the collapse of a political party; if something does not change quickly. Back to the word following, or followers! Even saying the word follower or following seems foreign. Here in America, we do not see groups that follow anyone unless they are radical.

In the colonial time, people came to America so they wouldn’t be killed or jailed for having a difference in opinions. Some also due to punishment for crimes they committed while in Europe. They would either get shipped off to the colonies here or Australia. Here in America, many wanted to be able to practice their religion or faith without the fear of persecution. Take, for example, the QAnon group. I had a member some months ago email me a letter, she considered it to be proof that some great reset is about to occur. The letter was written supposedly by some priest in hiding.

Correction she sent it to my Twitter.

After I read the letter I couldn’t believe my eyes. These people sounded like someone you would see in the Salem Witch Trials.

Yet, Republican voters still managed to vote a couple of these people in the office. Even today Republicans, see problems with people in their party dealing in lies some are still slow to rebuke their members. These are the same people who claim to walk with the Lord but still deal in lies and mischief. Until the Republican party is ready to repent their ways and cast aside the ones that would cause division, there will be no peace within the party.

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Sometimes, to rebuild, you have to start from the beginning. Currently, the Republicans are splintered into at least six groups. We have the Tea Party Republicans, establishment Republicans, Trump Republicans, Lincoln Republicans, QAnon Republicans, and recently the Biden Republicans. If the Republicans cannot find a solid path back to the basics, they are doomed.

I hope no part of this article infuses anger. Have a great week.

Birthday From Hell Because $100 Bucks Was Too Little

It is a little after three in the morning, and I am still reeling from my daughter’s birthday. In my family, we have a tradition. Every birthday person gets a certain amount of money and their special day. However, after 12 AM hits, all bets are off.

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Well, since COVID-19 happened, we had to cut back on somethings. This year we put in place a $100 maximum per birthday. Last month was the 15-year old’s birthday, and she lost 50 of her 100 at the mall. A typical birthday is celebrated all day until midnight. Every single person in the family watches the shows that are picked by the birthday girl or boy. It can be hell day for the ones of us who hate anime, or horror shows because you can bet one of those two will be on the menu. However, most of the time the birthday person picks a meal that the entire family likes which makes up for the horrible shows!!!!

The entire week including on the 27th, my daughter was adamant about not wanting 100 bucks because she said it wouldn’t buy anything. She wanted $200 and insisted that we fork over $200 or nothing at all. I informed her; that she was headed for a rude awakening, but she insisted that she would not be part of any celebrations if we gave her 100.

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So, yesterday came, and I didn’t give her anything. She woke up, and it pretty much went downhill from there. She didn’t want to watch anything; she wanted to argue the entire time. I went into my room and shut the door. Hours later, she was ready to be civil, she was happy to finish her day off with cake and dinner.

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I told my husband that I wasn’t sure about not giving her the money but that she needed to understand the meaning of gratefulness. I explained to her that there is a country full of people who cannot even get a pack of chicken for dinner, but she had the nerve to stick her nose up at $100 bucks because it wasn’t enough. Part of me feels bad about not giving it to her, but the other part feels like she got the message. Afterward, when she asked if maybe we would think about giving it to her later, it looked like she understood that it was a blessing instead of a big fat nothing. It was a hard day, but I think it a lesson in humility was needed. People do what they can , and it is a blessing no matter the gift.

Currently Viewing Bridgerton After Watching Lark Rise To Candleford

I love romances set in the historical period, so I love authors like Julia Quinn, Judith McNaught, Mary Balogh, and Lisa Kleypas. I’ve just finished up Lark Rise to Candleford, which was written by Flora Thompson. I must say I loved the show!

I am only on episode two of Bridergerton. Before I go on, I must say I love the costumes, casting, and the way the period has come to life. I am also loving the different take on music from today’s artist, yet the sounds are set in an almost classical style. This makes me want to go out and get yet another book by Julia Quinn. I would love to see if any fans of Julia Quinn’s books, would love to team up and watch this together!

I am in episode two if anyone wants to join. https://www.tele.pe/netflix/162c5460a9ecff8e?s=s123

President Trump’s Threat to Veto $900 Billion Stimulus Package Blows Up Right Before Christmas

If you were looking to get a check next week, you might have to wait a little longer. Trump went on the record this week stating how the current package was not enough for the Americans who were needing a lifeline to help stay afloat. While many of us have watched these deals burn out of the Senate floor, some of us were cautiously awaiting for a positive outcome this time. Sadly, it is much of the same. One would have to wonder if Trump did this on purpose. He signed an Executive order last month about getting stimulus out to the people and nothing was able to come from it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/us/politics/trump-stimulus-bill-coronavirus.html What made him think they would listen to him now? Now the American people will have to wait who knows how long before anyone gets any help.

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It has not been a secret that the Senate Republicans and some House Republicans have not wanted to approve a stimulus over or at the $1200 mark, due to debt ceiling concerns. Yet, there have been so many expensive things coming from this administration. It appears as though, once again Americans will have to pull ourselves up and dust ourselves off. This is about class warfare. Nobody seems to care about the poor people or the people who are losing jobs in this country. It is fine for the people to go out and make the rich richer, but when those same people need help, nobody cares.

What this latest snub tells Americans is that no matter how bad the bleeding gets, these Reps will remain true to THEIR agenda. We will have millions of people losing their housing this month. Yet, the Senate stalls once again. If people do not have a place to stay, they will not be able to work. The America we knew before COVID has taken a blow of catastrophic measures and it is due to poor leadership.

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It has become a semi-norm for this group of Representatives to fight and forget about their number one job, which should be helping the American people. This is yet another reason why many fear a Republican led Senate. For some reason Republicans are having a hard time understanding what the American people need right now. As always, vote for the person who wants your family to come out on top. Party lines cannot save you.

We will problem solve our way through this nightmare. Do not forget about companies like Uber, Doordash, Waitr, and Grubhub. They offer delivery jobs to people who can pass a criminal check and in some locations, you can deliver with a bike. Ubereats lets people create their own schedule. This means you pick any hour you wish to deliver.

So, in order to celebrate this newest mockery from Congress, I leave you with this! Charles Dickens said it best!

Ps, my birthday is on the 20th of January, I have asked for a Biden cake! I hope the bakery does it for me. Can’t wait to show you! Hang in there my friends, next month will be here before you know it.

Numbers to know right about now. https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/  (202) 708-1112 , https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  703-549-1390, https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ 1-800-SAL-ARMY 211 Which is Health and Human Services, they will be able to give you information on churches that help with food and clothes.

Is There A COVID Indifference?

The COVID-19 tally for my family is going up. With the increase of cases, one thing remains clear; there is a difference in how people receive care. Right now, the tally for COVID cases in my family stands at 9. My sister had COVID with her husband and our cousins. My husband’s sister and her husband had COVID-19, which also bled down to their children.

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Earlier this week, my daughter informed me that her boyfriend and his mother were diagnosed with COVID. I asked her boyfriend about their medication and found out the doctors prescribed Z-packs. I asked her boyfriend if he and his mother were prescribed any other medications he stated no.

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Part of me wanted to believe that this was perhaps normal. However, I knew from talking to our family members when they dealt with COVID that check-ups were frequent. I told him about the vitamins that the doctors used to help our loved ones get better.

I do not want to believe that money plays such a role in how people get treatment for this virus, but it looks like money is a factor. You have two families of the upper-middle class who receive great care. Then you have a Mexican family barely above the poverty line that is told to go home and rest.

I would like to believe that perhaps there is something I might be missing, but why were these people simply told to go home and rest? Why are so many people told to go home and rest and later come back with raging cases of COVID? Just curious.

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The Government Must Protect Families From BECOMING Homeless.

For some of us, this Christmas will bring a flood of emotions. Many Americans will be shopping for gifts this year. Yet, there is another group, that will be biting their fingernails. They will be hoping for a present from Santa Claus, called a lifeline.

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Many months ago, I warned about the ramifications of not doing enough to take care of Covid-19. Many people were on pins and needles to get the country back open and moving. The virus wasn’t contained properly, so the movement created a unprotected path for the virus to grow.

Now here we are at the end of 2020 with an uncontrolled spread. Here in my county, we’re at level one which means the virus is uncontrollable. It’s the worst possible outcome for our city. Late last night before I went to sleep I read an article about Ken Paxton. Apparently he wants to withhold covid funds from Houston or better yet Harris county. I don’t think people understand the amount of evil that goes into the idea that welcomes the destruction of a group, based on their political standing.

This virus has brought out the worst in people. It is showcased how little people cared about protecting life, responsibilities, and their ability to think for themselves. The sad part, is that covid-19 might have been controllable had it not been so politicized. It’s almost as if people took advantage of the pandemic to advance their own standing in communities.

Now we head into the new year, many families will become homeless very soon. If Congress doesn’t do something, these families and their landlords will soon face ruin. What causes homelessness? A sickness, a death, or an inability to provide for oneself causes homelessness. In this situation the sickness was covid-19, the virus was so devastating that it took a toll on millions of Americans.

Most of the time, when we talk about covid-19, we only hear about the deaths that occur. While the deaths are perhaps the most horrid outcome, a lot of us do not think about the economic devastation. Yet, perhaps the saddest part of all of this, is that people could slow the spread.

Take Ubereats for example, one of my relatives uses Ubereats as a side hustle. He stated that Ubereats has a really good system that makes sure drivers are safe, but you still find occasional customers who want food delivered to them, face to face. Even though the company is trying to protect its drivers, you still have people who don’t understand the importance of proper social distancing. For the most part, Ubereats expects the deliveries to remain contactless, which means the delivery driver is supposed to deliver the food to the door and alert the customer.

Due to the fact, that some customers still want to act like Covid-19 isn’t a thing, many drivers have decided to stop delivering. This means restaurants will cut back on orders, which means less money, and having fewer staff members in their establishments. The lack of social distancing and mask wearing creates problems for the whole community.

Because of the government’s inability to press on the importance of social distancing and mask wearing, we are now looking at a spiraling downfall. The fact is, these companies have to lay off and close due to poor habits. Their workers have no other options of earning income. In the end, it leads to homelessness caused by the government’s response to Covid-19.

It’s bad enough when you mess up and put your family at risk, but it’s like 10 times worse when it’s not your fault. Some of these states have thrown their citizens to the gutter. Some of these same leaders will sit here and brag about not wearing masks, and then pop in line to receive the vaccine before anyone else.

I know this is a long rant, and I’m sorry for that. But as I gaze out my window thinking about the difficulties of removing myself from my blankets due to my depression, I can’t help but wonder how my fellow Americans are feeling right now. I guess I am blessed because my junk is all in my head. I love you all we will get through this together.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and think there’s no exit, please seek out help. The National Suicide Hotline Number is 1 800-273-8255. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation due to violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Numbers to know right about now. https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/  (202) 708-1112 , https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  703-549-1390, https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ 1-800-SAL-ARMY

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Trying To Look Inside The Mind Of A Trump SUpporter

Some Americans are dreading the approaching deadline of the confirmative for 538 electoral votes that will finalize the defeat of Donald Trump today. It is a normal process that takes place every four years, but this election year has been anything but typical.

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Due to the nature of this election and the amount of misinformation, America faces an uncertain future. In the past, deception was never an issue on the scales we see today. This administration has dealt heavily in falsehoods, especially after the election. Perhaps the most compelling tale comes from the outcomes of cases brought before judges. We have two different versions of the truth floating around.

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We have the version that Trump’s people bring before judges, which result in thrown out cases and eye raises from anyone with a history of practicing law. And then we have the version that has circulated to the public. The problem is that most of Trump’s supporters have been victims of his lies for so long that they no longer know who to trust.

In some ways, some are finding themselves alienated from others within the party due to the eye-opening facts that have been raised by the chaos from this election. It isn’t something most people want to talk about because it brings up a lot of painful questions. Did Trump see the average rural voter as someone so unsophisticated that they would never second guess his behavior or statements?

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He has managed to spread his lies around like a baker spreads icing on a cake. So, it is now time to look at the Trump voter many would call country, but few would understand. Country people are some of the most hard-working people I’ve met. I remember growing up as a little girl helping my father take off his steel toe boots. His feet would be blue and black from all the labor at the plant, but he would never complain. You would never hear him complain about the work or any work, to be honest. After work, he would jump on the tractor and plow the fields on many occasions.

He was the same person who risked his life to save a family out of a nearly flipped car and worked the same job for over 26 years up until his retirement. The heart of the country isn’t people caught up in hate. They are people who pride themselves on hard work and the ability to take care of their families. They are also very loyal. My father had friends that he had made when he was a young man growing up in the dirt.

I am not sure how Trump managed to get this gem of people, but he did. Perhaps, if we try to understand this section of people, we will come to understand the need to be patient with those who are struggling with Trump’s defeat. At the end of the day, feelings are caught up in this election. Nobody wants to be the victim, but I fear this group has been victimized by Trump. There are good Trump supporters out there; we must give them time to come to terms with reality.

Did Trump And The Republicans Count On Voter Suppression As a Way To Win 2020?

There are so many questions tied to this election. Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions is why COVID-19 was allowed to spread without containment by the top people in US government? As I write this article our states are seeing alarming rates of COVID-19 pop up from state to state. What I find repulsive is how some leaders are saying it was too easy for people to vote during a pandemic.

So, just what did they want the states to do? Did they want Trump’s voters being the only voters, voting during the pandemic? Did they really think the rest of the country was going to stay silent about how they felt about Trump and his handling of the country? What about the voters who wanted to vote, but they wished to remain safe while doing so? Here in Texas, Republicans tried to take away early voting days. The results would have resulted in fewer people being able to vote. Mail-in ballots weren’t on the table for all Texans, and some of these voters feared for their safety due to the spread of COVID.

Trump declared himself the winner on the 3rd of last month as if he knew something the rest of America didn’t know. He had already slowed the postal service; a few states had embedded complications in place to hinder mail-in ballots. Texas made sure we had one dropbox per county, and some of our counties have hundreds of thousands of people, if not more.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/10-states-still-counting-millions-votes-trump-falsely-claims-he-n1246336

So, while some Republicans were doing a fantastic job to suppress voters in their red states, blue states were trying to make sure ALL of their voters would be able to vote. Pennsylvania, which is one of the four states targeted by Paxton, agreed to let their citizens vote by mail due to the pandemic. This move would allow the state to collect ballots from any eligible voter. However, there was a hiccup that prevented the ballots from being counted until the night of the election.

With most of the mail-in ballots being for Biden, the result turned out to be in Biden’s favor. Now, we are seeing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and GA being contested by some states that pretty much did what they could to suppress the votes of those who feared for their lives. Georgia election officials informed the public that Trump lost GA because he scared people out of voting with his lies. https://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-top-election-official-says-trump-depressed-his-own-base-2020-11

Georgia wasn’t the only red state that suppressed votes during this election, but it was perhaps one of the only ones that got caught up in the quagmire of tampering with elections. Did Trump and his base willingly spread COVID-19 so they could make sure Biden’s voters would stay at home and away from the polls? Who knows!

However, what we do know is the following, the Republicans are doing what they have been doing for years. This time they are doing it on a larger scale. They are trying to silence millions of votes. They are risking the sheading of our constitution due to their allegiance to Trump.

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It is kind of surprising to see a group that hates to see people taking a knee to The Pledge of Allegiance, rip the Pledge of Allegiance into shreds over their allegiance to Trump. We have lost our way.

Warning! I Had To Take My Kids Off Remote Learning

If you follow my blog, you know I am a big advocate for safety. I champion safe environments for children, but remote learning was starting to take a negative affect on my youngest child. It was a tough situation because one daughter was doing really good with remote learning. She was doing all the assignments! We printed out directions, passed it to the kids, and made sure they understood what they needed to do. We even helped them find different websites to help enhance their learning. Everything was going well until after about 4 weeks of school. The one with a history of asthma slowly started to shut all the way down because she missed being at school.

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She was the main reason I didn’t want the girls going to school. I was terrified of her getting COVID especially after my sister and cousins caught it from their schools. However, she started sleeping all the time and refusing to do her work. On one occasion she ran out of the house to her friend’s house because she didn’t want to work on her missing assignments. It was like the harder I pushed, the more she refused. Even having her sit down next to me wasn’t producing the intended outcome. It looks so easy in the photo right? Try doing the same pose with a 15 yr old who has made up her mind that she isn’t going to do her work anymore.

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It was frustrating! We had one child who was doing a great job with remote learning and listening most of the time. We purchased books on the side just so we could help our children, but it really was the social interaction that was doing the 15 yr in. My 15 yr old had went from a happy kid to a depressed vessel walking around the house. After we put her back in school her mood boomeranged. She was once again the fun loving child, we all knew , and her grades picked up.

I think if you are thinking about remote learning, you have to take your child’s personality into consideration which is something I didn’t do. While the daughter who dislikes social interaction did great at remote learning, the one who thrived in social environments seemed to show signs of distress. The one who disliked crowds was energetic and excited about getting her work done, while the 15 yr was the direct opposite. Now that they are both back in school they meet up for lunch and eat outside due to the crowds in the lunchroom.

For you guys out there that might be going through the same situation, make sure you monitor your children’s moods and stay on top of their grades. If it is taking days on top of days to get them to complete assignments or if they refuse to turn them in, you might have to come up with a new plan. For us, it was a hard choice, but watching her melt away wasn’t an option either.

Massive Lines At COVID-19 Testing Center

Due to COVID-19 and the economic setbacks many of us have encountered, we often see pictures of long lines of cars lined up at churches. In many cases, some stores seem to be nearly empty of shoppers, with good reason, depending on your location.

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Some of us have even seen the images come to life in our cities and our neighborhoods. This morning my husband and I were coming back from Whataburger. As we were driving down the street, I took notice of a long line of cars in a church parking lot.

At first, I thought it was a toy drive. Yet, I didn’t see any toys, so then I thought it was perhaps a food line. I looked a little closer and noticed it was a COVID-19 testing line. In the past, our COVID-19 testing lines might have seen three or four cars at any given time. However, this morning there were lines of vehicles spreading out into the street behind the church.

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It isn’t easy to get COVID-19 tested here in my city. You have to be in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, and that doesn’t always get you tested. My husband’s office has been closed down at least nearly a dozen times, and his boss had it, but nobody needed to get tested. The clinics told the workers they weren’t in danger of getting COVID.

So, to see multiple cars at both 10 AM and 12 PM tells me we are about to see some crazy stuff regarding COVID-19 shortly. If you live here in America, please be careful. Order your groceries online if you can; if you have to go to the store, go in the morning. I cannot predict the future, but judging by the long line of cars from this morning, there are a lot of people getting tested.

Be careful.