"Climb Mt. Niitaka" Exactly 75 years ago today

Two nervous envoys from the embassy of JAPAN were cooling their heels in the outer office of Cordell Hull in Washington DC.  It was nearing 1 pm and it the paper they were to hand to secretary Hull included a declaration of war. with the first attack...

Winter doldrums, no sun for days and weeks.

Some day the sun will shine again,  I hope I am alive to see it.     I need light and lots of it. especially in winter. and that's the period were we rarely see it.  I live in hopes of spring an it's not even officially winter yet.

Bootlady is on, or HAS BEEN on???

Thirty eight friends on line. or have been on line sometime in the past five of six weeis.  I tried to report this bug last night but got no where. 'We're sorry but something went wrong."  they said. they said they will get on it ASAP.  Where have I...

"Hush puppies ... You too, Hubby...

With that she tossed me a tennis-ball sized hushpuppy to gnaw on while she finished serving my plate.  It was an old gag, long since worn out between the two of us but we continued to say it anyway... It was now tradition.   We had traditional...

ANYONE Ever hear from Sarah (called DREAM POWER)

She was such a sweet person.  I don't know what her back story was but she was tutering some children.  Lived on Eastern Shore Maryland.  She met her husband on thoughts and seemed to be Living Happily Ever After but then he died.  And she went down...

Four months/10 days not smoking...

and before that I had spent three months smoking only one or two cigarettes or pipes a day.  I used patches.  Still add one now and then if the urge comes back.  So no side effects.  No weird dreams.  mostly I miss it after an evening meal.   I...

LAST NIGHT'S DREAM, it went like this...

(Much shortened, but the essentials are kept in) I had made it to Heaven.  But I had a serious bone to pick with Jesus.   Jesus: "Old TomasSISI,  How is the training going?  Ready to take over a kingdom yet?"   Tom:  "I think I'm in the...

RE: the recent "cold front"

The cold front didn't get here Sunday. Instead it came yesterday and was not as cold as they had predicted.  The wind was very brisk and chilly but the temps were above freezing.   It's just cool fall weather, not winter here. Not yet.  My...

In Thoughts bylaws. no one under 14 may belong

Or so I thought.  Maybe they have done away with the age requirement all together.    Sometimes I forget I am speaking to people under 18 in my blogs. I even may have forgotten to indicate that some of my content is adult in nature.   I...

Cold coming - FIRST FREEZE of the Fall

Most of you, from the Rockies east will see winter coming in tomorrow.  But here on th actual east coast we won't feel it until Sunday.  From early morning on our murcury will fall until by night fall we will see the first freeze of the season.  ...

DON'T BE SURPRISED! TRUMP could be the real deal

Of course he might fall back on his favorite motto: truthful hyperbole,  a "true exaggeration." a contradiction in terms.  He might be satisfied to just repeat that he was going to be the best president ever and start to believe it himself and BE...

I AM A SINNER

I guess I must be.  The Bible says we all are.  Preachers say all of us are.  I'm just not very aware of it.  I have tried to keep the 10 commandments from childhood on.  I am careful and I think of how what I do or say may affect others.  I don't...

Old Habits Never Die

Up early then back to sleep for a while.  I woke up stretching and feeling so young and good.  "Oh God. I'm late.  They'll fire me this time."  I leaped from the bed and didn't see my clothes.  "Geeze, I'm getting so careless now."  I scrambled around...

A SHOCK WHEN I WOKE THIS MORNING

Glancing out the window it was evident,  SNOW.  Oh no, No!  Not this early?  It was not sticking to the ground yet, but it was all over the outside furniture tops and to fences and cartops and roof tops.  I haven't even dug out my extra heavey winter...

un-DEMOCRATS

Just as I suspected, Democrats do not believe in democracy.  They believe in one party rule, I guess they got that from Stalin.  If you disagree, 20 years to life in the Gulag if you even make it there.   If you believed in democracy you would...