Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday Musings - November 26, 2018



1. It is the last Monday of November. December is lurking at the end of the week.


The Christmas Effect
November 26, 2018
2. It truly is the Christmas season. Chris and I took some time off from the basement remodel project to begin to Christmasfy the house. 

3. The remodel project continues. I finished the molding on the stairwell and we bought some of the final touches for the project, a new ceiling fan and some lights. There always seems to be something more to do. 

4. Family NFL Results:

   Ravens (6-5) defeat Raiders 34-17
   Steelers (7-3-1) lose to Broncos 17-24
   Cowboys (6-5) defeat Redskins 31-23
   Redskins (6-5) lose to Cowboys 23-31 


5. The turkeys are departing the house in favor of Santas, Christmas Trees, and creches. 

6. I am excited because I have completed 33 treatments and have 11 remaining! I am 75 percent complete and December 10th, the date of my final treatment, is drawing closer.

7. I have over 200 channels of cable TV, why can't I find anything to watch?

8. I was disturbed that when asked what he wanted to give thanks for during a press gaggle Thursday, Trump responded, "for having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. I've made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn't believe it." CNN.com

9. I reported, yesterday, that the washing machine was making a disturbing noise. Fortunately, it turned out to be a relatively minor fix and the washer is functional again! Yay. Who really wants to buy a new washer at Christmas and after remodeling a basement?

10. Yesterday's 63 degree temperatures provided a respite form the cold and rain. I especially enjoyed them because Chris and I were finally able to get the pool deck ready for the impending winter.

11.Today in History. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.




Headlines


The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard? - The New York Times

Migrants in Tijuana Run to U.S. Border, but Fall Back in Face of Tear Gas - The New York Times


Russia seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea after firing on them - Reuters



Presidential Quote for the Week


I am taking a break from quoting Ronald Reagan this week because I ran across this utterance from President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 55 years ago on November 22, which was Thursday last week, the day we celebrated Thanksgiving.

No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary.
         President John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, Md
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