45; Love Him or Hate Him, He’s Ours For At Least Two More Years*

The Many Sides of President Trump…

I get it. Many of us find our 45th President quite unlikeable (okay, hateful), and others find him spot-on and a refreshing change in politics. He’s been referred to as a monster, a hero, the racist-in-chief, Biff, Twitter-Boy Trump; I could go on.

I’ll admit that I’m torn. He’s done some things I can totally get behind, but there are also things that really rub me the wrong way. I have been behind all of the presidents that have been in office my entire adult life. Trump is the first resident of the White House that I have ever openly spoken out against, simply because of many of his un-presidential comments.

To be honest, I have never liked any of our presidents 100%, except for possibly Regan, and I was still pretty wet behind the ears regarding politics. I think I loved the way he stood up to Russia.

But let’s get back to #45, shall we?

On the negative side?

Twitter Account

More often than not, I wish we could take the Tweeter-In-Chief’s account away from him.

On the one hand, I appreciate that he is trying to be “out there” on social media, but on the other? Many of his tweets are eyebrow raising and even downright offensive, although I was a fan of the Tweet he posted after meeting with Un; that we could sleep better knowing that there was one less bad guy out there.

Our Secretary of State just wrapped up talks in North Korea, but this morning the news is about as varied as a handful of jelly beans. Pompeo is stating that it went well, while our new friends in North Korea are reporting just the opposite.

Right now I have to ask: What are we getting out of this? Have we gotten the remains of our Korean War Vets back yet? Was Un just stroking Trump to make him look bad in the long run?

I don’t have the answer to those questions.

The Things That Fall Out of His Mouth

That comment he made about Elizabeth Warren? He gets a full-on face-palm and both thumbs down from me. As someone who was sexually harassed, I found his making light of #MeToo offensive. Not something to joke about, but then, this is the guy that said, “Grab ‘em by the pussy.”

That being said, I get that he’s not a politician, that he isn’t even a little bit PC, but damn, sir! Every time you do something redeeming, you say something cringe-worthy at best. My husband says that he does the same thing, but I remind him that he is not the leader of the free world, either. Hell, if someone as opinionated as I am can make a point without being tacky and offensive, shouldn’t he be able to do the same?

On the other side of the coin, Maxine Waters publicly calling for the harassment of cabinet members? That wasn’t even remotely okay, but that hasn’t caused a shit storm from the left, either. You know, the tolerant left? That’s a story for another day, though.

The Discord

In my 35 years as a legal, voting adult, I have never seen our nation as divided as it is now. I have friends on both both the left and the right (I’m more of an Independent in the middle), and until recently I’d never seen such ugliness. I have been unfriended by people on both sides simply because my opinions did not align with theirs to the letter.

Are you kidding me? Where is the tolerant left? Where are the “Christian” conservatives? Has it become so bad that we have to kick our friends to the curb because of differing world views? I really miss the good old days when it was okay to agree to disagree, move on, then go out for drinks.

To quote my daughter, “I can’t even!”

Is the vitriol between sides worth it? The family arguments, the loss of friends, the being judged as a person based solely on your political affiliation; it isn’t worth it to me. As an American, I’m saddened by this whole situation. We can do better, but will we? I’m an optimist, but sadly, I don’t see this turning around any time soon.

On The Positive Side…

I’m not saying that President Trump is an abysmal fuck-up, either. Still with me? Read on.

That Tax Bill, Though

I’m still kind of unsure why everyone’s bitching about the tax bill. To be honest? My husband and I have been paying thousands of dollars in taxes all the way up to our 2016 return. He’s retired/disabled and I work full time. I didn’t think we made enough money to pay out as much as we have been, even claiming “Married at a higher single rate” with zero dependents. We did our 2017 taxes, paid what Turbo Tax said we owed, and then got a check from the IRS above and beyond what we thought we owed. Honestly? I can’t wait to see what happens with 18’s taxes.

In February of this year, however, I found a lot more money in my bring-home pay, which was a nice surprise.

Just as was the recent increase (at work) of the facility minimum wage to $10.00 per hour. I can’t remember what the old rate was, but I do know that this was a substantial increase in most of my team’s hourly rates. My grade wasn’t affected, but I’m still okay with more bring home than I’ve had in quite some time.


I am not anti-immigration. Three of my four great-grandparents were immigrants. They became citizens. They didn’t sneak over the border, though. What I have a problem with are the immigrants coming here illegally; those that are bringing in drugs, the gang members, the human traffickers, etc. Yes, I feel for the families fleeing places like Honduras, but they need to come in through the proper channels.

That Trump is working toward trying to make our borders safer is a good thing. He is only one man, though, and the House and Senate are needed to pass immigration reform, and that just keeps hitting the floor, and gets swept out with the trash.

I think what confuses me the most is the left’s outcries against secure borders, even though President Obama and Hillary Clinton were both on record as stating that the borders need to be secure.

Don’t recall? Here is President Obama speaking on this:

Here is Hillary Clinton, as a reminder:

Where is the outrage? I don’t know, either. I just don’t get it.

Veterans Affairs

Our vets are fighting for their medical benefits and they are waiting ungodly amounts of time to be seen at VA hospitals. That’s disgraceful to me. As the mother of an Air Force vet who was medically retired due to PTSD, watching as he had to travel hours from his home to get his VA care was frustrating at best.

Just last month Trump signed a VA law giving our vets more healthcare choices. That is a step in the right direction, and one that should have been taken long before now.

Trump is a Mixed Bag

Love him or hate him, 45 is our president, and will be for at least the next two years.

You have to ask yourself one question, though. Is your life better, worse or the same since the man took office?

Can’t we, as a county, support him together, warts and all? One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, remember?

*Originally posted on Medium.
Posted in immigraton, Personal Opinion, Politics, The President | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Going From Vacation-Head to Work-Brain

What sucks more than that? Okay yes, I can think of some things, but living day to day? Not much.

I was off of work from half a day on June 29th until yesterday morning, Monday, July 9th. Going back to work on a payroll Monday, a week after end of fiscal year 2018 sucks in its own right, but personally? O. M. G!


Johnny and me at the Lynryd Skynyrd concert; Day 1 of Vacation.

My birthday week consisted of two concerts, a bbq pool party and a couple of cook outs. I enjoyed much time in our pool, after the peak UV ray time.

My first birthday gift was tickets to the Lynyrd Skynyrd farewell concert. Johnny and I had a blast! This was the first time I’d ever had the opportunity to see them in person, and believe me! They were amazing!

The next day (my actual birthday) was kept on the down low, and we went to our daughter’s boyfriend’s parents (with whom both of us worked with at the hospital), so it was an awesome reunion day. My bonus daughter, her SO and my grandchild gave me a bag of goodies in the driveway. One of the SO’s little nephews was having his birthday that day, too, so I didn’t want to advertise, although someone let it slip at the end of the evening and I got more hugs, which a body can never have too many of!

On Sunday, we went to my Mom’s house because my Aunt and Uncle (Margie and Gene) were visiting from New Mexico. Uncle Gene was one of the reasons I got into photography. He his now shooting black and white film.

The following day, Monday, was simply me sitting by the pool and writing.. This was what I created on that day,

On Tuesday, we loaded the coolers and the car and went back to Raleigh for the Foreigner concert. This time, Bonus Daughter and her SO were with us, and we had SO much fun!

These were sone of the people we saw.

It was an amazing concert, though and we are looking for more lawn seats to more concerts!

The 4th of July found us exhausted. Go figure. We’d pretty much been doing the whole go, go, go-thing. We chilled at the house. But I wrote about the 4th of July and the previous night’s concert.

There were a few more days on my vacation but were weathered out. And still I wrote. Check me out on Medium for more, and please? If you like what you read? Interact and applaud!

On Friday night it stormed  its ass off.  I tried to go inside, but it was literally electrical havoc, so I was stuck in the pool house with a laptop, tablet and phone, all of which had dying batteries, but I made do.

The hubs was already snoozing on the patio sectional, but I was as charged as the storm outside. So I wrote until I was tired, and crashed next to him until about 1:30, when I woke up scratching at my ankles and feet, because of mosquitos. I tried as hard as I could, several times, to wake him up, but I finally had to drag myself to bed.

We were supposed to smoke a pork shoulder that day, but it poured rain until it was too late to actually put it on for a decent dinner-time, so we postponed that until Sunday.

We still hosted Family Game Night and played a new game; Speak Out. Holy cow! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. You put a mouth piece in your mouth and try to read quotes, and … yeah. hilarity ensues, I promise.

Sunday was sunny and pleasant, so the pork went on the grill, I made eastern NC barbecue sauce (vinegar based, of course) and my first ever coleslaw. Leftovers were minimum. This was pre-chopped and appropriately sauced:

Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 7.37.44 PM

Smoked pork shoulder, before chopping and sauce!

Then, after everyone left, I had to get my head back into work-mode. This was no easy feat, given that I’d been sleeping in until 10 or so each morning for the past 9 days.

Fortunately, I only slept through one of my alarms and got up. Had a smoothie ready to go, so grabbed it and out the door I went.

There was payroll to be done, as well as the associated reports, my month end and year end reports to do, and then I found out that the new employee training for safe patient handling was to have 50+ participants!

Too. Much. Stress.

But then, mid-morning, one of my favorite people saw me, raced to me and threw her arms around me! “OMG, Jules! I am so glad you’re back! I really missed you!” She may have thawed my heart about work a little bit.

Even with that welcome, I asked if I could just go back on vacation? Just let me sit, write, and think, man. Is that too much to ask?

Apparently so.

All’s well that ends well, though. I had enough help to train all the new employees on how to safely move their patients and it was a very successful class! Reports? Done. Employees mad at me? Check.

Yeah, I’d say I’m back in the swing of things, here.

Who has ever really had a hard time going back to their regular jobs after a week’s vacation? Who has ever let their vacation re-think a traditional 9-5 job?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Until Next Time…


Posted in Concerts, Cooking, Creativity, Family, Friends, Fun & Games, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Please Tell Me This Is Supposed To Be Satire!*


I just saw someone post this image on Facebook. I stopped what I was doing to grab this screenshot. WTH, people? Really?

It’s been 35 years since I graduated high school, but I’m pretty sure things haven’t changed that much, but to be sure, I also showed my daughter, who graduated in 2014, and she confirmed that nothing had changed.

NO! America is NOT that entire land mass. To once again quote my daughter, “I can’t even!”

I learned about the continents according to the graphic below:


Notice the two separate continents, North America and South America. The United States of America is located in North America, just like it was when I was in school.

Is this what we are now teaching our kids? That America is the sum of two separate continents?

If so? I’m going to need a lot of prayer, because these kids are going to be caring for me when I get old. Jeebus.

*Originally posted on Medium.


Posted in Of Interest, Personal, Personal Opinion, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment