Sunday, November 26, 2023

It Happened again...

...for the 7th year in a row.

The Lions were upended on Thanksgiving Day; depressing.

Happily our celebration is not centered on the meaningless world of sports, and we enjoyed sharing some of God's bounty with beloved family members.

I get the cornucopia, pilgrims and native americans, but had to ask Karen, "why the escapees from santa's sleigh?"   "it's deer season," she replied. 

the butterball turkey breast was dee-lish

as were the 'taters, corn and green bean casserole

all of which paired nicely with gravy and rolls

stuffing myself with stuffing is an annual tradition

gotta have cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving; the cole slaw and olives were a bonus

Counting "his 'n hers", Karen fed 10 of us altogether; and yes I did help as much as I could without gumming up the works, but she definitely deserves the credit for our delicious meal.

We gave thanks to God in heaven for the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us, then enjoyed a hearty repast.

No sooner had we stored Thanksgiving away for another year than we began ushering in Christmas 2023...

gotta love mid century modern aluminum Christmas trees

nativity scene on the mantel

an Aldi special

pretty good movie, too

Christmas wreath and curtain lights

the sacro-secular debate rages on

It's a start, anyway, with more to come I'm sure.

How much more is still up for grabs, considering it all has to be taken down and put away in a month.

But even with all that barge totin' and bale liftin' I still found time to cover the last of my greens...

Buddy checking out the tarp covered green

...and swat a few wiffle golf balls in my backyard.

Just in time, too...

...'cause it's snowing today.

And hey, where the Lions failed, the Michigan Wolverines succeeded...

...vanquishing those evil buckeyes from Ohio.

All in all, a pretty good weekend.

You know what this means... let's get to it:

I'm sorry, the irony is too much...once touted for their brazen disregard for societal convention, now sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons...puh-leeze...

a little snowfall outside Larry's deer blind now

november sunset from our courtyard

window aluminum Christmas tree from outside

               making their escape on Thanksgiving morning

As you help yourself to Thanksgiving leftovers, a reminder from God's Word...

later, mcm fans...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

And Now, A Word From President George Washington:

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-

-and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-

-that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—

-for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—

-for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war-

-for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed-

-for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted-

-for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us-

-and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-

-to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually-

-to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed-

-to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord-

-To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us-

-and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington



G O   L I O N S !


Saturday, November 18, 2023

Whatever Remains To Be Written...

...of human history before the Lord returns and wraps things up with a bang…one thing is certain:

Our age will be remembered as low tide; an era in which the world's preeminent superpower inexplicably embraced insanity and willfully self-destructed.

And it's almost unfair to blame Dementia Joe for the current chaos in this ridiculous race to the bottom.

It's obvious he's little more than a useful idiot, the barely functional mouthpiece for whoever's actually running this sh*t show.

As the Apostle Paul penned under the inspiration of God's Spirit...

They're like unsupervised brats playing with firearms, and we're collateral damage of their criminal behavior.

May God deliver us from morons in power.

In happier news, next week is...

Are you ready?

We're getting there...Karen has drawn up her game plan...

...which is often subject to change but always delicious.

Still waiting on headcounts from a few folks, but whether we're feeding few or many, we'll give thanks to God in heaven for His bounty, mercy and grace, then dig in and enjoy.

And this year - unlike far too many years - we'll probably watch a Lions win on turkey day.

Hey, they're 7-2 this year, 15-4 if you go back to November of 2022.

Under Dan Campbell they've become a different team, a winning team.

And if someone gets injured, Campbell looks like he could still strap on the pads...

...and play a few downs.

Sure hope I didn't just jinx them.

Last week was unusually sunny and warm for this late in November, so I spent quite a bit of time whacking wiffle golf balls in my backyard, trying to apply some Moe Norman principles to my dicey golf swing.

He's been called "golf's misunderstood genius", but whatever people thought of his appearance, speech, demeanor and comportment, he was without question the best ball striker in golf.

Every shot went where he wanted it to go.

Compare that to what Bobby Jones - the best golfer in the hickory era - said about the art of hitting golf balls:

"Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case."

That is true for the vast majority of golfers, but it wasn't true for M.N.

As Tiger Woods affirmed, "Moe owned his swing".

How did he do that?

How did he tame the Kraken...

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...when so many others failed?

Self-taught in an era before TV, he didn't try to mimic someone else.

He took club and ball, and through trial and error, figured out what worked for him.

And then he practiced - obsessively.

So there's the roadmap for success.

Guess we'll see what next season brings.

It's time now to... wit:

starting to contemplate life after this

Bidenomics explained by the clown-in-chief

front page of Karen's hometown paper...gotta love small towns

a fowl request...but he'd fit right in...

...with the turkeys that frequent our back yard

the view from Larry's deer blind...

...and a couple of bald eagles hangin' out by his cottage

Fare thee well, kind reader...and as you clear out, here's a reminder from God's Word:

later, mcm fans...

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