Well, I tried to not watch the hearings, but clips kept appearing on my news feeds so I finally relented and watched Kavanaugh’s opening statement. I was only going to stay for that but got caught up in the drama. I hate that in me just as I hated what happened to me when I found myself mobs during the 1960’s. Rationality goes out the window and I become impelled by the mob’s emotions.
I resent being controlled and manipulated by outsiders, and in those ‘demonstrations’ I quickly saw there were agitators spread throughout the mob, and those same agitators showed up for all the mobs and effectively steered it. I wanted no part of that charade.
But I was moved by Kavanaugh fighting back. He sure wasn’t getting any support from the Republicans, and it wasn’t until Lindsey Graham blasted the hearing that I saw any real support. John McCain must have returned Lindsey’s balls to him before he died.
However, in the midst of all this inner turmoil, dawn came around again and slowly pushed aside the gossamer threads of sleepiness, and the coffee mug soothed sleep swollen fingers as it released its soothing spell in my innards. I can move on to the more important but less dramatic things in my own little world. Happy dogs greet the day with vigorous chasing and games of tug-o-war. Snooks voice raises in comment above the thumping and growling.
And I am reminded that Washington politics is not for me. Reality for me is the mowing of grass, the preparations for winter, the fallen mantlepiece that I need to re-glue and re-hang. Dirty laundry needs to be taken to the laundry basket, and preparations need to be made for Shabbat so that it is truly a day of rest. That is my role in life. Others can elect a judge and engage in reprehensible acts while doing it. That, thankfully, is not my job.
Thursday dawns dark, damp, cold and overcast here in my little corner retirement paradise. It is 63°, but it supposedly ‘feels like’ 62°. Yeah, my finely tuned instrument can tell the difference of one degree. And I am wheezing like a harmonica as the allergens of a hundred species of misery float by in their fall reproductive cycle. Some trees down here have two growing seasons in Spring and Fall, treating us mouth breathers to two wonderful seasons of clogged nasal passages and bucket loads of phlegm. I kinda knew old age was going to be painful, but I wasn’t ready for unsanitary.
And the nomination three ring circus plays on with those humble stalwarts in congress that just wanna be your leaders because, well, they would be so good to you. If anything proves just how unfit they are for the job, the judicial hearings illustrate it. We don’t draw from the top with public overlords servants, but rather from a vast sea of vain narcissists who survive by giving you bright baubles as they enrich themselves. But I rant. Hang the lot of them in a revolution, and a brand-new crop arises.
Big election heah in Texas is a frat boy from El Paso who is running as the guy you’d like to hang with, and Ted Cruz. Better the devil you know is my assessment. I still hold Ted’s folding like a tent in the Presidential primaries against him, though Trump has turned out to be a better administrator than I thought he would be and would have been the wiser choice.
The mistake I make is in thinking that politicians’ matter. I have really got to learn to become more la-de-dah. Save the whales! Global warming is real! Men are tyrants and rapists! All old white males are bigots! Boycott Israel! Legalize pot! Kill legal opiates!
Well … off my soap box.
Time for my annual has rolled around again. I think I am at an age where the rubber finger is no longer required. There is an upside to aging other than the usual dyspepsia. And my health plan has changed again in response to the failure of political ‘leaders’ to expunge that horror that they created. But at this point in life, I am thinking more along the lines of palliative care. So I become an opiate addict? I’ll merely die in a happy fog, not hurting anybody. But getting back to politics, it seems that they even want to rescue us from that comfort. Not that I am using anything like that right now, but I sure would like that to be an option.
And so tempus fugits a bit more as the morning moves on to its high point of breakfast. I have exceeded my goal of 200+ words for the day. After that, there is nothing else to conquer, so I take a nap.
Wednesday dawns warm and humid as the season grinds on from the equinox to the winter solstice. The summer’s heat finally broke here, but cool is still in the offing. The morning dogpile is in full swing. I don’t know what the primal urge is for them, but seldom does any dog sit one out. But I don’t do dogpiles and watch the joy from the comfort of my $49 executive chair, coffee cup in hand.
The newsies have cooled it for the day now that the next round of political assassinations deliberations are penciled into the congressional calendars. Forget respect and honor. We are talking principles here. Or something like that.
But the pause does let good news seep through. An online friend finds their cat who had gotten out. In this part of the country, cats do not fare well outdoors, so this is a special delight.
My oft abused body has sort of returned to an acceptable state if not perfect state of functioning. It has been awhile. It is hard to adjust downward from my old 2600 calorie lifestyle to 2000 <. The servings seem so small, but sure do make a difference when I go to bed. 2600 calories and suffer. 2000 calories and I sleep. The choice is clear. But I have never governed myself with good choices.
So the morning continues. Coffee. News. Staring out the window and musing.
Waffle Sunday dawns overcast, but there is only one chance in five of moisture. And this evening Sukkot arrives, though this year I will not be building a sukkah. My little porch will suffice and I shall sit out in the Texas heat from sundown until bedtime, then retire to my temperature controlled haven for a nights rest at a perfect 66°.
The drama continues yet another supporter of the lefts abused darling says she knows nothing of any assault by Judge Kavanaugh, and their Anita Hill gambit crumbles taking the “you gotta believe the girl” meme with it. It dismays me that so many are willing to play the game. It probably shouldn’t, though. There is such an evil spirit in the land, and as I read the holy writs, it will prevail eventually.
On a less morose note, today is pecan waffle day. Maybe even a patty of pork-free sausage if there is any left. I have grown to enjoy the Sunday brunch preparations, looking at them as a time of knitting rather than a family burden.
But first, I need to finish the second cup.
Shabbat comes gently after a long blissful sleep last night. A aged cantor reads the ancient liturgy on the google puck. The air filter hisses softly behind me as I peer into this electronic window into your world, wondering what to chronicle.
Old men don’t chronicle great events. We have good days, and bad days. Good nights, and bad nights. We huff at the world’s social upheavals, knowing how easily any given group is provoked to rage by one malcontent, and scoff at the wisdom of the politicians. It is no longer about us. Still, we have our little quiet victories in putting the seeds of doubt into minds of youthful zealots who would lead us into violence.
We truly don’t war against flesh and blood, but with principalities and wickedness in high places. The wisdom of the wise is truly confounded. A raging spirit is upon the land, but no one truly comprehends its source nor its intent. Good has become evil, and evil has become good. My aging eyes shift from the world’s horizon to the horizon beyond the world. As above, so below.
Wisdom lives, but few perceive her, and even fewer truly understand her. She doesn’t stand on soapboxes or pedestals, but rather in gates and intersections along a path, saying one cannot serve two masters. And you can precisely determine which master you serve by the product of your hands and tongue. The dreadful gift of Eve faces us every time we pass Wisdom by. Choose this day whom you will serve.
Oh. And good morning!
It was a glorious sunrise, or so I was told. I slept in this morning again this morning as my latest ailment relented last night and my body returned to near normal. The bed felt so good, except for the every-two -minute checks from the mutts.
Spent a pleasant lunch with a friend but had to cut the visit short because of the malady. Walked away with a load of homemade honey and cheese that I am sure to enjoy. Sure do wish the visit were today now that I am feeling better. But that is life. We deal with it as it arises.
And this is preparation day again. It is about 2/3 of the way through the fall holy days. Sukkot for Jews, Feast of Booths for Christians. I didn’t build a booth this year of blurred days. I’ll compromise and sit on the porch late into the evenings if the weather permits.
The outrage of cynical political strategy continues with the appointment of a Supreme Court judge. A spirit of ugly has descended upon Democrats, and it doesn’t bode well for liberty. Someone or something has blinded them to the horror that they are unleashing. One can argue the legitimacy of a candidate. But that doesn’t excuse the tactics. Enough said.
So the day goes on, and I look at this fluff of a journal, a little embarrassed at how little I shake the earth. But not too embarrassed to post this.
A late good morning!
Thursday dawns sunny and bright, unlike yours truly who spent a miserable night with old people’s ailments. Got the coffee and carefully navigated to the studio to let the cobwebs disappear. First item from a local paper is that Stormy Daniels is back in the area for two nights. Just what I always wanted to see. An aging stripper with no sense of discretion parade around in a black negligee. But I missed the first night, and she doesn’t open until my bedtime tonight. Darn. Darn. Darn.
Not that I hold anything against older women. I kinda have a yen for them, actually. But there is a time to retire the lacy underpinnings for more utilitarian designs and acquire wisdom and discretion. Stormy unfortunately roared past that point and blithely went on down the black teddy road heedless of any brake pedals.
My air cleaner finally said it wasn’t going to run if I wasn’t going to maintain it. Geesh! I changed the filters in it just five short years ago. But I got another smaller one that I dug out and put to work, so maybe I can avoid the chore for another year or so.
And the senate confirmation razzle dazzle continues to offend. Today I saw the Democrats were running facebook adds asking more women to come forward. Seems it is dawning on them that they backed a loser and need to double down on the narrative. But maybe I’ll put the whole repugnant thing into the there nothing I can do about it box and move on.
Lunch with a friend today and it is near the hardware store … suppose I should check the honeydo’s for hardware requirements. I seem to have lost my love of hardware stores now that my projects have all been put in abeyance. I am not going to build planters or decks, run light strings or finish enclosing a shop. Moldering and writing are my activities now.
Got all the mowers back online again. Took some buck$ and a little tolerance for marginal repairs. I sure miss the old service man now. He was really a ****, but when he fixed something, it was fixed. The new guy is affable as all get out, but his skill level hasn’t progressed beyond shade tree.
And lastly, the bird. Her name is Kippur because we brought her home as a fledgling some years back during Yom Kippur and set her up in the living room. But we hardly use the living room during the day, and she was languishing in the silence. I then moved her in with me in the studio thinking that would entertain her, and she responded to it. Now I search for ways to entertain/torment her. Budgies need noise and aggravation. But the noise part isn’t my long suit. I love silence too much. I do have the gift of aggravation, however, and I spend quite a bit of time disturbing her.
And the days go by, marked by perfect pots of coffee, doctor appointments and calendar checkoffs.
Monday, rainy Monday. Once again I am amazed at this wild lands ability to recover from droughts. The ground vegetation had almost disappeared, the bermudagrass was straw colored. Then we gratefully receive two days of intermittent rains, and it looks like a verdant spring outside, albeit on the soggy side.
“Old Joe Clark” by Bill Monroe plays on the google puck for the budgies benefit. I am slowly adapting to her tastes in banjer music. She is happily chirping and whistling in response to the five string pickin’s and my foot starts tappin’ out the rhythm. My days as a classical music snob have ended. No more wine and brie. It is beer and skittles now. Well, maybe not skittles. We got too many armadillo holes here for lawn bowling. But you get the idea.
And it’s Rosh Hashanah today. Honey and apples and brisket on the menus. Sort of like black-eyed-peas on New Years day, but with more meals and liturgy. We bluegrass types don’t stand on a lot of formality, though and give a passing nod to the holy day and move on.
So here in my little corner of paradise we cycle through the seasons, each morning marked with one or two cups of perfectly brewed coffee from Snooks pot.
Well, I made it through Tuesday without listening to a single Senate soundbite. That is quite a feat with the lapdog press covering every wheeze of sound from that ostentatious gaggle of nouveau riche social boors. Heaven trembles when peasants are made kings.
So one more day of headline picking for me today, sorting out real news like the hurricanes in the Gulf and Japan, Trudeau getting his comeuppance as ‘negotiator’, and the latest sky falling alarm from the EPA.
Made the bird sit in silence again this morning. Some days I just got to push back against her bad taste in music. And believe me when I say it’s bad! A little silence as I write, try to look through the wet window panes into the world, and search the web for bits and pieces of news from friends and family.
Mz Muse has been tickling me again, but with some pretty edgy ideas that I probably wouldn’t post in a public forum! And new insights into the “hidden things” of God that is begging a lot of pondering. But that all takes a back seat to coffee sipping and cookie nibbling this new day.
“And when they thought in themselves that they were wise, they became insane.”
Well, America’s first political funeral is over, and will shortly be forgotten. The attendee’s and their biases will be remembered for decades. They felt that the shadow of a peevish also-ran would cover their conceit but may soon discover that many of his supporters were also put off by it. It doesn’t bode well for average Americans, however. The rancor will not be abated.
So how do I not care? In truth, my life will change very little by whichever side sways the unwashed masses to vote for them. But the generations after me? They will reap the rewards of this generations hubris. For them, I’ll say a little prayer, then sing a la-de-dah song and turn to watch the sunrise while I sip the morning coffee and wish it all away.