"What a wonder life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." Colette

Jan 22, 2019

Silver Linings

I had a horrible scare last week when I thought BC was dying.  It turned out to be just a fat-pocket which apparently is common in older dogs, but it scared the patooties out of me. How could I live without my faithful companion?  What would happen to Travels with Buttercup?

The fright caused me to reflect.  Instead of being bummed that the RV engine isn't up to par and may never take us over the Siskiyou's again, I should be grateful we've traveled as much as we have.  

My gal has been all over the U.S. with me twice already, and there's no reason to think we're finished. A Guardian-Angel gourd watches over my co-pilot.
So I'm considering another real road trip, but this time it will have to be in the car, and not until later this year.  After school starts.

Jan 16, 2019

Beggars can't be Choosers

How to decrease the population? STARVE US.

Late breaking news for SNAP recipients:  "As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on SNAP for food security."  I don't understand why, but beggars can't be choosers, as Mom would say.

“We want to be clear that these are not additional funds that SNAP recipients are receiving, but an early issuance of February benefits,” stated Self-Sufficiency Director Kim Fredlund. “Those who typically see additional funds added to their EBT card the first week of each month will see their February money by Jan. 20, rather than at the beginning of next month.”

"A notification letter is being sent to current SNAP participants this week, and DHS is asking SNAP participants to carefully budget their food benefits through February."
(from KTVZ.com)

Surely they're joking.  I don't know about the rest of you, but when I've been out of something for awhile and suddenly receive a windfall, I go through it like wildfire. That especially applies to chocolate. I've already told you that my SNAP benefits were cut almost in half when I joined Social Security, and I'll share with you now that those benefits received a mere 12 days ago are already gone.  Even when I received my full allotment, I was usually out several days prior to the following month's deposit and survived on hot dogs and Vienna Sausages.

So they're hoping I'll be very disciplined and NOT spend February's benefits for 2 weeks.

Uh-huh. Mine'll likely be gone by February 1st, and I'll bet I'm not alone.  Assuming the shutdown will end soon, our next deposit should be March 5th.  Which means that due to our own faults entirely for being undisciplined, how many of us will starve while waiting for the Government to get back on schedule?

There are an awful lot of Americans, many of us homeless, who are not in full possession of their faculties and will not be able to fathom, or remember, why they have more spending power in the supermarket than they thought.

I'm lucky I receive a pension (that sounds nicer), so I can pay for my extra food, plus BC's. You now see many government employees at food banks.  Something's gotta give. In the meantime, I think I'll give a friend my SNAP card for safekeeping.

Jan 13, 2019

A 2020 Winning Ticket

Here's my bid for a winning ticket:  Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey.  Both of them have claimed they're not interested, but after the past couple of years they might have changed their minds.

I was pushing Biden back in 2016  but my friends all said I was nuts.  Really?  How about now? And Oprah may not want to be POTUS, but how about VEEP? The people are ready.

It seems to me that these two would be able to pull enough Demo-graphics together to pull it off.  Just think about it.

Remember...you read it here first...

Jan 11, 2019

Somebody's Stinkin'

You have to admire clever people.  Showcased on a recent commercial, a local artist has created The Poo-Poo Clock. The elderly woman demonstrated while pointing to the brown lumps positioned between the numbers,

"One turdy; two turdy; tree turdy..."

Brilliant!  Why didn't I think of that?  

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