Tuesday, May 19, 2020

January Randoms

I loved this trio of owls on the cover of the Bas Bleu catalog.

It's cute how Bentwood stands up like this to drink. He can stand like this without anything to hold onto either. Talent!

Sam is so cute!

I went to the Boston Temple a few days after New Year's when the Nativity set was still up.  

Then I ate a healthy delicious lunch from my favorite place to eat lunch at after I go to the temple. My dad (the health nut) discovered this place and introduced me to it, and I like it a lot.

Bentwood is a big kitty!

In January fewer people than ever were on government assistance: "Forty million fewer people last year lived in households receiving government assistance than in 2016, and the food-stamp rolls have shrunk by 9.5 million over the past three years. Reduced government dependence is a social good far beyond the lower cost to taxpayers. More important are the benefits in self-sufficiency and the contribution to the community that flow from that."

The middle class was growing...

And now it's all been undone and then some. Thanks China.

If I ever have a midlife crisis, I want it to be a "virtuous" one. This was a fun article to read.

I did some Google research to get the bottom of this ongoing mystery in my life: I'm not in Generation X. For a long time I thought I was, but I miss it just barely and am instead in Generation Y. Which makes me feel a little less old.

Sam and I went to this cute production of "The Wizard of Oz" that was put on by kids.

This is one of the reasons that I have a problem with the big social justice trend in our society. We mortals can only do so much with that. The rest gets left to God. Every injustice will someday be made up. It's the height of arrogance and ignorance to think that we humans can do it completely. 

There's a house in my neighborhood that puts up this Eiffel Tower every holiday season, and I love it! 

There was a beautiful sunrise glow in the sky when I dropped John off very early one Saturday morning to take the bus to a wrestling meet.

From a book about Mary Bennet (the nerdy sister in Pride & Prejudice) that I read in January. I liked what it said about the solace of books--it's true!

We went to a fun hibachi restaurant for dinner for Peter's birthday weekend. I hope hibachi restaurants will survive the aftermath of COVID-19. 

Bentwood wants a phone but I keep telling him no.


Some happy new year this turned out to be. Thanks again for that China. 😑

I went to my first painting party and it was really fun! I went with my mom, my sisters, my niece, and my brother's girlfriend. Look at our masterpieces!

My painting turned out okay, and not as bad as it was looking like it might turn out over the course of the evening. πŸ˜†

The warning bells were sounding about the virus. 
Unfortunately this proved to be right--Chinese communism and the way it operates did end up resulting in a massive medical disaster for the world that we'll be dealing with for who knows how long.

A yummy lunch of poached egg on toast with grape tomatoes on the side.

This is so funny and authentic.
Emma made a mistake on her ABCs. Emma clearly did not enjoy this craft. πŸ˜‚

A little career humor...

A cute little broken bridge that I spotted at Sam's friend's house.

And that was some of the randomness of January!