Wednesday, 23 November 2016

09:36 – Barbara said Bonnie had a great time yesterday on their trip up to Galax. Bonnie spent a couple of hours driving the scooter around the Walmart aisles, shopping for food, clothing, and household items. Just getting out of the house was a treat for Bonnie. Barbara said they could do it again after Christmas.

Barbara is off to the gym this morning and then to the Friends of the Library bookstore to volunteer this afternoon. Tomorrow morning, she’s driving down to Winston to spend Thanksgiving with Frances and Al. They’re going to the craft show in Greensboro on Friday, doing a couple things Saturday morning, and then she’ll head back here. That means two full days of wild women and parties for Colin and me. We have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches planned for our Thanksgiving feast.

The Lowe’s delivery truck showed up yesterday afternoon with our gas cooktop. It’s currently sitting in our foyer bathroom, awaiting Blue Ridge Co-op to install the propane tank and piping on December 9th. Once it’s all installed, we’ll be able to cook off-grid for a year or two if worse comes to worst. Barbara is looking forward to cooking with gas again. She did that until she went away to college, and has been using an electric cooktop ever since.

I see that Trump has a lot of conservatives worried because of his back-pedaling on promises he made during the campaign, such as exporting only illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes rather than exporting all of them and building a wall. I’m not too worried about it. What Trump says varies from moment to moment according to his audience. What he actually does won’t necessarily bear any relation to what he says he’s going to do. My take on Trump is that he’ll probably turn out to be a pretty decent President, far better than Obama, Bush, or Clinton were. No one is going to get everything they want, but on balance I think Trump will satisfy most conservatives and libertarians. They may get only 50% of what they wanted, but that’s far more than they’d have gotten under a new Clinton administration. There’ll be a lot of bitching and moaning from all sides, but overall he should be at least okay if not better than okay.