Five things that made me happy today – 9/23/21

My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost.

Cindy McCain

1. It was cool and foggy (mid 50s) when I got up. It warmed up nicely to the mid-60s this afternoon under partly cloudy skies.

2. I discovered I had a fair amount of free time this morning, so I was able to read some more on my current Inspector Lynley.

3. I fixed chicken parts in a casserole with rice-a-roni, and a choose your own vegetable – black-eyed peas for me, and beets for Big Al. I was able to put the casserole in the oven before I went to the Wellness Center, so I just had to warm up the veggies when I got home. Catering to Big Al’s desire to eat lunch later is hard but not impossible.

4. HCR kept me entertained while I worked out with her History Chat on Facebook Live. She talked about how the current situation, politically, is between two competing ideas on how the country should be run. The first feels that government should protect business and the people people in charge, and the second fells that government’s job is to provide a basic social safety net, regulate business, and promote infrastructure. That dichotomy has been around since Lincoln and the Civil War.

5. The leader for our Great Decisions discussion this afternoon on Zoom Is an MD who worked as an industrial physician with Weyerhaeuser before he retired. He brought needed expertise to the discussion on the World Health Organization.

A passenger looks on from a vehicle containing French citizens after their evacuation from the Chinese city of Wuhan, as it arrives at The Vacanciel Holiday Resort in Carry-le-Rouet, near Marseille, southern France on January 31, 2020, following their repatriation from the coronavirus zone. – A plane carrying around 200 French citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, landed near Marseille, AFP reporters onboard the aircraft said. The passengers, who will be placed in quarantine at a seaside holiday camp for two weeks, applauded as the plane touched down at the Istres military base. None have shown any symptoms of the virus that has killed 213 people and infected nearly 10,000 in mainland China, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN / AFP) (Photo by GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty Images)

How about you? What made you happy today?

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