Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

In Case You're Wondering, Too...

 After hearing of Justice Ginsburg's death, I got to wondering...

She wasn't the first female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Who were the others?

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first, starting in 1981 and finishing in 2005. She retired in 2006, and was replaced by Samuel Alito.

     (Another woman I greatly admire. This Westerner had to be tough to survive...and prove herself. She is one of the very few justices who retired earlier, rather than have her post vacated because she died or was 'incapacitated.' )

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was next, from 1993 - 2020.

AmazonflowersUS, vis Pinterest

And finally, 

Sonia Sotomayer,  (2009 - present)

Elena Kagan, ( 2010 - present)

     Both were appointed by President Obama.

President Trump has also appointed two judges, so far:

Neil Gorsuch (2017-present)

Brett Kavanaugh  (2018 - present... 

           who could forget the raucous sessions surrounding Kavanaugh's appointment...)

Interestingly, both men are in their 50s...and the youngest members of the Supreme Court. (Gorsuch is a born-and-bred Coloradoan, in case you didn't know.)

John Roberts, the Chief Justice, has been serving since 2005. He, like Samuel Alito, was appointed by President George W. Bush.

The others are listed here.

By the way, the person to appoint the most Supreme Court Justices was Dwight Eisenhower, with 5. Richard Nixon appointed 4; so did Reagan, if you count elevating one to Chief Justice. All the other modern Presidents, with the exception of Gerald Ford (1) and Jimmy Carter (0), nominated two Supreme Court Justices. 

     As far as federal judges in general, Reagan nominated the most -- with Bill Clinton coming in a close second. Take a look at the graphic here for specifics. William Henry Harrison, who caught a chill on Inauguration Day and died 31 days later, is the only American president not to nominate any judges of any kind.

You're welcome.

Pine Cone Crafts

     The trees by our mailbox are dropping cones by the dozen. I've been looking at them, and wondering if there was something else I could do, besides using them as fire starters.

Voila -- pine cone crafts! Like hedgehogs...

Zinnias! A bouquet might make up for no fresh wildflowers.


Gnomes for your next Nativity scene or fall harvest display?

Or just painted variegated-style.

Go here for more.  Thanks for sharing, Spruce Crafts.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Lovely September

 This is the serene time of year for me. 

My reports: almost finished. (I do have revisions on the book to do.) Some quilt restoration will demand watching movies while I work. (Oh, darn.) We've tidied up the trailer some, and the Brick is busy doing more repairs. Exciting, huh? But peaceful, nonetheless.

We're planning a trip up into the mountains this week, to see what the leaves are doing. This is peak season for 'leafers' in Colorado, as these photos from last year show.


Some interesting claims Joe Biden is making. He also says that 200 million people have died of Covid-19. 

   Maybe we could clear up the problems via his 'Ask Me Anything' Instagram account -- but as of 9/10, he still isn't answering. Oopsies. Well, at least he posted a video.

Some of the oldest graffiti in the world.

"Back from the brink of financial oblivion." (From The Escape Artist) I would have liked more specific details, but this is still interesting.

A family plunges 300 feet down a mountain road -- and lives! 

A really interesting RVer blog. If you're thinking about living in a fifth-wheel, as we do, this will give you a lot of inspiration.

How to store your fruits and veggies long-term. (From One Hundred Dollars A Month)

Little ways to stretch your money -- straight from Dave Ramsey himself.

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no problem with an "11th hour nomination" for a Supreme Court justice -- after all, she argued, the President is still the president, even in his last year. 

     Wait a minute -- she said this? Yes, back in 2016.

P.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham agreed in 2016 -- only he changed his mind now -- because 'circumstances are different.' Hmmm...could this be politically motivated, instead of ethical?

“I want you to use my words against me,” Graham said on the Senate floor four years ago. "If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

P.P.S. Don't look to the GOP for not participating in these flipflop shenanigans -- because they're just as bad.

Top ten forbidden colors. In part because they use poisonous elements in their making.  (From Listverse)

"Holy Water" -- by We the Kingdom. A rowdy worship song that is so much fun! (And needed, in these uncertain times.)

An ice age cave bear found in Russia -- nearly all intact!

Incredible backyard discoveries.  (From Buzznicked)

How to curse in 15 different languages, courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson. Um, thank you... I guess.

"What are the cleverest scams you've come across?"  Quora has some of the most interesting (and stupidest) questions ever.

Want a 'custom' closet? Use IKEA equipment, and save a lot of $$.

Simple -- but effective! -- ways to keep your daily life organized. (From the -- what else -- Everyday Girl)

Chicken confit -- 6 ingredients, deliciously tender.

The story of a waiter sidelined by Covid in March-- and what he did. A difficult story with plenty of hard times -- but gutsy.

Did you realize Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have not spoken directly to each other since Oct. 2019? Yeah, me neither...

45 cheap meals that will get you through rent week.  (From Bon Appetit)

A mom smacks her 16-year-old for throwing things during a riot (er, 'protest'). Whoa.

"Alexa, how can I get rich?" A surprising -- and helpful -- answer. (From The Retirement Manifesto)

Have a great week. Kick some leaves for me.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Donald Trump's Twitter Response to Justice Ginsburg's Death

 As you know, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday. 

Here's what the President said:

"Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one's colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions about the equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.

A fighter to the end... may her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world."

He had more to say than that. Read it for yourself here.


Proving that you CAN disagree with someone, yet still respect them. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Another Great One Is Gone


Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today (9/18). She was one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices -- and its only female justice. She was 87, and had struggled with ill health for some time. (More about her here.) [Update: my readers have my back -- she wasn't the only female justice, but she did predate her colleagues by some years. See reader comments for the other justices.]

I didn't always agree with Ginsburg's politics, but I admired her verve, can-do attitude and thoughtful comments very much. She made me think -- that is a high compliment I can not always give.

She will be missed.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016 (Wikipedia)

Freaky Friday

One huge appraisal collection report finally done (21 + 48 pages)...more to go. Three drum lessons on the cuff...and I'm starting to hear patterns in the music. A whole collection of Rusty Wilson Bigfoot stories to read after reports are done -- and a recipe book of Great British Cooking (really??) to try out.

I may actually be making progress!

    And it's September -- warm days and lovely, cooler evenings. There's more to do...but it's getting done. Hooray!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

More Random Things I Don't Understand...At Least One Thing Got Resolved!

 I'm chugging away at finishing off reports...  Meanwhile, some random samplings of my favorite hobby: Things I Don't Understand.

    I'll be back soon. Enjoy.

P.S. Just heard that our beloved University of Michigan will be playing college football this season, after all! But we have to wait til near Halloween for the first game. I'll console myself with Georgia's fine defensive Bulldogs til then, I guess. At least the Big Ten's decision cleared up another... well, you know.

Now here we go...

Covid memories...sigh.

Can you tell me what's so funny about this???

Or the quarter...

Guess the falling rocks got to it first.

Ever feel like doing this to your neighbor?

And finally...

Louie, Louie...

Monday, September 14, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Fall Into Painting

We're back to sort-of summer heat, though last week's snowstorm introduced some cooler breezes. Every day brings three or four hours of heat, and I think, "Oh boy -- it's back." Then evening comes, and the coolness moves in. The trees are really starting to change now, and the evenings make me think about homemade soup, cinnamon rolls -- and lots of movies. The Brick is happy to enjoy all three.

     We're in caretaker mode; our landlord friend is off hunting right now. (Muzzle-loader season in Colorado.) We've spent time with friends, and done a weekly trip into town. I also started taking drumming lessons!  I hope/plan to finish my appraisal work off this week, report-wise, then settle down to do some restoration work. Watch a few movies. Snuggle some with the Brick, too.
     Oh yes -- painting, as well. It's just one excitement after another, around here. But we and resident dogs Charley and Ruby are fine.

Diana Rigg died last week. A brilliant actress, and fascinating person.

The millionaire's party. A very interesting twist on the end of this story...

What to do if you can't even make minimum credit card payments.  (From Credible) Or:

What to do with 'extra' money.  (From Surviving and Thriving)

Easy knit slippers. A classic that may come in handy for starting Christmas presents.

Governor Whitmer's state residence is getting a $1.1 million upgrade, security-wise. Yes, this is the famous "Twinkletoes" I love to mention. Guess who's going to pay for it? One word: Michiganders.

   Actually, this was the norm for us for years. (For a number of years, it was less than that.)

Paula Deen's frozen peach pie filling. I can't do much with peaches this year -- 'sale' prices are around $4/lb -- but maybe apples...

A wolf? A dog? Some kind of weird cross? Montana authorities are trying to figure out what this animal actually is. (Warning: carcass photos.)

And just because I couldn't help admiring it:

A bigfoot cake made by Christina McGraw, via Pinterest --

One of the freakier things I have ever bumbled across... a collection of death masks apparently connected with the Princeton Library.  Follow this up with:

A new Lewis chessman piece discovered...in a drawer. If you don't know the story of this iconic set, take a minute to read this. 
     I've seen the Lewish chessmen twice in recent weeks: once, displayed on the stairsteps behind Madeleine L'Engle during an interview, and once being used by the sheriff (John Cleese) in the movie Silverado!

Have a great week. Stay snuggly.

Enjoy the First Day of Autumn...with the Denver Symphony

 They're playing Vivaldi's "Autumn" at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Short...but sweet.