Christmas

Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses  no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores.  The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open.  Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away.  It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores.  Businesses are dying because of COVID.  It is not the best situation.  I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season.  I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other.  I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination.  I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty.  Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy.  The number of closed stores was shocking.  Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way.  In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores.  As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Once again, the disabled are being ignored. The downs syndrome individuals have been moved down the COVVID shot list. Why do you wonder? The media doesn’t give a reason but there is no reason for this to occur. Simply because a person is disabled does not mean that they should be treated differently.  It is wrong.  Today on “Daniel Tiger” which is a children’s show in the states on the Public Broadcasting Station, they featured an episode with a little girl riding a horse.  You didn’t realize she had to use forearm crutches to walk until her ride ended and Daniel’s dad and Prince Tuesday had to assist her. The best part about this episode was that she was not treated any differently than Daniel who climbed up onto the horse himself and when his ride had ended he jumped off.  It’s important that children learn early on we are all the same.  In the Good Gus series, I introduced Katie who was in a wheelchair.  I thought it was a great way to introduce a disabled child for the other children to learn about her.  Of course, in my stories she is treated very well.  Games were modified to always include her.  In my second Christmas book, “The Christmas Pageant,” the new character, Fiona, includes Katie in the parade and Katie learns how to ride a horse.  I included the horse as it is a way to give a disabled person a chance to feel free.  The series is online on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misspaced Trust” does include disabled individuals as they don’t have to be left out of an estate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino 

Work at home is the trend that will continue after the end of COVID. Already many companies have clearly stated that they like this way of solving working issues and will continue with the work at home policy.  If you think about it, it may be better for a variety of ways.  The companies save on utilities, office supplies, snacks and water, plus if possible, they are reducing their rent.  Many companies are moving in the United States to other states with less taxes both corporate and personal.  The benefits the companies achieve  are almost endless.  In addition, less traffic means lower pollution, no traffic jams, no commuting, and possibly lower insurance rates because people aren’t driving.  Many companies expect their employees to work the standard hours, just not in their facility.  Many of the rules still apply but people are working in sleep pants, slippers, and not spending money on dry cleaning, new clothes, lunches outside of home,  much less gas and more.  The savings may even be close to one hundred dollars or eighty-two Euro.  I have worked at home for a number of years and prefer it.  I have never been regulated about times, breaks, etc., but I still get ready and dress every day as if I was heading out to work.  Old habits die hard!  In the Good Gus series, Pecos was a small town at the time.  Everyone had shops on Main Street, and the remaining citizens had cattle ranches just outside of town.  In the second Christmas book, “The Pageant,” Pecos’s newest business will be a grocery. In the Good Gus series, work at home was a way of life for many of the businesses because their homes were attached to the shops.  Of course, ranches always have home workers. The series is online Kindle and a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has many characters that believed work at home meant no work at all.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

When the media began referring women to as a Karen I had no clue what they were talking about.  It was strange but apparently this type of woman believes she can do anything to anyone and only her opinion and rights matter. This was the case today for my cousin’s daughter.  She lives in a townhome, which she owns with her husband,  in a cold part of the United States.  She has two boys who are absolutely delightful.  They aren’t the type of children that cause trouble or are impolite in any way.  In any event, the area had rain and then a large amount of snow fell.  It’s Sunday, not much happening, so her boys bundled up and planned on sledding. They were looking forward to have a fun day.  This situation actually started  a few days ago.  With the holiday and almost everyone off from work, there was snow and the boys had been sledding.  Then after the rain, the snow returned.  The first day someone shoveled and removed a snow ramp that they boys used.  She wasn’t thrilled but another neighbor came along and refilled the area.  They had a great day.  Today, they started out and put on all their winter gear only to see not only was the area shoveled but the person had cleared an even larger space.  My cousin’s daughter then found a note stating that the two Karen’s in specified townhomes did this.  Why destroy the pleasure of little children?  It didn’t cost anyone anything.  It didn’t cause any concern.  This is why the Karen women need to stop.  Life is not all about them! In the Good Gus series, there was never a person even remotely close to a Karen.  There was also little or no snow!  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have Karen type characters.  While it’s cold, and you need a break try a good read for yourself.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

 

This is the season of giving. There are families who will be unable to give any gifts and will barely have any food. There are also families that will celebrate that they are together and not care about gifts. Then there are the people in the middle who will give gifts and make a lavish Christmas dinner. I saw a video on Facebook that I enjoyed because it really was about the season of giving.  A dad was desperately trying to sell the last few Christmas trees on a lot.  He had three left.  His daughter reminded him that her late mother had said it was the season of giving and that he should just give the trees away.  He was very sad as he had no present for her, they had no food and he was going to be evicted.  Reluctantly he agreed.  The first home they went to was a couple in their building.  The wife was struggling with cancer and they had decided not to have a tree.  When the man knocked on the door the husband looked very sad.  He said I have something for you and gave him the tree.  His wife appeared and they were both delighted. Then they moved on to a woman around the corner that they knew.  She was a widow and her daughter had passed the previous year.  When she opened the door and he gave her the tree she was overwhelmed.  She cried and thanked him so much. A woman who had passed his lot previously and said she wouldn’t buy a tree was the final recipient. He saw her in the car park and when he approached her, her immediate response was, “I told you previously, I will not buy a tree.”  He said, “I am giving it to you.  Merry Christmas.”  She was quite surprised.  He helped her put it in the car and then he and his daughter walked home.  They were only home a short while when there was a knock on the door.  It was the first couple with a large pan of a baked casserole.  The daughter said, “See dad, it is going to work out.” The next knock was the woman who had lost her daughter.  She presented him with a bag with a beautiful home made sweater.  She told him that he had given him joy earlier and since she always made a sweater for her daughter, she thought it would be a nice gift for his daughter.  The girl was thrilled.  The final knock was the landlord demanding the money or leave. The man begged for more time but the landlord was insistent.  Just then a woman came by and asked what was going on.  She instantly recognized the tree man.  Then, she said to the landlord, “This is the man that gave me the tree.”  She then turned to the tree man and said, “Today you saved our marriage.  We were headed for divorce, but when I brought the tree home, we sat down and talked and realized we didn’t want a divorce.”  With that, the landlord said, “Thank you.  Let’s call this even.”  He ripped up the eviction notice.  So you see, even though it was a story, it was positive because the season of giving is now and should continue every day.  In the Good Gus series, the season of giving, Christmas, was the very best.  It is still time to buy online “The Special Gift” on amazon, or other books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is still available online for the last minute gifts for adults on your list.  It is easy accessed on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Happy Christmas everyone!

 During our lifetimes, we have all had to deal with difficult co-workers.  When we all worked together, it was frequently frustrating to have to work with a person who was rude, self absorbed, annoying and even the workmates who played practical jokes on everyone.  Then, there were the employees who would take credit for your work or someone else’s work.  Many people fail to realize that the workplace also has bullies.  They think its funny to put a whoopie cushion on a person’s chair, accidentally spill liquids on their work, tape their phones or keyboards with invisible tape, or in general be nasty at a low voice so no one else hears them.  There are many videos on Facebook about this type of behavior.  With COVID, though, many things have changed.  People in offices turn their work in directly to the supervisor or manager because they work at home now. This reduces the difficult co-workers from stealing their work or at the very least taking credit for it.  Plus, as you no longer see them on a daily basis, and interface is limited, they shine as the lazy, bad attitude individuals who previously hid.  Working with pleasant people makes our days better and go by faster.  Nothing in life is perfect, but if this is our income, then we need to make it as pleasant as possible.  I remember an incident on “Friends” where Ross’s lunch that Monica had made for him was taken by one of the difficult co-workers.  Ross was furious and the writers made a huge joke out of it.  Yet, sadly, people do that all the time with no regard for the fact that the lunch was made especially for a person or they cannot afford to eat out.  Either way, life is much better when everyone gets along.  That was one of the main points in many of the stories in the Good Gus series.  It is still available for last minute shopping online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Difficult people is a part of the characteristic traits of the individuals in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is still easily available for last minute shopping online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

  The word we hear every day now is disinfect.  However, since COVID, there are few if any disinfectants available at the grocery, it makes it impossible so people have to find other ways to disinfect.  What is worse is that they have limited supplies of alcohol and hydrogen peroxide and what they do have has increased over four hundred percent in price.  If you do have hydrogen peroxide, it can be used to disinfect a variety of locations in your home.  For example, if you mix a three percent peroxide and dilute 2.5 parts to one half part water and it can be used to disinfect.  It can actually kill the common cold according to scientists.  I still believe in soap and water.  Years ago, I knew a chemical engineer, who is now ninety-five, who said if you want to kill germs he recommended good old fashioned soap and water.  That is exactly what they are saying now.  I personally go through a large liquid soap every month.  You can use the diluted product to disinfect after cleaning with soap and water but be careful because over time it will mar the finishes on counters, etc. Most people think vinegar kills germs but it doesn’t.  Soap and water is still the best to disinfect. In the old west, it was difficult to disinfect. In the Good Gus series it was soap and water.  The series is in available online on Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.   “Misplaced Trust” is still available for Christmas gifts for adults.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have noticed the way people drive is getting worse?  Today I saw a young man on a motorcycle go back and forth in a crisscross pattern in traffic.  That is dangerous for everyone concerned.  Another driver was so upset that there had been a delay in traffic to allow people to cross the street, that he sped through a red light at rate above and beyond the limit.  As we all try to keep in our appropriate lanes, people cut in front of us, tailgate, or if in an opposing lane, drift back and forth. They don’t even look drunk, they appear to  be unfocused.  I also love the people who are so busy on their phones they almost hit you and ignore what they are doing.  Learning to drive and continuing to do so is serious business. It’s a quicker way to go from one place to the next without walking.  When I lived in Ireland, I could not drive on the left hand side of the road.  On Saturdays, I would walk up to a specific grocery and purchase everything I liked that was on sale.  Now that I am in the states at the moment, I appreciate driving.  There were times though, that I would walk to the Post for packages, and the clerk knew me so well, he would ask people to give me a ride which helped on various occasions. People need to simply pay attention to the way they drive and not take their anger, frustrations, etc out on others.  That is how accidents occur and people are injured.  In the Good Gus series, horses and wagons were a way of life.  In “The Special Gift,” it took over a day for Sheriff Gus to reach Monahans to find the orphanage.  It took even longer to find the orphanage as it was out of town.  In the end, though, it was a Happy Christmas for all.  The series is online on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  If the crowds and fear of COVID are getting to you, give an online book to the adults on your gift list.  There is still time for “Misplaced Trust.”  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Why are people so narrow minded lately? They take the minutest item and turn it into a huge fiasco.  I understand that things are difficult, but we have food, clothing and shelter, at least most people do.  To attack others because they feel like it is wrong.  I saw a short skit on Facebook about a motorcycle gang that were so narrow minded that they decided to bother an older lady sitting on her porch minding her own business.  They chained a pole on her porch to one of their bikes and pulled it off.  She was not happy and told them to leave.  When they refused, she reached under her rocking chair and pulled a large rifle.  She began blowing up their motorcycles.  They left quite quickly.  When they next  decided to bother an older man sitting on a rocker, one of the gang reminded the leader what had happened with the woman.  They fail to realize that they will be an older individual one day and their narrow minded ideas should not be acted on.  I saw a second video about a woman who went into a restaurant.  It was upscale and had wealthy patrons.  It had been raining and her clothes were ripped and tattered. The manager was no narrow minded that he told her to leave.  A waiter who was working his way through college and helping to support his family, ran out the back door after her and gave her all of his tip money, which was ten dollars or eight Euros and some change.  A few days later the woman returned to the restaurant smartly dressed.  The manager didn’t recognize her and was fawning over her as he led her to a table.  She asked him if he recognized her and replied he didn’t.  She then said the following: “I was here the other night.  I had been robbed and beaten and I needed food and temporary shelter.  You insulted me and told me to leave.  Where is Mateo?” The manager called him and he appeared.  She continued, “Mateo slipped out the back door and gave me all of his money even though he and his family are poor.  Mateo, you are the new manager of all my restaurants, and manager, you are fired.” Being narrow minded was not part of any story in the Good Gus series.  There is still time to order online for the series. It is available on Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. A grandfather in Texas sent the books to his grandchildren who are absolutely loving the books.  For the adults on your list, “Misplaced Trust” is an interesting read over the holiday or for future lockdowns.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  There is a new graduating class of pilots for the United States Air Force. The amazing part is that the majority are women. Besides test pilots, there were also a significant number of female engineers.  During WWII, women were pilots ferrying goods across the United States and to Europe.  They had important roles.  As pilots, they did an outstanding job.  However, once all the men came home from war, the women were expected to return to being housewives or working in traditional female jobs until they found a husband.  That was the 1950’s.  Over time, however, women decided they wanted to study and become scientists, doctors, engineers, pilots and so much more.  When I was a child, my next door neighbor was married and it was shocking that she utilized her degree to become a librarian and go out to work even though she had three daughters and a husband that worked six days a week.  It may be why during that period women spent a great deal of time and money in therapy and on various tranquilizers because they had goals and weren’t achieving them.  I am sure there were women who loved being home, but that is rare today due to the economy.  There have even been periods where the women joined the military and the husbands stayed home with the children even when they went overseas. Times have changed and work is now a way of life for almost everyone.  Even celebrities are working parents.  I think it is important that all people don’t give up their dreams and work and achieve their goals.  In the Good Gus series, the women all worked whether married or single.  It’s an important example for all children.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Now that the lockdown has been implemented in the UK, online books will help children pass the time.  Don’t forget for the adults, “Misplaced Trust” which was written to encourage people to put their affairs in order rather than leave a mess behind.  It is also online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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