What Happened To Aunt Debbie?

Well.

Have you noticed my absence? I’ve been gone for a bit.  At first, I was just lacking the motivation to write or do anything else creative. I didn’t stress over it. I just let it be.

Then 2 weeks ago, on Feb. 1, we were low on propane. Our propane heater is our primary source of heat. We use space heaters periodically, to help keep the chill down when it’s colder than usual. Our propane provider says to order when the tank reads 30%. They also say not to let the tank get below 10%, ever. And they have an attitude if you try to order when the tank is over 30%. So, knowing we were at 30%, Dad called in the order. 

Since this particular company took over we hadn’t had a problem. The company prior to, is a different story. I thought I had blogged about the past incident but I couldn’t find it to link to it here. What happened with the prior company was that Dad didn’t order propane in time during the holiday season and were conserving propane until after the new year when they finally showed up to fill the tank. We were cold but we were not hit with a severe snow/ice storm that year. Unlike this year… You’ve most likely heard about the severe winter weather advisories for some of this country. That’s what we’re going through right now in SW Missouri!

Up until now, our current propane provider had been here within 2 or 3 days to fill our tank. I know they get busy during the winter months and with the road conditions right now, I can understand the delay…BUT we ordered on Feb. 1st. The roads were fine then. The weather was cold, but fine then.

Here we sit on Feb. 15th. Still waiting for propane. Our tank is now at 10%. We can’t use anymore. We have been using space heaters for the last week. Two space heaters, in the living room, to be exact. We can’t use more heaters because the idiot who built this house put almost everything on the same circuit as the kitchen so anytime we use something ‘extra’ that draws a lot of power, we blow a circuit. Even the toaster blows a circuit if too many things are going at the same time.

Here’s one heater. Look at the temp:

41 degrees, in the house, and just around the immediate vicinity of the heater. Can you imagine? The rest of the house is cold as ice! Unless, of course, you’re next to the other heater like poor Alice, who is disgusted with the present condition of her safe and warm home! This heater shows a higher temp because the photo was taken on Saturday when the sun was shining bright and the temp was a tiny bit higher outside. 

As you can see, I have placed cat beds all around the heater so my poor babies can stay warm. As for Dad and I, we are bundled in layers of coats and sweaters, gloves and scarves, hoods and caps, blankets and throws. We are using heating pads. I had planned on buying a couple electric blankets, but didn’t get a chance before this winter storm. We aren’t getting deliveries of any kind at the moment because of the road conditions, but I will order the blankets soon. This bitter cold has played hell on my legs, my arthritis. For a couple of days, the pain in my legs hindered my ability to walk. I had to do something so – don’t laugh – I wrapped my legs with small fleece throws and used duct tape to secure them! This has helped my legs stay warmer and I can walk better. I am still not a happy camper!

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Last Tuesday, Dad called the propane company to find out when they might be here to fill the tank. He had to leave a message. They called back on Wednesday and told us the truck would be here to fill our tank that day. They never showed! We kept calling and emailing the company, explaining that we have no propane and that one of us is elderly, the other disabled. They haven’t returned our calls or emails as of yet. Yesterday, I heard that the truck was in our area! It was nearly 5pm though and they hadn’t shown yet. I don’t know if they were actually in the area or not.

I’m really disgusted, and extremely cold…ANGRY even. I think if the propane companies can’t handle the demand during this time of year, then they should hire more drivers and/or get more trucks! I also think that since they know how unpredictable our weather can be here in the Ozarks, they should have trucks that are able to get on these roads during severe winter weather. As my grandmother used to say about businesses that fall short: “Shit or get off the pot!” I agree 100%.

We are looking into changing propane providers; some don’t serve our area and others will but only if a neighbor needs propane at the same time, IF there’s a neighbor with the same provider, that is. We also have to consider rent and other fees for hook up of a new tank, and the policies they have regarding keeping that tank filled. 

I hope this will soon be another shit stain memory that we will never have to repeat. For now, we wait. We sit here, in the cold, waiting… I may not write again before we get propane. It’s just too damn cold. 

Friday’s Funnies – My Faves This Week

Well, here we are. Friday. I have been AWOL for several weeks. I just have not had the inspiration or motivation to be creative in any way. The last 4+ years have been the most draining and exhausting years of my life! I hope to get back on track now! How are you doing now that we have a new administration? Do you feel less anxious and worried? I sure as hell do. Enough said.

I’ve collected a bunch of funnies over the last few weeks and I hope you’ll get a few chuckles when you see them! Let me know which are your faves, as always! I’d love to hear from you! On with the show, my friends! Enjoy!

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So, what do you think? I think my faves are Besty DeBoss, 8 Year Old, and Fake Fall Bullshit. I’m thinking for next time, I’d like to do a theme – let me know in the comments what theme you’d like to see here on Friday’s Funnies. I will do every theme suggested over time, if I can find enough memes to make a full post.

Have a super weekend, friends. Don’t forget to exercise that funny bone! Remember, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! 

aunt-debbie

Earworm – God Bless The USA

I woke up this morning with a few scattered thoughts and this song on my mind. I can only hope things will get better soon. I wish everyone would stop and think about what our flag represents. Think about those who died for our right to protest and to speak freely. Think about other countries who have governments that rule with an iron fist; where citizens have little to no rights. Think about our Great Nation, the USA, and what it would be like if we were to come under dictatorial rule. What would happen if we lost the rights we have become so used to having? We take our rights for granted, don’t you think? We must stand together now and hold the American Flag high.

Being a Patriot is about standing up for the Constitution of The United States of America, supporting our government, and standing up for our country as a whole, not just certain groups of people. Our government is not perfect, by a long shot, but change must come about peacefully and according to our laws. Let us unite and fix what is broken instead of ripping it completely apart.

What’s Eating Aunt Debbie?

Oh, so many things to say but less than an hour to write!

Who’s Trying To Steal What?

It looks to me like Donald Trump is the one who’s trying to steal the election. They counted and recounted the votes in several states. Biden still had more votes. 60+ law suits put in front of various courts, were knocked down! NO evidence of widespread voter fraud was presented in any of those cases. Biden is still, clearly the winner of the 2020 election. Still claiming to have won the election, Trump riles up his base and makes them believe the lie! Now look what has happened.

He Told Them To Come

Peaceful protests are one thing; a riot is quite another. Donald Trump told his followers to come to the Capitol. He told them to fight. They knew what he wanted them to do. He knew they would do it. He used his followers to do his dirty work, the fucking coward! Desecrating the Nation’s Capitol Building is unacceptable! Donald Trump incited this riot that resulted in 5 deaths, property destruction, and theft. Let us not forget that these rioters came with weapons, zip ties, a constructed gallows and noose, Molotov cocktails and the like – for what purpose other than to terrify and inflict harm? It is clear what their intent was. They threatened the life of the Vice-President; shouting “Hang Mike Pence.” All because Trump expected Pence to overturn the vote, which is completely not up to Pence. His job was to oversee, not overturn. Trump just can’t accept that he lost the election and refuses to give up “power” because he’s a big, whiny-ass crybaby! But…but…but…BLM, Antifa, yadda yadda… Just staaahp! It doesn’t matter who did what, when, or why. The people that stormed the Capitol Building are simply, domestic terrorists. Destruction and violence is unacceptable. ANY destruction or violence committed during a protest of any kind is unacceptable! Insurrection and sedition is CRIMINAL. The riot on Wednesday was a direct attack on our Democracy! It was an attempted coup.

Speaking of BLM…

If those rioters had been black they’d have been shot/beat/pelleted and arrested before they could have even walked in the doors of the Capitol. Why were these white Trump supporters allowed to do what they did with little push-back? We all know why. 

Freedom of Speech

We, the people, have been granted the right to speak freely; to express our opinions, via the US Constitution. Twitter, among other social media platforms have banned Donald Trump for violating their policies. News Flash: Twitter is a privately owned company and they have every right to suspend or permanently ban people for violating their terms of use policy. I can’t help but compare this to the situation with my sister, who is constantly in Facebook “jail.” She speaks her mind, not always in the classiest way, and she violates Facebook’s terms of use. Why is Trump any different? He is NOT different. No one is infringing upon his rights! He has violated company policy by inciting violence, using hate speech, etc. Come on, folks! We are all HUMAN BEINGS! We are all the same! Just because someone else is being hateful, doesn’t mean it’s ok. We must remember, that with Freedom of Speech comes a certain responsibility. Just because you have the right to speak your mind doesn’t mean you should always speak your mind. Some things should remain unsaid. Some things are just inappropriate and unacceptable. Some things are just downright FALSE. See what happens when lies and conspiracy theories are spread and perpetuated by a US President?  

Yes, I’m A Democrat

What of it? Do you hate me now because I’m a Democrat? Are you going to call me names like libtard, snowflake, liberal, or angry Democrat? You damn right, I’m angry! I’m angry that Donald Trump has turned us all against each other. He has flipped our Democracy upside down! We have never seen the likes of such an incompetent, hateful, ignorant, racist, sexist, anti-American POTUS in the history of the United States! Anything, and I mean anything you might think Trump did that was good, is completely clouded by all the bad. If you still support this man, then you are the problem. There. I said it. Unfollow. Unfriend. I really don’t give a rat’s ass…all because I’m a Democrat. Well, let me tell you that I have several times in the past voted Republican. I’m smart enough to think for myself and vote for the candidate that I feel is the best qualified. Donald Trump was not and is STILL NOT qualified to lead this country. I didn’t vote for him nor would I ever

Conclusion

I knew what was going to happen before Trump was even elected in 2016. Of course, I didn’t know the exact events, nor did I know to what extent, but I knew things were going to end badly. He has ripped this country into shreds. My heart is weary. My brain is exhausted. I am sick and tired of the way Republicans think. Frankly, I am ashamed.

Click. There goes my last Republican friend. Oh well. 👋

 

Friday’s Funnies – My Faves This Week

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s hope 2021 is better than 2020, shall we? Good Lord, it couldn’t possibly get worse…could it? My resolution this year is to laugh…laugh until I wet myself if it makes me feel better! Have you made a resolution? Will you keep it?

This is the first Friday of 2021 so it’s also the first installment of Friday’s Funnies! Let’s get the show on the road and start laughing, shall we? Enjoy!

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So, there ya go! The first installment of 2021! What do you think? My favorites are the last 3. I can’t narrow it down any closer than that! Which are your faves?

That’s all for this week, folks! I hope you all have had a fantastic holiday season but now it’s time to get back to work. By work I mean, doing our part to get things back to normal. I’ve had enough of this bullshit, haven’t you? So… Wear your mask, be considerate of others, and wash your hands. It’s the least we can all do.

Signing off until next time,

aunt-debbie