Today my heart literally hurts so much that there are no words. I am ashamed to be an American. Yes, I know what it means to say that. And I know what it means to say that if you voted for this man you elected a fascist. There is no other word. If you are one of the millions who voted from Trump just because of the choice issue, or because you were afraid of "socialism", you have elected a fascist. I honestly and truly pray (every day) that we make it through the next six months. Not only should Trump hang his head in shame for what he has done to families, refugees and legal residents of this country, he should hang his head in shame because the countries with the terrorists were not banned. You cannot blame this on national security. I realize as I write these things I may lose readers. But the reality must be faced. You (we indir6ectly) elected a racist, sexist, incapable fascist who would like us to return to the human rights stances of Russia or Germany of old it seems. Yes, after today I can compare this guy to whomever I like. At this very moment, all I can do is pray. And pray again.
For those interested, this link expresses my opinion in words better than I ever could: http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/01/28/dear-world-from-america/
Meanwhile, I promised you the story of my poor injured phone. Not too long ago, one of my mentioned goals was to cut the technology cord for an entire day each week. Let's just say that has not gone well, and that I'm not particularly sorry as such. While I don't want to become dependent on technology, it is a part of my life, and in my case, the way I communicate with family who live all over the world. Since I am also the Frugal Retiree, it is essential to my money saving and money making efforts.I rarely play games, and I'm usually not one of those people who goes down a "rabbit hole" for hours. I spend a couple hours each morning online, and then except for basic texting and phone calls and calendar checking, I may not be on my technology again until after dinner (although I do passive earnings on my phone).
And then last week, well..........I was without my phone for three days. Folks, let me tell you, it was not a pretty sight (even for a woman who can receive calls and texts on her tablet). I was not a fun person to live with. Somehow, somewhere, the little button on the side had gotten stuck in the "in" position and nothing done by man or woman would adjust it. This meant that it was always on, the screen never slept, and every time I plugged it in it came on and died, came on and died, came on and died. You get the idea. There was not a frugal or easy technology fix. It was time thank myself for paying that monthly phone insurance (with a deductible) and move on.
I really do rely on my phone for a great deal-and I have no regrets. Without my phone I could not make calls or text. But oh my goodness, that is not all! I do a daily guided contemplative prayer break for five minutes twice a day.......and the guiding app is on my phone. I pay all my bills through my phone- and could not because I had no phone (remember, I have no laptop). My phone has a photo scanner on it-and all my family photos that I had scanned to PDF's were on my phone and could not be downloaded to shutterfly. My grocery coupons and discounts were on my phone. Heck, my music streaming is on my phone. I don't use a paper calendar, so my schedule was on my phone!!
Fortunately, two hundred dollars (insurance deductible) and three days later, I have a new model of the same phone-and all my apps and information have been returned to the "new phone just like my old phone". While the two hundred dollar deductible was painful for the Frugal Retiree, the alternative was no alternative for me. And for those who 6nare wondering, yes, even with the two hundred bucks I am ahead on the insurance vs non insurance continuum. At ten dollars per month, it would be a long time to break even on a seven hundred dollar phone.
And as for that technology fast a day a week? Truthfully, I am holding off on that one. As long as I'm using my tablet a couple hours in the morning, and another couple in the evening, it works for me. I'm not sacrificing anything and my life is well rounded. For now, I'll stick with what I've got. My late father was in the wine and liquor business for forty years, and as such he and my mother drank wine and occasionally liquor on a regular basis-always the good stuff, but still regularly. Every few months or so they would not drink for a few days to see how it affected them. Right now the frugal retiree is in control of her tech use. If that changes, perhaps I'll follow dad's lead, who knows?
In other news, my new, more streamlined schedule allowed me to read three books this week. I also completed a quilt top and some other sewing. I finally (remember, all the art studio stuff I got a year ago?) have started a daily art journal. I'm also back to cooking for the church once a week, with last week being a potato bar for forty people. And my commitment to stay in bed as long as I like, and make no outside commitments before lunchtime? That, my friends is going swimmingly, especially in the cooler (albeit pretty mild) weather. I'm getting up and grabbing a drink and journal, sitting by the front window and chilling in the morning. I've also taken piles and piles of pictures, so starting next week, blog posts should be photo heavy again, and I can amp up instagram a bit.
Hey, it works for me. At least for now.