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I just ruined a recipe.

I got a new cookbook for my birthday last month and have been trying out the recipes. One that looked intriguing is Cranberry Chutney. There's a lot of stuff in it, including spices, Port, AC vinegar, apple, pear, etc.

Well, our pear and apple trees are all done for the year, so we had to buy an apple and a pear. I wash all of our groceries with hot soapy water as soon as they come into the house. And then I washed the apple and pear again before cutting them up. Even though the recipe did not say to peel them, I really wanted to. But my husband said maybe I should follow the recipe. So I just cored them and then cut them up.

I tasted the pear. Next to our pears, it tasted like absolutely nothing at all. So I decided not to try the apple. I had the other ingredients simmering already and tasted the "sauce". It tasted good. Then I added the apple and pear. Almost immediately, a cloud of men's cologne smell came up from the pot. I mean, WTAF???? I tasted the sauce, and with all the spices and other things, the only thing I can taste is that damn cologne. Mind you, neither of us wears cologne or any kind of fragrance. Clearly, it was on the apple.

My husband thinks it might "cook off" but it won't. I added the cranberries (big mistake!) and then some extra spices, but the cologne overpowers them all. It's just ruined and I don't have ingredients to try again.

I don't understand why people want to put petrochemical waste all over their bodies, but it would be really great if they wouldn't touch food afterwards! I mean, that shit does not come off. Maybe it would have been a bit less noticeable if I'd peeled the apple. But I have experienced it with bags of apples that were so bad that after being washed and then sitting in the refrigerator for weeks, even the horse wouldn't eat them. She'll eat wormy apples and ones with bruises. But no thank you on the fragrance.

Needless to say, I'm pissed. The ingredients were not cheap. We eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, so this is a problem that gets repeated. If we were on a stricter budget, I can tell you we would be eating more packaged food. And from now on, everything gets peeled, whether the instructions say to or not.

So yeah, this is a rant. But it's also a request: If you are around food that will be purchased or eaten by someone else, please leave the cologne off. Save it for your date who thinks it makes you smell sexy (it doesn't). Wear gloves and then don't touch your face with your clean gloves. If you own a food store or restaurant, you should know that even having the smell in the air will transfer to the food.

We won't be having that cranberry chutney again. Or maybe ever because now I have an aversion from smelling and tasting the cologne in it.

Anyone notice the constant whining from turtleneck about how the Democrats tried to

ruin Brett Kavanaugh's reputation? I've heard it several times now on various videos.

While I was getting dressed today, a thought struck me: My husband has a Bachelor's Degree and 2 Master's Degrees. That's a lot of school and a lot of opportunity for him to mess up. Yet, there is nothing anyone could ever say about him that would come close to ruining his reputation. Why? He kept his nose clean. His behavior was above reproach. There were no drunken frat parties when maybe-he-did-maybe-he-didn't shit could have occurred. None.

If he were to be nominated for the SC, you would find people who either didn't know him or who had nothing bad or questionable or unseemly to say about him. No "benefit of the doubt" situations. I actually have never met anyone who didn't like him. And he was never in a situation where a woman could make the accusations made against Kavanaugh.

Most of the men I know are like this. So how the ever loving fuck could they not have found one of them, or someone like them? Why go for the perv in every situation? Why go for the one who has demonstrated poor judgment and chalk it up to "youthful indiscretion" when so many people in their youth don't do that shit?

How long should it take for a ballot to arrive via mail?

Mine was mailed last Tuesday morning from a post office 9.1 miles away from the County Election Commission. As of now, it has not "arrived." Should I be worried?

I've never tracked a ballot before, so I don't know what normal is. And I'm sort of guessing they won't mess with things in TN because IQ45 is a sure thing here. Still, I'd like my vote to count.

My other mail seems to be arriving to me in a reasonable amount of time if the postmark is correct.

I guess I wasn't clear. I voted and mailed the ballot back a week ago and it was showing "not received" as of this morning. I haven't checked again. I did call and they did receive it. So no worries. For what it'll change here, no biggie. But at least it will get counted. Thanks everyone! Lesson learned not to trust their website, as it's not updated often enough.

How do I stream tonight's debate

and what time does it start?


Watching TV shows ...

well, on Netflix, of course. I find myself almost gasping when I see people in the shows having dinner at a restaurant or weddings or just doing normal things like dating and hanging out in the break room at work. I feel like we will never see that normal stuff again in real life. It's just so strange to be shocked to see it on a tv show. I almost yell at them, "Don't you know we have a deadly virus spreading around???" And, of course, the show was filmed no less than a year ago. This is real Twilight Zone shit.

Doesn't matter that he has COVID. He's still a disgrace.

He's a disgrace to the office of the president and a disgrace to the human race. I have been so angry over the past almost 4 years that I can barely see straight. I live smack in the middle of trump country and there's no way my vote will make a dent at all, but I'll cast it anyway like I always do. I've never voted for a Republican and surely will not start now.

Here's the thing that's getting to me at this moment. While he's sick, he's getting the best treatment, resort-like rooms, and probably doesn't even have to wear one of those expose-your-ass gowns ... although we've all seen his ass more than we ever wanted to. He won't even get a bill for it, but you can bet we will!

Meanwhile, in the good old US of A, real people are suffering real consequences of his disastrous presidency. There are way too many to enumerate. And this is a rant, so I'd miss some anyway. Since he's living high off the hog in our hospital, I'm pretty damn angry about how much regular people are suffering, particularly since so much of it could have been avoided.

In the mildest form, without a positive COVID test and with a secure income, we have all lost our way of life. No more movies, family gatherings, weddings, dinners out, vacations, day trips to Asheville (yeah I really miss them), neighborhood BBQs, just to name a few. The kids have to be in an unnatural learning environment that will affect their academic lives likely for several years. We've become forced hermits if we're trying hard not to let this thing spread even more.

I'd put the next level as still not having a positive test, but losing that secure income. We've lost jobs before and it's damn scary. And that's when there are jobs to be found and we sort of knew it was only a matter of time before we were employed again. I can't even imagine the stress of losing an income indefinitely, trying to find work when the economy is hurting and companies are closing their doors. The uncertainty, the bills piling up, grumbling hungry tummies, stressing over the smallest expense. Maybe you're not sick yet, but you will be soon if you can't get some relief from the stress.

Next comes having a positive test but no symptoms. You may or may not be employed. Well, OK, not a whole lot different except that now you have to even stay home from buying necessities and you really shouldn't be with anyone at all until you get a negative test. Now you have more stress because you know how bad it could get if you're not one of the lucky ones.

Then you have a positive test with mild symptoms. I heard from a friend that "mild" is sort of like when a male doctor describes childbirth as "uncomfortable." Basically, you're sick and you feel sick and hope like hell that you can somehow care for yourself. The loss of taste and smell might not sound like a biggie, but I also heard from my friend that it's very disturbing. Oh, and if you still have a job, you might lose that from being sick. Or maybe you just won't get paid for the time you're out sick. Either way, it's going to cost you.

All that sounds pretty bad to me and damn scary. But wait, it gets worse. Maybe you have to go to the doctor. Or the hospital. EVEN IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE, YOU WILL PAY. Yep! You will have co-pays that could wipe out your budget for this month or this year or this decade, depending on how bad it is. If you've already lost your job, well you're truly fucked. So is your family. And let's not forget that even if you recover, however severe your symptoms were, COVID is like a time bomb and you have no idea when the organ damage will hit you hard. If the Republicans are successful at killing the ACA, congratulations! You are now uninsurable.

Finally, you could die. Your spouse could die. Your kids could die. Your friends ... I could go on, but you get it. You or someone you love could die from this. Over 200,000 people have already died in this country. Whether you're the one who dies or the one who has to go on after your loved one dies, I don't have to tell you what you've lost. Pretty much all of the above and a whole world of hurt more. Forever.

I will not feel any sympathy for the monsters who allowed all this to come about. I hope every one of them gets good and sick from it. I hope it hurts them like hell. It won't hit them in the wallet. We all know that. And it likely will only kill maybe one or two of them. They are empty shells who no one will truly miss. Somehow getting sick turns them into some kind of deities just because people can now finally see their humanity. Right. That dog won't hunt for me! No matter how sick they get, they are still monsters and they are still responsible for all the suffering that has been allowed and encouraged to happen to the rest of us poor schmucks who are only trying to make life better for our families and the rest of the country. They will never, ever have to worry about losing their jobs or incomes or not being able to pay their medical bills. So fuck the lot of them. They could have stood up for the country and chose not to.

Let's not forget how many times MF45 ridiculed Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Let's not forget how he declared Hillary weak when she had pneumonia. Or how he made fun of a disabled person. You know the list and the events. Getting COVID did NOTHING to suddenly turn this monster into a decent, compassionate human being, worthy of anyone's sympathy. He is the embodiment of evil. That has not changed.

As for Melania? She has been complicit since day one. She knew what she was marrying and she chose to stay. She chose to deride Barack Obama right next to that creep she married. We all know her "Be Better" bullshit is just that, bullshit. I feel no sympathy for her either.

OK, I did mention that I'm angry. And maybe I'm not a nice person. I just don't feel like being nice to or about evil people who have so grievously hurt my country and those I love. I make no apologies.

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