Friday Flyer

  • Gas prices are still up, and Shell and Exxon are both reporting better than expected 3rd quarter profits! What a surprise.
  • Of course high oil and gas prices are once again tied to speculation, leaving the consumer once again the pawn in this greedy game.
  • The wind has subsided. Lots of trees and large limbs down, but we fared ok with just some minimal damage (loose siding and gutters blown off the house).
  • The political ads in this campaign have been full of lies and half-truths from both sides. The ads are focused on making the other candidate look scary, with no one talking about solutions or ideas. I shudder to think what the 2012 Presidential race will bring by way of campaign ads. With the parade of Republicans to Iowa and New Hampshire already underway, I expect that candidacy announcements for 2012 will start in the next month or two.
  • I am weary. I started my job in August 2009 to take care of my family, but it is a stressful job, and it is getting harder for me to not be home with Hannah everyday. Just putting one foot in front of the other right now. I would appreciate your prayers.
  • Speaking of work, I better scoot.



  1. I’m just back from visiting family in Alaska. I heard about the storms and was glad I wasn’t traveling through Chicago this time.

    I understand your weariness – I’ve felt that way in the past. I’m sorry you can’t be home with your darling girl. Hang in there, and I pray that you feel strength every day for all that you have before you to do.

    • Hello Susan – I’ve been thinking about you and wondering what part of the world you might be visiting … I’ve missed you. Thanks for praying, I appreciate the support.

  2. One of my coauthors, Mike, just wrote a post about being weary with the campaigning and the negative ads that come with it. I noted in the comments that it would be just a few short months and the 2012 presidential race would begin. Oh, the joys of politics.

    Glad to hear you guys fared as well as you did during the storms.

    • 2012 campaign starts on November 3rd! Oh my.

      I’m glad the storm has passed. Thanks for checking in.

      • Sadly, in NH it’s already started.

        Every time a big name person shows up, it’s speculated that he, she, or it is running for President. I kid you not, a radio host was speculating about one person who was touring the state, and finally the news man walked into the studio and said, “Uhh, he isn’t eligible to be President, he wasn’t born in the US.”

        The DJ asked, “Are you sure?”


        “Has anyone told him yet, ’cause he looks like a Presidential candidate.”

        Every time Gingrich, Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani, Palin, Jindal, or anyone of that level shows up, we hear all manner of blather about it.

      • Unfortunately, the blather is only going to get worse, and unfortunately for you, New Hampshire will be ground zero for blathering. Hardly anyone bothers to come to Michigan, especially the Upper Peninsula!

  3. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet

    So sorry to hear of the damage but I’m glad it was minimal.

    I know exactly how you feel about going in to work. I’ve been debating on retiring, because I can, but staying in the work force is more beneficial to me. So I am. But every day gets harder and harder to get up and come in. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  4. Speaking for NH … Can we just not do it this time around?

    Even without TV, I’m hearing more nasty negative ads and comments than any reasonable person should. And the parade of prospective Presidential candidates is tedious.

    The ads are ridiculous, aren’t they? I hear that PolitiFact gave this year’s crop collectively a Barely True rating, with a huge number getting “Pants on Fire.” And it’s only going to get worse in the foreseeable future.

    I’m glad that you’re doing okay. I understand about being weary. Take care!

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