Gun control and mass shootings

Now when the subject of gun control comes up, everyone always gets so upset. You hear a lot of ‘they’re coming to take our guns’ etc.

That’s not the answer. Those who say that making guns illegal will ensure only criminals have guns.

The answer is much simpler. Make more thorough checks when selling guns. Make the checks the same nationwide. Have it all on a national database. And finally make it illegal to resell your gun except to a legitimate dealer who will do a thorough background check on the next owner.

This selling guns on Facebook yardsale pages should be illegal. Make it so pawn shops have to run the background checks as well.

Psych evaluations might help. But I wouldn’t say they’ll help. Someone can go over the edge even without having a history of psychiatric problems.

We have to take responsibility for our choices. As long as we believe the rhetoric that those who favor gun control want to criminalize gun ownership, then we won’t have any progress in this.

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Mind reading or student of history

I swear it seems I know people more than I realize. I guess it just comes from looking at history. I’ve repeatedly told my mother that banning abortions is not a good idea, no matter how much you hate the idea of abortions. Women who would have an abortion are just that desperate, they’ll try illegal methods if the legal route is taken from them. That’s what has started in Texas where abortion has gotten very hard to get — legally at least. How long until the back alley clinics come back?

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Random thoughts

Both of these are true for me too. I’m broken, a friend’s brother and another friend’s father died, my sister, my cousin & a friend’s 4 year old have been diagnosed with cancer.

I’m looking for the things to be furiously happy. I got to visit Vermont, I’m in my house.

I’m spending time trying to figure things out and get routines in place that I didn’t need when we were living with others. I’m starting an Etsy store and writing more. everything is settling down, so it’ll only go up from here.

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LOL Vacation


So we’ve been on vacation since last Thursday. It’s been an interesting week in Vermont. I’ve been so homesick, that I’m not looking forward to leaving.

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Busy, busy, busy

I can’t remember who linked to the above post, but it resonated. I tend to fill up my time with mindless exercises instead of doing anything that requires thought.

Then I wonder why time passes so quickly and what I did a week ago. I have so much I want to do, but I don’t take the time to do it.

I wonder why I don’t get anything accomplished.

This week as long as I think about it, as long as I remember, I’m going to be mindful of what I’m spending my time on.



So somehow, sometime, I managed to subscribe to a preppers site on Facebook. It’s got some interesting things that come across my feed as a result.

For some of it, I just roll my eyes and scroll past. Like the composting toilet, which is illegal in many areas anyway.

Sometimes it posts things that are interesting, like a link to an article about getting rid of spiders naturally. The problem I see is that some of these things will be difficult to find if something does happen.

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If you don’t like the heat

Get out of the kitchen.

But what happens when it’s 100+ outside and you’re trying to work in a house without ac?

I think I ended up making myself sick a week ago. I spent the week drinking extra water, and I’m still not feeling 100%. Then again, I haven’t been feeling 100% in a long time. I gained weight and I eat too much processed food at the grandparents house. I need to do better about eating veggies in the morning. I think I need to change a bit about what I’m eating at work.

I guess I just need to change things a little at a time until I get to feeling better.

To start with, I’m watching what I eat and adding a green smoothie every morning.

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Not my circus

I keep seeing a picture going around Facebook that says ‘When someone tries to pull you into their drama, remind yourself not my circus, not my monkeys.’

I always laugh at that, and try to remember when the drama happens at home. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the place to live, but sometimes I feel like I’m going to have a hole in my tongue with how hard I have to bite it around my sister in law.

There’s so much controversy on Facebook since the supreme court made their ruling. Here’s the thing, Christians are saying homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. Ok, but how does gay marriage and marriage equality affect straight people? I don’t mean the baloney (autocorrect doesn’t like the spelling of balogna lol) about how it makes straight marriage mean less.

The Bible is against sex outside of marriage, but they’re not outlawing that, and that’s one of the 10 commandments! The Bible is against divorce, but that’s still legal. Yet, unlike divorce, gay marriage is supposedly an attack on the ‘sanctity of marriage.’ How are the other 2 not an attack on it? What does it matter what someone else does? You don’t have to agree just because you don’t prevent.

The Bible speaks of love. Why not love and let people answer for their own actions? We are called to look at our own sin first. Jesus did say to go to your brother about his sin, but He also said to let the one without sin should cast the first stone.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know I’m not without sin, and I know for sure the Bible says we’re not blameless, no, not one.

This post has been more religious than my normal, but that’s because it’s the ones quoting the Bible that are the most vocal right now.

If you don’t agree with how someone lives their life, pray for them, be an example of God’s love. Don’t lecture them and drive them further away.

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Latency issuers and vaporware

Or lag, lol

I’m trying to get my mind off how long it’s taking to come up with the money for the electrical work that needs to be done at the house. I’ve been spending so much money on sheet rock and appliances, I haven’t saved anything. I can’t get too mad, my back window has been replaced, and I paid $100 for a water heater and $200 for a fridge. So I’ve been listening to podcasts from

I started out listening to one called ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’ then started looking at the other podcasts they have on the app I downloaded. My new favorite is either ‘Tech Stuff’ or ‘Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know.’

It’s all so fascinating.  I told my son that I found my new dream job. I was joking, but I’d love to do the research for some of these articles. 

Anyway, not a lot more to add. We are waterlogged but we haven’t floated away yet. We did go from a severe drought to abnormally dry in one week. Life isn’t bad, but home life is stressful with living with family for more than 3 years. The light is still there at the end of the tunnel, it’s just sometimes hard to see it. I sometimes wonder if it’s juat a hyperactive child with a glow stick though 🙂

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There’s no place like home

All the work we’ve done on the house over the last few years, and it’s getting close to being done.  It’s not done though, and I’ve got what seems like a lot to do to get it finished.

The framing is now done and inspected.

The electric is now roughed in and inspected.  We still need what they call the ‘top out’ where they put in the outlets and switches.

The plumbing is now roughed in and inspected. We still need the ‘top out’ where they put in the fixtures.

The insulation is now in on the walls and inspected.  It’s not on the ceiling yet.

We’ve done a lot of work with drywall, at least 4 weeks’ worth, and I need to buy more to finish the bathroom.  We have both bedrooms, the office, the living area and the kitchen done.  They started on the back room last Sunday.

With it being so close to being done, I’m tempted to move in once we finish the drywall in the bathroom.  We’ll have to put in a shower head and get the water turned on  We’ll have to get fixtures in the kitchen sink.  We’ll need to get a new stove if our current one doesn’t work.  We’ll need a hot water heater.

All this stuff is going through my mind.  Then I wonder why I can’t relax enough to sleep at night.  I bought some tea that’s supposed to help me relax and turn off my brain.  Of course, I keep forgetting to make any to drink. Tonight I’m hoping that blogging will help.  Things are too crazy where we are.

Once we get in the house, we can keep working on it.  We can do a little at a time until we’re done.  We’ll need to get doors and more insulation and all sorts of stuff that I don’t want to think about.  We need to put in a loft for the bedroom for my hubby and I.

I’m more discouraged than anything right now because we did have a stove and refrigerator.  I don’t think the stove will work because it’s been getting hit with the weather because my garage had a hole in the wall that I didn’t know about until about 6 weeks ago.  The fridge didn’t work once we got it plugged in.  The compressor stopped, though it worked when we bought it.

I just need to focus on the good parts and remember we’re closer than we have been at any time in the past.

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