“Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.”

I’m tired of dreary and dark. Maybe we should be calling this the rainy season instead of fall. Henry has left so many wet paw prints on my kitchen floor they look like decorations on the tiles. The only saving grace is the day is warm and will stay in the low 60’s today.

Last night when I was going to bed, I took off my socks and just left them on the floor by my slippers. This morning there was only one sock. I never doubted who took the other. I found it downstairs in the den. It was wet and slightly chewed.

The Halloween card my sister sent well before Halloween arrived yesterday. I have no idea where it has been. The top of the envelope was open. It looked as if it had been slit. The card is a great card. It is a pop-up of a witch driving a pumpkin carriage pulled by two black horses. The witch’s crop is a long bone with skeletal fingers at the end. A black cat is riding in the carriage. This is a keeper which will be saved in my new Halloween box.

I early voted. That seems anticlimatic now. I went to the town hall instead of the police station to vote and was one of about five people sitting and reading the ballot. Voting didn’t take long as I already knew my choices for each office and my responses to the ballot questions. I remember the first time I voted. It was the presidential election, the Nixon-Humphrey race, in 1968. Back then you had to be twenty-one to vote. My candidate didn’t win. During the mid-term elections in 1970, I requested an absentee ballot as I was in Ghana. The ballot came well after the election. I filled it out and sent it back anyway because I believed then as I do now that voting is both a responsibility and a privilege. I have never missed voting in any election, even for the local selectmen in my town. I am ever willing to castigate people who say they never vote, the same with sporadic voters. There is no valid excuse to choose not to exercise your franchise except maybe because you’re dead or comatose.

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18 Comments on ““Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    When I was young (18+) I voted for the best party, now – old and disillusioned – I vote for the least evil choice.
    TV is on, beer in the fridge, it will be a long midterms night, first results at 2 a.m. or later here. Good luck, dear Americans!

    Btw, Joni’s 75th birthday is tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I totally understand the lesser evil. That was the election of 2016. Now, many candidates are running on platforms meant to protect people in so many ways. There is evil on one hand and no evil on the other.

      Thanks you!

      Thanks on Joni!! I’ll have to do belated.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    One pundit said that Texas is neither a blue nor a red state but a non voting state. I’m amazed how few eligible people vote in this state, especially Hispanics. I’m hoping that the record turnout during the early voting period this year will be a good omen for Democrats. A Democrat hasn’t won a statewide office here since 1994. The Republicans realize that the coming demographic change in this country will eventually make them a permanent minority party. Therefore, they have been working diligently to restrict minority voting by a combination of gerrymandering districts, voter ID laws and gutting the 1965 voting rights act. In 2013 Senator Lindsey Graham said of the Republican Party, ‘we need to attract lot’s of angry white men’. 🙂 I don’t have the patience to watch the returns nonstop tonight.

    Although Maddie was a gentle soul, she was there first and had the alpha position when Henry entered the scene.

    Today started out partly cloudy and the clouds rolled in during the afternoon. The temperature topped out in the upper 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I too don”t have the patience to watch the returns. I check in periodically, but I’m watching movies instead. The TV has been blasting us with far too many political ads, and I don’t need any more.

      Usually mid-term elections don’t draw many voters. Here th number is usually around 30%, but the projection has it well over 50%. They will be democratic except for the governor who is a popular republican who is one in name only.

      Maddie was alpha in name only. She didn’t harass Henry the way Fern would have if she were still around.

      It rained all day, quite heavy rain at times but t was sill h he high 50’s.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Unfortunately, the Senate will probably remain Republican and the House will finnally go Democratic. Ted Cruz won again on a fear campaign against Beto claiming the Democrates want open borders and welcoming the caravan from Honduras will get free health care and lawyers when they get to the border. At least it’s not as bad as 2016.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I was so sorry that Beto didn’t win. He ran a great campaign. At least the democrats have one half of one branch of government. Now they will be the chairs of all the committees.

        Cruz who has been attacked so many times by Trump chose his scare tactics when campaigning.

      • Spaceman Says:

        All of the committees except for the Senate, that is. If Pelosi wants to go on witch hunts, the senate will respond in kind. We’ll see what happens.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I wouldn’t call what the democrats probably have in mind as witch hunts. They are real questions for which we haven’t had answers. Pelosi promised House Democrats “will certainly honor our responsibility as oversight of the executive branch” but she said, “for those who want impeachment, that’s not what our caucus is about.”

        Even Trump’s threats will not deter the house.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Of there are all sorts of things Nancy may go after. Start with subpoenaing Trump taxes, Trump family business, Comey firing, Jared Kushner, travel ban, child separation policy. Can give you a list of 15 more. And it’s exactly what their caucus is about. Media and Democrats pillorying Brent Kavanaugh is a prime example of their agenda. But they paid for that witch hunt dearly in giving away a couple of incumbent senate seats. What goes around comes around. We’ll see what happens

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        False news is the president’s way of deflecting many truths. He also chooses something like his caravan to change the focus of news away from what he has done or what he has condoned. We’ll have to see what happens now.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I figure all conservative news outlets will hop all over any comments made by democrats in the house. Nadler said they had to figure out what they’re doing. I figure that doesn’t mean that what he contends in the article will necessarily happen.

  3. William Sandford Says:

    I was at the polls at 6:30 a.m. and got home after 7p.m. Peg helped out for the last 2 hours. Turnout was very high, and we signed up about 80 new voters in a town of 2300 people. We had 6 new voters signing up at 6:55 p.m. Three of those had moved from MA two weeks ago, and signed up as Republicans, so probably had no idea who the candidates were and voted straight party line. They were still filling out their voter sign up papers when the polls closed at 7. One of them had the balls to ask why the polls closed so early. I guess 12 hours is not enough time? These Massachusetts people!!
    Sununu is governor again, setting himself up to challenge Senator Shaheen (Dem) for Senate in 2020. We’ll see about that.
    We’ll be at Riverwoods CCRC in Exeter next week for basket sales.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I saw the governor results. Here Baker was reelected by over 60% of the vote. He has never aligned himself with Trump as he knows this is not the state to do that. Warren won handily.

      I guess the voters from Mass are used to the polls closing at 8. I’m glad to know some republicans have bailed from here. They are such a minority here.

      You can’t register to vote here on election day. I like that you can and wish it were so here.

      I’m impressed with your turnout!

  4. olof1 Says:

    It is dangerous to leave something on the floor 🙂 🙂 Two weeks ago I left my slippers on the floor and suddenly one of them was gone! I just couldn’t find it. Turns out Albin had picked it up and carried it out to the garden 🙂 It stood there in damp and wet weather for a couple of days before I found it 🙂 🙂 🙂 He hadn’t chewed on it though 🙂

    I’m so glad the election went well 🙂 Next time I hope they take it all 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Henry hasn’t done much chewing of my stuff but he has chewed his toys to nothing. They are just flat, but he still plays with them.

      At least we have the House. I would have liked more, but we’ll take what we have.

      Have a great day!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I voted early, too. I got angry at something that was happening on the political scene one day about a week before election day. I got up and went to the town hall and deployed the only weapon I had: my ballot. And I felt better.
    But the on Tuesday, I felt like that time I had all my Xmas shopping done in October. I was missing the excitement of the season so I went out and did more shopping. I didn’t go out and vote again, though. 😀
    Wednesday was sunny and warm. I flung walnuts off the lawn and down into the swamp. Today looks mostly sunn and not quite as warm. I might fling more walnuts. Or not.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I felt the same way on Tuesday. It was as if I hadn’t voted. I felt a little guilty.

      Yesterday was a beautiful day, but I stayed home and did around the house stuff. Today is another nice day but I’m not inclined to go out today either. I got books from the library on Monday so I have them to read to pass the day.

      Have a wonderful day!


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