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  • Started today off with a light breakfast then down to the basement to continue the dewatering process. Pretty common problem here in the East Bluff in Peoria. Even with a dewatering system (channel to direct the water and a sump pump), basements are wet after a two day rainfall totaling over six inches on the still frozen ground below the surface. But thankfully today the water is seeping in at a much slower rate, so we should be dry by Monday, unless of course the sky decides to open up again.

    Weather was chilly, around 50º this morning as I headed out to do the bi-weekly grocery shopping. Would have been a very ordinary day, well, except that it was late April and it was snowing. That's right, snowing. No accumulation, mind you, but seriously....snow? Oh well.

    With list in hand and a couple of boxes to carry the groceries home in (I do my shopping at Aldi's, a discount market where the selection is excellent and you bag your own groceries), the shopping went fairly quickly. I do love doing it on a weekday morning, the crowds are very small and the selection hasn't been picked over as much. When I finally had the cart filled, the line was very short to the cashier and I was able to get through the chore in about 45 minutes total.

    Now there are a few items they don't stock, so I did have to run over to the local Kroger's and pick up a couple of additional items. But that took less that 20 minutes, so I was back at the house by noon and had everything put away by 1 pm. Olivia was happy to see me, took her usual romp around the backyard while I was bringing in the groceries and came in as I was separating the pantry items from the refrigerator items from the freezer items. After a couple of treats and some petting, I resumed my task while she retired to her perch in the living room and curled up to wait for me to be free.

    Placing the pantry items in their proper places, I then stocked the refrigerator and grabbed the final box to proceed to the basement. Once the freezer was done, I decided to complete a second dewatering and remained downstairs for about another 45 minutes.

    In between markets, I was listening to Diane Reame on Public Radio on the subject of Muslim sentiments following the Boston Marathon bombing. They seemed to believe (an esteemed panel who I did not get the names of, but they were all identified as Muslim-Americans) that the US might be over reacting to the incident by considering a restriction of immigration and visas from Muslim countries. Personally, I don't know why we haven't taken that action long ago, right after the 9/11 incident. Yes, I realize we would be punishing the innocents as well as the guilty, but I guess I am old school enough to look at it from a different angle. I see it as providing an incentive to the people in those nations who do not want to be penalized to uncover the perpetrators and get them incarcerated, thus solving the problem and showing the rest of us here in the civilized world they are willing to place good ahead of evil. Just an opinion, mind you, and probably not politically correct by a long shot. But I am awfully tired of hearing about bombings, bomb threats, and the finger pointing that goes along with all of it.

    The Muslim people I have heard on the radio seem to think it was inconceivable that the citizens of the US did not openly embrace their religion and accept them as neighbors. Perhaps they need to take a course in religious freedom in the United States. Maybe a review of the sufferings of the Latter Day Saints in their beginnings or the Jews in the Deep South might open their eyes to the things believers have had to endure.

    Not to mention that most of the civilized world got rid of the notion of having religion mixed in with government in the 16th century. Oh yeah, I still hear the term “Christian nation” tossed about here and there, mostly by people trying to get themselves elected or people who are trying to pass a bill based on their particular agenda. The truth of the matter is the United States has never been a Christian nation and will never be one. We do respect religious diversity here, although we don't always agree with it. Is this a great nation or what?

    Between Aldi's and Kroger's, the show had changed and now there were a couple of men discussing the tragedy in Texas where there were so many lives lost and they were still searching houses for more casualties. Apparently the word “terrorism” was not in play, but the police and fire investigators were considering the site as a Crime Scene until they could confirm it was an industrial accident. Apparently that has a few Muslims up in arms as well.

    Personally, I don't care what name you call God or how you worship Him as long as you don't interfere with the rights and beliefs of others. But since the 9/11 incidents, there is going to be a suspicious eye turned toward any loss of life on a large scale or at a public event. Nothing personal, and if you didn't have anything to do with it, sorry for the inconvenience, if any.

    Now these remarks are not aimed at all Muslims, just the ones who believe they are being singled out just because they are Muslim. It could be worse, far worse. Ask George Takei. Ask any Black American who lived in the Deep South before the 1960's.

    Me? I'm all for an ounce of prevention. Like I said, I'm tired of hearing about it.

    Oh well, about time for me to get up and make dinner. Called the girls and told them to come over, I am making a very big salad with a plethora of toppings....tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, carrots, thinly sliced steak, shredded cheese, some loose country sausage, and some hard boiled eggs sliced up, all on a bed of lettuce, red cabbage, and spinach leaves with a choice of six or seven dressings. Ought to be delicious. And I am in the mood for some fresh greens.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day.

    ~Fred~

    Jennifer and Jeremy after dinner, sitting around and talking with Grandma and Grandpa.

    Thought a little Jethro Tull was called for.
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