Humour … I need humour! I am drowning in a sea of darkness! Okay, I exaggerate, but seriously, this has been a pretty dark and gloomy week so far, between the American political fiasco, the terrorist attacks in Belgium, and the refugee crisis in Europe. I have pounded the keys with tears in my eyes, have fielded messages of hate from people I once thought were friends, and I need a brief respite from it all. So, I went on a mission to find something to laugh about for this morning’s post. There isn’t much funny in the news at the moment, but if you look hard enough, you can find it.
The Fight to Legalize Rain Barrels
Marijuana is legal in Colorado. Rain barrels are not. Makes perfect sense, don’t you think? The good news is that there is a bill currently under consideration in the state legislature that would make it legal for homeowners to possess two-55 gallon barrels to catch and store rain runoff from their roofs in order to water their gardens and yards. It is actually a good tool for water conservation, but there is a contingent of opposition that caused a similar bill to fail last year. They propose that homeowners catching rainwater from their roofs to water their lawns and gardens would somehow deprive others of their fair share of water. I admit that I am left scratching my head, trying to figure out the logic to this one.
A Tough Week for Columnist Eugene Robinson
First, NBC’s Brian Williams accidentally referred to Pulitzer Prize-winner Eugene Robinson as a “communist” instead of a “columnist”. That is understandable … an easy mistake to make. Williams realized his faux pas and immediately corrected himself. Then, to add insult to injury, the Huffington Post, in telling the story, referred to Mr. Robinson as a former employee of The Washington Post. Mr. Robinson is, in fact, an Associate Editor and twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post and has been with the Post for 25 years. Wow … rather like poor ol’ Jackie Chan who has been reported dead on social media more times than I can count in the last few years.
A Gallery of Peeps
Easter is almost upon us, and that means what? You got it! Chocolate Bunnies! Chocolate Eggs! And Peeps. I will eat an occasional Peep, but I far prefer the ears of a chocolate bunny. That said, I don’t hate Peeps and they are rather cute. There is a joke circulating on social media that goes something like this: “What is the best way to eat a Peep? Throw it in the trash.” That seems a bit sad to me, though I have certainly tossed enough of them in the trash after they sat around until they were hard enough to knock a cat unconscious. Anyway … check out this gallery of Peeps! Cute and imaginative! Peeps Gallery
The Case of the Missing Mushrooms
Speaking of Easter, I went grocery shopping last Sunday night and bought a number of fresh veggies for a stir fry I was planning to make on Tuesday, including a 12-ounce container of fresh mushrooms. So on Tuesday night, I chopped peppers, carrots, celery, onions, broccoli and … cannot find the mushrooms. I paid my granddaughter a quarter to find them for me, but she had to return the quarter, as she had no luck either. There were simply no mushrooms in that refrigerator. Finally found them … in my bedroom closet! No, I am not a closet mushroom hoarder! When I went shopping on Sunday night, I also stocked up on Easter candy for the upcoming holiday. I hid it, as I always do, in my closet. This is probably not the best option, as I am an insomniac night owl and have been known to sneak a chocolate egg every now and then. But I digress. Long story short, the mushrooms were in the bag with the candy in my closet. Now I am also missing a bag of dried kidney beans I was planning to cook for chili on Friday …
And I will end with this … just because I think we can all use a little hug right about now.