A few hours ago, I re-blogged Keith’s post about how Trump’s lies and treasonous talk of voter fraud, which has been disproven time and time again, has incited threats of violence throughout the nation, but most particularly in Georgia, as they gear up for the runoff elections for Senate on January 5th. Yesterday afternoon, I wrote a snarky post about a number of socio-political situations that disturb me. Just a few minutes ago, I left a mini-tirade on Trump’s Twitter feed, hoping to release some of my fury (I’ll probably get banned again, but … who cares?). I’m tired. I’m disgusted. I so desperately want to leave this country and never come back … that is Trump’s legacy, in my book. Long story short, I need to write something tonight that is not political, that does not include the word ‘trump’, and that will quell the rage I feel right now. And so … in a rare step away from my usual fare, I am writing about other things … just for this one post! I’ll be back in the afternoon with more of what you expect from Filosofa.
A bit of humour …
The McCormick family in Adelaide, Australia, came home to quite a surprise yesterday! The day before, they had put up their artificial Christmas tree … one that they had owned for lots of years … with a silver, pink and blue theme. The tree had seen better days, but still … it looked pretty good once they got the lights and decorations on it.
On Wednesday, 16-year-old Taylah was the last to leave the family home in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide around 3pm. She made sure the dog was outside, closed the back doors and turned off all the lights. When the whole family arrived back around 6pm, something was odd. Said Taylah …
“I think the dog went straight to the Christmas tree and was sniffing around and Mum thought that was a bit weird. There was baubles all over the floor … and she looked up and there was a koala in the tree. It was pretty tangled up in the lights. It was a fake tree and very old but she still tried eating the leaves off it … I saw her munch down on some but she stopped when she realised it was plastic.”
Taylah’s mother, Amanda McCormick, said she was in shock.
“I thought ‘Is this a joke?’ I thought one of my kids may have put like a soft toy in there, but no, it was a live one. We’ve had them in our trees before but not inside on our Christmas tree … It must have crawled in when the doors were open, it would have been in our house for at least three hours.”
The family immediately called the Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue, but co-founder Dee Hearne-Hellon said the group didn’t believe the story at first.
The rescue team quickly arrived to detangle the koala, which Taylah had dubbed Daphne. Hearne-Hellon said Daphne was a juvenile female around three or four years old and in good health.
Hearne-Hellon said the koala likely just wondered into the home because it liked the look of their tree.
“It’s not actually that hot, so they wouldn’t be seeking shade, particularly at the moment … They are curious, and they are in the suburbs, and if they see something that they want to have a look at they’ll just drop in and have a look.”
I love it! I’m very thankful to learn that Daphne has been released into a tree in a nearby bushy area. I wonder if she will visit the McCormicks again?
And a bit of serious …
And now that you’ve had a bit of fun (I hope), you should know that today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. I chuckled when I first saw that one, but it’s actually quite a serious day. According to the National Day Calendar website …
National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them.
All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that necessary to everyday life. They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient.
The day reminds us to appreciate what you have. This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful. So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RoofOverYourHeadDay
To celebrate, pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree and make someone’s holiday a little better. Volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area. Your gift may help someone else be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight. Use #RoofOverYourHeadDay to post on social media.
This year especially, there are many people who have lost their job due to the pandemic and cannot pay their rent or mortgage, are in danger of losing their home. So yes, let’s be thankful for our own situation, and if we can, let’s try to help others out just a bit.
I don’t think most of you are aware, for I don’t share this with many people as a rule, but I was homeless once … not for long, for I had good friends who helped me out, but for a few days, two of my three children and I lived in our car, not knowing what would become of us, so I have had just a small taste of what it’s like, and … it’s damn scary, my friends.
And on that note, let’s end with another bit of non-political humour, shall we?