Early Bird Rise and Shine

PBO can even sit on his desk, and it doesn’t collapse.



80 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. December 31, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I’m waiting to catch my train to work, drinking coffee, trying also to wake up. Just lurking…a weird concept for me this time of day. Have a great day all.

  2. 10 Anjo
    December 31, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Happy New Year to all New Zealanders lurking, your fireworks were quite spectacular Morning AMK Chips and all early rising BTs, back to lurking at work

  3. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    December 31, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Morning. Last night’s final post was so packed with information, it would take a whole morning to get through it. Happy New Years Eve to everyone, although I’ve never really gotten the hang of this day. It’s always meant the end of vacation and the beginning of a long, cold January. Tomorrow all the decorations that took so long to put up, come down. And so it goes.

  4. December 31, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Taking a break.

    I think this will be the last time I post to the site in 2014.


    See you again next year…


  5. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    December 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Chips, it’s interesting that you featured a desk this morning with PBO sitting on it. I think a beautiful, sturdy masterpiece like the one in the oval office is just what you need.

  6. 24 amk for obama
    December 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Five men held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for more than a decade have been sent to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon says.

    The three Yemenis and two Tunisians had been captured in Pakistan as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda.

    US officials say the men, who were never charged, no longer pose a threat.

    Officials say 28 inmates have been released from the facility this year, the largest number since US President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

    It comes as part of the president’s push to close the controversial prison, which was opened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the US.

    Earlier this month, four Afghan detainees were repatriated while another six prisoners were flown to Uruguay.

    The latest release brings the Guantanamo prison population down to 127, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The five men were “unanimously approved for transfer” after a review of their cases by an inter-agency task force, it added.

    It marks the first time Kazakhstan has taken in Guantanamo Bay prisoners, which senior US officials say followed extensive negotiations.

    No reason was given for why the men were not sent to their home countries. However, many detainees cannot be repatriated because their countries of origin are considered unstable or unsafe.


  7. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    December 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Last night Bob posted a link to a letter by a Ukrainian woman, Yana Moyseyenkova, that really is worth the time to read. It’s a really touching insight into the heart of the Ukrainians and a plea to the Russian people. There was one line that struck me as true of many Americans, especially those who sat home in November–“..you continue to sit aimlessly for a long time. Will you present yourselves as shells?” Good question for any people who allow themselves to become disengaged when terrible things are happening to their country.

  8. December 31, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good New Year’s Eve, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!!

    Another year is coming to a close and it’s been a real roller coaster ride. There have been a lot of events, both here and internationally, that have been cause for angst. But in the midst of the dread have been events that make us happy…or gives us some degree of contentment.

    Even though there are those who won’t give him credit, President Obama is the source of much of this contentment…this sense of hope…this sense of tranquility. We know that it is because of his leadership and the efforts of him and his staff that the bad has not been worse. It is because of his vision and his determination that we are seeing forward progress and have been able to maneuver around the obstruction and road blocks. It is because of his character and intellect, his compassion and understanding, that those of us who are often forgotten have a champion…someone who is standing up for us when we would otherwise be cast aside with little or no thought…someone who has given us a voice and is motivating us to speak up for ourselves…to take some responsibility in shaping what happens in our lives.

    Year-end….an opportunity to AGAIN say THANK YOU CHIPSTICKS! Thank you for this SANCTUARY, this LIFE LINE, this place that keeps us ANCHORed. Thank you, Chipsticks, Nerdy Wonka, Liberal Librarian, Bobfr, Zizi, Lovely Plains, and (Even) AMK for keeping us informed, bringing words of wisdom, helping us to step back and take a breath when we are on the verge of panic and despair, keeping us grounded. Thank you bringing together this international community…our village…our extended family. Thank you, TODers – the regulars, the not so regulars, the lurkers. Coming to the village is a gift…a horn of plenty from which we are fed DAILY. In TOD Village, EVERYONE contributes. EVERYONE makes a difference. Here, we are able to expand our horizons both intellectually and culturally. We receive consolation — a hug – when we need it. We receive congratulations and best wishes in celebration of our achievements…our milestones. We are allowed to vent. We are given encouragement. We are reminded that in the midst of the “doom and gloom”, it’s okay to smile…to laugh… it’s okay to see the silver linings.

    TODers exemplify the hope, the goodness of people and the heart and soul of what this country…this world … is all about…the spirit that President Obama often talks about.

  9. 43 sherijr
    December 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Happy New Year’s Eve TOD.. and Happy New Year to those already celebrating 🙂 I believe 2015 is going to be a very good year! Feeling quite positive today ~

  10. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    December 31, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning TOD and Happy New Year’s Eve

    Auntie Update: The surgery was completed last night. She was in surgery for over 4 hours and they had to call in a second cardiologist to assist. One artery was 99% blocked and it required 5 stents. He said that they caught this in time. Otherwise she would have had a massive heart attack. The doctor says she will be good as new and can go home in a couple of days. I cannot thank you all enough for the prayers.

    Now, we have to make funeral arrangements for Brother-In-Law.

    Again, I cannot thank you all enough for the support over the last few days.

    • December 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Wonderful news about your Aunt, Donna, here’s to a perfect recovery and a long and healthy life.

      Again, may your brother-in-law rest in peace, what an extraordinary time you’ve been through.

    • 46 GGAIL
      December 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Donna, good report on your aunt. May she recover & continue in good health. Condolence on the passing of your brother in law. May he rest in peace. Continued prayers to you and your family. (((hugs)))

    • December 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

      We love you back!

      Wow, great news about your Aunt. She is really tough! Speedy recovery and a joyous New Year to her.

      My warmest condolences to your husband and family on the passing of his brother. May he forever Rest in Peace.
      Take it easy. Time and love are our healer.

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      December 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Donna, thank you so much for letting us now. I was quite worried when we didn’t hear from you last night. Hope you aunt fully recovers quickly and your little ones come home to grandma’s hugs. Wishing you and your family all courage and comfort as you face the sad task of your brother-in-law’s funeral.

    • December 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Donna may you, your husband and the rest of your families find some peace, comfort and healing as you lay your brother-in-law to rest. Thanks for the update on your Aunt, and so happy to hear that the surgery was a success! Wishing her a smooth recovery, and wishing your whole family a healthy and positive 2015! 🙂

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      December 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

      What a mix of emotions! {{{{GrandmaDD}}}} It’s reassuring to know that you have a big, close family ‘on the ground’ there – hang tightly to each other. And, of course, we all are here, and we love you back!

  11. 51 GGAIL
    December 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Chips, give up the DIY projects and get yourself a completely assembled desk 😀

    • December 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Or do what I do: hire a local assembler and watch him put it together in 8 minutes, smiling and chatting the whole time. Pay him whatever and call it a day.

    • December 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Mooooooooooorning GGail! But I’ve been with this desk for 10-ish years, if I gave up on it it’d be like dumping a nice husband just because his joints began to creak.

      • 59 GGAIL
        December 31, 2014 at 8:47 am

        And your point is???
        Let. It. Go!
        Younger more sturdy model is the order for 2015 😀

      • 64 jackiegrumbacher
        December 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

        To go with that analogy, you would not (I hope) try to fix a husband’s broken bones on your own, but would get qualified medical help. What meta’s suggesting is that you call in some help, get your desk professionally put together and never have to think about it again. I had a friend who never took home an “assembly required” anything. She paid the store a little extra to assemble it and had it delivered whole. She said the heartache, not to mention time, she saved was well worth the extra cost.

        • 65 GGAIL
          December 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

          Jackieg, I stay away from IKEA for that very reason. If it has to be assembled, I don’t really need it 😀

          • 66 jackiegrumbacher
            December 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

            I 100 percent agree with that GG. ‘Assembly required’ means ”Don’t buy me” in my dictionary.

          • December 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

            That’s my mantra, too. But somehow nowadays just about any bit of furniture requires a tool kit. Which I find terrifying. So I used The Google and found this wonderful local man and his sister who have built an entire business out of going around the whole Bay Area and putting all this crazy stuff together. They charge reasonable rates and do a great job in no time. Presto!

        • December 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

          “you would not (I hope) try to fix a husband’s broken bones on your own, but would get qualified medical help”


          A fair point, Jackie.

          My New Year’s resolution: Never, ever, ever, ever buy ANYTHING that has to be assembled. Ever.

          Although this is 10-ish years old, how the heck did it stay upright all that time????

  12. 71 japa21
    December 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

    GM all on this last day of 2014. I thought it was cold yesterday here in Chitown. This morning the wind chill is like 10 below and that is with hardly a breeze wafting. As I said yesterday, I love it. It wakes you up and makes you move quickly.

    Chips, if you pay the airfare I’ll come and assemble the desk for you. It will probably take about 10 minutes. Just make sure you have the Handyman Fix-all avaiable. About 20 rolls of Duck Tape.

  13. December 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy New Years Eve everyone. 🙂

  14. 76 Roberta in MN
    December 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Happy New Year everyone. Been lurking. Not having a good ending to 2014 only pray & hope 2015 will start off fine. You all bring peace & laughter In my life right now & I thank you from ay check in later. the bottom of my heart.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      December 31, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Sorry 2014 isn’t ending well for you, Roberta. Take care of yourself and let 2015 sort itself out. We all go through these tough times and somehow find the courage and stamina to keep on taking one step at a time.

    • December 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Hugs to you Roberta. Take care of yourself and hope that 2015 will bring more positive times for you.

    • December 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Be well, Roberta. 2015 will be much brighter for all of us. Hugs to you!

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