The People’s President

I’ve noticed something about President Trump when he is with “regular people“. They seem to be completely at ease with hugging or touching him. That’s something we don’t often see with our presidents although Bush 43 seemed to get hugs on certain occasions. I’m sure in person President Trump must be a formidable presence when he walks into a room. Not only is he tall but he oozes power. One would think that would deter a feeling of closeness with him. However, I’ve heard people say that in person he’s very compelling, making people feel as if he’s truly interested in them. I suspect that was a major reason he was elected. He was “one of us”, using the kind of language we use. Hillary wasn’t capable of connecting with ordinary people in that way.

Recently President Trump held a bill-signing ceremony for the RIGHT-TO-TRY bill. This will give terminally ill people the option to try treatments that have not yet been approved by the FDA. At that ceremony was an adorable little boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His actions during the bill signing were absolutely precious as he attempted to get a hug from the President.

Trump with grieving MomDays earlier, President Trump was speaking at the Annual National Peace Officer’s memorial service. During his recognition of an NYPD slain officer, Miosotis Familia, he invited the family to come to the podium. The touching image came when the officer’s Mother hugged the President as he held her hand while still speaking. Such a tender moment.

The President seems ever aware of the people near his “entourage” but not a part of it. In this video he being directed to his car but instead took a brief time to greet the law enforcement officers providing security. To this President, they aren’t just fixtures but REAL people who perform an important job AND who he wants to thank. Imagine how special that made them feel!

And of course, we all remember when the President stopped to retrieve a Marine One guard’s hat that had been blown off by strong winds. Even though the hat blew away again, in true Marine fashion, the guard never moved or cracked a smile.

The next time there is one of the President’s famous rallies, watch how people react to him. How they speak out during his speech, how they try to touch him, and how often they shout out “we love you”. The Democrats are at a loss to understand what the rest of America knows and loves.

No Blue Wave in Ohio

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The Democrats have been saying they are going to have a BLUE WAVE in Nov 2018. Meaning they believe they will take over control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Their plans are that IF they do that, they will Impeach President Trump and kill President Trump’s tax cuts in order to RAISE OUR TAXES! A few months ago in generic ballot polls, it appeared they might be successful. They had a substantial lead over a generic Republican. However, with all of President Trump’s successes, that lead is now down to only 3 points. Obviously the American voter isn’t as dumb as the Democrats think we are.

The results of Ohio’s recent primary indicates there is no BLUE WAVE in Ohio. I heard it reported that around 200,000 more GOP voters went to the polls than Democrat voters.

In the race for Ohio Governor there were 827,039 GOP votes vs only 679,738 Democrat votes. That’s 21.6% more GOP votes. Mike DeWine (R) received 17% more votes – 494,766 votes than Richard Cordray’s (D) 423,264. Another big race was for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sherrod Brown (D). Brown is a far left-wing Dem leaning toward Bernie Sanders Socialism. In November, Brown will be challenged by Rep Jim Renacci (R) who achieved 360,475 votes of the total 760,808 cast by GOP voters.

If this enthusiasm continues until November, Ohio is apt to maintain a GOP Governor and pick up a U.S. Senate seat. We really need Renacci to win to help President Trump implement more of his programs.

Lemon Licorice is my new favorite plant

Two years ago I bought an “interesting” annual to put in some of my outdoor flower pots. There was no plant identifier stake so I had no idea what I was buying. I really liked what the plant “did” so I bought it again last year. Again no identifying stake was in the little pot. FINALLY this year when I bought it again, there was an ID stake! It’s called Lemon Licorice (helichrysum petiolarre). The stake says it needs Full Sun to Part Sun and grows 8-12″. That growth statement is misleading.

Here’s a pic of the plant I just bought next to two Marigolds.
Lemon Licorice annual plant

Here’s a pic of last year’s fully mature plant. It’s way beyond 8-12″!
Lemon Licorice annual plant

I planted the Licorice in the brown pot last year and it totally covered the pot all the way down to the ground and onto the sidewalk! It requires no care and little/normal water. That’s my kind of plant! An added bonus is that it still looks somewhat OK all during winter. It doesn’t grow then but it turns to a velvety light gray color, keeps its form and adds some interest during the winter.

I previously used Sweet Potato vines when I wanted a flowing plant. But I got tired of the stink bugs and the huge sweet potato growths in the soil that soon crowded out the other plants in the pot. Lemon Licorice is far superior to those vines. The only insect I’ve seen on the Licorice is a Praying Mantis that totally blended in with the plant’s color. Give it a try when you want a trailing plant for your pots.

Warning if you buy gift cards from Walmart!

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I’m not a fan of Walmart for a variety of reasons. There is one near my home but I only occasionally go there. Today I just wanted to pick up some gift cards for people who helped me during my recent hospital stay. Usually I buy gift cards from Giant Eagle when I’m there, but today decided to just run up to Walmart. I picked out the cards then proceeded to check-out. I inserted a credit card to pay for them. Surprisingly the credit card was denied!

Cashier said I couldn’t use a credit card to pay for gift cards – nor could I use a check. Cashier said only cash or a debit card can be used at Walmart!!!!

With the credit card transaction denied, she then rang the cards up again and I inserted my debit card. Same issue as before. The card was denied!. The supervisor came over to help with the problem. She determined that the Visa phone line was down so couldn’t activate the cards. After about half an hour, we learned the register system had deducted the money from my account but still wouldn’t allow the sale of the gift cards. The supervisor gave me cash for the amount the register had deducted from my debit account and I left – without any gift cards.

My bank is in the same shopping center so I went there to deposit the cash that the supervisor returned to me.

Next I went to the Kroger store – same center – to buy cards. There I was able to buy the gift cards with a credit card with no problem.

UPDATE: I just checked my credit card to see if the first Walmart transaction that failed was by chance also charged to my account like it did the debit card. YUP! It was charged as well. Now tomorrow I must go back and “try” to get the charge off my credit card!!#*%#@%^*!

ANOTHER UPDATE 4/7: So today I went back to Walmart to get the charge off the credit card. I went to the “Customer Service” desk where the same supervisor was working. I showed her my paperwork that showed the charge against my credit card. She said she would have to get the Assistant Manager to approve. I waited 50 MINUTES for the Assistant Manager to finally show up. She said she couldn’t issue a credit since the transaction showed as “Pending” and that it might still be cancelled. So now I must wait till the transaction no longer shows as “Pending” so I have proof that Walmart did indeed double charge me the $271! I kept my cool – sort of!!!!

ANOTHER UPDATE 4/9:I checked my credit card account this morning and the $271 charge was no longer pending but had become an actual transaction. So I went back to the store for my refund. In the interim days, the Assistant Manager had pulled off register tape for the two transactions. From it she learned the cashier had voided 3 of the cards but not the 4th. Thus the register tape showed a “Refund” of $164. But I was still charged $106. I noted that the $164 was NOT a “Pending” transaction and thus suspect. She called the Store Manager and of course, he agreed with her and wanted to wait for the “Return” to show on my account. He said it usually takes banks longer to post payments/returns than the actual charge. He would not take the charge off my credit card! So I must wait even more days to see what – if anything – is recorded to my account. What makes me so angry is this is due to Walmart’s policy and screw-ups at the register. My only fault was trying to buy Gift Cards at Walmart!

FINAL UPDATE 4/11: I checked my credit card this morning to see if a Walmart refund had been issued for $164. It had – YAY! So I printed off the paperwork and returned to the store for the final refund of $106. Neither the Assistant Manager nor the Store Manager were there, so Customer Service called another Assistant Manager. That Manager wanted to know all the details of why he was being requested before he walked to the Service desk. When he arrived I explained the saga to him. He’s only authorized to approve $100 refund! He called the Store Manager to verify that I did indeed have substantiating paperwork. The Store Manager approved the return. The Customer Service agent then gave me the refund in cash – not allowed to take it off the credit card. ???

I suggested they might want to put a sign on the Gift Card display to advise people that they can’t use a credit card for the purchase because surely I’m not the first person to inadvertently use one for a Gift Card purchase. He indicated that it had sometimes been a problem. He said that people use Gift Cards as a way to launder money. I responded that all the Managers had treated me as if I were a thief and I didn’t appreciate that. He said that a lot of Walmart customers try to scam the company so they must be careful. I guess Walmart considers its customers guilty until proven innocent! For me, Walmart Customer Service was a big FAIL!

Hospital and Rehab not pleasant

In all my years I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had to be hospitalized only four times and two of those times were to give birth to my daughters. But at the end of February I had to be admitted for emergency surgery in the middle of the night. I had diverticulitis with a substantial amount of infection (sepsis). The surgeon removed my lower colon and established an ileostomy which will be “undone” with more surgery later in April. Thank goodness! I’m very lucky in that regard!

While I was at one of the top hospitals in the Columbus area, I noticed some changes versus the past times I was hospitalized. I’m not sure all the differences are positive. Naturally everything is computerized. Nurses ask questions then spend time on the room’s computer entering all my answers. Every time they gave me medication or a piece of equipment they scanned my ID bracelet. I assumed that was a ca-ching to charge my bill.

The main difference I noticed was with the nursing staff. They seemed to be understaffed. Too many patients – too few nurses. But the main concern was that about 1/3 were wearing hijabs and had a language/communication issue. A couple times they tried to give me medication that I knew was inappropriate per the surgeon’s orders. I wonder what happens to patients that aren’t fully aware! The housekeeping staff and meal delivery staff were mostly non-American given their lack of language skills. It’s sad that these jobs are no longer going to Americans, but rather foreigners working for lower wages.

After two weeks in the hospital, I transferred to a rehab facility for 1-1/2 weeks. The nurse to patient ratio was even worse than at the hospital! I had substantial problems with the ileostomy and finding a satisfactory pouch to adhere to it. The nurses weren’t adequately trained to care for, properly prepare the area and apply the pouch. Basically it was a mess and my skin paid the price. One morning I was left sitting in a “mess” naked for two hours as nurses changed shift and aides had to deliver breakfast trays to the dining room patients. Again I feel sorry for patients who either can’t speak up or don’t have family to check on them. Those are the horrors of elderly care. I just did everything I could to convince the Surgeon that I would be better off at home.

I’ve heard many people – especially politicians – complain about the medical industry. I suspect political involvement in the medical industry is the cause of many of the negatives I experienced. The need to cut costs and time spent filling out the computer work required by the government. That takes time away that nurses and aides can spend giving care to patients. Not good!

South Korea Will Still Serve Dog Meat At Olympics

South Korea is well known to favor dog meat in their meals. There are several really heart-breaking videos of them storing the dogs tightly in crates, then beating them to death before butchering them. Several humane groups in Western countries have pressured to stop the gruesome practice with little success. With the upcoming Olympics, the Officials have strongly encouraged restaurants to NOT serve dog meat to avoid offending countries who find this “food” repulsive. They’re meeting with resistance.

To read more about this Olympic story, click this link to the Fox News site: South Korea Dog Meat

As a life-long avid dog lover, I find this practice abhorrent!!!!!!!