It’s Called Taxes

In response to UJ’s no doubt facetious post, below, encouraging me to make contributions to the federal government to help pay down the national debt, I say only:  I already do make such contributions.  They are called my federal income tax payments, and they are pretty darn generous, if you want my honest opinion.

Seriously:  Why is it so outlandish to expect that the government should live within its means, instead of constantly seeking more money from taxpayers or massively increasing our debt burden?  I don’t direct this comment at just the current Administration and Congress — for most of my adult life, politicians of both parties have shown that they will spend like drunken sailors if given half a chance.  We need to stop giving them those chances.

I Wish … I Wish …… that things will Get Better Quicker

Okay I’m not one to complain much because things are going well for me these days. I’m a consultant right now for Nationwide Insurance and I can’t say I ever thought I would be a consultant. I’m doing well financially especially with the rebound of the stock market and I have a fine group of friends with which to socialize when I choose to do so. I also have a part-time job as host at a restaurant I love eating at with people I love working with.

Of course, we can’t have everything in life, but sometimes I can’t help thinking how great it would have been had my nephew set up the family blog at least a year earlier then he did. If that had been the case then we would have had a written record of some of our thoughts when the country was going through it’s biggest crisis since the Great Depression.

Things are slowly getting better and I know this because my friend owns a small business that manufacturers thermocouples with annual revenue of $2.5 to $5 million. During the downturn he said his business was off as much as fifty percent and he had to cut his staff. I think it is safe to say he was more than alittle worried.  

I got a text from him earlier this week saying ” that business has really picked up and that they are back to working long hours and weekends to keep up with demand”. He’s also hired two additional workers. He says “we are getting increased profits because we kept our most productive employees and they are working hard because they know they are lucky to still have a job”. I’m glad for him and for the workers he employees because most have families and they deserve job security.

My Grandmother always used to say “its always darkest before the dawn”, we know that it has been dark … hopefully dawn is just around the corner !

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

My call for Christmas cookie recipes from several weeks ago is starting to bear some fruit. One faithful reader has submitted several recipes, and I think I will definitely try the following:

Thumbprint Cookies:


2 1/2 cups flour; 3/4 cup granulated sugar; 1 cup butter, softened; 1 teaspoon almond extract; 2 teaspoons vanilla; chopped nuts; jam

Use an electric mixer and beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Then add sugar, flour, vanilla, and almond extract, blending well. Chill the dough for 2 1/2 hours; then form it into small balls and roll them in the nuts. Place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Make an indentation with your thumb and fill it with jam. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes until firm and light brown on the bottom.

These sound pretty tasty. Thanks for the recipe, Mom! Let’s keep those Christmas cookie recipes coming!