I went to the grocery store this morning. At 8am there were lots of shoppers getting their fixings for tomorrow. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

I volunteered to bring sweet potatoes and cranberries. Since I am not fond of marshmallows, it took some searching to find a sweet potato recipe I liked. Both of these can be made ahead and are not a problem.

Most of my preparation is getting some lines ready for my son’s mother-in-law who is a real Trumpster. She is the only Republican in a family of Democrats. She and her other daughter are true believers. Had they joined a cult like the moonies, my daughter-in-law could have sent them off to be reprogrammed. My D-I-L shakes her head in wonder at some of her mother’s one-liners. The mother-in-law is very certain of the righteousness of her beliefs and delivers what amounts to summary judgements.

My best line on election night was a return quip when she wanted to go back to the good old days. I said, “You mean when Catholics were ostracized and no Irish signs were posted?”

She is both. I had her for a minute with that one.

I am working on some for tomorrow. She has recommended that I watch more Fox News. I am ready if that comes up again. I have watched Shep Smith and Neil Cavuto. They may not be typical Fox propagandists but they are on the network. I have quotes from both of them.

If she says she thinks Trump is doing a great job, I am tempted to say, “Well he’s well on his way to being a dictator and he’s doing great at that.”

The last time I was with my son’s S-I-L the “take a knee” controversy had just started. When she asked me what I though of Trump’s comments. I told her I was happy with him and she seemed surprised. “Without Trump’s intervention, most people wouldn’t know that the players are protesting the all too common violence against blacks, particularly by police. He has given them the attention the protests needed and now they are getting their message out.”

I need some more one-liners for tomorrow. Forget about facts. The M-I-L discounts them as fake news. We won’t have a discussion. We’ll just maybe trade barbs. Any help you could offer would be much appreciated. I am very good at biting my tongue and letting my son or her daughter fill the silence.


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