Wednesday, January 30, 2019


All of the US Intelligence Chiefs appeared before Congress to give a report on the status of our safety.  All of them contradicted Trump on everything, and nobody talked about the southern border as a main concern.
China and Russia pose the biggest risks to the United States and are more aligned than they have been in decades, U.S. intelligence leaders told senators on Tuesday, in testimony that repeatedly contradicted President Donald Trump's statements on global threats.
"Increased co-operation between Russia and China — for a generation that hasn't been the case — that could be a very big deal on the horizon in terms of the United States," said Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
Director of  National Intelligence, Dan Coats also said U.S. adversaries likely are already looking to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election, refining their capabilities and adding new tactics.

He said Russia's social media efforts will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities and criticizing politicians perceived to be anti-Russia.
Trump tweets that they are all wrong and perhaps they need to go back to school.  He also reminded us in a later tweet that he is the smartest person in the world.

As my mother was fond of saying before she lost her marbles, "I'm glad I'm as old as I am" but I do wonder what sort of world Brianna and Lacie are going to live in...if we haven't been blown up by the time they become adults.

We said goodbye to Alice Nan in the late morning and had the entire day by ourelves.  Walt spent it upstairs finding gems like this:

Neither of us can remember when (or why) this was taken, but since he does not have facial hair (or a wedding ring) I assume it was in the middle 1960s.

I was downstairs working on projects, including one of the hardest puzzles I've worked in al long time even though it's only 500 pieces.  But it's so hard it's addictive.

I got an early dinner made, which we ate while watching Jeopardy.  I made an instant pot Cajun chicken, which was SO good that I'm glad we had enough to last us two meals.

Marta arrived around 7 and spent the night with dog, Bouncer, and will be back tonight for another night -- then Walt's brother arrives.  They will take Walt to the doctor on Friday.  In truth, I'm not sure t's a necessary appointment because he seems to be getting so much better, but there are a couple of concerns that we wanted to discuss, so might as well keep it and get a urine test to make sure that all of the infection he had is finally gone.

Walt has slept back upstairs in his bed for the last 2 night and seems to be handling it all right.  I had some insomnia until I put on Pride and Prejudice and, as always, was asleep within the first 5-10 minutes.  That movie is better than any sleeping pill!!

Having dinner together again, 400 miles apart

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