Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday Smiles 485: Back online


It's Friday and time to join Friday Smiles which is hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).   Let's visit her and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday.  

I had planned to share this last week, but I wasn't able to access my computer.  I had a problem with it freezing and Scott had to buy a part that I needed to "unfreeze" it.

I know some of you have asked about the outcome of the special election we had on Tuesday, August 2.  I voted early so I was sure my vote would be counted.  Let me explain my state.  We are conservative and that means we are a RED (i.e. Republican dominated) state.  Normally Kansas would vote conservative and as my friend Scott said, the No vote didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of passing.  However, the NO vote carried with ease.  

A few statistics are in order.  Over $12 million US dollars were spent on tv ads alone, about half of which were from both sides of the issue.  The only time Kansas has turned out to vote higher than August 2, was in the general election for President Obama in 2008.  In 2016 only about 220,000 people voted in the primary, and in 2018 about 320,000 people voted in the primary.  On August 2, close to 935,000 people voted and the vote was 59% No and 41% Yes.  I personally believe this was a test case.  Now instead of talking about inflation and cost of living, candidates on both sides of the aisle can talk about freedom of choice.  Remember this is a very conservative state.  For example, in Wallace County in the far western part of the state, only 17% of the county voted No.

But we are actually here for smiles this week, so here is what I have to offer.

I knew I had a mess in my storage shed, but I had no idea I would find what I found as I was cleaning it.  I was so shocked, I ran inside, got my camera, and returned to find the little critter hadn't moved.  Can't see it?

Maybe this will help.  S/he has created quite a mess.  Not sure how long this little possum has been living here, but it is causing lots of problems.   I knew I had to clean out the shed, but I had NO idea I was going to need to remove everything.

These were the last of the boxes that needed to be sorted, but rain was headed our way, so I had to get them back into the shed before they were rained on.

That's my big adventure this week, so I will add a few funnies to the mix.


Posssum - meme

one of these are not like the others - meme

Thanks for visiting and spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday.  Now PLEASE visit Annie and don't forget to start your weekend with a smile. 

18 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

yikes! wouldn't have wanted to find s/he in my shed! hope you got your boxes sorted. have a good weekend

Elephant's Child said...

Glad that you got your 'puter sorted and hope your guest has moved on.
Thanks for the smiles.

Iris Flavia said...

Awwwww.... sorry, but that´s a cutie!
And, oh, what would I give for shed! We only have a mini-cellar-space. Cold and smelly.
And too much stuff in there, too.
Owwww, and more of the opossums (are they related to the possum in Australia? They look different.)
Thank you for the smiles! They are big (the smiles).

Valerie-Jael said...

I'm sure you're not too happy about your 'visitor', but it looks quite cute. And nicer than the wasps' nest I had to have removed from my balcony! Happy Friday, hugs, Valerie

mamapez5 said...

I enjoyed you post today Elizabeth. I dont pretent to understand American politics, but your statistics were interesting and showed that more folk are getting involved which is a good thing.
I have never seen a possum in real life, so wouldn't have had a clue how to deal with your shed problem, but he does look rather cute.
I was impressed that managed to find so many possum memes to make us smile.
Hope there are no more 'surprises' this week. Kate x

Lisca said...

Oh gosh, that was a surprise! Are opossoms rodents? Do they gnaw through things like cables and wiring like squirrels do? I have never seen one and I don't know that we have them in Europe...(I'll google it in a minute)
And in the meantime you hasve your work cut out sorting out the shed!
I'm glad your computer is fixed again. Good ol' Scott. He is so good to you.
I laughed at the possom jokes. Amazing that could find so many!
Have a lovely weekend, and don't work too hard.
Keep smiling,

My name is Erika. said...

Your possum is cute, but not what you want in your shed. You know they eat ticks and other bugs. You captured a good photo of her/him. And I agree with you that your Kansas' vote is a great test case. Let's hope other states actually let the citizens vote on it and it doesn't just go through legislation in whatever type of state government the state has. Hope your week is going well. hugs-Erika

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

He/she actually looks really cute but I don't know anything about them. I can guess they will make one almighty mess if they settle in a place where there are things to chew let alone what comes out of their rear end Lol! I love having wildlife around but don't want them moving in! Loving the funnies too. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Angela xXx

Annie said...

Your possum looks rather cute but I have no knowledge about them so don't know what damage they might do. Love the funnies about them.
Annie x

Divers and Sundry said...

Hoorah for being back with a working computer!

But look at Kansas :(

I love possums but rarely get them on the patio. It's a real treat to see one. I admit I'd've been tempted to let him/her stay :)

Divers and Sundry said...

oops, that should've been a smiley face after "Look at Kansas" lol Arizona gets the frown...

Christine said...

Happy Friday!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

We used to get possums in our back yard when we lived in Midtown. They are cute in a way, but they really are wild, and you wouldn't want to tangle with one. Glad you got your tool shed sorted.

Taken For Granted said...

Sorry you found a possum living in your storage shed. Not only is that surprising, it was a mess. Thanks for all the possum humor.

RO said...

I would have been scared out of mind! Thank goodness all is well with your computer and that creature is gone. Thanks so much 🙂 for my super fun 🎁 gift. I love it! ❤️ Hugs 🤗 RO

craftytrog said...

Cute visitor and smiles Elizabeth! Hope the shed is sorted and your visitor has vacated.

Jeanie said...

What a mess! So sorry you had to deal with the shed during the heat, especially. I hope there wasn't loads of damage but it looks a mess. I was very proud of Kansas and the abortion issue! Well done!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my! Cute but not what you need in your shed! Where did it go to? I love he possum funnies! Hugs, Chrisx