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By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! The last couple of weeks have been nerve-wracking...hurricanes...floods...possible tornados. That went to high winds...flooding...downed power lines...blown transformers. Then it was living with no running with no electricity...packing water to drink...packing water to flush the toilet. Now electricity has been restored to most places...running water has been restored. are not supposed to drink the water until the well has been tested (if you have a well)...too much standing water for too long...coming from who knows where...brought in by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, etc. No one knows if anything seeped into the ground water....or what that "anything" might be (bacteria, etc).

Most people have family or friends in these areas. It's been hard to "sit tight" and watch/wait. Tensions have ran highly. The Commissioner from a Houston, Texas suburb..who called the Red Cross the "Red Lost" (because they did not show up to help nor did he say he called the Red Cross)...probably has listened to his citizens speak/cry/rant about all I've mentioned in the above paragraph. With this in mind...I submit the following comfort thoughts/comfort food.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

"When hurting, this too shall pass. When overwhelmed, keep it simple. When worrying, one day at a time. When frustrated, live and let live." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

"The Hokey-Pokey Clinic: A place to turn yourself around." - Put a Smile on My Face

"After the last child moved out, the old woman sold the shoe and moved into a flat." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

"Never give up. Never lose hope. Always have faith. It allows you to cope. Trying times will pass, as they always do. Just have patience. Your dreams will come true. So put on a smile. You'll live through your pain. Know it will pass and strength you will gain." - Good Day to All

"Breathe in and bring love to all the places that need it." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

Bacon, Cheeseburger, Tater Tot Casserole

1 1/2 # ground beef..1 (3 oz) package of real bacon bits...2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese...1 (32 oz) package of tater tots...1 (10.75 oz) can of condensed cheddar cheese soup...2 cups of sour cream...Bread-n-Butter Pickles for garnish

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13" baking pan with spray.

2)Brown ground beef in a large pan and drain.

3)Mix browned ground beef, bacon, cheese, tater tots, cheddar cheese soup, and sour cream in a large bowl until well combined. Evenly spread the mixture in a baking dish and bake 45-50 minutes or until bubbly.

4)Serve immediately with pickles.

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!!  MONA

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