Our Daily Thread 2-20-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from Kare.

And this one is from Donna. πŸ™‚


On this day in 1809 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.

In 1815 the USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.

In 1931 the U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.

In 1933 the U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.

In 1965 Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.

And in 1998 American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.


Quote of the Day

“Don’t fire until you see the white’s of their eyes.”

William Prescott


Today is Sandy Duncan’s birthday.

Next up, some Kung Fu Piano. From ThePianoGuys


Anyone have a QoD?

39 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-20-14

  1. Good snowy morning!! It was 50 degrees here yesterday…we awakened to 4 inches of snow! πŸ™‚
    Beautiful photos this morning…I didn’t guess that was Kare’s photo…I thought it must have been from Donna…then I saw Donna’s…what beauty!


  2. It’s a balmy 72 here this morning– I love this time of year in Houston! Our summers may be brutal, but I love our mild winters. A lot of people don’t like Houston, but I really do! And, we are so far out in the suburbs that I rarely have to deal with our horrendous traffic.

    I slept poorly again last night–awakening at four thirty. I’ve heard insomnia is a common problem for women my age (weird hormonal stuff going on and all). I started struggling with it about nine months ago. Before then, I’d been able to sleep anytime, anywhere! It’s frustrating, but I’m hesitant to take sleep medication because of the sometimes bizarre side effects. I already talk and walk in my sleep and fear I’d drive my car or do something else dangerous on the med’s. And, yes, I’ve tried melatonin. All it did was give me a headache!


  3. Interesting! I notice that I sign on wondering what the picture will be today. Probably lots of work for Aj, but lotsa fun too.
    I would have guessed Donna because the west coast is the only place where that sort of terrain meets the ocean. Except possibly New England and we don’t have anyone here from the NE shore.
    Courtney was, but we don’t have her anymore.


  4. I guessed that the photo was from someone in the North West, I was trying to think who else besides Mumsee would live somewhere where these flowers would bloom. I love to read historical fiction and somewhere along the line one of the books described the fields of lilies. We tend to think of lillies as being tropical but they aren’t always. Very pretty.
    Donna’s photo gives us the rockiness of the ocean. This isn’t a vision of the ocean I have ever had except in books and movies. It is a different kind of beauty than I am used to when I look at the water.
    I called a Dear Man that I adore. He is old enough to be my father and has always been very kind to me. He now own his own commercial real estate company. I drove by one of his signs yesterday and thought I might should call him and tell him where I am working and let him know that I am back working with Guy I Used to Work With and let him laugh at me. He told me he was “real proud of me” and that I had made a good decision. He said it was a good company and was going places. In the conversation he told me what someone else once said and that he had had it written out in calligraphy and framed for his office. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out”.
    What happened to me last July was devastating and all of you know I had a hard time getting over it…but I wouldn’t have this position if that hadn’t happened. There I got my hand slapped for solving agent’s problems, especially ones the Qualifying Broker should have been available to answer. Here the President of the company/ Qualifying Broker calls me and asks me to see if I can solve the problem before he has to get involved. I have now handled three situations and when I check back with him he tells me it is the same way he would have handled it.
    I usually say that Life is Good, it isn’t always great, but it is always good. Today it is teetering on Great. I’ll let you know.


  5. I’m trying to guess who “Anonymous” is.
    OK so it isn’t Random.


    How about this?
    I see in the Times-News that stores can now track customers in the mall by their smart phones.
    β€œYour phone has a unique identifier code…for WiFi and Bluetooth.,,,,this address is linked only to the personal phone.”
    That is. When you go anywhere, the managers of the mall, store, or any other place can tell how long you (the phone) was in a particular department, line, or store. Etc. They don’t have to know you to track you. Your phone sends out the signal that it’s there.
    My phone doesn’t do that.

    I know Chuck can tell where his kids are at any given time. I hadn’t thought how it could be done commercially. This can be good and bad.


  6. Beautiful photos! I could not guess on Kare’s. I have been once to the CA coast so that looked familiar.

    Bosley is into regular routine lap time while I drink coffee, do Bible study and checkout WV and email.


  7. “The provincial floral emblem, selected in 1941, is the western red lily, known botanically as Lilium philadelphicum L. var. andinum. It grows in moist meadows and semi-wooded areas and stands out brilliantly with its flaming red blossoms against a natural green background. The western red lily is a protected species.” (Taken from the government website)
    They bloom profusely around here and are my husband’s favourite flower. Are guys allowed to have favourite flowers?
    Back to the deep freeze today after 3 days of relative warmth – enough to get outside and do some snowshoeing.

    Beautiful shoreline, Donna πŸ™‚


  8. Bosley is back in my lap. I try to settle her elsewhere but some days she is clingy kitten. The vet said I might want to get a second kitty to take care of this issue. I am still trying to figure out how to afford the one! I think she will outgrow some of this, but I hope not all of it. This is her sweet mode.


  9. I guessed Canada but further south than Kare. And doesn’t that look like strawberry leaves and yarrow down at the bottom of the pic? That is a cure for insanity in natural foods lore.


  10. Yes, men can like flowers too. In fact, in a few weeks I’m taking my wife to Longwood Gardens, along with my new camera, to photograph tons of pretty and unusual flowers. I can’t wait. You guys will be looking at flowers for awhile after that. πŸ™‚


  11. Donna’s picture reminds me of the shoreline in the Gloucester, Mass. area. I was used to the sandy beaches of Jersey and that was the first time I ever saw a rocky beach. It has small and large smooth stones, no sand. Weird, but pretty, and rough on your feet.


  12. That picture shows one of my favorite stretches of oceanside paths for dog walking, except they now charge money to go park down there. 😦

    I just watched the port meeting online and the item I was going to write about was canceled. Arrrgg! This has been the worst week for me with stories falling through, people out of town, items canceled — I think I can make a story out of one of the other things they talked about, however. But it’ll be short. 😦 Grrr. Just not my week.


  13. no, Jo, that was for the real. He is going to go get a cat. Janice just allowed the one that arrived to stay. She did the right thing. Living the life of a stray is generally not a good thing.

    I still remember our time in Greece. People would get dogs for the family for Christmas but every August everybody would leave for the month to enjoy time on the islands. They just opened the door and let the dogs out, expecting the neighbors to care for them until September. If the dog was still there, they kept it, if not, they got another at Christmas. We asked one coworker how they expected that to happen when the neighbors all went to the islands as well. It had never occurred to her. They have a big stray problem in Greece. Or they did until the Olympics.


  14. Chas’ comment at 8:31a.m. reminded me that I’ve been intending to send Random an email, to see how he’s doing. Last we heard here, he may have Alzheimer’s. He hasn’t posted anything on his blog for a year. I hope he’s okay. Let’s remember to pray for him.


  15. πŸ™‚ Kittens πŸ™‚

    Our latest “kitten”, Rudy, is a little over two years old now. He stayed little in size, though, especially compared to our long & chubby Angel. I call him “The Little Kitty with The Big Personality”. πŸ™‚


  16. Janice – I don’t think you were around when we got our cat Angel, back in the fall of 2008. She was about three months old at the time, & had been left in a box (with the top taped on, & air holes) on my neighbor’s front porch. (My neighbor is kind of known around town for some animal rehabilitation she has done.) There was a note written on the box asking her to find a home for her, saying that her name was Angel, & she was a sweet kitty.

    A little background: Our recently deceased kitty Peanut had a sister named Angel that we also had, but she had severe health problems, & didn’t make it to three years old. (She was also an incredibly affectionate little thing.) That Angel had been on my mind around that time.

    So, when NeighborLady brought little Angel over to ask if I’d take her, I impulsively said yes. (Her “double paws” were so cute, & she was a lovely tortoiseshell. How could I say no?)

    Not surprisingly, Angel did not like boxes for a long while, which is unusual for cats.


  17. Anonymous at 7:34 am: I guessed that the photo was from someone in the North West,…

    Except that Kare is in Southwest Canada.

    Yes, men can like flowers as well. Look at my avatar! I love to see yards that have flowers. In fact, I never treat my yard, so in Spring we have a green carpet of grass dotted with yellow, purple and white flowers (dandelions and violets) some people consider weeds.


  18. That was a very exciting hockey game today! Whoo hooo! Very tense for a while. I really enjoy watching women’s hockey, especially when Canada wins!!!!


  19. AJ — you forgot an important birthday today — Kurt Cobain would’ve been 47 today.

    My school laptop is dying so I wasn’t able to stream the game, hoping for a similar result tomorrow in the men’s game.


  20. Can hardly wait to see AJ’s new family member! How wonderful that Bosley will have a blog buddy.

    I went downtown to the state legislative office building today for an Educational Board commitee meeting on Common Core. Some folks from a county north of Atlanta were there saying that it will be a hardship on the teachers to dump Common Core and make them do planning with different curriculum. Well, I thought the real reason for teachiShouldn’t that be the main factor? give the student a good education. Shouldn’t


  21. Well we went to see the kittens. Bad news. All males. 😦

    But I ran across a lady who took one of the males who put me in contact with a gentlemen with 8 kittens. 6 female, 2 males. Calicos and black tiger kitties. πŸ™‚ Black tigers are really cool, so I hope one is a girl. Supposedly there’s a black tiger with an orange paw. If it’s female my daughter will want that one. She’s into Little Miss Matched socks too. πŸ™‚

    We’re seeing them tomorrow.


  22. Why wouldn’t you?

    We’ve always had girls, and we fix ’em. Well, technically we break them I guess because it don’t work no more.

    No boys. No thanks. Not even fixed ones.


  23. mine never came inside! I have a friend who is very allergic and my home was one of the few that she could visit. As a service to a friend, you know…..


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