Our Daily Thread 3-14-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from me.

Math is hard. It’s even harder when your kitten keeps trying to steal your pencil. 🙂

This one is from Chas. 🙂



On this day in 1629 a Royal charter was granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

In 1743 first American town meeting was held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. 

In 1794 Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin.

In 1900 U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act. 

And in 1964 a Dallas jury found Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. 


Quotes of the Day

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”


That last quote is the perfect lead in for this one, because it’s Johann Strauss’ birthday. 🙂

From Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra / 100 Gypsy Violins

Today is also Kim Boyce’s birthday. Here she is with some friends, doing a very fitting song for the season.

And it’s Kristian Bush’s of Sugarland too.


Anyone have a QoD?

44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-14-14

  1. Wow, we are honored to have a picure of Chas’ pet. Does your pet have a special name? how old is your pet and where did you find it?
    I love that the ladies talk late at night since that is about when I get home from work. Nice that not everyone is asleep.
    Friday is almost over here. One more week until term break for two weeks. Have to be ready for parent conferences.


  2. Good morning all. Two of the “overnight breakfast casseroles” are in the oven. I will drop them off at the Art Center on my way to work. Later this afternoon I will go back and get ready to Feed the Starving Artists”. Tonight is the awards banquet for the Show. I am not sure what we are having except that a local restaurant is catering it for us.

    I have checked into Puppy School for Miss Lulabelle. She is a sweet, loving dog, but she is bad. She still thinks she is about a 10 lb puppy when she is reall a 50 lb dog. I don’t have the time to work with her and her other human is wrapped around her paw, so he is worthless when it comes to making her behave. I do see the humor in this.


  3. Mouse! That’s just about the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Look at those cute chubby paws.

    And Pet Rock! That’s not how I pictured him. Is that a smile on his face? Oh wait, is it a he or a she?

    I’m up early (it’s going on 5 a.m., I couldn’t get back to sleep after waking up a while ago) so looks like it’ll be a long day for me. But I have an 8:30 a.m. interview AND I have to get the trash out this morning. So it’s no use going back to bed now I suppose.


  4. Kim, is puppy school a group class that you go to? They can be fun. Really.

    I still check Tess in every now and then — in fact we’re retaking the intermediary class this session and they’re teaching us something new, a (wordless) distance down. This is where your dog learns to lie down as soon as you lift your arm straight up into the air, no matter how far away you are.

    We’re not there yet. Not even close.


  5. Wow! Mouse and Pet Rock all on the same day! What a special treat for Friday!!

    Treasured pets for sure. Math is challenging when you have to count the number of times the cat tries to get the pencil. Gets close to infinity in a few years time. Love that pink pencil sharpener. Son had a gray one and then a turquoise one until I finally got him an electric one which now resides in the Sunday School classroom.


  6. Pet Rock surprised me, too. It ROCKS with Personality! What a cute face to greet yojur home peeps every morning. No begging for food, or trips outside or litter box to manage. Sweet!.


  7. I noticed AJ’s daughter has her outfit color coordinated to match her pencil sharpener. A fashionista in the making. 🙂


  8. Donna, I saw you post last night, “still looking for Mr. Wonderful,” and realized he has a first name of Flawed. Perhaps you have been looking for Mr. Perfectly Wonderful and he does not exist! 🙂 God fills in the gaps.


  9. I got jealous of everyone else posting pictures of their pets, so, I had to post mine
    He’s an “It”.
    He is over 30 years old, don’t remember when he showed up.
    I mentioned before, Chuck got one at the same time, but it was fragile and broke.
    You can tell this isn’t fragile.
    Yes, Mumsee, he’s an indoor pet. But well trained..
    He stays on the bookshelf. I told him to j”stay” and he stays.
    I don’t brush his hair and he doesn’t jump on my bed every morning.

    I only noticed him just as I was about to leave this morning. Before Ol’ Mean Momma hollered “I’m standing by the door”.


  10. I’m enjoying the photos! I’ll try to send one too. Or maybe two. We’ll see if the internet cooperates.


  11. It’s finally Friday!

    It’s going to be another “productive” day at school. The junior class is off at a community college taking the COMPASS test, so I have fewer than half the students in half my classes. Study hall time!. I guess I’ll get some grading done.


  12. Wow, who would have guessed that rock would have such a study charm? Well weathered features, muscles that do not end and such a lineage! I bet it descends from Adam’s pet rock!

    A visual treat, too, with a kitten trying to steal a pencil from a cute math student!

    Thanks! I’m ready to take on the day! 🙂


  13. Janice,

    She’s already a full fledged, card carrying fashionista. 🙂

    Everything is color coordinated, matches something else, or has accessories to go with it.


    Send away. 🙂

    And I wasn’t sure about the pic with your hubby and his 30lb. “pet”. If you want it posted, I’ll do that, but since there’s a person in it I thought it best to ask first if it’s OK. So I’m asking…… 🙂


  14. Hay! You guys started the pet thing, I just got jealous.
    Rocky isn’t his name, but that will do for now.
    He has no special claim to fame. He is five rocks glued together, Body, two legs and two eyes. He has relitives on Mt. Rushhmore and I just read this morning that one of his relatives killed Goliath.
    Do you know that the rock that killed Goliath is still around somewhere?


  15. Good morning! I’m enjoying the pet pictures today — and Misten’s yesterday, too.

    AJ, tell your fashionista daughter that’s a nice color shirt to wear with her hair color. 🙂

    Today the girls and I are going to bake cookies together. And the youngest two arrows (boy and girl) and I are going to go to the library. A fun day I’m looking forward to, with various bonding opportunities.

    Blessings on your day. 🙂


  16. I had to take the car for emisdions inspection and then had to go to the tag office. I was two days overdue but it did not matter as much as I thought it would. Emissions sticker was $25 and the tag fee + late fee was only $25. The late fee is a percentage and since we paid a lot for taxes up front when we got this car then not much is due annually.


  17. I also had some of Michelle'”research serendipity.” I went to the library to ask for help in getting the breakdown on Hispanics in Federal, State and local prisons and jails. The nice young lady who assisted me was Hispanic (research librarian) so she gave me extra info I would not have gotten from another librarian in another location. She is interested in my topic from a personal, cultural standpoint so it really felt like a God thing. I am near other libraries but that one was close to the car tag office. I am writing about the need for Spanish Bibles in the prison system.


  18. Chas, I actually have a pet rock, too, here at home. It belongs to son, but it was left in my care.

    One year for a Bible School activity when son was young I bought some rocks at a plant and landscaping nursery and then I had some nice sea shells and some little wiggle eyes. The children made their creations and teachers used the hot glue gun to make it all adhere. This was a highlight for many of the children. I may send a picture of it to AJ for a much later date of posting after others have all gotten their photos on here. 🙂 I made one, too, back then that always reminded me of a grumpy church member. 😦


  19. Funny photos – Chas’ rock looked much the way I imagined it. I haven’t got any pets and we don’t even have goats or chickens anymore. I can’t take any kind of animal in the house; even the budgie we had for a few years bothered my asthma. I was even deprived of sleeping with my stuffed animals when I was diagnosed – that was one thing the doctors recommended to help reduce the severity. I have to say, it worked, and until recently my symptoms were always very well controlled. I can visit people who have pets, even stay overnight; but much longer than that and I’ll notice it. However, like Chas, I have a more durable companion, a pewter rat youngest sibling gave me several years ago. It bears my blog name, as we are both named after the character in Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux. Maybe I should send a picture.


  20. I saw an article yesterday, and wondered what the reaction was over here on WV:

    Here it is as reported in a couple different places:

    ‘Homeless Jesus’ provokes debate on what it means to be Christian
    – from Religion News Service

    ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture sparks ire: Son of God ‘not a vagrant’ – from Washington Times

    To be honest, the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was Luke 9:58 “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” and also Isaiah: “he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him”

    I was also bugged by the quote from the woman in the WT article:

    “That’s not who Jesus is,” she said. “Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help. We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy.”


    It reminded me of the fact that 2000 years ago, the expectation was for the Messiah to come in glory, as a king leading armies, and that being a suffering Messiah instead, many didn’t recognize him. I wonder how many of us would recognize him today if he came in a guise we did not expect?


  21. AJ, we have a clear plastic box that Bosley can fit into. It was packaging for something like a hairdryer or heating pad. She loves that box because she can get in it and see everything that is going on. She also does a weird thing with it. She turns it into a treadmill of sorts and keeps her front paws in motion as if running on it while she is stationary otherwise. She will do it for several minutes and it cracks us up.
    Cwazy Cats!


  22. I like it, though I am not fond of the idea of sculptures of Deity, and the body and face are covered, leaving just the nail scarred feet. He did leave His home to minister to the people. He did say doing for the least was doing for Him. He was not homeless in the way we may think of homeless. He was not helpless homeless or under the power of some created thing (alcohol or drugs), He was doing what only God could do in the way only God could do it.


  23. Roy,

    I get the symbolism, and I personally don’t find it offensive, although displaying it at a church is probably not the proper venue. Jesus ministered to those most needing a Savior, a category the homeless would certainly fall into.

    And you could say He does minister to them, because numerous churches minister to them today, in His name. 🙂

    As to your last question, just playing along, I would probably say no. But I think it’s a moot point. When He comes again, the entire world will know. The first time he came as a humble man, the second time will be in glory.

    Revelation 1:7-8

    7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

    8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.


  24. Jesus was in not homeless. He was an itinerant preacher. The Bible doesn’t tell all the places he went to. One was the home of Lazarus of Bethany. He had the upper room (probably the home of Mary, John Mark’s mother) when he needed it. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and others ministered to him and the disciples (Lk. 8:2).
    This isn’t the first time people have made the ridiculous claim that Jesus, or Joseph and Mary were homeless. To claim so reveals a lack of understanding of scripture, an evil intent or both.
    Such people will someday flee the judgment and find themselves homeless, with no place to go. (Rev. 20:11).

    I hope this helps.

    The last question: He would have to come in a way promised by scripture.
    I can understand the confusion of the Jews of that day because their scripture does, indeed say that the Messiah would be the son of David. And some of them called him that.
    e.g. Why were the Jews looking for a military/political deliverer?
    They believed their Bible.


  25. Michelle, I tried to comment on your blog post but I could not find a way to submit once I finished my comment. That was on mobile. When I went to the full site it had dropped my comment. That might be happening to others in which case you are missing comments.


  26. Chas, they thought that because they misinterpreted prophecy. Dispensationalists have almost the exact same misinterpretation today, even to the point that they believe Jesus would have brought in an earthly kingdom right then and there (without the Cross?) if the Jews had been willing. But they were willing to have a political leader! They didn’t like it that Jesus’ focus was on a totally different priority.


  27. Thanks, Janice; I’ll let my webmistress know. She updated things today . . . why is it that when you update something, it stops working? Or is that an oxymoron? 😦


  28. I forgot that I have a pet rock, too. It looks like a frog and was given to me by a grandson. It sits in a pot with a plant. I forget about it, unless I am watering the plant. Yet, it always seems content.


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