Our Daily Thread 10-13-14

Good Morning!

Happy Columbus Day.

And Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends.

I saw this bird on the way to church yesterday, so I had to stop and take some pics. You can’t see it in the header, but he had a berry in his mouth the whole time.

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On this day in 1775 the U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. 

In 1792 the cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.

In 1812 American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended any further U.S. invasion of Canada. 

In 1951 a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7. 

And in 1995 Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 500-millionth guest. 

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Quote of the Day

What Britain needs is an iron lady.”

Margaret Thatcher

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 Today is Paul Simon’s birthday. From PaulSimonVEVO

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Anyone have a QoD?

64 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-13-14

  1. oh, my, goodness, where is everyone. Monday morning and time to get up and at em.
    I am shocked that Aj would only put one musical selection up for me to not listen to! 🙂

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  2. um… Aj, I need some help. I can’t find Roscuro’s picture of the tree. Would you please either repost it or put it up on the sidebar please? I want to use it for my screen saver. Thanks

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  3. Red-bellied woodpecker, looks like a female. I’ve never seen them before moving here, but we have lots of them here. They’re one of my favorite photography subjects since they’re big (easier to photograph, less prone to flitting around everywhere) and they’re colorful.

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  4. Good Morning everyone. It was a busy weekend for us. Friday night was movie night, Saturday we went to the Shrimp Festival –Peace, Love, and Shrimp. Yesterday was the annual visit from the Bishop and receiving and confirming new members. 15 people were confirmed and joined our church yesterday. As a member of the vestry I was there until 2pm. We had lunch with the bishop and discussed the issues facing our church. We are at 80% if our capacity at the 10am service which in church lingo means we have capped. We don’t have enough parking. To fix the damage that was done to the property in April has cost about $79,000. To rebuild administrative and meeting space will be about $125,000, and to expand the current sanctuary and add seating for about 50 to 75 more people will be about $125,000. To fix the parking issue will cost about $150,000. We are a people who do not want more debt. Our focus the past two years has been to pay down the original debt to free up more money for missions. The bishop explained there are 3 types of people who support a church. Those who tithe and give more to the general fund, those who support mission, and those who support facilities (so there is something tangible that will be around for a while).
    We have presented all of this to the congregation and have asked for their input before we make a decision on these things. I have had at least one person approach me to tell me that when she dies everything is coming to the church, but she may have to rethink that if we are so irresponsible as to spend $150K on PARKING! Please pray for our vestry that we will make the right decisions . Our main goal is to be good stewards of what God has given us.

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  5. Yes, it is Chas.

    Happy Thanksgiving to Kare and HRW! The rest of you are welcome too 🙂
    I missed my family’s get together, which was yesterday after church at youngest sibling’s place. It was supposed to be here, but my mother and I were too sick. I understand that in attendance were: my father, youngest sibling and husband, Baby Niece (the natural centre of attention), second sibling and husband, some old friends, outlaws and hangers-on 😀 However, we did have a short visit from an aunt and uncle (who were as sick as we) and got to Skype with eldest sibling and family, who have two Thanksgivings, as Canadians in the U.S.A.

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  6. Well, I was trying to decide which Canadian songwriter to post – Neil Young, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Gordon Lightfoot, the Rankin family,… I decided to go with Stan Rogers.

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  7. I also thought some classical Canadian music would be nice. This one’s a twofer (as The Real would say) the Canadian composer Howard Shore and the Canadian-Armenian Isabel Bayrakdarian:

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  8. Happy Columbus Day to those in the US (which was actually yesterday, but Uncle Sam wanted Mondays off so 40 some years ago several holidays got moved)! Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadians! ¡Feliz Día de la Raza! to any Latin Americans (which also was yesterday).

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  9. Hubby had emergency appendectomy yesterday at 1:30 a.m. It was a long night followed by a long day, as we had about two dozen folks here celebrating granddaughter’s second birthday.

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  10. Linda, praying for a good recovery. How stressful.

    No one mentions Columbus Day out here anymore, it’s a very sore subject in blue states. 🙂 A fellow reporter years ago used to get so upset by the holiday every year that he’d always go on a long rant about the evils of the white man that destroyed paradise (and was still doing so).

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  11. Donna, I’ve always wondered why Columbus was such an American folk hero. When I was small, I would read “Columbus discovered America” in the old school readers, but when I was old enough to read about the European exploration of the New World, I found out that he went no further than the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I would have thought that John Cabot’s discovery of North America (1497) or Henry Hudson’s charting of the East Coast and the Hudson River would have been considered far more important.

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  12. From wikipedia ” …. his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas, inaugurating a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries. They had, therefore, an enormous impact in the historical development of the modern Western world.”

    That’s why there was a Columbus Day holiday.

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  13. I know, wikipedia is a lame source. But in this case I think his prominence in our short-hand history books was summed up succinctly. Columbus represented the realization that there was more to the world than originally thought (even though he was basically lost and clueless) and opened the way for the European connection to & development of what was a “new world.”

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  14. Roscuro- So the Canandian history books make no mention of Viking settlements in one of the eastern provinces (I think it was New Brunswick)?

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  15. On my FB today:
    Kevin:Happy “Guy Who Discovered America After John Cabot Did” Day.

    Bob: Happy “Guy Who Got Here 500 Years After Leif Ericson” Day!

    Sam: Happy “Guy who discovered Hispaniola and not Continental North America for the Europeans south of Scandanavia” Day

    Chuck: Happy “Guy who must have been using Mapquest because he was shooting for India but got the Caribbean instead”.

    Kevin: Me (to wife, while driving around looking for our destination): “Colombus didn’t stop and ask for directions, and neither will I !!!”
    Wife (to me): “Columbus landed in Haiti and thought it was India.”

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  16. Thank you, Phos, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

    Turkey is roasting, stuffing is slow-cooking, daughter about to make the pistachio salad, cranberry sauce has been made, our guests are bringing a green salad (they insisted). 🙂

    Still need to make punch, dish up pickles, peel, cook & mash the potatoes, cook the yams and make the traditional yams with marshmallows on top (it’s not turkey dinner with those and the pistachio salad). And prep the corn and green beans.

    Husband made apple pie yesterday – so right now I’m sitting pretty.

    Did I mention I haven’t met our guests? I’m a little concerned as neither my husband nor I are great conversationalists. Hopefully they will enjoy telling us about Transylvanian Romania.

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  17. It is a Morton salt week. Still pouring troubles. After church Sunday husband went to emergency room with swollen arm. He has cellulitis. We have been at Emory since yesterday since he was admitted. They are trying to find mess to cover the infection. Also my phone died as far as making calls and having Internet access. Not good considering the medical emergencies. So I have been phone shopping this morning and doing basic care for Bosley. My pastor just stopped by and my husband’s pastor stopped by while I was out. Husband did not expect to get admitted so of course he is stressed over tax clients extension needs. Again, prayers appreciated. Feeling empathy for Linda! Prayers for quick recovery.

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  18. Oh the irony. A story I did about a missing parrot — which (long story) wound up making the owner crazy because he belatedly didn’t want any publicity due to a messy, ongoing divorce he was embroiled in — has now gone viral. I’ve been fielding emails from NBC, ABC, Good Morning America, news outlets from Oregon to Canada to Tennessee to NY, all wanting to use the story and our photo.

    And People Magazine just posted it as well. Go figure.

    For someone wanting to stay off the media radar, this is probably not a very good day.

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  19. Donna, the People one doesn’t have your name on it. Is that the story you wrote, or someone else’s? (I’d like to see the link to yours, if it isn’t yours.)

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  20. All right, you have to be a birder to find this as funny as I do, but I’ll explain my terms first so at least you’ll “get it.” Hawking is what some insect-eating birds do. It’s when they sit on a post and watch for insects, and if they see one they fly out, grab it, and take it back to the same spot to eat it. They’re coming and going from the same perch; that’s hawking.

    So . . . I’ve discovered that this time of year, if you have a camera with a zoom lens, you probably want to keep it near. The other day I shot a photo of two goldfinches on the back fence . . . only, when I pulled it up on my computer, one was a warbler and not a goldfinch. This afternoon I saw a bird on our unused clothesline; I shot photos of it more for the autumn-leaf background than for the bird, since I assumed it was a bluebird and I have plenty of photos of bluebirds on that spot. But it wasn’t a bluebird; I’ll have to figure out later (if possible) what it is, but it wasn’t a bluebird. But it looked like it was watching for insects, and yet I could see through my zoom that a lot of insects were flying by it. (Probably the inedible ladybugs we’re inundated with, actually.) I took several shots, and then walked away, saying over my shoulder to the bird, “If you’re hawking, you’re missing a lot of opportunities.”

    Fortunately I carried my camera with me. Because there in the tree outside our kitchen window was a hawk. In fact, I haven’t identified it yet, but it isn’t a redtail, so it is a new species for me in terms of photos. So in shooting photos of the tiny bird, I almost missed my own “hawking” opportunities! But my husband and I have been joking about renting a hawk because of all the house sparrows coming to our feeders the last couple of weeks, and I guess one decided to come and check it out. (That’s the third opportunity to photograph a hawk in as many days, but I think the other two were redtails. The second one was in silhouette so I don’t know for sure, but the first was one of our resident red-tailed hawks, and the second was a hawk in a tree of a parking lot in a state park.)

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  21. Thanks for the thanksgiving wishes. I had my parents and brother over. My daughter invited her boyfriend. With only six people, I have lots of leftovers. I may have to invite some single friends with no family to help me finish it.
    I’m always puzzled why Americans celebrate Colombus day. Apparently it was start by Italian immigrants. For me, it celebrates a day when an Italian working for Spain got lost going to India. Throw in smallpox and slavery you wonder what’s there to celebrate.

    To be truthful, I think Colombus had a fairly good idea of what he was doing. He spent time in Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and among the Basques. The Irish had legends of a mythical land called Brazil which priests had visited. Many fisherman may have known about the grand banks but fishetman don’t reveal where they fish. Flotsam from the north might have give the Irish clues what lay beyond. Its also speculated that the viking sagas may have been better known than we thought esp since the Vatican had sent priests to the Greenland colony. Put it all together, and its possible knew that there was more than India across the ocean.

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  22. Pet Post: we have a new dog. Well, sixteen year old daughter who has been pleading her case for five years, has a new dog. It is in with Jake. It is about four years old and very high energy. Some sort of English Setter, Border Collie, black Lab mix. Did I mention super high energy? The people had it in town but it kept escaping. We all think it will be happier in the country. Daughter had to build a three foot extension onto the four foot high fence. It has been out once when she was not fast enough after feeding it. Its name is Clyde but that may change.

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  23. Donna, doves can nest pretty much year-round, goldfinches nest in late summer, and I’m sure others might nest pretty late in the year too. I’ve never seen an active nest this late in the year, that I know of, but I know for sure that doves nest this time of the year, at least in moderate climate, having seen it in more than one bird book. It’s also possible I saw them nest this late in Phoenix; I know I saw Inca doves nest for several months one year in Phoenix, but I didn’t keep track of which months they were. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they avoided the very hottest months in Phoenix and nested in spring and fall.

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  24. Thanks cheryl — I made a comment about leaving Cowboy’s chopped off fur & mats that I cut off of him yesterday lying at the dog park (easiest place to do spontaneous grooming) as some birds might use it for nesting. So I’m glad to hear maybe there are still some birds around doing that kind of thing. 🙂

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  25. Do caterpillars cocoon on house walls? I have one right over my mail slot who hasn’t moved for more than 24 hours. And my yard is filled with butterflies right now. 🙂

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  26. Sorry to hear about your husbands’ hospitalizations, Linda and Janice. Praying for them.

    Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadians!

    Cheryl, I enjoyed the “hawking” story. I’d be curious to know, when you find out, what that bird was that you first thought was a bluebird.

    AJ, nice to see the Wandering Views 5 pictures in the sidebar. That cat picture, though (second row from the bottom, on the right), makes me a little nervous with the way it is looking up at the nuthatch just above it. 😉

    Hello to Clyde. Maybe Clyde can stay Clyde, and Jake’s name can be changed to Bonnie. 😉

    A couple of you from my WV family came to mind today when I was visiting a public library in our area. I thought of Roscuro when I saw a book in the new non-fiction section entitled Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Medecins Sans Frontieres. And I thought of Donna (and Cowboy and Tess) when I spotted a book called Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.

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  27. AJ, my comments at 8:45 and 8:46 are awaiting moderation. (They were links to the two books I mentioned at the end of my 8:43 post. Thanks.

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  28. Wow, I’m really messing stuff up tonight. First I forgot to italicize the second title in my 8:43, then I forgot to put the close parenthesis in my 8:48. Rough day for my brain, I guess. 😉

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  29. Someone wrote the book I was going to write?

    I like Bonnie and Clyde for dog names. There was a pair named Thelma and Louise at the dog park some years ago.

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  30. 6 Arrows, I think the bird was an Eastern phoebe. I had identified a previous long-mysterious photo as that bird just recently, and that was my hunch for this one, except I couldn’t remember the size of the other bird since I identified it a couple years after “shooting” the picture. But I just looked it up, and it’s the same size as the bluebird, so that is indeed probably what it was. (It was late enough in the evening and far enough away that I could get only a mediocre shot through my camera.) And the bird book does say that they hawk; though I never saw it leave the clothes reel, that is probably what it was trying to do, but probably all the insects it saw were inedible. By the time I came back from photographing the hawk, the phoebe was gone.

    I’ve gotten several good bird photos this year, though, from shooting a bird I thought was something else when I zoomed in on it. I got great photos of a juvenile bluebird, for example, that I almost didn’t photograph since it was the same place as a mockingbird I’d photographed the day before (on the weathervane), and since birds often return to the same spot repeatedly and I’d never seen a bird there before, I just assumed it was the mockingbird again until I turned the camera that way. Immediately I knew it was a young bluebird, though I’d never seen one before, and I took several photos. I’ve learned to go ahead and shoot photos even if I think it’s a bird for which I have plenty of photos; I can always delete them, and it just may be a different bird, or it may do something completely new. If it’s close enough the identification is certain, I may just let it go without pictures, but not if I’m not sure.

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  31. BTW, I’m 90% sure the hawk was a juvenile Cooper’s hawk. There are two different species it could be (both of them juveniles, and very hard to tell apart based on the photos in the bird books), but I’m leaning toward Cooper’s.

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  32. I’m pretty sure we’ve had Eastern phoebes before, too, Cheryl. I remember seeing a bird several years ago that wasn’t familiar to me, but from a field guide I have, the phoebe seemed to be the closest match.

    I also believe I’ve seen a juvenile Cooper’s hawk. They’re reported to be in our area, though whether it is year-round or only the summer, I’m not sure.

    I’m wondering if that phoebe you saw was sitting so still to avoid attracting attention to itself when that hawk was in the vicinity? Was there any shelter nearby that it could fly to quickly to be safer from the hawk?

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  33. Life with daughters. I had planned to spend the day at home a lone and get caught up on reading and grading tests. I was alone at home for most of the day, minus an hour or so when I went to the state park for a short hike (2+miles). Then about 7:30 D3 sends a text that she locked herself out of the car. She thought I was at my college class in the same town where she works, but there was no class tonight. S0 I had to take a 30 mile one-way drive to unlock her car. Saved her $50. She bought me a milk shake. Some day she realize how much we do for her.

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  34. 6 Arrows, the phoebe was not really that close to the hawk. One was in the backyard, one in the sideyard by the kitchen, with a garage and a couple big trees between. I suspect the hawk was more interested in the bird feeders, and I think the phoebe may have been seeing mostly ladybugs–they’re everywhere today, but they’re poisonous to birds.

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  35. I’m kind of glad to hear that hawk was not near the phoebe, Cheryl, although it’s true hawks need to eat, too — I tend to root for the little guy. 😉

    Speaking of ladybugs, we usually have a huge problem with them in September, but not this year. Maybe because it was so rainy? I don’t know, but I hope they don’t show up here this month. Don’t send them our way when you get sick of them. 🙂

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  36. 6 Arrows, I’ll gladly give the hawk all the house sparrows and starlings it can eat; it’s even welcome to catch a few extra to give away to friends or put in the freezer. Since the house sparrows are mobbing us right now–even after we took down all the feeders for four or five days and just put them back up a couple of days ago–I didn’t mind seeing him eyeing the feeders. I think the chickadees can get away from the hawk anyway, and they’re the main ones of our present diners that I’d hate to lose. Well, the red-bellied woodpeckers, too, but they aren’t coming very often yet. Mostly we’re getting the house sparrows, house finches, goldfinches, nuthatches, and a few downy woodpeckers with an occasional chickadee or red-bellied.

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  37. I wonder why all those sparrows decided to show up, Cheryl? But I know what you mean about let the hawk have them. 😉 I’d rather it be those birds than other prettier or more unusual birds.

    I can’t stand starlings. We had them once, and they took over everything — seed feeders, suet, everything I had out. Thankfully it was only one time we had trouble with them. That had been when I started making homemade suet that had cornmeal in it. Later I read that corn attracts them, so I adapted the suet recipe I had used, eliminating the corn (and also, avoiding birdseed mixes with corn in it), and the starlings went away, never to return. I don’t know what else I could do if they ever did show up again. They dominate everything. There were dozens at once, and no other birds could even get near the feeders. 😦

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