Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

Good Morning!

5 Days!!!! 🙂

Today’s header photo is from Kare.

*It’s now Sunday the 21st, so I believe someone has a birthday today.

Happy Birthday Linda. 🙂

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On this day in 1790 the first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, RI.

In 1860 South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union. 

In 1879 Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, NJ. 

And in 1968 author John Steinbeck died at the age of 66.

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Quote of the Day

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”

Dale Evans

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 This one is a request.

And this one is because I like it. From King’s College Choir

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Anyone have a QoD?

5,133 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

  1. Okay, so I went back to the start of this thread to verify something. Some of you make an issue when an “outsider” intrudes on your conversation here, especially to claim a certain number. So if you go back to page 1 of this thread, you’ll see that I was one of a few, along with mumsee and Donna, who got this thread past 200. And it was the beginning of the LA dog park cold.

    You’re welcome.

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  2. Thank you Peter L, I have always considered you one of us. The fact that you don’t just step in for the certain numbers says that. You check on us periodically as a good brother should.

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  3. Friends left this morning. I just went over to help decorate for a party this afternoon. I should have gone sooner, but needed a bit of alone time. I was especially invited to this party for the 80 and 90 year old Sunday school class. They are such precious folks.

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  4. okay, Mumsee, you are confusing me again. What squirrel??
    Did a squirrel get in your house? A friend in Boston had a squirrel running around her bedroom last week, what a story, it ran over her while she was nursing the baby.

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  5. Jo, did you send me an e-mail? It said something about trying with this account, and it said something about a file, but nothing seemed to be attached and as far as I know we hadn’yt discussed anything. Did you e-mail me yesterday, is someone using your name, or what?

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  6. Hi Cheryl, yes I think that I did. I was on my phone or ipad and noticed that there was an email in the outbox that had never been sent. as soon as I opened it, it sent nd I just had time to see your name. I think it was from several months ago, sorry.

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  7. no comments today? busy day for me now to have the energy to keep going this evening. Oh, I spoke to the fella who is going to drive to St. Louis for me to return my van. I told him how much I would give him to cover gas and lodging. He told me No, that is part of the gift I am giving you of returning your vehicle, all expenses are covered. Wow, blessed and blessed again.

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  8. There are a lot of nice people around.

    This is the day to actually leave the property. Drive down to Kamiah for an eye check, which is much better than driving all the way to Lewiston for an eye check.

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  9. Well, I got there, but they had no record of my appointment. Oops. They had the letter from the surgeon’s office saying I needed the follow up, but they had just had a shake up in their office and it was the fired person who called, so she probably did not get it recorded properly. Mike will reschedule when he is in town.

    The van was unable to back up the driveway into its parking spot so I don’t know if I will be making it to Grangeville for daughter’s counseling session. No big loss there. And I have snow tires on. But I am not putting on chains for such a trip so we will see if I give it a go or not.

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  10. I believe you came up the grade from Kamiah after highway twelve from Montana. We came up the grade. I just don’t like going down in the fog when there is snow and I might meet a snowplow. They take up a lot of room and don’t slow down. Worse is when they are grading and there is a large pile of gravel running down the road. Not enough lane for a car to drive down without straddling the gravel, if the car is high enough. Otherwise, you have to drive down the left side and cross back and forth on the gravel pile if a car comes. It is a beautiful road and an amazing road construction feature. It used to be used by horses and wagons to carry grain down to the river for barging.or to the tracks for railroading. I would not like that.

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  11. I see we’ve gotten to 5,000 now! Congrats on getting the big number, Kizzie. 🙂

    And now it’s five days to the secret room’s anniversary. Cool that it’s been going nearly three years now.

    The crazy-busy time with preparing for the Christmas piano concert, interviewing potential new students, and helping 5th and 6th Arrows prepare for their Sunday School program is all done now, so I can do some catching up on the blog.

    Cheryl, from the previous page (November 23, 2017 at 12:52 am), thanks for the encouragement. I may still do that some day — write an adult piano method — but I was happy to find a week ago a different adult method on the market that I had not seen in the music store I first went to a while back — a store with a large inventory. The store I visited last Friday, with a smaller inventory, had an adult method that looked better than others, and I may purchase that and supplement with some of my own compositions (probably yet to be written) that will help fill in gaps where I think more substantial treatment is in order.

    That is, if I get any adult students. The adult I interviewed in late November does not have an instrument yet. I told her she would need a piano before beginning lessons. I’m not sure when she will get around to buying one, or if she will sign up for lessons with me. She says she is interested, but … well, there were a couple red flags that went up with her, and though I offered her a position in my teaching schedule, I don’t know whether she’ll take me up on the offer.

    It’s in God’s hands, and I trust He will work it all out for the best.

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  12. The mom of a former piano student of mine came to the piano concert I played in December 2, and said she would like to study piano with me. She is having cataract surgery this month, though, so she said she’ll get back in touch with me probably next month after she sees how healing goes.

    So I might still get an adult student, even if the one I mentioned in my previous post doesn’t enroll.

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  13. In any case, I’m waiting before I purchase any adult method books or writing supplementary music until I know I will need them.

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  14. Jo, I have not heard that it is. It is generally only closed for avalanche danger or fire. No fires currently and it is just starting into the avalanche time. We did get some snow last night, perhaps the mountains got more. I don’t think the grade has been closed more than twice in the twenty years we have been here and that was for a couple of blizzards.

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  15. So, just a few days until the 3rd anniversary. Any big plans for this? Let’s see, I could provide some Spanish food or music. I’d leave the cake making to mumsee. 6 Arrows could play some classical music. And I’m sure others could provide something of interest.

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  16. I have not been outside yet, it is still dark. But a lot of wind and I am wondering if it is a warm wind or cold. Guess I will find out when I step out the door.

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  17. Looking forward to tomorrow’s birthday celebration! I’ve got my playlist ready, but won’t tell you what it is, because, well, this is the secret room. Come back tomorrow to find out. 🙂

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  18. whoops, forgot to come on here during my travels. The grands wore me out and they had an indoor dog and a cat. So I was having some allergy trouble. So nice to have a quiet place to retreat to at the end of the day. Except for the night that I kept all three of them: 8, 6, and 3. I quietly let the three year old do battle with his conscience. I told him he needed to wear a life vest in the pool. He did not want to. I quiet ly watched him out of the corner of my eye, take it off and then just stand there for most of an hour. I didn’t make an issue of it, the decision was up to him. Brother had a life vest on and was having a great time learning to do cannon balls into the pool. Little one never relented and missed ll the fun. no lectures from me, but that didn’t look like much fun.

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  19. Yay for us!!!

    Three videos to celebrate three big years since the birth of this secret room! I’ll intersperse them with the festivities of the day. Jo opened the door to the 3rd Anniversary room, and I’ll start the music. Can’t wait to see who all shows up and what treats we have at the party — come on in! 🙂

    Now how did Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Dvorak know it was the secret room’s birthday? Beats me, but watch the video to the end — there are some cool jazzy guys who swing into the room and really get the fun rolling!

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  20. Mmmmmm, yum. Healthy indeed. We don’t serve no junk here.

    (But we do use double negatives.)

    So is it a birthday or an anniversary celebration here today? I say both — the anniversary of the birth of this thread, or, in other words, a birthday.

    Huh?

    Anyway, on to some music for the afternoon. If it’s not afternoon yet where you are, I can’t help it. When it gets to be afternoon on the West Coast, I will be at church for our last Advent service. So here is a very short piece, sticking to the birthday theme, and kind of cute, if I do say so myself.

    And don’t worry, these mice are too busy playing on their Steinmouse & Sons piano to get into all the delectable treats we have here today. :O

    Now don’t all go running away!

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  21. Am I an outsider? Someone, I think it was Janice, invited me here two years ago when I returned to WV after a long hiatus. This room had been born while I was gone. So what am I, member, invited guest, intruder…?

    I once intended to read this whole thread from start to present, but got bogged down somewhere in early 2015. I got far enough to learn all about cold dog parks, though.

    How do you decide what to talk about on the current Daily Thread and what to keep secret here?

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  22. It seems like we are in great need of a plate of brownies!

    These are standard brownies, right here.

    These are dark chocolate with a few chocolate chips.

    These here have raspberry jam–they’re about my own favorite.

    These have coconut. The ones on the right over here have coconut and walnuts.

    And these over here have, hmm, let me remember: chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts, with the ones on the right side having all of that plus raspberry jam. Those are the ones that are really my favorites!

    Enjoy! And happy anniversary to everyone!

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  23. Mumsee brought a veggie tray, and since she included black olives, I think we are covered on that front. But here is some fruit salad. It has a few grapes, but they’re out of season so I didn’t include many. It also has mandarin oranges, gala apples, and bananas, and I’ve sprinkled in some coconut and walnuts. I thought about pineapple, but the store didn’t have any ripe ones. And I thought about kiwis, but they’re expensive and I wasn’t sure they would work, so here’s what I made.

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  24. More delicious treats!

    Alright, it’s past 5:00 on the West Coast, so I’m ready to go with the last version I picked out of Happy Birthday — complete with fireworks!

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  25. …And I was thinking, let’s celebrate with something other than happy birthday.

    How about more fireworks? 😉

    Thanks, secret roomers, for all the fun times in this little corner of the web. Will we keep going to the fourth anniversary? Time will tell.

    I’ll let this fourth video I’m posting be in anticipation of that happy event, if the Lord wills.

    See you back here tomorrow?

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  26. This reminds me of the last day we were on the old World Mag blog. There was so much food. Mumsee was baking all day long.

    I’m ever grateful to AJ for making a new home for us.

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  27. That sounds tasty to me.

    Time to head upstairs and do the dishes and other kitchen work with the arrows. We’ll come back downstairs when we’re done and clean up the party room here after y’all have hit the sack.

    And we’ll maybe feed a few scraps to those little mice above so they don’t jump around on the piano keys and keep us all awake tonight. 🙂

    Goodnight, secret wanderers.

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  28. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
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  29. WOW, I am glad that I didn’t miss the dessert. Incredible music, Six arrows, thanks so much for making a wonderful celebration for us. and Mumsee, thanks for all the food. You two know how to celebrate in style!!

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  30. Kevin, to answer your question, no one on the main blog is on “outsider” here, or it wouldn’t be mentioned periodically on the main blog. Some people come over here when they want to say they’re feeling sad, or to complain about something more privately, but for the most part I myself don’t do that, because while fewer people see this thread it actually is sticking along longer than other threads. But in some sense it is a “retreat” from the other thread, because fewer people come over here on any given day and the conversation is slower paced.

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  31. Rather interesting, though, I discovered upon reading the ingredient lists more closely this afternoon, that there was some sliced bear and sliced cougar.

    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

    That Mumsee’s got courage.

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  32. Jo, I’m glad you enjoyed the music. I had fun picking it out. Great if you play it again for your birthday — I’ll love to hear it again, if you post it here. 🙂

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  33. Yep, I saw the unusual animal meat, and goat and sheep cheese. But the cake was only traditional ingredients. Oh, and I don’t usually watch the music videos, but you had some func choices.

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  34. He is and now hoping Cousin will be able to make it down for Christmas. Coming from Moscow but there are several inches of new snow.

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  35. Good to hear, Mumsee. I have a few things to do today. Hoping a friend is home so I can take her a gift and I want to go to the car wash and get the van detailed. Mostly I want to go to the post office and pick up the things that I ordered for my self! 🙂

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  36. prayers appreciated for communication. I am going to younger daughters for brunch, but have heard not a word from other daughter where we have Christmas dinner. pretty sure I am invited, but no invitation has come my way.

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  37. still waiting. The service this morning was very special nd lots of folks there, especially visiting family. Got some hugs from two very tall boys, men that I taught their Sunday school class years ago. There aare two more services tody. I may go to them all. Keeping busy is good. I am packing.

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  38. oh, guess I was anonymous. Going to a second service alone didn’t work for me, but God is good. Finally heard from oldest daughter and they re having a drop in for soup afternoon. And I had the wonderful privilege of my youngest bringing Archie and joining me for the 7:30 service.

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  39. Yes, I mean it was very hard not knowing of ny plns until 6pm on Christmas eve.
    oh, well, it went fine. I got to be prt of Christms with youngest and her hub and Archie. I am giving up on the aa key. it hs a mind of its own.

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  40. I am having two grands over to spend the night tonight. Prayers appreciated as some things need to be worked out. That I may love them and speak with love and kindness. I am noticing some things that I am praying about.

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  41. It was, but I survived.
    Now two more grands are coming from Portland for the next few days. Mom is coming to be with a friend whose mother just died and I will have the kids. The three year old stayed home with Dad. Just the 6 and 8 are coming.
    there are beds upstairs, but not sure if I want them up there. Maybe the couches will work.

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  42. Children enjoy the idea of camping in the living room or wherever. It works.

    Almost to the end of this year. Amazing how time flies as one ages.

    When are you headed back to the other side?

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  43. I think this is about one of the grandson’s birthdays. Somewhere around New Year’s. The other is August 28, I remember that one as it was my grandmother’s birthday as well.

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  44. Re: Sleeping arrangements. The Boy often likes to make a comfy bed on the couch, or on the floor with couch cushions, pillows, & blankets.

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  45. And then there is always Opie Taylor, disappointed when the expected company didn’t seem to be going to stay overnight. He was going to be allowed to sleep on an ironing board between two chairs–“adventure sleeping!”

    When we had guests growing up, sometimes the guests slept on the couch (our brothers would sleep on the couch if they visited) and sometimes they had the girls’ room and we got the living room. And sometimes we’d just ask if we could sleep in the living room. I remember that on one of those nights we were in the living room, I decided to sleep in the narrow gap between the couch and one chair, on my side, just “to see if I could do it,” and I did. We had two couches, so I had no particular need to sleep on the floor, and certainly not to sleep wedged between furniture on my side, but I chose to do so. We also chose at times to sleep in cots in the backyard, which was nowhere near as comfy in our own beds.(Our cots were simply stretched canvas, not the mattresses some of today’s cots have.)

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  46. Youngest asked if I could watch Archie today. So much to do, yet I want to have time for my family. I said that I would come to the store as am not up for this house getting torn apart again. He likes to take everything out of the cupboards.

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  47. So tired today after speaking to a combined Kinder and pre kinder class. One little girl had a question or something to say every minute. Went very well, but, oh, so tiring.
    Then I went to one store to shop. Got several new tops. No more shopping now. I did go get some food as the frig is empty. Now I am set.

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  48. I will leave here around 2 on Sunday afternoon. with a 5pm flight from Sacramento to LA. Then a 10pm flight to Brisbane, Australia. flying on to Port Moresby, PNG.

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  49. so nice that I have a car here. A Toyota sprinter which PNG listed as springter. All wheel drive which means I can mke it up these hills. Lots of errands to run. I have been to the store three times the clinic, directors office, finance, post office and of course, the school. Plus for meals at three different places. so convenient.

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  50. So, Jo, how did you get a car? That does sound useful.

    Mumsee, what kind of adjustments, or do you not wish to elaborate?

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  51. I have had the car for a couple of years. I had a van before that. I bought this one from someone who was leaving. Originally, my friend decided that I needed a vehicle and sent out a letter to folks asking for them to help. After it is dark at 6:30 or 7 each evening, it is not safe for a single to go out. If I have a single gal over for a meal, I need a way to take her home. anything happening in the evening, I need a way to get there. Now I get to be the one giving others rides.

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  52. I was, as you adjust to your other life. No adjustments here. Amazingly, daughter who is nonstop hungry, declined a bowl of ice cream I gave her last night as she was too busy yelling at how evil I am because I give the others treats but not her.

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  53. I try to engage her in conversation, there is none. Then I try to ignore her. But then she approaches, gets right in my face, and sometimes destroys (like if I am working on a puzzle, she might tip the table over). Now I have told her to not enter the living room as there is no need to do so. She bounces around on the fringes, putting a toe in, or even entering and then backing out. When I turn the recorder on she stops, just like she does when in public.Bizarre. She says she is leaving this morning and won’t be back until after lunch. That means she is planning to walk to the Catholic church.

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  54. How are things going on your side of the world? Getting your home back the way you like it? Getting the classroom back to how it works for you?

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  55. Home is good enough for now. Time to go work on the classroom. I also need to figure out how to renew my driver’s license. Which involves going into the nearby town, not easy to do. I learned yesterday that before you get your license you have to go to the bank and pay the fee. The banks have very long lines, could take an hour or more. But they told me to go out to aviation near here and where I can drive, and there is a small bank there with almost no one in line where I can pay. I may try and do that today.

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  56. Please pray as another young teacher wants to go into town, not a safe place. She needs to shop the secondhand clothing stores as her luggage has not come yet. That could take a while and she is talking about renting a vehicle and me driving. Yikes!! I have done it once.

    Also need to register my phone, but can’t get it to work.
    Always something, but only two more days before school begins.

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  57. so glad that I have decided to forget about the license. Another teacher and her husband are going to town so Abby can go with them. Now I can spend a day planning the first day of school tomorrow.

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  58. Time zones. How did your first day of school go tomorrow or yesterday or next week?

    “Now I can spend a day planning the first day of school tomorrow.:” You do see how that might be confusing. Were you spending the day tomorrow planning for the first day of school? Or were you planning for the first day of school which starts tomorrow? Which would have been yesterday. Or next week.

    Remember, I am trying to get by day to day here and though I can pray for people, I am somewhat out of the loop. Crazy.

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  59. School began on Wednesday the 17th, so I have now completed two days of school. We always begin on a Wednesday.
    I appreciate the prayers. I had them do self portraits. It is a very mature class. Only two boys showed that they were very young, one especially.

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  60. Nightingale says The Boy is immature for his age, but he does well in school. He just needs occasional reminders to focus on his work.

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