Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

Good Morning!

5 Days!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s header photo is from Kare.

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

Happy Birthday Linda. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.ย 

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

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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ย 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?

6,190 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

  1. my, my, you ladies have been busy filling up the posts. And you left this one for me, which may again reveal a new room. Who would have thought four years ago that we would make it to 6000 posts? We are quiet, unassuming souls, how have we managed to talk this much??

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  2. A fine time was had by all. Until seventeen year old pulled out the device he is not supposed to have and started playing on it. Then we packed up and came home but I did not mention to him that was the reason. He, of course, was not the only one as two other little boys had theirs out as well. I think they are sixteen and eighteen.

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  3. went to the store sale not planning on buying anything, but, of course, I did. Mostly I got things for the birthday box in my classroom. Lots of little balls. Finally decided to give one to each of my students for Christmas. Also got a few gifts for my aide.

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  4. It has also been wonderful to listen to Tony read the I Survived series. He thoroughly enjoys them and gets a lot out of them. But he can still only read each word if I am there to guide his eyes and slow him down.

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  5. I really could not sing, but the gal next to me was right on, so that helped. In a few parts I did well, but it is such delightful music. To sing scripture and to listen to the other parts.

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  6. My nose has been feeling rough for a year. Not smooth skin, but more like it is peeling. I am actually thinking of going in to have it checked. Several friends have had to have spots removed from their noses.

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  7. Mumsee, no pushing was involved. I just innocently checked the thread and six had just left 100 for me to claim. Not even a race. I am innocent I tell you, innocent.

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  8. something I did years ago meant that the comments on this thread are emailed to me. So, whether I am on here or not, I am still reading the comments.
    The funny part is trying to remember what the comments refer to. Sometimes I have to wait until I am back on for it all to make sense.

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  9. Did you get invited to Christmas? Or are you coming up here? You know you are always invited. When you were here, I would have loved to have you stay longer, but you seemed to have many places to go and do. Then you ended up just waiting in CA!

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  10. Thanks, my youngest invited me for Christmas morning. Her mother in law will also be there. This gal is so far on the extrovert scale I just sit in silence and watch. I met her in Colorado at my other daughter’s home and she hardly spoke to me she was so busy talking to my grands.

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  11. I did see that the Portland grands are out of school early so would like to go there first, but have not been in contact. Especially want to see the home they bought this year, but they have an indoor dog.

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  12. so I decided that I needed to get my nose looked at. It has been rough and scaly for over a year. I even made myself call the clinic and they took me today.

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  13. hmmm…. now this evening, I am experiencing arthritis. My left wrist is so painful and weak that I can barely use it. I decided to take more fish oil tonight.
    Chas says that growing old is not for sissies.

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  14. I had to wait a bit for the doctor. he was in the national side of the clinic treating children with tb. so sad and not much to be done.

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  15. My daughter’s mom in law is kind of like that. She used to be a clown, so enjoys interacting with people but in a childish voice. I think she is wonderful and enjoy watching her interact. Her husband sits back and watches as well.

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  16. The arthritis is better. just that one really bad evening. I am taking more fish oil and paying attention to how I use my hands. I did use advil one morning, but only when necessary. Hadn’t thought of bengay.

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  17. I went to the choir concert last night. I wasn’t too impressed so plan on skipping the band concert tonight. Lots of solo acts. Even three solo or duet songs from Les Mis acted out. Then there was the three guys singing in front of four judges, played by teachers as they sang the teachers got more into it and got out their instruments. Rather silly, really.
    The intermediate choir was great.

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  18. hmmm…. somehow I sense we might have reached another 49??
    God was good last night. I am getting rather strained with going to things alone and wondering who to sit with. But I sat next to one of my students who was with grandparents and then other friends sat right behind me and even invited me to sit with them. Blessed…
    at times I wonder how much longer I can stay, though school is going well.

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  19. In my limited experience, it seems like when the joy is growing less (not the joy in the Lord, but the enthusiasm for the work) it is about time to move on.

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  20. I listened to your comment, but…
    I have a little devotional perched on my table that I read each morning at breakfast, by Elizabeth Elliott. For Dec 1st it said: God wants perseverance. He wants faithfulness, loyalty and the willingness to stick with the job that He has given us.

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  21. Friends even invited me to lunch today. Nice time together. I am actually supporting them. I received a very special thank you note from them this week, too. They don’t know it, but I am planning on upping my support of them. I have been supporting someone else here this year. I have not gotten one word of thanks or even friendly hellos. I will complete this year of support and then shift it over to this other couple, whom I am sure have needs.

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  22. That is true and I would definitely go with that. Imagine if I said I was tired of doing what I am doing, guess I will put these folk back in foster care.

    But, though the work is exhausting, I am not that kind of tired of it. I guess I was meaning more when God removes the desire to do the work, not when our physicalness gets tired. But that is a difficult thing to discern.

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  23. It is difficult to determine who to support, again, it comes down to what does God want more than what do I want. He knows where He wants His assets. And He is pretty good at getting them there, sometimes despite us.

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  24. Long ago I discontinued monetarily supporting anything. I was more than happy to give away everything and husband did not appreciate it. But he is quite generous himself. But I can pray for you and others and do. I keep various missionaries cards in my Bible marking my reading and pray for them each day as well as my children . I suspect some would prefer the cold hard cash but that is not my area at this time.

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  25. We are not tired of living here and don’t anticipate ever being tired of doing so. But we both think we are being directed toward Boise. Neither of us want to live in Boise. We do want what God wants and will go if He wants us to and we understand it is Him wanting it and not just us overplanning or something.

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  26. Mumsee – Someday it may become crystal clear about why God wants you in Boise. (Then again, you may never know on this side of eternity.)

    I’ve seen God make sense of things in the past, but never more so than since Hubby’s death. There have been things that we had done, decisions that were made, the timing of certain things, that point to God preparing the way before me for my widowhood. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

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  27. Mumsee, I expected I would likely stay in Nashville the rest of my life. I was there just eight years, though I see how important those eight years were (my sister-in-law died, but I got a chance to get to know her well, and also her children, and to invest heavily in my sister’s children in those eight years before their own dad died less than two years after I married and moved away). I see lots of ways each big portion of my life has prepared me for the next.

    Actually, I could have happily stayed in Phoenix, too, but I needed to go to college to prepare to edit, and I couldn’t go to college for that or edit there, and it never made sense to move back. I hope God allows me to live the rest of my life here, and for my husband and I to have many sweet years together here. This church is where I want to stay, and this community. But the reality is we will never be truly “home” on this earth, and I trust Him with the details.

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  28. Unbelievable. Actually, that is why I rarely make commitments, I forget them.

    Kind of interesting that nobody came and got you this time!

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  29. I am quite comfortable in my life here and quite comfortable with the idea of just growing as old as I am going to and then being done with this place and off to Home. And we like our church very much and enjoy the people. As my children get older, I may even start getting more involved again.

    But, on the other hand, we can see us being helpful to daughter and family as they both work so both small folk are in day care. Perhaps we could save them the money of day care so they could get their bills down to where just his job would suffice and she could stay home.

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  30. okay, I mentioned to someone today that I forgot my yard duty and felt so bad. She said, ‘don’t you remember, I did your yard duty because you did mine last week.” Nope, I didn’t remember, but thank you Lord that You took care of even my forgetfulness.

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  31. Another beautiful morning before the sun comes up. Just a sliver of moon near a blasting Mercury and the beginnings of light coloring the eastern horizon. God is so creative as each morning bursts forth new and glorious pointing right to the Creator.

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  32. We have been out catching roosters. We have too many and need to butcher about twenty of them, but until that happens, they are free ranging. When we find too many in the chicken runs, we send them packing.

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  33. Well, no eggs out there this morning. I had the roosters on video eating the eggs and last night I turned off the light in the chicken house. Perhaps we will get some eggs this morning.

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  34. actually I need to do laundry. I finally went to the construction department and bought tokens to use the laundry room. I have a great new washer, but need a dryer. Most of my tops are t-shirt material which is all wrinkly when you don’t have a dryer. I may rewash some things just to fluff the wrinkles out.

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  35. I have been making lime pies. It is necessary because the limes on the tree need to be used. I am the only one who enjoys eating lime pie. Tough life.

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  36. I used to usually do laundry on Tuesdays and Fridays in the warmer months, and then three days a week in the winter months (because Hubby wore lots of layers in the cold weather). Now I do my laundry once a week, usually on Thursdays, but I often help finish up Nightingale’s and The Boy’s laundry on other days.

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  37. Laundry is pretty much an every-day thing here, because of our outdoor wood boiler / water heater / whatever-else situation. My husband sort of explained the system to me, but stuff like that is in-one-ear-out-the-other the first 50 times I hear it. His takeaway for me: do a little laundry each or most days, rather than a whole bunch on one or two days of the week, because it’s better for the system.

    Works for me.

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  38. I do one or two loads on Tuesday. Eleven year old does one on Monday as does twelve year old. Seventeen year old daughter does one on Wednesday and husband or I do one or two for seventeen year old son on Friday. So we actually do spread it out.

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  39. I do laundry as needed. My husband has always washed reds separate and towels separate, so I do the same. Reds get washed about once a month, towels about once a week, whites about once a week, and darks about every five days. Sometimes I subdivide further than lights and darks. Usually I do two or three loads when I wash, leaving 45 minutes or so between loads, and wash whatever needs it.

    When we first married, my husband would wash laundry if he saw it needed it, since that had been his own job so many years (the girls had done their own for a few years when we married, but that still left the towels–and that meant two or three loads a week when the girls were home–and his clothes). I always considered it my job to wash the laundry, though, leaving him to fold his own clothes and the towels. (The towels had a really complicated system–these are rags, these go in the girls’ bathroom, these get folded this way . . . and I gave up trying to learn it after a couple of months.) If I ask him to transfer them to the dryer when they’re finished so I can take a nap and not have to wait for them to finish, or anything of that sort, he’s more than willing, but otherwise I consider it my job.

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  40. I never understood why towels would get separate treatment. Around here, everybody washes their own towels on their laundry day.

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  41. I include my towels in my regular laundry. I don’t separate colors, either, although I used to have a load of whites and light-colored items I would do as a load with bleach once a week, but that was when Hubby wore white underwear and t-shirts. For the last several years of his life, he wore colored underwear and t-shirts.

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  42. We do more, what is going to hang up from the dryer and what is going to be folded. We have gone from a white bleached load as well. Reds are a concern but mostly we don’t have a lot of them. At least not new enough to matter.

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  43. Tina, the seventeen year old, was talking with me yesterday about clothing. She likes to buy hers from the thrift stores. Her driver was telling her that she does not like the modern styles and does not try a lot of them on. I explained to daughter that I have not tried anything on in years because all of my clothes have come from other people moving their stuff along. They used to give us bags and bags of retired clothing, the children would go through and take what appealed to them and usually all of it would be claimed. One load came of lots of sweatshirts and polo shirts, just my size. I have not purchased clothing other than a dress for a wedding I did not attend, in many years, So none of them bleed anymore.

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  44. Mumsee, I don’t “understand” why towels would get separate treatment, either, unless it is because they might take longer to dry. But they also can sit in the washer or the dryer for a while (if we’re going to the store 45 minutes from now and I don’t have time both to wash and dry a load, or if I have time to wash clothes but my husband doesn’t have energy to fold them and they need to sit in the dryer a day or two), and it’s his habit to do them separate, so it’s easy enough to do that.

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  45. I have known several people who do towels separately but never thought to ask. It would make sense that they are the same weight generally, so take time to dry. And they can put lint on other things. But to me, it is easier to have each person do their own.

    One reason we do that, I suspect, is because people would get a fresh towel every day and I am not in that camp. You wash your hands, they should be clean before you put them on the towel. But we had children who could easily have gone through twenty towels in a week if they were not kept to two or three.

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  46. The outdoor dogs are outdoors. Yesterday, one had the sheep all in a bunch. That would be the Shi tzu. He also likes to herd chickens. Not so much the turkeys.

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  47. I had no idea of the specifics of the girls’ shower habits (though I know they had old, thin towels they kept just for drying hair), but I know I washed an extraordinary number of them when they were living at home. I sometimes washed two full loads of towels (which includes wash cloths, hand towels, and rags), only to find several more pieces in the “towel” basket the very next day.

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  48. I had a friend who “confessed” to me that she made her husband (and herself) use a towel for two showers before washing them. I didn’t admit that we used towels for a few showers before washing them.

    In my parents’ home, we all shared one or two towels, so I often was drying off with a damp towel. Hubby and I had separate towels for each of us and each of the girls.

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  49. Guess I should not mention that I have one thin old towel for my daily shower. It sometimes gets washed on Tuesday, sometimes not until the next Tuesday. I am clean out of the shower, It just takes the water and dries. I am fine with that. I am not more sickly than most nor more smelly.

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  50. In Colorado, daughter is hving a party on Saturday clled gifts for the king. where they invite friends and each gives a gift of something they have created. I hear granddaughters are practicing music. I think thata I will sing a couple of songs I do with my class. when she told me about this last year, I remember thinking that I would love to attend.

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  51. Mumsee, when I lived in Phoenix, I think we pretty much used towels indefinitely. Actually I didn’t wash them, Mom did (washing laundry was her one consistent household chore, though we never had a dryer and we kids frequently hung stuff on the line), and I don’t know how often she washed them. But things dried quickly in Phoenix. If you live in an area where towels atay damp 24 hours at a time, it definitely affects how often you need to wash them. Nashville wasn’t as bad as some area in the South, but I didn’t have a bathroom fan and mildew was a little bit of an issue in the bathroom, and towels didn’t dry as quickly as I was used to. Towels and washcloths would begin to smell if not changed fairly frequently. I think I could get two uses from a washcloth and maybe three from a towel, but definitely couldn’t go a couple of weeks.

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  52. I know you’ll think I’m just jumping in to get the next 100 (this is 6099), but I wanted to congratulate you all for keeping this going for so long. Happy 4th anniversary tomorrow!

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  53. Wow! Four years here! Like, how long it takes to get a college degree. (Well, for some — yours truly took six, ahem.)

    So…what have we learned in four years?

    I remember that we heard early on about the cold LA dog park.

    Anyone else?

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  54. Company coming in an hour, for Christmas Eve dinner. We just invited them this morning, some new folk in church. Moved down to retire to a warmer less isolated area from Alaska. Funny how our children think we are too cold and isolated here.

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  55. I had the children patch a hole in the chicken coop yesterday. Too many blackbirds were making themselves at home in there. Eating all the chicken food. I feed the blackbirds in an outside feeder. I looked at their work this morning. Apparently a couple of them on the autism spectrum, were bored. They tore more holes in the wall. I had them patch that this afternoon.

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  56. After my shopping adventure yesterday, I stopped by to give Lucy her new clothes. Her husbands family is visiting and they were all staying in a rental home. She fed me some delicious chicken pot pie. It tasted great. However I forgot about the possibility of onions. Must not have been too many, because I didn’t get sick until later. Don’t tell her.

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  57. Jo, is Lucy a baby or an adult? I was thinking you were speaking of buying clothes for a baby, and then you mention her husband. Am I confused, or did something get left out in translation?

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  58. Pretty good so far. Flyboy had his first shift at his new job today. Tomorrow he has his last shift at his old job. The people at the old place were good for him. I hope the same is true for the new. It’s a step up for him. He’ll be working more hours while continuing full-time in school so he’ll have to be careful not to get distracted and waste time.

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  59. After a long break I’ve returned to my historical studies of the pioneering days of the secret room. Coming to March 7, 2015, I found this from Kizzie:

    How long are we going to keep this up?

    This is thread that never ends.
    Yes, it goes on and on my friend.
    Some people started writing it not knowing what it was,
    And theyโ€™ll continue writing it forever just because
    This is the thread that never endsโ€ฆ

    Now I’m going to have THAT in my head the rest of the day.

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  60. On March 21, 2015, before leaving on a trip, Mumsee said: “When I get back, I suspect this thread will have shut down. Not a bad thing, probably. It has been fun.”

    She was younger then and not as wise as she is now.

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  61. While Mumsee was gone the last ten days of March, some others also suggested that perhaps the secret room had run it course. You were at 1400-something. Kizzie said you at least had to make it to 1500. After that there’s no more talk of the end coming. 6 even posted statistics on who has opened and closed the most rooms.

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  62. Mu Flyboy continues to struggle. He stopped his lessons here as the instructor always had a last minute change of plans and he could not solo. So he took lessons down in Pocatello. Same thing. It sounds suspiciously like the instructors do not think he should fly solo. May just be our interpretation and we have not mentioned that to him. But the one in Pocatello used up all his flight money for now. He will keep at it. I suspect it would help if he would learn to budget both his time and his money. Someday.

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  63. Jo, you have been to my house, you know I could not tolerate chaos in children for long. It is enough to have the mice running rampant.

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  64. That is actually why I never really pushed much to have my older grandchildren visit, they were the launch off the back of the couch into the ceiling fan for a ride, types.

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  65. You’re right, it was chaos. My son parked in the parking garage, leaving his in laws in the van to enjoy the view of flights coming and going. Even walking into the terminal the boys were being wild, going back and forth. I was actually worried that they would knock me over or someone else.

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  66. Then the adults, not me, decided to show the kids the first three Star wars movies, I guess that would be 4, 5, and 6. At one point the girl was screaming tht she was so scared. The kids in the house were 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9. Way too scary for them. I ended up going up to my room and reading.

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  67. The weird part was that son was talking to his sister in law, but not to me. I felt like he felt it was his job to make sure that I got time with the kids, so he left me to them. very strange

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  68. I wonder if you deal with some of the same stuff as us. Mike suggested our bio children, though they love us and appreciate what we do, felt somewhat abandoned. (Not that grown children who have moved on have been abandoned, but because we chose to fill our time with productivity, they have not had us as normal grandparents in their minds) Of course, other grandparents go on with careers and vacations and such, but in our case, we are dedicating our time and effort to other people’s children. Our bios have mostly expressed delight with us but some bitterness has crept in that they have confided. I feel sad that they almost never visit (it has been over five years for some) while when they were children, we took them to visit grandparents wherever we were in the world, almost every year at quite an inconvenience to us but well worth doing.

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  69. Mumsee – Could it be that, due to your special circumstances, they think that they should wait for you to invite them?

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  70. It could be but we have always had an open house and they know that. They have been specifically invited as well.

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  71. Traveling can be challenging. Especially keeping stuff in two locations for actually living. And the main living place not having available quite the stuff you would like.

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  72. Whether we stay here or move, I would like to down size. Down sizing animals would help a lot. Just keeping the productive animals. Mostly roosters, which I get the enjoyment of watching them and listening to them and having them greet me in the morning, but they could go.

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  73. How are you doing, Kizzie? Are you looking into new hobbies? I know how difficult that can be with children around, but it would be good for the boy to see you engrossed in something. Do you do art of some sort? Writing? Poetry? Painting? Drawing? Needlework?

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  74. I awoke at 2am in a lot of pain. Hip nd knew were from driving this car. aand lower back from holding Lucy??
    Also I have a cold.
    But, God id good and He will take of tomorrows four flights

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  75. Mumsee – My “hobby” tends to be reading. He sees me doing that a lot.

    This afternoon, The Boy introduced me to Monkey Ball games on the Wii. I am really bad at the various games, but it was kind of fun, and he enjoyed playing with me.

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  76. ggrrrrr… I held my tongue, but seeing Archie bite his little sister on the cheek and not really have any consequences made me so mad.
    I added another comment, but didn’t want it forever on the internet.

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  77. Jo, on Whirled Views I posted a link to an animal ABC book I’m making for my granddaughter, with some questions about it. Since you probably have the most recent experience with such books, I’d love your feedback! (Mumsee and 6 Arrows might have useful input as well.)

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  78. A mom is having her sixth child, all five and under, and wants school stuff before they leave. Which means have it ready by Monday. They will have the baby in PNG.
    Not yet sure what we are doing for science.
    Health would certainly help.
    Is it time for a nap yet? I have been up since 4am.

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  79. Hi, all. I seem to be perpetually behind here, but I’m still ticking. Homeschooling and business (you should have seen the flurry of emails I got early this week about district auditions chairmanship matters) have been keeping me busy.

    Six children five and under for that mom? Whew. My sixth arrived when my other kids were seventeen and under. A little bit of a difference there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  80. Staying home all day today trying to get well. I would like to take a walk, but I will just stay inside. We have a staff meeting tomorrow and I need to go to market before then. Busy day.

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