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?

4,562 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

  1. Oops!

    Chickadee had a couple spilled milk moments in restaurants when she was little. She wasn’t doing anything “bad”, just accidentally knocked into the glass or cup. Nightingale once dropped a watermelon in the grocery store. That was a mess!

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  2. I won’t tell you what second son did in the grocery store. But it involved a diaper and a breastfed baby and he was sitting over a cartload of food supplies.

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  3. I came on here to find a new room and to read that it is nice to be out of the heat. Had to go back to check if there was a thermostat problem in the old room. Guess Jo was talking about something else. It was ninety five here yesterday. I took the small folk swimming and told the swim pool staff not to let fifteen year old swim. I did not tell them but he does not believe he needs parents and they have been letting him swim without a parental permission slip. Does that reinforce his belief or not? They make all of the rest of us sign some liability form but the one child who needs the community support the most gets a free pass? They have sent home children before who went in before the form was signed, with the form so we could sign it. But they just let him swim? Poor little fellow…if your folks would just love you enough and see what a wonderful child you are…..
    But he has made some improvement over the past five plus years. He no longer wets his bed or stores urine in his room or food in the cabinet under the sink in the bathroom. He still is dishonest and takes what is not his and is a threat to the smaller children and, though he does get home by seven thirty, he rarely eats more than three meals a week here. That would be three breakfasts. Seldom that many. Strange situation. Warehousing, what the social workers ordered. Not my first choice as evidenced by the past five plus years of effort but we are where we are.

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  4. Mumsee – You don’t need to fill in any more details about 2nd son & the grocery cart. I get the picture, & it is not pretty. The watermelon wasn’t so bad after all, I guess.

    You’ve previously mentioned about 15 year old being a danger to the littler ones. Do you think he will end up being a pedophile, hurting other children in his life?

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  5. We used to think so but have worked diligently and prayed diligently, to help him develop better choices. He has come a long way but still is far. I no longer consider him a danger to little boys, though that could certainly come back. He says he no longer thinks that way, but has not said the same about little girls. A psychiatrist told us, with his older brother, that hanging out at the pool, watching more mature body shapes in their bikinis, would help him reset. (Is that disturbing or what?) And I suspect the same is true of younger brother, who is in public school and therefore has easy access to the internet and other children’s phones and pics and FB. He has ample time to see the “more mature body shapes”. But, I have a requirement to see he does not hurt my little folk or give my other fifteen ideas. I also am compelled to warn other people because I would want to be warned.

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  6. And come here often to ask for prayer for more wisdom.

    But things are going well for him now. Other than quitting his job with no notice and going to the swimming pool when we had not signed him in (and the teens at the pool letting him in without permission) and other normal teen behavior. His new employer is happy with him from the outside reports I am getting. He got home in a timely fashion yesterday so he could get started on his laundry, which he had not done in three weeks, without a reminder that Wednesday afternoon is his laundry day. Husband still says the next two years will be the toughest we have had. I don’t agree.

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  7. Jo, between the phone and computer issues you’ve been having, and my email problems early in the week (I couldn’t access it for a couple days, getting a warning page instead), I’m wondering if you’ve received any emails from me in the last couple days? My system’s been acting funky lately, and I don’t know if I’m getting everything sent to me, and if everything I send out is getting to its proper destination. If you didn’t hear from me via email, could you let me know here and I’ll try to resend. Thanks.

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  8. A beautiful day in the neighborhood.

    Jo, it sounds like you are having a rather rough time getting situated. If it turns out that driving off into the middle of nowhere to visit me does not fit into your plans, I will understand. I don’t want to add to your stress level and it is a long drive out here, Not exactly on the way to any place. I would love to have you, but it is not necessary. Let me know.

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  9. Mumsee, your place is right on the way!! I am visiting a friend in Three Forks, Montana and you are practically right next door. Okay, maybe a little further, but still on my way. I am looking forward to being there, Just keep the snakes away and realize that I don’t know what time zone I am on.

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  10. Finally looked up routes on google. I didn’t realize I could come directly south on 95 to Winnemuca then shoot on home. I love maps.
    and these give me travel time too.

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  11. We used to go south to Winnemuca every year for our trip to visit relatives in Los Angeles. Stopped at Winnemuca for night and Lovelock for breakfast and reversed coming back. Unless it is the other way around. But, same thing every year.

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  12. In Rochester, MN. And trying to come up with a plan for the rest of the trip. Mumsee, I may delay my visit for a week. Daughter needs childcare help next week. See you after that

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  13. Can’t believe that God found me a phone that the fellow in the store didn’t even know he had. Then he said he couldn’t transfer the data, but a message came up on the phone asking if we were transferring from an android, surprised again

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  14. Technology is amazing, and the variety of selections and ability to do stuff is huge. Glad you found what you wanted and it worked.

    As for us, it is back to mowing, weeding, watering…..

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  15. This thread is like the Ever-Ready bunny. Still going.

    And it looks like it is going to have competition from the 7-10-17 thread,a s 6 arrows, Cheryl, and Kevin are fighting for last.

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  16. LOL, Jo! Laughs abound on every recent (and old) daily thread I go to lately. 🙂

    I think that 7/10 daily thread will have to at least get to 100, now that it’s at 90. Let’s see, what clever thing can I say to foil Cheryl’s attempt to quash me yet again? 😀

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  17. I tend to fall asleep after half an hour of driving, which is why I rarely drive. Driving the twelve minutes to town once a week is not too bad.

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  18. Not too hot, but humid here today. We’ve been having rain on & off for a few days. Better than last summer, though. Last summer we barely had any rain, after a winter when we didn’t have much snow, I think. Then we were in a serious drought. I think we’ve pretty much pulled out of the drought now, especially with this rainy summer.

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  19. Husband is off driving, paying the bills. He is enjoying driving for the most part, I am glad he is able to do it but am not enjoying him gone. But it is how we have done things for about thirty eight years so I am rather used to it.

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  20. I have been given the privilege of taking the animals to the vet for their shots. Hope we can find that other cat.

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  21. Somebody is doing a lot of talking, but then I understand the average teen sends a lot of texts in one month so we are actually behind.

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  22. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Except for the cats. I was woken up last night and kept up for two hours. Cats.

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  23. You got that nice mouse free room and could not sleep. I bet it was the bed bugs….Or you missed our riveting discussions.

    I have never been to Yellowstone.

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  24. Jo? How did you turn the volume off on my computer? I am trying to watch those videos but the sound is not working. Not even eighteen year old could fix it.

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  25. The one that blew up when we ran them????

    What? You are not coming to see me any time soon? No grown ups in the foreseeable future for me……

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  26. Mumsee, I did think that it was funny that I was provided with five towels to meet my needs!!
    Did you get the sound working yet?
    Mike should be home soon. I should have gone and gotten you some fresh fruit, but I was too tired.

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  27. You should see if the videos have the option of showing captions for the sound. You never know. Though it would be hard to learn the sounds without being able to hear them.

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  28. Nope, no sound yet.
    We do have fresh fruit. Just have to pull them off of the trees. Fresh cherries, plums, berries. And eighteen year old is always willing to run to town for more. Though he won’t eat them.
    We wanted you to have enough….

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  29. Well today set a record for hottest August 1st. I need to be taking walks, but it is just too hot. 103 is not a temperature that I am used to. It is only going to get down to 76 tonight.

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  30. We are told to expect high nineties to low hundreds for this entire week. Lewiston is supposed to be 106 tomorrow. I rest a lot. And try to do my chores in the early morning.

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  31. Just curious, did you do something? Before you arrived, we had not seen indoor mice in months. Now I am catching them every other day….Did you leave a little something behind???

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  32. They are also taking over the orchards again. Time to get serious since the cats obviously are not. Still not wanting to put out poison for the collateral damage and not wanting rodents to die slowly.

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  33. When you told me it was harvest season, I figured that you would be having some extra visitors and that it was time to move on.
    Of course, snakes would take care of the rodents, oh, my

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  34. I was just thinking that it has been some time since I’ve seen a mouse in the house, several months at least, maybe a year. (I usually see them after one of the cats has greeted them. Not a pretty picture.) I’m not complaining, though.

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  35. Not that we had a lot of mice. We’d see one (dead by way of cat) maybe every few months.

    I saw a little snake in the yard recently, but we don’t get the dangerous ones here. Not that I know of, at least.

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  36. We have a lot of mice. Though not as many live in the house as live outside. I suspect, other than the occasional combine running over their roofs, they like the wide open fields with plenty of grain to eat.

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  37. Second son had that problem in Mtn Home,Idaho and snakes in the walls in Kansas and cottonmouth snakes in the pool machinery in Florida. I will stick with my mice in the house, and rattlers outside.

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  38. so nice to have it cooler today. In the 70’s instead of the 90’s. I may actually go out for a walk, once I get a few things done. Like purchasing some airline tickets.

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  39. I was out fighting a rose to feed the goats and sheep this morning. Got it laid out and leaving it for the youngsters to carry around.

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  40. We pent the goats into the small pen to be fed. The sheep eat then. Mean goats. And, if I remember, the goats are released after a while and clean up what the sheep did not eat. And if I forget, the sheep get a free day of wandering around wherever they want to go while the goats rest in the shade with water and food.

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  41. Well, there is “pent-up anger”, so maybe you have “pent-up sheep”. I just hope you don’t have “pent-up angry sheep”.

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  42. From Dictionary.com:

    Pent

    verb
    1.
    a simple past tense and past participle of pen.

    adjective
    2.
    shut in; confined.

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  43. In the last few weeks this site has begun sending me an email with any new comments. Is that happening to anyone else? Maybe I followed this thread a long time ago??

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  44. When you comment, there is a box you can check to get emails about new comments. Maybe you accidentally checked it? It won’t show up if you already checked it, so you can’t “uncheck” it.

    There is also the other box for emails about new posts. When this blog started, I had checked that, but then didn’t really need those emails since I check the blog each day. I think the way I got rid of those was by going to the bottom of the email & looking for an unsubscribe or similar kind of button.

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  45. I think I had one or both of those boxes clicked for a while, too, way back when this blog started. I got them unchecked somehow, though, as it got to be a lot of notifications.

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  46. Insomnia tonight, so I’m using the time to catch up around here. See if there are things I can pray about besides what’s been on the prayer thread. (Which is the only thread I’m up to date on — the others I am almost a month behind.) I figured this secret room thread, having fewer comments per day, would be the one on which I could get caught up the quickest. And probably find things to pray about, too, as it’s a good place to sometimes share things that might not be as likely to be mentioned in the more high-traffic areas of the blog.

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  47. Not that I have anything very important to say here. Just that I can’t sleep, and I’m eating straight out of a bag of romaine lettuce. At 3:49 a.m.

    I’m hungry, and don’t have much other stuff to eat, unless I go crashing around in the kitchen, cooking something.

    Nah, I’ll just stick with the lettuce.

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  48. I have a pepper from the garden. It will take me a while to eat it as it is a very hot jalepeno. Nibble nibble nibble.

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  49. Thanks, Jo. I was awake from 2:10 until a little past 5:00, but had already slept four hours, then slept about 4 1/2 hours more, until 9:30 this morning. So I’m feeling refreshed today.

    It’s fun to see where all your travels take you. And now maybe a double blog meet up! Cool if that can happen.

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  50. A double one, huh? That would be cool.

    So far I’ve only met four people (one of whom no longer posts), families of two of them, and pets of two of them. kBells is the only one who got to meet Misten. But I’ve met Tess and Cowboy and Amos. I was supposed to meet Chas this summer, but our plans changed.

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  51. Cheryl – Was the other one Evelyn (aka EYG)? I’m in touch with her on Facebook. Her daughter Holland has two beautiful little girls, the youngest of whom recently turned one, & the older is two.

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  52. I did mention that, did I not? And I will say, you are even a lot nicer than I had thought, though I had thought you would be very nice.. You would make a good neighbor. But I am not planning to move to California.

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  53. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. As forecast, the temp dropped thirty degrees yesterday. I needed a sweatshirt. Almost dog park cold.

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  54. Cooler here too, but not by that much. Going to the mountains tomorrow to meet up with a friend in Truckee. I may sneak over to see Lake Tahoe before I come home. It is only 15 miles from where they are camping.

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  55. Sounds like a beautiful day. We have had the family reunion at Lake Tahoe before.

    We are off to Moscow for a visit.

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  56. Have a nice trip. I know you are content at home, as I am in Ukarumpa, but getting out every few months is good. Let your eyes enjoy the different view.
    I know you will be a blessing to your family up there.

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  57. As I went south from your home, I was amazed at what I drove through and how much it changed between there and Boise. That is a major drive. I will have much more appreciation when you say that Mike needs to go to Boise for something. There was a detour and they headed me toward Boise for a while.

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  58. pest guy is here to spry for blck widows. he sid they would do it for free for the missions house. mybe I should get my keybord fixed. I m missing letter s it won’t work. mystery letter.

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  59. Jo is writing in code again.

    Sixteen year old tested positive for prescription drugs again. He is not on a prescription drug.

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  60. Sorry to hear that, Mumsee. A three year old boy in our town died a few months ago from (presumably) getting into his mom’s drugs. He’d been “asleep” for 16 hours before she thought to check on him.

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  61. I’m thinking I should get my hair cut again one of these times. I think it’s been a couple years since I last went in, and my hair in back goes a little beyond the bottom edge of my bra. My hair’s been feeling kind of heavy on my neck lately, so lightening it some should help. Wish I could just wear it in a ponytail, but that makes my neck feel stiff, for some strange reason, even though I don’t pull it back or up severely, by any means. Just a weird thing.

    Comment 4545. I’m betting this secret room will get to 5K. 🙂

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  62. We told him last night that, should he turn up positive again, we will not have a problem removing him from school and putting him to work. Or moving for a time to get him away from his “friends”.

    I had suggested we hire a plane ride for him to take him out to the wilderness for a six month survival experience. We would leave him instructions to make sure to hang his food in a tree far from his camp. But, I don’t suppose we can do that….He needs to get away from the internet, video games, and drugs, among other things. Those are hard to come by in the wilderness.

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  63. You live pretty close to the wilderness. I don’t even think you need to hire a plane. Something like that would be good for him.
    Or you could all just go live in the wilderness together.
    Oh, wait, the animals do need some care.

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  64. We live near Christian Encounter ranch. They do a program for kids like him. It does include a two week wilderness experience. Amazing stories after that trip.
    They also do the ranch chores and have a high school. My son was an intern there for two years. The interns are 24/7, but they get a day off each week. So the students are always with someone.

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  65. I was just thinking of letting him go by himself. In the past, I have taken all of the chldren camping. Not usually to the wilderness but into the National Forest where nobody else was and that was really good for them. But with him, it does not seem wise for me to take them camping as he cannot be contained well enough. But he could go by himself. Though I think he is scared of mountain lions. The one time he did leave the property by himself, he saw tracks and never left again. But he does ride his bike or walk to town and there are lions between here and there.

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  66. Sixteen year old son is assuring us he has an online Spanish class starting tomorrow morning. School does not start until a week later. Son is notoriously disingenuous. We plan to have him do his laundry tomorrow morning at ten o clock.

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  67. Mine is the Cheerios.

    We talked with one of the teachers, our pastor. He says he has to be in and out of the school all day because nobody knows what is going on. He also has to deliver the mail today as eighteen year old’s housemate’s mom is the mail deliverer and she is down there in Pocatello area helping them get set up. I chuckled to think of him moving out into freedom only to collect a helicopter mom of his roomie’s. Tee hee.

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  68. Yesterday I helped at church. We have FOG during the summer – fellowship on the green. Folks bring cookies, etc., and we put out fruit and cheese and crackers. So I helped get everything ready and then clean up at the end. Turns out it was the last one so they told us to take things home with us. Fed me for the day and I even had melon with my breakfast.

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  69. Nope, I never actually see her. But my children have always wondered how I knew the things they were doing. Kind of fun.

    Don’t you have worm problems with cereal kept that long? Maybe not in Calif.

    We did not have any trouble in our pantry, other than mice, until a friend gave us a bunch of outdated food from their pantry. You could see the webs. I did not know about it until I went in there one day and saw a bunch of unfamiliar things and noticed the webs.

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