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?

7,194 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

  1. And hopefully, Peter Pan is going to be able to stick this thing out. He is doing well with all A’s but one B in English but he usually starts out well and then gets sidetracked. We will see.

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  2. That’s very selfish of him to not let his parents know they will have a grandchild until he’s out of college. They will miss the baby’s babyhood.

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  3. wow, we reached the 7k mark. impressive. I am home and all comfortable. It is now raining hard. I even had time to go to the store. so nice.

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  4. Rather a restful day here. Melody was too busy reading library books to get up and do the chores this morning so she washed dishes for me instead. Tony is sick so he did all the outdoor chores, ate breakfast, did his math and is off to bed with his library books. Tina is off to gardening club and Jess is doing her CNA homework. That just leaves me doing laundry and cleaning here and there.

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  5. Beautiful day in the neighborhood. We should be able to enjoy it, but that is what we thought for the whole week and it has been a whirlwind of activity.

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  6. This poor page is getting neglected. I can understand why Mumsee is neglecting the page. Life sounds a little chaotic for you, Mumsee.

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  7. I am enjoying having Seth in my classroom. But he seems to get tired. Then after school while they wait for someone to come, they are climbing the poles that support the covered walkway.

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  8. I am wondering if one of my students belongs in preschool. He has some learning problems and I am not sure we are the best place for him. He is happy tho.

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  9. We now have a dairy herd here and I have been buying fresh milk. However for the last week or so it has had a funny taste. I am wondering what the cows are eating that gives it that taste.

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  10. I am wondering if I dare try to cut my own hair?? It has been almost three months. I did realize that there is an unusual mirror here. It is in the hallway between the four flats in this building. I have never understood this mirror as it is set low. It is at least three feet tall by three feet wide, but you can’t see your head. I realized this week that it would work to sit on a chair and figure out how to cut my hair.

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  11. Hi. Tina cuts her own hair, when she is allowed scissors, and usually does a beautiful job. The last time she asked to have an observer so she could cut it with scissors, we were all headed off to bed so told her to wait until morning. She managed to snag a knife in the night and cut it with that. It was awful! She went to the experts to have it repaired. They made it super short in back and longer on top. Because it grows so fast, it looks very mushroomy, Albert Einstein ish. Moral of the story comes in two parts. Make certain all knives are put away and don’t cut your hair with a butcher knife.

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  12. I do remember being somewhat cranky and needing to control it but no remembrance of: I am going to slice you up with a knife. Satan is going to slice me up and kill me and I will suck my blood and spit it at you.

    That was not an attitude with which I was familiar.

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  13. The one that had me looking for a different place was when she threatened to slice up the baby when she comes. She does not recall saying that but several of us were in the room and heard it.

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  14. Mumsee, today at 2:32 pm: Did I mention her period started today? Again, could all this be related to that? Is there such thing as PMS?

    Answer to the bold-print question: Yes.

    After several years of having periods, I learned to read my body/mind signals better, and learned that the 24 or so hours, and especially the last 12 hours, prior to my period starting, were the blackest, most volatile, times emotionally.

    But only some months were severe. I never figured out why it happened only intermittently, but what was consistent in each month I menstruated was that there was a steady, if slow, downward trajectory in my overall mood from a few hours after ovulation until the moment 1 1/2 to 2 weeks later that my period started.

    Have you or she tracked her cycles? Are they always the same number of days from start of one period to start of the next period? If so, consider that a blessing. You’ll know exactly, or almost exactly, when her period is coming. Forewarned is forearmed.

    Watch her (and teach her to watch) for symptoms that intensify in the last 12-24 hours before her period is due. (Or whatever interval is typical for her symptoms to dramatically ramp up. It may be longer than what mine was.)

    Help her to cope as her time draws near. Tell her what’s happening with her body, and what she can expect to feel like, mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, based on what you have observed previously after starting to track her cycles, if you haven’t already.

    Think of it like consoling and encouraging a woman deep in the throes of labor. “You’re almost there. Soon baby will arrive. I know you can do it.”

    “You’re almost there. Soon your period will come. I know you can get through this time. God is with you. He is your refuge and strength — your very present help in times of trouble.”

    Consider having her (or helping her) keep a journal as part of her cycle tracking, if she’s not already.

    I am praying for her and you.

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  15. Six, we have had her track for years. She is highly irregular. This one is three weeks after the last which was three weeks after the last, which was six months after the last, which was a month after the last, which was a year after the last, and so on. Nothing predictable. We took her to an ob gyn who said, many women don’t settle until twenty five. If she does not have one in a year, come back.

    I know PMS is real, by the way. Teaching twelve the same thing. When her moods are off, feeling a bit tense in the stomach, etc, might be time to prep and put extra effort into mood. Maybe spend more time alone or out walking. But she is much more regular.

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  16. OK, sorry I wrote all that, as if you might not have a clue. She’s blessed that you’ve been helping her track that for years. My mom never helped me understand any of that — I had to figure it out on my own.

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  17. Six, my answer is to both. I post here because initially, I wanted Jo to remember she is loved and special and worth remembering. I read so I can respond.

    I also post here because I am an incredibly needy child of God and because I am the limited person I am, it is not enough that God loves me, I need to see it in the words of my sisters and brothers in Him and that I have a purpose beyond loving these children. Jo filled that need initially, and several others have popped in with more encouragement.

    The main thread is a gift from God through the real. This one is the chocolate kiss on the gift.

    Why do you stop by?

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  18. No need to apologize, your words were an encouragement. My mom did not do that for me either. My six years older sister had a calendar once, with circles on certain days. I did not think that was fair. So I circled all of the days. Boy did I get in trouble.

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  19. By the way, she keeps lots of journals but I often end up confiscating them. She starts out beautifully: lots of Scripture, prayers to God, discussion of the day’s activities. But then devolves into blood and guts and murder and killing and demons and so on. Usually her actions and words clue me in that it is time to check the journal. I don’t normally check that sort of thing unless the child is going in a very difficult direction.

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  20. It has been a very rough evening, husband even asked if he needed to come back home from Boise. He just went down this morning because his dad and step mom flew in from Florida for the week. He plans to come home tomorrow.

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  21. I enjoy posting on here. It is a smaller group and more personal. I feel that I can share the simple things and give a glimpse of my very simple life.

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  22. On another note, my friend Joan has left. She left last Friday and flew all the way to Perth. I prayed for help for her and my prayer was abundantly answered. Even wheelchairs in some places to help with the long airport walks.

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  23. Now she has been emailing me that she can’t find a small notebook which had language notes in it from her cotranslator, Molling.
    I got the keys and went to check her house today. I could not find it. I will return tomorrow with a flashlight to look behind bookshelves and under things.
    Prayers appreciated.

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  24. We are struggling through another day. But that is what it is.

    Praying for finding the notebook. Those lost little things can be consuming.

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  25. I like our little “secret” rooms here, and keeping in touch with you all here in a different way from the main threads. Since I’ve been a part of it since it started, I don’t want to abandon it.

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  26. Mumsee, I am wondering if music helps with your daughter. I remember driving home from a long trip and the youngest had a meltdown and would not stop crying. It was just the kids and i and I had to drive. Finally we put on some music and she got control of herself.

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  27. Thanks for the answers to my secret room QoD.

    My answer to the QoD is: I don’t really know.

    (I just typed a few sentences more, speculating, but erased them.)

    Probably I could just say that I don’t always know my own answer to the opinion questions I ask.

    I’m glad you guys find enjoyment in this room. I enjoyed it, too, when I was posting regularly in here. Since I’ve stopped doing that, though, I’ve pretty much lost the connection.

    But that’s ok. One can’t keep up with everything.

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  28. Jo, we do have her listen to music. We got her a music player and some music for Christmas. She uses it sometimes and sometimes I use music in the living room to try to help her. Yesterday, I tried playing the piano and singing some old songs from the seventies. She threw a handful of grapenuts at me. Not quite the result I was looking for. Now she is in the hospital and they are working on a plan to send her to an acute care facility. Either Kootenai, where she went last time but maybe the adult side this time, or Orofino which is much closer to home. The home team for the Orofino school is the Maniacs. Guess you know how they come by that name. Not exactly politically correct.

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  29. This is the time I’m normally at Concert Choir practice (accompanying at a local university), but the choir has two performances next week with only a cappella pieces, so the director decided to focus today’s rehearsal on only those numbers, thus not needing me there at practice today.

    So I have a little extra time to come and comment over here.

    Adding to the discussion above about music and Mumsee’s daughter, I recall from my school-teaching years how music seemed to calm a lot of the kids who had behavior disorders and other challenges.

    There was one boy I remember, though, who seemed to get worse in my class than what I’d heard he was like in his homeroom (though that was bad enough). He seemed to always hate music, and was frequently oppositional. He never sang. He’d smirk and sneer and disrupt. I learned to ignore him and keep the class moving, but I wished there was some way I could have reached him.

    I never did.

    There was a period of time when I was preparing my 5th and 6th graders for a music-listening contest with other public school 5th and 6th graders in our area. The boy was in 5th grade that year, IIRC. One of the pieces most of my students loved was Also Sprach Zarathustra (the opening section, titled “Sunrise”).

    This part (less than 2 minutes in length):

    The first time I played the recording for the students, I instructed them to close their eyes and imagine that they were watching a movie on the insides of their upper eyelids. (This was in the days before YouTube.) I planned to ask them afterwards what they “saw” in their movie.

    Well, when I played the music, the boy I’ve been discussing stopped being disruptive, lost the smirk, etc. It appeared to be the first time he’d ever come close to engaging in an activity in my music classroom.

    I looked around the room as I played the music, observing the students’ expressions as they “watched” their movies. All eyes were closed, and stayed close, as far as I could tell, for the length of the piece.

    Except for Nate. He couldn’t bring himself to close his eyes. Not even a little.

    I wondered (to myself) why.

    Trust issues?

    Some deeply-seated fear from … what? … in his past or present experience?

    I saw him in a different light that day for the first time. As someone vulnerable. I’d never, at my young age (approximately mid-20s) connected anger, defiance, etc. with vulnerability.

    I don’t know what ever became of Nate, but he comes to mind occasionally still, even 26 years after I left teaching.

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  30. The house in Jo’s bird picture reminds me a lot of the house our Ethiopian son described as the one he grew up in. Though not on stilts. He said his mom slept in the doorway to keep the hyenas out. And she had a bullwhip she used to keep the children in order, because she was blind and could not catch them.

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  31. Mumsee, so glad that you are having a day or two of peace. Praying for the right placement. Even with three still home, I imagine the quiet is wonderful.

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  32. Tina is back home again. No placements found but that is fine, she is better off here.

    Baby is due Nov 28. Twenty one year old is visiting with her husband and son in early November, then they are having their wedding in mid November in Boise. We may or may not be going, depending on baby. Then they head off to visit his family in Minnesota.

    Son gets out of youth challenge mid December. I am not planning on him coming here. Then he is off to boot camp in January followed by A school until late spring. I think. But that does not involve me. Other than he needs to get his stuff out of here or I do.

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  33. Tony and I hope to get up on the roof again today, to put the chimney cap back on. We are expecting snow tomorrow, maybe. Though it is pretty warm out today so it may just be rain.

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  34. Tina is way off. She has been off all day. For weeks. She cannot stop. Non stop requests for food. It won’t help if I give it to her. She will just find other things to go on about and demand more food. So, she had breakfast: cereal and toast and milk and peach. Then, after she made certain we did not go to church, she had two hot dogs, carrots, celery, large glass of milk and another glass of milk. Then crackers and cheese. And so it goes….

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  35. I think part of the problem with enduring this is that there is no end in sight. And no answers. How to help her and to help you.

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  36. I am giving rides to market. One young gal next door will not longer need a ride as she is moving. The other two take at least twice as long to shop as I do. Building up my patience.

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  37. I had Joan over while she was here. Then last night I had friends over who returned on Friday. That is the sum total of company I have had for a meal in the last two years.

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  38. Nice idea Jo, but they don’t do that anymore. She is supposed to be free. They don’t even allow bed rails a lot of time. I did think of asking for a tranquilizer gun.

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  39. Melody has picked up the slack here. Walking the dogs, feeding the rabbits, seeing to the watering, bringing in fire wood, splitting the kindling…..

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  40. Well, this new place keeps patients about five or six days. Another attempt at understanding how we can help her. They asked what usually triggered her. Mike said, “no”. They said oh, you mean rules? Yep.

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  41. Kizzie, we went up the one time, that is when we found Tina’s underwear. I had already been up to get the smoke cap. We just went up to replace it.

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  42. Another couple of questions: Why are you storing animal crackers in the toilet paper roll? And why are you storing scrambled eggs in this plastic bag stuck into the mattress?

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  43. Keep in mind, fruit is available all day and all night, as are animal crackers. And there are twenty five bearing apple trees and six bearing pear trees on the property.

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  44. That is sorta like me with security issues. Even when I am in a safe place, I am still going to need lots of locks and security devices.

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  45. I like to know we are prepared in the event of a power outage. But why throw the dog food down the driveway? She does the same with the turkey food. Instead of giving it to the turkeys, she tosses it out into the tree pasture. I have always suspected she would be our biggest challenge. I hope not.

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  46. Tina’s doc called. She is such a sweet pleasant girl. A pleasure to have in their facility. They are really enjoying her.

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  47. No, I am glad she is not causing them problems. And the doc knew she was not there for no reason, that is why he was calling. Find out what some of her activities looked like here at the house. Like I told him, when she is pleasant, she is very pleasant. When she is not, she is not.

    You did and I got the book. It did not seem to have much for her. In part because she does not have the mental ability to connect her body with her thoughts even when she is walked through it. We try to see that she eats healthily (but once she steps out the door, everyone wants to give her a treat) and see that she gets exercise and opportunity for sleep. The basics.

    Her rages have gone from every month or two or six, to every day. Her periods have gone from every six months or so to every three weeks. Do I see a connection? Yes. Do her doctors? no but maybe. Let’s give her more meds and see if it helps.

    This one is interested in cutting out some of her meds.

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  48. Yesterday’s food finds: a number ten can with grapes in it (all you can eat grapes available on the vines) stuck into a lilac tree base and a handful of walnuts, without the nut cracker. We have all you can eat walnuts as well. With a nutcracker.

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  49. I will be going to the Highlands prayer time soon. Sunday afternoons, twice a month. Not many have been here so we stopped for a while. Then there is a hymn sing at church tonight.

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  50. Mike and Tony head down to Boise again today, to pick her up tomorrow. Mike has meetings on Tuesday so can’t do it then. If they don’t release her tomorrow, they will go back on Wedenesday but the people seemed optimistic it could happen Monday.

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  51. I am walking now as I don’t have a car. But… Abby is going to the states for a wedding and when I asked if I could use her car, she said sure!!

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  52. Back is hurting today. I was going to go to the weight room, but after taking advil three times, I decided it would be wiser to skip the weight room. i walked home instead. Which wouldn’t be so bad except that I am always carrying things to and fro.

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  53. we are using the back stairs, off the verandah to go in and out of my classroom. They are putting a second coat on the front stairs. It seemed harder to me. Then I realized that in front, halfway up there is a platform. So you don’t just walk up the whole length. The things that you get used to.

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  54. Store finished stock take a couple of days early and is open again. i am too tired to go as it is at the bottom of the hill.

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  55. I keep thinking of all of the things that I could say to the powers that be that want me to come back from furlough a month early.

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  56. I’m doing you a favor by coming back for another year. Yeah, right.

    Tho they have a lot of trouble finding teachers.

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  57. I was bemoaning to husband the other day, how exhausted I was. Dealing with these children and other children for the past forty years., twenty four hours a day, every day. But then I was reminded that God has been dealing with me for sixty two years so I need to buck up and access His strength to carry on where He has put me for His purposes. He will provide the necessary tools.

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  58. walking these hills to work this week has let me know how out of shape I am. By the end of the week I could come up the hill without stopping. Part of it is how much stuff I carry to and from school. My back was hurting yesterdy so I skipped the weight room.

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  59. I try to make sure I take at least a walk to the mailbox every day. Not far but not interested in leaving Tina alone in the house very long. Though yesterday we left her alone when we took Jess to her doc appt in Kamiah. She was watching movies all day. Kept her happy.

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  60. It is amazing how God uses all of the experiences He gives us to make us unique contributors. It will be good to see God using you in CA as well

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  61. School is out on Dec 17, so I leave on the 18th. I couldn’t get the early flight, so will only go as far as Port Moresby, capital of PNG. Which will be nice to not have a 6am pickup.

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  62. I am planning on leaving to return on July 10th. There is no reason to come sooner, even if they say I haven’t earned that much time.

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  63. It was nice. Today is kind of back to normal. She does not do her own laundry (or bathe, or brush her teeth: a symptom of depression) so it is done for her. But she is expected to hang them out to dry. She wouldn’t. Finally did but took some of the wet clothes and put them on. She was made to change.

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  64. Rough day for her yesterday. After spewing hatred toward God for an hour or two, she ended by pulling a bunch of pages out of her Bible and ripping them up and wadding the rest. Then she calmed down, accepted hugs, talked coherently. Bizarre.

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  65. Sounds like your homeward flight will be a bit easier. Glad to hear you settled on a plan, I don’t suppose going back for one day of school is a good use of your time there. Enjoy your family!

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  66. She asked for her pill this morning, but I told her I was on vacation until she treated both dad and me nicely for twenty four hours. The doc had told her he would consider reducing her meds if she treated people nicely for thirty days. I don’t think twenty four hours is too much to ask. But it is.

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  67. Mumsee, you mentioned that putting on a Francis Chan sermon helped as she did not want to be there. I am wondering if you should get the Bible on cd and keep it playing. Actually on bible gateway, I think you can listen to scripture. just an idea.

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  68. Rough day. She stopped when I played the music and stayed calm until I had to tell her worker was not coming today as her sewer needed her to dig it up and fix the pipes. Then she went all the way over the edge. Managed to find some unsecured things, cutting, threatening, letting the animals out…. we drove her off the property. Mike is in Lewiston with Jess.

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  69. The great homeless encampment experiment is going quite well. Her aggression is much less volatile, she is not throwing things at the windows or people. She gets mouthy and wails but that is about it. She has done quite well today, and if she can stay on track for three more hours and go quietly to bed, she should make it to morning and be back in the house. Then, she and her worker, came up with a list of activities she will work on: put clothes away, take a bath, do laundry, read, etc. And what she will not do: stand around demanding attention all of the time. I am optimistic.

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  70. On other note: hearing from the other side, the dad’s side. Apparently, daughter told him she was infertile from cancer treatments and incapable of implantation due to extensive surgery when she was three due to being raped. None of it true. So, there was no birth control used. Intentional, in my belief, so she would have somebody to dote on. But then we think munchausen and then by proxy and have concern for baby being used as a medical anomaly.

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  71. locked myself out today. This new lock always locks. I knew as soon as I shut one door. Two neighbors had keys, but I had to wait for them to come home. Always something.

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  72. Apparently the current name is factitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA), FYI. Well, if the internet is accurate anyway.

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  73. I always try to carry my keys in my pockets because I never know when I might need them. Sad to have to lock the house and outbuildings against our own family members.

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  74. Sorry about being locked out, Jo. I’ve locked myself out of my car twice and my house at least once. (But my neighbors had a key and I knew where they hid their own house key–I did work in their house–so I was able to let myself in.) In Nashville I generally always had my keys in my pocket, and automatically locked the door when I went in or out. One of my brothers helped me do some work around the house, and I locked him out two or three times. The final time he said that if I did it again, he’d know it meant I didn’t want his help and he’d go on home. I don’t think he was (quite) serious, but after that I managed to remember not to lock it when he was there.

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  75. I had my choice. The other lock you always had to use a key to open it from inside or outside. I ordered this one, but now I have to check for my keys.

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  76. Husband jacked up the storeage shed, which had settled a bit so we could not close the door. We needed it closed so we could lock it so eighteen would not be endangering herself through it. Anyway, it is locked but he forgot to give me the extra key before he left for Boise. We were going to clean it out and resettle it for the winter but I guess he will have to do that when he gets back. Too bad.

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  77. Mumsee, don’t they know cattails aren’t very good eating? Now, cats . . . from what I hear, they taste like chicken.

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  78. Mumsee, they may make good eating, I wouldn’t know (nor would I know from firsthand experience about cats), but what kind of cattails do you have that it is necessary to hunt them? The ones near me stay in one place, swaying a bit at times but staying in one place and humming “Kumbaya.” They don’t seem to try hard enough to hide that one would need to hunt them.

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  79. “Hunting the cattails” is a form of description, much like “walking the streets” or “hiking the mountains”. One is not actually taking the streets for a walk like one might a dog. Or taking the mountains for a hike, like one might a cat. It means pursuing game (not chess or checkers, but animals) that may be hiding or living among the cattails. In this particular instance, it would be safe to say they were hunting pheasants among the cattails. Though if that was to fail, they could harvest some cattails and eat well. I did not tell them that a lot of the pheasants hang out in my yard.

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  80. Mumsee, what an honor to speak to those teen moms. To share a bit of your story so they will feel cared for and that their children will be cared for.

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  81. okay, I looked at the calendar. I head home in seven weeks.
    I am ready.
    Yet, even this morning in my quiet time, I felt a confirmation that I am to come back for one more year. That it is not time to retire yet.

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  82. Well, today they told me who would be teaching my class. I do not feel good about it at all. This person really has no idea what to do or how to teach. They would make a good helper, but not a teacher. Oh, well… Good thing God is in charge and not me as this is very discouraging.

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  83. I gave my little talk. The lady said to make it a short testimony, and emphasized that. I asked God what to say and was reminded that the Holy Spirit knew the hearts of the girls and He had this. So I introduced myself as Jess’s mom, reminded them of Ephesians where God says He adopts us, and a bit of our journey, not more than two minutes. Asked if there were any questions. We got quite a few and really, Jess did the work. She showed them that she was incredibly grateful for adoption and that, though she has spoken with her birth mom, she has no desire to rekindle that relationship as the mom is still in drugs.

    The girl this was supposed to be addressed to was not there, she was ill. So they recorded it. I also read my cousin’s point of view and the adopting mom’s point of view on bio family that I got from the lady I talked to about potentially adopting my granddaughter. The pastor took the cousin letter to show to the missing girl.

    I thought I did what God wanted from me and leave the results in His hands.

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  84. The pastor will be talking to the family and with CPS again today. She (the pastor) wants to move quickly as she does not want the family to settle into the comfort of the hotel and refuse help. They will not be able to maintain the life in the the hotel.

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  85. I asked the new teacher to come visit and observe. She is married, but has no children, she is the computer teacher, from Finland.

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  86. a grandma spent the day in my classroom. thankful that she hasn’t had the child safety training so cannot spend a whole month in my class. Does that sound like I am bad??

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  87. This evening, I dropped twelve at the library, went on to Greencreek to drop husband and daughter so they could take the repaired truck to Grangeville for the Bible study, then back to Nezperce to drop eighteen at the Catholic church, then pick up twelve from the library and got home in time to say good bye to twenty one and her husband and son as they headed off for dinner with an older couple from a previous church.

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  88. I think that you probably know my friend Joanne in Grangeville. I am a little concerned as she told me last year that she was living in a fifth wheel trailer to save money. I think it gets too cold there to do that.

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  89. I know a lady in Nezperce who is living in a tent trailer and has the past couple of years. She has a lot in town she is living on.

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  90. Quite a few folk live in campers or trailers around here, year round. As long as they are winterized, it works well. Husband did that while living in Canada.

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  91. I am so tired. Not sure why I couldn’t sleep. Perhaps it is because my fellow teacher, Abby, a young gal has been unable to sleep and I have been praying for her. She is having baack spasms.

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  92. I spent the day cleaning things out and packing. The grandma who is here said that she will take things for me. So I am bundling up papers and pictures. Things like cards folks have given me.

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  93. Down at our Teen Centre, where we have hamburger nights, there are storage rooms. So folks leaving can donate anything that they don’t want and then it gets sold very cheaply. We have what we can an everything sale.

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  94. The huge everything sale is just too much. I don’t even like to go to it anymore. So the gal in charge of it this year decided to just have mini everything sales during the hamburger nights. She sets out a lot of things and folks can come purchase what they like.

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  95. Last night I looked around at the clothes and books and then went into the small room where they display things. As I looked around I saw a quilted wall hanging. The borders were a green/teal fabric and the interior was interlocking fall leaves. I liked it. When I asked how much, she said 20 kina. That would be between 5 and 6 dollars. I bought it and am thrilled.

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  96. Sounds like you’ve been busy, Jo. I hope you are enjoying your busyness, and not overdoing.

    When I am finally over this illness, I will have a lot of housecleaning to do. Right now I just don’t have the energy or strength for doing much.

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  97. Well, we have been making posts here for almost five years and this is the first time that Mumsee has left home for more than a day.

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  98. Did I mention that I wrote to each of my grandchildren. And it was hard, what do you say to all of those different ages?? Yesterday my son emailed me that the post office had sent him a daily email with photos of his mail and he knew that i had written to his kids and he thanked me.

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  99. But today, my youngest with her little ones got my letter. She sent me a video of the kids opening my letter and then of her telling them that I was coming soon. When Archie cheered I was almost in tears.

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