Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

Good Morning!

5 Days!!!! 🙂

Today’s header photo is from Kare.

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

Happy Birthday Linda. 🙂

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

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

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

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

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Quote of the Day

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

Dale Evans

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 This one is a request.

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

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Anyone have a QoD?

5,554 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-14

  1. I was bold or obnoxious at school today. Another mission in this country has a rule at their school that they don’t accept students after the year begins. So the families that come have to home school until the next school year begins. It is to lessen stress on teachers, or so they say. So today I asked that they consider lessening our stress by saying that no one can enroll after the first week of term 4. When you are trying to end the year well and get several new students it can be really hard. Anyway, we have quite a few new students and I thought that I would at least mention it. Teacher burnout is a very real problem.

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  2. Getting new students at the end of the year must be hard. In some ways, it may help the children settle in as they get to know the other children a bit. But our experience with foster care and adoption is that the children need to meet the new situation more than anything. So it would make sense for them to be with their folks, getting to know the area and meeting little friends in other ways. I vote with you.

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  3. When we moved, which we did a few times while I was growing up, my parents’ philosophy was that it was better for the child to be dropped into a school year already in progress, and get to know his or her fellow students that way. Kind of like a sink or swim situation. They thought it would be harder for my brother and I to make friends in the summer.

    Fortunately for our teachers, we were good kids who wouldn’t give them any trouble.

    When we moved from Tennessee to Ohio, when I was in the middle of second grade, they sent me to school on moving day, and picked me up when they were ready to leave. I was told in later years, as I didn’t see it myself, that my teacher started to cry after I said goodbye and walked out. I loved Mrs. Davis, and would write her little notes telling her I loved her.

    Now that I think about it, I remember that we moved to a new town in the summer before I started high school. I was happy to find another “new girl” on the first day of school, in one of my morning classes. She and I became best friends. (And then we moved again in the middle of my sophomore year.)

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  4. My dad reported moving a lot of times through his school years but four times in high school, including halfway through the senior year. But he does not view it as a negative, just as what it was. I doubt he gave teachers any problem as those boys knew to respect authority and their elders. Most of his brothers went on to become teachers.

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  5. Just realized – that should have been “my brother and me” (last sentence of first paragraph), not “my brother and I”. Didn’t catch that before. 😦

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  6. Along with having this different face due to the Moebius Syndrome, I was also very shy. I got picked on a lot, and bullied as well (particularly in middle and high school). I somehow would still end up with at least a couple good friends, even if it took a while.

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  7. Speaking to adults, other than my parents, never happened. I could not talk to aunts or uncles even, and even though they were teachers and incredibly nice people who enjoyed children.

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  8. I always give children space to be quiet and just observe. My problem with all these new ones is two of them really do not belong in my class. They will probably be in next years class. So it is hard to meet their needs when they are nowhere near where the rest of the class is. One speaks very little English. the other is just so young.

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  9. Ten days left. I keep telling myself that this is a sweet class. There are just some difficult elements in it. Like the boy I can’t figure out who I think is missing his family too much to be here. Away from mom and brother and sister.

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  10. Only four more days of public school. We will continue with some school throughout the summer. I don’t know what public schooler has planned.

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  11. Only 8 days left. Bad boy was bad today. I am not sure what to do. Then God gave me an idea. Our back verandah, where we eat and do painting, is rather dirty. Paint smears and cobwebs. I think that will be my new punishment. They will have to get a section shining clean. At least we will have something to show for the punishment.

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  12. Well, it does sound somewhat like what happened yesterday with recalcitrant twelve year old. Is that even a word?

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  13. Husband had an especially bad day yesterday. Today’s plans include going to Lewiston to complete passport applications for two youngest so they can have the possibility of going truck driving. Then husband heads off to Boise to fix daughter’s gate and then fly to Florida with his sister to visit their dad, back to Texas for fourth daughter’s graduation from Corpsman school, back home next week, a highway commission meeting for him, truck driving, and a cruise with our son and his wife, husband’s folks, some others. He is one busy guy. I am glad he does that part so I don’t need to.

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  14. so glad that Mike got some help. That sounds like quite a full schedule. I am using heat and advil to help with my back.

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  15. Grades are done, now I will spend tomorrow on the comments. One of the grades asks if they can spell cvc words, so I made some up. Being able to spell nonsense words tells if they are really hearing the sounds. Let’s see: yux, jef, git, dav, and something else.

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  16. Husband took son in for a hearing test and they said he had excellent hearing. I still say you are correct and he is not hearing the sounds. I don’t think the test was as in depth as we were asking for.

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  17. Just received an email from the teacher who is overseeing the people in the special metalworking on line course. It is supposed to be an apprenticeship opportunity to get the children through high school and into local jobs of metalworking. Making jet boats, rifle sights for the military, equipment for mills,etc. Son got himself into it but apparently has not done much work on it while in class. He was given one hour a day at school to work on it with a teacher looking over his shoulder. There are something like eight units in a quarter, supposed to be one week per unit. School is over and he has four units to go, and seven days to get them down. Actually, he has eleven but four of those will be at football camp. And he is “working” all day. And has no computer access from home. Sounds like he has dug himself a hole. It is a pass fail course and the incentive is some large amount of money. I don’t know how much. And the obvious idea of a job right out of high school And the idea that if he gets another F, his life will continue to be less fun.

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  18. It makes me mad that the school is not doing their job. Hold him accountable! I just spent all day holding the boy aaccountable. At the end of the day he was going out the door, but had left his sweatshirt on the hook. Another sweet, little boy said, M, you forgot your coat. He turned and yelled at the boy, ‘that’s not a coat!’ I brought him back inside and told him, when someone is being kind to you, you don’t yell at them, you say thank you. Not sure that he got it.

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  19. Sounds like they are going to promote the other young boy that I have only had for six weeks. The principal feels that things might just start to click with him. I don’t want to tell him that I don’t believe in that. This boy is very young and immature. He has some strengths, but is not ready. They are also looking at his birthdate, instead of his maturity. Oh, well, not my decision. I am kinda relieved not to have to continue to deal with his immaturity.

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  20. In part, I hold them responsible, but in reality, I would not care to have somebody so unable to complete a task, building my jet boat. He will be seventeen in a bit over a month. They are expecting him to start participating in his life and letting him learn the hard way. Which is fine. But the message they send continues to be “we will bail you out”

    Somebody gave him a pair of new Nike’s yesterday, according to him. We do know he orders things over the internet and has them shipped to other people’s homes. He had been eyeing them for a while and should buy them himself if he wants them, rather than all the junk food he gets from the store. He acts like a fourteen year old.

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  21. It is interesting how people have different perspectives and view things differently. Seems like they might more heavily toward the folk that are most involved.

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  22. I’m probably too old and look at things differently than they do.
    Only one day left. I kept them all busy today. We even experimented with water the last hour. I showed them how to use an eye dropper. then they looked at a drop of water. Then, in pairs, they got to count and see how many drops a penny would hold.

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  23. I suspect you see the children in action. One of the reasons, perhaps the biggest other than needing to be available to my children, for me to have such a difficult time volunteering in VBS or Bible Club anymore, is the totally out of control behavior that is currently accepted. I doubt all the teachers find it acceptable, but they think it is the way it is so they let it go. My sensibilities cannot handle that kind of chaos for even a short time. And, being a hermit, it is difficult to counter the norm. And that has little to do with education but a lot to do with children being able to hear what is presented.

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  24. Hi Mumsee, Kizzie, Jo. Good to see you ladies continuing the conversation over here.

    It’s nice to imagine that this thread might continue until our Lord’s second coming. Really — that thought came to mind last night after I’d posted the 7:18.

    In any case, I like peeking into this room now and then, reading your comments, even if I don’t say anything most of the time.

    Enjoy your chats. 🙂

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  25. Here’s a frivolous comment so I can get a certain number. (People don’t really do that, do they?)

    The number we should be at with this comment is, I think, 5445. A certain symmetry to that, wouldn’t you say.

    Ah, 5445. 5445. 5445.

    See ya. 😉

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  26. and back to our regularly scheduled programming. Step in anytime, Six, we have plenty of tea and crumpets.

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  27. I saw “A Beautiful Mind” several years ago. Later, I read that his hallucinations (if that’s the word) were auditory, not visual, but they made them visual for the movie because it is easier and more dramatic to portray.

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  28. Mmmm, tea and crumpets.

    Hmmm, I can’t seem to see where they are…

    Here’s my “And now you know the rest of the story” story:

    I took my smartphone back today and am back to using my regular “dumb” mobile phone. It’s good enough.

    The smartphone came with about 10 or 12 apps already on the phone. Then I added three more. By yesterday, two days after my purchase, there were, somehow, 62 apps on that phone! I have no idea how they got there.

    Another thing: Third Arrow sent me two different texts — but only one got to my phone.

    The person who sold me my phone couldn’t explain why either of those things happened.

    I thought, that’s enough of this. I don’t really need that phone, especially when there’s already trouble with it within the first 72 hours of owning it.

    Call me (ha, ha) a former smartphone user.

    And now you know the rest of the story. 😉

    Now back to your regularly-scheduled conversation. Carry on!

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  29. I keep forgetting to come over here for a visit. I get the comments in my inbox, so I keep up. That is funny about the phone, six.
    So sad with this haircut. I am doomed to look bad for another three months. How could they possibly think that I wear my hair this short.?????

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  30. With this class and with this one boy, I learned to be firmer than I have ever been before. I was careful not to be mean or unloving, but I was very firm. Kept asking, did you get permission to be there? Had to round him up. Children need to be taught how to be respectful and polite. he was not that to my aide. She needs to learn how to be firmer. She is sweet and kind, but tells me when they are very bad.

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  31. I suppose I’d better start cooking the mango chicken as I am having another teacher for dinner. I did all of the cutting up, and mixing, but not the cooking.

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  32. Firm is good for a lot of children, though some can actually hear the first time you say something. The more they get away with things, the easier it becomes.

    VBS starts today. Once again, we will try but I doubt twelve year old will be very long. Most people feel that he just needs extra freedom so he can make the right decision. But he gets frustrated when people don’t understand him, so he bops little people or otherwise bullies them. That is not okay. Nobody should be afraid to go to VBS.

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  33. oh, sweet twelve, may he have a teacher who understands and gives him limits so he can enjoy VBS and the others can too. My boy was usually fine on the mat when I was teaching, just couldn’t handle freedom.

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  34. My spies tell me he was coloring on other people’s papers and talking during the story time. Not good. But he did not bop any other children. I told him that is not acceptable to do to any teacher, especially not to volunteers.

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  35. We will pray him through the week. It is a very unusual time for him.
    I hear a plane coming in. It was a torrential rain just ten minutes ago, so glad the plane is coming now. Lots of flights this week as folks leave. They call it cry week.
    Some of these children will never see each other again and they know it.

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  36. He does this every year at VBS but I usually take him out by the third day and put him back at the end. I will let him go today, he did better yesterday. I told him the volunteers are there to teach children about Jesus. He knows Him so he can stay home and let them learn or he can attend and learn more and meet new friends and do fun stuff.

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  37. Another better day at VBS. But their behavior at home is deteriorating as they pick up new skills from their new friends…. At least he is making it into day four this time.

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  38. Woke up at 7:30 and looked at the clock. I instantly remembered that it was market day so got dressed quickly. Market is over at 8. I had totally forgotten. It was a misty rain, but has cleared off now. Back is still hurting, but this feels like muscle instead of bones out of place.

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  39. Going to watch the kangaroos and wallabies?

    Kizzie, skills like, how to be mean to each other, how to use new words that are not allowed around here, how to not listen to authority. Just the usual.

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  40. Yes, I do try to keep my children unsocialized. We kind of figure they are supposed to spend twelve years with their peers and then never again. So we just go straight to never and get them to associate with people of all ages

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  41. I remember reading a little debate on Facebook, about whether or not a school district should implement requiring school uniforms. One of the commenters was against it, saying that then the children would not be able to express their own individuality in their choice of clothing.

    I pointed out that most kids were more interested in fitting in with others, so as not to be picked on, than in expressing their own individuality. There are always some brave souls who buck the latest trends, but they are either mercilessly picked on/bullied or are amazingly confident in themselves.

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  42. I always prayed for mine for that one good friend. In high school I had no one to eat lunch with. The girls in my classes were such a tight click I couldn’t break in. I came from a small, 12, eighth grade class to a large high school.

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  43. There were two lunch periods when mine went to the same high school that I did. Another mom from church and I prayed that our girls would have lunch together. They did and are still best friends many years later.

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  44. My children have at times, complained of their lack of friends. I have told them that, in reality, not many people in school have as many friends as they want you to think. Having one or two good friends makes all the difference.

    I am still in contact with my one real friend in school. She had other friends but she was always kind to me. She is off to China for six weeks of teaching ESL and looking for God moments.

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  45. Working on a newsletter. It may take a while. I am not sure that I will get it done before going to Australia. The pictures of me with my first and most recent class will fill the first page.

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  46. It is nice to get away from it all. Good if you can get the odds and ends tucked away (like the newsletter) so you can just relax.

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  47. Well, depending on time and all, you should be off to Australia for another ten days of relaxation! Enjoy, Jo!

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  48. It is dangerous to let me in a mall. I saw several folks that I wanted to mention, did you forget to wear something? as what they were wearing was so short, etc.

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  49. I am here with a fellow teacher. She is young, but I have a great deal of respect for her and admire her. She is working with two different youth groups and is going to oversee the junior high group this year. Taught fifth last year and now going to fourth as that is where the need is.

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  50. I know she is an introvert, she calls it an outgoing introvert. But, she is not saying anything to me. She is pleasant and kind, but doesn’t volunteer anything. I am also an introvert, but I generally talk. This is a little strange.

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  51. Took a shower this morning and just enjoyed water coming at an angle, easy to clean your face. In PNG all of the showerheads are straight above you. hmmm… maybe I should purchase a shower head, never thought of that.

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  52. Well, that blew my plan. I was going to come on here today and talk behind your back as you seemed to have forgotten us, again. Now I suppose I will need to talk about the weather instead. Nice weather.

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  53. It sounds as though you are having a lovely time. What language do they speak there? I have heard it on things like Crocodile Dundee, and it does not appear to be English.

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  54. i sent son off early this morning. He is refusing to be home by five so I decided to let him get up at five and head on out. He did not take the bike that husband picked up for him yesterday. Perhaps because he did not think of it. Perhaps because he owes about one hundred fifty on repairs. Who knows the mind of this boy? God does.

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  55. Another cloudy day, but I am seeing bits of blue. My friend went with another family scuba diving. I would have enjoyed going on the boat, but not diving. Unless they had a certain kind of mask that you don’t have to put in your mouth. Praying for nice weather for them. This family is/are my Uka neighbors.

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  56. This hotel is on a hillside out of town past the airport. Very, very quiet and peaceful. You can look it up on the internet. Tree Tops Lodge, Cairns

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  57. I enjoyed scuba diving but did not enjoy the motion sickness that came with it. On the boat, on the water, under the water. I went to the Keys to get certified with my class in Georgia but sea sickness got the better of me and I ended up certifying in a reservoir which had problems of its own.

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  58. I heard about the scuba diving trip. They had a glass bottom boat that I would have enjoyed. But I also heard that it took an hour and a half to get out there and they went fast through the choppy seas. So… many of their passengers got sick. I would not have enjoyed being around that.

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  59. rain here, but looks like sunshine is trying to break through.
    We ate lunch with the other family yesterday, which was delightful.
    But, my friend announced that she wanted to go see Juraissac World this afternoon. The other family’s kids do too. However where does that leave me??
    I think I will just take the car and head for the Tablelands.

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  60. Sounds like you are having an enjoyable time. I would not have enjoyed the boat trip. I love water and boats, but I like slow boats where I can enjoy the trip and not be sick.

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  61. We have had plenty of rain in just the right amount for me as everything is coming up lush and beautiful. I don’t know how the rest of the area feels about it. Sometimes rain is good and sometimes not, for the farmers.

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  62. We are getting some good rain today, which started last night. We need it, as it’s been pretty dry lately. As I was waking up this morning, there was a loud clap of thunder, which followed the puzzling flash of light I could even see through my sleep mask. The thunder clued me in to the flash of light having been lightning. I had thought I imagined it. 🙂

    (I wear a contoured sleep mask at night to help my dry eyes, since they don’t completely close. It also helps me stay asleep during the seasons when the sun comes up early.)

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  63. Today is a train ride through the cane fields and the rain forest. Several hours in a sorta village with lots of shops. Then we take the gondola down. Lots of rain in the night, but it seems to have stopped.

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  64. My friend came over with a movie to watch last night. I watched it by not looking.
    Too scary and suspenseful for me. It was called ‘A Quiet Room” Extremely scary. But… the family values were strong and the message of a family caring for each other was wonderful.

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  65. Then we watched ‘The Showman” to get the first one out of my head. I got wise and asked her to turn on the subtitles as it was hard to hear with whispers in the music. With the subtitles, it was great. I wanted to see it as at the end of the year concert the kids had done a number of songs from this musical. One especially powerful piece.

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  66. I believe “A Quiet Room” was covered in World. Is that the one where everybody has to be quiet so the monsters don’t get them?

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  67. I’m with you, Mumsee. I almost never watch movies. I read, everyday, all the time.
    Abby came over and asked if I would like to watch a movie with her. Movies are what she does. She is also a musician, though now it is painful as she seems to be developing arthritis.
    The family values in the Quiet Place were incredible. It was very scary, yet they even had a quiet prayer and valued each other. The love among the family members was so beautifully portrayed. Yet it was too terrifying for me.

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  68. I suspect most of us who don’t watch many movies, get more emotionally hit when we do. Our senses are not use to or benumbed. Kind of like taste buds.

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  69. I enjoy reading every day, and I enjoy watching a movie, sometimes once a week, sometimes every other week. I tend to like the more independent or small films, as I’m not into the more popular romantic comedies or action thrillers.

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  70. home again, home again. It was a very different trip. I was with someone, but they kinda weren’t with me. No sharing of thoughts at all. rather strange.

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  71. oh, we are all invited over to someone’s home for a fourth of July celebration complete with handmade fireworks, ie. steelwool on a metal hangar and you twirl it. Quite impressive.

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  72. Welcome home, Jo! I hope you are somewhat refreshed and ready for the next leg of the journey.
    That is an interesting idea for fireworks. Lots of sparks? Probably won’t try that around here. Would not want to be the one to start a fire, though it looks green, it is quite dry beneath.
    I have movies I would like to watch but don’t seem to get to it. It is always on the get to it later shelf. Probably due to the children around though I don’t remember watching much when we were between children either. I used to watch a lot when my first children were small, but somewhere along the line, I realized that was not in their best interest. They all watch a lot more than I do now.

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  73. so, I was bummed on my trip because I saw some nice cards in the Png international airport and they were too expensive so I didn’t buy them. But… I have lots of thank yous to write and really should have bought those cards. I like to send something that gives a glimpise of PNG.

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  74. but, God always has something better. Today I went to the finance dept. to get some cash. While I was waiting I saw a poster advertising PNG 8x10s and also cards. They are made by someone I know and will be just right. God is good.

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  75. Over the school break they are giving employees Fridays off. So, I asked my aide if she wanted to come work in my yard and she said yes. She is here today with three of her children. She knows just what to do. We pay someone to do our yard, but they are from the construction dept. and seem to mostly do just edging. Lots had grown up and needed weeding out. Just made them rice for lunch and took out a couple of cans of tuna. Give them biscuits and peanut butter for snack. And then they can take the rest home. I am also giving her a large gift to help with her sons last year of college.

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  76. That is nice that you can get capable help for where you need it. I have not found that around here at all. People want to be on their phones instead of work.

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  77. I agree. Just a few hours of work makes such a difference.
    This week I am having a haus meri over to work. Every few months it is so good to have someone do the deep cleaning. I do all the everyday stuff, but she will wash windows, etc. These windows are the louvered ones, so you have to wash both sides of each pane and it is a pain. Not that I have done it.
    I also hate to vacuum. Actually I don’t hate vacuuming, but the noise.

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  78. I met this lady last week on the small plane up from Moresby. She and her husband were coming to visit their son and grandchildren. I taught their grandson last year. Anyway she was telling me that she works in the schools and does a program with kids. It has to do with bouncing balls and crossing the midline. She said that she brought the book with her. And then when I saw her two days later she said she was teaching her grandchildren. I want to learn and see if it would be a good thing to do in kinder. And…. I happened to buy six, small bouncy balls in Cairns.
    We are meeting at school tomorrow. I wonder if she will sell me her book??

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  79. God does seem to arrange things.

    We had a house helper in Okinawa but I always felt bad about having an older woman cleaning my house. So we had her cook for us and iron husband’s uniforms. But she would do more because she could see I did not have a clue on housecleaning.

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  80. yeah, me too. I do the dishes and even some dusting, but the deep cleaning just gets left. Did I tell on the other thread about the gal who came today? no, anyway, I purchased 4 dozen tortillas and they were supposed to come this morning. I was figuring more around noon. Well, the gal was here at 8:15. I heard a noise, but when I am in my office there are three closed doors between me and the outside. And others live here, so I might hear noises that have nothing to do with me. Anyway, finally realized that I was hearing knocking. So pulled on sweat pants over my nightie and vest. When I got to the door, the first thing she said was, you sleep tumas. I had been up for an hour and a half or close to that. I told her I was on the computer, but she was upset. Said she had my tortillas, so I went to get the money. Then she told me that next time I would have to get them at the store. I said that these will last me a long time. There was a guy with her by then. How to begin your day by being yelled at. I may never buy from her again as she is so intimidating. I was almost shaky afterwards. I take things personally.

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  81. Random thought, inspired by the word “shaky”: When we lived in Ohio, when I was a child, there was a pizza place called Shakey’s. It had long picnic table type tables and benches, and played old silent movie comedies sometimes. I think you could watch them make the pizza, too, unless I have them mixed up with another pizza place.

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  82. I didn’t grow up in Ohio, but in my home state we had a Shakey’s pizza parlor, too, Kizzie. It looked very much like your description, IIRC. There was many a Friday night in the summer during my teen years that I ended up there. A family I babysat would invite me to go to the stock car races with them (the husband/dad raced), and we’d frequently stop at Shakey’s for pizza after the races. Great fun and memories from those days — good pizza (and free for me!), great camaraderie. Thanks for reminding me of that. 🙂

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  83. Jo, on Saturday I recalled our meet-up from last summer as my family and I were driving on the bridge over the river that was near to the restaurant where we met up. The thought suddenly occurred to me that our meet-up had been on a Saturday in July, and I was pretty sure it was the Saturday after the 4th of July that we had met. So I took out my phone, looked at the date listed on the two pictures I have of you, and saw that it was indeed that weekend (July 8 last year).

    Fun to reminisce about that day. A most pleasant experience to meet you, one that I know I’ll always fondly remember. 🙂

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  84. Oh, this is funny, but about a week ago I was wondering where one of the PNG bookmarks was that you gave the kids. One of them is being used to mark the spot in the Bible we’re using for home Bible readings, but the other one seems to have been missing for quite a while, like months.

    Then a day or two after I started thinking about that missing bookmark, I pulled one of my volumes of Beethoven Piano Sonatas out of my music closet and sat down on the piano bench, opening up the book to one of the sonatas.

    When I found the page I wanted and moved the open book to the music rack on the piano, something fell out of the book. I looked on the floor between the piano and bench, and there it was…

    …the missing PNG bookmark!

    I guess I shouldn’t have been neglecting Beethoven for all this time. 🙂

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  85. Yes, our meet up was fun and that was such a lovely place to meet. We could have left out the snake part, but the rest of the walk was fun.
    Wish you would have told me not to forget to get gas before I left town.
    Driving with an empty tank made the rest of the day rather stressful. And it was the next day that I found my iphone. Which would have made it a lot less stressful to find you.
    I didn’t realize that once I crossed that bridge, there would be no more services for a while.

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  86. You saw a snake? Ewwww. The children saw a snake on the basketball court when they went out to walk the dogs. Twelve year old raced in to tell me, as they have been told to do. I went out, picked up a weapon, and discovered that sixteen year old had forgotten the part about one staying to keep an eye on the snake and had gone off to the dogs. Sixteen year old son arrived home about that time so he joined me in looking for the snake. We found it and learned it was a small , maybe fourteen inch, bullsnake. Well, they are good snakes but can get testy as it heats up so I move them further from the house. I explained to son how to stop it so it could be moved easily, with a shoe lightly on the head or back very close to the head. He could not do it so I did. Then I explained again to him how to pick up the snake by the neck to avoid getting bit. He declined saying snakes bothered him. So I picked it up and moved it out to the field explaining that the snake would probably beat us back to the basketball court and that I don’t particularly like handling snakes either but definitely don’t want my children getting bit, so I move them one way or another.

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  87. Yep, the bookmark was keeping company with Beethoven, but it can’t top the other one — tucked into the pages of the Word.

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  88. Well, our produce market is closed due to some turmoil in the area, which we won’t mention. But there was a lady in my yard today working. First at 8:15 she brought me some rather overripe bananas. Not sure where she got them. She works for the construction dept. But I wondered if she was working for one of the other flats. Later she brought me some flowers, huh! Usually if they give you something, they expect something. Then when I went out later, I found a whole stalk of bananas outside my door. At least I know that those came from my yard. Now what to do with some many very green bananas. They are in the entryway now. Which is fine as long as no rats find them.

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  89. Market will be open on Monday, yeah! I hear that closing it brought about necessary results. I need to make bread today for a school lunch tomorrow. But… it is still pretty chilly in here, about 60 degrees. I am not sure that bread would rise if it is cold. Just went over to the neighbors flat that I have a key to, I was looking to see if her oven had a light. I heard that putting bread to rise in an oven with just the light on would work. No luck. However she did have a really nice oven. I should consider getting a new one as mine is probably 40 years old.

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  90. Got out my lunch at school yesterday and the whole box of crackers that I had was missing. What?? Not sure what happened. Perhaps I left them on the counter? One place on the counter is where folks leave things that they are giving away…..

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  91. I have heard you can use the pilot light but I have not had one so I just turn the oven on enough to get it warm at around ninety degrees or less, turn it off and let the bread rise in the closed oven. I imagine putting in a jar of hot water would do the same, just to make the little box warm enough. Or behind the wood stove in the winter.

    Maybe you have really large ants that like crackers?

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  92. I have noticed more activity in various ant nests outside. They must be getting ready to swarm. I am not fond of flying ants.

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  93. Well, I am about halfway done with scything my little field. It is not very big but has been feeding the goats and sheep for several days and looks like it will continue to up into August at least. I scythe, it dries, ten year old rakes it up and gives some to the animals each day. Good system. I only scythe about thirty minutes a day but consider it to be a better exercise than going to the gym, for me. Of course, I don’t go to the gym except upstairs in the winter.

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  94. Jo, my own advice (since you asked) is that if you have a 40-year-old oven that works, keep it!

    When we moved into this place, we had to wait on having a usable stove, because one of the men laying the flooring wasn’t thinking and he pulled on the oven door in attempting to move the stove, and in so doing he broke the glass. He ordered a new door and replaced it, and we had to wait several weeks to get that new door. My husband told him we were willing to wait, that we didn’t want him to have to order a new stove . . . because this stove is from 1980 and thus a better stove than newer ones. Further, it should last longer than a newer one. This one should still be working in ten years, but if we got a new one, we would have to replace it in five to seven years. The newer ones are also made of more flimsy materials, with stove tops that really move under any pressure. Plus, if something breaks on the old ones, you can just get a new part; if something breaks on the new ones, generally you need a whole new stove.

    The one I had the last three or four years up north was new with several fancy features I had never had before, and we got an extended warranty, so it was still under warranty. I’d take this 38-year-old stove in a heartbeat. It’s simply a better stove. And I’d be willing to bet money that one will be replaced three times in the next twenty years (twice for sure) and this one not at all.

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  95. Lost my pocket knife on the trip to Australia. I will have to write my son and ask him to get me another for this Christmas. I had it in an outside pocket and I believe that someone took it.

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  96. You know when you have that favorite tool?? Well this was the micra Leatherman, I think and it had a very strong pair of scissors. I used them all the time, even to cut my toenails. Had to find something else as I don’t think I can wait until Christmas to cut my toenails.

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  97. clear and beautiful here this morning. You have to realize that this only happens rarely. The last week has been very gray and misty. I told my aide once that in my part of California we could go for six months and not get any rain. Her eyes got big, she could not even imagine such a thing. Here it rains every day or two.

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  98. That is the beauty of scythes, you have a sharp instrument clearing the way ahead of you! I have not seen any snakes though I have seen mice scampering out of the way. The visiting dog is supposed to help me with that but I have never seen her actually catch anything.

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  99. I do understand a favorite tool. I still have my pocket knife from Girl Scout camp. Unless I replaced it along the way because I liked it so much. Campking or some such.

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  100. So much easier to come here when we are on the top posts list. The clear, sunny sky is so different from the gloom of last week. Quite cheerful, if it wasn’t so cold.

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  101. My favorite tool is a little gold-colored hammer that once belonged to my mom. It’s about maybe eight inches long, with the head being about two and a half inches across. But I don’t like it for its hammer, I like it for the varying sizes of screwdrivers that are hidden in its handle. The head of the first one is close to “normal” size for a screwdriver, and then there are others in decreasing size. You have to unscrew the end of the hammer, then unscrew the part that comes out a couple times or so before getting to the littlest one.

    I keep it in the kitchen, and it comes in handy when the oven door handle gets loose and needs a small screwdriver to fix it, and for other things with screws in the kitchen that get loose.

    For cold hands in the winter, I keep a pair of fingerless gloves by my seat in the living room. The first pair I had, in pink, was a gift from Mom, and the pair I have now I bought this past winter, choosing a cute pink pair with bows on the back of the hand.

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  102. Long ago, I gave up trying to keep tools in a convenient place. For years I kept a tool box in my room because my tools would disappear so quickly.

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