62 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-4-16

  1. I read Donna’s link on the politics thread yesterday about Trump.
    The alternative is to stay home.
    Lots of people didn’t vote for Romney because he was LDS.
    They gave us Obama.
    I have no idea where Trump will lead us.
    I don’t want to go where Hillary would take us.

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  2. Morning all. I appreciate the prayers. I realized that I have to meet, even if I want to drop it.
    The meeting is set for Thursday at 1pm with two principals. My friend told me that I needed to have someone there with me, so someone from member care is coming with me.
    So, west coast, that would be Wednesday at 8 pm, east coast 11pm.

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  3. I woke from a dream in which one of you (Jo or Janice, I think) posted something making reference to a couple you knew, and either a photo was posted or a name used, but whatever the case, I realized it was my husband’s sister and her husband. I lay there thinking, “That’s amazing! I’ll have to ask her how on earth she knows them, and tell them I’m related to them.” And then I thought, “Oh wait–that must have been a dream.”

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  4. Good Morning Everyone. Yesterday was busy. I had to go into the office and if Guy catches me looking at my phone or I remotely act like something else has my attention for a moment he asks what I am working on. Sometimes I like to take my mind off of work for a minute and let it rest. I get the job done.
    This past weekend I attended two weddings. One was every little girl’s fantasy of what a wedding should be. She had 12 attendants. The priest who married them took a moment to come down into the middle of the church and speak to those in attendance and explain OUR responsibility to the married couple to support and encourage them. The reception was held at the polo club with a huge tent out in the middle of a field. As you walked up a path of twinkle lights there was a table to get a glass of champagne and sign the guest book. There was a band, a dance floor, set tables. It was lovely.
    The second was for two classmates who reconnected last September at one of our class reunion functions. They had lived in the same neighborhood as children. He had stolen a kiss when they were 7. They had “liked” each other in middle school, but they each had married and had children with someone else. She has some health issues and they have not ruled out MS. Another friend went online and got himself ordained in the Universal Life Church and the wedding was on the Bay. (Michelle, you have been to their cottage). Another friend and I provided the food. The love of these to people for each other was written all over their faces. It was perfect.

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  5. Jo, I am catching up on yesterday and see you have some sort of worries. I am sorry and will pray that all goes well.

    DJ, I understand that the old, small stacked in one piece washers and dryers weren’t all that good. Of course my only experience with them was in beach rentals. I think they get much better reviews these days. I understand they have even fixed the issues with the front loading washing machines. My washing machine is 10 years old and I won’t say anything else about it for fear tempting the universe to do something nasty with it. The matching dryer gave me some trouble and rather than fix it the last time we took Mr P’s old one out of storage and it has been working well these last 3 1/2 years. I have often wanted the stackables to give me more space.

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  6. Good morning! In considering stackables as we get older, are they difficult for older people to use as in requiring stretching and reaching? At our timeshare, son is the one who uses them mostly so I don’t recall if reaching is an issue.

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  7. I had an odd dream that I was hanging out with Angelina Jolie, we were in Hollywood walking by one of those places that sells “maps to the stars’ homes” on a street corner and she was worried someone would recognize her. But that was just a small piece of what was a larger, longer, more complicated dream that I can’t quite retrieve from my memory this morning.

    I smiled when I looked out the bedroom window this morning to see my new little tree. 🙂 And I’m actually wearing a sweatshirt, we’re getting some cooler mornings at last.

    I’m going in later today, covering a night meeting, so I get the morning off.

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  8. I thought perhaps that was an ink blot turkey! Twice as tasty for Thanksgiving, no doubt.

    I heard sirens in the night and then more this morning, but things are settled down now.

    Does anyone have a recipe to share for Apple Soup?

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  9. That’s a real Hollywood dream, Donna!

    Cheryl, it is a small world and things like that really do happen♡ My friend, Karen, was again marveling about the likelihood of Art having the surgeon she had worked with so long ago. She may try to get him to do her surgery if he does the exact type she needs. I hope she will try. Her docs are not at the same hospital, but they are all in the Emory system.

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  10. Co-worker has bought a stacked washer dryer a year or so ago (they are separate but “stackable) — she’s really short, only about 5 foot, 50 yrs old, but she said they’ve not been a problem for her to use. But I’d thought of that, too, just accessibility and ease of use issues. Hadn’t thought of “reaching” challenges with old(er) age. 🙂 But those years are coming …

    And yes, I guess some of the front loading problems are getting resolved — mold and not getting clothes very clean. My co-worker said the washers do take forever to go through their cycles.

    But my washer is now down to only one selection on the dial that works & the dryer also doesn’t work on several of the settings, it now takes typically 4 running cycles to get a full load of laundry dry. So anything new would beat that for performance. The problem also with the newer side-by-sides is that (at least when I was checking them out a few years ago) they all generally were significantly bigger than my fairly compact set from 1990. I like the idea of the machines being compact in a vertical stack on one side the laundry alcove (it has wood doors that match the kitchen cabinets which swing closed in front of the laundry area) and use the other side next to them for vertical shelving — I’ve seen some simple racks you can buy at Home Depot.

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  11. Meanwhile, looks like our medical benefits will bring some grief. I may be wrong, but from what I’ve seen being passed around the plan I’m on, Aetna, which I’d like to stay on due to my longtime doctors, will cost significantly more in premiums and will force us to basically pay for all medical services out of pocket until we reach our deductibles, $3,000 or more — which means, barring any majoring things going on, you’re a cash customer in effect. So kind of catastrophic plan only, but a pricey one.

    Only other choice is Kaiser which is a little cheaper in premiums but the same set-up — cash out of pocket for any and everything up to your deductible amount.

    They’re providing health savings accounts to counter it, I believe it’s all linked in to the Obamacare system.

    This will probable make single payer, “free” medical care fans out of all of us eventually. Which was probably the plan all along? Sigh. What a great 8 years it’s been, no?

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  12. Good Morning….I am sitting in the waiting room of the hospital waiting for my neighbor to be checked in for her colonoscopy….35 minute drive into town, her procedure begins at 1030…she just came out in a mask…she has a cough and she had just returned from a Caribbean cruise…therefore they require her to wear a mask during her time here 🙂 Have mercy I hope I don’t catch something…perhaps I should go hunt down a mask for myself!!!

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  13. From fox news:

    ObamaCare has survived dozens of Republican attempts to repeal and undermine it, but a new wave of Democratic complaints — led most recently by former President Bill Clinton — about the cost crush facing consumers is posing a fresh challenge.

    Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, told voters in Michigan on Monday that the legislation has created a “crazy system” where millions more people have health care but those unable to qualify for subsidies are getting “killed.”

    “The people … out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

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  14. It’s either a two-headed turkey (which would describe the political candidates, since they are both turkeys and pretty much have the same ideas), or two turkeys (which would describe the two political parties), or a double exposure of one turkey.

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  15. Janice, in college my roommate one summer (who is still a very good friend) turned out to be the daughter of former friends of my parents. At the time she had a very unusual last name (she has since married and changed it) and I needed her to write me a check to my mom, since she had a checking account and I didn’t, and I owed my mom some money. My mom called me and asked was she related to this couple, and I asked her, and they were her parents.

    Way back before either of us was born, our parents all went to church together, and also her mom and my dad worked together. But her parents had had multiple miscarriages but no live children, and my parents had four boys but no girls . . . so having their two daughters end up as roommates in college was pretty amazing.

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  16. Janice and DJ. I belong to the “if you don’t use it; you lose it” crowd. Instead of worrying about what you can’t do as you get older, keep doing all the things you are doing. My 79 year old MIL is goes up the ladder with a blower to blow off the roof. This causes no end of griping from her son and son in law. She maintains 5 acres with a riding lawn mower, rakes, and does all the weed eating herself. I intend to be her when I grow up.
    Chas tells us the things he is now unable to do, but he is 85! Of course he is slowing down a little.
    As I leave you here and limp into the kitchen because my hip hurts. 🙂

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  17. When I rented a house in Long Beach following my mom’s unexpected death (I moved out of my beloved 1920s apartment by the sea since I wanted to take in my mom’s dogs — I tried but could find no other home for them) I was surprised to learn that the house I rented, somewhat on the fly, was next door to a house where my mom’s best friend from Iowa once lived.

    When she saw my new address, she marveled at the coincidence, saying my mom and dad, shortly after they were married, visited her and her husband in that house next door to the one I was now renting. Weird feeling (Long Beach is a huge city, the second largest city in LA County, next to LA city proper).

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  18. I think I have told the story before about “the Little Aunts”. My father in law had three great-aunts. They were the oldest citizens in the small town where they lived, so when the youngest turned 90 the whole town celebrated them. During the party the oldest said to the youngest, “How old are you today F? The youngest replied that she was 90. The oldest said, “Lord, I wish I was 90. I could do anything when I was 90”.
    It’s all in the attitude.

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  19. Recipe Time. I am not a big fan of Mac & Cheese. I like the ingredients, but after having a child who lived on Velveeta Shells for a good part of her life, I just would rather eat something else. Sunday at wedding someone made Mac & Cheese in a slow cooker. Turns out it was the BEST mac and cheese I have ever eaten. It is a Tricia Yearwood recipe if anyone is interested.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/crockpot-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe.html

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  20. My mom is 86…she is spunky…she has aches and pains…stenosis of the spine…but she just keeps going….
    After P retired we signed up with MediShare…it works for us….of course we pay premiums and get absolutely nothing in return yet…we have a 10,000 dollar out of pocket before they would consider paying for anything….but is satisfies this ridiculous Obamacare mandate…..

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  21. Donna, I currently have Aetna, pay $630/month and get preventative care paid for which I have not used so far (have it through Dec) because of all the time spent on Art’s issues. My deductible is 6,000 on this plan. I do not know what I will do yet. I saw Sam’s is offering small business group insurance through Aetna so I will get Art to check into that. I would then have to become employed by the business, but the cost of such a plan is probably way more costly than Art’s very small business could afford. There is at least one other person who might need insurance who works in the business.

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  22. Kim, thank you for that recipe. I have wanted that recipe for awhile! Also, our son loved Shells and Cheese, too. It was a staple for a number of years. I don’t think he has it on his menu any longer.

    I have a friend here in the Atlanta vicinity who sells real estate. Now her daughter is selling it. too. They are like a team. My friend never expected that to happen. Of course it made me wonder if that might happen with you and BG, Kim!

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  23. They can get a billboard (I’m thinking of a mother-son real estate team that has one in a neighboring city)

    I don’t feel so bad with my $3,000-$3,500 deductible after hearing some of the alternatives out on the open market. I guess employer health care is still the best option, considering. I think my premiums will go up from $200 to $400 a month, though, which is a very big hike.

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  24. Just found out I’m starting on a project for Sun Trust and will have a couple of trips to Atlanta. Might there be another blog meet-up in store?

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  25. Janice, the trips aren’t scheduled yet, but I’ll keep you posted. I would love to meet up. Do you know where Sun Trust is, and is it close to you?

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  26. Linda, I use to catch the bus downtown by the Sun Trust building when I went to Georgia State University and when I worked downtown. If it is in the same place, I know where it is, deep in the heart of downtown Dixie. It is near the Georgia State office buildings and capitol building I don’t know about parking right by the Sun Trust bldg, but I do park by the capitol for events occasionally. They have gone up to ten dollars to park by the capitol. It’s probably six blocks from the capitol if it is the same place. Have you been to the Varsity in Atlanta? Or Mary Mac’s?

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  27. I send the small folk to their rooms every afternoon for an hour so I can get a nap and some peace. Son has a radio in his room as he likes to listen to music and radio stories. His favorite is to listen to Sean Hannity and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh etc. He lights up when he hears a station tuned to one of them. Bizarre. I can’t listen to them more than a few minutes at a time and don’t.

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  28. The Georgia State University magazine arrived today. It said Georgia State bought the Sun Trust building several years ago. So I guess it has moved. I never have been able to catch up with all the changes in this city. If you blink, things are rearranged!

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  29. Michelle, go to jeopardy.com. Use the “log in / sign up” link at the top left to create a user name for yourself, then you can register for the test with the big “Register Now” button on the home page.

    It’s for the next three evenings, starting tonight, at three different times to accomodate different time zones. I’ve seen the times for each night but I’m having trouble finding them now. I know tonight’s is at 5 PM PT.

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  30. BTW, the format of the practice test is pretty much the same as the actual test, except the actual test has more questions (50 instead of just 30). It’s worthwhile to take the practice test so you know what the real one looks like.

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  31. Well, Michelle, you outdid me – I missed eight.

    Chas, the Jeopardy test is how you get a chance at being on the game show. They run an online test once or twice a year to get a pool of potential contestants.

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  32. With the practice test they show you your answers and the correct answers so you can compare and see how you did. Unfortunately after the real test they don’t show you the answers and never tell you how you did. You only hear from them if they invite you to the next stage, which is an in-person interview/tryout they hold in cities all over the country. I’ve taken the online test four or five times. They’ve never called me for the next step.

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  33. Yes Kevin. I signed up when I got the email notification. I think I’ll take it tomorrow @8:00 CDT. I forgot about the practice test.

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  34. I spent three hours covering a torch-and-pitchfork kind of meeting with about 400 people who were really, really upset. Lots of yelling, finger jabbing and people leaping to their feet to cheer or jeer, depending on what had just been said. Tough crowd.

    Then I came home to find that the dogs busted into one of the pet food bins and apparently ate a whole bag of dental rawhides — I found the scraps of the bag out in the backyard with my flashlight. Someone also threw up on the dog bed on the patio, so I suspect there’s a connection.

    Both dogs are still alive. No dinner for them though.

    It’s not healthy or even safe to eat that many of those things.

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  35. Peter, I did the same thing (11:18), and I think that the reason is the line “makes sense” in the Declaration of Independence (which is supporting freedom) and not in the Gettysburg Address (which is supporting forcible government usurpation of freedom).

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  36. I’ll let you know when my appearance will be and you can join the audience. Afterwards, we can all go see Donna’s redone house and enjoy the cool dog park.

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