58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-4-17

  1. Good morning Aj.
    Good evening Jo.
    Good afternoon Tychicus.

    It’s a nice, cold day in Greensboro.
    I think I’ll post my income tax today. It has been finished a couple of weeks now.

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  2. Day 4 and while I have accidentally messed up on Thursday with what I ate and didn’t do one of the things I have committed to doing, I have succeeded with two other things, so far….that doesn’t mean I won’t mess those up but every day is a new day to begin again.
    Today Mr. P and I will work like a couple of day laborers in the back yard. Son isn’t coming to help until tomorrow. By then we will have it finished! At least Hubs is not one of those men who develop ADD about halfway through a project. πŸ˜‰
    The Da-Dee came down pretty hard on BG yesterday. She went to pay her latest traffic ticket and was told that she couldn’t pay it, she had to appear in court. I looked up the Alabama point system. She very well could be about to lose her license. It will be the shortest term -60 days. Her dad’s insurance is cancelling her, so if she loses her license he is also taking the car away. She is hard headed and refuses to listen, change her ways, or admit any of this could possibly be her fault. I have to back him up. I would rather she hit bottom at 19 while we are around when she is ready to make some changes than have her continue as she is and really mess up.
    Obviously as her mother, this hurts my heart, but here we are and we can continue to enable or we can practice some tough love.

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  3. We’ve been cold here the last week without cloud cover (rain) at night to keep us sheltered from the chill of the universe.

    Mr. Fit is still out triumphantly jogging every morning and enjoying it. I’m beyond grateful to God who convicted him and am cheering him on. Even if his lips are freezing when he kisses me good morning!

    We went to a movie and dinner last night. We saw Lion, which has to leave every mother in puddles of tears. Very thoughtful and good. Inspired by Lion’s life in India, we went out to curry afterwards. A fun night.

    And two other movies were playing at our little independent theater, so we may be back. I was tempted to act like a kid and spend the entire night there, eating that horrible popcorn and watching three movies in a row.

    The last time I watched three movies in a day at a movie theater was about 45 years ago! Friends and I rode our bikes to the Rolling Hills theater (DJ will know that place, I hope,–not as far as Del Amo), about 10-12 miles one way. We saw a three-hour musical–though I can’t remember now which one.

    We bicycled back, I burst in the door and my father said, “great, you’re here, let’s go.”

    I was looking for dinner. “Where?”

    “To the movies!”

    We saw Patton followed by The Longest Day.

    That may have been one of the longest nights of my life. I was nearly slumped to the floor by the time it was over–6 hours later!

    Remembering all that last night, and reminding myself I’m too old to eat movie theater popcorn all night, we came home and went to bed instead!

    But, there’s still tonight . . . has anyone seen La La Land?

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  4. Kim, that’s hard, but you are right about letting her hit bottom. Praying.

    That is a lovely picture of a blue bird. Blue is the rarest colour in nature, so birds with blue plumage are extra special – well, except maybe for blue jays, who are crows in disguise.

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  5. I haven’t seen any recent films. I keep thinking I should go to a film now that I’m in the city and have access to a theatre, but then I look at the program for the closest theatre when I walk past it in the mall and think, “No thanks, I’ll pass.” It is more fun getting classic films from the library – only problem is, my portable DVD drive, or the free DVD reading software, seems to be having some trouble, as I can only watch about every third DVD I borrow.

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  6. Kim – Stand strong, Sister!

    I’ve said before that BG’s stubbornness reminds me a lot of Nightingale’s stubbornness, although I don’t know if even Nightingale would have let things go that far (re: ready to lose her license). But she did have to hit bottom before she came back home, with a baby & in some debt. (Before Mr X came along, she was great at saving money.)

    But look what happened with her. She grew determined to make a better life for herself & her son, & is now working as a practical nurse, with plans to go back to college for her RN degree (starting in the fall, I think), & eventually get a Masters degree. I don’t say this to brag on my daughter, but as encouragement to you to stand strong, keep praying in faith, & believe that BG will eventually pull herself out of this.

    And btw, Nightingale is still hard-headed about certain things, but at least she now is much more mature about how she handles that. πŸ™‚

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  7. That lazy, worthless maid didn’t show up at my house again last week, so I have been off doing Cinderella chores.
    Mr. P is off to the grocery store because his Baby Boy wants “dad’s” homemade mac and cheese and green bean casserole. πŸ˜‰

    The other thing we are going to have to face pretty soon is BG’s living arrangements. It isn’t fair for her to put her Nana through her drama and I may have to get tough on her health and monitor her eating better. Especially if she doesn’t have a license or car…she probably won’t have a job either.

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  8. I’ll have to read that Olasky piece

    Michelle, yes, RH Theater, still there. πŸ™‚ Let me know how you like LaLa Land, it hasn’t really appealed to me to go see for some reason.

    I slept in until the buzz saws across the street forced me to get up — new owners of the house decided to take down the tall, skinny stand of trees that stood in front of the home, looks like they’re going to do their own landscaping which is good. The trees were never a good look, but it kind of went with the house which is a mid-century style, probably from the 1950s-’70s.

    This will be a working weekend for me as I begin to figure out how to move things out of the main bedroom and prepare the spare bedroom for me to move into during the ceiling project. It’s all good, this is forcing me to turn everything in the house upside down, root things out all the dresser drawers and chests and closets. And by Sunday night, it’s all gonna look a whole lot worse in here (shudder, that’s hard to even imagine). Progress in heavy disguise is how I choose to think of it, though.

    Garage door people come between noon and 2 p.m., I’m pretty sure I know what I want so I am hoping it will be a short appt. (but it sounds like they bill themselves as ‘designers’ so I’m sure I’ll get the full spiel; my plan is not to even let him into the house but to conduct all of this on the driveway πŸ™‚ ). Of course, I’ll have to finally get my parents’ old furniture and some other things in there hauled away before they can do the work to put in a new door. So that’ll have to be scheduled fairly soon.

    It all does seem like it’ll never end sometimes. But how good it will all feel when it’s done, should I survive that long.

    Kim, that stubbornness can be channeled into major accomplishments someday πŸ™‚ But I’m sure this is a hard season for all of you to be going through, praying it all hits home with her soon.

    it’s reminded me, too, I have a ticket I still need to pay, first one in years. 😦

    I still haven’t made my tax appointment. I always have the goal of getting it done before March ends.

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  9. Yes, that stubbornness can turn into something good when used well. Being patient can remind us how patient God is to us. So hard to watch those you love be foolish, though.

    Beautiful bird photo.

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  10. Hah! We call it what it is, stubborn. A prevailing trait of my mother’s side of the family is stubbornness. One of my great aunts was the epitome of what stubborn was, working in the fields alongside her husband when she was heavily pregnant – sadly, she lost several children – and refusing, when she was widowed, old, and frail, to sell her farm and move. Yet that iron will kept her alive when a still unknown assailant broke in one night and left her for dead in a pool of blood. At my great aunt’s funeral – she outlived the attack by several years – the pastor who gave the eulogy spoke about her meekness (I think that was the word) while we family members sat there and wondered who he was talking about. So, I know where my mother gets her refusal to quit despite her chronic pain and debilitating arthritis. Many times our family stubbornness gets turned into tenacity, but when someone with difficulty walking deliberately walks out on an ice-coated driveway while their family pleads with them not to, that’s just being stubborn (she didn’t fall, but she could have).

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  11. Roscuro- You may need to clean the lens of your DVD player. You can buy the cleaner anywhere that sells DVDs. It’s a CD that you put a drop of cleaning solution onto and put it in the player. I did that with our player and we stopped having the skipping problems.

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  12. Since Nightingale was young, I’ve said that stubbornness is one side of the coin, & perseverance is the other side (although tenacity is a good word, too). Sure enough, Nightingale can be stubborn, but she also perseveres in difficulties.

    Doesn’t it seem that any personality trait has two sides – a “good side” & a “bad side”?

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  13. I may try that, Peter, if I can find one. The nearest mall has the oddest collection of stores, and some items are simply not found. The place is an example of what happens when office buildings and homeless shelters are both next to the mall. Some businesses are high end jewelry stores and clothing boutiques, others are low end convenience dollar stores and bankruptcy clearance outlets. Then, with the diverse immigrant populations found in the area, there are the stores made in the image of a store in China, or India, etc. The place is like Penny Lane, very strange. The only thing that feels at all familiar is the library, which is gorgeous.

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  14. One of the problems with that, though, is that Nightingale doesn’t see me as strong in any way. (I really am not what one would usually consider a strong woman, but God gives me strength when needed, which may not be so apparent.)

    Marilyn, my good friend who is the wife of my former pastor (not the one I had a problem with), had written something to me about how she has seen me stay strong in the Lord in situations that she thought would bring others to their knees. Nightingale overheard me telling Hubby that, & expressed that she didn’t think that it was a matter of me being strong, but that I just didn’t have any other choice but to get through those situations.

    The stubbornness/perseverance of her personality is such that she grits her teeth & does what is needed. She thinks that’s just what people do. (She doesn’t realize how strong she is.) I tried to tell her that people don’t always react that way, that some people give up, or break down, or retreat into addictive behaviors, or whatnot.

    She also believes that things work out if you keep doing what you’re supposed to do.

    Because of those two attitudes, she doesn’t recognize how God has strengthened us & helped us through the hard times, nor that God did wonderful things for us in many situations. 😦

    Often I think that it is going to take a spiritual “2-by-4 to the head” to get through to her.

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  15. Next week, the university orchestra has our second concert. Among the pieces we will be playing is Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, which is my favorite of his symphonies – yes, I like it better than his No. 9 New World Symphony. Now being a symphony from the late Romantic era, it runs rather long, so I looked for it in sections on YouTube. I’m sharing this out of sync, as it is the 3rd Movement of the symphony, but it is a lot of fun to play – and this video shows quite a bit of the second violin section, which is what I play:

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  16. Nice piece, though I personally think “New World” can’t be beat πŸ™‚

    Garage door ordered (just as I thought, it’s a weird size — single car garage but they’ll have to cut a 12-foot-wide door down to a 10-foot wide). But it’ll look so nice compared to the deteriorating wood door that has chicken wire spread over a hole in one of the wood planks. πŸ™‚ It’ll take 30 days to arrive, which gives me time to get a junk hauler over here to clear out (10 feet back) some of the “stuff” I have in the garage. I noticed today I still had the box from my very first HP computer in there. It’s been a while.

    The door is pretty, they make them out of lightweight (insulated) steel but it’ll be white (but paintable later if I want and they look like wood, just more durable); I ordered one of the “carriage house” styles with the gridded panels and small grid windows at the top, black hardware. All I need is a horse and buggy.

    Meanwhile, I gathered up & returned numerous items for the bathroom that I didn’t wind up using — 2 towel bars, different style hooks, a hand shower clip that didn’t fit right — so I’ll be getting a nice refund for all of that.

    When I got home from dropping all of that off at the UPS store, though, I discovered that the heathen dogs had stolen Annie’s food (along with the dishes, but just one was broken in the process), hauled it all out to the back yard and had a little cat food banquet.

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  17. πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ Taxes done! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ I get a federal refund but owe both Missouri and Illinois. But the total owed is far less than the refund. Time to pay off the minivan loan! Or get teh new doors the house needs. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

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  18. Peter, pay off the loan and get out of debt. Then with the savings from not having a payment, you can pay for other needs. (Not that you asked for advice!)

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  19. We have an older DVD/VHS machine. Some of the DVDs do not work. I have read that they are made in a slightly different way and the old machines will not accommodate that. We bought a new machine, but ended up putting it on another TV that only is used by our grandchildren. We could not hook it up on this one for some reason. Perhaps it is the same issue Kizzie ran into. I like when this all works great. Otherwise, it can drive a sane person insane.

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  20. Not sure if this will show or not, but I heard this song again recently and was struck by the words. It may be my age, but I never really heard the message in this song before. It also may be that Roy Clark was asked to sing it at a friend’s funeral, which struck me as strange until I really listened to the words.

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  21. Several inches of fresh snow last night and snow expected for the next week. Glad we got that grass seed down out where the pigs were.

    Speaking of Snapchat, which Kare was, we got into a discussion on that last night. I mentioned that somebody gets paid every time he sends a message on there and I gave the symbol of a fishhook through the mouth and said, “hook, line and sinker”. He was quite dubious and said,”It’s a free app! A couple of guys got together in their basement and came up with the idea and put it out there for free.” I snickered and turned to go look it up when he said he would research it. Sure enough, Snap chat expects to get several billion dollars this year. Advertising, son, it is all about advertising. If they can take a most inane app and get it to appeal to the youth, they become instant millionaires or more.

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  22. Mumsee, so far there is no advertising on Snapchat – I’m sure it will come not that it is on the stock market. But so far, no ads.

    It’s also how so many of our staff communicate these days – which is the only reason I use it πŸ™‚

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  23. Though I am sure it is a good way to communicate, and not complaining at all. The ox is worthy of its wages after all. Just kind of eye opening to him to see how much the ox was getting on what he thought was just some good old boys being nice.

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  24. My numbers are wrong of course and he is off to church and shooting, but he said the snapchat folk charge something like seven hundred fifty thousand dollars per day per ad. Clearly, it is worth it to the advertisers to spend that. Can you imagine how many and how often people are using it?

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  25. Huh – I just looked at it again and the snapchat part doesn’t have ads, but the “stories” part does – I just ignore them and obviously didn’t notice anything.

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  26. Well, since I know nothing about how snap chat works, I don’t know. I do know there is advertising making somebody a lot of money. And the people are benefiting in communication though my understanding is that it averages to each teen in America sending nine hundred texts per month.

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  27. Chas,

    I sent you an email at the one you use here. You should be able to reply and send the pic. Then just save me to your contacts and you shouldn’t have any more issues. πŸ™‚

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  28. I have Aj yahoo saved.
    I sent a picture.
    I would like to find a way to insert a picture into the “post comment” section. That way I could send several with comments. I’m reluctant to send a full screen of someone.

    No. I don’t know why. I just am.

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  29. The sermon this morning was on Ephesians 4:25-31.

    Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

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  30. Chas (7:31), that’s always the fear 😦 Oh well, not much I can do about it today, but Monday’s a new day and a new week. Something’s gotta give.

    Good sermon today on Rom. 14:1-4 about judging — convicted again, but that’s a good thing.

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  31. So, to return to Dvorak Symphony No. 8, the second movement might suffer a little in comparison to his 9th – the 2nd movement of the 9th contains that famous theme which has been made into the spiritual “Goin’ Home’. However, the 2nd movement of the 8th is what first attracted my attention to the symphony. I heard it late one evening on the radio, and it fascinated me so much that I listened to the rest of the piece in order to find out from the announcer what it was called. It might not have such a haunting theme, but it is, to use an old fashioned descriptor, piquant:

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  32. All’s good — see prayer thread. Thanks, guys. I appreciate that I can come here and request prayer and have friends spring to action!

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  33. Beautiful header even if I only got here around midnight! It was worth checking in to see that! It has been a very taxing weekend. Tomorrow will be, too. I must sleep now. I hope I do not dream about tax documents.

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