62 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-8-17

  1. I guessed it was from Donna the minute I saw it.

    Not quite as good as Ricky’s yesterday morning, but we had eggs, grits and sausage for breakfast this morning. I microwaved everything but the eggs. I scrambled them using vegetable oil in the pan because I don’t have bacon grease nor margarine. It was OK.
    Actually, pretty good for a guy who has to have his wife read the instructions for microwaving.
    If it weren’t for microwave, we would starve to death.
    Not really. Linda often brings stuff over for dinner. Good stuff.
    About once a week, I’d say. But I microwave that too, to heat it.

    Elvera’s sister (she’s talking to her now on the phone) in Greenwood, SC has a different situation. A widow who lives alone. She owns the house next door and rents it to a family for ridiculously low rent (so Elvera says). Anyhow. they don’t eat left overs, so they bring her what they had for dinner every night. She has a daughter, also a widow now, who checks on her every day.

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  2. 🙂 She does need you Chas. Next time you go to the store get some Pam nonstick cooking spray for cooking your eggs. Depending on the kind of sausage you cook you may want to do that in a pan and cook your eggs in that grease. At this point I really don’t think you need to worry about the extra calories…

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  3. Or butter.

    We bought bicycles yesterday. I had been thinking of it for quite a while. My children cannibalized mine when they broke theirs and now my youngest are big enough to ride with me. And exercise is supposed to be good for arthritis. And husband used to ride his bike all over the place, until it was cannibalized when their’s broke. So…we got bikes. Should snow for the next week or so, and after that, we may start riding.

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  4. Donna- I see California is a lot more expensive than rural Missouri. We got our line replaced for ~$1,500 at the old house. But it wasn’t 20′ underground.

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  5. Good Morning…that is a lot of pipe and stuff up there…glad it it on it’s way out and the new is making life easier for the “lady of the manor”! 🙂
    We are having a touch of Spring this coming week…I’m losing my car for three weeks while the auto place fixes the hail damage….gonna be rough sharing the truck with the mister around here…but thankful we have it to share…I remember the long youthful days of having but one car….we are spoilt for sure 🙂

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  6. Last night I dreamed I went to a small reception to visit with Ronald Reagan. My husband and I took our 99-next-month friend Jo with us. We chatted and he was fun and after he left I thought, “why didn’t we get our pictures taken? I could have shown them on WV?”

    I then got into an argument with a woman at the next table who wouldn’t finish using the Cuisinart so I could chop onions–so obviously the dream was ending . . .

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  7. Yup, that’s my view these days. I’m thinking that will be hauled away soon as I don’t think there will be anymore concrete to add now.

    If replacing the rest of the line were just more of the same work with the same guys, I’d go for it, of course. But it’s a whole other animal altogether, heavily regulated and these guys, who for me have been at least affordable, considering, would be completely out of the picture, replaced by a contractor and a crew of city regulatory folk, all on my dime. It would not be pretty and would be nowhere near ‘affordable’ in my book.

    Once the trenching goes below 4 feet, a bunch of stuff kicks in and all those government folks with their contractors have to be called in to take over — we got close to 4 feet by the end of my driveway, but after that plans indicated the pipe dropped way below ground to close to 10 and then 20 feet by the time it reached the middle of the street in front of my house. (When I asked Real Estate Guy, he said, yeah, in a perfect world and if money were no object, it would be great to replace the rest of that line as well but my costs would likely not just double or triple but would quadruple. He said with regular maintenance I may never have to replace it. If I do, I do. That’s for another day to worry about.)

    It’s been raining off and on since midnight here. I woke up thinking “oh no, something’s gone wrong, the new pipes are backing up!” I couldn’t identify the water I was hearing as rain right away, only that it was running water noises coming from somewhere on the driveway side of the house. I was SO relieved when I figured out what it was.

    And good that they got all the trenching filled back in yesterday before the rain.

    Scrambled eggs: I always use a little bit of real butter (I buy some made with canola oil) for cooking eggs. I don’t use much butter for much of anything else around here, but for scrambled eggs it seems more palpable and natural than cooking oils or sprays.

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  8. The lot across the street is owned privately, but it’s unbuildable really because of the ravine (it’s illegal to fill in any part of that and kids still play in it, of course). It wasn’t fenced when I moved here (there was a beautiful pepper tree right in front of it as well, but that eventually died and had to be taken out). The chain link is ugly, but at least the owner took down her gigantic banner sign that read FOR SALE a few months ago.


  9. So I sneaked away to the Warehouse Bakery to get some pastries and breakfast. As I was standing in line a woman was leaving, as she walked past me she stopped to tell me, “You are so pretty”. I was stunned and mumbled thanks. I haven’t had enough sleep. I see the bags and dark circles under my eyes, but someone took the time to say something to me. I feel a lot better now. 🙂 I wonder if she has any idea how she made me feel.

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  10. Kim 🙂 One time as I was paying for gas, the clerk asked how my day was – I was honest and said it wasn’t a very good day. A few days later I was back and she cheerfully asked if today was a better day. So nice when random people compliment and/or remember you.

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  11. Well, Peter, they have been filming here in town this season … hmmm

    Real Estate Pal likes to tease me, when he stopped by the other day, driveway work fully underway, he yells out “Hey, lady, do you have a city permit for this?”

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  12. I misunderstood. I thought you were reusing pipe under your driveway. Of course you wouldn’t delve any further under the street unless you had to!

    I was awake this morning from 3:30 until fiveish, praying for most of you and your children. And then Ronald Reagan stepped in . . .

    Pouring rain here. We’re expecting frost tomorrow morning. The poor, beautiful flowering trees and bushes.

    At this point we’ve come close to doubling average rainfall. I’m still happy to see it! 🙂

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  13. Nope, all new pipe (plastic) under my driveway — but it does hook to older clay pipe that continues on under the public sidewalk and street.


  14. Michelle, we may well be triple our average rainfall since January, I’m not really sure. Last night we hosted the kids for supper, and our younger daughter (who is living with her grandmother since her grandfather’s death so that Mom isn’t alone in the house) was asking us about mowing because the grass is pretty long. (She usually does our mowing, an acre on a riding lawnmower). But in most of the backyard even careful walking means hearing “swish, swish” for each step. It’s absolutely saturated. The back corner of our yard often gets that way, and the front near the driveway gets large puddles, but right now practically the whole yard is saturated since we have gone few days this year without rain for two days in a row. The mowing will have to wait! (Only one neighbor has mowed so far, and he’s on the other side of the street and not as boggy, and he mowed before the last couple of rains and maybe it had dried out a little bit.) I know we were five times over the average well into January, and we have continued at about the same pace, so I know we are well over the average but not sure how far over. Just that we’re soggy.


  15. We just had a bald eagle fly over our yard! I called my husband but he was too late to see it, and I don’t think I got any good photos (when taking a photo through a window, it pretty much has to be straight ahead or nearly, not at a really tilted angle like way, way up over your head or too far to the left or right),but it was definitely a mature bald eagle circling over our yard. We personally had never seen any in our county until this last year, and over our yard is a real “wow.”

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  16. Yard projects going on here. One day I may turn into that crazy old lady with all the plants.
    Doctor Mom made BG go outside and sit in the sun. It was too hot for her, puh leeze, but I did get her to stay out there a while and now she has had some chicken noodle soup and lots of water.

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  17. Kim – Nightingale is on a yard-beautifying kick. She bought lots of plants & seeds to put in in various areas of the yard, including three kinds of lavender. I didn’t know there were three kinds of lavender!

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  18. I just planted cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe seeds. This afternoon the spaghetti squash seeds will be planted and then they’ll all be put under the grow lights along side the tomato and pepper plants.

    Kim, one of the favourite parts of my day used to be getting home from work and deadheading all the old blossoms – it helped me to relax and be ready to face supper and the evening. Now I’m just too tired and plant fancy grasses in my planters.

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  19. I reposted on Facebook pictures of some rain taken at the Primary school a few years ago. Flooded the whole playground in an hour. They worked hard on figuring out how to take care of that problem. Doubled the large culverts coming down the hill and then dug a wide trench that is covered with grass to direct it further down the hill and away from our covered play area.

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  20. When I dug up my parents’ rose garden to save the roses a couple of years ago, I planted two different kinds of lavender, three different kinds of thyme and four different kinds of sage. They are supposed to discourage the kinds of insects that like roses. The roses have done better since I intervened, but they still need some TLC. Now, with the house being prepared to be sold, I wonder what will happen. My father planted the roses with cuttings from his home in Nova Scotia, so they are something of a family heirloom.

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  21. Cheryl, both the siblings who live in the province are renting. However, I was just talking to my mother, and she said her youngest sibling, my aunt, has told her she can use her property to transplant anything she wants to save during the move. When that is remains to be seen. Right now, the bathroom is being remodeled, since the fixtures, which have been in place – except for the toilet, which has been replaced a couple of times – since the house was built. Second sibling and spouse are hoping that it will be ready to put on the market within a month or so, but my father thinks it will take a year to get everything ready. This is a real challenge to all four of the adults involved. My father resembles my eldest nephew, both in looks and personality, and we have long suspected that eldest nephew may have Asperger’s. Both of them tend to get lost in their own interests, it takes a lot of outward pressure to move them out of their sphere, and their initial reaction to being moved is to get irritable. My father has been starting to get rid of things, but he has nearly forty years worth of accumulated stuff to go through and he is reluctant to let go. He has always been a jack of all trades, and has the ability to take something completely different and turn it into a part for whatever he needs [when he worked as an office machine repairman, sometimes the parts would be delayed in delivery, and he would fix the machines with things like paperclips and old credit cards], so everything has potential in his eyes. My mother and second sibling and her spouse have to navigate carefully, since, although he has agreed to the changes, he also struggles with feeling displaced from his position.

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  22. So our former “Benevolent Dictator” Lynn Vincent wrote a book and the military brass redacted a lot of it? I guess they don’t want the truth revealed. Or else they think that we shouldn’t know that they use F-15s and Humvees in battle. What are they hiding, I wonder?


  23. It is hard making the preparations to move, and I think it gets harder the longer you have lived in a place. My mother and I have discussed how it feels like we are tearing out a part of ourselves. Those of you on FB have seen the photos I put up of flowers and trees from in and around that property. I am thankful that I was able to take those couple of years to document what was beautiful about my childhood home. I don’t have to make many preparations personally, for the sale, since my belongings are mostly confined to my bedroom, and I have described how nice my bedroom looks. It will probably be a draw in selling the house, as it shows what can be done with the rooms. Once the house is sold though, that will be difficult. Just losing my permanent address will make things awkward for me as a student, in having to change all my home addresses for things like driver’s license and banking. One doesn’t want to use one’s rental address, as it can change quickly. Not looking forward to that. It actually would be helpful for me if the sale was delayed by another year. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but there is a potential for me to be able to accelerate my program a little and be finished by December of next year. I have to keep up my GPA, and work through next summer as well as this summer, but it would be good to have it done.

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  24. Roscuro, a year or two ago at Christmas, I gave each of the girls a photo book entitled “Within a Mile of Home.” I didn’t include any photos taken inside, but such things as all the species of birds and butterflies I have seen in our yard, sunsets from the back deck, deer, muskrats, tree blossoms, snow, and all sorts of natural beauty, with artistic photos that include fence posts or the garage door or whatever as well. I wasn’t really sure they would appreciate it at the time I gave it to them, but this is the house they grew up in and I knew they’d soon be moving on (one has since married and one will soon leave for college–she is older than most “freshmen” but does have a year of credit) and I thought that someday they’d pull it off the shelf and say, “Oh yes, I remember those roses” or “I really loved the flowers on that catalpa tree, and I’m glad she got a photo of them” or whatever. I think Misten got a photo or two in it, too, with their dad throwing a snowball for her to fetch, and I snuck a photo of one of them gardening and one of the other one mowing.

    I’m glad your mom may have a means to save some of the plants. And I hope the move won’t be too complicated for your parents!

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  25. Kizzie, that article tells me nothing I haven’t heard before. ‘Thus spake Zarathustra’ was among the pieces I studied for music history. A lot is made in the history books about the ‘early’ monotheism of Zarathustra, or Zoroaster. It is yet another example of the flawed study of comparative religion, as developed by 19th century skeptics. Chesterton would say, as he said of the comparisons drawn between Buddhism and Christianity in his day, that the religions are similar in the things in which all religions are similar, i.e. that being good is pleasing to the god or gods, and being bad will bring punishment; but that they are wildly different in the really essential points. Zoroastrianism is dualistic, meaning that good and evil are in a constant struggle for supremacy. This is completely opposed to the Biblical teaching of an all powerful God who is holy and wholly good, while evil is futile rebellion against him. I am not a scholar in Babylonian religion, but I imagine one only needs to ask the Yazidis, who are among the group who still practice the ancient beliefs (there are Zoroastrians in Iran and India as well), to find out how different Zoroaster’s teaching is from the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. The Yazidis have coexisted with all three groups over the millennia. They see their beliefs as quite distinct and different, and it is a distinction they have recently suffered for. Really, articles like that ought to refrain from drawing facile comparisons that might be painful to survivors of the recent genocide.

    Of course, those of us who hold that Genesis is a historical account should know that Zoroaster was not the first monotheist. You see, the evolutionary view of history and anthropology imagines that primitive man worshipped anything that gave him benefit (e.g. the sun or fire because they gave him warmth) and only gradually developed the idea of one Supreme Being who supplied all those benefits. Christianity teaches that God created all those benefits and gave them to man, but man rebelled against the Creator and worshipped the benefits instead. Monotheism was the first theological position; polytheism, deism, and animism are the degenerate forms. The Biblical record also reveals that Zoroaster was not unique in his monotheism in that era of history. There are many monotheists who seem to coexist with Abraham, Isaak, and Jacob who were not converts of theirs. Melchizedek is the obvious example, but Job’s monotheism occurs without connection to any of the Patriarchs, while numerous other people who encounter the Patriarchs talk about one God quite as a matter of course, from Pharaoh and Abimelech to Jacob’s uncle Laban.

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  26. Oh, forgot to say that the article is inaccurate in its claim that Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute was based on Zoroastrianism. It is really just a fairy tale. Some have thought that there are some Freemasonry ideas in the scenes involving a priest and temple, which is possible, as many people, Mozart included, were Freemasons in that time – although Mozart did not write the libretto (story and words) of the opera, but merely the music . Now here, the Babylonian conspiracy theorists would crow that if the opera could be thought to have origins in Zoroastrianism and also in Freemasonry, that proves there must be a connection to the two, and it is evidence of the deeply laid Babylonian conspiracy. In reply to such an assertion, I would use part of the quote from Chesterton which I alluded to earlier:

    ‘The things said most confidently by advanced persons to crowded audiences are generally those quite opposite to the fact; it is actually our truisms that are untrue. Here is a case. There is a phrase of facile liberality uttered again and again at ethical societies and parliaments of religion: “the religions of the earth differ in rites and forms, but they are the same in what they teach.” It is false; it is the opposite of the fact. The religions of the earth do not greatly differ in rites and forms; they do greatly differ in what they teach. It is as if a man were to say, “Do not be misled by the fact that the CHURCH TIMES and the FREETHINKER look utterly different, that one is painted on vellum and the other carved on marble, that one is triangular and the other hectagonal; read them and you will see that they say the same thing.” The truth is, of course, that they are alike in everything except in the fact that they don’t say the same thing. An atheist stockbroker in Surbiton looks exactly like a Swedenborgian stockbroker in Wimbledon. You may walk round and round them and subject them to the most personal and offensive study without seeing anything Swedenborgian in the hat or anything particularly godless in the umbrella. It is exactly in their souls that they are divided. So the truth is that the difficulty of all the creeds of the earth is not as alleged in this cheap maxim: that they agree in meaning, but differ in machinery. It is exactly the opposite. They agree in machinery; almost every great religion on earth works with the same external methods, with priests, scriptures, altars, sworn brotherhoods, special feasts. They agree in the mode of teaching; what they differ about is the thing to be taught. Pagan optimists and Eastern pessimists would both have temples, just as Liberals and Tories would both have newspapers. Creeds that exist to destroy each other both have scriptures, just as armies that exist to destroy each other both have guns.’ {From ‘The Romance of Orthodoxy’ in G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy:https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Orthodoxy/Chapter_8}

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  27. This is the section of the chapter from Chesterton’s Orthodoxy which specifically deals with Christianity and Buddhism:

    Students of popular science, like Mr. Blatchford, are always insisting that Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism. This is generally believed, and I believed it myself until I read a book giving the reasons for it. The reasons were of two kinds: resemblances that meant nothing because they were common to all humanity, and resemblances which were not resemblances at all. The author solemnly explained that the two creeds were alike in things in which all creeds are alike, or else he described them as alike in some point in which they are quite obviously different. Thus, as a case of the first class, he said that both Christ and Buddha were called by the divine voice coming out of the sky, as if you would expect the divine voice to come out of the coal-cellar. Or, again, it was gravely urged that these two Eastern teachers, by a singular coincidence, both had to do with the washing of feet. You might as well say that it was a remarkable coincidence that they both had feet to wash. And the other class of similarities were those which simply were not similar. Thus this reconciler of the two religions draws earnest attention to the fact that at certain religious feasts the robe of the Lama is rent in pieces out of respect, and the remnants highly valued. But this is the reverse of a resemblance, for the garments of Christ were not rent in pieces out of respect, but out of derision; and the remnants were not highly valued except for what they would fetch in the rag shops. It is rather like alluding to the obvious connection between the two ceremonies of the sword: when it taps a man’s shoulder, and when it cuts off his head. It is not at all similar for the man. These scraps of puerile pedantry would indeed matter little if it were not also true that the alleged philosophical resemblances are also of these two kinds, either proving too much or not proving anything. That Buddhism approves of mercy or of self-restraint is not to say that it is specially like Christianity; it is only to say that it is not utterly unlike all human existence. Buddhists disapprove in theory of cruelty or excess because all sane human beings disapprove in theory of cruelty or excess. But to say that Buddhism and Christianity give the same philosophy of these things is simply false. All humanity does agree that we are in a net of sin. Most of humanity agrees that there is some way out. But as to what is the way out, I do not think that there are two institutions in the universe which contradict each other so flatly as Buddhism and Christianity.

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  28. Roscuro – I know there are many claims that Christianity borrowed from various myths (such as those about Mithra & Horas) that disintegrate when closely examined, & I assume the same for that one. I was surprised that my Christian friend would share that article, & a friend of his has insisted that it is historical truth.

    One thing I thought of is that the Jews already believed in one God before the Babylonian captivity. But I also know there are some who will argue that the Jews actually believed that their one God was one among many others.

    Last night, I did ask my friend how he reconciles the claims of that article with his Christian faith. But he may not get back to Facebook for a couple days to answer that.

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  29. That’s Tess and Cowboy sniff-examining yet another addition — a wheelbarrow filled with driveway tools and supplies — that’s now part of the normal look of patio, toilet and all.

    I discovered a bunch of ceiling debris inside the bedroom floor heating vent yesterday, so tried cleaning out as much of that as I could, it probably needs a serious vacuum hose which I currently don’t have.

    I’m trying to keep my focus on doing “the next thing” but also on how good it will feel when all of this is done someday and my house and schedule can return to normal.

    I went out to dinner with a friend down the street last night, we discussed kitchen flooring (back to tile?) & house paint colors, and then I slept in very late this morning, felt really drained of energy, so am missing church today. I think everything just “catches up” to me every so often when these big house jobs are going on.


  30. Kizzie, I saw the comments on FB. Your friend’s friend sounds like one of those people who engages in the fallacy of appeals to authority, i.e. the history textbooks, written by experts, claim Zoroastrianism probably influenced other monotheistic religions, therefore it is historical fact. The problem is, historians are not theologians, and are thus ill qualified to comment on how the religions are related. Furthermore, when I took an ancient history course which spoke about such a connection, I was under the impression that it was simply a theory rather than established fact – by the way, the theory is that Abraham came from Ur, and was thus influenced by Zoroaster who may have lived before Abraham, not that the Jews were later influenced in the captivity. The media has a way of taking the speculation of intellectuals and reporting it as proven and set in stone.

    I have briefly come across the claim that the Jews simply believed that their God was one among many. The claim is partly correct as the apostate Jews did believe that, as can be seen with Jeroboam’s golden calves and his proclamation, “Behold the gods, O Israel, that brought you out of Egypt.” (I Kings 12:28). However, God himself refused to settle for being simply the national god of Israel among many gods; deliberately displaying his power to foreign rulers such as Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar. Jeroboam didn’t deny that some god was responsible for Israel becoming a nation, he just reduced that God down to gods he could wield for nationalistic purposes, and brought complete annihilation on his house as a result (I Kings 14:9-11). As the creed of the Jews said, “The Lord our God is one”, not one of many.

    Finally, there is some reason to think that the Magi were Zoroastrians, who, of course, dwelt east of the land of Israel and were noted for their astrology. Chesterton, in The Everlasting Man viewed the coming of the Magi as being symbolic of how Christ superseded man’s wisest philosophies. That may be the best answer of all to the claims of similarity between the two religions, that the Zoroastrians recognized Christ’s superiority. I’ve mentioned this before, but Marco Polo, in his account of his travels, recorded a Persian tradition that the Magi returned from worshipping the Messiah, but lost his gift of light – a backhanded admittance, perhaps, that the Zoroastrians had lost their way.

    Fun Sidenote: The Zoroastrians of India have historically been referred to as Parsees. For those of you who read Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, you may recall the Parsee who baked caked in the tale of ‘How the Rhinocerous Got His Skin:

    And the Rhinoceros upset the oil-stove with his nose, and the cake rolled on the sand, and he spiked that cake on the horn of his nose, and he ate it, and he went away, waving his tail, to the desolate and Exclusively Uninhabited Interior which abuts on the islands of Mazanderan, Socotra, and the Promontories of the Larger Equinox. Then the Parsee came down from his palm-tree and put the stove on its legs and recited the following Sloka, which, as you have not heard, I will now proceed to relate:

    Them that takes cakes
    Which the Parsee-man bakes
    Makes dreadful mistakes.

    And there was a great deal more in that than you would think.

    Because, five weeks later, there was a heat-wave in the Red Sea, and everybody took off all the clothes they had. The Parsee took off his hat: but the Rhinoceros took off his skin and carried it over his shoulder as he came down to the beach to bathe. In those days it buttoned underneath with three buttons and looked like a waterproof. He said nothing whatever about the Parsee’s cake, because he had eaten it all; and he never had any manners, then, since, or henceforward. He waddled straight into the water and blew bubbles through his nose, leaving his skin on the beach.

    Presently the Parsee came by and found the skin, and he smiled one smile that ran all round his face two times. Then he danced three times round the skin and rubbed his hands.

    Then he went to his camp and filled his hat with cake-crumbs, for the Parsee never ate anything but cake, and never swept out his camp. He took that skin, and he shook that skin, and he scrubbed that skin, and he rubbed that skin just as full of old, dry, stale, tickly cake-crumbs and some burned currants as ever it could possibly hold. Then he climbed to the top of his palm-tree and waited for the Rhinoceros to come out of the water and put it on. [https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Just_So_Stories/How_the_Rhinoceros_Got_His_Skin]

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  31. Latest pic is the “end of the line” where the plumber is testing the rest of the line that goes deep under the sidewalk and public street. Jerry took that photo and texted it to me with the good news that it all snaked through.

    But you can see how deep the line already was at that point — city plans show a steep drop off once the line goes into the public right-of-way. And anything deeper than 4 feet, the city takes control and starts spending your money for you. 😦


  32. But with pavers on top of the area we opened up and replaced piping in, it won’t be the ordeal should a problem occur in the future. The line under my property should be fine, it’s all new ABS plastic, root-proof basically; the only potential future issue would be under the sidewalk/street where clay pipes remain. With regular maintenance (snaking it out annually and using “Root Kill” in the toilet once a month), that may never be an issue for me. Fingers crossed.

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  33. My friend replied to my question. He wasn’t trying to discredit our faith, as it may have seemed. He wrote, in part (it was a long comment):

    “Abraham lived before Moses wrote the Torah. So at least some things in the Bible were known to some people before they were said in the Bible.”

    His comment boiled down to (at least to me) the saying that all truth is God’s truth. He pointed out that the Golden Rule has been a part of most cultures & religions, for example.

    I replied that I could understand that, but my concern is that when others share articles like that, they do so in an effort to discredit Christianity. His friend seemed to take it that way.


  34. Another home repair arranged at the dog park this afternoon — a woman needed someone to fix her jacuzzi, someone else said, “Oh, my neighbor does that, let me call him and you can talk” — appointment set up for Monday morning.

    We’re going to start the Dog Park List which will blow Angie’s List out of the water. 🙂

    Consulted with driveway guy while I was there, they’re coming back tomorrow to start the paver prep process.

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  35. Among the things excavated during my driveway dig-out were some huge Palos Verdes stones — the kind that fossils have sometimes been found in. I’ll keep those and use them for decor somewhere in the backyard when things get nicer looking.

    I think those are the rocks to the left on the latest photo.

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  36. Can’t wait to send in the “after” photos. 🙂 And the new garage door, which should be here within the month, will really help as well.


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