35 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-19-17

  1. Good night, Chas. I did another five miles today. A couple of those miles are at school as I work. Then the rest come after I have had a nap.
    Interesting walk to school today as I passed my car stuck in a ditch. I felt so bad for my friend. There are deep ditches beside the roads here. She was much more upset than I was, especially as I wasn’t upset at all. Just glad that it hadn’t happened to me.

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  2. We’re just sitting here. I “was” playing a game of free-cell and she was rattling on about how we met. She remembers what she was wearing the night she joined FBC. And I learned that her roommates liked me. And I explained why we parked my car in the church yard of a Nazarene church in Lexington County wen we got married.
    (FYI, I knew her brothers would be out looking for my car and her Brto-in-law had a brother who was sheriff of Richmond County. That’s a lot of eyes looking for my car.)
    Lots of interesting things you can learn just reminiscing.

    πŸ™‚

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  3. Well, Chas if it makes you feel any better there is a little “game” going around FB where you answer questions. One is how many proposals. I haven’t played the quiz game, but my answer would be 4. College Boyfriend, Ex-Husand, he who shall not be named, and Mr. P.

    So the answer to your question is that she knew she had a keeper on the first try so she grabbed you as quickly as possible. (By the way I was the 3rd woman Ex had proposed to. My joke was he kept asking until someone went through with it. There was a bet going as to whether he would cancel on me at the last minute. Being the good sport I always have been I had $20 in on it. I figured at least I would get SOME money back).

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  4. Chas, when my brother #4 got married (I was almost 16), the pastor marrying him was also becoming his son-in-law. My brother parked the car where our other brothers wouldn’t find it, but made the mistake of telling his soon-to-be father-in-law where. My brothers left the reception one at a time so as not to be conspicuous (they weren’t all gone at the same time) and got his car done. :0 Of course, the two who were already married had a good reason not to let him get away with a clean car, since they had not.

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  5. Good morning. I am trying to ease back to a more normal paced life if there is such a thing. I sorted laundry this morning. It had piled up as if I had been on an extended vacation. I am still just gazing at the overgrown grass/weeds in the yard and trying to muster up energy to mow. A lot of the weeds are blooming so I can rationalize not mowing just yet.

    I need to catch up in reading what has been happening here on the blog. I have missed being here!

    Working in the office this time was my best experience there so far. Everyone seemed to be on good behavior so it was fine between the workers. We stayed well, and most of the clients seemed well. I enjoyed meeting the wide variety of people and chatting when time allowed. I suppose the most difficult part has been working side by side for long hours with my brother. Not having ever really worked for extended hours in an office, and with so much to learn, I felt at times slowed down by his learning curve. He only worked Fridays and Saturdays so it was difficult for him to retain what he had learned. At times he needed more space, and he got frustrated with me over that. But overall it went smoothly, and I thank God for that. Now brother will decide if he wants to go to preparer’s school.

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  6. Chuck and Linda had an Easter flower in our honor last Sunday.
    We got it after church.
    Elvera was telling sister, Argaree, about it and got nothing right.
    She connected it to Mary having dinner at her house. That’s where we picked it up.
    Elvera wouldn’t lie for anything. But nothing she said was correct.
    Strange how her mind works now.
    It’s like putting a puzzle together with parts from separate puzzles. The part fits in the puzzle, but the picture isn’t correct.

    I never correct her unless it makes a difference. Argaree has likely forgotten everything she said.

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  7. The one who had not worked much in the office before was my brother, of course. I know that was not worded correctly. My self editor has been on vacation, too.

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  8. Alzheimer’s and a Husband’s Love for his Wife
    Published on Saturday, 11 December 2010 18:55
    Written by Stanton O. Berg
    A Story as told by an anonymous doctor’s office nurse.

    It was a busy morning at the clinic, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

    I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

    On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

    The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

    As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in three years now.

    I was surprised, and asked him, β€œAnd you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and said:

    β€œShe doesn’t know me,

    but I still know who she is.”

    I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought –

    “That is the kind of love I want in my life.”

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  9. Every Wednesday and Friday, at 10:00, , I take her over to the Adult Center for Enrichment where she stays with others, for four hours. She likes her outings. I always say something to the lady who takes her in.
    This morning, I said, “Take care of her. She’s the only one I have.” She laughed and I left.

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  10. This is one of those days I feel like I could go back to bed. πŸ™‚ Oh well. Not an option.

    I have a couple phone interviews today and 1 story to write. More of the same lined up for tomorrow. Makes the days easier when all that is laid out and I don’t have to scramble “looking” for something to write. Things are picking up now that spring break season is behind us. We have several predictable “slow” news cycles in the typical year — the winter holidays (Christmas through New Year’s, but also the week of Thanksgiving); spring break; and late summer right before school starts up again.

    The driveway *may* get done today, but more likely tomorrow. They’re getting close.

    Then we crawl downward some more — into the foundation. Hoping someone can be lined up fairly quickly for that. Once that’s done, I figure I’ll be on the stretch before the home stretch. Or maybe the stretch before the stretch before the home stretch, depending. Hoping there are no more big surprises, at any rate.

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  11. Chas, so glad you’ve found a routine that works well for both of you. I can imagine that getting out and about is very important for Elvera (not that being with you 24/7 isn’t delightful …). But getting out and seeing and doing new things with different people is good mental stimulation.

    Interesting, too, how people who went through the same things with us remember different details or have new perspective to shed after so many years. πŸ™‚

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  12. Kim, I had a thought about BG when I woke up this morning thinking about a cat I used to have (long story). I wonder if she is reveling in all of this attention she’s getting – from her Dad, her Nana, her therapist, her Mom, and even Mr. P? What would happen if you all just started acting normal again? Cheerfully and gently release her to be responsible for herself, her bills, her eating, her health, and a token rent for wherever she’s living and then leave her alone? It might not hurt to try.

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  13. DJ, the sadness is when there is no longer anyone to share the memories. As only children, no one remembers part of our lives but us.

    Linda, I have actually been working on that. I have an appointment with her therapist alone this Friday at 9. I am not nagging her about eating. I go to bed at my regular time. I do leave the lamp on in her room so that if I awake in the middle of the night I can glance across the house and know that she is home. Most of her bills are insurance and health and that is up to her dad. She refuses to do anything around here so Mr. P has more than gently suggested that I not buy her anything – clothing, food, toiletries, etc. I have told her and her father that the IRS took all of my play money this year. I am down to the money I inherited from my uncle and I refuse to spend it as it will be the last thing I will ever inherit. I am hurt by her actions but I can’t control her.

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  14. Janice,

    I noticed the ladybug when I took the first shot. I think they’re cute, but had no idea they were so destructive. I took the first pic, continued my walk, came back by 5 minutes later, and it had chewed a hole in the flower that quick.

    I’ll show ya’….

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  15. The beaver story from yesterday is from the province where I live! It was all over the news here yesterday. I don’t live anywhere close to there, though.

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  16. Kim, then maybe go the extra step and rejoice with her that she is now a grown-up (so she knows where she stands)?

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  17. Well, I went out to the freezer to get some ice cream. As I told daughter, all of that screaming takes a lot of energy. Good thing I did, the door had not been closed properly and the ice cream was melting. We took care of it.

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  18. Can’t let that ice cream melt! What flavor?

    I’ve lined up grooming appointments for me and the dogs 🐢 on Saturday — we’re all in need. The cat 🐱 can slide.

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  19. School and town are on lockout. A prisoner escaped from the prison. I guess this goes on the prayer thread for a quick recovery of the prisoner and safety of all.

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  20. Nope, Derek. We are told to lock our doors and not pick up hitchhikers. Son called, the truck broke down on the grade. He is waiting for a friend to come give him a tow. I called the neighbor, his boss, he is going to check on him.

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  21. Well, Derek is back in the hoosegow, and no helicopters were involved so it must not be LA. The boys got the truck back home, with my riding lawn mower in the back. They had to trailer it , and being boys, decided it did not need to be strapped down. Until they jerked the towing truck a bit and the riding truck slid back to the very edge of the trailer….But they made it and all is well.

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  22. AJ, ladybugs eat insects (esp. aphids) and sometimes nectar, but I’ve never heard of one eating a plant. Googling “Do ladybugs eat flowers?” brings me no relevant hits. Are you positive it was eating the plant rather than something else eating the flower or the ladybug going to that part of the plant to eat the insect eating the plant? Now, I’m assuming this is a non-native ladybug, and possibly it has a different diet, but I expected to find hints of that, if it were the case. Did you see it eating the plant, or just see the hole and a likely suspect at the scene of the crime?

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