27 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-21-17

  1. Good morning! I am enjoying the sound of a cardinal nearby as I drink my coffee.

    Thankful to have our yard looking nicer. Art got home before dark and I still had things out in the driveway so he could not pull into the carport. The utility company had cut on the neighbor’s maple and left a bunch of trimmings in our yard. I had pulled those into the driveway to break down.

    I have an event to attend this morning and then will be at the office. We will be working on the files. I hope everyone has a blessed day and resolutions to any difficulties along your way.

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  2. The trash is all hauled out to the curb this morning and today *should* be the final driveway work day. All the pavers are in — it looks terrific — but they still need to finish them off with the silicone bonding material which will require me to stay off the stone areas for 72 hours at least (should not be a problem). No driving or parking up there for a bit longer than that, just to be safe.

    I’m now trying to find an affordable junk hauler so I can haul at least some things out of the garage — since the new garage door is ready and needs to be scheduled to be installed. They need everything back 8-10 feet from the door and I’ve had some large things in there (my parents’ old furniture, etc.) that have long needed to be sent on their way and out of my garage.

    That should provide enough space for the garage door installation and I’ll worry about going through some of the other things in there later — there are some files and other family history items from my mom’s house that I’ll want to probably keep.

    I’ll send “after” pictures of the pavers and new garage door (since you all endured so many of the shocking “before” and “work in progress” photos) once all of that is done.

    I know the workers will be glad to bid my place farewell — and I’m ready for it all to be over with as well. Then it’s on to the next thing.

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  3. Janice, glad tax season is (for the most part) over with, though I know you have a lot of followup work to do with and for clients. How is Miss Bosley?

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  4. Really? There’s a thought.

    My bottom 2 panels of my current garage door are deceased, one of them repaired with chicken wire, courtesy of my neighbor, to plug up a hole. It will be so nice to be rid of it. 🙂

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  5. I’m sure they’ll be pleased. 😦

    They keep their house and yard immaculate, I think she’s a little OCD about it all — a weed in her perfectly manicured garden bed???! Out it comes. She vacuums every day.

    So I got the final payment sorted out with the guys, this definitely cost more than what was projected but of course the job turned out to be much, much more involved — and I know it was still way less than what a plumber and contractor would have charged. Exceedingly grateful for that.

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  6. Ah, I am also grateful for no HOA. 🙂 I live in a very settled, older neighborhood, lots of character, old homes and a good mix of residents — families, kids, older people — salt of the earth.

    We park where we can. 🙂

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  7. When I do house shopping, no HOA is a requirement. I’ve simply heard too many stories through the years, plus I have no interest in paying the fees.

    In Chicago I knew someone who lived in a condo in the suburbs, sounded like quite a fancy place. She once told us the condo association had a vote, barely voted down, to forbid owners from renting out their condos. I said that isn’t right–if you cannot rent it, then you don’t own it at all. And what about hardship circumstances, say owners who can’t really sell because of the market but they’re being transferred out of town (or maybe the job transfer is for two years and then they’ll be back)? I also said it’s morally wrong to sell a unit with one set of rules and then make a major change like that. Well, she had voted “no,” but it barely failed, and so those who introduced it talked it up, about how the owners don’t want to end up at the mercy of (shudder) renters who move in and drive down the value of the whole place. (I suppose vacant units that can’t sell wouldn’t do so.) So they brought it to a vote again, and that time she voted yes on the restrictions, and that time it passed. I’ve wondered since if the downturn in the economy hurt anyone in there. (My friend herself ended up losing her job, having her unit foreclosed, and moving into government housing, a baby-boomer horror story. How can a single woman work for 30 years at a professional job and end up in government housing? Because she was counting on an inheritance and didn’t bother to save, and what might have been her inheritance went into Alzheimer’s care for her mom. But had she been able to rent out the place she couldn’t afford, pay the mortgage on it with the rent she received with some extra left over, who knows but that she might have been able to keep it and live somewhere cheaper. But for all I know, it depreciated and that wouldn’t have been possible.)

    In Nashville two doors down was a man who kept his yard immaculate–but he was retired and in good health and had time for that. I didn’t. I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad that between us was a couple who traveled for weeks at a time on business, and didn’t bother to pay anyone to mow the lawn if they were gone for five weeks straight in the summer. I hated the eyesore and the fact it made their home look abandoned–which wasn’t really what I wanted next door to me–but it made my yard look good by comparison and I never worried about what the scrupulous homeowner thought about mine!

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  8. Kim @ 12:17. Some communities require that you keep the garage door closed. Mine didn’t. That was good because I always kept it open when I was working outside. I didn’t wan to keep opening and closing the garage door.

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  9. Kizzie, my confidence in my academic powers have received a bit of a blow in going back to school. Not a severe blow, I’m still (up to this point anyway) doing well academically, but I’m not doing as well as I did in college. It isn’t just that the material is more difficult, which it is, but also that I just don’t have the mental edge that I had in college. The difference between going to school in your early twenties, and going to school in your early thirties, I suppose.

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  10. My parents have made the wise decision to delay putting the house up for sale for about a year. The optimal time to put it up for sale this year is too close for the stage they are at in getting the house ready. Of course, they were delayed by having the couple come and stay with them, but numerous other little obstacles have also come up. They felt, and we feel, like the Lord is directing them to wait, and take their time about sorting through their things and doing necessary repairs. I know I have an enormous sense of relief that the question of my permanent address is solved for this coming year – it is a significant point when gathering all the necessary paperwork for the clinical placements I will be beginning next September.

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  11. There was a “mix up” with daughter’s graduation requirements…she is lacking two required courses for her major…even though last fall her advisor told her she was on task and could graduate next month. Daughter saw a different advisor when current one cancelled appts for the day…the new advisor took a look and groaned…not the first time this has happened (it happened to daughter’s best friend in Dec…she had to take two intensives after graduation in order to get her diploma….same advisor) Telling daughter to get her ducks in a row continually yet she chose to rely upon the advisor to take care of things….she should have listened to her mother….just sayin’….now she will graduate in Dec….hmmmm

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  12. Because I am trying to make you all as obsessed with coyotes as I am:

    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/to-coyotes-living-around-joint-base-charleston-prompts-trapping-campaign/article_1b88f5ae-25f4-11e7-adf5-af81c4adf12e.html

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    Coyotes, once an image of the West, have become such a problem on the sprawling grounds of Joint Base Charleston that the military is launching a trapping mission to cull their numbers.

    While the shy animals have taken up residence at the base for years, their spread has become more troublesome in recent months with an estimated 40 to 60 of the animals living in and around the base’s 23,000 acres of woods, wetlands and concrete.

    Brad Friebel, wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said foothold traps are being placed in strategic sites with an early goal of catching at least five of the pesky, potentially dangerous animals. …
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  13. But wait. There’s more:

    http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/20/Can-coyotes-fill-the-ecological-gaps-left-by-lost-wolf-populations/2361492701054/

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    April 20 (UPI) — Without wolves, coyotes have become the de facto top dog throughout the Midwest and East Coast. But new research suggests coyotes lack the hunting prowess to fill the ecological void left by the eastern wolf.

    The research, led by John Benson, an ecologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fits into the larger scientific effort to understand the roles predators play in shaping habitats and maintaining ecological balance. …
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  14. No coyotes here that I know of. And this city has an ordinance that cars cannot be parked on the lawn, and any car outside of the garage must have current registration. There is a problem of people having “project” cars that never get fixed. If you have a tarp over a car then it’s okay to let it sit for ten years before fixing it.

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