Our Daily Thread 5-27-17

Good Morning!

Today is Memorial Day.

And the header is from Janice

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This weekend’s pics are from Cheryl.

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Anyone have a QoD?

 

102 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-27-17

  1. Chas, in my reading up on various tooth- and health-related issues, I came across an article just now that may be helpful in part to Elvera. You mentioned that getting her to drink enough liquid, to help keep urinary tract infections at bay, has been challenging. This article mentions some benefits of coconut oil, and #3 on the list is its benefits with UTI and kidney infections. Also check out #1, Alzheimer’s Disease natural treatment, and #19, anti-aging aids.

    Would she, for example, be willing to eat some coconut oil with berries for breakfast (as mentioned until #19)? Or if she likes fried foods, frying in coconut oil may help?

    Just a few thoughts.

    https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

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  2. Morning all. Just returned from Encore. The Banquet was last night and tonight we all get to go see the decorations and to watch the play they put on for their students. Each parent represents their child and, boy, have they studied their mannerisms. Hilarious to see things from the blinking of eyes to sweeping their hair back continually. There were video commercials which were taken from the plays they have done the last 10 years. So sweet to see them when they were young.

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  3. Thanx Six. I will look into that.
    For now, we’re off to Chick-fil-a for breakfast with Mary. They came up from Florida yesterday.

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  4. Good morning, evening, and whatever time it is where you are reading this.

    Already this morning I have heard booms from transformers. And the power was out momentarily. I expect that during stormy weather, but not on a bright sunny Saturday morning. I don’t know what’s up with that.

    That coconut oil sounds great, 6 Arrows. I have been loving unsweetened coconut milk since I started using it. I thought I liked almond milk, but coconut milk is superior, IMO.

    Jo, you have so many fun events. You have been a special person to a lot of students and their families.

    Yesterday I went to our local Batteries Plus Bulbs store for replacement of two small halogen light bulbs on clip on lamps. The guy who helped me had his dog inside the store free to roam. It was a pit bull. The dog was gorgeous and trained to be gentle. Even so, it felt a bit odd to have a breed typically known for aggressiveness to be loose among customers. We have a dog in our office sometimes, a minpin which stays behind the counter with a gate at the door to keep him in. How do people here feel about having animals in offices or retail establishments?

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  5. Biddy Bird the one legged baby bird made it through the night. I took her outside a little while ago. She can’t really fly. She can fly down and she can fly hop but she really can’t get off the ground. I don’t know what the more humane thing to do is. I think I am too tenderhearted and I think Mr. P is too, for either of us to do what is probably best.
    I called my ex mother in law to ask her what to feed it. She told me she didn’t know. “What? You are supposed to know the solution to all my nature problems!” She laughed but told me that when FIL was alive he would have taken to the back field disposed of it and told her the bird’s mother came to get it.
    I also know that if my father was alive he would take care of the situation for me. He would somehow convince me it was the best thing to do.
    So, anyway, for now, I have a crippled bird who probably will never fly. I can’t let it starve to death so I will be going to the feed store to buy baby bird gruel and I will be hand feeding a little bird that God dropped into my life. She may not make it but it won’t be because I didn’t try.

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  6. I’ve been looking at old family slides. Poignant. This morning I return home to drive the familiar streets. My daughter and I will stop in to inspect and then go up the hill to visit a normally ebullient 86 year old (and life long denizen of local dog parks, so we know she’s tough), who lost her sister during a vacation they took to England last year.

    She’s going to love the photos and we can cry together– though I suspect we’ll really be talking wildly and laughing extravagantly.

    Daughter is coming for the theater–though she’s good at these DVD, too. 🙂

    Home late tonight. My husband got home at 10 yesterday morning!

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  7. Did you set it out for the parents to take care of? Birds are amazing and it may well be able to fly as it gets older. Is it the kind that eats worms? Do you have to chew them up and spit them into its mouth?

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  8. A one legged bird will never fly. I took the coward’s way out. I took Biddy Bird to the feed store and they assured me they would “take care of” it. The man who owns the store was very kind.
    I now know why later in life my dad took his camera to the hunting camp and his guns to the firing range.

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  9. Walked the dogs at 6 a.m. for their morning bathroom break. I used to just open the dog door and go back to bed 🙂 Ah, those were the days. At least it doesn’t require a long walk, up and down the block a couple times and they’re done. They’re being very good sports during the “new normal” with no access to the yard.

    Kim, I was wondering how the little bird was faring. Did you ever connect with any kind of wildlife rescue? They won’t take animals out here but they will provide some tutoring about what to do (our local one is hard to reach, but there’s a group in Malibu where the woman who runs it typically answers the phone and is very helpful). I’m sure you’ve found info online as well — and maybe at the local pet store if there are people who are knowledgable about birds.

    So I need to try to get the last remaining water out of my washing machine tub (it’s proving hard to get at and reach), it’s so stinky which is just rounding out the whole depressing experience that is my house and yard this week. I think I’ve decided to buy the first Maytag pair I looked at earlier this week, will go to Home Depot and see how quickly I can set up delivery (I think it takes several days to set that up) and then get one of the fence guys to take down these laundry doors this weekend.

    Janice, I remember a local bookstore where there was always a resident cat.

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  10. Our local pet store has a resident Bernese Mountain Dog. And a cat or two that mingle with the folk. I visited a motel office once and they had a very obese rat terrier. I was more intimidated by the rat terrier than the Bernese. I figure if they are in there, they are nice animals or the owner would not risk it.

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  11. I am not a fan of dogs in businesses, but know a few who have them. It does not dissuade me from going. Those with allergies have more reason to be bothered. A pet shop would be an exception, as would a home based business.

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  12. One of the men my husband jam’s with has a relative who wrote the music for that wonderful song. The friend sang it in a special service honoring his relative.

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  13. My husband and son would not be able to enter a store with a cat in it. Well, they could, but they would not be the same when they came out.

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  14. I would love to have a dog with me at the office! Just this week I stopped at a local greenhouse and was greeted by a beautiful brindle pit bull, along with a small mutt and a large mutt. The pit bull was the friendliest and the gentlest.

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  15. My vet’s office had a cat, Petunia I think, complete with her own bed (with her name) on one of the desks in the office, which is where she usually could be seen. I assume she was elderly by then, and to me it was a perfectly logical place for her to hang out.

    The fair that comes into town annually, in one of the booths the man has a sheltie. This year the man was tossing the tennis ball, and my husband got into the act, too. Apparently this particular dog is as obsessed with chasing a tennis ball as any Lab (which would drive me bananas). But she’s beautiful and adds a nice touch to the booth.

    Let’s see, in Chicago some store had a couple of large dogs, German shepherds as I recall, lying outside wearing sunglasses. It was notable because I happened to have my camera with me (in those days I didn’t carry one with me everywhere, but would have taken it to the park), and I got a photo, and a week or two later our yearbook photographer came into the office with photos of the same dogs.

    I’ve been in other stores that have pets, too, maybe even parrots. Doctor’s offices and children’s sections of libraries used to have aquariums of fish and maybe a hamster or two in a cage (or at least the Phoenix libraries had fish and hamsters). As an animal lover I’m OK with it as long as the animal has the right personality. Being somewhat allergic to cats (allergic to some cats and not others), cats would probably be my last choice, and from what I understand cat allergies are far more common than any other kind.

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  16. The indigo bunting was from our trip two or three weeks ago. Indiana has had so much rain that we weren’t going to be able to visit the nearby state park while we were there, but I asked if we could at least go to the visitor’s center (where seed for birds and squirrels gets put outside a viewing window), and we did. For a while we saw only birds we get at home, but fortunately we stuck around long enough to see three special sightings, including this indigo bunting (which we see occasionally, but never in our yard).

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  17. I would not want a cat in a business unless customers were warned in advance of entry because those allergies can be so severe. I think most people feel favorable about gentle pets inside a business. They probably make most people feel more relaxed and comfortable. However, there may be those who have had a bad encounter with a dog who might have PTSD or something. That could be really bad. Also, a print shop I use to go to had a large dog, maybe a setter, that would jump up on me and act weird. I did not even want to go in there to pick up the letters and envelopes for the business because that dog might be loose in there and not behind the counter. Another retail establishment near the office has a giant dog which is docile and is probably elderly as its owners are getting to that stage. It is a mom and pop store that sells discount office supplies. I love seeing that dog. I think small businesses have them in that general area partly as an alarm and safety system,
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  18. I have no idea when I will catch up with the comments, & will be babysitting (& puppy-sitting) soon, but I wanted to reply to something from yesterday. . .

    Roscuro – This part explains the author’s point, that Hypatia was murdered by Christians, but not because of a Christians vs. science kind of thing (which I guess is the common thought on it):

    “She was , however, brutally murdered—and then dismembered—by a gang of Christian parabalani (a fraternity originally founded to care for the city’s poor); that much is true. This was not, however, because she was a woman (female intellectuals were not at all uncommon in the Eastern Empire, among either pagans or Christians), or because she was a scientist and philosopher (the scientific and philosophical class of Alexandria comprised pagans, Jews, and Christians, and there was no popular Christian prejudice against science or philosophy).

    “And it was certainly not because she was perceived as an enemy of the Christian faith; she got on quite well with the educated Christians of Alexandria, numbered many among her friends and students, and was intellectually far closer to them than to the temple cultists of the lower city; and the frankest account of her murder was written by the Christian historian Socrates, who obviously admired her immensely. It seems likely that she died simply because she became inadvertently involved in a vicious political squabble between the city’s imperial prefect and the city’s patriarch, and some of the savages of the lower city decided to take matters into their own hands.”

    Does that answer your question?

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  19. I am in trouble. My husband is not pleased. He thinks we could have saved the bird. Everyone I spoke with said wild birds last about 3 days in captivity and that a bird without a leg would never fly. Add to that there are two curious dogs and a really curious cat in my house.
    I know I did the right thing…but it wasn’t easy.

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  20. Kim, a bird without a leg may well be able to fly, but I suspect it wouldn’t successfully reproduce. It was a vulnerable bird and likely to be easy prey for some cat or other predator. A couple of years ago we had a young bluebird in our yard with a twisted claw–basically she had a leg but her claw was a tight ball; she could balance on it on a branch, but would have had real limitations on what she could do. I suspected she would never be a mother. (I saw her periodically for several months, long enough to see her molting into her adult plumage and know that she was female.)

    At any rate, you put it in someone else’s hands and he can figure out what to do with it.

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  21. The new header was my third of the special sightings at the state park visitor’s center viewing window. I had never seen the species before, though I knew what it was. It’s a female towhee (the males are black rather than brown), what sued to be called a rufous-sided towhee but is now just an eastern towhee.

    The bad news was just as she showed up, I took a couple of photos and then my camera card told me it was out of storage. So I was frantically going back and erasing mediocre photos while my husband was finding scissors or some way to open the packaging on a new card. But most of the time she was in range I didn’t have room on my card. I did get a couple of good shots, though.

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  22. I had taken her outside this morning to let her try to fly back to her nest. She flew a little, dropped to the ground, tried a couple of times and nothing.

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  23. Do young birds ever fly back to the nest? They are fledging and the nest is not a clean place to be. I suspect once out, they stay out. That is why so many parents are feeding the babies on the ground.

    We had a turkey hatch out and it had one leg on the ground and the other extended horizontally. It grew more slowly than the others but did fine. It eventually succombed to the cruel world. Anything that is off kilter is not too likely to last too long but we like to give them a chance. You did. I tell the children it is just another example of how our sin has made the world a little less beautiful but God will redeem that in His time.

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  24. Kim, birds don’t fly back to their nests once they leave (usually . . . a few species continue to roost near or even in the nest for a while). But birds do sometimes leave before they can fly well, either because they get spooked or because that species leaves earlier than other species do. Fledglings that can’t fly well hang out in shrubbery until they’ve had enough practice to go higher, but they’re quite vulnerable to cats and other predators at that point–which is why bird lovers especially urge cat owners to keep their critters inside in spring, where they may slaughter a lot of young birds that are very easy prey their first few days out of the nest.

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  25. Bought a Maytag washer/dryer set, being delivered Wednesday morning.

    Fence guys have been here — neighbor over the back is calling again, she wanted to come back over with her husband to look things over, she really wants to shore up her retaining wall with a cement pour but I don’t think these guys do that — and that’s simply another job altogether, she can hire them for that I suppose. ? ? I feel for the guys, they must be thinking there are a few too many cooks in the kitchen over here 🙂

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  26. Cheryl, enjoying reading the article as it seems to cover two of my children. A nineteen year old who was actually labeled that by his psychiatrist and his brother, now fifteen. We believe God can fix what is broken.

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  27. Goal for the day, after church, is to make a pineapple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and a cheesecake. One of our teachers is turning thirty tomorrow. I almost never bake, so we will see if I can get this done. I have a kilo of cream cheese. The cheesecake recipe takes 24oz of cream cheese.

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  28. One side of my new fence is clipping along — want to make sure there are no gaps at the bottom, though, as that’s how Cowboy makes his escapes. I may have to figure out how to fill some of that in …

    The dogs enjoyed being out at the dog park for a romp after being locked up for most of this week.

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  29. Consultation on how to grade the fence height going up toward the back … I mentioned not wanting gaps at the bottom either as that’s how the dogs were getting out in the past and when they were talking Spanish among themselves I distinctly heard the word perro 🙂

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  30. The dog park “crowd” is very diverse. J, who was the driveway/sewer line/paver boss, has been named the team leader for a big refinery conversion project in NM, he leaves in a little over a week and will be there most of the summer. And another regular is the wife of a diplomat (who was “stuck” in Rome today, how hard would that be?). Anyway, it led to a discussion of the new pope and I picked up that she and her husband must be very old-school Catholics who definitely don’t care for Francis.

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  31. Long afternoon/evening! New puppy is getting more rambunctious, which is fun, but we need to train her properly, which takes effort, in the midst of taking care of an active little boy.

    Little Guy was doing fine, & then he wasn’t. His tummy started not feeling well, & on top of that, he slipped & hit his chin on the porch railing (lots of crying, but no blood). Finally threw up around 9:30. He didn’t get to sleep until almost 10:00.

    Now it’s time for this tired Mimi to get to sleep, too. (More child-&-puppy-sitting tomorrow afternoon/evening.)

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  32. Cheesecake is done and resting in the cooling oven. I will refrigerate it later.
    Is everyone asleep?
    No holidays here and we have ten days left of school. Actually the Monday after we are out is the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

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  33. Well, look at that. I said good morning to Jo just after she said good morning to Chas but somehow, we lost nearly three hours. I wonder if there was a power outage on the east coast or loss of computer services.

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  34. Workers arrived early, shortly after 7 a.m. They made a lot of progress yesterday, they’re nearing the end of the one long side. That leaves just the back. I have a feeling they’re aiming to finish today which would be wonderful.

    Annie slipped out to investigate a bit but came right back in since she hadn’t eaten yet. 🙂

    I am going to try to get up to see Carol today briefly after church, she sounded better when we talked last night but earlier yesterday she was quite tearful and just really lonesome (they have her in ‘isolation’ in her room by herself where they’re bringing her meals due to the skin infection — not altogether bad since her roommate, who speaks only Spanish, is apparently not a very good match and frequently is angry and yelling at Carol (who of course can’t understand anything she’s saying). I think Carol’s also worried about the state of her declining health, things seem to be getting significantly worse for her since the year began and especially in the past couple months, it seems.

    As far as I know her brother still hasn’t called her.

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  35. I hope Jo is fast asleep now. I was up but didn’t go on-line until now.
    Four men participated in the service this morning. Each one started out by saying,
    “Good morning”

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  36. The message this morning was from the book of Acts. Timely with a great illustration.
    Interim preacher used to work for Coca Cola. He gave this illustration:
    In the mid seventies, Coca Cola decided to change it’s formula. It wanted to update the taste to modernize. It also saved them millions in the changed formula. So, they came out with NEW COKE. Some of you may not remember that. Someone from their major competitor, Pepsi, said, “They gave up the thing that made them great.”
    You know what happened And that was the message. The original message of the Gospel is that one that works. Messing around with the message doesn’t work.
    But when Coke came back, they hit with one of the greatest commercials of all time.
    They started out with the song “I’d like to teach the world to sing…….” all the way through, but ended, with, “I’l like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company, It’s the REAL Thing” “The Real Thing” was back.

    The formula the first church used was the correct one. Messing around with the message doesn’t work.

    “The people noticed that they had been with Jesus”
    I once preached a sermon I called, “Of one accord”.

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  37. The second best commercial that I can remember is the Subaru TV commercial where the guy is giving safety instructions to his five year old daughter sitting in the driver’s seat.
    But at the end, a lovely nineteen year od drives off”
    “It’s Love” That is still Subaru’s theme, but they’ll never beat the original one.

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  38. The bird up top now represents #2 of the three special sightings at the state park a couple of weeks ago (the other two were already posted). It is a female rose-breasted grosbeak, and by itself not all that special–it looks a lot like a large sparrow, not nearly as bright and colorful as its mate.

    However, we were in southern Indiana, and I was a bit surprised to see grosbeaks halfway into May since they aren’t supposed to breed that far south and should presumably already be at their breeding grounds. An employee of the site told us, “There were reports of a grosbeak nest here in the state park last summer.” If it was true, then the species would be expanding its range a bit, which is cool.

    That’s how this became a special sighting: we ended up with two male and three female grosbeaks on the feeders, and the males were clearly first-year males. With the females, it’s impossible to tell if they’re first-year birds or mature adults, but it was likely it was either two or three first-year birds and possibly one older one. Later an adult male came. So it would seem likely that the young birds were from last year’s nest, more or less confirming the rumor they are breeding a bit farther south than in the past, and moreover that they had a very successful nesting season, if two males and at least two females from it survived into this season. I suspect the adult male and female will nest again this summer, the young ones won’t nest this year, and next year the young ones will be seeking out their own territories. Having not seen not-yet-adult males before (I did send AJ a photo) and seeing likely evidence of the territory expansion of a gorgeous bird, and also seeing six rose-breasted grosbeaks (three females, two young males, and one adult male) was really fun.

    After getting a few photos of them, I told my husband I was ready to go whenever he was (since I knew he was getting tired). Fortunately we stayed around a few more minutes, because after that the towhee showed up. (There were actually apparently two towhees; only my husband saw the second one, farther away, but the second one could have been a male.) By the time the towhee showed up, I could happily have cancelled any plans the rest of the day and just waited to see who else might come!

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  39. I was so tired last night, I actually fell asleep rather quickly (for me, that is). But I had to get up twice for a crying Little Guy, as his tummy hurt, & he threw up again around midnight. (Nightingale was late getting home from work.) Feeling worn down today, but will be child-&-puppy-sitting in a little while. Glad she’s not working Monday or Tuesday.

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  40. Chas – There is a very affecting Budweiser commercial about not driving drunk that features a young man & his dog. Rather than describe it, I’ll share it.

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  41. It’s a good one Karen, up with the guy lecturing the daughter.
    But no one catches attention like “The Real Thing”.
    If it was a marketing ploy, it was an expensive one that didn’t work.
    Coke tried the New Coke for about four years, 1976-1980,

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  42. Good Sunday afternoon. It’s overcast here with the sunlight trying at times to peep around clouds. We had loud storms in the night.

    I continued in decorating the media center window display today with small books I found at the dollar store on each of the fruit of the Spirit. I also bought some imitation fruits to put in the window. I hardly believed my eyes when I found those little books right when I needed them for my project.

    We continue to progress toward merger with the other church. We will have both congregations vote as time draws closer. Building analysis should indicate cost for renovating systems of each church and which to keep for worship and which to sell assuming the vote says to go ahead. Some older people have indicated they won’t be able to make it to the other location because of traffic concerns. My church is probably seven minutes away while the other is fourteen minutes away which is not a substantial additional distance, IMO.

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  43. I wondered why I was making two desserts. As I was going to sleep God told me to use the second one to honor a teacher who is leaving next Monday, before our end of the year staff party to say goodbye. I hadn’t thought of it, but He did.

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  44. We have an interesting little sparrow here. It has no tail feathers. It spends a lot of time hopping around us and into and out of the cat food dishes. Wonder if there is some sort of connection?

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  45. We had a pet sparrow for awhile when I was a child. We kept it in our screened-in porch. It would crouch in the corner by the house when we had thunderstorms. It liked to eat smashed up banana from our hand, but we must have fed it bird seed, too. I guess I remember the banana more since I only thought people and monkeys liked bananas.

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  46. OK, now one of the young male grosbeaks is up. I sent a photo that shows his face and the red, but you’ll notice he just isn’t as flashy bright as a full adult would be. In another year (assuming he survives) his back will be glossy black, but now it’s a mix of dingy black and brown feathers. It’s likely he’d be able to reproduce if he could find a mate, but he isn’t really mate material yet, and he likely wouldn’t be able to find a mate that would accept him. If he did breed, his immaturity would likely make for unsuccessful nesting. First-year birds of many species vie for nesting territories, but they are unlikely to be able to compete with mature birds and unlikely to raise young to maturity if they do. The immature plumage is thus a signal to other birds of his species not to take him seriously yet . . . which can actually help him, because mature birds are more likely to allow him access to their territories, like giving a little bit of leeway to a teenager to say something stupid because you know he doesn’t have enough life experience yet to always say the right thing.

    Some juvenile birds actually help their parents rear the next brood, getting nesting experience of their own that way and also helping their parents be successful in rearing a new brood. I don’t know enough about grosbeaks to know whether they are such a species, but at any rate the parents of these young birds are less likely to see them as a threat this year, while their clothing still says “I’m young, and not yet really of breeding age,” so they have one spring and summer season in which to take life a little easy and learn more about life before they take on the responsibilities of caring for young next year. Most songbirds only live a few years, so waiting until they are two to breed (in the species that do so) means a fairly large number of birds don’t survive to breed. But if they do survive long enough to breed, they have the experience that is likely to let them be successful. Sick and careless birds will have been weeded out of the gene pool by then.

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  47. Chas, FYI, following up on yesterday’s suggestion by someone (I forget who) to look into coconut oil: you can buy it in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart and a lot of other stores, but if she eats any make sure it’s a very limited quantity (less than half a teaspoon, probably), because it can also work as a laxative. But if she were to have 1/4 tsp. in the morning and a smaller amount later in the day, that might be good. Costco has a variety that actually has a coconut taste, so it tastes better than what is sold at other stores (as long as a person actually likes coconut).

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  48. It’s Memorial Day and we remember those who died or lost limb, mind, sight, hearing, family, and other things to keep the people of our nation safe. The sacrifices have been many and varied, but all have much suffering involved. Praising God that He called some to be soldiers who would choose the cup of suffering as Christ did so others could live in freedom.

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  49. So is this the thread for Monday, too? Well, may all of you rejoice in the memory of Christ’s shed blood for our sins, and the shed blood of the thousands of soldiers, sailors and pilots who fought to preserve our freedoms.

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  50. Kare, the young grosbeak is leaning toward me, but his other foot would be on the wire much higher up, hidden behind his body from this angle. It’s an awkward angle and not the best photo I took of him, but just the best in which you can see both his back and his face. (I got one that really shows his back well, in which you can see how brown he is, but it was taken from the back and doesn’t show his head.)

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  51. Yesterday, I went to visit D1 and family, since Mrs L was already there. In the evening, they had a “surprise” birthday party for me. I knew we were going to celebrate my birthday and that of my grandson (GS1), who turns 6 tomorrow. What I didn’t know was that D2 and her husband were coming up from Columbia, MO, and that D1 and D3, the planners, had invited my brother’s family and my sister and her husband, who all live in the town where D1 and D3 live. It was fun. The cake had two sets of six candles, one for GS1 and one for me. But I was told my 6 represented decades, not years.

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  52. Good Morning! Beautiful day in the forest. The grands are coming over with their Mom (aka our daughter!)…their Dad is in Ohio at a Christian and Missionary Alliance conference (he works at the headquarters in the Springs)….fun times! Thankful for all who have given to keep us free in this country…. ❤
    That is a beautiful flower up there on the header!

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  53. Peter, be careful of those coming up from Columbia, Mo. Bunch of Tigers down there. 😉

    Lots of things in the Bible I don’t understand Most are trivial, like I was thinking this morning about how, in Genesis43:34 Joseph had a feast and gave Benjamin, his brother five times as mush as the others.
    Now what is Ben going to do with five times as much food as the others?
    Did the others not get enough?
    Was Ben given a doggy bag?

    Yesterday, I had a six ounce sirloin for lunch. Six ounces is not very big. But it was the right size for me. I couldn’t have eaten any more. Especially would I not have wanted a 30 ounce steak.

    Just a bit of interesting trivia for the day. But what good is getting five times as much, even if you’re famished?

    I see in 2 Chronicles that lots of the original occupants of the land remained after David conquered them. I presume they were assimilated into Israel. That is, some Jews may not be descendants of Abraham.

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  54. AJ, I sent a flag photo I made today with the sun on it and there were red blotches below in the rays that symbolize to me the blood shed by soldiers. I posted it to Facebook and Instagram. You might post it here for those not on Social Media.

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  55. Good Morning Everyone. It looks like it is going to be a rainy day in the Sunny South. That’s OK with me.
    Mr. P had to go to the Urgent Care Center yesterday. He has a staph infection on his finger. They offered him a job. The doctor let him lance it himself, talked to him quite a bit through the who visit, and said she could use someone like him. He told her they would talk but everyone had to understand that if they weren’t busy he may have to sit down or lie down, but when they were busy she would get her money’s worth out of him.
    Even if he worked a couple of days a week to fill in, I think it would be good for him. He isn’t one to watch others work and being around this house all the time gives him way too much time to watch CNN

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  56. According to Breakpoint this morning, flag etiquette for today with flag poles, is flag at half-mast until noon to remember the dead. At noon it goes all the way up in gratitude and thanks.

    At 3, we are supposed to pause for a minute in silent honor. I never heard any of this before.

    The flag is out.

    I only lost one ancestor to war, and it was the French and Indian war. Many served, no one died in the line since, what? 1754?

    We’ve much to be thankful for.

    My own Veteran (“I’m not dead yet”), is still recovering from jet lag. Stargazer ran off with my dancing shoes so I think it will be another necessarily slow day around here. Adorable sightings later.

    Blessings to all.

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  57. Chas, my understanding of some of the culture over that way would indicate the people are offered platters of food. Little Ben may have been offered a much wider variety, making his platter or platters five times as much. Not that he ate it all, but that it was set before him to choose from.

    We ate in places in Greece where a large turn table was the center of the table and you chose what you wanted as the eaters turned it. Other places have a community bowl, and you take what you like on your bread.

    Not that each was given a plate of food and he got five plates. Just what I have come to think over the years having wondered the same thing. What did he do with all that food????

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  58. Nice header for Memorial Day.

    For years I covered the big ceremony nearby for the paper but haven’t done so in a while now. I always grumbled having to go, but as soon as it began I was swept away by the emotion of it all. Not sure if we’re staffing it this year with a reporter or if we’re just taking photos. The company at some point stopped paying any overtime for holiday shifts so it’s been more difficult to get people to volunteer to work them, not surprisingly.

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  59. Peter, be careful of those coming up from Columbia, Mo. Bunch of Tigers down there.

    Oh, but my SIL works at Mizzou. it’s okay, though. He’s more of a lamb than a tiger.

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  60. This day is strangely emotional. Although I don’t think I have ever lost anyone in battle, I do come from a long line of those who served. I was a the Mast of the Maine in Arlington for some special occasion, although now I can’t remember what. It seems like it was Memorial Day, but that doesn’t make sense. I am sure had it been Memorial Day would would have tried to be at the Tomb.

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  61. Makes sense Mumsee.
    At Elvera’s family get tog ethers, we picked our food from the same table and took our plates to another table to eat.
    And they always made a bit without onions for me.

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  62. Missing another holiday with my family, but I have a very special class to spend the day with. The little girl lives by me and was out when I was walking last night so I got some extra hugs.

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  63. Hubby & I didn’t go to our town’s Memorial Day parade (Nightingale & Little Guy did), but we certainly heard the C130 that passed overhead. Hubby ran out & got a quick photo of it.

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  64. What bothers me even more is the invasion of TV everywhere you go. Walmart has TVs scattered around the store advertising this, that and the other. Now even gas stations here have TVs on the pumps that blare out ESPN or some other cable channel, along with advertisements for the convenience store inside. Too much! I go to one that is a 24 hour credit/debit card only, with no TV ads annoying my fill up time. But when I travel, it’s another story. I think I’ll start going inside and telling the clerk to inform the management of the intrusion and that I’ll take my business elsewhere. Won’t stop the annoyance, but it’ll give me peace of mind.

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  65. That’s a nice header with the flag.

    Janice, I like unsweetened coconut milk, too. I use it in a carrot muffin recipe I make, and also in wild rice soup. Delicious in both.

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  66. Oops! I miscounted. the counter at the top of the thread shows that this is #96. So four more. I may just come back later and take them. So if there are more than three in a row for me, check the time stamp to verify that I waited at least half an hour before going for it.

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  67. I’m surprised at you mumsee, both for admonishing 6 arrows for something you’ve done before (claiming any old post as 57 or another number) and for not taking the chance to actually get 100.

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