68 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-31-17

  1. Donna,

    I had some trouble with changing the header yesterday, so didn’t get the rest of your pics up. I will post the rest tomorrow. Sorry about that. 😦


    I couldn’t find Waldo until I blew it up larger. Now I see him. 🙂

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  2. My! We’re up early this morning.
    Good morning Aj and everyone else but Jo.
    Nite-nite Jo.

    🙂 My friend, Vernon, is updating my memory of things long ago. The GI Bill gave us #110 a month. I didn’t remember that. I also worked at the SC Highway Dept testing lab and put up stock for Cprme;; Ar,s Biffet/ Vernon got me the job at Cornell Arms. And the one counting dots at the USDA lab in Fort Worth.

    He is a very good friend and the only one left from my Carolina days.

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  3. Morning, Chas.
    Managed to keep my class under control and learning for one more day.
    They are loving the Hairy Maclary books and are thrilled with Scarface Claw. Got to read Zachary Quack today.

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  4. What are you people doing up? Other than Jo, of course, whom I thought of when I gave up trying to sleep at 4. (“Oh, Jo is probably eating dinner now.”)

    Grumble. Looking for a boring book to put me back to sleep. Nothing so far. Sigh.

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  5. salvete (pronounced sal – way – teh, since the Romans pronounced ‘v’ more like ‘w’), meaning “Be well!”, the traditional Roman greeting in the plural imperative. Greeting just one person would be salve (sal-way).
    We got to read this in Greek class, since it is written quite simply and we just learned the verb ‘to be’ in Greek:
    ‘Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.’
    Guess what it is. Three hints: ἀρχῇ (archay) means ‘beginning’, λόγος is pronounced logos, and θεὸς is pronounced theos.


  6. So I have been polishing this little nugget for a couple of days. When God thumps me on the head it is always very clear.
    Remember the woman I have griped about dominating the Sunday School class? Remember how I was thoroughly put out and up by her? Remember how uncharitable I have been about her?
    Sunday when I told the class I was pursuing a job offer and was 99% certain I was going to take it, she blurted out, “I have been praying for you and that situation”. Guess who is duly chastised?

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  7. Good Morning! I had to scroll back up to find Waldo…found him!
    What a sweet reminder to look beyond the outward Kim….it doesn’t excuse ill manners, but it is good to know there is a deeper side to her 🙂

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  8. I had a long, good night’s sleep — went to bed to read just after 8:30 p.m., light went out at 9 p.m., I went out shortly thereafter and didn’t come to until 6 a.m. when the cat started screaming in my face and walking all over me. I was so tired yesterday at work I could hardly keep my eyes open.

    Today it’s washer/dryer delivery day and I need to get my Jeep out of the driveway so they can use that to bring the new machines in (and I’ll need to widen the path on the patio also). It’s coming just in time, need to do some laundry around here.

    Now I just have to hope the story I have tentatively planned to do today pans out; I’m working from home through the morning (or at least until the new washer/dryer arrive sometime between 8 a.m. and noon).

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  9. Chas- I’m not buying the Marlins either.

    Jo- July 7 will be a busy day, so as the day approaches, give me an idea of when you’ll arrive and I’ll see about arranging it so I can give that tour. We open at 9:00, first tour at 9:30 and then every half hour or so, depending on how busy we get. That week is the busiest of the year, being the 4th of July week and all.

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  10. Waiting for that bathroom update from Chas …

    I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee (haven’t had any coffee for a few days). Maybe that will give me the boost I need today. I keep telling myself this house will all be done someday and then I can sit back, put my feet up & toss doggie bonbons to the dogs.

    July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year which means we’ll have to go in to work Monday. 😦 Oh well. It’s a rare treat when these ‘orphan’ holidays land next to or right on a weekend for us.

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  11. Eighteen years of planting trees and things here and this year the crop duster hired a guy from Iowa who was not familiar with this terrain so he flew much higher than normal. We got lots of broadleaf herbicide drift and several of my trees are telling me they are not happy. Nectarine trees, apricot trees, apple trees. The pears and cherries appear to be okay so far. I am concerned for the willows, they seem to have taken quite a hit.

    Our ancient walnut tree got hit a few years ago and we lost about half of it but it has come back. But it was old and very strong. The fruit trees and willows, not so much.

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  12. Actually, as I have been telling eighteen year old son, owning things means maintenance and it is ongoing. But, you are doing major stuff and that will come to an end and you can sit and fight the dogs for bonbons if you like. As long as you are sitting out in the backyard in your lovely sand and cacti backyard, or whatever Michelle comes up with for you. Or under the beautiful shady what ever it is in the front yard that replaced Charlie Brown.


  13. Are you blaming Iowa?

    Yes, so much major stuff has been done (with a couple more to be done), I am hoping for a quiet period for a while. I still need to get the foundation & wood windows fixed, but then I *should* be ready to paint and plant and stock up on bonbons.

    I need to go out & water the new tree again today, but it’s looking good. So far.


  14. Roscuro- So your Latin instructor uses the ancient pronunciations? Good for him/her. Of course, it makes Cæsar’s famous quote, “Vini, Vidi, Vinci” (I came, I saw, I conquered), sound like Elmer Fudd when the ‘v’ is pronounced as ‘w’. Try this out loud and hear what I mean: [wini, widi, winki].


  15. That is how I have always pronounced it. Ever since I took Latin. But then, I probably never heard or saw the quote before I took Latin.


  16. So sad about the trees. Does it do any good to complain? Shouldn’t they compensate you? Not that that would bring the trees back.


  17. The guy is still working on the bath room.
    I wonder if anyone else is buying the Marlins.
    Everyone is talking about bonbons. What is a bonbon and should I buy one?


  18. Our sixtieth anniversary is coming up on June 9. It is the diamond anniversary. So I bought Elvera a small diamond neck lass for her anniversary. I ordered it from an ad I received in the mail.
    It’s a nice neckass, but the company I bought it from is spending all it’s profit sending me ads for other stuff which I will never buy.
    I’m satisfied with the purchase, but that’s it.

    I hope she likes her necklace.

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  19. I think it was Kbells, long time ago, who researched that for us and put a picture up. And no, you should not. They have to be given to you for them to count.

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  20. How long will the bathroom take, Chas? You have a 2nd one there, right?

    The necklace sounds beautiful. 🙂

    I watered the tree and moved the Jeep. Now I’m just waiting for the delivery guys’ 5-minute “we’re on our way” call. Which will probably come at 5 to 12.

    I spotted Annie on the garage roof as I was watering the tree. But the pavers are re-stacked where she was getting out from under the new fence, so she can’t do that anymore. Still, cats go wherever they want to go, pretty much.

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  21. Crop dusting. Son tells me that is what they have insurance for, to cover things like this. But I am not particularly interested in being reimbursed (though husband may be as he is the one who worked to pay for things) and I don’t think they could reimburse me for the time and labor invested. But I would like them to be more aware. Having to pay a little something may be needed to make them more aware. I don’t know if the trees have been killed or just set back. It was just as some were leafing out and others were fully clothed. They may be fine next year or the next. I did watch out of some of the windows as he was flying directly over our house for several hours and he was dropping stuff well into our space. I thought it was fertilizer which is bad enough (eleven year old eats that stuff), but am told it was broad leaf herbicide. Not something one wants on ones gardens. My gardens were not planted and I could not bring the fruit trees in. Perhaps, had I known, I could have gone out with a hose and washed them down afterwards. But they don’t normally use herbicide and they generally fly low enough to not have much drift. Of course, I would much rather lose all of my trees than have the pilot die through inexperience with the terrain..

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  22. Roscuro – Did you see my reply to you on the weekend thread, regarding your comment about that article about Hypatia & the Great Library?


  23. “Given the historical novelty of modern science, together with the incoherence of evolutionary theories, the real question to ask is not why someone would believe Christianity in the face of modern science, but why someone would believe modern science in the face of Christianity. The answer is all too obvious. The Enlightenment was not an argument that human beings were self-sufficient; it was a declaration that they wanted to be. Modern science has done nothing to discredit the truths of Christianity; it has simply dismissed them.”


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  24. Mumsee, you are correct. It reads:
    ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was toward* God, and the Word was God.’
    ‘Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.’ (en archay ain haw logos, kay haw logos ain pros tawn theon, kay theos ain haw logos)
    *The preposition πρὸς (pros) has the general idea of facing something, but the accusative case ending of the object of the preposition, θεόν (theon), indicates motion towards.
    There is a lot of etymology in that sentence. From ἀρχῇ we get words like ‘archaic’, ‘monarchy’ (as it means not only ‘beginning’, but also ‘rule, kindom’), and archaeology, the ending of which derives from λόγος. θεὸς also combines with λόγος to form ‘theology’ and the list could go on.
    We also read this sentence, which you also should be able to guess:
    ἐγώ εἰμι τὸ Ἄλφα καὶ ῏Ω μέγα, ἀρχὴ καὶ τέλος, ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος. (ego aimie taw alpha kay omega, archay kay telos, haw protos kay haw eskatos). John’s Greek is apparently some of the most simply written – but some of the most profound, as our non-Christian professor observed – which is why learners can start so quickly to read it.

    Peter, yes, I’ve had to get used to the ‘w’ sound in veni, vidi, vici. I’ve now learned the imperfect, perfect, present, and future for all three of those verbs, among many others. All of the verbs in Iulius Caesar’s (pronounced Youlius Kaisar) quote are in the first person singular perfect (indicating past completed action) active indicative. The infinitive forms are venire (to come), videre (to see), and vincere (to conquer).
    Going over what I’ve learned helps me to remember it all.

    Karen, I haven’t had time to visit here since Friday, since I was completing an assignment for statistics, but I did read your reply this morning.

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  25. See? Nothing’s easy in this house.

    Washer/dryer delivery guys arrive, water valve breaks, kitchen floods, I run out of the house, arms waving, yelling something about “WHY did I EVER buy a house??!”, now the water for the whole house is turned off and the new washer dryer sit waiting in the garage. Called a handyman, who will probably charge me a fortune, to come fix it, editor not real happy with me right now as the homeless stats came out today and he needs me to do a story and he’s wondering what the heck I’m doing (eating bonbons??) since I didn’t respond to his emails right away.

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  26. Well, he snipped and snapped at me in a text that he’s given the story to someone else. Fine.

    We’re understaffed at work and I’m under ‘staffed’ at home. It happens.

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  27. The good news is you could retire if you had to. Life happens and you have to deal with it. I should take a sabbatical and come finish your house for you. I think I could convince our friend from the North to come back down and organize. I have another friend in Pasadena who “knows” people.

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  28. Found him.

    Kim, I think organizing will be the easiest part of all this — I’m still in the excavate-to-fix-it phase which is the worst and there’s really no making that any better than it is. If I can get past all these fixes, known and unknown, and the upheaval that goes with it, the rest is a piece of cake.

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  29. Oh, Donna, after your day Kinder is going to feel like a lark today. Even lunch recess day is my chance to do some walking while a little one pursues me.


  30. Sure hope this guy knows what he’s doing. It was a shot in the dark, he was listed under handyman services nearby and all the others I’d called couldn’t come out today. He said he’d check his schedule & then called back and said he’d managed to “clear” it. I had a feeling there wasn’t anything to clear, but who knows. Just want my water back on at this point.

    But then I’ll have to reschedule the washer/drying install.


  31. That is what handy men do.

    The birds are certainly aggressive this time of year. I had just sat down in my chair, from weedeating of course, glanced up and saw some blackbirds chasing off a golden eagle from just over our pasture. Probably after the chickens or guineas and didn’t even see the blackbirds. Once they were done getting rid of that menace, they took off after a harrier hawk. Never a dull moment when you have the fledglings out.


  32. Yucca with Waldo and the yellow is Coreopsis.
    Yucca is near the office and Coreopsis is in a community garden near our home.
    I’ve been gone most of the day with a lady from church who helped me deliver a car trunk full of books and more to the Atlanta Hub for Christian Library International. Then we had a load of clothes to deliver to Wellspring Living that does resale to support ministry for young ladies trying to get established to take care of themselves in a Christian manner after having been in bad situations.
    On our way back we stopped at another thrift store to look around and then had lunch at a place named Family Restaurant. We got handmade hamburgers for 2.99 each. They were old-fashioned good. Then we went to another Wellspring living store and afterwards stopped by the church for a few moments. I just hope when I am between eighty and ninety that I will feel up to doing all that. And I forgot that we stopped at a library that I don’t usually go to because I had seen that it had the only DVD of Broadchurch that Art and I have not seen.

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  33. The appraiser (or is it assessor?) is coming next Wednesday morning to appraise/assess our home. (Since the loan is already set, with a set monthly payment, we still have no idea why they need to do this.) Since I have been letting some things slide in my housecleaning, I want to do an extra-good job of cleaning each room. (I tend clean a specific room or two each day.)

    In addition to the extra cleaning I’ll be doing, Nightingale is working six days straight starting tomorrow (which means I’ll be babysitting & puppy-sitting). 2nd shift (3pm – 11pm) each day, except for 1st shift on Sunday. So I’m gonna be busy, but I don’t feel like I have the energy for all that.

    Looking at DJ’s full plate, though, makes me not want to complain (even though I am). At least I’ll have Chickadee’s help with the babysitting & puppy-sitting. I wish DJ had someone to help her.

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  34. Well, Jeopardy is probably not going to call me, but I think I did better on tonight’s test than on past ones. Who knows? If I win big on Jeopardy I might be able to buy the Marlins. Or at least some bonbons.

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  35. Handyman could install, but I believe that affects the warranty — they sell the machines to be installed by *their* people. So they’re coming back Saturday. I’ve had all I can deal with today anyhow. Just as well.

    Meanwhile, I talked to Carol and she’s now in serious isolation at her residence, they even took all of her things, books included, away from her to be bagged for at least 3 days and she’s being quarantined for a week due to scabies. Guys she’s considered seriously contagious. But I can’t imagine sitting in a room with no tv, no books, no nothing for days on end. …

    And, of course, every time she starts talking about it, I begin to itch …


  36. And Cowboy’s been seen hovering at the back fence, eyeing the bottom where there’s a visual gap, so I filled that in with cement chunks left behind by workers. My friend said his theme song is “Don’t Fence Me In.”

    And worker who helped with driveway and garage jobs lost his little Chihuahua the other night to a couple of coyotes. 😦


  37. Install by washer/drying guys also is free.

    Handyman obviously would have charged (more than I’d already paid him to fix the fixtures).


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