51 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-18-17

  1. IT’S FRIDAY!
    You know what that means?

    Not much. I am 87 years and a day older now and things are back to whatever is normal around here.
    Chuck & Linda took us out for barbeque last night. All my granddaughters called.
    Time to move on.

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  2. Good Morning Everyone. I posted an address last night. If you need it, it’s toward the end of the comments from yesterday.
    I am off to P’cola this morning. I was supposed to teach Alabama Contracts yesterday but didn’t remember. Ooops. I am teaching them this morning instead. We shall see how many show up.

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  3. Eighteen year old is off to college. Husband and eleven year old are driving some stuff down for him. Hope they don’t have to fight eclipse traffic. Idaho has one north south highway and part of it has been eroded away so it is down to one lane with a stop light. Add on top of that the thousands expected for the eclipse and they are expecting ten hour waits in traffic. It is an eight hour drive on a good day.

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  4. Chas, I don’t think the Assurance pads are washable, but you can buy cloth pads with waterproof lining that are washable.

    In two more weeks, I will be returning to the city to start the new semester. I don’t feel rested enough yet, although I do seem to be making some improvement. After spending a week and a half at home, going nowhere, I went to see Youngest Sibling with my parents yesterday for a few hours – she has morning sickness, and the three little ones don’t slow down for a sick mummy (for a short time they are aged 1,2,3, until the eldest’s, Little Niece’s, birthday). My asthma is a tad more irritated now from the exertion – the little ones wanted me to read to them and play singing games like ‘Ring around the rosy’ – but hopefully I won’t slide back any further. Eldest Sibling and family are coming up for a couple of days, before going on to see other relatives in country.

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  5. Roscuro, my sister’s four older children were briefly (for a week) 2, 4, 6, and 8, and I got a photo of the four of them holding signs. Then my sister slipped into the photo with a 0 on her pregnant belly. It made for a cute pair of pictures.

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  6. Cheryl, I might be able to get Little and Baby Niece to stand still together for a picture, but Youngest Nephew, having found his feet, believes that said feet are made for walking.

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  7. After much careful thought and research, I purchased our eclipse glasses so we could watch on the twenty first. When they arrived, I was a bit concerned because I could vaguely see light through them when looking at a light fixture. Sure enough, we got notice yesterday that the glasses were a hoax and not to use them. Amazon put money into our account. I wonder how many other people were hoping to view it with their special glasses only to learn it was not a good idea. According to the NASA type folk, only about five manufacturers got it right. back to pinhole watching.

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  8. When the partial solar eclipse over West Africa happened while I was there, one of the team brought out an old X-ray image. By looking through the part of the X-ray sheet where the colour was totally black, you could safely see the moon moving across the sun. We also used the (homemade) pinhole method. Using that, I got a couple of pictures of the shadow of the eclipse. The eclipse will only be partial here, making this the third partial eclipse I have seen, and the second in southern Ontario.

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  9. I thought of you, yesterday, Michelle, when son said his housemate got delayed in Declo on his way to the house in Pocatello. Isn’t that where your rels are?

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  10. Roscuro, congratulations on how the school term ended with the great grades. You’ve worked so hard through some big challenges and I know it must feel great to see all those As.

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  11. Of course, eldest son said he would purchase more if needed. I felt I only needed to test most of them once, so they knew I could. One more deterrent in their lives. But this one, the sixteen year old, seems to not be a quick study when it comes to making good choices. He is loved and admired throughout the community, which is a good thing, but we still hope to get him safely through these dangerous years of no brain.

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  12. Thanks, Kevin.

    It hasn’t been really hot here for the past few days. It was chilly enough last night that I put on an extra blanket, but this morning I woke up wondering where the humidity that I could feel had come from. Noticing the continued irritated state of my lungs, I decided to use my access to school databases to see if scientists had investigated why humidity irritates asthma. There have been recent investigations into the subject, which would seem to indicate that humidity, and heat, irritate certain nerve fibers, causing the smooth muscle that lines the airways (bronchioles) of the lungs to constrict (bronchoconstriction), which means that those airways get narrower, increasing resistance to airflow, making it harder to breathe. Such a response to humidity, according to the study, happens only in asthmatics, not in non-asthmatics. Always good to understand what is happening and why.

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  13. Mrs. L decided to make a shoe box viewer for the eclipse. Around here, county health departments were handing out glasses, but now some of them are saying the glasses are defective and not to use them. I wonder how many people will be making eye appointments next week? Trouble is, I’ve read and heard on the news that any damage caused by looking at the eclipse may be irreparable.

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  14. I am sure we were all told by our mommies to not look directly at the sun or our eyes would be burned up. Turns out that is accurate and a lot of defective glasses were sold. Based on the huge number of expected guests viewing the eclipse, there could be a lot of trouble ahead.

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  15. And, they say, the damage may not be noticed for several hours after the fact. Making it even more likely people will go ahead, because they don’t notice any damage.

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  16. I’m going to view our 65% eclipse with a colander – I should see many, many mini eclipses in the shadow. It seems like I’m the only one worried about our campers on Monday. They are 14 to 17 year olds and old enough to obey “don’t look at the sun” but they are also 14 to 17 year olds who feel they are invincible.

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  17. We will be using welding helmets if we are home. If not, I guess we will watch the shadow on the wall of the hospital room.

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  18. My daughter was also notified that her glasses from Amazon may be defective. According to Good Morning America, if the glasses are dark enough not to see through and you can see the filament in a light bulb, they are ok. We tested ours and I also checked out the link to NASA and found the name of ours on the ok list.

    Our oldest grandson is also heading off to college today. His mom was utterly amazed that he took no thought about what he should bring until last evening. They were leaving at 9am and he finally decided he should pack something. No hurry there. Of course, she has been getting bedding etc. for awhile now. That was quite a change from my daughter who even had a plant to bring, rug etc. 🙂

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  19. Interesting, using an X-ray image to view the eclipse. I will have to see if I can find the X-ray 3rd Arrow had with her PICC line for IV Lyme’s treatment.

    Kare, how is the broken bone in your foot healing?

    I read a lot of posts yesterday that I’d missed in the last month, and rereading KBells’ last post (on the prayer thread August 7) gave me pause:

    Kevin the lost of a pet can be very hard. They are often more a part of our daily lives than most people.

    Kathy’s final post was offering comfort and acknowledgment of another’s (Kevin’s) pain and sadness. In the midst of everything she was facing. A beautiful example of selflessness.

    And I noticed that she “liked” a post on the next day’s, August 8’s, prayer thread. So she was there, with us in prayer, that last day before she went to the hospital for the last time.

    Grieving the loss of our dear friend and prayer warrior.

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  20. I told my best friend about KBells today at Bible study, and we wept for sadness for Tim and Chris in their loss, and joy for Kathy at her homecoming, as we prayed. My best friend was very moved by Tim’s way of announcing his beloved’s passing: that she was sitting at her Redeemer’s feet.

    Amen and praise the Lord.

    On the way home this morning, I heard Finlandia on public radio. The middle has the beautiful tune you may know from the hymn Be Still My Soul.

    And my tears flowed afresh, realizing that Kathy’s funeral service was probably going on about then. (It was in the 11:00 hour.)

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  21. Kathaleena,
    Son has been talking about packing for weeks. Finally got going on it yesterday. I don’t pack for anybody over age five. They are supposed to have all of the stuff they are leaving behind boxed and in the storage shed or prepared to hand off to others. When other boys left home, this one was left with lots of their stuff under his debris so it was more challenging. He has left quite a bit in his room. Some boxed, some not. He did suggest youngest brother would enjoy some of his books and the other boys’ books and if they survive his reading, they would like them back. And I noticed a couple of tasks he was given remain undone. And his motorcycle gear remains in my pickup. And his tools are on the driveway. He may have run out of time. Ya think? I figure when they are getting ready to move, they are often already moved in their minds so there isn’t anything to be said. I will simply reallocate the stuff.

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  22. The jr high principal ordered 400 pair of glasses from Amazon, but they are the defective ones. She returned them. the school board decided we should dismiss at 11:00 Monday so everyone can go view the eclipse from home. We’ll be in the 97-98& range.

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  23. I have not read all the thread today. I finally made it through Atlanta rush hour traffic to my writer’s retreat location. I saw a bad crash along the way. One car darted across four lanes to get to an exit and another tried to do the same so the speed was high. A car that was getting on the exit lane the right way got smashed. It was so fast that I would not be a good witness. It was enough unnerving to me that I put 200.00 dollars on my credit card to stay overnight two nights at the retreat location which is probably 45 minutes from home with light traffic.

    I have 2,500 words as a start on a YA novella. This will be mostly a time for critiques with a few excellent speakers. I have never written in this genre before so I will see what happens. I was able to write it in about a week. Like I said, it is a start on a longer work.

    I’ve got to get downstairs for registration for the conference. Wish I had more time.

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  24. After driving 4200+ miles on vacation, including 3 large cities, I realize why I like living in a rural area. Yes, we have our crazy drivers, but nothing like the madhouse that is found on most city freeways. Can’t those idiots plan ahead and get in the proper lane sooner?

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  25. Roscuro, 4:17, I’ll abandon that idea. After I saw your latest comment, I read around about different viewing methods, and one source said using X-rays was unsafe.

    Our area has clouds/rain/thunderstorms predicted for all day Monday, anyway. It looks like we’re in the middle of it, and will have to drive hours in any direction to escape what is predicted to be the crummy weather zone. 😦

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  26. I would not drive anywhere to see an eclipse. Or the northern lights. Or the southern lights. or a meteor shower. or a comet. They are fun to see but not worth driving to see, to me.

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  27. I would drive a short distance for celestial events for a better vantage point or to get away from city lights. But no big road trips any more. I got that out of my system when I was in my 20s and drove all over the country for just about any reason. Like driving 1200 miles (each way) to stand in the dark for 5 minutes. (That was for the 1979 total solar eclipse that was visible in the Pacific Northwest.)

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  28. I remember KBells’s comment on the loss of my dog. It meant a lot to me that she expressed her care and understanding in the midst of her great struggles.

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  29. Not sure if anyone will see this, but I heard by newsletter that the pastor at the church we hope to merge with will be pastoring at another larger and thriving church outside the perimeter of Atlanta. So our two churches will have the interim pastor to lead us. He is with the North American Mission Board over SEND Atlanta, basically over church planters around town. It will still be interesting to see what happens with everything. But it is a painful process to see two churches within three miles of each other mourning the loss of their pastors, although both pastors have gone on to bigger and better things.

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  30. We had fireworks in town tonight. Watching them reminded me of KBells and her gravatar.

    Well, I wrote my blog post I’m going to publish next. I’m not completely satisfied with the way it is now, so will reread tomorrow, if I have a chance, tweak it, then publish.

    I’ve always considered myself a better communicator in print than verbally, though I’m a long ways from perfect in print form, but boy, this music-blog-writing thing is harder than I thought. I’m surprised to realize that it seems now I am a better verbal than written communicator when it comes to music.

    Probably shouldn’t be surprised, though, considering I’ve been teaching music for over three decades, and writing about it, well, very little.

    I’m overthinking it, which I don’t tend to do while I’m teaching. I’ve learned to think on my feet.

    Maybe I should record myself talking to students and teachers and just transcribe that!

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  31. Meant to say students and parents, but I guess students and teachers would work, too, as I’m a member of our local independent music teachers organization and can and do bounce music-teaching ideas off of them. It just seems natural to do so, and I don’t struggle with what to say.

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