44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-7-18

  1. Besides, it ain’t even tomorrow in PNB, it’s 10:00 tonight.
    I didn’t recognize the ice. I didn’t know what it was.
    I thought I was looking at a frog, but think I was wrong.

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  2. What kind of woman has friends drive in from Norfolk,Va, Tampa, Fl; fly in from San Diego and Washington DC for the privilege of sitting beside her, talking to her, just to be with her as she dies?
    The Episcopal priest is coming this morning for Communion and prayers.
    I told her last night, “I am going home, I will be back tomorrow, but if you decide to leave while I am gone, it’s OK. Everyone has told her it’s OK to go.
    Last night Navy Wife and I sat down to pick the readings for the funeral. We need to pick music and as everyone knows there just aren’t any singable songs in the Episcopal Hymnal.

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
    spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
    of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

    Gone where?

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
    hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
    And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

    And that is dying…

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  3. An genomic study of an ancient burial in Britain has revealed some interesting results:
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/07/first-modern-britons-dark-black-skin-cheddar-man-dna-analysis-reveals?CMP=share_btn_fb

    The fossil, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough’s Cave in Somerset. Intense speculation has built up around Cheddar Man’s origins and appearance because he lived shortly after the first settlers crossed from continental Europe to Britain at the end of the last ice age. People of white British ancestry alive today are descendants of this population.
    It was initially assumed that Cheddar Man had pale skin and fair hair, but his DNA paints a different picture, strongly suggesting he had blue eyes, a very dark brown to black complexion and dark curly hair.

    That is not at all surprising to the observant. The Welsh, who are the remains of the ancient Britons that were driven west by the Angles and Saxons, still have among them a trait for darker skin and black curly hair, as do the Irish.

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  4. I see you were discussing grandparents’ titles. Our parents named our grandmothers differently (only one grandfather was alive, since my father’s father died before any of us were born) to us and we learned those names from them. The next generation continues the trend – the children call their grandparents what their parents taught them to call them. It isn’t the grandchildren who gave pet names to their grandparents in my family, but the children who gave pet names to their parents, or rather to one parent in particular. My mother bears a title that we children gave her, and which Eldest in law perpetuated when he became a member of the family. Her title has many variations to us. Sometimes, when trying to get her attention when she is in another part of the house, I have run through the list of possible variations. She will respond to any of them when she finally hears them, since they all convey the idea of a beloved and trusted mother. All my Siblings in-law call my father by the name that his friends know him by, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. My mother, somewhat like my father, is never called by her full given name, only by a shortened version; but she has never really liked either of her given names (though one of her granddaughters bears her second name as a second name), so she prefers that the spouses of her offspring call her by her maternal appellation. Youngest in law has never caught on to that fact, but Second in law added yet another variation when he joined the family.

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  5. John 11:25-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

    25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

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  6. Chas, you know better than to argue with a woman about when her birthday is. 🙂

    Had to let the dogs out twice e last night, once at around 2 and again at 4 — and I still had some pee on the plastic floor covering near the back door. Hmmm. I may have to consult with the vet if this continues — I’m also not sure now which dog is having the issues.

    The LA Times was sold yesterday to a billionaire LA doctor who also has been one of the major shareholders in the Tribute company that has owned the newspaper. Things have been very rough at the Times of late with layoffs and crazy editors so employees’ initial reaction is naturally to think that this is good (and it very well may be). But we’ve all learned over the past 20 years in this business that when a newspaper changes hands it can also go from bad to worse. This is (potentially) the devil they don’t know as compared to the one they have known and hated.

    We continue to limp along where we are. Morale is at rock bottom, or so it would seem. It’s sad to see our photo department at the back of our massive, mostly now empty newsroom and see it completely stripped and uninhabited – unless one of the two local photographers remaining happens to be in the office for a little while on a given day.

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  7. Morning and again…Happy Birthday Jo whatever day it truly was that you were born…we rejoice that you were indeed born!!!! 💕
    I am skipping Zumba today…day would be all too jam packed with activities and for my mental health something must be cut out…Zumba goes for this day to the wayside!!

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  8. When you build your chain link outdoor dog run, with the chain link cover, make sure you dig deep and bury the first foot of chain link. Both dogs and coyotes can dig.

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  9. Thanks Mumsee — actually they’re recommending a 6-sided enclosure now, which would include a steel roof and floor. But I still wouldn’t trust those coyotes …

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  10. Yes, but I don’t like the floor idea. Dogs enjoy digging and they enjoy lying in the dirt. And some things drain into the soil but not into concrete.

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  11. The priest has been here and given her last rights. We have all told her it is OK for her to go. Her daughter has many mothers. We all love her and we want her to go and be at peace.

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  12. mumsee, someone on our coyote FB page actually said we need the mountain lions to come on down to take care of these coyotes. A flawed solution, of course.

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  13. Chas said, “Jo’s BD is not till tomorrow. She wasn’t born in New Guinea.:-(”

    I think we can separate when her birthday is from when she’s a year older. It’s her birthday when it’s February 8 wherever she is, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JO! On the other hand she’s not another year older until it’s her birthday where she was born.

    So, Jo, you can enjoy your birthday without being another year older! (You’re 29, right?)

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  14. DJ, were they serious about the mountain lion solution? Just what you’d want, having to protect your pets from mountain lions instead of coyotes!

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  15. Jo turns 29 again tomorrow.
    You can celebrate your birthday whenever you want.
    Mary never celebrated her birthday. She celebrated the month of May.

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  16. It is morning now and I can begin celebrating! My son was born on the 7th so we can celebrate on the same day. I have neighbors from home, same church and town, they came over last night and brought a beautiful bouquet from a friend at home. The best part is that it is all flowers which don’t smell as I have allergies! Delightful!

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  17. Happy Birthday, Dear Jo! Happy Birthday to you!

    I just realized from a typo that it sounds like Happy Earth Day if you accidentally leave the B off of Birthday.

    We had a wonderful WMU meeting today. At first I thought no one would show because we had been under a tornado warning. Ladies were slow in arriving, but we got close to sixty valentine treat bags done for the V.A. nursing home. It timed out just right to finish by noon for lunch. I think photos may be on the new church Facebook page (Bridgeport Church at Toco Hills). I have not checked for it yet.

    Art has lost ten pounds and his doctor (also my doctor) was pleased. Art is still disappointed that he has not lost more. We will keep plugging along with the diet. I cooked chicken in the crockpit at the office yesterday, and a trail of ants came for a picnic.

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  18. Roscuro – Re: Christians paying taxes. I agree that Christians should pay their taxes without any cheating. But I also think that it is part of loving our neighbors to advocate and support lowering taxes, or at least keeping government accountable to use those monies wisely and cut down on the vast amount of waste that there is.

    Example: There are people who have paid off their homes, but lose them when times turn tough for them because they can’t afford the property taxes. So advocating for lower property taxes, and voting against a new raise in a town’s mil rate, is a way of helping those neighbors who are adversely affected by them.

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  19. Is he able to do any exercise at all, Janice. Mr. Fit jogs at such a slow pace that sometimes he thinks he could walk faster–but he puts in his hour and that was crucial to losing all the weight.

    Just an idea. I’ve spent the whole day in WWI and have only 113 pages to go and then I’m done.

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  20. The coast here is completely socked in with heavy fog today. I drove to the beach on an errand run (OK, it was a little detour, but not much of one) and I couldn’t even see the water.

    I think my broken turn signal is fixed, car shop said it was just the bulb so they replaced it and so far it’s working. Since it worked spottily, off and on, I was sure it would be a more complicated electrical issue (which the Jeep has had before). But time will tell.

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  21. It still has not ended.
    I you see this before tomorrow everyone of us is ready to see the end of this suffering. Dear Lord please take her and end this pain and suffering. She has fought the good fight. We love her and want to send her to You.
    They have doubled the delauded and have given her a muscle relaxer for the convulsions.

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