36 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-17-18

  1. Good morning, RKessler. You are here early!

    Good morning others, and good night, Jo.

    Time to get the car to the shop. An indicator light has momentarily flashed on twice now.

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  2. You guys surely are early.
    Aj must have put this up last night.
    Elvera’s feet hurt and neither of us got much sleep last night.

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  3. Strike out Plan A. I did not get far in the car. Plan B: Call for a tow truck. Now the rush hour wait begins. Thanking God I was able to drive it home from work last night. Also that Wesley drove it to Chattanooga and back on Friday and Saturday. I think it is really a sick car 😣

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  4. Good night all. My new student today is from the Netherlands and I don’t think that she speaks much English. I expect that she will be in next year’s class too.

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  5. The header: I liked the daylight moon, the blue of the sky, the scattered clouds, and the branches with hints of spring buds. I decided the other tree (which wasn’t yet ready for spring) needed its own branch in there to frame the moon, so I walked around the trees a bit and played with angles until I found one I liked, then I took the shot.

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  6. Morning! It is a beautiful photo Cheryl. I love how the moon is framed by the branches. 🌳 🌙
    Praying for you and Elvera, Chas. Is she able to elevate her feet as she sleeps?
    Oh Janice don’t you just hate car troubles? I have felt cars are a necessary evil. I just want to get it, turn the key and go! Is that too much for which to ask? Thankfully we have had very little difficulties with cars. Hannah’s Nissan Altima is the only one which has been temperamental.
    Have a blessed day ya’ll…I am off and running….enjoying our Spring weather…I actually purchased some flowers yesterday….which I never have done before Memorial Day!

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  7. We were not the only ones with car woes today. I-75, north of us, was completely blocked by an overturned cattle car which involved rounding up cattle. It’s always something!

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  8. Twenty-nine years ago today, at 10:51am EST, my first baby, Nightingale, was born. She was very strong-willed and challenging growing up, but has turned into a responsible, mature young woman.

    On Tuesday, Nightingale, Chickadee, and I had our Mother’s Day Tea, with an assortment of homemade goodies. It was absolutely lovely and delicious!

    Nightingale had given me a pretty glass teapot to replace the one that The Boy had accidentally broken recently. It is a “Blooming Teapot,” in which to make Flowering Tea (or regular tea, if you want), and four little gold spoons to replace ones I used to have but which have all vanished over the years. We used that teapot, along with a more traditional-looking one, for our tea.

    Here is a link to a company that sells flowering teas and teapots, if you don’t know what I’m talking about:

    https://teabloom.com/flowering-tea.html

    Chickadee gave me a sweet gift of a bottle of Coca-Cola with my name on it, which I was delighted by, and a large Three Musketeers bar. I was especially touched by what she wrote on the card. She wrote that she loves me “SO MUCH” (capitalized and underlined), and thanked me for all I have done for her, and for always “being there” for her.

    There have been a couple other times lately when she has stated that she loves me “so much”. The reason, beyond the obvious, that that especially touches me is that I know she is close to Mrs. McK, and calls her Mom (I’m Mommy or Mama to her), and Mrs. McK is a very sweet lady, whose daughters adore her. I feared that Chickadee would prefer her to me. Her emphatic expressions of love have allayed that fear, and touched my heart deeply.

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  9. Kim – With what you have been going through with BG, I hesitated to share my story above.

    But I hope that you can find some hope in it. BG will mature, and one day she will realize what a wonderful mother you are. It may take a while, it may take some tears (on both your parts), but I have faith that it will happen. Keep praying for her, as are we Fellow Wanderers, but try to let her go her own way. (Yes, I know, it is like ripping out your heart, isn’t it?) I wish I could give you a good long hug.

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  10. Good morning. It is beautiful here, with blooming trees and leaves filling out rapidly, but my asthma doesn’t appreciate it at all. Feeling that slow, steady creep towards hyper-inflamed lungs, and trying to stave it off by increasing my inhaler dose (I had it down to a minimum). The joy of springtime is not unmixed with suffering for me.

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  11. The moon framed by winter and spring. Nice shot.

    I stumbled out of bed at 6 a.m., at least it’s now getting light by then.

    My Jeep is overdue for service too, I just can’t find a convenient day to get it in this week. I have to go court again today for closing arguments, I’m really hoping the judge will be quick about coming out with a ruling so I can finally write the story, otherwise, if there’s going to be a long gap, I’ll have to maybe go work out of our Long Beach office which is close to the courthouse. But that could mean lugging the work laptop along. The judge mentioned that he’s on “in” on Fridays so I’m hoping he’ll have a quick ruling on this case so we can be done with it.

    Kizzie, sounds like you had a very sweet Mother’s Day celebration. And I agree, BG will come around, the early 20s aren’t always a pretty time of life. For some whom I’ve observed, they tend to look their best while acting their worst during that period in which they’re still awkwardly trying to “grow up.” I think it must be especially tough for those not pursuing higher ed or a career just yet. It’s kind of a ‘wilderness’ time, I would imagine, though they probably would never admit it (or maybe even ‘see’ it in that way; they’re just busy rebelling and fighting their way through it).

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  12. The pictures were wonderful, Kizzie!

    Terrible night of not sleeping coupled with foot and leg cramps. I, of course, have a wonderful opportunity today to allow God’s grace to be made plain in my total weakness.

    We’re off to purchase supplies for Jo’s 100th birthday at Costco later today. She should make it to tomorrow, the actual day, with the party on Sunday.

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  13. Proof that animal lovers sometimes lack common sense:

    A German woman identified only as Lezime K. bought a staffordshire terrier named Chico eight years ago, before her ex-husband—who had attacked her with an axe and left her wheelchair-ridden—was released from prison. She told neighbors she got the dog because she was afraid for her and her four children’s lives, but Chico ended up being more than the family could handle—and last Tuesday, Lezime, 52, and son Liridon, 27, were found dead after having been attacked by Chico in their home, the Guardian reports. The dog was due to be put down, but may have its life spared after an outcry led to protests and more than 264,000 people signed a petition calling for the dog to get a second chance because authorities should have removed it from the family’s home years ago.

    After taking notice of Chico’s “permanent aggression” and the trouble the family had with the dog, a social worker—who said in a report that Chico had apparently been “trained to be a fighting machine”—arranged for Liridon to bring Chico to a trainer. That trainer recommended that the family bring the dog to authorities, who would have decided whether they were allowed to keep the animal. But the family never showed, and no follow-up was ever done. Nor was much done to address neighbors’ multiple complaints about Chico’s barking. A city spokesperson has now admitted mistakes were made and that had the proper steps been taken, the dog would have been removed from the family’s home. Authorities are looking into the possibility of sending Chico to a facility for dogs with behavioral issues. Hundreds of people have even offered to adopt Chico. (http://www.newser.com/story/257673/she-got-the-dog-to-protect-her-family-it-ended-up-killing-her.html)

    OK, yes, maybe they should have removed the dog from the home years ago, and obviously the dog had not been properly trained and so forth. But the dog has killed two people and has years of serious aggression. At what point is it not worth trying to retrain the dog (while you work overtime to make sure it doesn’t kill again)?

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  14. Agreed, cheryl – and the pit bull breeds have some passionate defenders.

    A dog that has killed a human being has some hard wiring for aggression that can’t be “trained” out of it, at least never reliably so. They are animals that respond on instinct fueled by nurture, perhaps, but also more so by genetics in those breeds that have been cultivated and bred to fight.

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  15. Considering I got up around 5:30, it has been a long day already, and we just got to the office. So my day now can begin at 11:00 a.m. I did have some forced down time with Art so we could talk about the website. Never let a crisis go to waste…it opens doors previously shut!

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  16. I don’t really see that as animal love so much as a twisted form of animal and self love. Loving the idea of the animal but not the actual animal, which is a known danger and only very few would qualify to take it and manage it.

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  17. Daughter is out walking in the rain in her pajama shirt, shorts, winter coat, and snow boots. She has clothes. She put her laundry away before going out.

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  18. We’ve nailed down the Annapolis-area speaking engagement. I’ll be talking about Biddy, Oswald and My Utmost for His Highest on Friday, June 22 at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 7 pm. 110/114 Ritchie Hwy. Pasadena, MD 21122 https://www.spepchurch.org/

    I realize the time may not work for many of you, but if you think you’ll come, let me know–it requires an RSVP so they’ll have enough chairs.

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  19. Cheryl, I read about that case a while ago. The comments on the article from ‘dog lovers’ were terrible, with more than one blaming the owners for their deaths and defending the dog. Mumsee is correct about such a love of animals being twisted. It is a kind of idolatry, and it is almost always combined with misanthropy, the hatred of and contempt for humankind.

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  20. So the dog “lovers” can’t seem to get it through their thick skulls that the dog needs to be put down? Maybe if they were locked in a room with the dog, without feeding the dog first, they would change their minds.

    In a related idea- the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are suing Iowa over a recently signed law that prohibits abortions once there is a heartbeat. Yes, they are showing there true colors. I’ll put a link to the story on the news thread.

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  21. Earlier I mentioned Chickadee’s recent use of adding “so much” sometimes when she tells me she loves me.

    What’s weird in our relationship, though, is that she hardly ever talks about her daily life. I really don’t know what is going on with her, and I don’t want to push her to tell me. I’m looking for opportunities to be able to casually ask her questions (the normal, natural questions that people ask each other in conversation – nothing probing or pushy), but they don’t come up very often, if at all.

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  22. Although it is necessary, it is a sad thing when an aggressive dog needs to be put down, especially when the dog was aggressive due to the owner’s lack of care, understanding, or training.

    I shared an article on Facebook once by a vet who wrote about how she hates seeing those “cute” photos of little kids hanging on their dogs or doing various things with the dog that people think are cute, while the vet can read the discomfort and anxiety in the dog’s eyes. She told the story of a sweet St. Bernard she had to put down because the poor dog finally snapped after being “played with” too much, too many times by the family’s many children, and had bitten one of them.

    Then there was my friend April who had to put down her beautiful German Shepherd. The dog had been a good dog, and mild-mannered, until after being hit by a car, and needing surgery. After that, the dog became aggressive towards strangers, and eventually bit three different people. After the third one, April and her husband were ordered to have the dog put down. They were heartbroken.

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  23. I also had to put a dog (Australian Shepherd mix who, honestly, looked a lot like she was part coyote) down after she turned on my other dogs. My vet kept her for a couple days for more evaluation, but told me it was his belief that something seemed to have “snapped” in her and he didn’t think she was a safe dog. She couldn’t be trusted (even potentially around people) anymore, he said. Very hard for me to do, but it was the right thing.

    It’s not always training, genetics also play a major role — along with provocation sometimes, too.

    Interesting speculation around “Abby’s” departure also from NCIS:

    “Pauley Perrette: Was Mark Harmon’s pit bull the reason for her ‘NCIS’ exit?”

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/16/pauley-perrette-responds-to-cbs-acknowledgement-of-her-physical-assaults-claims/

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  24. I had planned to put down my Airedale for aggressive behaviour. Left him at the vets for a few days when he was about two. Went and picked him up again. He was very aggressive toward dogs outside the family and it was difficult to walk him but we did and when we moved to the country he really came into his own. He lived to seventeen and was a wonderful dog. He could not be around other folks’ dogs and did not tolerate anything from coyotes or bears. Great camping companion.

    We did have the vet put down the chow, at her recommendation and her two offspring at ours and hers due to aging of chows. Wonderful dogs other than that.

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  25. A map of the fire was released today. It came within 2 miles of our house (just barely) before the wind turned. Tomorrow the wind will be from the wrong direction for us, but they’ve been working hard on stopping it where it is.

    I will take the doggoes to work again tomorrow.

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  26. DJ – Just to be clear, I didn’t mean that aggressive dogs are always the fault of the owners, but that that is often the problem, or part of it.

    Nightingale and X had a puppy, Heidi’s sister Stella, who was gradually turning dog aggressive and looked to be turning aggressive towards people, too. She was given to a shelter, where they knew the situation with her, and she may have been put down. But she was only six months old, so someone told me that they usually don’t put down puppies that can be adopted.

    She was very sweet with me (we ended up fostering her for four months after Nightingale and X were told to get rid of her by their landlady), so I hope she got a home that was able to train her out of her aggressive behaviors. But I tend to think she was put down.

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  27. I had a landlady in Chicago who consistently had dogs but was horrible to / with them. The last couple of years I lived there, she went through two or three dogs in an attempt to get a dog “for her grandson.” (He didn’t live with her, but she babysat him during the day.) I love dogs, but these dogs were a real nuisance, and hopefully were still adoptable / trainable when she turned them back in at nine or ten months old and tried again with a younger puppy.

    The one I remember most vividly was a rat terrier. I think I was gone for a week or two when she got it, or maybe she wasn’t letting it out in the backyard yet. At any rate, by the time I met it, it was already out of control and a real nuisance. It would jump and growl rather threateningly, and I learned from that dog that rat terriers can jump really high (nearly to my face). I usually encountered it when I was taking out the trash, so I had at least one hand occupied and a dog jumping and growling near my face. I told her that she simply must train it, and I even worked with it a little bit, but her main interaction with dogs was to yell at them (in Spanish) for not doing what she wanted, and that doesn’t get good results. The dogs tended to back away from her, and some got aggressive. So yes, owners can “ruin” dogs. But even if it was “someone else’s fault” that a dog killed a human, a dangerous dog must be destroyed, or kept only by someone who is a real expert, has a need for a potentially aggressive dog, and can make good use of the dog. (It might be a good police dog, in other words, IF it is trainable.) As a guard dog, it is too much of a risk, and a person who would use a dog that has killed as a guard dog is likely in “need” of a dog for nefarious purposes (to guard a house with criminal activity or to use it for fighting). Really, I don’t think there is any legitimate use for such a dog, unless the dead owner’s surviving relatives are OK with it being retrained, it is known that the person who died had provoked the dog, and it goes to genuine professionals in such things.

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  28. My neighbors, lifelong dog owners and super nice folks, have 2 Labs (acquired as puppies) that are a bit too big and strong and young for them (they’re 5-10 yrs older than I am). – they raised two sons and now have a bunch of grandchildren, but the wife has had physical issues crop up (bad knees, etc) and her patience with the dogs is next to nil. She tends to scream and yell at them which, as Cheryl said, really is so counter productive. Yelling at a dog to COME HERE!!!!!!! Just doesn’t get the right response

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