32 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-6-18

  1. My first thought was who is that cutie patootie? She is precious. Miss Maddie comes again today. Her mama and daddy took a great picture of her last night.
    HVe you ever noticed that you cannot help but smile when a baby smiles at you?

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  2. I was surprised to see that. That is Ellie. She was two Sunday. She is the one Tom and Mary went to China for.
    She has a non-twin brother who will be two in July.
    She is an American girl now. They have spent lots of time and money on that left arm.
    Ellie doesn’t realize how fortunate she is. May never appreciate it.
    Her mother left her a note when she abandoned her. She can see it when she is 18. It is still in China.

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  3. The picture was taken at Disney World. They live in St. Augustine. They have a year pass to Disney. I told Mary that the kids would soon tire of the Disney thing. Mary said, “You don’t understand, it isn’t for the kids, it for Tom.”
    Tom had not been outside NC when he married Mary.

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  4. Good morning.

    It sounds as if Ellie’s birth mother cared enough for her child to leave a message for her. I hope that Ellie will be able to read Chinese in order to read that note. There are few true orphans in the world. Most children who are placed in orphanages and offered for adoption have at least one living parent. Most will want to know more about those who gave life to them. It is important that they do know from a healthcare standpoint – a thorough health history includes a history of any health conditions of close blood relatives.

    My great grandfather, the father of my paternal grandmother, the one who recently passed away, was adopted. He was a Home child and one of ‘Dr. Barnardo’s children’. From about the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, Britain sent her orphans to Canada, for a ‘new’ life. One of the large orphan institutions that engaged in this policy was the philanthropist Dr. Barnardo’s orphanages – the Barnardo foundation still exists in Britain today. Not every child in a British orphanage was without mother and father – I once met a man who had been a Home child whose father had been alive, and the trauma of their separation still haunted him. We do not know whether my great grandfather had a living parent or even if he had siblings. We only know his birth name.

    Many of the Home children suffered as a result of being shipped to Canada, with no one to advocate for them but the settlement officials. Those who agreed to take them in frequently did so from very bad motivations. Many were abused, neglected, and treated like dirt in a society where having ‘good blood’ or coming from ‘good stock’ was everything – the Home children were held to be of inferior breed because of their condition. Those who agreed to take them often worked them like slaves. Some died of neglect and others committed suicide. Those who survived to adulthood lived with the psychological and sometimes physical scars. So bad were the conditions for them, that the Home Children and their descendants have since received an official apology from the governments involved in the program. The Canadian Children’s Aid Society was founded by those horrified by the treatment the Home children received and wanting to protect them.

    I had thought my great grandfather had not suffered so much since he was adopted by the family who took him in, but when I mentioned such a belief to my grandmother and one of her sisters, they said that was not the case. He was never allowed to forget that he was adopted and was constantly reminded that he should be grateful for it. It was used as a tool to prod him to work harder for his adoptive father. He bore the psychological scars all his life. His daughters remembered how he would become silent whenever his past was mentioned. Even in their 90s, as they spoke to me, it was clear his childhood trauma had impacted their lives too. Gratitude should never be demanded or expected from an adopted child. They did not make the choice to lose their birth parents and need someone else to care for them.


  5. My dad went through some of what Phos’ great grandfather did. But he was not adopted. He and his brothers were raised by uncles. Never quite accepted as one of the family.

    I tried to go back and catch up on yesterday’s thread, but all I got was confused.


  6. It looks like mumsee is really trying to get Donna to Idaho. That river surfing video is interesting. If you just look at the water it looks like he’s going a long way. But when you notice the trees are not moving, it looks like a surfing treadmill.


  7. Morning! Oh the sweet cherubic face on one of His little ones! She is precious!! So thankful her life is in the care of parents who know the love of the Father…praying she will as well! 💕

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  8. So, it turns that my parents being contacted and told their banking information was breached was another scam. It is perfectly true that hackers have taken the personal information of a portion of the bank’s clients ransom, but when my parents went into the bank yesterday in response to the phone calls they were getting, the bank employees checked and said they were not on the list of those affected. The phone calls were a separate attempt at swindling. Had my parents called the number or went to the address that the phone calls gave, instead of going into their bank branch, they would have been scammed. I did wonder when they said they had been contacted by the bank, because I had not been, and due to the fact that we have the same last name and home address, I thought that if they had their information stolen, I would have had it stolen too, since we would be in the same part of the database. It is a relief to know they haven’t been affected by the first crime, although they did suffer, if only temporarily, from the second. There is something very evil in the picture of a second set of anonymous criminals taking advantage of the confusion created by another set of anonymous criminals.

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  9. My QOD was Kim’s. Adorable little girl.

    Roscuro’s stories are making me burn. HOW can people be so awful?????????

    Wrote four Utmosts and 2.5 blog posts yesterday. A good day. I need to do the same today.

    Meanwhile, I’m trying to find a summer skirt to wear in hot muggy VA. Whereas I could wear shorts, I’m too old now for it to be appropriate. Capris are fine, and I have those, but I’d like to bring a skirt to match with the shirts rather than three dresses and at this point, who knows how many pair of shoes.

    I’d much rather speak and write than worry about clothes, so while others are panicking about their talks before a trip, I’m more distracted by what on earth am I going to wear??????

    I should be looking at houses in Idaho where nobody cares . . .


  10. Phos, I just deleted an e-mail similar to something I get all the time.
    It says my Amazon order has arrived.
    I haven’t ordered anything from Amazon.
    I suspect they want a credit card number.
    We have to be alert all the time.


  11. Sixteen year old boy goes every day, mostly by foot since his bikes are broken. Sixteen year old girl goes once a week at least. But she walks around the block at least once a day (about four miles). I figure it is good for them. In the past, it has helped a lot of them with their anger issues. And it does a lot to build confidence.

    Sixteen year old told me the other day that one of his friends gets a ride to town from his dad, then runs to another town (about five miles) does cross country practice, then runs back to his home town, That is a work out.

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  12. Aw, what a sweet face! And a cute outfit, too.

    Disney passes are big out here and they are, indeed, for adults. I have a couple friends who have them, they can’t get enough of the place. I’m good to experience DL maybe once every 5 or so years, if that, but they love the freedom of “popping in” here and there throughout the year. DL is tightening up the process, though, as apparently now there are “too many” pass holders that are just adding to the unmanageable crowds. They’re probably going to add more black-out dates and raise the prices for the regular pass holders. But weirdly, people will still pay for them (they aren’t cheap!).

    I’m having a tough day in the election aftermath for a few reasons. But it’ll pass.


  13. None of you remember D-Day. But I do. I followed the progress of the war in France on a map. There was the initial invasion, then bitter fighting in Normandy. Then, there was a news blackout and nobody heard anything. Suddenly, American and British troops were in Paris and they had most of France. But the war wasn’t over yet.

    “Killing Patton” by Bill O”Rilley is a good book about the Battle of the Bulge.


  14. I was in bed by 8pm last night. So tired. I was trying to get new ink to print a class picture, took me three tries. Then I ended up going to the Print shop and having them do it. I should pick it up today. Then called a friend who leaves tomorrow who offered to clean the screen for our water tank. It was almost blocked with debris. You have to have the ladder on an angle to get to it, so I was grateful that he offered.

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  15. Since my name was also on our bank accounts, it wasn’t imperative to get to the bank and make the changes that I needed to make, and I ended up letting it slide. Since Nightingale and I weren’t going to go look at the car she’s interested in (as I mentioned on the prayer thread), we decided to go to the bank. I called ahead to make an appointment.

    Because of the kind of account we had, it turned out to not merely being a matter of taking Hubby’s name off of it. He was the primary account holder, and I was the secondary, and it was a type of account for those over 60, which I am not yet. So we set up a new account for me. The old one is still open for a while, until I can switch some payments over to my new account, and with the online banking, I can move money from the old one to the new one easily. I also set up a money market savings account rather than the regular one, to make more interest on the insurance money that is in there.

    We asked the man helping us through this if the home loan would be “called in” if I were to quit claim the house to Nightingale. He said that that would probably happen, since the house is the collateral for the loan, which is what I expected (but it never hurts to ask).

    My next question was if we could switch the loan into Nightingale’s name. He said no, but they could possibly give her a loan in her name in the same amount, which would then pay off the one in my name. He is going to have someone from the loan department contact me soon about our options. I’m glad that there are options.

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  16. Chas – Ellie is adorable! At first I wondered who she could be, then remembered that you had told us of her adoption by your granddaughter and her husband.


  17. Roscuro – I am so glad that your parents didn’t end up getting taken by those scammers.

    I may have mentioned reading the comments on a post on a town Facebook post about a recent scam going around in our area. Two women were saying that elderly or not, anyone who falls for these scams deserves what they get for being ignorant. I couldn’t believe how callous they were!

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  18. Chas, I definitely do not remember D-day, but I remember the 50th anniversary of D-day, when the national radio broadcaster played the actual newscasts they had archived from that day. I had seen only few pictures of WWII at that time (the internet was still being developed then, so all we had were a few photographs in the encyclopedia and some magazine publications), but those radio broadcasts made a vivid picture of the day in my mind.

    Kizzie, I see comments like that all the time, usually about some tragedy that occurred that the callous commentor(s) decides could have been preventable. It always strikes me that such commentors are displaying signs of sociopathic behaviour, as a lack of empathy is typical in antisocial personality disorder: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20353928.

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  19. There was a seven year old girl missing.
    They found her with her father who had previously been convicted of child molestation.
    The officer who found her was named James Bond.
    They don’t usually reveal the officer’s name.
    But this, apparently, was too much.

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  20. Ok, now to be a little silly. My former pastor LOVES corny jokes, he’d send them out to us via email quite often in the earlier day of the Internet. Now he occasionally posts a string of them on FB. Here’s his latest collection:

    I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair.
    He turned to me and asked, “Are you having it catered?”
    And that, my friend, is the definition of “OLD”.
    Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked,
    “How old was your husband?”
    “98,” she replied: “Two years older than me”
    “So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.
    She responded, “Hardly worth going home, is it?”
    Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
    “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked.
    She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”
    I’ve sure gotten old!
    I have outlived my feet and my teeth,
    I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,
    New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes I’m half blind,
    Can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
    Take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
    Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation;
    Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
    Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92.
    Have lost all my friends. But, thank God,
    I still have my driver’s license.
    I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
    So I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.
    I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
    I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But,
    By the time I got my leotards on,
    The class was over.
    An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests.
    First, she wanted to be cremated, and second,
    She wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart.
    “Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed.
    “Why Wal-Mart?”
    “Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.”
    My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be..
    Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
    Know how to prevent sagging?
    Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
    It’s scary when you start making the same noises
    As your coffee maker.
    These days about half the stuff
    In my shopping cart says,
    ‘For fast relief.’
    Grant me the senility to forget the people
    I never liked anyway,
    The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and
    The eyesight to tell the difference.

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