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

  1. Yes, what a find that picture is. I was disappointed to visit the ranch that I grew up on and find our home gone. Further back on the property someone had built a lovely home. They made a mistake though, because the view of the Sierras was best where the old home was.

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  2. Good morning, Chas.
    Goodnight, Jo.
    Good day to all others.
    We got up at 3:30 a.m. to take Wesley to the airport. He came home around midnight on Friday evening. Art is napping in his chair here at the office. I made coffee so I am not napping.

    After church yesterday we went to see the Mr. Rogers movie. It was good. I had wanted to see an IMAX movie at the science center, but Art suggested the Mr. Rogers movie which I did not know about. We did not watch much of Mr. Rogers when Wesley was young. We mostly watched Sesame Street if we watched any television.

    Since Wesley went to church with me, we attended the service geared more to young people. It is difficult to choose between the two. I really preferred the blended service.

    I need to catch up on the tbreads here. I hope I soon have more time. Again I am behind on Bible study review lessons. I will try to get some out today.

    Have a good Monday, Friends!

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  3. Love the picture, too. How fun for Donna to see her house all those years ago.

    We built our home, but there is nothing distinctive about it, except for the furniture and accessories.

    My parent’s built their home, which was one of the earliest split levels in their area at the time. It was very distinctive inside, because of murals on a couple of walls painted by my mom. She also painted some interior doors, closet doors and kitchen cupboard doors.

    There is an old fashion word for you. Cupboard. Do any of you still use it or is it always ‘cabinet’?

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  4. Kathaleena, when my sister was expecting her firstborn, who turned out to be a son, she bought nursery linens (curtains and a comforter she could use when the baby was older, and maybe a changing pad skirt or something like that) in a pattern she thought was quite cute. It was set out in squares, and each square had a faux crayon drawing as a child might draw it, maybe the sun behind an apple tree or a kite or whatever. She then took a box of crayons and carefully drew those same pictures on the wall. She did it well, and it was quite cute. But I couldn’t help think about what on earth the next owners thought when they realized it was crayon! I asked her if she left the sheets and so forth with them when she sold the house, and she said no.

    She also painted a mural (with paint) on the wall of the basement, though I never saw it finished and I don’t know if she ever finished it, nor do I remember what she painted.

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  5. I recognized that style of house immediately, then tried to scroll to the right to see the whole house! We get so used to technology!

    We live in such marvelous times and I love the historic serendipity!

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  6. Crayon! That would be a challenge to change.

    One of my daughters used chalkboard paint on one bedroom wall for her son. She found the chalk dust became a real problem, since it was near the bed.

    My mom’s paintings were beautiful. The last one was a bureau with bookshelves and drawers. The top drop looked like it was opened and some jewels were spilling out. The necklace was a real piece. The bookshelves were filled with books with spines that had significant dates and associations to family members. Those would not be of any use to the new family, of course, but the painting was in a hall way and quite nice.

    I know the woman who would be living there loved the swans painted on some closet doors where you entered the front door. She was quite excited about some of the paintings, so probably kept those.

    I went to get a picture of the bureau painting only to find someone had doors off the bedrooms and setting in front of them. The bedrooms were in process of being painted. Since, I was a part owner in this house and was not told anyone was moving in, I was quite shocked and appalled. I did get some photos by moving the doors. The people who moved in were relatives who ended up not even buying the house. The whole thing was a nightmare, but life moves on.

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  7. Neat picture. Now there’s a style of architecture that is distinctly regional – wouldn’t find houses like that around here. The vents are a good idea, as heat rises. The compound houses in West Africa had roofs that sloped from one side of the house to the other, and on the side where the roof was highest, there was vent windows along the top of the wall. It really helped keep the heat in the house under control.

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  8. That is a very nice photo to bring back memories.

    I just got gas, paid my bill, and shopped at Sam’s. Then I picked up late breakfast for Art and me at Bojangles. I am having an egg biscuit interupted by a business phone call while I am chatting with y’all. Multitasking!

    I was sorry to read what Michelle wrote about her nearby neighborhood violence (on the weekend prayer thread). That is absolutely terrible.

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  9. K, we always use the word cupboard for built-in smaller storage unit that have doors, as in the phrase kitchen cupboards. Closet is for larger built-in storage spaces such as a clothes closet. The word cabinet is used for storage units that are freestanding pieces of furniture, for example, a filing cabinet.

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  10. Anyone hear of no-see-ums, little, almost invisible flying ‘sand flies’ — biting midges — that inflict bites on humans that swell up into huge, super-itchy welts that don’t go away sometimes for 2 weeks?

    That’s what we’ve determined has been biting us all up at the dog park. I’m concerned one or more of my bites were infected at some point (most have scabbed over). I read where they can also cause flu-like symptoms which cold explain why my digestive tract has just been completely off for a couple weeks now for no apparent cause and my feeling of general fatigue. I am debating calling my doctor today or going to urgent care to see if I’m right — and if there might be some prescription medicine, even an antibiotic, they think I should be on.

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  11. I’ve had bites all over both arms, hands and lower legs over the course of the past 4-6 weeks. I have bought some DEET and am trying to remember to put that on, especially whenever I go to the dog park. I forgot yesterday but someone there had some that we shared.

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  12. Long ago, I painted nursery pics on walls with water colors. Then, when here, painted walls different colors so I could say, “Yours is the pink door” or yellow or blue or green. Then I painted a picture of a bit of SA countryside on the bathroom closet door while husband was in South Africa. Then we let children write on their bunkbeds but not the walls. Then we let them paint their walls. (One is dark purple). Then add vines and flowers. Then chalk. Now I have discovered that twelve year olds’ fascination with Swastikas (he is very interested in WWII) has him with several of those on his walls. I would like to know if the fascination has to do with his particular challenges or if he sincerely likes Hitler and all the death he dealt. Big difference.

    And so we have come a long way from clean walls to the other. But I believe the wall art has been therapeutic for my children who have been unable to communicate well with words.

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  13. I cannot imagine ever being able to sell this house, or any of the children being interested in keeping it. We are wondering if we might find other like minded people interested in taking it over, letting us live out our time.

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  14. I’m sure I’ve told the story of one day while my husband was at work, I attacked the blank wall of our raised ranch entryway with paint handprints.

    My husband bustled in from work, “Michelle! Did you see what the kids did to this wall?”

    I laughed and put my hand print over a large on in the top right hand corner. “And how do you suppose they reached this high? I’m trying to cover the inevitable hand prints from the three of them climbing the stairs.”

    He wanted me to paint it over immediately.

    I told him we should wait to see the reactions of people entering the house.

    For four years, people came in the front door, stood on the landing and laughed.

    I won.

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  15. Mumsee, the swastika is an geometrical pattern, so I imagine someone with autism spectrum disorder who likes patterns would find it interesting without necessarily associating it with the Nazis. One of the features of autism is that the associations most of us make between objects do not necessarily occur to someone with autism. The swastika is, of course, a very ancient symbol found in many archaeological sites around the ancient world. It came to the modern West’s attention due to the British colonization of India, as it is a Hindu symbol for well being and is still used in Indian culture as such: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29644591

    In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, swastika means “well-being”. The symbol has been used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for millennia and is commonly assumed to be an Indian sign.

    Early Western travellers to Asia were inspired by its positive and ancient associations and started using it back home. By the beginning of the 20th Century there was a huge fad for the swastika as a benign good luck symbol.

    In his book The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption? US graphic design writer Steven Heller shows how it was enthusiastically adopted in the West as an architectural motif, on advertising and product design.

    “Coca-Cola used it. Carlsberg used it on their beer bottles. The Boy Scouts adopted it and the Girls’ Club of America called their magazine Swastika. They would even send out swastika badges to their young readers as a prize for selling copies of the magazine,” he says.

    It was used by American military units during World War One and it could be seen on RAF planes as late as 1939. Most of these benign uses came to a halt in the 1930s as the Nazis rose to power in Germany.

    The Nazi use of the swastika stems from the work of 19th Century German scholars translating old Indian texts, who noticed similarities between their own language and Sanskrit. They concluded that Indians and Germans must have had a shared ancestry and imagined a race of white god-like warriors they called Aryans.

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  16. Michelle, I once visited with some college age girls who had been allowed to paint their apartment and had decorated a hallway with paint handprints on the walls, and even managed to put paint footprints on the ceiling.

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  17. Roscuro, that is what I am hoping for. And the idea that it means well being, lends some credibility to it being soothing to him to draw and to see. I try not to make a big deal about it, though have warned him that it could cause him trouble in a public forum, as can his intereste in guns and such. A time and a place. His older brother also was quite interested in drawing them.

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  18. Several years ago, I went to a former high school that had been built in the late 1920s/early 1930s and is now used as a adult education centre, to write several exams for the correspondence courses I was taking. The architecture was quite spectacular for a high school, and I remember observing the swastika patterns that decorated the main hallway. It was interesting to me that they hadn’t tried to cover over those patterns, even though there was a memorial plaque for graduates of the high school who had died in WWII.

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  19. Michelle, Mom didn’t do the handprints to cover up the wall. But my childhood house was small (about 800 square feet) and it had one hallway completely bisecting the house lengthwise and another perpendicular to it that met it at the living room–the hallways went on each side of our front eat-in kitchen, and anyone coming in either the side door or the front door immediately turned toward the front room, not expecting it to be the kitchen. (Mom hated having the kitchen in front, but I’d never known any different, and it allowed us kids to watch the neighborhood goings on while we peeled potatoes, a daily task, or washed dishes.)

    Anyway, that extensive pair of hallways, with a family of teenage boys and a second group of babies and toddlers, must have looked like an endless cleaning chore. I remember a couple of my brothers “walking” up the wall, one hand and one foot on each wall and making their way to the ceiling and walking along the wall under the ceiling. Their bedroom was small, with enough room for a triple bunk bed, a dresser, a small wardrobe, and that’s about it–one of them slept in the babies’ room until my oldest brother joined the army on his 17th birthday because child number 7 was due in a month and they needed all the boys to sleep in the boys’ room. We had rules against running in the house (strictly enforced) and throwing a ball in the house, but none against touching or climbing the walls.

    My mom’s solution to the inevitable handprints? Up to the five-foot mark (which became handy for a child estimating her height), the walls were painted a dark brown, above that white. People always looked shocked their first time seeing it, and it got painted white when we were preparing to sell the house, but it kept the walls from being untouchable in a house where it was literally impossible not to touch the walls because we had so many people in it.

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  20. DJ, I encountered no-see-ums last summer, and found them quite annoying (but nothing more than an annoyance). I didn’t know they could spread disease. I did end up going inside a time or two because I’d received two or three bites in quick succession and that was enough. What shocked me is how hard a bite it is for something so tiny.

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  21. Exactly, Cheryl. I didn’t want to spend my life 1. yelling at the boys to keep their hands off the walls or 2. washing walls.

    Paint is cheap. The renters painted over the handprints first thing and I didn’t care.

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  22. Meanwhile, back in real life trying to live as a Christian in a fallen world . . .

    What’s the difference between condemning and condoning behavior?

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  23. Ok, got in for a quick doctor visit, he gave me a couple of steroid cream prescriptions to fill and did a test for intestinal issue also which he’s thinking is something infectious. Said he’s working on the assumption that it’s all related; we will see if that’s the case after they get lab results back tomorrow & after I use the creams for a couple weeks.

    He’d never heard of the no-see-um bugs (he pronounced it NOSE-eums) but the nurse had, she has a horse and said the things love biting up their undersides.

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  24. NO SEE ums are vicious little critters. Hate them. Yes, I really do.

    I posted something earlier on the News Thread. I probably should have posted it over here, as that thread seems to be All Trump All the Time…just like CNN.

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  25. Oh Dj I love your cute house!! And Happy Anniversary to you Mumsee and Mike! ❤️
    I know nothing about no see ums….we have little pesky fruit flies that my MIL always called little meanies….they are the most annoying critters but at least they don’t bite ya!!

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  26. Happy anniversary mumsee and Mike!

    And that’s how house looks today with the added-on ‘ranchero’ porch. What’s done is done (and some 60 years ago at that); I love the big sheltered porch but wish they hadn’t altered the original architecture like that. My neighbors’ house, built at the same time and by same architect, still has the original little alcove porch, they must have been twins.

    I do love the windows and the matching door (much more visible without the storm/screen door now).

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  27. Happy anniversary mumsee and Mike!

    And that’s how house looks today with the added-on ‘ranchero’ porch. What’s done is done (and some 60 years ago at that); I love the big sheltered porch but wish they hadn’t altered the original architecture like that. My neighbors’ house, built at the same time and by same architect, still has the original little alcove porch, they must have been twins.

    I do love the windows and the matching door (much more visible without the storm/screen door now).

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  28. Planter-baker’s rack with colorful flower pots?

    I bought a pretty black scroll-y one in Mexico years ago that I still love, it held books for a while and now holds my pots and pans in the kitchen.

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  29. I do want a table & chairs out there and that would be a logical place for it. For wall, I have not a clue.

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  30. Hate those pesky no-see-ums. We get too many of those little black flies through the screens. They always go to the light. I am glad they do not bite.

    My aunt and cousin are just leaving on an Alaskan cruise, too, in the southern passage. That is one cruise I would love to take.

    A town near us has a very beautiful high school, in which tours are given. Bob Dylan attended, so there is a display of that, but it is the architecture that is fascinating. Also, the artwork is wonderful. I may have some pictures on my Facebook page of it. There are quite a few small floor tiles left that have swastikas featured. I was very surprised to see them.

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  31. I think in our kitchen we use the words cabinet and cupboard interchangeably now. When I was growing up they were always cupboards.

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  32. Flyboy passed his “check ride” today and is officially a pilot now. We’d take him out to celebrate but he is off to his friend’s birthday party at the friend’s family’s home.

    He’s been working hard on this for a long time.

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  33. We have been very productive at our house. My hubby constructed a whizbang chicken plucker, Reza style. It was like a miracle to be able to pluck chickens so quickly and cleanly.

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  34. We’re safely “home”. After getting to town we drove past my old stomping grounds, the n went to a place that has great frozen lemonade.I

    We checked into the rental house, then went shopping. When we returned, I sat on the bed to take a nap and the frame broke apart. So instead, here I am.

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  35. Yes!!!!! DJ that is what I was thinking only smaller with two chairs and facing the street. A nice colorful plant on the table. Sit on the front porch have a glass of tea.

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  36. Happy anniversary, Mumsee and Mike!

    DJ, I love your house – so much character and…what Kim says 🙂

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