72 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-21-18

  1. Morning all. Welcome to the weekend and, hopefully, a time of rest for you all.
    Lovely sunshine here after a very gloomy week.

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  2. Hi Jo.
    Up ————-
    I started to say “Up and at em,” but it’s Saturday.
    If you don'[t have to be somewhere, just roll over and snooze some more.

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  3. Although, I did think of putting Miss Maddie out on the street last night. She was a Fussle-Gus. Grandpa got up with her this morning. When I stumbled out of the bedroom she was in her sweet cooing and had the NERVE to smile at me! I need to get to work because right now, she and grandpa are down for their morning nap.

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  4. Ten year old and I have been out scything. She enjoys it, likes the productivity, but her arms got tired. I tell her to rest every minute or two until she is stronger and then every five minutes, for a quick honing of the blade. She was working in thistle and teasel because that is easiest to see results. She finished her swath all the way to the fence and had a big grin when she got there. It was only about thirty feet but she did it! Now she is doing her morning chores of feeding chickens and turkeys and watering everything. She will be able to scythe. I don’t think the other two will be able to. Partially from lack of ability to follow directions on how to use the tool and partially from lack of desire to follow directions on how to use the tool. Either excuse is fine, there is plenty to do and I enjoy scything. Other sixteen year old was off on his bike about five fifteen so he could sit around town all day, talking. Turns out he is doing even less work than I suspected but it is his money and his time and I don’t have to keep an eye on him so it is good.

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  5. I woke up fairly early this morning and decided to get up so I could accomplish a few things while it was still cool. I stripped a good deal more paint off the vanity. The drawers are done, sanded down and refinished, and I’m working on the main part, saving the mirrors for last. Then I did a little wedding and hilling of potatoes in the garden – I had resumed my old childhood job of picking potato bugs, as the bug are bad this year, and my father asked if I could finish hilling the potatoes, since he was forbidden to enter the garden. I only can do a limited amount outside (I use a mask when I am working on my refinishing project), as my asthma is being irritated by the current humidity and no doubt some weed pollen in the air, but I did what I felt capable of. Well, I had come back inside satisfied with what I had been able to accomplish, and was doing other things, when Second happened to glance out a window and saw my father weeding the beans. As the nurse in the family, it fell to me to go out and scold him for being in the garden. He stopped, although he protested that he simply couldn’t stand by and see his garden swallowed up with weeds (the beans are in fine shape, a few weeds notwithstanding); but the next thing we knew, he was driving the car down the back to park it in the shade. Driving and gardening are the two things he was told not to do at all, just three days ago. This is going to be a long summer.

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  6. Morning! I saw that kitty photo around 2 something this morning…and I saw Jo’s first comment but decided I needed to try to get some more sleep so back to bed I went! 😴
    That story hits home for so many in so many different ways Kim and it certainly brings on the tears wrought from many places in the heart. I was a cradle care Mom for Bethany for 10 years and I did care for a little precious bundle named Alex. Oh that baby…he went to Family camp with us at just 1 day old. The hospital staff forgot to remove his umbilical clip which I did not discover until we arrived to camp 2 hours later (I picked him up from the hospital and directly drove to the camp). Thankfully our doctor and his wife attended the camp as well. I told Gary about the situation and he looked at his wife and said “Beth, do we have some pliers in the trunk?” She retrieved the pliers, sterilized them and tah dah the clip was removed. One of the campers took one look at Alex, heard his story and was so moved that at the evening devotions we all gathered around as I held the baby and precious Alex was prayed over as he slept in my arms. I know our Lord had and has a plan and purpose for his precious life of which I will never know….it was a “for such a time is this” moment for us all. Thanks for reminding me to again pray for our little Alex and the oh so many babes held in my arms over the years. The Lord is so good…. 💕

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  7. Kim – You ended one comment saying that Mr P and Maddie were taking a nap, then commented, “In her SWING.”

    I’m amazed they both fit in it! 😉

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  8. I guess some men might think that Hubby “babied” himself when he had an injury, because he would not do anything that might aggravate an injury, and was very careful about not doing anything that might hurt his arthritic knees. But his reason for doing so was so that he would not have to miss any work.

    You all may remember that he worked a minimum of 60 hours a week, so he was certainly no slacker. With any kind of sickness – colds, fevers, intestinal troubles – he still went to work.

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  9. When Nightingale found out that she was pregnant with The Boy, she had only recently started taking some college classes. She says she cried for a few days, thinking this would ruin her life. (I’m not sure, but I think I recall her saying later that X suggested an abortion.)

    Kind of out of the blue one day, before she knew she was pregnant, but was starting to suspect she might be, I told her that if she were to get pregnant, she wouldn’t have to be afraid to tell me, we would deal with it together, and that we would not condemn her or reject her.

    Interestingly, the college classes she had started taking were leading towards an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. But after being pregnant and giving birth, and then breastfeeding her son for a long time (according to today’s standards), her interest changed to want a career in nursing, which she enjoys and is good at.

    (There was a progression from wanting to be a breastfeeding consultant to wanting to be a midwife. Being a midwife seems out of reach right now, but she still hopes to one day study to be an RN.)

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  10. Does anyone here know anything about Minecraft on a tablet? Lately, when The Boy clicks on the icon, the “title page” (not sure what it’s really called) with the word “Minecraft” comes up in its white background, as usual, then disappears and the screen goes back to the regular tablet screen.

    I am very UN-tech-savvy, but I tried googling about it (probably not effectively), and one thing seemed to say that there is an outage in our area, but something else said it is our problem.

    With any other game, we would just uninstall and then reinstall. But this is not a free game. (Hubby had paid for it and downloaded it for him sometime last year.)

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  11. I’ve been fighting a summer cold for days now, most of the week actually, and last night it seemed to get worse — lots of coughing, phlegm, headache, just really uncomfortable. My neighbor said her husband also has been fighting something similar that kept him out of work for a few days last week so I guess it’s just a virus of some sort that’s going around. Another friend says she also seems to have it, lots of coughing, and is going in to urgent care today, I’ll wait to see if they help her any, I’d rather get by with OTC aid to avoid having to sit in that waiting room forever and ever. I must have slept for 10 hours last night and feel like I just want to go back to bed again now.

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  12. I ran errands on this Saturday and ended up at the Farmer’s Market…Palisade Peaches, New Potatoes, and homemade Bread and Butter Pickles….Peaches, Potatoes and Pickles…what a combination!! 🙃

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  13. Catching up on yesterday’s thread. Chas, speaking of Elvera, said he has “trouble feeding her chicken.” Am I the only one who first read that as he was having trouble feeding the chicken belonging to Elvera?

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  14. Grandchild number six is about to make his appearance. Number seven is not due until January but I did get to see his picture yesterday.

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  15. As you know, my eldest gave her daughter for adoption. I must say that it was the hardest thing I ever did, to just be there and support my daughter in her decision. My granddaughter is almost 16 now. It was absolutely the right decision. She needed the stable, loving family that her adoptive parents have provided. My daughter needed to be able to move forward with her life. I have a relationship with the granddaughter, my daughter does not. It is such a hard time after leaving the hospital. My daughter had full breasts and empty arms. She made the right choice.

    My youngest daughter, who has not been able to have babies, got 2 boys last year through the foster care program. Their adoption is almost final. A week ago, she got a baby girl, 3 days old. She is hoping to be able to adopt her. She comes with a brother, already in the foster care program, who is available for adoption, as parental rights have already been severed.

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  16. I am so glad you have been blessed to have a relationship with your granddaughter rk….I have seen the heartache of a birth mom releasing her newborn to the arms of a stranger. It is truly wrenching and I have prayed for those Moms as I walked away with their babe in my arms. Bethany was so good to walk alongside the birthmoms as well as the adoptive parents. There was never any pressure from the caseworker, only compassion. How I would pray such for every Mom making that tough decision. We love our birthmoms for the decisions made so that we could raise their babies as the Lord would allow….

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  17. Mumsee, I met him in 96 and then my children met their brother a few months later. Both the boys were delighted to have a brother. In fact my son talked his brother into moving to Portland so that they could be near each other. He is now a radiologist, if I am correct. The one who reads the MRI’s, etc. Two years ago I happened to be in Portland on his birthday. That is the picture that I posted on Facebook a week ago as we all celebrated together.

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  18. It is cold and clear here this morning, with fog down low. Fifty degrees inside. The kind of morning where you want to turn on the heat, but there is no heat to turn on.

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  19. Video worked fine, more fun with Biddy 🙂

    I picked up some Musinex (on the advice of the local pharmacist who says, yes, this virus ‘thing’ is going around, she’s had it as have her kids, doctor told here there was not much to do about it but it can, indeed, last for 2-3 weeks with bad coughing in the night especially; she was sympathetic).

    Just cooked up some frozen salmon which will serve as lunch/dinner I suppose.

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  20. I was watching an old B&W replay of an old Jimmy Dean show. He, like most other country shows at that time closed the show with a hymn. This one was “In the Cross”. I notice he used the words “Till my raptured soul shall find, peace beyond the River”.
    A lot of Baptist, at that time, didn’t believe in the “imminent return” as Darby followers did. So, they changed the words to “Till my ransomed soul …..”
    I thought that interesting.
    I, incidentally, was searching LuLu Romain because of a statement I made some time ago. Google mentions her conversion. But in telling about her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, I notice Jimmy Snow in the lineup.
    I have never heard Jimmy Snow sing. Maybe he didn’t.
    Jimmy Snow is the son on Hank Snow. He pastured a Baptist Church nearby, I think in Hendersonville, Tenn.. So he must have ministered to the Opry Stars. I don’t know if she was saved under his ministry, but I know that Connie Smith was.

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  21. I remember some of those old TV shows (Gand Ole Opery, maybe Jimmy Dean?, Tennessee Ernie Ford), my dad liked them even though he was a northerner, an Iowa farm boy. He liked country music but was the only one in our family who did, i think. 🙂

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  22. I was making my Saturday night pizza, and Tiny Niece, who only recently completed her second year, asked to help me (she was previously trying to help her mother sort some papers). I said yes, having had experience of several small relatives helping with the pizza, but I don’t think I have been quite so amused before. When we were putting the sliced black olives on the pizza, she asked to try one. I said she could. That may have been a mistake. She couldn’t stop eating them after that, and offers of other snack food to tide her over until the pizza was ready (getting ‘hangry’ runs in the family, so we have some understanding of not being able to wait until supper) were refused. When we put the olives out of reach, she wailed, “I need ’em.” It took a stern warning from her daddy that she couldn’t help me anymore unless she listened to solve the issue. But all those olives (and a few pieces of other toppings) didn’t spoil her supper, as she kept asking for more pizza.

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  23. My parents went to the “Hayloft” every Saturday evening to square dance while I was growing up. Sometimes we were allowed to tag along with them. I remember watching MidWestern Hayride, Lawrence Welk and HeeHaw every Saturday evening … did I mention I like “real” country music. George Jones happens to be my favorite 🎸 🤠

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  24. You did it Karen.
    Both Welk and Hee Haw are rebroadcast on TV. Lawrence W. on the NPR stations. Hee Haw on RFD network if you have it. On Sunday night.
    I didn’t have time to watch any of that during the days they were on. But I watch both now. Because Elvera likes Lawrence and I like the country music.
    Hee Haw is a country takeoff of the old “Laugh In” program. I never saw that.
    But Hee Haw is routine Korn. People on Kornfield County are the participants.’
    The girls wear skimpy dresses and are beautiful. The guys are all good musicians and Korny. Elvera would sit and giggle at their Korny jokes.

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  25. I’m in today due to this summer cold, still coughing up gunk and didn’t want to spread this any further at church — but the Musinex is helping, I think.

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  26. chas, I’ve seen a number of series from years ago that I’d completely missed because I was always too busy to watch much regular TV. I missed many of the 1980s and 1990s programs. Some are better off left ‘missed,’ of course. 🙂

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  27. I see where a C-47 crashed in Texas. I’ve never heard of a C-47 airplane crashing before. It is an old two engine plane. Uncomfortable to fly. But it’s the most airworthy aircraft I know of. It wants to fly. They tied them down in windstorms in Arabia because they would lift up in high winds.
    As I said, they were uncomfortable. We (I) would volunteer for MATS flights to Asmara, Eretria occasionally just to get out of Arabia.

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  28. I also remember watching Lawrence Welk and sometimes Porter Waggoner with my parents.

    Remember this? – “You can only get them in boxes of Breeze!” (Imagine that in Dolly Parton’s voice.)

    That was referring to towels that came in boxes of Breeze detergent.

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  29. I listened to last week’s sermon (on sermon audio) this morning since I missed church last week — and this morning’s sermon should be posted early this afternoon as well. We’re still on the 8th Commandment (we’ve spent 20 sermons on the 10 commandments so far 🙂

    Not nearly the same as being in church (listening to the sermons online), but it was good and helped me not feel so out of touch.

    Meanwhile, the dishwasher is running as are the house fans, we’re heading into another heat spike this week.

    I think I read where we may be getting an El Nino this year, which means more rain — if only! Something to dream about this time of year when summer begins to feel like it’s lasting too long (at least for me!).

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  30. You will all be happy to know that I passed the REALTOR Code of Ethics online course. I have to do this every two years to make sure I am ethical and can be a REALTOR and not just a real estate agent.
    Now to get Avoiding Violations for Brokers out of the way.

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  31. I would be happy to do foster care again, but I would have to go through training again. Something like thirty hours at their meeting, to learn how to be a parent. I have done the training three times and my children would have to attend which would not be allowed.

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  32. Back from church. Pastor is on vacation and one of his “Pastor in training” fellas preached…..
    We have gotten two really nice rain storms this week and the sky is darkening overhead right now so we may be in for another rain shower….praying it helps with the fires still burning in our state! We awakened to strong smells of smoke in the air this morning and as we drove into town we noticed the thick smoke hovering over the mountains…all of this blowing in from the west….need more rain…thankfully it is predicated we will get just that!

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  33. Yes, you have to go through all sorts of classes to be a foster parent or to adopt but just any old idiot can have their own baby and no one questions their credentials. Kind of scary if you think about it. They should put you through a crash course at the hospital before they let you leave.

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  34. Yes, they are having trouble getting foster parents in our state, too, because of the excess of regulations.

    I picked up an interesting book from the library about the making of Hee Haw. All those little segments were done at different times and places. It was interesting to read the behind the scenes stuff. I seldom watch it anymore, but remember it from way back when.

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  35. I think that I need to go put my jacket on besides the blanket already covering my lap. It is 48 degrees here, and, folks, that is inside. The sun is now shining so it will warm up, but it is cold.

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  36. Whatever it is that I have is making me so sleepy. I just got up after a 60- or 90-minute nap (and came awake after a creepy dream that I was flying to the east coast but the plane was taken over by a South American drug cartel that kept threatening us with albino snakes).

    Now I can barely keep my eyes open. Does Musinex make you sleepy? I didn’t see anything on the box that said that.

    It’s much too warm here, mid 80s. No rain in sight ever, it seems.

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  37. Kim @ 4:06
    That’s what grandmothers are for.
    Chuck didn’t have a grandmother. But we lived in a seminary trailer park where there were lots of other mothers. I think I told you about my mother visited and stopped Everett’s (Chuck changed his name) crying. He was hungry.
    Elvera’s milk supply wasn’t enough.

    I gathered that Hee Haw was shot at different times because of the way they were dressed in different segments. I suspect different segments were shot in different weeks.

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  38. Yes, snakes on a plane is right.

    Our power just went out, no more fans 😯

    But there is a good beeze, so windows open ( but I really could use the fans too!)

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  39. I had a “small world” experience today. There was a woman who worked at the cave a few years ago who was rough around the edges. She is one of four people fired in the years I’ve been there. It turns out, the two boys (12 and 5) our friends are adopting are her children. She is now serving a 7 year prison term for drugs.

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  40. DJ- yes it was. The manager at the cave said if that happened in Hannibal she wouldn’t be able to open the next day.

    BTW- that accident happened on the opposite end of Missouri from us. In California, it’s like Eureka to San Diego in proportional distance.

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  41. “Not able to open” would be due to emotional stress, especially since in this small city, everyone in the tourism industry knows each other, so the loss of our riverboat would devastate the community.

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  42. Chas, it sounds to me like Chuck had a grandmother!

    I didn’t have any grandparents. They all died at least ten years before I was born. I remember kids at school sometimes sad because a grandparent had died. I couldn’t begin to relate–“grandparent” was such a foreign concept to me, I really just couldn’t relate at all. I wonder if a kid ever told me that and wondered that I showed no sympathy. But I had no point of reference at all, and it would have been no more meaningful than if they told me their dad’s boss had died. Theoretically I knew what a grandparent was, but I don’t think I really even understood that some children knew their grandparents well–I had uncles and aunts but had never met any of them (I think I had met one, but he was my dad’s brother-in-law and not someone we were close to), and I’d never even met my grandparents, so it was only a vague concept of what such a relative was, no sense of a real human relationship.

    Needless to say, that isn’t what I want for my own grandchildren! We would like eventually to have them spend a night or two here and there (not as infants, of course, but once they are old enough to be away from their parents for a bit), but to see us several times a year and know us. We won’t know them in the same way the girls knew their own grandparents, simply because we won’t live in the same town with them . . . but we will be in the same state, and that’s more than Mom could say of any of hers (except the two older sons of one brother’s family, for the first few years–and then they moved from Arizona to North Carolina and her closest grandchildren were in Los Angeles).

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