122 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-28-18

  1. Go back to bed Nancy.
    You are only the second “Nancy” I know. You would think that would be a common name. I have heard of it before, but I only know one other Nancy.
    Also. You would think “Belinda” would be a common woman’s name. But I only know one.

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  2. You would think my name would be more common, but I have met fewer than 10, but have heard of a couple of dozen with my name.

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  3. I have known several “Peters”, but we call them all “Pete”.
    Charles is a hard name to say when you attach a last name. But there are “Charlie” and “Chuck” under every rock.
    I know a “Richard” who actually goes by that name. Everyone else I know is called “Rock” or “Dick”.

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  4. We always call my brother Charlie, or I prefer the more sophisticated-sounding Char.

    He always introduces himself as Charles followed by his French last name.

    He’s really a Charlie.

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  5. Besides the ones on this blog, I know:
    Two women named Nancy, one of whom is a relative, both from the Baby Boomer generation.
    Two men named Peter, one of whom is a relative.
    I had/have two relatives named Charles. The first is long deceased, and the second is named after the first.

    The most commonly recurring name among men/boys among my acquaintance would be Michael, and the second would be Andrew. They are so frequent in the circle of our friends/family that if we mention either name in a conversation, we may have to clarify which one we are talking about. Not many of the Michaels want to be called Mike or Mick, and none of the Andrews are called Andy. You would think John would be as common or more common, but all the people I know who are called Jon have shortened it from Jonathan, which would be the third most common male name I know.

    Among women/girls, I really cannot identify a name that recurs as frequently as those male names. I know two or perhaps three of several different women’s names, but not more than that.

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  6. We don’t smell the smoke, thanks be to God, but we can see it from the fires about 50 miles north in Mendocino County.

    If we still lived up there, we would be prepared to evacuate. With one road out, fire was always a fear.

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  7. We smell smoke and probably will for the next two months at least, but the fires are not close. People are on evacuation standby in at least one of the fire areas in the vicinity.

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  8. Three people in my tiny church share my name, or so you would think by the number who call me by their name: Jenny. I am not a Jenny, I am a Ginny, but long ago I gave up caring what people call me. I will correct the first time but people rarely make the correction. Jenny-Jennifer or some such. Ginny-Virginia. Totally different names.

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  9. I know several Jennifers, though I’m thinking they may all be 30-50. I had a rommmate by that name when I was 20-21 (30 years ago), and it was the most popular baby name for girls that year, far outpacing the competition as I recall.

    My husband commented that this generation of young men (20-30) mostly go by full names. Andrew would have been Andy 20 years ago, Robert would have been Bob or Rob, and Michael would have been Mike. I know a young woman named Elizabeth, and 30 years ago she would have been Beth, or Lizzy, or any of the other half dozen or more nicknames for Elizabeth.

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  10. We had a forest fire in the region earlier this month, but didn’t even smell the smoke. The lake we went to swim a couple of weeks ago was close to the site, and we saw a pontoon plane (there was a picture of such a plane getting water from the lake in the newspaper story) land and take off a couple of time, but we saw and smelled nothing. A few residents in the area were temporarily evacuated. The neighbouring county also had a forest fire around the same time. They were caused by lightening strikes as it was quite dry in the first part of this month.

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  11. In my lifetime, I have known three married couples who were Ken and Barbara, which means the doll Barbie had a good generational name, but I don’t think anyone has been named either name in the last 50 years. I take that back, I know one Barbara who is probably just around 50. But it was quite common for women who were born 80 or 90 years ago. So was Eleanore, a name you may occasionally now see as Ellie or Ella.

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  12. Speaking of computers, I was just checking the Lewiston online paper for current info on the local fires when I noticed a little picture near the bottom of the article. A picture of me in the Mustang. A very old picture that was on my Facebook account and probably still is. I was logged in on my husband’s account. His FB picture is a picture of him. Why do you suppose that it had my picture?

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  13. The header is from the nature trail, a bee on my favorite milkweed, swamp milkweed. It has little tiny flowers compared to other milkweed species, but the pink and white is so pretty. You probably can’t really see the complexity of the flower in this picture. Monarch butterflies can only lay eggs on milkweed plants, but there are multiple species of milkweed. Butterfly weed is an orange one (occasionally yellow) that gets planted in gardens; common milkweed has flowers that grow in pink balls. We also have poke milkweed and probably another species or two. I saw a really beautiful species in the Smokies a couple of years ago, white or redring milkweed, which also grows in balls, with a white flower with a pinkish red ring around its base. But of the species that I’ve seen in Indiana, this swamp milkweed is my favorite. The desert has its own species of milkweed (though I’ve never seen them).

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  14. Yes, it is true that most of the men of our generation have not allowed their names to be shortened, with the exception I mentioned above of Jonathan – I’d say Benjamin was another exception, but I only know one person by that name.

    My parents are both known by shortforms of their names. None of my siblings or I are known by shortforms, but then again, our names are short enough, as none of them are over five letters long, and do not really lend themselves well to any shortening (we did experiment, as children, but none of the trials stuck). Second in-law has given me a knickname, to which I have gotten in the habit of answering to (and kind of like, actually), but it is based on my initials, rather than my name. Second was deliberately given names whose initials spell a word (my father’s doing) but although she sometimes has used the initial word to sign notes to family, we don’t call her by it. Youngest was given a second name to be used with her first (something like NancyJill, but different names) but when she got old enough, she asked to be called by her first name only.

    Just two of my nieces and nephews are regularly called by a shortform of their name. Little Niece’s shortform we all like and use; but Seventh Nephew’s shortform is only used by his immediate family, as the rest of us don’t really care for it. The weird thing is that Seventh’s older brother, Fifth Nephew, has a name that has a nice shortform, but his father insisted that we call him by his full name; while Seventh’s name is the same as his father’s and his father had the same shortform in childhood (we knew Youngest In-law when he was a child) and eventually made everyone stop calling him by it. Parents can be really funny about their children’s names sometimes.

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  15. There were a few of us Nancy girls as I was growing up and we are all baby boomers. My Mother denies it but I contend she named me after a character in her favorite soap opera. How coincidental is it that two of her three daughters have the names of her favorite characters from As The World Turns? πŸ™„

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  16. My dad wouldn’t let me be named Jennifer. He didn’t want me to be called Jenny because it is the name of a female mule. I would have been Kim either way. James Kimbrell or Kimberley Lora. There are only about 50 BAzillion of us.
    I didn’t want my child to have a nickname so I named her something that really couldn’t be shortened. Sometimes she is Chlosephine-Josephine sometimes not.

    I need to do some work this morning.

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  17. My mother was the only Juanita I have ever known. She didn’t have a nickname. I know OF one, but didn’t know her.
    My wife is the only Elvera I have ever known. She went by Vera at work, but nowhere else.

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  18. My mother was named Nanie Juanita.
    But she hated the name “nannie” and never used it.
    I didn’t put it in the genealogy and unless some of you spoil it, posterity will never know she had that name. This is the only place it exists.

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  19. I shortened my name to Kare because I have 2 sisters-in-law name Karen. And now at work the chef is a Karen and the bookkeeper is a Karen. (We’re the only female staff).

    I have an aunt Elvira but she goes by ElLee. Working in the toddler room you see older names coming back. We had an Ada and this last year, two Evelyns.

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  20. I knew two Veras. I don’t know if they had longer names. We had one Juanita and I told her it was a beautiful name but she wanted to change it so she did. After she grew up and was going to reconnect with the bio family, she used Juanita for a little while but she is now just the new name.

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  21. Names are cyclical in popularity, though some never seem to come back.

    But my mom’s name was Eleanor and that seems to be regaining a new popularity. I was pleased to see the newish blond agent on NCIS was named Eleanor (but they call her Ellie).

    Kimberley with the ey was popular to name children among my friends a few years ago, so there seem to be a lot of Kimberleys in their 20s, 30s, 40s.

    One of our elementary school classmates (we’re all reconnected now via FB) was named Toby (Tobias?) which I always thought was a great and unusual name. He still goes by it. And there were a couple Nancys in our class as well as Shirleys.

    But everything old is new again if you wait long enough. Nearly all the names eventually resurface anew, given the passage of enough generations.

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  22. I was up earlier than I wanted to be to get the dogs over for an 8 a.m. grooming appointment, way long overdue. I’m thinking of having vegetable soup for breakfast. For some reason that appeals to me.

    Editors were asking for volunteers to work (or at least be available for) fire coverage this weekend.

    I ignored that one. As the west burns. 😦

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  23. Good afternoon!
    I have a cousin named Nancy, I had a friend in grammar school by that name, and remember a comic strip character by that name.

    A friend at church is named Juanita. I know someone whose first name, unknown to most, is Flossie. She hates that. Mary is a very common name, and my middle name, Marie, I suppose, is a variation.

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  24. Monster wildfire in California rages on after killing two firefighters
    by Reuters

    Saturday, 28 July 2018 10:10 GMT

    http://news.trust.org/item/20180728080450-6ux2l

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    REDDING, Calif., July 28 (Reuters) – Nine people were reportedly missing as a monster wildfire in northern California burned unchecked on Saturday after it killed two firefighters, destroyed hundreds of structures and sent thousands of frantic residents racing from their homes.

    Some 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters and airplanes battled the 48,300-acre (19,500 hectares) Carr Fire early on Saturday as it ripped through Redding, a city of 90,000 people, in California’s scenic Shasta-Trinity area.

    More than 38,000 residents in Redding and elsewhere in Shasta County fled their homes as the fire began to gain speed and intensity on Thursday, destroying 500 structures and leaving Keswick, a town of 450, in smoldering ruins, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said.

    The fire, which was just three percent contained after igniting six days ago, has been fed by high temperatures and low humidity, which were expected to continue for at least the next week, said CalFire Director Ken Pimlott. …
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  25. Only one of the seven of us goes by a shortened form of our name, since Mom gave four of the seven one-syllable names, and one brother who has a two-syllable name that is shortened and one a name that never is shortened.

    My brother Jeff was born in 1970, when probably 3/4 of America’s Jeffs were born. He was once one of four Jeffs in my class; I am only three years older than he is and I never had a classmate named Jeff. My best friend in Nashville also had a brother Jeff born in 1970, and we were once talking with a Jeff from our church (who was black) and he too was born in 1970. Mom didn’t want him to be Jeffrey, so she just named him Jeff. But she frequently called him “Jefferson,” and I suspect she might have named him that if she had thought of it.

    She told me more than once that she hesitated to name me Cheryl because she was afraid people would call me Sherry. But a couple of friends reassured her they knew people named Cheryl who were only ever called Cheryl. I’m not sure it ever occurred to her–perhaps it did–that she was in effect banning me from ever choosing Sherry as a nickname. One acquaintance in college repeatedly called me Cher, and just as repeatedly I told her that was not my name and she told me it was affectionate because her sister went by Cher. Well, sorry, but I don’t. I have always equated Cher with the actor. Well, my husband calls both of our daughters shortened forms of their names (one is a usual nickname for the name and one is not), and he told me he would naturally call me Cher if I didn’t say that. I’ve told him that he is welcome to do so, that from him I would hear it as affection, but he doesn’t. And really I wouldn’t be inclined to want anyone else to, though I don’t think I would have minded Sherry; a couple of people have accidentally called me that because they forget my name, and I’ve not corrected them.

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  26. I like “Cher,” it’s cute.

    We called our grandparents by “Grandma/Grandpa” and their first names. So Grandma Dena, Grandpa Charlie. No ‘mimi’s” back then.

    My mom was going to name me Rebecca until she found out a friend in Iowa had just named her daughter … Rebecca. (I mean, really, in the big picture, it would have made no difference at all, but I guess we’re all so influenced by the immediate time and people around us that those decisions are affected by what ultimately are really transitory influences).

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  27. I know one other Kimberley, who is my age.

    Alicia, the Latinized version of the Germanic Alice, is very old indeed. There was a princess Alice, daughter of the Baldwin II, king of Jerusalem, and consort of the regent of Antioch, who lived in the first half of the 1100’s. Tiffany was also used in the Middle Ages as a form of Theophania – if a gjrl was born on January 6, which is Twelfth Night or Theophany, she was named Tiffany. Stephanie is the feminized form of Stephen. As DJ says, everything old is new again.

    Janice, isn’t Flossie short for Florence? Florence as a girl’s name was made popular by Florence Nightingale, who was named after the city in which she was born (her wealthy English parents were abroad). She had a sister named Parthenope.

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  28. I have an aunt Charlene. Her grandchildren call her Shar. My dad was James. He was Jimmy or Jim. BG called him Papa. I am Mimi, but if I had it to do over I would be Grandee. My niece and nephew call me Dee as does on of Mumsee’s children. Now that my niece is married I could be a Grand Dee. Mr. P is Grandpa. That is what he wants. I want George to be a Papa when BG has a child.
    Miss Maddie loves her Mimi, or at least she smiles at me and likes me to rock her. She wasn’t in the best of moods this morning. Her tummy hurt and she was a Fussleguss. I am quite happy that I handed her off to Grandpa and was cleaning the kitchen when she put a great big prize in her diaper for Grandpa. Me? I just kept scrubbing the kitchen sink.

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  29. We called our grandparents only by their titles when we spoke to them directly, but also included their last names when writing to them or mentioning them in our conversation. We used different variants of grandmother to distinguish between our grandmothers (my father’s father died before any of us were born): Grammie ___, and Grandma and Grandpa ____.

    Cheryl, I know a Geoffrey. Because I see letters as having personality and gender (ordinal-linguistic personification synaesthesia) the spelling of Geoffrey appeals to me more than Jeffrey. Geoffrey makes me think of medieval times – there was a Geoffrey of Brittany, younger brother of Richard the Lionheart and older brother of King John. Jeffrey sounds like the name of a secondary character in a grade school novel.

    DJ, my mother was going to name me April, but a second cousin of my father’s had a daughter the April before I was born and named her after the month, so my mother gave up the idea (we knew the family quite well). It is just as well, since explaining why I was named April when my birthday isn’t anywhere near April would have been awkward.

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  30. Kim, did I ever mention that my granddaughter is also a Maddie? Madison.

    By the way, Kim, I sent you some peace in an email. I hope you got it.

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  31. GD Becky’s name is Rebecca. I often forget that.
    Chuck calls us Mama and Dad. Becky, the first one couldn’t say that, she said “Nana” and “Da”. Now that’s what all the grandkids call us.
    Once, in H’ville, I got a disparate phone call from Bryan (Becky’s husband). He was in a jail in Mexico. He said “Grandpa, I need………….”
    I knew right away that it was a scam. He never calls me anything but Da.

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  32. Is “Madison” a boy’s or girls’ name? I like them to be gender specific.
    I wouldn’t want to be named after a town.

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  33. Her brother is Titus. And their cousin is Roman. Other cousins are Joshua, Justin, and Alena. Interesting how names go.

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  34. Middle GD named her son “Graham”. She said it’s because is father was born in Graham, NC. I said that I was glad he wasn’t born in Bat Cave.
    But there is a guy named Graham Ledger who has a TV program on One America News every night. So, it is not uncommon.

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  35. Not to change the subject, but an interesting quote from “A Prophet With Honor”. “A decade of marathon campaigns had taken such a toll on his physical stamina that he occasionally told reporters he doubted he would live much longer.”
    This was in the sixties.

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  36. Mumsee @4:07: I’ve noticed a lot of Bible names among boys born in the last ten years or so. One of my cousins named their son Elijah, and another named their son Ezekiel – and yes, he is called Zeke for short. I guess the stereotypical image of a Zeke being an old geezer wearing overalls and chewing a wheat straw has pretty much died out, because that particular cousin is quite sophisticated and up-to-date.

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  37. My first name and Mumsee’s are the same, but I have never used it. My Mom and stepmom both have that name so I have always gone by my middle name. I remember having aunts or great aunts named Mona and Stella.

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  38. One of my friend’s mother was named Velma. Another was Lorraine. A young cousin in my family is Madison. A guy at church is called Zeke, short for Ezekiel. Art’ s mom was named Mona. All these different names are more common than we would expect.

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  39. I worked part time at the Soil Conservation Service while attending SWBTSeminary. About seven other students worked there too.
    When they found that I named my son “Everett”, they asked why I didn’t give him a biblical name.
    I said, “I thought about it but Ahab doesn’t go well with Shull”.
    .
    They laughed.

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  40. Mr P has Ryan, Joshua Paul, and Kyle Rogers. Then he has Silas Gabriel, Emilia Rose, and Madelynn Dawn.

    Yes Mumsee I got your email. It made me happy. πŸ˜€πŸŽŠπŸ‘ΆπŸ˜‡β€οΈπŸ’—πŸ˜‡

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  41. My mother didn’t have a middle name. Her name was a variation of Aleta but not spelled the same. Her spelling is unique and I wouldn’t want to give it away.

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  42. My mom always used her maiden name as a middle name (even though she did have a middle name, Irene). Interesting because we think of doing that as more of a modern-day trend for women but she was doing it in the 40s/50s,60s.

    I picked the dogs up from the groomer, they’re really bright and soft and clean — and smell like blueberries. Tess has ribbons on her ears and they both have bandanas.

    What’s a good, lightweight, stick-type (but corded) vacuum for hard floors?

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  43. Roscuro, I like “Geoffrey” better, too, but I wish my mom had named my brother “Jefferson.” Geoffrey wouldn’t have worked for him. For my oldest brother, maybe–though he is in a very narrow field and quite a few others in that field share his first name.

    I wouldn’t assume a woman named April was born in April; I would assume her parents liked the name. Maybe it doesn’t work that way, but I know a June and have no idea of her birthday; the same with April, it’s a girl’s name as well as a month. I also don’t assume a girl named Holly was born near Christmas, though I understand that is at least sometimes the impetus for the name.

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  44. On the prayer thread, I made mention of Nightingale and The Boy going to Boy Scout day camp this past week. They had a great time!

    Nightingale seems to like scouting even more than The Boy. πŸ˜€ She recently finished her training to be Assistant Den Leader, so she was excited to buy her official tan shirt to wear to the meetings and events. She has also been asked, and has accepted, to be the secretary for the pack. (She’s been told that doesn’t take much time.)

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  45. Oops. I think I snuck in there while Peter was trying to get 75.

    (And yes, I know that the correct word is sneaked, not snuck. But I say snuck anyway. So there.)

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  46. Jo – Is Jo your full middle name, or is it short for Josephine (or Joanne or Joanna)?

    For some reason, my aunt often called me Josephine.

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  47. I think Virginia is a pretty name. Nightingale has a close friend named Virginia, who does not go by a nickname. I like the nickname Ginger for Virginia, but the full name is pretty, too.

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  48. DJ – I agree! I was nervous about having her come here, even though she said they didn’t have any in their apartment.

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  49. The scary thing about bed bugs is how they’re nearly impossible to get rid of. I remember reading a story a few years ago about a guy who had tried everything, including professional exterminations β€” he literally just walked away from his apartment, leaving everything he owned behind.

    Maybe there are better extermination treatments now, but back then, when bed bugs had first re-emerged, they were completely resistant to all our chemicals. Which is what nature so often does to defeat us.

    Thorns and thistles and bed bugs …

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  50. I’ve been reading the rest of the thread.I

    Names: Miguel/Michael are common in my family. My grandfather and uncle were/are Miguel, though the uncle goes Michael. My brother and one of my sons-in-law are also Michael.

    Santiago and the English equivalent James is also common.

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  51. Michelle, sorry about the deer!

    I was on that walking trail near my house, and across the road from me I could see just a tiny bit of brown. By its color and movement I knew it was a mammal; by its height off the ground I knew it was a small portion of a deer’s head. So I stood still and eventually the whole head emerged. She kept walking and eventually I saw all of her. I kept watching for a fawn or two, since in the last half of July she should have fawns that are out and about. I never did see a fawn, but I saw that her ribs were showing, so she wasn’t in the best of health. But you can’t really tell that in this photo. I think in this one she just looks a bit pensive. The shot seems intimate somehow.

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  52. My middle name is Jo, nothing else. Also I have a granddaughter named Ginger, so all variations of that name are taken. My stepmom is Ginya and my mom was Ginny.

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  53. I guess I didn’t finish my thought. Santiago was my paternal grandfather’s name, and is my dad’s name and my middle name. My brother and a brother-in-law are James, but both go by Jim. It was amusing when my grandma would ask about my brother when i talked to her. Spanish speakers pronounce the initial J in English names as Y, so “Jimmy” (what we used to call my brother) became “Yeemee”.

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  54. Chas, there are lots of Juanita’s here in the SW.

    My middle name is Jewel. It came from my father’s favorite aunt. I named my eldest daughter, Jewel Marie.

    My grandmother’s given name was Kitty Lee. Grandpa’s was Gus Clayton.

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  55. Morning! What a precious deer hidden in the brush. We happen upon a small fawn bedded down here and there this time of year and then try to gingerly pass by. We have twins out here in the forest and they are often seen frolicking around Mom…always causes us to ooh and aww.
    Husband will be traveling back home after having completed his run yesterday…He have the stories I am certain. He finished around 3AM today…22 hours of running up 10 and 13 thousand foot mountains…oh that man! πŸƒπŸΌ
    Chas we have a grandson who has the middle name Graham…after Billy Graham. We often call him Sam Graham…when he is in trouble, which is quite often, it is Samuel Graham!! 😊

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  56. So you know…….

    I’ll be off the grid for a few days starting tomorrow. I’ll still post the daily posts, check in here and there, and say Hi, but I’ll be mostly unavailable. The header won’t change though, because the tablet times out too quickly so it’s a maddening process, so I’m not gonna do it.

    See ya’ll Friday or so…. πŸ™‚

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  57. My brother is Mike. My husband is Mike. My fifth son is Mike (actually he wanted to be a junior when we got him so he has husband’s full name). We call brother, brother Mike. Son, I call Miguelito. I can do that because he is quite tall, about six three. Not as tall as son in law, James, who is six six.

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  58. Peter – Here in Connecticut, back in the early 2000s, there was a news report of a 10-year old girl named Bianca, with your last name, who went missing from school. The report said she hopped into a vehicle (a pick-up, I think), thinking it was a relative coming to pick her up. As the vehicle began to drive off, she looked out the window with a look of alarm on her face.

    There are so many missing children cases we read about, but this one has haunted me, as the photo they showed reminded me so much of my Chickadee at that age. Every day I pray for her and Kyron Horman (another missing child case) to be found, for answers to come forth about what has become of them.

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  59. Not me! I have been planting new plants out front, thinning out the mint plants (ugh…never put mint in the ground because you will never contain it’s invasive behavior!) I have one more plant to put in the ground…I found Virginia Creeper yesterday now I must decide where to place it.🌱

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  60. Oh I did plant ivy at our house in town…that and Creeping Myrtle…it was still there when we moved growing very well! The kids who purchased our house did tear down my beautiful Virginia Creeper…years of babying, training, pruning all gone in a couple tugs of the hand. Even though they said they loved my gardens in the front and back of the house, they obviously had no taste when it came to vining plants!

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  61. Oh, what happened, we’re inching above 90 again today. Nooooooo!!!!!

    I was talking to a friend at church about our mutual dislike of summer, the heat and the constant sun … her theory is that we are both from northern European stock and were simply not meant to live in this climate. Our summers seem to be getting longer, lasting through October/November. So here it is only July, we’ve only just begun.

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  62. You know me so well– that rodent on hooves!

    Spent nine hours finishing Poppy’s edits and then emailed it to Amazon.

    Done.

    I’m not really sure, now, what to do with myself.

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  63. We moved into the 9th commandment for today’s sermon. Our current mud-slinging political climate came to mind. 😦

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  64. So AJ’s gone. Remember the time Lynn Vincent took a break and several people tried to claim her authority? Fun times on the old WMB.

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  65. We sang some sweet, familiar hymns today:

    * A Mighty Fortress is Our God
    * Fairest Lord Jesus (“Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations!”)
    * Speak O Lord
    * ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
    * Nothing But the Blood of Jesus (“Nothing can for sin atone — nothing but the blood of Jesus; Naught of good that I have done — nothing but the blood of Jesus”)

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  66. The new photo is a little tiny skipper (a small variety of butterfly) right outside my home. The background is a couple of bricks from the side of our condo. I moved around the little fella a little until that was the background, because that was better than the edge of the window.

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  67. It’s Monday already.
    Everybody but Jo roust out!
    Good evening Jo.

    Aj said he was going to open the post every day.’

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