42 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-30-18

  1. Hi Cheryl.
    I’ve already said “Good morning” on yesterday’s thread.
    I got this from a Purdue e-mail. They keep in touch because I send them a little money occasionally.
    “Amazon Alexa devices in hotels raise privacy concerns for some.”

    You need to be careful everywhere now, there’s an open mike and camera everywhere. Every woman has a camera in her purse.

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  2. Good morning and happy birthday to Debra!

    I’m up early thanks to my new no-see-um bites (on my right big toe and ankle and arm). I think the source of them is all the potted flowers I have in the backyard around the patio (at least I’ve read where those can be a likely breeding ground if you’re watering them a lot, which I do).

    Soon, I bought some non-toxic outdoor spray I’ll have to use now and I may have to put watering those flower pots off for for while, either they’ll survive or they won’t. The bites are making me miserable this summer and they seem clearly to be coming now whenever I read on the patio at dusk after work, so that’s out now, too.

    Meanwhile, the painter from the dog park was supposed to start up again today now that his mom seemed to be recovering. But I received a text from him late last night that she’s not doing well (again) so he won’t be here today (plus his helper has a sore hand).

    I may need to have a difficult conversation with him at some point. I’m afraid that even if/when he does get back to the job, it’ll be done piecemeal, all depending on whether he can leave his mom for so many hours on a given day. It seems like this was a bad job choice for both of us, at this stage. It was maybe too big a job for him to tackle at this point in his life, especially now with the complication of his mom’s added health issues. He said they’re off to Kaiser again today, he thought it might be the heat getting to her but mentioned they do have some A/C in their house (maybe a window unit, I’m thinking), so I would doubt that’s it.

    I may have to reconfigure some finances to see if I can’t spend a bit more and just hire someone else who can get it all done in a couple weeks without all the down time. At this rate I’m afraid it’s just not going to get done.

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  3. And I think I may have to go ahead, too, and get new window screens now rather than after the painting is done.

    I didn’t get much sleep last night, it was really warm, I tossed and turned, woke up scratching several times so had to then get up and apply more cream or lotion on the latest bites.

    It’s surprising how much a tiny insect bite on a big toe can actually itch.

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  4. Β‘Feliz cumpleaΓ±os, Debra! You’re not one who posts much, but you’re a part of the “family” here. So, here is your cake and ice cream. But since it’s virtual and not real, I can honestly say, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” πŸ˜‰

    πŸŽ‚πŸ¨ πŸŽ‚πŸ¨ πŸŽ‚πŸ¨ πŸŽ‚πŸ¨

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  5. happy Birthday Debra/
    We are getting the rain California wishes they had.
    It occurs to me that if it became dry and fires occurred around here, all of Greensboro would be devastated. The town is covered with trees.

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  6. Morning and Happy Birthday Debra!! πŸŽ‚
    Morning coffee with a friend…then off for a hike. The temps are to be in the 60’s today and this morning it is feeling rather autumnal πŸ‚ I just may be getting excited for a seasonal change!

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  7. I’m researching whether screen frames should match the window casings or sash — I think sash from what I’m seeing.

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  8. My right big toe itches something awful. Along with my right ankle and arm. Red welts rising up. Oy. I’m a mess this summer.

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  9. Kim, at your stage in life, busy is always good.
    At my stage in life, I don’t know how to put what I’m thinking into words.

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  10. Cheryl – (Continuing here our conversation about weakness from the weekend’s prayer thread.)

    Most certainly, I agree with you that we are all weak. Some recognize their weakness, and others don’t. There are times when that weakness is more obvious to us. My own weakness is painfully obvious to me at this point in my life, but that brings the blessing of feeling closer to Father God as I lean on Him, and having my faith and trust deepen more than ever. Although Nightingale seems strong, I see her weakness. (She does, too, in some ways, but not from a biblical point of view. One of my prayers for her is that she will recognize her weakness and her need for God.)

    But when I compare my weakness to Nightingale’s strength, I am using the words on a different level or meaning from our biblical understanding of them. There are at least a couple words or phrases that seem to have a biblical understanding and a secular understanding.

    For instance, we know that no one is actually good from a biblical viewpoint. But even so, don’t we think of certain people as good? I read a Christian man writing about things he would not want to have said at his funeral, and one of them was “He was a good man.” But people said that about Hubby, and I agree that he was a good man – from a secular viewpoint. Know what i mean?

    So that’s how I am looking at the matter of strength and weakness in what I have written. A woman who handles bad things that come up by staying calm and dealing with them accordingly, although weak in general from a biblical viewpoint, is strong in a secular sense. The woman who falls apart whenever something bad happens, and needs someone to bail her out (so to speak) is weak in both those ways.

    Although that example is a broad generalization, not a picture of Nightingale and me, sometimes I think she sees me as that second woman. I’ve tried pointing out to her that yes, I initially react more emotionally than she does (but not in a falling apart kind of way), but then I “suck it up” (a term she uses) and do what needs to be done. She is also a stronger disciplinarian, with both her son and her dog, than I am.

    So that’s “where I’m coming from” in those comments. πŸ™‚

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  11. This morning, coming up the stairs after breakfast, I was greeted by Tiny Niece, who had just been gotten up and dressed, with a big smile, outstretched arms, and a one word request, “Hug!” I wondered, when I came home, if my novelty would wear off, and I would become commonplace, but Tiny Niece’s interest is new every morning. Sometimes, I will hear her in the morning, coming carefully down the stairs, half singing, half saying, “Grandma, I’m comin’ down.” Life isn’t easy right now, either for my parents with their health problems, or the Seconds with their financial concerns, but Tiny Niece and her little brother, Sixth Nephew, are rays of sunshine for us all.

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  12. Roscuro – When Nightingale and The Boy first moved from downstairs to upstairs (he was three and a half then), he would come down in the morning to see if I was awake yet. His checking on me was my wake up call each morning for a while. πŸ™‚

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    Something I just wrote in the secret room, and decided to share here, too. . .

    There is a loneliness I have now, since I lost Hubby, that cannot be filled with other relationships. I am not alone, but I am alone. And yet, spiritually, I have more of a sense of God’s presence in my life.

    Although I usually did talk to God at various times in any given day, I find I talk to Him even more now, talking to Him about the things I might have talked to Hubby about. Often, I will start off talking to Hubby, knowing full well he can’t hear me, but then turn my words towards God, knowing full well He does hear me.

    And yet there is still that sense of being alone without Hubby. But I know that this feeling will probably slowly dissipate as time goes on, and as being “single” becomes more a part of my identity than it feels now.

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  13. Kizzie, speaking as a single that sense of loneliness never goes away, although it will come and go in intensity. I have never even dated, but there is always a sense of something, or rather, someone missing in my life. I too have learned to talk to God about the little things, as well as the big ones, and I walk daily with a sense of His presence, but He knows that there is a loneliness that never quite goes away, even when I am surrounded by family and friends. Men and women were created to complement each other, and although sin has grossly distorted the relationship and death now breaks it, that original created purpose still demands to be fulfilled. It is another of the weaknesses that we bear.

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  14. Good afternoon. (Or good [your time of day].)

    Happy Birthday, Debra!

    Interesting to read the weekend thread with all the names. I know people by most of those names. Not Hosea or Felicity that I recall, though.

    The youngest Eleanor I know (her name is Eleanor Alice) is thirteen days and about six hours old now. πŸ™‚ First grandchild of friends of ours — baby was named after two great-grandmothers, one of them living. Alice was thrilled. πŸ˜‰

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  15. Roscuro – Well, that is discouraging, but seems very likely.

    Michelle – I read about that tragedy the other day, and yes, I cried, and prayed.

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  16. Cheryl and/or Michelle – Just read a Facebook discussion on a friend’s post (a friend I know in real life, here in town). John has finished a novel he’s been working on for a few years, and is now editing it. (I think he’ll be self-publishing.) Another friend of his suggested using Grammarly to help with the editing, but John is very much against it, as if it would be cheating. (He is a stickler for proper grammar and proper punctuation, so thinks it is better to do it himself.)

    Do either of you use some kind of editing software? What kind of advice would you give him about editing his own novel?

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  17. Catching up on the weekend thread I was surprised at the idea that the younger generation doesn’t want people shortening their names. I know so many counterexamples among my children’s friends: Steve, Dan, Andy, Sam, Tim, Will, Katie, Christy… The nicknames didn’t come from their parents – many of their parents have always called them Steven, Daniel, etc, and still do. I wonder if there’s a regional difference.

    I enjoyed hearing that Roscuro’s circle is filled with Michaels and Andrews. Those were very common names in my father’s family. He and his father were both Andrews, and both went by Andy. His uncle, who was like a grandfather to me, was Michael and went by Mike. My middle name is Andrew. Had it been my sole decision my son would be Michael Andrew. His middle name is Andrew though. (The most common boy’s name in my father’s family, though, was definitely John in his and his parents’ generation. Mary and Anne/Anna were the most common girls’ names.)

    NancyJill, you thought you were named for Nancy Hughes? That made me smile, remembering watching ATWT with my mother when school was out for the summer. In those days it was safe for a 10-year-old to watch because the, er, “adult” issues were veiled and went over my head. I always liked the Hughes family. Well, most of them anyway.

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  18. Chas, it sounds like you might have a programmable thermostat that’s programmed to reset to 75 at a certain time every day. It’s useful if you want it automatically to be at one temperature during the day and another at night. It’s also possible to turn off the programming completely and adjust it manually whenever you want to.

    It’s not hard to program, but it might be a challenge for you to see the tiny lettering in the display. Could someone in your family have a look at it? The manual is probably available online if you don’t have it.

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  19. It’s something I can deal with Kevin.
    But it is interesting. I had a programmable thermostat in Annandale. I programmed it to adjust for times we would be absent. e.g. It went to about 65 in winter, then back to 75 an hour before re returned.

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  20. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I pigged out on Peter’s cake,but there is plenty left if anyone wants some. :–)
    I visit the prayer thread quite often, and you are very often in my prayers.
    Debra

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  21. Breakfast/coffe with friend was lovely…she is a mess right now with wedding stuff for her daughter…I think she was better when we parted 😊 Hike with husband over…feeling refreshed!
    Yes Kevin I do believe I was named after Nancy Hughes…and my little sister was named after Nancy’s daughter Penny 😊

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  22. Happy birthday, Debra!

    I have a question: do you eat fresh zucchini, like in a veggie tray with dip?

    I’m asking because no one at camp had ever eaten fresh (raw) zucchini and I eat it a lot.

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  23. Yes, we do the zucchini like that.

    Looking at my time card this afternoon. I worked 67.12 hrs last week. I hope it’s enough for a computer, along with the other stuff I need to get.

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  24. Editing software, no, I don’t use it. I tried it just out of curiosity one time, and found it laughably bad. (Not sure what program.) My advice would be to hire an actual editor (and, yes, I edit individuals), but minimally to read a book about editing one’s own fiction. It used to be that self-published books were notoriously bad, with obviously bad covers, lots of typos, poor story lines, etc. When I worked “in the office,” we got an occasional writer who thought that self-publishing the book first would boost his chances of getting published, but it actually spelled desperation. Self-publishing has come into its own . . . but releasing an unedited book is still risky unless a person has strong skills in a lot of areas. (Not just grammar and spelling.)

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  25. Peter, we did that in Ft. Worth.
    People used to put anit-freeze in their cars.
    I’ve seen men in the hot sun adding anti-freeze because a ‘Blue Norther was coming down from Oklahoma.

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