30 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-2-18

  1. I am making a quilt with one of my granddaughters. She is visiting with us for about a week. Limits my time online, among other things, but it is an important time to build relationship with both grandpa and grandma for her. She is twelve.

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  2. MUMSEE WAS FIRST TODAY.
    Her assessment was correct. Power off. We had a thunderstorm last night.
    But it was just in our neighborhood. We went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast.

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  3. We are at the office dealing with a leak in our florescent light fixture in the kitchen. I put a trash can on the table. It has rained a lot lately and there have been tornado warnings in the night over near Athens, GA, which is where the University of GA is located. That is NE from us.

    Karen got to go home from the hospital so she did not have to stay overnight. I need to call and see how she is today.

    I hope everyone has as good a day as possible given the state of living in a fallen world. There is so much crime all around us.

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  4. Here’s one. I’m home.

    Finally picked up the floor in my office so you can walk through here (recycled an entire box of paper!) and promptly banged my toe very hard against the door frame.

    I can barely walk–the bruising is two inches in diameter, I just measured it.

    In the last nine weeks I’ve damaged my left knee, my right hip’s sciatic nerve and now the little toe on my left foot.

    I took the stress test this morning–suddenly wondering if all these minor little annoying problems are actually an indication of me feeling pressure I don’t recognize.

    That’s not true, I recognize the pressures.

    https://www.dartmouth.edu/~eap/library/lifechangestresstest.pdf

    I got my 300 points, which is an indicator I’m at risk for physical or emotional illness.

    Hmmm. Tempting . . .

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  5. My computer has evicted me so I shall try this

    My stress level is about thirty so I think I am okay for now, But that is according to that test.

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  6. Went early this morning to look after some of Youngest’s little ones, as she had errands to run. My parents came too. When we got home not long ago, Tiny Niece was so excited that she ran to hug her grandma and grandpa. I got a hug too, but her grandparents came first.

    My mother thanked me for having her come with me to Youngest’s, because, as she said, she doesn’t often have that much time to spend with Youngest’s children. We had the two older girls, Little and Baby Niece, as the boys went with their mother and grandfather. Little Niece is growing tall, having nearly completed her first half a decade, and learning to read and write. We played tag outside, and while I was able to keep up with Baby Niece without much trouble, Little Niece’s speed completely wore me out. Baby Niece is a solemn child of three years. She had to leave the table briefly during lunch, and after ensuring no one would touch her sandwich while she was away, she added in all seriousness, “And don’t talk about my sandwich.” I’m afraid the rest of us giggled for a while over that pronouncement.

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  7. Michelle, you need to let your life be a bit more boring for awhile…

    I haven’t done that stress test in a long time. Does death of a beloved pet count anywhere? Classifying it as a family member or close friend seems a bit much. Also, how close is a “close” friend? A good lifelong friend died unexpectedly, but we had been separated for many years and had infrequent contact. Well, both of those were just over a year ago anyway so I won’t count them. That leaves 142, not too bad. And some of it is from making changes that are supposed to be good for me.

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  8. mumsee, must be all that scything that keeps you calm. Can I buy a scythe off of Amazon?

    My fingers are purple from slamming them in the front door yesterday.

    Boy, that hurt.

    Lots of calls today for work (from home) — congress is on recess I learned when I tried to reach our locals back there. The one guy who called back said he couldn’t be quoted, which doesn’t really help me much.

    My dining room table is again covered with notes and printouts and file folders.

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  9. We just got an estimate to take down an oak tree. It’s too close to the carport and the roots are pushing up the concrete. $700 to take down the tree and grind the stump. That’s less than I thought it would be. I’ll have to get someone else to take out the old concrete and pull up the roots.

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  10. I got only 82, so I guess I’m doing ok.

    I have a day off, so trying to get some work done. We have 4 grands here,so I have lots of helpers.

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  11. Market was little different this morning. They totally cleared the field where market usually is, and everyone had to put their produce on the ground on the field right behind there. There were straight lines, but they went criss cross nd this way nd that way. The old tables for market were falling down so they have made new tables from concrete. I hear that some may be delivered today, but it takes a long time to cure concrete over here.

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  12. I am under 150 for the first time in a long time. I will happily take it. On the stress test, I mean. I am also under 150 on most other things I can think of, although the Facebook IQ tests tell me I am a genius.

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  13. Our neighbor spent $6K on Tuesday–but it was a very big and old oak tree. We all stood together and watched the last part of the trunk cut down in its honor.

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  14. Speaking of trees and wood and California fires and …

    California’s Devastating Fires Are Man-Caused — But Not In The Way They Tell Us

    Chuck DeVore
    Contributor

    Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckdevore/2018/07/30/californias-devastating-fires-are-man-caused-but-not-in-the-way-they-tell-us/#3d93862170af

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    California is once again on fire. Northern California’s Carr Fire has killed six people, two of them firefighters, and continues to burn out of control, claiming more than 700 homes and about 100,000 acres.

    As a citizen-soldier in the California Army National Guard for two decades, I often heard the gallows humor quip that California’s four seasons were: flood, fire, earthquake and riot.

    But, what was once an expected part of living in the Golden State is now blamed on larger forces. A crisis, we are told, should never go to waste.

    In that vein, the Sacramento Bee editorial board blamed the Carr Fire foursquare on a man-caused buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In an editorial headlined, ‚ÄúThe Carr Fire is a terrifying glimpse into California‚Äôs future,‚ÄĚ they write, ‚ÄúThis is climate change, for real and in real time. We were warned that the atmospheric buildup of man-made greenhouse gas would eventually be an existential threat.‚ÄĚ

    The Bee editorial board goes on to attack President Trump for proposing to end California‚Äôs exceptional waiver from federal law regarding auto emissions‚ÄĒin this case, California‚Äôs push to curtail tailpipe carbon dioxide, something never envisioned when the Clean Air Act was debated in 1970. At the time, the concern was pollution that directly harmed health rather than carbon dioxide, a naturally occurring gas exhaled by every living animal.

    The problem with the Bee’s editorial is that making a passionate argument is no substitute for the truth.

    In 2005 while a freshman California Assemblyman, I had the chance to visit Northern California and meet with the forest product industry professionals who grew, managed, and harvested trees on private and public lands. They told me of a worrisome trend started years earlier where both federal and state regulators were making it more and more difficult for them to do their jobs. As a result, timber industry employment gradually collapsed, falling in 2017 to half of what it was 20 years earlier, with imports from Canada, China, and other nations filling domestic need.

    As timber harvesting permit fees went up and environmental challenges multiplied, the people who earned a living felling and planting trees looked for other lines of work. The combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees.

    But, fire suppression efforts continued. The result was accurately forecast by my forest management industry hosts in Siskiyou County in 2005: larger, more devastating fires‚ÄĒfires so hot that they sterilized the soil, making regrowth difficult and altering the landscape. More importantly, fires that increasingly threatened lives and homes as they became hotter and more difficult to bring under control. …
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  15. Michelle, I remember seeing that stress index years ago and thinking it’s so unscientific as to be meaningless. One small but humorous example: if you are looking at “the last year,” then why on earth is Christmas on the list, since we have one every year?

    Also, compare change in residence (20) with personal injury or illness (53). Huh? Does moving to a different city allow extra points? Does selling and buying a house allow extra points? How about a different state? different country? And what does it take to count as “illness” or “personal injury”? If I had two colds in the last year and banged my thumb once, do I get 159 points? I did do some damage to my knee five and a half weeks ago, and it has affected me enough that I would count that . . . but that’s not three and a half times more serious than moving to a whole different community and selling a house and buying a condo. There’s no comparison, actually. Death of spouse is more traumatic than divorce. Says who? It depends on how seriously you take your marriage vows. And where is becoming a victim of a crime, being abused, having a household fire or other major devastation? Car accident doesn’t make the list either, except perhaps indirectly.

    In fact, my assessment today is the same as it was last time I looked at it: I can’t add my scores, because I don’t know what half of it means. I don’t count the numbers of family get-togethers and wouldn’t know if they’ve changed. I don’t keep track of how often I’m sick in a year. I’m a freelancer, and of course my business and finances and work hours have “changed” over the last year. Et cetera. I can’t put my own life on this chart at all, and the numbers they give are mostly outrageously high or outrageously low–arbitrary.

    Yes, stress can affect us. But this particular test doesn’t do a good job of measuring anything–it’s almost completely arbitrary–and definitely can’t say how likely we are to get sick. Take the test for curiosity, but please don’t think it’s a meaningful measurement of anything. It’s just a game. And we expect you to stay healthy in spite of what this test tells you. ūüôā

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