49 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-3-18

  1. We got new windows yesterday, the last “big thing” in this condo. When we got the unit inspected after our offer was accepted, the inspector told us he couldn’t open any window and was afraid he would break them if he forced the issue. He recommended we get a window expert to look at them and let us know what we’d be dealing with. It turns out the previous owner had lived here 14 years and never opened the windows. The window guy gave us a price to fix (so that they would open) and a price to replace. But he told us he had replaced other windows in this condo development and thus could tell us the current ones weren’t insulated, and thus we were losing energy and we would notice in winter that it would be cold near the windows. That is particularly relevant to me since I don’t like cold, the windows in this home are all large (two thirds go within inches of the floor), and I have a window (the large ones) both by my side of the bed and in my office are next to my desk.

    He also told us we would hear less traffic noise, which is relevant because we are by a semi-major street. (We get a fairly large number of sirens.)

    The ladies who were helping us clean as we prepared to move in offered to clean the windows, and we told them not to bother, since they were being replaced. It turns out it wouldn’t have mattered much if they had cleaned them, since they were pretty dirty on this inside, too.

    We do indeed have less traffic noise (though I’m actually noticing it more than I was, since the new “muffled” sound is a new sound and I’m noticing it). We have clear windows, they open and close, and I shouldn’t be freezing in winter. We get a 10% credit on our taxes, we put the price to “repair” the windows in what we requested from the seller (and figured it would serve as a good coupon toward replacement), and we should also experience some savings on our utility bills. Win-win.

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  2. No fishing. But I did get some rest. This trip was for my daughter’s birthday, so we mostly did what her and Grandma wanted. But I did manage to get quite a few pics in, 413 to be exact. 🙂

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  3. How old is Elizabeth now? It was so nice to meet her and Cheryl along with you (and Linda, too) last year at Hubby’s memorial service. That meant a lot to me and the girls. Hubby would have been pleased, too. (He used to tease me that you were all fake people. 🙂 )

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  4. Good morning.

    DJ, on your link about the cause of the fires from yesterday: Failing to properly farm forests is indeed an important contributing factor to the fires. What most advocates of leaving nature to take care of itself do not understand is that nature cleans up by way of fire. If humans do not clear out the dead and dying wood, forest fires will. Two years ago, when Fort MacMurray in Alberta was under threat from a forest fire, I saw articles from international publications (read European based) on how the fire around Fort MacMurray was a sign of how global warming was threatening our forests and our habitations. The somewhat irritated response from Canadian readers was, “What on earth are you talking about? Forest fires are an expected seasonal occurrence!” Canada has enormous tracts of forest on crown land (land which is not owned by private individuals is Canada is crown land, technically owned by the monarchy, i.e. government; and with such a sparsely inhabited country, 89 percent of Canada is crown land) on which no one lives and which the lumber companies have no need to harvest, so nature is allowed to take her course in those unused place, and just watched by the foresters. The only time it makes the news is if the fires come close to human dwelling.

    The forest mixed with swamp that backs onto my parents’ property contains examples of the difference between tended and untended forest. My father regularly harvests the dead wood from our small patch of forest, and cuts down the tangle of undergrowth. As a result, there are clear spaces between the trees, enabling seedlings to sprout. On either side of us, the neighbours leave their patches of forest to themselves. When a large cedar tree collapses, it often drags other trees down with it, and those small patches of forest are glutted with dying wood and tangled undergrowth – along the fenceline with the neighbour to the north, the tangle of collapsing trees and undergrowth on the neighbour’s side is so dense that it resembles a wall. If there was a long enough dry spell and a stray spark, those tangled patches would become infernos (because it is partially swamp, it probably will never become dry enough). My father uses the wood he harvests to partially heat our house during winter, and thus he not only provides an alternative heating fuel to those dreaded fossil fuels, but also encourages new forest growth. My father learned his forestry habits from his father, whose farm had a patch of forest that he harvested wood from. A farm backs onto the same patch of forest and swamp on the opposite side to where my parents are, and the portion of forest that the farmer owns is similarly tended; but there is a strip of forest between us and the farmer, owned by someone who lives elsewhere. It is as neglected as the neighbours’ patches on either side of us, and the fallen trees are so tangled in places as to make even walking through that part of the forest nearly impassable. Forests need to be farmed.

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  5. Kizzie,

    She is 16, officially old enough to get her driving permit. But she’s in no hurry, which is both good and bad I suppose. 🙂

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  6. Sweet 16 🙂

    Well, my illness took a dive last night, I suspect bronchitis, so I’m off to the urgent care clinic this morning. I feel awful. I’m hoping there’s some medicine and antibiotics they can give me, something.

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  7. Replacing windows is one of the smartest investments you can make, Cheryl. I’m glad you were able to do that.

    Being married to Mr. Energy, we’ve had energy-efficiency windows for so long I’m always surprised when I see old ones. OTOH, they’re expensive to replace but one of the best choices for dollar value.

    We had to replace our roof a few years ago, and Mr. Energy did his research and purchased a new roof with light colored shingles. We got the same 10% rebate but the house was easily 10 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It will be a number of years before the financial payback, but we’re living without fear now of another leak and in greater comfort.

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  8. Speaking of that stress test, DJ, may I suggest you were well deserving of getting sick given the last couple years in your life?

    I’d guess in a lot of ways you’re pretty worn out.

    At least that’s what I’m claiming at my house . . .

    Meanwhile, we’re having a decadent grammy night tonight. I’m meeting two of the Adorables at the grocery store and they can choose anything in the store for dinner. They can then select a decadent dessert.

    I’ll take them home and we’ll eat dinner watching The Parent Trap while their parents go out for an adult evening.

    Should be fun. My sailor is going sailing up in Mendocino County with our oldest son in the ancient catamaran. They’ll just be over the hills to the west of where the fire continues rampaging through Lake County–one of the poorest counties in California.

    The fires nearly took out Lakeport, the county seat. All the houses we’ve rented for a family vacation over the years were evacuated for fear of fire. The town has not been doing well in the past, who knows what will happen in the future.

    (I don’t really like vacationing there. I find the community depressing because it’s so empty and broken, but the lake is nice and cheap for the family so we rent a house every other year for a week and everyone plays outside. This was our off year.)

    Back to work–since I’m injured, I’ve been writing blog posts and doing Bible study prep for the fall. 10 posts and 5 lessons down . . . but I’m off to work today at my real part time job! LOL

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  9. Morning! This has been a crazy busy week and it will not be until Sunday that I will get a chance tor rest…how appropriate! 😊
    Niece is in town but she is not staying with us. They are however coming to dinner this evening. 🍴
    Praying you get the meds needed to banish the illness from your body Dj…you have been dealing with so much! ❤️
    We have been enjoying the doe and her twins this morning…frolicking around the forest they have been and eating everything in sight…including my blossoms…stinkers .
    My neighbor who lives a mile around the corner says they have a doe with triplets…haven’t seen them over in our neck of the forest yet….everyone is saying we have too many deer and that may become a problem….but for now we enjoy seeing new life roaming around here and enjoy the moments… 🦌…..

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  10. Looking at this map, the lake to the far left outside of the fire area is Lake Mendocino where my guys will sail today. Our former home was at the bottom of the lake–I always feared fire because there’s only one road out.

    A fire occured at the mouth of the road down by the Russian River the other day, and everyone was up in arms. They put it out immediately; only 5 acres burned.

    Meanwhile, the northern fire, Ranch fire, is moving east to where the Pawnee fire burned last year–which means there won’t be as much to burn.

    However, north is national forestland and it’s trees pretty much to, well, Redding.

    Weather is supposed to be very hot and dry today, maybe some wind. Let’s pray. Thank you.

    https://mappingsupport.com/p2/gissurfer.php?center=39.178010,-122.850494&zoom=11&fire=CA,MendocinoComplex

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  11. I was aghast when real estate guy suggested vinyl windows for my house, but then that’s me. Very happy with my restored, beautiful casement windows with Douglas fir 🙂

    Waiting for the doctor, and yes, it’s been a very stressful couple years for me

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  12. AJ – I have heard that it is better to wait until 17 to begin driving. 17 year old new drivers have fewer accidents than 16 year old new drivers. I noticed with Nightingale that there was a leap in maturity between 16 and 17.

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  13. None of my kids wanted to drive until 17–at least the boys. My daughter, yes. Perhaps our sons wanted to be chauffeured longer? Too bad. I forced the first one to get licensed–someone had to help me drive across country once my husband found a job and went ahead!

    News from my son about today’s sailing plans. He flew his children to Idaho yesterday to spend a week with the other grandparents.

    “Yeah the wind is supposed to pick up around 1 and be good the entire time we are up there, and blow the fires away from us. Not good for the fire fighters, but it should be fine for us.

    “Idaho was hot and really smokey. The whole flight over there was socked in with smoke, couldn’t see the ground except in the high sierras. Air quality was terrible.”

    I’m sorry for everyone east of us. It’s not that bad here, but I’m southwest of the fires. 😦

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  14. I’ve read them now, thanks for the head’s up, Kizzie.

    Cheryl’s points are well taken, as always, but seeing that test 25 years ago was extremely helpful for me.

    Those who’ve read my memoir (it’s coming! I’ll self-publish next spring), may remember we had a whole string of nightmare experiences 31 years ago. I was fragile in every sense of the way and devastated emotionally and spiritually. I got through it by the grace of God but wondered for a long time what I had done to bring such misery on myself?

    When I saw that test long after things had worked themselves out, I sobbed. Because it was then that I realized the mercy was God had carried me through it all–that yes, I had been through a lot of difficult circumstances outside of my control.

    (Control–there’s a whole subject for you!)

    No, I was not a failure as a Christian. My life had turned upside down in so many ways, the mercy was I was still married, my children were alive and life looked completely different three years later.

    At one point I commented to a friend, I could understand why people committed suicide.

    She was understandably horrified, but I had been ground down by circumstances for so long–and I thought my weakness was the issue–that it was hard to move forward.

    But, I assured her, I would never do such a thing because of the damage to my family. But I understood for the first time why some people felt so low that release through death seemed plausible.

    The Lord uses different things in our lives to reveal truth. Sometimes it can be something as ridiculous as a meaningless secular test. That was true for me and I’m thankful.

    We live in a consistently stressful society. Knowing silly facts like that test has helped me ride my personal waves, but also extend sympathy and a degree of understanding to others going through hard times that may not seem so hard to me.

    It’s all on how you look through the prism, right? 🙂

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  15. And that is why the national park does prescribed burns in spring and fall. Even though the weather took an unforeseen turn and caused the fire to run, we are much safer from wildfire now. Husband tries to keep clear space around our buildings, but it’s a never ending battle – stuff grows so fast up here.

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  16. I can understand someone in the Midwest never opening windows. We had neighbors with several allergies, so they went straight from heater to a/c in the Spring and back again in the Fall.

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  17. Well, the diagnosis is … upper respiratory viral infection (in other words, “common cold”). Sheesh. I definitely feel worse than that.

    I’m now armed with some heavy-duty prescription cough medicine and Sudafed. Doctor said it is, indeed, going around and he instructed me not to spread it anyone else. So I’m inside for now, bought some soup on the way home.

    No antibiotics as it’s viral, he said it should pass in 3-5 days. But considering I’ve had this thing for 3-4 weeks …

    Maybe I’ll go slam my hand in the front door so I won’t feel so bad.

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  18. I tried to post this earlier, but it wouldn’t let me. So I’m sure a lot has been posted between when I wrote it and now. The same crew that replaced the windows yesterday–or some of them–is coming back today to finish the trim on the windows. They will also replace our bedroom doors and all the doorknobs. We could replace the knobs ourselves, except it seems there is an old-fashioned setup, with no metal plate on the edge of the door and thus no place for it on the doors, so they’ll need to do some woodworking to make a place for it. The knobs need replacing since they are old (1980) and the one on the coat closet broke before we ever saw the place. To open that door required two men, one with a hanger. I’ve been mildly concerned a bathroom doorknob might break and leave someone stuck inside. We simply removed the knobs from the hall closets.

    The bedroom doors–particularly the master bedroom–both have cat damage, and the master bathroom has also separated a bit. We are getting better quality doors than have been up there, as well. Other than the wallpaper, this is the last big “eyesore” remaining in this house. And a friend gave us a dishwasher yesterday. (I don’t like dishwashers and was happy enough not to have one in our other house–I replaced the one in Nashville with a small upright freezer–but my husband would like to have one, and it made sense to replace the one that wasn’t working.)

    In using credit card points–and “playing their game” to stack them up quickly–we managed to get a free upright freezer (5 cubic feet), although we need an electrician to do some work (not in the budget just yet) before we can use it.

    Tomorrow we are scheduled to have a friend from church come and finally do the last little bit of work to get the sink hooked up in our master bathroom, so we can finally use that. We will still need to finish painting (my husband has been sick, and he likes to do the painting himself) and replace the medicine cabinet, mirror, and light with new fixtures we have bought, and hang the towel racks and toilet paper holder. But having a working sink will allow us to actually use that bathroom. So far we have only been using the mirror.

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  19. Haha, another difference with me and my house — Once a worker suggested buying a new door knob to replace the original glass-and-brass 1920s knob on the front door, he said he’d just head on down to Home Depot … I gasped. Noooo!

    He thought I was quite crazy, I’m sure. 🙂

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  20. Michelle, certainly understanding “I’ve been through a lot in the last year” and “even good changes are stressful” is useful information. I did find it kind of humorous that Christmas was on there (when the test is asking which of these happened within the last year) and amazed that relocating gets a measly, and meaningless, 20 points. Moving from one apartment to another down the street might be a 20-pointer; but packing and moving several thousand books, selling one house (with some major glitches in the sale) and buying one in a different city (which needs major fixing up), leaving family in the old city, and learning a whole new community is stress upon stress. It isn’t something that can be reduced to points, it’s just serious life change.

    But really, I was more just pointing out that any prediction that someone has some particular percentage of chance of getting sick is meaningless. My husband and one daughter get sick easily; the other daughter and I do not. It’s helpful to know “I might be vulnerable to illness right now, so I’d better be sure I get enough sleep and eat as well as I can under the circumstances” but not to feel one is “fated” to get sick.

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  21. Michelle @10:50: I will be in the north for the duration of the fall semester, which ends in early December.
    As for what I need, I am still figuring that out. I need warm clothes. The key to surviving the bitter cold of the north is to dress in layers. Down here, we actually don’t need to layer up very much, so I don’t have the long underwear and wool socks that are requisite for up there. I will need another coat, as my winter coat is cloth and far too thin for the far north. One of the teachers who has worked in Nunavut recommended a down parka, but those are ridiculously expensive* and according to other sources, coats made in Nunavut are more effective for their weather than the commercially produced extreme cold weather coats. So, I am looking into getting a coat made there. It will still be somewhat expensive, but a locally mad parka would be a souvenir and it is a better option than a $1000+ brand name parka which I might not need to wear again.

    I am also considering what to do with my electronics. I have mentioned that my memory card for my camera is toast, so a new camera would make sense. I am also considering what to do about my computer and phone (they have cell service! – up until recently, the far north barely had any phone service), as their batteries are showing signs of aging. I really don’t want to get a whole new computer, but I feel like I need some kind of backup for the battery, which is not easily replaceable; perhaps one of those power banks (portable chargers) might work.
    All in all, my needs are not great. The ticket was the largest expense, but I had saved enough money over the past couple of years to pay for it and still have some left for other expenses. I do need to get travel health insurance, as the school and placement require it, in case of a medical evacuation. It will all work out. Finances, while I have to watch them carefully, are not a huge concern at this point. The Lord provides.

    *One can always tell which are the wealthy international students (international students need to be wealthy, as they are charged higher tuition than we are) at the university, because they all wear their Canada Goose down parkas, with the distinctive arm patch, in the winter. The brand is apparently a status symbol in Asia – a friend was saying they had an exchange student from Asia whose one wish was to buy a Canada Goose parka to take home. The Canadian born and bred students, meanwhile, wore mostly cloth coats, as that was all that was needed in the city.

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  22. I remember Pat Nixon’s cloth coat, it was something of a reverse status symbol at the time (vs Jackie Kennedy’s more stylish wardrobe)

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  23. She hollers, “Charlie, come here.”
    I come running because I don’t know what it’s about. It could be serious.
    She wanted me to explain what she saw on TV.
    It was a commercial.
    But I have to go because I don’t know that it was only a commercial.
    That’s why I don’t need a stress test.

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  24. There are many commercials that I can’t even begin to explain. Usually I can figure out what product they’re advertising, but otherwise many commercials make no sense to me. In part it’s because they move too fast for me, but in part I think it’s just because they’re all about grabbing attention and not necessarily making any sense.

    Remember when commercials were a full minute long, or even longer?

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  25. Thanks for the map, Michelle. Both of the lakes are on Highway 20, which extends from the coast up to my home in the mountains.

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  26. Y’all make me feel like a wimp. I have Cuddle Duds for long johns, wool socks, a long hooded down coat, and snow boots. When it gets chilly in Atlanta, it is shocking to our bodily systems so we bundle up.

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  27. I saw a commercial I did not understand. I had to ask Art for an explanation. It was for Stub Hub. Yeah. It was a sports thing. We don’t attend those events so I was clueless.

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  28. My brother has been at the office hacking all day. I hope Art and I don’t catch whatever he has. I felt a bit disturbed that he came in today. I have not been using the aloe juice. Time to get some more.

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  29. Speaking of commercials. This is new, I haven’t seen it before.
    Someone is singing “I’ve Gotta be Me” and it shows various people doing different things. But there is nothing at the end. Nothing to buy that I can identify.

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  30. Must be subliminal, Chas

    You’ll find yourself wandering through a mall soon buying something and wonder how in the world you ever lived without it.

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  31. My brother has been at the office hacking all day.

    When I first read that I thought he was breaking the law by hacking into some computer system. My how modern technology has changed our vocabulary. Context matters!

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  32. And we live in LA so we were all anxious to drive, our parents started teaching us when we were 14-15 so we were ready to get our permits right away at 15.

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