38 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-16-18

  1. Morning all. Would you look at all those turkeys. At my home in the states there are lots of those. In fact, I have a gate on my deck to keep out the deer and the turkeys.

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  2. Morning! Oh we have turkeys around here. My neighbor over on the side road took a photo of a bunch of turkey gathered under her bird feeder. One of the turkeys was pure white….I told her I liked the white meat ones! 🦃

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  3. Those turkeys look very busy! Goin’ somewhere. Hurry-hurry-hurry

    I’m so excited, I found a Korea War survivor who knew & served with the kid I’m writing about (who died there in 1950 and whose remains were just recently identified and being returned to the family next month). He’s calling me this afternoon — found him by way of talking to an author of a 2009 book about the battle (Fox Company at Chosin Reservoir) in which this kid was killed.

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  4. More painter drama, he texted me yesterday to say he received a subpoena to testify in Texas about some $40,000 payment he’s claiming someone owes him, I think maybe from job last summer working on a refinery — somehow that didn’t end the way he expects it to, with him getting a lot of money.

    He once told me he sued another former employer years ago (some kind of utility company, I think) and got a lot of money out of that lawsuit. Maybe that’s why he’s not working regularly anymore, companies maybe don’t like to hire folks who are known to turn around and sue them.

    Well, he’s not been here for the past 2 days because he’s trying to get the venue changed to a local one for this latest testimony, so we’ll see. I want to know as little about all of this as possible. I just want my house painted.

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  5. Nightingale picked up her new car this morning. 🙂 (A neighbor drove her to the place.)

    She is thrilled. Not only is it the kind of car she wanted, but it is newer and in better shape than she ever dreamed she could get. I congratulated her on her new car, and she hugged me and thanked me for letting her have that much money to buy it. I am glad to have had the money (from the life insurance) to let her buy a good quality vehicle that will be safe and last a good while.

    Now she is continuing to save money for her next vehicle, which hopefully she won’t need for a long time.

    (I am so grateful to God, and to Nightingale, that she is so wise about money matters. Our situation together would have been a disaster if we did not agree on how to handle our finances.)

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  6. Excuse all the morning typos! I didn’t sleep all that well, I was up reading from probably 2-3:30 a.m., and even though it’s overcast this morning it feels uncomfortably warm and close inside the house again. Can’t figure out why this humidity is hanging around for so long this summer, it’s really unusual for us.

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  7. Congratulations on the new vehicle, Kizzie. How exciting.

    I actually got my Jeep washed (and waxed) yesterday, it was really filthy after getting flaked with falling ash & some rain splatters in the past couple weeks. A real mess. I think I hosed it off a few months ago in the driveway, but other than that I’ve kind of just let it go in the past year with all the house chaos and my busy work schedule. Not getting any regular rainfall last season didn’t help, that’s typically my main ‘car wash’ every year.

    Now it’s all shiny again. 🙂

    The dark colors (my car is dark blue) do show the dirt a lot more.

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  8. Michelle, from last night — you’ve got a lot on your plate; no need to get back to me on the how-to-do-pingbacks thing. 😉 I’ll figure it out somewhere along the line if God lays it on my heart that it’s important to know how. It’s not at a need-to-know level, by any means, at this point. 🙂

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  9. I’ve seen turkeys fly.

    We see turkeys around here fairly often. We also see deer regularly. But we never see turkeys and deer at the same time. They don’t seem to coexist very well, apparently. Not sure why. Hubby was the one who noticed that they never seem to be around together. I hadn’t made that observation before he pointed it out, but he’s right. We just don’t see them both at the same time in our area.

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  10. Kizzie, did you check into how much you can “gift” a person each year without incurring a tax penalty, and make sure you are not over that amount?

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  11. We have turkeys walk through sometimes. We had one that insisted on coming back to roost in our crab apple tree. Fortunately, it decided to spend more time at one the neighbor’s homes. They are mean and I would prefer they move on.

    We have had two foxes come out and eat the sunflower seeds left on the ground by the birds on the feeder. I had no idea they would eat sunflower seeds until I googled it. I know bears do and we have them around. We have yet to spy them around the feeder. I have told my husband the feeder may have to go, if that happens. A neighbor had a bear standing and looking in his patio door after feeding at his feeder. I do not want that.

    The deer that ran into us did over $1,300.00 worth of damage. We had to strain to see it on the door panels, though. We are having the side mirror cover replaced for just over $200.00 and not bothering with the rest. It would be different if we planned to sell the car, but we always drive them to death. That is, if they are not totaled by the insurance company like the last two were. 😦 Praying that doesn’t happen to this one.

    Congrats to Emily on her new car. I pray it will be of good use for a long time for all of you.

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  12. 6 Arrows, I have seen turkeys and deer together. I have photos of such, in fact.

    The field behind our former house got all sorts of wildlife in it. I especially liked it the one summer they planted wheat. (All other summers were corn or soybeans, usually corn–and corn quickly grew so tall you couldn’t see what animals were out there.) New varieties of wheat are very short, so it doesn’t obscure the view, it gets harvested months earlier than the other crops so you get your full view back super early, and the months after the harvest brought a lot more creatures to the field than the months after other harvests. So in a single day I would see deer and multiple species of large birds: red-tailed hawks (the smallest), turkeys, turkey vultures, Canada geese, and it seems like I’m missing one but if so I can’t think of it. We’d also get harriers ocasionally, but they’re smaller than those other species.

    I once got photo evidence of a female turkey flying after a red-tailed hawk while a whole bunch of poults ran and flew for cover. The photo was too far away to be a great photo, but it was interesting simply because when I took it I saw the turkeys but didn’t see the hawk. But apparently the hawk flew half-heartedly around to see if it would have a chance with the poults (it would surely have known they were too big by then, but it might have looked to see if there was a smaller one among them, as does sometimes happen because hens join up in larger flocks and sometimes their young are different ages). Poults can fly at two weeks, which isn’t anywhere near fully grown. Wild turkeys fly well, but still look strange in the air.

    Anyway, back to the question of turkeys and deer: the summer we had all that wildlife, sometimes multiple species in the field simultaneously, I noticed that turkeys would cross the field in a straight line, single file. They’d just keep walking. And if their path crossed that of a group of some larger animal (turkey vultures or deer), they would get to that larger animal, and it would react at this line of birds crowding in, and then the turkeys would turn and flee back the way they came. It seemed never to occur to them “Deer 20 feet ahead, let’s move a little to the right and go around them.”

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  13. Here in Connecticut, I think it has to be under $14,000. And yes, price of the car was under that.

    I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I gave the bank check directly to the dealer, not giving Nightingale a check in her name for her to deposit and then use. But either way, we are under the limit.

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  14. Linda – Oh. So I guess it’s the same everywhere. 🙂

    Just quickly googled it, and this answer came up:

    “That means an individual can leave $5.6 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax. A married couple will be able to shield north of $11 million ($11.2 million) from federal estate and gift taxes. And the annual gift exclusion amount is $15,000 for 2018—up from $14,000 where it’s been stuck since 2013.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2017/10/19/irs-announces-2018-estate-and-gift-tax-limits-11-2-million-per-couple/

    Elsewhere, I read that I could sell my house to a stranger for a buck with no tax considerations. But if I sell my house for less than market value to my daughter, I would be taxed on the amount between the selling price and the market value. So when it comes time to sell the house to Nightingale, which I’m guessing we will do in the next year or two, we will have to weigh our options on how to proceed that is best for both of us.

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  15. How timely! I bought a sliced turkey breast for a funeral tomorrow. It is in our office refrigerator. Cool!

    Wild turkeys fly, but turkeys fattened up for consumption can’t do the natural thing.

    I have a photo and haiku published on an online site. It can be found at Colorado Boulevard.net in the Poetry Corner: Power of Water. It is a tiny thing and I actually used the word “just” in the haiku. Sorry!

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  16. So, for the last couple days I’ve been working with a photo colorist in Britain in exchange for tomorrow’s blog post. Here’s a surprise he just sent, describing it as “possibly creepy.”

    It actually made me laugh. Do you know who this is? 🙂

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  17. If it is any consolation, Michelle, they don’t fly like hummingbirds, they do more gliding than anything, like pheasants and other gamebirds. But they do fly more than ostriches, emus, and rheas.

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