46 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-28-18

  1. Good morning. Checking in with Third Arrow’s phone. It’s Second Arrow’s wedding day, and I so want to be a joyful mom, but am a mess right now. Not so great a day yesterday, for reasons I’ll not go into, and I had little sleep last night — off and on sleep starting sometime after 11:55 and ending at 2:43 — and I spent a fair amount of the waking hours crying quietly in the motel room

    Sorry to come here all gloomy. Would you pray for me for my daughter’s sake? She doesn’t need a curmudgeon of a mother on her wedding day.

    Sorry wrong thread.

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  2. 6 Arrows, weddings are stressful events. I got no sleep at all the night before our daughter married. (They chose to have a morning wedding, which meant that I had to be up at something like 4:00 to go to the church with the bride to get ready, and I can’t sleep at all if I have to be up that early–something I never told them, either when they were choosing such an early hour or on their wedding day itself.) I’m not a fan of “big” weddings, partly for that reason–the chance of even the bride enjoying her day seems to go down proportionately to the elaborateness of the day.

    But she will blossom into her beauty as she prepares for her groom, and moments of today will be lovely ones you will remember forever. At the end of the day, you will go home and you will have it “over with.” And maybe your younger daughters can see that a big elaborate wedding is not worth all the fuss (as I myself did, when I got to be in a couple of semi-fancy weddings).

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  3. The butterfly is a pearl crescent, quite a small species (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches). It was cooperative in terms of staying among this little bunch of flowers (I’m not sure the species) for quite a few minutes, long enough that I got 30 or 40 photos of it. But it’s difficult to get photos of a moving butterfly while it has its wings open, the pose I wanted; only about three of the shots ended up with open wings. I chose this one with the butterfly regally on top instead of down among the blossoms.

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  4. Prayed, 6.

    I have been reading again through the book of Jeremiah. Since Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet reading his book could be considered depressing, but I have, since I was a teenager, found Jeremiah an encouragement and a challenge to be as faithful as he was, when he stood, almost alone, for the Lord in the midst of a society which was pagan and hedonistic. The handful who stood with him – Baruch, the Ethiopian eunuch, and even the Rechabites – are also an encouragement. The book of Jeremiah and Lamentations is filled with hope. “And this hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5, HCSB).

    I was reading the historical section of Jeremiah, where it talks about the political context in which his prophecies were given, and came to chapter 42, after Jerusalem has been burned by the Babylonians and the governor that Nebuchadnezzar left in Judah has been assassinated, when all the remnant of Judah are gathered on the border of Egypt to flee the Chaldeans:

    ‘Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us— that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”…

    Then he summoned Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least to the greatest, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea for mercy before him: If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land.

    But if you say, ‘We will not remain in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the Lord your God and saying, ‘No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,’ then hear the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die. All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them.’ [Jeremiah 42:1-3, 8-18, ESV]

    Jeremiah’s word of hope in facing danger and then of warning of the danger in seeking safety reminds me so much of what Jesus repeatedly said to his disciples:
    “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25)
    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35)
    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:24)
    “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
    “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25).
    Jeremiah lost his life, but saved it (Hebrews 11:32-40). Baruch forfeited his social standing, but was given his life (Jeremiah 45). The Ethiopian eunuch risked his life to save Jeremiah, and his life was spared to him (Jeremiah 38:7-13, 39:15-18). The Rechabites chose to live as strangers and pilgrims all their lives, and received the promise that their line would never cease (Jeremiah 35). “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but,” as the Proverb (21:31) points out, “safety is of the Lord.”

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  5. Amen, Chas.

    I’m up early for some reason but was glad to realize that it is, at least, Friday. Unless I’m confused.

    6 Arrows, blessings to you and your daughter today.

    This time of year is when time really starts to fly for me. I think because of the rapid onset of the ‘holiday’ season, beginning out here really with Halloween. Can it really be almost October already? It’ll be a blur from here on out.

    I’ve decided I need to give the painters a bit more money over what their low bid — this entire escapade has been a mess for both them and me, but it has been a lot of extra work on their end and I don’t feel right giving them so little. So I’m trying to do some calculations to see how much extra I can give, which probably means putting off a few things, such as awnings, that I’d hoped to do before the end of this year.

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  6. Weddings are very stressful. Having been through 4 of them with my daughters, after the first I begged them all to elope, and even offered a cash incentive. It did not work. I have been praying for you 6, as I have felt your pain.

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  7. Oh, 6Arrows. I am sorry. If it will make you laugh I will tell the story of my Big Wedding.
    I awoke at 5:30 on the day of the wedding. I crawled down the hall to the bathroom and threw up. My dad wanted to have some cash on him that day so he wrote a check for $100 and sent me to the bank to cash it (remember-I was the BRIDE!) I threw up in the drive-thru of the bank. I went home, took a shower, threw up, and went to have my make-up done. I got to the church to have my hair done and threw up several more times. Eventually, the photographer’s wife sent my dad to the pharmacy to get some Donegel with Paregoric in it. You are supposed to have 1 tablespoon every two hours as needed for nausea. I had half a bottle between 2 pm and 3:40 pm when they moved me to a room right off the vestibule. Uncle Buddy, the minister came to me and told me he had a throw-up bag in his vestments. I somewhat remember walking down the aisle, I have seen the photos which help with the memories. I didn’t throw up. During the photos, I was feeling faint and threw up again. (There are a series of photos documenting that). Everyone at my wedding drank a champagne toast to us. I drank Gatorade-Ade. Eventually, it was time for us to leave in a horse-drawn carriage to the Grand Hotel. I threw up in the flower bed at the reception and ripped the zipper out of the dress. The last time I threw up was about midnight out on Julep Point.
    I got home from the honeymoon and we all had dinner, George, his parents, my dad, and me. Daddy asked me how soon he could expect to be a grandfather. I told him to give me 6 months so nobody would think I was pregnant when I got married.
    I laughed and told this story for YEARS. I told it until sometime in 2008 when someone said, “Oh, honey. You poor thing, were you pregnant?” WHAT??????? NO! Then I thought Oh my God. My GRANDMOTHER and all of my aunts must have thought I was pregnant!!!!

    Of course, it took seven YEARS for BG to arrive.

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  8. Morning! It is 30 degrees and there is frost on the pumpkin!! Yippee!
    Raccoons got in the garbage last night….rotten things!!
    Praying for you today 6arrows….wedding of our first daughter was so stressful but we made it through and was so thankful to be on the other side of it when it was over…..and like RK…I offered them money to run off and get married (well that is what Paul and I did and and look at us 43 years later…. 😜)

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  9. Praying for you, dear 6 Arrows.

    *******
    Nightingale and The Boy are with his Cub Scout pack at a National Guard place up in Massachusetts, seeing real fighter jets!

    Hubby had looked forward to taking The Boy to the New England Air Museum sometime. He was disappointed when the other grandparents beat him to it. (He was waiting until The Boy was a little older.) But he still looked forward to doing that, and other things with him as he grew up. (I’m crying now, feeling so sad that he won’t get to do those things with his beloved grandson.)

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  10. Cedar waxwings are here!! Robins and catbirds have been making their way for a couple weeks to a treeful of berries, and I kept thinking I’ll see cedar waxwings eventually. This morning I must have seen at least a dozen. And it was a foggy morning, with dew-drop-jeweled spiderwebs absolutely everywhere. Stunning!

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  11. Nightingale said they got to try on some of the pilot gear.

    They were able to do this because one of the den leaders used to be in the Air National Guard and was stationed there, so he had an “in”.

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  12. 2nd awning bid coming, guy was young and seemed to know what he was talking about. At least to me he did, but then I know next to nothing about awnings.

    Neighbor also suggested taking measurements they provide to Home Depot, Lowe’s, to see what they would do price-wise and whether any holiday sales (Columbus Day or whatever it’s called now?) are coming up that could help save some money. Good thought and I’ll definitely do that.

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  13. I helped the Lions with the Vision Van this morning. I have done this a dozen times, but not much help any more. I couldn’t see the dials and instructions well enough. So I helped sign people in. It helped some, but not much.
    I take Elvera to the “Adult Center for Enhancement’ on Wed. and Fri. She seems OK with going, but is always glad when I go to retrieve her.

    I wasted most of yesterday afternoon watching the Supreme Court thing. Then, this morning, it occurred to me: This doesn’t affect me at all. Not one bit does it affect me. Such a waste of time.
    But I have lots of time lately.

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  14. thanks, I’m (thankfully) happy with the color and also think it’s a good “fit” for my house. The former color scheme, blue with white trim, predated my move in — it was cute for all those years, gave it more of a coastal bungalow look, but this is more connected to the house style, origins and its architecture.

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  15. Chas, so kind of like the blind leading the blind at the Vision Van? lol, just joking as I’m sure your presence was needed and appreciated. I’m glad you were able to do that.

    Cheryl, what a striking banner photo today.

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  16. I noticed both my electrical power and water costs jumped quite a bit over the past two months — thanks to the painting job. Oh well, cost of doing house fixing.

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  17. Chas, the Supreme Court judges affect you indirectly because of your grandchildren. You are getting to witness a possibly small (hopefully small) portion of their future.

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  18. Maddie and Grandpa has a showdown today. Turns out he has a stronger will than she does.
    He had gotten in the habit of lying down next to her when she napped. It reated his back and he read or watched tv. She wakes up occasionally to make sure he is still there, emailed and goes back to sleep. Today he must not have been where she could see him and started a bloodcurdling scream. I wasn’t present for most of it but he let her cry it out. I went outside to finish my conference call.
    When I came back in he was in the living room and she was still asleep. I told her she overplayed her hand. 😉

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  19. The purple flower is New England aster; it also comes in pink. Upon seeing this photo, my husband said, “It looks like it is coming right out of the screen.” And I saw yes, he’s right, it looks three-dimensional.

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  20. All right, I was greedy, and took two trips down to “my” pond today, and walked the trail a bit too. I couldn’t stay down there long the first time, since my husband had a “fasting” medical test this morning, and it seemed the kind thing to do to be home to fix him something to eat. With a short window to go down there, I really only went since we had fog, and fog gives such lovely photo opportunities.

    I was able to see the cedar waxwings had arrived, and I have wanted for years to have a chance to photograph a flock of cedar waxwings eating red berries. (I’ve seen them eating white mulberries, but that just isn’t as photogenic a scene. I’d also not seen the famous flocks of dozens of birds.) I got several photos, but had to tear myself away to come home. Spiderwebs were absolutely everywhere, too, bedecked with dewdrops and beautiful (but with not a spider in sight).

    After he ate, he wanted a nap, and I thought, Well, birds eat when the food is available. Herons that want fish have to be out when the fish are. Swallows that want insects have to fly when the insects are flying. But waxwings gorging on berries aren’t limited to a time of day, but to a season, and they’re probably still eating. This morning I saw them eating wild grapes, but when I went back they were eating the red berries too. (They might have been doing so this morning, too, I don’t know. The berries were also lower in the trees than the grapes, so I had better chances at close-ups) Just about every tree had birds in it, at least dozens of them and likely hundreds (depending on how wide the flock extended). This time of year they are mostly juveniles, but I saw plenty of the lovely adults, too.

    In addition to cedar waxwings, I saw (and photographed) at least two warblers, cardinals, a catbird, a green heron, a belted kingfisher, and several other birds. The butterflies were also out in force the second time, giving me several good photos. But other than the waxwings, the “catch of the day” was probably a snapping turtle, a species I had seen just once (swimming in this pond, and thus letting me see only the top of the shell and occasionally the head). This time it was in a small pool near the main pond, so I got to see its shell and its head clearly. I think it saw me, and wanted to be in deeper water, so it scrambled up and over a log, giving me a chance to see and photograph parts of it I hadn’t seen (the tail and front leg).

    On my second visit, the waxwings were everywhere for 20-30 minutes, and then they weren’t. It was as if they had an agreed naptime, and it was that time. But when I walked home, birds were flying above and near a group of trees. They were some distance away, but I was pretty sure they were more waxwings (they were), and I zoomed in and got several shots. That group in the air had more than two dozen birds.

    It wasn’t a good day to stay home. 🙂

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  21. Painter reported an “uneventful” day which I always count as a good thing, considering. They made progress, although I will have to check in come morning as I got home after dark so couldn’t “see” what had been accomplished.

    Tonight I’m catching up with some of the new season debuts which I missed during this past week, I was too tired to stay up for most of them. Love ‘On Demand.’

    Tomorrow painters will be back and I’m heading up to Hollywood to take Carol to lunch.

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