24 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-16-18

  1. Morning all. Nice to be able to connect tonight. I got to work with my second grade boy today who is back after being in Singapore with his parents. he was very excited that they went to LEGOLAND.

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  2. I just successfully changed the amount of my support that comes here. not an easy task. Prices have gone up. I paid 100 usd for a safety inspection and an oil change.

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  3. Saw a post on Facebook that claims that most problems really can be solved with enough money, and it seemed to indicate that people who say otherwise must be privileged enough to already have enough money.

    I listed some problems that money can’t solve, such as marital and other relationship problems. What kinds of problems might you list as ones that money cannot solve?


  4. I love rabbits. This one reminded me of Willy. My dad had been feeding a wild rabbit at his “bachelor” house. (The one I moved into). That rabbit would follow him all over the property. After my dad died he showed up for a while and I fed him. Willy didn’t show up one day and I never saw him again.

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  5. Money, also, cannot give you good, faithful friends. It can bring you many superficial friends, just like having plenty of booze and food at a party may.

    Jesus said the world knew how to use money for influence in ways his people did not. It is worth thinking about.

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  6. Not to be a blog hog, but I will say that I learned when we had barely any income, that money is a real blessing. I was quite blaze faire about it before then. I was of the ‘we can live on love’ group. I found out money is important and a blessing for what it can do. It is the love of money, itself, that must be fought against. Our natural tendency is greed of all kinds.

    Good Q of the D, Kizzie.

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  7. There’s another delay in the painting, head painter’s elderly mom has had a flare-up in her diverticulitis so they spent yesterday at Kaiser getting tests done and she’s now on some antibiotics but very weak and not doing great. Sidekick is supposed to come by. Along with his obsession on the lunar sabbath issue (straining gnats?), he’s very into the ‘mark of the beast’ and all that goes with that. He apparently told head painter (who’s a nonbeliever all the way around) that he’s worried about my salvation.

    My fault probably for just not having the inclination nor time to engage in these discussions with him. He was a salesman in a past career and he definitely comes on like one, backing people into corners with very aggressive techniques and driving/controlling the discussion. Hard sell all the way. It’s just something I’m not in the frame of mind to deal with right now. When he starts in on it all I’m usually on my way to get into the Jeep to go to work and he’s got a house to paint. grumble. So I wave him off (as nicely as I can). I should probably suggest we take the issues up someday at the dog park, when all of this is behind us.

    I gotta say, (more) money could have bought me much faster painters. We’re heading into nearly 4 months here pretty soon.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to cover an election forum today so maybe can write it up from home afterward as it’ll be closer to home than work and goes until mid afternoon.

    This week we’re all busy writing pre-election stories. I discovered yesterday that an acquaintance from the dog park who’s a public school teacher and has long been involved in Collie Rescue, is the Republican running in the state Assembly race I have to write up a short story on. It’s a heavily Democratic area so she won’t win, but interesting to see her giving it a shot.


  8. Money cannot buy love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self control. The opposite of those would all be problems money cannot fix.

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  9. My husband finally got to go down with me on a morning visit to the pond. (I’ve invited him before, but he hasn’t come with me, though we’ve walked around other places together.)

    I cautioned him that it isn’t as busy as in summer, and I can’t guarantee seeing anything of interest on the pond. (And I wasn’t sure if he’d want to walk beyond the pond, where there would be a better guarantee of seeing something. He wasn’t sure how much he wanted to walk, so I was leaving it up to him.)

    Well, the creatures cooperated. A great blue heron was perched on a high stump (which I’ve always thought a perfect roost, but had never seen a creature there); five mallards (three of them males) swam in the pond; a belted kingfisher was in a tree, and we also saw it fly and heard it call. Too chilly for turtles, and I haven’t been seeing green herons often at all, so we got good sightings for the season. A yellowlegs also showed up, so he got a new species.

    Across the street a doe waded into the creek, and he was thrilled at that sighting, having never seen deer come to water before.

    We continued on, and cedar waxwings showed up. A tree near us had seven of them, so we had some decent observations (me with camera, he with binoculars). After several minutes they all flew on and landed in a tree that already had waxwings in it; he counted more than 20. A yellow-rumped warbler came into the bushes, and so did a downy woodpecker, with a red-bellied woodpecker a little ways above. We went a little farther and the cardinals showed up, half a dozen of them flying in and out, and also a blue jay or two. No catbirds today, though they are frequently there. On the way back past the pond as we left, a hawk (likely the local red-shouldered) flew, and he got a decent sight of it (me just a glimpse, not enough to verify ID, but enough to say it is likely to be the red-shouldered). The kingfisher was still down there, and as we walked home the great blue heron flew over our heads, a cedar waxwing didn’t see us and flew within a couple of yards in front of us, and a chipping sparrow and goldfinch fed on seeds.

    I’m guessing it won’t be the last time he will choose to come with me, having seen for himself that it is excellent creature territory. I am glad the waxwings showed up, though. I’ve been telling him how wonderful it is to see dozens of those birds, and to see them in multiple different trees, and this morning he got to see them too. Far more interesting, I think, than the walk through the neighborhood that he usually chooses to do. (The walk through the neighborhood is interesting, too, but without the thing of never knowing what creatures will show up. We see a few people, a dog or two, and sometimes a squirrel, but otherwise just houses.)


  10. Money cannot buy contentment.

    I just edited a book (first-time writer, not something that’s about to get published) in which the writer said something like “If you have a problem that can be solved with money, then it isn’t a real problem.” I said no, indeed some genuine problems require more money than you can easily get. I know someone right now who needs more than $10,000 to get a dental problem fixed–it’s a genuine problem. What about if you own a company and your partner embezzles a large sum and you are left without the ability to pay your employees? Or both of your cars get totalled in short order? Or you are renting and you want to buy but your area has houses far out of your income level? Or your son goes to prison two states away and you don’t have the income to get there to visit him? Or you are a stay-at-home mom of toddlers and your husband walks out–or loses his job? Lack of money truly can be a problem. We don’t see true poverty very often in America, but I know of instances in my own family in which people didn’t have enough money for food or enough to heat their house in winter. My sister went a couple of years (as a single woman) with neither a phone nor a car, and she was renting half of a house and had to use (expensive, dangerous) kerosene heat for an hour or two in the evening in order to have even modestly warm quarters. I visited her there once and I saw that a person could have broken down the door with no effort at all–a splinter was all that kept the door closed. That isn’t the sort of poverty that many in other nations suffer, but I’m guessing the woman who wrote the book would have seen it as a “problematic” level of poverty if she had to experience it for a year or two herself. It’s one thing to say, “Yes, you have $10,000 in debt, but it will eventually be paid off” to a young, healthy person. It’s another thing to say “Lack of money isn’t a real problem” to a person who walks to work and won’t even have enough money to buy food if she has to call in sick any day this month because her rent for a bad place takes almost everything she earns.

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  11. I see Mumsee listed out the Fruit of the Spirit. 😃

    We have a flat tire on the new to us used car. We got to the office in it.

    Money can not buy escapes from random troubles.

    Money can not buy miracles.

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  12. When I had no money we saw God provide for all our needs. Money came in amazing ways just as it was needed. We had to be faithful, but He took care of our needs. I learned so much from that time.

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  13. But Cheryl makes some good points.

    So kind of a weird day, had to cover a candidate town hall but only 1 of the 2 candidates showed up, just turned the story in. I came home to write it.

    Which meant I had to converse with sidekick about the Sabbath. He handed me a link to look up and said he wants to see me in eternity so I needed to understand this. If we get that wrong, he said, forget it. I told him he was straining gnats. What I need to tell him is somehow discerning the “right” day for the Sabbath isn’t the gospel.

    He also said that Hurricane Michael means the end is coming soon.

    I told him I had to finish writing my story.

    Then as I was out looking at the windows (after he’d left and I turned in the story), the neighbor kid (20-something) tells me about the willie nelson concert he went to last night and how he was the youngest and only “brown” person there, the whole audience was “old and white.” He found that hilarious. And they were perturbed, he said, when Willie, who’s liberal, began talking politics. That was funny to him, too. All those ‘old white’ people.

    Yes, entertainers pushing their politics on a paying audience is annoying, I wanted to say, but didn’t. Feeling old and white — and distinctly out of fashion because of it — I went back inside.

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