49 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-23-18

  1. I checked my mailbox today and had a package slip. Turns out it was packet of election materials. This is the first time in over five years tht anything has come. So how do I vote. There seems to be a way to do it by email. Not sure if there is time to figure it all out.


  2. That tall stump of a broken-off tree down by the pond has seemed begging to be a bird perch, but I’d never seen anything on it.

    One day last week my husband went with me to the pond. I told him no guarantees we would see anything worth seeing. As we approached the pond, I looked over (before we even got there) and there was this great blue heron perched majestically on the far side of it, but close enough to the sidewalk for a good view once we got over there.

    Trivia note, but when I was a kid, from maybe ten on for several years, when I washed dishes I usually stood with one leg on the other knee, and my family called me a crane or a heron. (I was also tall for my age and quite thin. I stayed 88 pounds–my favorite number–for a year or so through junior high, though I entered puberty early and would definitely have been above five feet.) Notice this heron does have one of its legs pulled up.

    I wanted to get the leaves in the background more blurred so the heron stands out more; as it is, most of the photos I got didn’t get the heron in good focus because of the busy background. In this one the bird is in focus, and I think it’s a good look at its wing feathers (even the ones on the far wing) and that face. It’s also a less common pose for the great blue, its neck drawn up tight the way the green heron usually stands. (Except that when the adult green heron stands that way, you somehow don’t see the sinuous neck at all, and it looks like a neckless bird instead of a bird with a lengthy neck.)

    Notice the long, thick bill. That is a beak made for grabbing slippery fish and adjusting them to swallow them headfirst. You can tell a lot about a bird’s diet by its beak. The kingfisher also had a long, thick beak, though it catches fish by diving in after them, and the great blue more typically stalks and spears, often stretching its long neck in a lightning-fast grab. (Its strides are slow and careful, hardly moving the water, and then it grabs quickly.)

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  3. One of the minor disagreements Nightingale and I have is over when to switch the inside out laundry items to right-side out.

    My way of thinking is that when the clothing item is taken off it should be put into the laundry basket or hamper (whichever you have) right-side out. Then, when you do the laundry, you don’t have a bunch of clothes or socks or whatnot that have to be switched around.

    Nightingale’s thinking on that is that you’re going to be spending time folding the clothes anyway, so just throw them in as is and then switch them around while you’re folding.

    The only reason this has even come up (and it is not a real argument, just a friendly disagreement) is that I often take care of finishing up (or doing) The Boy’s laundry. To me, it is easier and quicker to switch around a couple items at a time as you take them off than to have a whole bunch of them in a load of laundry.

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  4. I can’t imagine a disagreement about have to was clothes. I have been doing it for the last couple of years and I just throw them in. I do wash some of Elvera’s delicate clothes separately with colder water.


  5. Mrs B prefers clothes to be delivered for washing right-side out so she can see if there are any stains needing treatment, but turns some clothes inside out for reasons about which I’m a little unclear. Maybe some care instructions say they should be washed inside out?

    Me, I’d just as soon they stay right side out from start to finish, but it’s not a big deal.

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  6. I follow Chas’ system.

    Throw ’em in. Take ’em out. Fold ’em. Or hang ’em. Done.


    Then again, I wash for one, just me.

    I woke up feeling frustrated about my window. I tried latching it again today and the bottom definitely bows out so it won’t close tight and latch.

    We have herons at the pond in the park near me but I honestly haven’t been there with the dogs in a while. I’ve really need to get back to some of these routines of mine (we walk but go a simpler, quicker way through the neighborhood since it’s dark now by the time I get home from work; ideally I’d work into a morning walk also again, but I fear I’m a ways away from that discipline right now).

    This 2 1/2 years of house upheaval has really thrown me off in so many ways. 😦 Time to start getting my life back.

    But first the painter needs to finish already and be gone.

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  7. Kevin’s low maintenance.

    Yes, that does help if they’re right-side-out to see if anything needs a squirt of pre-treatment stain remover.

    I am still loving the “new” (1-year + old now) washer and dryer, what a joy it is to use them after limping through the last of the 30 years with my old ones.


  8. I’m with Chas and DJ–I had too many kids to worry about which way side was up. Some of them even wore stained clothes as a result.

    OTOH, I usually hung clothes on the line to save energy and money and the sun did a pretty good job of bleaching things clean.

    In other news, I’m hoping this isn’t a harbinger of the day, but I was so excited to see it was only 5:30 when I woke, I hurried, got dressed in my gym clothes actually had time to eat breakfast (which I thought odd–how did I have that much time?), check my email and leave for the gym.

    Where the clock said it was 7.

    I actually stood there, puzzled, and asked, “what time is it?”

    I’d missed the class by an hour.

    What time is it now?


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  9. Speaking of baseball (Ok, so we weren’t, but …) did anyone read the book or see the film “Moneyball”? (Film came out in 2011 with Brad Pitt.)

    An editor was telling me it’s a great primer on understanding how baseball has changed in the recent era. While I was brought up on the game and still love it, I do not follow it all that closely unless the locals make it into the playoffs. But it’s clearly a game that’s been tweaked since my younger days as an avid fan when one pitcher (remember Sandy Koufax?) often pitched an entire game.


    All about match-ups and the numbers.



    … Rather than relying on scouts’ experience and intuition, Brand uses sabermetrics, selecting players based on their on-base percentage (OBP). Brand and Beane hire undervalued players such as unorthodox submarine pitcher Chad Bradford, aging outfielder David Justice, and an injured catcher, Scott Hatteberg.

    Oakland scouts are hostile toward the strategy …

    … The Athletics win 19 consecutive games, tying the longest winning streak in American League history. Though Beane does not watch games, his young daughter persuades him to attend the next game, against the Kansas City Royals, when Oakland is leading 11–0 after the third inning. Beane arrives in the fourth inning, only to watch the team falter and allow the Royals to even the score. Thanks to a walk-off home run by Hatteberg, the Athletics win a record-breaking 20th consecutive win. Beane tells Brand he will not be satisfied until they have “changed the game” by winning the championship using their system.

    The Athletics eventually clinch the 2002 American League West title but lose to the Minnesota Twins in the 2002 American League Division Series. Beane is contacted by the owner of the Boston Red Sox, who realizes that sabermetrics is the future of baseball. Beane declines an offer to become the Red Sox general manager, despite the $12.5 million salary, which would have made him the highest-paid general manager in history. He returns to Oakland. Two years later, the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series using the model the Athletics pioneered.


  10. I see where former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor is diagnosed with dementia. A problem with dementia is that it sneaks up on you. My first encounter with it was when Elvera had gone to Wall Mart and later called me from Bat Cave, about 15 miles east of H’ville. She didn’t know how she got there. But she drove back home safely. I had her located on the iPhone then and followed her home.
    As I said: It sneaks up on you. People do dumb things they never did before and you don’t know why until, after a while, it dawns on you that something ain’t right.
    Then you have to start dealing with it. It gets worse with time.
    It dawned on me that she once, before that, left the toaster oven on all night. No harm done and I forgot about it until then.

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  11. LOL, Kizzie, I’ve been teaching the granddaughters to take their clothes off so that they remain right-side out. Their Mom has been making them put away their own laundry and they HATE it. I showed them how much easier it is if they don’t have to right-them first. I think the flaw in NG’s logic is that it doesn’t take any extra effort to take them off such that they remain right-side out. Feel free to use that “argument.” 🙂

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  12. Oh, yes, Sandy Koufax. He and Don Drysdale were my heroes when I started paying attention to baseball somewhere around 1965.


  13. Laundry: some things go inside out so they don’t wear off the design but I figure if I am folding your laundry and you put it in inside out, you must want it inside out so that is how it will remain. I do mine and husband’s. Anybody eight and over should be doing their own. But now we find ourselves doing the two seventeen year old’s which is interesting because, in exchange for this service, we don’t mind throwing out clothes we don’t like. But out of fifteen children, this is the first of doing laundry for a seventeen year old and it is two of them!

    Boy likes to tear off his sleeves. I don’t like that look. He no longer has any shirts like that (he buys his own). Nor does he have shirts with messages I don’t care for. Or stains as husband does not like that.

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  14. In my family, we have always managed to take clothes off with the right side out. It has never been an issue, and I don’t remember teaching son to be sure clothes were right side out, but I must have. I turn some t-shirts wrong side out to save wear and tear on designs of a certain type.

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  15. Afternoon! It is cool and cloudy here today….had an early morning meeting and I get the house to myself this afternoon 😊
    Laundry…I separate colors and throw them in…darks get a cold/cold wash, lights and whites get a warm/cold wash. I hang most of my clothes because I do not like what the dryer does to them. Jeans ( this is what I wear most everyday of my life!) are hung on the quilt rack in the laundry room. Tops and sweaters are also hung or stretched out to dry.


  16. My grandmother had dementia. Grandpa had to go to the kitchen after she left it to make sure all the stove burners were turned off. Sad. She remembered who we were, as well as my mom who died in 1964. Grandpa, however had forgotten her later on. We visited him when he turned 100, but he didn’t realize who my mom was, since she had died 35+ years earlier.


  17. Feeling a bit frustrated right now. As I mentioned a few days ago, I am trying to get Mrs. McK’s email address. So a couple days ago I sent YA (formerly YF) a Facebook private message asking if her mom has an email account she uses. I also commented on one of her posts, telling her I sent her a message with a question.

    The next day, there was no reply on either the message or the comment, but YA had posted more, meaning she would have seen both. So I commented on her last post, saying I had added another question. Today I see that she was posting after that, too, but still hasn’t replied to the comments nor to the message. Considering she almost always replies to comments, I have a feeling that she is purposely ignoring me.

    But at the same time, the part of me that believes in giving people the benefit of the doubt is keeping my mind open that maybe there is a good reason for her not replying. (And yet, she could have replied to one of the comments to tell me she couldn’t reply to my message yet, or something.)

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  18. Jeans should be turned inside out for washing – that is what all the tags say to do. They are also best washed in cold water and dried on low heat. Most of my clothes are darks, and thus get the cold wash. Towels, sheets, and uniforms get hot water. Washing uniforms in hot water is something that I learned was necessary when I trained in the OR. The reason the OR teams wear scrubs is that the scrubs are washed in a certain temperature of hot water and dried on high heat in order to be thoroughly cleaned. Considering some of the organisms my uniforms get exposed to in the course of a day, I prefer to wash them in hot water.


  19. Lol. I like the caption: “He’ll never notice me up here…” 🙂

    Laundry: yep, we’ve got that here, too. 😉

    Hot water wash: did a lot of that in the cloth diaper days.

    Piano student will be here at 7:00 tonight. I’ve been having off-and-on abdominal cramping episodes the last hour or two, and am hoping I won’t be dealing with them during his lesson, or, worse yet, get sick while he’s here. I think it’s food-related and not a virus, so I don’t think I’d be exposing him to anything.

    I’m wondering how he’ll do with his lesson tonight. Last week was the first time he came sounding pretty unprepared. I asked him how many days he practiced. He said, “3 or 4.” I was skeptical it was even that much, but I didn’t say that. I did reply he should aim for 5-6 days of practice a week, and discussed ways to find time to get in that amount.

    We’ll see if he’s back on track this week. I’ve heard that he has a lot of homework, going to the middle school he does, and I suspect that, like I’ve seen in his lessons (he takes his time and is quite deliberate in answering questions I pose about his music), he probably takes longer to finish his homework than other students.


  20. Cheryl – Quite frankly, I really don’t want to call her. She is the kind of person who talks and talks and talks. I am just not up to that. If it were an emergency, or I absolutely needed some info, I would call, but this is more a case of “I would really like to send this email soon” but it is not absolutely necessary.

    DJ – I don’t think she’s even seen the message. There is not one of those little check-marks that indicate a message has been read.

    6 Arrows – I think that asking my questions by snail mail would seem silly, and be a pretty slow way to go about it.


  21. 6 Arrows – I don’t know about your student’s school, but when Nightingale was in the local middle school (we started homeschooling as she entered the high school years) the amount of homework was ridiculous. It would take hours to complete.

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  22. 6 Arrows, you asked a couple of questions last night that I didn’t see till just now. Yes, I have a brother who is younger than my sister. That means we are now in out 40s, 50s, and 60s. The youngest of the older ones and the youngest of the younger ones were both born in decade years (1960 and 1970), so in each decade year we even up again for a bit (by the end of 2020 the youngest three of us will all be in our 50s and the oldest four in their 60s, but within a few years of that the older ones will be moving into their 70s).

    I have a friend in Nashville who is 14 years older than I am, and for several years she would tell me she felt like my mother. I kept telling her one of my brothers was her same age (and my mother almost 30 years older than she was) and that “mother” wasn’t anything close in my perspective; try “big sister.” Eventually she started calling herself my big sister, and that worked.


  23. Kizzie, I too tend to avoid calling people who talk endlessly. But considering she is the one your daughter is living with, and considering you want to ask her a favor, contacting her directly by phone rather than asking someone else for her e-mail address might be simpler. And then you can ask her for her e-mail address.


  24. Thanks for refreshing my memory, Cheryl. I could remember that there were four brothers in the older bunch, then you and your younger brother and your sister in the bunch after the long gap, with you the oldest of the youngs, but forgot for a bit whether your sister or brother was right after you. Today I remembered that you were born the year before your sister, and thought, “I don’t think Cheryl’s brother was born in between times, when the girls are about 16 months apart!”

    I do know someone who gave birth to three biological children in one calendar year, none in consecutive months. Firstborn in January; mom got pregnant with twins 3 months later; first twin born in September; second twin in November. Those babies, now toddlers (or preschool?) are grandchildren of our local music teacher’s association’s president.

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  25. Lesson went well tonight, and I never had any cramping episodes, either. I think it was a temporary rebellion against a cheese snack I had this afternoon that was over with by the time of the lesson.

    Student knew his music well this week. I am thankful. That business with all the homework that’s piled on in middle school — I just don’t like that. Sitting in school for hours and hours and hours, then having hours more of homework after school that cuts into family time and other useful activities that help develop gifts children may have that don’t run along academic lines, is such a time suck.

    I never thought that, as a piano teacher, I would spend so much time helping my students work around their crazy after-school hours. A lot of kids studying an instrument that requires practice outside of school time miss many practice days because they’re so swamped with homework. They have to get it done daily, whereas something that only meets once a week can easily get put to the back burner because there’s little time or energy left on weeknights to play their instrument(s). Sometimes I encourage them to do some of their homework, then head to the piano to work with their hands as a break from the mental fatigue of studying, then go back to their studies…and back to the piano…and maybe take a walk…and back to something else…

    Nobody told me in college what teaching music would be like in the real world…

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  26. That said, though, I still love teaching piano. And the trials these children face help challenge me to do my best to meet what needs of theirs I can in the most meaningful way for them.

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  27. Middle school is such a hard adjustment anyway. I well remember having suddenly to get used to having 5-6 teachers rather than one; and, yes, all that homework.

    Painter apparently couldn’t resist, I found the window latched when I got home and have no idea what he did to it. Hopefully nothing he shouldn’t have. I still would have felt better about having the window folks come over to troubleshoot it.

    No noticeable progress on the painting, however. …



  28. 6 Arrows – I had a home ec teacher who had her first child, a girl, and then had twin boys ten months later.

    Cheryl – If I was desperate, I would have to give her a call. Right now it’s pretty much a matter of being irritated about one thing and impatient about another. I’ll survive.

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  29. Middle school / junior high — how did any of us survive that time? You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to that age.

    Kizzie, I knew a family with a similar situation. I babysat their three girls, the first two of whom were twins, and their younger sister was 11 months behind them.

    Right now, with the family I mentioned earlier, with the twins born 2 months apart, because their birthdays are in September and November, it means the older twin is the same numerical age as the family’s oldest child, and the younger twin shares an age with neither. Who would guess that, in a family with twins, and having two three-year-olds (say) and one two-year-old, the two three-year-olds were not the womb-mates? 🙂

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  30. homework: I have heard the school expects homework to get done but their main focus seems to be sports. None of my children who attended middle school did homework (not the same as it not being assigned, of course), In high school, my A student did do homework on an online course about once a week but that was it. The seventeen year old is now in his eleventh year (his fifth at the school, and, as far as I know, has never done any homework. I notice when the school sends home his weekly notice of F’s or D’s, the principal has commented that he needs to put more time into his homework. I agree but it is not going to happen. He told us he was not going to do any school effort until he turns eighteen and moves out.


  31. I-da-ho …

    Well, mumsee, there goes the neighborhood, as they say.



    … For some Californians, the state’s punishing housing costs, high taxes, and constant threat of natural disaster have all become too much. They’re making their escape to areas such as Boise, Phoenix, and Reno, Nev., fueling some of the biggest home-price gains in the country. While the moves are motivated mainly by economics, they’re also highlighting political divides as conservatives from the blue state seek friendlier areas and liberal transplants find themselves in sometimes hostile territory.

    … “Eventually the laws of supply and demand are going to drive people to other parts of the country,” Kelman says. “Boise isn’t five times worse than California as a place to live. But places in California are five times more expensive.” Boise is becoming an alternative to traditional havens for Californians such as Portland and Seattle that have also gotten too pricey, he says.

    About 29 percent of the Idaho capital’s home-listing views are from Californians, according to Realtor.com. Reno and Prescott, Ariz., also were popular. These housing markets are soaring while much of the rest of the country cools.

    … John Del Rio, a real estate agent sporting a beard, baseball cap, and sunglasses, just registered moving2idaho.com, where he’s planning to blog about all the things that make his new home great. He left Northern California two years ago with his wife in search of a place with less crime, lighter regulation, and more open space. Del Rio, a conservative with a libertarian bent, is reassured to see average people walking through Walmart with handguns in their holsters. In Idaho, he says, “nobody even flinches.”


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