109 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-26-19

  1. Good night Jo…sleep well โค๏ธ
    Morning yaโ€™ll….I have been up and at โ€˜em since 4am…dishwasher unloaded, coffee made, countertops are shining, sink freshly oiled. Chili is in the crock pot. Load of laundry in the wash and one in the dryer….and it is still dark outside!
    A bobcat has been roaming around our part of the forest for a while…I believe I am seeing fewer squirrels about….except for the one who is eating all our birdseed…he is fearless!!

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  2. Good morning, all. I hear birds chirping and see another white sky without sunshine. A dove just now cooed. Birds add such goodness to life. Now I hear another dove cooing in the distance. I have not heard so many in awhile. Sounds like they are practicing for Spring Concert.

    Someone at church died, and the funeral will be in the newly renovated sanctuary where Decatur City Church is having their first service Sunday. It will be interesting to see what they have done with the sanctuary. I have heard it is beautiful.

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  3. Oh Janice I am a bird lover and the cooing of mourning doves brings to me such calm. I am so looking forward to that sound this coming Spring…which will be in our area around June!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. The first few comments reminded me of the closing of each episode of The Waltons, since everyone was saying good night to another.

    Our weather is turning cold again. We had sunshine for two days, noe it’s back to dreary grey and more snow.

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  5. Miss Maddie and I have been up a while. Grandpa is sleeping. He had her all night while I slept in the guest bedroom. I played some “sleep” music while I slept and I think that helped me get a decent night’s sleep. I still haven’t heard from my child nor her father.
    I treated myself to an hour and a half massage yesterday. I had been looking forward to a hot bath and a book.
    I am trying to cobble together an offer on one of my listings and deal with Fussel-Gus

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  6. We had fewer squirrels when we had a couple of gray foxes hanging around. They haven’t been seen lately and the squirrels have returned.

    Question of the day: What do you think of a memorial service for a dog? In this case, it was a K9 police dog. I am not sure who paid for the service, but it looked like a human memorial service complete with speakers etc. I suppose services are for the survivors and to sympathize with those losing a daily partner, but think this goes a bit far. I feel the same way about obits mentioning pets as survivors. When those pets can read the obit and appreciate it, I will agree it is a good thing.

    In Germany in the 30’s and 40’s animals were elevated above human beings and we see that trend again.

    While animals should be well care of, this goes beyond that. Would love to read your thoughts about this trend.

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  7. Kathaleena, I have not heard of that before. I don’t think they should have a human type service. But because they serve a community and have played a part in saving human lives with their whole life dedicated to being on duty and working rather than simply enjoying life as a pet, a special ceremony is fine with me. We serve some law enforcement people in the tax business, and I know of the high value placed on the specially trained dogs.

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  8. NancyJill, now that you’re done at your house, can you come over to mine?

    I haven’t had the energy to get the clothes out of the dryer that I put in there on Wednesday . . . I can’t decide if I’ll just wash them again or iron the shirts.

    I am feeling better, however, at 7.34 AM.

    Several of you have been on my prayer list this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I agree that animals are getting too much more important than people. Case in point: Abortion. It’s illegal to break an eagle egg, but not to empty a human womb before it’s time. Crazy.

    And then there are those that treat their pets like children, complete with fancy day care for pets, climate controlled houses for them, etc. Pet cemeteries became a thing in the 70s. I guess the animals need to be buried somewhere. Of course, some wag got the idea for income by charging people to bury their pet rocks. he just threw them into the ocean. I believe he was arrested for mail fraud.

    But I digress. It is one thing to let the dogs and cats into the house, but still another to treat them like humans, and give them fancy foods and spending outrageous amounts on pampering them.

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  10. In other news, I know a lot of you do not approve of the Catholic Church–for good reason. I, however, am sympathetic because the Catholic Church required my father to sign papers that his children would be raised Catholic. That is probably the only reason I’m a Christian today.

    He came from the LDS world–though he didn’t participate. Had I mistakenly been raised in the LDS, I’m sure I’d be lost in that monolith of heresy.

    However, in the Catholic Church I did hear the stories of Jesus. I did hear the Gospel–hidden in other ways–but when I was confronted with the message of salvation it made total sense to me and I easily slipped into the Kingdom of God.

    That being said, I follow the Catholics with sympathy. Several close friends–and several godparents of my children–are devout believing Catholics.

    The “Church” is filled with wolves. You know that from the various scandals which have rocked it through centuries but across the newspapers for the last 20 years. That’s why I wonder where the millstones are kept.

    The most recent anguish comes from the governor of NY, Andrew Cuomo, a second generation heretical alleged devout Catholic governor. WHY won’t the church at least excommunicate him–as they were called to do for his father on the same subject?

    Here’s an answer: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?ID=1324

    As the author agrees, it’s not a satisfying answer.

    For those of us who believe in the power of prayer–and who have more than enough to pray for within our own lives, our church body, “our” conversation blog, the nation, the world, missions and so forth–this is an area in which we can join our prayers for revival of truth, the Holy Spirit’s conviction and our gratitude that Jesus’ death can cover any sin.

    That may be the end of my brain today . . . Thanks for indulging me.

    #gratefulformerCatholic

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  11. I’ve been sitting by a window while mending some jeans (taking them in at the waist). Miss Bosley sat beside me and was thrilled that a small bird landed on the windowsill, and they got to look each other In the eye only inches away from each other. Afterwards I noticed Miss Bosley licked her lips. I think she imagined she ate the bird.

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  12. Yay for Saturdays and sleeping in.

    My animals are’t pampered, although the cat does now station herself on top of one of the floor heater vents when it gets a bit cold. I do buy quality food (and the cat and Cowboy now both are on prescription food) and take them to a (Petco) groomer 2-3 times a year. They have dog beds to sleep on. Is that pampering? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve seen police lineups as K9 service dogs are taken in to be euthanized (due to old age or injuries), but had not heard of a full service.

    I actually think the animal ‘elevation’ trend is dying down somewhat from where it was 10-20 years ago, but I may be wrong. Of course there are groups such as Peta that take to it crazy levels.

    And scripture, of course, speaks of caring for and treating the animals under our care with kindness.

    So I have a light bulb question: One of the bulbs (and LED I believe) in the outdoor light next to my patio door started flickering wildly last night and wouldn’t stop. I checked to make sure it was in tight (it was). The bulb is fairly new (6 months?) but has never done that before. From what I’ve read it could be a wiring issue which would be serious. But for now I think I’ll just take the bulb in to a hardware store and talk to them about it, buy something else for the fixture to see if the same thing happens.

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  13. A good friend of mine is Catholic and I know what is going on in the church now must be so difficult on a personal level. She’s the only one now in her immediate family who continues to go to Mass (her husband will go but refuses communion). My friend is pro-life, her dad was a member of the Knights of Columbus for years, but she otherwise seems to be leaning more liberal in her politics now, I think probably under the influence of her young adult daughters.

    On top of the church’s doctrinal problems which are many, of course, the unfolding scandals in the priesthood are beyond shocking. I don’t know how they “fix” that, it sounds so ingrained in the ecclesiastical system itself and apparently is widespread beyond what any of us thought. I really don’t think the church, now so tainted, can come back from some of this in the long run.

    As to why any of us are Christians, scripture teaches that it is solely because God called us to himself before we were even born. The mystery of that is beyond our comprehension. While he uses our individual upbringings for his purposes in salvation, that isn’t the cause of our believing or not believing. His people come from all kinds of religious and non-religious backgrounds, churched and unchurched alike.

    Our pastor (Italian, so his family background was Catholic but they weren’t practicing) came from what he describes now as a non-Christian household but still found himself as a kid wandering into a church near the beach where they lived and joining the Sunday School class on his own. As a teen he found his way to the local Presbyterian church, later becoming the youth pastor there. Entirely unpredictable from his non-religious upbringing, he’d say now.

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  14. Sadly, daughter’s worker has not come today. But that has given us time to discuss things. Like, why she has decided to not be a Catholic. Too much like Protestants Okay. Protestants say you have to be the religion of your parents . We were able to discuss, no, God knows which people He has chosen before He even forms them in their mother’s womb. We are all given a desire to seek Him, but many go off track. Only the ones He has chosen will find Him as He draws them to Him and makes them alive again.

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  15. One of the things I have enjoyed about this community from way back, is our ability to discuss things without getting all riled. It is a good way to learn about other believers and what God is teaching them. I think it is important. I don’t have that anywhere else except with husband. There are a few people at church who will talk about things of depth, but finding time with them is difficult.

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  16. In Romans 3 Paul tells us: โ€œThere is no one righteous, not even one;
    11 there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.”

    The true ‘seeking’ is triggered in those whom God has chosen

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  17. That could explain why people miss when they are “seeking” they are not actually seeking God, merely seeking self guided religion. As daughter is doing.

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  18. I think so — those who are really seeking (she may or may not be) are those who will (ultimately) “find.” Others are going through the motions and it may appear to be seeking, but …

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  19. I don’t like the whole elevating animals to the place of human children trend. When I was a child, we talked about “adopting” a pet and didn’t think anything of it. But recently I have seen a trend to make a distinction between getting a dog or cat from its litter or “adopting” a pet from a shelter, which seems to be deliberately moving pet adoption to the same thing as human adoption (taking in a child or animal born to someone else). My pets aren’t my children, and I’m not their mom. I understand saying “I am not married / cannot have children, and pets are the next best thing.” But there is a tendency in some circles to likening a pet to a human child, and even stating that animal “children” are better.

    Children sometimes have funerals for their pets, and I understand that as a way to process the grief and also because ritual is important to children; it brings closure. And if someone wants to ask friends to come over and help her dig a grave for a large dog and then have a meal together afterward, that makes sense. But I think we “raise” animals in a better way by making them our pets, helpers, and friends than by making them our children or fellow citizens. Misten was genuinely a friend. But she was always a beast.

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  20. I think I was thinking of Ecclesiastes 3:11: He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

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  21. Minor computer/printer glitch here — I’d changed my wifi password a couple weeks ago and everything transferred seamlessly except the printer. I couldn’t find anyway on the printer itself to update the info so was texting w/former photo editor who had me uninstall printer and then re-install — looked like everything worked but it still wasn’t showing up.

    So he sent his kid over (they’re both “mac” whizzes) and he found the place on the printer (he said it was ‘hidden’ so that’s why I didn’t come across it in the normal menu settings so I didn’t feel so stupid) to update it and, voile, everything’s good again. Gave him $10, it took him all of 10 minutes and they live in town so not far away and he didn’t want to take any money, but I really did appreciate his coming over on a Saturday (he’d just gotten up at 1 p.m. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah, the life of a teen) and he does do Mac repairs on the side as a little business. His dad probably spent more time with me texting back and forth!

    Oy, computers.

    I agree about the pets as children trend, but don’t make a big deal out of it with those who use that terminology. I personally don’t for theological reasons, but I’ve found that most people use the terminology innocently enough, they don’t *really* treat or see their animals as human children.

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  22. Next chore: Getting rid of the suddenly dead poinsettias on the front porch. Nothing says Christmas is OVER already like dead poinsettias in pots. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, the other night when we were in a bad part of a neighboring town counting homeless I spotted some city-planted trees like mine but these were now getting to be almost full grown from the looks of it. Gave me an idea of what little Charlie Brown will look like as a grown-up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not that I see trees as people …

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  23. Penelope: same as DJ said. Funny thing about English names that don’t follow rules of pronunciation. But then, many English words aren’t pronounced how one would think they should be.. And for those learning English as a second or third language, it’s next to impossible to figure out! Like this video from I Love Lucy shows:

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  24. Your mention of names reminded me: I woke up with a song on my mind this morning.
    It was “Corine Corina”
    But I’ve never known a girl named Corinna, have you?

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  25. No, Chas, but I do know at least one Corinne.

    Cheryl, we did a little ‘funeral’ type service when we buried our pet dog, Midnight. Then we went out for a meal and ice cream I believe I have told this story before, but for those who may have missed it: While we were eating our ice cream my oldest asked why we went out for ice cream after the burial. I mentioned that people often have a meal or desserts after a funeral. She then asked, in all seriousness, if we could call our ice cream trek as a Midnight Supper. That may be a Catholic joke, now that I think about it. It sure made me laugh, but she had no clue having never heard of a Midnight Supper.

    I wasn’t referring to those small kinds of services. I understand what Janice is saying and perhaps there is some validity to that. Training those dogs costs thousands of dollars and their partners are with them most of the time.

    Still, this seems to go a little overboard to me.

    Michelle, I was brought up in the Catholic faith, so I understand what you are saying.

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  26. I’ve never known anyone named Corinna, Chas. I’m guessing that’s pronounced with the short /i/ sound? As in Cor-IN-na, rather than Cor-EE-na?

    I did go to high school with two girls named Corinne, one pronounced Cor-EEN, and the other Cor-IN.

    Kathaleena’s QoD: I would consider a memorial service for a police dog to be a waste of money if it uses taxpayer dollars or private fund-raising dollars to pay for such an event. I wouldn’t want money we’ve paid through taxes or that we’ve given to police fund drives to go for such a purpose. I do understand the bonding with animals, though. I think if those who worked with the K-9 wanted to pay for such an event themselves, it’s certainly their prerogative to then do so.

    Cheryl, your post reminds me of something I heard a former neighbor of ours say one time. These were the neighbors just across the field from us (different owners than the neighbors who live there now). The lay of the land in our valley is such that you can hear everything that is said in that yard, even while they’re speaking in normal conversational volume. The former neighbors were a husband and wife, childless at the time, and I heard the lady telling the dog one day to stop doing something it was doing. After she finally got the dog to obey, she admonished it, saying, “Just wait ’til Dad gets home.”

    I’m sorry, but referring to pet owners as “Mom” or “Dad” just makes me shake my head. I don’t know if they continued to call each other the mom and the dad of the dog after they had kids.

    People signing cards with the names of the humans and the pets in the household is another head-scratcher for me. We have two Christmas photo cards on our refrigerator door right now where the dogs are listed along with the names of the household members. One of them has the whole family and the dog in the single picture. I could see if maybe there were several smaller photos on a picture card, with a picture of a child playing with a pet, as something of a snapshot from the year in the life of the family, might not be out of place. But a single photo with a posed shot of the whole family with the dog, and all their names, including the dog’s name, seems to me like there’s too much emphasis on the animal.

    The other picture, from a different family with a dog, had the photo card divided into thirds. The center third had the Merry Christmas greeting, along with the names of the three humans and the one dog in the household; the right-side photo was a shot at a distance of the three family members; and the left-side photo was just the dog — a huge close-up. Much more prominent than the family photo.

    I think if people want to mention their pets in their Christmas letter, and what they mean to the family, that’s fine. But with pictures of animals that appear to be elevated to equals with the humans in the family — I disagree with that.

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  27. 6 Arrows, I included Misten in a family photo in the Christmas letter the second year we were married. For one thing, a lot of my friends from Nashville knew and loved Misten (and so did some of my nieces and nephews). I didn’t include her name as one of the ones the letter was “from,” though. I figure an inside dog is part of the household but not part of the family, if that distinction makes any sense.

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  28. With the K-9 dogs, I do not know all the various groups they serve in a community. If they are used to sniff out drugs that keep a school community safe and save the lives of children from overdoses, etc., then a little event within that community might be appropriate. It’s possible that drug bust money might be used to fund something like that. I don’t know that for sure, but I know sometimes monies seized like that might be used for a designated purpose.

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  29. Yes, it does make sense, Cheryl. And, thinking about it, it was probably more the combination of pet photo and its name on the card that seemed weird. I probably would not have thought much about it at all if the pet photos were unaccompanied by the pets’ names.

    Janice, good points I didn’t think of.

    Slightly off topic, but while I was typing my 7:05, I thought of a semi-related question I want to ask:

    Is it just my area, or do you all get lots and lots of fund-raising phone calls from law enforcement associations?

    We get so many calls representing these types of agencies — local police, sheriff deputies, state this or that, and other law-enforcement organizations I’ve never heard of. There are many of them, and they keep calling after repeated, “No, I’m sorry we can’t help out” replies.

    I’ve thought about writing down the names of each of these organizations to see how many different ones we’re getting, and who continues to call after we’ve said no, and what the timing of their return calls are.

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  30. I think I have heard of K-9 service dogs killed “in the line of duty” (like being shot and killed during a drug bust) having some sort of ceremony, and that just might be appropriate in terms of helping the human officers involved find closure. A gathering with a video montage of the dog or something like that might be helpful to some, but a full “funeral” is blurring the lines between human and beast.

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  31. There’s no end of good organizations that want you to give to them.
    But there’s no end to it. The more you give, the more you get called.

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  32. Since our business is in a small town within the larger metropolitan area, Art annually gives to the local police department and gets a nice calendar that has a group photo of all the officers. It’s nice to know who is on the force. Once when shopping in a local mom and pop discount store I saw where they had a collection of the calendars that went way back in time.

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  33. I use to get those type calls, 6 Arrows. That was when we had a land line. With only a cell phone, I do not get them any now. What I do get are several calls daily about health insurance. And just lately I have gotten calls from a lady who speaks in a foreign language, maybe Chinese. I hang up on all those. They do all seem to be recordings There is another one that begins, “Don’t hang up . . .” Then I do.

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  34. peh NEL O pee

    I am Mama to Amos. BG is Sister-Girl. Lulabelle is his Big Sidter although she is 5 years younger. Mr P is Dawg Daddy.
    I often laugh that Amos wags his tail and is excited to see me when I come home
    If my house were on fire I would save Maddie because she is a baby and canโ€™t save herself. Then I would save BG even though she has broken my heArt. The Mr P if he had not already saved Maddie. Then Amos. Then Lou. The Mo.
    humans out rank animals.

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  35. Mumsee asked yesterday where I was. DJ’s answer was correct in a sense. I am studying the art of nursing, by practicing the art of nursing. I mentioned a couple of days ago I was going to be doing some 12 shifts in a row. I am three quarters of the way through that row of shifts and this is not the last batch by any means as I still have over 250 hours of required clinical experience to complete. I am also trying to complete numerous assignments for both the clinical placement and the six hour class I have every week. I am a bit tired. I nearly fell on the bus coming home today – part of it was because the bus started forward just as I was sitting down, but when I’m less tired, that wouldn’t cause me to lose my balance.

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  36. Roscuro, my friend from down the street who passed away recently was an RN and it was very physically demanding — especially as she’d had a slight case of polio (if there is such a thing — and hers supposedly was from the vaccine, rare, but it does happen?). She walked with a limp, was very slim and kept in shape through swimming as walking or running were difficult. But she used to say how trying it was, especially as she aged, to go up and down those hospital hallways (she worked at a local Catholic hospital), helping to move patients, etc. At the time she became sick she was putting her name in for a less physically demanding position, either in administering chemotherapy or in a dialysis clinic.

    Ok, my animals actually get their OWN holiday cards from one of my friends, a gen-u-ine cat lady if ever there was one.

    I sort of laughed at 6 Arrow’s mention of the “Wait ’til Dad gets home’ neighbor story. Sorry. It’s just kinda funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for K9 and military dogs, I’m not sure who would “pay” for any kind of remembrance but these are dogs that have been trained to put their lives on the line (not that they understand that) for their handlers and partners. It’s a heartbreak, I’m sure, when one is killed in action like that.

    We have a military museum in town and on the grounds is a WWII (and later) burial ground where the service dogs from the Army were buried (back in the day when the same property was an Army base). A woman in town paid to restore it a few years ago, adding markers and researching some of the stories of the dogs and their “people.”

    Here’s the story:

    http://www.ftmac.org/K9cemetery.htm

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  37. Bought a new LED bulb for the one outdoor light and that seems to have fixed the flickering.

    Also picked up some new hanging plants for the front porch that look much nicer than the dead poinsettias ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tacky.

    Now I need flowering somethings for the two large clay pots on either side of the front door. I briefly thought of getting silk plants but my mom would disown me.

    I spent about an hour watering today, we’re having very warm daytime temperatures (70s) with still chilly nights. No rain in the foreseeable forecast.

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  38. From that war dog story (LA Times) I linked above:

    ________________

    The dogs Pearce selected had to be aggressive, physically fit, between 1 and 3 years old, responsive to voice commands, not gun-shy and able to stand their ground without cowering. Many of them were tested and classified by Hollywood dog trainer Carl Spitz, who spent 20 years readying dogs for films and who also trained “Dogs for Defense.” Among his movie-star pupils were Terry, the female Cairn terrier who played Dorothy’s male dog, Toto, in “The Wizard of Oz”; and Buck, one of the dogs used in the film of Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild.”

    By January 1942, a month after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, newspaper stories and radio announcements were asking readers and listeners to volunteer their dogs for war duty. Hundreds of Angelenos showed up at Pershing Square, some with cocker spaniels and Boston terriers in tow.
    ____________________

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  39. My husband replaced an LED he replaced a very months ago this morning and said, “infant failure.” Some apparently go early and the rest go on and on and on. He’s very pleased with them at home, church, and work–where, in his role as Mr. Energy, he organized replacement of all the incandescents with LEDs. I think the church’s electrical usage is down 1/3–but I can check the stat if you’d like.

    My sister-in-law was named Corinne. She changed it to Siri Ved Kaur when she became a Sikh. It’s an extremely long and sad story.

    Hearing animals referred to as “fur-babies,” actually gives me the creeps. Sorry.

    My poinsettia also died when placed outside. I figure if it can’t live in the wild of my back porch, I don’t want to bother with it. It was the cost of a bouquet of flowers, anyway, so no loss.

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  40. On the topic of the day: Animal funerals and other treatment of animals as if they were human, several thoughts occur:
    1) It is more a mark of affluence than a sign of the times: the record of history shows that the wealthy and powerful have long buried their animals as if they were humans – mummified cats in ancient Egypt, dog memorial inscriptions in ancient Greece and Rome, and of course, the long habit of those who bred racing horses to bury their prized horses in special plots and put up gravestones over them. Then there are the many burials of warriors and kings in the ancient world with their favorite animals buried with them.

    2) I am around many people who talk about their pets as almost human. I often detect an undercurrent of loneliness – the parents with grown children who talk about being a grandmother to their children’s pets, the single people or people without children who talk about their pets as children. There are many reasons a person might humanize their pet, but loneliness is a chronic and pervasive problem in this modern world.

    3) Service animals have long been recognized by the public. There is many an ancient burial site of warriors or chieftains or kings that also contain the remains of animals. Medals were given to service animals in both World Wars. Like army animals, police dogs are embedded as part of a police unit and their service is considered highly significant to the force.

    I do not have pets, and I am, whether on here or among my fellow students or among my nursing colleagues, the odd one out when the topic of pets comes up, simply because I cannot contribute anything to the conversation. I am allergic to dog dander and cats can also trigger an asthmatic attack. I say this not because I feel sorry for myself nor do I want people to stop talking about their pets, just to point out that I don’t have a dog (literally) in the debate over humanization of pets. Sometimes, prioritizing care for animals can be the mark of unrighteousness, like Ahab looking for water for his animals while his subjects were dying of thirst (I Kings 18:5); but the average human is just looking for companionship. Human relationships are necessarily complicated, so that sometimes people find it easier to interact with an animal. There is more to pity than condemn in the modern trend of treating animals as if they were human.

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  41. Former outdoor light (in back patio) was LED also, but one of those clear ones … I noticed tonight the same kind is in the Narnia lamppost out front, but so far it seems to be holding steady so I’ll let it be.

    New one I bought at Home Depot is a different kind, but still LED (and warm color which I prefer).

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  42. Roscuro, interesting because my cat lady friend — raised in the Methodist church, her brother is a minister in that denomination, but she abandoned the church in her teens though still thinks of herself as “OK” with God — now says she only wants to go to “cat heaven”

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  43. DJ, the “Wait ’til Dad gets home” story is one human-interacting-with-dog story involving those neighbors. The other one involved the guy trying to get the dog to obey. His approach was a little different than his wife’s. Instead of a threat — “Wait ’til…” — after the dog finally obeyed him following repeated disobedience, the guy said enthusiastically, “Good boy” — and then in a sarcastic undertone — “dumb [3-letter name for donkey].”

    I gotta admit I chuckled at that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh, those neighbors were so apologetic when they found out they’d given their dog the same name as our 1st Arrow! We were the newest neighbors on the road, having moved there 10 months before 1st Arrow was born, and they didn’t know what our son’s name was at the time they got their dog. They said they would have never named their dog that if they’d known that was the same name as the neighbors’ kid. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We didn’t mind. It was kind of funny.

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  44. Cheryl, 7:46, I’ll try that next time.

    Chas, 7:58, it sure does appear that there’s a list of names that gets passed around. I know we’ve never given to several of these organizations that call us, but they find us, anyway.

    We used to get a lot of calls from cancer funds, but now that we haven’t given to those in a number of years, we hardly ever get calls from those types of organizations anymore. Maybe the same will be true if we stop giving to law enforcement fund raisers.

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  45. My best friend in Nashville knew a couple who took the “dog as child” to a ridiculous degree. I never met them and I think they were childless but I don’t know for sure. They had a business (I’ll leave it vague what it was) but their dog went to work with them. And they used “puppy training pads” to let the dog eliminate. Every time he used the pad, they gave him a treat (which my friend was sometimes called upon to dispense if she was the one watching the dog), and she was amused that by the time he was a few months old he had learned to urinate just a dribble at a time to keep the treats coming. He also got a treat each time he went long after he knew how to use the pad (the dog was several years old last time she mentioned that habit).

    The couple claimed to be Christians, but did not go to church because they couldn’t leave their dog. If they had to be gone from their dog for any reason for more than an hour, they hired a sitter, because Baby can’t be alone. My friend was both amused and appalled at it all. (She often dogsat the thing.)

    6 Arrows, I named my collie Miss Tennessee and “Misty” would have been a natural nickname. But a friend’s daughter was Misty (I’d previously only known it as a dog’s name) and so I went with Misten. (Never told my friend that, of course.)

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  46. Morning! Oh the weather is going to be lovely and much snow will be melting today…of course we still have 2 ft drifts and about a foot otherwise so it may go down to 6 inches or so!
    Catching up on the pet stories….we love our dogs and yep we refer to ourselves as Mommy and Daddy. Iโ€™ll say โ€œgo see dadโ€ if Lu is bothering me…or โ€œDaddyโ€™s homeโ€ when I hear the garage door open.
    I do recall meeting one of my very dearest friends for the very first time. We were on a retreat with the Pregnancy Center and she stopped me on the stairwell. She said she had been told by someone that we had adopted a baby and she and her husband were wanting to do the same and she wanted to ask me some questions. She asked what our babyโ€™s name was and I told her. She then piped up and said โ€œoh our dogโ€™s name is A__โ€!! I was quite taken aback but then I just laughed and we have been best friends for the past 33 years…. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  47. 6 Arrows, that reminds me of when my family briefly had a mutt we got from the pound, before we had our childhood dog. (We had him for just a few months, and then he started “going” in the house regularly and climbing the fence to run away. I suspect now that “fixing” him might have solved, or helped, the problems, but who knows.) My teenage brother said he could prove Rusty was stupid, and so in a sickly sweet voice he said “Bad dog, Rusty. You are such a bad dog,” and Rusty came wagging to him and rolled over onto his back to be petted. Then my brother said “Good dog!” in a harsh tone of voice, and Rusty put his tail between his legs.

    Which proves only that Rusty either didn’t know English or that he was a good reader of non-verbals and thought big bro was confused about his own use of English!

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  48. I am staying home from church as I had a twinge of not feeling well this a.m. it may just be stress from dreading what starts tomorrow and wondering how everything will work out. I am trying to think ahead and get clothes lined up and meal planning done so we can try to stay on healthy rather than junk food.

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  49. My grandson insisted on naming one of their dogs with the same name as a neighbor child. My daughter pointed out that when they called him, said child would be confused. He insisted on the name and won that battle. It was a rescue dog and had a better name already in most opinions, but it was the grandson’s dog. It hasn’t been an issue with the neighbors.

    We are going to stay put this morning. We had -38 with some wind. Just don’t want to take a chance on the roads, since it isn’t necessary. OTOH, I did make bars for after the annual meeting at church, which will not get there. I cannot believe many will be there. The weather will be worse in the middle of the week. Praying for Kare who may have to drive in the terrible cold. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  50. I’m home from church this morning, too, Janice. Haven’t quite bounced back from whatever hit me Friday night, and going out in ten-degrees-below-zero weather was something I didn’t want to think about.

    Praying for you in your stress, Janice. I know it’s been a lot lately.

    Cheryl, 10:17, LOL! My husband and brother both have a sense of humor like that — I could imagine them saying something very similar. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That reminds me of a story my late father-in-law used to tell, about someone he knew with a really rough-sounding voice. The guy would call for his kitty and would only scare it away with his deep-pitched, sandpaper-on-vocal-cords-like, “Here, KITTY, KITTY, KITTY.” ๐Ÿ˜€

    Our former neighbors were both smokers (though she quit when she got pregnant), so the sounds of their voices calling/yelling to their wayward dog probably didn’t help him much.

    The husband in that family was just funny. He’d laugh about things, or complain about things, and his gravelly voice embellished everything he said.

    He used to drive snowplow for our county, and I remember him telling my hubby a story about having seen a local TV news report reminding motorists not to pass snowplows on the road. Well, the story was broadcast by a reporter who lived just up the highway from us, less than a mile away. After telling about the news story, the neighbor, in his usual gruff-sounding voice, told my husband about people passing him while he was plowing, “SHE’S THE WORST ONE!” ๐Ÿ˜›

    We still laugh about that anytime we see a snowplow on the road. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  51. When I was a teen, I remember babysitting for a new family once. They had a dog, and, honestly, I had a hard time remembering which name was which between the dog and the mom.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Both names had five letters, ended with “y,” and the placement of vowels and consonants in the names was exactly the same, too — c-v-c-c-(then ‘y’ as a vowel). I am pretty sure there was one time I accidentally called the mom by the dog’s name. Oops. Very embarrassing to think later that I had probably done that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  52. As for how people choose to engage with their pets, each person/family has unique situations/backgrounds that guide their decisions. I try not to be judgemental, except if someone thinks a cat or dog is really a person then I would consider the person crazy.

    In the past I never had pets that had free roam of the house. I had an outside dog, outside cats that were chosen by us when they were kittens and ready to leave their mama, and a few cats that I got from others who needed to find homes for their cats Three of those I ended up finding better homes for, one on a farm, another with a doting neighbor at her request after Wesley came along and the third with a young married couple with no children who decided to adopt after taking care of our cat while we vacationed. None of those pets would have thought of me as “Mommy.”

    But along came that tiny stray kitten, Miss Bosley, which I had no desire to keep, and which my first thought about her was how ugly and funny looking she was .. . the one kitten I never would have picked . . . one so young that she acted like she needed to nurse as she rooted around. Since no solution for her care presented itself I reluctantly became her substitute mommy. So I see myself as “Mommy” from her point of view. And therefore that makes Art “Daddy.” We see that we have similar responsibilities to feed and house and provide medical care as parents do for their children, but we do not think of her as a person or daughter in our family. She is our pet who is a great companion and sometimes a nuisance. But to her we are her substitute parents. If ever she were to be an outdoor cat then we would lose our status. As an indoor cat she remains s perpetual kitten in some ways.

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  53. I’m ‘mommy’ to our dogs. We don’t take it seriously, it’s more said as a joke and I hope that no-one thinks that we see ourselves that way. We do spoil our dogs, but they must behave and they have many rules to follow – not on the furniture, no counter cruising, don’t steal the other dog’s food, when we say ‘place’ they must go to their place and stay there until released. We have grand-dogs, but as Roscuro said, it’s because we wish for grand babies and don’t treat those dogs as anything special (although they are sweet).

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  54. I have never been to my son’s house but he sends pics. His dogs are their children, as is my grandson. They are allowed on the furniture, have their own private room, had the back yard set up for them, have a baby monitor on in their room so the parents can keep an eye on them when they go to work…..a pair of beagles.

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  55. From my Blessing prayer journal which I needed today (and maybe someone here needs, too):
    “Do you ever get tired of life’s challenges? Do you wish you could live a carefree predictable life? While it isn’t possible, you can have a different perspective on the challenges that come your way. The Bible says we will encounter trials in this life. After all, this world is not our home; it’s just a temporary residence. While we are here, though, God promised His presence, love, and comfort. He will walk beside you and give you strength to overcome whatever is in your path.”

    Of course, we all know that deep inside. but some days we all can use a timely reminder. Praise God for His ever abiding presence.

    I think I can catch the worship service I missed online later today. That is another blessing for today. โ™ก

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  56. As far as military or police service dogs go, I have known a couple of officers and their dogs. They are quite attached to the dogs. Because of the nature of the relationship, they have to totally depend on the dog in some situations. So when one is killed in the line of duty, it definitely needs to be addressed for the well being of the person. Many of us have buried pets so a burial service would not be out of order. Many of us have reminisced on our pets, so that makes sense. As long as the service does not indicate the animal’s death was more important than a human’s or that Jesus died for the animal, I am fine with it. We have a picture up in the sheriff dept of a departed dog as a reminder that those animals serve an important purpose. We don’t want people in those jobs that do not care about life.

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  57. Thinking on how God feels about animals, He created them and said they were good. Then He saved them, or at least two of each kind during the great flood, and they were around when Jesus was born, and Jesus used their feeding trough as a bed. He gave people dominion over the animals in His excellent sense of order. He cares for the sparrows and even more for us. He allowed a mule (or some such creature) to see into the spiritual realm. Would anyone else like to add to the list? Considering how God shows feelings for the animals, I think it affirms how He wants animals treated by humans. And I think the possibility is high that they might be in heaven but we do not know for sure because God never said that as far as I know.

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  58. Janice, when a friend of mine had to put down her dog, she mentioned taking comfort in a certain part of Scripture that she felt meant that her pets would also one day be in heaven. I’m trying to remember where in the Bible she referred to — I’m pretty sure it was this passage from Romans 8 (especially the part I’m bolding):

    19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

    20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

    21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

    22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

    23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

    Does anyone else see verse 21/its context as saying that animals will be in heaven? If the lion and the lamb will someday feed together (Isaiah 65:25), then I think it’s certainly plausible that our beloved pets will also be with us in our heavenly home — a beautiful and comforting thought, if so.

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  59. Well, God knows about the death of every sparrow, and speaks well of those who care for their beasts. We also know it is a huge warning sign if a child is deliberately cruel to animals. Those who kill small pets (hamsters or canaries, for instance) and injure or kill dogs and cats are likely to go on to kill people.

    It is not inappropriate to kill a beast–to kill a varmint, to hunt or farm for meat, to kill an ailing pet–but I think the power of life and death is to be treated soberly and done with restraint. And if God knows of the deaths of sparrows that fall to the ground from natural causes, surely He knows how we treat those that are particularly in our care.

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  60. 6 Arrows, 2:38, no, I don’t see those verses (or any others) saying that specific animals from this earth will be in heaven. Animals are not eternal beings. And can you imagine how many cats there might be if everyone there had all their pets from their whole lives, and people who owned two or three cats at a time were allowed to bring all of them?

    I think it is saying that even the beast is hurt by our sin, and it may well suggest that beasts will be part of our future life–as I rather suspect is true. If birds and butterflies, and dogs and horses, add to our lives on earth, will we in eternity transfer to a life in which humans and angels are the only sentient creatures? I can’t quite imagine that. Whatever we experience, there will be no “lack,” so if we do not have non-human creatures, then neither will we need them. But my hunch is that we will indeed have them. But we probably won’t own them.

    But I’m certainly not counting on specific creatures being there. Misten was my companion on this earth, and God can certainly bring her to the next one if He chooses–but I won’t “miss her” if He doesn’t, and I’m inclined to think that if we do have animals they will be in a far different relationship to us then, and thus bringing in animals that were pets or farm animals of one individual or one family may well be moving backward. (In other words, if Misten wouldn’t be my pet–and I rather imagine she wouldn’t be–then what would be the “point” of giving her an eternal soul because she happened to be the pet of a Christian on this earth?) I’m not saying that can’t happen–I imagine eternity will have all sorts of pleasant surprises. But imagining ahead of time what those “surprises” might be will bring us to a much different view than reality will be. It isn’t wrong to think about and imagine how it might be, but I rather imagine it will be more “different” from we can imagine now than marriage and motherhood is from the imagination of a three-year-old. We know almost nothing except that God will be there, and so will His people redeemed by Christ. And that we will have no unfulfilled longings.

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  61. I’m not counting on pets being in heaven and it’ll be glorious either way, of course — but like someone said earlier, I will not be at all surprised if they are. It’s one of those areas that the Bible doesn’t give a hard-and-fast answer to. I’ve posted this before, but I think it’s interesting to read Sproul’s take on that topic when he was asked (he also goes to Rom. 8):

    https://books.google.com/books?uid=113262590606341656018&hl=en

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  62. Another article from Tabletalk (pointing out the distinction, also between heaven, our intermediate state after death, and the new heaven and new earth, which will be our final home)

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/rising-dust/

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    Pastors and theologians are often asked many questions about life in heaven. How old will we be? If I died at age 85, will I still appear to be an octogenarian? Will I recognize my family and friends in heaven? Will my dead dog or cat greet me when I enter that realm?

    These questions arise largely because Scripture does not us give all that much information about the intermediate state โ€” that place where the souls of men and women go between their death and Jesusโ€™ return. For Christians, the intermediate state is heaven, and we are told life there is better than life in this fallen world (Phil. 1:21โ€“23). But the apostles give few specific details about this place.

    The dwelling of our souls in heaven is called the intermediate state because such existence is not the final destiny God has for His people. Christianity does not believe the physical realm is inherently evil; it is only presently suffering Godโ€™s curse due to our sin (Gen. 3:17โ€“19). Jesus died not only to reconcile us to the Father, but to renew the cosmos and set the whole created order free from bondage to decay (Rom. 8:18โ€“25). Once our Savior returns, our physical bodies will be resurrected and reunited with our souls, and we will dwell forever in the new heavens and the new earth (Isa. 65:17โ€“25; Dan. 12:1โ€“3). Our final state will be spiritual and physical. When we confess the resurrection of the body in the Apostlesโ€™ Creed, we affirm the resurrection of our bodies as well as of

    While the Bible does not give an abundance of details about heavenly existence between our deaths and the return of Jesus, the apostles do give us some clear information about our final, resurrected life. …
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  63. Ah, here was Sproul’s answer in “Now That’s A Good Question”:

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    I canโ€™t answer that question for sure, but I donโ€™t want you to think for a minute that itโ€™s a frivolous question. People get very attached to their pets, particularly if the pet has been with them for a long time. In our present culture more and more pet cemeteries are appearing, and we see people going to great expense and ceremony— gravestones and all—to dispose of the bodies of their pets.

    Within the Christian church there are different schools of thought on this issue. Some people believe that animals simply disintegrate; they pass into nothingness and are annihilated, which is based on the premise that animals donโ€™t have souls that can survive the grave. However, nowhere does Scripture explicitly state that animals do not have souls.

    The Bible tells us that we have the image of God in a way that animals do not. Now is the โ€œimage of Godโ€ what differentiates between a soul and a nonsoul? Those who take a Greek view of the soul—that it is this substance that continues indestructibly forever—may want to restrict that to human beings. But, again, thereโ€™s nothing in Scripture I know of that would preclude the possibility of animalsโ€™ continued existence.

    The Bible does give us some reason to hope that departed animals will be restored. We read in the Bible that redemption is a cosmic matter. The whole creation is destined to be redeemed through the work of Christ (Rom 8:21), and we see the images of what heaven will be like; beautiful passages of Scripture tell us about the lion and the lamb and other animals being at peace with one another. Whenever heaven is described, though it may be in highly imaginative language, it is a place where animals seem to be present. Whether these are animals newly created for the new heavens and the new earth, or they are the redeemed souls of our pets that have perished, we canโ€™t know for sure.

    All of this is sheer speculation, but I would like think that we will see our beloved pets again someday as they participate in the benefits of the redemption that Christ has achieved for the human race.
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  64. Church was good though I didn’t stay for our annual meeting afterward (and I probably should have).

    It’s 69 out today and sunny so it “feels” warmer. The forecast now says clouds by Monday,-Tuesday, fog by Wednesday and (yay) rain on Thursday (maybe).

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  65. On talking to dogs, tone really is everything. They learn to associate the words eventually based on the tone and how they’re said.

    One of the things people often do ‘wrong,’ if you will, is they yell at a dog to “come” if he’s gotten out. Screaming out “BANDIT, COME HERE!” won’t likely make Bandit any too eager to go to that owner. A guy down the street will do that and I’ve heard my neighbor next door do it with her dogs, too. It’s somewhat natural as you’re upset that the dog is loose and in danger.

    But while you may feel frustrated — and the dog may even have disobeyed a “stay” command in his taking off — you always call him back in a happy tone that makes him want to come to you (and don’t yell after that, either, he obeyed after all).

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  66. All that to say dogs aren’t dumb, they’re actually very smart creatures who are quite attuned to our moods and ways. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re the ones who give the mixed signals.

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  67. I am married to Dr. Doolittle. He is currently reclined on the sofa. The cat is asleep on his chest, Amos is on a pillow under his left arm, and Lulabelle is on an ottoman that is adjacent to the sofa with her head on his lap.
    I walk by and tell Amos he is a traitor. He doesn’t care.

    I finally heard from my child today. Only to tell me that she will be at my friend’s house Tuesday for “Family Dinner”. I had to call her father today to get him to get her to respond. She and her stepmother went shopping yesterday to decorate her room there. Yes, it does hurt.

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  68. I am happy to report that I finished Poppy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well written. I had to make an effort to only read it in the evening after the tykes were in bed. But last night, I was awakened by a flock of geese going overhead at 11:15. They apparently thought my roof was a pond, they have done that before, so were flying quite low. Since I was awake, I decided to finish the book. Though I went back to sleep at 12:30, I am too tired today. But I catch up tonight. Anyway, very good book and I encourage you to read it. But I encourage you to read Biddy first as it will make Poppy even more interesting.

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  69. Example of Miss Bosley still being a kitten like creature . . . as I was working in the kitchen putting a whole fryer in the crock pot, I notice Miss Bosley has discovered the plunger that my brother had taken out from under the sink when we were on vacation and he installed a new kitchen faucet. Since the plunger had z wooden stick on top of a black base and Miss Bosley appears black from her back side, as she pushed the plunger around in the shadows where the light is dim in the kitchen, it appeared with my poor eyesight that the stick was gliding around by itself. She turns anything into a toy. So my routine cooking became a time to laugh so I watched the silliness of s plunger pushed around in the kitchen. I know, Art says I am easily amused.

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  70. Husband’s first boss in the warden service was a dog handler. Parks will get dogs that have ‘flunked’ out of police training for not being aggressive enough. This dog mainly did avalanche rescue and searches, but could be used as a police dog as well. The dog handler would swear until the air was blue as he praised the dog – the dog loved it because of tone of voice. It was a beautiful German Shepherd and very well trained.

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  71. On another note: I messaged my daughters that the US must put a wall on our northern border to stop Canada from sending us a Polar Vortex. One daughter said it would also help keep the arctic cold and stop the melting, too. So easy to fix the world. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  72. I survived. Have to do it again in a few days.

    K, my father used to joked that Americans thought there was a snow fence along the northern border that we just took down during the winter. Growing up, I heard a good many tales from the adults around of encountering American tourists wondering where the snow was in the summertime.

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  73. roscuro, I know tourists who are amazed when they find themselves in temperatures in the upper 80’s or 90’s in MN. We all seem to forget that average temperatures don’t mean all the time, but really is an average.

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  74. aaarrrrrrgh! I have a newsletter all ready to go, even got it approved and made the simple changes. But….. my contact groups are no longer in my email contacts.
    This newsletter will be delayed.
    When they changed my email they messed up my contacts.

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