50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-13-19

  1. The header was just a block down the street from me. We’d had very heavy rains (local flood warnings) followed by freezing temperatures, and so the next morning I went out to see what I could see. I thought this spot pretty cool–fast rushing water, much heavier than usual down its miniature waterfall–the water moving too quickly too quickly to freeze, but the spray catching on this plant just above and freezing solid.

    I took it from several angles, and thought this one the best at showing what’s happening. The iced-up plant is what is in focus, and oh so pretty, both the clear-as-crystal icicles and the frosted ice higher up; but you also see the little waterfall and the frothing water beneath.

    Oceans and lakes do little for me, and ponds need to have wildlife to be interesting. But give me a bubbling creek and a waterfall, and I’m entranced. This waterfall is nothing to speak of, but I love having a creek within yards of our back door–and we didn’t even know it was there when we bought the place. It has traffic on the other side, so the sound isn’t mesmerizing, but it still is fun to watch it, and to see the occasional muskrat or flock of mallards swimming in it, or robins drinking from it.

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  2. Good Morning Everyone. It’s Hump Day. I have decided I don’t like that term. Someone posted on FB that if you had to celebrate Hump Day because your week was half over, maybe you should look for another job.
    I will be leaving for New Orleans Friday (DJ, this is the same event that brought me to Anaheim last February). I will be there for four days. The staff has an AirBnB to stay.

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  3. I refuse to be nobody today. Unless I forget to put my name in the box. Which will probably happen as I am too used to the conveniences of modern technology.

    The snow plow guy plowed our driveway this morning. Mike made it home last night with no problems though he did not see any cars on the way. The snowplow guy, a fellow highway commissioner, told him this morning that the highway was closed last night because two of the state plows broke down and they could not keep up. That explains not seeing anybody but a few vehicles off the road. But they made it and it is off to Boise for him today. For the house signing, Michelle.

    Warm and a slight breeze today.

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  4. Morning! First cup of coffee down and I will be heading into the kitchen for a second.
    A windy start to the day around here. The weather forecasters keep telling us our weather is “volatile “. I am guessing they are unable to give an exact (is that even possible?) forecast so now their favorite buzz word is volatile. I’m thinking we will get some snow this weekend..it’s always a surprise as to how much we get ⛄️

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  5. Volatile describes our weather today, too. I’m not sure how many inches of rain we got last night and it continues.

    I’m going to stay home today, forget the gym.

    Listening to the rain pour down, I thought about how thankful I am for a good roof, a sturdy home and a comfortable bed.

    I wondered how the poor homeless people are managing in this massive gully-washer and how they can bear to live outside year round. (Which is what a number choose to do here).

    And then I thought about all the marvels of modern life unknown to everyone throughout history. I’ve been nursing these tight muscle issues and yesterday’s suggestion was to “roll” from hip to knee with a foam roller– which I have. It’s painful but it loosens all those tight muscles and really helps.

    Then I thought about rice farmers on the Mekong Delta a thousand years ago, leaning over to plant rice and how the idea of a foam roller would have been ridiculous. I thought about the pain with which they must have lived their lives, not to mention the genocidal mobs which killed a million people here. (I know that because our old friend Random Name dared me to read The History of Genocide– which was very long).

    Which brought me back to counting my many blessings– a good place to be.

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  6. Michelle. Same for cotton pickers. Elvera used to pick cotton. It was her dad’s.
    She said there is no comfortable way to pick cotton. It’s too low to stand and pick. Too high to get on your knees. Think of those pictures black women bending over to pick cotton.
    You have to know their backs hurt.

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  7. Narnia. But no Ice animals?

    WP is being persnickety. And it’s complicated for me as I also have a work-related account that I try to avoid for use here.

    Our rain will arrive later this morning and go through Friday, I believe. And yes, a roof that doesn’t leak is such a joy. Been there with a roof that did. It took all the fun out of a rain storm. (I remember waking up one night some years ago to the sound of drip. drip. drip. Turned on the light and, sure enough, the problem spot in the corner of the old plaster bedroom ceiling was giving way again. I got a pan which made the drip louder.

    I need to cll Lyft this morning for a ride to work. Such a strange feeling, not having a car.

    mumsee, does the new house have a cute bathroom?

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  8. Kim, can’t believe that was a year ago that you were out here. Have fun at the event this year, at least it’s a bit closer to home for you.

    I like my job but I’m still happy to see Fridays arrive. 🙂

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  9. DJ, I don’t know, I have never seen it. Well, in passing I have glanced at the outside to look at the yard, but never really paid attention to the house at all. And I have never been in it. Or seen the backyard.

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  10. Mumsee, you’re very trusting 🙂

    Rain has started, I picked my car up (he also sent in the smog certificate to the state). Car registration fees are up this year, thanks to yet another tax tacked on (again) by our state leaders. The more the better, in their view. Glad I have an older car, anyway.

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  11. (Already put my name in below) I do trust God, and He often uses husband to deliver. I do not enjoy shopping and looking at houses is shopping. When choosing to live next door to family, the house does not matter, being next door does.

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  12. I went out for a walk this morning. I knew it was going to be cold (by Midwestern standards, not Canadian or dog-park California standards) but after several wet days I had cabin fever, and I suspected it would be a good day, creature wise.

    It’s a weird mix of winter and spring. By the calendar and the weather and the plants, it’s winter. Mid-February, mid-twenties, the icicle at the headerbwas iced up today too (that plant has really had second thoughts about growing there!), and all the big and little puddles from all the rain are iced over (with really pretty patterns). There is also plenty of evidence it was a hard rain, because it made its own paths and washed away a lot of dirt.

    However, the birds believe it’s spring, and I’m choosing to believe them. I heard song from a tufted titmouse, a Carolina chickadee, a house finch, a cardinal, and possibly a bluebird. A crow was bathing in water that got enough sun to thaw the ice on top. (Or for all I know it broke the ice to get to the water.) I saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers, watched the female a good long while (and got my first photo of a pileated in flight); two pairs of mallards (which gave me two good flying photos and a photo mid-quack); heard some animal calling and actually thought it likely to be a squirrel but I retraced my steps to find it and got some really nice photos of a red-bellied woodpecker calling; a Carolina wren scampered around on a snow-covered log; and the red-shouldered hawk sat in a tree really low over the pond. I saw several additional species of birds and two or three fox squirrels.

    So yes, it was cold enough to bundle up, but when multiple birds are singing and telling me it’s spring, I’m inclined to believe them. Wouldn’t you?

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  13. That’s the military wife in her speaking. I sent my husband across the country to buy a house once, and he decided he couldn’t do it without me. That meant instead of visiting friends on a leisurely 2-3 week drive back to the west coast, the kids and I had to get in the car and go across country in 4.5 days so I could help him.

    I was still thinking like a Navy wife–he could buy something. We’d only live there for a few years anyway, but then I realized, oh, he’s retired, we could be there forever! So off I went.

    We lived there four years and went on to something else. 🙂

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  14. My husband and I think enough alike, and he is detailed enough in his investigations, that really he could probably choose a house for us. But I wouldn’t want him to, nor do I think he would want to. And we both love this condo and all that it is close to. But had he chosen it, and bought it, and then described it to me, I’d have been really nervous. See, I really wanted three bedrooms and this has two. And had he told me, “We’ll have to replace all the flooring, and nearly everything in the bathrooms, and paint all the walls, and tear down wallpaper in several rooms, and everything is really filthy with cobwebs everywhere,” I would have asked, “Are you really sure that’s the best you can do?”

    But seeing it together, we saw a great floorplan in a brilliantly designed development, it had the square footage we needed at the price we needed (in a market where that definitely could not be taken for granted), and when he turned to me and asked if I wanted us to make an offer, I said yes. (I think our agent was shocked, though.)

    If we had been married 20 or 30 years and had chosen 6 or 7 houses together, I suspect I would have been OK with trusting him to make the choice himself–but both of us would have preferred to make it together, and we were able to do so.

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  15. Yep, I moved into a lovely home in Spokane when we got married, that he selected. Then a home in Moscow, another home in Moscow, another home in Moscow, a home in Heusenstamm, one in Fulda, and one in Butzbach followed by one in Okinawa, all selected by him. I helped with the one in Caldwell and that was the sum total of my house hunting, then he found the one in West Point. He found the one on Fort Misery and then this one. He showed it to me, and I was hesitant because of the drive he had to make to work but other than that, it has been perfect. I flew into a preselected home in Kiffisia and then another in Turin. He does excellent work. It probably helps that I don’t care about much and he does understand what matters to me. In Athens and Torino, it was access to public transportation, the others were all about access to outside.

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  16. When we married, we moved into an 8×35 ‘ house trailer I bought with Elvera’s money (down).
    Then, after three months we had it towed to Ft. Worth, Tx. Then 3.5 years later, we had it towed to Spartanburg, SC. Then after 1.5 years, we had it towed to Fairfax, Va.
    Then, when I made GS-9, (1.5 yrs later) we sold it and bought a house in Falls Church.
    When I made GS-12, we bought a split level in Annandale.

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  17. With all our rain this season, we’re anticipating a spectacular wild flower season. I think even some of the ones I planted in seed form in my backyard last year may finally appear. We have some areas near the deserts and mountains where the wildflowers are a big draw come spring.

    The peninsula where I live, horse country with lots of open ravines and hillsides, also breaks out in the most beautiful blooms after a rainy season like this.

    It’s rain-rain-rain for the next several days here again. Fine by me, though there are ongoing worries about mudslides in the burn areas.

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  18. I am thankful for a future good roof! With all the rain we’ve had in Georgia over the past year, I am thankful the house and office have not floated away. Yesterdsy we had tornado warnings in both the area where our home is and down near the office. We had a blowing wind with the rain so the leak at the bedroom window was impressive to Miss Bosley and depressive to me. I used towels and trash cans to catch most of it. Then I discovered there is a leak inside a kitchen cabinet so I need to pull everything out of there. That is new and may be like the bedroom window leak that happens only with furious rain storms. Thankful I am home to deal with it. The roofer at church that I was going to get to see what he could do (after we took care of our health issues) is our most recent member to pass away.

    At least I can find ally bend down and lift more heavy things until Tues so I have been catching up with laundry today. I got a cute photo of Miss Bosley in the laundry basket. I am sure she’s felt deprived by not being able to help with the laundry lately.

    It is pretty cold outside when I tote the laundry out to the utility room to put if in the dryer. But we only got the touch of bad weather yesterday that was madness for a short while until it passed. Thank God that Karen called to alert me although I had seen how dark the sky got. Karen had been asleep when the television alerted her to the warning. She knows I don’t watch television so she usually calls when weather is bad. We still remember when our children were young that we had to huddle downstairs here during a tornado watch or warning.

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  19. Sorry for my posting errors. My brother is talking at me about his day at the tax office while I am typing. He tells me about each client. It is funny that Art is talked out at the end of a day of tax prep. I am just in the Uh hum mode so my brother can get all his talk out. I have heard more about tax details from my brother in two years than I have heard from Art in thirty three years, lol.

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  20. Oh Janice it sounds as though brother is a verbal processor….I am married to one…it can be exhausting!!
    Hoping the rain lets up for you….leaks…ugh..snow still on the roof but no more leaking under the soffit,,,,Spring will come and we will fix it eventually!! 😊

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  21. Janice, that reminds me that my back window in the ‘den’ — one of those long aluminum sliders in a part of the house that was added on in maybe the 1960s or 1970s, I think — used to leak. I’d always have to roll up bath towels to put along the ledge in there when it rained.

    During the house work I had that replaced with a new Anderson Fibrex window that’s heavy and tight as a drum. The only metal framed window I have left in the house is one over the kitchen sink; I’d love to replace that, but it can be disguised well enough so it doesn’t really stick out like a sore thumb. And the outside of that window is behind the back gate so it doesn’t show on the house from the front, only along the tiny back/south side where no one really goes anyway.

    It doesn’t seem to leak, though, so I guess I should be grateful for that!

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  22. Online: 1958-1995 – Aluminum windows -single hung, slider, and casement windows. These became very popular because their minimal frame brings in maximum light and viewing. They are low maintenance and have no need for painting.

    But “no need for painting” means they can’t usually be painted and they stick out on houses like mine (back then they didn’t come in ‘colors,’ only that grey industrial, mid-century metal).

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  23. Oh, just saw something online that says aluminum windows should last 45 years.

    I guess that’s either good news or bad news, depending on your view of them. 🙂

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  24. But I do understand the challenge of maintaining the wood windows. My neighbors whose house was the little twin to mine swapped theirs out for vinyl several years ago, said they just got too tired of painting the original wood trim on the south side so often.

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  25. Peter, I concur with items 8 & 9. But if you accomplish #1 satisfactorily, the rest are useless.
    All because of s scam.
    That’s what “climate change” is. Nonsense.
    I don’t remember which magazine it was, “Time” or “Life” or “Newsweek”, but when I was at Purdue in 1972, I noticed the cover of a magazine: “The Coming Ice Age”
    That’s what I’m still working against.
    I don’t believe humans can affect climate one way or another.
    It’s all a political tool. They don’t believe it either. It shows in their individual lifestyles.

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  26. And the newer vinyl / metal trim windows mostly are black, they can look nice on some of the older homes. The frame is black, not the glass.

    On carbon footprints (funny post, Peter), I was just talking with another reporter who thinks we just need to get used to driving tiny electric cars or mopeds or using scooters.

    Americans, he said, are “stubborn” about their big cars.

    I said I think it’s that “freedom” thing that is ingrained in many of us.

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  27. Michelle, I popped over to your ‘new’ website just now. Very nice, easy to navigate, etc. Just missing the Oxford comma (I think) under your name 🙂

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  28. State of California will have to change their laws. If you have more than one child who has to be in a car seat until they’re 8 years old, anyone with more than two children has to own a bigger car!

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  29. Michelle, that is exactly why SUVs became popular. Station wagons are all but nonexistent, and I’ve actually heard women bemoaning being pregnant with a third child, because it means a larger vehicle.

    It’s also my understanding that the feds passed stringent laws as to the gas mileage in a manufacturer’s fleet of cars . . . but an SUV is not a “car” and thus is a loophole. Manufacturers stopped making large cars (because of the fuel standards) and instead made vehicles that are less fuel efficient! Let’s hear it for the laws of unintended consequences.

    The reality, though, is that there is an awful lot of social pressure not to have more than two children, and social “leaders” simply don’t care whether those who choose such “large” families are inconvenienced thereby.

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  30. Big storm by morning (with today’s still hanging on). Tess just came in from the backyard and is wet.

    Interesting moves in Hungary:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/to-boost-birth-rates-hungarys-prime-minister-offers-zero-taxes-for-families

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    HUNGARY, February 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In the latest policy proposal aimed at reversing a declining birth rate, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a plan to waive income taxes entirely for women with four or more children, among other advantages.

    The announcement came as part of a seven-point “Family Protection Action Plan” that Orban detailed during his yearly State of the Nation address Sunday, CNBC reported.

    “There are fewer and fewer children born in Europe. For the West, the answer is immigration. For every missing child there should be one coming in and then the numbers will be fine,” he declared. “But we do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children (…) this is Hungary’s answer rather than immigration.”

    In addition to the tax waivers, Orban’s plan would include subsidies for large families to buy bigger cars …
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    Not sure if that’s all a good idea or not. I can see some downsides.

    But all I know, is my dogs will not go for scooters.

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