60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-5-19

  1. Morning all. Someone is enjoying Spring in the above picture.
    Tomorrow is our only day this term without students. A teacher workday, but no special time that we have to come in. Hooray!

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  2. Morning! Captioning that photo โ€œSplish Splash I was takinโ€™ a bathโ€!! I love watching the birds taking their baths…they seem to be enjoying it so! Every time I fill up my little birdโ€™s water bowl he jumps right in and splashes away ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Enjoy your day Jo!

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  3. Good morning, all.
    I just read Kizzie’s report on the prayer thread yesterday. What a blessing near Easter!

    I am down to two drops a day in one eye. After next week I should be finished with all the eye drops! Thankful.

    It is cold out but not so windy. I like the cold sunny days that are not windy. We are forecast to have a repeat of the horrible storms during the upcoming weekend. Thank God for my closet!

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  4. Strange event with my computer:
    Yesterday I was printing my income tax forms to save.
    My paper jammed and I cleared it out.
    When I started printing again, the printer didn’t recognize my ink cart rages.
    I don’t know why. I pulled them out and put them back in. Still didn’t work.
    I messed around with it for a while and finally cut it off.
    When I trunked it on this morning, ready to take it to the shop.
    It worked.

    Yeah. I’m glad, but I’m puzzled.
    I’ve never had a machine fix itself before.

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  5. What you can’t see in the photo: it was about freezing and other rainwater pools were covered with ice. This one isn’t only because it got more sun. The clan of about seven crows were hanging around, but this is the only one that chose to bathe!

    Crows really are fascinating birds. They and ravens are considered the most intelligent of birds. I know little about ravens, but crows live in extended family groups, with young adults from the last year or two helping raise this year’s young. They know (and might be related to) their neighboring clans, and in times of trouble the neighboring clans might work together. I would imagine it is very hard for a predator to sneak up on any crow, with multiple birds that know one another and know their territory.

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  6. Good morning, all but Jo. But then it will be tomorrow morning when you read this, so good morning, Jo!

    Cool here at seventeen but supposed to feel like seven. I like my winter gear! It is so nice to be out in the cold and yet be warm.

    We had the first four goat kids die. But two more, born yesterday, were doing quite well last I saw of them. The ones that died were from a defective line and I suspect it was a combination of ewe and kid error I doubt we could have saved them without a lot of work and continuing to pass on those genes. The rest should all be healthy and hale, barring mishap. We don’t seem to lose any sheep, but the goats seem to have some that are a lot less maternal. I think it all comes from one buck we had that was a real mental case. But who knows. We all enjoyed him but he was very needy and different from the other goats. We think he was a cross with the sheep and did not think he could reproduce but some of the kids still look like him at least mentally.

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  7. Chas, we have found that turning everything off allows the printer to reconnect to the computer usually. But currently, and with a new printer, it does not seem to be working. We have to use a cord to get each computer to print.

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  8. Good Morning Everyone. I am off to Pensacola this morning. I had wanted to stay home today to work on CE but have some meetings I need to attend and have to go. I don’t mind the drive in the mornings, I listen to books on Audible. In the evening I just want to get home!

    Mr. P is enjoying having his own power washer (well, really it is mine since I insisted we buy it–I love to power wash). Yesterday he managed to clean half of the patio. That half looks so good but now shows that it needs to be restained. Oh the never-ending joys of home ownership ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We are still concerned about Oldest Son. He is home and promises not to drink anymore. Yeah, right. If DIL is guilty of anything it is of loving him too much.

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  9. Mumsee, I read about a family of breeders who had a collie that produced two or three litters of dead puppies. She was a lovely dog and they really wanted puppies from her, so they bred her more times than they would normally have bred a bitch with such an issue. In the third or maybe fourth litter, they rejoiced to have a live puppy, a female. They kept her and eventually bred her–a litter of dead puppies. Sobered, they spayed her immediately.

    My sister had a neighborhood dog that was continually pregnant, but produced litter after litter of dead puppies. My sister said that as a fairly old dog, ten or so, she had a litter with a live puppy, and you could see the difference in her demeanor after that. I can’t help but think of those owners as fairly cruel people–who allows their unspayed bitch to roam the neighborhood getting bred every six months for years, to deliver dead puppies a couple of times a year? And surely someone in the neighborhood could have said, “We’ll pay to have her fixed, if you’ll allow us to do that”?

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  10. Chas is getting old. And losing it.
    A trip to the grocery store should not make me this tired.

    Cheryl mentioning how smart crows are remanded me of something I saw out the window (second floor) of our house in Annandale. Two birds were tormenting a cat that was walking across the street. One would peck at it, and when the cat turned, it flew away and the other would peck. Then the first one came back.
    That went on until the cat left the area.
    I suspect there was a nest somewhere.

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  11. It’s recall day for the Jeep, I’m leaving it at the dealer’s to get whatever they said is wrong fixed and will walk to work (it’s just a few blocks away so I wanted to take advantage of still working so close to them to get this done). After this the car will be up to date with everything that needed to be done on it.

    Unplugging and powering off things — computers, TVs, printers — then plugging everything back in will ‘reboot’ them and is the easiest fix, something to try first before concluding something’s really wrong with it. Whenever I have a TV glitch I can’t seem to fix, it’s the first thing AT&T live chat will ask, did you unplug it and plug it back in?

    I’d still love to stain my front porch and steps (and patio, for that matter, and the driveway too) but that’ll all have to wait for now. The bubbling on the south side of the house has produced at least one peel spot now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But that’ll have to wait until spring/summer when the rains are gone.

    I made much progress clearing off my desk yesterday, will finish it today, I think. It was mostly lots of old port and city reports about projects being planned, environmental evaluations, etc. Paper, paper, paper. Toss, toss, toss.

    In one desk drawer that belonged to someone else (no longer with us) I found a really old Mac laptop. It was smallish but really thick and heavy, in a case. Looked like it came from the 1800s or so. LOL. But the case was nice, I will maybe pass that on to Carol as she has a love of bags.

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  12. Cheryl, generally we allow them two years to get it right. So Chocolate will be entering a freezer this year unless Moses takes her for his family to eat. Snowflake will have one more opportunity and she should be fine. She seems to have more of a brain.

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  13. Meanwhile, the office/den is also coming along, I began putting books back on the spinning bookcase last night. I’m thinking of what framed pieces to hang in there, I have a couple in the house that I never really found places for. One is a framed watercolored scene from Iowa that my mom had; I also have a framed print of the Red Car trolley that ran in San Pedro given to me by one of the artist’s in town.

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  14. I did not realize tangelos are tangerines and grapefruit combined. Some people take medicines that require them not to eat grapefruit. Guess that goes for tangelos, too. Just a reminder since I bought a bag and then realized that Art can’t have any. (They are all mine, my Precious tangelos.)

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  15. So nice when a cleaning project is finished and things, which need to be thrown out, are.

    My husband talks about having a pet crow. It was an outdoor pet, but would come to them. It would steal anything shiny, however, and could be a pest. I hate when they return and wake me up in the morning with all their noise. However, it is a sign spring is coming.

    Yesterday I said our weather was pretty normal. Then I heard on the news that we broke the record for cold on the day. It had not been that cold on that day since 1895.

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  16. Chas that sounds like what Mockingbirds do. One would make a next every year across the driveway from the deck on the back of my dad’s house when I was still at home. We had a neutered male cat that the mockingbird tormented every Spring. It really didn’t matter where he was in the yard the bird dive bombed him continually.

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  17. We’re all on to the Real Anon.

    She talks funny. Freezers, goats, dinner.

    Here in California we’re all into goat yoga. It works by letting them stand on our backs and shoulders.

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  18. Kathaleena, it’s the Global Warming, which when you consider the language the left uses often gets the words backwards such as good is bad and bad is good, you have really been hit with Global Cooling. My friend, Karen, frequently blames Global Warming for such things as the more violent storms we are having. Some neighbor’s grass is being mown. The worker must be wearing a heavy jacket. That seems very strange to me!

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  19. It is a nicer day here. I have a 3 assignments to get done before I go to class at 2.30.
    Miguel had a pet crow when he was young. We had one chugging outside the bedroom window this morning.
    Praying for your son, Kim. He has to have the “want to” to quit. Praying the God will raise up strong men to help him stay on the right path. It’s hard to change a habit when you hang with the same friends.

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  20. KIm, the birds had a strategy. It takes good timing to mess with a cat.
    I just wonder how they communicated with each other to do that.
    And they may have been mockingbirds. I don’t recall.

    I know it doesn’t always happen this way. But I knew a guy in Falls Church, Bobby Joe S.
    He was hooked on drugs, about to kill himself, but somehow he talked to our pastor.
    The Lord saved him and cured his drug habit, just like that.
    He joined our church.
    Some of the women objected to the long hair and way he dressed. But over time, years, he became like the rest of us and was elected deacon.
    His family joined too.

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  21. Chas, sometimes God works that way, sometimes He allows us to get to the lowest low before pulling us up. People have to want to change and that is hard on the bystanders.

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  22. We have lots of Ravens out here. They are fascinating to watch.
    All the weather guys are telling us we are going to get an Albuquerque Low next Monday evening through Wednesday. That means we measure in feet not inches ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  23. In one of Hubby’s drawers, under some old t-shirts, I found the knife, and its sheath, that his dad had picked up from a dead German soldier in World War II. I had forgotten about that.

    I also found three knives, in sheaths, that Hubby must have bought while going through his brief survivalist phase. These knives are big and sharp and scary-looking. One is called the Jungle Master, or something like that.

    Why, Hubby? Why?

    (At least I haven’t found evidence of another wife and family, so that’s good. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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  24. A lot of men like tools like that, Kizzie, not because they are mass murderers or anything. It is just interesting to them. Some like the form of the tool, others like the use of the tool. Some just like the variety. And they may not ever use them for anything but looking at or cutting a string on a package. Some collect cars, some collect outdoor equipment, etc. Women, of course, are sensible and never do such useless collecting.

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  25. I have a collection of Miss Bosley’s previously used and discarded whiskers in a zip lock bag. Do I get bragging rights for that? I am not very attached to them although at one time Miss Bosley was.

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  26. Karen, Mumsee is correct. Men just keep things they once used.
    I still have a slide rule.
    I have a film camera.
    And lots of other things Chuck will dispose of.
    Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t mean a thing.

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  27. Kizzie, Mumsee said it well. My take is that we don’t have to understand “why” men have certain interests and traits that we don’t really understand, just that we rejoice that God made us different but also drew us toward each other!

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  28. Do we have three Anons now? The Real Anon (aka mumsee) the other Anon (aka Janice) and another one at 3:13 talking about ravens playing football? Who here is from the Baltimore area?

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  29. okay, I got caught. Our one day when it doesn’t matter when we get to school. I got up later and then took a late shower. I was in the shower when I heard voices outside calling. Oh, no. Turns out someone will be moving into the flat next door and they came to clean it. I had hooked the chain on the door and they couldn’t get in.

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  30. I really do understand what has been said about men and tools and such. But Hubby strayed into spending too much money, and being secretive. I think I had seen at least one of the knives, so that wasn’t a surprise, but that he had three of them was. They look like they may have been expensive. (And they were hidden.)

    He had also at one time told me that he bought a gun. A few months later, either he admitted or I found out that he had two others. Then he bought a rifle and a shotgun that are still in the boxes. (He did go target shooting a few times with his pistols. He wanted to do that more often, but didn’t have the time.)

    He also has at least a couple dozen baseball hats, several jackets, and more boots and shoes than I ever had. His clothes fill half of our bedroom closet and most of the living room closet.

    Remember I mentioned not too long ago the Mont Blanc pen that he didn’t tell me about for several months?

    Meanwhile, if I wanted something, I would buy the cheapest, or at least try to find a great deal, and then ask his “permission” (which was sometimes denied). I had to be extra frugal with myself because he was not frugal with himself. Buying his latest interests was like a compulsion with him.

    This all may sound resentful, but I have forgiven him. We talked about this only months before he died, and he was so sorry that he had been that way, and was working on changing his ways.

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  31. After Hubby’s death, when I bought some clothes online for myself, I felt like I needed to tell Nightingale, to get her approval. I almost felt guilty. She smiled and told me that I didn’t need to report to her what I was buying. She trusted me not to spend the life insurance down too quickly.

    Since then, I have felt a freedom in buying what I want, even some frivolous things. But even my “frivolous” is pretty frugal. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a set amount that I can spend on my needs and/or wants each month, and I have mostly kept to that. The times I haven’t kept to that have had extenuating circumstances, and I still didn’t spend more than I “paid” myself that month from the life insurance savings. (It just meant a little less back in savings.)

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  32. DJ, my eyesight is still not as good as I had hoped for. I did. Ot have my usual eye doc appointment today. My next and probably last appointment based on the czteract surgery is next Tues. Hopefully I can get glasses then so I can get back to doing things I have put on hold.

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  33. Now the header is one of the frozen-over pools not that far from the crow’s bathtub. (This second one had trees shading it, so it didn’t get as much sun. But would you bathe outdoors a few yards from this?)

    I thought the ice patterns really unusual and really pretty.

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