53 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-13-19

  1. Good morning! We’ve been seeing some sunshine and blue skies so I wanted to share the unusual background of the Birthday Tree photo. It was 74° yesterday and will almost be that today. Soon it will turn cold again. Wesley lucked up on the weather. It looks like we will be helping Karen get to a doctor appointment today. I think she is devastated in hearing the news about me not being able to get my license probably until May.

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  2. Good Morning. Who has had the experience of standing in front of a closet full of clothes and having NOTHING to wear? That has been my morning. I am dressed and ready to go to a realtor’s luncheon at 11 honoring agents who have sold this builder’s homes over the past year. I am not quite sure I like what I have on and am waiting for Mr. P and Missy to return so I can get his opinion. A wise woman told me years ago that if your husband ever tells you he doesn’t like that you have on you should listen. So I do.
    Janice, I love the birthday tree pictures. I have tried to think of where I can plant one here. I love things that bloom.
    Oh, guess what I get to do this afternoon???? Go wedding dress shopping!
    One of my agents is getting married in August. When she was in training with me last Spring she was newly engaged and wanted to lose 20 pounds before she shopped for a dress. I told her to let me know when she had lost the weight, I wanted to go with her at least once to see her dress. Fast forward to last week, when she asked if she could come to talk to me. I thought it was about her joining a team, but I was about the wedding.
    It seems that it has gotten larger than life and the people who told her they would help as dropped the ball. Oh, Girl, did you come to the right place!
    After listening to everything, I advised her to first, YES, you DO need to go to the marriage counseling your minister wants you to attend. Then I told her since the wedding is scheduled for the first weekend in August (ladies, do that math—we are almost out of time) that she needed to scale it way back. We talked about flowers, dresses, and food.
    The complication is that she and her groom want to be debt free by the end of the year AND they are paying for their own wedding. Oh, and the wedding will be in Jacksonville, not Pensacola. She had a wedding shower in Atlanta this past weekend and I advised her to look for a dress there. She said no, she would wait and go with me this week.
    She is a beautiful young woman. She has a smile that lights up a room. She is in no way petite, so I told her I wanted HER to wear the dress, NOT the dress wear her.
    Because they want to be debt free, I got her signed up with Financial Peace University and here is the BIG challenge—we have a $250 budget for a wedding dress!
    WISH US LUCK!

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  3. I will pray you find just the right dress for her, Kim. What a challenge all that would be, but she has the right person to help it seems.

    Has any woman not had that experience looking in her closet?

    We will be getting lots of rain on top of our few feet of snow. I am sorry that many will be (if not already) in flooding danger.

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  4. Morning! Rain overnight and at the moment a heavy wet snow is falling in this forest. The winds are picking up and the region is pretty much shut down. The deer have meandered through this morning and the birds are all a flutter gathering around the bird feeder on the deck. What a beautiful day this is! I will try to snap a photo later on to send to AJ…. ⛄️

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  5. The tulip trees in Ontario will not bloom for another couple of months. It is amazing what a difference latitude makes.

    Kim, it would be possible to make a lovely wedding dress for $250, if one did it oneself. That is about what it cost Second sibling for material and pattern, and she and I provided the labour.

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  6. Kim, that is almost five months and very doable. I’m a big proponent of short engagements (that would be a longish one in my book, actually, if they were just getting engaged now) because long engagements lead to more sexual temptation (assuming this young couple isn’t a Christian, they are probably just sleeping together anyway), more frustration, and more complicated (expensive, tension-filled) ceremonies and receptions. You should know you want to marry, and that you are ready to marry, before you get engaged; and prolonging the “waiting” after that often makes both parties miserable.

    At any rate, from the date of my official engagement to the wedding was three months and six days, and everything got done. Now, granted, I chose the design for my wedding dress two months before we were officially engaged and bought the fabrics (laces) for it a month before we were officially engaged. We also had our honeymoon cabin and church reserved two months before the official engagement (we were waiting till after I met the girls to get “officially” engaged), so in some ways we had a five-month engagement . . . but virtually all wedding planning waited until the official engagement (ordering flowers, a cake, making the dress, getting bridesmaid dresses, invitations, musicians). I also was preparing a home for sale and packing to move to another state! In my case, it was just over six months from meeting my groom in person to marrying him. (We’d had very in-depth communication before that first meeting.) So yes, five months sounds like plenty of time and quite doable.

    But enjoy the dress shopping! That can be one of the most fun parts. Check clearance racks and consignment stores, and also look at bridesmaid dresses and see if they come in white–we had someone tell us that tip when we were just starting to look for a dress for my older daughter.

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  7. BTW, my friend didn’t make my whole dress, though she originally planned to. We found a dress on the clearance rack at David’s Bridal for $100, and we used that as a foundation and started from there. She made a lace jacket to put over it, and we appliqued lace roses all over the dress and more lace on the bottom of it. A lovely fabric store in Nashville has an annual 50% off sale; the laces I chose were expensive, but we got them during their 50% off sale, and the lace still cost more than $100. But the dress in the catalog that we were copying was going to be $850 if I bought it from the catalog, and as I recall we made it for less than $300. The catalog dress was also off-white, and I have a skin tone that can wear pure white and I wanted that if possible, and I liked the laces we chose just slightly better than the lace in the catalog dress. And that season sleeveless dresses were still all that one could buy in the stores; we looked at several. I would have had to order from a catalog or make it to get one with sleeves, and I didn’t want sleeveless. (To me sleeveless didn’t say elegant, it would have been too chilly, I have skinny shoulders and look better in sleeves, etc.) I saw literally thousands of dresses and none of them had sleeves except a few in the catalogs.

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  8. Roscuro, my sewing skills run to the Guess and By Golly it application. With a measuring tape, some fabric, and a sewing machine, I can make about any window treatment or shower curtain you would like. While I did make some of BG’s dresses when she was small, I went to my cousin’s house and used all of her fancy equipment. I mean, REALLY, who has their own serger???

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  9. When I got up this morning, I felt stiff and sore as if I had been beaten. I was providing physical support yesterday to a woman giving birth, in the style of the midwives of old. I was thinking yesterday, watching the sheer strength a woman needs for delivery, of what the Bible had to say on the subject, using it so often as an analogy: “for children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them” (Isaiah 37:3); “Trembling seized them there, agony like that of a woman in labor” (Psalm 48:6). Women are both at their weakest and most vulnerable in childbirth, and they are at their strongest, accomplishing a nearly impossible task and one that no man has ever done. I often recall Jesus’ description, which I have so often seen demonstrated, “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world” (John 16:21).

    We often talk about the birth of Jesus, but seldom about how Mary would have struggled just as much as the women I assist. Yet, it was only through a woman that the Christ came into the world. Even as God gave Eve her curse, he made her curse the means of salvation. To Eve God said, “I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children in anguish” (Genesis 3:16). But to the serpent, He said, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
    Many commentators, including Pastor A, believe that is what Paul was talking about in I Timothy 2:13-15: “For Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. But she will be saved through childbearing, if she continues in faith, love, and holiness, with good judgment.” It was through the weakness and pain of childbearing that the Saviour came into the world, and so all humans, man and woman, now have salvation through the Son of Man who was born of Mary, Jesus Christ. As Paul said elsewhere, in I Corinthians 11:11-12:
    “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God.”

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  10. Kim, Second has a serger. She bought it when she was single, which she was until her early thirties, and working. I think I used it more often than she did.

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  11. Maybe a beautiful bridesmaid’s dress would serve for the wedding dress? Could she borrow one? I’ve seen them at our local thrift shops (i know, I know). Mine was $175–42 years ago.

    She can have it–size 14. 🙂

    I never seem to have the appropriate clothes to wear. Have fun!

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  12. Can I have some of Kim’s energy this morning?

    I am still not adjusting to this new time and am sleeping longer. The one thing I love about the other time change is I naturally wake up so much earlier.

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  13. So, I am confused. We all know the time change is coming, plenty of time to reset before. I start getting my people up a bit earlier each morning and by the day of the switch, they are switched. It is not like we can only switch on that exact day.

    I like it this way because in the other time, I need to get up by four thirty or listen to a bunch of animals yell at me for not coming out to feed them. Now I can sleep in to five thirty, get the shower and the Bible time, and still be out before the sun is up. That will change over the coming months as early gets earlier.

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  14. Kim!! So much fun – praying you find just the right dress for her. I’m glad they’re wanting to be debt free and have set a budget. Very wise. Thank you for helping her/them.

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  15. I am in my happy place today. The mountains. We used to live here in Radium Hot Springs about 25 years ago. Boy, have things changed. It’s still beautiful but so many more people and condos and stuff. I am just glad I was able to come on this work trip for my husband.

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  16. It’s been documented that these time changes really mess with our systems, it’s not “just one hour” you can compensate for; accidents and physical and mental health issues increase. More sleep is better for us.

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  17. Just stop with the time changes. I don’t understand why governments won’t. We stay on DST all year in Saskatchewan and I do NOT miss those time changes at all. There is no benefit to them in this day and age.

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  18. So we got home about 11.30 last night and fixed the prolapse on the goat right away.

    Miguel and Trey are stuck to me like Velcro today.we have talked and talked and talked.

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  19. California voters have voted in favor of doing that, btw, but now it still needs approvals by the state legislature and Congress to be put into effect. Maybe by next year? Or not …

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  20. Yes, I agree about the increase in accidents and health issues, but I believe it is due to the abruptness of it. By gradually shifting, you are still getting the same amount of sleep. It is not like doing the day shift some of the time and then night and then day and then evening. That is really hard.

    Kevin B, for me, it is not really a change at all as I tend to get up with the day so I can enjoy the sunrise. I have no problem going to sleep before the sun goes down, because I get up early regularly and generally get between eight and nine hours.

    For the children, I usually start changing them a couple of weeks ahead by a few minutes each day. I did not do that for seventeen year old boy as he has no need for no stinking mother. He overslept because he forgot to reset his time on his device he is not allowed to have, which I thought all reset themselves so that is a lame excuse. He overslept because he had not slowly adjusted.

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  21. Individual time clocks are different. Cheryl & I are the night owls around here (her more than me, but still, we perk up later in the day/evening). I’ve always been this way, mornings are always hard for me. They just are. I’m just not at my best in the early hours.

    I have a friend who goes to bed by 8 p.m., even if it’s still light. She’s up by 4 a.m. I can’t even imagine such a schedule, but then she can’t imagine being up past 9 p.m., either. For me, the evening is still young at 9.

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  22. I changed Misten gradually . . . but the reality is, Misten was on an “approximate” schedule anyway, and I purposely made her schedule to allow me to sleep in. She got breakfast at 10 a.m., and that meant “before 11:00.” I fed her as close to 10:00 as I noticed the time, but it might be 10:20 or 10:30 or occasionally 10:40. When the time change was coming, I’d adjut by 15-30 minutes a couple weeks before.

    For myself, the only day of the week I have to be up at a certain time is Sunday. I adjust clocks during the day on Saturday and have a few hours to get used to it, but it feels weird for a week or so. And it is totally unnecessary, and I’m not sure I have ever met anyone who likes it.

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  23. I work so many different shifts in a week, that the change did not affect me.

    So…border health. Miguel was really not enchanted for me to go down there, as he felt like they would all be gang members with little children in tow. I did not know what to expect, other than frightened, desperate people.
    I was requested to come and help through the NM Reserve Medical, of which I am a volunteer. When I got down there, I could only identify 2 other from our group. There were other with the NM Dept of Health, and their mobile clinic, staffed with a Dr and nurses went to various locations.There was also another couple of ladies, and they were the ones with OTC medications, from Heart for the World. I was given a backpack from our group with basic medical supplies: gauze, ace wraps, wound cleaner, bandaids, along with a BP cuff, pulse oximeter, and BGL monitor. The other lady supplies gloves, things like tylenol, cough medicine, zyrtec, otc cold medicine, cough drops, pedialyte, advil, some small cups with lids to dispense meds. I was paired up with a lady who is a professor of anthropolgy who was fluent in Spanish. We were sent to Anthony, NM to a Catholic church which had a shelter. They told me it was a difficult place, as the man who ran it would not let anyone not “medical” perform any medical duties(like take someones temp).
    When we got there, they had a room set up for us. We had a row of chairs against the wall, and then four chairs in the center, two facing each other. We had a table with our supplies, and another chair close by to hold the devices regularly used. The gentleman in charge went out and made an announcement that we were there, and if they felt ill, to get in line. The group there consisted mainly of men and children. I only saw one adult woman, with several children in the group. Most were from Honduras and Guatemala, with one from El Salvador. There were some young men, with small children, and to me they seemed legit..not gang related, just looking for work and better life. There were a few single men, late teens to 30s without children. Some of them seemed to me that they were just on a lark. They had been able to shower, and had their hair in a fashionable way, and their clothes were fashionable. They had not yet got clothing from the shelter. There were, I would say about25%, of the young men that were gaming the system. Hair spiked up, gold teeth, cocky attitude. You could tell from their condition, that they had been well nourished prior to the journey. We had only one man and his son that needed further medical care. All of them got BP, heart rate and quality, respiratory assessments, SPO2, lung sounds, and heart tones, BGL, pupil reactivity, and then anything else that went with their chief complaint. Most of the people were not well educated. Most of the children did not know how to blow their noses. And there was plenty of snot to go around. The children were pale, but in good spirits. Their smiles were infectious. I have never seen so many rotten teeth in one place. All were at least slightly, if not very dehydrated. We worked straight through from 4-9:30. I think we saw 28 people. My favorite was the last 2 men. It was a man and his 15 year old boy. They were from Honduras and had worked on a coffee plantation. The young man sat down and declared “My name is Oliver” as proud as could be to be speaking in English. You could tell from the way they carried themselves that they would work hard and succeed. All of the people had long fingernails, except for those who bit them out of nervousness. I guess that ICE does not let them have fingernail clippers. Those who were clean people at home had clean nails, and who were not did not. The shelter was clean, the people friendly, and the food (fish tacos) good.
    The next day, I went to Mesilla, to another Catholic church. There we had a nurse and myself that did the basic things which I had done the day before. She was the translator, and I the hands on person. Later in the evening, the mobile clinic staffed with DOH people and a Dr showed up and those with further needs went out to them. This shelter was so well organized. They had a whiteboard on the wall, with each family group assigned a number. There were various columns to be checked off, such as sponsor, travel arrangements, clothing, medical, showers, etc. They, as did the other shelters, had a room with volunteers using phones and computers, working to make travel arrangements to their destination. Another group was in the kitchen doing meal prep, while another lady was there with the children, playing games and doing puzzles with them. One of our volunteers told me she was there when this group arrived. She described their leaving the bus and being taken directly to the sanctuary of the church, where they sang songs and prayed. I noticed that each of the children had a small plastic rosary around their necks. Then they were brought back across the street to the shelter and fed a meal, and the whole process began. This was an entirely different group than the one in Anothony. These were mostly women and young children. The haggard look on their faces I will not forget. Again, most were from Honduras and Guatemala. But children are children, open, loving, smiling at those who would smile at them. I wish I could understand Spanish better, as a little 2 year old said some things so quietly to me, with an expectant smile on his face. I wish I could have given him a better response.
    This group had not yet been given any clothing. You know how pants with holes in the front are the fashion; they had pants with holes, with patches on patches, 2 or 3 layers deep. Out of this group, I only had questions about 2 family groups. One was a young woman with 2 young children. She said they were 3 and 6, but did not know their birthdays. The nurse went to find out the correct DOB and found them to be 2 and 4. I was not sure if they were actually her children or not. The other, was a family from Peru, mother, daughter and son. They had on fashionable clothing, jewelry, watches that matched, and the teenage girl had braces. The mother had a haughty attitude. My opinion was that they could have easily gone through the process legally, paying all of the fees in advance. I think in all, a the shelter, there were aprox 40 people. The last lady we saw, was there with her 14 year old son. We asked where she was going. She said Virginia. She said she was going to Virginia, to her husband and other children, who have been there for almost 8 years. She was so happy for her family to be reunited.
    So that is my report, discombobulated as it is.

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  24. Thanks for sharing, rkessler. I can almost imagine what it was like. It sounds about what one would expect. Thanks for being available to do that.!

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  25. Yes, thank you rkessler for your efforts. Reminds me of the homeless population we deal with here, some legitimately needy folks along with the young mavericks on bikes using/selling drugs and sleeping in tents sprawled across our sidewalks.

    mumsee will be glad to know I’m feeling awake now that it’s 4:45 p.m. here on the west coast. 🙂

    Working on interviews for a broader reaction piece to Newsom’s canceling the death penalty in California for the rest of the time he’s governor (one more person to reach on that) along with a port terminal automation story that has the longshore union rallying in opposition.

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  26. The age of social media:

    Facebook turns to Twitter to explain outages

    By Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Business

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/tech/facebook-instagram-down/index.html

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    Washington DC (CNN Business)Facebook, the world’s largest social network, relied on Twitter on Wednesday to explain that its apps were experiencing outages around the world.

    Some users of Facebook (FB) and other platforms owned by the tech giant, including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, experienced problems accessing the services. Many people went on Twitter to vent their frustration.

    The outages began Wednesday afternoon and appeared to affect people in multiple areas, including the US, Central and South America, and Europe, according to tweets and the outage-tracking site DownDetector.com …
    _______________________________

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  27. I am DONE. I finished my 60 hours of post-licensing!
    I have to admit that I passed Managing a Real Estate Office with a 76 and passing was 75. A pass is a pass. I am OK with this as my brokerage doesn’t hold escrow – use a title company. We don’t do rental management – agents have to be brokers themselves and have a separate business off-site to manage rentals. I have never opened a REAL brokerage from the ground up. FINALLY– why must I remember how many days for this, that, and the other. If I need to know how long I have to respond to something with the Real Estate Commission, I am going to be in deep enough trouble I will have hired an attorney and THEY can worry about the dates.

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  28. Kim, congrats! Now how long are you free and clear?

    I remember when I was preparing to get my driver’s license, one of my siblings warned me about missing the question about drinking because of skipping over that part in the book (it was irrelevant to us teetotalers), so I made sure to note what percentage of blood alcohol was considered a problem . . . only the question was about how long one’s license would be suspended if caught driving drunk, and I missed it anyway. But it was really irrelevant to me, and annoying to have it be considered something that I needed to know in order to drive. (The blood-alcohol content would have been more relevant in a “driving” test!)

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  29. Two years in Florida and when I thave to take it then it will only be 15 hours and I am going to start on those April 1st 😀
    I will have to renew Alabama in September of 20 but have been told Alabama will recognize my Florida CE. Need to check on that.
    Now I have to turn my attention to taxes

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  30. Cheryl, or how many feet back should you stop from a school bus, etc. Lots of picky things you’d never use, per se, but they’re on those drivers’ tests.

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  31. Alright, it’s 7 p.m. and still a *little bit* light outside and that is very nice. 🙂 I got home tonight a little early, at around 6 or 6:15, and the daylight was appreciated.

    Neighbor kid came over with his new puppy, Gambit, half pit bull and half husky. Adorable pup with great markings, 7 weeks. Their other dog, Phoebe, a black retriever (he says she’s also part pit) is known for getting out and running the neighborhood barking at everyone. I suggested a training class is always a good idea but he wanted to find a ‘free’ one which probably doesn’t really exist. We’ll see. For now, the puppy is adorable, he let me hold him for a while and he’s so warm and cuddly. 🙂 (We were on my front porch away from my dogs, of course.)

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  32. “Kid” in this case is a young adult who still lives at home — it’s a family that’s had some challenges in recent years. I feel for the mom who reminds me so much of the mom on This is Us.

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  33. Indeed, it is shortly after seven and still light out. Less than an our to bedtime! And, if it is a normal night, I will be snoring within thirty seconds.

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  34. Let’s try that again.

    I can only dream of a night like that, Mumsee, if I could only get to sleep to dream.

    As a matter of fact, I am feeling better and four surprisingly positive things happened to me between 4:30 and 7:30 today.

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  35. Power out for 9 hours and counting. Not to be restored until 7:30 tomorrow evening. Blizzarding with at least 16 inches of snow thus far 🥴

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  36. My bed time’s still a ways away — maybe 2 hours from now, sometime between 10 and 11 p.m.

    Maybe tomorrow morning will be better, maybe I’ll start to feel perkier earlier. Or not.

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  37. We had really strong winds last night so I was thinking we’d lose power at some point, but we didn’t. Hope yours comes back sooner than morning, Nancyjill. That’s a long time esp with food in the refrigerator.

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