58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-14-19

  1. Good Morning Everyone. I slept surprisingly well last night. Must have been a little less stress that did it. ๐Ÿ˜„
    I am staying home today to try to get some work done. I need to work on the training calendar.
    I wonโ€™t be easy. Missy will be here and she has decided I am her favorite person. I have a backpack I use for my computer. She isnโ€™t quite sure why sometimes itโ€™s heavy and sometimes itโ€™s not. She loves to drag it through the house.
    Maybe the weather will be good enough that Grandpa can take her to the park to play after their nap today.
    This weekend will be busy as we have the Arts and Craft Festival and the Outdoor Art Show. I am serving dinner to the artists tomorrow night and breakfast to them Sunday morning. I hope we have nice weather.

    DJ will get a laugh out of this. Another agent has guilted me into having my office painted. I CANNOT pick out a paint color. I am running out of time. Itโ€™s being painted this weekend!
    Got any suggestions????

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  2. Paint it red or black.
    Good morning. I have been without internet, TV, cell phone, landline until just a few minutes ago. I don’t know why.
    I had power.

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  3. Only Mumsee would think of that.
    But Pi isn’t 3.1419, it’s 3.14159.
    There now.
    (I had to deal with pi often for a couple of years. It’s really 3.1415926.
    I have lots of useless information in my head.
    Like: I know the mores code.

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  4. Deer reproduce fairly rapidly. Some females can be bred their first year of life (when they are about five months old) and some wait till the next year. (Males usually have to wait several years to breed, if larger bucks are around, but it’s the age of the female that’s relevant since males can breed several does.) Her first time to give birth she produces a single fawn, and after that it is usually twins. They’re quite vulnerable as small fawns, but hidden and virtually scentless. In an environment without large predators (mountain lions, wolves), deer usually die by hunters or cars. If hunters don’t hunt them, the numbers will multiply very quickly. Yet we’re no longer in a culture that encourages hunting. Deer and Canada geese have become a nuisance in many communities (and coyotes), but responsible stewardship includes hunting. Keep their numbers low and keep them afraid of people, and there is less opportunity for them to become a nuisance. Yes, herbivores will seek out gardens, so there will always be rabbits and deer in some gardens, but backyards are not the preferred hangout for deer if food is plentiful elsewhere. But when deer overbreed their environment with nothing culling them, they get hungry and desperate.

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  5. I was thanking God that the stretch of road under my car was one with the packed snow/ice melted off when the deer decided to cross the road on Monday. Also, that one, wisely, decided to stay on the side she was on. Yes, deer are pests, but pests can be fascinating and pretty.

    They do not mind you yelling at them, playing fiddle for them or slamming doors on them when they are eating in your yard. Like all pests, I prefer they stay out of my yard, but they do not seem to care what I prefer. That is life, but it won’t be forever.

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  6. 22/7 is not an accurate representation of pi, unless you don’t need accuracy past the first to digits after the decimal, as it equals 3.142857142857143.

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  7. I figured it was Linda. But my son in Virginia did wish me a happy pi day a few hours ago.

    Mice are beautiful and cute and all that, but they don’t live long when I find them in the garbage can containing the goat food that I am reaching in to get for the morning feed. Like today.

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  8. Now, see, DJ, by going to bed at midnight, you cannot feel refreshed and ready to enjoy the morning at four thirty. That is to be expected. Or five thirty, or six thirty, or seven thirty, or eight thirty, but getting there.

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  9. We were all supposed to bring a pie to work today but I forgot to pick one up last night.

    I’m slowly adjusting to the new time, with the emphasis on slowly when it comes to mornings. I’m getting up a little earlier each day.

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  10. Was was in bed by 10:30 last night. My ‘normal” hour to get up is 7 a.m. It seemed like 7 a.m. was a teeny-tiny bit lighter today, or is that my imagination?

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  11. A ticking bomb greeted me this bleary-eyed morning.

    At 2:30 I texted my prayer partner: “I haven’t fallen asleep yet so I’m canceling tomorrow walk.”

    Fortunately, my cat made sure I was awake at 7:30 and theoretically I could have sprinted to meet my friend, but I stayed in bed wearing an eye mask, hoping . . .

    It was not to be.

    Two nights in a row sleepless past 1, even though I was in bed (okay, reading) at 9.

    I have to sleep tonight. Friday is too crazy with traveling.

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  12. I had a night shift last night. It was a nightmare. I ended up going home sick, but before that everything went wrong, not just with me but with the whole staff (the patients were fine, thankfully). I could use some prayer, as I have a hard and complicated situation to work through now.

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  13. Morning! We have power again and the sun is shining…21 degrees but no falling snow nor wind today! Now the dig out begins. We emptied the fridge and freezers placing all the food out on the deck in the snow….food saved from spoilage…wiping out the fridge and freezer before placing it all back….spring cleaning anyone!!??! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    I love the deer meandering through our property. Yes they are plentiful out here but there is not a time when we spy them coming through that we are not at the windows watching and talking to them ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  14. My office will be painted Sea Salt Sherwin Williams Colar 6206
    I had a moment of panic when I held it against something and it looked Colgate Toothpaste Green which is what almost every dorm room of my life was painted. I know this because if you hung anything on the wall and wanted it patched you used Colgate Toothpaste.

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  15. Kim, that is similar to the color we ended up with for our bathrooms, and I like it. We were trying for something like that on our main walls (living room, my office, and our bedroom), but ended up just a shade too light, and so it has the merest hint of green and nearly looks white. But it’s nice because any color goes with it. (God made the plants green, and they match any possible color!)

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  16. I also worked a night shift. Fortunately, it went very well. We have been extremely busy this past month, and each shift is run, run, run.

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  17. We went with the lighter gray color because it is a tax office where people may be looking at paperwork with small numbers and brightness is helpful for that. Also, a good portion of our clients come during the winter when it is gloomy out so I thought brighter would be best from that angle, too. There are a lot of considerations for each space in selecting the best paint colors.

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  18. Janice, I think I looked at Snowdrop and didn’t choose it because it looked more bluish grey to me. Considering that I went into the paint store wearing a blue silk blouse, carrying a blue purse and two different pillows that had blue in them…well you can see where I am going. There may be a tad too much blue in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Photo: getting the mallard in flight was pretty cool. I haven’t figured mallards out yet. Whether or not they will be spooked by the presence of people seems pretty random. But perhaps it’s a different pair each time they show up at that little pond, I don’t know. I just never know whether they will ignore me or spook, or ignore me and then spook if someone else comes along. Anyway, this time they spooked, and I got a photo of them as they flew in front of the trees–but she was above him and nearly out of the frame, so I cropped her out and let the focus be on the pretty male.

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  20. Re: Cheryl’s 10:41
    I hope that by now everyone understands that “Like” does not mean that you actually LIKE the situation, but you get the message and are with the poster on this.

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  21. We just visited our new office space. Beautiful 15 story building across from the ocean.

    But our space? Three separate closets (no, not even offices, virtual closets) on the 4th floor with tables jammed in them. No windows, 4 bare walls and a door. Completely claustrophobic. I’m almost in tears.

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  22. We are expecting mud soon, as the snow melts. Farmers are concerned they won’t get into the fields in time to plant with all this snow. I guess I need to put my selfish love of snow aside. Not that that actually impacts the weather.

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  23. My dad is considering us as an option! He did not just turn it down. That would be wonderful. Continued prayer for God to lead, rather than us leading.

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  24. Nice in-flight shot.

    I did score some extra trash bags and about 8 new/wrapped toilet paper rolls from the office now closing down tomorrow, all things they no longer will need so they’re giving it all away.

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  25. Oh Dj…that sounds awful. Can you at least leave the door open?!! I donโ€™t know that I could survive…I tend to not be able to breathe when in close confined spaces. ๐Ÿ˜

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  26. Leaving the door open may help, not sure we can, it’s a narrow hallway but I’d also thought of that … And I am hoping the editor will be more easy going about letting us work off-site, I’m getting the feeling she definitely prefers to have her peeps all counted and present in her field of vision each day, but we’ll see. It simply doesn’t seem like a space that’s even meant to be permanent, rather a drop-in spot if needed. Editor has 5 of us, including her, all crammed into the largest of the rooms which sounds very uncomfortable (all of the rooms are quite small/tiny).

    There is one long timer there (he’s part-time now, writes more column/feature pieces) and he was telling me when he started out as a 20-year-old reporter for UPI they (AP, etc.) had little cubicles stuck in the hallway of the Nebraska statehouse. But he added, “I was 20.”

    The folks I’m with now are all way younger, two young pencil-skinny (nice) gals, one too-cool hipster guy and an intern (a sweet young guy) who wears yoga pants. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is not my base paper, it’s the sister paper that I’m physically now with due to the geography of our current moves. It is a much closer commute, 15 minutes instead of 30.

    We walked (as a group) the 8 blocks or so to the new building today so we could turn in our parking permit forms and get our pics taken for the ID badges we’ll need. Poignant because on the way — and on the same street — we passed the old 1920s, 4-story building where the newspaper used to be headquartered (and where the one old-timer worked in a bustling, full newsroom with printing presses below). I’d been inside that building a couple times when I was a journalism student in college.

    New owners preserved the ornate outside, thankfully, but it now houses a health coverage business. And how sad to walk past it today, realizing how far the paper has tumbled — first into the little downtown storefront it’s been in for the past 10 years (that we’re moving out of now) and next to rented closet space in a high rise starting next Monday.

    We were all told to work from home tomorrow as movers will be dismantling the storefront space. We’ll meet up at the new place Monday, I guess, unless I can come up with an assignment I’ll have to do from home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. DJ, I did work in a basement, windowless room in a part-time temporary job I did for a couple months each summer in Nashville, and the whole set-up felt kind of sterile, but overall I didn’t think all that much about the windowless-ness. (Though I have deliberately put my computer by a window in all three spaces I’ve lived in as a freelancer. My view here isn’t that great, though–definitely worst of the three.) Will it be your space to set up as you like? In other words, would the office be allowed to hang a picture on the wall (maybe even a picture showing a scene looking out a window)? Camaraderie with co-workers may be as important as physical space, and I do hope that somehow it works out. But it does sound horribly less than ideal, and a way of saying that no one should really settle in and get comfortable. Hopefully you will have a lot of freedom to work from home, and will have good relationships with the others.

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