58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-23-19

  1. Good morning, Chas.

    It is a beautiful morning here with a bright moon. Still waiting for the sun to make its appearance. The coyote harassed the dog all night. Good thing she is on guard duty for the baby goats. We lost one last year to a bobcat.

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  2. Morning all. I had a busy Saturday. Made a cake for my aide’s daughter’s birthday. Then went to visit the new or returned folks from my home area. I had seen them at Christmas. They only got here on Monday. One of their sons was having a hard time. So I went to give them a tour of the school. I told him that I had the magic key and we could see anything at all. These are the folks that got burned out in the Paradise fire. They went through a lot to get here.

    Then I went to the weight room for an hour. Later I met with someone who is here on the childcare team for conference. She is considering coming and may even take my class. We will see. We talked in my class nd my home.

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  3. Morning! Four inches of fresh fallen snow in this forest and it is absolutely stunning!! It will be all melted by this afternoon with temps rising to the high 40’s….drinking in the beauty of it all while I can…with coffee in hand! ⛄️ ☕️

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  4. Good morning, one and all, and a good morning it is. The roosters or crowing but it is another hour until sunrise. In a few hours, we hope a lot fewer of them will be crowing as the butcher comes today. He plans to remove twenty roosters, two non productive goats, and one ram. We will see. The children and I gathered roosters into a couple of pens last night, not sure how many we caught. It was raining last night, I rather hope it lets up before butchering time but we have cover so we will deal with it.

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  5. They are geese, right? I absolutely love geese. When we were in Jacksonville (Feb 16-17), outside our hotel room there was a pond where several geese were frolicking and talking to one another. They were so fun to watch. We’re seeing them start to show up here and are anticipating spotting babies in all the usual places.

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  6. We had a warmish spring day a couple days ago, and today we have four to five inches of snow.

    Seems like winter and summer are seasons that don’t want to give up, while spring and fall don’t last long enough.

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  7. Good late morning! I was up before daylight to cook our eggs this a.m. that Art brought in last night that my brother had purchased. Then Art took me to Publix to grocery shop. The moon was still pretty when we left for the store.

    We are going up to 70° and have a sunny day which sounds perfect until you factor in that the yellow pine pollen is in the air and coats everything. Sometimes when the wind picks it up it can look almost like a sandstorm. This will not be s good weekend for allergy sufferers although pond pollen is not the real culprit. It’s all the other blooming vegetation.

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  8. We have Canadian Geese here. They no longer migrate. People here feed them all the time. They have become a nuisance!!! They poop in the streams and Bay and pollute the water so we constantly have notices up that the contaminants in the water are too risky for humans.
    I here that some areas have butchered them and used them to feed the homeless. That would never work here because even though I am in the Deep South our area is a pocket fo Fruits and Nuts and there would be outrage. Mr. P took Missy to the bayfront park the other day and a woman was sitting on the ground and the geese were trying to get in her lap to be fed. He had to shoo one way from Missy because they aren’t afraid of the devil himself.

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  9. Someone mentioned Christmas?

    Feeding wildlife never works out well, for us or for them. 😦 I understand the impulse, but … Apparently there are still people who will intentionally feed coyotes, thinking they’re starving and are in need of our kindness and help.

    It’s SATURDAY and I’m not sitting on a hard-as-rock uncomfortable office chair in an enclosed, tiny cubby looking at a wall for 8 hours. Yay. Freedom from the fortress.

    The sun is shining and my hanging plants on the front porch look so pretty, they’re starting to spill over the pots, trailing little white, pink and purple flowers. Spring!

    It’s foggy in the harbor today, though. And our daytime temperatures are staying in the lower 60s for the week to come. But that’s fine with me, too.

    Kizzie’s right about spring and fall not being long enough. Out here it’s summer that drags on and on with the heat spikes well into late November sometimes. Ugh. Our cool winter this year with so much rain has been a wonderful respite and I really haven’t minded at all that it’s lingered longer than usual.

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  10. Canada geese are pretty to look at but, oh, do they leave a mess behind. Ugh.

    We’ve finally warmed up so that it is melting quickly during the day, but freezing again overnight. That is a good thing as it slows the runoff causing less flooding.

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  11. We have a state park that gets a lot of the migrating geese, both the Canada and snow varieties. Poop everywhere. I understand the Canadian government wants hunters to take as many as they can of the Canada geese since thy are damaging the Arctic tundra. Imagine that. Something natural being destroyed and it’s not the fault of humans.

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  12. Kim, there is a reason behind Canada geese no longer migrating. Some of them actually do. But some decades ago (I’m not good with numbers), the numbers of geese were seen to be too low. I think they had become extinct in several states, and they were probably still heavily hunted. Anyway, they were reintroduced all over the place . . . but no one apparently realized, or considered, that Canada geese learn to migrate by migrating with their parents. So introducing new geese (outside family units) into an area means introducing non-migratory geese, and their offspring will then also be non-migratory.

    Geese and ducks lose all their flight feathers at the same time, and so for a few weeks they are grounded. Canada geese lose theirs while they have young in the nest, and so the whole family is “grounded” for a few weeks. The juveniles are learning to fly as the adults are regaining the ability, and so for a few weeks they practice flying as a family locally and then they migrate as a family unit, joining larger flocks as the migration advances. But geese whose parents don’t migrate don’t migrate either. The largest subspecies of Canada geese are the ones that were reintroduced, and so they stay in an area over winter and have an advantage in nesting sites in the spring, in addition to their size advantage (Canada geese can vary greatly in size, and they tend to choose a mate about their own size). So huge Canada geese have overrun many areas.

    It is legal to destroy their nests (not true of all birds), and there are several ways to do so. Hunting would seem to be the best population control, but they aren’t adequately hunted, nor are there many predators around big enough to kill an adult.(And the adults are wonderful parents, and killing a gosling is difficult, too.) I visited the Fort Wayne zoo periodically when we lived up north, and there were nests everywhere (though some did get destroyed). It was hard to get a photo of just about any zoo species without getting Canada geese in the frame. Nothing like having a lovely photo of a small herd of zebras that won’t work because there are three Canada geese in the frame as well.

    I once attended a women’s retreat in an area where geese were hanging out, and walking from our housing to the eating area meant watching every step. They are grazers, and grass isn’t very nourishing. While some grazers (from cows to rabbits) chew their cud to get all the nourishment out of grass, geese deal with it by constant eating and constant elimination, and their excrement is large because they are large birds.

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  13. We have geese at the creek by our closest Sam’s, and they are often on the edge of the parking lot. I have not ever seen people trying to interact with them although I did get some photos of them at least once.

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  14. I agree with all of you about the messiness of Canada geese. We have many around here. Several of the places we walk in the summer are places that one has to watch carefully to miss the presents left by those thoughtless fowl.

    The Bobwhites that hang out on my front porch are just as thoughtless. I tell them to go elsewhere to do their business, but they never listen. It doesn’t help that my husband feeds all the birds and they take advantage of it.

    Nevertheless, they are fun to watch.

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  15. Kathaleena, have you ever considered having fried quail for dinner? My father and other male relatives would hunt quail and dove and the lady folks would make a lovely feast. It seems sad to me now to think of killing those birds, but they were not wasted. And I eat so much chicken that it seems I should share the burden with other varieties of birds

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  16. I was able to lie in my hammock and soak up some sun this afternoon. Of course I was dressed in all black and the hammock is in a sheltered corner of the house. But it was so good to be outside and not freeze to death.

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  17. Another day done. I am so very tired.

    Kare, thanks for the suggestion. I will keep it in mind.

    Peter, there is a large conservation/nature area close to the city. It consists of wetlands and lakeshore. Along one of the shore trails, you can look out and see a small island. There is a sign to the side of the trail that notes that the island once was covered in forest, until cormorants began nesting there. The droppings of the cormorants killed the trees and now the island is completely bare of any vegetation whatsoever.

    On teaching young birds to migrate: A man from a community not far from where I grew up actually trained flocks of Canada geese and whooping cranes to migrate using an ultralight plane. There was a film made in the 1990s based on his character, called ‘Fly Away Home’: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/father-goose-bill-lishman-loved-to-fly-with-thebirds/article37492203/

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  18. I have been outside until a little while ago pulling honeysuckle vines off the azelea bushes. It has been a wonderful time to take care of that. I am sweaty and will get a shower soon. Then I will cook a late dinner for Art. He has no time to have lunch these days. I send food in for him and my brother. My brother has to eat since he is on insulin. I always hope Art will have something but he rarely has time. Sometimes Art will have what I send in really late so then I don’t have to fix a late dinner. Good thing I am very flexible.

    Wesley had an interview yesterday that seemed to go well. It would be an on campus situation, not teaching, which would be very convenient. He has other things to interview for, too.

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  19. Hi all!

    District Auditions are now finished for the year, and the day overall went quite well. I am tired, but it is a good tired.

    My daughter and my other student (8th grade boy) both entered, and each had a great day. Daughter entered state track (which means a student can qualify for the state competition in May if one gets high enough performance and music theory test scores), and 8th grade boy entered one of the district tracks, which means playing and testing to earn points, but not trying for state competition.

    Daughter got 14 performance points of 15, and 102% on her theory test (extra credit question correct). Those scores together (meeting/exceeding minimum levels), mean she qualifies for state competition again this year. 🙂

    8th grade boy student got 15 of 15 performance points, and also 102% on his theory test. Top marks on it all!

    I am so pleased and proud of both of them! And both of their judges wrote excellent comments on enhancing their musicianship. One such remark was, “Can you bring an even larger feeling of phrase length? Like the D minor arpeggio is a big, groggy morning stretch?”

    Isn’t that a fantastic word picture? I just love comments like that!

    Thanks for your prayers leading up to the event. Today proved to be a lovely day in so many ways!

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  20. Kizzie, I am indeed. We spent quite a bit of time there when we first moved to the area as we were staying in the RV park across the road from it. The children swam across the river there and we waved at the trains going by. We enjoyed the recording done by an elder that is placed there for telling the Itseyeye story.

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  21. Rain. Aargh! It was finally warm enough yesterday to seal some cracks in the concrete so water wouldn’t get into the under-floor duct work. The sealant said not to get it wet for 24 hours. Now it is raining. I hope 18 hours was enough for the sealant to hold.

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  22. This morning, before his dad picked him up, The Boy was telling me about his dad’s new digs. (Does anyone use that word anymore? It just popped into my mind.) “Gigi”, X’s maternal grandmother (and thus The Boy’s great-grandmother), who was widowed sometime after me, has bought a condo in Enfield, a town about half an hour away, and X is going to be living with her. They are going to finish the basement into a combination bedroom (for X, and The Boy when he stays overnight) and game room.

    He also mentioned that his dad is “broke”, but Gigi will help him out financially. And that X’s Mom sometimes transfers funds into X’s account. (He is on SS Disability, I believe.) Interesting. I hope The Boy eventually learns that that is not how men are supposed to support themselves. (The child support that Nightingale receives is from the state since X is on the SSD.)

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  23. Just learned that Chickadee won’t be joining us for Easter dinner since our plans (going out after Nightingale gets home from work) conflicted with the McK’s plans. 😦

    So Nightingale is planning something for Saturday of that weekend instead.

    If this were a case of Chickadee being married, and her in-laws’ plans conflicting, I could accept that. But her choosing her friends over us hurts. And again, as I said about the general situation on the R&R thread, Mrs. McK would be devastated if one of her own daughters did this.

    Quite frankly, I think Mrs. McK should encourage Chickadee to be with her (Chickadee’s) family. But I think her daughters “rule the roost” in many ways. Next comes Mrs. McK, with Mr. McK seeming to be the lowest authority in the home.

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  24. Back home from church and our lunch out. When we got home and I was collecting my purse and coat from the backseat I realized my Bible was missing! Panic! Then I remembered setting my Bible on the chair next to me while getting my coat and purse. A lady seated in front of of started talking to us and I totally forgot my Bible…ugh. I logged onto my computer and noticed an email from one of our elders telling me he had rescued my Bible and he would return it to me next Sunday. All of my notes and my note taking journal is in my Bible…I am feeling kind of like I left one of my kids behind!! 🙃

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  25. Just got to watch a video of Lucy walking in a tutu at her first birthday party. What a joy. She squealed at the end as she got to mama. You could see she was trying to figure it out as the tutu swayed from side to side.

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  26. Our pastor has the best lost Bible story — he’d lost his back when he was on staff at the local PCUSA church and it never did turn up (his name was in it and it was very marked up).

    Many years went by and the church (the church name also was in the Bible) received a call from a woman who had the Bible. She wanted to get the Bible back to its original owner so she came to the church when our pastor was in his office, explaining to him that she (or a friend?) had found it lying on a curbside and she took it home. Our pastor figured he’d set it down as he was loading something into his car or perhaps it was on top of the car and slid off as he drove away.

    She was not a believer, but started reading it. Over the years, she became a Christian and held on to it, but always thought she should try to find the owner and return it. And so she did. Our pastor was thrilled not so much with getting it back but in hearing the surprising tale of its journey.

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  27. One of our favorite couples is moving in a couple weeks to Cummings, Ga., where they’ve bought a huge 2-story house on 4 acres with a pool and room for goats. Their married kids had decided to move to that area and have already bought houses so the parents, not wanting to be that far away from their children and grandchildren, are following, selling their house of 30+ years here. We’re going to miss them and it’s a hard goodbye. But they’re all very excited. She just retired from many years of teaching in the public schools and is hoping to be involved in children’s ministries in their new hometown — they probably will go to the OPC church there, they’ve visited a couple times, the pastor knows our pastor, but she said it’s quite small (our church is big for an OPC congregation).

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  28. From Cheryl’s link:

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    … As for anything he produces now… I wouldn’t recommend it. Not until we see an unequivocal return to the safe zone of Scripture. Once a person loses their discernment, their teaching can easily become increasingly laced with error.

    This hot mess isn’t easy to fix, but it is salvageable by someone with enough humility and commitment to the Bible.

    Which is why…

    I still think Francis Chan can fix this.

    Who among us hasn’t done something we realized in hindsight was silly? It would be a Rehoboam-sized mistake for him to double down on this. It is so clearly a lapse in judgment, so obviously a mistake, that sheepishly admitting the fault and unequivocally retracting it, would be received with a collective sigh of relief from his followers. …
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  29. Tidbits (not a comprehensive list) from today’s sermon on Sam. 2 (a survey):

    * (Re David & Bathsheba) Rest is something to be earned; and it can be a pitfall for our vulnerabilities. “You deserve a break today.” There is a place for respite and the Sabbath was created for our rest. When someone says they’re retiring, our pastor always asks “Why?” God has designed us to work. To pursue leisure (in a singularly focused way for its own sake) can lead to being unguarded and to indulgence.

    * When things are going well and we are at rest, there can be a perceived lack of the need for prayer. We become less watchful of our own vulnerabilities when we are relaxed and life is easy. We pray more when we’re conscious of being “in a battle.”

    * A “glance” — the start of David’s downfall. Today, that “rooftop” glance is at our fingertips via the Internet, television, etc.

    * We should read Ps. 51 — a lot. Along with Rom. 8.

    * David’s fall should put on their guard all who have not fallen and should save from despair all those who have fallen.

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  30. I just came in from watering the potted plants and flowers (front and back), front yard grass, bushes and shrubs, and the bouncy Charlie Brown.

    My front hose leaks, though, so I always get really wet, too. 🙂 So add me to being watered.

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  31. Okay, I was not going to say anymore but since Cheryl brought it up….I found this as the first thing I looked at when I looked him up after her comment. Let us read what the man has to say about himself (it is lengthy but not too long for such an important question):

    wearechurch.com/blog/2019/3/16/a-response-to-some-concerns-by-francis-chan

    And then I will be done on this topic.

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  32. Mumsee, earlier this afternoon I read the link you posted at 9:48, and I think that is probably the same link Kizzie referred to a day or two ago.

    The problem is, it only seems to answer the concerns; it partially answers some of them (why he would speak in venues where those with whom he might disagree are also speaking), but only partially. And it doesn’t even hint at something that is a big part of the concerns: he did not only speak where these men spoke, but he also encouraged other people to attend and said positive things about the other speakers. I personally do not think it shows enough discernment for him to speak in that venue, but I’ll grant that there is going to be at least some disagreement on that point. But he wasn’t simply speaking there; he was lending his endorsement. And he has ignored that point. That’s why people are having a hard time trusting him at the moment, and why they are saying he needs to be more direct in answering what went wrong here.

    His We Are Church movement is also looking to reinvent church in unbiblical ways, such as doing away with sermons. This is from the We Are Church website: “Pastors [at We Are Church “churches”] don’t regularly preach a sermon on Sundays. If the pastor feels very strongly about a message that they want to bring to the church, they can teach for 5 to 10 minutes at points. [Don’t invite the apostle Paul. Fair warning!] Pastors shouldn’t be the ones to speak for the majority of the time in our gatherings. If they do, it subconsciously teaches people that they don’t have as much to offer. There is a place and time for sermons, but if every single week there is only one person talking about the Bible, instead of the whole church talking about it, we can lose the culture of everyone reading the Bible for themselves. The role of the pastor is to ask really good questions to get their church thinking through Scripture as well as teach throughout the discussion.” I really don’t think he’s heading in a good direction.

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  33. I went back and re-read the links and read the one you posted Mumsee. I then actually watched Chan on the YouTube clip of his presentation at “The Send”. In the one link he is quoted saying, “I recognize, now more than ever, that sometimes my participation can give the impression that I align with every other speaker at the event. I’m not sure what to do about that other than to tell you that I don’t.”
    I then watched and heard him say to those in attendance of “The Send” that the speakers were “bold bold men of God”, “There has been some amazing teaching here today”…. and “They are not backing down they are laying it out fearlessly and I am so grateful for that”…….If that is not affirming the speakers I am at a loss. I shall leave it here…have a blessed evening of rest ya’ll….

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  34. Oy, had to change travel plans again. So, RK, how does a quick meetup for lunch sound on June 19th (Wednesday)? And Nancyjill, how does a lunch meetup on June 10 (Monday) sound?

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  35. I think that will work Peter…..we have tentative plans to take a road trip back to OH in June sometime for my Aunt’s 90th birthday celebration….just waiting to hear back from cousin on the exact date. I will be in Ohio for a few days next month so I should have a better idea of what the plans are. We definitely would love to meet up with you and Mrs. L again!!

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