46 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-29-19

  1. Interesting header. Those footprints will always be there.
    I briefed my great-grands, Caden and Addison, yesterday. Chuck made a 26 minute video with his cell phone. But I can’t open the link now.
    On 11 April, a guy from USC will come up and take all this stuff off my hands. I’ve had it almost 45 years. I’m just glad something will happen to it instead of the furnace to which it was headed.

    BTW Good morning everyone but Jo.
    Good night Jo.
    🙂

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  2. Good Morning All. After you reminisce about the mon wlak, take a stroll through the Friday funnies.

    QoD- If you were alive in 1969, what was your impression of the moon landing?

    I was 12. We went to my uncle’s house because his new color TV was bigger and better than our old black and white. Not that the color mattered since the moon broadcast was all B/W anyway. But we got to stay up past midnight to watch Neil Armstrong take those first steps. We were in awe.

    My brother wanted t be an astronaut, so we watched every Gemini and Apollo telecast. He wanted to get a photo of the TV screen, but it didn’t turn out.

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  3. Kim, I chuckled yesterday at your saying the name of an azalea is “Henry Clay.” Being an early American history buff, I thought, “I bet we don’t call it that up here above the Mason-Dixon line.”

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  4. Do they grow azaleas above the Mason Dixon line?
    We stayed home from church on 20 July 1969 to watch the Lunar landing. The most important part, to me, was when they returned. You don’t want to go to the moon if you can’t come back.

    To end my briefing, I show a picture of an Apollo 12 astronaut in his lunar garb. I say, “This is a Lunar Bikini. This is as close to a Bikini that you will get on the moon.” People can’t live up there. VP Mike Pence mentioned returning to the moon. I say there is no reason to set foot on the moon again. You can’t live up there. And everything man can do up there can now be done remotely.

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  5. Chas, I see some here in Pennsylvania. When we lived in Baltimore (granted, not above), we thought we were the only place in the world that they would grow. I think my mother, gardener, propagated that myth. On one street north of us, every house had large ones in their front yard and it was a delight to drive down that street in May.

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  6. Morning! It is raining here and that will turn to snow tonight. Every weekend we get snow.
    I remember watching the moon landing but I cannot remember where I was. For some reason I thought we watched it during school but if Chas stayed home from church to watch it I suppose I was at home. 🙃 🌙
    We had azaleas in SC. Such a delicate sort of flower. My favorite azalea story is when I was in the hospital after giving birth to our second. My Pastor’s wife brought to me a bouquet of azalea flowers from her garden. She sat the vase on my hospital table by my bed. As we were conversing the nurse came in and screeched….ANTS!! They were crawling everywhere on that table…oh the commotion!! 🐜

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  7. Good morning! It’s another lovely day in the neighborhood. There was discussion during the weather report as to whether pine pollen should be called green or yellow. I have always thought of it as yellow and had no idea people had ever called it green. Our cars sitting in the carport are covered with yellow pine pollen.

    I have a memory of being at a friend’s house to spend the night and watching the moon walk there. Other than that, I remember the blast offs and reentry excitement more than the landing.

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  8. “QoD- If you were alive in 1969, what was your impression of the moon landing?”

    I was alive in 1969, two years and a few weeks old, living in a household without a television, so I am one of the ones to whom this question is addressed, and I will answer it as wisely as I can.

    My impression of the moon landing is largely from a photo in my childhood home of what seemed to be part of a planet. I once referred to that photo as being the moon (as it was not a full orb, as often the moon is not), and my mother corrected me: that was the earth as seen from the moon. I was suitably impressed, and after that I really liked that photo. (Full disclosure: I was older than two at the time, and the photo in reference was not a live feed when I commented on it.)

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  9. I love the big old fashioned azaleas that are covered in blooms. The problem is that they bloom for a short period and then you are left with a giant bush that is rather plain.
    Encore Azeala’s are grown about 10 miles from me at the Flowerwood Nursery and shipped all over the US.
    https://flowerwood.com/

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  10. Thank you, Janice.

    We have azaleas here in northern Minnesota. I was surprised to hear my mother had a magnolia planted in one of her gardens. It was a small one and I hadn’t yet noticed it. She mentioned it after I had talked about those down south. Lots of plants have been bred now to allow them in different climate zones. There is nothing like seeing them in the wild, however.

    I will have daffodils come up, too, but there was nothing like seeing them all over in the woods and fields down south.

    God has designed a delightful world.

    It is nice that the history was preserved by you, Chas. How easily we forget the difficulty of those achievements.

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  11. I just spent an hour on the phone with my brother as he is in traffic driving down to the office which takes him about an hour and a half drive. I played Sudoku while he talked. Now to get on with my day!

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  12. Linda,

    And others including myself who keep showing anon.

    WordPress says it does that to comply with the EU’s regulations regarding saving people’s personal info. Unless you’ve opted to allow it, it’s no longer permitted to retain it. I’m waiting to hear back as to how to stop it exactly, because they haven’t shared that yet. 😦

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  13. We were all glued to the TV for the moon landing when my grandmother, who was visiting from Iowa, said something to the effect that she couldn’t understand (she was really serious) why everyone was so interested in “this”.

    I think our mouths all dropped open.

    Who couldn’t be “interested”? It was a very big deal.

    Landing on the moon — an amazing accomplishment, really. How could someone not be impressed?

    The framed front page was one of several — and certainly not the oldest, others dated back to WWI and WWII with headlines declaring victory over “Japs” — that hung in on the walls our lobby until our recent move. Not sure where they are now. 😦

    I had taken a picture of this particular front page some time back. With Chas’ upcoming donation, I thought it was timely.

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  14. QOD: glued to the tv of course. My brother and I and dad were fascinated by the whole thing and watched endless hours of it. The early space trips, to the moon, around the moon, on the moon, space shuttles, space lab, etc. I don’s specifically remember where we were with the moon landing but no doubt, our next door neighbor came over to watch with us. He and his wife prayed me into the Kingdom. He was a Baptist, she an Assembly of God.

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  15. Of course, I don’t remember the moon landing. I do remember watching the following trips to space. I was always fascinated by it. Probably the one that had the most impact on me was watching John Glenn’s return to space on the Discovery. I cried when they said “Godspeed, John Glenn. It is at about the 2-minute mark on this clip. I watched any time I could when a rocket or shuttle launched. It still made my chest tight to watch this, even though I know they made it back safely.

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  16. I could hardly believe my eyes when I went to the mailbox. The lilac my mother gave me, that has not bloomed in years, is in bloom! That is really special because being rather stuck here at home with only photos I take mostly in our yard, I needed something new. What a special gift from God today! I never had even noticed the buds so it was a total surprise. It has justvstarted blooming. It makes me feel loved and not as alone to see it. I will enjoy showing it to my brother when he takes me grocery shopping. The only other plant my mother gave me was a sweet shrub which did not live.

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  17. When the moon landing happened, I was eight. It was my dad’s 35th birthday. I vaguely remember watching it on TV.

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    Nightingale is spending the day with the two older daughters of her friend Stacey (who has five children – the two boys who are The Boy’s friends, and then come the three daughters, the last one being still a baby). Lumina is five, and Jubilee is three.

    They are such cute little peanuts! Their mom is an inch or two under five feet tall, and their dad is 6’3″, with the children all seeming to have inherited their mom’s lack of height so far. (Although the baby is pretty big, and may take after her dad height-wise.)

    Nightingale took them shopping at a consignment shop for some new clothes, and is now with them here, painting their nails with some polish they picked out. After The Boy gets home from school, they’ll all head over to Stacey’s home, where the girls and ladies will have a tea party while the boys play. Nightingale bought a cute and pretty little tea set for the occasion.

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  18. I got my hair cut today and found out the stylist’s husband has prostate cancer. He has the same doctor and think very highly of him. The husband is quite a bit younger than mine. Always good to hear good about the doctor.

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  19. Kathaleena – You’ve probably heard it said that most men with prostate cancer will eventually die of something else, as most prostate cancers are slow-growing and occur in older men. In Hubby’s case, his was on the border of being aggressive, and then he also had heart issues. (Although his was on the border of being aggressive, he still lived 12 years after his diagnosis.)

    Praying for a good prognosis for Ralph.

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  20. I was almost 12 when they landed on the moon. Oddly, I do not remember watching the landing itself or Armstrong’s first steps, though I must have been watching. In California this would not have required staying up late. My whole family was fascinated by the space program and had been following it. But my memories of childhood are spotty – other people seem to remember more of theirs and more vividly than I do.

    I do remember watching the launch 4 days earlier from my hospital room. I had had heart surgery the previous week and my parents had paid for TV service in my room, which cost extra in hospitals back then. I was discharged the day of the launch so I got to follow the rest of the mission in the comfort of home.

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  21. Prayers for your husband, Kathleena. I also have a friend who had prostate cancer surgery last fall. I was one of two people aside from his wife who knew. He is doing fantastic. The fear and anticipation prior to surgery were the hardest.

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  22. I can recall the landing. We were at a Ware family reunion in the panhandle of Texas. I recall everyone crowded around the TV in the den.

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  23. I think the walk was around 1 am, California time. My family all bailed and I sat up to work a jigsaw puzzle–remember, Aldrin and Armstrong were supposed to rest before they walked? My family went to bed.

    But the two men were too excited to sleep, so they pushed up the walk and I happened to still be awake.

    I was 13.

    My father-in-law-to-be was working for the project at the time. My husband-to-be, who lived five miles away, also stayed up most of the night to watch the lunar walk.

    May I see the end of WWI page, DJ?

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  24. They did stay in the capsule a long time, Kevin. They needed to be suited up.
    Putting on their “Lunar bikinis”, as I call it.

    I Said, “You should have married a cook”
    She said,” Then I wouldn’t have you.”
    I’m sure you have heard that line before.
    What happened is that I served two vegetables at dinner
    Both were Irish potatoes, cookie different ways.
    I didn’t think about it until I put it into the plates,.
    Not only that, I forgot to put out a salad. I have one, just forgot.
    I’m just not a good househusband.
    But we had pecan pie for dissert and none of that maters now.

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  25. A stunning development in AP style

    https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/ap-says-the-percentage-sign-now-ok-when-used-with-a-numeral-thats-shift5/

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    Category:
    Reporting & Editing

    Brace yourselves.

    The AP Stylebook says the percentage sign is now acceptable when paired with a numeral in most cases.

    On Friday, Stylebook Editor Paula Froke announced the latest round of changes to the grammar bible for journalists at the annual conference for ACES: The Society for Editing. This year’s changes are yet another shift toward more common usage.

    Here’s part of the updated entry:

    percent, percentage, percentage points Use the % sign when paired with a numeral, with no space, in most cases (a change in 2019): Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago; her mortgage rate is 4.75%; about 60% of Americans agreed; he won 56.2% of the vote. Use figures: 1%, 4 percentage points. …
    _____________________________________

    Michelle, next time you come over I’ll have to show you all the WWI newspapers I found in the garage, all from Iowa.

    Funny, but I remember whatever we were watching with my grandmother was on in an afternoon time frame. But it definitely was the moon walk mission.

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  26. Maybe it was the landing that was just before midnight Arizona time on July 19, and the walk early morning on the 20th. Hey, that was 50 years ago, so the memories are dimmed.

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  27. I had azaleas on my property in California and I have them here. Two beauties are right outside my door, beside the path. In fact I got a phone call this week from someone that I have never spoken to, asking if he could come get a cutting from one of my azaleas. It must be special.

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  28. Those words along with the first steps on the moon at 10:56 p.m. is what I remember watching on the television in my friend’s bedroom before we went to sleep for the evening. I need to ask if she remembers, too. They had an above ground pool that we could swim in at her house. She was an only child so I spent more time at her home than she did at my home (pesky younger brother). Two of my friends’ parents chose me to spend time with their only child daughters because I was a good and quiet young person who never got into trouble. Most of my friends were closer to the edge than I was when it came to doing things they should not do.

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  29. Elvera’s step-mother didn’t believe that men were supposed to go to the moon.
    At first, she didn’t believe that it happened.
    Then she thought it was a sin (rebellion) against God.
    I didn’t think God worried about it.

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  30. Kizzie, you asked about my eyes. They are easily tired. When I can finally get glasses they will be better. Again this week I was trying to hem some pants for Art. I thought I could thread the needle using my reading glasses. I kept trying with no success. Finally I added help from the big magnifying glass and saw I had been trying to thread the wrong end. That won’t work. Then I also ended up with the wrong things from the grocery store like pineapple rings instead of chunks. Of course these are minor annoyances. I am muddling through, and if the next procedure fails then Miss Bosley will be trained as a seeing-eye cat. I”m learning how to make Plan A.B,C (forCat), etc.

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  31. I read somewhere that one of the astronauts was a Christian and wondered if going into space was treading in God’s realm. I think he said he had some trepidation. I would too, if I were in a tiny metal craft flying thousands of miles per hour.

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  32. This was a very long day, started early, ended late and I had to get to the new credit union branch — which is way on the other side of the city, not at all convenient — on a lunch that ran out of time for food. Ugh.

    A school district story I was doing wound up being very multi-layered. I got my final question answered with a ping on my phone as I was literally sitting in my car ready to leave after 6:30 p.m. or so, after the story had been turned in to the editor.

    I almost escaped …

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