76 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-13-19

  1. Warm and dry at home now, and happy to be here. I went to school for hours to get a village program done. This is when translators go to the village to work and we send all of the curriculum for them to use to home school their children while they are gone. It is a lot of work as we don’t have textbooks in kinder. But I think I finished it, as well as got things ready for this week.

    Than it began to rain. I had walked to school for the exercise. I tried to wait it out and hope the rain would quit. No luck. I was glad to have a good umbrella, but I was pretty wet by the time I got up the hill and thru the swiftly flowing roads. You never know when it will rain here, but it will rain.
    I was going to go to the weight room, too, but my back is hurting so I decided to skip it.

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  2. Good evening Jo.
    Good morning everyone else.
    I saw by accident that if you try to “Like” Kim’s picture, you can get a whole array of pictures of the cute little one.
    Almost as cute as my grandkids. 😉

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  3. Good morning. I have been outside listening to the birds. I should do that everyday.

    That is the sweetest picture, Kim.♡

    It is suppose to storm here tomorrow. I will have to decide about going to church. Miss Bosley will stay downstairs in the closet with me, but if I am not here then she would not do that on her own. I will have to watch the weather report closely. Today they predict between 10 and 12 a.m. tomorrow for the storm, in perfect sync with church.

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  4. How about 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Midnight and noon take away the confusion as to which part of the day 12 falls into. In reality, though, 12:00 is neither a.m. or p.m., except that digital clocks have no marking for noon or midnight.

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  5. Gorgeous, Kim!

    Janice, you might have the kind of storm in which it would be dangerous to be out and about? Hurricane or tornado? (I”m guessing not blizzard!) I hope it isn’t as bad as predicted.

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  6. Kim, I think Mr P might want to change his privacy settings on Insta as I could look at all the pictures of little Miss.

    Good morning, everyone. I am going to take a class on dyeing Easter eggs Ukrainian style (Pysanka) this morning.

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  7. Chas here
    Re. Janice’s link.
    I find it interesting that Southwestern Seminary has a department of Women’s Studies.
    (If that’s what it is.)

    i.e. What do women study?

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  8. Oh, Chas, the same things men study . . .
    Thanks for the tip about looking at the whole photo session. Just delightful–including the straw hat.

    I thought to myself, can too many people love a child?

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  9. I took a peek at the other photos, too. She really is adorable. 🙂

    (My only criticism would be that there is too much white in the photos. ISTM that there should be some contrast between her dress and the background, but maybe that’s just me. Maybe that’s a photography style now?)

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  10. Something I recently read: A doctor wrote that often a person’s soul has left his body before physical death occurs. I think she meant particularly in the case of a patient on life support, as if the body at that point is merely an empty shell being kept running by the machines.

    That doesn’t sound right to me. What do y’all think?

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  11. Kizzie. There are other photographs. We haven’t received those. In the white dress she is also outside and with the white background she is in a pink smocked “bishop” dress that I my own self smocked. Loll

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  12. Actually, I feel that the Christian hymns for Christmas and the Resurrection are good any time of year. I still have several Christmas hymns on my mp3 player.

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  13. I think women may study how to minister to ladies which given there are differences between men and women, and women don’t preach to men in the SBC, it is probably a good thing.

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  14. Kizzie, we had a lively Lifegroup last Sunday. One lady got to be at her father’s bedside the week of his death almost constantly. Near the end he was with her but not with her as he asked if she could see “them.” It appeared he was already in heaven before the total death of his body. Is that what you are speaking of? He was a pastor.

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  15. The bad storms have been moving across Texas, Louisiana and into Mississippi, then tonight in Alabama, and tomorrow Georgia. They say damaging winds to 60 mph, possible tornados, heavy rain and hail. Our house is pretty fragile right now. Srt will be at the office (not a safe place either because there is no lower space to get into). I can’t drive. So I will watch the timing to see if church can work. I really want to go.

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  16. What a sweet girl 🙂

    I didn’t sleep well last night for some reason, rare for me. Good thing it was Saturday and I could sleep late to make up for some of it.

    We’re slowly edging into spring weather here, with lots of back-and-forth temperature movement between the 60s and 70s and no rain in a while now. I keep thinking it’s still March, this year is going fast for me.

    We sing many of the hymns associated with Easter during the year as well as some “Christmas” songs. But a few, including the one posted by Peter, we sing only at Easter (I think?). “Go Tell it on the Mountain” is probably another one we sing primarily only at Christmas.

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  17. Kizzie–would the soul come back into the body of those who have surprising woken up from so-called vegetative states? That does not sound right to me either and leaves a door wide open to take parts from the person’s body or experiment on it.

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  18. I think the doctor (a Christian, but with some not-so-orthodox beliefs) wrote that the soul would have already gone to Heaven even while the body was still on life support. (She also claims that she went to Heaven before she was resuscitated, but I don’t think she was on life support herself, but that part was in reference to someone else.) So I’m not sure what she would say about people coming back from a vegetative state, but my assumption is that she was referring to people who are on life support but are going to die soon. I didn’t think she was referring to people on long-term life support.

    As for people who see angels or Jesus as they are dying, I would say their souls are still in their bodies, until they actually die.

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  19. DJ – Your “To the closet” reminded me of a friend in high school who misunderstood the lyrics in “The Hustle”. Instead of “Do the Hustle!” she heard “To the hot sauce!” 😀

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  20. Karen, There are reports of people who have gone to heaven and returned afire having resuscitated. Some were quite convincing.
    However, I am not swayed one way or another on that.
    I’m too close to it myself to conjecture.

    I have no idea what Heaven will be like, only that we will see God.
    I know there is no marriage in Heaven, but I hope we know each other.
    I’m almost certain that we will.

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  21. Chas, the people who saw heaven in Scripture weren’t authorized to talk about it. My own suspicion is that those “I saw heaven” accounts are dreams or (in some cases) outright scams or lies. They are unauthorized accounts at any rate, and not to be believed. (And the one that I read several years ago, 90 Minutes in Heaven, even managed to make “heaven” look boring!)

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  22. Janice, I hope it doesn’t get too bad. My husband was telling me they’ve reworked the last day of the Masters (tomorrow), which he doesn’t know if they have ever done before (having half the group start on the ninth hole) to try to make sure they can finish it all before any bad storms.

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  23. From what I have read about those “Heaven tourism” books, they all have something different to say about it, which certainly does make one skeptical.

    Years ago on a Christian TV program, I heard a man give his testimony of having died and gone to Heaven. He said that there is only one kind of flower there, because everything is perfect, and so there can only be one kind of perfect flower. I thought that was bunk as soon as I heard it.

    I know a man who has died in a car accident, and believes that Jesus brought him back. But he does not claim to have gone to Heaven, just that it was like he was asleep. He does not trust these “I died and went to Heaven” books.

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  24. If I am in the closet during church time, perhaps I can see the service on Facebook Live. Then again the service might have to retreat to the basement if it is real bad. Karen told me it maybe a bit later than church time. Palm Sunday is always a great service

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  25. I have to admit that Heaven Is For Real was very convincing while I was reading it, especially knowing that co-writer Lynn Vincent, whom I respect, was convinced the story was true.

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  26. I was in the hospital room as my grandfather was dying. He had been “out of his head” when suddenly he opened his eyes, looked at my mother, called her by name, and asked if she saw the woman. He said it was his mother and she has come to get him. His mother died when he was 4 and he ran away from home when he was 12.
    I don’t know if it was true or not and there is a part of me that loves this story 35 years later. For an old man who lost his mother at an early age to think she came to get him makes me happy.

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  27. Just saw a weather update. Georgia will be having stormy weather from 6 am to 9 pm tomorrow. We could use better timing since it could knock out power for Art’s office.

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  28. Janice, will there be a rush of clients on the last day? I was so relieved to get my check in the mail yesterday. Done. I added my little (to them, big to me) drop to the U.S. Treasury.

    I am getting a refund from the state, though, and it looks like that could arrive fairly soon which will be appreciated.

    I ran into the councilman at Sprouts today, always kind of weird when your two worlds collide so unexpectedly.

    I did some work on the den/office today, trying to get the file cabinet finished & hung my AP award from some years back, a first place for spot news. I’m not big on hanging awards but that one was special. Some of the others I’ll pack away, most are community appreciation type things.

    I think I’ll put the duck decoys from my mom’s house on top of the bookcase hutch on top of the desk. I put them away for a while when I was rearranging things and scaling down (they were on a piece of furniture I moved out), but those are very cool and I think they’ll look nice up there without taking up usable space for other things.

    There are a couple of built-in shelves at the back of the room I’m not sure what to do with. One is very high so not particularly useful except for storage, I suppose. But it’s awfully hard to reach and having anything up there is kind of a pain if you ever need to get to it.

    The other one is normal height but it’s a narrow shelf, so is limited in that way.

    It’s turned into a catch-all from time to time over the years, so I’d like to find some real use for it.

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  29. Here is a hymn that is not as well known “King of my Life, I Crown Thee Now”. We sing it occasionally, but it has been a long time. Maybe I’ll request it this morning.

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  30. A week or so ago, we had a discussion on here I did not get involved in. (rare, I know) But time to revisit it. Adult child moving home. Ideally, like in Roscuro’s world, she would just move in and everybody would be adults and get along with occasional need for adjustment. However. This daughter has not been able to make a good decision since moving out and we would like to help her get things back under control rather than just let her do her own thing.

    She is pregnant and no guy in sight. She is deeply in debt with credit cards. She possesses two non functioning cars. She gives differing stories every day of her job and school situation. Telling different people about different jobs, none of which she seems to have. She has been more than dabbling in drugs, alcohol, smoking, and vaping. And, oh, by the way, she got a new dog last week.

    Rule suggestions?

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  31. Mumsee, oh my. Since the dog is so new, I’d suggest re-homing it. It shouldn’t harm the dog at all. The rest… make rules YOU can live with.

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  32. I just watched the service on Facebook Live. The gentle rain is picking up its pace now. We are all in a vast area under a tornado watch. It’s suppose to be done by 2 p.m. except wind lasts until evening with the cold front moving in. It’s the next hour when I may have to retreat to the closet. Karen told me they moved the time frame of the Masters to begin at 7 a.m. to hopefully keep people safe. Her dad worked in a golf business in accounting so she has been to it.

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  33. I am thinking she should sell the cars to start paying off her bills. Making her be responsible for her outdoor dog which includes building it a run and dog house, exercising it, seeing to its food and water and vet bills, not letting it kill my chickens, would all be prep for when a baby arrives that she will be responsible for. Though we would be the back up because babies matter just as much as anybody else. But I do think it would be rehomeable. Six month old airedale/ fox terrier cross.

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  34. Also thinking she will work twenty hours a week here on the property until she gets a job, cutting back to ten when that happens. If it does not, up it to forty hours of grounds work, not including the mowing which is my puppy.

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  35. Mountain lion sightings, we had a rash of them some years ago around here. Then the reports abruptly stopped. Best conjecture (the witnesses included very educated and savvy people who were certain of what they saw) was it was someone’s “exotic” pet being let out.

    We’re always seeing things out here.

    But sometimes things are missed.

    For years, teachers and students and a high-end private school on the peninsula — alumni included Liza Minelli and other Hollywood kids — would sit on a huge bolder on campus to eat lunch and talk. Embedded in the bolder, as it turned out, was an ancient whale fossil.

    It was extricated and collected by the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History about 4-5 years ago and taken in for study. The scientists thought it could even be an altogether new species of whale that had never been found before.

    I’ve been in touch with the guy conducting the study off and on since then, I’m dying to do a story on their find (when they figure it all out), but he emailed me recently and said they’re still mulling it all over, there seems to be some disagreement among the team as to what species they have though he said they still believe it’s something unique to anything that’s been recovered before. The fossil has been reassembled and put together for eventual display, he said it looks “beautiful.” But until they’re ready to publish they’re findings (or maybe until they actually have published their paper), they won’t speak on the record publicly about it. I wonder what happens if they never agree? I suppose they just keep working on it until they have some certainty and consensus among them.

    It’s one of those stories I’ve been hoping to do for a long time now. I’d really hoped to be able to sit in on one of their fossil working sessions with a photographer, but we never could get the OK.

    Until then, it’s back to the longshore workers this week where the ongoing battle against port automation roars on. Overflow meeting expected Tuesday morning for a vote on one of the terminals that wants to automate. It’s their right to do so and the union even signed off on automation in their last contract. But now they’re rallying to try to beat it back for a little while longer.

    This is a very successful union that has won its members pay that easily exceeds $100,000 a year, free medical care, nearly full (95% or thereabouts) pensions for life. They’re among the best-paid people in our town who have the biggest trucks and boats and houses. But I’m wondering if they’ve been so “successful” that they’ve priced themselves out of their jobs? Automation, while expensive up front for terminal operators, saves on those hired labor costs down the line.

    OK, off to feed the dogs and me and start getting ready for church.

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  36. Kim: thoughts on my shelves? I’m leaning toward a couple antique pieces, maybe one of the copper vases from Mexico with some artificial flowers mixed in … Maybe I can even get a couple of the antique books out from the garage, just 3 or so, and put them up there with some of my nicer heavy bookends …

    Right now I’m thinking both shelves can be fixed up this way …

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  37. More people than you can imagine believe that credit is free money.
    I doubt that anyone with her mental condition understands that EVERYTHING has a price.
    Including dogs.
    Including nights with people you don’t know.
    Including moving back home.
    The price will be paid somehow.

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  38. I passed by Peters 9:03 because I didn’t recognize anything he was saying.
    Then, after my posts, I went back and clicked on it as a whim.
    “ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS
    I have never heard it by any other title than “Lead Me to Calvary”

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  39. Indeed He can. We have been aware she was collecting cards, though she denied it, as we kept getting notices in the mail for her. When she applied, she would use this address. The problem is the dishonesty. She will say she has disclosed it all, and then another will pop up. She needs to come clean. We want to help her but can only God can fix her.

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  40. Mumsee, if she is already pregnant, the dog won’t be good training for the child; the dog will be an adolescent (and an adolescent of breeds that aren’t easy) just when she is having a baby and learning to deal with lack of sleep and all the rest of it. Then the dog may become your responsibility, and at an age when dogs are harder to rehome.

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  41. After I got home from church, I was craving a BLT. But I didn’t have any lettuce or tomato.

    Not the same without those 2 pieces.

    When I opened the back gate to come in from the driveway, Tess, Cowboy and Annie were all sitting there to greet me. That usually happens whenever I come home from somewhere. I think they just figure food may be involved in the homecoming.

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  42. Is this a big closet, Janice? Sounds uncomfortable but that’s probably because I’m imagining you and Bosley in my cramped closet sitting on little stools or the floor next to the vacuum cleaner and heater pipe, with coats hanging over your heads.

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  43. DJ, it is the closet underneath the stairs that go to the lowest level. It has a full sized door with an area big enough for a lawn chair in front of shelves where I have gift wrap, tools and tiny drawer units for nails, racks, screws, and other small items. I store light bulbs in there, too. After 30+ years there is a hodge podge of items, but no clothes or anything on hangers. There is room for Bosley on my lap.

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  44. I suppose it will sound like a gang-up on Mumsee about the dog, but after I had Wesley and found out he was allergic to dogs, I did not have much time for our dog any more. Something to consider. Maybe try to find a Christian parenting class she can attend so all the needed advice is not from you alone (you are the best source, no doubt, but she might develop resentment or feel embarrassed to ask (not wanting to feel like your child).

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  45. Only scary monster in there is Bosley. Oh, and there was an electric saw (that I gave my brother) and one or two used mouse traps in plastic bags. And I think jumper cables, too, and rope we used for hanging Wesley’s birthday pinata at a park pavilion one year.

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  46. Though I do understand rehoming, I did it when I had small children and too much dog, I will probably not fuss about the dog. What is one more. Besides, I have always told them to not get a dog until they are settled so they never have to rehome it and so far, nobody has listened to me. This is America She did not have to tell me about the baby, could have gone down to the local facility and killed it without ever letting me know. But she did not. She chose life. She will go through a very difficult time if she comes home as we will require her to not drink or drug or smoke, and will require her to address her financial issues and mental issues. The dog just may help her through all that. We have always used dogs as therapy.

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  47. Mumsee you have always and continue to amaze me.

    Janice my tax person called me today. She finished my taxes. It’s bad. Mr P has declared we are about to be poor.

    I just took a poll of what my children want to have for Easter dinner. Son likes Honey Baked Ham. Dad said to tell him to buy it we can’t afford Honey Baked. Son and BG want Mac & Cheese. Son wants green bean casserole. I haven’t heard from DIL.

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  48. I took a nap but was awakened by neighbors across the street who were having fun riding their motor bikes, loudly, up and down the street. Now that I’m up, they’ve stopped.

    I watered the side yard and took a few more pictures of my plants, I’m trying to learn what all I have here (beyond “rose bush,” etc.).

    According to the Plantsnap app, I have a “Balltree,” a tropicana rose bush, and a “Rosa moyessii” flower bush, all thriving in the side garden areas. I also have several potted geraniums that I potted last year — they’re also doing well. And painter-sidekick planted some aloe vera and some other native cactus type plants.

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