Our Daily Thread 5-1-19

Good Morning!

Today’s pics are from Cheryl.

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And we have some special music! 🙂 

This is Kare’s friend Christina playing a 6 Arrows original. 🙂

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Anyone have a QoD?

61 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-1-19

  1. Good morning
    The music goes off when you click on the link
    Good evening Jo.
    Good morning everyone else.

    How did it get to be May so fast?
    Maybe it belongs on the Politics thread,
    But I’ve never seen such turmoil in the world as today.
    In previous days, you could define the enemy.
    Today, it seems everyone is. .

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  2. Morning all. Glad to see that you are up and at em, Chas.

    Cheryl, you have shared so many photos from that pond, would you be willing to share a photo, or take one, of the whole pond? I would like to put your photos in context. To get an idea of what the pond are looks like.

    You know, living as a missionary is humbling. Each day I look to see what gifts have come in. And I pray for that person and give God thanks for that individual. Only God know my needs and He moves hearts. So different than working for a paycheck and feeling that I earned something. God is good.

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  3. Happy Mayday, everyone.

    I don’t usually listen to the music videos, partly because even though I like music well enough I’ve attended several concerts, I’m not a musician and I don’t generally listen to music over the course of my fay, and partly because my headphones have a short enough cord I’m really tethered and can barely move when I’m wearing them. But I listened to that and found it lovely! Thanks, 6 Arrows. And thank you, Kare, for passing it on.

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  4. Jo, I have taken photos of the pond itself, and I thought I sent one to AJ last summer and he posted it, but I’m not completely sure about either half of that. I’ll make sure I send him one with the next batch of photos.

    Today’s photo is growing right next to the pond. It’s buckeye, and I’m guessing it’s a special cultivar (though I’m not all that familiar with buckeye), because those flowers eventually opened into a beautiful reddish-pink blossom reminiscent of an orchid. When I took this photo, it was with sheer amazement that all that you see in this shot was packed into a single bud; you can see the peach remnants of the bud at the edges of that little package. The bud was large and I expected a flower like tulip trees. I could see the buds were ready to burst open, so I went down two days later to make sure I got the shot of the blooms, and was astounded at what I saw: two complex leaves and a whole cluster of flower buds, all packed into a single bud. The funny thing is, these trees are completely forgettable in summer. I didn’t see them until July last year, and didn’t really even notice them. There are three of them, and they aren’t much taller than I am in tree terms, maybe seven feet or so, maybe a bit taller than that but hardly tall trees, and down away from the sidewalk a bit. But once spring arrived, wow!

    After these bloomed, I noticed there are other buckeye trees in this area. Their blooms are pretty, too, green with some yellow and a tiny bit of bright orange. I didn’t see their buds opening, and the flowers aren’t as showy (smaller and not as bright), so I’m guessing this is a special cultivar. At any rate, the other two spots I have seen buckeyes around here are in forests and probably not planted, and these would have been planted where they grow.

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  5. A beautiful day here, as always. The roosters are crowing, the incubator is humming and it is time to get the chores done Frost is on the ground, the sky is blue. Another day!

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  6. I have my follow up visit with the endocrinologist this afternoon to go over test results. I know the little bugger has to come out. This visit will determine when and if there will be any long term damage. I have been lucky. I have been disgustingly healthy until now.

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  7. Morning! That is beautiful music being played up there and to watch the artistry of the musician’s hands and fingers is magical! What a gift! Thanks for sharing !
    It is cloudy and cold here today with more rain coming this afternoon. At least the thick fog is not hanging around at this elevation but I suspect I will find it when I drive into town later on. I am thankful for the moisture soaking into the land and the scent of wet pines. The birds are flittering about and the hummingbirds have made an appearance. Deer are meandering about sniffing all that can be sniffed and the lazy dog is laying on the front porch just taking it all in… 😊

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  8. I have yet to see a hummingbird. But I have seen butterflies, dragonflies, a few warblers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, a vireo or two, ruby-crowned kinglets, lots of red-winged blackbirds, killdeer, yellowlegs, and eastern towhee–and all those birds are migratory. I have also seen several new nests, several pairs of mating birds (and some mating turtles), geese with goslings, and a fox squirrel that was way too small to be an adult. And flowers. Lots of flowers. And the April rain that is supposed to bring us more.

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  9. Good morning. Today I saw in my inbox an email Kare had sent last night, telling me there would be a surprise here at WV today. 🙂 Thank you, Kare, for sharing Christina’s lovely playing of the piece, and thank you, AJ, for posting it!

    Kare’s photo that inspired the piece was a picture of mountains she had seen in Alberta, I think. Does that sound right, Kare? They were so majestic looking, and — funny thing — on the day the picture was in the header here, I was playing a different piece (composed by someone else), and when I turned the page and brought my right hand back down to the keyboard to continue playing, my hand landed in the wrong place, but the resultant chord was so striking, I wrote it down in my composition notebook as an idea to incorporate in some future piece. The future came sooner than I anticipated — I knew where that chord was going as soon as I saw Kare’s pic. 🙂

    Please pass along to Christina my thanks for such a beautiful rendering of the piece.

    BTW, Kare, you have THE original. 🙂 I have made a couple of small changes to the piece, erasing what I’d previously written, but your version is the very first. I’d originally entitled the piece Majestic Mountain, Meandering Stream, but later (I think after I’d sent it to you) I changed “Meandering” to “Placid.” The latter word seemed more peaceful to me, and I’ve got to say that Christina really brought out the nuances in the “watery” part of the piece. (The eighth notes in both hands, starting around the 1:35 mark on the video, or in line 9 of the score.) Just playing straight eighth notes there would sound more like an exercise than anything, but her rubato playing enhanced the peaceful effect I intended for that section. So wonderful to hear a player capturing the composer’s intent. 🙂

    The other tweak I made a little later was at the 1:48 mark, where the right hand begins a downward scalar pattern (line 10, measures 2-3 in the original, I think). I’ve changed it to a slightly rolling pattern, with a few small upward melodic impulses interspersed in the overall downward, broken chord pattern now. I felt like this would simulate the idea of slight unevenness of water flowing over and perhaps swirling around rocks in a stream.

    Thanks again, Kare, for sharing your picture of the mountains, and for everyone here who sends in these beautiful pictures of God’s handiwork. So inspiring!

    Blessings on your day, fellow wanderers.

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  10. What a beautiful piece! Thanks to all involved in bringing that to us this morning.

    I woke up with a terrible sore throat and head congestion so I’m filing my story from home today, will maybe count the rest of the day as out sick. I have a speech to cover tomorrow so I hope I’m feeling better then but either way I’ll plan on dragging myself over there (it’s close to home) and writing that story from home too.

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  11. And the hallway combo smoke/carbon monoxide alarm went off (three whistles each time) 3 times in the middle of the night. I got up each time, checked everything, nothing was turned on or smoking, but I opened several windows and took the thing out to the patio after determining it was malfunctioning. But I never slept well after that. And since the bedroom window was one I left open, I was quite chilled when I got up this morning.

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  12. For some reason, last night before I went to bed, Nightingale and I were talking, and the subject of milkshakes came up. I told her that one day I want to have one of those amazingly delicious 5 Guys milkshakes all to myself. (The one time she took me to 5 Guys, we split one.)

    Nightingale immediately says, “Let’s go tomorrow!” So that’s what we’re gonna do!

    If she and I don’t split one order of a burger and fries so we can enjoy our shakes, I’ll only eat half of a burger. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with 5 Guys, but their burgers are large and delicious, and they give you a ton of fries!

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  13. How fun to hear the beautiful music! Thanks 6, Kare and Christina.

    But I’m puzzled how Kare’s friend got 6’s music.

    Off to work. We leave for Charleston on Friday, my husband is coming, too. It’s a work conference and I’m one of the people running it, so we’re staying on a few days to walk on those Atlantic sandy beaches. It’s a bucket list item for me.

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  14. Michelle, 6 sent me the music and I asked Christina to play and record it for me (she’s much more talented than I am). I had played it myself and knew that it made me feel like I do when I am in the mountains, but I wanted someone to play it well for me. I am thankful for friends who create beautiful things.

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  15. Thank you for all your kind comments about the piece. And Kare, I’m honored at your acknowledgment and sharing of my music. That was a sweet thing to do. 🙂

    You know, Kare, I have no doubt in my mind that you are a sensitive, interpretive piano player as well. I remember your comment to me when I first sent you the music, in which you said you played it with rubato, too. That is at the heart of expressing this type of composition beautifully! It was music to my ears, if you will, to read those words of yours. 🙂

    Many thanks.

    And now, after something of a compositional dry spell (in which I didn’t create anything for a while) you have inspired me to go deeper into my composition for my unborn granddaughter. 🙂

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  16. 6, I do play with feeling. It can make it hard sometimes when playing with others because I like to slow down and speed up where I feel the piece needs it.

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  17. Same here, Kare. That’s one reason why I like solo performing better than accompanying. I’m more of a free spirit at the keyboard, which doesn’t tend to jibe with most ensemble playing. 🙂

    That might be some of the reason my performance of Bach’s music last weekend didn’t go like I’d hoped it would. I like Baroque music, but performing it is a little outside my comfort zone. It needs a tight tempo, so a free-range player has some major adjusting to do. I’ve only performed Baroque music a handful of times, and it’s never gone as well for me as when I play music where I can bring more of myself into the equation.

    I’m a glutton for punishment, though, as I’ve programmed more Baroque music into the joint recital a friend and I are playing in November. 🙂 I’m not going to let fear or past inadequacies with music of that era stop me from improving myself.

    [That was a pep talk to self.] 😛

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  18. Michelle, Charleston is “America’s Most Historic City”. There is lots to do there. Most people don’t go to Charleston for the beach. There are two beaches there, but you have to travel to get to them.
    There’s so much else in Charleston. I recommend the Grand Strand for beaches.

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  19. I am all to familiar with 5 Guys. I usually get the small burger. I have never met a potato I didn’t like. I love
    That they have malt vinegar for the 🍟. I didn’t know they had milkshakes. I don’t remember the last time I had one of those. Some years back I am sure. I may have gotten a Fairhope float when Cheryl visited.

    Sweets are not my temptation. Savory is. I had potato chips yesterday. Probably the first time since September.

    There was a terrible accident on I-10 on my way to the doctor. Med Flight has landed. Fire truck 🚒 and ambulances 🚑 were everywhere. I could see a motorcycle 🏍 as I approached. There was no sense of urgency so I knew it was bad. As I passed a body was covered. I understand about sharing the road. I just think a motorcycle is at a disadvantage when large vehicles are traveling at high speeds.
    God have mercy. Christ have mercy

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  20. Bringing up a past discussion that I missed (regarding the military):

    I would be interested to know — from Michelle or others who are familiar with the history of changes made in the U.S. military — how things have changed over the years with recruitment (? — not sure that’s the word I want) decisions, and deciding who will be called up and who can be exempted from service because of family obligations.

    Reading the recent discussion here brought to mind a policy my dad had mentioned the military used to have in place.

    Dad never had to serve in the military, due to his status as the “sole surviving son” of his parents, following the death of his only sibling, an older brother, Navy sailor, who died during WWII.

    My dad was 14 at the time (in 1944), and it is clear that the military saw the sole surviving son as an important position within a family unit.

    If the military could acknowledge and make provision for the aging parents of a deceased serviceman, by ensuring they would not lose their last son in battle, why do they not so protect the young children of today who could lose both parents in combat or other military positions?

    Has the trajectory of the military been such that they were influenced by the cultural argument that women can do anything men can, and should be allowed, and whatever impact that has on the children who may or did lose both parents, so what?

    Would too many these days find it offensive to have a “sole surviving parent” policy in effect like they had a sole surviving son policy in former times?

    An honest question. Are we past the point of no return to a family-friendly policy that can ease the burden of the vulnerable members of a military household?

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  21. So when ya’ll go to Five Guys…is the bag with the fries dripping with oil by the time you get it to the car?! Or is that a unique feature with the Five Guys in Colorado Springs?!! 😳

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  22. I started listening to that beautifully played composition and Miss Bosley came up to me and made a slight meow and began purring. She loves classical type music. She left the room last night when rock music was playing. I loved that musical composition, too. I know that Wesley would like it, too.

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  23. I went to the WMU meeting this a.m. I spent a good portion of the day involved with it. I had to make food to carry, and because I was riding with my friend, we were last to leave after cleaning up. Then she took a legally blind lady home and then my friend and I went to her home so I could take photos in her front yard. She has many different flowers from what I have. She had a rooted night blooming cirrus to give me. I gave her a beautiful Fruit of the Spirit mixing bowl for her help in getting me to church and back. The blind lady lives right down the street from someone Art has sung in the choir with for years. She knew the choir lady and her now deceased husband well. She considered them dear people. This is how it is good to know people from two churches in our neighborhood. There are double the good connections.

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  24. I went to Five Guys in Missoula, Mt. on my way to Mumsee’s. I was astonished at the variety of additions you could have on your burger at no extra cost. Haven’t seen one since.

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  25. I guess we do have a few in the LA area, none super close to me but not too far — still, nothing I’d normally drive by and stop at.

    Nice bird shot!

    I’ve worked through this cold from home, did 2 stories but now I just want to go to bed. I found some sudafed in the cupboard that expires in 8/19 so I figured that would get me through without having to make a trip to the drug store.

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  26. Ah yes, my red-winged blackbird. Two or three males were chasing each other all around. Two would both sing in trees near the other, then one would get brave and sing in the same tree the other one was in. Turns out I was wrong about red-winged blackbirds; I thought they tolerated one another amazingly close, since I have seen a bunch of them singing in really close proximity in a state park, and never saw them chase each other. What seems to happen, though, based on my observations down the street here, is that they will sing and sing, laying claim to the territory, and probably all hoping to get on one another’s nerves. Then eventually they start the chasing, but the chasing isn’t nonstop like it is with cardinals and some other birds. They tolerate each other close to a point. But it doesn’t mean they’re OK with each other.

    Anyway, the birds would sing and sing, and then they would chase (with an additional bird getting in on the chasing sometimes). And I put my camera on action mode and got as many shots as I could with action, though I didn’t manage to get any with two birds or with flying birds. This was the closest I got to a flying bird. If you look just to the left of his tail (the picture left, the bird’s right), he is clinging to the grasses.

    I don’t know whether he was holding on and flashing his wings at his adversary or if he was launching into flight and just hadn’t released his hold yet. When there is a lot of action going on, it isn’t always clear just what was happening at a specific moment. But I really love the redwing’s color, that glossy black with the pretty red-and-yellow shoulder epaulets, and that was captured in this shot, so I was quite pleased to get it.

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  27. Husband continues to enjoy getting to know the grandson. The parents go to work every morning leaving those two to fend for themselves. They are doing pretty well, from the sound of it. Husband is learning the things that soothe the small fellow. And I am sure the small fellow is learning the tricks to get grandpa to jump!

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  28. Speaking of the military. . .I don’t know if it’s still the same, but several years ago, the commanding officers in the Army had some power that I thought went too far. A friend’s daughter was in the Army, stationed in Germany, when she was raped by a man in her unit. There was evidence of the struggle, such as blood on the sheet (and no, she hadn’t been a virgin). But the commanding officer decided that it would not be prosecuted, and his word was final on that. At the time, I heard that that was fairly common. She and her family were devastated.

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  29. Earlier I was “spelling” it “5 Guys”, but it is actually “Five Guys”.

    I don’t think the fries were as greasy as some of you mentioned, and there was no music, or if there was, it wasn’t too loud. I did end up having one of the “little” burgers (which aren’t really “little”) to myself, and we shared one order of fries, which is plenty. Nightingale and I both had Malted Milk flavored milkshakes, and they were oh-so-delicious!

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  30. Five Guys is pretty good, but expensive, and my husband and I consider it a special treat to go there. I’ve never had one of their shakes, just a burger, and sometimes we share an order of fries. And of course there are the free peanuts. We haven’t tried our local one yet.

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  31. Cheryl – Nightingale doesn’t go there much, either, and this was only my second time. It’s a nice treat. Hubby would have liked their burgers, I am sure. (We had intended to go there sometime, but never did.)

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  32. BTW, that header shot is also an example of why sometimes you have to ignore “the rules.” Read anything at all about wildlife photography and they’ll tell you the most important thing is that the eyes have to be in focus. Occasionally they will point out there are always exceptions to every rule. Well, that shot shows the top of the bird’s head . . . no eyes show at all. Did anyone even notice?

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  33. The military has changed a great deal since WWII. We’ve been out 20 years, so my thoughts are based in the past as well.

    Women have to be considered the equal of men, that’s the law.

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  34. Morning, Chas. Thursday evening here. I need to do few small things. since Friday morning is coming and that is when I go to market to buy all of my fruit and vegetables for the next week. I have to decide what I am eating. Once a week is all I can do for going to market, though they have it three days a week.

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