46 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-3-19

  1. Good evening Jo.
    Good morning everyone else.
    There was a solar eclipse yesterday, viewed in Argentina.
    A guy was talking about that on TV
    He said the sun is 400 times larger than the moon.
    But it is 400 times farther away.
    So? It just covers the sun.
    Seems a strange statistic to me.

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  2. Good morning. I have been awake for a couple of hours.
    Little Miss has a spend the night. Her daddy came yesterday to help Mr P with the yard. He got bitten by a black snake. Those of you who have known me for any length of time know this wasn’t good. I had seen this snake one day last week and sent my husband to relocate the intruder. Hubs just watched and “escorted” him under the fence.
    Well now I am not one to inflict my fears and phobias on others but this does concern me that if a certain someone who likes to toddle and poke around the backyard were to stumble upon the snake …. well we just won’t go there. Yes. I do understand that this one is a so called good one and they keep the bad ones away but it doesn’t stop my heart from stopping when I see one.

    Me? I am doing fine. I am ready for the steri strips to fall off. I gave upon keeping a bandage on because it itched. Other than that I have pretty much sailed through this whole thing.
    I did get scolded yesterday when my Auntie V called to check on me and report that she and my stepmother had gotten together and “made up”. Auntie V has lung cancer and stepmother has Parkinson’s. One is 80 and one is 79. They had a misunderstanding and I finally interfered and convinced my stepmother to reach out one more time. It worked.
    Anyway, I was telling my Aunt that I sent Mr P home after I got to recovery the other day. He was in pain and my answer was “Go home! What are you going to do? Sit around and watch me sleep all day?” Boy is he lucky to be married to this version of Kim. Ex-husband didn’t have this kind of luck.

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  3. sounds like good news Kim.
    Your reaction to snakes is the save as Elvera’s. There is no such thing as a “harmless” snake. They make her hurt herself, getting away.

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  4. Morning! Cute birdie up there snacking on his breakfast I suppose… 🦟
    Snakes…there are no “good ones” so there you have it.
    Good to hear you are on the mend Kim and to hear of the mending of hearts… ❤️

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  5. We don’t have Rants & Raves until Saturday. But there is a commercial that irritates me by the nature of it.
    You know you can sell your insurance policy..
    I have no problem with that, as such but “to help us in our retirement”. is misleading.
    If you are having trouble making ends meet in retirement, there is a problem that selling your insurance won’t solve.
    You can do that only once.
    You need to get your affairs straight. Or it will come again and you won’t have insurance to sell.

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  6. Have I mentioned we’re getting three high school students from Finland next week? They’re staying for 2.5 weeks with us, going to school and local activities during the day, home to us at night. We feed and house and then have all three for the weekend.

    One of those days is the Civil War games, so that’s good. We’ll take them to the beach and perhaps to the giant redwood trees. Maybe into San Francisco, but I’m not sure. I know we’ll visit the grocery store on day 2 to buy what they want to eat and introduce them to that American staple.

    Any other suggestions of where we might take them, what we should explore?

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  7. One less mosquito. Good.

    I’ve heard that we women have a uniquely negative and deep-seated reaction to snakes due to what happened to our ancestor, Eve. 🙂

    One more day to work, one more (at least) story to find and write.

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  8. Snakes: not fond of them, but do see their usefulness. I will allow garter snakes, bull snakes, rubber boas, gray racers, gopher snakes, but don’t tolerate rattlers. That said, any animal bite can cause problems so the safest would be the rubber boa. They constrict rather than bite. Sorry to see somebody had killed a young garter snake over night on the road.

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  9. Here’s evidence- D3 posted this on Twitter this morning:
    The worst part of spring and summer is the bugs…ignore me while I spray every inch of my house with raid while choking on the fumes myself, it’ll be worth it when I don’t see a spider for a week.

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  10. We only have non-poisonous snakes. I will leave them alone. I do not want them in my house or close, however. There is a lot of other territory in which they can live and enjoy life.

    The other day, we scared a bear away from a dumped garbage can at a stranger’s house. I made my husband turn around and pull into the driveway. I had noticed the bear on our way past. It ran away, but who knows for how long. Looked like no one home and plenty of kid activity devices around the yard. No doubt a bigger threat than any snakes.

    That commercial, Chas, should warn everyone away from those kinds of policies. No doubt a whole life policy. My husband had one before we married. It was nothing but trouble when he was laid off and it was stopped. Whatever he had in it was lost. (not much) We never got one of those. The commercial disgusts me as much as the one which will buy annuities from people. They never tell you, that you will get ten cents on the dollar or whatever. A real rip-off for the unknowing.

    As long as we are on the subject of irritating commercials–the ones that offer insurance for car and home repairs, including appliances as even worse. Seriously? Whatever happened to just saving the money you pay for the insurance payments you may never use? The fine print must really be something.

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  11. Spiders don’t bother me, for some reason, unless it’s obviously a wicked black widow or other creepy, huge specimen that at least appears to be insidious. I can easily co-exist with the occasional spider.

    As for snakes, most of us don’t have a good grip on identifying safe vs. unsafe. We have rattlers in our area and those are pretty obvious, but some of the others? Safe? Unsafe? Who knows? I’ve never seen a snake in my yard, only lizards (which terrified me as a child, but not now).

    I have a strong dislike of rats, as you all know, but only if one is in my house (shudder). If I see them outside, I don’t like them but they don’t freak me out. Mice are cute but, again, not inside my house. Indoor mice: Not Cute.

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  12. I’ve been told that the venomous (not poisonous, or so I’ve been told) snakes have triangular shaped heads. Bulges that look like cheeks must be where the venom is.

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  13. I can’t stand spiders, but I am brave enough to kill them. Nightingale has even called upon me to kill spiders in her part of the house. One time she was afraid of a huge spider she saw near the clothes washer. Although it wasn’t moving, it was pretty big (kinda looked like a tarantula), so I approached it cautiously, dampened paper towel in hand.

    Then I laughed. It was a book of matches, without the cover, that had gone through the wash and then dropped on the floor, with the matches sticking out a bit like spider legs. The wetness made them look black. 😀

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  14. Michelle, it sounds like the 2 nursing students are already on the job (it will look good on their resume).

    Peter, we get the crane flies around here. Would far rather see them than the mosquito, which has been very prevalent here thanks to a very wet spring.

    Spiders do not bother me. The Inuit staff at the clinic in the hamlet in Nunavut hated any insect or spider with a passion. A fly buzzing around was enough to trigger shrieks of fright. I wondered if the fact that the most prevalent insect in Nunavut was the mosquito was what caused them to perceive any insect as being potentially harmful. I did not have a fear of snakes until I was exposed to truly dangerous ones.

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  15. You know Peter I am just not going to get close enough to determine the shape of the head nor the pupil in the eye of a snake 😂
    DJ have you read of the kerfuffle concerning the press during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb? I just wonder what your thoughts might be? One of the local newscasters has his hackles up over the entire thing and the reporters at the Gazette aren’t none too happy. I am conflicted over the situation. Perhaps you could do a story on that 😳

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  16. I went to the new eye doctor today. My eyes are dilated so I have not read any of the comments. I have some eyedrops to use for a month that might give relief for improved vision. This doctor gave more thorough explanations. Still no glasses. If drops don’t work then injections. Last resort would be another surgery.

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  17. Re: Insurance
    I once had $350,000 in term insurance. After I passed age 50, I began to let it drop. When Chuck got married and graduated from college, and Elvera retired with her own annuities, I let the rest drop. I don’t need insurance anymore. (I still have $59k to take care of things.)
    The basic use for insurance is for emergencies.

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  18. Nancyjill conflicted, story to come.

    No, I haven’t heard of that, but will look it up. I’m intrigued!

    Janice, ugh, you’ve really been through it. A co-worker had to get injections (diabetes related eye issue) and while it was a very scary prospect she got through it fine. But praying those drops will work! Was there a much different assessment from this doctor compared to your previous one?

    They say the extended warranties on appliances aren’t worth taking out, though I did do it on my refrigerator. When I moved in here it came with some kind of home insurance for repairs but it never paid off — everything I called about, including the old gas wall heater that the Gas Co. said was kaput, was something they “didn’t cover.” I’d think if anything should have been covered that would have been it, but no. I argued the point, appealed to my real estate guy, but apparently it was not covered. I had an electrical socket replaced, the only thing I could find that they’d cover, but that would have been a pittance to pay a handyman for, probably. When it was time to renew it after the first year I declined. (It was free for the first year.)

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  19. The triangular head might serve to identify vipers, but the mamba has a sleek elongated head. Mambas, cobras, and taipans, associated (although they are not limited to those areas) with Africa, Asia, and Australia respectively, are all elapids, the world’s fastest, longest, and deadliest snakes.

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  20. Sorry to hear that, Janice. Praying those eye drops work for you.

    Kizzie, that is a great spider story.

    I do know one couple who got a reverse mortgage. They found they had to pay rent to the bank for staying in their own home when they ran through the money that they had borrowed. I can see where it might benefit someone, possibly.

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  21. I’m OK with spiders except black widows. I grew up around rattlesnakes, and so I know the kinds of places to watch for snakes; if I see one now, I go closer (safe distance) and take a photo. Mambas would freak me out, though, and so would water moccasins.

    I can’t stand the idea of rats in a house. Saw one in the yard of the house next door once (Chicago) and I thought if that were my house, I’d be moving! In fact, when I was looking for a house in Nashville, I eliminated only one neighborhood, and that is because a friend who lived there told me rats were an issue in the neighborhood.

    I am pretty sure it was the first time Mom and Dad thought we younger kids were old enough to stay alone when they went to the store. A snake slithered out from under their bedroom door into the hall. I ran for the driveway, caught my parents in time, and Dad came and relocated the snake (a non-venomous red racer) outside, and then they went to the store. The only snake we ever saw inside the house, and it was really close to being “on my watch”!

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  22. Time to move into my friends room for my last night. Yesterday in this room was so restful. Off to take a boat to an island as friends gave me funds for an adventure.

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  23. Cheryl, I pretty much did move out, when one was discovered in the house I packed up myself and the dogs and went to stay with a friend. Put a zapper trap out and he was dead the next morning, but ewwwww.

    Rats are smart & sneaky and they’ll hide under and behind furniture (unlike dumb mice who race across the floor for all to see). SO creepy. We have them in our neighborhood, the first one got in after I had my forced air heat put in and there were holes in the floor … discovered him in a kitchen dish towel drawer along with a stash of dog kibble he’d obviously been gathering and hoarding during the night (back when I left kibble out). He was using at least two of the drawers so had a “house” with different levels.

    The cat has been great, although she has brought live mice, a rat and lizards into the house for play time (but not in a while).

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  24. Snakes: we have found them in these usual places: under a manger, by the hot tub, the middle of the grass, in a lilac tree, under a spruce tree, on the road, on the horseshoe pit, under black plastic, in the garage, on the basketball court, in the driveway, by the dog pen, and so on.

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  25. Cheryl – I bet you were glad you could catch your parents in time!

    That reminds me of a time when I was a young teen, maybe 13 or 14, and I was out to eat with my former SIL Cindy. (Although they got divorced, we were still friendly with her.) We were in the line of a cafeteria, when all of a sudden, she fainted! Of course, I had no idea how to handle that kind of situation. But when I looked up, my parents were there. They had decided to go to the same place, not knowing we’d be there. I was so relieved to see them!

    *******
    Twice in my life, I have had a mouse run over my bare foot. *shudder*

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  26. Kizzie it was concerning “freedom of the press” and the quash of “newsworthy information” the Hill Climb officials were mandating during a tragic accident at the top of the Peak. The press were told to cap their cameras, put away their phones and notepads. Some say the officials hid the fact that a motorcycle driver crashed and died and felt it was in poor taste to continue the race. One reporter said she was threatened to be escorted off the mountain if she didn’t put her phone away. I do not know any of the reporters nor if they intended to “get the scoop” first with photos and information but I do understand the officials not wanting that type of information out before loved ones are notified. But the news guy said there was no way any reporter would have done such. Is there not some procedure of protocol in such situations?

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  27. Isn’t it an accepted practice to not reveal the name of a victim before family has been notified? That’s what I see in our news reports here.

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  28. Yes that is the Gazette version. Bart Bedsole of KRDO channel 13 had this to say this morning:

    “Lens caps”. This is absolutely appalling. Because our radio broadcast location at the summit was a good distance from the finish line, I didn’t have to fight the same battle as the Gazette team, but I am still really offended. However, I am not all that surprised either. Earlier in the race, after a crash involving the very first rider of the day, we were told not to broadcast that a Flight For Life helicopter was on the way for that rider (who survived). I immediately spoke up, and we went ahead and reported exactly what we and everyone at the race could see with their own eyes. IT’S A DANGEROUS RACE, AND YOU CAN’T SUGAR COAT THAT. So if the PPIHC staff wants media coverage (and they need the media coverage) they should understand that we don’t show up to cover only the parts that are favorable to the race’s image. That’s 100% censorship. Unfortunately, the truth hurts sometimes, and there’s no way get around that. You do your jobs, and let us do ours. Sorry for the rant, but this bothers me to my core.

    He has a FB page you can read all the differing comments to his rant. I guess I was just sort of taken aback upon reading this today….it was “all news to me”!! 😂

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  29. Is this what basically happened?

    The media was covering the race, one participant dies in an accident during the race, the media was told to stop the cameras and not report the death, which they did(?) from the sounds of it ?

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  30. Or maybe they did report it … That story was kind of a mishmash, I had a hard time getting the overall point of what happened (or didn’t).

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  31. My gist of it was some reporters didn’t take kindly to their professionalism being challenged. I think Bart Bedsole felt the entire handling of this situation was rather heavy handed with the PPHC officials. And from reading the Gazette version I guess they felt the same.

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  32. Agree, media always is pretty respectful about IDs — but this was an odd case in that it was a public event already and it happened in view of many. Sad all the way around, though.

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