31 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-17-19

  1. Good afternoon all. Joan arrived, though she has a bit of a cold. I got her settled and had her over for lunch. Then we took her computer to get checked over. You cannot logon from here until they have checked your computer for viruses. Now I have left her and hope that she might take a nap.

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  2. Good morning, good night, or something.

    I went to bed briefly and couldn’t sleep, though I think I shall try again soon. It’s raining outside, sometimes heavily–which we really need. There has been virtually no rain since before my birthday, so back to June 24 or so, though it rained a lot up till that time in June. We’ve only had a few raindrops here and there between then and today, never anything measurable I don’t think.

    The header photo is green heron parent (foreground) and fledgling. I had a really hard time getting the fledgling in focus, so to get one nice shot with both looking the same way was sweet. The fledgling still has a fuzzy head, though it may be hard to tell in this shot. Coloring of parent and chick look more similar in this shot than they do in person, since they’re facing slightly away and the biggest difference is that the adult has a much more “red” neck than the chick does. But notice the very different beak color and size.

    This is the typical green heron pose. And when you see them like this, you think they must have really short necks, and so how can they be herons? Surely the neck is much shorter than that of the great blue heron, right? Yet green herons also have long necks. They just usually hold them in a tight S-curve, and somehow their feathers cover up the “folds.” When a great blue holds its neck in an S-curve (which it does less frequently), you can still see the whole neck and all the curves; not so with this crow-sized beauty.

    Sometimes the green heron is called the green-backed heron, and sometimes it is considered one of three similar species. “Green-backed heron” actually makes more sense. In most lights even its back doesn’t look green (it is), but the rest of the bird definitely doesn’t. It is quite colorful, actually, and in my opinion quite an interesting bird.

    Assuming all the fledglings I have seen are from the same nest, it would seem they successfully raised four. I have seen three in one tree twice, and once I saw three in one tree and one in another. I think they are probably all from the same nest, but maybe one left the nest at a different time or else it’s just more of a loner. At any rate, before we moved here I could have counted on five or six fingers the number of times I’ve seen this species–either two or three times in Nashville, once or twice in northern Indiana, and once in Florida. But last summer, I found “my” pond in July, and my first 12 or 15 visits I never failed to see at least one green heron, and I saw as many as six. We’re back to the same season, and I am back to seeing one or more every time I walk to the pond, which is pretty sweet.

    Now it’s past 4:00 in the morning, and I probably should go back to bed!

    Michelle, excellent news from your son!

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  3. Good morning! Beautiful photo, Cheryl.

    In the yard, azalea leaves are turning yellow from the heat and no rain.

    Another of the older lady friends at church passed away. Her memorial service is on Saturday. I saw it will be a joint service that will also be for her previously deceased husband.
    Also, the brother of one of my Life Group members passed away. And, another church friend had emergency surgery. So much happening in a week. And, Karen is barely hanging on and expects she may need a stay in the hospital. Not being able to drive during such times is difficult. I am thankful for cards to mail.

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  4. Good morning.

    Wonderful news about Stargazer, Michelle!

    Kevin, have you heard of an M.D. by the name of Michael Roizen? I’m reading a book co-written by him and Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., and Dr. Roizen is identified as the Chief Wellness Officer for Cleveland Clinic.

    Am I recalling correctly that you’ve received care at that clinic, or was it somewhere else you went in Cleveland?

    I thought of you, anyway, when I read that.

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  5. Well, the visit to the facility in Lewiston turned out well. Daughter was offered a large room in addition to her bedroom. She would be living with two older ladies (in their fifties maybe) and have a few full time care givers there twenty four hours a day. Sounds like a good possibility. She is excited. So am I.

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  6. Peter Pan contacted husband. Apparently, he is back from his trip to California. He wanted husband to take him to Lewiston to pick up the items he needs for the youth challenge. Husband pointed out that he was leaving at three this morning for Seattle and was booked the rest of the week. He had told son to get the stuff taken care of over a month ago and there have been several trips to Lewiston son could have participated in. And I gave him the list again with a note recommending he get it done, two weeks ago. Husband had spoken to the Sergeant who is getting a bit tired of the boy and his decision making. Sarge will handle it. We want the boy to sweat a bit. If that is possible.

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  7. Good news about Stargazer. 🙂

    I had trouble sleeping last night, an upset stomach, nothing serious, though annoying, but it eventually settled down. I could have slept longer this morning — I don’t think I dropped off until 1 or so after going to bed at around 10 — but the porch light installers are supposed to be here before 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. so I needed to get up to be ready for them in case they get here on the early side. Maybe I can get a nap in later today.

    We hardly ever get summer rain here — how I remember those summer thunder storms in Iowa! — so we’re very dry again. This is the part of summer that seems very long to me, probably because our warm/hot weather trails so far into fall.

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  8. That is good news about Stargazer! Thankful for God’s provision. In His timing. And San Diego is such a great area. When my father was in the Navy, he went to San Diego and told us how beautiful it was way back then (he was there early on, probably before marriage).

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  9. Glad your tummy is feeling better, DJ.

    Yesterday I cut the long sleeves partially off of one of Art’s beloved shirts so I could turn it into a short sleeve shirt. It use to be easy, but it took forever trying to thread the needle. Over and over and over+ I kept at it. Persistence paid off. He has a usable shirt again. One sleeve had a rip in it below the elbow. I felt badly one day during tax season when I saw he wore it to work. I think he had not noticed the tear. Am I the only one who would take the time consuming route of repair rather than throwing it away? We are such a consumble/disposable society. How do you draw the line on what to fix and what to toss?

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  10. There was a dead squirrel on the steps going up to Nightingale’s outside door (on the side of the house), which seems to have been attacked by something, but was not eaten much. (She doesn’t use those steps, as coming in the front door and going up the inside stairs is just as quick and easy.) Nightingale, who is usually a pretty tough, no-nonsense, “do what needs to be done” kind of woman, didn’t even want to go near it, and was avoiding taking her trash out. (The trash cans are right next to the stairs.)

    Mommy Kizzie to the rescue! Taking a trash can, which was nearly full and needed to be taken out, outside with me, I found a stick, and used it to prod the dead squirrel into the trash can, then took out the trash bag, tied it up, and put it in one of the outdoor trash cans. Bye-bye, dead squirrel! You’re welcome, Nightingale!

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  11. As much as I am happy for Nightingale for having this new permanent schedule, I’m also happy for myself. I tend to be very routine-oriented, and it was hard to have a weekly routine (for housework or projects or other things) when her work schedule was different each week. I kept telling myself that I should schedule when I wanted to do what the week ahead, but I never got around to that, and I just flew each week by the seat of my pants (or capris 🙂 ).

    So I am looking forward to when school starts, and not only will I be able to get into a good routine, but I will also have more time for things I need to do since she won’t regularly be working second shifts, and Boy will be in school for most of her first shifts.

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  12. Question: I am painting an old, outdoor bench that was white, though the paint is old and peeling. This is a rustic bench so the ‘new’ paint job doesn’t have to be slick or perfect, but my question is how much of the old paint do I need to remove before starting to re-paint it? (I have primer and the color paint.). I’ve been chipping away at the old paint but it’s slow going — some areas are easily scraped off and so I’m thinking that loose paint should be removed. But the rest? I read online last night that if you’re repainting something (rather than staining the original wood of course) you really don’t have remove all the previous paint.

    Any advice? I’d love to paint this thing this week while I’m off work but as I’ve been trying remove so much of the old paint it’s been really slow going.

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  13. Kizzie, that new schedule sounds great for all of you. 🙂

    I found a dead possum in the backyard several years ago, I’d assumed the dogs got it but I didn’t see any injuries … I was starting to put it in a trash bag, but got squeamish, called over the gardeners from next door to do it.

    I’ve heard they “play possum” (and can appear dead but aren’t) so I was worried about that. But I figured he would have snapped into action and taken off as soon as someone started messing with him and trying to bag him.

    It was only later I read that the “playing possum” maybe isn’t a voluntary, ‘faking-it’ behavior but something of an involuntary coma-like state their bodies fall into. In that case, he probably wouldn’t have ‘come to.’

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  14. I just brush off the loose stuff and repaint. Husband would scrape most of the old. I would repaint in a few years, He would repaint a few years later.

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  15. It finally rained and stormed a bit, probably the remnants of Barry.

    I have an outdoor swing my brother got for me from a now deceased relative. It needs painting so it’s interesting hearing about your project, DJ.

    It sits on the back patio which needs cleaning up. I have thought some of putting the swing in the front yard under a shade tree, but I am not sure I want to sit out front with all the cars that pass through the neighborhood during rush hour. Of course, that is probably the safest time to be out there because no one dare stop the flow of traffic to cause any trouble. The swing is painted white and is stained with mold, etc.

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  16. It is Hot here today!! Hovering around 90 and a tad bit of wind which we do not like on a hot day around here! I ran all my errands and now we will meet some neighbors for dinner. I think a salad and ice tea sounds like a good meal choice!
    Dj if you do not desire a “finished” look for the bench I say go ahead and scrape off the loose paint and begin finishing it with the new. You will probably see a “pattern” of the old paint areas under the new but if that doesn’t bother you it will be fine 😊 ( I have a bench just like that and it doesn’t bother me at all as it is an outdoor bench!)
    Great news about Stargazer. We are still hoping and praying for our own “under employed” daughter. She has gone on countless interviews and still has no full time job. She continues with her freelance editing job at home but it is very part-time. She is somewhat discouraged…

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  17. Real Estate Guy suggested hitting the bench with a strong hose spray to loosen and remove whatever paint is likely to come off, so I spent 30 minutes doing that and got quite a bit off (certainly not all and I’m wondering if I still need to do some scraping in some of those partial areas).

    I’ll let it dry and re-check it tomorrow for needed touch ups, I’d love to be able to paint on Friday.

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  18. Nancyjill, that’s my thinking about the bench, it was old and distressed (by design) when I bought it, although with a turquoise coat any early peeling might show up more than I’d like. It’ll also need some bright, colorful outdoor pillows — eventually it will set up against my house on the patio, in between the patio door and large den window where it’s a perfect size & fit.

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  19. And it’s a covered, shaded patio (wood overhang) so it shouldn’t see much if any sun and will be otherwise out of the “weather,” such as it is around here.

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  20. The rain (presumably the remnants of Barry) has hit us. We had a great slam-bang thunderstorm a while ago, and it lasted a pretty long while, with quite a downpour going on. Now it is just a “regular” rain. We’re supposed to get rain through tomorrow, and more thunderstorms in the midst.

    Nightingale and Boy are the ones who take the trash cans up the lane for trash day the evening before, and I bring them back the next day. Soon after she got home from work, I was telling Nightingale that it would be a good idea to take the trash cans up the lane very soon because the storms were due to start soon, as we could see the sky darkening.

    I had just suggested that she take the cans up soon “because we’re gonna be getting. . .” and at that very moment, before I could say “a thunderstorm”, thunder boomed, as if right on cue. So I finished my sentence by pointing upward and adding “that!” 😀

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  21. Ah, a swing, what a fun piece to have for outdoors, Janice. My pod-mate (when I go in to the office) has one — she lives in a separate house behind her son d-i-l and 3 grandchildren in Venice. But she says every time she sits on it the grandkids all leap on top of her. It sounds like she doesn’t mind that. 🙂

    I’m fortunate in that my house isn’t on a busy street and sits up on top of a little rising hill away from the sidewalk (all the houses here do). So there’s a real sense of privacy even on the front porch (probably also because it’s sheltered).

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  22. Praising God for a new student beginning August 5 — a girl whose piano teacher just retired. The girl’s mom and I had a very nice phone conversation tonight.

    Thankful.

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  23. I meant to comment on the second green heron photo earlier, but forgot to. I believe this is an adult, as it has the more maroon coloring on its chest. It was holding its wing out to preen, but I think it also liked the shade the wing provided, as quite a bit of the time it was simply holding out that wing and not touching its feathers at all. 🙂

    I included some of the pond, various sticks, and reflections in the shot to show context. The herons run all around these branches (sometimes quite literally), and sometimes stand on the ones closest to the water watching for prey in the water. They can stretch their necks out quite far to grab something if they see an animal in the water below. I have seen them catch something several times, but any time the prey is identifiable, it has been a frog. I don’t know what percentage of their diet is frogs, but they do seem to catch a lot of them!

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  24. funny picture 🙂

    Spotted a coyote tonight on the dog walk. We were walking in the street (which we do where the canyons are, I don’t like being so close to all that vegetation that can hide things while walking on the sidewalks). All of a sudden an animal started crossing the street in front of us and stopped, staring at us — quite a ways a way but under the light of the street lamp it looked to be a juvenile coyote. Another dog walker was nearby so I turned to warn that person (turned out it was the guy who lives right there — I know him — who has 4 small dogs). When I looked again, the coyote was gone.

    Phantoms.

    5 of them were spotted and photographed just a block above that area near the neighborhood park — that was at 1:30 a.m. one day last week.

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