50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-23-19

  1. Morning all. Things are ready at school. One day at a time. I am glad that I stayed home this evening, fellowship group would have been too much.
    Enjoy your day. Rest and get well Donna.

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  2. It would be a pity to see the birds go.
    deer live comfortably in this community. I saw a fawn in the community Sunday.
    I hope Donna is getting her rest now.
    Off to get the day started now.

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  3. I opened my computer back up to say good morning. So glad I did as I just received an email from the gal I asked to check my newsletter this morning. It is approved so now I can send it out before I get some sleep. So glad to send it before school begins and friends have their New Testament dedication this week. Then they will leave on furlough. I didn’t say in my letter, but they just heard that the downstairs of their home in the states suffered flooding damage.

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  4. Jo must have sent the letter just as I was on. because it was there and I’ve just had time to read it. for some reason, the last two letters were clipped at the end of the page. (e.g. it’s as if my first sentence said, “just had ti” )
    But it worked ok.

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  5. Morning! It is in the 50’s this morning with predictions of a day in the 70’s. This forest is so green and for that we are thankful!
    Yesterday morning we were blessed to watch as a doe meandered across the property with her baby twins! They were so adorable and full of curiosity. Mama was very watchful over them and it appeared she was scouting out a place to hide them for a bit. Fascinating!

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  6. Sitting here having coffee we looked out the window and saw a mama doe with three baby fawns! Hopping about and enjoying life they were! Now they have hopped across the road onto our friend’s property to be bedded down I am sure….
    Dj I hope you get your doctor’s note and editor agrees you need to replace those vacation days….you could come for a visit and breathe in some fresh Colorado air… 😊

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  7. Good morning, all. We just dropped Miss Bosley at the vets office. I hope she will do okay. They will sedate her for her exam. We got biscuits from BoJangles on the way home, chicken for me and bacon and egg for Art. Our reward for getting Miss Bosley into the cat carrier. I do not know how DJ does it by herself. She has Wonder Woman powers!

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  8. It’s real neat when you have two people who compliment each other , Janice.
    I have to do everything. That gets difficult.
    But Linda (DIL) is taking her to get a haircut and nails trimmed tomorrow.

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  9. We have not seen many deer around lately, though I do see lots of mountain lion scat on the road when I walk. It is full of deer hair so does that count for seeing deer?

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  10. Oh no Mumsee!! I think that would account for not seeing deer 😢
    We have had a mountain lion across the road. He or she attacked a neighboring rancher’s goats. Neighbor said they now have bells on the goats and are locking the barn doors tight at night with said goats tucked inside.

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  11. Chas, when and if we live to your age, I expect it will be more like that for us. My dad lived to 74, and his mom lived to 74. Both died of strokes. I am 65. That family histury dwells in my mind.

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  12. Good Morning Everyone.
    It has been a while since I really had time to hang out with all of you.
    I am working from home today. I have several things I need to catch up.
    One of the most gratifying things I have done lately is getting the $500 Earnest Money Deposit back for a buyer. The seller is certifiably crazy and would not sign anything anyone asked her to. The other brokerage AND USAA Relocation fired her. I had the buyer write a hardship letter and the title company agreed to make an exception and give him the money back. They really aren’t supposed to do that without the seller’s signature.
    I managed to get another deal to work where the VA appraisal came back $19,000 UNDER contract price. We reached an agreement this morning and have a closing tentatively set for August 8th– I will make $1,000 off of this. One of my agents had let his Alabama license expire, so I wrote the contract. He had shown them all over Pensacola and they decided they liked a house just over the state line into Alabama.
    We’ve overcome some challenges with the listing I have. They found cloth wiring, so the house had to be re-wired. If I couldn’t personally buy this house I got the second-best option. A young couple is buying it. They are expecting their second child in September and their agent (also great-grandmother) assures me the love the house. This is the first time in 15 years I have gotten emotionally involved with a house.
    Next up, one of my younger agents is in flight attendant school. She asked me last night to take over the contract to purchase she had written for a buyer moving from another state. It is time to negotiate out the repairs. We have a $1,000 repair limit and once I read the inspection report … eh… I don’t know how we are going to handle that one. I called the buyer and he asked me to call him back in 45 minutes.
    Last night in class, one of the agents told me he would have never figured me for a Rolling Stones fan. I laughed. “You would be shocked at the music I listen to…”

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  13. AJ, the photo is lovely. We had a place off the road where we used to live, my husband would drop me off and leave me for 20 or 30 minutes and come back–and I had to be ready to jump in the car when he came back, because he would watch for a time that there wasn’t any traffic and he could stop for me. We had great herons (on migration, like this–they don’t nest in either the area we used to live or this one), great blue herons, a kingfisher, a green heron or two, etc. But it was far from an ideal spot to watch birds because of being on the side of a road without parking. We have lots of good places within an hour or 75 minutes now, several within half an hour. We have yet to visit most of them, but we’ve seen several.

    Hopefully the housing development will indeed work a way that the birds can still come, but it does seem more likely that they won’t.

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  14. I slept!

    After another rough start, having to get up several times for coughing jags, I somehow fell asleep (thanks probably to the cough syrup at last) and slept deeply through the night until almost 10 a.m.! (I got up briefly at 6 for the usual animal backyard duty.)

    I actually feel almost normal for the first time in many days. Still congested but a lot less so and the coughing isn’t as deep. No headache or sinus ache, yay. It’s finally moving out, I think. But I am glad I arranged for a sick day today, working (even from home) wouldn’t have been easy still. My brain remains foggy. But how good to finally feel decently rested. Wow.

    Now I need to start paying some bills and getting back to doing what I have to do around here. It as truly a lost several days in that sense.

    Is Miss Bosley in for just a checkup? My vet marveled at how good Annie Oakley’s teeth looked. She’s very good at the vet’s — scared but she doesn’t fight or scratch when he drags her out of her carrier (and she immediately wants back in, of course). He recommended we skip the usual leukemia vaccine we give her (because she does go outside some) as she’s now at the age where cancer becomes more of a risk for cats and the vaccine has been associated with some higher cancer rates. But she needed a distemper booster.

    The dogs should have their teeth cleaned but he said their gums look fine so we can skip that for now (considering the expense and their ages).

    Anyway, all the tests for all the animals came back good, so everyone’s good to go for now. And I think the new arthritis pain med that Cowboy is on now is helping, he seems more comfortable I think. But that’s another $50 a month (half a pill a day) I’m in for now. But if it helps it’s worth it, of course.

    BTW, the vet has had me giving both dogs low-dose (3mg) of Melatonin every night for the past year and he was telling me how they’re discovering more good things about that drug, including how it may be helpful in helping or staving off dementia. He said definitely to keep giving them that. Heck, I may take it, too, now.

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  15. Miss Bosley has not been herself for a month or so. She is better,but needed an application of Revolution which I have had no success in applying. I think she picked up a few fleas outside. The sick behavior started after I got a bag of the regular IAMS cat food when I normally feed her the special blend for indoor cats. They were out and not being able to drive I went with what the store had. This also happened when she was losing her thick winter undercoat. I think she might have a skin allergy to the food? But she totally lost energy and stayed mostly in one place. Maybe all her energy got used up from compulsive grooming. I changed to Blue Buffalo food and she seems a lot better, but still she needs an exam. The docs first thought is that she has anxiety and she may give meds for that, but I don’t think that is the main issue. She is pretty high strong but that’s probably from being an energetic indoor cat. She never lost appetite or stopped peeing and pooping or we would have carried her in sooner. She has never been sick before.

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  16. Once in awhile Miss Bosley escapes to the carport and we either turn on the car or jingle the keys and she runs back inside. That is where she can pick up fleas since other cats are around here some.

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  17. I just read Jo’s nice newsletter. It reminded me that I would like to grow a banana tree. My father use to grow them. I miss there beauty. I see that others in our vicinity get them to grow. They are up close to the houses. I would like to grow a fig tree, too, since we had one in the yard where I grew up.

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  18. Janice, FYI, if you want figs from a fig tree, research it. We had a fig tree that never bore (to our disappointment) and years later I read there needs to be more than one fig tree around to get fruit. (The dumb thing is, when we were moving Mom had us dig up the apricot tree–we hadn’t yet sold the house–to take it with us, and then she decided to take the fig instead. But the apricot was already producing, and the fig never did. Oh well. Dad’s last food on earth was half of one of those fruits–the first fruit he ever ate from a fruit tree he planted, since usually they moved or the tree got destroyed before he could eat of it–and maybe somehow that made the tree too sad for Mom, I don’t know. I was disappointed when we left it, as apricots are easily one of my favorite fruits.)

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  19. We had a banana, orange and plumb tree in the backyard where I mostly grew up.

    Sorry to hear about Miss Bosley’s malaise. Hoping they can pinpoint the issue. I’d be reluctant to do anxiety meds for her (but then my own vet doesn’t particularly believe in those anyway) unless they can really pinpoint and verify some kind of condition really requiring that with tests.

    Catnip? 🙂

    Maybe the food switch had something to do with it, a possible allergy as you said. Glad she’s getting checked out.

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  20. The banana tree was third base for our backyard baseball games. There were usually a lot of ants on that thing though and I don’t think it ever produced edible bananas. The orange and plumb trees (1st and 2nd bases, respectively) did well, however, and produced good fruit.

    The catnip suggestion for Miss Bosley was strictly for the medicinal variety, of course. 🙂

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  21. I don’t think Annie’s ever been sick either, but cats can be pretty stoic. In her younger days she did get an abscess (from a cat bite) that required treatment — and something else of an injury nature. But she’s settled down since then and her outdoor wanderings are now self-limited mostly to the patio and adjacent backyard. There are now big (cat-chasing) dogs over all 3 sides of the back fence so she has learned to no longer wander over into those yards as she used to do. Sometimes she’ll venture out front to the front porch, but rarely.

    Mostly she sleeps on a cushioned patio chair, in the igloo dog house or on the concrete next to the garage in the afternoons, though she still also pokes around out there to see if there are perhaps any lizards to be caught.

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  22. I heard from the vet. She is very young and having never spoken on the phone with her and not recognizing the number, at first I thought I might be speaking with a child. I remember in my twenties being afflicted like that, too!

    She said so far everything looks good with Bosley but the bloodwork we should get back tomorrow will tell for sure. She did a urinary check to verify on that, too, since she had rather non specific symptoms. She does have fleas so I hope we won’t have a home and people invasion since Bosley will be protected with Revolution. Perhaps Art and I need some Revolution applied, too.

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  23. We had a lot of fruit trees growing up. The cherry tree my father built a wire cage around. And the plum tree that had such a struggle in its short life. The apple tree that grew out of all proportion to the amount of fruit it produced and the other two apple trees, which were supposed to have been grafted to produce several varieties, only ever produced one unknown variety. We also had concord grape vines. In my early childhood, we actually harvested cherries and grapes, until something killed the grapevine and the cherry tree grew out of its cage and its fruit out of reach, and we have had bumper crops of very flawed apples and got the occasional plum while the tree lasted. But we never got any edible pears, because the pear tree had come with a male and female side, but the male side was killed during an ice storm, so there was nothing to fertilize the female pear blossoms, so all that was produced were small, woody, and inedible pears.

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  24. They like to check also for kidney issues with cats since that can be a common problem area for them. Annie’s already been on MD food for that after one visit detected “crystals” which can be a sign of problems forming, but the most recent tests came back clear.

    I put Annie’s Revolution on right after putting her food dish down in front of her I have the tube all ready to go before that and just gentle grab the scruff of her neck while she’s food distracted (she eats high up (for separation from the dogs), on top of an old beat-up butcher block table from my mom’s, so accessing her is easy) and squeeze it on, only takes a few seconds and she’s done. She makes a face but then goes back to eating. 🙂

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  25. I think that was truly a run-on sentence.

    I’m not 100% yet.

    But I did get to the credit union and the store to pick up more water and some fruit bowls with chunks of pineapple, watermelon and grapes — it’s all I crave right now. And today is genuinely hot, in the high 90s.

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  26. And I apparently missed a smattering of rain this morning as I was sleeping in, my former editor texted me about it and I was “huh?” There are a lot of white clouds in the sky today along with the uncomfortable heat.

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  27. We may get some thunderstorms passing through. It is about ninety one with winds at 30 mph. Maybe a tornado will swing through. But it will have nothing on me when I heard a dog yelping and saw thirteen year old holding the twelve year old shitzu up by its back legs, head hanging down. Why does that boy think he needs to mistreat animals? Why does that boy think he needs to mistreat smaller children? Wisdom.

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  28. I like that wording from 6:07 — Annie’s Revolution

    I’m really not all *back* yet. And the heat isn’t helping, my house is pushing 90 (no cool breeze today so opening the windows won’t help until a bit later).

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  29. Sitting on the front porch and listening to thunder. But the sky is blue with a smattering of puffy white clouds. Perhaps it will be a “surprise” thunderstorm!
    Mumsee has said 13yr old ever been bitten by a mistreated animal? Wondering if that would help…..I think my dogs would bite in that situation…..

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  30. The sedation made Miss Bosley sick. And it added 85 dollars to the bill which was almost 350 dollars. She has finally eaten something. It is sad that she had finally almost gotten back to being herself and now she seems sick again. By tomorrow she should perk up.

    Thank you. DJ, for the clue about putting Revolution on at the food bowl. That might work.

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  31. NancyJill, the cats have let him know acceptable behavior and he has improved a lot with them, but the dogs are too nice. You would think, with six dogs, one would let him know how to treat them.

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  32. They are called plumb trees because they are very straight to the ground. That might have caused a problem for them if they had gone to California.

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