35 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-4-19

  1. Slaying dragons?? Have you had any rain yet from the hurricane, Chas. Not sure where to go look for decent hurricane news.
    I am thinking of having something done with my house here. I am wondering if I can replace part of a louvered window with a pane of glass. I see the lovely views with clouds and fog and hills, but can’t get any pictures because of the louvers, screens and bars. The ground falls away on this side of the house, so I would have to be up on a ladder to get a picture outside. I would love to capture some of this before I leave.

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  2. An interesting historical article: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/08/americas-first-opioid-epidemic/
    One comes across many mentions of laudanum and opium in Victorian literature. The author of the first English mystery novel The Moonstone, William Wilkie Collins, was dependent on opium and opium is a key plot point in the novel. Opium dens appear in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and in Charles Dickens’ last, unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, took opiates on a regular basis, as did the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Then, of course, there was the Opium Wars, in which Great Britain forced the Chinese, who were experiencing their own opioid crisis, to buy opium, in the British attempt to address their trade deficit with China.

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  3. Good morning all. Law enforcement continues the pursuit from yesterday. An armed suspect in a chase that started in New Meadows yesterday morning has made its way up here. The guy has managed to get three different cars but is thought to now be on foot. We are advised to be keeping doors and cars locked. I am hoping they find him soon and help him get straightened out.

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  4. Morning! Oh Mumsee praying for your safety and for that fella to be caught!
    We had a lovely evening at our new small group from church. Meeting new people can be overwhelming for me but I do believe they will become friends. 😊

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  5. A little farm in the hills of Idaho— and yet the drama never ceases? Is there anywhere safe apart from the Love of Jesus?

    Shaking my head. The spiritual warfare!

    Today is my calm before the storm. I am grateful. I have no idea what will happen next. I’d like to be present and enjoying the next 11 days, but all I can think is, “I want it to be September 15.”

    Of course that’s also the week I have four family birthdays . ..

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  6. Be safe mumsee.

    Car chases are live TV events here. Back when we still had a newsroom everyone would gather at the TV to watch (mostly hoping it didn’t wind up on a freeway or street heading into our territory where we’d actually have to start covering it).

    The sun was glaring this morning, the sky fog-less, sending the day’s heat into the house already at 7 a.m.

    Hi roscuro, how goes the job?

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  7. Yesterday, when we went to the clinic for pregnancy check up, the clinic was on lock down. But they let us in. We managed to get our chores done and our walks in without running into any criminals. Now for school. Though daughter’s lawyer should be here today, to meet her and listen to her complaints. And my friend from grade school comes today, to chat. And my friend from Cottonwood comes today, to chat and help daughter. And,…and…and….

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  8. Roscuro – Do you, like me, check out Tim Challies’ “A La Carte” on his Facebook page each day? There have been a few times that you have shared an article that he featured in that. Earlier this morning, I had seen the one you linked above and bookmarked it for me to read some other time.

    I always have a long list of articles – that I see shared on here or on Facebook or through the links offered on other articles – that I want to get around to reading, and have two different bookmark folders – one for the ones I want to read soon and the other for those that can wait. I think the next article in the latter one is from a year ago. 🙂

    Speaking of paperwork – Nightingale says that that is one reason, besides concern for the patient, that the nurses hate dealing with a fall of any type. There is a lot of paperwork and some phone calls to deal with when that happens, which is all very time-consuming for nurses who are already very busy.

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  9. So thankful for that Mumsee!!
    When I worked on the inpatient unit of Hospice I recall the time I came on duty just in time to find a patient on the floor next to her bed. I yanked the call button out of the wall and stayed with her until the head nurse arrived. I felt like I was on the witness stand with all of the questions I had to answer! Thankfully everyone had done their jobs to the best of their ability. The mat was next to the bed, which was in the lowest position, and she had just been checked on 5 minutes prior to her scooting out of her bed. I felt so bad for her as she was quite incoherent…

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  10. We had a lock down at the school once. A woman in the nearest town (the school is 3 miles from the nearest one) claimed she had been robbed at knife point at a car wash, so the sheriff shut all the schools down. We had to stay until 5 PM. It turned out to be a hoax.

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  11. Roscuro – I didn’t mean to imply that all the articles you share are from Challies (nor are all mine), just that I sometimes recognize one from that day’s A La Carte.

    (For those unfamiliar with that, Challies has a post on his Facebook page each day with links to various articles he liked. Some are on Christian topics, but there are many others on random topics, including historical topics, or interesting or touching blog posts.)

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  12. Speaking of falls. . . I often make Nightingale nervous with my occasional moments of instability. Sometimes I veer fairly close to falling over (usually sideways), but catch myself at the last moment. I joke that I’m a Weeble, and “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!” (An old toy commercial line.)

    Of course, I know very well that I could eventually fall over, but I am even more concerned about my falling than she is. I don’t wanna get hurt! (Hubby was always concerned about me, too.)

    The theory about the occasional instability/lack of balance is that it is one of the “symptoms” of Moebius Syndrome. Many of us have this problem, as well as frequent or occasional dizziness (which I also have), and it is supposed that it is due to the vagus nerve being affected. (Can’t remember, though, if the vagus nerve affects balance. If not, it is whatever affects balance that is also affected by Moebius.)

    When I walk up the lane to get Boy, and my neighbors are already up there, I often think I must look like I am drunk, as I weave a bit as I walk, sometimes quite noticeably so. 🙂

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  13. I am beginning to think that this class with twelve boys is going to knock me over at some point. The other day a boy pulled out his chair as I walked by and caught my foot between the legs of his chair. And, of course, they are always racing to be first wherever they are going. I think, for my safety and theirs, we are going to have to practice being gentlemen.

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  14. I only have one boy in my life, but he’s enough for me. 🙂

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    We are having a tornado warning for our county and the next one over. Although there has been some rotation in the atmosphere, a tornado has not developed, at least not yet. The thunderstorm just moved through our town, but there is a line of thunderstorms that may be coming later. I have the news on the TV, to keep an eye on it all.

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  15. I had one boy and he was a challenge but not as much as one of my daughters!
    It is delightfully raining here right now complete with lightening and thunder!! This parched land shall be quenched!! Thankful! 🌧 ⚡️

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  16. Good to hear you all are safe and hopefully none of those downed trees are on your land. I recall that happening in Ohio when I was a child…inevitability the limbs would fall on a power line resulting in no power for a while….

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  17. Back from the meeting in OC, long drive. It’s in the low 90s here today but coming home I drove through an area where the temp was 102. It’s supposed to cool off just a tiny bit tomorrow and then be back in the 70s by the weekend.

    Good to see some folks I haven’t seen in a while now that we’re all scattered. And I learned we have a couple Canadian newspapers and one in Brazil (?) in our chain, which I didn’t know about.

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  18. ~ A month after a male mountain lion made a rare successful crossing of the 405 Freeway from the Santa Monica Mountains, the young female cougar known as P-65 has successfully crossed the 10-lane 101 Freeway northward to Simi Hills in the Liberty Canyon area, where a wildlife bridge is planned.

    There are accounts of males crossing the 101, but P-65 became only the second female with a GPS collar to do so when she made the trip between midnight and 2 a.m. Aug. 21, the National Park Service tweeted on Wednesday, Sept. 4, along with an archival video of the young adult cat. ~

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  19. ~ On July 19, an even rarer crossing occurred when the male known as P-61 made it westward over the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, the first successful crossing of that interstate by a collared lion in the 17 years parks officials have been tracking the area’s cats.

    Los Angeles’ most famous cat, P-22, crossed both the 405 and 101 freeways to make his home in Griffith Park more than seven years ago, but he was not collared at the time and little is known about his travels to get there.

    Researchers say there is an uncollared male in the area between the 405 and 101 where P-61 now is, but little is known about him. ~

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  20. Were there always mountain lions in the area? I used to do some mountain hiking around LA and never worried about wildlife except for rattlesnakes. I’m not sure I’d go out alone now.

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