47 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-9-20

  1. Good morning all. I had to fire thirteen yesterday. Which meant he did not get to watch any world war ll movie time last night. He was very disappointed. I told him he had had the opportunity to be totally trusted and was now going to experience the other side. He was not doing the chores so the animals were going without proper food and water. Not the first time this has happened, He will step up. He told me the other day he feared he was destined to always be a liar. I reminded him that God is able to change that. Pray for him.

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  2. So the link appears to work in a browser. The first video in the link is what I wanted to share, of the Inuit choir. I had no control over the other videos below, never even watched them.

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  3. Janice,

    Have them delivered. You may have to wait a few days, it costs a little more with delivery fee and a driver tip, but it’s way safer than going to the store. Most grocery stores are offering it.

    When you get the groceries at your home, follow these rules.


    “How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
    Here are precautions to take whether you shop in-store or online”

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  4. So that’s where those candies come from! 😀

    Beautiful photo. Fascinating to see those things magnified.

    We woke up to snow again, so will be waiting awhile for much blooming. We do see signs of life in the garden next to the house. I am hoping the deer will back off, but don’t have too much confidence in that. One was laying just behind a shed we have. My husband noticed his ears. What I thought was a rock was her body. I can’t blame them for looking for the best food, but I do begrudge them my cedars etc.

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  5. Michelle, thanks for the quiz link. It will be a good study tool over the next three days. The city church will be doing a Good Friday service with communion online. I have this Easter off, so would have loved to have gone to church.

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  6. It’s pouring rain here. Posted on FB by one of my former (Jewish) reporter colleagues:

    ~ Plagues, storms, earthquakes. Now THIS is what I call a Passover! ~

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  7. It’s -18C here this morning, although the sun has come out and is bound to make a huge difference. Yesterday was just below freezing with snow and high winds – couldn’t see across our road.

    Today is first day out of quarantine and I woke with a migraine. I’ve taken my meds and should be okay in a while.

    The furnace guy our friends recommended is supposed to come out today to tell us what he thinks regarding getting a new propane furnace and all the costs involved. Could be interesting as our addition has no cold air returns and half the vents are not even connected to the current furnace.

    Then we’re going to get lunch at a local restaurant (take out) to help support them and to give us a break from cooking. The plan is to also do some grocery shopping. We shall see – it all depends on the furnace guy and when he comes.

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  8. And a Maudy Thursday remark from World’s online editor:

    At his last supper with the disciples, Jesus said to them, “This is my commandment: That you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Many Christians commemorate the last supper on Maundy Thursday, a day of “mandate” or commands. We have more commands than normal to follow right now: quarantines, shelter-in-place orders, and limits on how many rolls of toilet paper we can buy. May we hold Jesus’ command of love at the center of them all, so the world will know Him better.

    Lynde Langdon
    WORLD Digital’s managing editor

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  9. When I posted that photo on Flickr, I called it “buds of the peppermint tree.” I did post in the descriptive text that I actually had no idea what the species was, but I accidentally tricked one person who said oh, of course that must be why they make peppermint candies those same colors! These flowers are in bloom now, and they’re a deep pink/red with yellow center parts.

    Actually, practically every tree in the county is in bloom this week. Tulip trees are past peak but still in bloom, and dogwoods and redwoods are just starting, and everything else is in full, spectacular bloom, along with tulips. For the wildflowers, the first dandelions are going to seed, violets are everywhere . . . and multitudes of the really lovely flowers are out. Virginia bluebells have been blooming for a week or more, but yesterday I found the first of the larkspur and trilliums.

    Last year I discovered in the spring that one particular of the walking trails was wonderful for wildflowers. In March my husband and I found that the walking trail attached to a park a mile from us is actually worth walking (though for him it is too much to walk to the park and then walk the trail, too), and on that trail I found an amazing number of bluebells earlier this week, along with the beginning of a bunch of other species. This morning I was out early, before other people were, and so I walked a quarter mile or so on each of my two closest trails just so I could say I walked on four walking trails this week, and got wildflower photos on each of them. (We had rain last night that keeps today from being a good day for wildflowers, but that’s fine. I had two long walks on trails better for the wildflowers, and somehow the tree blossoms are as pretty today as ever!)

    Anyway, the weeks ahead look likely to be dreary ones, and I’m very glad for the blessings of spring just now.

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  10. Pressing question in our area: Is kayaking and surfing outlawed under stay-at-home and park/beach closure orders? A sole paddle boarder off of Malibu was chased down by patrol boats a few days ago; forced out of the water and cited, escorted off the beach.

    And our weather is quite unseasonable for April: Southern California weather: rain all over, heavy snow in mountains, flooding possible

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  11. What danger would is be for a lone paddle boarder to be on the water? Sheesh. Now our trail heads are packed with cars. Husband has hiked these mountains so much he knows them better than most. The other day he took “the back door” to a trail. Much to his amazement he looked down from the top of a mountain and saw a group of 12-15 teenage boys walking along a trail…no social distancing going on with that group!
    Rain supposed to begin tomorrow with snow moving in Sat evening lasting until Tuesday…our high for Easter Sunday is to reach 25 degrees…sound like a heat wave to you Kare? 🙃


  12. Donna, lawfulness and sanity have been redefined for the duration.
    According to my (almost) 90 years of experience, I doubt that they will ever fully return.


  13. As they said in my county when the shelter-in-place restrictions were tightened, “This is why we can’t have nice things,” like legal hiking on trails.

    I’m a scoff law myself yesterday, walking down an inner-housing area trail even though I know I’m not supposed to. Nine others did the same, but kept far apart and we all looked guilty. I didn’t continue when the pathway ended at the next street because the sign was up there. It had been torn down a block away where we entered. I didn’t return home that way–it saves me three extra blocks of walking, but I felt guilty because I know better.

    County officials closed it because ALL parks, trails, beaches, etc. are closed in our county. Parks and trails were open the first weekend but people congregated in parks and on trails, didn’t maintain social distancing and 40 people actually attended a barbeque.

    Last weekend the head of the county emergency management board took his family to a closed beach for “some air, it had been a busy week and the kids needed to run.”

    Unfortunately, he posted photos on social media and the rest of us peons exploded with anger at the hubris of the county being told no and he believing himself not accountable to the law.

    It can get ugly. It is silly. But if people won’t obey the order, what are officials supposed to do?

    Now they’re talking about mandating masks which will be maddening on just a residential walk around the neighborhood. I had to take off my glasses to be able to see in the store because of the mask. No foul, but highly inconvenient and it slowed me down. 😦

    (Look! I confessed my sin above! You all live under grace, not the law, right?)

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  14. Where has the day gone? I came in here about 8. I’ve left a few times but mostly been here.
    Peter I really liked the song. I wasn’t sure I would when I first clicked on it. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. For those of you who like organ music and are missing it. The hymn tune being played dates from the early 1700s, and is used as the setting of a translation of a hymn written by the medieval philosopher Peter Abelard:

    Alone thou goest forth, O Lord,
    In sacrifice to die;
    Is this Thy sorrow naught to us
    Who pass unheeding by?

    Our sins, not thine, Thou bearest, Lord;
    Make us Thy sorrow feel,
    Till through our pity and our shame
    Love answers love’s appeal.

    This is earth’s darkest hour, but Thou
    Canst light and life restore;
    Then let all praise be given to Thee
    Who livest evermore.

    Grant us to suffer with Thee, Lord,
    That, as we share this hour,
    Thy Cross may bring us to Thy joy
    And resurrection power.


  16. Michelle, someone from Toronto who is in several of my Flickr photo groups keeps posting things like how important it is that we all not drive anywhere (except to the grocery store or for meds . . . and presumably to go to work if we work at the grocery store), that we not go out driving, and that we not take walks. Thing is, the entire world is represented on Flickr, and we are under different guidelines for a reason.

    If I lived in New York City, I don’t think I’d be leaving my apartment at all–it wouldn’t be safe with all those people shoulder to shoulder and so many of them sick. But I went out for a walk this morning, and didn’t get within 50 feet of another person except one occasion when someone entered a section of sidewalk I was still on (with a guardrail beside it, because the ground beside it is steep)–and I went over the guardrail (without touching it) to get farther away from him. (I’ve gone over that guardrail before to get photos of the wildflowers on the other side of it, but usually I use my hands as I go over it). But yeah, if I can be out for an hour in the morning and only once be within 50 feet of another person, I think it’s still safe for me to go on walks, as long as I keep my eyes open. (Later in the day it gets harder, but I’ve only seen one place actually get busy, and even that one has dropped off in numbers of people.)

    All the laws and guidelines have to work to keep us safe, but they also have to be sustainable. If the whole country were to be told we could not leave our houses at all in the next two weeks, obviously people who need medical care might die, and others would find they don’t have enough food. But for two weeks, most of us could do it if we had to. But with policies that have no end date, then I also have to think of such things as making sure my car will still run when I need it, and making sure I keep as healthy as I can. Policies need to be set at the local level, not statewide, nationwide, or worldwide. (Some policies need to be nationwide, but the strictest ones can’t be. It matters whether I live in a town of 20,000 or one of 20,000,000.) I’d rather see people be smart and let the walking trails stay open then close them and let something else end up having more people because more people are shuffled into fewer places–but the last thing I want to see is “no more walks, and show papers to prove you have a right to drive somewhere.” I don’t think that’s necessary, and I don’t think it’s healthy.

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  17. That is why the Wyoming guy said they did not need to shelter in place, they had been social distancing for one hundred thirty years.

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  18. Cheryl, our federal government has not invoked the Emergencies Act that is in place because it is are letting the provinces act independently. If the federal government to invoke their powers, it would override provincial jurisdiction over the same measures, and given Canada’s huge size and sparse population, that could be very difficult, since the the measures required in the GTA (greater Toronto area) are far different than those in the remote north. Ontario, as the province with the largest population, itself ranges from the density of the GTA, where 18 percent of Canada’s 37.5 million people live, to northern communities around Hudson’s Bay that cannot be reached by road.


  19. My groceries were just delivered, following on-and-off texts from my “shopper” about what was in stock and what wasn’t. What a weird experience. I’ve NEVER had groceries delivered; I never even get pizza delivered.

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  20. Haha. 🙂

    I hear you DJ. I told you how weird it was for me the other night. Same thing, texts for what’s out, replaced with a like item, and then having it delivered at 10PM.

    The whole experience was bizarre, but still better than going to the store. 🙂

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  21. We were informed that Cheryl has been furloughed from work for the next 3-6 months starting Monday. So as of Monday, she’ll be signing up for unemployment, along with the millions of others in the same boat. While it’s encouraging to know she will be called back, it’s still bad news. Prayer would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  22. Oh, Aj, that does sound stressful. Perhaps it will give you all some quiet time together.

    I had a lovely time today walking another section of the golf course in the development where my home is. Now that things are closed the cart trails are open to walk. There were a lot of deer out there too.


  23. I got a phone call from an old friend from college days today. He keeps track of things, including my children. Anyway, he told me that today was the day of my baptism 48 years ago. April 9, 1972. In a church in Woodland California because our church in Davis didn’t have a baptistry.

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