Our Daily Thread 5-9+10-20

Good Morning!

The header is from Cheryl.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyone have a QoD?

 

 

104 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-9+10-20

  1. Good morning! Spectacular headerโ™ก Love all those gorgeous flowers.

    The Xfinty installer is here. Art is hanging out because I have a Zoom writers critique group meeting at 10.

    Miss Bosley has settled on my lap to snooze.

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  2. The flowers are the wildflowers I saw in just the second half of April–one photo per species. Most I know the name of, but not all. It was my first time to see Jack in the pulpit. The red one in the middle of the bottom row is actually a tree, but an interesting one, and I gave it a slot–the paw paw. The dandelion is growing out of solid rock. My favorite may be the spring larkspur, the next to the right on the top row. But it was also delightful to find a spot that has Virginia bluebells spread across whole fields in the forest.

    The first half of May is going to have more flowers than this, and since my limit with this collage maker is 36 photos, I’m going to have to be creative to fit them all.

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  3. Such a pretty header photo today. A feast for sore eyes. We have one plant with small pink flowers that is gorgeous. It is always the first of the spring and very hardy. Also, it is one that my mom shared from her garden. I have had one crocus bloom; a couple of tulips in bud and daffodils that are up and very green, but no blossoms yet. Snow predicted for many of us up north. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  4. We had so many bluebells when I was growing up. I actually dug up and sold Jack-in-the Pulpits and my mom had many by the house in one of her gardens. She had a greenhouse business and I put the plants to sell with hers. I was just a child. I wish I had transplanted some from there before the house was sold. We are just an hour north of where I grew up, but we don’t have all I had in my childhood land.

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  5. I remember reading a book with the name Larkspur. I don’t know that I have seen one. Haven’t seen paw-paws either. We drive by a sign in the middle of Illinois when traveling south and it always makes me want to see them.

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  6. We have had some wildflowers growing out on the property but the deer seem to think them to be dessert. We had about 10 deer out there this morning munching down on everything in sight and they were drinking from the birdbath.
    We have shoots of the peony emerging and I had to cover them up two nights in a row to protect them from the frost. The day lily plants are showing signs of green and I even spotted hints of the mint plants coming up. It is another cold, windy, cloudy day around here.

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  7. On break, 3rd of 4 days. Very tired. It is cold here and there was a skiffle of snow driving in this morning. Our furnace ran out of oil, intentionally, as we are supposed to have a new tank installed, but with this cold, it is challenging to keep the house warm. We have one woodstove in the basement.

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  8. Brrr. roscuro. I well remember trying to keep warm with our woodstove in the basement during the time we lived down there. Hope you can get some sunshine on the house to help!

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  9. I believe we are on our third wave of daffodils this year already. Currants are blooming as are honey berry, pears, apples, cherries, And I had tulip petals in my breakfast. Of course, I like seeing them in the gardens so I leave them until late in the season and only take a bit.

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  10. Happy collage weekend! And tomorrow is Mothers’ Day, so all very appropriate.

    Linda!

    Oh, how I love Saturdays. I realize that someday Saturday will be like any other day, but while I’m still employed they are a welcome joy.

    But some work lingered, I signed in just a little while ago to polish up my feature a bit, it posts/runs Monday and the editor won’t get to it until today (but I needed to do that before he jumped in). I was happy with the way it turned out when I filed it at around 4:30 Friday, but there were a couple clunky spots I wanted to revisit. Glad I did, easy fixes, all smoothed out, a couple words changed for better words. It’s all good.

    Kind of nice to actually have time to do a feature story these days. It’s a rare indulgence.

    Today I need to pick up an online light bulb order at Home Depot (a package of the recessed ceiling flood lights I use in my kitchen and need to keep on hand — one light is out, the rest eventually will follow though they are the LEDs).

    I also need to head over to Long Beach to collect my box of stuff under the desk at the high-rise that we’ll be vacating. It’s the same box I moved in with a year ago from our other leased building. There was never any room or need to unpack at the new place, it should be a quick and easy (last) visit. I was supposed to do that sometime this week and completely forgot about it. Wouldn’t have had time, anyway.

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  11. My wildflowers (planted from scattered seeds in the backyard 1-2 years ago) don’t look anything like that. Green scrub brush. Sad.

    Annie’s in the dog house — the real one in the backyard. After eating 3 times already this morning she’s ready for a nap. The cat has discovered how to completely manipulate me during this time that I’ve been working from home. Whenever she wants food she starts batting things off the kitchen island, unraveling the paper towel roll … I’ve cleared almost everything away but she will still find something she can bat around or push off onto the floor, making enough noise to get me up to fetch her food.

    She takes 3 bites, goes away. A half hour later, bat-bat-bat, clank, crash, flop-flop-flop (paper towels unwinding at a rapid pace) go those sounds again.

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  12. DJ, that’s why I always shake my head in wonder at those who say dogs are more “high maintenance” than cats. A dog would never get away with that–and a collie would be too polite even to try it!

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  13. My dogs never, ever “demand” food. And sometimes, with a frantic work schedule, their meal times are varying. But they’re ever patient … So well behaved and uncomplaining.

    On the other hand, you have to hand it to cats for being somewhat smart and wily beyond what you’d think. Guess that’s where the saying comes that dogs have owners but cats have staff.

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  14. DJ, I can relate well to such obnoxious sounds. As I was on the phone, an extra long amount of time with the writers group this a.m., Miss Bosley started doing things like that. Since Art was home you’d think she’d rather hang out with him. The television now has working cable and Art’s computer works with Wifi, but we could not get my computer working on Wifi. I said not to worry about it, I will deal with it later. I was on the critique phone call the whole while the guy from Xfinity was here, and I guess Art assumed it would be an easy thing to get my computer on Wifi.

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  15. Dogs are more high maintenance in the sense of needing to go to the groomers, and typically need more attention from their owners in the realm of affection. I love both dogs and cats. Miss Bosley has some dog traits that make me love her even more. She does not do the aggravating activities if we throw a bunch of paper balls for her to catch (she likes to jump high to intercept). If we keep her busy then she gets too tired to do anything but take a long nap. In my heart I can’t blame her for the aggravating activity because she was designed to be outside running and chasing small creatures for her meals. I guess the paper balls serve as birds that she snares. She loves that game.

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  16. Good afternoon. It’s sunny and 57ยฐ at the moment, so not bad, but we had frost warnings for last night. Looks like the overnight temperature was 31 at the lowest. The furnace kicked in a few times, which felt good.

    Hang in there, Roscuro and Kare, with those cold temperatures and no furnace use.

    Linda, I saw the obscenity before you mentioned it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regarding the article you posted yesterday about NATS: I’d not thought of how singing might spread COVID-19 a further distance beyond the six feet recommended to separate people who are talking or merely standing in place.

    Will this have implications for congregational singing and churches reopening?

    All so sobering.

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  17. Break again, with all that talk of indelicate flowers, I thought there must be an orchid up there (see etymology of the word orchid). Couldn’t see one. Could see Dutchman’s Breeches, but I thought the indelicacy of mentioning the word breeches went out with the Victorians.

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  18. I didn’t wake up until 8 o’clock! 10 hours of sleep? Sheltering in place is exhausting me.

    I got up in time to grab a cup of coffee, bolt some oatmeal and then sat in a nearly 3-hour zoom meeting.

    Only now coming up for air .. . .

    And I have another meeting in two hours, but it’s a FB live. I’m going to start it on my Ipad and stand around working on the never-ending puzzle.

    That should fill up the entire day.

    I wonder what we’ll have for dinner? Yikes!

    Love the flowers, BTW.

    Did you not get the photo I sent, AJ, of our Zoom meeting? Send me an email to verify your email address, please?

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  19. 6, our church is weighing the possibility of how we’ll handle a physical return — it would include wearing masks, being seated far apart and being encouraged not to use the bathroom or have any physical contact such as hugging with anyone else there (who isn’t with you as part of your immediate family, I guess).

    We’d have congregational singing and a shortened sermon as we’d have to worship in “shifts,” can can only have 20% of the usual attendance in the hall at one time.

    But I did think about the singing aspect and how in the world one sings with face mask???

    This entire episode is turning everything on its head.

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  20. The sun came out but it remains a tad bit chilly and windy still. I may get out there and try remove winter dead foliage before the freeze kills the new life sprouting!
    Oh 6arrows I fear I had a thought about the singing in church and the spread of germs. (well my first thought was โ€œfinally perhaps the song leader will quit singing the same verse over and over for 5 minutesโ€!) ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  21. At least the kid next door shifted this morning from his nonstop loud Doors music to the Beach Boys. Still loud. But better.

    Now, no music (better still for me right now), it’s just quiet, except for the workers who are putting on a new roof across the street.

    Read another sad story of a newspaper in eastern NoCal going under. They’re dropping like flies.

    My past editor (who now has a new assignment but is still with our chain) knows the guy who ran it, in-law connections I think; he visited once, they paper had a small plane they used for some deliveries over the rockies. very small town, everyone knew everyone as the story below illustrates.

    Wonder how the little paper is doing in my mom’s hometown in Iowa these days?

    https://calmatters.org/commentary/coronavirus-pandemic-claims-a-communal-lifeline-153-year-old-feather-river-bulletin/

    ~ Newspapers nationwide have been dying for more than a decade. More than one in five has shuttered in the last 15 years. Since coronavirus struck itโ€™s been a veritable slaughter: 22 newspapers have stopped publishing since March 9. Make that 28. โ€œCoronavirus hit us right between the eyes,โ€ said Mike Taborski, publisher, who joined the company in 1974. ~

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  22. Almost time for the zoom concert for violin and cello. There is quite a group playing so I am not sure how long it will last. My only chance to see the granddaughters play.

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  23. Yes, it is Saturday and I know it because thirteen year old is reading his history text book in the afternoon without doing any algebra or grammar or other.

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  24. This morning we spent outside. Son was hunting mice with his bb gun. (not to worry, he never shoots any, Though he has killed many with boards and rocks and boots etc.) I was out pulling poison hemlock, scything grass for sheep and weeds for goats, watering trees. We were inundated with neighborhood noise. Blackbirds, sparrows, robins, etc. A helicopter flew over. I went to take a picture of it and discovered a passenger plane was also going over. Busy day here.

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  25. I was worried about my neighborhood hair salon, they’d lost the owner (my stylist’s dad) in a motorcycle accident late last year which really put them in a financial crunch and on the edge just to hang on and keep the salon family-owned.

    I was afraid they’d throw the proverbial towel in with all of this. They may still wind up having to do that, I don’t know, but I just checked their FB page and see they’re busy selling curbside pickup hair color kits, specially mixed for their clients. They’ve posted ‘how to’ videos also on their FB page. Good for them.

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  26. DJ, 3:09, our church boards have had similar discussions on how to reopen. I don’t know what they’ll ultimately decide. It’s challenging with a congregation as big as ours — something like 1500 members. We’d have to have many services throughout the week to preserve social distancing. We already (or before we shut down) have three services a week. Our sanctuary seats around 500.

    We might have to have something like a dozen or more services a week, with members assigned to a particular worship time.

    I know they’ve been in touch with the other large congregations in our synod, discussing strategies. Ours is the 13th largest church in the synod, last I heard, so there are some unique challenges with that many congregants.

    They did recently start communing people privately, by individual request. I think it’s a drive-up set-up of some sort. None of us here at home has partaken since they made that available, but that was quite recently, too.

    It’s hard to keep up with all the different things being discussed regarding opening churches, workplaces, etc.

    My colleagues and I in the MTNA got an email containing recommended guidelines for reopening music studios, thoughts on liability issues, and the like.

    It all makes my head spin sometimes. I just want things to be back to normal. God’s revealing to me a lot about not making an idol out of “the way things used to be.”

    We can thank Him that we have life and breath, and not fret about the rest. Do I always remember that and put it into practice?

    No, I most certainly do not. I have more to learn.

    Works in progress, we sojourners are.

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  27. NancyJill: โ€œfinally perhaps the song leader will quit singing the same verse over and over for 5 minutesโ€!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

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  28. I went to bed too early last night, apparently, as I woke up less than an hour later, and then after falling asleep the second time, woke about 1:30am. My mind was filled with thoughts about integrating various new ideas into my piano teaching, based on some of the sessions I’ve watched from the MTNA Virtual Conference.

    My biggest concern, though, was what to do for one student who struggles to understand rhythm.

    So I went out to the living room and got out copies of the books in which she studies, plus four other sequential books from a piano method she doesn’t use, but which have a great emphasis on rhythmic patterns. I spread the open books all over the kitchen counter and stood there gazing at the scope and sequences on the inside front covers of the four books with the rhythm patterns.

    I don’t know why I needed to solve all that in the wee hours of the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ It helped focus my thoughts on one thing, though — that particular student’s rhythm needs — rather than keeping my thoughts scattered and flitting among many ideas for many students!

    Once I had something of a plan in mind, then my brain could rest. ๐Ÿ™‚ I went back to bed around 2:30 and slept until around 8:00. Ah, much better!

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  29. I’ve been enjoying watching various sessions of the Virtual Conference, but it got to a point where I needed to take a break and think about how to apply all the good things I’m learning. Not just cram my brain full of stuff and then sort it out later.

    I did implement one new thing this past week — starting out the lessons with students improvising — making up music as they play.

    Oh, my, they are all so creative! I saw/heard them applying a lot of what they’ve been learning in their piano studies. Crossing hands, playing little rhythmic motifs and melodic intervals they’ve learned; experimenting with harmony; traveling to various parts of the keyboard; infusing dynamic expression and different articulations.

    It was AMAZING! And seeing the looks on their faces as they played their creations — priceless. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wrote my piano parents today and told them all this, thanking them for their support and encouragement of their children’s music studies, and how much blessing their commitment brings. I never knew that this job could be such a joy.

    Grateful to God that it is.

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  30. Dashing in here to share this with you:

    Boy: “I know I’m not allowed to bring out scissors, but what about a knife?”

    LOL!

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  31. 6 arrows – our church isn’t nearly that large — our leased space holds about 350, I believe, but that is pretty much filled each Sunday for our one service.

    I’d say if this is going to go on through the rest of this year, for the most part (in greater or lesser intensity, off and on), then churches will have to figure out some way to help people come together safely. Initially, I think many of use thought ‘Oh, for 6 or 8 weeks, we can handle this.’

    But the more we learn, the more it seems like this will be with us for some time — a vaccine is the only way to stop it and that is likely a long way off.

    We do have a physician and several nurses in our congregation so the session is seeking their input as discussions progress. Some large California mega-churches, in the inland areas east of LA, have targeted May 31 — the day of Pentecost — as the day they plan to begin meeting again in person (unclear what the arrangements would be for that). But it would be ahead of the state’s phased-in re-opening schedule.

    Just talked to my cousin here in LA, she’s doing fine, we traded grocery shopping angst and other tales of the pandemic.

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  32. I’m exhausted! But it’s a good kind. D1 and family (along with D3) showed up around 10 an just left (4:30). I pushed grands on our tire swing, blew up balloons, talked, had cake ice cream for 3 birthdays (youngest & 2nd grandchild; as well as mine), pushed the the tire swing some more, etc. D3 went for coffee with a friend for a couple of hours. And while they were all here, a florist delivered a huge potted plant from D2 and family.

    Mrs L enjoyed her pre-mother’s day.

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  33. Sounds like an enjoyable day for all, Peter.

    DJ, I totally agree that all this will probably be going on for a lot longer than another few weeks or so, and that churches need to have a plan for fellowship under the circumstances.

    One large concern I have is for the new believers. I think they especially need encouragement and fellowship with other believers on a regular basis. Online Bible studies and worship live-streams are better than nothing, but there is no substitute for face-to-face, in-person gathering of the saints.

    My daughter’s boyfriend is a new Christian. He professed his belief in Christ last year and attended every worship service and Sunday morning Bible study since then, while we were still meeting in the physical building.

    He always sat with us, attended the large-group study with us, and came over for lunch on Sundays. It became part of a routine, and we had some nice discussions each week on that day’s church service and Bible study.

    Now that routine is not possible, and I’m concerned it’s a vulnerable time for him and other new believers to weather.

    How can churches minister to the young Christians in their congregation at such a critical juncture?

    I don’t know if their unique needs are being considered, or what we as the Body can do to understand and address that.

    Pray for wisdom, for sure. Beyond that … well, I’m not certain yet.

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  34. My church is talking about meeting in person as early as next week but with a lot of stipulations in place. For instance, those over 65 and with health issues, or who might be sick, shouldn’t come. (I think the over-65 is a state mandate, but I’m not sure if my church would plan to “enforce” it? We have at least six people in our church who have attended for 65 years or more: four–including three sisters–all their lives, one since she was four, and one at least since she married one of our lifers seventy-some years ago. I’m guessing it would be really, really hard to tell those particular people to stay home.) They are going to alternate Sundays with last names A-L and M-Z with half coming to the morning service one week and the evening service the next, and vice versa. Bulletins left on the pews, drinking fountain turned off, pews cleaned after each service, offering plate there as you leave, spaced apart in the sanctuary, and if you want to visit after the service then go outside to do so. I don’t remember if they specifically said anything about hugs and handshakes.

    They also mentioned that mask wearing has been recommended, but it seems to me they deliberately stopped short of saying that the elders are requesting/ requiring that. As to mask wearing and singing: my husband has worn a mask to church for two years, and he says it’s difficult to get enough oxygen both to breathe and to sing. As often as not, we stay seated during the singing, or stand for just some of the songs–because that makes it even harder for him to sing with the mask.

    But apparently our mayor is being more stringent about reopening than the governor is, even though we are one of the lowest per-capita counties (if I understand my husband correctly) in terms of number of cases, so they aren’t sure yet whether we will actually be allowed to open next week.

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  35. Our small group is going to meet this Tuesday evening. We will not have the customary dinner together instead we will bring our own drink and snacks. We will sit outdoors maintaining distance. We are looking forward to actually being together rather than being on screen!๐Ÿ˜Š We expect 11 of us for now. We have a precious couple who are 90 and they have not decided if they will join with us yet.

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  36. This evening’s vintage (1951) with Kirk Douglas playing an impatient reporter: “Where’s the big story, where’s my ticket out of here? I’m stuck here – I’m stuck for good!”

    lol

    Well, my box of “stuff” was gone when I went back to the high-rise office this afternoon, the cubby was completely cleaned out. Hmm. Oh well, nothing valuable really. I’ll ask what might have happened with it. But I guess the owners are eager to lease the space to someone new.

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  37. Oh, and the deacons would have to sterilize the church after every service.

    Those 65 or older or are at risk, of course, are urged to stay home and join in the virtual live-stream service which will continue for the time being.

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  38. Our church met last week and this week, they wear masks. One lady provides them if people need that. We won’t be going yet so that leaves usually about fourteen people in a room about thirty by thirty feet. Of course, if they wanted to meet outside in the park, that would work.

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  39. Michelle – Missouri, Liberal? Ha-ha! It’s one of the swing states, but most of it is Conservative, or at least, Republican. It’s St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia that make it a swing state. But we have two GOP Senators (one Conservative, the other a moderate RINO), a Conservative Governor, all but one state-wide office are GOP, the legislature is GOP majority in both houses, etc. I guess you think I leve in Illinois since I work there. No, I just cross the line into the People’s Republic for a paycheck. But the county where I work is a Conservative stronghold, a minority in the Democratic, Chicago machine controlled state.

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  40. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
    To all the mom’s out there.
    Chuck’s mom is sitting in her recliner, drinking coffee and watching Fox and Friends.

    I’m just messing around on the computer.

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  41. Michelle,

    I got it. Next time you will have to warn us before you take the shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had my hand in front of my face and at least 2 others had their eyes closed. It’s like a grade school class photo. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  42. What is it with Kindle Fire? I set it to download to the SD card, yet it keeps trying to download to the device. Then it says to delete something since it’s full, yet it has room still and won’t let me delete any of the apps I never use. I give up.

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  43. Morning! It is a cool windy 32 degrees here. But, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and I will be finishing up a book written by an old friend. It is โ€œfan fictionโ€ so it is not published but it is well thought out and very well written. I do believe Catherine Marshall would have approved of my friendโ€™s book ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  44. But think of the possibilities, little brother! Dandelion in your salad, dandelion flower fritters, dandelion greens with your onions and garlic and ginger, dandelion wine (for when I get old).

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  45. I asked husband, “Have I ever had a take out dinner?”

    He said, “I am sure! We used to have those all the time. Usually Chinese. I don’t remember what country we lived in when we did that but it was convenient and we liked the food. I remember doing that a few times.”

    We isolated it to twice. Neither remember what country we were in but he picked it up a couple of times on the way home from work.

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  46. Did I miss Peterโ€™s birthday?
    I got to speak with my Mom before great niece picked her up to take her out to a Motherโ€™s Day lunch. She sounded happy and spoiled ๐Ÿ˜Š (thatโ€™s how she describes her life at 90!)
    Son texted me, daughter want to come out later on to take a walk. Daughter who still lives at home is still in bed at 1 in the afternoon! Then there is a small pang left for the daughter who has rejected us…sometimes being a Mom just hurts a bit but I am ever so thankful He brought these children into our lives and we were entrusted to get them thus far ๐Ÿ˜Š Trusting the Lord with โ€œthe rest of the storyโ€…..

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  47. My second son rang the doorbell and left flowers and freshly baked scones (by him). I expect to see the rest in the family Zoom call tonight. Fun seeing all the mom and kid photos on FB.

    Tricky holiday for some women, of course. I’ve got a lost child, too.

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  48. Popping in to say hello. Maddie gave me a mug with a turtle on it that says in a world full of grandmas be a MiMi. She also “colored a picture” It’s more of an abstract. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She had help from Papa.
    I received a text from my own child and the Wayward Marine sent a text. Maddie’s parent sent a text as well.
    Yes. Mother’s Day can be dicey. It’s always been fraught with emotion for me. I finally gave up on any expectations. I’m happier now.

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  49. Nancy- No, you didn’t miss it. It’s two weeks from today. One grand was April 21 and the other is May 30, so we combined the three sine we didn’t see them in April and probably won’t again until June.

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  50. We finished with the OT today in our survey of the entire Bible, 1 sermon per book.

    Our pastor said after he ends with the book of Revelation, he’s going to do entire sermon series on that book alone (which is what we normally do it’s a deep-dive into one particular book that can go on for a couple years, interspersed with sermons on other topics here and there of course).

    Should be interesting. Revelation is the book he tried preaching about 28 years ago and had to stop in the middle of it when he realized he wasn’t “getting” what one of the commentators he used said about a particular text. That led to a 5-year personal study of eschatology that covered all the various views that are out there.

    Meanwhile, the session will meet Wednesday night to decide when to return to in-person services, which could happen as early as next Sunday.

    I have mixed feelings about that and might be one of those more inclined to wait a bit longer. …

    Difficult times.

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  51. Today I hope to do some light maintenance gardening, which just means hanging some new flower baskets (old ones finally died and look horrible) and watering; I also want to try out some new, ‘warmer’ motion-light bulbs in the backyard, so will have to use a ladder to replace the ones in there now.

    My neighbors took off for their get-away house in the desert this morning, they’ll be gone a week and I’ll again collect their mail and feed their fish. ๐Ÿ™‚ They take the dogs, two big and rambunctious Labs, along with them. Hope it’ll be a good break and change of scenery for both of them (he still works full-time, at age 75, on the electrical maintenance crew at the hospital a few blocks away — the hospital administration is encouraging staff to start taking vacation time and there may be unpaid furloughs to follow).

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  52. This is something I have probably written about before. When I was a young mom, Mothers Day weekend was busy. We had to go up to the Boston area (a two-plus hour drive) on Saturday to spend time with Hubby’s mom, then church Sunday morning, and spending time with my mom Sunday afternoon. It was hard, because I was the mother of two little ones and had to work extra hard on those weekends rather than being able to relax a bit. The weekend usually tired me out. One time I kind of complained, but in a humorous way, about that to my mom, and her (non-humorous) reaction was that she deserved the special attention for having raised her kids.

    She couldn’t really relate to my situation, because we lived away from other family for most of my growing up, so Mothers Day was always about her, and pampering her in some way. I dealt with my resentment of the too-busy, tiring weekend by giving up any expectations about Mothers Day, and planned to take it easy (as much as possible) on the Monday after.

    So now that I am the mother of a mother, I make sure that she is honored as much as I am. She is the one who makes the plans, and I go along. But I like the things she plans, so that’s absolutely fine with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  53. Break: Some clients automatically wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, others ask if I have children. I take no offence at either. I have many nieces and nephews that I have helped to nurture in some way and helped with more deliveries than I can count. “The children of the barren are many more…”

    This week is nursing week and this is the year of the nurse because it is the 200 anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Oh how ironic that it should be in a year of plague.

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  54. Live flowers are much prettier hanging from my front porch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really tried with the last ones I bought, probably only about 3 months ago — but I think I’ve tried the same kinds before and had an equally bad track record with them. Then again, potted hanging flowers don’t usually last forever — although geraniums come pretty close.

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  55. I always wish my children a happy mother’s day as they all have mothers. Though eighteen insists I am not her mother. In fact, everybody I know has a mother. The mother might not still be alive, but everybody has one. Even the petri dish children have one or two mothers.

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  56. Just got a call to have a meal with some of my family. I said yes. I have not seen anyone in person for eight weeks. It is time to be a family.

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  57. Mother’s Day – I could just leave it. But….we got some very exciting news this Mother’s Day, but I can’t share it!!!!!!

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  58. My daughters have done special things some years, not other years. I don’t think they mentioned it at all last year. I figure what is said or done is a gift from the giver, and it is up to the giver what to give (or not) and up to the recipient to receive graciously what is given. As a single woman I had a lot of years in which I never had anything for my birthday (card, cake, gift) except one or two of my siblings would call. And I was well into my forties before I had children to wish me happy Mother’s Day. One called this afternoon; the other one (the nurse) is very busy but she’s been calling us two or three times most weeks, which is love enough. (I think in this pandemic she’s recognized not to take for granted that your parents will be there forever. Well, she learned that at 12 when she lost her mom, but you learn things in different ways a second time sometimes.)

    Since we weren’t going to be with my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day (as we basically promised that we would be each year when we moved), my husband did a watercolor for her, a handmade card with a scene of her favorite aunt’s cottage. My husband grew up going to that cottage, though it isn’t in the family anymore (that aunt never married). Last year we went up for Mother’s Day, and my husband’s sister was going to be out of town the next week, so we arranged ahead of time we’d bring Mom home with us for a week. (She lives on her own and does all right, but her daughter does look in on her.) And then this year we won’t see her at all, or our kids and granddaughter either, for Mother’s Day. (We did see our younger daughter in February when she drove up for a few hours, but otherwise we haven’t seen any of them since Christmas, and won’t see them again until this virus “dies down” and it’s safe to travel and to stop at public rest rooms and restaurants. Hopefully this summer we’ll at least get a reprieve.

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  59. My front-porch pandemic ‘music’ story posted, the family emailed to say they loved it which was heartening. They’re across the street from my cousin who first told me about it. Fun story to do

    I made a quick swing through CVS, “shopping” is just really uncomfortable now smothered in a mask, trying to find items that turn out not to be there. Only thing I couldn’t find was the hand soap for some reason, so I gave up and checked out with what I had — some dish soap, dog biscuits, sunscreen and flavored waters.

    roscuro and Kizzie’s Nightingale and Cheryl’s girl, any others I missed (Chas’ granddaughter comes to mind also?) — we’re all very grateful for those of you on the front lines during this. Really. Very. Stay safe.

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  60. Fed the neighbors’ fish. They’re happy.

    Fed the dogs. They’re happy too.

    Fed the cat. She’ll be hungry again in about 15 minutes.

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  61. Chas, a person has only one biological mother. However, adoptive mothers and stepmothers can definitely be mothers, too, sometimes to a greater extent than the biological mother. And in a faith in which we are part of God’s family by adoption, that isn’t “just words.”

    My girls had their biological mother only till early adolescence, then no mother for most of their adolescence, then me to finish their teen years and take them into adulthood. Within a very few years (five for one girl, three for the other), they will have had me in their lives as long as they had their first mother. That doesn’t mean I can take her place, and I don’t try. But it does mean that in a different way, I am genuinely a mother to the girls.

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  62. Daughter came over and we skipped the walk. She brought to me a lovely window box filled with amazing flowers. Now to keep them alive ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Now I think I shall have popcorn for dinner and watch an episode of Columbo….

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  63. Cheryl, I got my stepmom a few years after my mom died when I was 32. She is a blessing to me and I love her dearly. I called her today ๐Ÿ™‚ My sister had a harder time and still doesn’t call her ‘mom’ but appreciates her just the same.

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  64. Kare, the girls don’t call me “Mom” either. I kinda wish there was a mom kind of name they could call me, but they call me Cheryl. But they have definitely accepted me and they love me, and they seem OK with people referring to us as their “parents.” Both of us refer to them as “our” girls.

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  65. Big smile reading your 7:02, Kare! Thanks for (not) sharing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    DJ, 8:00: Yay, a violist! Nice story — I really enjoyed that.

    One of our congregation’s violinists played during the live stream today. I’m always inspired to get my viola out and play after church on Sunday when a string player has played for the service. The violinist today played a Corelli piece. I have a couple of sonata movements by the composer. They’re in a collection of various Baroque works transcribed for viola. So it was fun to play those this morning.

    I had a nice Mother’s Day. 3rd Arrow made my favorite breakfast — old-fashioned rolled oats soaked overnight in apple juice, then served (cold) and topped with chopped almonds, strawberries, raspberries, and kiwi. Yum!

    Then she made me my favorite lunch — Authentic Indian beef curry. Well, that’s what it’s titled in the recipe book, but in our case, we can’t really call it authentic since we don’t put in the curry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We put boiled stew beef on a bed of cooked brown rice, and top it with tomato sauce and various other foods of our choosing: shredded cheddar, green peppers, bananas, pineapple, peanuts. Tomatoes and boiled eggs are other suggested toppings, but we haven’t ever tried it with eggs, and the recipe is tomato-y enough with the sauce that we don’t usually add the extra tomatoes unless we have a surplus of them.

    A delicious recipe!

    I received a lovely card and nice gifts from the kids at home, a phone call from 1st Arrow, and a text from 2nd — her first Mother’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I called my mom this morning, too.

    All told, I was on the phone for nearly an hour and a half!

    A very pleasant day.

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  66. So nice to be with family. I said yes to hugs. Oh so nice to be hugged after eight weeks with no contact. Fourteen year old grandson is now at least six feet tall. He is slender and mom says that he eats all day long. What a growth spurt.
    They have their own outdoor oven for wood grilled pizza. Delicious

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