57 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-15-20

  1. So what does one do when bored and wide awake at 2:45AM?

    Listen to music! Headphones on, of course….

    Tonight, or this morning, it’s songs from movie soundtracks.

    First, a song by Sam Lee and Daniel Pemberton for the latest version of the classic story of Arthur and Excalibur, from King Arthur Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. I enjoyed this version/telling.

    ———-

    Next up, a song from Sigrid of Imagine Dragons for the soundtrack of Justice League. It’s the opening song as the movie begins. Superman is dead, killed by Gen. Zod in the previous Batman vs. Superman movie. Its a dark time.

    I like this movie because it finally sold me on Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Sadly he’s already been replaced by the creepy Twilight weasely, dead faced Robert Patton. He’s gonna be worse than Val Kilmer or George Clooney, you just know it.

    “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded,
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.

    Everybody knows the war is over,
    Everybody knows the good guys lost….”

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    Plus half the sound track from The Hobbit, some Bond movie stuff too…..

    Yeah, bored. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Et tu Mumsee?

    “The real Santa was seen at our first zoom.”

    —–

    Thankfully I didn’t see that until after my birthday was over…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  3. Michelle was recently asking about movies on Facebook.

    We just watched this new release on NetFlix and all 3 of us enjoyed it.

    Worst. Parents. Ever. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I must say, there are not a lot of snacks that seem appropriate at 3:30AM.

    So just don’t look, reach in the cabinet and grab the first thing you touch.

    Probably should have just ate one of the bananas on the table. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But hey, I didn’t have any cake, so 2 choc. chip cookies it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. OK, 3. There was another one hidden in the corner of the pack. And it would be rude to just leave one cookie……. so….. 3 it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Be careful today AJ.
    You may be up and at ’em now, but lack of sleep can cause mistakes when you get groggy in the middle of the day.
    Just think twice today.t

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  7. I am up. Exercised. Breakfast. Off to get Little Miss in a few minutes. Papa isnโ€™t feeling well this morning. He didnโ€™t sleep much last nigh either AJ.
    I had to challenge an appraisal yesterday for the first time in my real estate career. I pulled together some comps and submitted them but the bank isnโ€™t hopeful we will get it changed. Contract price was $74,000. Appraisal price was $50,000. Thatโ€™s a lot to overcome. If I would just get the appraisal in the 60โ€™s I could probably hold this one together.

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  8. Good morning for those who are rested. So sorry to hear about sleepless nights. No fun.

    The weather over the weekend will bring temps to challenge the record on the high end and last weekend challenged temps on the low end. Yesterday I went outside for a short while and collected sticks and broke them down to put in my Covid-19 pile. It is my easiest outside chore. In no time I was sweating. That is typical for this time of the year. I welcome back the cooler weather. I heard the first tropical storm of the year carries my husband’s name, Arthur. I told him it’s sure to be a bad one.

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  9. Who was on the Zoom call? Will we see a screen shot?

    If I had been on I had two choices of topics. I could have talked about homeschooling or I could have shown my certificate that I recently received for 3rd place on the article for the Kidz Lit contest. I would have read the article to you all which is geared toward teens, If Everyone Cheats, Why Shouldn’t I? I am wondering which topic sounds more interesting?

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  10. These lockdowns have ramifications we don’t think about. Just finished an article on surrogate babies in the Ukraine. Waiting for their parents. A hotel had thirty five babies waiting for parents all over the world, being cared for but not by their parents as their parents can’t get there due to lockdowns. One Swedish couple made it to their twins as a private donor paid for a private jet for them. For fifty thousand dollars, a Ukraine woman will carry your baby to term. How much of that is for medical care, etc, I have no idea.

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  11. Since R&R is not up yet. And this is one of the most logical comments on the virus I have seen, I thought I would post this here.
    I pray for this great-grandson every day. He has lots of smarts. I pray that he be granted wisdom. There is a difference and the difference matters:

    Coronavirus through a childโ€™s eyes. ๐Ÿฆ 
    Tolliver- Age: 3

    1.What is the Coronavirus? Iโ€™m sorry

    2. Who is the President? Santa
    Who is the Vice President? Brown Santa

    3. How many days have we been in lockdown? Since we were in school

    4. Do you want everyone to go back school? Later

    5. Who is the first person you are going to hug when lockdown is over? Santa

    6. Where is the first place you want to go? Target

    7. What do you think we can do to get rid of the coronavirus? Wash you hands

    8. Is mommy a good teacher? Yeah

    9. How did the Coronavirus start? Iโ€™ll tell you later

    10. If you had to wear protective clothing to help you what would it be? An A for Apple
    11. Are you enjoying lockdown? Yeah!

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  12. Janice- I sent AJ a screen shot of the Zoom meet up. But my birds are back for today. That’s the papa bird bring food for the family. If you look closely you can kind of see the beak of one of the babies to the right of mama. I have another with mama and two baby beaks. Maybe AJ will put that up later.

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  13. I’m good Chas. I’ve already been to the store, grocery shopped, came home and put everything away. I also just finished the first coat of paint on the shelves Cheryl wants put up in the bedroom.

    About 2, I’ll be toast, and I predict a long nap. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Chas, I think of Johnny Cash singing “Mama Sang Bass.”

    Happy belated birthday, AJ.

    I feel bad for all those poor babies. The parents will suffer, too, if they are not taken care of in the best way. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  15. Interesting that there is a slight lead in Democratic respondents who will possibly homeschool in the future. It will be interesting to see if that many really do it. The schools will not be as helpful, if the past is any indication of the future. That is only one factor that will make a difference.

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  16. Kathalena. I think you are correct. I never saw it, but I think the Statlers were on the Johnny Cash show. They have a song, “We got Paid By Cash”.
    It doesn’t seem like it now, but there was a time in my life when I didn’t have time to watch much TV or any other non-critical events.
    i.e. Everything I did was important to someone for some reason.
    Now?
    I’m just sitting around banging on a keyboard.

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  17. AJ’s on an energy roll.

    Cute birds.

    I heard a commotion in the kitchen shortly after I’d gone to bed (late) last night — Tess had managed to drag a box of dog biscuits down and was having a midnight feast. Luckily I caught it early and managed to get most of the biscuits back in the box. The cat, meanwhile, is still unwrapping the paper towel rolls. The pets are starting to misbehave in this lockdown.

    I like soundtrack music, it’s good “driving” music, fun to listen to in the car.

    I’m covering, from a distance, an outdoor ceremony at noon today (the annual program that honors dockworkers who have been killed on the job). They named the ceremony and memorial “First Blood” after the union organizers who were killed in SF during demonstrations when the union began. Theirs are the first names on the memorial monument near the port where this ceremony is always held.

    The Mercy hospital ship left port this morning.

    I’m hoping for an easy Friday.

    How are the tours going to be structured, Peter? Masks? Social distancing?

    I’ll bet most folks will think twice about home schooling once this is behind us.

    A cute house at the end of the block, built in 1924, is ready to go on the market. It was bought a while back and work on it began before all of the virus impacts — but has continued through it all. Nice transformation, the chain link fence is gone, there are some knew full-length door/windows with a paved outdoor seating area, a western rail fence, nice landscaping.

    The house was always somewhat run down, painted a tired yellow. Now it looks bight and cute, painted a blue/green with white trim, completely freshened up. I talked briefly with the contractor when I was driving by yesterday (he was laying out the welcome mat on the front porch). He said it’s all new inside, new electric, plumbing, etc. But I love how they kept the exterior charm of a historic/classic house. It’s a nice ‘addition’ to the neighborhood.

    He said it would get listed in the next few days.

    Selling it might be a challenge in these times, I don’t know.

    The economy is crashing down around us, have you all heard? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  18. Morning! I am having a love/hate relationship with my keyboard this morning…seems it is cooperating for the moment! Gadgets…ugh!
    What a sweet photo up there Peter! We currently have magpies nesting in the top of a tall pine out front….they certainly can make a racket! We believe our neighbor to the east of us disturbed the nest on his property and they decided to relocate to ourโ€™s…. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    We had a doozy of a thunderstorm last night with hail…and we are set to have another round this afternoon. Time to bring the plants in…again….

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  19. Good morning. Taking a break while 6th Arrow does her piano practicing and 5th his independent work for church Catechism class.

    Happy belated birthday, AJ. We had birthdays yesterday, here, too — or I should say birthday here and birthday elsewhere, with 4th Arrow at home, turning 19, and 2nd Arrow at her place, turning 27. Our “twins born eight years apart.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    From yesterday’s thread: [Mumsee] — “So when the rest of you zoom, is it normal time? Or is there a lag? Do you see mouths move and then hear speech? Do you see mouths move and barely hear garbled speech? Do you see mouths move and hear nothing?”

    There’s a lag time. It’s why I can’t play duets with students during Zoom lessons, or have them clap to the beat of music I play, or things like that.

    And yes, sometimes there is garbled speech, or hard to hear speech. I’m not close to the wifi when I teach, as the router is in the basement and my pianos are upstairs. I might try joining any future Zoom WV meeting from downstairs next time. You’ll have to give me time to clean up down here, though! It’s a perpetual catch-all disaster area. “Where should we put this?” “Oh, just stick it in the big room [basement] for now.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My husband talks about wanting to move somewhere else. There’s going to have to be a lot of weeding out before that if we do, we both know.

    Party lines: we had one in my childhood home. Two of us parties — the elderly neighbor and us. Our ring tone was one long, hers was two short. A friend of mine and I would talk on the phone regularly, and sometimes for quite a while. The neighbor would eavesdrop on our conversations. We’d hear her sigh sometimes when my friend and I would run out of things to say and just sit quietly for a bit, trying to think of something else to talk about, because neither of us apparently wanted to end the conversation. Those moments of silence seemed to annoy the neighbor, who wouldn’t be picking up any juicy tidbits if we weren’t talking!

    Songs: I’d never heard of Royal Party Line or “Daddy sang bass, and Momma sang tenor”!

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  20. Peter, delightful chance to get both male and house finches in the same shot! Food transfer to the female, or were they both feeding the chicks?

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  21. Cheryl- I think papa brings the food as mama seems to be in the nest all the time (except when we step outside or she sees us moving around in the kitchen).

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  22. I like soundtrack music, but it can be repetitive to listen to the entire soundtrack, because themes often recur throughout a film. Howard Shore, who wrote the music for the LOTR trilogy, made a six movement symphony of his music, which condensed all his leitmotif themes, taking out the repetition of the soundtrack but keeping the narrative structure. It makes for good driving music on my commute.

    Another soundtrack piece I like listening to is from a TV show episode. The fellow student who went with me to Nunavut was a geek, including being a fan of Doctor Who, the long running British sci-fi show. We had satellite TV in the apartment they housed us, and so she watched Dr. Who episodes and I sometimes joined her, as Eldest Niece is also a Whovian and I wanted to understand what interested her. One episode that really caught my attention was of the 12th doctor called ‘Heaven Sent’, partly because it was like watching an M. C. Escher picture come to life and the acting of Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th doctor, was Oscar worthy; but also because of the soundtrack. As I have said before, the first thing I notice about a film is its music. I recently found the soundtrack for that episode:

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  23. Love Birds! Mr. COVID would approve of their social distancing.

    Way up there, Roscuro’s comment on surrogacy. Have you seen this movie? Chilling:

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  24. It’s the start of birthday season in our family. We’ve sung Happy Birthday, purchased a balloon and dropped it off, sent over a cherry tomato plant, and still haven’t figured out the celebration for later today (tonight?).

    Fun, though.

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  25. Thanx Peter’
    The Lone Ranger radio program used the William Tell Overture for it’s background. Every scene (on the radio) was accompanied by some section of that.
    I always associate it with the Lone Ranger.

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  26. Peter, that’s what I figured. When the chicks are really young, they can’t regulate their temperature, and their mother broods them for a few days, so the father has to get enough food for everyone. Once they’re bigger, it needs both parents to find enough food for them.

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  27. Michelle, I once entered a discussion on a Christian site in which I argued against use of egg donors and surrogates and such, and was basically called un-Christian for doing so. But really, if one of my daughters wanted to make money by selling her eggs, I would be opposed on so many levels; and if it’s wrong to sell one’s eggs, then it is also wrong to buy another woman’s eggs. But for so long we’ve had the idea that we have a “right” to have children, and infertility is only an obstacle to be overcome, by any means necessary.

    I have extreme compassion for those who struggle with infertility. One of my closest friends married at 21 but never conceived (she and her husband adopted twice), and the one cousin I know well adopted two children before finally conceiving in her late thirties. I myself never bore a child, and while that isn’t infertility per se, it’s a close enough cousin that I understand some of the loss of other kinds of childlessness. However, I could have ended childlessness by having a one-night stand or two . . . and God says no. Being married doesn’t automatically mean “no restrictions on conception,” either. It matters how we form our families.

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  28. Hmmmm. I tried for 5 years to have a child. Several doctors, tests, and a surgery later I had one. Drugs and all sorts of embarrassing stuff later I had her.
    There is no doubt she was wanted.

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  29. Kim, the book of Genesis records the struggles of women against infertility. Sometimes, their decisions were perhaps not the wisest – Sarah, Rachel, and Leah all used surrogates, although artificial insemination did not exist then, and it is made clear that their doing so had repercussions. But the larger narrative shows that God still brought ultimate good. Whole tribes and nations were formed and became crucial to God’s plan for redemption. I believe every human life, no matter how conceived, only lives by God’s will. Fertility techniques do not always work, indicating that those that do have been allowed to proceed by a higher authority than medicine. There are great ethical concerns with fertility techniques, from the multitudes of frozen embryos, to the children conceived as a commercial transaction, and it is something that should concern Christians who value all human life. But God knows our frames and remembers we are but dust and He does not willingly afflict us (Psalms 103:14, Lamentations 3:33). Parents of children conceived spontaneously often suffer similar griefs from wayward children.

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  30. Yes to both of you. A woman in our church has a “snowflake baby.” They adopted an embryo and she’s a lovely adult. The Eggsploitation video was horrifying in so many ways–none the least about what it did to the women who “donated” eggs. A controversial topic, for sure.

    And no, God is not punishing you. BG has many lovely traits and I liked her when I met her.

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  31. I have cousins who have a snowflake child who was carried by a surrogate mom who is a relative of theirs and mine. I would not have made that choice myself, but it was what seemed like a miracle to them. They went through so much.

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  32. Our church has finalized the plan they sent out tentatively last week (tentatively since they weren’t sure if restrictions would be extended when they were set to expire today). It includes half the membership meeting on Sunday morning, half on Sunday evening, based on last name, and encouraging those over 65 or otherwise vulnerable to stay home and watch the live stream. (We will be watching the live stream, but I’m still happy they will be meeting again.) No Sunday school and no staffed nursery are among the differences, so I don’t have to get a Sunday school substitute just yet.

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