58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-15-20

  1. Not Fair! AJ is always “first”.
    Good morning little squirrel and everyone else.
    It is 78 degrees and sunny.
    Big yellow cat from across the street is prowling around.
    Elvera ate a good breakfast and is resting in “the big chair”
    Chuck & Linda are back from Florida.
    Little Carolyn is doing well
    So? Everything is well here.

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  2. Morning! Squirrel indeed! They chew our deck rails, empty the hummingbird feeders, eat my geraniums, patio furniture…they are cute but oh so destructive and pesky! 🐿
    We have been finally getting our monsoonal rains of July…oh so thankful for the moisture! It’s greening up around here again…
    So thankful little Carolyn is doing well Chas…she is a blessed little girl β™₯️

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  3. Peter, if they keep after the police the way they are going, there may not be a 2021 for most of us.
    Can you imagine a Joe Biden presidency??
    Trump, as I’ve said many times before, is not a likable person.
    But he is all we have.

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  4. It is cooler here this morning so I will get ready and go out for a four mile walk. Then I suppose I should find tickets to Colorado to go visit my family. Perhaps tomorrow???

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  5. And in other news, because the excitement never ends at my house–I learned this morning that a precocious little girl we know named a friend’s goat after me a few years ago!

    (She named the other goats in the family things like “Snow Ball, Snow Fluff, Snow Cone,” until they suggested a “normal name.”)

    “Oh, well, then, Michelle.”

    (Note correct spelling).

    I’m just disgruntled they never told me. Michelle and I could have been wearing matching collars with our names picked out in rhinestones had I only known! LOL

    Our friends have a herd of goats. I’ll have to look for Michelle next time I visit. πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh, and our EMT is coming home for five days this morning. She’s got a dental appointment this afternoon and had a hair cut lined up until the governor said no.

    We’ll just have to play instead. πŸ™‚

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  7. Michelle – You’ve mentioned in the past that people don’t always spell your name correctly. But of all the Michelles I’ve known (or know on Facebook), the majority have spelled their name with two Ls, like you. I only know one Michele right now.

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  8. Another “funny” while praying: I was praying out of a prayer book by Stormie Omartian, and came to the part asking to be made “holy and blameless”. Somehow I slurred them together, and it came out “homeless”. πŸ˜€

    It’s a good thing that God doesn’t take us completely literally!

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  9. Karen. As you get older, that will happen more often.
    You an comfort yourself in:
    “He knows what I mean.”

    Prayer doesn’t come from the mouth, but the heart.

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  10. Michelle, I’ve known people with both spellings. One “l” would actually work better with your last name! I knew someone whose last name had double g’s, so his first name was spelled Gregg. That’s five g’s in one name, which is a lot, but it was the right way to spell Gregg in his case. Of course, parents of girls can’t look into the future and know what the last name will someday be!

    In my case, both my maiden and married names have o, l, and n, so I figure if Cheryl worked with my maiden name, it probably works with my married name too. πŸ™‚


  11. The squirrel is a fox squirrel. I was out for a walk on the trail I took with Michelle, and this squirrel jumped onto a tree. I thought the “just landed” pose made it look alert and active, and the photo has minimal other elements besides the tree trunk and the squirrel.

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  12. Ah, 10 hours of sleep, I needed that. I didn’t sleep well at all the night before and last night I was beat after PT exercises and then about an hour of watering out front (so Charlie Brown got a little drenching). The knee hurt a lot when I went to bed but it eventually subsided after I had it elevated for a while. But I still need a prescription pain bill, 1 a night.

    For those who missed my late post, the therapist looked at my Xray yesterday, looks good (so no degeneration, just ‘mild’ arthritis which is normal for someone my age pretty much). I head off to the ortho doctor with it tomorrow.

    And physical therapist’s college intern who was with him on all my visits for the past couple of weeks has tested positive for Covid. Nothing for me to do now, he said, but watch for symptoms. All of us wear masks there so hopefully nothing to worry about. I’m sure I’ve been around people with covid before without knowing it. Guess this is the first time I’ve known about it, though.

    OK, off to work, have to make a photo assignment for the lighting of the Coliseum flame today.

    My phone is dinging constantly this morning though, may be a busy day ahead otherwise as well.

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  13. The history on our homeownership is an interesting one. MIL Mary’s family didn’t own their own home, but when she got out of the Marines after World War II, she used the GI Bill to buy a home for herself, her mother, and older sister Peggy (who never married). Her father had died years prior, and her older brother was a priest, so he wouldn’t be around much, but there was a small room for him for when he visited. (When I say “a small room” what I really mean is that it was a walk-in closet that they put a narrow bed in. πŸ™‚ )

    When she got married several years later, Peggy took over paying the mortgage until it was paid off. Years after their mother had died, and with Mary now a widow herself, Peggy got sick with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and Mary moved back into the family home to help her until she died. Then the house was hers again.

    Almost 20 years after that, Mary was afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and needed to be taken care of. Hubby and I could not have afforded to buy this house on our own, but the sale of Mary’s house provided enough money to buy it outright. The house was first in her name and Hubby’s, and then quit claimed to Hubby and me. After his death, it was put in my name.

    So it just seems part of the flow of things for me to pass it on (pay it forward, so to speak) to Nightingale before something happens that would lead to her losing the home (such as me needing to be placed in a nursing home). I believe that this house has been a blessing from God, and I don’t want to keep that to myself. (And besides, I can’t afford the upkeep and repairs on my own anyway.) Hubby and I both wanted this house to be for Nightingale and Boy, and for Chickadee, should she come back.

    The “home loan” that I sometimes refer to is a home equity loan (started off as a HELOC), that Hubby used too much, especially in buying his bread route and then paying for several very costly repairs to his bread truck. (The original HELOC was for some expensive work needed on the outside of the house many years ago.) As I’ve said before, he greatly regretted his unwise financial decisions, and would have been horrified to realize that he was leaving me to pay this off. 😦

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  14. Wednesday and Thursday are now my weekend until September. We, as a camp, have decided since we can’t have real camp, we will have Family Weekends. Families can come out and stay in a cabin, we’ll serve meals in the chalet (all properly distanced) and they can do some or all of the activities we offer. So far we’ve had a good response from alumni with young families, or larger family groups (grandparents, down to grandkids) and some moms who just need something for their children to do. We are thankful and praying that no-one gets sick.

    DIL has an extra i in her name; Kristiina. We also do not shorten her name, she is definitely a Kristiina and not a Kris or Kristi. It’s the Finnish spelling. I’m looking forward to what the twins names will be πŸ™‚

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  15. My salon was open briefly but after the gov’s latest order is now closed again, so I missed my window of opportunity. My hair is now inching back down below my shoulders for the first time in a few years. But that’s fine, it’s been a whole lot longer in years past and it’s a change of pace. I just have to keep clipping the bangs myself. And there are always pony tails and top knots as options. Maybe I’ll have hair as long as mumsee’s again someday πŸ™‚ Hope she’s having fun camping.

    I suppose the haircut shortage is much harder for men than it is for women who can just let their hair grow out for a while. Glad I don’t have to worry about ‘coloring’ or any of the other processes others rely on regularly.

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  16. Chas – Yeah, that happens to me fairly often. And I often lose my train of thought, or in praying for one thing, I remember something important I also want to pray about, but by the time I finish the first thing I was saying, I forget what that important thing was. Or I can’t think of the right word I am trying to say.

    So I find myself frequently saying, “You know what I mean, Lord,” when I can’t get my words right, or “Lord, you heard what I was gonna say before I forgot it, so I lift that forgotten prayer to you.” πŸ™‚

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  17. DJ – Kind of opposite of what some women may do, starting sometime in spring, I let my hair grow for the summer, then have it cut (but not short-short,) for fall and winter. Since I do not tolerate heat and humidity well at all, I found that even the part of the shorter hair that would come down a little on the back of my neck or curl over my ears would bother me.

    So Nightingale suggested letting my hair grow and then keeping it up in a ponytail throughout the hot months. That has worked great for me the last couple or three summers, keeping it completely off my neck and ears.

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  18. Kizzie, I don’t wear tank tops very often, but when I do there’s one huge benefit: I love the feeling of hair on my shoulders. For several decades I kept it to shoulder length, so it really only brushed my shoulders when I was due for a haircut, but now that I have it long again I can feel it against them, and I love that. I love the feeling of it blowing in the wind, too, as long as it is blowing behind me and not in my face. But I do usually put some of it in a pony-tail holder to keep it away from my face.

    When I was little, Mom sometimes remarked that Dad was the only one of us who complained about the wind blowing his hair. With Mom and my sister and me, three of us had longer hair than he did, but we never complained about it. (My little brother’s hair was shorter than Dad’s, I think, or at least it wasn’t longer.)

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  19. DJ, I went way too long between haircuts last time (December 2018 to February 2020), partly because that last haircut was an expensive one and I wanted to make it last. But fortunately I did get in that last little window before I would have had to wait even longer. My husband gave up and bought a clipper, though,

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  20. Layers help with any length, I think, kind of keeps it fuller and more styled looking so I do still have all of those which is helping as it’s growing out — I’m back to wearing it natural w/the curl that I already have so it’s easy, no blow dryer, just wash and finger/air dry. The layers help it curl more.

    My friend Carol has a very odd aversion to any breeze on her face/head/in her hair, she would almost panic when I’d pick her up and her side window was open (that was a real issue in my old car which no longer had a working A/C). She told me she used to get ear infections as a kid, so I guess that’s it. But she can’t even tolerate any open windows around her, she zeros right in on them and demands they be closed.

    She also is at a loss for dealing with her hair if it gets a little longer, I’ve bought her headbands and clips but she never learned how to use any of those (and a shoulder issue also makes it hard for her). She was wearing her headband in front of her ears until someone at the residence pointed out it worked better behind them. Either way, it kept slipping off. Her hair is like cornsilk, super thin and straight, so it’s very hard to work with and won’t “hold” accessories well. She has to keep it cut super-super short, otherwise it just hangs right in front of her face (as she’s somewhat slouched now so her head is positioned forward; her very-straight, thin hair just falls all around her face then if it’s long). They’ve been clipping it really short in the past year at the place where she lives, thankfully, but I think it’s been a while since she’s had it cut. I’m not sure how it’s going for her hair-wise, I asked her the other day if it’s getting long again and she said she didn’t know.

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  21. Kare, this made me think of you, an e-mail message from our Pastor this morning, “Some of you may or may not know that Camp Lonestar, an LCMS camp in Texas, has had to close for the summer due to the spread of COVID-19. The camp is connected to Redeemer [our church] not only synodically but also because this summer three members of Redeemer worked there. Daniel, Anna, and Deborah [all the same last name] have all tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently quarantined at the camp and have only presented with minimal symptoms.”

    It’s almost 90 here. I’m heading out for a 25-mile bicycle ride. You all are “heat sissies” – I love it. πŸ™‚

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  22. I did an over 4 mile walk, but it just felt like the wrong time of day. The last mile had no shade at all.
    Now to look for tickets.

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  23. Jo, I understand how much of a difference shade can make. In fact, last time I walked two trails back to back, I realized that as far as summer was concerned, I’d started at the wrong end. I had my husband drop me off at the farther trail and then I walked home, but that meant a good part of the last mile or mile and a half was unshaded. If I walked it the other direction, I could start in the cool of the day with unshaded areas. There is also a big area at the other end that isn’t shaded (a meadow), but I can have my husband pick me up before I get to that spot, or I can rest in the shade and then cross it, and soon be back into heavy shade.

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  24. ~ First held on January 1, 1890; hundreds of thousands of spectators watch the Rose Parade in person, and millions more watch it on television – both in the U.S. and in more than 100 international territories and countries worldwide. ~


  25. ok, I have tickets and am going to Colorado tomorrow and will return next Wednesday. Perhaps I should pack. I am not thinking too clearly with so much going on.

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  26. Public health officials routinely test animals for disease. It is part of a prevention strategy to identify and nip the spread of zoonotic disease in the bud. Bubonic plague is no longer the threat it was in the Middle Ages, as it is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and bacterial diseases are now treatable with antibiotics. Bubonic plague outbreaks have occured quite recently in a number of countries, and all have been successfully contained.

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  27. Cheryl – I love a nice breeze, or even a stiff wind, in my hair. Even when my hair is “short”, it is not too short, and still has enough hair to fly in the breeze.

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  28. It’s been a long day. I woke up before five and decided not to go back to sleep so I could get an early start to shop at Sprouts. There were very few people in the store so I was happy with my decision. I am now restocked on vitamins I needed.

    Later I had my ladies Bible study so I had to read in Daniel before we gathered. We had a really good study. I learned that the new names that Daniel and his friends were given were each connected with a foreign God. I never knew that before. In the story they continued use of their Hebrew names. We have only covered chapter one so far. Afterwards we split into prayer groups, and I led the group meeting by phone. The others were meeting in person. Then I had to post all our requests. I am not fast since we put it all on text. And the 15th of each month is when I am committed to pray for Word Weavers. I need to mow again, but it was too hot by the time I could get outside.

    Wesley’s dissertation books he had ordered came today. The print is so small. I use the Super Giant Print Bibles so I am wondering if I can even read his book with my reading glasses and a magnifying glass. So now we have his diploma and his printed book and he can’t see them in person. Everything is very strange, indeed. I again checked out his dedication where he lists Art and me along with his two Covenant friends and their wives.

    Tax deadline day is winding down. Good Riddance!

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  29. The flavor of my trip to Colorado just got changed.

    I asked my daughter what I could bring and she said that they were fine.

    Then an hour later she texted and said to bring my granddaughter who lives here!!! So I emailed and texted her mom and now she is coming along. This thirteen year old loves her cousins and never stops talking…..

    It will not be a quiet trip! πŸ™‚

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  30. Quick poll: Is a hacker a good guy, a bad guy, or either one?

    I’m not looking for a dictionary or technical definition. I want to know what connotation it has for you, what you think of when you hear it.


  31. Bad. So glad it’s a grandmother-cousin trip. So totally fun.

    Aunt is entertaining three girls so their mother can have some free time to herself For the first time in 5 months. A bit giddy.

    I entertained the other four earlier so their mother could have a breather.

    All good.

    School has been called all distant learning this fall. Several moms, not my duo, are in despair. β€œHow do two-working parents stay here without school?”

    I suggested one join our family co-op, if it comes to that.

    I’m glad my book is done. Now I can help the Adorables and their parents.

    But our situation is about as good as it gets these days. I don’t know how other families can manage this, particular with kids who need professional assistance with learning issues. 😦

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  32. I think I mentioned, duel-income families in the tech area here are banding into family groups and hiring a tutor.

    A real divide between the wealthy and the needy. 😦

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  33. Kare,

    ” We, as a camp, have decided since we can’t have real camp, we will have Family Weekends. Families can come out and stay in a cabin, we’ll serve meals in the chalet (all properly distanced) and they can do some or all of the activities we offer. So far we’ve had a good response from alumni with young families, or larger family groups (grandparents, down to grandkids) and some moms who just need something for their children to do.”


    You folks would make fine Marines. πŸ™‚ Improvise, adapt, overcome……

    I’ve been amazed at how churches and ministries have done just that too. Now that we are back together here worshiping, things have actually expanded because the YouTube Channel, Zoom, and Facebook Live features continue as well. There are some camps around here that are improvising in order to use their facilities and minister to people. It’s all pretty uplifting given the circumstances. πŸ™‚

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  34. I thought of tutoring for Jo also. Has to be a significant need for that right now, for those who can afford it.

    Finished a long story about the ongoing dip in port cargo now that we’re at the mid-year point in this stellar year of 2020.

    I said something to my editor, who was musing about how positive the port directors always try to sound, about how things can always be worse — he said that kind of comment is sure to bring on a major earthquake.

    It’s a cool 72 degrees and windy here today, beautiful outside, from what I’ve seen of it so far.

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  35. please pray because I have a standby ticket and my granddaughter has a regular ticket. We need to stay together, so just pray that there would be no hassles

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  36. Jo–

    My daughter flew this morning; only ten people on the plane from LA. Of course, you’re going between more popular airports. It was a curious experience, but no problems.

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  37. Re: the squirrel with plague…We have plague regularly in the summer in NM. Rodents such as prairie dogs are big carriers of the disease. Seems like when it is extra dry that we get more cases. After looking it up, seems we had 1 last year, and none this year.


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