41 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-28-20

  1. Good morning.

    Oh, the woes of owning a house. Now it’s a clogged drain that needs Roto-Rooter. I bought a snake but it wasn’t long enough to get the clog, and a regular plumber couldn’t get to it either. I hope the guy who dug our foundation drainage trench outside didn’t mess up the main drain pipe from the house.

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  2. Please read all the way to the end before commenting. Thank you.

    Since America is now in turmoil over names derived from former slave holders, or ones derogatory to one race or another, it’s time to consider changing every name on the map that could be considered offensive to someone.

    First and foremost, the name ‘America’. It is derived from an Italian explorer. Those thoughtless Europeans were nothing but greedy men wanting fame and fortune. Get rid of it as a name for the two continents in the Western Hemisphere.

    Then there are all those cities and counties named for Catholic saints, especially in Liberal California – city names like San Francisco or Santa Barbara. Those Franciscan missionaries who brought Catholicism to the US Southwest were responsible for wiping out thousands of Native Americans.

    Speaking of native Americans, how about the 25 or so states with names derived from tribal languages? Yeah, offensive to those tribes whose people and cultures were destroyed by greedy Europeans.

    Several of the other state names have to go, for the most part. They are named for various White Europeans like King George or Queen Elizabeth (Virginia and West Virginia), or slave holders like Washington.

    Some states might get to keep their names. Nevada (Spanish for ‘snowy’), Colorado (Spanish for ‘red’ or ‘ruddy’), Montana (Spanish for ‘mountain’) and Vermont (French for ‘green mount’) might be okay, but those Spaniards and Frenchmen were the ones who caused the loss of life of thousands of innocent native peoples. Those names are ‘cancelled’. There is a dispute as to where Arizona, Oregon and a few other Western states got their names, but they is either a native American word, or a European one. They, too, gotta go.

    So there you have it. Perhaps we need to just name the states based on when they joined the Union. Delaware is now State One, Hawaii is State Fifty, and so on.

    This post typed faithfully tongue-in-cheek by yours truly. 😉

    Sorry for the length of this comment.

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  3. Absolutely, big brother. I had been thinking we could name things letters. But numerals sounds better. Letters are so alphabetized.

    Good morning, all.

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  4. If we went to numerals, who would be first?
    And last?
    First could be last sometimes, but that would cause confusion.
    e.g. ” I was born in first when it was first, but it is now last”

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  5. I was entering a brilliant suggestion for re-arranging the two parties to Numeral and Alphabet parties, since Democrat and Republican have no meaning anymore.
    But the more i typed, the less my brilliant idea seemed to make sense.
    We may have to let this political chaos settle itself.
    Trump is too spontaneous to be a good president. He often acts/posts before thinking.
    But he is the best, in either party, to do what needs to be done.
    However, bringing America together is beyond him.
    And that is what we need.
    I don’t see it happening at all. I don’t see an issue in the issue everyone seems to be protesting.

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  6. Thanks for the laugh this morning. 😀

    And the photo. I have never seen those blooms in ponds around here. My mom had a pond with an arched wooden bridge (made by my dad) over it. They made the pond, too. Since my mother was a licensed horticulturalist, she had to have lilies and some other plants. Those blossoms are completely different from any I saw there or the natural ones in our many, many lakes and ponds. Fun to see.

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  7. I was going to comment on Kim’s 10:16.
    But there is too much involved.
    Bottom line?
    The next (your or your children’s) generation will discover that the great experiment failed.
    To wit? People cannot govern themselves.
    That is the bottom line.

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  8. Morning! What a beautiful pond complete with lily pads…so where’s the frog? 😂 (we have a big fat toad living amongst our flower garden…I guess he is catching bugs or something)
    It is a cloudy humid morning in the forest and rain is said to be on the way. I think I’ll head to my sewing room and start stitching…
    I found this portion interesting in Kim’s linked article :
    I’ll miss the city, for sure. But I could no longer humiliate myself by paying a city government to force me into their belief system and political agenda, all while scoffing at my basic needs and demanding I give more. Out here, no one really cares what I think or compels me to their cause, shouts in my face or attempts to shame me into belief.

    I suppose we all for the most part could view our situations in this way. In Colorado I am paying state taxes to a system that is in direct opposition to my views. I live in the county where it is very quiet, the deer roam, and we hear no sirens nor traffic. Two neighbor’s have posted big ol’ signs on their property “black lives matter”. One neighbor of color has stirred up things on NextDoor accusing neighbors of racism. She said she was walking through the neighborhood and was asked if she was lost. Offense was taken and she posts her outrage on social media. She didn’t take the time to have a conversation with the “offenders”. No matter where we go, it’s a mess….

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  9. Very well written, Peter. And it is all true. There is never enough change to appease the malcontent. All these outward changes of names are not changing the hearts. It’s like what was said in the Bible about people cleaning the outside of the cup but leaving the inside dirty. God sees it all. It is a time of dividing the sheep and the goats, the weeds from the good crop harvested. All the pressure and stress of these days is like a refining fire. Only our faith in God can keep us steady and secure. He is truth when the world is filled with falsehood. Everything else will fade away, but His word will last forever.

    I have more Christian friends now than I have ever had in my life. I am so thankful for how God has blessed me during these times so that even though I am physically alone many hours each day, I still feel much encouragement through my Christian Sisters and Brothers. You are all so precious to me.

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  10. The city slicker who moved to the country better be prepared to learn there are rules in the country. Country people are just spaced further apart, but they still have rules. People who let their dogs run free around where we live are likely a) to have their dog eaten by coywolves, b) have the dog get bitten by a potentially rabid raccoon or fox and need expensive shots, be quarantined, and, if they become symptomatic, be put downtown, or c) have the dog get shot by the farmer whose livestock they started chasing. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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  11. I also find it interesting that so many friends who encourage the protests don’t live in the cities where they are happening. Several are out in the country homesteading with chickens, etc.

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  12. Chas, I agree regarding Trump – he’s a fighter, he likes to fight, it’s his only sure default and he keeps trying to go back to that, often inappropriately and thus making things worse. He doesn’t quite know what to do when the situation calls for something more conciliatory.

    And so far he hasn’t been adept at guiding the nation through a crisis. He seems genuinely lost and has been all over the map when it comes to the pandemic, like he’s trying to find the “note” that resonates and just can’t; he’s often just out of tune.

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  13. Art went to his Roro-Rooter (human drain system) doc this a.m. who did ultrasound imaging and found he still has some stone fragments in his kidneys. He has to go back in 6 months to check on it again. I will soon lose track of how many procedures he goes through. Wouldn’t it be great if he were given dietary advice for prevention?

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  14. Regarding Chas’ 10:20: “I was entering a brilliant suggestion for re-arranging the two parties to Numeral and Alphabet parties, since Democrat and Republican have no meaning anymore.”

    How about we call them Thing 1 and Thing 2? Once they’re let out of the box, they both wreak all kinds of havoc. 😉

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  15. DJ, my impression of him is that he really is trying to find the right direction to go and in a plethora of advisers, he has a plethora of direction to choose. He has experts telling him masks and experts telling him no masks, serious virus, hoax, and everything in between, Not his area of expertise and he has to rely on the experts, but which ones?? God has this.

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  16. Great…….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8565201/Coronavirus-inflict-damage-heart-attacks-study-suggests.html

    “Coronavirus may inflict the same damage as heart attacks: Study finds disturbing signs of the infection’s cardiac effects in more than 75% of survivors

    Two studies by German researchers found disturbing signs of heart damage in people who survived or died of coronavirus

    More than 75% of survivors had high levels of a protein in their blood that typically indicates someone has suffered a heart attack

    In people who died after contracting coronavirus, more than 60% had virus in their heart muscle, showing the coronavirus directly infects cardica muscle”

    “Coronavirus may leave the heart with lasting, dangerous damage, two new studies suggest.

    It’s become clear that the respiratory virus also attacks the cardiovascular system, as well as numerous other organs, including the kidneys and brain, but the new studies shed light on worrying damage to the heart itself.

    One German study found that 78 percent of patients who recovered from COVID-19 were left with structural changes to their heart, and 76 of the 100 survivors showed signs of the kind of damage a heart attack leaves.

    A second study, also conducted in Germany, found that more than half of people who died after contracting COVID-19 had high levels of the virus in their hearts.

    It’s not yet clear how long the damage might last, or how it might, in practice, increase survivors’ risks of heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening cardiovascular issues, but the studies may help explain why even previously healthy survivors are left weak and fatigued for weeks or months.

    Beyond that, the authors and experts equally urge that doctors may need to monitor the heart health of COVID-19 patients long after they’ve cleared the virus. “

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  17. After the umpteenth time of Hubby’s friend Bill sharing a false story about a public figure he dislikes (not the same person, but various public figures and politicians), I posted this on Facebook, hoping he will see it and take it to heart:

    “To whom it may concern:
    .
    If you don’t have time to fact-check it, then you don’t have time to post it. (Unless you actually like trampling on the ninth commandment again and again and again.)
    .
    (Note: The ninth commandment, against bearing false witness, is not only about lying, as some interpret it, but more precisely about lying about what a person did or said, and slandering their character.
    .
    The Bible teaches that a person’s reputation is very important, so people – believers in particular – should not so easily share memes or articles that shine a negative light on a person or group. If a post fits your negative preconception of someone, so you figure it must be true, then it is even more important to check it out.)”

    Of course, Bill is not the only one on my friends list who needs to take that advice, but he is especially vocal about being a Christian.

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  18. I take it to heart, Kizzie, since I have occasionally posted things that you have corrected me on. I will try to do better. I must be more gullible than the average person. I am not sure what makes me be that way. I need to stick to posting my daily nature photo and haiku (with a note of gratitude to God) which many people seem to enjoy as a change of pace to the usual posts on social media.

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  19. An acquaintance owns a franchised real estate office. She posted on FB the other day she was looking for a broker. I sent her a message that I wasn’t looking to change but if she wanted to practice on me I would be willing to come talk to her. I was there 2 and a half hours. Her regional director was there as well. I learned a few things, she got some practice, and one thing I learned from Guy a long time ago was always have the conversation. You never know when it might be the opportunity you were looking for. I’m not ready to make a switch but it’s always nice for others to know what you are capable of doing.

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  20. So little is known, so I try to find out all I can.

    The latest 2 I’m reading now.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/an-immune-protein-could-prevent-severe-covid-19-if-it-is-given-at-the-right-time1/

    “An Immune Protein Could Prevent Severe COVID-19—if It Is Given at the Right Time
    The antiviral interferon might help early but exacerbate disease in later stages

    When the immune system fights viruses, timing is key. And this maxim may be especially true for its defense against the deadly severe form of COVID-19.

    Several new studies of immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, suggest timing could be critical for a class of proteins known as interferons, which are being researched as potential treatments. These immune proteins suppress viral replication early in disease. Yet if they are active later, some scientists think they can exacerbate the harmful inflammation that forces some COVID-19 patients onto life support. Interferons are “a double-edged sword,” says immunologist Eui-Cheol Shin of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.”

    ————–

    This one for personal reasons.

    https://www.the-sun.com/news/1207221/why-coronavirus-patients-lose-sense-smell/

    “SNIFFED OUT Scientists discover why coronavirus patients lose sense of smell – and offer hope to those who haven’t got it back yet”

    “THE KEY symptoms of coronavirus are now widely known as a new and persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.

    But many have been left mystified as to why the respiratory infection would prevent someone from being able to smell.

    Now, scientists say they have the answer – and it’s promising news if you’re someone who still hasn’t had their sense of smell back yet.”

    “Writing in Science Advances senior study author Sandeep Robert Datta said: “Our findings indicate that the novel coronavirus changes the sense of smell in patients not by directly infecting neurons but by affecting the function of supporting cells.

    “I think it’s good news, because once the infection clears, olfactory neurons don’t appear to need to be replaced or rebuilt from scratch.””

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  21. Mr. Handyman sent me up with Lysol and an N-95 respirator! (We have them from the fires). He then came up, took a look, and decided to cut out the drywall and the insulation behind it.

    He needed a project, so he’ll replace.

    I’m tired of sitting at the desk and keep thinking I should be painting walls. They’re covered with items, however, and the rooms have a lot of things that have to be moved around.

    But, then again, maybe it’s time since we’re not going anywhere anytime soon!

    In other news, yesterday we had a zucchini and tomato casserole–the main ingredients came from the garden!

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  22. How amazing to get all of your repairs in-house.

    Story is in, up next is 4 p.m. PT appt. Is my knee better? Worse? The same? Honestly, I can’t even tell anymore and its condition changes throughout the day. Better one moment, worse the next.

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  23. Janice – I hope you were not offended or hurt by whatever I may have said at the time. As I wrote and shared my post earlier today, I honestly did not think of you in relation to it at all.

    We are all susceptible to believing things that go along with our preconceived notions or that cause a visceral reaction in us. “Confirmation bias” is a good term for that. But I know that you care about truth and don’t post things unthinkingly. Bill seems to post whatever goes along with his bias, and doesn’t fact-check. And he does it again and again and again.

    I have lost count of the times that I have fact-checked something he posted and shared the info with him. He doesn’t bother replying to me about those (although he replies to other comments I might make on other matters), he doesn’t delete or retract the post, and he continues to post these things that smear certain persons’ characters.

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  24. Michelle, we use a product called Mold Control when we find mold. It encapsulates the spores and makes it so it can’t spread when it’s disturbed. In the basement there was some mold at the bottom of the dry wall because it went right to the cement floor in places. We sprayed first and then cut off the moldy bits.

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  25. Stepping up the steps onto the deck today, I got rattled at. And it was not the baby. The rather large snake was between the steps and the compost so I was unable to get it with the hoe so I went to get the revolver but the snake went under the deck. I thought it wise to not shoot randomly under the deck. At least we know a rather large rattler is out there eating our mice.

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  26. Home from surfer-boy physical therapist appt.

    So today’s lesson is how to walk … After having me walk through the gym, he said I’m stiffening that left leg so I need to STOP doing that. It’s only making things worse.

    One thing that’s helping tonight is his tip to drag my big toe with each step to MAKE the knee bend and move normally.

    He insists this is not unusual in terms of recovery times for meniscus injuries. “Keep your head up, we’ll get there, we’ll turn the corner.”

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  27. Neighbors have a mouse in their laundry room.

    They’re home from the desert where it was 108 on some days. She says she’s SO cold here now.

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