61 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-21-20

  1. Good morning everyone.
    I’m going to get a haircut this morning. Ten years ago, I would have stopped by on my way somewhere.
    Today, age, with circumstances has made it an event.
    Requires planning.
    It’s weird world.

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  2. Morning! That is a pretty flower up there Cheryl.
    No parties here either. Our church is having the two campuses meet together this Sunday. That is a lot of people. They are having two morning services and a “family” business meeting in between the services. I do not want to go but husband does, so we shall. I just think wisdom Is lacking in having that many people indoors during this uncertain time. (My introverted self will be found hiding in a corner of the room)

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  3. Wow! That is a pop of color on the header. A striking beauty, Cheryl.

    My nextdoor neighbors had their party recently which I occasionally observed from our upstairs window. And Florence had a family gathering erring type party for her birthday and then ladies from her Sunday school class had a small birthday party fof her. I am so thankful she has stayed well. I have not checked the Governor’s latest recommendations.

    A friend from church wants to visit with me later today. I put an extra chair outside.

    Last night I prayed my friend Karen to sleep on the phone. I am thankful I am enabled by God’s power in me to calm her anxiety.

    Wesley still did not see the doctor as I thought he would yesterday. He had to deliver his x-rays to the doctor’s office. Maybe he will get an appointment today.

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  4. Good Morning Everyone.
    For those of you who have access to my facebok page, you can see the post I shared about “Coach” last light. To say that I was stunned by the photo her husband posted would be an understatement. I showed it to Mr. P and he was comforting in his comments. I am heartsick – for her husband, her daught, and those of us who care about her. I am comforted by the conversation she and I had Tuesday night. I pray the minister who visited with her will return and continue to comfort her and help her be ready.

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  5. I walked just a mile, once around the block, and now will clean up and head up the hill to watch the littlest grands while parents work. Very smoky here.

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  6. Michelle, there is a web site, yubanet dot com, where you can see fire info. On the top it has a place you can click for fire news. It lists the fires in the state and then tells facts, acres, burned, etc.
    A good place to get some info.

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  7. The plumber is here today, putting in a valve that will turn the water off to the whole house. We already have valves for different sections, but a friend had advised having one to the whole house, which I take it is actually the normal thing to have. (But a lot about this house is not normal. I love it anyway. It has character. 🙂 )

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  8. In preparation for our water being off for a few hours, Nightingale and Boy filled up several water bottles of varying sizes, and left them on my kitchen counter before taking them upstairs a little while later.

    So I arranged them so that the taller ones were in the middle, and then they descended in height on either side of those. Looked nicer that way. 🙂

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  9. The header is the one red flower that was in the collage posted the other day (though a different photo of it). It’s royal catchfly, the “catchfly” part because apparently some parts of the plant are sticky, and small insects get trapped. (The plant doesn’t digest the insects; speculation is that catching them keeps the insects from eating the plant.) It’s the only red wildflower I’ve seen this summer.

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  10. Good morning, or afternoon. After 12 hours of sleep last night, I am feeling much better. Thanks for all the prayers and kind thoughts shared in the last couple days. I was more of a mess in the immediate hours after I knew my kids were OK than during the time of uncertainty. Your thoughts and prayers were calming and comforting to me. Thank you.

    Good news: the highway past our road is officially and fully reopened now! Now we can avoid driving those other, problematic routes we used as detours.

    The finished bridge work on our newly-reopened highway makes that spot so much safer. They widened it quite a bit, which is wonderful because the old bridge was so narrow and on a hill. Meeting big trucks right there when the roads were snowy or icy was always a nerve-wracking experience. There was no shoulder whatsoever; now the shoulders on each side are at least half the width of each driving lane. So much better, and I’m sure the bicyclists that ride that highway really appreciate the results, too.

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  11. All quiet this morning, I could even hear birds sing. Took a walk with a friend and now we’re holed up in the house.

    I’m thinking I may buy Baskin and Robbin ice cream cone clowns this afternoon and take them to the Adorable scholars to celebrate a week of school. Their mothers may need a LOT of ice cream, too. 🙂

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  12. You have to be really stupid to kill a person and steal his car.
    They located a missing car in Miss. Seems someone here in NC killed a man and stole his car. Makes finding the culprit real easy. I can’t understand how someone can be so stupid.

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  13. Yes, the party is definitely over in LA (and all of California, I’d say).



    Fires, Blackouts, a Heat Wave and a Pandemic: California’s ‘Horrible’ Month

    The New York Times
    Thomas Fuller
    ,The New York Times

    VACAVILLE, Calif. — How many things can go wrong at once?

    On Wednesday millions of California residents were smothered by smoke-filled skies as dozens of wildfires raged out of control. They braced for triple-digit temperatures, the sixth day of a punishing heat wave that included a recent reading of 130 degrees in Death Valley. They braced for possible power outages because the state’s grid is overloaded, the latest sign of an energy crisis. And they continued to fight a virus that is killing 130 Californians a day.

    Even for a state accustomed to disaster, August has been a terrible month.

    Across the state there were 23 major fires reported on Wednesday and more than 300 smaller ones.

    In the San Francisco Bay Area alone there were 15 wildfires, most of them burning out of control and feeding off the grasses and shrubs desiccated by the extreme heat. Thousands of residents were ordered evacuated in the wine country of Napa County and from the hills above Silicon Valley in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

    In Southern California, fires were reported in Ventura and Riverside counties — and sweeping through one of the world’s biggest collections of Joshua trees, burning a 43,000-acre stretch of the Mojave National Preserve. Images of the fire showed the iconic trees shooting flames into the air like blowtorches.

    The evening breezes that many Californians rely on to chase the heat from their homes had vanished. And for those with air-conditioning, the power outages were a constant threat to that remedy. …

    … In Riverside, Nevada and Contra Costa counties, dozens of evacuated families are being sent first to emergency hotel lodging rather than to the high school gyms that usually serve as evacuation centers.

    In the coastal town of Pescadero, south of San Francisco, authorities used the high school as an evacuation center on Wednesday. Normally, cots would be set up for people to spend the night. But no one is allowed inside now, so aid workers have been setting up displaced residents at nearby hotels.

    Rita Mancera, the executive director of Puente, a social services organization helping evacuees, said people have been bringing their pigs, turkeys, goats, cows and horses to the school parking lot.

    Masked volunteers were handing out water, food and hand sanitizer. People waiting at the school have to sit outside or in their cars. Dealing with the evacuees during a pandemic was “kind of overwhelming,” Mancera said. “We’re asking people to be social distanced.”

    Power cuts have added an extra layer of complexity to the multiple crises in the state. …

    … The state’s electrical grid is deep in transition from a fossil-fuel-driven system to one increasingly reliant on renewable energy. Dozens of workhorse power plants have been shuttered. Some had grown old, inefficient and environmentally hazardous to the air and marine life. Others proved uneconomical as the state pushed carbon-free sources like solar and wind.

    With the threat of even more destructive and aggressive fires in the fall, when faster winds propel them across the parched landscape, some health officials are concerned that smoke pollution could make people more susceptible to respiratory infections like COVID-19. …

    … “This is where I live now,” Bowman said. She, her husband and her daughter evacuated their house on Tuesday in 45 minutes, bringing clothes, jewelry and their two dogs, Viggo and Hedy.

    Just days earlier, Bowman was celebrating her daughter’s wedding, a 20-person socially distanced affair. Now, she is contemplating the confluence of catastrophic events in the area.

    “Yeah, pandemic, fire,” she said. “I mean, it is apocalyptic in many ways.”

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  14. Nancyjill, I continue to struggle inwardly with some of my own church’s decisions during this time. While the elders have invested in a hospital-grade air-cleansing system, and require RSVP’s for in-person services, they also have allowed the 2nd of our 2 weekly services to be “masks optional” (though recommended in more recent notices I’ve seen going out). And, of course, they continue to meet indoors only, going against the current county order that calls for only outdoor in-person services. (This is what the church headed up by John MacArthur does as well, of course, leading to what’s become a closely-watched, ongoing court showdown — though that church is way bigger than ours, of course).

    These times are very difficult for churches, of course, and none of them do any of this without much internal struggle, I realize.

    But I personally lean toward caution and wisdom in this situation and wish more churches would do the same.

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  15. You guys slowed down. I went to do lunch duty and now I find no one has posted in the last 45 minutes.


    Or maybe you’re actually working or getting a hair cut or writing emails to people with birthdays or…

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  16. Speaking of parties- the nearby Cathoic high school opened, but now has to close because someone had a party and now ~100 of the ~400 students have COVID symptoms.


  17. I haven’t had my hair cut in maybe 5-6 months now, I last was in right before the covid stuff hit and everything shut down. The place where I get my hair cut was open ever-so-briefly for maybe 2 weeks a month or so ago, but now it’s closed all over again. Sigh.

    Pony tails and top-knots mostly these days, which works well in this heat we’re having anyway.

    Jo, have you tried icing and elevating your leg? Maybe it just needs some love and a little more down time. Alleve or ibuprofen might help if there’s a swelling issue.

    The inflammation and swelling on and around my knee is what was causing most of my worst pain. The cortisones shot chased that away for now, thankfully.

    I’ve talked to several friends who had similar knee injuries to mine (they’re quite common, who knew?) and rest is what took care of it for them (wasn’t so easy for me, alas).

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  18. Or shin splints? I posted that on the prayer thread, sounds like maybe it matches what’s going on (for Jo).

    So strange, I drove by a restaurant the other day thinking, oh, that might be a good place to eat — and I noticed it was closed, of course. And I thought how strange this all has been, yet we are adapting (though not easily or happily, to be sure).

    Can’t get a hair cut, go out to eat (easily or casually, anyhow), can’t go to a movie. As Chas said, everything now is complicated and odd.

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  19. Peter (2:44), sorry to hear that.

    This is all very unnatural for us, being shut away — it’ll be especially hard as the holiday season begins to arrive in a few months. Summer has been hard, though, too, with our natural instincts to get out to things like parties or just going to the beach or local parks with others.

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  20. AMC was opening theaters here and bribing people to take a chance and go with deep discounted fifteen cent tickets. Not many takers among those interviewed for that story.

    It’s been a bit of a crazy day in taking care of the car sales. Art had to prepare a bill of sale at the office. Then he brought that home and prepared the title. The scheduled time of exchange was between one and two. That got changed and Art had to head back yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu o work.

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  21. Sorry about that. My phone has times of studdering lately.
    Art had to head back to work. As it turned out, the guy arrived in the middle of my Friday afternoon prayer call which I had to mute to take care of business. I am glad the car is working out for them. We gave them a great deal on it. Now I need to cancel insurance on it, and we have thirty days to get Art’s name removed from the registration.

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  22. I now have five physical library books and three Kindles. I’m satisfied.

    And you’re right, DJ, about everything being so odd. I got very excited when I saw the library return slot was still open at 12:30.


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  23. Well, in other news… Today is Friday and they have group lunch at the office. Guess who placed all the orders? The Child. She went around asking everyone but me what they would like to order. Then when the food came she came in to my office that I now share with her boss to tell him that lunch was there. He got up and went. Later I went in because there was someone I needed to speak with. The Child went into over drive trying to get all the attention focused on her. I got up and left. When he boss came back to our office I had my stuff packed to leave. I closed the door and told him I didn’t want to get in a long discussion this afternoon but that he needed to know that what just happened shouldn’t have happened and that I was hurt and now I was angry. I told him I was there because I love my agents and I love what I do but that I didn’t want to be “there” now.
    He tried to tell my I really wouldn’t have enjoyed lunch with everyone and instead of letting her bother me I should focus on the ones that do like me. I told him I was old enough to know not to let an immature, emotionally scarred child bother me but right then it didn’t make a difference.

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  24. Kim I don’t know many companies who would tolerate such behavior towards a coworker. Most companies would have discharged her if that behavior continued. They are doing her no favors in allowing this to go on. I’m so sorry you are her target 😞

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  25. That person sounds very odd.

    A couple of journalism pals and I were msg’g today about the loss of the newsroom, all the energy, trying to interview someone on the phone with loud voices and the clattering (in the old days) of electric typewriters in the background. One of our really contankerous reporters, British, for a period of time maybe 15 years ago used to interview Trump on occasion (regarding one of Trump’s luxury golf courses in our area). The two of them together wasn’t pretty, we only heard one end of the conversation but it was so volatile and Trump usually wound up hanging up on him.

    Anyway, always kind of fun to be in the midst of all that — though to be honest, I’m much more of a solitary worker at heart, while I enjoyed some of the atmosphere, I wasn’t in the middle of it all, typically. So working from home or remotely has been somewhat easy for me to adapt to in these past few years.

    Now all the camaraderie, along with serious discussions, happen via Slack for the most part.

    It helps, of course, that I’ve covered the same beat for many years now, I live in the middle of that geographical beat, and am generally pretty tied in to what’s going on (so I’m not usually at a loss and needing direction for finding a story).

    But I do miss the A/C.

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  26. Kim – Wow. She’s not originally from up my way, is she? She sure sounds a lot like the receptionist who drove me out of my last job two months before I intended to leave (when I was pregnant with Nightingale).

    One of her jobs was to take messages for us (the customer service reps) while we made the morning calls for orders, which had to be finished and ready to start processing by 11:00am. She stopped taking messages for me (other than who had called), which meant I then had to spend a lot of time calling those people back to see what they wanted rather than having a message telling me what the need was. It was time-consuming and frustrating, and our supervisor was too timid to do anything about it.

    Anyway, I can imagine her doing just what you said The Child did. I am so sorry you have to deal with that crap.

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  27. Yes, wow with The Child! SMH.

    This afternoon I went and bought that blue sofa. 🙂 We’ll go pick it up when they give us the all-clear in approximately 10 business days. (Policy when payment is made by paper check.)

    I was not as convinced about getting the chair I mentioned last week, so I didn’t buy that. We could afford both the couch and chair, and I liked the chair for a number of reasons, but there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on that caused a little hesitation with it. Maybe because it didn’t rise beyond the level of “like” to “LOVE!”? I don’t want to spend close to $500 for something that’s nice, but that I’m not super excited about. There’s likely something better out there…

    My husband didn’t care either way whether I’d buy or not. He did say that, like other times we’ve bought furniture, he’d haul it himself to avoid delivery costs. That will save us $80 this time.

    I requested a book from our regional library system last week that became ready for pick-up at my local library today, so I picked it up when I was in town. Smart Approach to Home Decorating. It’s the Revised 4th Edition, according to the front cover. Just came out this year. Should give me other ideas as I put together our living room…

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  28. I sent an email to my piano parents who come to my house for lessons, telling them that the highway to our house is open again.

    I never saw so many “yay”s and exclamation points in email replies as I did from that message! 🙂

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  29. Oh, let me go run and get my ice pack we can share the moment … I think it sounds like a shin splint, treatable at home.

    Sofa: Yes, mid-century modern. It reminds me of Mad Men. 🙂

    Very popular now, though because I grew up with it, it’s not as enchanting to me as it is for others. I remember antique shopping with my mom and loving something when she’d say. nah, “I grew up with that” so it didn’t hold the allure for her as it did for me. lol

    But I will say it is sharp looking and I love that color; I had a co-worker who loved the mid-century look for its clean, straight lines. She’s maybe 15 years younger than I am and her grandparents loved the “Danish modern” look from the 50s and 60s (which my mom hated) — I think we tend to pick up our preferences from our families (and the eras in which we live).

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  30. Shin splint:

    Very common
    More than 3 million US cases per year
    Usually self-treatable
    Usually self-diagnosable
    Lab tests or imaging not required
    Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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  31. When we remodeled our church’s leased space a few years ago, they included some pulpit chairs and other elements that were clearly mid-century modern.

    Every time I see the blue chairs up front — where our pastor sits for his Q&A SS period — I keep thinking of the Dick Van Dyke Show 🙂

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  32. Mid-century modern. It’s good to have a name put to this style again. I’ve read about different styles in home decor, but am not good at remembering what is what.

    Nice house, Kim.

    First Arrow is looking to buy his first home. A big milestone.

    Piano lesson inquiries are picking up again. The early months of covid really dried things up, but the phone is ringing again, with people looking for lessons for their kids.

    I have two new ones starting next month at the studio where I work, and one more pending there. I also got a call yesterday afternoon from a mom who found my personal website and is interested in lessons for her daughter. It may or may not work, depending on what time school gets done for her daughter, among other factors. There’s still a lot undetermined about school days, dismissal times, busing vs. parents picking up kids, in-person school scheduling vs. virtual classroom, etc. What a nightmare.

    My openings at home are too early for the family if the girl would have to ride the bus home first, but if she is allowed to be picked up by her parents by 3:30, they could get to my house in time for a 30-minute lesson before my current first student of the day I teach at home.

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  33. The ice has made it so much better. I have been having trouble sleeping. Since I came here in July all of my walking has been on pavement. And there is always a slope to the pavement.

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