52 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-18-20

  1. I posted earlier on yesterday’s thread. I have WiFi on my cell phone right now. We are also going to try to find ice at Bucee’s. We put some food in our neighbors refrigerator. They have a generator.

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  2. Good morning! Thanking God for his provision for Kim’s needs.

    A lot of people in our area have suffered trees down, flooding, and power outages, too. We had a whole lot of rain, but right around my neighborhood I have seen no signs of damage, only puddles.

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  3. Morning! Is that what they call a “wood duck”? It is beautiful!
    We have no rain and we shall be needing some soon. Praying for power to be restored soon for you Kim….and thankful ya’ll are ok.
    Smoke has once again invaded out region. The smoke settles against the mountain range and just doesn’t move. Continuing to pray for those oh so close to the actual fires…..


  4. So nice to hear how you are faring, Kim and Janice.

    That male duck is so beautiful. So interesting that God chose to make the males so beautiful in the bird world.


  5. Last night Wesley sent a photo of the nice clothes he had laid out on the bed so they would not get wrinkled. A cat was having a nap on top of them. He is still house/cat sitting since the owner of the house is on extended vacay. Life with cats!

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  6. I enjoyed the “funnies”. But not funny. I didn’t understand the one about a Thermometer turning into California. I saw it before and I was puzzled by that. Still don’t understand.

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  7. I am cooking one night a week around here. Last night I made zucchini crust pizza. It turned out well, but because of allergies I had to make two separate pizzas. It was sorta mind boggling.

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  8. Handsome duck who has a sweet-looking admirer in that banner shot.

    I made spaghetti last night but cheated with jar sauce (I had some ground beef that needed to be used, threw in a couple chopped pieces of onion, apologies to Chas and Cheryl).

    I’m off today, vaca time was capping out again, so I have another wonderful 3-day weekend. I could really get used to these. Seems like a more natural life balance, 4 days of work, 3 days off. Two days doesn’t seem really sufficient when you take in time for errands, chores, rest and church.

    The company is sending us all “respirator masks” that might be needed for assignments, they’ve had them available for us for some time but they had to be picked up in the far reaches of our territory — OC or Monrovia. So a number of us “in the middle” with a 1-2 hour drive never did that; now they’re just mailing them out to our home addresses. Doubt I’ll need it, but with the fires and mobbed beaches almost always in the news, reporters are sometimes being sent to some weird and scary places.

    Saw from a (sister) church friend on FB that Wrightwood (she and her husband have a 2nd house there — it’s one of LA’s popular and closer snow get-aways) was seeing fire trucks staging in town. It’s in the vicinity of the bobcat fire.

    We’re in for another day or two of warm, 80-something weather but then it should feel more like fall for a couple days; but our hot weather is far from over, most likely. Our seasons always “fight it out” here, it’s always something of a sometimes-long, back-and-forth wobble between the outgoing and incoming seasons.

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  9. I see some candy commercials having some fun with how you can still buy all that Halloween candy this year — and eat it all yourselves (as sometimes happens anyway of course). But this year, guilt-free, there will be no trick-or-treating kids being cheated out.

    Last time I was in the grocery store, maybe week before last, there was a whole half an aisle filled with mountains of Halloween candy bags.

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  10. My husband and I just had a nice long walk in the state park, wearing light layers since it is an autumnal sort of day. We are really badly in need of rain and it was obvious when walking a park that usually has creeks but today mostly had beds with big rocks.

    I got a cool photo opportunity when fuzzy caterpillars of two different species (one dark–the wooly bear or wooly worm for you Midwesterners–and one light) passed each other on the bridge and stopped to look at each other.

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  11. From KNX one of our local news radio stations:


    When should you get a flu shot? There’s only one man to ask: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

    The the country’s top expert on infectious diseases answered just that during an Instagram Live session with actress Jennifer Garner.

    “You really should get a flu shot,” Fauci told Garner.

    Fauci said he gets his own flu shot “towards the middle and end of October.”

    He explained to Garner, “I wouldn’t necessarily get it now, in September, because there is evidence that, in fact, the immunity might wear off when you get to February and early March.”

    Fauci said even if you go late in the season, the chances of the flu vaccine running out is “really unlikely … every year there’s a certain (amount) of flu shots that we just don’t use.”


  12. Oh Cheryl I look forward to seeing that photo! We will be back east next week for a couple of days and I am in hopes we get to experience a taste of a Midwest autumn…complete with wooly worms (that was our term of endearment for them as a child) 😊
    My husband does not cook. Well he has been known to fry eggs while I am gone…but the evidence of his adventure is splattered all over the cook top and the house smells like cooked eggs…ugh!


  13. DJ, I see a comment I made last night hadn’t posted (it was still sitting on my screen ready to post). I asked did you have a peephole or some other way to see who’s at the door before opening? Seems like a very good idea for anyone who lives alone.


  14. Good news: Fauci would bet on effective and safe coronavirus vaccine by November or December

    cheryl, my front door is largely glass w/wood frame (1923 style), I have an inside sheer curtain w/blinds that go partway down, so yeah, I can peek out; as I said, I was somehow sure it was the neighbor kid, sounded like his ‘knock.’

    It was just so annoying, the guy went on and on and wouldn’t get to the point, he was wearing a mask and standing a good distance away.


  15. I was worried about that if I waited, too.

    I started getting alerts from my pharmacy in August about how flu shots were available and I should get one now, but when I googled when it was advised to get the shot (seemed too early to me), I found that the shots do lose about 10% effectiveness (per month? can’t remember exactly) as time goes on so better to wait to make sure it lasts through the full season. But I don’t think mid-September is horribly “too” early (August, yes).

    I still haven’t gotten mine though.


  16. I got my first flu shot last year. As you may recall, I ended up in the emergency room twice. Not certain the flu shot was the best option. But I will probably give it another “shot” this year.


  17. We got the flu shot as children, probably not every year but often. My dad got his last flu shot when I was a teenager and died of kidney failure, which my mom and my oldest brother both attribute to the flu shot as his major symptom (numbness in both hands and both feet) began the day after he got the shot. (I didn’t realize my brother made that connection, too, until recently. But he said Mom and Dad were visiting him, and they got the flu shot while they were there–it was probably more accessible in Phoenix than in the out-of-the-way place we were living–and Dad’s symptoms began the very next day.)

    As an adult I’ve gotten the shot a few times, but at one point I realized I hardly ever got the shot, and I hardly ever got the flu. I did the math and realized I got the flu about every ten years, which meant if I got the shot every year then I got the shot, and paid for the shot, and took the risks involved in the shot, ten times for every time I would have gotten the flu without it. I haven’t gotten the shot since. I had the flu once in Chicago (1993), once in Nashville (about 2005), and once here (this year, 2020, a mild case). So unless I got a mild case another time or two in there, I actually get it less than once a decade. The flu can occasionally cause bad complications, but so can the flu shot, so for me personally I’d rather just take my chances. (The number of 1/1,000 people dying from the flu is apparently a high estimate, from something I’ve read.) The chance of pneumonia or other complications increases as one gets older, but I’m quite a few years from being “high risk,” and basically I avoid being around people known to have the flu and otherwise just figure my chances of getting it are slight.

    My sister swears that she has only ever gotten the flu when she has had the shot and says that at least for her, the shot causes the flu and she doesn’t want anything to do with it. She also remembers it as being what killed Dad.


  18. I’ve had the flu only 3 times in the last 20-30 years, I think. But two of those times were in the past 15(?) years. I think our immune system gets weaker as we age and I have to tell you that the last time I had the flu I just remember thinking, “Yeah, I can see how people die from this.” It was not pleasant and really caused just a lot of weakness.

    I’ve had the flu shot a few times, hit and miss, mostly I skipped it. But starting about 3 years ago, perhaps, I decided to go ahead and get one each year. I’ve never had any kind of a bad reaction to it.

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  19. Chas, nor should they. I posted something on the political thread, I was sorry to hear the news as I did admire her in many ways (while still disagreeing with many of her positions).


  20. When I caught the flu, I never knew where it came from, I had not knowingly been around anyone who was sick. So it is something that gets passed around quite unknowingly. Kind of like Covid.

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  21. If there is a nominee — and yes, now I suspect there will be — I would anticipate a female. It could be a high-wire act for Trump.

    Big stressor on moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins who is facing a very tough election challenge.

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  23. Michelle, can you explain why an EMT would be more concerned about the flu than about COVID? Not being argumentative, I’m just surprised. I know the flu can sometimes cause adverse reactions, but in my experience (1) most people at highest risk get a flu shot and (2) the flu doesn’t kill people.

    A few months ago I read an article by a doctor who said he heard once again the “1/1,000 people who get the flu die of it” number and he began to think, “Wait a minute, in all my years of practice, I only know one person who died of the flu.” (In his case, it was a child who had died of complications of the flu.) He thought shouldn’t he know of more than one? And he asked around, several doctors, and no one he asked knew of even one death from the flu. Further research showed him that flu deaths are estimates, numbers that the experts expect to die of the flu each season based on the number diagnosed with it, and that the percentages they use are old. He guesses that the numbers of people killed by the flu are quite a bit lower than one in a thousand. (And I thought the 1/1,000 figure already low enough that most of us under 80 don’t really need to worry about the flu.)

    The flu can be quite miserable–I know that the time I had it in the 1990s and again in the 2000s I thought wow, this is an unpleasant disease–but I’ve really never heard of it as particularly dangerous for most people. COVID also isn’t dangerous for most people, but from what I have heard, the chance of serious side effects seem much greater.


  24. BTW, I’ve never been inclined to “blame” the flu shot for my dad’s death. I knew my mom did, but she was widowed with three teens at home and might be inclined to look for some “cause.” I knew my sister did, but she’s an anti-vaxxer and maybe therefore biased (although she puts it the other way around, that one reason she doesn’t like vaccines is that they killed Dad).

    But in a recent conversation with my oldest brother, he mentioned that the flu shot had killed Dad. I said I knew Mom blamed it, but I thought that to be just speculation, and he said no, his symptoms started the very next day after receiving the shot. He emphasized that. Dad had been healthy, he got a flu shot, and soon he was unable to drive and eventually he was hospitalized, one of the early dialysis patients, and he didn’t survive. This brother was 30 and married with a child when Dad died, and Mom and Dad were guests in their house when Dad got the shot, so he was old enough to get a better view of what was happening. I only knew that Mom connected the onset of symptoms with the flu shot and thought they must have come fairly close together, but he insisted there was very close proximity.

    That in itself would not keep me from getting the flu shot. One can have side effects from any medical treatment. It was enough to convince me that Mom likely was right in saying that a flu shot killed Dad. And it’s one more reason that for me the downside of the shot outweighs the downside of an occasional bout with the flu.


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