43 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-1-20

  1. How did it get to be October so soon?
    I think I’ve said this a couple of times before.
    Elvera’s dad once said”
    “The hours drag on, but the months and years whizz by.”

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  2. Thank you, Chas. As far as I know, all of those are flowers. Several of the flowers in the other day’s montage are also in this one; this one has more shots than the other one. This too is all tree blossoms, but with space for more photos than the other one had. (The other one had 13 and this has 25.) No two flowers here are from the same tree. I’m not a tree expert and I don’t know if some of these represent different cultivars and not different species. There are, for example, two buckeyes (bottom left corner and the shot two photos up from it)–I’m nearly positive these are different species, but without knowing the history of buckeyes I don’t know for sure. And there are actually four dogwoods in this one–the lower right corner has one, and if you see the grid as three concentric squares with the redbud blossom forming the center square, look at the photos in the second square and there are three in it of three different colors, the standard dogwood color, a pink, and a green. The dogwood at the lower right had flower bracts of multi-colored hues, but it’s likely just a cultivar. My hunch is that everything else is a true species, but I honestly really don’t know. (Are pink dogwoods their own species?)

    Anyway, this area is known for its flowering trees. In 2018 we were making plans to move down here, and we were in fact in town during the blooming town. However, we were running around doing errands in moving, and I couldn’t just take time to run around town taking photos of trees. So I made a mental note “Next year!” In 2019 weather didn’t really cooperate. I think we had several heavy rains that knocked down the blossoms or something. I got shots of a few late bloomers (e.g., the green dogwood), but mostly had to wait for 2020. This year I made sure to get the shots!

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  3. Good Morning. I have already been for my 2 mile walk, listened to a podcast on how McDonalds made it into Japan in the late 60’s/early 70’s. They have Donald McDonald not Ronald.
    Now I am dressed and ready to go on theh Smart Home Demonstration for the Buyer I put under contract this past weekend. It is a cash deal and is closing in TWO WEEKS!!!! Just about the time I may need that insurance deductible.
    I am also about to order Little Miss a Bitty Baby “doctor kit” to put up for Christmas.

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  4. Well, we got Bitty some pajamas too and a reindeer friend, then we went to the last chance store and got baby bottles and a bib. Little Miss found something else in the magazine yesterday that she said, “You buy this for me Mimi?” I told her it was expensive and as long as I was buying diapers I couldn’t afford it. Only Big Girls who don’t wear diapers can have something that costs that much.

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  5. Good morning. I was out looking through the telescopes this morning. Still have not figured out the Dob but it will come, I hope. Did some reading in Second Chronicles. Now it is off to my morning walk and then check the game cameras to see what was out and about in the night. I know the great horned owl was in the top of the chicken tree about four thirty, as I heard the chickens putting up a fuss. But it won’t be on the camera unless it was mousing on the driveway.

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  6. We have owls in our neighborhood. That brings happiness to my heart when I hear them. The sounds of birds always reminds me of God. For years I would think of Him while listening to before dawn birdsong. But then I began to hear owls in the night to be reminded of God in the long hours of darkness.

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  7. I cleared something up with my friend last night. That was difficult for me to be honest and not just withdraw. Still feeling slightly wounded. Instead of staying for dinner, I went for a long walk up by the church. It was good to get out in the woods. I was careful to go early enough to have plenty of light.

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  8. Good morning, from my new room. I am nearly all moved in, just a couple of boxes of books and records waiting for their shelves to be put up. Just waiting for hardware – there are shortages for anything to do with renovation it seems.

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  9. Happy Oct. 1, 2020.

    I keep a flashlight on all the time walking now since I always take the dogs out after dark — there are enough bumpy sidewalks around here that I decided it probably was wise. I didn’t used to feel I needed one (only took one to use if absolutely needed), but the knee has made me more cautious. It also makes us more visible. While the knee is much better, I still don’t walk “easily” — and the dogs go in fits and starts as one will suddenly stop to sniff something, or sometimes get too close to my feet.

    I heard an owl, maybe two?, in the giant tree out in front of the one neighbors’ house last night as I was finishing up the watering, it was pretty much dark by then, the days are getting much shorter. Such a soothing sound, it made me smile.

    Our temperature is going up to 93 again today but it should be back “down” to 80 by Sunday and then into the 70s next week, thankfully. Very dry and windy out also, however, which is the kind of weather wildfires like.

    Fall never arrives “cleanly” here, it’s intermixed with hot, dry summer weather that often lasts all the way through October and even beyond.

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  10. Donna, I know S. California is different from N. Carolina. But still, if you have an impediment at all, it would be best not to go out after dark. The lack of light can make trivial events serious.
    Now.
    Back to minding my own business.

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  11. Warning taken, Chas, thanks. It’s a time that’s just worked out best — my mom also always walked dogs at night, now that I think about it. I have also walked dogs early in the mornings, that’s been more complicated with work schedules (combined with the fact that I’m SO not a morning person).

    We usually go early-ish and are careful. I do love the quiet peacefulness walking in the evenings (and there are usually other dog walkers out, too). We aren’t out for long, especially right now with my knee still “coming back” and the dogs dealing with some arthritis.

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  12. I don’t walk at night: coyotes, mountain lions, that sort of thing. I want to see them at a distance. When I was in various cities, I often walked at night and usually carried a flashlight.
    My walks are almost always peaceful though a couple years ago, a crop duster flew by.

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  13. “coyotes, mountain lions” — and exchange LAPD helicopters circling for crop duster — and it sounds kind of like it is here.

    OK, no mountain lion sightings in years now (and they were always debatable). But LA County is trying to help them make a comeback.

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  14. ‘North by Northwest’ is actually a revamp, for American audiences, of Hitchcock’s 1935 film version of the classic John Buchan spy novel. Hitchcock added several elements in 1935, including a love interest, which the original novel lacked, and then in ‘North by Northwest’ made that love interest a love triangle. But the scene with a plane bearing down on the hapless fugitive in a landscape without cover was John Buchan’s invention, only in the original story, it was a biplane on the northern British moors.

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  15. Buchan also probably was the inspiration for the love triangle, as he wrote five more spy novels with the main character of ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’, John Hannay. The third in the Hannay series (the first three books are the best, being set in WWI), ‘Mr. Standfast’, has a love triangle between the hero, his lady love, and the villian. But Buchan’s heroines were always of unsullied Victorian virtue, unlike Hitchcock’s.

    The second book in the Hannay series, ‘Greenmantle’ is quite interesting for its plot, as it is centred around the historical facts the the Ottoman Empire was on Germany’s side in the war, and that the Turkish portrayed the war as a jihad in order to try to keep the loyalty of its disaffected satellite provinces. The novel, being a novel, does not deal with how the Hashemite tribe of Mecca and Medina were induced to desert the Turkish standard, despite the Turkish use of Jihad, by promises of aid from the British in forming an independent Arab state. Buchan was writing his novels during the war, and could not see certain details, and T.H. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) had not yet released his account of fighting with the Arabs to gain Palestine and Syria. But Buchan does make use of the expectation of a 12th imam, making it a crucial plot point, although, as I have since discovered, the 12th imam is actually something that is unique to Shia Islam, and the Sunni do not have the same tradition.

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  16. I have not heard much from Wesley lately. He is obviously very busy. When I got the mail I found a scholarly journal, Christianity and Literature, published by John Hopkins University Press with an article by him. I knew he was writing something so although I have not heard anything for a couple of weeks, I can at least read his article. But can I understand it?
    “Rewriting Epic and Redefining Glory in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder”

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  17. I don’t believe any of the scene at 12:30. all the guy needs to do is wait until the plane gets close, then run 90 degrees away. Planes are not as agile as people.

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  18. Nice, Janice! Congratulations to Wesley — and you & Art for raising a true scholar 🙂 Very impressive.

    Chas, I think you’re too much of an engineer to suspend belief for an action movie. You just get to ruin it for those watching with you? lol Just kidding.

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  19. Michelle, fun fact about ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’: The author, John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir, was Canada’s Governor General (the Queen’s personal representative) from 1935-40. Hitchcock pays subtle tribute to this in his 1935 film, by having the main character John Hannay – played by Robert Donat, a fellow asthmatic – be from Canada. In the novel, Hannay is from South Africa.

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  20. I didn’t mean to kill the thread. But the first thing I thought before I opened the link was if I were that man, I would run 90 degrees right.
    You can’t outrun an airplane.

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  21. Well, I haven’t been subjecting you all to the play-by-play reminiscing of what was going on three years ago as I thought I might. (You’re welcome. 🙂 )

    The gist of it all was that the bleeding from the bladder kept coming, it was eventually found that it was due to the prostate tumor rubbing against the bladder, but it took a long time for them to figure that out. As each weekend approached, we knew that nothing would be done then, which was very frustrating, especially as the weeks dragged on. And it seemed that very little was actually done during each week to figure out and treat what was happening.

    Hubby was quite upbeat initially, but the long hospitalization, with not much happening, wore him down. He just wanted to come home, and we wanted him back home. A few days before he died, as we were either driving into the hospital parking lot or driving out again, I had “a feeling” that he would not be coming home.

    On this day three years ago, his kidneys had shut down, and the doctors had no idea why, as the usual reasons for that were not present, and he was having dialysis. It had taken four hours to start a line for it, and he also had to have a painful ultrasound on his abdomen where he had been having pain. When I finally got to see him, he was exhausted, and not up to a visit, so I merely went in and told him, “I love you. I’m praying for you.” He replied that he loved me, too. And that was our last conversation.

    That night, I lie in bed sobbing, and crying out, “My poor husband! My poor husband!”

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