57 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-16-20

  1. Good Morning Everyone. I have done my 3 miles and listened to a podcast where they interviewed David Nurse. (If any of you are basketball fans you may know who he is–I didn’t). He is an “optimizartion coach”. What are the top 3 things you can do for better health? Sleep, sleep, and sleep. The best temperature for sleep? Somewhere between 57 and 65 degrees. How do you do that without draining your savings? Something called a chillipad. Next you sleep in a completely dark room, then you establish a bedtime routine and go to bed at the same time every night, so that your body starts preparing for it. I also highly recommend a box fan. I now have Mr. P turning it on, so I have him addicted to it as well.
    Coming in at number 4 is your nutrition.
    So, yesterday was a challenging day. My post last night did not paint me in the best light. I wasn’t born with the most patience of anyone, and have spent a lifetime learning to be more patient. Yesterday just took all I had, and then some.
    What’s on the agenda for today? Well, we have PT at 11 then I have promised to make cookies this afternoon. The weekend will be busy showing property. It sure would be nice if each of these buyers would write a contract on something. Yesterday’s check will pay off the last of my bills from surgery last year, finish out my IRA contribution, and make my quarterly tax payment. I have to be VERY grateful for that.

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  2. Good morning Chas. I am up because I had to report on anything that had happened overnight. Technically, I am not supposed to be on call, but it happened, although I got a guarantee that I would not have to make visits. Not nice to have to tell people that they need to wait until the next day, but we are not first responders, so nothing we do is so urgent that it cannot wait a little.

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  3. Good morning. Yesterday morning I was out to Sam’s to pay a bill and then went to Sprouts from there. That meant I was on roads I use to travel but haven’t in awhile. I passed by the church where Wesley had Scouts. It is now Globe Academy. I wonder what happened to the plaque that had all the Eagle Scouts names on it for his troop. I need to see if his troop totally disbanded or moved elsewhere. Also along the way I did not see a single Trump sign. It is all about Biden in this area.

    Later I went over to see Florence and we sat and chatted on her swing. I wore my mask but she didn’t wear one which was fine. I gave her a bag of buckwheat pancake mix (from Sprouts)and some bananas to add to the mix so she can make a treat for herself.

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  4. I was hearing on the news this morning about the real estate world and how it is very busy but it takes longer to close because of Covid delaying things. Glad you are able to get rewards for your efforts, Kim. I saw another home around the corner sold within about two or three weeks here.

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  5. Janice, my dad used to put chunks of banana or apple in the pancake batter sometimes–hadn’t thought of that in years, and I had a “sensory” memory in reading bananas and pancakes in the same sentence. I’ve always liked bananas, but didn’t like the chunks of softened, cooked fruit.

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  6. Kim, lots of times people who give sleep advice don’t struggle with insomnia (unless they tell you that they do) and either way they’re only saying what works for them. I can sleep if it’s too warm, but not if it’s too cool–perhaps being born in Phoenix physically affected me. If my nose is cold, forget it; I shiver and don’t get warm. I want a fan only if I’m actually hot, and even then I don’t want it blowing on me. (In Chicago, where I didn’t have air conditioning, if we had 90-degree temps two or three days in a row the house might be a little too warm at night. I learned that it helped to put a fan in the kitchen aiming into my open door to get some airflow, but absolutely not near me!)

    Pretty much all those general rules are actually “it depends on the person.” Everyone needs eight hours of sleep, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, these are the best hours for sleeping–all of those work for some people but not others. I do find that a sleep mask is sometimes helpful. Personally I don’t want a totally dark room; I need to be able to see enough to find the bathroom. But a sleep mask works to take away what light is in the room. But so far I’ve never found any sleep secret that works all the time. If I get three nights of decent sleep in a row, it’s remarkable–and rare. And that’s been true since I was a child.

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  7. Morning! I am going to go out on a limb and guess that is the college campus?
    Pretty and cold morning in this forest. I did get all the flower baskets safely in the garage so that they might live an extra day. Most flowers have bit the dust but the garden phlox is still blooming!
    Homes are selling unbelievably quickly around here and for ridiculous prices. β€œThey” keep saying we are the β€œnew” California… 😳

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  8. Little boy twin is much more alert now that he has a helmet. The helmet is designed to wear twenty three hours a day. It is working to forming his head more like a regular shape. Perhaps that allows for better blood flow in the brain. It is good to see him interacting with people and stuff.

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  9. Yes, Nancyjill, I did make contact. Thank you for praying. She was having phone troubles. I always contact an out of town relative of hers by Messenger since I don’t want to disturb Karen’s husband (doctor) or daughter (nursing school). I will let that relative disturb her family here if she seems it necessary. Karen thanked me and said I am the only one who is concerned to know if something may be wrong with her. She still continues to be in decline. She at times makes those comments no one wants to hear a loved one say about that the world might be better off . . . I keep reminding her that God has a good purpose for keeping her here and seeing her through so many times when she almost died.

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  10. Cheryl, you could mash up the fruit so it is not chunky. The banana buckwheat pancakes taste a lot like thin toasted banana bread with maple syrup or honey drizzled over it. They are good without extra sweetener as a topping. I also like blueberry orange (juice) or pumpkin spice.

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  11. Here in coastal California I need a very cool room to sleep comfortably. That means the ceiling fan is always running all night, on low in winter, high most other times; and the bedroom window is open. I need air, cool air. I’ve not heard of a chill-pad or whatever it is, I’ll have to look into that.

    The battle with the cat is intensifying over her new habit of slipping onto the front porch at night and refusing to come in after she claws my bedroom screen, getting me up to open the door to no avail. Last night was ugly, on the third time up (at 1:30, I believe) I went out, faked her out with some treats and managed to (barely) grab her as she forcefully resisted — I tossed her back into the house. Her ears were down as she stalked away and so were mine, virtually speaking. She didn’t come to bed until almost dawn, she must have been sulking in the spare room. Little brat.

    She used to be a very easy, compliant cat.

    I’m trying to close up the doggie door at night before she has a chance to get out for those little nightly forays and standoffs, but last night she slipped out of the gate as we were coming home from the dog walk.

    Talk about disruption to your sleep patterns.

    But the day’s begun and I’ll have a busy Friday with 2 stories to do. I’m really feeling groggy. I’m hard-boiling some eggs for energy.

    Editor is off next week for long overdue vacation time so senior editor will be handling all of the our 2 papers along with all the other LA County papers in his place. And planning is in full gear for election coverage, now I think they may have me on the day shift with a couple other regional reporters as editor is anticipating some mayhem at the polls.

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  12. You know, DJ, all those people who say they have a cat because dogs are too much work? Never did understand that one. I suppose it depends a lot on the breed of dog, but every time I hear people talk about their cats I think I value my sleep too much to have a cat, and I don’t want to have to replace things a pet has broken or otherwise destroyed. (Not that it matters, since my husband wouldn’t want a cat even if I did–though he loves me enough he might tolerate one if I really wanted one. Basically each of us has a backup if one of us were to have a weak moment with a cute kitten!)

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  13. Janice, I eat banana bread if the person who made it is one of my kids and she’s present to know whether I’ve eaten it. I don’t detest it, but I don’t really like it. I’ll eat it more readily if it has walnuts in it, though few people seem to add them. (I think I actually like it if it has walnuts in it, but it’s been so many decades since I had it that way that I’m not sure.) I like bananas a whole lot of ways, but they have to taste like banana, and they can’t be cooked. On cereal, on toasted and buttered bread (as a sandwich), on ice cream, in fruit salad, frozen and covered with chocolate, or just eaten straight–I love them all of those ways. They are good in a smoothie, too, or in Jell-O or with pudding and vanilla wafers. But I don’t cook with fruit unless it’s making a pie or using jam.

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  14. I know this properly belongs in the “politics” thread, but he is speaking now, so I will comment not:

    I can understand why someone might want to vote against Trump. But I can’t think of a single reason why someone would want to vote for Biden.

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  15. Isn’t it neat how God gave us all different senses? He made sure some like dogs and some like cats and some like both. I don’t usually find Miss Bosley to be a bother at night, but most animals and people might on occasion have reason to disturb someone’s sleep. I knew from childhood that I adored cats, and I liked dogs. I never got to have a cat for long as a child so in some ways it seems Miss Bosley is the cat I never had but needed when I was young. My brother raised Beagles for his 4-H project and to make a bit of money so I was use to having those dogs outside in a fenced off part of our yard at home. My brother always took care of them. That was when he had hoped to get into vet school, and he worked part-time for a veterinary clinic, but getting into vet school was too competitive and he did not have connections. So he got out of the dog business when he went away to college. My parents did not want to take on the care of his dogs.

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  16. I have not eaten bananas in a few years. They seemed to be giving me stomach pains. I recently read that cross reactions with certain foods can occur in those with ragweed allergies, which I have, and bananas was on the list. It wasn’t an allergic reaction I would have with bananas, just digestive upset, but I haven’t really missed them. They used to leave sores in my mouth after I ate them.

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  17. I had to look up heat pump.

    I wonder if several generations of indoor-only cats will make them more domesticated?

    I like both cats and dogs but generally find dogs to be much more compliant. lol Thus the saying ‘Dogs have owners, cats have staff.’

    I just turned in my economy story. Before that, I wrote the updated cargo #s story. I was surprised I wasn’t able to get any of the big retailers I’d contacted to respond with comments, kind of unusual as it provides one way for them to promote their brand and products.

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  18. Got the empty trash cans all pulled up for neighbor and me.

    Doing some laundry.

    Waiting for editor to get back to me on my story and whether it’s what he was looking for.

    Glad it’s Friday.

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  19. Michelle, you lost all your food again? 😦 I can imagine your being tired of it–we’re tired of it for you, and we aren’t experiencing it!

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  20. Yep. This time I did not refill my refrigerator–or really, the meat–as much as I had before.

    We don’t want to buy a generator. Being held emotional hostages like this is morally wrong. People in our community are a wreck.

    We’re tired of making claims on our wonderful insurance company. It’s not fair to them, either.

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  21. Michelle, why don’t you want to buy a generator? I’ve never wanted one either, but I can’t think whether I’ve ever in my life had the power off for six hours or longer. I know for sure I’ve never had it off for several days. If that were a regular occurrence, I think I’d want a generator, though I wouldn’t want to have to have one. (Personally, I’d move out of California, though I know you have reasons for staying.)

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  22. Well, the owners’ manual on the new Jeep has me pretty overwhelmed. My old Jeep (’07) was on the cusp of the more high-tech car technology and didn’t have 90% of this.

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  23. Michelle – Like Cheryl, I was wondering why you don’t want a generator. Out here, lots of people have them for if the power goes out for a while in the winter.

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  24. One more thing to own. Another machine I probably won’t be able to run. We have to keep more gasoline to run it–which in and of itself is a fire hazard.

    Most of my friends have trouble with gas-powered generators, except those who spend thousands of dollars to add a natural gas system onto their home. About $10K.

    Meanwhile, “legislators” are trying to get rid of natural gas in our state.

    This is expensive for many, many people. Just because we can afford this workaround doesn’t make it ethically correct. About $500 for a generator that we can turn on to keep our refrigerator cold; plus gas, of course.

    I also bridle that instead of dealing with the actual problem, P, G, & E is doing everything but fix the problem. That means all sorts of people are buying generators. We’re already paying huge electricity bills, why should we have to buy a device to counterbalance their refusal to do their job?

    Also, the state is mandating renewables as the key to everything. They’ve insisted perfectly reliable power plants that have another 20 years of life be closed because they aren’t renewables.

    They refuse to allow for nuclear power. They insist we buy electric cars–without a reasonable answer as to where the electricity is supposed to come from.

    They keep talking about renewals without acknowledging to have renewables means we HAVE to dig for rare earth metals–to make batteries which usually only last 7 years.

    I’m married to an energy expert. This is ludicrous.

    We can manage all this. But what about the poor, the infirm, the elderly?

    Turning off the power generally means phones don’t work, yet they insist we can obtain all the information we need from our cell phones.

    But towers go offline, or in the 2017 fire, 70 were burned in the first two hours.

    Our router battery only lasts 40 minutes after the power goes out. No TV, no Internet, little phone–if any. How are people supposed to get information?

    I’ve been off social media for three days. I’ve checked into social media two of those days–because there’s the fire in the air, spotter planes, etc. How ELSE am I supposed to know what is going on?

    And it goes on.

    I just want the electricity system fixed and equitable for all.

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  25. Still haven’t figured out the manual for my Forester. When I got home late from Tahoe my friend said it would have helped if I had called or sent a text. I told her, ‘ I don’t know how.”

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  26. Michelle, some aspects of that I had guessed (like needing the gas), and I agree with you that it’s ludicrous that the power company can’t provide reliable energy. And yes, the poor suffer the most in such scenarios–but really, do you have many working poor still left? (Chicago didn’t by the time I left. It was mostly people on welfare or other government aid and wealthy people. Middle-class people couldn’t afford to live there. I afforded it by living in an inner-city neighborhood, which I lived in for reasons other than finances but it also definitely helped with finances.) And the one “good” thing for the poor is that most of them don’t keep large amounts of food and would lose less. But really, it’s an unlivable situation.

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  27. That’s quite a rundown, michelle. We’re sinking. The regular middle class is in for a rough ride.

    Meanwhile, there’s a proposition on our ballot that says it will “stop hate.” That will be good. Right?

    We had a modest dog walk tonight, a little shorter and earlier than last night, and I’m determined to keep the cat locked in tonight. My knee feels better today, thankfully, I keep worrying about a relapse.

    Kizzie, reading that manual made me wonder how I’ve managed to operate this car at all.

    We’re getting some serious coastal fog tonight, that should help to cool things down.

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  28. Good morning. Little boy and I are up for night time feeding but granny is struggling to get the right consistency. Too thick, he can’t pull the formula out, too thin, he can aspirate.

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