49 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-21-20

  1. Good morning everyone.
    I’m glad to see that Jo arrived safely.
    We need to remember that when we ask for prayer about something, we are obliged to respond about the event.

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  2. I see on the news link that Trump is calling for an investigation of the Bidens.
    Wrong move. He may be correct, but it only looks like an election ploy now.
    As I’ve said several times before. The one thing I don’t like about Trump is hat his mouth runs ahead of his brain.

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  3. Good morning, Chas. Good morning, all.
    I was at Publix at 7 a.m. The workers have time to say hello then when hardly anyone is in the store. Everything seemed we all stocked except they did not have as many canned beans. I did not go on the paper aisle so I can’t speak about that. We’ve been using Sam’s for paper supplies.

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  4. Interesting bug collection on the header. It’s much better than all the pinned collection that Wesley put together for earning his Scout merit badge. He could identify every insect there. He was an asset to his Scout troop with all he knew about the natural world. I consider how much time and patience it took for Cheryl to get all those good photos. Good job on that Cheryl.

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  5. Has anyone stuck with their Bible reading plan for the year? I was listening on audio to Max McLean read through my church’s plan but dropped away a few months ago. I need to do double duty if I want to finish by year’s end.

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  6. Publix, where shopping is a pleasure. What I like about Publix is that if you even look confused there is someone there asking how they can help you. I also like their Apron Meals and since Mr. P has physical therapy in the same shopping center as Publix I have been able to pop in and get GOOD BOGO New England brand coffee. Last week we got sandwiches from the deli. I was so excited, they have their cranberry relish out. I always love that this time of year I can get a turkey sandwich with cranberry relish. (Notice I didn’t say I love this time of year–the days are getting shorter and I am dreading it).
    Janice, do they have the already “meal prepped” meals in your store?

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  7. The header photo is dragonflies and damselflies I photographed this year. As far as I know it is just one shot per species, but the bottom 15 photos are damselflies and they can be particularly tricky on ID, since there are so many similar ones. Damsels and dragons alike can have male and female with different color, and they also can emerge from their larval skin without their full adult color (some species get it over time), and I’m not an expert. For instance, the bottom row near the right side has two damselflies posed very similarly. The blue one is probably a male, and the brown one (photographed near the same spot, one of three I got there) is likely to be a female of the same species. Since I wasn’t sure and since they’re two different colors, I included both photos. But if they are one particular species, apparently the female can come in any of several colors, including blue like the male (but less vivid), brown like this one, and a couple of others.

    In a separate post I’ll explain what’s going on in several of those photos. I have identified most of the species, so if you want to know a species I can tell you, but since it probably doesn’t matter to most people, instead I’ll explain the photos but not ID them.

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  8. Morning! It is a tad bit windy in this forest and overcast. The promise of snow this weekend is being told by our weather experts…how we pray for a foot of the frozen wonder! ⛄️
    We had a sweet time at small group last evening. Our precious LeRoy was looking well and was delighted to see us all as we were to see him!
    Last week LeRoy’s son died in his sleep…his son was 56years old and attended our church. It has been a difficult journey for the family yet we sensed the presence of our Lord in the midst of it all…there has been a peace that passes all understanding. That pulling together, living life as a family our Lord has intended has been ever so sweet.

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  9. Kim, what is that brand coffee like in comparison to Starbucks dark roasts or Peets dark roast? I have seen the ready to cook meals which look good, but I have not used them.

    It’s rather amazing to think that for almost a year now I have made most all our meals since we started the almost vegan diet before Thanksgiving last year.

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  10. Kim, if you get on the mailing list, Publix sends out 5 dollars off coupons every so often. They expire quickly though. I got BOGO extra light olive oil this a.m., just what I went in for. That makes for a happy day.


  11. Good morning. Happy belated birthday to Elvera and to Kare’s daughter. I hope the day was lovely for both of them.

    Janice’s question on sticking to one’s Bible reading plan for the year: I started the year by continuing to do last year’s plan until it was finished, as I’d gotten behind on that one. Around the time I was finishing up the 2019 plan, I discovered this page with unaccompanied psalms singing: http://llpb.us/Canticles-Psalms-Ants.htm

    I simply listen to one “box” a day, following along in my King James Bible, and repeating after the psalm singer. I started on May 1 and will finish December 1. I am currently on schedule, and find that doing the psalm [or psalm portion] first thing in the morning is a peaceful way to begin the day.

    Perhaps I’ll do the Old Testament Canticles, also at the link, in the early part of December after finishing Psalms. Then after that, there will be about two weeks of the year left. I’m not sure what I’ll do then, but I look forward to seeing what parts of Scripture the Lord leads me to next.

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  12. Busy week with new piano students. #19 and #20 — siblings — started on Monday, and #21 started yesterday: a high school student taking piano for the first time. She is a friend of one of my other students, and the family was referred to me by the friend’s family.

    It is interesting that, out of the five high school students I currently have, three of them are studying piano for the first time. My hat is off to them, taking up something like this new, at an age that isn’t the typical beginning age.

    By contrast, tomorrow I meet with the three-year-old and his dad for the initial consultation/assessment. I could use prayers for wisdom and ability to use clear discernment on whether the boy would be better off waiting to begin ongoing lessons or starting soon. I’ve got ideas on what to do to check his readiness tomorrow, but am not sure whether I’ll make a decision on the spot or ask for time to think things through a day or a few before deciding.

    I’ve also got another student starting November 5. That’s the seven-year-old who has been playing for three years already. I haven’t heard him play, and won’t until his first lesson, so that will be interesting and another think-on-my-feet opportunity like I’ve had with many other transfer students, though of course they are all unique. Some general principles apply, but once in a while there are a few fun surprises or little quirks that become evident, the variety of which I (usually) enjoy. 😉

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  13. Janice, I can’t answer the coffee question. I find Starbucks coffee bitter and I am not sure I have had Peets. I buy the New England brand Breakfast Blend when I am at Publix and it is on sale. I will drink almost any kind of coffee, except last time I bought Maxwell house it was disgusting. Mr. P likes a nice coffee so that is a splurge item. He buys what he likes –Usually Dunkin Donuts brand. I wouldn’t pay full price for the New England, but I will pay the half price.

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  14. Early this year I signed up for a group on Flickr that was committing to take 100 photos on a theme, your choice as to theme, over the course of the year. Some chose themes I found boring. One chose a theme I’d never do, but that was fascinating: pairs of shoes found for sale in thrift stores. She photographed them well and found some really interesting ones (think high-heeled shoes with lots of bling).

    I chose to get 100 insects, and to make it a little bit of a challenge, decided they had to be 100 different species. This was my first summer with my new close-up snap-on lens, and the last two summers I’ve seen and photographed at least 100 species, so I knew I could do it. I actually went well beyond that (though one is only allowed to post 100 photos to the group itself)—although I haven’t identified all my species and a few of my shots are undoubtedly two photos of the same species, I have about 450 species. (About 460 photos in the album, so allowing for a few duplicates I may have reached 450 and definitely have well over 400.) I also got at least two dozen spiders, maybe as many as 30, though I counted them separately. Add several dozen species of birds, half a dozen turtles, more than half a dozen mammals, etc. and it has been a good year for wildlife photography. But then I have also been outside every day since some time in April and have photographed at least one fauna species every day since the end of April, and have taken at least 60,000 photos so far this year! I’ve also taken a lot of shots of wildflowers.

    After each sort of insect seemed likely to be mostly finished for the year (or finished in terms of my getting new species of it), I made a montage of species in its type, for instance bees or beetles, or in this case the dragonflies and damselflies.

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  15. In photographing damsels and dragons, I’ve been amazed at how many colors they come in. I didn’t get any bright purple ones this year, though I got some that were a purplish gray (see third photo on the bottom row); last summer I got one that was bright purple (a damselfly). There are several red species, but that is one of the rarest colors I see, and I only got one this year (top left) and unfortunately it was in the shade on a cloudy morning. I didn’t get any gold ones this year, but one female is a metallic gold. Some species have colored wings. If you look at the very center of the montage, I have finished the dragonflies and started the damselflies with species with colored wings. I’ll start with those, and I’ll name those, since they are among the more interesting species. The yellow-winged dragonfly is the eastern amberwing. Not counting one rare species, this is the smallest dragonfly in North America—its total length just one inch or less. That tiny size combined with usually seeing it over water make it hard to photograph, but this year I found this male in the grass and got several photos of it after I almost stepped on it! What it is doing in this shot is called obelisking. If dragonflies are warm enough, sometimes they point their abdomen straight up in the air so less of their body is getting new sun and they won’t overheat. The damselfly next to him with the colored wings is the ebony jewelwing, and here we go from smallest to largest. Most damselflies are smaller than most dragonflies, but this one is more than two inches long and some sources say it can grow up to three inches. I don’t know if it is the largest North American damselfly (it may be), but it is one of the most distinctive with those black wings and highly iridescent blue-to-green body.

    All right, let’s go back to the top. I put the red one first, but after that one are three species with spotted wings—they look a bit alike, but they are three species. The third one is the one whose female is bright gold, but I didn’t see a female this year. After the spotted ones is an eastern pondhawk; females and young males are green, but older males are blue; the one at the end is blue too, but a different species (slaty skimmer).

    In the second and third rows are some of my favorite shots. The second row starts with two close-up shots, especially the first one. I’m not sure, but these actually may both be the same species. The left one is a female blue dasher, and the next one may be a male blue dasher (one of our most common species, though I didn’t see as many this year). The third shot in the second row was a good find: a dragonfly coming out of its larval skin. This was out over the water and I couldn’t get as good detail as I would like because I couldn’t get as close as I needed to, but I was thrilled to find it. All dragonflies and damselflies live in the water as larvae, and they crawl out to become adults. This new adult (teneral) is on its larval shell (exoskeleton or exuvia) and hasn’t yet expanded its wings yet. Unfortunately I don’t know the species of this one. Moving to the third row, the photo at left shows a pair of dragonflies laying eggs (ovipositing). These are common green darners, and they typically lay eggs in pair formation. In the mating wheel, the male grasps the female by the back of the neck, and she brings her abdomen forward to pick up sperm he has already deposited on the underside of his abdomen. Some species, after mating, the male continues to hold on to her, as here. It’s called mate guarding, since another male can’t come along and mate with her while he’s holding her. Her abdomen is underwater, and she is probably piercing a plant under the water to lay an egg inside it. Skip all the way over to the next to last photo on that third row and you’ll see a damselfly laying eggs without a male guarding her. This was one of two laying eggs side by side in my pond.

    The last photo I’ll mention is in the fourth row down, fourth photo from left. That is a pair of damselflies in the mating wheel. Dragonflies and damselflies all mate this way, and they are the only insect that does so. The bright blue one is the male, and I don’t know what species this is.

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  16. Okay, two baths done, started second breakfastes, now that gramps has finished the scrambled eggs and hash browns with corned beef. Earlier it was chicken and banana and sourdough pita bread and pancake. Eating machines, they are. It is nice that we have thirteen caring for baby twin girl and fourteen tends the one year old boy. They did a puzzle this morning and played trucks. Meanwhile, little twin boy is playing on the floor by granny.

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  17. (I agree with Republican pollster Frank Luntz, no one cares about the Hunter Biden mess. No one. We’re all ‘scandaled out’ by politicians, it comes with the territory now. Voters, who are already voting in huge numbers, care about Covid, they care about the economy and mostly they yearn for just a little bit of normalcy in the national life, not the high-drama spectacle they’ve been treated to of late.)

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  18. The cat was on the front porch this morning. 😦 But the spiked mats prevented her from getting close enough to the window to scratch the screen, she just sat there and meowed until I got up and let her in.

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  19. Actually I care about the Hunter Biden scandal. But I had zero chance of voting for Biden even without it. Even if it is the most important “issue” of this election, the media isn’t going to cover it, and Trump’s talking about it isn’t going to help Trump. People expect politicians to be crooked, and no one is voting for either of these guys because they think they’re excellent role models for today’s young people. (BTW, Mumsee, I don’t know if you went back to yesterday’s politics thread after you asked a question on it and sent me there, but I did write an answer.)

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  20. Ok, granted, Cheryl. Yes, it’s a legitimate issue but it’s not an issue that most average lower-information voters care about, especially this late in the campaign. It’s not going to persuade voters one way or another. Most by now have their minds made up. It’s just more “noise” in the last-minute campaign atmosphere and Trump is losing time if the continues to focus so much on that.

    People want to hear more about what he’ll do in a second term, how things might improve under him. They want a vision. He’s too preoccupied with getting crowds to chant “Lock him up!”

    That may be great for the base, but it’s not persuading any of the swing voters he absolutely needs to win this thing.

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  21. Cheryl, I did return, several times, which is why we were having a discussion. But I read your answer as continuing thoughts as I did not see it addressing the direct question. Responded on that thread.

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  22. I buy the more expensive coffee when it is on sale, and Sam’s has really big packs of Starbucks for a great price. From what you said, Kim, I think my brother would like the New England brand. I would like to have something here that he would drink.

    Lately I have been splurging on Sparkling Red Grape juice. I have enjoyed it by myself because red fruits and veggies could be a catalist for forming kidney stones which Art does not need.

    My ladies’ group just finished up the book of Daniel. It was a time to say goodbye to one leader. Sad to lose her. Now I need to post all the prayer requests.

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  24. I don’t think that was what I had intended unless you see a hawk looking at a tiny little bird staring back at it.


  25. DJ, I thought of you today as I put the finishing touches on my new bookshelf, because it is a rotating shelf.

    I have less square footage in this new room, and my old room had, as every upstairs room has, built in shelves for books on the upper half of one wall. So, finding shelf space for my books was going to be a challenge. I had about 18 inches of space in one corner, and I researched options for narrow shelves. I calculated I had 15 feet of books that needed shelves, and realized that an plain bookshelf from floor to ceiling would not hold all my books. So, I settled for a rotating bookshelf, as I could store twice as many books in the same amount of space.

    I researched as much as I could on design, since none of the rotating shelves available were a) affordable and/or b) what I need in terms of capacity. Eventually, I worked out a plan, and my father and I, with a few false steps along the way, managed to build it. I just finished it today. It fits all my books, and the space perfectly. It is the second piece of furniture I planned (I never put anything on paper, although I have taken a drafting course) and built with my father for this room. If my first career doesn’t work out, I could always become a carpenter 🙂

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  26. I love my spinning bookcase, it sits right next to the desk in the office/den are where I spend most of my weekdays now (amid stacks of papers, two laptop computers and one unused desktop that’s quite old). And they really are space savers, I hadn’t even though much about that aspect of them.

    I often think about Norma’s story about this one, how her dad, who worked on sets for one of the nearby film studios, found it sitting out on a parkway to be hauled off as junk (in the 1930s or 40s?) and brought it home where he put it back together and refinished it.

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  27. I guess I can’t post that photo since it was from a Facebook group. It is one of the coolest bird photos I have ever seen. Maybe I can at least copy and past the caption.


  28. Okay, will try.
    Post by Anne Baldwin:
    “Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming! I had just finished eating lunch on my patio this morning, when I heard the juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk calling from the nearby pine tree. Then I saw a small bird fly onto a branch very close to the hawk. I grabbed my camera and could hardly believe what I saw: the Hawk staring at a male House Finch almost beak-to-beak. I would say there was 6-8 inches between them. They stayed in companionable silence for around 4 minutes, obviously interested in each other. Nature never ceases to amaze!
    Oceanside, CA July 17 2020”


  29. What my vet just tweeted about this other tweet below:

    “End of experiment. Can we now shut up, step back 8 feet and wear a mask? It’s a virus. A very infectious and difficult one. It’s not about any politicians. It’s about lasting through the mess and getting on.”


  30. And on another popular topic:


    Want to throttle someone you know over politics?

    You’re not alone.

    Two weeks from an election that has fueled more bitter divisions than America has seen in decades, it feels harder than ever to interact with people who have vastly different views. And as much as we might want to avoid these folks, it’s not always possible—or desirable—especially if they are friends or family.

    Many of us feel a responsibility to express our political opinions. But we want to coexist peacefully with our loved ones, as well, even if their politics drive us crazy. To get advice on how to keep our relationships healthy, I spoke with Jeanne Safer, a psychologist who has had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan for more than 45 years. For four decades, she’s been in a mixed political marriage—she is a Democrat and her husband is a Republican and a senior editor at the conservative magazine, “National Review.” Their marriage inspired her latest book: “I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics: How to Protect Your Intimate Relationships in a Poisonous Partisan World.” …


    Apologies in advance as WSJ has a strict paywall, but they’ve been promoting this one on Twitter so it may be accessible.

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