35 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 11-2-20

  1. Cute little kids. They should have stopped by my house. I have bags of candy left.
    Good morning to the start of an eventful week.’
    We need to pray about the direction our country takes. This is vital.

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  2. Good morning! Those are darling happy children in the header. And the first trick-or-treaters I have seen in 2020! It’s nice to have some fun costumes instead of the creepy fare.

    I don’t remember many of my Halloween costumes because I think they were homemade mostly. One year I was a hobo, and another I went as Phyllis Diller since my hair could do a giant frizzy blonde afro style. I need to ask my brother what he remembers that we dressed as. When quite young our mother made us matching tiger print footed pajamas with tails on them so I think they were our costumes and pj sets until we outgrew them.

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  3. Janice I believe we all must have been dressed up as a hobo for trick or treat. We always had homemade costumes and hobo was the easiest 😊 I was “cousin IT” one years as I had very long red hair. Mom combed my hair over my face and put a bowler hat upon my head. She then place a pair of sunglasses on me and away I went. I won the most original prize at Operation Pumpkin at our elementary school that year…

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  4. Yes, hobos were easy to do. We had all homemade costumes, too. They were simple and made with old sheets or pillow cases and clothes, of course. We had those simple masks to add whatever needed in that department. I suppose cowboys were popular.

    I made several costumes for my children. Unfortunately, the tiger costume was loaned to my sister and she loaned it to our sister-in-law. I was shocked to visit there and find it under my feet in her upstairs hallway. Apparently, she just let the kids play in it and it was ruined. I passed on Holly Hobby, a clown costume that has been reused by many children and maybe an Indian costume, which seems to be out of vogue today with some nonsensible accusations. Also, a cheer leader costume. Not sure what else.

    My youngest did not do much trick or treating, because of the push against it like Roscuro speaks about. We did go to the theater, have parties ourselves or church parties. She did always wear a costume to school, since I saw no point in making that an issue. Part of this is the dark turn of what Halloween became. I am still not a fan. I am sure businesses are thrilled as it enriches a lot of them.

    These are my two youngest grandchildren. Their sister went as a very cute deer. The Vegie Tales costumes were perfect since their coats are worn underneath. My daughter’s library usually has a costume exchange, which I think is very smart. Some of my daughter’s costumes have been passed to every family and it is fun to see each child in the same costume.

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  5. Cute kids! It’s always fun to see especially the little ones in their costumes. We had no Trick-or-Treaters on our block this year, so strange as we usually get a lot of kids. But I kept my porch light off, did not have the candy to give away as LA County was pretty adamant about discouraging families from going door-to-door this year.

    I’m up early, today is prep day for tomorrow’s marathon election coverage shifts. Conference call in the afternoon. Our new Sheriff’s press passes also have arrived so my editor is stopping by to deliver mine (another reporter also lives in town so he said he might as well get them both dropped off today).

    As for the returns, we may know something about the presidential race early tomorrow when Florida and PA close, but there will still be outstanding ballots. Still, if either Trump or Biden are significantly running ahead or behind in those swing states, it could signal the election is tipping one way or the other. But I have a feeling the final tally, if results are really close, will be a while in coming.

    it’s going to be a wild couple of days ahead, either way, though, probably a wild month and end of the year. But God’s will ‘will’ be done, of that we can be sure. And ~ The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. ~

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  6. Kathaleena, my second thought, after “oh how adorable” was that those are good costumes for wearing snow suits under! So many costumes were ruined by having to wear the winter coats over top.

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  7. And down here in the Deep South we could have the opposite problem with a costume getting too warm with all the walking and running from door to door. Some years were cold and others warm.
    Remembering now To Kill a Mockingbird scenes with costumes.

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  8. I probably wore a sweater under my costume a time or two as a child, but I didn’t even own a coat. If it was cold enough (not Halloween, just in general), I’d put on two or even three sweaters. Mom and I were at the store once when I saw a really pretty long-sleeved sweater top on sale, and I told her I didn’t own any long-sleeved tops, and could we buy it? She hesitated and I offered to pay half of it, and we bought it. I still own it and it still looks good, though I’ve had to mend the shoulder and underarm seams a time or two.

    At one point it struck me as silly to have to pile up the sweaters, and I asked if I could get a coat (I’d had a hooded parka as a child, but had outgrown it). I think we might have gone to a thrift store to get one. All I know is Mom looked at coats and had me try one on, and she bought it. But she never asked if I liked it, and I didn’t, and I knew even as we were checking out that we were wasting her money, since I’d never wear it. (I also knew that if I said that out loud, then she’d make me wear it, so I just let it stay in my closet unworn.) The coatlessness wasn’t a serious problem in Phoenix, since the three winters of my junior-high years it never once even got down to freezing. But a year after I graduated eighth grade, we moved to northern Arizona, and there we got snow two or three times each winter. And for warmth I had only a bunch of sweaters, a knit Coca-cola hat someone gave me when I was a little girl, and a pair of mittens. (I’m guessing we got rid of the coat in the move.) If required to go outside in winter after the move to northern Arizona, I’d pile on the sweaters till I could hardly move my arms and I’d still feel cold. It was the first time in my life I’d experienced 20 degrees during daylight hours; Phoenix rarely even got down to freezing overnight, and it was usually above freezing by morning when it did. In Phoenix we kept water in the dog’s bowl in the backyard as well as one in the kitchen, and if there happened to be ice on the water in the bowl outside, we’d all show each other, it was so rare and noteworthy.

    Anyway, for Halloween we’d buy those cheap prepackaged costumes with a plastic “costume” and a mask, and I’d be Snow White or something. Mom said years later that it was hard even then to find costumes that weren’t witches or something else violent, but basically I’d be the same character several years in a row, and the point was never the costume itself but having one to go out trick or treating. I loved every aspect of it: being allowed outside after dark or near dark, getting candy, all of us doing it together. And my dad like Halloween and was in a good mood during it. We’d go to our own front door (a door that generally never got used–it was the “company” door, but residents went in and out the carport door or the back door), and we’d knock, and Dad would come to the door and pretend not to recognize us. But from inside, when we weren’t out ourselves, we’d hear kids knock and see Dad go to the door. A flock of children would yell out “Trick or treat!” Dad would say, “OK, show me your trick” and they would look shocked and confused. Then he’d laugh and give them the candy.

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  9. From today’s Streams in the Desert:

    But prayer is the link that connects us with God. This is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need.

    How significant the picture of the Apostolic Church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arena of martyrdom awaiting the dawning of the morning to drink up the apostle’s blood, and everything else against it. “But prayer was made unto God without ceasing.” And what was the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, the Jews baffled, the wicked king eaten of worms, a spectacle of hidden retribution, and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory.

    Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God baptize us with holy audacity and Divine confidence! He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God. But God! But prayer!
    –A. B. Simpson

    Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think.

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  10. Cheryl – The house we had in Ohio from when I was eight years old to fourteen also had a front door that was only for company, and a side door, going into the “utility room” (where the washer and dryer were) that we used. I always wanted to use the front door and enter into the nice entryway we had.

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  11. Love seeing photos of Designer Girl’s little ones. Amazing that in this one, both are standing pretty still. And holding hands. So sweet!

    There’s a photo DG shared of her oldest daughter’s confirmation in which Annika, the one on the left, is literally just a blur. Made me laugh out loud!

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  12. Oh, I didn’t think about those being Designer Girl’s children. Thanks for making the connection, Kizzie. So are those the twins?

    Your comment made me think about something. One year on yearbook, the photographer was tired of making appointments for group photos that were hard to set up because someone was always unavailable. So in two of the group photos he got creative. He’d get one or two people to enter the photo who weren’t part of the team being photographed. He’d put the camera on a tripod, tell everyone to try to be quite still, and choose a long shutter speed. And then the “extras” who were standing in for someone else, during that photo would move their heads around really fast, resulting in a blurred, unrecognizable face that then got labelled as the missing person. 🙂 It was quirky, but the groups agreed to it, and I thought it clever and accepted it too. If he’d done it in multiple shots it wouldn’t have been good, but one person in one photo and two people in another, and it worked. We also had one person in one group photo of dozens of people who could not be identified. Our guess ended up being that he was only in school for a week or two and dropped out. The yearbook staff ran that photo by everyone who might possibly know who he was, including other people in the photo with him and desk workers (who tended to know a large percentage of the students), dozens of people in all, and nobody knew. So we finally simply labelled him John Doe, even putting him in the index as such. We didn’t call any attention to his unnamed presence, but just named him. (I think that after that the photographers collected names at the time they got group photos!)

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  13. I think the girls are a year apart.

    We’ve now turned in our ballots. We had planned to walk up to the library and drop them in the box, but I accidentally tore open my husband’s ballot, thinking it was mine.

    So, we walked them in. No issues and no trouble.

    We stopped at church on the way home to rummage through one of the (many) costume boxes and found a feathered boa.

    My family is having a murder mystery dinner on Saturday to celebrate our son’s birthday. Our EMT is joining the party and needs a feathered boa for her assignment. I didn’t have one in the kid costume box, but church did–an orange one!

    I’m going as an old English murder mystery writer–hey, I wonder if I did it?

    My husband is her husband–a Lord.

    I suspect our 13 year-old grandson is being drafted as the EMT’s date. Stargazer elected not to fly down for the weekend. I think we’ll see him at Thanksgiving, but for sure at Christmas.

    Shh. Don’t tell the governor.

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  14. The stress mounts — I’ve written the “polls open” story with a lot of other info that will post early tomorrow and go into Tuesday’s print edition; I’ll be having to update the online version throughout the day Tuesday with feeds from reporters in the field throughout LA County. It’ll be hectic. Not as chaotic and frantic as working those late election-night shifts, but it’ll bring plenty of stress, especially if there are some polling place dustups.

    We’ve received reams of long emails with reminders — what our style is (Election Day is capitalized, election night isn’t), what to do when, what the flow of deadlines will be, always with the reminder, in red, to never, ever “call” a race no matter what, unless a senior editor gives an OK (which he very likely won’t do). This year is way too messy and the results will not be reliable for some time.

    We have another big staff call from 3-4 today (which reminds me I need to change the wall clock here in the office/den back room, I keep thinking it’s later than it is).

    I haven’t checked to see if we have any boarded up buildings in the downtown biz district, but there are some in LB across the bay. People find that unsettling, as they should. They say nothing like that has happened before in a national election, not even in the 1960s. I think that’s probably true.

    Each side believes the other side will be more dangerous and more violent in the wake of a loss. Interesting how the focus is always the opposite side’s possible bad actors, depending on which side is speaking.

    Hipster editor stopped by earlier to deliver my press pass and asked to use the bathroom. It’s been worse, but it could have been better. I did manage to get the shower curtain closed, I’d just started scrubbing out the tub this morning but hadn’t finished. At least the toilet & sink were clean. “You have a lovely home,” he says as he walks into the living room. I did a double take, only noticing the stack of junk mail, dust and a few empty boxes lying around. It all had that I’ve-been-quarantined-too-long Pandemic look. Umm, well, thanks, I said.

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  15. Yes, those girls are a little over a year apart in age. The blonde is older. The other has a whole lot of darker curls under that hat. These girls were surprises for a whole lot of people, but not the Lord. He has blessed us with them. Their older sister is a treasure with them.

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  16. Around March that might be, michelle

    Ugh, just got statements indicating up to $700 in med bills, including portions of all the PT, may have to be billed to me.

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  17. I’ve changed the title of this book to The Personal Saga of a Navy Family. My son will get part 1 on Saturday!

    I just typed the title of the latest chapter: 1985—the Year that Tried to Kill Us.

    I started crying, remembering, and had to find my husband for a hug.

    I thought I had dealt with this . . . He was physically away from home 75% of the year; by the time he returned for a while in Feb 1986, everything was broken–including his boat and me. 😦

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  18. I left home at 6:40 this morning and got home at 4:30. I taught a 3 hour class and a 2 hour orientation. I was around people!!!!

    I’m tired but not exhausted. Probably will be
    By the end of the week but so what! People!!!

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  19. I am determined to not watch reporting of any kind tomorrow. We are having small group at our home and we will sit down to dinner together…We will pray as a family petitioning our Heavenly Father for His divine direction and mercy. I did see a friend’s post of all of the downtown Denver shoppes being boarded up…. 😞

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  20. I left home at 6:40 this morning and got home at 4:30.

    That’s my every day schedule. And three evenings a week I teach classes. I really look forward to Thursdays.

    Mrs L and I are voting tomorrow. On election day. In person. The way the Founding Fathers intended.

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  21. I prefer voting during the advance voting period, in person. I think it helps everyone out. Since I have been a poll worker, I see it from that angle, too. And especially this year, with Covid, I wanted to avoid the crowds. I have a church friend who adores being there on election day itself for the social excitement of the event. She is an extrovert.

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