72 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 11-9-20

  1. Good morning everyone.
    Looks like this country is in a state of utter confusion now.
    My advice, if you care:
    Just go about your business. This will work out, maybe not for good, but do the best you can wherever you are.

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  2. I give the caveat above because we are slatted with the Bidens. I don’t know how we got here, but we did.
    It is well known that Hunter Biden has a crime syndicate with the Chinese. But nobody on the MSM is mentioning that.

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  3. Morning! It is dark outside and a cold 23. A tad bit of snow this morning they say and then more later this evening. I need some snow to go along with the Christmas trees…Bing isnโ€™t singing yet so it isnโ€™t Christmas, just a little bit of happy….and we all need some Happy!

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  4. Good morning and good coffee! Miss Bosley is kneeding bread on my shoulder. I hope it will turn into cinnamon rolls.

    I started into a really good fiction book over the weekend, The Promised Land, by Elizabeth Musser. The author now lives in France but previously lived in the Atlanta area. It’s fun to read about one’s hometown in a novel. The novel goes from Atlanta to Europe, the El Camino for a pilgrimage, to be more specific, which I have not gotten to yet. Looking forward to my armchair travels.

    What are people reading these days or listening to on audiobooks? That is an evergreen question because the answer frequently changes. And I know some like Chas and me have trouble reading because of vision difficulties. I am hopeful that Chas is able to listen to books. Fiction or nonfiction works well for audio, but the graphs and charts type info in nonfiction of course can not be seen with audio.

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  5. Janice, Chas isn’t able to settle in one place long enough to become engrossed in a book. I even read my Bible in spurts, some here and there as I have a break. Part of what I do is just sitting in there beside her.
    You can’t imagine how important that is to her.
    And she is the only reason I’m here.

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  6. Janice my brain freezes many times when it comes to grammatical correctness. I find myself googling the correct tense and meanings of words! And I have a life long love for the stuff! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Chas…we are thankful you are here, not only for Elvera and your family but for us as well โ™ฅ๏ธ

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  7. Thank you, Chas, for explaining that to me. I did not truly comprehend the situation until you explained it that way. I thought it was only your vision preventing you from enjoying books like you use to enjoy them. I do remember times of being a stay at home mother of an only child who was quite bright that I always had to be busy finding things for us (him) to do that would keep him busy and not doing negative behaviors. It was all consuming and tiring and gave me no time to read for myself. We did read a ton of picture books together though. I learned to love those.

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  8. Janice: That too. My days of serious reading are over. Have been over for about five years now. My reason for being here is to take care of her.
    I have no regrets. It has been a great run, more than I deserve.

    I am not that big.
    I am not that smart
    I do not look good.
    I can speak fairly well, though in my early years, I had serious stage fright.

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  9. Janice – An easy way to figure it out is to take out the other person’s name to see how it sounds. So your “And I know some like Chas and me have trouble reading . . .” would be “And I know some like me have trouble reading. . .” Because you used “like me”, that works. If the sentence had only been “Chas and me have trouble reading. . .”, then “I” would have been correct. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Don’t we all get more than we deserve?

    This morning I had a lot of praise and thanksgiving for all those who helped me come to the Lord and grow in the Lord. I was so thankful I did not listen to the world, which told me to leave behind those difficult people and just keep those in my life who make me feel good. God blessed me with opportunities to love when I would not have done it or been able to do it without The Holy Spirit. It is so easy to be like a river, only taking the paths that are easy. We miss so much by doing that. More than we can ever imagine. Worse, it takes the glory away from God. I suppose we will fight that urge until we are called home. Yet it becomes less attractive as we see God’s faithfulness.

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  11. NancyJill (re: your comment last night) – I have no problem with the thoughtful, rational folks who support Trump. I guess I must have some on the further right of the spectrum among my Facebook friends. What bothers me most is that they are also fellow believers, and are spreading a lot of disinformation. And the preachers who are making videos saying that Trump is definitely God’s man (even like he’s a prophet), and being against him is being against God. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  12. Kathaleena – Sometimes I tell God that I feel spoiled at times with all the goodness in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And that is in the midst of a lot of heartache, too. It is interesting how gratitude and contentment can somehow exist in tandem with grief and heartache. But that must be a work of God in our hearts.

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  13. I would not put any Spiritual significance on Trump’s tenure as president.
    However: Trump is all we have at this time.
    The Bidens are crooks. We will not prosper under his leadership.
    He should not even be considered.
    Does not the liberal ring of America not have decent person to represent them?

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  14. I definitely have had friends posting videos of โ€œthoseโ€ preachers Kizzie. They have even sent me emails and private messages encouraging me to watch. I understand they are a bit โ€œoffโ€ and ignore it. It is as though those friends are attempting to convince me or something. They certainly know I am not bent in that direction nevertheless they keep trying. It is sad they are caught up in that mess.
    Thank you Kathaleena for post. It is a good reminder for me โ™ฅ๏ธ

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  15. Finished an unusual WWII YA novel last night: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. (I’m so totally sick of WWII novels, I’ve boycotting them, but this one came so highly praised).

    It’s the story of a ragtag group of refugees thrown together and fleeing Russia’s troops advancing toward Germany in the closing days of the war. They’re walking through the Prussian woods trying to evade all armies and get to the refugee ships fleeing to northern Germany.

    Anyway, each character’s story/personality is written in very short 1/2-2 chapter long chapters and the book moves very quickly.

    I’d just never read about this sector and experience before and the author was very good.

    A fast read, extremely difficult story.

    I looked at the Musser book yesterday on Goodreads. Let me know if you like it.

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  16. Great post, Kathaleena.

    That YA novel sounds fascinating, Michelle. I need to look at that one.

    Chas, if Elvera has ever enjoyed poetry, you could try reading some short poems to her unless she is totally unable to comprehend that. Even reading hymns might be enjoyable or singing/humming them.

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  17. 31 degrees here and we’re planning to paint my office today. Somehow, though, we’re out of masking tape, so I’m off to purchase it, along with stew meat to make stew for dinner. It’s lovely having our daughter here for three more days.

    Emptying the office into our bedroom has now increased the bedlam throughout the house! I hope to have things back to a new normal–with more recycle bins full of paper out of my life–by Christmas.

    I’ve also been through an emotional purge with that babyhood story. I think I’ll leave volume 2 for next year!

    By the time we’re released from COVID, I may be a completely new person. LOL

    Then what will God do with me? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. One of the best YA novels I’ve ever read is another WWII story: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

    I shook my head all through the first read while flying to Chicago, I think, finishing the last page as we began our descent.

    My mouth dropped open and then I turned to the front of the book and began reading again–finishing about the time we went to bed that night.

    So interesting to read a book that completely comes together on the last page!

    If only I could write that cleverly!

    A Gentleman from Moscow was a similar read in that somehow, amazingly, shockingly, that 400+ page novel only came together using clues scattered throughout the glorious novel, in the last several pages. Truly a masterpiece. Both of them really. (Verity was much shorter, faster, and easier to read, however!)

    Those were my favorite books of 2013 and, I think 2018?

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  19. Reading on an airplane? Impossible. Several sixteen to eighteen hour flights never made it to where I could read or watch movies on an airplane. Some sleep but not a lot. Just sit there and watch out the window.

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  20. I woke up at 2 a.m. and didn’t get back to sleep until maybe around 5 (?) (I finished reading a Michael Connelly novel on the iPad). Now I’m trying wake myself up enough for the new week and a story I need to finish today.

    It is hitting me how many presidents I’ve seen come and go now. A lot! Some I voted for, many I didn’t. I think “my guy” has lost more often in the balance so losing doesn’t feel unusual lol .

    It will be interesting to see the two parties recalibrate in the next few years as the older generation of leadership, which it must do (and weirdly that’s kind of “my” generation now) steps aside for some new faces. Life goes on, and so will the country — for as long as God wills it to, anyway.

    One thing I’ve never liked about FB is the tendency for the winning side (especially when you’re not on it, haha) gloat for days on end. So I’m avoiding social media for the time being. But FB did send me one of my past “memory” posts today, it was 3 years ago today (feels longer) that the work was being done to re-fit and seal all my 1923 wood casement windows throughout the living room and bedroom. Loved that those could be saved (all except 1 pair which had to be replaced with new wood and glass).

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  21. I have finished many a book while flying on a plane. I cannot concentrate while sitting waiting to board as there are too many distractions, but once I board I can get lost in my book ๐Ÿ“–
    Dj I had memory post on FB this morning. It has been 5 years ago since we first brought Lulah home…she sure was a cute puppy ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I sent a request to the FB admins to quit attaching their own election qualifiers to every conservative page I follow…I suspect I will soon be in FB jail ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  22. US flights I read and look out the window–oh, the majesty of our continent!

    On international flights, I watch movie after movie after movie–oftimes five in a row! I can’t sleep and sometimes I nod off, but mostly I’m watching other lives in torment across the screen. The problem is usually no one wants to have lights on and they all insist on pulling down the window shades.

    But, oh, such beautiful sights I’ve seen flying over Greenland! And to see the stars touch down to earth or behind it on the curve. Gorgeous.

    What fools those mortals be to miss the glory of God simply by looking out the window!

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  23. Our snowstorm finally ended sometime late last night. There is at least a foot of snow over the whole driveway, with some parts drifted deeper. I won’t be able to shovel out the shop door by myself – 2 feet deep and about 20 feet wide. I’m just going to sit in the house and do housework and watch TV and chat with all of you ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps our wonderful neighbours will come by with their tractor and plow.

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  24. Chas, when God’s Old Testament people (Israel) were going into exile in Babylon, God gave them this word through Jeremiah: “This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: โ€˜Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and father sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may give birth to sons and daughters; and grow in numbers there and do not decrease. Seek the prosperity of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord in its behalf; for in its prosperity will be your prosperity.” (29:4-7)

    Basically, yes, God has had His people in lands under all kinds of rulers. North Korea has believers. Japan had a few believers in days of brutal persecution. We are called to be faithful in our daily lives, and that is true whatever the government.

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  25. Nancy, we’ll visit you in prison ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, Twitter and FB have become too big for their britches, as the old folks used to say.


  26. The sun is shining, but it’s still cold here in the LA harbor (colder in the mountains, I’ll need to check on the snow levels from this past storm, skiers may be happy). Meanwhile, the gardeners are busy mowing and leaf-blowing around my house.

    Hello to another week in the pandemic of 2020. (National numbers are still rising at a somewhat alarming rate, but deaths are more stable, though still too many — but our treatment protocols and knowledge seem to be improving — and the potential vaccine-in-the-works news this morning helped our collective moods, I trust.)

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  27. It is snowing nice fat flakes! But alas the sun is beginning to shine through a bit. The ground is white adding more Happy to my day!
    I need to go find Bing singing White Christmas now ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ

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  28. Today may be the last day of spring here. My husband and I went to a state park we’ve visited before and that we really like. Not only was it warm for November (in the seventies), but at one point a wind came up and it was a warm one–completely unexpected even on a warm day this late in the year. We had the trail practically to ourselves, so we were able to hear the creek well, and we saw a lot of birds, including five of the seven Indiana woodpeckers (including the red-bellied sapsucker, definitely the one we see least), a bunch of squirrels and an occasional chipmunk, and some wildflowers hanging in there. It’s supposed to be 79 so we’re likely to hit 80, and after that we’ll go into the real world and realize it isn’t spring, but fall, and winter is probably eventually going to get here.

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  29. And Eureka!

    I spotted a random, left-behind green Christmas tree bulb from last year, 2019 before all this mess of a year was to dawn, in a corner under a small table. I apparently haven’t swept under that table in a while. Or maybe it was somewhere else and the cat rolled it under there, who knows. I have no idea how I could not have seen that all these months, weird.

    I think it must be a sign that it’s time to start hauling out the Yuletide decorations.


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  30. I hear my washing machine running! Again . . . there is always more.

    I had the carport and driveway cleared of fallen leaves around noon. Again . . . there is more.

    A friend posted photos of a new crop of kittens at her house. Several are all white fluff balls. I sure would like to get Miss Bosley one for Christmas.

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  31. Mac and cheese is the favorite in the South? Not with my family. I don’t remember having it for a holiday meal. Cornbread dressing is my favorite. I was surprised to see rolls and biscuits appeared. I guess that would be homemade yeast rolls? We always have either little brown and serve store bought rolls or garlic breadsticks. They are good but not mandatory especially since dressing serves as the carbohydrate fof the meal.


  32. Go, deviled eggs!

    So, here’s a QOD: what was on the Thanksgiving table when you were growing up? I’ll start:

    Turkey, two kinds of cranberry sauce (from the can), two kinds of olives, pickles, dressing (homemade, and we called it stuffing), carrot-raisin salad (shredded carrots, raisins, diced apples, walnuts, and mini marshmallows), mashed potatoes and gravy (homemade for both, and I took mine without gravy), candied sweet potatoes (canned sweet potatoes, margarine, large marshmallows, brown sugar), brown-and-serve rolls, peas. I think we might have sometimes had a veggie tray of sliced carrots and sliced celery. For dessert, pumpkin pie and another option, usually mincemeat I think; it was definitely pumpkin for me.

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  33. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato (yam) casserole (mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top), corn, gravy, jello salad of some sort, pistachio salad (pistachio pudding, cool whip, marshmallows and crushed pineapple – a family tradition that cannot be left off the table to this day), green salad, buns (brown & white), cranberry sauce,pickles. For dessert some sort of fancy cheese cake thing that no-one could eat ’cause we were all too full.

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  34. Just read that Parler has a reputation for “far-right content, antisemitism, and conspiracy theories”. Interestingly, Saudi nationals make up a fair amount of the user base. I wonder why?


  35. I love cornbread stuffing, as well as regular stuffing. Never had the cornbread kind, though, until I married Hubby. It quickly became a favorite.

    I also love mashed potatoes and gravy.

    When I was pregnant with Nightingale, I kind of craved those foods. Hubby would make them for me quite often.

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  36. Growing up in Ohio on Thanksgiving our table was set with potato salad, jello, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and Ohio corn that was put up in the freezer that previous summer. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows/brown sugar on top was a given as were the pickled beets (eewww!). Mom always had dinner rolls and jelly on the table and if company was coming she would have a nice ham to go with the turkey. Pumpkin pie was an absolute must for dessert.

    Kizzie I had researched Parler before signing up and saw nothing eluding to what you found. There are many more conservative pages on there such as Hannity, Ted Cruz, and Mark Levin. I donโ€™t know how to really set up anything on there but it doesnโ€™t seem to be like facebook at all. It seems more like Twitter which I donโ€™t like. We shall see how this all shakes out…they havenโ€™t put me in Facebook jail yet ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  37. Turkey, dressing (Iowa style, with sage, not too dry, not too wet, my mom always lamented that she could never get it just quite right), mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, biscuits (which we often forgot and they’d get burned in the oven) — pumpkin pie, always.

    I had an uncle who would always declare, just as the meal began, that he must have “died and gone to heaven.”

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  38. Turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans (not casserole), relish tray, cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle with nuts on top (unsweetened since my brother had diabetes), fruit salad, brown and serve rolls, pickled peaches flavored with cloves, green olives stuffed with pimento peppers, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie all made from scratch from home grown pumpkins, and at some point later on I began making gingerbread turkey cookies (I had a cute turkey cookie cutter).


  39. Turkey, mom made sage stuffing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes (not required to eat potatoes or gravy, yeah!), mom made dinner rolls, candied yams in brown sugar and butter until sticky, corn, fruit salad, black olives, green olives, sweet pickles, sour pickles, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie, apple pie.

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  40. NancyJill – I just shared that as a head’s up for anyone who might go on there, to be aware of what you might find. It probably also depends on who you are in contact with.


  41. I totally stayed away from the cranberry “stuff” for some reason. Now I love it especially on white-meat turkey slices (rather than gravy, for sure).

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