52 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 11-16-20

  1. Good Morning! What a cute kitty! How does Annie like her neighbor? 🐱
    Beautiful day in this neighborhood and I need to make a trip to Home Depot. They are limiting the number of customers allowed in stores…I may be standing in line…for paint!

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  2. Catching up over the weekend there was something posted about sharing information that was told to you in confidence and whether or not to share with someone else.
    I always assume what you tell me is confidential and do my best not to repeat it to anyone.
    I never want anyone again in my life say, “Well Kim told me…..” unless I am 99% sure what I tell you is true.

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  3. I went to Publix for a card, balloon, and a gift bag for Karen’s gift. I got a few groceries, too. When I got home Art was leaving for his doctor’s appointment. Last night he was thinking I could go with him but then I reminded him that I couldn’t because of Covid restrictions. He is so use to me being there and sometimes I remember to tell the doctor something he might have forgotten. I wonder how many things have been neglected to be checked out by patients during this time for that reason.

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  4. Speaking of hearing conversations not meant for us: I just finished watering and feeding my honeyberry and lemon tree starts, put them back on the window table, and sat down to play with granddaughter before starting school. We were drumming on a diaper box and she was laughing and giggling. Suddenly, we heard a voice, “Every parent likes to hear their baby happy!”

    We have an Alexa, I don’t know why but we do but we do. I listen to Christmas music, Sons of the Pioneers, Evie, John Denver, etc. We set her up as Echo because son could not pronounce Alexa. He plays songs like Jolly Green Giant, Ghost Busters, In 1814, etc. Apparently, Echo finds our homelife so comfortable, she can speak up. I was listening to Bing sing about Christmas but apparently, she has been listening to us. I don’t particularly care though I may begin to do some of my Bible reading aloud….

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  5. LOO, Mumsee. In the days of sending submarine family grams, there were penalties for sending code messages in the family grams. So, some, probably young sailor, read them all and would return them if they were too steamy or problematic.

    That meant he also had to check the Bible passages–and several friends laughed they should only include Scriptures encouraging salvation, just to help. 🙂

    Ah, but no, we didn’t want to waste words for our guys–most of whom already knew those passages. 😉

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  6. That’s Lilu (pronounced lee-loo, it’s from the film The Fifth Element), but I know her as the “mini-Annie” next door. She was injured on her face by some kind of altercation, their dog also had the same thing so vet thought possibly coyote but it also could have been a raccoon or who knows. It’s healing up, but it looks kind of awful in this picture, I now realize.

    But she’s feeling back to her kitten-self, leaping up trying to catch butterflies or other things maybe only she can see.

    I’m staying “out” today (can’t really say I’m staying home from work exactly anymore), I got about 3 hours sleep last night because of this back. I’m seeing if I can refill the nighttime pain medication I was on for the knee, I haven’t needed a refill since August but it sure would have helped this weekend with this back issue.

    I spoke w/Carol, she finally called this morning, they’re going to insert a camera to see if they can tell what’s going on with the hernia. She said she’s feeling better, but she’s still confused about being told she has colitis, she says “I just have diarrhea” — I explained that the colitis is what’s maybe causing that. She doesn’t know how to ask questions, unfortunately, so she has very little information about her own condition.

    I wonder if the hospital social worker would be able to help out with that. Maybe I should put a call in to them, to see if they can help interpret and be with her to ask questions of the dr on her behalf, to make sure she’s understanding things?

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  7. I learned early in life, but not before it was too late for some things.
    I never say something I don’t mean. Not in jest, it has the same effect.
    You may be just teasing, but the person remembers it forever.
    Words can’t be retracted.

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  8. LiLu visits me on the front porch sometimes, just likes to come and say ‘hi.’ I sometimes see her balancing on the top of the 6-foot fence outside my kitchen window, trying to get closer to the squirrels in the nearby trees. She’s very curious. She’s a cat with 9 lives to use up.

    I suppose Annie Oakley has seen her; she generally doesn’t like other cats so probably would chase her off. But Annie spends a lot more time indoors now generally and I plugged up the spot under the gate where she was getting out so her outdoor time is backyard only. There’s another cat that slips under the back fence into our yard once in a while too.

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  9. oh, I hate Alexa. You are inviting someone to listen in, no way!

    Morning all. I will not have the grands today as they need to go in for a covid test. A free day and lots of Bible study to catch up on.

    Just read a profound and moving book called “Words.” Hard to read, but couldn’t put it down.

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  10. Turn the microphone off, use those devices only when you need it. I think the newest version of Alexa has a very user-friendly and visible microphone button on the top that makes it easy to switch off (more prominent now on the newer devices, I’m guessing, due to that criticism).

    Meanwhile, always a good topic, now and always — but maybe especially now?:

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  11. Oh, thanks, Michelle. I did not see that suggestion until he got home. He was told that a recumbent bike would be a good choice for him to get exercise. We will begin a search.

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  12. Janice, be sure to check on Amazon, I was also looking at some of those for after-knee-care options at home. They’re not overly expensive ($200-$300 or so)

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  13. It took my daughter-in-law 6 months to find an actual bike–and then it cost more than $500!

    Such interesting times we live in these days.

    It’s fun to see dads outside riding with their kids in the afternoons, however. I do see good coming from COVID in regards to family time.

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  14. The doctor suggested looking for a used one. That is how I have bought most of the ones I have owned but they have never been recumbent. I think I need more space for that type. That will be the challenge in our smallish house. Maybe I first need to see if there is any possibility he could use the regular one I already have if I adjust it to fit him better. It is worth a try.

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  15. I have no th been able to reach my friend, Karen, today. It is frustrating. If she had a bad sleepless night she may be asleep. I can’t drive after dark to take her gift. I hate to ask Art to take me by there this evening, but if I have to I will.

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  16. I found a very basic one on Amazon w/good reviews for under $300 (can’t remember exactly how much). The basic models without a lot of bells and whistles aren’t that pricey from what I could tell. Probably depends on what you’re using it for. The higher-end models offer more for serious exercisers vs. folks who just want or need something simple and convenient to get them moving every day.

    The Peloton crowd probably wouldn’t be interested in the ones I was looking at lol

    The one I saw on Amazon also folded flat easily to store/lean against a wall.

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  18. So, the latest projection is that the power will be back tomorrow evening. Second in-law’s friend lent him a generator, which keeps one appliance at a time going, and my father rigged the pump to plug into it, and we have a wood stove, so we aren’t comfortable but we are OK.

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  19. The national association of realtors has come out with even stricter guidelines for fair housing. If I use “hate speech” and you are upset with me you can report me and they will decided how to discipline me or may even suspend my license. What have we become?

    My computer sometimes listens to me and types out what I have said on the screen for the students to see. I’m not sure how that happens.

    I don’t know where my head has been but I only realized today that NEXT Thursday is Thanksgiving. You would think I would know. Oh well. That explains why Mr. P shuffled me out to the grocery store yesterday to get a turkey, mac and cheese stuff, dressing stuff, and things for Thanksgivng.

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  20. This will be a pretty low-key holiday season, I have a feeling. Mine are always fairly low-key, but I’ll go lower for 2020 lol

    Cousins and I had talked about getting together, but all depends — we’re getting a new surge in California that’s a bit alarming so we may just decide to pass on trying to go anywhere. And we are actually three “separate” households so that’s a risk as well, I know. Guy cousin is one who kind of poo-poos the virus dangers so not sure how careful he is. My other cousin is hyper-vigilant, more vigilant than I am although I am careful and just am not out and about all that much these days. So I guess we represent all three “positions” on the spectrum of virus theories among the masses.

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  21. Yikes! I had not really thought of Thanksgiving creeping up so quickly although at Publix I noticed some big fat frozen turkeys as I passed by. I think my brother might see some cousins for the day. I do wish for some turkey scraps to give Miss Bosley.

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  22. Well, it is nice when some predictions do not come to pass. Second in-law went to the store for a ready made meal, since we couldn’t cook. On the way back, he said he saw a hydro tree crew working. In the middle of our meal, back came the power. Very thankful. We could have survived, but it gets dark so early that the evenings are long.

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  23. Prayers were answered Phos.
    Wintertime is the worst time to lose power.
    I was recently out for about 32 hours. I am looking into a back-up system.
    They are expensive, but might be worth it.

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  24. Chas, yes, back then the stove served as both heater and cooker. My grandparents still had a woodstove like that. Our woodstove in the basement is purely for heating purposes, and is not constructed to allow pots to be placed on top. We used to have a small woodstove in the kitchen that you could at least boil water on it, but between insurance regulations and trying to fit a second family into the kitchen with all their pots and appliances, it had to go.

    The last time we had the power out nearly this long (we broke that record by a couple of hours) was in the summer, during the northeast blackout of 2003, when the light was long and no need for heat. It lasted 24 hours. My father had just rigged the hand pump up to the well and the power came on again. This lasted about 26 hours, although I wasn’t here the whole time.

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  25. My brother and I recently discussed the old woodstove in our grandmother’s kitchen. It was a nice memory and I was trying to think what got cooked on it. I decided it must have been used to cook breakfast.

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  26. When our power goes out, we have lots of options for cooking. Firepit outside, propane campstoves, camper stove, generator. But we generally just eat the stuff that needs to be eaten. Like chocolate chip cookies before they go bad.

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  27. That was one thing we were able to look at when husband’s appointment was moved. We stopped at a fireplace store to see what our options were both for a gas fireplace upstairs and a wood stove downstairs. Both to be an alternate heat source during a a power outage. Well, it will be a future investment but we hope we won’t need it before we get it.

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  28. At a doctor’s appointment, wouldn’t it be okay for a spouse or adult child to accompany a patient if they stayed together, including both going into the exam room (IOW, one isn’t merely hanging around in the waiting room)? That seems like a reasonable accommodation to me. It’s worth asking about, if needed, especially if the patient is not good about advocating for themselves or asking the right questions or remembering the answers.

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  29. I’ve never even had a wood fireplace in a house I’ve lived in, let alone a wood stove, with the exception of two houses in Chicago that had owners’ quarters upstairs and renters’ units downstairs, and the upstairs in those had fireplaces. (I lived downstairs in both instances.) I’ve had gas stoves and electric stoves, and overall I prefer electric.

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