60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-14-20

  1. Good morning. It was crazy windy last night and rainy. Advance voting begins today here. Not sure which day we will venture into that arena. More power to those who wait in lines in this weather. I heard $440,000,000 as the amount for ads in GA for these two races. Biden will be here tomorrow.

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  2. Miss Bosley is purring. All is well.
    Chas, I don’t know if you saw it, but your Birthday song gave me much joy when I needed it.

    Does anyone use Udemy classes? I plan to give Wesley one of their guitar classes. He has the perfect time for learning.

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  3. Everything here is being shutdown. We are still in a less restricted area, but nearly all the counties west towards Toronto and south of us, including the one where the Youngests live have been put in the red zone, as the numbers just keep rising.

    Last night, Cheryl asked if anyone knew what ‘pellucid’ meant. I have seen the word before but not to know its precise meaning. Before I look it up, I am going to make a guess that it means something that is dark, turgid, or obscure, the opposite of ‘lucid’ which means light, clear, or understandable. Now, let’s see if I am right.

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  4. The context in the book I was editing was a pellucid stream. When I looked up the word, ready to replace it if it meant something like “fast-flowing,” and found that it was precisely the perfect word, even if people didn’t know what it meant, I left it.

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  5. I see it has a hyphen, hoo-ha, and is synonymous with brouhaha. I had no idea of that being a new brand for tampon dispensers. TMI! The things one learns from Words With Friends, lol.

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  6. Janice, I’m not surprised at its being associated with tampons, as I’ve only ever heard the word as an informal way to refer to female genitals. I wondered what other meaning it might have when you mentioned using it in the game.

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  7. Thanks, Linda, very interesting.

    I suspect the rosary is used to “pray without ceasing,” in the Catholic Church. It’s meaningful to those who do it.

    In related news, Franz’ aunt posted a video of him thanking folks for their prayers. Poignant from a 24-or-so-year-old.

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  8. Those who don’t go on the news thread should see the link that got posted there last night. We need to be in prayer for the American church, as too many are behaving in a manner that is nothing short of scandalous–and that may open the door to Christians being persecuted. This is a very, very important link, even if you don’t read every word in it. (There’s also a link in the second paragraph that is sobering.) Eric Metaxas is involved; this is not a tiny little fringe movement.

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/what-i-saw-at-the-jericho-march/

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  9. On Sunday afternoons my prayer group dedicates the time to praying for the churches in our vicinity, in the nation and around the world. There were four of us from my church on the line for an hour+ yesterday.

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  10. Janice, I’ve heard it enough that I assumed most people here have heard that usage, though I might be wrong. It might be a Southern thing? I found out from you that there is another meaning, presumably a more official one, since yours is the one that shows up when googling the word.

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  11. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Old Testament this year. I reread the nativity account last night.

    I think God can do anything.

    But when we pray and pray about a situation and the outcome is not what we hoped for/ prayed about, I figure we have two choices:

    1. There is no God.
    2. My request was not His will.

    I go with #2, ask God’s help to reconcile my hopes with the circumstances, submit to His will not mine, grieve for a short and set period of time, let it go, and move forward.

    It saved my sanity and my soul 26 years ago.

    Jesus reigns.

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  12. Cheryl, that link was an eye-opener to me as well.

    Our nation is in a precarious situation, we should be in prayer for that. But we err when we begin to conflate, as the author puts it, politics and the faith. It’s a danger the church fell into in the 1970s and is, again, apparently falling into now.

    His recounting of what took place at that so-called “Jericho march” (I’d never heard of it, either) was somewhat shocking, to be honest, and it’s important for us to be aware of what is taking place. It falls right in with the ‘health-and-wealth’ gospel heresies.

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  13. I still haven’t decorated for Christmas, I guess Carol’s passing and my other friend’s (likely) terminal diagnosis has quashed much of my enthusiasm for the holiday right now. Add to that the pandemic, of course.

    There was a near-melee in our community yesterday when a local veterinarian — who believes masks are dangerous to one’s health and has been cited by the county health department for not requiring masks in her offices — held a “French Laundry” pet fair in her parking lot, complete with a bounce house, a few recall petitions for the governor, and lots of un-masked people.

    The pro-mask brigades were out in force to protest and post their outrage, taking photos of the offenders and demanding that the police, the media (I was tagged a couple times as were local TV news stations) and the City Councilman come out to “do something!”

    We’ve all hit the wall with this situation at this stage, apparently. But the emotional uproars and demands for control over others (whatever it takes, I guess?) wear me out.

    The vaccines are rolling in beginning today, thankfully. It’ll take a while for distribution, months I know; but I am grateful the process is beginning.

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  14. I just spoke with my friend Karen, the former nurse who has lived in Ohio, Tennessee, and Geogia and she said she had never heard that word except for recently she saw an ad that uses the word in relation to a feminine prodict.

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  15. Interesting, Janice. It may have been children I’ve heard it from. I’ve definitely heard it more than once and thought it was a “familiar” use, but maybe not.

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  17. On the word Janice mentioned, I have come across it used as Cheryl describes.

    Went to get supplies today. I couldn’t help observing that while the younger people seemed to be observing the guidelines fairly well, the elderly were not paying very much attention, walking the wrong direction up aisles, coming too close, etc.

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  18. Kare, is it the due date or the induction date?

    Inductions, when done right, can take quite a long time, especially for first time mothers. I saw inductions done slowly that took over 24 hours for a first time mother. A slow induction is generally better, as it seemed like sped up inductions ended up requiring C-sections in the end.

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  19. Actually, when I put in the letters for that word, I was thinking of hooyah)the military cry), but not knowing how to spell that I had found a new word. I touched on the word to see what it meant and the Words With Friends formal definition came up.

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  20. Ah, a due date is notoriously unreliable. My mother and my siblings all never had their children on or before the due date – with the exception of myself, who had to be induced early, I think all the children born to my mother and siblings were late, some by as much as 2 weeks. A couple of the grandchildren have been induced due to excessive lateness. The children of our family are reluctant to leave the womb – once again, I was the exception as I actually tried to come at seven months (and, as my teachers in school noted, should have been allowed, as it was probably stopping me then that led to the need for induction later). My paternal grandmother carried one of her children to what she was certain was eleven months – both she and that child, a younger sibling of my father’s, were gravely ill for a while from that experience, and it was the only birth for which she had to be hospitalized.

    Yes, if the first twin is breech, it is a Cesarean, as breeches are hard enough to deliver safely vaginally without the problem of another baby waiting in the wings. Now, if first baby turns, then vaginal delivery is possible, even if second baby is not turned. I have seen the second baby be manually turned after first baby was delivered.

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  21. Roscuro, that is my understanding as well (about the breech positions). Since the babies were almost 5 pounds each two weeks ago, I’m thinking the due date is pretty close to accurate. She would have been due in January if not twins.

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  22. I always think it was amazing that Pharez and Zarah, the twins of Tamar by Judah, came safely though that delivery, as Zarah sticking his hand out like that was clearly not in the correct position for delivery, and him drawing it back again and allowing Pharez to get by must have been pretty painful for Tamar. Rebecca’s delivery of Easau and Jacob also sounds painful, as Jacob came out holding to Esau’s heel – the interesting thing about that is they would have been DiDi, since they were fraternal, but they managed to fight anyway. The only other account of twins in delivery had a tragic outcome for the mother, the daughter-in-law of Eli. Delivering twins has gotten a lot safer.

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  23. Hey all…I awakened at 3am and then went back to bed at 6 after having 2 cups of coffee. Finally got myself out of bed around 8:30. It’s a cold cloudy day…kind of like that header photo. Tonight we are to get another 3 inches of snow.
    I had to run over to Walmart and grab some photos I ordered last night online…what a wonderful thing! It was easy peasy! I love it when “technology” cooperates with my limited abilities! 😊
    Cheryl that article is disturbing to say the least…what in the world?! Thanks for sharing it as I had no idea! 😔

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  24. Michelle, no request for money for that “subscription”? lol

    I told my editor I’ve hit the wall, and just really need some time off. He’s letting me take this Friday and the following Monday, which will help, and then said he could also (he thinks) give me the whole week of New Years which would be so appreciated. I haven’t taken a full week’s vacation in 2020 at all, only random long weekends. I usually take a full week in spring, another in summer and 2 in fall/Christmas lead up.

    But frankly, there was nothing to really “do” during a pandemic and the knee injury made things like gardening or other work around the house a challenge, so what was the point?

    But I’m just feeling slammed with long story lists that don’t seem to quit.

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  25. Earlier today I was on the phone with Karen. I heard a knock and doorbell ring so carried my phone with me for security as I went to the door. It was a Republican seeking to get out the vote. I told him we would be vo TV ing Republican but that the person I was on the phone with and her husband would cancel our votes. It was a pleasant meeting.

    At one point in my conversation with Karen she asked if I knew who was on the cover of Time magazine. I thought she would know I was making a big HaHa joke when I said Donald Trump considering how much mainline media hates him. But I think she thought I was serious. I explained it was a joke. Then I guessed Kamala and she saw it was Biden and Harris and thought I’d be upset. No. No surprise. No upset. It is to be expected. I am not sure if that was a bit of gloating. It does not matter.

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  26. Whew, this was a busy, whirlwind Monday. Working is good for me, for sure … but I’ve missed having my usual seasonal vacation breaks this year and think that’s all just catching up with me right now.

    I spent today going back and forth with union and port contacts trying to get info for 2 stories. The one was turned in (in desperation) by the skin of my teeth.

    My friend Shirley went back to the hospital today and probably will go to rehab for breathing issues, her brother told me — a tough day, he said. I’ll try to connect with her tomorrow by cell phone.

    I put out 2 red Christmas lanterns I’d bought on sale last year at a craft store — put them on the front porch, they have battery flickering candles.

    A neighbor drove by recently and said how nice the lanterns look with my Spanish house. A pueblo style house a block away puts out the coolest flickering luminaries all along their stairs and roof line, I love that house. It’s old like mine, very early-California and Mexico all wrapped into one.

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  27. Inside my house is less charming right now.

    My neighbor, who’s a meticulous housekeeper, said she was “vacuuming her ceilings” today.

    Haha. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. I’m happy if I get the floors done.

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  28. Safe travels as you bring your girl home AJ…sounds like a White Christmas for you! We will have a White Christmas because the temps will keep this snow on the forest floor…and it is snowing right now with the winds a howling!

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  29. One couple in our Lamaze class had twins. Normal vaginal delivery, as were the other seven couples’ babies.

    At our last class, our instructor’s previous class came to tell us about their birth experiences. That class also had one couple who had twins. Baby A was in the correct position and was born vaginally. Baby B they couldn’t get turned and/or something else happened that necessitated a Caesarean.

    The funny story I remember from that class was someone sharing that the laboring mom threw a bedpan at her husband. 🙂

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  30. New student — a bright, articulate 5-year-old — who started this afternoon told me she was born in Idaho. She told me all sorts of other things, too, while she decorated the piano. Such fun storytelling, and she loved improvising music for the first time. I have a feeling that she, as well as the two other students (ages 7 and 8) who have started since Thanksgiving, will do well. All three are already showing great musical instincts.

    I’m deriving so much joy from the students I have. A delightful crop of young people.

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  31. Oh, my, DJ, some things never change!

    The “Spanish” flu (so-called because only Spain would admit to having the flu in their nation during WWI. Troop readiness was the issue–to reveal illness would be to admit the troops weren’t well enough to fight and thus could be slaughtered by the enemy.) was horrible and much worse than we’re hearing about COVID.

    A healthy young person could catch the streetcar to work in the morning and be dead by nightfall–it killed so quickly.

    https://www.michelleule.com/2014/02/11/world-war-influenza-horror/

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