112 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-19-20

  1. This is us—and the source of MUCH discussion between me and Mr.COVID.

    https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/entertainment/santa-rosa-church-creates-outdoor-nativity-to-celebrate-holiday-safely/

    He plays Herod with me and 3 Adorables as his scribes.

    Tigger boy plays a truly adorable toddler Jesus with his father reprising the role of Joseph, which he last played as a 4 year-old, and his mother making her nativity play acting debut as Mary.

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  2. I miss the Drive Through Nativity my church did every Christmas with live animals. It told the story of Jesus with scenes including the death and resurrection. It was a beautiful thing we did fof the community and the best use of the drama my church was overly involve with.

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  3. I hear
    five, members of FBC Hendersonville have died from Covid.
    The church is closed for three months.

    None of this caught God by surprise. He can make good come from this, but it’s beyond me.

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  4. Morning from Colorado! It is chilly out here in the forest but the temps should reach 40 today.
    So sad Chas…the Lord knows of when we will draw our very last breath and we trust in His knowing…but the circumstances of this virus ending so many lives leaves me speechless.

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  5. Grateful for a break. Next week will be very busy for me. I wish I could tell you all of what I am facing, but it is hard to put in words. There are so many threads, so many facets. It shouldn’t be this complicated. All I can say is that goodness makes things simple but evil makes things very complicated. What should be plain and easy has been made tortuous and hard by an unjust employer.

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  6. Roscuro, is this a time to let go of the position and trust God to provide for a better position? If they are desperate to retain er employees they may negotiate something better for you rather than lose you. I have watched my brother work in an unhealthy situation rather than trusting God to provide another way. Make sure to view it from all angles. Usually when things are in short supply, they gain rather than lose power. Prayers continue.

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  7. It has been a long 9 days. While
    I am physically tired, I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. Exhausted seems to be my “word” for 2020.
    I know that I am not alone in this. DJ I am sorry you are facing losing another friend so soon.
    We are moving forward with our Christmas plans.
    I will have to supervise one of my agents and make sure she behaves when she closes on her own home that she is selling Monday. She has made it contentious the whole way. Then I have the granddaughter of a buyer accusing two of my agents of taking advantage of her grandmother. It is definitely a case of a little knowledge being dangerous- her husband is studying for his real estate license in Louisiana (which is like no other state as they still follow Napoleanic law on most issues) and he has been online researching Florida Real Estate Law so he knows what he is talking about. Never mind that the buyer’s son is in Pensacola and has been involved in this and her daughter is driving her here this weekend from Texas. She won’t have to close on the house if SHE decides not to but she will lose a thousand dollars.

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  8. Janice, I am considering that. Since I think we all know the pros of doing that, here are some of the cons (I need some feedback) of me quitting now:

    A) I need two more of the very expensive injections prior to my surgery. The health insurance provided by my employment covered over $300 of the last dose. If I quit, I lose that coverage. Finances in general are tight right now, but if I can hold on a little longer, I have hopes of further reducing my burden of student debt when income tax time rolls around. If I quit now, I will need that refund to cover basic expenses.

    B) This job has been in many ways ideal. The bad management has really been the only fly in the ointment. My coworkers are lovely – the ones who really care are the ones sticking it out through all this. We get difficult patients and dangerous patients, but the vast majority are grateful and understanding, and even some of the difficult ones can be won round in time. I would love my job if it weren’t that management are like leeches sucking away one’s energy constantly.

    B) The work is full of variety, yet I can work one on one with patients. Working in the hospital setting is too much for me, as I cannot concentrate on the needs of four to five patients at the same time and I would continually go in sick dread of missing something. Really, as I once again realized doing home visits yesterday, I would even enjoy that if my lungs would just cooperate. Also, I am not being asked to do anything against my conscience.

    C) The afternoon after I almost resigned and didn’t, two of my other coworkers who are sticking it out discussed the reasons for not quitting. One of them pointed out that all those leaving were getting jobs that had been created by the needs of the pandemic, and that once the pandemic went away, which it will, those who were hired on the most recently would be the first to be laid off. I have seniority now – because of the high turnover, I am the fourth most senior registered nurse on staff. That is why they want me making home visits as well as being in the clinic, because they know I am good at what I do and they lack experienced senior staff.

    D) Related to C, I have an impending operation. With seniority and the accompanying union security, I can go off for four weeks, or however long it needs, to recuperate, and resume my job at the same position as before.

    Now that I have written that, I feel even less like quitting. I plan to move on eventually. I have a couple of crackbrained schemes in my mind I would like to try, but I think the Lord has used this pandemic to fasten my traveling feet to the ground, because he also knew that part of me was desperately tired of wandering and needed a place to rest for a while.

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  9. Roscuro, sounds like you are in until God pulls you out. Praying for you.

    Try to remember that management often looks like the bad guy to the employees but often times, they are just people trying to do their jobs. The enormous amount of paper work that is needed to secure financing and to keep people employed and meeting the mission is challenging. I have been married to a manager. He was despised by some but that is par for the course. The gossip train coming up with all sorts of ideas for how management was destroying people, when in reality, he was just trying to meet too many requirements.

    Perhaps your is in for selfish gains, I don’t know. but I would err on the side of caution in condemning them. You don’t know all of their job.

    However, it appears God is needing you there at this time for your benefit and the benefit of your family and patients and coworkers and even management. May you reflect God’s selflessness in word and action.

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  10. Someone in our community is scolding folks (again, people love to do this right now) for “insisting on their right to gather at Thanksgiving” as the cause for this upswing in case numbers.

    I’m so tired of the scolds, there are so many of them right now. It’s not helping. Just stop.

    Our councilman in a speech the other day asked people to “show each other grace” during this time. Seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Sigh.

    Chas, I’m so sorry about those succumbing to the virus within your extended church community. Three months sounds like a long time to be closed, but I suppose they’re calculating vaccination timing and thinking it’ll take at least that long before the situation may at least be better.

    Roscuro, I tend to agree with your thinking, hang in there for now due to all the reasons you mentioned, especially with the surgery right around the corner. Plan to move on asap when those issues are resolved and behind you, hopefully in early 2021.

    Our sister church had talked about doing an outdoor Christmas Eve service, they were looking into heaters — but that is clearly “off” now with the pastor (and perhaps others in that congregation) coming down with the virus.

    And I still worry about my home congregation going ahead with their indoor services “as usual” this coming week; they have a 2nd service where masks are “optional” and apparently that’s the service that is better attended. I worry about our pastor and so many others in that setting right now and just think it’s not wise to do what they’re doing. I really am not understanding it.

    Our current alarmingly high case and death numbers doesn’t seem to be holding people back too much for now, traffic is back to somewhat normal levels and I’m guessing the stores will be packed this weekend. We live in a free society and I firmly believe people need to be able to make their own decisions in these matters; the rest of us can choose to stay away.

    Interesting as my one cousin and I come at this from opposite positions, she’s bothered still by folks who won’t wear masks (my solution, stay away from them) and I’m more bothered right now by the folks who feel like they need to tell everyone what to do.

    I’m with Kim, though, I’m starting to feel very exhausted with everything right about now. It’ll be a good day to pick up around here a little bit, I started last night and it already is looking better, but there’s more to do. I also haven’t watered in a while — it’s drier than a stick out here, with no rain forecast in the foreseeable future.

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  11. Mumsee, Let us just say, they had to retract a lie they tried to tell, one that was potentially damaging to my professional reputation.

    Nursing has a long reputation for a punishing workplace culture, and managers who throw their underlings regularly under the bus. One of my friends shared a meme that summarized the situation:

    * Hitting a police officer – charged with assault
    * Hitting a bartender – charged with assault

    * Hitting a nurse – Nurse management: What could you [nurse] have done differently?

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  12. Donna @ 13:18
    I just finished talking to bro-inn-law who lives in Hendersonville. (They are Methodists. Don’t attend FBCHNC) Anyhow:
    Mel says that it was six who died. About 75 got sick due to the event. They are closed for a while.

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  13. I recognize that my managers are fallen human beings, in need of salvation. I do not hate them. I also do not trust them. And it is the latter point that makes or breaks a working relationship with management. I can trust a tough leader who has one’s back. But, when a leader is mean and takes every opportunity to stab one in the back, then there is no safe place to stand.

    The Bible does not mince words when it comes to condemning powerful people for injustice. Jesus’s words about the Pharisees, James’ condemnation of rich men who underpay their employees, the Psalms’ outcry against the wicked, the prophets thundering words against the corrupt leaders of Israel all do not pull punches. So, there is ample Biblical precedent for using the language I did.

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  14. The spike in LA began November 1–we’ve seen the raw data.

    Obviously, it was Halloween, not Thanksgiving.

    But, yes, we’re tired of it all, too.

    Masks are valuable, but time and distance are more important factors.

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  15. I need to write a card for my dying friend — raised Methodist but beyond “let go and let God” kinds of statements has not seemed to have embraced the gospel. I’ve invited her to church countless times, have witnessed to her but more in bits and pieces through the years.

    She seems not to be mentally in great shape, the cancer has begun to affect her brain (how this all happened so quickly still stumps me, she saw doctors all the time, never missed a checkup for anything).

    Any advice is welcome. Her brother is a retired Methodist minister, but because that denomination has been rather unorthodox, leaning toward universalism, for decades now, I’m not at all clear that he would be sharing the gospel with her very specifically.

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  16. And due to covid, not sure her brother can even visit in person currently anyway. He said she can’t do phone calls at this point, but suggested cards would be fine.

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  17. DJ, how about a blessing? Something from the New Testament that preaches the Gospel. They get jumbled together in my memory, but I think Hebrews 13:20-21 might have been what I had in mind:
    “Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ.”

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  18. Back from a quick trip to town. And I went through the car wash but alas the car isn’t quite so clean after driving home on wet nasty roads! (But at least most of the mud is off!)
    It is so difficult to work for someone you cannot trust. Talking behind one’s back and sowing discord is almost unbearable…I have been in that situation and well…I quit! But then again I didn’t have the weigh the factors of insurance and such when I left. I am praying for you Roscuro that the Lord shall indeed give you clear direction and if that be to stay, that He would move in the hearts of your supervisors so that they would have integrity, honor and grace…and most of all that they might know HIm….

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  19. Or maybe it was I Peter 5:10:
    “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

    You could always put several together. These are blessings, but they also preach the gospel. We often think of didactic approaches to the Gospel, but people’s hearts are often changed by the simplest of words.

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  20. Dj I pray the Lord would speak to your friend even as her mental capabilities wane…He created her and He can speak to her innermost being. I like Roscuro’s suggestion…honestly, the reading of it again causes me to tear up at it’s truth, mercy and grace

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  21. My friends have left for the week. Their grandkids called and said that they had been sheltering in place so that it would be safe for them to visit. I am glad to have the place to my self for a while. I received a gift today. So nice as it will cover the cost of the shots I got on Thursday. I just went out walking, all recovered from my slight fever.
    Now to work on thank yous and a newsletter.

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  22. Thank you for the support and suggestions. I liked that idea, Roscuro, and used that along with some personal notes, put it in the mail at a Post Office a couple hours ago so hoping it arrives in time.

    We did have a moving phone conversation about 1+ week ago when it looked like this was headed; we reminisced about our childhood as next-door neighbors, riding bikes, playing baseball, scavenging while climbing the construction “hill” near our elementary school.

    We walked to school together from 4th grad on, until our sophomore year in high school when she met a boyfriend who was a junior and had a car. So much for me 🙂 But that’s how it was back in those days.

    We parted ways after high school, she moved out almost immediately and took a job with the Auto Club where she worked her entire career. Then we reconnected somewhat when our moms, who still lived next door to each other, died within 4 months of each other in 1990, both very unexpected deaths. A year after I moved to this house, 1998, we reconnected via emails and eventually began doing some holiday excursions together to craft fairs, getting together for lunch out to celebrate our birthdays (Oct./Nov.). She was a big help to me when I got Annie, she was the proverbial “cat lady” and while I’d grown up with cats, I’d never had one of my own, only dogs, so it was a learning curve with food, litter boxes, habits (cats are SO different from dogs, it really is pretty interesting).

    We ended our phone conversation telling each other we loved one another and just both crying …

    I’m so sorry she’s having to go through this.

    With Carol, I had the assurance of her faith — Shirley, not so much.

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    Thankfully, my home church sent out an email a little while ago saying no in-person meetings for now, just virtual; that’s a first for us/them. Our pastor and his wife apparently are off to Hawaii for a nice getaway for Christmas.

    Meanwhile, the host cousin says he’ll cook ribs if we bring side dishes.

    It felt good to get out for a ride today, I mailed the card (and a bill) at a Post Office in one of the beach cities north of hear as they have a convenient outdoor drop-box and frequent pickup times. I drove home along the beach, spotted dogs in Christmas sweaters and a horse out for a ride with some glittery silver garland woven into his tail.

    Lots of traffic, shopping areas looked packed.

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  23. I’m sorry DJ. I know it’s hard. Losing a school mate or someone your age makes you face your own mortality. It was almost 3 years ago I was with you after losing Leslie. We love you and are here to support you.

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  24. It is a different “kind” of loss when you lose contemporaries who were friends for so long instead of those older than you. I remember when my mom lost a good work friend and how different that was for her, too. Thanks Kim.

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  25. DJ, I am saddened that this is all happening right around Christmas for you. It is such a difficult time with layer upon layer of things to grieve. I pray she will after all give thought to God, let her heart be softened, and be prepared in the best way to meet Him. I just feel very sad considering it all, DJ, but God only needs a moment to change a person. Calling out to Him right now on this.

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  26. DJ, I am glad it was helpful. The suggestion I had made was not something I really had thought much about before. Pastor A preached verse by verse through several of the Epistles, including Hebrews and I Peter, so I am very familiar with the blessings and thanks to his preaching, regard them as the property of all believers. Fragments of them came into my mind, as I was thinking of your question, and they seemed to fit so well for the situation.

    I have reread the verses I posted several times. I am feeling discouraged. Two weeks ago, I had a bit of an asthma flare-up, which it always does around a certain monthly cycle. But it had all abated, completely. My lungs felt so clear, that I was even considering reducing my inhaler dosage. But since my experience yesterday, I am back to having inflamed lungs. If any of you have ever had a chest cold, my lungs feel the way it feels as when a cold is initially settling into the lungs, just before the coughing starts. It took days for me to get rid of the last bout of inflammation, and I have to return to return to work in a couple of days.

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  27. Roscuro, I can not remember if we talked about this before, but salmon is excellent to help with that kind of inflammation for some who suffer with asthma. It really helped Wesley with his. You can get it in capsules if you don’t enjoy the flavor or texture of fish. Have you tried it? It is also good for depression. A doctor’s wife told me that about depression.

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  28. Christmas tradition happening at our house tonight. Watching The Sound of Music. I’m glad both my children love to watch with me (even though son can’t be here as he awaits his babies)

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  29. My brother-in-law who died six-and-a-half years ago was definitely a contemporary, just seven weeks older than me. When we’d have a decade birthday, I’d tease him about being “old” since he was now 30 or 40 and I was still in my 20s or my 30s. He stopped counting several years from 50. My sister-in-law made 50; she was buried on her birthday, and I don’t remember if it would have been 51 or 52. But I’ve passed her, too. And when I married my husband, I was the age at which his first wife had died (44); a year and a half later, my younger sister became a widow at the same age. I haven’t yet lost a sibling (through death), but I lost the last of my ancestors (my mom) 17 years ago, and with the death of a brother- and sister-in-law within about three years, and the stroke of a brother a couple years later, definitely have had the sense that it’s my generation’s “turn.” This summer my oldest brother turned 67, and so now he is more than the 67 years and 6 or 7 weeks that my dad reached and older than at least two uncles.

    I’ve lost a lot of friends to death, too, but so far on that regard, they have been friends older than I am. I’m not sure I have yet lost a friend younger than 70. (I have lost college classmates who were definitely peers, people I knew fairly well at one point, but not people who were really friends.) But my habit of making mostly friends two or more decades older than me has been catching up to me for the last decade as some of them reach their seventies and eighties and nineties and die.

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  30. Thank you all again. I’ve felt down tonight, I walked the dogs and thought I might just go to bed early. But I’m still up. I guess I’m a little depressed, too. I noticed also tonight that even the lights in the Bethlehem star are fading, I should probably at least get some new batteries in that since it looks like I won’t do much more than that for Christmas this year.

    When it gets this late, you always start thinking that what goes up must come down — and do I really want to go through all of the take-down hassle for just a week or 2 of decorations? Probably not at this point.

    After virtual church tomorrow I’m hoping to some serious work in the house, I have an idea about rearranging a corner of the kitchen where all the dog/cat food bins are stacked, thinking I may be able to get by with fewer of those if I can combine some of the bags in one of the larger bins, leaving the others to get out of the way.

    I have Monday off, also. Then a short work week after that, we’re supposed to get out early on Thursday for Christmas Eve but so odd that there’s no Christmas Eve service to go to. The cousins and I will get together either Christmas Day or Saturday, doesn’t matter to me, it will just be nice to have some company.

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  31. It is the 4th Sunday of Advent, and time for a carol, sung this year by a socially distanced choir) that incorporates the 7 Antiphons that were sung from Dec. 17-24, each one recalling an aspect of the prophesied Anointed Saviour:

    1. Emmanuel – Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:21-25
    2. King of nations – Isaiah 9:6, Ephesians 2:13-15
    3. Dayspring/Morning Star – Numbers 24:17, Revelation 22:16
    4. Key of David – Isaiah 22:22, Revelation 3:7
    5. Branch of Jesse – Isaiah 11:1-2, Revelation 22:16
    6. Adonai/Lord – Psalm 110:1, Acts 2:34-36
    7. Wisdom – Proverbs 8:22-31, John 1:1-3

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  32. I, at my age, am used to losing friends to death. You get accustomed to it. It happens, after a while, that the fact is not as important as the circumstance.
    i;.e. How did it happen?
    A peaceful death? Or circumstance?

    Sorry to start the day with a negative. But I didn’t start this. Just a comment.

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  33. Michelle, if I remember correctly (from when I read it last night) you said the spike started happening November 1, so it was Halloween and not Thanksgiving. But that’s too early to be a Halloween-related spike–unless in your area people have parties a week or two before Halloween?

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  34. Tiny story: Sixth and Tiny were being a bit silly last night at the supper table. Their father jokingly suggested, quoting from ‘There was a old woman who lived in a shoe…’, that he should “spank them all soundly and send them to bed.”
    Tiny, gravely, “You can’t send us all to bed.”
    Her father, “Oh? Why can’t I?”
    Tiny: “There’s only two of us, not half a million.”

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  35. This nature preserve is two miles away. If I walked a lot and felt safe doing it by myself, I would be there frequently to take photos. When Wesley was young we hiked around there a lot. It was where we learned to write haiku for part of his homeschooling program. It is where he wandered off the trail after a rain and slipped on rocks and broke his arm. At one point the pond was drained and that may be when we stopped going. It has been years since I have hiked it.
    https://www.cshepherdpreserve.org/

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  36. Of course, Cheryl.

    I was in a thoroughly off mood yesterday, COVID blues, and just fed up with the nags trying to make everyone feel guilty.

    It was the pronouncement that if we all had behaved ourselves at Thanksgiving, the authorities wouldn’t have had to take away Christmas that drove me to the facetious comment it was really the pagan holiday that caused the problem.

    I apologize for the fake news.

    In better news, the Living Nativity was totally fun, with the EMT wearing a black wig and surprising the Adorables.

    I saw more people I knew and socially distanced loved, than I have in nearly a year. Joyous!

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  37. Toward the end of our church service, our pastor to the youth went through his ordination ceremony with all who are ordained in the church, one at a time, with masks on, laying hands on and praying for him and his wife. That was a very special happening right before Christmas.

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  38. Good morning! It is a pleasant 44 degrees in the forest and will hit 50?! Some melting of this snow will take place today but we will still have a White Christmas. We are to get some more snow Tues night into Wed…of course it always happens when I have scheduled a doctor appt 2 months prior! I am going to reschedule now because I don’t want to slip and slide into town early Wed morning just for a yearly exam! 🤔
    We will watch church tonight online hopefully….they still don’t get all the kinks worked out all the time and we get a delay in availability….we shall see.

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  39. Janice what a lovely area to be able to walk about and hike! When our two oldest were little we would spend so much time at Brookgreen Gardens in SC. When we went back 5 years ago it had become a bit more commercialized but still a lovely place to spend the day…we actually went twice when we visited then….in the rain! 😊

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  40. Heading to church soon. It will be outside in the back parking lot in circus type tent that was purchased this week and set up. Probably a good investment in these times.

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  41. Michelle (9:39): tired of “the nags trying to make everyone feel guilty.”

    Amen.

    “If people would behave themselves,” one commenter posted yesterday, none of this would b happening.

    At this point, I look forward to jettisoning social media once I’m no longer working and need it to post links (which typically only bring out even more nags). It’s become just a hotbed of pot-stirrers and, yes, nags.

    I feel like I’ve just about had it with humanity. Grumble. Murmur.

    And, while I’m at it, why doesn’t it ever rain here anymore?

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  42. Chas, in a snippet of one of my dreams last night my editor asking me to do a nice story on this long-married couple. When I looked at the photo he passed on to me, it was you and Elvera. I thought, hey, I didn’t know they were “locals.” 🙂 But yeah, I know them, I can do a story on those two.

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  43. 37 degrees when we left for outdoor church, the sky was gorgeous blue and the sun shone.

    It was still cold, but okay–which is why I tell folks to stand up to sing! LOL

    We had communion from cute little 2-sided cups that hold a wafer on one side (sealed) and bitter wine on the other (sealed as well). We start with the wafer side, turn it over, remove the lid, and drink the wine.

    Zooming into Sunday school at 11 and then I think I’ll stay off the Internet for the rest of the day.

    See you!

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  44. With the new TV I can now watch our online service there via YouTube, so much nicer than on the small laptop.

    And what a sermon, a classic exhortation on God’s sovereignty that covered grumbling probably just for me. I was in tears through most of it.

    And in the political realm when we think things haven’t turned out the way they “should” have, he posed the question “Does God need help?”

    The White House will someday be in rubble. But not God’s kingdom, he reminded us.

    A good and bracing sermon that I certainly needed to hear right now.

    ________________________

    So now we have 2 more joining us for the day-after-Christmas get-together which makes me a little nervous only because our numbers are really scary and keep going up. It’s another cousin and her adult daughter — the cousin recently had Covid, the adult daughter is super careful, they’ve both been isolating and are pretty insistent about social distancing, said they won’t even go into the house (we’re planning for now to eat in the backyard).

    We’ll see where the numbers are in a few days — I was reading about the new mutation that’s shutting London down right now (and they believe the new strain is probably ‘everywhere’), possibly more contagious.

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  45. The good news is the new mutation doesn’t appear to cause any more serious illness (though, if it infects more people more quickly, serious illness and fatalities will rise too). It is not the first mutation that has appeared in the course of the pandemic.

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  46. It’s 2020, Chas, it’s always winter but never Christmas

    That was my skepticism chiming in.

    I read that, too, roscuro.

    The pastor of our sister church sent out another email yesterday about church plans now for virtual services (I still tune in to our home church for those). He mentioned he’d never experienced an illness that was so severe and lasted so long with such intensity.

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  47. I am busy doing laundry today. It had really stacked up since it had been much colder lately and with the dryer in the unheated utility room, I don’t like to run it when it’s in the thirties. It feels balmy in the 50s today.

    Funny that right when my church service began, one of the ladies next door (same sex couple) cranked up their lawnmower. But they are not right next to where I am listening in the house so it did not matter so much.

    I have sinus congestion so have taken some mucinex. I am not sure if it is leftover from that which I was bothered with a couple of weeks ago or something different. I hope we did not pick up Covid when we voted.

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  48. I pulled out several winter pullover sweaters from the old trunk in the bedroom, washing them all now just to freshen them up.

    I’m getting tired of wearing a pullover sweatshirt every day.

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  49. Next I will be on a prayer call for an hour or more while the dryer does its thing before the evening turns cold. Miss Bosley claimed a few warm things from the dryer for a cuddly nest. I hope she will remain there for my prayer call. For some reason, it is the Sunday afternoon call that bothers her the most so she tries to get my attention with less than desirable behaviors.

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  50. First day of winter is tomorrow I believe?
    I made spaghetti for lunch…complete with bacon on top… 😊
    It has been cloudy for most of the day but I suppose that has kept the temps warmer, being 46 now. I did a load of laundry today too…just because it was there..now the laundry room is nice and tidy….

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  51. I am reading Lethal Intent by Cara Putnam. It is a legal/medical/romantic suspence novel. I picked it from the Netgalley offering for review because it involved speeding up a treatment that would usually take longer for approval by the FDA. Considering what we are going through with the vaccine, I thought it would be of particular interest. It is good so far, about half way through it.

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  52. We have a ban on Sunday laundry, Always have. Except for emergencies. Which I have not had in thirty years But today…a couple of one year olds, one of whom arrived with slightly smelly clothing, had theirs done a day early.

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  53. I do hope our grocery workers are high in priority for the vaccine. Apparently some well-to-do folks are trying to essentially put in bribes to get a jump in the line.

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  54. It’s been a weekend. I have mostly spent it in bed. Nothing else to do so I have been reading.
    I did make a comment in a Facebook group tonight. It was eventually removed by the moderator for being offensive and hate speech. It was. Discussion about the use of the N word. My comment was that people who are offended by it need to stop putting it in their music. Apparently being white and all I do get get to have an opinion on it.
    I did find the email address of the person who started the thread and emailed her directly with an apology.
    I give up.

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  55. Just took my car through the automated car wash in town, $6 and you put the car in neutral while all the machines to the rest. Not a bad, quick option. I’ve had this Jeep for maybe 6 weeks or 2 months? now and with no rain it was really dusty. Now it looks nice again.

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  56. People over 75, essential workers are next in line for COVID vaccine

    ~ AP: NEW YORK — An expert committee put people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers next in line for COVID-19 shots as a second vaccine began rolling out Sunday to hospitals, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

    The developments occurred as the nation seeks to ramp up a vaccination program that only began in the last week and so far has given initial shots to about 556,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Germany’s BioNTech, as well as the one from Moderna Inc., which was approved by regulators last week, go first to health care workers and residents of long-term care homes, based on the advice of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

    The committee voted 13-1 on Sunday to put people 75 and older as well as certain front-line workers next in line for the vaccines. ~
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  57. DJ – There are the nags on one side, and on the other side are the ones saying that those who choose to wear masks and social distance are sheep who don’t think for themselves.

    Can’t anyone give anyone else the benefit of the doubt these days? Too many people are so quick these days to assume the worst motives, and the least intelligence, of their opponents. 😦

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  58. We had a Zoom visit with my parents. Sad. We had hoped to go visit them during my break, but they said not to since the pandemic is hot there now. Oh, well. It was good to see them while talking to them. We had to use the phone because they couldn’t figure out how to get their microphone to work.

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  59. Kizzie, we live in a grace-less age.

    Adding to my above AP story:

    … Those essential workers include firefighters and police officers; teachers and school staff; food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. Postal Service workers; public transit and grocery store workers. …

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  60. I noticed that the first nursing home in Connecticut to get the vaccine is in one of the well-to-do communities. That isn’t necessarily relevant, but it did have me wondering.

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  61. ~ Barbara Hughes, a cashier at a Food 4 Less in Palmdale, said she had to put in 70 hours last week because so many of her colleagues are out with COVID-19. Twenty-one employees have recently tested positive for the virus, according to county records.

    “Every single one of my managers has COVID — one of them is really sick,” said Hughes, 61. “It’s stressful, but I just tell myself: ‘You gotta go. You gotta work.’” ~ LA Times

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  62. I thought one of the big benefits of adulthood was never again having someone scolding you and telling you to behave (usually when you already were behaving).

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  63. Cheryl – That last part of your comment – “(usually when you already were behaving)” – reminded me of when my mom would tell me to say “thank you” to someone who had just given me something or done some other kindness. I would cringe inside, because I was just about to say it, but saying it after Mom told me to would not sound sincere.

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  64. I am hard pressed to think of a society where outward pressure is not brought to bear on individuals to conform, and adulthood has never been an exemption from such pressure. Social media can perhaps intensify that pressure but not any more than living in a rural village in West Africa.

    Kizzie, my last preceptor before graduation was like that. I would be setting out to accomplish a task I knew needed doing and she would come up behind me and say, “Come on, let’s get going” and tell me to do the task I had been starting to do already. Shortly before I was due to finish that placement, this preceptor contacted my supervisor at the school and complained that I wasn’t taking initiative. I was, but she never stopped telling me what to do long enough to notice.

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  65. Roscuro, I was specifically thinking of the word “behave.” It has such a scolding quality to it, and as a child who went out of her way to obey adults, being told to “behave” always felt like a slap across the face. I was the kid who could be told the rules once and would remember (and follow) them five years later, and I hated it when I wasn’t trusted to obey or was suspected of disobeying. (Not that I never ever disobeyed, but nearly always when I got in trouble for something, it was for something I hadn’t done, or it was something I’d never been told not to do, and that was not obviously a bad thing to do. So, if you don’t want me to do that action in the future, simply tell me so, and we’re OK.)

    On Flickr a few months ago, one particular person kept insisting that to keep the world safe, no one should even be going out on walks. I detest that kind of scolding. If I lived in Chicago, with lots of people walking about everywhere, it would likely not be safe to be going out on walks. But it has never been against the rules in my area, nor has it ever been dangerous in my area. My husband and I are being more careful than probably 99% of the world right now, and to have someone suggest that it was “irresponsible” to go out on a walk, when I knew it was actually the healthy thing for someone in my situation, rubbed me the wrong way.

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  66. Almost finished with a very brief newsletter. Now to sleep on it and let God give me the changes.
    I was a rule follower and had excellent behavior. I had to overcome my pride in those facts to realize my sin and come to Christ.

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  67. Jo, I think I was already a believer at that point, but I too had to come to a time of realization and repentance that some of my thoughts were pride, an odious sin. I don’t think the attempts to follow the rules were sin–I wasn’t trying to earn God’s favor, but just to do the right thing–but some some of it resulted in pride.

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