128 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-2-21

  1. Good Morning Chas. I have read a chapter of a book and walked for 45 minutes. Now it’s breakfast and preparing for the day. I am showing property at 10:45.

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  2. Good morning. I am up and showered and Bible read and making a batch of elderberry something or other to see if we can conquer this cold. Fourteen has it the worst with his asthma but little guy is showing signs of illness. The two little girls seem to have come through okay and are on the end of it. I have had the headache and congestion and cough. Daughter who introduced us is fine.

    In other news, nineteen was getting more and more belligerent and we were ready to move her out But a couple of days ago she flipped. Turns out, her new worker has been undermining with all of her good intentions. She kept telling daughter it was my fault things were not good with us and she needed to move out so she could have her freedom. She was trying to find out if we were hurting daughter in some way as obviously we were depriving her as she did not have good quality clothes. So she gave daughter a bunch of clothing, sugar free drinks, movies, and other teaching, told her she could not spin because I was wrong and daughter does not have autism and spinning is not a coping mechanism of autistic people. And on and on. Daughter believed her until it suddenly occurred to her that in the past eleven years, I have not lied to her but been very direct and honest with her. The lady was even researching her on the internet, trying to find her bio family and why she was in foster care to begin with, which daughter found creepy. So, the past two days, we have had a normal household, with daughter interacting with other daughter quite well, talking with me normally, playing with the babies, etc. Nice.

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  3. Another learning experience for nineteen year old.

    Mothers seldom get a day off no matter how sick they are. I remember those days well. Blessed are the mothers who have someone near by to help at such times!

    Speaking of sick days: My SIL was scolded for not taking any sick days. He did not need them. He teaches. The school would pay someone else to teach for him and then also pay him for the sick day and he just saw no sense to it when he needed no days off. He was eventually let go of that job, because he did not join the faculty at the bar after work on Fridays, too. (Yes, he was told this, not that he could ever prove it) The principal was let go a couple of years later. He still teaches.

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  4. Good morning. It appears the warm weather won yesterday. It is about twenty degrees warmer than average here. Nice. We had rain yesterday but none of the predicted storms at our location.

    17,000 new Covid cases in Georgia over the last 48 hours. Makes everyone want to go vote on Tues. in record numbers.

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  5. The shot in the header is details of frost inside a log near our driveway. It actually isn’t a “log,” but treated lumber that’s in place so the hill doesn’t erode away. The stack of pieces all have rotted a bit, and the holes in them are beautiful little caves for frost to grow in winter. I’ve been quite pleased with the shapes that develop. Here some of them look like tiny Christmas trees and some like upside-down bells, and some like glittery stones (maybe diamonds).

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  6. It is a beautiful day here, sunny, with picture perfect snow

    Mumsee, we can get into trouble looking fir information about clients on the internet. And searching for information about a client when they were a minor is really unacceptable.

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  7. Our trees look like the photo today. We had freezing rain followed by light snow all day yesterday. Now it’s white on the ground and glassy tree branches. Almost a fairyland look. Too bad it also is cold out. Not as cold as it could be, but cold.

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  8. Roscuro, she is not a minor but she is developmentally delayed which brings extra protections. Yes, I got across to her, I hope, not to be giving out her old last names. We had hoped this would be just another old lady interested in spoiling a special nineteen year old. Instead, she is trying to “fix” her. Mainly by telling her she is wonderful and should be allowed to get her GED and drive and so on and her parents are far too restrictive. But it seems to have finally opened her eyes. Her room is clean again and she is taking a bath for the first time in quite some time.

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  9. How frustrating, mumsee. I’m glad she seems to have realized what was going on?

    Such a beautiful shot, along with yesterday’s. I remember walking through the woods near my friends’ farm in NY after Christmas when I stayed there one year, it was a sparkling ice wonderland, really breathtakingly gorgeous.

    Only two days left before it’s back to work for me. I need to start trying to re-adjust my sleep schedule, earlier to bed, earlier to get up. I don’t feel ready, but too bad, right? It was so helpful just to get a full week off at long last. I won’t make the same mistake this year (putting off longer vacation times just because of the covid situation). This really is our new normal that isn’t going anywhere for now.

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  10. My one word for the New Year is the most difficult one yet: Love. Another good one would be Contentment. Who else has a word to focus on this year? I realized that in the past I had used Peace, Joy, and Hope, three symbolized by candles lit on the Advent wreath. It is time to tackle Love. I did not really choose Love because of the Advent wreath connection. I choose it because of conviction that I need to do better in expressing Christian love. I feel so deficient in my ability. I have to really focus on Love in Christ, and I will have ample opportunity in 2021 to do so.

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  11. Ice like that here too. Very pretty, but not good for walking. After Tuesday’s storm we had our walk completely cleared, but after yesterday it is again covered with solid ice. I will have to go out and salt it, then try to get my car out of its casing of ice so I can get to the store. (I will try not to break my ice scraper this time as I did on Thursday and had to go buy a new one.)

    Church has already been canceled for tomorrow because there is such a thick layer of ice on the steps and ramp, and it is resisting efforts to remove it.

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  12. I finally found out what Wesley had in mind for the desk addition. It was not what I thought. It is more like an adjustable wooden prop up book holder, something like a cookbook holder one might use in the kitchen.

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  13. I have something like that, used it for Bible study while working at a table, it helped prop up books, notes, etc. Amazon I think?

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  14. Our girl is driving back to the LA disaster area, Christmas decorations are down and about to go back into storage, I’ve been crying on and off today and am working to improve my attitude and heart.

    Perhaps COVID fatigue has finally settled in? I’ve got plenty to do in the next week, but no enthusiasm for much.

    Of course, the fact we now have TCM means all I really want to do is wallow in old movies and work puzzles.

    Hey, wait, I finished all the puzzles . . . OK, laundry it is! LOL

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  15. Peter (re: your comment last night about Kevin liking one of your Facebook posts) – Shortly after I had written my comment, I noticed that he had liked one of my Facebook posts, too. 🙂

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  16. Or maybe it was a comment of mine. Whatever. 🙂

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    Janice – You wrote, “I wish for a similar situation to turn around the thinking of Chickadee.”

    I got teary-eyed when I read that. Thank you. That is my hope and prayer, too. I often pray for her to be able to “see through” YA and her sister, and to recognize the serious dysfunction in that family.

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  17. Big Brother is watching. I get notifications on my phone from Youtube of things that might interest me. I had shared with all of you the Holly Dolly Christmas version of Mary Did You Know and the other night Mr P wanted to watch The Bee Gees Documentary.
    Just now I got a notification on my phone. People. LISTEN UP. – Disco meets Country!

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  18. I caught part of what must have been the BeeGees documentary a week ago, I think. Sad at the end (which is mostly the part I caught). I was hanging out at the beach listening to a little portable radio the first time I heard a BeeGees song, thought sure it was a female singer!

    I’m with Michelle, all through December I was hit with covid fatigue. Just too much, all of a sudden.

    I could have gotten a lot of things accomplished this week inside and outside the house. But very little got done. I just mostly was missing Christmas. 😦

    My decorations will take very little to dismantle, just a few battery LED light strings from the front porch, 2 lighted wreaths to untie from the porch rail and put back in the wreath boxes I found onsale last year. I’ll leave the “winter-y” wreath with blue LED lights on the front door for now, it covers the next two months I think. In march I’ll bring out the spring wreath again.

    I’m very glad, now, that I didn’t decide to get a tree. lol

    Next year.

    But life suddenly feels so tenuous after this year with this pandemic — and what’s befallen a couple of my friends so suddenly. Too much sadness.

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  19. I did start a new round of yearly devotions yesterday, including something called “Morning Exercises” by Wm Jay. The book is a paperback but massive, it surprised me when it came from Amazon. I may need to get that book stand out again.

    Reading through the Bible with the Gospel Coalition which has a companion FB page for those in the program & provides a brief daily devotion every morning for that day’s readings. Based on the M’Cheyne daily reading program

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  20. Our guest minister had recommended it last Sunday.

    Seems our pastor remains out ill, it’s apparently a “state secret” according to a fellow church member, but we’re concerned and are praying. He’d told someone this (2020) had been the hardest year of his life. One of our elder wives did tell me earlier in the fall that he’d undergone a procedure for irregular heartbeat that wasn’t responding to meds, but that all went well I was told.

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  21. I think 2020 was the hardest year for many in ministry. At our church, we were prepared to go online, but no one expected to do it for years. Our pastor, down to one this year as we search for a new pastor, had to do an online service mid-week for the camera, and then two services on Sunday with different setups. He’s a great texter, but not anything else, so this was a major learning curve for him–and the office staff.

    They actually were really worried about setting up the Youtube channel. “So hard, the technology.”

    I laughed. “If I could do it in five minutes, you all can, too, especially since my former assistant is your assistant now!” It took her five minutes and that millennial was off! She’s doing really well and has the dream of her life to look forward to in, about, six months. 🙂

    But, our church was preparing for this online change. To celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2012, they had a big “Jubilee” fundraiser and used the money to upgrade the technology in the church, relandscape the front lawn (!), and make some other changes that enabled us to do so much more than many. God was leading us, obviously, and we’ve got a bunch of creative people willing to do a lot.

    That’s what impressed me the most–how so many churches became so creative to be able to minister within the legal guidelines. Truly the Lord is glorious and His inspiration marvelous to behold.

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  22. To laugh or to cry? Maybe just a sigh of frustration or resignation?

    Just saw a friend’s post on Facebook, which is similar to some others I have seen, in which the person is trying to encourage some kind of peace between left and right. As on this recent one, it seems that someone always comes along, missing the point, and commenting that the rancor (or other problems in the country) is all the liberals’/conservatives’ fault. 😦

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  23. Time for my next Mucinex. Could it be an addiction?

    My friend whose husband has Covid said his throat was so sore that he said it felt like knives sticking in it. Then she said he coughed up blood at that point. He got some antibiotics that helped him through so I don’t think it hit his lungs as hard as it does some. It is such a horrid ailment.

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  24. Kizzie, basically it is the devil to blame for all the madness and anger, but it is easier to blame folks on the other side. I tend to see one side believing in Utopia and thinking people or government can fix everything if only they find the right combination which does not include God. The other side may look to God so much that they defer all responsibility to Him so they are not to blame for anything that goes wrong. It is either the fault of the other side or God’s fault because it is His will. Interesting place we find ourselves in right now. Yes, God is sovereign, but He gives us brains and His word not just for the benefit of entertaining our intellect, but for the ability to act upon what we learn. I acted by voting based on Biblical values. I have done that in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

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  25. Our church was pretty well prepared for online services, we’d already done live online conferences and debates in years past and had a YouTube channel already up and running.

    But right away there were struggles and disagreements among the elders on how (and even whether) to offer in-person services, especially when it went against some of the earlier health orders. Congregants also had their own strong views on those matters.

    We wound up with several approved options for the congregation, but it all served also to separate us from one another. It was a challenge for the pastor and elders simply to know who was “going” where, just keeping track of the flock was no easy task.

    And our pastor also was doing 2 services Sunday mornings (instead of the usual one), along with a third, much smaller evening service added on once a month for those especially at risk of covid.

    I’m sure financial contributions have dipped.

    And it remains to be seen how much of the church body re-gathers, once this is, for certain, all behind us and we try to return to “normal.”

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  26. so many little details to take care of right now. And then someone came yesterday to tell us about a grief in our church. I am glad to have had a day to take it in. This is hard.
    But… God is good and will use it for good as only He can.

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  27. Any of you wonderful folks, like Michelle, want to research how to find out about getting the vaccine in my town. I am at a loss, but told my daughter I would look into it.

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  28. Janice – Not everyone on the right is Christian, and not everybody on the left is non-Christian, although there are probably more Christians on the right than on the left. From what I have seen, those on the liberal side think that those on the conservative side lack compassion, because they don’t support all the programs that the Democrats want and/or are against much immigration. Of course, we know that that is not necessarily so, but that is how they look at it.

    There are too many people on both sides of any issue who paint the motives of their opponents in the worst possible way, so then they can dismiss them out of hand.

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  29. Gen. 32:12: I will surely do you good.

    (Even when that doesn’t seem like what’s happening, on the face of things.) lol Part of the Morning Exercises passage today.

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  30. Jo, depends on your category I think. But I would think missionaries would fall under an almost “must” category?

    I’m in the third category (both by age and occupation) so I’m hearing my turn won’t come until March? But that’s second hand.

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  31. That link in 1:34 looks a little bit like my editors desk, which I put on the table for time to time if I have a large project. I got mine from Levenger, and after I bought mine for $80 or so, they introduced a folding model, which would have been more convenient but wasn’t worth a repurchase. It has a ledge at the bottom to hold a book or paper, a stand at the top to hold a second book, and a place along the very bottom to hold pens or pencils. If I’m doing a Scripture check on a large book, it’s invaluable, since the slanted surface for my manuscript is great, and a place to hold the Bible is useful too.

    I always do a second edit on hard copy, but if I have a book of 250 pages or so, I usually don’t drag out the editors desk; I just edit in my reading chair.

    This looks like what I have, if the link will post:

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  32. Jo–Your doctor is really the only one, other than the public health official, who can make that call. It’s possible the missionary organization can know how to go about getting an exception since you’re not a frontline health care worker.

    The other consideration, of course, is the vaccine is a two-part vaccine. It has to do with effectiveness. One shot means you’re 90% unlikely to get COVID, the second shot means 95%. Roscuro may know more.

    It seems to me one shot would be sufficient, but again, your physician is the one to contact and explain your unique situation.

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  33. And what Kizzie said, there are Christians who are Democrats, we have some in our church. Gasp. 🙂 The issues that have biblical importance really do cross party lines to some degree.

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  34. Cheryl, I remember Levenger, what a great catalog — I hadn’t thought of them in years. They had beautiful and practical things for writers (and readers).

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  35. Just thinking on how abortion is an immigration issue. The baby immagrates from living in the mother’s womb to living outside the borders of the womb. To me that is the most basic form of immigration.

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  36. I have a friend who is Christian who told me she votes for the person and not for the party (platform). I vote for the platform more than the personality. But I can’t blame any of my friends who voted differently from how I voted for the giant mess our nation finds itself in. We have been on the path for a long time. I know that I was putting out my generalized thoughts on how I see people choosing sides. There are always exceptions.

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  37. I started the new Bible reading plan my church is using. It is the Old Testament and the New Testament covered each day. I think I will try to read the Old Testament in the a.m. and the New Testament before going to sleep. I find it difficult to jump from one to the other all in one sitting.

    This morning I was reading in Genesis about when Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden after they had sinned. I was struck by how I had never thought deeply on them hearing Him walking. I am so caught up in my own point of view of God being invisible and inaudible that I had always skimmed over that. His walking was related to the evening breeze, too.

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  38. I took down the Christmas decor from the front porch (wreaths, battery light strings along the porch rail, giant Christmas Red-and-green Christmas bells found on sale at Hallmark a couple years ago) but left some of the non-seasonal lights out (white and blue) that I’ve strung on a couple of potted plants. I also left the ‘winter’ wreath with blue lights on the front door for now.

    I think I’ll also leave the Bethlehem star in the front window for a while longer.

    Neighbors also were out dismantling, but they had more to do — life-sized sparkly reindeer, Santa and his sleigh, rooftop ‘icicle’ lights.

    And the tree inside.

    Goodbye Christmas 2020. We hardly knew thee.

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  39. thanks for the advice. I am hoping I just happen to see my doctor at church tomorrow. But I will call on Monday.
    At 71, almost 72, my daughter thought I would qualify by age.

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  40. I have found the book, American Crisis by Jefrey D. Breshears quite interesting. It is about the culture war happening in our country today. I have not quite finished it, but find it has been quite accurate.

    Voting for an individual and not a platform is fine, but you will not find many politicians go against the platform, since they will be cut off from party support. They need that for reelection. There are some, though, that do refuse to support certain issues, regardless of party.

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  41. We haven’t had a pastor for many, many months. We have had some good speakers for the pulpit, but it is not the same. I am not sure the church will make it, but we shall see.

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  42. I was in a church where we went without a pastor for almost a year, it was not a good circumstance and many left to transfer to a sister church.

    From our public health report today:

    ~ The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has reported a total of 806,210 confirmed COVID-19 cases across Los Angeles County and a total of 10,682 deaths.

    Cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County have doubled in a little over a month. Public Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in L.A. County on January 26, 2020. Ten months later, on November 30, L.A. County reached 400,000 COVID-19 cases. In just over a month, we confirmed an additional 400,000 cases.

    This is the fastest acceleration of new cases than at any other time during the pandemic. ~

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  43. What’s interesting (or discouraging) about our political parties is that we tend to switch back and forth in giving one party power over the other. For a while, more Republicans will be voted in, then after a while, more Democrats will be voted in. For president, we tend to switch between parties with each presidential election (with exceptions here and there).

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  44. Vaccine Priority Groups
    Phase 1a (24 million people):

    Health care personnel
    Long-term care facility residents
    Phase 1b (49 million people):

    Frontline essential workers
    People 75 and older
    Phase 1c (129 million people):

    People ages 65-74
    People ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions
    Other essential workers
    Phase 2:

    People 16 and older not in Phase 1
    Source: CDC

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  45. DJ – Seems to be those farther right and farther left (although not necessarily “far-right” and “far-left”) who make the most noise about things.

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  46. good morning everyone.
    This starts Sunday, so get to it.
    I haven’t been to church since last March. Once in a parking lot. I don’t count that.
    All this business of “sit with your own group” “Sit six feet away, etc, detracts from the spirit of the event.

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  47. Good morning! Online service again for me although some do meet in our small sanctuary. The space was the original sanctuary that became our chapel before the decline of the old church. Now we are in the original sanctuary (former chapel) while a mega church has been paying 30,000 a month for the big sanctuary space they have not met in for months. Yes, these are strange times, indeed.

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  48. Chas, did you ever get yo see the movie “Hidden Figures” about the black women mathematicians who did all the calculations for space launches during the time of John Glenn? Here is info on the movie. I think you would enjoy it if you have a DVD player, or you could stream it with help from your family.
    https://g.co/kgs/FT1jEY

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  49. Janice, I don’t have a DVD player and I doubt that I could devote two two uninterrupted hours to watch a movie.
    I’m always here* the
    re. she requires my attention. someone else just doesn’t do it.

    Seriously.
    The reason I’m here is to take care of her.

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  50. Chas, I know you can’t plan to do anything uninterupted. I often only see bits and pieces of things because I am busy in the kitchen while Art watches tv uninterupted. I still enjoy the few moments of the movies I get to see. The link I posted does have a three minute trailer/ movie highlights if you have a few moments to watch that.

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  51. Morning! It is 24 degrees with the sun shining brightly. We are supposed to reach 46 this day!
    Husband is off climbing a mountain with son in law…they left at 5am… 😳
    Yesterday working for friend was better…no screaming children and everyone was congenital…even the woman who stole a sign on her way out of the shoppe! 😠 (she was seen on camera by my friend the owner who happens to know her…she will be confronted)

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  52. Janice my friend’s husband is a woodworker/carpenter. He creates lovely shelf size signs out of antique weathered wood having one word inspiration…Hope, Love, Faith…and Family…she stole the Family sign…dropped in right into her bag of her purchased items as I was ringing up the items her mother was purchasing. 😔 I just don’t understand ….

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  53. NancyJill, I read congenial when I read your comment, but had to go back to look. Sure enough! I am glad I know you well enough that I was able to read your true meaning.

    Janice, I looked a bit in the medicine cabinet for mucinex as you had recommended it but no sign of any. I usually stay away from most of that stuff as I end up getting a big headache and things go bad in my colds. But I am willing to try. I thought I had that purchased last year on your rec but it was either used up or is deep in the depths.

    Throat coat tea, you have suggested it before, Jo but I have yet to get it. I suppose Amazon would be happy to send some. Hoping husband does not feel the need to go shopping any time soon.

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  54. NancyJill – I chuckled a bit reading “congenital”, but knowing you meant “congenial”.

    I’ve probably mentioned this before, but the funniest autocorrect mistake I have seen was when a woman meant to type “nurturing children” and it came out “neutering children”. 😀

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  55. This morning I was watching my church service on YouTube through my TV. Boy was about to be picked up by Other Grandmother, and came into the living room, sitting on the couch to put on his socks. As he was there, Pastor Billy was praying, and he was going on about how very good God is to us.

    Boy watched and listened to this without offering any snarky remarks. A few minutes later, he was also listening to a story Pastor Billy was telling about his little toddler boys. Other Grandmother then arrived to pick him up, so he didn’t hear the part about how the story connected to the sermon, but I think that merely hearing a pastor talking about something normal may have at least shown him that pastors can be interesting people. 🙂

    And he was actively listening and interested, not merely overhearing it because he happened to be in the same room.

    Hubby would be so pleased and encouraged about what Boy said the other night, and by his hearing a little of the church service today.

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  56. Reminds me of the reference to “feral children” (intended) I saw some years back.

    A few of us who are in touch agreed we’d stay clear of the outdoor service, for now. The pastor is just over Covid (but was pretty sick) — and then I saw that work email (8:24) from the County Health Dept which pretty much sealed that decision.

    We have a guest minister again today at our virtual home church service. “A New Beginning,” John 1:1-18

    I know it’s not “the same,” but I’m very grateful for our technology that has allowed us to continue to hear the World preached in our home congregations throughout all of these months. I agree with Michelle in being impressed with the flexibility and creativity God has given to the visible church during these long months.

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  57. Kizzie (in post about Boy watching along during some of the online service), that’s another advantage I hadn’t thought about — people get to visit our churches without even planning to do so.

    God is good. He also is clever.

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  58. And just to clarify, my reference to ‘feral children’ had to do with Kizzie’s earlier post about ‘neutering’ children.

    I have to remember note time stamp references in those posts, you guys are fast and fill in the gaps with entirely different kinds of posts that can cause some real confusion!

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  59. Mumsee, plain Robitussin cough syrup has the same ingredient as Mucinex, guaifenesin (not sure of the spelling). It is liquid and taken every four hours. Mucinex is a tablet taken every twelve hours (more convenient). It is an expectorant which thins mucous so anything trying to set up shop in the body will be able to vacate. It has never given us side effects. I used it often for Wesley with his asthma.

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  60. And I love that my new TV allows me also to view the church service on YouTube (and not just on my small laptop). My last TV was “smart” but several years old and I could not get it to do that, I think the software needed was no longer supported on that older, more limited hardware. Either that or it was user lameness lol This new TV is incredibly easy to navigate.

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  61. Our church had filled to capacity, so we decided open up an upstairs room and ‘broadcast’ the service up there the last couple of years. I also see God preparing us for going on line. Since we had the cameras, etc, it was fairly simple to go online (and I say simple because we have good tech gurus in the congregation).

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  62. Nancy jill, it is awful to think someone would steal that sign in particular. Some people are probably compulsive shoplifters which would be a terrible way to go through life.

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  63. Getting on towards 100. Who has it for today?
    I am making my spinach and lentil soup this afternoon. If I put a little of it with a lot of yellow rice, will Art eat it for dinner?

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  64. I have hardly talked to my friend Karen since before Christmas. She called once and was distracted by her husband, said she would call back, and she never has. I am letting the ball be in her court. I will never understand this side of heaven what goes on with her.

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  65. My husband read The Professor and the Madman last week–and promptly put it into my brand new Little Library!

    He said it was okay, but he didn’t care for the violence. You can tell we’re getting old . . .

    We watched Libeled Lady last night and laughed a great deal.

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  66. Yes. Since the kids couldn’t give me my perennial Christmas request, world peace, they gave me a Little Library for the front of the house.

    It’s pure joy. I’ll send photos.

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  67. Isn’t it fun to discover a new little help on an app? I use Samsung Notes for recording my Bible memory verses. I also decided to copy and past my Bible reading plan on it. I saw a little icon for what looked like a checkbox. I tried it for the first reading, and found out it was indeed a checkbox. Then I did a Select All for the whole plan and punched the checkbox key. So that put checkboxes by each day. And, when I check off when finished with the day’s reading, low and behold, it marks a line through the passages! Nifty♡ It’s the little discoveries like that which are so helpful.

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  68. There is a little library box in the area where we prayer walk. I think there is also one on our street at the other end where I rarely have need to travel. I love those boxes. I do wonder if Bibles were put in them if someone might pick one up to read.

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  69. Janice – A poke on Facebook was/is just a friendly little way of saying, “Hi, Friend!” But I didn’t know that pokes were still on Facebook.

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  70. My little church in my little town has been live-streaming the Sunday service for several years. In reading various things during this pandemic, I’ve been surprised to read that many churches were not already doing that.

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  71. Neither my church or my husband’s church did services on the web before Covid.

    Kizzie, it had been awhile since I had been poked on Facebook. I was not sure if it meant “Look at my page,” or maybe, ” I don’t care for your posts.” It seems like a rather ambiguous message.

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  72. Michelle, it’s been years since I read the book, but I didn’t even remember there was violence in it. It was the “words” part that made me read it, and that stuck with me.

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  73. My church didn’t do livestreaming before the pandemic. Sermons were posted on sermon audio a week or so after the service, but that isn’t the same thing. My husband often didn’t feel up to attending the evening service, maybe more often than he did feel like it. Sometimes I could just tell he didn’t feel like it, so I wouldn’t even ask but would plan to stay home. Sometimes I went without him, and sometimes I asked and went whether or not he went. And sometimes he couldn’t get the energy to go in the morning, either, and I wished there’d been some kind of way he could at least watch and participate as best he could. It’s not the same as being there–but it’s so much better than just missing it altogether. And I assume that once everyone feels comfortable attending in person again, they will still be doing the livestream for those who are sick, or traveling, or wanting to check out the church before moving here, or whatever–and we’ll still have an option if one of us is sick.

    The real blessing in this has been able to consistently take part in evening services, where I’d attended only about half or two-thirds of the time and my husband maybe a third of the time. We haven’t missed any of the livestream services, except once or twice when the “feed” didn’t work and once when our former pastor called my husband just before the service started (that church doesn’t have an evening service) and I watched and participated but my husband didn’t.

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  74. We had sermon audio as well, but yes, the full livestream is so much better and I, too, am grateful. I can’t imagine the past 9 months without it.

    That said, all of us, I’m sure, are anticipating going back to “real life” services, let’s hope within months from now. But I think we’ll also continue the livestream, we’ve attracted a number of new folks from throughout the country, some former members but others new people, so it really has proven to also be an evangelistic outreach tool.

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  75. I did attend outdoor services at our smaller sister church for a while this fall, but the numbers we’re experiencing in LA County now simply make that unwise, in my view.

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  76. We attended church today since the Covid numbers are down in our county. It was communion Sunday and they use the combined packets, which are handed out by someone masked and gloved. We are a small church and spaced apart. It has been awhile and was so refreshing to be there.

    My daughter has had a couple of things stolen in the stores she has items in. One was a large peacock that was worth over $60.00. It is such a disgusting thing. It had to be difficult to get it past the register, but where there is a will… I hope the person who stole from the shop, NancyJill, is banned from it in the future. Sad.

    A friend of ours had posted on Facebook quite a few months ago that she was tired of being confined from Covid and was going to live life as normal. I just found out her husband (who had health issues) just got out of the hospital after many days. He went home on oxygen and is not well yet. She has been fine. Her only knowledge of it before was people who had it and easily recovered.

    My daughter’s MIL (who lives in the apartment at her home) is still very weak and winded easily. Her husband seems to be much better. The MIL has a lot of health issues and my daughter tried to be very careful. Daughter, SIL and their son all are fine and have only tested negative.

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  77. From the Web: Facebook now describes poking as a way to just say hello or get your friend’s attention. “People poke their friends or friends of friends on Facebook for a lot of reasons,” the site’s FAQ page insists. … When I asked one close friend what she remembered about the Facebook poke, she immediately responded “poke wars.”Aug 2, 2015

    What Facebook poke means now – Business Insiderwww.businessinsider.com › Tech News

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  78. What is the purpose of a poke?
    According to Urban Dictionary, a poke “allows users to say ‘hello’ to or show interest in a friend without having to go through the tedious process of crafting coherent sentences.” Basically, a Poke means someone is trying to get your attention, flood your notifications just for fun, or find an excuse to flirt.

    What Does Poke Mean on Facebook? It’s Complicated

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  79. It’s back to school for Boy tomorrow, as Christmas vacation comes to an end. That means I will have to be up early in the morning. My sleep schedule has slipped into falling asleep later and then sleeping later in the morning, so my body is not gonna be happy about having to switch back. I didn’t intend to let my sleep schedule slip like that, but it seems to be more attuned to how my body would like it.

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