18 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 2-13-21

  1. 🙂 We live in a very invigorating area. -29 here on the thermometer that is under the porch overhang and not far from the house. Computer says -38 in this area. Whatever the ‘real’ temperature is, it is cold. I know it is cold for so many of you and worse with ice conditions. We have blue skies and sunshine, which is usually the case when it is cold this time of year. Clouds tend to hold some warmth in. Another purpose for clouds.

    🙂 I have plenty of fabric to quilt and am starting another one. This one is MN fabric and has some pictures that say -40. Seems very appropriate right now.

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  2. We are about 12, or were this morning when I was out checking on lambs. Seven now. Seems like a nice number. Where have I heard that before??? Snow expected over the coming week, about five inches on the ground so it is all good.

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  3. 😦 Pain that ramped up bad enough to prompt Nightingale to take me to the ER Monday night.

    😦 Needing to have surgery to remove my gallbladder.

    🙂 Good, kind care from all those I came in contact with in the hospital.

    🙂 The anesthesiologist researched Moebius Syndrome before the surgery so he could make any needed adjustments. (Turns out that my mouth is smaller than average.)

    🙂 State health insurance.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 Being back home again, and Nightingale’s care for me.

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  4. 🙂 Several hours before the pain ramped up and I had to go to the hospital, I was able to have that phone appointment with the Social Security office, which turned out to be easier and quicker than I expected.

    🙂 Getting more on SS than I expected.

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  5. 🙂 Saturday

    😦 No rain on the horizon

    🙂 Got through writing a challenging homelessness story yesterday that included a fair amount of controversy to portray and several folks to interview and quote

    🙂 Even finished it in time to take my “lunch” break late in the day to pick up dog meds before 5 p.m. when the vet closes

    😦 The pandemic and how it’s upended so many lives and hurt so many small businesses

    🙂 A light at the end of this long tunnel? Time will tell

    😦 The nation’s ongoing political crisis

    🙂 God’s surely up to something

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  6. 🙂 From our sermon last week: “… we spoke last time of embracing suffering as a means by which God refines His children to bring us the ‘peaceful fruit of righteousness’ (Heb. 23:11). It is my prayer and objective that we would embrace the political turmoil and the Covid challenge in such a way as to avoid profaning and cursing God’s providence in these matters. A rebellious or disobedient response to God’s sovereign hand will not yield the desired blessing. Pastorally, my biggest concern has to do with our relationships with one another. A member reminded me of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural in which he sought to bring a nation together; a nation which consisted of families, classmates and fellow soldiers who, for a time, were killing on another in the Civil War. A daunting task indeed.

    “A wedge threatens the church (all churches as far as I can tell) based upon the differences of opinions on an appropriate response to Covid in particular (though it is inextricably linked to the political as well). The matter has been more difficult than most of us could have anticipated. …”

    The reasons he listed for these difficulties we face right now:

    1. A lack of historical or biblical precedent (past pandemics were different due to the different eras)
    2. Immediate impact on everyone
    3. The vastness of the spectrum within orthodoxy on the best response
    4. Questioning of others’ motives
    5. The varying degrees of opinion regarding the jurisdiction of the civil magistrate
    6. The uniqueness of the church compared to other institutions
    7. Optics — how churches are viewed by the watching world

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  7. And: “We are all faced with new and, for most of us, unchartered challenges. The enemy would have our ships colliding. We, against such an assault, should recognize that though our ships are not all in a straight line, they are in the same tide. We should, at the very least, close our gunports.”

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  8. 🙂 57 and sunny in northern California. I’m about to eat lunch and take a walk after a whole morning at the desk trying to schedule things ahead of time.

    🙂 I have a very busy week coming up, really the next two weeks. I had to use highlighters on my calendar to make sure I don’t miss important appointments with other people!

    🙂 I’ve lost my imagination concerning the future and actually leaving the house/city/county/state.

    Unimagineable at the moment, but then I’m at the end of the line–perhaps ahead of teenage boys?–to receive the vaccine. No worries, I have plenty to do at home! LOL

    🙂 As I’m reading Joshua in my devotions, I’m charmed to realize I’m reading biblical novels about the same time period–written by Connilyn Cossette.

    🙂 I could do without the cheesy romance, but her depiction of the world and how God’s commands were implemented, is fascinating.

    I’m finishing up a series based around the cities of refuge–I’m finally understanding how it all worked! 🙂

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  9. 🙂 Finally have called a pastor.

    🙂 He’s praying and thinking–give him 3-4 weeks.

    ;-( Hearing terrible prophecies about the future.

    🙂 Fear not! I’m looking for the angels. 🙂

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  10. Just tell me, should I be buying more toilet paper again? I still have rolls left from the one binge-order I made back in June/July? sometime when I finally found Scott TP online again

    Paper towels?

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  11. 😦 Menard’s (at least the one where I shop) no longer has Cameron’s decaf vanilla hazelnut coffee I’ve been buying there for years. Even amazon.com says it’s currently unavailable – I wonder if they stopped making it.
    😦 Church has been cancelled for the third week in a row due to weather. Three weeks ago it was due to snow, last week and tomorrow due to subzero temperatures (expected to be -24 with windchill at 9 a.m.)
    🙂 That means I get to sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then find a church service to watch online. Lately I’ve been watching services led by the man who was pastor at the church where my husband was ordained. He’s retired now, serving as parish associate (and occasionally preaching) at a church I’ve never been to and probably never will get to, but since they aren’t having in-person services due to COVID they both stream and record the entire service.

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  12. I’ve been hanging on to a large package in the garage–always have one on the TP supply.

    A stunning walk this afternoon.

    When I picked up our Valentine’s dinner, I’d already written the check (their preference) with a tip.

    They had made a $10 error–it was more.

    Flustered, I reached for my wallet to see if I had $10.

    “No, no,” they said. “Our mistake, it’s alright.”

    I laughed. “It was our plan to tip you well, besides, the Bible says ‘a workman is worthy of his honor,’ I’m not going against God.”

    (I love it when I can sneak in some Scripture).

    I only had $8 in my wallet besides $20s, but they were so grateful.

    Funny.

    I’m just glad I’m not cooking for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. Salmon, crab cakes, chocolate pot a creme!

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  13. Heard from a college boyfriend who said he’s getting his first Covid shot tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day. Woo-hoo.

    The things that excite us now.

    🙂 Very windy here, which is fine, but I need to double-check my gate latch as it’s unreliable.

    🙂 I drove around aimlessly during an errand run, the ocean looked dark and choppy. It just strikes my how much my own life has changed in the past couple years. Covid has added to that feeling of strangeness.

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  14. Pauline, how cool to be able to catch back up with the retired pastor.

    I have such a love for mine, he has preached at our church (same denomination) on occasion, but not in a while. His health isn’t good, nor is his wife’s.

    Like

  15. 🙂 Headline: Symptomatic Covid-19 Cases Dropped 94% With Pfizer Vaccine, Israeli Data Show
    Study comparing two groups of 600,000 people also found vaccine recipients 92% less likely to develop severe illness

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