50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-2-21

  1. Okay, I had to realize what day you are all on. It feels like Saturday to me. In PNG both Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays. So we have a four day weekend. It is raining and I need to go for a walk. I was immersed in a book when it was clear for a bit, but now the rain has returned.

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  2. As I understand it, Good Friday is a term from farming.
    The tradition is that if you have your crops in the ground by Good Friday, you will have a good season.

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  3. My father always said we get an Easter cold snap. My mother in law says itโ€™s not officially warm until you see leaves sprouting on the pecan (peh Kahn) trees. Here I have worn a coat on Easter and shorts on Christmas.
    March was a whirlwind. I closed on 6 properties and put 2 under contract. The last closing was Wednesday. My aunt walked out with a good size check and picks up her motor home today.
    Today we close on the refinance of our house. It has lowered the payment by $200 a month which is GREAT because I already know our homeowners insurance wi go up in September because of Hurricane Sally. Oh well, at
    Least it wonโ€™t change the budget much.

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  4. Good Friday morning. It is very cold here, too. It will remain cold through the night. I expect a chilly Easter egg hunt tomorrow morning. Does not seem right to have to wear a heavy coat to hunt Easter eggs. I don’t ever remember doing that. But this year is crazy. With the Prez suggesting to move a baseball game out of a state? He needs to go back to the minor leagues.

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  5. Chas, I don’t remember you saying it before. But that tradition isn’t true for here. Any seeds or plants placed in the ground now would be frost bitten.

    The term Good Friday is using another sense of good, good in the sense of holy or complete. Remember how Jesus said none is good but God, and God called his creation good. When Jesus cried, “It is finished” on the cross, he was completing the good work he came to do.

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  6. Now that I’m retired and Hubby is part-time and has Fridays off, we call this the “Fake Saturday,” with tomorrow being the “Real Saturday.”

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  7. Chas, Eastter varies by several weeks from one year to another, sometimes in March and sometimes in April. No farmer would schedule anything by it.

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  8. Oh, the irony. The British variant of COVID is creating a burgeoning caseload here in Ontario. So, to prevent an overloadbof the system – there are currently more people in ICUs for COVID than at any other point in the oandic, we are once again having a shutdown. It isn’t great, but I don’t think our conservative provincial government sees any other option, as the British variant is more infectious and more likely to cause serious illness in younger people. Well, the relatives on FB who are skeptical, just a few days after them posting about how we are wrong about the date of Easter, are now posting complaints that the government is trying to cancel Easter, as if there was some sinister plot to crush Christian holidays.

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  9. My mother was a horticulturist and she always said not to plant before Memorial Day when that day was actually observed on the calendar date. I think people would use a holiday to talk about planting in a particular area. That is probably what Chas remembers. I still keep the maxim in mind, although we can plant a bit earlier sometimes now due to a warming climate. People always buy their plants too early so I end up buying early and having to keep them in the pots for awhile. Otherwise most of the good plants are gone and my choices more limited. My mom made a lot of money in her greenhouse from people who planted too early.

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  10. Michelle, I am mentally feeling better, as the sedation has gotten out of my system. Physically, I am still in considerable discomfort, though it is gradually easing – I am able to move a bit better today than yesterday. But then, I have been functioning in considerable physical discomfort for quite some time now, so that is nothing new.

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  11. Farming. Around here, the winter wheat was put in last fall and is sprouting now. But no tractors are moving in the fields yet as it is too muddy and too cold. They kind of figure if they have it in by mid June and the rains are just right, and no hail storms, they will get a good crop. They usually get a good crop and the world gets food.

    Personal planting: we are also told Memorial Day or when the lilac leaves are the size of a mouse’s ear. Though cold weather crops can go in earlier. My tomatoes are up on the window table. At least the ones on the warming mat.

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  12. Roscuro, 9:33, thought I’d heard it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ But sadly, those ideas don’t particularly surprise me.

    And I agree, Biden is ? what’s the word? Awful? But the VP would/will be worse.

    I’m still hoping this all will help spur a long-needed and re-set for conservatives in time for the midterms. If not, well … It’ll be a rocky ride going forward (and downward). But the nation has actually been on this trajectory for a while now.

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  13. Morning. It is to be in the 70โ€™s here today! Snow will be melting quickly and maybe I will spy something green coming forth in my flower beds?! ๐ŸŒธ

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  14. Thanx for the letter Mumsee.
    I still miss her, as you might expect. She didn’t contribute much during the last couple of years, but you would be surprised at how much it mattered that she was just there. It gave me a reason for being here.
    Not to sound morbid, because t don’t feel that way, but she was the reason I have for being here.
    Now? All of that is gone.

    I used to, facetiously, say she was the reason I had for being here.
    Turns out, it was serious. She is gone and there is nothing left.
    Chuck & Linda came over and brought a great grandson. Brilliant kid, takes after the maternal grandparents.
    And life goes on.

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  15. God has his reasons.

    The big controversy on our local FB page today is (gasp!) a Hobby Lobby is coming to our area. People are seriously up in arms. The horror of it all.

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  16. Chas, the section I mentioned yesterday matters. Genesis 5. All it talks about is how old people got and their children. Turns out, that is what is important. Relationships. We won’t be remembered much beyond our grandchildren if that, other than our names and the fact that we had their parents or greatgrandparents or (so on….) What matters is your time with TSWITW and your son and so forth. How you lived your life before them, including the end. They will pick up stuff from you, even now.

    Secondly, the impact you have on others. That is mostly us right now and you do have an impact, beyond your prayers. You influence how I think about God. Does not get much better than that.

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  17. Yes, it is amazing the impact that one older person’s life adds to those who are younger. To feel that someone is on one’s side in the grand scheme of things is priceless. I feel supported and bouyed up by you, Chas. Even the fact that you are Southern Baptist as I have been for about the past 15 years has been a pleasant sense of being in the same clan, like under the same umbrella in a sense, not that denominations matter in God’s eyes. I am so grateful you are here every day, Chas. God still has a purpose for you being here.

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  18. How did Janice know that I was Southern Baptist? I can’t recall telling that.

    Janice. It’s all important to me. Silly story here. I may have shared it before.

    Years ago. I think I was in the AF at the time, I saw a snail crawling along. He was leaving a trail of something. Don’t know what. Whatever trail snails leave.
    Anyhow, a silly thought came to mind that changed my life.
    That snail is leaving a trail..
    That’s more than some people do.
    That is: Many people pass along in life and it doesn’t matter at all that they have been there.
    I resolved, and it has since been my goal. Make a difference. That is: It matters that I have been there. Wherever and whatever. I want it to matter -for good hopefully- that I have been there.
    I hope to leave a trail.

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  19. Janice, a new Chic-fil-A being proposed a couple years ago also sparked a huge uproar. Protests were already being planned, but a different restaurant ended up coming in. Someone on social media made the comment that they’d “know what kind of person someone was” if they posted that they’d eaten there.

    Chas, of course you’re Southern Baptist, we all knew that. What else would you be? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. And sometimes it works out for good.
    One February night in 1958, Elvera assured me that it was “safe”.
    The result of her miscalculation?
    A couple of months ago, there was a meeting at Chuck’s house. With his three daughters and their families, the place was full of people.
    All because Elvera miscalculated her time.

    “All things work together for good to them that Love God” When God plays a trick, it works out. Tough going for a while. But the payoff is great.

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  21. Sure you know what kind of person I am if I posted I’d eaten at Chick-Fil-A. I’m a person who likes a good fast food chicken sandwich and fries served efficiently by friendly competent people.

    I do sometimes boycott certain places or performers because of political issues. But I’d never judge someone else for their choices to boycott or not. Sheesh!

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  22. I just caught up on yesterday’s thread and chuckled at the comments about short people in stores. My wife sometimes walks up to a taller person at the grocery store and asks, “May I borrow your height?”

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  23. I sometimes have to just linger in the aisle and wait for a potentially willing prospect to appear.

    “Uh, ‘scuse me?”

    Most folks are very nice.

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  24. All afternoon, there has been on TV a story about a guy charging police with a knife. They killed him. I haven’t had sound on. All I know is what the captions say. However. I don’t know why they keep calling him “suspect” when it is :obvious that the man is a “culprit.

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  25. Nothing makes sense anymore Chas. I suppose he hasnโ€™t been proven โ€œguiltyโ€ so he remains a suspect.
    I think grocery stores should have those bells like at Trader Joesโ€™…when one needs help just go yank on that rope! Can you imagine?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  26. Dd you see the news item on the guy taking down the guy who was threatening to assault anybody who touched him, after crashing his car and attempting to shoplift? I thought the twenty one year old did a wonderful thing and he released him as soon as security tapped him on the shoulder. He will probably get charged though. Which is probably why nobody does anything when one of the crazies starts shooting or knifing. Sad world.

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  27. I can’t get over a U.S. President being involved with trying to persuade moving a baseball game. Hasn’t he got more important things to do? Is that what he is paid for? He needs to have his pay check docked. Oh, I guess he is an exempt employee. I think we need an executive order to change that!

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  28. Funny, after the short people in stores discussion I was eyeing the corn chips while in Publix this a.m. I did not get any, but I was considering reaching up to grab some. The power of suggestion! I have not had any chips and dip in a long time now. I truly have gotten to the point of having most foods cooked from scratch.

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  29. We’re in very precarious, even scary, times right now. I see the latest incident at the capital was perpetrated, it’s being reported, by a Louis Farrakhan follower. Hadn’t heard from them in a while, but it feels that everyone is now just getting into the act.

    Not much would surprise me right now in terms of “the next thing” happening. It feels like we’re the precipice, and teetering.

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