41 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-23-21

  1. Good morning again.
    Nothing happening here.
    Nothing happening on TV
    So? Looks like everything is ok.
    I hope it stays that way and everyone has a nice day.

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  2. Good night, Chas. I saw you ending yesterdays thread, but thought I would respond on today’s.
    I mentioned the children so happy to see their teacher back. Well Dee spent the afternoon working at school. Then around 4 or so she called me as it was beginning to rain. I had told her I would come give her a ride home. Well, it turned out that she had her keys, but for some reason neither of us could figure out, she did not have a key to the school gate and she was locked in. When I got there to rescue her, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of her stuck behind the fence like an animal in the zoo.
    The keys she had were not the full set that she had left with me, so we are not sure what happened.

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  3. Good morning. Lots to do today and not sure where to start. I have to explain to buyers today why they can’t be approved for a loan. $70k of their assets are in bitcoin and he is a lead based paint inspect inspector and remediater in California. There isn’t a market for that here.
    Alas, it is a great house and she loves it. The agent on the other side has been a pleasure to work with , and let’s face it, the compensation would have been nice.
    Oh well. Onward.

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  4. We knew a guy who used to fix a whole lot cars off the grid so to speak. He thought he was quite clever in not having to pay taxes on that income. However, it all came back to bite him when he wanted to buy a house or land. His income showed way less and the banks were not going to lend him what he wanted.

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  5. Husband plans to take the children to the new Kong movie. Excitement is in the air. Rooms are getting cleaned. Schoolwork done….motivation is a wonderful tool.

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  6. I thought the header was a good wildflower photo to send because it’s so pretty once you zoom in enough to see it, and also because of what it is: harbinger of spring.

    The tricky thing about this plant is that the flowers are so tiny it’s easy to mistake it for another “weed” wildflower that isn’t nearly as pretty. Also, it’s so small that to the naked eye you can’t tell at what stage of bloom it is; I end up getting photos of some flowers that are already withered. Later in the bloom cycle the red areas turn black, so another name for it is pepper and salt. But here they are just opening up and red. As its name suggests it is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom.

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  7. Michelle comes along, even within 400 miles of your home, and electronics will go haywire.

    It’s not personal.

    It’s just something about my magnetic personality . . .

    My poor engineer. He spends his off-hours saving me!

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  8. Kathaleena, my husband used to be a banker and he’d talk about that. Someone would come in and try to get a loan, and when he’d say the company income doesn’t establish a basis for the loan, and the person would grin and say well the income is actually higher than that. So, you’re admitting you lied on your taxes–you still haven’t established an income sufficient to get the loan.

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  9. Michelle, if you’re asking about any in that list, the one you may not have seen that might be intriguing is ‘Metropolis’, especially if you like the science fantasy genre. It may be silent, but it is a fascinating study of the roots of film development. The evil automaton of Metropolis may very well be the inspiration for Dr. Who’s Cybermen – I certainly saw the resemblance, and I saw Metropolis years before ever watching Dr. Who. I would suggest watching ‘Metropolis’ and Chaplain’s last silent masterpiece ‘Modern Times’s side by side to see a serious and comedic interpretation of the same social problem, that is, if you are interested in an evening of film history.

    Outside that list, how about a foreign language film? I would highly recommend the Hindi language ‘Barfi’ (just the single word – Barfi means sweet in Hindi and so occurs in other film titles). I first saw it on Netflix, so know it is available on streaming channels (I now own it on DVD). It is one of the most sensitive and yet most joyful portrayals of disability (deafness and autism) that I have ever seen in cinema, and is beautifully acted.

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  10. The dog park guy who did much of my heavy-duty infrastructure work at the house, including putting in the new sewer line under the driveway, always insisted on hard-cash payments for labor, saying he likes to “stay off the grid.” He’s in his 50s, lives in the house he grew up in with his mom who needs care, so I imagine the house will be (or already is) his — and he’s handy, does all his own work; it’s an old house like mine and he put in a very similar 1920s retro bathroom style to mine which is how we got to talking at the dog park about my bathroom project and where to find supplies which I was just getting started on at the time (and already had labor lined up for that — the roofers and friends of roofers).

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  11. I have a friend or maybe I don’t whose father died yesterday. She is part of the foursome I often tell you about. She lives in Virginia her dad and stepmother live about 20-30 minutes from me. She has been here several times over the past copilot of years but the last time I saw her was when I practically begged her to meet me for coffee in 2016.
    I have asked multiple times over the last couple of days what she needs, could I take her out, could I bring anything to her. The answer has been no.
    The boys and I decided to send flowers but the florist I like doesn’t deliver there. The funeral is Monday morningI have a lovely arrangement of flowers I bought. I sent her a text asking when I could bring her something. She answered back a long message of where they were going and why and told me maybe Monday afternoon.
    1. My feelings are hurt but I am willing to extend grace since her father died yesterday.
    2. Should I even bother to attend the funeral as it sounds like I am not wanted?
    3. What should I do about the flowers? I could call the church and take the flowers to them and let them enjoy them and put them out for me.
    I’m not sure what to do. What should I do? What would you do?

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  12. Kathaleena – Years ago, Hubby and I had a friend who was a fellow believer and (usually) a very intelligent man. He once told us that he was doing some work for a man “under the table”. Considering that he was a Christian, that was bad enough, but imagine our amazement when this usually-very-intelligent-man went on to explain that it was morally okay because his employer would only pay him what he would have gotten if taxes were indeed taken out.

    Hubby and I laughed at that later, saying that his employer must have thought he was a fool. He ended up feeling justified, as if he had paid taxes without actually doing so, and the employer saved money by not paying him the full amount.

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  13. I have an agent who used to own a bar. Many times she would go other bars and the bartenders would give her a free drink then ask if she was hiring. Nope. If they were giving away free booze to her they would also give away the booze she paid for. People need to think things through.

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  14. A lot of people work under the table. A lot of them are believers. God will handle it in His time. I will continue hire people when I can and pay what I can, though nobody has been hired for quite some time. I don’t ask.

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  15. Wow! Kim,that reminds me of trying to deliver the nice birthday present to my friend. At one point my friend admitted she had been that way on purpose because she could not reciprocate. People can act in unusual ways when they are suffering. I don’t have an answer, but giving grace is good under the circumstances. Maybe take a photo of the arrangement and send it to her asking if she’d like to have them for visitation, the funeral, or graveside, and then say if it all seems too overwhelming that you can see if the church can use them? Giving her choice puts her in control when she may feel very out of control.

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  16. Kim, I would go to the funeral, but stay in the background. Then you’re there if she needs you and it shows how much you care. It is a tough call though.

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  17. Kim, I’d be inclined to give her grace under the circumstances, offer her the flowers if there’s a way to get them to her (especially since you already mentioned them to her), maybe pair them with a sweet card with a nice note about how hard it is to lose a father . . . and then let her be the one to reach out next time if she ever desires to do so. The arrangement really is lovely.

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  18. Beautiful, simple, tasteful arrangement. And what others have said — grace, flowers, being a quiet presence.

    Kare, I tried! The cruise ships were heavy, but the cargo containers were heavier.

    Just turned in the last story. Whew. Busy day.

    Someone told me once that the payer of those taking $ under the table could get into trouble with the IRS, but I’m not sure how. I mean, I don’t know that the guy wasn’t going to report it, it’s an assumption (a pretty good one) on my part, but still …

    I figure he names a price and how he wants to be paid and the rest — what he does with it, whether he reports it or not — is up to him.

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  19. Posting early tonight for tomorrow. Going north in the morning to load up and bring home most of Elizabeth’s stuff, plus have lunch with her and Isaac. Year One at school is 6 days from completion, and she’s done very well, nearly straight A’s. I will go back up alone next week for her and her fridge. 🙂

    She said she misses my cooking. 🙂

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