65 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-27-21

  1. Busy and interesting day. While walking from the auto shop to school I heard singing. As I got closer I looked over and saw a family, whose children I teach, gathered around the Dutch flag singing their national anthem for King’s day, all wearing orange. I even heard they painted their home orange today!
    Grade two was quite lively. I just get telling them the basics like go back and walk. They got the message and I got them quiet by holding up five fingers and counting down without saying a word.
    At the end of the day was Bible. We read all of John 11. I didn’t realize that they all had Bibles in their desks and followed along as I read. We also sang the books of the Bible song. They knew a different version and like to sing it fast. Well, a boy that I have taught before and who was carefully not smiling all day was willing to get up in front and lead the entire class in singing the OT and the NT. Very special indeed.

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  2. Good morning, Wanderers♡
    It seems most of the positions that son finds to apply for are way off yonder. Because conferences are by Zoom, he may get to present his work across the pond where he could not afford to fly.

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  3. Good Morning Everyone. I have a closing this morning. The buyer is a sweet woman who lost her husband in January.
    I am going in to the office today to show my face around and let them know I still exist.

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  4. Good morning! We have rain! So thankful as there is a huge fire in our county. While spring may mean flowers and sunshine for other places, it usually means strong winds for us. Over 4,000 acres burned yesterday. Not sure of the totals this morning.

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  5. 6,100 acres with 0% contained. Praying they are getting these sprinkles. Forecast was for moisture tomorrow. We are so glad it came early.

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  6. Morning…
    Rk that is oh so true of our area. We have had extreme winds the past few days and tonight we are expecting 5 inches of new snow…who knows if that will happen but moisture is always welcome…at this point in the game I prefer rain however! Praying you all get some moisture out of this new cold front moving in … ♥️

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  7. From the Wall Street Journal:

    Lakeside Idaho City Is America’s Hottest Housing Market in New WSJ/Realtor.com Index
    Prices are rising in Coeur d’Alene, and inventory is falling

    The picturesque lakeside city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, tops the list of the country’s hottest emerging housing markets, according to a new ranking launched Tuesday.

    The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Market Index identifies the top metro areas for home buyers seeking an appreciating housing market and appealing lifestyle amenities.

    After Coeur d’Alene, the top metro areas in the ranking are Austin, Texas, Springfield, Ohio, and Billings, Mont. Spokane, Wash., just across the state border from Coeur d’Alene, ranks fifth.

    Buyers from other Western states are moving to northern Idaho in droves, seeking a more rural and less expensive place to live, said Kristen Johnson, a real-estate agent at Century 21 Beutler & Associates in Coeur d’Alene. Workers able to work remotely are also choosing to relocate, she said. …


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  8. A couple from the city church moved to Coeur d’Alene last year. They were a mixed couple (one Canadian, one American) with adult children in both countries, so they had options.


  9. Janice, I don’t do any reading anymore.
    My eyes are not up to it and I don’t care for the alternative systems.
    I read what’s on here.
    That’s about it.

    I will soon be 91 years old. Not much going on that affects me now. That is: I don’t much care since it doesn’t affect me.
    And Chuck & LindaS have their part of the world under control. They have children that are doing well in their parts of the world.
    I have been immensely blessed.
    I had the sweetest woman in the world.
    She raised a son who has also raised three superb women.
    The Lord has been good to me.
    I hope to thank him in person soon.

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  10. Coeur d’Alene was near where my aunt lived, we attended a church there for a late-Christmas Eve service (flew in to Spokane and took a bus from there as I recall).

    My aunt and her husband, a car mechanic, always planned to retire in Sandpoint (he liked to hunt and fish), so when he died unexpectedly before his retirement, she up and sold the house in El Segundo CA and made the break (but she wound up back in LA living with my mom after several years).

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  11. This last few days have been rough.

    The ride and getting half of daughter’s stuff, taxes, and now the FAFSA process yet again, has been an absolute bear. Still not finished due to electronic sig. issues, but submitted and accepted.

    Car goes to the shop Thurs., then meeting with a bunch of men from church for the NFL draft, back for Elizabeth and the rest of her stuff Friday, and then cook all weekend because she’s starving for Daddy cooked food. I have a whole list…..


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  12. I have an elderly friend at the city church whom I write to at intervals. She doesn’t have the internet. I used to write to my paternal grandmother for the same reason. She used to tell my mother on the phone – my mother spent more time talking to her mother-in-law than my father did – how much she loved my letters and would show them to others and reread them.

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  13. FAFSA: husband has spent a lot of time trying to get that taken care of over the years. Not for the first four but for various of the rest. Very time consuming and frustrating. He probably did enough to earn another degree.

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  14. Just in from a fast walk with a friend. They’re headed to Hawai’i soon on their first vacation since the first fire that destroyed their home. Husband has been rebuilding it ever since–the rebuild has only be threatened twice by new fires in the interim.

    Anyway, despite having their vaccinations, the state of Hawai’i and Hawai’ian airlines require a COVID test. They could drive to San Francisco, descend into the belly of the airport, and get a rapid response test there–today, several days before flying.

    However, it will take an entire day to do that with the driving, etc. not to mention the high fees

    OR, they did something else. They took a self-administered test on a Zoom call and then UPS overnighted the vials (triple wrapped in a variety of cushioning and marked with a hazardous waste sticker, along with a pink, “hurry!” sticker) to a lab in New Jersey!

    They’re supposed to get the results tomorrow night.

    Which is good because they fly soon after.

    Once they get to the airport, Hawai’ian airlines does another test. It’s not clear if the state of Hawai’i will do a third test when they land, but they’ll find out.

    She’s really looking forward to two weeks of lying on the beach and not thinking about the house rebuild.

    Her husband, meanwhile, wants to work through a priority list . . .

    As an “older wife,” I told her to make him happy for several days, then limit the conversation to a few hours one morning, before returning to aloha bliss.

    She laughed. Here’s hoping!

    It almost, almost, makes me glad I’m not going to Hawai’i, but honestly, I’m dreaming . . .

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  15. OK, I need to rev myself up to get back to work, I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this unmotivated before, but I’m sure I’ve had my moments here and there in the past.

    I missed a big story on my beat by being off yesterday, SpaceX moved its recovery operation from our port to the port next door in Long Beach, a longtime rival. The major rocket plant, however, moved to Texas a few years ago, that was the big lease the port of la was hoping to land (and almost did).

    Texas, Idaho, Georgia, everyone’s leaving us.

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  16. DJ, welcome to our world. Growing up Quebec was threatening to leave – they didn’t. Some in Alberta talk of leaving now. My father always said of Quebec that they would just become a northern banana republic, while the national broadcaster’s comedic troupe cracked jokes about how much closer the maritime provinces would be to Ontario once Quebec left. Basically, we don’t take separatist movements seriously.


  17. Well, in our case there is a pretty steady stream of folks heading east out of California for various reasons. Still, it remains one of the most beautiful states, I think. But it’s simply so expensive anymore (I literally could not afford to rent an apartment here now, at least without 1-2 roommates) that many are feeling forced.

    Now, though, they’re seeing bidding wars for houses in other states, spurred on by the new arrivals who have some cash if they’ve sold their CA house.

    Mumsee will be a millionaire

    (BTW, I was watching a family drama series on Netflix over the weekend, “Heartland,” which was filmed in Alberta. Looked like Montana to me 🙂 )

    ~ Heartland is filmed on a real ranch located in Millarville, Alberta, Canada. In 1928, Roy Foster and his family moved to the property where they raised cattle. The famous barn that is seen on the show was built by Roy’s brother, Les. ~

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  18. My mom wrote letters all her life. She wrote to an uncle and then, when he died, to his son (her cousin). She wrote weekly letters to one college friend, and in fact two letters arrived from that friend before I could contact her and tell her Mom had died. I thought seriously about taking up the letter writing to her–Mom had spoken of her all her life–but didn’t. I’ve sometimes wished I had, for her sake but also for continuity.

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  19. Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful area but much too busy and crowded for me. Some of my children are from up that way. Lots of drug issues up there. Stick with Winchester.

    According to Zillow, if we sold our two houses, we would be millionaires. Maybe we will do that, buy a small motor home, and travel. Live in the National Forests. Surely I would get over motion sickness eventually….

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  20. She does her own laundry at school. But she will bring some home.

    Oh, and next week we’re traveling to VA. for a few days to see GrandMa, who we haven’t seen in person since Christmas 2019. Busy busy….

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  21. DJ, Part of Alberta would look like Montana, seeing as how the province is just north of the state. A portion of Alberta is Great Plains and it has badlands. But Alberta, which is 255 thousand square miles to Montana’s 147 thousand square miles, also has the Rockies, and over 50 percent of the province is one section the vast northern taiga, or boreal forest that encircles the north. Lots of landscape to chose from.


  22. Kizzie, I think when this home was constructed that most people still hung laundry outside on a clothesline to dry. The washer is in the kitchen and the dryer is out in the utility room connected to the carport. I never get wet from rain toting the basket out, and it is not a big deal unless I am having knee troubles. Then I need to break it down into smaller loads.

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  23. Montana also has the Rockies. I know this because I can see Montana from my deck and the Bitterroots are part of the Rockies. Though the view is better from the mailbox.


  24. I have several relatives who live in Alberta and one who lives in Montana. A great uncle actually trained in Montana, as one of the First Special Service Force, known as the Devil’s Brigade (yes, there was a Hollywood film made about it), a joint US and Canadian division during WWII. The great uncle did not survive the war, being killed at Anzio (another Hollywood film was made about that – neither film was very good). His younger brother, the great uncle who I have mentioned several times, in later years collected memorabilia about his elder brother, and even went to visit the old military training site in Montana.


  25. I just hung the laundry outside. It is a walk from the washing machine. Down the hall, through the coat room, mud room, my bedroom, across the deck (with a view of the Idaho Rockies and Montana Rockies).


  26. It doesn’t matter if your house is worth $150k if what you do is live in it and pay taxes. Somebody, someday, may gain by this. But it doesn’t help me.
    And the person it will help is well fixed now anyhow.


  27. I have letters i need to write, too. But… mail does not seem to be moving here. I have to find someone who is leaving and is willing to take a few letters. Still looking for mail in my box every week or so. This country is rather shut down.


  28. DJ, we’ve been fans of Heartland for nearly 10 years. We’re close enough to Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit, that we get a CBC station and used to watch it when it first ran. Our Bible study conflicts with its air time now so we have to pick it up later when it streams.

    The Bartlett/Fleming family members can be so bad at communication, though. We’re always marveling at how simple it would have been to have averted a major blow-up if so-and-so had only just explained such-and such. Still, we enjoy watching the family grow and evolve.


  29. Kevin, nice. I just caught some of Season 1 on Netflix over the weekend, I’d never heard of it — then I saw where it has (now, counting the current season) 14 seasons! Must have been popular.

    The grandfather looks just like my tax guy who died a couple years ago. But yeah, a lot of unnecessary miscommunications in that family.


  30. Jo, sorry to hear you’re shut down where you are. Are vaccines available? They don’t appear to be in some countries, which is not a good situation. India is especially in a bind, but I heard the U.S. will be sending some their way. Not sure how that distribution works, but it’s definitely not been equally available for a number of nations.


  31. We are just so happy that we have 100 of the rapid test. Still teaching in person and plan to continue. Pray for our clinic and for wise decisions. When someone is sick with a fever they are isolating the family. That is why most of our students miss school.

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  32. Canadian shows, when they get into a niche, seem to run on forever – maybe it’s the British heritage, as the British hold the records for longest running TV shows. Murdoch Mysteries is also still going after 14 seasons. We got the first few seasons on DVD – which is the only way we watched television shows without a television – but life changed our watching habits and haven’t seen anything beyond season three. Before that there was ‘Road to Avonlea’, which we grew up on, in close parallel to the child actors who became teens and young adults in the course of the show. We always tried to watch that on the Sunday afternoons when visiting our grandparents – drove us crazy when the hockey game went into overtime, because our uncle and father would keep watching until the end and that meant we couldn’t watch our show. Either that or halfway through the show our mother, who never watched TV at our grandparents, would decide it was time to go home. Usually it drove us crazy when our parents would decide to go home from a visit and then proceed to talk with their hosts for another half hour, but not then, because it meant we could finish the episode.

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  33. We had a washing machine out in a shed that was an add-on under the carport, and we hung the laundry on the line. When I was a teenager we moved and got a washing machine inside, but we still hung it outside, and the trade for having the washing machine inside was having the laundry line down some steps.

    I didn’t have a washer and dryer inside my own home until I moved to Nashville at 36. In Chicago I used the laundromat. Having a washer and dryer on the floor I live on is a nice luxury. I once had a friend who’d lived in the same house more than 60 years, and when she was about 90 she commented on how it would be nice if the washing machine could be on the first floor. The laundry room was in the basement and she had a two-story house, so she had to take two flights of stairs to do laundry. I don’t know if she ended up getting a different location for the laundry; it would probably have been a good idea.


  34. I used the communal apartment building washers and dryers until I rented a house which had hookups for a washer and dryer (which I then bought) — they were in the garage, but it wasn’t a big issue really, it was a short walk through the backyard.

    When I moved here, I finally had the washer/dryer in the “end” section of the kitchen near the back door. I used those original pair and they lasted for almost 30 years. Buying a new set was something of a challenge due to the small space, however — appliances have gotten bigger, taller and bulkier through the years. I found a set at Home Depot, but the guys who originally brought them over said no way will they fit. They did, but without a lot of space to spare.


  35. We still don’t have a dryer. The washing machine is in the basement. For the winter, there are several drying lines strung along the basement ceiling. For the summer, the back door is off the landing halfway up the basement stairs, and the laundry line runs from inside the back porch out a small door made for that purpose in the wall to a post (an old electricity pole that was left in the ditch) in the back yard. The line is on pulleys so we can hang clothes in the porch and roll them out on the line.


  36. Ooh, pulleys, I like that idea. I wouldn’t mind a clothesline, I use portable wooden racks that I can set up in the patio for things that should be dried more naturally.

    Deon is one of our locals, he’s familiar in our community where he’s weighed in on homeless issues. He patrols skid row in downtown LA, is a believer.


    LA police officer who posted letter to LeBron James reveals why he did it

    Deon Joseph requested a sit-down with James in an open letter that went viral


  37. I can’t stand the CBC anymore. We used to watch Murdoch Mysteries but then they had so much content that was not um, so good. Ever since a few years ago, we just don’t have reason to go to the CBC. I’ve never watched Heartland because it just seemed like a soap to me. I much prefer BBC as well as Australian & New Zealand TV.

    Oh and Saskatchewan has many people who are fed up and would like to, if not separate, become a unique society like Quebec with all it’s privileges.


  38. When we lived in a big apartment complex for several years, our first apartment there was a couple buildings down from the building that had the washers and dryers for our section, so we had to trudge our laundry basket back and forth. (Each group of the “buildings”, as they were called, were connected.) For a while, we would skip that, and take our laundry to a nice laundry mat in town and have something to eat while we were out.

    Then, for the last six years of our time in that complex, we had moved to another building which had the machines, and that laundry room was right next door to our apartment. I just had to go out my door into the building hallway, walk a few feet, and turn into the doorway of the laundry room a few feet away from my door. Except for having to pay for it with lots of quarters, it was kinda like having our own machines. It seemed like a luxury compared to having to carry my laundry basket back and forth from two buildings down in all sorts of weather.


  39. I have my own washer and moved it from under the house at the far end to in my entryway. Now I can do laundry whenever I like. It did not feel safe to go out after dark to do laundry when I had to walk through the back yard. There is a dryer on centre that I have used a few times. But mostly I just hang everything inside on hangers or over chairs. It works.


  40. For the first time in my married life my washer and dryer are side by side with the doors opening the correct way to just transfer from washer to dryer. In the past I would always have the washer and dryer across the room or with a large sink in between or some other division happening. I love my new laundry room.

    We are now in the process of painting the dining room/entry/art room! I will be so thankful to get rid of the pink! The previous owner was colour blind and picked pink thinking it was a nice neutral grey/taupe. I sure thought we would have painted it out before now, but we had so many bigger projects. And now with the price of lumber, paint is all we can afford 🙂

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  41. In Chicago the worst part about doing laundry was that the facility I used didn’t plow its lot if it snowed. So I bought lots of socks and underwear so that I could go an extra week or even two if necessary. It was so nice to go from that scenario, and all those quarters and time to sit around waiting, to having my own washer and dryer.

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  42. Pink. Interesting …

    I’d love a laundry sink.

    Jockeying for washer/dryer time was a challenge in the apartment buildings. My mom told me that back when she and a girlfriend first moved out here from Iowa that there were assigned times which really made sense to me. But for me it was a free for all, you just hoped you’d hit an empty machine when you needed it.

    My grandmother’s washing apparatus which was in her cold, dank basement. I still remember walking down there, there was a big washing wringer mechanism that you wanted to stay clear of.


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