62 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-29-21

  1. Morning all. What a handsome header. Is that father and son? We can all admire it, but we know that someone will not…. We are blessed to have his friendship and wisdom.

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  2. Things are shutting down here, but we continue on. Many families are in isolation, if they have been exposed or if someone has a fever. Events that were planned are being rapidly cancelled. We are very careful to follow government mandates. We are guests in this country. Being a private school does help. It is a joy to work with the children.

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  3. I don’t know why Linda did that.
    The tall good looking one is Chuck.
    The ugly one who looks like he doesn’t know what’s happening is me.
    The ramp we are standing on didn’t need to be built. It was to accommodate a wheel chair that, as it turned out, we never used.
    It has to be a recent photo. Those azaleas are still in bloom.

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  4. Well, I am certainly glad that I got to make a positive comment before the gloomy ones began! 🙂 I have already saved the photo and it is a privilege to see a picture of you with your son.
    Time for some sleep for me.

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  5. That is a dear picture, indeed! When we count our daily blessings, Chas, you are right up at the top.

    I hurt my knee last night when rushing down the carpeted stairs in our split level in the dark, I missed the bottom stair and came down hard on my right leg. I am using a cane this a.m. and hobbling around. Of course yesterday during Bible study I had mentioned about praising God during suffering is what excellent women do (doing the Excellent Woman study). So I am trying to mix prayers for healing with praise.

    It was very sweet this morning while I was on the bed and had pulled my pants leg up to cradle my hurt knee that when Miss Bosley got in my lap that she hugged on that knee with her leg wrapped behind it and her head on the knee cap as a pillow. It was a comfort and something to praise God for.

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  6. A lovely photo to behold as I logged on this morning. Chas the patriarch and the fine son he and TSWITW raised. Blessed ♥️ How is miss those azaleas.
    43 years ago after giving birth to my second child my best friend picked a bouquet of azaleas from her yard to bring to me in the hospital. After she left the nurse came into my room and shrieked….there were ants crawling all over my bedside table!! Housekeeping was called post -haste…quite the scene of activity in my room!! We still get to giggling when recalling that moment!

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  7. Hi Wanderers! It is indeed a privilege to see you this morning, Chas! You have been an inspiration to me by your faithful walk with Jesus and fervent love and devotion to the World’s Most Wonderful Woman . Thank you for blessing me with your heart and wisdom and for letting the love of God flow through you!

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  8. Oh, azaleas are so lovely, When I moved to Nashville, part of the beauty of spring was that they bloomed everywhere. (I planted a couple of them in my own yard, but I didn’t know what I was doing and they died.) Several years into my life in Nashville, a springtime hard freeze killed at least 90% of the azaleas and I’m told it also killed quite a number of dogwoods. (The dogwoods in my own neighborhood survived, so I didn’t see that particular effect.) Spring wasn’t the same after that.

    I figured azaleas would probably be replanted over time, though I didn’t know if the generation coming up was as likely to do so. I’ve now been gone nearly ten years, and I hope spring in Nashville again means azaleas, much as summer means irises.

    Today is a rainy one here, badly needed.

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  9. My TN daughter did share a picture of her azeleas. They were magnicficant.
    The picture is wonderful. I wonder what you did to just have fun when your son was young, Chas? What kind of father/son activities?

    For some reason the comment box is shortened for me and I cannot see whole letters and paragraphs seem to disappear. Not sure why.

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  10. I’ll have to admit. I am extremely pleased with the son Elvera raised.
    He, and his family have turned out the best a parent could ask for.
    All of his children are grown and are raising their children the way I prayed they would.
    I have been blessed beyond measure.
    And I thank God every day.

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  11. Michelle, we know there are wolves around. A two year old steer, which had wandered from the neighbor’s property, was killed on our property. A calf was killed about a half mile down the road. Now we have seen four of them–one in our driveway. The neighbor child would have been catching the school bus just minutes after I saw the three here. I have heard some people drive their children to the bus stop becasue of wolves.

    My husband likes to walk, but didn’t want to go alone, so I did go with him. We were fine. There are so many cows around and other prey, that I doubt they would bother us. However, one of our SIL’s was trapped on a deer stand a few years ago (and quite a distance from here). As my brother recently commented, “city folk like wolves because they don’t have to live with them.”

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  12. We liked coyotes until they came to live with us (well, some people here still love them). They’re admirable creatures in many ways, and wolves are, yes, beautiful — from a distance.

    We’re getting more frequent bear break-ins near our LA foothills this year, one family says the same bear has come back a couple times to their house now. These are mostly suburban families and they are understandably a bit freaked out by it all.

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  13. Good morning. For my laugh of the day: turned on the computer and it came up with today’s header on yesterday’s post and there was Cheryl, telling us about the header photo of pileated woodpeckers….

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  14. I suspect a lot of people like wolves just as they do deer, from the movies portraying them as loving faithful, intelligent, gentle animals. And Nat Geo and other such.

    They do have some positive attributes but they are killers or they would not be at the top of the food chain.

    They do look beautiful from a distance but I suspect, like so many other wild animals, up close they look otherwise. Coats can be in disarray, animal affected by worms and fleas and mice and mange. Injuries from fights. Etc. Deer are beautiful from a distance and sometimes can be pretty up close, but other times you can see the ravages of living wild. They don’t actually have deer parlors or wolf parlors to pretty them up like doggies.

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  15. And I love the picture. Thanks, Chas. Thanks Linda. Thanks Chuck. And I would not be surprised if the ramp comes in handy for walking on rather than steps as you age.

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  16. I likes wolves, and coywolves hunt very close to us. We observe precautions, but then we always have. Bear used to come to the field that was just one house away from us in my childhood. As Genesis 9:2 says, the fear and dread of humans will be upon every creature on the earth. Not even wolves like to come into contact with humans. Even bears can be intimidated by us – the closest I ever came to a bear was within a few feet on the other side of a glass door and it took off in terror at the sight of us. Most animals that attack humans have some disease that removes that fear. That is certainly the case with rabies and there are other parasites that infect animals’ brains and overcome their instincts. Some are driven by hunger perhaps, but even then, if they are normal, resistance will usually drive them away to look for other prey that doesn’t make weird noises and throw things. We don’t allow the young ones to go into the woods alone, of course, the same as in my childhood. But during hunting season, the most danger is from hunters themselves. I know people who have lost relatives to hunting accidents, shot by friends or family who thought they were a deer. Don’t know anyone who lost a relative to animal attack. There have been a few reported in the news over the years, but even then, most have been not to wild animals but to feral dogs or family pets.

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  17. The Lord God made them all. The fall put us at enmity with some of them.

    Sometimes people look better from a distance, too.

    New book: “Of Mice and Wolves” by mumsee
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    Janice, hoping the knee injury is just a bad bruising or sprain.

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  18. Coyotes have kept their distance from people for the most part — but the urban variety now has become quite acclimated to being close to humans (who purposely or inadvertently provide them with food). That can lead to bolder behavior which is the concern.

    Urban coyotes, when it comes to some behavior and more boldness, are quite distinctive now from their rural cousins.

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  19. Our next door neighbour is a hunter. As he says, when humans walk through a forest, the animals give us a wide berth, parting in front of us and closing in again behind us. When I walk in our forest alone, I keep that in mind and don’t venture alone deep into the forest but rather stay close to the outskirts. And I stay alert – the one person whom I ever heard of being killed by coyotes or coywolves had their headphones on while jogging alone in a nature reserve. There is too much to hear in the forest to obscure it with music. Also, paying attention to tracks is important. I remember one winter walking on the frozen swamps with family, and coming across the record of a recent hunt. There were turkey tracks from a herd and then several different sets of large doglike tracks layered on top of each other. They were recent, probably from the might before, but being a group, we weren’t intimidated. If I had been by myself, I would have proceeded to the nearest safe spot, although I wouldn’t have ventured so deep into the forest by myself anyway.

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  20. And that is true, yet, we read in Revelation 6:8:

    I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

    At some point, it appears the animals are driven by something to kill people. Something as simple as a few weeks ago when a guide was killed in Montana when he was out fishing by himself and got too close to a grizzly and its moose feast without knowing it. But it seems, from the Scripture that it will become more common. Suddenly? Building up? I don’t know.

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  21. DJ, that is because familiarity breeds contempt. It is the same reason park rangers tell people not to feed the wildlife. And also why feral dogs or family pets are more likely to kill humans. Wildlife that is unfamiliar with human habits are confused and intimidated by our unpredictability. Animals that observe humans every day get inured to our habits and spot our vulnerabilities. If God hadn’t written fear of humanity into the animal kingdom, humans couldn’t have survived. We are weaker than animals far smaller than us. But as long as animals do not know that, they fear us, and with good reason, because we know how to make and use weapons that can bring down the strongest animal. Our problem comes when we encounter them without weapons, but even then, we are good at improvising. I remember years ago reading an account of a man attacked by a cougar in western Canada. Then man survived by going for the animal’s eyes, and in another account someone survived a shark attack by doing the same thing. Even in our weakness we can outfox an animal.

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  22. Some mornings I get up in the morning, read my email, and laugh at the crazy life God has given me–with joy.

    Today was one of those mornings.

    I love the podcast Women Worth Knowing–which is a 1/2 hour show with Cheryl Brodersen and Jasmine Allnut from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. The two women highlight historic relatively unknown Christian women, often missionaries.

    It’s my favorite. I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about the show and have written the two women three different times asking them to answer a few questions.

    No response, despite them inviting us each week to write in with recommendations of women whose stories they should highlight.

    I was thinking about it again yesterday because I need to write a blog post, but shook my head. “You know, Lord, I’m going to let it go. Three times to write is more than enough.”

    This morning I got a direct message on Twitter from Cheryl Brodersen’s husband–who is the head pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, telling me how he appreciates my retweets of the show’s episode every week, and that he was delighted to be rummaging through his wife’s bookshelf when he saw a copy of Mrs. OC.

    “She’d love to connect with you.”

    Looks like I may get my interview after all! LOL

    Don’t you love it when God does things like that? 🙂

    http://graciouswords.com/women-worth-knowing-podcast/

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  23. I have a little carving out of bone of a traditional Inuit kayak with a little figure representing a whale hunter. I know it is a whale hunter because attached to the kayak are the implements of a whale hunter, also carved from bone, a harpoon, a sealskin float, and a long blubber knife. I saw these objects in real life in the cultural centre in the tiny community in Nunavut. A real kayak from bone and sealskin. A real bone harpoon and sealskin float and a real blubber knife, longer than a man’s height. These hunters would go out in their frail craft and using their skill developed from years of practice, hit the giant whales at the point in the skulls where a major artery ran. The whale would take off for deep water, but the float attached to the embedded harpoon allowed the hunter to follow the whale until it bled out. Then the hunter would take his blubber knife and cut up the carcass to transport back to his camp. The Inuit men are generally small, even shorter than me, yet they could kill the world’s largest mammal with only a few handmade tools. There is a reason the animals fear us.

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  24. I had to drive my children to the bus stop a few times because of a grumpy bison bull that hung around our house 🙂 The bus stop was 30 feet from our back gate but that bull was so bad – I’d drive right up to the door of the bus if he was around. My children were also trained very well to come when I called and to ask questions later. The things you need to do when you live in the wilderness around bears, wolves, moose, bison and cougars.

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  25. “Hazing” was pushed for how to respond to coyotes coming onto your yard, porch — or just getting too close. But the Irish researcher who’s studying urban coyotes in the Southern California region (her main field of study seems to be rodents — generally the “pest” species) says there have been no studies that actually show hazing works (she’s doing one now).

    Unfortunately, as coyotes began coming into our communities — probably 20 years ago or more now — people were unclear what to do, so they did nothing. Most were intrigued by the early infrequent sightings; as pets began being slaughtered, concern ramped up quickly. But they then, it was almost too late. Several generations of litters had already been born and raised here, becoming so acclimated they knew how to cross streets safely (though cars continue to be the leading cause of death for urban coyotes). Each generation also is less and less fearful of humans, part of that is inbred, the research told me once, but also much of it is simply taught by the parents to their young.

    They are still somewhat fleeting, you’ll catch a glimpse of one and then it’s gone in a flash, ghost like almost.

    But there’s nothing people can do in a city to keep coyotes fearful of them; people are seen as a source of food, whether by way of pets or pet food left outdoors or fruit trees and garbage cans.

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  26. That’s shortly after I brought Annie home (2009) — a friend in cat rescue teamed me up with her, she was among some strays hanging out around the county animals shelter. I was looking for a good mouser and friend assured me she hunted; she also was amazingly friendly, seemed unfazed by the dogs around the shelter. She was a perfect fit.

    I suspect she had a home at one point (but there was no chip) as she was so outgoing and friendly.

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  27. And a bunch of migratory birds have invaded a local family’s home. I’d like to do that story but it’s in another reporter’s territory.

    Shades of a movie from some years ago?

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  28. Coffee hours at church:

    https://religionnews.com/2021/04/29/as-covid-begins-to-fade-the-beloved-church-coffee-hour-may-soon-return/

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    The beloved church coffee hour may soon return as COVID-19 fades

    (RNS) — The first time coffee showed up in church, things did not go well.

    First developed in the Muslim world in the mid-800s, coffee was initially greeted by the Vatican, according to traditional stories, as a “hellish” brew meant to tempt Christians.

    “For Christians to drink it, was to risk falling into a trap set by Satan for their soul,” wrote William Harrison Ukers in his 1922 book, “All About Coffee.”

    Thankfully, said the Rev. Tim Schenck, Pope Clement VII, who ruled in the 16th century, had a better idea.

    After trying a cup for himself and finding it delicious, Clement decided to baptize coffee in order to fool Satan and “make it a Christian beverage,” said Schenck, an Episcopal priest and author of “Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection Between Coffee and Faith.”

    Five centuries later, coffee hour is now a staple of congregational life for many houses of worship, where members drink coffee, often brewed in commercial vats, and chitchat before or after services. But with in-person worship services paused during the pandemic, coffee hour disappeared. That time of socializing is one of the things that churchgoers have missed most about meeting in person.

    A poll from Barna found that after Communion (24%), people missed socializing with other churchgoers the most (23%). …
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  29. Socializing with others is an important part of the fellowship.
    Togetherness is what makes a church.
    Without fellowship, you can’t have an active church.
    I am not Catholic, so I can’t be certain of this. But I had Catholic friends at work who seemed to think that if they went and took what I call communion, that they have fulfilled whatever requirements they think they need.
    They think that is what “church” is.

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  30. I just finished a great YA book, The Stars in April, a historical novel based on the true story of a girl, age 12, who was a survivor of the Titanic sinking. It would be appropriate for homeschoolers who are preteen and up.

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  31. there are lots of azaleas here. I have two large bushes right outside my door. One seems to be a rare variety as two folks called me to ask if they could take cuttings for their home. One is a deep, dark pink and the other is white with pink edges.

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  32. Morning again, Chas. Time to head off to school. Fridays are now a half day. And I sorta said no to subbing in grade 5 today. They are a class of 30, the largest, and I said that they kinda intimidate me.

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  33. Chuck reminds me a bit of Mr. Rogers. 🙂

    *******
    Our kitty Angel, you may recall, was found in a box on my neighbor’s porch with a note asking her to find a home for her. (It was in 2008.) I’ve often wondered what the circumstances were that led to that. A couple years ago or so, I wrote a post on one of our local Facebook pages about how Angel was found. I added that if the person that did that was reading that, I wanted them to know that Angel is in a safe, loving home. There was no reply from anyone claiming to have been that person, but I hope they saw it.

    Having been in a closed box (with air holes) for who knows how long, for several years Angel was the rare kitty who did not love sitting in a box. She eventually got over that, though.

    *******
    Recently there was some talk on here about gardens. For a few years, Nightingale tried gardening, but always had trouble fitting in the time. Finally realizing that she has neither the time nor the inclination, at this point in time, to get into gardening, she has instead gotten into house plants. Our dining room has the bay window, which is also on the south side of the house, so it gets plenty of sun, so that is the room with the most plants (15 of them). Not all the plants need direct sun, so there are several in other places of the dining room besides the bay window, but all on that side of the room. And she has some plants upstairs, too. They are all thriving.

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  34. We’re Lutherans. We’ve been drinking coffee . . . for quite some time. It’s served, no self-serve, and the snacks are individually wrapped.

    We’re now relaxed enough that we’re able to have “normal” food, but, again, it’s served.

    We even had a dinner at church following the new pastor installation on Saturday. Served again, with chairs all over the place. I ate socially distanced from everyone, including my husband.

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  35. I managed to wash and paint two walls in the entrance/sitting/dining room. It looks so much better! I am so pleased with the colour 🙂 And now I’m thinking of rearranging and moving out some of the furniture. Tomorrow I’m having a friend and her three children over – they’ve been very isolated with all the restrictions. We’re going to go ‘exploring’ around our property. Should be fun!

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  36. Well, all those birds in that house entered through the chimney — reminding me mine needs some sort of screen and probably a good cleaning. Otherwise, that could be me someday.

    An aunt who lived in OC once had 2 raccoons scamper down her chimney and run rampant through the house.

    Just got back from an in-person interview. Walked in wearing my mask. He says, “I’m vaccinated, are you?”

    “Yep.” Off came my mask.

    Such a freeing feeling after the year we’ve been through.

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  37. Angel wound up with a very good home 🙂 Maybe it was someone who knew you and knew that would be the case.

    Tess still can’t figure out why the cat is hanging around. I keep telling her the cat’s been here for 12 years already, let it go.

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  38. We do have wolverines. I have never seen one and they are rarely seen.

    We once had a mallard duck come down our chimney – he made a mess in the guest room!

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  39. I had a small gray bird come down my chimney. We saw it inside the stove and let it out. I do not know what color it was without the ash, but it flew away. And we have had humming birds fly in through the open door.

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  40. turned into a dreary, rainy afternoon. Wish I could send it to California. I managed to get in three laps around the school before the rain began.

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