54 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-21-21

  1. Good morning. Thanks, Linda.

    All is well here as well. A tad chilly out this morning and more rain in the forecast is good as the farmers are getting concerned with the lack of spring rains. Based on the forecast, we got our storage shed emptied out, including all the camping gear. But the forecast was wrong and the rains came. Fortunately, the tents were up and ready to receive all the stuff we threw into them. It was supposed to rain for a couple of days and then sunshine but that turned into a couple of weeks of rain so we are testing the tents. Looking almost like a homeless encampment in the back yard as we have accumulated a lot of tents and the children set up all of them. Took a picture and sent it to the olders and they recognized some of them from thirty plus years ago.

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  2. I’m off to a woman’s retreat for the day! I opted not to go for the weekend because 1. I have a class tomorrow morning 2. I’m already overwhelmed by how many people I’ve seen this week!!! 3. I have so much work to catch up on and 4. I’m hoping to see my Ipad again!


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  3. Rain. How lovely. For Idaho.

    I watered Charlie Brown and the hanging porch flowers late yesterday after work.

    How in the world did Friday arrive so quickly? Monday comes fast but then so does Friday. It feels like time is just flying lately. I think working from home makes the weeks go faster, somehow.

    I have to go back and resume listening to yesterday’s port meeting (which I had to bail out of for the union-management call) to see what happened with an item I need to do a story on today.

    We’re short-handed again after the departure of a few more folks (younger people who smartly are leaving for other careers that can at lest support them going forward). I honestly don’t know why more don’t do the same rather than fighting a hopeless battle trying to see if a union will save the day (it can’t).

    Chas, we hope you get that computer up and running soon.


  4. How nice that Chas has people to help him out. I was trying to block a number on a new phone (landline) and finally just gave up. So many directions and confusing. I am sure it is relatively easy and a child could do it. I need that child here. 😀

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  5. Time is flying. I do not know how it does it. But it feels like being in some kind of rip tide, being pulled along very quickly, flailing about trying to get things done as I fly by.

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  6. Yowling in the backyard — a neighbor cat (not LiLu, the usual one) was face to face with Annie Oakley in a standoff. I shooed the interloper away and up over the fence into the neighbors’ yard. I’ve never seen Annie’s tail so big and puffed out.

    Tess, who usually chases Annie as one of her pastimes, was sound asleep in the kitchen floor, clueless.

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  7. hmmm, meanwhile our ’empire’ grows

    NEW YORK (@AP) — Tribune shareholders approve takeover by hedge fund Alden, a major owner of newspapers with a cost-slashing reputation.

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  8. Tha kitchen sink is taking all day, never as easy as one would hope for. He is doing something he gave us as a Christmas present. I had hoped he’d have time to mow, but I started and only have the last section to go. But my body may not be up to do it. I have my prayer call shortly. Brother is going back to the store for more parts. This may be the 4th trip.


  9. While I was mowing my Ace bandage came loose and began unraveling. It probably looked comical if anyone saw me. I had to hold the lawn mower handle clamped with one hand, not wanting it to shut off while rewrapping the bandage with my other gloved hand (the thick leather and fabric men’s work gloves). It was a Lucille Ball moment.

    I have not gone grocery shopping lately so all I had to give my brother for lunch was some biscuits and celery stuffed with peanut butter. I offered to pay for his meal if he wanted to pick up something out. Nothing like having a homemade meal, obviously.

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  10. Kudos to you for mowing, Janice. That’s hard work, especially with unraveling bandages!

    Just listened to an hourlong debate from yesterday’s port meeting. Now to write the story …

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  11. Thanks for the well-wishes everyone.
    A lot was happening around here for a while. But I didn’t know what was happening. I just tried to stay out of the way while watching.
    I haven’t tried to go back and catch up. Too much else going on for now.

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  12. Morning Chas. Nice to see you. My eyes are feeling puffy from all of the red grass growing around here. A brilliant sunshiny day here.

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  13. So yesterday I had volunteered to help with a high school sports day. Because of covid they can’t have the regular school sports day so some folks put on one with no spectators. I was helping with the discus. We began with the senior guys and had to wait a while as many of them were running in the 1500, but we got to cheer as they ran by.
    So, by the time we started it began to sprinkle. I had brought a waterproof hat, but no jacket or umbrella. Well we got a gully washer. The other two dads each had an umbrella. But then there was me just soaked and dripping. The students wisely went and stood under a shed overhang while waiting their turn, but I stood there getting soaked.
    We only did the senior boys but it was just torrential.
    I almost couldn’t drive my suv home as I was too wet to get in. But then I remembered a piece of plastic so sat on that. My clothes will take days to dry.
    Of course today is lovely and the rest of the events will enjoy that.
    I didn’t complain, but I must have looked a sight. I would have loved a picture.

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  14. I couldn’t open the funnies for some reason. It would move, enlarge, do everything put pass on to the next strip.


  15. Thankful that Chas is back!!!

    My leg is not hurting but is on the borderline because I have not exercised much lately.

    My poor brother had to go to the store another time as he discovered a hole in the peatrap that he had not initially noticed. He was installing a new drain inside of the sink and had the wrong size. At every step he had to return the store because he won’t invest in the package deal of parts so he ends up buying piecemeal until it turns out he should have bought the whole package. Oh, well. It gave me a chance to exercise by mowing the whole yard that I thought he would get to do.

    Now the under the sink pipes have a leak, but time ran out to keep working for today. I have the patience of Jobina . . . the descendant of Job who learned that one can wash dishes in the bathroom. Just don’t make me go to the outhouse!

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  16. https://www.wsj.com/articles/drought-imperils-economy-in-californias-farm-country-11621589407


    Drought Imperils Economy in California’s Farm Country

    Growers are paying four times normal prices for water and letting almond trees die as federal government cuts or ends water allocations

    … California is gripped in severe drought just four years after emerging from the last one, forcing many farmers to scramble to find enough water. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has cut the water allocations for many to zero this year. Last year, when the latest dry spell began, the same farmers were allocated 20% of what they are contracted to receive annually.

    Some are responding by letting fields go fallow. “We need 39 days and 39 nights of rain,” said Steve Danley, water manager of the Zumwalt Mutual Water Co., whose 20 rice-grower customers are leaving all but 500 of their 6,000 acres unplanted after the provider lost its federal water.

    Others are turning to the private market, where they pay as much as $400 per acre foot of water—325,851 gallons, or enough to cover an acre of land one foot deep—compared to the $100 typically charged by the federal government.

    Local businesspeople and researchers say the economic ripple effects will be felt throughout California’s Central Valley at the same time much of the nation is recovering from the downturn tied to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “Everything is down,” said Fred Ross, a salesman at Beeler Tractor Co. in nearby Colusa. He said his income from new almond-equipment sales is a quarter of what it was at the same time last year. …

    … Drought is afflicting 88% of the American West, up from 40% a year ago, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In California, the mountain snowpack is at 4% of normal, largely as the result of one of the lowest statewide precipitation totals on record and an unusual spring warm-up. Most of the big reservoirs in California have sunk below half of their capacities.


  17. We will take it. Just reading another article in the local NEWSPAPER about farmers lamenting drought conditions again. Fire danger is expected to be high again.


  18. hi Folks, I am at school on a Saturday. The other teacher has gone home. She left me virtually no plans. So please pray that I will figure something out. There is not even an outline of the day. I may have to call her to ask some questions. She seemed exhausted and she is in her 20’s.

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  19. Chas- I copied the link to one particular comic, not the basic page, so you have to click the left side of the one that opens. Or, you could go here: Try this.


  20. Nice shot.

    But I imagine a sudden drop into the rapids, right around the corner on the left … Paddle-paddle-paddle!


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