111 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-24-21

  1. Morning all, time to get some sleep on this side of the world.
    Enjoy your special day, Peter.
    It was a busy day in grade two, but the children liked all of my surprises.
    My wireless mouse is not working, time to buy a new one. Yes, I did put in a new battery, but it didn’t help.

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  2. Happy birthday, Peter!

    AJ, you get a redwing in flight–good job! I once got a photo with dozens or hundreds of them in flight, but somehow have never managed to get a single bird in flight with its epaulet in view, though I’ve tried for that shot a few times.

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  3. Good morning! We are into our heat wave now. The air is dry and that makes a tremendously good difference.

    I inherited an Ironman Timex watch from Art. I got it for him to use during tax season while his Seiko watch was down. I’ve had this type digital watch with all the gizmos before and I loved using the timer feature. Now I will have to figure that out. The instructions are in tiny print so maybe with two pairs of reading glasses and a magnifying glass I can make sense of them (given I have done things like this in the past). And I feel hopeful because I managed to conquer the thermostat to turn off the heat and turn on the AC.

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  4. Happy, Happy, Happy
    Birthday & Retirement
    Week, Peter! You deserve a triple cake: German chocolate, mocha, and fudge with a filling between the layers of whipped cream mixed with crushed Heath bars. You may pick a complementary ice cream to accompany it!
    Enjoy your day! And week! Happy Days!

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  5. Morning and Happiest of Birthdays to you Peter!

    Janice Sumatra is my most favorite brew in the morning! ☕️
    We haven’t turned our heat off as of yet…we had some nice thunderstorms move through this weekend —the forest air is smelling amazingly fresh! 😊

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  6. We have so many redwing black birds around here.

    Happy birthday, Peter.

    Yay! I can see whole words!

    We were too close to freezing yesterday. Today will be better temperature-wise.

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  7. No kidding. I have been immensely blessed and I’m thankful every day.
    Do you know many 91 year old men who still get around
    (Even if he can’t see to type.) LOL

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  8. My dad! But he stays close to my stepmom. He has been asking if my brother will take him in for his driving test. We don’t think so. Too many close calls.

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  9. I consider myself to be in a sort of early semi-retirement, although people who have no respect for stay-at-home moms would say that I retired 32 years ago when Nightingale was born. But I am still here for Boy, still cleaning my house, and various and sundry things.

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  10. Nice photo!

    Happy Birthday Peter.

    I’m off today and tomorrow — and I needed that extra time. Have to get Cowboy to the vet for an 11 a.m. appt, which means getting prepped for the car ordeal and seeing if I can get him in by myself this time. I’m going to park the car at the curb which (I hope) will make it a little easier. (The gardener also will likely be here around that time, so in a pinch I can maybe get assistance from him.) Cowboy’s walking around with a biscuit in his mouth this morning, he likes to do that for a while before he actually eats it. It makes Tess (who’s already eaten 2) crazy.

    The two squirrels were bouncing around in the backyard again this morning. At least someone’s “bouncing around” this morning, ’cause it isn’t us.

    I need to call Carol’s rehab today, they told me they’d drop off her stuff on my porch but that was 3 weeks ago now (at least — and she made it sound like it would be done that week).

    Shirley made it home yesterday, we spoke briefly on the phone, the family didn’t leave until it was getting dark. While it’s great to have her back (and I’m sure she’s glad to be home) it’ll be difficult, I’m afraid. Her knees already were really bad so walking was a challenge even before this. And from what I know, she still isn’t able to use her right arm and hand with any significant control, so writing checks will be out for a while at least (and she did most of the bill-paying in the household; I thought of that this morning as the gardeners’ monthly payday is today). She’ll probably feel very frustrating not being able to do the things she’s so used to (cooking and cleaning, especially). But the timing was good in one sense, her husband retired at (75 yrs old) the end of the year so he’s home now and he’s very spry and active. He’s got some of those Chas genes.

    Her physical therapy is supposed to continue with at-home visits for a while now, so maybe they’ll make some more progress with that — and I know her husband is keyed up also to take her through her paces. But I worry that most stroke recovery comes sooner rather than later after the incident? She was gone for 6 weeks, a long time.

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  11. I think Christians never truly retire. There is the worldly meaning of retirement which doesn’t so much align with how Christians are suppose to be about serving and loving others. Granted that is difficult to do during a pandemic. It seems the worldly view of retirement relates to indulging self, IMHO.

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  12. A free book for Kindle: Anxiety Interupted. It is from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Thinking of those who recently asked for prayer regarding that subject.

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  13. Janice is correct. When I retired, my church in Virginia began to expect more: visitation, meetings, etc. from me since I was active there.
    But when I moved to Hendersonville, I was already retired and fitrted in with the establishment.
    i.e. They didn’t expect more from me as the church in Virginia did.

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  14. This all feels almost surreal. I wonder if adapting to “normal” again will be hard for us in the U.S., after all we’ve been through?

    ~ California on track to reopen

    The first state to impose a COVID-19 shutdown order is getting ready to lift most restrictions. California health director Dr. Mark Ghaly on Friday said the state will stop requiring social distancing and capacity limits for businesses on June 15. He cited sharply declining new COVID-19 infections and climbing vaccination numbers.

    What restrictions will stay in place? Ghaly said there will be “some masking” in line with national guidelines. The state will require attendees at indoor events with more than 5,000 people to assert they have been vaccinated and recommend it for outdoor events over 10,000, but he said that could be by “self-attestation” with more details forthcoming. State officials don’t have plans for any vaccine passports or formal verification. Since March 2020, California has recorded 63,000 virus deaths. Now, on some days, new case reports stop short of 1,000, and just more than 1,300 people are in California hospitals with COVID-19. ~ (The Sift from World Magazine)

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  15. We will emerge with much of our innocence and “first world” confidence gone when it comes to how a random virus loosed on the world can wreak such havoc, how there is still something we can’t altogether control despite all our worldly advancements.

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  16. AJ, I don’t think I saw the flicker shot. That’s one of my favorite birds for flight photos, but a difficult one since they tend to walk around a lot and not actually fly till they’re ready to leave, and you never know when that is. I’ve gotten one pretty good flicker flight photo and a lot of near misses.

    Green herons have been giving me amazing chances, though, allowing me within 10 or 15 feet and then hunting just in front of me. I’ll be sending you some photos of them and other stuff at some point.

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  17. Isaiah 9. (From Enduring Word): e. For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still: For the first time, the chorus is said. The judgment against Israel’s pride was not enough. There was still sin to judge, and God wasn’t ready to stop His work of judgment.

    i. Calvin could say of his day, more than 300 years ago: “How many are the distresses with which Europe has been afflicted for thirty or forty years? How many are the chastisements by which she has been called to repentance? And yet it does not appear that those numerous chastisements have done any good. On the contrary, luxury increases every day, lawless passions are inflamed, and men go on in crimes and profligacy more shamelessly than ever. In short, those very calamities appear to have been so many excitements to luxury and splendour. What then should we expect but to be bruised with heavier blows?”

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  18. I sat down to pray over the interview and in a few moments the Velcro cat was in my lap so I hardly noticed her joining me because she is rather much like an appendage. I was speaking aloud in my praying with my eyes shut and when I opened them she was staring at me with a very serious expression. I told her I was talking to God. She got comfortable and went to sleep.

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  19. Back from the vet’s, I did finally get Cowboy into the car and we got there on time, but we had to wait around in the parking lot for about 30 minutes and it was unexpectedly warm today — 84 in the sun. I was panting along with the dog. Thankfully, we’re going back down into the 60s by Wednesday, at leas that’s what the forecast says.

    The treatments are helping him and he does enjoy the car ride. I open the window for him during the jaunts when we’re not on the freeway.

    I’m back at work on Thursday but will have to get Cowboy to the vet early in the morning before work begins; I also have a window screen guy coming to re-screen the one that Annie scratched; and we have a virtual “speaker” in a newsroom meeting/training, she’s the editor of a Black publication.

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  20. My bandaged knee once again serves as her pillow. The knee is better, but when I left the bandage off for a day it seemed like things were slightly off so I will leave it on for awhile. Different shoes make things better or worse depending on their amount of support.

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  21. Chas asked yesterday: “Question for someone who might know. How far to the next solar system?”

    I wasn’t sure but I looked it up. The nearest star is Proxima Centauri, 4.25 light years or 25 trillion miles away. It does have two planets that we know of. Some people think it possible that one of them could sustain life, but the star, a red dwarf, is more variable than ours and most people think life there is unlikely.

    If there is life there, and if they could travel as fast as light, it would take over four years to get here. And why would they?

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  22. OK,

    NEW RULE!

    Don’t send me pics of spiders, bees, or wasps. Unless they’re the actual white Anglo Saxton Protestants type.

    They freak me out. Close ups even more so.

    And no snakes. Jo don’t like no snakes, so I don’t post them. 🙂

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  23. Thanx Kevin. Just as I suspected. It is almost impossible that the unknowns are from another planet/solar system.
    There is something mysterious here. But I can’t imagine what it could be.

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  24. Thanks, Aj. I like your rules!
    I put on a sweatshirt when I went to bed last night. I had been getting bites on my neck so thought that that would protect me. I think I got bites on my face instead. Maybe I will sleep in my friends bedroom. I haven’t seen any mosquitoes, but they are in here.

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  25. When I turned back the covers last night, there was a (gasp) spider! Not a big one, smallish but definitely a spider. I whacked him with my hand, but he just bounced and kept walking. I whacked him again and … he vanished! Must have jumped off a UFO.

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  26. Happy birthday, Peter! And happy partial retirement!

    We’re back home again after visiting the twins. They are so Adorable – now giggling and smiling so much.

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  27. Janice – When you say that the worldly view of retirement is self-indulgent, I assume you mean that it is the self-indulgence that is bad, not necessarily the end of employment. People who retire and then spend more time with the grandchildren and/or volunteering or such isn’t necessarily self-indulgent. Am I correct in that assumption?

    *******
    Do any of you remember “VS” (Vickie), who used to comment on the WMB? She and I became good friends via emails until she died of breast cancer in 2008. Since she was retired, she babysat her grandchildren, and was a big part of their lives. A lady in her church told her that she was wasting time doing that when she should be involved in some sort of ministry. It was too bad that that woman couldn’t see that that was a kind of ministry in itself.

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  28. Kizzie, I totally agree with you. Taking care of grandchildren or any children or elderly people who are in wheelchairs, etc., is of great value. I would assume you know me well enough to realize I was not talking about activities like that. That is serving other people. Self indulgent to me means giving no thought to the needs of others, and running away on adventures to get away from other responsibilities when one’s presence can make a world of difference in another person’s suffering.

    I am sad that when I post my thoughts that they are taken in such a negative way.

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  29. When I wrote the words, I had in mind advertisements of all the things people can do when they retire. It’s never showing people taking care of others. Chas is our great example here. He could have run off from his responsibility when his wife became sick, but he stayed with her and made her life so much better with his sacrifice, work, and care. By doing so, he was not living the worldly picture of retirement that is shown on television ads. He did not retire from the Christian work of caring for another. I hope that Chas does not mind me using him as a good example!♡

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  30. AJ, I already don’t send you spider pix (though I’ve gotten some really good ones) or snake ones (though I got some really good ones this week). Roaches are the ones that creep me out.

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  31. Chas, click the back arrow (<–) in the upper left corner of your screen, then refresh the page. Our Daily Thread 5-25-21 will be at the top of the page. (You might have to scroll up.)

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  32. Well maybe Chas has been carried off by a UFO, ever think of that?

    He’ll be forced to go the moon — or worse, Mars.

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  33. I thought of going back to correct some mistakes.
    But upon the way it turned out, I’m afraid that I might mess things up.
    i.e.
    I have been extremely blessed. I got the sweetest woman in theworld to be mine.
    I have a son who has raise a family that is following the Lord and working out well in the world. (HS principle, for example).
    I had an interesting career in which we mapped the Moon for the Apollo landing..(My regular job was to map denied areas using satellite photograph. The interesting thing is that we used the same program that was classified Top Secret to do unclassified Lunar mapping.
    I trusted the Lord as a young man and taught SS for decades.
    Did I say I had the sweetest woman in the world? And prettier than most. Not a beauty, but prettier than most.

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  34. You may be surprised to know that I am helpless in the kitchen.
    There is a lady who comes and fixes stuff for me.
    Rose (her name) stopped by for a few minutes to check on me and instruct me concerning the stuff in the refrigerator’
    (I don’t know how she gets paid. She and LindaS work on that.)

    She stopped by, told me what I should do, and left. So? It’s just me and the computer again. .

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  35. I clicked on the back arrow. It took me somewhere I didn’t want to go . so I started backing out and something happened (don’t know what). So I started over and am back where I was.
    I can handle it. We’ll see.

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  36. We were hoping you would be able to join us in the future. But we are happy to join you here as well.

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  37. No sign of today, the 25th, on the top of the recent posts column just below the picture, on the right?

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  38. Kizzie’s link will take you right there. DJ’s (up above the picture) will take you to the index for today, then click on today’s date.

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  39. Chas, hit Kizzie’s link and it will land you right in the middle of today. If it doesn’t, and it will, tap the back up arrow and come right here again.

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  40. Does this work?
    A Test. LindaS came over to fix my computer.
    It wasn’t broke, but she fixed it anyhow.
    This is just a test to checkit out.

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  41. All right, Chas, you need to stop living in the past. Today is beautiful and the future is just ahead. But soon yesterday will be the day before yesterday.

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  42. This is post 108.
    It starts a new day here.
    But almost bedtime for Jo.
    So: Good night Jo.
    Get to it , everyone else.
    I turned the TV on for news.
    They were telling how some mother wouldn'[t let the father attend some funeral.
    Sad, but it doesn’t affect me. So I went for breakfast. It’s over. So I will have some coffee, read the Bible and pray about some things. Maybe some of you.
    See you later

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