19 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 5-29-21

  1. Today is a good day. The sun is shining, but that is not why. It is the weekend, but that is not why. I get to talk with you folk, but that is not why. Those all contribute of course, but God reigns is the reason. Things will be made right.

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  2. ๐Ÿ˜€ Art seems to have had no reaction to the Covid shot

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Ditto, but does that mean it is not working?

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Son has had interviews

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Waiting for answers is difficult

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Weather is perfect today

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I can sit on the porch and enjoy 70ยฐ weather

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Mosquitos enjoy having me for dinner

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Learning new things every new day

    ๐Ÿ˜€ God’s good and excellent ways of blessing individuals in personal ways

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  3. ๐Ÿ™‚ Daughter is home!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Daughter made English Muffins from scratch for breakfast!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Delicious!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially since she made breakfast with her sister-in-law and we had a small group of guests over to eat.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Charming with a two-year-old whose personality is flourishing, especially when she sits on his lap and references “Ba-pop.”

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  4. Janice – I have read that it is the younger people who tend to have the strongest reactions to the vaccine because their immune systems are stronger to begin with.

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  5. It’s working (the shot, Janice). Some people have immune systems that kick up, others don’t, but I’ve read that either way it’s doing what it does. My reaction to shot #2 was mostly just a headache and fatigue, gone in 24 hours.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Covid numbers continue to drop, hospitals are reporting fewer than 300 people with Covid in their care throughout all of LA County. That is way, way down from just a few months ago.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent time off the local shoreline yesterday, so refreshing to see folks on bicycles, jet skis, scooters, and just hanging out with other people. It’s been a long, hard year for everyone but the tide seems to be turning.

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The pandemic, however, has left some deep scars, physical for some, psychological/social/cultural (and definitely political) for most everyone else. Some of those after-effects won’t go away. It feels like we’re emerging here in the U.S. in a different environment altogether. I fear no positive lessons have been learned, it’s only served to antagonize and divide people in even more hostility.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ God has it and He is doing something, He is always on the move through our circumstances — and for a reason.

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  6. Michelle – When Boy was really little, he would say “Baba” for “Papa”. Eventually, he would say that and then whisper “Papa” correctly. It was as if he was trying it out, not sure if he was saying it right. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. We should be praying for India and their COVID response. Husband and son both work with people over there and the stories are unbelievably grim. One of my husband’s co-workers lost 11–eleven–close friends or family members in just a few days.

    My son’s colleague lost even more. One of his employees has had one vaccination and thus is the only person in the family, the extended family, running all the errands. He spent an entire day driving his father/maybe uncle from hospital to hospital looking for one that would admit him.

    That older man survived, but more than a dozen more in his family did not.

    These are educated middle-class Indian citizens working in the tech field.

    Meanwhile, I read an article on Twitter the other day about Brazil–pre-natal care has completely collapsed and pregnant women and newborns are dying in large numbers from COVID.

    Doctors are having to make heartbreaking decisions–take the baby prematurely to try to save the mother’s life, or lose them both? This is the catastrophic stuff of nightmares. Tragedy on a global scale.

    I’m puzzled it’s suddenly so much worse everywhere else except here after a year. Brazil, Japan, techy land India–I never expected this.

    And if this bad in relatively advanced countries, what’s happening in Africa?

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  8. We heard also about a church somewhere south of us along the CA coast where 11 of the staff members are now infected with Covid. Chart is showing a bit of an uptick in LA, though numbers are still very low in comparison to where we were only a few months ago in the pre-vaccine period.

    The situations in India and other counties look horrendous. I think cities may make infections more easily spread, but frankly it is largely a problem of vaccines not being readily available.

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  9. ~ … India is struggling to inoculate its population as a second wave of the coronavirus ravages the country, killing thousands a day and overwhelming medical facilities. More than 315,000 people in India have died of the virus, the third-highest toll in the world, after the United States and Brazil, but experts believe the official data is a significant undercount.

    Only 3 percent of Indiaโ€™s 1.3 billion people have been fully vaccinated, according to a New York Times database, and experts say that vaccines are slow to reach rural India, where the outbreak is growing. The pace of vaccinations nationwide has slipped to two million shots a day from three million a few months ago, with health centers saying that they are running out of doses and many in the country saying that they cannot find a place to be inoculated. …

    … Indian officials now say that expanding vaccinations is the only way out of the outbreak, but, unlike many other countries, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi declined to sign advance purchase agreements with vaccine manufacturers, believing this year that it had defeated the virus. Experts say that as Indians lowered their guard, they were left defenseless against coronavirus variants that are believed to be more transmissible.

    Indiaโ€™s large vaccine manufacturing industry has failed to keep up with demand, leaving the country reliant on imported doses that are in short supply globally. On Thursday, Indian officials said that they would work with Pfizer to make its doses available as soon as possible. … ~

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  10. Michelle, so many people die in any given day from respiratory diseases in Africa that it would be hard to determine if it was COVID or something else. Aji Suun said that to me when I asked her and another missionary in the Congo said the same thing when someone asked him, while yet another missionary in Angola said much the same thing in his prayer letter. And they are right. I can still vividly remember the babies I saw gasping for breath from pneumonia. Death is very close in much of Africa, to close to tell if it is COVID or something else killing people. The testing capacities are terrible and vaccination campaigns barely existent – where I was had one of the best vaccination programs in all of Africa, but even their capacity would be inadequate for mass vaccination of the entire population. The COVID dead bring counted now in Africa are those who were capable of getting tested, and that is a tiny percentage of the total population. As the Angola missionary has often noted, many rural areas have absolutely no medical care whatsoever.

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  11. ๐Ÿ™‚ 2021 Garden is in! (well, except for the cabbage which will wait until husband gets home – I can’t manage putting the insect cover netting over them by myself)

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Had a nervous moment when our senior dog, who no longer moves quickly, came racing up from the bottom of the property and headed straight to the back door of the house! Then all the geese and cranes in the field beyond our forest were making a ruckus. My first thought was ‘bear’!! Nothing wandered out of the trees though… ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like overnight freezing is done for a while, thankfully.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Started back full-time at work! Camps can run this summer!!. But… we need staff. Most of our really good staff found other jobs with not knowing if we could hire them. Please pray that quality staff will apply.

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  12. ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful weather this weekend letting me get more work done on the yards instead of just the basic lawn mowing.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Back to in-person worship for the second week, it’s wonderful to see people face-to-face in 3-D.

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Flyboy tried a new form of flying yesterday – sky diving.

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  13. Jo, the rural areas of India are hard hit too, but are not getting counted as much due to lack of medical care. Population density plays a part. In PNG, there are 51 people per square mile. In India, there are 1202 people per square mile.

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  14. My garden has some damage. We covered what we could, although a couple of plants seemed to have been missed. Some others I never thought would be bothered. May not have been except it was a hard freeze. We were gone all weekend visiting with our children and grandchildren. We watched our 2nd grandson’s graduation from high school on Friday evening and then spent the weekend with the grandchildren swimming and playing. So much fun to just relax with them again.

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  15. That is 2nd grandson in birth order. It is the 3rd grandson to graduate. For while all we had were grandsons. Now we have some delightful granddaughters as well. These are the joyous times.

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