107 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-19-21

  1. That sounds about right Jo.

    It’s 10:20PM Friday in the EST zone, yet my computer says it’s 83 and sunny in Easton, PA.

    Weird, right?

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  2. Good evening.

    I’m tired, but it’s a good tired. Today was the big hike. A niece came up with her 7 year old daughter, and we went up into the mountains for a hike. I thought it was a 2.5-3 mile, but it turns out it was 4 miles at 8800’+ elevation. My legs aren’t soar from all the climbing and descending, though, as Mrs L and I did a lot of steep hills for practice. She stayed at the rental since she doesn’t like the mountain highway.

    It was fun And the shy child decided she likes us and wants to come see us again.

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  3. No, Peter, I would imagine your legs wouldn’t be soaring after that! 🙂

    We have had lots and lots of rain tonight–the street in front of us is impassible, most rain we’ve ever seen here. We keep watching these SUVs and pick-ups drive by slowly, water splashing everywhere (even though the far side of the street isn’t as deep as this side) . . . and then they get to a certain point and either back up, turn around, or go through the parking lot. Not one has continued in the street, and as deep as it is in front of us, we can’t imagine what it mist look like farther on. But at least it means no one is coming by us from the left, because that would mean they’d be driving through the really deep water on this side of the road. It’s a mess, and we’re glad we don’t have anywhere to go.

    Though going to bed might make sense. We may get more at 4:00, and we’ve had thunder and lots of lightning, too, so it could get noisy again if we do get more. I probably should try to get to bed and to sleep before that!!

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  4. Morning, Chas. Have a nice day.
    I have downloaded services from my church so I watched one today. It was good but felt strange to be back on Palm Sunday.

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  5. Good morning. I made a trip to Publix very early. I needed a lot on this trip so my buggy was packed full. I did not even check to see how much it was but I used the 5 dollar off of 50 dollar purchase coupon I had received in the mail. As I was trying to hurry to get home and make eggs for Art by 8 a.m., a young looking black guy had a buggy full, too. We were both headed to the one cashier. I bowed to him to let him go first thinking that it’s a long time since age before beauty. There was a magazine by the counter about storage in the home so I browsed that while waiting and realized I had dreamed last night about having some nice storage spaces set up in my home. Now to make it happen for real!

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  6. I want to learn to make sweet potato fries, the baked or microwaved kind from scratch. I know Wesley likes those so want to learn to make them before he comes home. I got five beautiful ears of corn grown in the south. I guess around Atlanta no one would believe, “Grown local.”

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  7. Enjoy your church services, Jo. I enjoy the freedom to visit churches incognito these days to see if I might one day like to visit in person. My church is doing a relaunch in August and I look forward to see what will be different.

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  8. Cheryl – we can’t imagine what it mist look like farther on.

    There has to be more than a mist for that much water. (Tag, you’re it in the typo catching game.)

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  9. Janice – Mrs L makes baked sweet potato fries. I don’t know what she puts on them but they are delicious.

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  10. Good morning. I enjoyed reading Chas’ 6:46:

    Good morning
    Good Evening
    Have a nice whatever

    Nice to have multiple time zones represented here. 🙂

    Cheryl, we must have sent our Thursday night weather your way, except maybe not the hail. Lots of “thunderboomers” both here and there, it sounds like, but you must have gotten quite a bit more rain. No flooding in my or neighboring communities that I heard of. My sister, though, who lives less than an hour from me (almost wrote “our from me” — typo alert!), got 4.6 inches of rain.

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  11. We also had a storm go through last night. We were not at home, but at the home of our friend who recently lost her husband. We left a bit after the storm and the rainbows on our drive home were awesome. We found the power out when we got home, but it didn’t take them long to restore it. We are a bit over 1/2 mile from a substation and seldom have any long outages.

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  12. We didn’t get any power outages, but I haven’t seen that much lightning in years. And the power flickered enough the time on the microwave needs to be reset. Quite a few trees down, part of a chain-link fence down, a mole and a frog both dead on the sidewalk. The most amazing thing to me, though, the intersection we can almost see from our house and where people were turning around and going through a parking lot instead of crossing: the foot bridge on our side of the road has lots of watercress caught in the railing. So yes, the water was way out of its banks, and it’s no wonder the road was impossible.

    We’re getting a little more now, with some thunder and lightning too.

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  13. It works kim.
    To answer a question nobody is asking, Chas has been on the back deck. Sometimes snoozing off, not really asleep. But I would waken suddenly thinking Elvera is beside me.
    I may get over that someday.
    Maybe not.

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  14. Ah, rain stories, bringing up memories from long, long ago.

    Thankfully our temperatures have dropped back down into the low 70s and our June Gloom is back.

    But it’s very hot inland and in other places out here in the West, wildfires can’t be too far behind.

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  15. Two things. First I promise this isn’t a look at me! What a wonderful person I am post. Second, I am going to ask you to pray for the person mentioned in this post and that I can sell her house quickly.
    Back in 2012 I sold a house to a couple. Several years ago he started spiraling down and eventually killed himself. He was (sarcasm) nice enough to leave a not on the door from the garage to the laundry room telling her not to come into the house,, to call 911.
    She worked in the personnel industry and about 5 or so years ago was trying to help me find a different job path to get away from Guy. I owe her gratitude for that. She lost her job during the shutdown and has been struggling. She is in forbearance with the mortgage company.
    You will also remember that some years ago I took Financial Peace and Crown Financial Ministries courses. I also received a free coaching call where I told the person I wanted to one day be in a position to help when I saw a need, like the story in Financial Peace where the man went and paid someone’s power bill for the year to help them.
    Yesterday when I went to put the lockbox on the house, I saw a bright yellow note stuck between the door and the door frame. It was an Urgent Note from the utility company. She is currently waiting tables to try to hold things together and I think may have even lost her car.
    This morning I was talking to Mr. P about it. He told me to go Monday and pay the utilities on the house.
    I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO DO THIS!!!!
    I can justify this two different ways. One, I can and it’s the right, small way to help someone out because I can. Two, it makes business sense. I can’t let the power be turned off on this home while I am trying to get it sold.

    Please, please pray for Reta. She spent everything she inherited on mental health for her husband and he left her in this situation. I can get her out of it with a good amount of money to start over. The house has doubled in value since they bought it.
    Yesterday when I went

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  16. So today is supposed to be the mattress delivery, I still haven’t gotten a call (and I presume they’ll call first). I should probably get started at shifting some things around so they can have a clear path, presuming they’ll choose to come in through the back way rather than up all the front steps to the front of the house. I have enough cash for a decent tip for 2 people, but may try to hit the ATM so I’m not giving them a bunch of random bills they’ll have to divvy up.

    And just got an email about a 7 a.m. Monday (as in this Monday) photo assignment I have to take care of — I’ve emailed the photo editor and likely photographer with a heads up, they’ll love getting that on such late notice.

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  17. Chas, I’m glad you’re getting some pleasant use of the deck where you can breathe the fresh air, watch the birds and other critters flitting about and scampering across the yard and in the trees.

    Next thing you know, our header photo will be a bird in flight — “By Chas”

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  18. Oh, how different life is! Two parties this afternoon–a book launch at a Pizza restaurant, and a 5-year-old’s birthday party. Next Saturday a 60-year-old’s surprise party in LA.

    Life is good–if I can get all these chores done first! LOL

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  19. New mattress is here, old one hauled away. It fit perfectly (a big deal since I have a very odd-sized bed that needs a custom size — and there’s always a bit of debate as it’s even an inch off of what most of these odd-sized beds take).

    Poor Annie had to be scooped up from her peaceful nog-curl nap on the old bedding when that had to come off quickly as the guys were on their way. I bought some new “deep-pocket” sheets (these mattresses are much thicker than the old ones) so I’m looking forward to testing it out tonight. It’s been a long wait for this little “splurge,” but I think it will be worth it.

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  20. At 2″21. I said that I don’t have a cameara.
    actually, I have a couple. ButI don’t know where to A(Sobuy film for them.

    Sorry: I see the mistakes. I don’t see to correct them.

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  21. Once you use the phone camera app you’ll see how easy it is. It’s why we all now take a gazillion photos all the time

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  22. I tipped the two guys $40 each — they decided to use the front stairs and clearly had their own system worked out that worked best; got the old ones out first and so those also were hauled away.

    New bedding is in the washer now, I’m going to look forward to going to bed tonight 🙂

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  23. And I kind of like nog-curl, it does fit what cats so often do. I felt bad interrupting her deep nap; she didn’t like it much, either, and meowed in protest.

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  24. Chas, I am sure that, in a sense, Elvera is still right beside you. Heaven may be quite close and your memories are even closer. Perhaps she is holding your hand as you held hers.

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  25. It was odd to be at our friends without her husband there. It was a Friday evening and we almost always spent those eating out and then at one house or another to play cards or a board game. Yesterday we talked about his memorial service among other things. She seldom drove and is forcing herself to be brave. We are all tentative in the newness. I am so glad she is a believer, as are we and we all have the hope of eternity. Now it is for her to live the life (all she can) that God still has for her to learn. It was gratifying to be interrupted quite often by children or grandchildren calling to check on our friend.

    The older I become, the more I appreciate doing things (like rearing your children) the way God urges us to do so. Life is just so very much better.

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  26. Jesus said, “He that lives and believes in me shal lnever die.
    That means that the person “Elvera was is still alive and is conscious and cares.
    There is a wide gulf between her and me bacause I still insist on taking this flesh everywhere. Someday I will escape it and be free to see her and some others who have passed on.

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  27. One of my aunts was widowed (unexpectedly) in her early 50s. She didn’t work outside the home and didn’t know how to drive. Her brother, who was quite wealthy, took her under his wing, giving her a job in his popular and tony beach-front menswear shop.

    She learned to drive and got a car.

    She and my mom, who also was a widow but had spent time working outside the home and did learn to drive probably in her 30s, became very close during that time and had fun going out to occasional movies, dinners, and other fun outings.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    An interesting testimony from one of the pastors in our denomination:

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  28. I hate to call someone an idiot.
    So I won’t
    I hate to say someone doesn’t know what he’s doing.
    So I won’t.
    But it is a source of irritation that someone who designed my cellphone put the information portion put it in BLUE ON BLUE
    (i.e. different shades of blue. If you have perfect vision, it doesn’t matter. It caauses me lots of trouble.)

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  29. Chas,”flesh” means several different things biblically. The “flesh” in the sense of our sinful nature is something to escape in the resurrection. And we will have new, improved bodies. It can seem that our bodies are restricting us, but they are part of who we are, and they are not the cause of our corruption. “Escaping” the body is death, not life. Eternal life gives us an eternal body and not just an eternal spirit.

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  30. Janice – I don’t know if Mrs L follows any recipe for sweet potato fries. She put olive oil on them and some seasonings and bakes them on a cookie sheet or casserole dish. There are some recipes at allrecipes.com.

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  31. ????Is Musee saying PeterL isn’t Mature??
    Good morning everyone. I can’st see what I’m typing. I hope it’s ok
    Looks rainy outside.
    Good evening Jo.

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  32. Morning Chas. I did online church this morning but went to a hymn sing this evening. I stood in the front corner away from everyone and took my mask off. “Let it be said of us….

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  33. Good morning! And a Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads here! ♥️
    Kim I cried reading your post….your stepping in to help this widow is what our Lord would have us to do…I am praying for Reta…that she would know it is our Father caring for her and drawing her ever near to Him…and we know He is using His children in the process….
    We had some much needed rain yesterday! And we should see more tomorrow with temps in the 60’s! I need this respite so I might paint the porch floor before my brother in law arrives on Wed..he will be staying for a week…I always stress about cooking and making sure guests are fed…cooking is not something I am enjoying so we shall see how this goes next week! 🙃

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  34. Good morning.

    Chas, did you just call me immature?? I merely said big brother may not be quite as mature as I am. You indicate I may be somewhat lacking in that area.

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  35. Enjoyed the message from the Virginia church but won’t be attending in person today. I caught the cold or whatever that nineteen year old has been sharing. Sounds like thirteen has it as well.

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  36. And here’s why it’s equally important for fathers to demonstrate to their daughters what to look for in a man.

    “What My Dad Taught Me, His Daughter, About Manhood — And Why It Matters

    We have a cultural imperative to teach boys how to be men, but we have just as much need to teach girls what masculinity looks like, and to respect and expect it from the men in their lives.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/19/what-my-dad-taught-me-his-daughter-about-manhood-and-why-it-matters/

    “It’s easy to idolize your parents as a child, and of course no one is flawless. But as an adult, I continue to look up to my dad greatly. He taught me about the world, and about the integrity and sacrifice necessary to live well in it. In doing so, he also taught me, his daughter, a great deal about manhood.

    It’s been observed plenty that the American leftist cultural narrative doesn’t teach boys what they should be learning about manhood. It goes without saying that teaching boys how to be good men is an indispensable part of a flourishing society.

    But the public sphere’s masculinity vacuum hurts girls too. Women have no shortage of interactions with men — we marry them, work with them, go to church with them, grow up with them, and raise them. We have a cultural imperative to teach boys how to be men, but we have just as much need to teach girls what masculinity looks like, and to expect it from the men in their lives.

    My dad taught me to respect and expect integrity, sacrifice, and wisdom from men. A man worth his salt doesn’t let fear or pressure intimidate him out of doing the right thing, condemning evil, or standing up for those who can’t defend themselves.”

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  37. We had a good church message today about courage. It was from the book of Esther. I have within the past year done at least two Bible studies about Esther with lady Bible study leaders so I was interested to see if I would hear a different slant on the story from a male perspective. One difference was to hear that Esther and all the ladies in the king’s harem were basically the equivalent of being sex trafficked and held as slaves. Since today was Juneteenth, also, that sideline message spoke into current concerns.

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  38. I just had a Father’s “day visit from Chuck and his family. Linda brought a quilt she mdse. Real nice. Elvera would be really proud. It’s on the bed now. So? It ws anice Father’s day.

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  39. I have been outside working on my vitamin D. Also working to catch up on the Bible study with Janice. Where are we this week, Janice?
    And from DJ’s recommend of John Piper’s book on Hungry for God, I am learning that fasting is not about me. It goes along with what I have been learning from others on here who participate in Lent. God already knows our heart, He would like to see our heart in action. Do we hunger for God more than any of the gifts He has given us? (such as eating regular meals…..)
    Very encouraging stuff.
    And almost done with Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Still in the wilds with Frodo and Sam. And their guide, Gollum. But I believe we will soon be seeing an oliphant.

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  40. Back in church today, no mask, wearing EARRINGS!, singing a hymn, and holding a bulletin!!

    What has the world come to?

    It was so fun to see everyone’s face.

    I’m still dragging from last week’s escapes.

    Our girl is making her dad pistachio gelato as a gift.

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  41. The book Aloha Rodeo is on sale for 1.99 for Kindle on Amazon. I don’t have time to read it, but it sounds fascinating. I had no idea there are Hawaiian cowboys and a team won a championship. You know how exciting sports stories are when the underdogs win?

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  42. We got through 3 verses in today’s sermon on Revelation. I’m watching the Q&A session online from home (which comes after the 2nd service, I go to the first). The pastor again explained the decision to go to a single service on July 4, referring us to a document that was released by our presbytery in the east. Some still feel the need to continue having stricter protocols, however, so it sounds like the church will provide some of our extra rooms (where the sermon is piped in and it’s considered part of the sanctuary). I was wondering about that as there are still people at higher risk who may not have been vaccinated but have co-morbidities (heart problems, diabetes, cancer) and, to a lesser degree, age itself.

    For the most part where I live now, though, people are feeling much more confident as our numbers remain pretty much flat (and very low).

    I stopped at the grocery store after church and noticed for the first time a sign on the door saying those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks, others do. It’s all on the honor system and I decided to continue wearing the mask, as a courtesy to others I guess since no one really knows if I’m vaccinated or not; most everyone else in the store also were wearing masks, interestingly. I only saw 2 people without them (and it was super crowded).

    But after the first service (which still requires masks, until July 4), most of us now are taking them off once we’re outside and the after-service coffee-and-donut fellowship starts. Hugs are beginning to be practiced.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I had a wonderful night on the new mattress, such a big improvement in comfort. It’s been on my ‘wish list’ for a few years now and it’s so good to get that taken care of, at last. Annie spends most of her time on it now, it’s so funny.

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  43. Nightingale bought us a new dryer yesterday which will be delivered sometime, and they will also take away the old one.

    Our current dryer still dries, but the cool-down feature has stopped working, which results in certain clothes coming out wrinkly. Before that happened, Nightingale could take her scrubs out of the dryer as soon as it was finished, and she wouldn’t have to iron them. So she has had to iron them for a couple or so months due to the dryer problem.

    But then. . .her iron stopped working, too! So after work yesterday, she went and bought a new dryer (on sale – yay!) and a new iron. 🙂

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  44. I love new appliances — I’ve kept appliances for really, really long times (too long) so getting new ones, as I have in the past few years, is a real treat. The cute little ding-y noises, the quick drying times, washer settings that all work so you don’t have to wash everything on the polyester selection.

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  45. I got to spend time today with a little four year old who claimed that he knew everything and everyone. It was so cute when I asked him what my name was…he had to admit he didn’t know me. Toddler room/Kidzone is so fun.

    It was nice to be back at church. I met a new friend working in the toddler room with me. I had not met her before and it was good to connect with someone new.

    Our province is lifting all restrictions including masking on July 11th. This will be so awesome for running camp! But we still need so many workers.

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  46. Kare: I know how he feels. When I was five years old, I knew everything too.
    But I failed the first grade.
    NO KIDDING I failed the first grade.
    But I learned my lesson.
    I eventually got a master’s from Purdue.

    It’s important to learn the important things early.

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  47. My nephew flunked Kindergarten. Boys sometimes do better when a little older. It is difficult for parents to know, especially when it is your first child. He is very smart and does amazing things with computers now.

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  48. My husband never went to Kindergarten. He went to first grade and did not speak straight, clear English. He spoke a mixture of Finnish and English. His teacher had a difficult time understanding him. He learned quickly, of course, as children do. Now he doesn’t speak much Finnish.

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  49. I could not sleep at all last night, I even got up and read a book for an hour, thus I am up quite late. Thankful for the faithful fathers on here. It is a hard day when the father of your children left.

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  50. Jo. Appendicitus was a dangerous ailment in1935. I was out six weeks, so they bounced me back another year. But it worked out for the best. ‘
    This is complicated: But
    IN SC in abo1946, education wa finihed in the 11th grade. If I had not washed back, I would have finished i1947 (17 ears old) with o job nor skills.
    So? Because of the change, I was the firt class to go to 12 grades. I still had no job, nor future. But
    Bobby Murray said, Charlie,let’s join the air Force.

    That’s another story, but one of the turning points in my life.

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  51. I’m stalking Cowboy with a platter of rolled-out Play-Doh, trying to get a decent paw print imprint from him.

    He’s terrified of me now.

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  52. Chas – My dad and Hubby were in the Air Force, too. When Hubby was in the reserves, after his initial discharge, he worked at the Westover base in Massachusetts, which you have mentioned being at at some time.

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  53. Speaking of baseball:

    ~ Who is most likely to win the World Series 2021?

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series four months ago, are the consensus favorites to win the World Series again in 2021, and just landed the top free-agent pitcher on the market. Trevor Bauer, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, agreed to a three-year deal with Los Angeles on Wednesday. ~

    Hmmm. We’ll see. Things have been known to go sideways.

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  54. It’s been a good day. Our church was without power perhaps 36 hours after Friday’s storm, and had that continued they wouldn’t have been able to do the livestream this morning–but they got power half an hour before the service.

    Both daughters called this afternoon for Father’s Day, and we talked briefly with our toddler granddaughter.

    And a few weeks ago one of our pastors suggested not many people come for the evening service, so we could come and sit in the balcony. Tonight we did so, and thus were physically present in the service for the first time since March 1, 2020! Being the only ones in the balcony wasn’t quite the same as sitting among fellow church members, but we could see them below us when we stood to sing, and it was better than livestream.

    A blessed day!

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  55. I realized this morning that someone new is coming to these flats on Friday from the states. So… she will need to quarantine for 2 weeks. Which means the caution tape will go up. That is fine, but the yard man will not be able to get his tools or tea unless I move things. Trying to explain that to him when we both speak different languages was interesting. He, being wise, went and got a neighbor who speaks tok pisin who explained.

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  56. It’s over 100 here, but we’re going to take a stroll along the river. Yes, Tucson has a river that used to run freely, but now only runs when there is rain. There is a bicycle path that follows it, that is part of a 130 mile loop around the city. If I were younger and it weren’t so hot, that would have been a great day ride (not the whole 130 miles, though).

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  57. So happy for you Cheryl, finally!

    Livestream was a wonderful option, considering our plight, but it is very different — and so much better if and when it’s possible — to be in worship in person.

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  58. We went to church then headed into town for lunch at daughter’s. Son in law smoked a brisket in his new Father’s Day smoker…it was good. Granddaughter returned yesterday from a two week Summit Ministries session in Georgia…she said it was amazing and challenging…she has no idea where the Lord will be taking her after this her Senior year but she is trusting Him with her future…I love that girl….she has grown up so quickly…how does that happen again? 😊

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  59. We enjoyed our 1+ mile walk along the dry river. We saw two coyotes and 3 road runners. No, the coyotes were not chasing the road runners, and the birds did not say “Meep, meep” before running off In fact, they were walking. And one of them posed for me while I tried to take its picture, but I had my phone and didn’t aim it right, so all I got was its tail.

    Afterwards we went to an ice cream parlor we found downtown. Expensive ($4.50 for 2 scoops!) but delicious.

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  60. I just finished breakfast.
    Haven’t had my prayer time yet.
    But
    Whle I had breakfast, I had the TV on.
    They were talking about the people on the southern border trying to get to America.
    Imagine thet????
    I’m already here!

    I cannot forget how blessed I am that I can, with a full stomach, sit at this computer talking about coming to America.

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