45 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-21-21

  1. Good morning AJ,et al
    I just finished my morning devotions,decided to check in here.
    And here you are!
    Everything is fine here, so far.
    I hope it goess well for you.

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  2. I’m sure I told this before.
    I may do so again.
    But it has to do with life changing experiences.
    I graduated from HS with no talent,no job.
    I went to columbia and worked in a sidewalk market. (They had those in 1949)
    Then I came back home to N. Charleston
    Jobless.
    Then, my best friend, Bobby Murray, said,
    Charlie,Let’s join the Air Force”

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  3. Good morning from a very cool and cloudy morning here! We had rain overnight and our high should be 63 degrees today. It is a nice break from the heat we have had and we are ever so thankful for the moisture….
    I must get myself together and paint the front porch then head into town. Grocery shopping for company coming. The next month is going to be a flurry of out of town visitors….

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  4. We are also cool here today–high of 60 predicted. Therefore, I put some sourdough French bread to mix in the bread machine first thing this morning. It is ready for the oven right now. I like to use the oven when it is cool to warm up the house some and because I hate to bake when it is hot.

    Yes, Chas, we are quite blessed. My husband was also in the Air Force. It was good for him. He was mostly stationed in California and considered staying in after his initial enlistment. We would have never met if he had done that. It is interesting how our lives work out.

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  5. Good morning from bright sunshiney seventy degrees. Supposed to get to eighty six today. At least, that is what the weather report says. But the weather report is taken from Kamiah which is about one thousand feet lower in elevation in a valley. We do not get the same weather. So, I would guess it is around sixty and headed to the low eighties. Meanwhile, I have been lounging about for my last few hours home alone and need to get at the chores and then mowing and watering.
    Family has been gone since Friday. I had great plans but instead, got sick with whatever cold nineteen had (she has assured me she wants me to get covid and die so does what she can to see that I catch whatever she has). So, I did the basics and enjoyed the out of doors.
    Husband heads back to Boise again this next week, for twenty two’s wedding. One of the helpers will take nineteen for the time. He is also looking at an apartment for her, that came available on Saturday. The verdict is still out on whether she can do that but I say she can with her helpers checking on her daily. She will be blocks from work, saving husband three hours of driving each work day.

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  6. Kathaleena I love the scent of fresh baked bread…especially on chilly days…
    Paul enlisted in the Air Force shortly after we married and that took us to Myrtle Beach for 4 years…then back for two more years…then the move to Clemson. We still have many dear friends from our time spent in SC for which we are forever thankful….
    Mumsee I pray you feel better soon!

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  7. Kathaleena’s post reminded me of something I did recently. I took the Cliffton’s Gallup Strength Finder assessment.
    It is the first time in all the “personality profiles” assessments I have read it and thought, “Wow that’s me”. In college I took the Myers Briggs and came up as an introvert. Everyone else in the class thought the test was flawed because there was no way I was an introvert. The one thing that makes me an introvert is once I am “peopled out”, I want to go home to total silence and read a book.

    Here are two of my top five strengths

    CONNECTEDNESS
    Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger.

    HARMONY
    When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and e need this boat to get where we are going. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it just to show that you can.

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  8. Good morning! So many connections to the Air Force here.

    It is overcast, but I think we are past the major downpours from the tropical storm. I am not sure what the temp will be today, but it feels, at this point, that it will be in the pleasant range.

    I just gave a reference for someone seeking to do foster care. It’s great to be able to give a good report about someone.

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  9. Janice: Whatever success I’ve had in life, I attribute most of it to m hitch in the AF. I’ve said this before, a dozen times.
    There wa this young hs graduate with no job, no prospects of anything for a future. Then
    Bobby Murray said “Charlie, let’s join the Air Force”.

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  10. Kim I get “peopled out” too. My brain shuts off and I just want to go home…or if I am home I want everyone to leave! 😊
    Now Chas those Tigers aren’t all bad….Paul was with Coastal when it was part of USC back in the day…but then his Professor suggested he transfer to Clemson’s Engineering Dept…I guess his professor preferred Clemson’s Engineering program over USC!….gasp! 😂

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  11. A few days ago I was walking down the street, a walk I do several times a week. I cross one intersection that is quite busy. Sometimes I cross both directions at that one intersection, but sometimes I cross one of the directions before I get to that intersection.

    I have thought before that if I die someday while out walking, it will be crossing that street. More than once I’ve had a driver with foot off the brake slowly drifting toward the crosswalk while the driver watches the other direction and doesn’t see me, and have wondered if there was a “gap” in the traffic from the other direction if he would think to check both ways before going; I just had one of those a few days ago, but since there wasn’t a gap in the traffic I felt moderately safe walking in front of her in spite of the car rolling a bit. I’ve also had drivers turn while I was crossing and realize I was present only mid-turn. I’ve learned to be rather cautious on that crossing.

    Well, a few days ago I was crossing that intersection, with 15 seconds or so on the light when I started. Not only is that plenty of time to get across, but stupidly the countdown starts at the same place in the light cycle each time but disregards how long it will stay green,and often it is green for another 10 or 20 or even 30 seconds when the cross signal goes red–so crossing at 15 seconds is definitely crossing with the right of way. This time an SUV turned left from the direction I was heading, and the driver apparently must have been on his phone or something. When he got closer to me than a driver has ever gotten to hitting me (I think he got within two feet, with me stepping past his drivers side when he was about two feet from me, and thus he might still have hit me if I hadn’t been as far along as I was), he realized that I was in his path and laid on the horn for several seconds. I suppose he figured that if he killed me, others would testify that he was honking at me and therefore it must have been my fault.

    But that’s definitely when you wish there were a cop around to pull the vehicle over and give a ticket. The horn blowing definitely added insult to (almost) injury.

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  12. Wow, close call, Cheryl. Yes, being a pedestrian is dangerous. My cousin across the harbor was struck in a crosswalk a couple years ago, thrown several feet into the street. It’s required a long process of recovery, although the fact that he survived (and was cracking jokes in the ER) was amazing in itself. It was what we call a “smart” crosswalk and the car wasn’t speeding, going about 35 mph, but the driver had a passenger and they were talking … Anyway, it was all very horrific. The worst injury — to his leg — took many months and at least one surgery, maybe more, to heal. He was confined to his sofa for several months. Now, spine and neck issues are cropping up which appear to be related to that same trauma.

    And the legal process also has dragged on for some kind of settlement.

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  13. This week is starting out with some added stress, the unionization process is moving forward with an initial “all workers” virtual meeting on Friday and some pressure to sign a card. I can see there will be a lot of pressure to pick a side, there will be no staying in the middle without a lot of grief attached to that. Sigh.

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  14. I ad the same reaction to my StrengthFinder’s results: Context, Individualization, Communication, Belief, and Responsibility–all summed me up surprisingly well.

    Since my daughter-in-law often works with me, I had her take the test as well. We arrived with two similar non-strengths: futuristic, maximizer, and one in the top ten: stragetic.

    From that we concluded that neither one of us can plan or forecast long-range where my writing work should go! 🙂

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  15. I am not feeling as well as I would like today. Maybe I had too much of that cake last night. First I had to have a test square, then a second to confirm the test results, then I had to have another square for sharing time, and who can resist seconds? It is a healthy little cake made with part oatmeal and only maple syrup to sweeten, a bar of unsweetened Baker’s chocolate (I changed it from the sweet German’s chocolate which was too sweet for Art’s birthday cake). Since I do not make treats very often, the temptation to overindulge is overpowering. The cake has no frosting, and what I ate may have been like having two slices of a layer cake since this was only single layer. Still, all too much for one who has not had many sweets lately. It was reminiscent of the chocolate fudge cakes I used to make and frost and decorate for Wesley’s birthdays. That B/D cake was a recipe from Betty Crocker which would have been more rich. It has been a long time since I made one of those. Thankfully I sent the other half of the little Father’s Day cake to work with Art. Unfortunately, I have more batter left to make another of the little cakes. That can wait until tomorrow.

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  16. Mumsee, week three in the Bible study of fasting considers how we approach God for specific needs and requests. The first scripture looked at is 1 Chronicles 20:1-4, 13-17; next, 2 Chronicles 20:18-22

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  17. Sorry to break the mood, this is not very spiritual, but I’m stalking a mosquito that’s stalking me as I try to write a story on my laptop. I may have finally nabbed her. They’re very perceptive little beasts, they seem to know exactly when danger is approaching.

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  18. I now have a little dead body as my trophy kill. Unless that was some other tiny black bug I smashed, I didn’t have a very good line of vision on the prey when I had the unique opportunity to strike — with my elbow on my dark-colored T-shirt.

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  19. I tried fasting twice. It seemed not to work for me. No spiritual results. Nothing except I got hungry and thought about food.
    Some say it needs to go with prayer. And I tried it, but it didn’t work for me.
    (Both my parents belonged to a Pentecostal church which practiced fasting at times.)
    So” I tried it a couple of times but the result seemed to be a headache.
    I am not opposed to fasting. It is definite scriptual.
    It just didn’t seem to work for me.

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  20. On TV they are talking about “Biden’s border disaster”. So? What’s new? They knew before they elected him what was going to happen. They knew that Hunter Biden is a crook and has ties to Chuna
    They just wanted to get rid of Trump.
    They did that. So: Shut up about it.
    It’s something you did.

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  21. This might be cool, at noon Friday ships in port (including ours) will sound their horns at noon in honor of “Day of the Seafarer” (and also reminding seafarers to get vaccines). International Chamber of Shipping is sponsoring.

    Battling the last details of the tunnel story, with corrections we need to make to a graphic one of our artists did.

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  22. ~ London – 17 May 2021: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with industry and social partners, are encouraging ships in ports around the world to sound their horns at 12 noon local time on 25th June, in honour of the International Maritime Organisations’ ‘Day of the Seafarer’, to remind the world of the urgent need to vaccinate all seafarers.

    Last year’s campaign brought the crew change crisis to the world’s attention. Almost a year on, the number of crew impacted by the governments’ border restrictions has halved to 200,000. However, deadly second waves in India and other countries are seeing a return to travel bans for seafarers. Access to vaccines is also a pressing issue; over half of the international seafarer workforce is from developing nations that have limited vaccine supplies. ~

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  23. Janice, I’d have a tummy ache if I ate that cake because of the oats. I can’t eat them at all anymore, and apparently I’m not the only one in the world with a sensitivity to them. (One brother did some food testing and said that oats are considered quite a common problem, but one that people really just don’t think of since they’re seen as so healthy.)

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  24. I was never in the Air Force, and as far as I know, no one in my family was. But I grew up a mile or two from Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Does that cunt as an Air Force connection?

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  25. Very spiritual, DJ. The enemy is constantly stalking and on the lookout for our stirring up to God. And the dead body is definitely fitting.

    Thank you, NancyJill, hopefully, my eyes will stop running soon and I will be able to see again.

    Janice, the book came on Saturday. I think I am starting chapter 3 today. If I can see.

    Air Force. Husband was in the Navy for six years out of high school , to grow up and gain some skills. Then in college he attended Air Force ROTC for a year but decided it was not for him and then went into Army ROTC and on into the Army for the duration. But we do have a couple of sons who were both Air Force. One still is He is either a Major or now outranks his dad.

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  26. My haus meri just left and the place is shining. Someone from the housing office is cleaning the flat next door. My gal said the other gal opened my back door and started to come in. Whoops, I thought that it was locked. My gal told her not to come in here. God is good as she might have gotten anything.

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  27. I’m still not sure what hapened, but it seems to have worked out well, Jo.
    Good night now.
    Good morning everyone else.
    Off to breakfast

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  28. I will try to post in the morning, but will probably be gone for two days. i don’t feel that it is safe to take my ipad to Goroka. I will have my small phone for pictures, but it does not connect. Behave yourselves! 🙂

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  29. I see on TV where a Co. mayor is suspending the ledge of allegance at meetings.
    I suggest we just leave it alone until the next election.
    That’s what elections are for.

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  30. While sitting here, just clicking around, I accidentally came upon the song, “What a Day That Will Be”. One of the best renditions I have ever heard.
    When it stopped, I clicked out and lost it.
    Strange.

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  31. I wonder if God is telling me something?
    I hope so
    Not that I don’e like dealing with you folks, I am just tired of all this.
    I want to go home. I really do.

    This is not morbid. I have lost my wife of 64 years. All the others arre busy with life. I understand that. It’s just that I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

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  32. There is someting on TV that I know nothing about,and I don’t really care.
    It’s just the situation they keep harping on that confuses me.
    ie
    Brittany Spears seems to be having trouble claiming her own life. I mean: She is a grown woman who has control of her finances and everything else.
    Unless something else is happening.
    She may need her own lawyer.

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