49 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread7-5-21

  1. Hello. It’s still July 4th here and the fireworks are still going. They’ll probably stop in another 45 minutes-1 hour.

    The flowers above grow wild along the roadsides in Southern Arizona. This photo and the ones of the lizard and bird were taken at and near Chiricahua National Monument, known for its wonderful rock formations that tower over the canyon. It’s a beautiful place I had never been until this year, even though I grew up 2 hours away from it.

    Here is the NPS website for more pictures: https://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm

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  2. And good today.
    Fireworks started just as I headed to bed.
    But it’s over now.
    Except it’s my sister’s bd. She is 89 today.
    Off to breakfast now


  3. I see on TV where “Black people still aren’t free”. Not being black, I can’t speak for all. However, if I were black, I can’t think of another place I would want to be.

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  4. Again, as we speak about how bad America is, the TV is switchen to a report on the border crisis.
    Seeems everyone in the world wants to come to America.

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  5. Chas- Whoever said that doesn’t realize the freedoms he/she has, especially the one that allows the freedom of speaking against the government.

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  6. I suppose it belongs on the political thread, but I cannot imagine how ignorant you have to be to tell us you are still not free when you are an elected official. Ungrateful to boot. It is sad these people are voted in and that has nothing to do with race whatsoever.

    There are fireworks in all the small towns around us, but we went to none of them. One of them had the grass on a hillside start on fire. Evidently it was not difficult to put out the flames. We are in drought like so many other places. One picture from another town was of an exploding firework with lightening, so they must have barely gotten their fireworks done in time.

    It was a blessing to meet with others from churches all over to pray for revival and praise God. It was way too hot, but we managed.

    Today it is going to be too hot and humid. We also have smoke coming down from Canada. A good day to read inside it seems.

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  7. I wonder why so many of the plants in the desert are made with thorns? Or does it just seem like there are more than in other environments. We have our share of pickers and thorns, of course, like on roses.

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  8. Because it’s hard to get to the Politics thread, that’s why.
    I see where some democrats are trying (again?) to defund the police.
    I wish someone could explain what this will accoplish.m

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  9. I believe the thorns serve a dual purpose: they hold moisture and allow photosynthesis and they protect from predators. With relatively few plants per acre, they need protection from foragers so God designed them to be protected with a device that also helps sustain them. What a Creator!
    Now blackberries have no excuse…I love blackberries but they are too protective of their fruit. Of course, without the thorns, the deer and goats and horses and sheep would polish them off before the fruit arrived so okay. Better plan than I could come up with.
    And gooseberries, enough thorns to keep me out but not enough to keep the birds out so they get fed….

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  10. For anyone who did not catch my post from late yesterday, we had a mishap.

    “To end the day with a rotten watermelon!🍉 it was on the kitchen table, and I had planned to cut it this evening. Wesley noticed something wet on the table, and when he picked up the watermelon there was a little puddle under it. He promptly took it outside to dispose of it in the pine island/natural area out front. He rolled it onto the little path where we have dumped grass clippings to try and fill in where gully washers flow downhill. He came back inside laughing. He had expected the watermelon to stop rolling, but it did not stop. It went into our neighbor’s carport and under the neighbor’s truck. Weslry had to go get it out from under the truck. It was worth having a rotten watermelon on the 4th for the laugh we got. Memorable!!”

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  11. Morning! It is rather warm and muggy so I think it will be a day of not so much outside
    We had a gooseberry bush next to the garage when I was a child. Mom did get us to pick those berries and she made a most delicious pie…that was our reward! Somehow I recall using a pair of Dad’s long pliers in the picking … necessity being the mother of invention and all….must have gotten stuck a few times!

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  12. My husband decided we must have gooseberries because he remembered delicious pies. We have them. They are nearly ripe. Son and daughter will pick them. Daughter will make the pies unless son does.

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  13. Kathaleena, in the desert there isn’t much water, so plants are prime targets for thirsty animals if they don’t have some protection. The saguaro cactus, for one (and some others, I think), actually is fluted so that after a rain it can store water in its cells. If it didn’t have thorns, any thirsty creature could come and chew that saturated tissue for its water. Also, leaves lose a lot of water, thorns not so much. The palo verde tree has needles (it also has thorns), and for most of the year it doesn’t have leaves. After a good rain, it puts out little tiny leaves all along the length of its needles. As a child, I used to love to run my fingers along a needle with leaves, because the leaves were tiny and easily dislodged by doing so.

    Someone else may have already answered by now. I’m on deadline–trying to finish this book today–so just stopping in briefly.

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  14. I didn’t know that thrones helped plants retain water, but now it all makes sense. 🙂

    I still don’t know what to do with the potted bougainvillea I planted a couple years ago and suddenly is sprouting such gorgeous blooms. Put in a bigger pot? I wouldn’t mind planting it in the backyard, but it has to be a place where it will not explode and turn into a problem down the road.


    We had a crazy night with constant loud fireworks for hours, turning the air smokey, setting off car alarms up and down the street and resulting in at least one siren speeding down our block on its way to some disaster or other (fire? Lost finger?)

    It finally started slowing down a bit by 11 p.m. but just when you got used to some quiet, BAM!, another one would go off followed by a new cluster.

    I guess people needed to get it out of their system after the pandemic (though we always have this kind of mayhem every year in the port town where DIY fireworks are king).

    We’ll get some left-over residuals tonight but I suspect most of everyone’s stash was shot off last night.


  15. The cheerful bunch of orange California poppies are still sprouting through a crack in the concrete area behind my garage. Remember all those wildflower seeds I threw out a couple years ago? Practically nothing came up in the backyard where they were tossed — but these apparently sprouted when a seed or two was carried by the wind or a bird.

    All those seeds, just these little poppies in concrete to show for it. Go figure.

    But now I’m watering them.

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  16. Reminds me of John 3:18:

    ~ “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” ~

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  17. Good thoughts on desert plants, mumsee.

    To add to what Cheryl said about cactus: when I was young we had desert survival lessons. One was that if lost in the desert without water, look for a barrel cactus. They look like a stubby saguaro, but only grow to about 4 feet tall with no arms. Also, they lean to the south. That serves one of two purposes for a survivor. The other is that you can cut a piece off and suck water from the flesh. You just have to drink it within half an hour to 45 minutes or the oxygen causes it to because poisonous.

    There. Two former desert dwellers have taught you how to enjoy and survive in Arizona.

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  18. Regarding the resurgence of racial issues in the U.S., I was texting with a former (conservative/moderate) colleague in another part of the country the other day and that subject came up and this is some of what we were hashing out.

    What’s been important to realize (again) for many of us in the majority culture is that a group of people don’t just “come out of” more than a couple hundred years of slavery and more recent decades of continued (legal) segregation in just a couple generations.

    There has been remarkable progress in the past 60 years. Stunning, really. And many of us “whites” have felt satisfied in that, patting ourselves on the back (and we have reason, I think, to feel gratified that our country has come so far in such a relatively short time — though it was not without considerable kicking and screaming early on).

    But it is hard for a minority racial group, in just a few generations, to completely overcome what are still the residual effects so many years of slavery and legalized segregation until really quite recently. The impacts of that very recent past on family, culture, education and financial stability (which would include things like being able to pass on home ownership to their children) don’t vanish overnight.

    Yes, the progress has been remarkable in many ways — I was surprised (and pleased) by how quickly we elected a black president — and I suppose many of us felt it was simply a battle won and now the nation can (and should) just move on.

    Many of the actions and demands via the BLM movement are extreme. Some of the grievances are overstated. But I can understand how there remain these lingering impacts on Black families who still feel the burdens of what really is the recent past for them, generationally speaking. The slate isn’t simply wiped clean overnight — which part of what we’re seeing now in some of the renewed activism.

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  19. Well, that’s my serious thought of the day.

    I realized after talking to someone else this morning that I didn’t get a photo assignment made for the big “Bloody Thursday” bash in the park, a mainstay of the dockworkers in this town commemorating the founding of the longshore union. So someone said he could send us a handout photo — we were relying on staffers and freelances who were stretched thin anyway over this long weekend.

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  20. Comment from a friend of a friend in FB:

    ~ When our twin boys were seven, they asked me with all sincerity, “Dad, What was it like during the Civil War? I replied, “Pretty bad, but not as bad as in the Revolutionary War.” ~

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  21. Part of the proble,, DJ, also seems to be that many assume that all white people (for example) were born with silver spoons in their mouths and been given everything. This is far from true. No matter how well off people are the devil seems to want to make them unhappy and unsatifsfied.

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  22. Kathaleena (5:24), true, although race itself has caused some disparities.

    We’re definitely seeing a pendulum swing (to the far left) which is why some of this feels very surreal, especially to those of us old enough, even if we were teens or kids at the time, to have lived through the Civil Rights movement and seen first-hand some of those changes in race relations.

    The tree stump demo crew left major amounts of wood shavings and chips everywhere in the backyard, thick. Tess has tracked some of it indoors as she likes to roll in the dirt back there.

    Best way to deal with all those? Just spread them out and try to disperse them into the soil? I’ve bagged some of it, but there’s really just too much.

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  23. Morning all. Had a sweet dinner with friends who are leaving last night. They are off this morning, though fog is delaying their departure. Our whole fellowship group met at the Guest house, where they were staying, for dinner. Afterwards we got a great picture and sang the doxology. Sweet times with them as they are going finish and we may not see them again.

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  24. I am meeting later today with a family from Siberia who has a boy kinder age. Please pray for wisdom. He is very fearful and knows little or no english. I hear that the vp spoke to them about putting him in preschool. Learning wise that would be good, but I know that my aide Wendy and I are experts at caring for fearful children and letting them shine. Also I need to speak to our principal and vice principal so that I am not stepping on toes. At least she called me, so I will be giving them a tour of my room today.

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  25. Watching some of the fireworks in the sky last night I was reminded of something our pastor frequently says when describing the impact on the world with the Old vs the New Covenant.

    The Old Covenant with Israel was like the single streak of light we see shooting into the sky; the New Covenant with the advent of Christ was the firework’s explosion, with thousands of lights spraying in all different directions — as God’s word and truth now spreads afar throughout the world.

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  26. Donna and wood chips: take them and pile them around the Charlie Brown tree. Nice and deep and at least as far out as the drip line (the end of the branches on the tree) but not touching the tree trunk itself. That will act as a mulch to help moisture stay in the soil for the tree and help with weed barrier, competing with the tree for nutrients and water. Do you have other plantings around you could do it with? Nice and deep means nice and deep, a couple of inches. Save some for the new tree when it gets put in, then you can mulch around it and make your watering easier. Do the same if you put the bouganvillea or whatever in the ground.


  27. The wood chips also break down over a short time, to add nutrients to the soil and help the soil retain moisture.


  28. Thanks mumsee. If Tess doesn’t get all of them indoors first, I’ll consider that my best option.

    Sat out and read on the front porch for a while this afternoon, it’s a beautiful day, in the 70s with a cool breeze. July is usually quite nice here. August-September, not so much.

    I have a couple small U.S. flags out, one on the front porch and another in a blue ceramic planter near the front steps.

    And I have a Jeep in the driveway.

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  29. It was fun to share with the Russian family from Siberia. They will probably put him in my class, but I will not know for a while. They are heading for village living with the orientation course.

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  30. The Father that I asked you to pray for made it back today. He is the father of six and is in quarantine just two doors up from me. However the quarantine regulations changed between last Friday and today and he is in quarantine for three weeks. Pray for wisdom for the government. Not sure how many will want to come when they are facing three weeks in quarantine.
    And this man has young children as well as high school age. The youngest wlll be in my class this year.. So they can wave or yell at their dad from a distance, but that is all for three weeks. They live just two houses away from where he is.

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  31. I wake up this morning with Jo having lots of good news.
    Good morning Jo. — Good night by now.
    Good morning everyone else.
    Just checking in before breakdast.

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  32. Crest has invented a type of dispenser that makes you think your tube is empy when you still have about a quarter of a tube left.
    But I am on to their scheme and squeeze from the back “each time” I want to use it.


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