74 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-10-21

  1. Good morning again.
    I just finished my devotions and decided to check in again.
    Some, nay several, of you go prayed for. As th Lord leads, I don’t have a list.
    But I hope each of you has a nice day.

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  2. Good morning. I didn’t think the new thread was up because it is the same picture. Sleep well, Jo. Good morning Chas. We are watching the ponies and waiting for the sunrise.

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  3. I brought some flowers for my neighbor who recently lost her husband. I was thinking it was the 4 year anniversary of her son’s death. I was off by 2 days. Anyway, we ran them up to her last night. She was sitting in her living room crying and crying. I felt so bad for her. She and her other sons do not have a good relationship due to money issues with the family business. We sat and talked for more than an hour. I think she felt loved when we left. I know that she looks forward to the time that they can be reunited.

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  4. Good morning. I was lost on July 2 but now I am found.

    Death is such a horrid thing. And yet, when we step through, we will be where our hearts yearn to be.

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  5. There’s a song that goes: “There’s gonna be a meeting in the air….
    Someday, I will meet all the people I’ve prayed for and communicative wit.
    At that meeting in the air.

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  6. Good morning. We are beyond halfway through this year and it boggles my mind how quickly it has past. In the grand scheme, we are all short timers. Death seems like the ultimate robber who takes our most treasured possessions. It is an assault that makes people bleed tears from their inside wounds. I hate death. I am thankful that our God made a way to ultimately conquer death and bring us out of its grips for eternity. We already belong to the Kingdom of God. Thankfully we can all be heaven minded people who are not without the sure hope of God and fulfillment of His excellent promises. Personally, I pray He will keep us all up in the higher realm with Him soaking in His goodness and love as we wait on this fallen earth to give way to His good plans. But tears and sadness are a given here. We know that because His word talks of the place He has prepared where the tears will be no more.

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  7. US troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan.
    We should have never gone there.
    That means that everyone who was friendly to Americans are now targets.
    Nothing we can do. The longer we stay theee, the worse it will be.

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  8. Tomorrow is oldest daughter’s birthday. Thirteen has been picking pie cherries, Fifteen will pit them. We will make cherry cobbler in the Dutch oven tomorrow in celebration. The three little dwarf cherries have had a bumper crop this year. They have picked close to two gallons so far with at least that much remaining. But we will be unavailable for the weeks so the birds will enjoy them or the people taking care of the animals will.

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  9. Saturday, after a busy week and an especially busy Friday w/2 fairly long stories on the re-launch of local cruises from our ports coming soon and an elegant tern mishap w/some kind of disturbance (4th of July fireworks and extra boating activity?) that sent many young chicks off their floating nesting barge in the harbor.

    After that, it was hauling a full load of trash (w/an extra day as the pickup was delayed due to the holiday) down to the curb.

    It was a bit too warm for my tastes yesterday, 80ish, and it was more humid than usual here, the air felt “close.” Thankfully it cooled off overnight, but we’re probably getting ready to head into our too-hot period of late summer, early fall.

    RKessler, condolences to your neighbor, your visit, I’m sure, helped. Poor woman, there seems to have been just so much loss in the past 1-2 years for everyone.

    Janice and Chas: one of the people I interviewed yesterday, a retired engineer who is an avid “cruiser” with his wife (they’re 82 and 77, respectively) told me they’d taken a land trip in April (“We were early starters” when it came to traveling post-Covid, plus they’d gotten their vaccines in February) to Charleston, South Carolina, Georgia. That part of the country was one they’d never visited before and they found all the history to be fascinating. In the fall, they’re off for a cruise out of NYC, heading north along the Canadian coastline to Greenland, another place they’ve never seen.

    And I agree with Janice about how fast this year feels like it’s passing — like a blink of an eye already. It must have something to do with altered perceptions due to the pandemic and the unusual time we’re experiencing right now? It’s a good thing we can’t see the future, I suppose, we just have to go through it one day at a time. Then we look back and think, how did we ever get through all of that?

    So meanwhile, I’m re-reading “The Invisible Hand — Do All Things Really Work Together for Good?” by Sproul. He delves into God’s “hard providences,” providence and history, the intersection of redemptive and secular history, providence and the problem of evil.

    What a needed spiritual perspective for those of us navigating what’s always a somewhat strange world (note to political thread). Without it, we humans all tend to throw our hands in the air either in despair, defeat or anger.

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  10. Mumsee, what are pie cherries? I bought some of those dark cherries at the store recently and wondered if people make pies from those or if it is a different kind used for pies? When I was in elementary school, the cafeteria served cherry pie that was with the smaller red type cherries, so I assume that is the type you are mentioning. But do people make pies from this other kind, perhaps known as black cherries?

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  11. Just saw on Twitter another one of our reporters is moving on, turned his notice in Friday. Said it came down to his “mental health and finances.” He’ll be missed, he was a hard worker and pulled a lot of heavy weight for us during the pandemic connecting regularly with our area hospitals and finding some compelling stories to tell. Being a reporter, he said, is part of his identity so it’s painful — but he felt necessary.

    Sadly, we all “get it.” Sorry to see him go.

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  12. Montmorecy is the type of pie cherries we have. Tart and juicy. I believe they are the ones which are supposed to help with gout and arthritis.

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  13. It’s Saturday is it? It is a beautiful day in this forest. I am ready for a vacation but I don’t know where I would go!
    Montmorency cherries are the best pie cherry. When we lived in town we had such a tree in the front yard. On my birthday every year my friend would come over and we would harvest those ripe cherries and make the best desserts! I would freeze several gallons as would my friend. I miss that tree!
    I met with my friend this morning and bought us both a creme brûlée. She had a horrible day yesterday making arrangements for her father in law’s funeral, and putting to sleep her dog…the sister dog to our Fly…we had a sweet time of remembering and encouraging one another in our walks with the Lord…being close friends for the past 35 years has great rewards… 😊
    Rk I am glad you could be there for your friend…sometimes we just need a hug and a listening ear ♥️

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  14. There’s some climate change going on here.

    The afternoon ocean breeze has kicked up and is flowing through my open windows.

    It’s cooled the house down from 80 to … well, 79.

    But hey. The breeze is fresh and cool.

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  15. Grieving and tears were mentioned above. This morning I read a blog post by a Christian man who lost his wife about three months ago. Most of what he wrote was encouraging folks to hold fast to the hope of the gospel, but within that, he seemed to say that crying too much in grief is not right, that giving into sorrow can be a sin. (Not that it is a sin, but that it can be a sin.) I realize that wallowing in it can indeed be a sin, but I thought that his words seemed to be referring to something short of that. At least, I thought that some may take it that way, and it could cause someone else in grief to feel undeserved guilt.

    So I wrote a comment in which I shared some of my own experience with grieving and crying. I told him that I cry “to God”, and that although I am not wallowing in it, I allow myself to feel it so that it does not fester inside (although that is not quite how I worded it). My comment has not been posted yet, though. I hope it helps him, and perhaps someone else reading his piece.

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  16. Quiet morning in this quiet place. My place is like Mumsee’s, no one driving by and no planes. I had my fill of being with people yesterday. Glad to have a quiet evening. The one new gal does not seem very strong, but they have here living mostly at the bottom of the hill and near where she will work at the high school. I was surprised that she had not been to the store on her first day out of quarantine. The other new gal, my neighbor, is young and very strong and plans on being a translator in a remote village.

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  17. Is anyone familiar with the charity, Easterseals (formerly Easter Seals)? I know that they have been around for a long time, their mission is to help disabled people, and it looks like they do a lot of good work for them, but I don’t know if they have any practices or whatnot that would preclude Christians from supporting them. I haven’t yet seen anything to indicate that, but maybe someone here knows something I haven’t found.

    They sent me a very nice calendar for free, but asking for a donation, of course. I would like to make a donation to them.

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  18. I would want to go to the charity online and see how much goes to actual use for the intended charity and how much is overhead and salaries, Kizzie. I think charities are supposed to give that information out.

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  19. I’ve used Guidestar before, mostly for checkin on organizations I’ve come across for stories. But yes, that difference between overhead, salaries, etc., and what’s actually provided for those in need is a good indicator.

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  20. I found this:

    “Easterseals, Inc. is proud to put your donations to work effectively by investing nearly 80% of Easterseals, Inc.’s funding in our programs and services, 17-18% in fundraising efforts and the remaining 4% is used for administrative and management purposes.”

    That’s really good for a charity. Many have much higher administrative costs.

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  21. Michelle. have you seen the “American Greed” episode about PG&E? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

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  22. Oh Janice, giving me a guilt trip??

    You’ll be glad to know I spent 90 minutes in the front and back, all plants, and even my sweat pants, are soaked.

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  23. that is funny. Here no one even owns a hose. All watering comes from the sky. Though I did some watering for my friends because they planted tomatoes under the overhang of the porch.

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  24. Several folks walked by with dogs (dogs always get greeted by me, as do their owners); Rhyan next door came out for a while, he’s hired, said he was up 3 or 4 times the night before to help Shirley.

    Charlie Brown is doing well, several bright green new-growth sprouts are appearing again at the end of several branches. I think he’s about 10 feet tall now, so not bad from the sprout that he started out as maybe 2(?) years ago. Maybe it’s been three years.

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  25. I don’t know what none of this is about.
    I think I’m glad.
    Good Sunday morning everyone.
    I am already dressed for church.
    But breakfast first.
    You can do it this way if you’rr the only one in the house.

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  26. In Nashville I owned a hose and I was used to watering grass. After all, in Phoenix if you wanted grass, you’d sure better water it! (Which is why newer housing in Phoenix isn’t allowed to have grass–not a good use of water in the Sonora desert.) The reality is, growing up we didn’t really have much grass, I don’t think. We moved around the hose of runoff for the swamp cooler and we ran a sprinkler, but I don’t think it was enough for anything close to a lush lawn. But one did not count on rain for a lawn–you watered regularly, and if it happened to rain, you skipped a watering.

    Anyway, in Nashville if it had been a few days without rain, I watered–isn’t it what you do? I soon noticed two things: My neighbors never watered their lawns, and anytime I watered my water bill had an extra $15 or so. (We did have one period in which we went without rain so long that small and medium-sized trees around town started dying, and in that season I put my hose out between pairs of trees a couple of times–I had four trees in my front yard–just in case.)

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  27. In the place we lived farther north in Indiana, we were definitely in farm country. And it was amazing to me that a few farms had implements that watered the crops, but most did not. If we went long enough without rain, then the crops would suffer. We did have total crop failure one year, but only one year. Usually we’d have longish dry spells, but they’d be in a part of the growing season that that was OK (who knew?) and the crop would be OK. Growing up in Phoenix, with six inches of annual rainfall and where rain absolutely is not taken for granted, I can’t imagine planting a field and making no provision for watering it.

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  28. In the Boise area they irrigate crops but not here. We water our gardens but the farmers depend on the rain in season. It did not come this last spring, in the amount they are used to. The harvest is early, I don’t know what the production is. Farmers generally complain about the worst crop ever until they bring in the best crop ever.

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  29. Lawns are vanishing rapidly here and I’d like to take mine out in front also.

    But removing grass is a long process and I’d need a plan for what to plant in its place — I’d love some of the mounding — interspersed with taller — colorful natives.

    Cactus is one option some people here are going for but the look has never appealed much to me (and it’s not particularly native to coastal California anyway).

    I prefer color and some of the California native plants that have been cultivated and developed in more recent years require very little water while offering a lot of bright color, plants that also attract butterflies and bees. I would need to put in a drip line, but those are much cheaper than a sprinkler system. My gardener would probably do it for a decent price.

    But I need a plan and I don’t really have one yet. It may be worth paying a nursery or landscape company to come out just for a consult at some point as they would be able to suggest what would work also with my particular soil and space.

    Then I could figure out how to implement it on my own w/the gardeners.

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  30. I think a lot of Angelinos forget that Los Angeles is technically a desert, so most of that green is not native, like the lush lawns. In Arizona, most communities got the idea and have pulled out the grass in favor of native plants and/or gravel front yards.

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  31. We spent yesterday at a family reunion. Most of the family was there. It was fun seeing the great nephews and nieces, along with their parents and my siblings. One brother and his family were not there as they left on vacation early in the morning.

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  32. I have the sprinkler on the garden as I type. It is so very, very dry and extremely hot here, which is not normal. I usually need to mow the grass twice a week in late June/July but it is mostly brown this year. I mowed yesterday just to keep the suckering aspens down. Our trees are all wilting and some have drying leaves, but with only well water, you just can’t water everything. We put two soaker hoses along the outside edges of the garden this year to help save water. I think our plan is to add a couple of hoses every year until the whole thing is drip line or soaker hose – definitely a more efficient use of our scarce water supply. Last night I smelled smoke at bed time. Had to get up and take a look out all the windows, but realized our neighbours were still out working with their hay, so if there was an issue, they’d let us know.

    We’ll be heading out to visit my dad soon. It will be a quick but much needed trip as he is getting much more forgetful and sleeping most of the day now. He asked who I was in a picture of him with his two daughters. 😦 This makes me sad, but I know it’s not his fault.

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  33. Los Angeles being a desert climate is a misnomer.

    ~ The climate is classified as a Mediterranean climate, which is a type of dry subtropical climate ~

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  34. Although with this lingering, years-long drought, it’s beginning to feel like a desert!

    Ugh.

    Our more normal state is glorious rain through the winter months, sometimes even too much (in El Nino years). We’re in a very abnormal state right now — and none of us like it much. Booo.

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  35. I have the mute on, so I can’t hear it. But I see on TV someone said,”The view from space is incredible.]]?
    I blieve that. I used to be an AF radio operator. Most of my flying time would be spent looking out the window.
    I used wo wander about the many things going on down there. People dying/being born, Almost everything was happening down below.

    Sorry, i can’t see to fix the typos. I now there present. I just can’t fix them.

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  36. No problem with the typos, Chas.

    I am already feeling sad knowing that not long from now the house will be quieter again. I think I need to go into Scarlett mode, “Fiddledy-Dee, I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

    I am glad I did church by Facebook Live. No worries in case I happen to get sick with something. Art felt better today so maybe it was a quick passing virus.

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  37. Meanwhile, here in Connecticut, we were having storm after storm even before Tropical Storm Elsa paid us a visit. Lots of people are dealing with flooded basements, including my church, where the basement is made up of rooms that are used.

    Some folks were working with wet-vacs down there today, before and after service. In fact, our service was shortened so they could get back to it.

    I am so thankful that we had extensive work done years ago to prevent flooding in our basement. It would flood every time the sky even thought of raining. (An exaggeration, but not far off. 🙂 ) A trench was dug through our backyard, and a pipe was put in from our sump hole out to the brook right over the property line on our neighbors’ yard (with their permission, of course). The pipe is angled to go with the flow of the brook, so it does not back up into our basement.

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  38. Sure has, Janice. And I should add that putting in that pipe cost about $7000, which my mother paid for. We did not ask her, but she wanted to do it for us. That was certainly a blessing!

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  39. She knew that that would be a hard hit to our finances, as we would probably have needed a loan for it, and she had some extra money since my dad’s death. I “paid it forward” with Nightingale.

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  40. Janice, you can pull the curtains down and make a new dress!

    Wow, the flooding sounds like a major challenge, Kizzie. I’m glad, too, you got that taken care of, what a relief.

    I am a little jealous that your area is getting more rain than it apparently can handle, of course.

    I caught up with a few more folks at church today, including one woman who’s dealing with cancer (we have several in our church). Our area also is experiencing a new uptick in the Covid variant. Not a surprise, but we all hope this won’t last. I noticed our member who had a liver transplant 2 years ago was back to wearing a mask today (and I’m quite sure she’s been vaccinated).

    We plan (last I heard) to continue live streaming as it’s been quite an effective outreach tool. I think the concern was that people would just prefer now to stay home but I don’t think that’s going to be an issue, everyone seems to be heading back with the exception of some who still are at greater risk from the virus.

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  41. Good Sunday. We all went to church and stayed for Sunday School afterwards. Grilled burgers for lunch and now husband and his brother are preparing the truck for their trip to the western part of our state this week. They were going to journey through WY and MT but decided CO’s temps will be cooler for hiking, biking and camping.
    We are now in a more dry period but they are predicting scattered storms a couple of days this week. We water our plants but we have no lawn..just the forest floor and natural grasses, weeds and flowers 😊 the wild roses are blooming out on the property now…and Mama deer loves eating them…she is hiding her fawn over in the brush at the back of the property…every now and again we see it’s head pop up and Mama makes that chastising bleat towards her babe…

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  42. Good Monday morning. I can hear the fellow getting out his lawn mower right below me. That is quite the business here as all of the grass grows so fast and tall.
    Waiting for yard guy, who will probably want more sugar, and the haus meri. I am going to have her pull everything out of a low cupboard that i don’t think I have ever cleared out. Wonder what we will find??

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  43. Grass?

    I’ve been researching lawn removal rebates and found this rather clever post from a couple years ago about our ongoing programs:

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    ~ … I missed out on the Metropolitan Water District’s old turf removal program during the drought years of 2014-15, mostly because I didn’t have much of a lawn to rip out.

    Back then, a dormant or dead lawn was a mark of civic pride, like having a Victory Garden to curb the demand on the public food supply during World War II — it was a self-sacrificing showcase for how much we cared about saving water.

    It also provided great cover for lazy landscapers like me. I let my lawn go brown long before we actually had a drought. Yes, I was THAT neighbor, the one with the unsightly, weedy, thin brown lawn.

    But now my lawn is green-ish — about half grass and half weeds — and I’ve decided it’s time to rip it out. …

    … (in the original program) Metropolitan Water District spent $350 million giving rebates to anybody who was willing to tear out their grass. Owners of 46,000 parcels took the offer and tore out nearly six square miles of lawn.

    WHAT REPLACED SIX SQUARE MILES OF GONE LAWN?

    The white gravel. The bare dirt. The cacti. The yards full of wood chips studded with maybe four oddly spaced drought-tolerant plants. And worst of the worst, the fakey fake bright green artificial turf. …

    https://laist.com/news/los-angeles-california-rip-out-your-lawn-rebates-cash-for-grass-mwd
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    So now there’s a new program and it has a lot more requirements but it’s helping yards look better with ‘guidelines’ on what and how much to plant. No bare dirt or rocks or fake “grass.” No sprinklers.

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  44. Good morning Jo.
    Time for the rest of us to rack out.
    Trump is making a speech. Spoken for over an hour now. Without notes. He may talk all night.
    I like Trump, would vote for him again. But this is too much.

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  45. DJ – In reading about the kinds of “lawns” people are putting in out there, I couldn’t help wonder how that all affects children playing in the yard. Grass has a cushioning effect for children running around and falling down.

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  46. Kizzie, you’re correct, a lawn or something similar really is needed for kids. I don’t know what could substitute for that, really — surely not cacti! haha. Or wood chips. Or rocks.

    Faux grass has issues and is expensive if you get something decent. Do they still use that at football stadiums? The older stuff used to heat up in the sun something awful but I’m sure they have improve those products. But that’s probably not cheap.

    Dog parks out here have gone with decomposed granite (grass is hopeless in that setting, just won’t ever last even with intense maintenance and water).

    So I’m not sure what is being used for that. Of course many folks are probably are keeping lawns (my hair stylist said that’s what they’re doing at their house for their young twins), probably more in the back if that’s the main play area, and just adjusting to the high water bills I suppose.

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    Chas (6:41), uh-huh, you got that right. “Too much” pretty much sums it up. Lol

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  47. For now, maintaining the traditional “lawn” has become labor- and cost-intensive for many people.

    Chas, the stem-winders are among the signs (only one of many in this particular case) of someone who’s quite full of himself, a potentially dangerous personal trait in any national leader. I lasted maybe 10 minutes this time.

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  48. (Lawns being) cost-intensive because the cost of water continues to skyrocket in our area — a way to try to discourage people from using much of it.

    It’s working.

    Maybe Michelle has figured out an alternative where she is.

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  49. I think El Paso County has found the perfect way to discourage using water. They continue to build and rubber stamp every developer’s project. In the not so distant future our aquifers will go dry as we cannot sustain the growth. The Water Rights Board seems to be doing nothing about this situation. As it is now we must report our water usage every year…we are allotted 122,000 gallons a year to use. If we go over our allotment we are fined…anywhere from 300 to 1000 dollars. My neighbor was fined 300 last year and another neighbor forgot to report his usage and was fined 700…. 😳

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  50. Decomposed granite? Is that crushed granite? Lots of brown on our lawn, although we have a lot of clover this year. We are very dry. It is smoking also from the fires in Canada. The grasshoppers seem to be taking over here, too. Where is St. Urho when you need him? He is the legendary Finnish ‘saint’ who got rid of the grasshoppers and is celebrated on March 16.

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  51. I went to the physical therapist again today. She is helping me to get back my right leg. It is fine for walking on ,but has no flexibility. Boy she did a couple of things today that were quite painful. I think she found the problem spots. Now I just have to do my exercises. I think that I had given up on my leg ever improving. Perhaps there is hope to improve.

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