70 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-2-21

  1. I’m supposed to wear a mask in the classroom when within six feet of students. and in the office, unless eating. I am enjoying staying home and listening to church while singing from the powerpoint slides.

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  2. Good morning to the Wanderers, Masked and Unmasked! Remember the good old days when unmasked just referred to government agents who had been revealed as to their true identity?

    I complimented Miss Bosley yesterday on her mask. She wears it over her eyes instead of her nose she’s trying to imitate humans but never gets that mask over her nose. God bless her! He sure has blessed me with her♡

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  3. Rose came in. After a while, she started working on some thngs I didn’t know needed fixing.
    It seems God meant it that way. He put men here to make things work. He put women here to make it presentable.

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  4. Oh, yes, unfortunately I will. Insurers are looking for reasons not to insure property and in order to find homeowners insurance and get coverage when mine is “cancelled”(due to Hurricane Sally) in September I had to get a new roof whether I needed it or not. I am paying extra to have it “fortified” so that my homeowners insurance might be less.

    I went to the Better Business Bureau to find a roofer. I only called the ones with AAA ratings and testimonials. I called 4. Only 2 responded. One drove by my house, wrote up a quote on a sheet of paper, photographed it, and emailed it to me. The 2nd one called and insisted on meeting with me, which I found a little irritating. He showed up with a binder and a folder of information. He showed me the boots and how they would be painted to match the roof. He showed me a copy of their business license and proof of liability insurance. Then he had a sample of the shingles that were already on the roof. He was more expenses but guess which one I chose.
    We set the starting date for the first of August and I had already gone to the bank to get a home equity loan. We applied for it on June 21st. Last week it sat in underwriting and I haven’t had the strength to check its progress this morning.
    Last night when the roofer called to tell me they would be here at 7 am, I told him the bank had still not approved the loan, but I would make sure he got paid. He told me he wasn’t worried about it…afterall, if I don’t pay he can put a mechanics lien on the house….

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  5. That cardinal appears to be sulking about something! 😏
    It is a crisp morning here in the forest…can autumn be far off?
    Kim anything concerning fixing on a house or remodeling is ridiculously expensive now. We had an estimate for a concrete drive to replace the asphalt one….22,000 dollars! I think we will just go back in time and have a good old fashioned gravel drive!

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  6. One of our neighbor’s refused to pay for his portion of the new fence. (another said they could only pay a small portion) Anyway, the refuser is putting a new roof on his house, putting in new side fences, and gloating about how he got the back fence for free. I told husband it is our fence so we could have the children paint pictures on it. Maybe smiley faces. Facing his yard. We won’t, of course.

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  7. I see it on TV. I don’t know what it is because I have the sound off. So??
    It doesn’t matter. The main thing is that they’re talking about $3.5.000,000,000,000
    There ainnt no wuch thing a s3.5 trillion dollars.

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  8. Fences make good neighbors😀 You can buy a good fence but you can’t buy a good neighbor. An underground cable has potential to reveal if someone is a good neighbor. Who would have ever imagined?Living and learning about people’s priorities.

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  9. That is our take on it. Having a good fence between us can only be a help.

    Meanwhile, it is considerably cooler here today after the storm passed through. Lots of lightning but too misty to see if any new fires are around, though that usually takes a day or so for them to actually appear. It is down to seventy five in the house, a bit cooler outside, all the windows wide open. But the humidity…we usually endure something like 10 percent and it is over eighty now. Whew. Memories of Maryland and Georgia…..Okinawa, Tokyo…..

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  10. Chas, I am not concerned about your errors, just happy to see you commenting! There are some others on here….no, as we have aged, we have decided to give each other more grace in that department.

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  11. Janice – Last night you asked if anyone else is watching Professor T. Yes, I have been watching that. When it first came on, I decided to give it a try, but I wasn’t sure I would stick with it. But it has turned out to be a different kind of show, with his imagination seeing strange things that are not there, and the situation with his mother and a childhood trauma. Within the past couple days, I read a review about the upcoming final episode on August 15 (for this season at least) which said something about the last few minutes of the episode being especially interesting or surprising – or something like that.

    The show right before it (at least on my PBS station) is Unforgotten, and it is a very good mystery show, now in its fourth season. The way it tells its stories is a little different from usual “cop shows”, with the audience getting to know four suspects who knew the deceased (whose body is discovered a couple decades or more after their death), with one of them being the perpetrator. The second season (I think it was) had a twist on that, though.

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  12. Cheryl – We are going to miss you. 😦

    I certainly understand what you wrote about the news thread, but I was a bit surprised about what you said about discussions on the daily thread. We don’t all agree on theological topics, as well as some others, but I’ve always thought that we have generally been able to discuss them fairly politely and respectfully, with the occasional hurt feelings. Maybe I am naïve, and haven’t seen what you’ve seen. (Actually, I have been told before that I am naïve and sometimes miss things like that.)

    God bless you and your husband, as well as your whole family. I hope that at some time, you will feel comfortable coming back, at least occasionally. As I said, we will miss you. I haven’t always agreed with you, but have always respected your views and perspective.

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  13. Cheryl, ditto what Kizzie said. I will miss you too. Your comments are always thoughtful and respectful and have changed my thinking about some things. And I’ve gotten good dog training tips too.

    I think the prayer thread is a pretty safe place. If you ever want us to pray about anything, I hope you’ll still feel free to share it there (and pray for the rest of us too).

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  14. And there you go again. I’m deleting your rambling above.

    If you have a complaint, at least have the decency to speak privately to me via email first.

    You made no such effort.

    Look I spend money every year to keep this up and running. If folks are so dissatisfied, perhaps it’s time to wind this down.

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  15. I am propogating orchids. They had some root rot. Hopefully, they will grow and flourish. Son got me the orchid, many years ago and it has flowered beautifully for years. I see a sort of analogy here….

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  16. AJ – I wish you had not deleted Cheryl’s comment. What she wrote is what many of us have already felt and thought. And it was also her “goodbye” post that others may have wanted to read. If it is possible to repost it, I hope you will reconsider.

    This blog – and all of you on it – are very important to me and to others. I hope it will continue.

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  17. Kizzie, we are watching Unforgotten, too. Last night I really wanted to watch it but my brother called so I was distracted from watching it, or I should say hearing it as I could see it in the same room.

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  18. I did not see Cheryl’s post. I had been concerned about her absence and was praying and hoping they had not gotten sick. I really thought they were on a vacation and we would soon see more beautiful photos.

    AJ, you know I love your blog. It is a very important gathering place for me. I guess I don’t understand why if people don’t like one particular part of something that they can’t just ignore that part and enjoy the rest.

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  19. Ditto to what Janice said.
    I don’t know what this is all about. I went back to search, but didn’t find anything.
    I once checked all the posts that day, don’t remember the criterion, but gathered that every one posting on this blog is a Christian.
    I hope this is true and that we will always remember that we are talking to brothers/sisters in Christ.

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  20. I agree that this blog is important to me. I don’t always read the news thread, but usually look at it later in the day. There is one person who posts on there whose posts I have determined to never read.

    You have become a part of my family.

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  21. Jo – If you are referring to the one I think you might be, that is too bad because he often has salient points to share. Obviously I don’t agree with everything he writes, but he brings a different perspective that can help us broaden our own understanding of various issues. From him, I have learned some interesting things about how Europeans and Canadians think about certain matters.

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  22. Janice – When Hubby was alive, I would always record whatever TV shows we watched because he had to go to bed so early in order to get up so early. I would even record shows that only I watched because I would need the volume up too loud for him.

    He may be gone, but I still do that. I usually watch a recorded show (or one on Netflix) with my lunch, and sometimes another show after dinner, or with dinner if I am eating alone.

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  23. Kizzie, I have never recorded shows but probably should learn how. I am not one to watch television much unless Art is home. I do hear a lot about various programs because my friend, K, watches all the time. Hearing the highlights of a program is good for my fill. My family has never been much into television. Neither Wesley or my brother own televisions. I have heard there is a gene or some trait that inclines people to prefer to watch or not watch television. I use to feel physically sick if I watched it for several hours nonstop. I think from what you said that you need breaks from it, too. After being married to a binge television watcher all these years, I have a built up tolerance to do something else while halfway watching.

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  24. I have to say this about the roofing crew. They got here at 7 and are close enough to finish that they are staying until it is done. They removed the old roof, put a seal on it that will protect from water damage if shingles are blown off thus lowering my insurance, cleaned up as they went, and are almost finished.

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  25. Wel phooey…I don’t know what this is all about but AJ you have held us together for oh so long and we are family. I love each and every one of you. I find myself not agreeing with everyone on here and believe it or not I do hold my tongue/fingers at times! And that liberal fella over on the News thread…well to me he is just ridiculous but as I read his posts my jaw drops every time…keeps my face muscles toned I suppose…. 😜

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  26. I don’t mind reading a different point of view myself. I also do not know what all this is about since I have not been on much with having family visiting.

    Youngest daughter and her four children left after being here for a few days. Oldest daughter and three of her children will be here this evening sometime. Middle daughter (from out of state) is visiting with an old friend out on the deck right now. Smoke is bad, but that seems to be the norm these days. We have had a marvelous few days out and about with the family and at home playing games. We have also gotten some help with projects done that we cannot do. One was removing a basketball hoop from the front of the garage and replacing it with a barn quilt gifted to me from my daughters. Looks fabulous up there. Funny how small it looks up there compared to what it looks like when you are right in front of it. How blessed we have been!

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  27. What a blessing to have your girls with you Kathaleena! I love spying barn quilts as we travel. My cousin in Ohio paints them. There is a neighbor of my Mom’s who lives on a corner. She has different patterns painted along her privacy fence…they are so pretty!

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  28. Another thing to remember about HRW is that he is an unbeliever and we are ambassadors of Christ. That should overshadow any political disagreements we may have.

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  29. Mr P bought them a case of Mexican beer. It is August in the Deep South. They deserved something really cold after
    Being on my roof all day. It was a guy thing. I wouldn’t have thought to do it.

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  30. Kathaleena – Are barn quilts made out of something sturdier than fabric? I would think that fabric would not stand up to all the elements of all the seasons.

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  31. I appreciate HRW’s participation.

    Long day for me, I’d reached out to my veterinarian over the weekend to see if I could head up to the clinic on Monday without an appt to discuss next steps with Cowboy. He’s had more back-leg issues during the evenings for about 5 days now. Truth is, I didn’t know if this would be “it” or not, I didn’t feel that would be an unreasonable decision (vet said it wasn’t) but I did want to hear his thoughts also as I didn’t feel absolutely certain that was the right course at this time.

    So we met and he suggested that first we try a different medication to see if that didn’t help. Cowboy’s still able to get up on his own, gets himself out to go to the bathroom — and barks at the gardener and postal worker and Phoebe, the black retriever next door who gets out frequently and taunts my dogs from her driveway that my south windows look out onto.

    We’re home now (I took a vacation day). It got up to 92 degrees today, so we officially have Idaho weather.

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  32. Our pastor often reminds me that in discussing either politics or theology, the goal isn’t to “win” the argument, even if that requires brow-beating your opponent. The goal is to win the person, which speaks more specifically to our calling as Christians in the world.

    It’s a difficult skill to cultivate, I’ve concluded, and I’m far from good at it in any sense. But it’s a good reminder to argue with some winsomeness — and, of course, to listen.

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  33. We had a pleasant Direction Team meeting. Everyone seems to be in a positive frame of mind. We have cancelled a planned event, a Comedy Night with desserts because who wants to wear masks at such an event? And we talked about masks, no way to get around that.

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  34. Wow, and you did not even have to move to Winchester? Next thing you know, you will have sheep in the backyard.

    We are also looking at the future for Manny and Barney. Manny is losing his rear end. Often his legs will slip to the side on the tile or laminate or even out on the deck. He does okay in the grass. He can still get out, we always carry him up and down stairs. He is blind and deaf. But still barks if he thinks Espn ought to be eating with him. And barks if he wants up Barks if he wants down.
    We special feed Barney so Jake does not eat it all. He is also deaf and mostly blind but nose works great for catching mice.
    We think they are both close to fourteen. I should look that up. Time flies when you are having fun. Daughter got Manny the same time we got Barney.

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  35. Janice – I’m glad that your meeting went well. Are you feeling more positive about the direction your church is going in?

    I am curious about what is going on with my own church’s need for a new permanent pastor. The interim pastor is a great guy, seems very caring, and I wouldn’t mind having him be our new pastor, but he may not be interested in taking on the permanent position. But I don’t know. Just praying for a good pastor to come along for us.

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  36. Kizzie, I feel like I don’t have the same frame of mind about church as some others because I came from the other 50 year old church that did not survive. Many of the others are newer and have other expectations than what I have. I don’t want to sound negative if others feel good about the way things are going. If the church goes in a direction where I have no way to serve then I will look for something different.

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  37. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. AJ, if you were embarrassed or offended by the mention of the insulting news thread, you could have removed that line and at least let me say goodbye. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask after I’ve spent 18 years with this group.

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  38. Good to hear from you this evening, Chas. I have been good and done the exercises from my physical therapist. So now it is time to rest. Good night.

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