69 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-13-21

  1. Of course Michelle is awake after a four hour nap.
    I think that I am the last one at school. But I would rather stay late than come on Saturday.

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  2. It has been an eventful day so far.
    All bad
    I lost my driver’s license. Dr. says I can’t see.
    A turning point in a young man’s life is when he gets his driver’s license. What about when he loses it?

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  3. Morning!
    Sad news indeed Chas…this one will be difficult to process and I know one day I may face the same decision. I hold my breath every time I must interact with the DMV. As it is I must get a document signed by my eye doctor….


  4. Wesley got his Pod unloaded by himself. He had to move everything up two flights of stairs. I imagine he will be sore from all that effort. Building up muscles! No need to go to the weight room. He said he got a seafood platter last night so I think that was his reward. Now we have to figure how to move things from our home over there. I have my thinking cap on about that.

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  5. Rose (the lady who comes on Fridays) came in with something that looks like a care. Says it’s from the “Wandererd”
    And you are the only ones I know. I haven’t tasted it yet but I know it’s good.
    I would like th thank you personally, but can’t I really apreciate the family I have on-line. I really do.

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  6. I’ve forgotten where he lives, now, Janice.

    Chas–when my dad could no longer drive, we hired a driver for him. The two took long drives around Los Angeles together, went to lunch, and it helped keep my salesman dad a little more calm on the long days at home when television became beyond boring.

    We wrote it off as “Dad entertainment.” Perhaps Linda could find someone like that who would take you for rides while they simply ran errands?

    I, personally, just enjoy sitting in the car and looking out the window–even if I’m waiting for someone who ran into the store.

    I’ve suggested this idea several times to young people at church looking for work. No one has done it yet . . . but I’m hoping such an option will be available for my older age.

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  7. Thanks Michelle: MY situation is different. I really aven’t needed to drive. Only to church & back in the last year.
    It’s just the fact that driving is one of the key things a man can do.
    “If you have akey, you are free”
    That sort of thing.

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  8. Very difficult to not be able to drive–when my grandfather finally lost his license (he was pretty much blind and my grandmother told him when to stop and start), that ended their social life as well as that of their friends. It was a sad day for all.

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  9. That must be hard for you, Chas. I know we will be next in line as far as generations go. Not a pleasant thought, but I have seen many go through it now. May you find new blessings with this new change that you did not expect. I always pray you finish your race strongly and well. Isn’t that what we all want?

    One guy, belonging to my husband’s music group, had to move on. Unless he is back in the area for a visit, he will not play with them anymore. All of life is change; some more difficult than others. One of the women who used to play music with them is burying her son in the Veteran’s cemetery today. He is her only son and it was a vehicle accident of some kind. I go less to the assisted living places or nursing homes, since masks are required and I don’t feel as comfortable trying to visit with the residents. At least they can still have music again (so far). It makes it more important for all of us to enjoy God’s safe pasture for us as we have opportunity,

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  10. Michelle, Charleston, where he has discovered an abundance of toads while out for a walk. And the garden spiders are giant. He was always a naturalist at heart. He still retains that curiosity that stopped the children’s choir performance with, “Wait! There’s a bug I’ve never seen before!”

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  11. 91 is an e excellent age, Chas. My church friend is that age and just gave up her car. She also is giving up the home she has lived in for 50 years, but will live in a home beside her family which is nearby. It is like a rite of passage I suppose, to give up the keys. It is an opportunity to practice contentment with the blessings one still has.


  12. I had one of the cookies at lunchtime.
    Enjoyed it, thanx someone.
    I have a box of Birthday cookies. I have no idea how they got there. Maybe someone from here. Maybe not.
    In any case, I appreciate it.
    As I say elsewhere, getting old ain’t for sissies.

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  13. Michelle: I used to live inCharleston. 102 Broad st. I used to play on the guns at the “”Battery”, as we called it.
    We moved to North Charleston after a couple of years. I went to school there. I liked N. Charleston.

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  14. Chas, that is not great news, I agree. It did remind me that I’m behind on making my eye appt.

    Car rides are a good idea, so take people up on that whenever you can. Carol loved just tooling around town to see the outside world. And during the pandemic, I would sometimes just jump in the car for an aimless ride along the local coast, just to “get out” and see that the world was still there.

    My GP office called this morning to postpone my annual exam for a 2nd time (it’s gone from August to September and now October).

    This is such a difference from my former GP whose office was like the doctor’s office I grew up with. One doc who knew everyone (and their families), an office staff who all knew your name and called you back promptly.

    If an appointment had to be postponed, I was the one doing it, never them from what I can recall.

    My GP growing up was also an Iowa transplant as my parents were, so a lot of the LA Iowans went to him. The downside was the wait time — 3 hours, minimum, usually, because he talked to all his patients so much. He was always backed up. But he was beloved.

    This new office is a couple female GPs and I like mine fine — but, they seemingly have a huge patient load to the point of being overwhelmed. The office staff strikes me as “chilly,” officious young women who have no clue who you are and love to shove surveys at you every time you come in or even call. The one who gave me the results of my knee Xray last year didn’t even know why the Xray was done, she was trying to talk to me about the ‘moderate’ amount of arthritis that showed up and what we could do to help that situation. It was the least of my knee problems at the time, of course.

    Just frustrating, and I know this is where medical care “is” now.

    But I do miss the horse-and-buggy days.

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  15. This seminar should be excellent and can be attended by Zoom:

    Fall 2021 Seminar
    The Theodicy Issue:
    Reconciling the Realities of God and Evil
    If ‘God is great’ and ‘God is good,’ why are evil
    and suffering so pervasive in this world?
    Dr. Jefrey Breshears
    Dates and Time:
    Wednesdays, Aug 18 – Nov 3,
    7:00 – 8:30 PM
    $60 or $100 per couple
    *To pay by check or cash, select “Pay at the door” or “Mail a check” during check-out.
    *A PayPal account is not necessary to pay by credit card. Credit cards will not be accepted at the door.
    Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 108
    (Note: This course is available in-person and/or via Zoom.)
    Supplemental Readings (optional):
    Philip Yancey, Where Is God When It Hurts? Anniversary Edition (Zondervan, 2002)
    C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (HarperSanFrancisco, 1961)
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Ballantine Books, 1977)
    Course synopsis:
    This course examines the problem of God and evil through three correlative means – Biblical theology, philosophy, and literary art – and in the process we address issues such as…

    What are the sources of suffering?

    Is the problem of God and evil evidence for atheism?

    The nature of good and evil.

    The irony of human freedom.

    What about natural disasters that kill innocent people?

    Suffering in the Bible.

    Why does God allow evil and suffering?

    Why didn’t God create a perfect world without sin and suffering?

    Suffering as a pathway to grace and redemption.

    Note on the Instructor: Dr. Jefrey Breshears is an author, historian, a former university professor, and the founder and president of The Areopagus, a Christian education ministry in the
    Atlanta area.


  16. This pandemic “era” has given rise to some good opportunities for study and encouragement, from books to seminars. Thanks for posting, Janice.

    It has been hard for me to concentrate on books during this period for some reason — but someone else once said the same thing to me. I’m impressed by michelle getting through two (!?) books overnight?

    For some of us, I think our brains are maybe firing on overload, with pandemic news and isolation — and the resulting outrage that seems to be a pandemic all its own.

    Ah, deep-toned ship horns sounding from the harbor. I love those sounds. We may have some fog rolling in.


    Back to the 2 stories I’m writing for the weekend.

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  17. Well I am back from getting my hair cut….feels good to have that done and I am going with a new look…no layers no texturing and I might grow out these bangs once the last of the layers reach the same length…almost there!
    I was going to say that bird up there must be the prissy ballerina of the bunch…and it is most graceful and beautiful!! 😊
    As I was heading home from town husband called and asked if we were free tonight to meet some friends for dinner! Of course we are…we have not seen them in almost 2 years…and they only live a half hour away…covid kind of upsets the apple cart of our lives sometimes doesn’t it?

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  18. Oh Chas you should just hear the gasps and giggles when we girls get together and look through old photos…my oh my how our hairstyles have changed…and all for the better!! 😂 and of course husband says ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about”!

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  19. Talking to me Kim”
    Somebody sent me a box of cookies. They varied in flavor and each cookie is wrapped in it’s own plastic case.
    I only had two so far, but they are deliciouls.
    I don’t know who to thank, now how. I do not have the information about others that some have about me.
    But I do appreciate it.

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  20. I’m being eaten alive by a mosquito that’s invaded the home office room. Bites all over both arms. (I tried slapping him/her – pronoun preference? but missed.)

    I’ve moved everything out to the entry table at the front of the house.

    It’ll find me, but maybe not immediately. And I’ve gotten the repellant out again — along with the Benadryl cream and gel.

    Argh. I hate mosquitos.

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  21. oh, Chas, I wish that I could come take you for a drive. I love just seeing what is around the corner. I appreciate my view here, but miss seeing what is over the hill.

    A sad day indeed.

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  22. Well it is official, the dentist cannot come here to take care of my crown and that of another. Now that school is on, I will have to find a sub for my class in order to go. Life gets complex. Or, I could wait five weeks for the school break, or is it six weeks? hmm….

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  23. Your mosquito would be a ‘her’, DJ. I have a new thermal device thing that I use on a bite. It neutralizes the bite with heat. So far it’s working very well. :). Use it once and then it doesn’t itch anymore.


  24. So sorry to hear about that, Jo. It is complex when we have options to consider. I guess some people would feel their only possibility to keep pain away would be to pull the tooth.

    My brother and I were just discussing going to our grandmother’s house which was way out in the country in NW Alabama. We traveled a dirt road when we got closer to the home. It was so deep in the country that when we got out of the car my ears rang from the silence. I could not believe how quiet it was late in the night when we arrived. My father worked all day and then drove all evening to get us there in the wee hours. I would never myself plan a car trip in the night like that.


  25. Traveling at night is not the scenic route! But I guess his strategy was to let the kids sleep through the trip to make for a peaceful travel experience for the parents.


  26. Chas, my Real Estate Guy friend told me the same thing, he’s having to do all kinds of dental repairs now and the insurance isn’t that great w/Medicare. My former roommate also faces a bunch of catch-up dental work.

    So far, I’m OK on that front, according to the last cleaning & X-rays a few months ago — and I’m pretty consistent about getting in every 6 mos. But I also still am on my work dental plan so cost isn’t an issue (yet).

    Ugh, just got the back-to-school coverage plan for Monday.


  27. Here’s the plan: Art and I will pick up Chas and carry him up to AJ. Then AJ can carry him over to Linda’s. Linda can take him to see Kizzie, AJ can pick him up from Kizzie or Linda, and carry him to the next person, maybe Kevin, and then the next Wanderer, etc. Thd ultimate in Wandering Views road tours until Chas spends time with us all. That will make for a sweet dream tonight.

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  28. Janice (8:32), I’m not sure. I’ll have having to do “cold call” impromptu, on-the-spot interviews with any teachers and students I can grab, which is never very pleasant.

    I think I’d rather be shopping.

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  29. I am being good and writing up the basics for a sub. All of the classes that I subbed in from February until June did not have the basics written down anywhere. It helps so much.

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  30. Someone is renting a pmv, public motor vehicle, to go to the dentist this Thursday. I could go with them. But the drive is very rough and can take three hours each way. Someone else is going by helicopter, 15 minutes, on Monday. So there are options.

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  31. DJ – I have actually been reading books more during the pandemic, at least since late last year. I think there is a sense of not being able to do anything to solve anything (other than pray to the One who can), so I might as well read. Plus, I had wanted to increase my reading anyway.

    But I don’t read through books as quickly as some do. I like to take my time with a book.

    NancyJill – Nightingale recently cut my hair, making it shorter than it has been in a long time (at my request). But it is cute, and accentuates the curl and wave of my hair.

    Before this cut, I had been letting it grow as the warm weather came on, keeping it back in a ponytail, off my neck in the hot weather. But my once very thick hair has thinned quite a bit through the last ten years, so it looked too “severe” pulled back like that. This short hairdo has an undercut in back which will keep the hair off my neck for a while.

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  32. Remember that movie “Driving Miss Daisy”?

    I had the same thought.

    Chas- That movie takes place in the deep South starting in the 1940s and ends in the 1960s or 70s, Miss Daisy is a rich white woman and her driver (I think his name is Hock) is a black chauffeur hired by Ms Daisy’s son after her husband dies. It’s a fun movie and deals some with the race relations of the time period. Have LindaS find it for you and watch it.

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