46 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-8-21

  1. It was odd to sip wine at 5:17 in the morning—except, of course, it was communion.

    In other news, I saw stars when I went out for the paper.

    The heavens were telling of God’s glory!

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  2. See any patterns yet?

    Hurricane Ida hits New Orleans on the exact day as Katrina years before.

    Acapulco earthquake hits four years to the day since another major earthquake centering just north in Mexico City.

    Only two data points, but it makes ME wonder . . .

    WHO is really in charge here?

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  3. Well, and of course in my neighborhood, fire, fire everywhere. 😦

    Oh, and curtail the electricity tonight between 4 and 8–plus, don’t you dare use any water!

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  4. Thanks, the real, for getting the font enlarged. Seems like it has communicated with my computer so now all of the sites are larger print.

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  5. Morning! We are seeing a great many of those grasshoppers around here…a sure sign of autumn! And those hummingbird moths are back as well….love the changing of the seasons!

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  6. Mumsee reminded me that I am reading this without a magnifying glass.
    Thanx again AJ.
    It is really nasty outside, with thunder and rain. dark like night.

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  7. All my grandchildren seem to be aging by leaps and bounds, Kim. Time rushing by is so easy to see in the growth of children.

    Janice, praying you will feel better soon. I felt much the same way and it was no fun.

    I have never seen a grasshopper that color, so it was quite interesting to me.

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  8. This is worth a read beyond what I am quoting here. I am sharing this is both the daily thread and the news thread.

    “Let the wise pause and consider this: humble Christians will learn how to address evil in our world without doing evil to others in the process. They will seek honesty without animosity, truth without tirades, reason without rancor, engagement without malice, voice without vitriol, substance without slander, truth-telling without name-calling, vindication without vindictiveness. They will do all they can to avoid destroying others’ reputations or good name, while speaking the truth in love. . . .
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    There is simply a right way to treat people who are made in the image of God—even if they choose to be our religious or political enemies. Of all people, we Christians should be the most gracious, the most kind, the most respectful, the most welcoming, the most attentive, the most courteous of all toward all, no matter how close the friend or fierce the foe.”

    https://gcdiscipleship.com/article-feed/perfect-courtesy-toward-all-in-the-worst-of-times?fbclid=IwAR25cnLj4HXbkIDJFgCudaTlzjIbBM4BDXGVYZ2aGKMm5LmftPfmrhg7K_k

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  9. Hope you feel better soon, Janice. The 2nd shot affects some, not all — I had relatively mild reactions, mostly fatigue along with a persistent (but not awful) headache. I was better the following day.

    I also experienced the fatigue with my 2nd shingles shot which I recently got. But normally I just don’t react much to vaccines in general.

    It’s basically your immune system kicking in, so nothing to worry about per se, but it isn’t pleasant, I know. Still, better than Covid as many have pointed out.

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  10. Still resting. Though I did can some more crab apple jelly and did my chores and did some laundry for twenty year old. It hurts but I can tell from previous experience, it will take time and it is getting better. Pass the ibuprofen….

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  11. Manny on the other hand. I have started to change him to soft food in an attempt to get some weight on him before winter. With the rear end out, he tries to balance on the front legs and topples into his food and water. And gets up a lot at night with daughter. She took him out three times last night but the last time she lost him. I woke when I heard her and son outside talking as she had gotten him up to help search. They were running around with a flashlight and a light up art deal at four in the morning. I went out with my flashlight and searched around the house a couple of times, under decks, behind feed sheds, in the pond with no success. Even went up the driveway out onto the road since the gate had been left open after karate. He finally started barking down by the cattails, outside the deer fence. The two children ran around and got him just as the coyotes started yipping right up the hill. It is like he has reached the end and knows it. I would rather he just die than have to go to the vet though.

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  12. We observe communion weekly and that’s one of the things I missed most during times of live-streaming. I’m probably heading back to live church this coming Sunday, our numbers again are dropping in LA — when they’re surging (and we had quite a few cases making the rounds in our congregation), vaccinated or not, I just feel it’s wiser for everyone to pull back a bit until it calms down again to help cut down the potential for even more spread.

    Looks like we’ll be up and down with this for some time to come.

    This was an interesting take from several medical and research voices on what to expect going forward — and yeah, even they are kind of all over the map. Hard to predict something as unpredictable as a virus on the loose and doing what they do.

    Another world and national lesson in humility, apparently. Not that we need it or anything … all the king’s horses and all the king’s men …

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-path-covid-endgame-remains-232022995.html
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    ~ Washington Post

    For scientists, path to covid endgame remains uncertain

    It’s basically over already. It will end this October. Or maybe it won’t be over till next spring, or late next year, or two or three years down the road.

    From the most respected epidemiologists to public health experts who have navigated past disease panics, from polemicists to political partisans, there are no definitive answers to the central question in American life: As a Drudge Report headline put it recently, “is it ever going to end?”

    With children returning to classrooms, in many cases for the first time in 18 months, and as the highly contagious delta variant and spotty vaccination uptake send case numbers and deaths shooting upward, many Americans wonder what exactly has to happen before life can return to something that looks and feels like 2019.

    The answers come in a kaleidoscopic cavalcade of scenarios, some suggested with utmost humility, others with mathematical confidence: The pandemic will end because deaths finally drop to about the same level we’re accustomed to seeing from the flu each year. Or it will end when most kids are vaccinated. Or it will end because Americans are finally exhausted by all the restrictions on daily life.

    Innumerable predictions over the course of the pandemic have come up lame. Some scientists have sworn off soothsaying. But as they learn more about the coronavirus that bestowed covid-19 on mankind, they build models and make projections and describe the hurdles that remain before people can pull off the masks and go about their lives.

    The good news is there is some fuel for optimism.

    “I truly, truly think we are in the endgame,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. …
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  13. Ah, poor Manny.

    Cowboy’s hanging in there, sounds like he’s doing better than Manny, but not great. He’s best in the mornings after a long night’s sleep. So far no more falling and “can’t get up” episodes, which is good, but walking is challenging for him. He’s discovered that walking sideways (the back end of him anyway) sometimes is easier, which is rather comical. But I’ll be crushed when the time comes, especially with Tess coming up on it, too.

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  14. And I’m having separation anxiety just thinking about dropping off my Mac laptop at Best Buy in about an hour. Noooooo.

    I have the work PC, my phone and an iPad so I’ll be fine, but the Mac laptop is an extension of myself and everything I do throughout the day, including work (I should be using the work PC for that, though, so maybe this will force me to get reacquainted with that device so it won’f feel quite so awkward and clunky to use).

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  15. Do we have a tree house? Of course we have one! But we call it the hunting mansion. The boys and Mike built it about nine years ago. The boys slept in it all winter, even though temps were below zero and it has no heat, because they could. They would race down in their shorts, clamber up the ladder and hop into their below zero sleeping bags. I reminded them they had rooms in the house but they had to do it. Fond memories. Or not so fond.

    Maybe I can send a photo to Michelle and she can forward it to you? I don’t know any other way to share the photo with you. Right now I am holding an indoor dog on my lap. He seems to have a death rattle. Do dogs do that? Bruchko did.

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  16. I may have a picture somewhere of that mansion. Quite the adventure for boys.
    Time for breakfast and to get ready for school.

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  17. Yes, Jo might have one. Kim might even have one. It was up when she was here. My brother gave it a year before it would fall down but it has been up nearly ten years. My engineer husband designed it. Like all of our out buildings and our addition to the house.

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  18. Bunkbeds, table dresser and flooring all up there. The boys never got around to the flooring. I suggested a pole and a hole in the deck but was outvoted with the ladder winning. And I see a bag of trash hanging in the window. Husband says it was not there last time he was up there so we are kind of curious who is living in there now.

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