105 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-8-22

  1. oh, the west coaster was the first one whose comment date matched the date in the header.

    My friends found my crackers that I eat everyday for lunch so I won’t have to order them from Australia. YEAH… I keep saying, it is the little things. They also found cream cheese

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  2. Good morning from the Far East/Deep South of the USA where it is 32° at 6:30 a.m. My alatm just went off. I set it a week ago to get up to get packed out of our vacation unit by 10:00 a.m. That seems so far removed from today.

    It has taken a week for Miss Bosley to settle down after that ten days of boarding. I hate that it messes her up so much that she cries even when I am inside but in another room. She feels abandoned if I am not in sight. She is not the typical independent cat. Now she is gaining a sense of security that I am not leaving again for so long.

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  3. I am glad you didn’t have the cold when you were vacationing, Janice. Or did you get some then? We had cold every day we were there, except the day we left. It was a beautiful time anyway.

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  4. Morning! It was warmer here in our forest this morning at 35 degrees. It is warming to the mid 40’s before the front moves in and the snow begins. We are to get at least 2 inches for which we are ever thankful!

    Husband is hiking to Barr camp where he will be caretaker of the cabin until Monday. He has such a fun time when he is in his “element” 😊

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  5. Up at 4. Coffee and reading then 30 minutes of VShred. It’s killing me. 30 minutes of yoga. I don’t do the Woo woo kind. The coffee and social media then my breakfast protein shake with strawberries, flavored coffee mate, vanilla extract, collagen, almond milk, and ice. It was only tolerable. Drinking it made me cold.
    Now the kitchen is almost clean. I need to vacuum and mop but I’m tired. I’ve sprayed the shower with bleach water and at some point will have to face it.
    I promise I am going to work on my taxes and get that over and done. I would like to drop it off as soon as the 1099’s come in. It’s going to be BAD and I would rather get it over with so I can breathe.
    I also have a coach this year and I have to do numbers for her. It occurs to me that no one has ever held me accountable.

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  6. Belated birthday greetings, Kim. I hope it was a pleasant day.

    We went on an ambulance run about 0430 this morning, but found no accident. Back to bed but did not sleep. Got up to write report and drink coffee. Not sure what the day will bring.

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  7. Janice – Many years ago, we went on the only family “away” vacation we ever went on. (Well, Hubby and I did have a vacation with Nightingale when she was two, but I mean with all four of us.) At that time, we only had one cat – Peanut – and we left her home. My mom came in each day to make sure she had food and water, and to scoop the litterbox.

    When we came home, it was the same as you described with Miss Bosley. Peanut would cry from another room, and when I would call out her name in response, she would come running into whatever room I was in.

    She was such a little sweetheart. She died in 2013, and I still miss her, and even cry about that occasionally.

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  8. It’s Saturday so i slept in. it’s nice to see the sun this morning, we’re still going to be colder than normal and somewhat cloudy, but there wasn’t a speck of sun all day yesterday. Normally I think we tend to get too much sun here but I was missing it on Friday.

    I realized this morning I’ve lost 4 close friends in just 6 years, the most recent two within a month of each other in 2020-21. It’s been a rough couple years but those losses probably were the toughest. I just realized this morning how many there have been in a fairly short time.

    But life goes on and God is faithful, though dark times as well as easy times. This will pass.

    Speaking of which, covid presses on — we’re getting record numbers again out here — but there is a growing, underlying hope that this is maybe its last hurrah, though forms of it will be floating around for the foreseeable future, just not as deadly. I’ll take it. May this ‘pandemic’ stage be over with soon.

    This period hasn’t been easy on our churches — and it’s certainly leaving our country even more divided between hardened extremist positions (I can’t remember both ‘sides’ being so angry and dug in, often irrationally) than it was before any of this hit.

    It’s hard and discouraging to watch or listen to (I’m mostly avoiding cable news anymore) and should prompt me to more prayer.

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    Kim, reading about your morning just exhausted me. And taxes? I hate tax time, though I’m hoping everything for me this year is “findable” and easily just emailed over virtually as we handled it last year. I shouldn’t owe any money this time.

    My new glasses continue to irritate me, the frames are a different style than I’ve been used to and I’m just not happy with the way they feel. I’ll have to get back to the eye doctor’s office Monday to get them adjusted again.

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  9. Kizzie, as I went to the bathroom this morning i heard the crying begin. I then said, “I’m in the bathroom, Kitten.” The cry continued. I said, “I am in the litter box for humans.” The cry stopped😀

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  10. I remember Peanut, sweet kitty from your posts about here in previous years.

    Annie’s that way, just sweet, but with some annoying habits, of course. But someday I’ll miss her, too.

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  11. This vacation was the only one ever when we had perfect weather for all the days. It really put the pressure on to get outside and do things. Normally we have several days to lazy around the unit.

    We also found one of our treat spots to be closed. Once a year Art would get peppermint mocha at Starbucks there. It was shut down. It appeared there were other locations with drive throughs that were open, but ‘our’ location without a drive-thru was totally closed.

    The only commercial places we went were Publix and Walgreens. Wesley and I did shop the used books area at the public library.

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  12. Hmmm. Are they not sweet because they live outdoors? Or are they living outdoors because they’re not sweet?

    We inherited a tom cat at the house we moved into when I was about 7 — “Tom” we named him. A big gray, unfriendly feline who let us feed him but would never come indoors.

    My mom grew up with multiple cats in Iowa so had a way around them and he eventually would come in the back/side door to eat in the laundry room, but only if the door were left open. As soon as he was finished, out he ran.

    Over the years he became more of a ‘house’ cat, convinced we weren’t out to skin his hide. He lived a very long life but was never neutered (that wasn’t really done routinely back then and no one would ever try getting that cat to a vet anyway). He’d vanish for days on end, come home battered and scratched up. We were always happy to see him return.

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  13. One is Snowball. He used to belong to a ten year old girl but they moved and he was rehomed to us. Along with his older cat friend, Midnight. We never really saw him. He ran off to live in the neighbor’s barn. We would see him come down the road at twilight but he never visited and then he was gone. He was ten. Snowball is now fifteen or so.

    The other one, Little One, (who names a cat LIttle One?) is about thirteen. We got him right before we got the Texas five. He and several of his littermates joined us when their mom was killed when they were about three to four weeks old. He was bottle fed and babied but turned out okay. Between disappearing and being given away, he is the remainder.

    Both are cats. When not fighting with each other, they pile on each other for sleeping warmth. They like to be picked up and carried around by children. They tolerate dogs. They kill mice and birds and weasels and rats and gophers and other things. They leave corpses or parts on the door mat.

    The half cat visits. A feral cat. He eats our cats food when he is not fighting with them. He does not like dogs. If he attacks Snowball, Little One will take him down.

    Sweet? No. But we like them. Husband has taken on feeding them. I had to instruct him to not feed them so much as their bellies were dragging. They are much healthier now.

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  14. When we moved to town, when I was about six, we inherited a cat. Her name was Snoopy. She had litters, spring and fall, for many years. She was an outdoor cat but could come in easily. And she never got on counter tops or tables or couches. She lived many years and had many kittens.

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  15. We have a herd of cats.6 or 8 of them are tame enough to pet and be carried about. The rest tolerate being petted when they are getting their daily milk. Perhaps I will send a picture one day. Only the orphan from the racetrack gets to stay in the house.

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  16. Interesting thing I read about cat bellies — cats are born to have extra fat in that area as protection — as that’s their most vulnerable body part. Annie doesn’t eat that much and has never been what I’d call “overweight,” but I’ve noticed the tummy thing (not to the floor, but hanging a bit more in recent years). Reading that article sort of explained that.

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  17. Tess has never liked her and I guess after 10 years that won’t change. She gives her the “border collie eye,” herds her out of rooms, intimidates her with her stare until the cat leaps off my lap.

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  18. Why do cats have belly ‘pouches’?
    By Tara Santora published April 10, 2021

    https://www.livescience.com/cats-primordial-pouch.html
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    Fat cats are cute, but not every cat that looks like it has a big belly is overweight. Although the part of a cat’s underside that swings when it walks may look like a paunch, it’s actually not a tummy at all. So what is it?

    That bit of skin, fur and fat is a protective layer called the primordial pouch. It’s positioned along the length of a cat’s belly. These pouches are perfectly normal and healthy, said José Arce, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association. All cats have primordial pouches, but they vary greatly in size; some are almost undetectable. It’s easiest to see a small pouch when it flops back and forth as a cat runs.

    There are three main theories as to why cats have primordial pouches, Arce told Live Science. The first is that it protects the internal organs in a fight by adding an extra layer between claws or teeth and the feline’s insides. …
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  19. Sunday morning here. I figured out the time difference, as i get confused with daylight savings. I will be attending a funeral this morning at my home church. It will be a time of celebration. It is actually taking place on their 67th wedding anniversary.

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  20. I need to walk down to see my friends. My children sent something back with them and there is a calendar from my sister. That would make today Christmas.

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  21. I’m doing battle with a company today, trying to return some substandard masks I purchased. I might have to seek recourse with PayPal and also report it to the BBB.

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  22. Jo, my former Jeep Liberty sat tall off the ground and was a bit of a stretch to get in. At some point 2 years ago or so I added running boards, which seemed like a good idea, they gave me a step up.

    But I had to use my left leg to step up on the running board and, unbeknownst to me apparently, that was the knee that already was weak and having some issues (but nothing major enough to take much notice). I suspect that using the running board was the final nail in blowing it out about.

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  23. AJ – I just sent 3 pictures of the newest “stalagmites” in the entrance to the cave. Dripping water from the ceiling has formed several ice stalagmites there because of the frigid temperatures.

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  24. Filed a report with the BBB, uploaded a couple online (deceptive) ads from the company. I’ll have to wait to hear back from them before going the PayPal refund route I suppose. But PayPal provides a 180-day window.

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  25. Hubby started having some problems with his knees which made getting into his bread truck very difficult. (It was quite a step up into the truck, even for someone tall like he was.) His remedy was to use a small stepstool (but not the kind that looks like a ladder) and attach a rope to it so he could pull it up into the truck after he was seated.

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  26. Yes, after the knee went my next solution was to be a step like that, with a rope to pull it in — but I think I was still just stretching the right leg in for the time being while I was in PT for the knee — then the Jeep was hit, RIP, and that was the end of that. The Cherokee is a bit closer to the ground, but looks so much like so many other SUVs out there now … I almost brought a gray Subaru home from the store tonight …

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  27. Yeah, although weeks go by pretty fast, weekends go by even faster. Could be because there are fewer days to a weekend. 😀

    And with that. . .Goodnight, y’all!

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  28. Mumsee – when you see the pictures, you’ll see why I said “stalagmites”, since they are growing up from the ground. Icicles hang from the roof, don’t they?

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  29. Morning. It will be a stay home day again and hopefully our Pastor will send a link to his sermon. There is a half inch of ice on our roads instead of the two inches of snow predicted. Very slickery out there on our hills.

    Last evening our Pastor sent word that a dear lady at church had died. I have been numb since learning of Pam’s passing. She was the first one to welcome me to the church. We have gone to lunch with her husband…who is an elder…and her a couple times after church. They sat with us at our first after service pot luck lunch. She giggled with me when I told her I just couldn’t sit through a Kay Arthur video after the study…for she too found that impossible. She called herself a Precepts drop out. She was 66. Her husband had called Paul this week asking how we were knowing Covid had invaded our home. It had stricken them as well. Now Pam is with our Lord but shall be painfully missed here. It will be hard for her husband….they have been a “couple” since 8th grade….a lifetime of loving each other and our Lord …..

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  30. Good morning. No church here, though I will watch the VA church later. Husband is ill, fourteen still has the sore throat and general malaise. Fifteen is fine. Twenty has not been seen yet this morning.

    As to me, last night I was definitely uncomfortable with the blood pressure thing, which was all over. including one where the lower number was 124. My theory remains that it is connected to covid and to the vaccine. But I am just one person with a theory. And I have yet to be able to see my doctor to discuss this with him.

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  31. Good Morning Chas…your presence always brings a smile 😊

    Mumsee praying you will be able to get to doctor soon to have that consultation about the BP. And praying the Lord will right it quickly.

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  32. What NancyJill said. I also practice medicine on the side, but best to get it checked and diagnosed by a real doctor who can provide the 3-times check process. 🙂

    The sun is out again today and our temperatures are going up into the high 60s. We are still hoping for some decent rain in January-February, however — but we aren’t overly hopeful if our recent past with this lingering drought is any clue.

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  33. Oh, I have been blessed by two online services last night and this a.m. The Shadow Mountain service last night had a guest pastor/author, Robert Morgan who was so good and Art enjoyed that sermon with me (if he won’t go to church, bring the church home to him). And today I listened to the online service of the nearby church that will be starting the new classical school. I have felt a bit under the weather so decided to not go in person to my ladies Sunday school and felt a bit down about that until God blessed me with this morning’s chance to connect with this different church.

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  34. It’s not that Art is opposed to church attendance, but that he is compelled to keep working every day of the week. Maybe in time he will have more help, but with Covid and being a small business owner he is pretty stuck in the grind. Also, hr so much loved being in a choir, and Covid cancelled that in his small church.

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  35. Our service was cancelled this morning due to icy roads.

    Just had some delicious avocado toast for lunch with Nightingale – toasted sourdough bread, avocado, tomato, smoked salmon, and topped off with fried eggs. Very yummy!

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  36. As I’ve said previously, we can’t really make fun of Millennials for their love of avocado toast considering that each generation has its preferred trendy foods. Looking through old cookbooks from the 50s and 60s is a revelation of some pretty yucky-looking foods or odd-seeming combinations. And I’m sure that some of our currently preferred foods started out being thought of as strange by the older generation of times past.

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  37. Kizzie, our local farmers are pretty ingenious. And some of them have snowmobiles. But my own thought includes: I would be happy to go home.

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  38. Art’s mother always had a Chinese checkers board out. I had not thought of that in a long yime. Since Art never plays games with us, I need to ask him about that. Or maybe I am remembering tut hat from some other home. I know it was not out when young Wesley visited because of the choking hazard.

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  39. School begins tomorrow and today is a welcome workday. Not sure if my aide will be there or not. She will be going back to the hospital tomorrow to see her son. Praying about how much to give to help and what is needed.

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  40. Boy and Gabby are sledding down the small hill that comes from our neighbor’s property down into ours. They are laughing and squealing (well, it’s mostly Gabby doing the squealing), and having a great time. The snow must be slicker than it was when they were sledding yesterday, allowing them to slide further along the snow.

    Nightingale and I were remarking that it is delightful to hear them having such fun in an old-fashioned activity that kids have been doing for ages. Gabby just turned 12, and Boy is 11, so before long they will not be children anymore. But for now, they can still enjoy being children. 🙂

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  41. Our Keva seems to have difficulty breathing today. Vet not available until tomorrow. Husband had a little nap on the floor beside Keva’s bed and Keva finally relaxed enough to put his head down and close his eyes, but breathing still seemed laboured. He has only drunk water today. Hoping he can be helped tomorrow.

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  42. yes, Mumsee, as far as I know he had surgery and should be okay. I am hoping that Wendy will come to school today so I can find out more. She was there briefly on Friday, but the VP said she looked really tired.

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  43. My children have good memories of playing Chinese Checkers with my dad. I am glad the children had so much fun in the snow, Kizzie. The sound of children having fun is music to my ears. I don’t hear it too often anymore.

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  44. And good to hear the leg was saved for your aide’s son, Jo, I’d wondered about that, too.

    I just took a short nap, it’s been a very slow, homebound weekend for me, but I did get to the grocery store late yesterday.

    Kizzie, so sweet to hear about Boy and Gabby having such a fun time in the snow where batteries aren’t needed. Those childhood years go by so fast.

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  45. Last 3 minutes of the Rams vs. San Francisco, tied 17-17, Rams within goal. …

    And they got it, That was another very close game.

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  46. Where else would I get the sports news??

    So Jediel is 14. He got to sit in a chair yesterday and was excited. They fixed the large leg bone, but still need to do surgery on the small bone.
    I will be sending funds over to help

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  47. Icicles. They grow everywhere. Some from the eaves, some from the trees. I have one that has encased a tree I planted in a corner. It is very pretty. Not sure the tree will survive such treatment.

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  48. I just asked Art about his mother’s Chinese checkers game. He said he vaguely remembers it and may have played it. Obviously, not a memorable thing to him. I do remember he played Bridge at the Student Center when in college. He is not a board game person.

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  49. Bizarre football game. The Raiders won with a field goal in overtime with 2 seconds left. Had they let time run out they still would have gone to the playoffs along with the Chargers meaning Pittsburg would have been knocked out. An exciting end to regular game season. I slept through most of it until the exciting end.

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