34 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-4-22

  1. Good night, Jo. See you in the new day.

    Good whatever hour to the rest of you!

    Beautiful shot of the daffodils, Peter. Are they in your yard?

    Betty Bad Cat escaped to the carport earlier and discovered the door to the utility room ajar. She stuck her curious nose in. I rattled the door and she shot back to the kitchen doorway. She went to her food bowl and cryed, “More.” I told her bad cats don’t get more. She proceeded to eat her leftover crumbles.

    I was up around 5 a.m. and decided to make a big batch of hash browns and egg salad for Art to have sonething at the office in case he finds time for a quick munch. I told him he can share or horde. He does have a Key Lime pie to share at the least.

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  2. What a beautiful sight those daffodils are. I do have a bit of green from irises and other plants poking up right near the house. However, we have a winter wonderland again this morning. Even I have to say this is getting old! Bring on spring already. 😀

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  3. Morning all…..goodnight Jo.
    Those daffodils are like a breath of fresh air! Spring oh were art thou?!! Peter’s house of course!

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  4. Good morning all, except good night Jo, though it is nearly laundry day morning there.
    Daffodils are up and dancing here! Mountain lilies have spread nicely, crocuses are done.

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  5. The book, Freefall, is free at Amazon for Kindle. It is a nonfiction about when things in life change drastically in a moment (Christian perspective) and life is never the same as before.

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  6. So this is Monday?

    Really?

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    Spent about an hour next door late yesterday with the neighbor dealing with stroke recovery, took over some printouts I’d done for her regarding med insurance and our mutual medical group, doctor bios etc.

    She said they may have to invest in a used handicapped van, they have a 2nd house in the desert which used to be a getaway for them several times a year now that the husband retired. But with the medical challenges, they haven’t been able to get out there (their 2 adult sons and their families are using it, however). But it had become the extended family’s Thanksgiving traction in the past several years along with other trips out there just to “get away.”

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    Need to call the vet today to try to figure out when I can get both dogs in for a needed once-over check and possible med adjustment for Tess.

    And this is property tax week, down to the wire, so I need to somehow get over to the credit union (about a 1/2 hour drive away) to withdraw the $ set aside for that so I can get it into the checking account. I’ll pay it online. Then, in a week or two after that, it’s homeowners’ insurance. But the property tax is the biggie, it’s really shot up in recent years.

    Once that’s behind me, I can breathe a little, I hope.

    But I also need to get more estimates from a painter for the outside south wall that’s peeling.

    One guy bid $5,000. Hahahahaha.

    Um, nope.

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  7. Pretty spring flowers.

    My personal preference in flowers now seems to lean “darker,” more toward the purples and blues and deep pinks and reds. I notice that I gravitate toward those plants whenever I’m wandering through the local nurseries.

    Easter lilies and other flowers this time of year are pretty, but not my favorites. Maybe my tastes coincide with my preferred season of fall?

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  8. dj, as we get older and our vision changes, the colors we prefer for flowers as well as clothes can change, IMHO. With all the flowers I post on Instagram, the reds, purples, and blues get the most likes.

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  9. I don’t think it’s a “change” for me, I never was fond of yellow 🙂 or white, per se. I think I’ve always leaned toward the darker or more intensely colored flowers. (Although my geraniums that are doing so well in my hanging flower pots on the porch are pink (dark), white and red.)

    The darker blues and purples are also very popular among our California natives that are getting ‘legs’ (or roots?) in so many landscapes now. I’m just really drawn to them.

    And a special favorite of mine is what’s derisively known (at nurseries) as “the freeway plant” because you see it along the sides of our freeways so much — plumbago which has gorgeous light blue flowers with dark green leaves. It grows also in the wild on our peninsula. I have a couple of those plants in my backyard now.

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  10. I suppose I’m more focused on what I like now because I’m planting now and again. So it’s more about finding my personal tastes (whereas I haven’t always been a nursery shopper).

    Probably time to get back to it, though. It’s just a matter of finding the time for me.

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  11. I have to own this because it is probably my influence that has caused this….
    Little Miss asked Mommy this morning…”Hey, Mommy, do I get gifts for my REAL birthday”? 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Mommy said she has been opening boxes all morning looking in them to see if she got anything else. Papa and I got her a pink car for her Calico Critters and a pair of fleecy “spa” shorts with daisies. Truly if they had had my size I would have gotten a pair too to sleep in.

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  12. I get what you are saying, Dj. I guess I have always been interested in plants, and my intrrest got supercharged when I worked in the nursery business in accounting (in my twenties) and I would take breaks from the numbers to go stroll through all the plants for sale (at the time it was the largest family owned nursery businss in Atlanta and maybe even around the southeast. Not sure about that SE statement, but it was a big operation. When I left they had bought out all the failing Kmart nursery stores around. I bailed at the right time because what a headache to deal with adding on all that payroll! That was when my job with the state came through and it had benefits unlike the small family business offered.

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  13. Happy Real Golden Birthday to Little Miss!

    I chuckled at yesterday’s account of her 6-year-old friend “helping” her open gifts. I remember our KJ’s 6th birthday party, when her 7-year-old best friend so-o-o-o wanted to help open the presents. But it was only a year or two after that when KJ was doing the same thing “for” (or to) her little brother.

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  14. I got the dreaded link today to download my taxes. It could have been worse. I did the math and paying her fees and all taxes leaves me with almost 50 dollars in checking.

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  15. Ouch, Jo. But at least it’s not in the negative. Still … not a pleasant “surprise.” And doesn’t seem fair, of course, as it sounded like it was an employer mistake?

    I think plants also go through popularity phases, probably depending on region etc. Out here, due to the ongoing and relentless drought, the big push for the past decade (or even more?) has been for folks to tear out their grassy lawns and replace them with native plants.

    In the beginning, that meant mostly green or brown cacti. Ugh. No thanks. We’re not Arizona.

    But now, new varieties of natives have been created that are much more colorful. And the blues and purples are very popular among those varieties.

    (But I sometimes find yellow delightful — some years back when they were cultivating a coastal hillside in our town to become the new nature center, workers tore out all the bright yellow mustard plant that the area had long been noted for. “Not native,” they said. Soon, the hillside was brown and green (and, frankly, just blah) with the drab coastal native plants they planted instead. I believe they’ve dded color since then, but honestly, so many of us loved the bright look of all those mustard plants waving in the breeze across that wide swatch of bluff-top land overlooking the ocean.)

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  16. I don’t know if this is true, but someone said we have so many mustard plants in California because the Spanish missionaries would toss out mustard seeds as they developed the missions along the coast.

    Maybe M knows if that’s true or just a legend.

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  17. ~ Tradition has it the padres brought wild mustard seeds

    with them from Spain to the New World.

    Traveling from mission to mission, exploring California,

    the padres scattered the wild mustard seeds along the path

    to create a golden pathway home.

    When the explorers returned in spring the mustard plants flowered.

    The blooms were a bright mustard yellow color.

    They could follow the “ribbon of gold” home.

    Today wild mustard grows all over California.

    Napa Valley holds a mustard Festival every year to celebrate the blooms. ~

    https://sagasandstoriesat821lane.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/yellow-mustard-seeds-california-missions/

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    But now:

    Why is field mustard a problem in California?

    A. According to the California Invasive Plant Council, this mustard produces allelopthic chemicals that prevent the germination of native plants. Additionally, fields of mustard transform native habitats into annual grasslands which can increase the frequency of fires in chaparral and coastal sage scrub.

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    ~ in their quest to understand more about the history of Californian plant life, researchers have cracked open these adobe bricks.

    “They know the exact date when each mission was built, so they know the date of the adobe brick,” Ritter said. “And under a microscope, you can actually look at the seeds and pollen in the brick, and tell whether those are native or not native.”

    Researchers have found mustard seeds in many of the later missions’ bricks, because mustard seeds and pollen were around by then during construction. But they aren’t present in the bricks of the earliest-built missions.

    Some suggest the Franciscan padres specifically planted mustard as a marker for El Camino Real—the road that connects the California missions—throwing out seeds between the missions to create a yellow-seed road. But it’s hard to verify.

    So we know mustard first arrived in California in the late 1700’s. And that time period was a big deal for Californian plants. It marked the arrival of the first invasive species.

    “In 1769, the padres cross the Tijuana River estuary and come north, and start to set up missions,” Ritter said. “At that time they brought plants from Europe with them. So in California, that date is important in the fact that we consider everything that was here in California before that to be native, and everything that was brought in is now growing and reproducing on its own afterward to be non-native.” ~

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  19. Are the mustard plants like the edible ones we have here that are a bit like turnip greens? I always preferred the mustatd greens to turnip greens when I was young.

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  20. From michelle’s link:

    ~ Today, light poles bearing mission bells remind travelers to the reason this road was established; and each spring, yellow blossoms once again bloom along California Mustard Seed Trail. ~

    Love those mission bell light poles which line parts of the 101 fwy in and around downtown Los Angeles. There’s a site that sells the replica bells that you can put on your house/porch/patio, which I’d love, but they’re ridiculously expensive.

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  21. So far several years now I have complained of my back hurting. I went to the chiropractor and they helped but it has started hurting again. I saw my GP and went with a laundry list of things to talk to him about. He caught me on one thing I have been avoiding. I tried to talk him out of it. But he did listen this time when I told him the chiropractor said I had an S curve in my spine. So FINALLY I had an X-Ray to see what was going on. I have a 10 degree curve in my lower spine and a 23 degree curve in my upper spine. I now have a referral to a physical therapist to see what we can do about the pain.

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  22. I have had a do nothing day. Literally. Did not go to Moscow. Husband took children to Lewiston. I watered and trimmed some houseplants, did a load of twenty’s laundry before storing it, looked at a light fixture as if I could fix it, washed dishes, took a nap, watched a Hillsdale course, read a book, did a second thirty minutes on the bike, went outside in the wind and the rain, just trying to wake myself up and it never really happened. Those days can happen. I think I will listen to a sermon. We did listen to the Revelation message this morning before they headed out.

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  23. I hear you mumsee.

    I’ve been reading/reasearching and getting together articles all day about the upcoming labor negotiations and how the # of ships in our harbor is now dipping (which may have some connection as shippers worry that disruption during the talks could affect the flow of cargo).

    There’s a story there, but I can’t seem to get it framed and will need to talk to a lot of folks. I was going to throw it out to the editor for his thoughts, but felt so tired (I also didn’t sleep well last night after that 2-hour nap late Sunday) that I couldn’t even think straight enough to pose the idea coherently.

    I just got up and sat on the front porch a while to try to reawaken myself — it’s cool out so still sweatshirt weather, overcast, but it’s suppose to warm up significantly by the end of this week, briefly at least.

    Awake!

    says me to myself, but to no avail. I could literally just fall asleep within moments if I dared to lie down.

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  24. Is is a spring feverish day? Since I was up so early cooking, I have had an off day, too. I did not drink coffee so that is part of it. I once again got leaves swept out of the carport. It’s spring but the carport looked like autumn. I went grocery shopping mid afternoon so that still feels odd not being there at 7-8 a.m.. Now I have to round up prayers from the Bible study ladies to post and I need also to prepare for tomorrow’s Zoom lesson. For various reasons it has not worked for us to meet in person lately.

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  25. Seen on Twitter (about what the church needs to be about in these serious times):

    *So sing rich theology.
    *Recite truth through creeds.
    *Teach the Bible, explain theology.
    *Weave apologetics into all things.
    *Practice what you preach through mercy ministries and missions.
    *Celebrate communion.
    *Ground kids and students in theology & apologetics.

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  26. I will be posting tomorrow’s stuff later tonight. We have to get our taxes done in the morning, and then I have that thing at the urologist I’m dreading after lunch. So yeah, double the invasive procedures. 😳

    Lucky me.

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  27. Busy day here. Lunch with oldest daughter. Stopped at the local sweet shoppe and purchased 6 gourmet cupcakes to take to our gathering with neighbor tonight.
    We had a lovely time at our neighbors and the cupcakes were quickly consumed…..just so happy I could support my favorite small business today and that everyone enjoyed the treats.

    Tomorrow morning I have Bible Study the right afterwards I will return to that local sweet shoppe and meet two of my dear friends for coffee….and maybe a salad 😊

    Wednesday is my Mr’s appt Aj….praying for you both at the same time! Trusting our Lord through it all…… ♥️

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