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Sunday All Day Check-in for the Herd: Greetings of the Moosekin

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  1. DeniseVelez

    of NY. Going up to a “cool” 81. I say cool – because my heart goes out to those folks who are faced with the heatwave in the southwest.

  2. slksfca

    I am up way too early (it’s still dark here) but just cannot sleep. Am hoping to be able to get in a little more rest before I must start my day for real in a couple of hours.

    Today is the big Pride parade and festival, and the weather prediction is for 80-degree weather. That’s actually pretty hot for us here. Today’s other prediction is a head count: the statisticians are estimating attendance at the parade will exceed one-and-a-quarter MILLION people, possibly 1.4 million. That’s twice the population of San Francisco!

    I’m very excited about seeing my sister Diane march in the parade. This is her second year doing so, but I couldn’t go last year because of my hip. Di and I will coordinate locations via text message so we can meet up after the parade. I’ll try to get photos, but no guarantees because I’m really bad at remembering to pull out the camera at the right moments.

  3. wordsinthewind

    it’s cool and overcast this morning. The weather guy on tv forecast thunderstorms for the next two days and a break in the heatwave. Tomorrow’s high is for high 70s-I’ll have to see that to beleive it after the run of triple digit days we’ve enjoyed. We are enjoying the cool and cloudy morning, it’s very peaceful right now.

  4. Otteray Scribe

    Have had company all week. Son, DiL and new grandson came up for a few well deserved days off. Grandson is named after my father, and is 8 months old today. He has red hair, violet blue eyes, and an ear to ear grin.  

  5. pittiepat

    watch Meet the Press.  Nancy Pelosi, Wendy Davis and Rachel Maddow plus Jim DeMint and the always creepy Ralph Reed.  Could be a very interesting morning.  I hope someone mentions Texas speaker David Dewhurst’s threat against the college student who started the singing of The Eyes of Texas.  I will leave it to you to insert the rudest word in your vocabulary to describe Dewhurst, Abbott, and their minions.  I have a feeling they are going to step in a very large fresh cow patty tomorrow especially if the cops are called to oust the protestors.

  6. A friend of ours is in the lead-off praise band. They also play for their church services each week.

    I think we are going for a walk in a while. No rain in sight. Yesterday, we have very small thunder-showers popping up all over and drifting by. They were only a mile or so wide. But, the downpours were impressive for a minute or less. Odd weather.

  7. Broke and Unemployed

    Great for a morning bike ride as long as it stays dry.

    I don’t have any dogs or cats, but unfortunately I had to say goodbye to my little Pumpkin Pig this week.

    Here’s Pumpkin on a pumpkin!

    She was a great piggy and had a good life. It’s sad, but she lived a long time for a guinea pig, just a few weeks away from 7 years old. Rest in peace little piggy 🙁

  8. raina

    our high got up to 111°  yesterday. Needless to say, I was in a sour mood and threatened to move back to Florida. Heh. I checked the 5 day forecast in my FL hometown, not even in the 90’s.

    Today? Blessed rain.  

  9. slksfca

    …I caved in and had some coffee. And now a nap is out of the question because soon I need to start getting ready to head out. I’m going to try and stake out a decent vantage point on the parade route by 9:30 or so (the parade starts at 10:30), but even at that there will already be thousands of people there. And travel time across town will take nearly an hour due to the holiday crowds, so I’ll need to leave home in about an hour.

  10. PadreJM

    A Methodist minister in Portland whom I greatly admire groused on Facebook last night about having to don a tie to preach in 90° heat forecast there.  Granted, it’s more humid on his side of the Cascades, and the thermometers tip past the 80’s less often.  Nonetheless a part of me that delights in one-upsmanship (of which I am less than proud — well, maybe not, but I should be) was tempted to remark about the fact that I will be preaching in a cassock, alb, and chasuble, the latter of heavy brochade, and will be addressing an altar on which enough candles are burning to constitute a virtual conflagration.

    I picked up a small fan this week, of the type one can place on a desktop for some personal relief, tucked it out of view under the credence table, and aimed it to create a very slight airflow across the front of the altar.  It’s just enough to prevent my appearing to reenact Richard Nixon’s resignation speech, or worse.

    I’ve been invited to Sunday Brunch with a young man who recently started attending our chapel, and we are planning to go to a local restaurant which sits right on the river bank, and has a weekly buffet and patio seating.  Although, by the time coffee hour is over and we can get there, it will probably be full-up, and we will be consigned to the bar.  Isn’t that a shame. 😉

    It reminds me of a story (Yes, I heard you say, “What doesn’t?”).  A visiting prelate and I went to brunch after Mass some years back, and when we were seated the hostess asked us if we’d like something to drink while we were waiting for our server.  He ordered a Bloody Mary, whereupon she immediately shot him a look that unmistakably expressed both surprise and disapproval.  I would have remained tactful silence, but his office bears more privileges than just entitlement to don a purple shirt.  He immediately shot back, “My good woman, I’m a bishop — not a Baptist!”  I’m not sure, but I think I nearly swallowed my tongue trying to stifle my laughter.

    I’m preaching today on the Gospel story of the feeding of the 4,000, and how many ways we can share our love only to find it increased rather than diminished.

    May you all have a day filled with just such boundless love and joy.

  11. princesspat

    It’s going to be a hot and steamy afternoon at the grand girls ballet recital. Fortunately I have new plants to water so I’ll cool off later, spraying things with the hose….one of my favorite summer moments.

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