Greetings to all.
Most of those who are fortunate enough to be working are enjoying a holiday today. Others are not -- emergency personnel, nurses, and some utility workers. And some who are employed in retail operations as disparate as gas stations, "party shops", bars, Big Box stores, and the like.
We are staying home, of course. The niece and her family next door are off for a few days "camping" at a state park in Pennsylvania. They left Friday and are expected back any time now. By all reports, they're having fun and their daughter, now 3-1/2, is enjoying it all.
They took the dog, which is nice: means I didn't have to go next door, let him out, put him in, give him food and water, and keep him from disturbing everyone within a half mile radius with his barking. He and the dog the neighbor on the other side of us seem to have a contest going, as well as the dogs on the street behind us. And several more in a half mile radius. Gets loud and aggravating. I'm not a dog lover anyway, and this only confirms my attitude towards the entire species. Your mileage may vary.
That is somewhat light-hearted. What is not, is the family two blocks away who just lost everything in a fire a few days ago. We took a ride past, they had four departments there on mutual aid. Pretty well destroyed the house and contents. No one was hurt, but long-treasured mementos of deceased relatives, birth certificates, clothing of all kinds, everything.
Such things are, unfortunately, not unknown around the time of holidays: the urge to grill out sometimes leads to fiery accidents. I have reason to know as a result of a number of years that I put in working with insurance adjusters as a private investigator. Smelled burnt stuff, including burned people and pets, far too often. Don't miss that life one bit.
Dear Wife had long planned to attend an annual event held in the small sparsely-settled community she grew up in, located about 45 minutes from here. But last night she decided that she was not up to it, and passed the word that we wouldn't be there.
The county fair in the county south of here that I spent most of my formative years in, concluded today as well. I didn't go. Again: haven't been at it in more than 40 years. And the fair held in the small town that was next to ours, one we ALWAYS attended when I was a kid, kicks off Wednesday, runs through Saturday I believe. I went last year, meeting with two of my former high school classmates, which was nice. Not great, but very nice and enjoyed. Again, with Wife not up to much and our finances stretched pretty tight, not much of that going. This Saturday is our 28th wedding anniversary. I still haven't found anything to get for her, wish I could.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 7 and 8 of the Proverbs.
The New Testament reading is verses 21-40 of chapter 14 in 1st Corinthians.
This contains some verses that are, to understate the matter, very controversial in today's world, and in churches in general.. The forbidding of women in certain roles and activities. Controversial, and contentious.
I Corinthians 14:21-40