weird day, for me at least.
Alarm went off at 05:45. Wife needed to be next door at around 06:50 to "watch" the Great-Niece. So, we went through the "snooze alarm" routine several times while I got up, dressed, and fed the cats. She crawled out of bed around 06:10. I helped her dress. She came out and made herself a fried egg for breakfast. I don't eat eggs, at least by themselves. Nasty things: chicken abortions is what they are and I've NEVER liked them and never will.
I packed her bag and helped her set off across the yard. Took her some more coffee around 09:15 and sat for a few minutes. Came home. 5 minutes later, called back over: had to go down to basement (she can't handle the steps going down there) to get something for the Little One. Back home. Threw some leftover chili into the crockpot to be our lunch, then started collecting laundry for the morning's load. Did three loads yesterday, but more to do.
Taking a break from that to sit down for this.
Wild life we lead. I guess.
The news is full of wars and rumors of wars, death, disaster, dismay, doom, defeat, and despair.
I see that the nutcase in North Korea is threatening nuclear attack against the US. I worked for a number of years at a Korean-owned manufacturer with substantial presence in the US. Interesting culture, with some realities borne out of centuries of conflict, some of it pretty ghastly. Some of our more liberal American and Western somehow believe that the wars and conflicts that have plagued this earth since the Beginning, will somehow not touch them personally. Those "other" people, sure, But not them. I think they're wrong. My Korean contacts might well agree. They are very aware that Seoul, the South Korean capital, is within artillery range of North Korea. After the violence of the Korean War (that is, technically, not ended but in abeyance), the horrible conduct of the Japanese during (and before, WW2), the ghastly conduct of the Russians (look on a map), the horrid conduct of the Chinese for many centuries, etc., I don't think that they have quite the same attitude.
So, what happens if/when The Balloon Goes Up?? I don't know. No human does, really. I can easily imagine a world-wide war involving nukes, poison gas, and more, involving every continent, and terrible casualties. Not to mention the always-present hazards of famine, drought, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions (like another "year without a summer"), or runaway diseases like ebola or something else.
There are those who imagine that humans are in control. I'm not one of them. The Four Horsemen may well ride forth, and soon as well. That's not prophecy, but it's an analysis based on observable conditions.
And if it happens, what then? Assuming any of us survive? Are we truly ready for a world in which our tidy lifestyle is gone? How will we deal with those who, just yesterday, imagined that the worst thing in the world was the "sexist" use of the word "mankind" in a college essay? Who have always relied upon others for food, clothing, shelter, and care, things no longer present? When all that they, or we, once knew is gone? I rarely comment upon the passages in the book of the Revelation, but there are some verses there describing such a world, and it's not a pretty one. The veneer of civilization is pretty thin, actually. You'll see that after a natural disaster.
So, my thoughts are a bit dark.
On the other hand, in just a few minutes, we are to take that same Little One to the weekly event at the Public Library. I have some books that are due TODAY, and one due Friday, so we try to keep some things constant.
Our assignment in the Old Testament is chapters 7, 8, and 9 of 1st Samuel.
Here we first see the name of Saul.
I Samuel 8
I Samuel 9
The New Testament reading is verses 1-21 of Luke 13