Heading towards the end of April. May is on the horizon.
Depending upon which of the forecasts you believe, today's high will be anywhere from 78° to 82°. All the variance from persons who somehow are confident in predicting to 0.01° the average temperature of the entire Earth in 50 years or so. Pardon my skepticism.
Yesterday was long and weird.
Wife's Disability check hit the bank. Time to pay some bills, and to pick up some items that we didn't get last week when my retirement hit. So, off we went. I was operating on about 2-1/2 hours' sleep, so not at my very best. Picked up some items that we were about out of from the Big Box store on the other side of the state line.
Came home to find no electricity. Not at home, not on the street, not on the neighborhood. A region extending from the state line (and a few points on the other side of the state line) to our neighborhood and to the majority of the town immediately to our south. Including the major truck stops at the Interstate exchange near us. A major outage that, oddly, NONE of the local TV stations nor the newspapers felt necessary to mention. Odd, that.
So lunch was going to have to be at a fast food joint. Power was coming back at the truck stops and associated joints, so we met Niece and both Great-Nieces at one. No food. Wouldn't be any for 20-30 minutes, not what you want with 2 hungry 4- and 5-year-olds. None of the places nearby had food and our place still dark. So back across the state line and get hot dogs.
Came back and power had just come on. So we could see to do things like put away our purchases, etc.
Then back in the car.
After 29 years of marriage, two daughters, MULTIPLE relocations across too many state lines and towns, Wife's dishes are much the worse for wear. Older daughter had absconded with some of Wife's most prized items, and we have a whole lot of badly chipped and mis-matched items. Wife was on the social media and found someone who'd inherited a very nice 6-setting set of Pfaltzgraff stoneware that he didn't want and would let go for $30 about 8% of its market value, a truly nice set. So off we set, back across the state line and about 20 miles past that line, into a "lesser" area of that town. My mom grew up not far from it, it wasn't great then and is MUCH less so now. We made a 40-minute drive, waited 30 more for him to show, finally made the connection, got the items, and he "threw in" some very nice glasses as well.
I guess it will have to do for her Mother's Day gift.
Back home. Got home around 6:30 p.m. Yours Truly "got" to haul everything in. I've started washing everything as well as separating out the no-longer-needed items that will be going to Goodwill later this week.
And then Wife checked on the status of something she'd ordered on-line. A re-order: the first order, despite Federal Express' claim, never arrived. Supposedly, this re-order was delivered to our place yesterday afternoon, a point at which we were in fact home. But it wasn't. So, she called Fed Ex and registered yet ANOTHER complaint. Then she called the vendor and notified them of yet ANOTHER delivery failure. By the way, we checked with neighbors: items were not delivered there in error, something the US Mail carriers are known to do on this street.
We rested, finally ate some sandwiches, kicked back a bit, I did dishes (by hand), we finally headed off to bed around 11 p.m., both utterly exhausted.
And I got to sleep for about 3 hours. Woke. Lay there for 2 hours. Finally fell asleep. Until two cats got hungry around 06:15, so up to feed them. Back to bed, for a whole hour. Back up and still am.
Fun life, right?
Our Old Testament portion for the day is chapters 15 and 16 of 2nd Samuel.
The bad behavior of David's MANY sons, in combination with his very evident failure to lead his family, are having consequences. Bad ones. Not only for the family, but -- due to his position as king -- affecting the entire nation. If he'd dealt firmly with them, that might not have happened. Of course, if he'd not had a raft of wives and concubines, that wouldn't have been the case. It's hard enough to keep track of 3 or 4 kids, all from one man-one-woman marriage situation. A situation such as this is about impossible, and similar circumstances took place all around that region then, and still today.
II Samuel 16
Our New Testament reading for the day is verses 27-47 of Luke chapter 20
As a reminder, this is taking place in the few days between Jesus' "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem, and the Crucifixion. And He is slamming the religious leaders of the day, essentially accusing them of not knowing the Law and of perverting it's meaning. True. Which REALLY enraged them. We'll see that play out over the next few days.