An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 6 April 2012
Sunset April 6, 2012 – Nightfall April 13, 2012
22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”
25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.
33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:
“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”
36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.
37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:
THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!”
48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
So, I had this bright idea the last couple of days…..I’m gonna do a bit of gardening, put some flowers in post,and brighten up the outside a bit. Yup…REAL bright idea! I’ve got at least two more pots to fill, and not sure if that’s even gonna happen!
I cleaned up the white wrought iron table and chairs that haven’t been cleaned since they landed on the porch 5 years ago. Oh yeah…they were pretty nasty. Had to use a bloomin’ scrub brush! I was none too thrilled when I looked down, and saw a fat, hairy, black spider crawling across my foot either!
That scrub brush did a real good job on him though. And I didn’t even puncture my foot!
Then, I continued with my ‘project’. Yep, I can make a pretty big mess when the opportunity occurs.
I learned a couple of very important lessons during this process:
1- There are things called ‘gardening muscles’ and I think I’ve found every single one of them. Ache is an understatement! Even my hair hurts, and I don’t have enough of it to spare to aches! I’m moving a wee bit better today, but not by much! How did I manage to do all the athletic stuff I did in my younger years? Sheesh! Ok, so I’m no spring chicken, but still……
2- Apparently, I’m quite allergic to Red Rock Lava. Seriously? A person can be allergic to lava? I had to look it up! Seems there is some sort of mold that can grow in it, and it looks like I’m allergic to that! I guess. BIG sneezes, which the Mr says he’s never heard me have. I couldn’t breathe, I sounded like a frog, and the nose was running a marathon!
Now, since I spend the majority of the night getting about 5 hours of totally interrupted sleep….moving during sleep can cause many groans….I’m going to go take a nap! Perhaps, if I’m able to move and function after I wake up, I think I’ll tackle the big flower bed. What a mess! Ok…we have a REAL good excuse. Between the two of us, the last couple of years have been, well, less than healthy ones. Hmmm… Then again, I might just close my eyes each time I walk by it! That way, the mess doesn’t exist, right?
Obama Economy Leaves Little Unchanged
America is at a crossroads. Today’s jobs report shows that two years into recovery the U.S. economy is still woefully underperforming, adding only 120,000 new jobs in March, about half the rate of job growth of the previous three months which were, themselves, somewhat disappointing for this stage of recovery.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the jobs report is the extent to which the labor market was “little changed,” an impression the report returns to repeatedly. For example, the unemployment rate at 8.2 percent, still two full percentage points higher than the peak during the 2001 recession, was “little changed.” Other examples, with italics added:
- The number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) was “little changed in March.”
- “Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men (7.6 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (7.3 percent), blacks (14.0 percent), and Hispanics (10.3 percent) showed little or no change.”
- “The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.3 million in March.”
- “The civilian labor force participation rate (63.8 percent) and the employment-population ratio (58.5 percent) were little changed in March.”
- “In March, 2.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, essentially unchanged from a year earlier.”
- “Among the marginally attached, there were 865,000 discouraged workers in March, about the same as a year earlier.”