Archive for October, 2007

Halloween 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

We ran our AWANA club tonight.  As can be expected, most kids were out gathering up candy.  We had six out tonight.  They enjoyed the time, and we enjoyed it with them.  A few water games were included.  Check out the costumes!!

 

My, how a day changes!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Early this morning I peered out the window.  We had no car at home.  The ground was wet.  A bike ride would have generated a stripe on my clean garments.

Instead, I decided to stay home and work on a sermon.  All my tools were here.  All I needed was the time.  So from 7:00 – 5:00 I slaved away.  In between I had a lunch meal — and Jill kept me fed up with snacks and beverages.

Meanwhile, the sun began to shine around 8:30 and by noon the day was bright and the air a bit crispy, but liveable.  At the setting of the sun, the beauty of the day had been seen.  Vitamin D flowed freshly from the sun’s rays. 

All is well — this is God’s earth, it’s still spinning, and God knows where we are headed!

That’s enough for me!

Into the night!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Well, we are without our son tonight.  His travelling has taken him to our old town of Prince Albert.  He’ll see people, fulfil appointments and enjoy the journey.  So far he’s phoned home to enquire about presents for Christmas — that’s always the nice thing about cell phones. If you have a question of the moment, a quick call can answer the inquiry!

As the evening approached, we prepared for our small group meeting.  Since we needed a ride, we called one person.  They were sick.  Tried another — she wasn’t going to be ready to come.  I was feeling a bit nauseated with my stomach.  For tonight, the night is "off" — back to it next week.

Now I’m sitting working on word processing, preparing to turn a cassette taped song into a CD base.  So goes the night! 

Goodness

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

My sermon today parked on "goodness".  If this truly is God’s essence, seen in Jesus Christ and manifested by the Spirit of God to us and through us — then we are people who must seek, not only to do good, but also to be good!  That is our core, our very being, our new creation.

As I explore this further — jot any thoughts you may have, or even questions about what I am getting at!

By the way, this comes out of II Peter 1:5 — to your faith add goodness!

PK Regina 2007

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Here we were.  In Regina!  1,000 men at an inspiring meeting. 

What I enjoyed the most?  Having my son with me!

Sea of Geese

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Eyes can deceive you.  That’s what I found this morning.

As we climbed a rise in the road to Rosetown, a slough seemed to be laid out in front of us.  Except the sea was moving.  Different than most sloughs.

As we ventured closer we found a sea of geese.  Thousands feeding on the field — apparently there was some feed still left on the field! 

 

A sure sign winter is on the way — and spring is not far behind!

Muffin plates

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Six small plates of muffins were handed off to a few friends today.

The fun part is just being able to slip in, drop off the muffins, and exit.  This was not for any reason other than an opportunity to say we appreciate these people.  We’ll get back to visit with them more at a later point.  But for right now, it’s good to have them as friends!

We’re planning to hand out more next week.  And, if we have the opportunity, maybe we’ll just make this a constant thing!!

Young homeowners in rural areas

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Nothing new here!

For those of us watching, this CTV report is nothing new.  The following are some of the observations from a Statistics Canada report:

The Statistics Canada report cites housing costs as a main reason younger people are moving to rural areas — also there are more rentals available.  Six of every 10 young people aged 25 to 39 in Canada who did not live with their parents owned their own home in 2006 — the highest level amongst those living in rural Canada..

We were just out visiting one such couple this past week.  James and Jennifer explained to us that they had moved to rural Saskatchewan in 2004 and been able to rent.  This past year they were able to buy, for a very reasonable price, an acreage outside of a small town.  They now have their first child and are looking forward to family life in the country!

Of course, on the other hand, Kindersley (a small town of 4,400) now has very little rentals available, house prices have increased and there is very little on the market.  The squeeze of the cities is headed our way!!

Early morning joggers – female (6:1)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Five minutes driving.  It’s 6:30 in the morning on the way to work.  I watch out my windshield.  Joggers are up plying the streets.  Usually in pairs.  This is a social activity (much like having coffee).

My observation?  Of seven that I encounter, six are female.

Now, not to rock the boat, but — we are always told that only men would get up in the morning for an early breakfast, or for a Bible Study, or for a social time.  My observation this morning says the opposite!

Would an early morning jog club be acceptable?  Are these jogging pairs peer counseling — the answer to community mental health?  Maybe these are just mom’s who need time away from the kids before the day starts?

And the best question of all — What was I doing riding in a car when I could have been out in the fresh air? 

Canadian passports and technology

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

As you may know, you can now go on line to start your Canadian passport procedure.

A friend of ours came by today to get some help.  The idea was to print of the passport application.

Now, I like technology.  The first computer we used did not have the right Java application.  Rather than wait for a download, we went to another computer.  The Windows system was older (98) and the Java application was not up-to-date.

Off to a third computer — at home!  The Java app was there, but the printer didn’t have quite the right margin settings.  So one page needs to be photocopied with some adjustments.  A second application was attempted.  Everything was there.  But the government system software only allowed us to print the unformatted information.  After a few tries we gave up.

Maybe another day it will all work.  Ah, the hope of technology!