Archive for December, 2007

Going Home!

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Feels funny to say that!  We’ve been with mom and dad for five days.  Lots of chatter and Scrabble, a few trips downtown and a birthday party.  When all is said and done, the time has beeen good.

Last night we started packing up a few things.  This morning as well.  Sometime this afternoon we will be off.

The adventures here will be remembered. 

007 is passing into the new year of 008.  What awaits us?  We’ll see!!

I told her I'd put her on the blog!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Here we are having lunch.  Sunday lunch.  A day of rest.

And who pops in?  Fern Doner — a friend from years past, a good friend of my parents.  The air was filled with reminiscences and laughter.  As she was leaving, we took pictures.  She was told that this would go on my blog.  She demurred, but we insisted.  After viewing a few images, this was chosen.  She’s the young one in the middle!!

Dad's 89th!!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

So he’s entering the 9th decade of life.  That’s an accomplishment in itself. 

The dinner was beef and horseradish, peas and carrots, potatoes and salad along with ice cream and pie.  Who could ask for anything more!!

The Almanac for farmers and city folks – 2008

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

So, I’m sitting in the front room.  Feet almost up, dog on the perch surveying the street, and breakfast just done.  In hand is the 2008 version of the Almanac for farmers and city folk.  Used to be called the farmers almanac.  85% accurate weather forecast rate.  I still like to check to see how close to the weather outside they are.  Not sure if they use bird entrails to forecast, or if they have moved hi-tech!

Always a few good stories — like the fellow who sued a hospital that had told him he would die of pancreatic cancer in a year’s time.  So he sold all he had, partied and came back in a year’s time to find out that he had non-terminal pancreatic cancer.  Since he was now broke, he decided to sue the hospital.  What ever happened to common sense?

Pick up a copy.  They are not expensive.  Or go visit relatives who have a copy!!

How's it going?

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Well, I got up today and headed out early to pick up some groceries.  Rosetown COOP was open and the cashier was bright and cheerful.  The surrounding story is breezy and the atmosphere inviting.

In a few minutes I had found the "Grape Nuts" — a Kelloggs breakfast cereal.  The box is not like years ago.  The front is updated and the sides carry nutrition information.  I trust the insides are still the same!

Then to the egg aisle.  But no eggs.  I wandered to the cashier and paid for the breakfast cereal.  Then I casually mentioned that the eggs were not there.  She, as casually, mentioned that they had been on sale — 18 large eggs for $1.99. 

Was yesterday busy?  Yes.  Was the egg truck coming.  A passing stock person mentioned they had not seen eggs in the back.  They called Harry. He looked.  Yes, there were eggs — Yes, they were still on sale! 

So, my cashier closed the till.  She headed to the back to get the eggs.  I didn’t have to move.

Now, that’s small town service!!  And the price was right.

Christmas Day 2007

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Well, here we are.  In Rosetown with family!  Great food, great time!

Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

In history, this season is the beginnng of a new family.  We tend to attach this family spirit to the season, and in many ways it becomes primary.  While I still want to keep Jesus’ birth primary, I do recognize the opportunity to be with family.

Today, Jill and I will visit with my sister and her family, along with my mom and dad.  The drive is only short, a little under an hour.  The time together only a few short hours.

From a utilitarian point of view — what is the use?  That’s where people who only see life from money and resources miss out!  Yes, we could stay home and save money and time.  But what are you saving money and  time for?  In the end, there are no U-hauls behind the hearse!

In the end, there is another realm.  There, we will once again meet with people, living in new bodies yet still themselves, celebrating the one who is the reason for the Christmas season.  Why not start the visiting now?  And so we will do with a group of believers today — brothers and sisters in Jesus and brothers and sisters through an earthly family!

Holidays on the way!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Well, after a full day – from polishing up a sermon, leading a service, preaching, having lunch and then off to an interview with a prospective "international worker" with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, I’m at home.

Officially I start vacation tomorrow — until January 2nd.  Unofficially I’m out of my "Sunday" clothes and looking forward to a relaxing evening.

May this vacation season also see time where you can kick back and relax.

Way Back In Time

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Some things disappear.  Some things we think disappear.  Some things seem to stay around forever.

On the internet this is especially true.  Now you can check out how someone’s blog looked in past years.  Or how about a company’s old home webpage?  I headed over to and was amazed what looked like back in 1996.  Unfortunately they do not archive some of the graphics, but the idea is still there!  Even saw some entries from my own website from two years ago.

For the fun of it — this webcrawler wanders around all over the place.  Try it out under their "Way Back Machine".  Don’t be surprised if you can’t get on to their site right away.  I have a feeling a lot of people are checking out their archives.

Which sort of shows you!  People do love history.  Maybe not the dry way it was taught in school.  But the lively way that shows you the feeling of being "present" even though you are looking at the "past".

I wonder how our own perspectives would change on things like the life of Jesus if we could imagine ourselves to be right there in the "present" moment of the "past"?

Working on a video

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

OK, so it’s a glorified powerpoint.  But I’m trying to put my song, "That’s what’s so unusual", to visuals.  Tried a bunch of prairied scenes, but doesn’t quite cut it.  Have to see what else I can find.

The afternoon was spent upgrading some of the computer system at work.  Believe it or not (since things actually worked out), I rather enjoyed the time.  Getting good equipment and combining it with software that works is a real joy.

Tonight word of another poor diagnosis.  Seems whatever way you turn this time of year, health deteriorates.  I constantly pray for daily health and for healing for others.  I’m open to whatever God wants to do, and I’m trusting he will do far beyond what I may think or even imagine.

And last night I had a time of coffee with a friend who just encouraged me. Thanks!

So, let’s see what comes tomorrow!