Archive for January, 2009

The day after

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Well, the car was towed.  The caved roof holds a myriad of adventures – the most recent of which is terrifying and yet somehow ended well.

Our son’s sprain and head ache (and now some backache) are much less than could have happened.  Others are glad to hear of his relatively little bit of injury.  We are too!

This morning we attended to our local insurance adjuster (nice language to say we headed over to SGI and talked about the accident).  We expect by next week we’ll have a final adjustment on the car (chances are that it will be “written off”).  We have begun the search for a replacement.  The first car we examined looked good, sounded good, but didn’t smell good.  Smoke does not become our lungs (or maybe, rightly put, smoke does become our lungs too easily – injuring and even killing). 

Our schedules this coming week mean we probably won’t find anything until at least a week from now.  Not sure what we will consider next.  That’s part of the adventure.

And so, the next phase of life begins.

Rolling along and over!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Our son Tim was on his way for a few days of holiday.  The road had the frost coming out of it, wind whipping across it, and snow sticking to it.  Parts were fine, and then a patch of not so fine!

As he turned a corner in the road, the tires began to slide and the car headed into the ditch.  One front tire caught and the car turned onto it’s roof.

Thankfully, very thankfully, Tim only sustained a strained finger, some cuts and a hit on the head. 

As he crawled from the car, after releasing the seat belt, a few cars streamed by.  Finally an older lady came by in a truck, a 4X4.  His ride to Rosetown was completed – he sat in a coffee shop and I was able to pick him up shortly thereafter.

And that is the adventure of the day!!

Tilt the head

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The past few weeks I’ve been working on GERD.  This stomach acid regurgitation affects the throat and, for me at least, creates nausea.  I’ve tried out diet and even gravol.

The effects have certainly lessened.  Today we went one step further.  Based on Web information and on a personal testimony from another pastor, we raised the head of the bed.

Not professionally!

But with blocks and the handyman’s friend, duct tape. 

I gave the bed a try.  You feel a bit like you could slide without any effort onto the floor.  Sitting up after exiting the bed gives the sensation of tilting forward just slightly.  My feet feel as though I’m wearing high heels. 

My stomach?  Certainly in better shape than when I sleep lying flat. 

That’s one day and one experience.  We’ll see how it goes!

12 for lunch

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

We started with just a few.  The numbers grew.

Meatballs, salad and gravy too.  A bit of other goodies too.

And then they are gone.

Great time!

Wind chill

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Today was supposed to feel like -40 degrees, with the wind chill.

As we stood at the grocery store an obviousness arose.  Or should I say, swept across us.  Our gloved fingers began to freeze.  Our exposed faces became like ice.  Our slow steps sped as fast as we could.

For those who live in warm climes — we plugged in our car. 

Now, that has to do with electricity — true!  Actually, we have a heater that sits in oil.  The oil is on the inside of our car’s motor.  When the oil is warm, the car is satisfied.  With a groan, it will come to life.

If the car is not plugged in, the oil is sluggish, the engine is unresponsive and you look rather like a fool trying to start the car.

Who says living north of the 49th doesn’t have it’s days?

And today was one of them!!

iKids

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The equipment for a kids program (iKids) was made available to our youth group tonight.  5 large screen TV’s with video games.  The director of the program completed our evening with thoughts on using our talents to do what God wants us to do.

Not a bad evening with something to think about for both the kids and the adults!!

Text messaging

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I’ve held off for the last while.

Watching those who receive a text message and then reply as they keep up a conversation with you.

Funny thing.  That’s exactly what I did today.

I could justify it by saying that I’m new to this thing.  Or that I really needed to get back to the person. Or that . . .

Having said all this, I lost my head.  Off I went.  And with my text messaging, I sat across from another diner.  While he finished his chicken fettucine Alfredo, I tried to put together a text message (it took that long).  After I was finished the text message, I was left to eat by myself, with the bodies across the table staring at me.

So, lesson #1. 

Text message to your heart’s content, but not in front of someone.

Entering the twilight zone

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

In this part of the world, December and January provide the opportunity to go work in the dark, and to return from work in the dark.  Not to keep anyone in the dark, but this is not the experience my son had when he was travelling the Caribbean on a cruise ship.  There you could be up with the sun and down with the sun, and put in a very full day.

So, we are excited when the light lingers after 6:00 pm in the evening.  And right now the sun is arising shortly before 9:00 am.  All a good sign! 

I’m quite glad to be one of those who will enter the twilight zone a little later each day!

Our son arrives home!

Monday, January 19th, 2009

From the climes of South America, Buenos Aires, our son, Tim, has just flown in.

He began his travels yesterday night, flew non-stop to Toronto.  Then onward to Saskatoon.  We picked him up this morning around 11:15 and now the evening is completing.  He’s getting his wi-fi up and running on his computer.  We are preparing for bed and life goes on!!  This is great to have him home — we’ll see what adventures await us in the following weeks.

The small pleasures

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Today I sat in my home office (OK, it’s actually a bedroom equipped with a computer or two).  I pulled out some equipment — quietly strung wires to another bedroom.  After hooking up a microphone and DI box (a great name for audio geeks!) I was ready.

Richard arrived shortly after 10:00 and by around 1:30 we had recorded the basics for two songs.  One song is the old faithful, “Amazing Grace” — the other an original composition called “Everything.”

The micing of the guitar was actually “sweet”, as one of our musician friends from past years would say.  When the songs were done, I spun off a CD for him.

And that, my friends, is just plain fun!!