Archive for March, 2009

End of the day

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

When I started the day, 9:00 at the office was the initial start time.  Then an unexpected, and fully God given, appointment.  Then three further meetings with people.  By 4:00 in the afternoon I was ready for a rest — which I took.  And finally an evening appointment.

These are days of the unexpected.  These are days to trust God.  These are days to anticipate the upcoming days.

God’s blessing and strength are what we seek.  And somehow, he gives more than we expect!

Laugh in the morning

Monday, March 30th, 2009

A day off is a (fill in the blank!). 

I started off on my computer (well, after a shave and shower).  I had seen a great video on jellyfish — the creature that has not plans, he’s just carried along by the currents. Phil Vischer of Veggie Tale fame has a company based on that idea.

So, I headed to wikipedia to check it out.  We have a grandson who benefit from some Phil videos!  Found out that there is a “television” channel.  Currently it is free – an experiment to get the word out!  I also understand some of the video clips are  on youtube, facebook, godtube, and probably a thousand other places on the internet.

Headed over to jellytelly.com and watched.  The humor is great.  My wife was outside the room and thought I was watching Veggie Tales.  So, if you enjoy Veggie Tales, or just want to get in on some fun stuff, check out jellytelly.com

Earthday

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

We were just entering the 8:30 hour when the news on the internet informed us that earthday was about to begin.  The idea?  Try to use a little power as possible and thus reduce the carbon footprint around the world.  We thought we would try it, to  fulfil a simpler lifestyle.

As we found out, it was rather romantic.  We turned out lights around the house and put on candles.  In the shade of the night hours, surrounded by warm light and warmth we read around the table.

Could it become a habit?  With our schedule — I would doubt it.  Is it a possibility in the near future?  For sure!

earthday mar 28, 2009

In the small things

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Over the last few years I’ve enjoyed having pictures taken on my camera.  They have been of events and creation and people.  When I measure them up to the expanse of the universe they are but small things.  And yet in their miniscule size is great treasure! 

Here are a few  creation shots.  BTW – the first picture was snapped by my wife on my Canon S1 IS.

Dore Lake spiderweb small

grain heads small

flowers small

Crokinole tournament results

Friday, March 27th, 2009

After a fun evening of seniors and teens, the crokinole tournament ended with:

  • Ashley and Dale – 390 points
  • Aaron and Ann – 380 points
  • Marilyn and Vanessa – 365 points

crokinole tourament mar 27, 2009

Lots of fun, loud cheering and great dessert prepared by the youth.  Something we could do again!!

The cleaning of the teeth

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I did not know.

My knee replacements affect the cleaning of my teeth.

You see, up until two years after the replacements possible infection can be expected when teeth are cleaned.  I presume open cuts and bleeding which result from the cleaning can create open access to bad bacteria.

I was literally sitting in the chair when the dental hygienist interrupted my expectations.  She had the dentist prescribe a drug to stave off infection.  I had to go, get the drug prescription filled, and return no sooner than one hour later.

Meanwhile, I took a liter of milk to be sure the pills did not disturb my stomach.  OK, maybe I could have taken less but I didn’t want to waste all that good milk. 

Back in the chair an ultrasound tool loosened up the buildup on my teeth.  Then some scrapping and finally the polishing.  As I view my mouth, I’m now in much better shape than before, although my tongue finds it a little different feel to the landscape of the inner world of my mouth!!

SPN done!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We have a great time together.  Senior Pastors of churches in the region meet three times a year. 

We laugh and cry, pray and eat, and generally walk away refreshed.

This time around, Blaine carried two knives with him.  Both would be considered “switchblades” back in my day!  He showed us how they worked.  He carries them as his “tool-of-choice.”  When he flicks them out, I’m always amazed at how effortless it is.

In the end, the trip home saw less than clean roads.  Even saw a few patches of highway in the midst of the snow.

And as I arrived home, I ate and headed out to our children’s program.  Somehow God provided me strength for the day and a great group of kids for the evening!

And now, the rest for the evening is coming up!  See you tomorrow.

How words change!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I guess dictionaries are somewhat like laws.  Often they just document what is already happening in society.

Here’s one of the latest — a definition of "marriage," from the Online Dictionary of Miriam Webster.

Main Entry:
mar·riage 
Pronunciation:
\?mer-ij, ?ma-rij\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
Date:
14th century

1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage> b: the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage

2: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected ; especially : the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities

3: an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross>

So, we can have debates over whether there is legal or moral precedence for same-sex marriage, but at this point there is a now officially a definition (although somewhat ambiguous by saying it is "like a traditional marriage" — got to love those adjectives!!).

Contrasts

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

At 2:00 we were at a shower for two children.  Karter and Jeremiah are newly adopted (2 and 3 years old).  They are great kids, with child like enthusiasm.  The love to color and play cars.

At 2:30 we arrived at our local seniors manor.  There we met a number of our church adherents and members.  We enjoy their long lives.  Some have dementia, others have bodies that don’t function the way they did when they were three years old.

All have life from God.  And we celebrate their lives.  Young and Old.

As I lay me down to sleep

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Both my wife and I headed opposite directions today.

I was down the road to Rosetown with the Elders of the church.  We were inspired to consider what we can be doing as a church.  And how to get there.

Jill was down the road to Kelfield – population 3, provided the old man has not died recently!  Actually they were just outside Kelfield cleaning a farm house for friends to occupy.

She came home tired.  And energized.  I came home energized and am now tired.

Good night to all.  May your Sunday prove to be a time of good will, peace and joy found in Jesus Christ!