Archive for July, 2009

Holidays here they come

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

We’re off for a few days.  Lakes and cities combined.  Enjoy your days upcoming – we’ll enjoy ours.  Probably won’t here from me for a week or two.  One of the places we are headed is out of regular communication range.  Hoping to come back tanned and refreshed.

New clothes

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Summer holidays has pushed my wife and I to clothe ourselves in new and fashionable ways.  OK, so we will be in a remote and isolated area.  We’ll venture only as far as a canoe or a quick ride to the dump will take us.  And we’ll probably see more bears than people.

But we’ll see each other.  More than usual.  And maybe it is time to update those decades old shorts and swimsuits.

So, off to the consignment store first.  There Tommy Hilfiger clothing are on for cut rates.   And they fit and have already been washed to minimize shrinkage.  Jill gets some capri pants and I fall into some shorts.

Salvation Army thrift store is next.  Again, the costs are low and the benefits high.  A pair of swim trunks and blue jeans.

Finally off to that high priced place called Walmart.  One purchase there is about equivalent to our two previous store receipts.  Nevertheless, we find suitable outerwear and come home happy.

Now, that’s what I call a good day of shopping!!

Selfish request

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

On Monday I wanted to play ball.  Phoned up a ball player and asked when would be a good day to get together.  Thursday at 7:00 was the answer.  Called a bunch of people.  13 showed up to play.  And others to watch.

What fun!!

Ball game july 16, 2009

Feverish flourishes

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I’m surrounded by hard workers!

As the day began, three teens joined my wife.  They are painting up a storm of decorations for Vacation Bible School. 

I love hard work – when someone else is doing it!

painting for VBS 2009

What impresses others

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

A resume is a place to put your best fot forward.  In it you give your history in such away that a potential employer finds you irrestible to hire.  One big reason not to be hired is spelling misteaks.   So goes the latest research.

Some of the greatest gaffs in resume writing!

“Dear Sir or Madman”, “I’m attacking my resume for you to review”, “Following is a grief overview of my skills” and “Have a keen eye for derail.”

The Lord’s prayer

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Each day one of my friends prays the Lord’s prayer on his way to work.  I admire him – and I see the positive effect this has on him.  I sometimes try to refashion the prayer into my own words for the day.  Here is today’s attempt.

My Father in heaven, you are not a run-of-the mill god.  May your way of running things be done here on earth as it is in heaven.   Give me enough strength each day to get through it physically.  And in my relationships, forgive me for what I have done against you just as I forgive people who offend me.  And when another alternative path of “life” opens up, shunt me around it.    You know what makes the world go around, you have the power to keep things going, and you deserve the credit – not me.  Don’t let me try and take your place!!

When lives intersect

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Think and it shall. 

I’m not a great proponent of “The Secret” or other self-fulfilment books.  I don’t want to presume to tell God what to do.   And yet, some days . . .

Yesterday I was thinking of a person and they appeared in the doorway to my work.  They had felt they should just show up.  Another person met me in the doorway of the grocery story — I’d wanted to touch base with them.  A relative of a hospital patient appeared and we discussed their recovery. 

By the end of the day, my scheduled appointments were few and far between, but my day was full.  Some days the best laid plans end up being God’s plans.

Those are the days I need to remember that God plans — I get to walk the path.  I enjoy the colors, and the fragrance, the flowers and the surprises.  And my daily journal is just a little fuller because of God’s clear intersection into my day.

How soon we grow older!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Today our daughter turned another leaf on the calendar. Years ago we were looking at her smiling face as she began life’s journey. Each day has been a wonder. Only God knows what 24 hours will hold, but we do wonder!

Now she has two children, a loving husband, and music in her bones. She runs a family household (in other words she is vital in holding a family together) and is well on the way to being a loving and caring mother.

As parents, we sit back and thank God.

Happy Birthday, Alli!

Sign paint

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

In a much younger life I worked for a summer for a company called NEPRO.  At the time, this was a Jim Pattison company (who, for those interested, has a personal history around the area – particularly around Luseland).

In a number of our jaunts around the province, I and a friend painted signs.  More often than not we were dealing with neon signs, or replacing plastic shielding/signs.  But, every once in a while we would do touch ups  on signs.

The paint was thick and did not drip.  The finish was glossy and stood out against whatever background it was painted upon.

This week I wanted to paint a few letters on a sign.  The background is white and so black would have done just fine.  But, around this town there are no stores that sell sign paint.  Or even a similar type of paint.  There’s enamel, floor, deck, bathroom, exterior, interior, cement and other varieties of paint.  But nothing of the consistency of sign paint.

Now, I would like to complete the sign as soon as possible.  So, I’m contemplating which paint would be the closest consistency.  I’m wondering if perhaps some of that aged paint in the basement just might do the job!

Feeling summer

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Well, there are days when you feel that life is drifting.  Not in a bad sense.  But in the sense of slowing down to make way for regeneration. 

After a year of activity, uncertainty and hope this lull is just what is needed.  Not that a lull means less work time!  Just a lift in intensity. 

Two weeks from now we are hoping to be at a cabin in northern Saskatchewan.  There is no TV, no computer hookup, and no lack of time to relax.  Until then, there are  few things to care for and activities to work on.

Thankfully, summer is here!  I feel a song coming on .  .  . Summertime, and the livin’ is easy . . .