Archive for August, 2011

A song that keeps going through my head

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Steve Bell – musician, Canadian, Christian.

I met Steve more than a decade ago when we ran an arts show called “Circling the Son.”  He sang, spoke, and generally charmed us all as a soft spoken, opinionated, loveable, down home gentleman.  Some of our church people became constant followers – and still do to this day.

So, it was no surprise to me when a cancer patient took to memory and heart one of the songs he sang (written by Gord Johnson). 

In the morning Lord we do look to you for the strength we need just to make it through, have mercy.  In the evening Lord we look back and say it was in your strength that we made our way, have mercy.  You are our everything we need, feed us Lord.

Check out the version he does with Fresh I.E. (folk meets hip hop).

Everything We Need – Steve Bell & Fresh I.E. 

A thought

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Sometimes we need to have larger issues – suffering, poverty, discrimination – to point out to us how thankful we should be when life is comfortable.  Too often we become grumblers over issues that are so small ants could carry them away.  After we pile up our dislikes and interruptions and petty concerns, we begin to think we are hard done by.

And then the big issues strike. 

I want to be like a cancer patient I know who has carefully guarded her own heart to remain thankful in all things.  Good for the soul and the body!!

I want to learn to be thankful in all things.  Good for my soul and my body!!

To be young again!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Perhaps it’s old age, or common sense, or the wisdom of being ancient!

Yesterday we had considered our strength in the early morning and decided not to venture into Saskatoon, a two hour drive away.  Following a great church service, we headed home – feeling much better.  With activities that had transpired following the church service, we arrived home into the early afternoon, without sufficient time to head to the memorial service which had beckoned us to head to Saskatoon.

We decided to stay home!

And then our daughter phoned.  She wondered if we were headed into Saskatoon.  They were there.  Did we want to join them for a coffee or for supper? 

Without a strict time frame we felt we could head in.  And we were both feeling in good enough physical shape by then to be able to enjoy the afternoon.

So we did what we had done 35 years ago.  We got in the car, headed off on a four hour round trip to have coffee/ice cream/supper!

Sometimes you just want to be young again!


Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Around the table tonight we were discussing perceptions of our town.

In the past few months I have heard people say that the town is unfriendly.  That we have a sense of ungratefulness and entitlement.  That this atmosphere creates an aloofness pitting us against them.

And so, I’m wondering how we promote thankfulness in our town.  Most of us do recognize the many things that a small town like Kindersley provides.  But how do we let others know?  How do we express this thankfulness in ways that the community notices and rallies alongside? 

Any thoughts?

Look who’s coming to dinnner!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Well, tonight we have “Christmas in August.”

My brother, his good wife, two kids and the wife’s sister are all here.  And our son dropped in as well (right off the boat!).  We’ve been out today viewing my father’s gravesite, visiting the local walking trail, the church and Tim Horton’s.  Further excitement has been booking motels for my brother for his path back to Georgetown, Ontario (which they are hoping to include a Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Chicago Cubs).

So, this should be great!  Turkey and all!!

A funny thing happened on the way to the stump!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Today I headed over to the neighbours to take out a stump.  On the way, I noticed another neighbour was working on their stumps.  I watched them try to chain saw the stump to the ground. 

Meanwhile, I headed to the stump that was sitting there waiting to stump me.  I dug, chopped and shovelled.  In less than two hours the stump was out.  And the other neighbours were over checking out my work. 

Their stump was still stumping them, and they still had another to go!  I volunteered to come over and help with the second stump they were just working on.  We dug, chopped and shovelled and in less than two hours that stump was out.

The neighbours were surprised.  Their first stump had taken almost twice as much time and was merely leveled to the ground but not removed.

Interestingly, I was seen as the expert (this is my fourth stump removal – that’s all).  I suppose the greatest input I had was to say, “keep going!”  Without having removed a stump the neighbours had no idea what it would take – and their previous stump removal had been contracted out to a backhoe and “big machines.” 

How could a shovel and axe take out an immovable stump??  Patience and systematic work!  And someone who really believes it can be done!

And so, two stumps in one day.  That’s enough!!  Time to hit the sack!!

Towards the next hours

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I have volunteered to take out another stump.

For some of you who are stumped over this thought, let me explain.

In the spring one of our trees finally expired.  The demise had been gradual over these past few years.  With a bit of trimming and care, we had hoped for a better outcome.  But the end was not to be as we had hoped.

So, the tree was trimmed to a stump.  And then we decided there was a need to rid ourselves of the stump – we wanted to plant grass and not just create a “stick sticking out of the ground!”

The tree did not have a tap root, so one morning as my wife talked to our next door neighbour, I dug and cut and shook the stump until it moved under my feet!

With that triumph in place, I mentioned to our next neighbour down that I could remove one of their stumps.  I practiced at my daughter’s a few weeks ago.  That stump came out well, as did our neighbours stump.

And so, last night I talked to the satisfied neighbours.  Now, I knew that there was another stump, and I asked if they wanted that stripped from the ground.  They were more than excited to get this wooden monstrosity from their front yard.  So I asked if they were up at 6:30 in the morning when I would usually start working on the stump. 

Funny thing!  They volunteered that they would be away this weekend.  And I could come down when they left and work on the stump.  So, in a few hours I will once again work on a stump! 

Maybe this will be my new career (NOT!).

I thought I wasn’t affected!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

OK, some people have always thought I was a bit affected (for those who didn’t come out of the 60’s and 70’s – that just means some people might think I’m a little strange!).

But, using the word in more technical English, I thought I wasn’t affected by technology.  At least, not the way younger people are!

Think again.

Yesterday our cable/internet line was cut.  Accidentally by a telecommunications worker.  By the time we figured it out, the shops were closed at our local service provider. 

So, no TV channels and no internet.  We’ve grown so used to cable TV or on demand “NextFlix” that here we were – having to actually either pull out a DVD, listen to music or do something productive!

And wouldn’t you know it, we decided on a combination.  By the end of the evening we had enjoyed ourselves, gotten some work done that we hadn’t planned, and went to bed in good spirits!

Now, if we could just pull the plug on everyone . . .

Before the rain comes

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Today the skies opened their gates and let out the rain!

Not in gushers – just off and on patterns of splashes.

Early this morning I headed to our neighbour’s and continued to dig out a stump.  Now, just to let you know I’m not volunteering to come help you with your stumps in life.  Just that I had promised our neighbour I would help (they had tried using a truck to pull the stump out – no go!!).

This is the third stump since the spring.  I’ve learned patience, a good shovel and a sharp axe all work together for good.

So this morning I was up early to complete work from the previous two days.  I wasn’t sure how much was still needed to uproot the final roots.  Within an hour, as the clouds darken and a storm brewed, the stump began to wiggle and soon dislodged totally! 

Just in time.  Which seems to be the way that memorable happenings work!  Not to say that everything should be that way, but every once in a while it keeps life interesting!!

The tree doth fall!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

the tree doth fall  august 2011

Well, back home after a three week vacation.  This past week was without email or phone calls. but was with trees falling, fences built and physical exercise aplenty.  The tree you see above is one we felled in the backyard of my daughter’s home.  Her husband is operating the boom truck – if you notice where the branches have been stripped to – that’s how high I climbed to cut off each branch!  Lots of fun and just what we needed to end one of our most restful holidays!!