Archive for March, 2008

Women's shelter on the way in Prince Albert

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Two or three years ago friends of ours mentioned a need — for a women’s shelter in Prince Albert.  Both worked for the Salvation Army.  That day, we met them around a bank of shelving in Costco in Sasaktoon.  The years have ground forward.  The background work has taken time, and probably it’s toll. 

This week funding from federal government sources was announced.  Dave and Carol — good to see that things do finally emerge!!

That heavenly smell

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

From days of yore!  We awaken to the smell of fresh baked pie.  Carefully rolled pastry with syrupy filling.  And best of all??  My son is the creator.


A classical feel!

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I was checking out some music by Jan Vayne and the Gypsy Boys.  They were at a concert in Germany (?) a few years ago.  A YouTube piece has some music from the concert series over the years.  Four minutes of good listening.

The dryer setting

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Loved the comment by MaryAnne on yesterday’s blog entry!  Normal is just a dryer setting!

Well, I am feeling closer to normal.  As is Jill.

Today we headed out to pick up some groceries.  Together.  In the same car.  Without a walker.

The groeries were for a friend who has just come home from the hospital.  He needed some food — he was in hospital lon enough his fridge food was starting to grow green!  We didn’t need to pick up a lot of food, just enough to tide him over for a few days.

This morning was a three hour stint at the office.  Not bad!  And now I’m working at home on a sermon.  Almost a 3/4 day, which is getting back to "normal".  In a few weeks, I’ll be out after a full day of work and wonder why I couldn’t be "normal" the way I was a few weeks ago!!


Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Well, one more of our helpers has returned home.

Brenda, my wife’s sister, returned to Ontario.  She came for 20 days.  A sacrifice which we have greatly appreciated.  From cleaning house to making meals to being a comfort and strength.  Family can truly be a strong branch that keeps one going.

My son, Tim, is here for the next few days.  He drove us home tonight.  Soon we’ll drive him to his flight on April 1st.  While returning to "normal" will be nice, I’m going to miss the company!!

The Mundane

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I awoke to snow on the ground.  A little exercise to clean this, then off to work.  Back home for a rest, then some hospital and manor visitation.  Supper and a prayer meeting.

These are occurences that could happen on any day.  So what makes each day sacred?

Simple things – like being sure our primary thoughts are on God and our activities are affected by that direction. 

Not an easy thing.  Not a usual thing.  But wouldn’t it be great if this became the mundane of each day.  So that what is usual is so much better than the usual of most of our days!!

I’m not there yet, but would love to be!!


Monday, March 24th, 2008

Working back to full strength does take time.

I’ve been warned by grandparents, peers and the younger generation to take my time.  But I’m finding patience is not always my long suit.  I preached on Sunday and 3/4 of the way through ran out of steam.  Today I ventured to the office and did some hospital visitation.  That was about enough.

My afternoon rest stretched for around two hours.  And that was solid sleep.  And even as I write this, later in the evening, I’m yawning and ready to rest.

Most of our lives we are pushing to complete one more thing.  One more opportunity to complete the vision we may have.  I’m learning that vision and ability need strong doses of reality.  At least in the area of timelines!!

So, good night, good sleep, may God’s rest be yours.

Delayed a Day

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

So, we arrived at the airport.  No Tim.  Snowstorms in Minnesota and a control tower problem in San Juan caused flights to be missed.

He should arrive Sunday afternoon — 4:24 from Minneapolis.

My son arrives tonight

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

As I write this, at 7:30 in the evening, I’m preparing to get in the car for a four hour drive.

Tim’s flight arrives at 10:37 tonight.  We’ll pull into the airport around 10:15 — await his arrival — climb back in the car — drive back home for 1:00. 

These are time I cherish.  Not the hours!  I cherish my son and time spent with him.

So, to an opportunity to visit, chat about life and generally enjoy being together — cheers (and I’m talking about the vocal kind, not the liquid kind!).

Searching out old friends

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Today they started the search.

My wife and her sister were reminiscing about their youth.  A list was soon forthcoming.  As the names emerged, the wondering began.

Soon they were on the internet.  One name was a mutual friend whom they had not seen for a decade or two.  The name popped up in an old database on phone numbers.  She no longer lived in that area. 

But, others of the same last name were there.  They could be relatives.

A phone call was placed.  This was a nephew.  He took down our phone number and contacted his aunt (privacy is a good policy).  Within minutes the friend phoned back.  More than a half hour later they had exchanged life stories and made each others day!!

Now, that’s a fun and good use of time and resources!!