Archive for 2015

Birthday post

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Well, long time no see – or hear – or read!

I began this birthday with a retirement party from our local ministerial.  More like a breakfast out with friends of the last few years.  A great time of blessing each other.  And of course, a bit of hot oatmeal cereal – a real treat.

Then home for a rest – best thing to do when you have a birthday and you are retired!  OK, there are a few other things to be done, but that was a good start.

Some short chats with friends at the post office and grocery store.  And tonight I’m being taken out for supper!

How good is that!

OH, I’m 62 this year and aging well.

The ordinary

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Over the past ten years, I have used this blog to post the ordinary in life.  That has included a mouse in the house, sermon inspirations, and even the mundane happenings around me.

This column of thoughts has also strayed into some of my theology and completely “weird” imaginings.  My father used to ask me how I came up with all these blog postings. 

My usual answer?

Give me a phrase, and let me run with it.

I have been known to sit down and just let me mind wander.  Those are good days.  And in the past decade or so, I’m learning that my ability to be creative is a sign of health – both physical, mental and spiritual.

Both the ordinary and the “push past the ordinary” are important in life.

Today, I’m enjoying the ordinary.  This is my day of rest, alongside a day of worship (usually called a Sabbath).  In the midst of our renovations, one side of my mind is still pushing to the next project.  The opposing side of my mind is pushing to rest – my ordinary practice in the weekly cycle of life.

I’m glad this is turning out to be an ordinary day in my week.  My mind is back to it’s wanderings and imaginings.

Not a bad thing.

Wallpapering together

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Our experience as a newly married couple (OK, we’ve been married two years) is that we work well together.  That is, once we figure out what we are doing and can interpret that well to each other!

A task that has now become a signature project is that of wallpapering.  Twice already we have wallpapered together.  The result has been very good – both in looks and in how we are able to survive that close proximity and work space.

So today, we head to our daughter and son-in-laws new condo.  They have prepared an area that needs wallpapered.  We have volunteered. 

And we shall see.

Either smiling faces or pasty faces – which will  it be?

Basement framing

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The major portion of our basement framing is done.

From this I have learned that I am not always the best at going forward.  I was willing to do the framing but my own expertise was lacking.  We got a friend who knows framing (and farming) to give us a hand.  In three hours he finished what took me three days of uncertainty!

Now we can complete some wiring and some plumbing. 

And with that will come walls put up and painted, fixtures put in place and a much more decorated home to welcome us as we walk in the door.

Friends and framing

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Yesterday a friend came by to help with framing our basement. 

Other friends have also helped, and I am learning new things each day.  And for that I am very grateful.

Last night I stood and watched.  I am constantly amazed at those for whom the difficult seems easy.  In three hours he worked a miracle that would have taken me three days.

And as he finished a section of the wall, he merely said, “I think I need a drink.”  And that was the end of work for the evening. 

No great fan fare.  Just – let’s have a drink and chat.

Thanks.

Retirement

Monday, July 20th, 2015

I love talking to those who have recently retired.

Not long into the conversation, they talk about how they are busier than ever.  All those things they have wanted to do, they are now trying to cram into 24 hours in a day.

I’m working on retiring in the next few weeks.  I want to be busy, but to be moderate. 

Not sure if retirement will allow for that. 

I know my first few days of retirement I plan to sleep in (as long as that may be!), and then we will see.

A wall at a time

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Working on renovations reminds me of working on life.

We all have things that need to be done.  For our sanity, for others, for God.

In the midst of it all we become overwhelmed.  We throw our hands up in the air, we sigh and sometimes just give up.

One wall at a time is the way I’m approaching things. A few nails and 2×4’s get put into place one step at a time.

And so, yesterday, we put up a short wall.  The wall had to go around some pipes and be accurate in order to put in a shower cabinet. 

When the work was done, and the day was done, we were done.

And yet . . . I was strangely invigorated.

One wall at a time.

I am retiring

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

As of August 31st, 2015, I will be officially retiring from my job here at the Kindersley Alliance Church.

I’m not sure what the future will hold, I just hope the envelope is big enough to contain all the things I would like to do.

But first – off to the last few weeks of work and the renovation of our house (both of which could be full-time jobs!). 

My wife and I just celebrated two years of marriage yesterday and are looking forward to many more together.  We have passed some of those tests of the initial years – particularly the wallpaper hanging test!  In fact, we are off to do wallpapering together in a month’s time.  A favour for one of our children!

Transitions have been a large part of my life lately.  I think the biggest thing that I am learning (and not always doing well at it) is that my strength has to come from God.  I also trust in encouragement from fellow travelers here on this earth below, particularly those whose faith walk is similar to mine.  Somehow that lifts me up and helps to tap into the strength that God gives!

Well, we’ll see.  Life is truly an adventure!

First overnight in our new house

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

We could have continued to camp out in other accommodations, but the time has come. 

An overnight in our new home.

In some ways this is a psychological thing.  We have spent money on renovations, paid money to own two houses at one time (while we fixed one and prepared to leave another), and we have even sent pictures out to others of our new house.

But until you actually stay overnight – until you aren’t leaving in order to return again another day – until that point you aren’t really at home.

but today . . . this is home. 

Our bags are waiting to be unpacked and the bed sheets are ready to put on the bed.  There is no turning back!

HOME.

In the house but not of the house

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

I’m sitting in our new house.

That is not a surprise.  I’ve been in and out of the house for the last few weeks. 

But at this point, we are preparing a few rooms so that we can move in.  We have been graciously hosted by a couple in the church.  Their home has been a God send.

At this point we would like to be in our own home.

Perhaps for insane reasons:

I would love to get up in the morning and start working on repairs to the house.  I would love to sit down at my own “table” (which may look like a box or a stool), and eat together with my wife.  I would love to not have to travel to get to my home (right now our hosts live about 20 minutes away from our house).

And insanely, I would just like to smell the house as I grow with it and it grows with me.

I’m sitting in our new house.  I hope to do much more of that in the future.