Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sorry about that

I just haven’t been around here much lately.  Who would have thought that semi-retirement from dentistry would leave me so busy!  Today will be another day jam-packed with things to do.

Yesterday I sat surrounded by old albums, newspaper clippings, photos, etc and began to put together a presentation for our upcoming celebration at our church.  We have finished paying the mortgage and that is something to celebrate.  Since I wasn’t around in the days when the building was being built, I had some research to do.  MJ has been a wonder at digging up the info I needed.

But the building was built before the days of digital photography. Now we take pictures of everything.  Not so 30 years ago.  I’ve had to dig hard for stuff to use in a powerpoint show! 


But it will be ready.

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Of KFC and Sunday School Curriculum

Today has been full of busy work.  Good stuff to do but the day seems too short by the end – Bread ministry, staff meeting, School volunteering, picking up grandkids, another meeting tonight. 

The longest part of the day may have been the half hour wait to pick up some KFC.  I had the kids with me and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Till we had waited over half an hour by the time we got to the window to pay and pick up food only to be informed that if we wanted to we could wait another 15 minutes and then our order might be ready.  Seemed a bit much so I declined and headed over to another chicken joint where we got our chicken and were home within 15 minutes.  May be the last time I line up at KFC.  Meanwhile the kids were super about the long wait in the car and were happily playing with each other.  They were very hungry though when we did sit down to eat.  Cleaned up their plates in no time.

At the meeting tonight we took on cleaning out a cupboard at the church.  Sent a lot of really outdated Sunday School material to the recycle bin.  Chucked a few vinyl records of someone telling stories and singing the choruses to go with the lessons.  Really dated stuff.  But there is some good stuff there too.  We just do not have the number of kids of all ages to use the material but if anyone could use it – I would love to pack it up and ship it off to someone who would use it.  We have some stuff by Groups, Hands on Bible Curriculum. 1997 that is still very usable.  Curriculum plus learning labs full of active things to do.  From toddler to Grades 5/6.  Say the word, give me an address to ship it to and it is yours!  It is not getting any younger!

We also have a couple of sets of curriculum for use with mentally challenged adults – very good stuff.  We don’t have a need for this right now and would love to share it with anyone who needs this.

And that has been my day.  Tomorrow I will be trying to put together a power point presentation to use at our church’s mortgage burning banquet on Dec. 5.  Why didn’t people take more pictures back then?   I may have to get creative and take random pictures of construction sites!


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It’s been a bit of a long day

and now it seems as if  sleep eludes me.  So here I sit at the computer fiddling with my header and such.

First news this morning was that oldest son had rolled his vehicle on his way to a town about 4 hours from PA.  Made me very concerned for him as well as for my own travels home from Alberta. 

But he is OK, spending the night in hospital though.  I guess it is prudent for a hospital to make sure the young lawyer is adequately observed so as to avoid any pesky questions later.  He does have a broken collarbone and I guess is pretty sore. 

My trip home was uneventful.  There were some slippery sections along the way but nothing my trusty tires couldn’t handle.  And I really did not want to put them to the test so I was careful.

Made it back in good time for tonight’s council meeting.  Maybe that is what left me sleepless – not that it wasn’t good but sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed at the things there are that must be done.  Oh, volunteers, where are you?

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Morning colour

There really is nothing better than visiting friends in the field.  I am always refreshed – body and soul.


The first morning I woke up to a beautiful display of colour.  I think God must live in the area.

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We Remember

The other day in the pet store I had my arms full of special goodies for my Koi that are now residing in a small (10L) aquarium for the winter.  The alternative to this kind of crowded existence was death by freezing so I figure they have it pretty good.  However, the aquarium was getting sort of polluted and I decided that I’d also better invest in some kind of creature to destroy the algae.  I was sort of thinking snails but it seems that there are fish that do this job.  Not cheap fish either.  So I was shelling our $15 for one little black sucker and also grabbed some more filters and a piece of driftwood from some exotic country.  The walking encyclopaedia of fish knowledge  salesperson assured me that if there was insufficient algae, the algae eater would also derive some nutrition from the wood.  Now my aquarium is home to 6 Koi and one black algae eater, three rocks and one hunk of driftwood.  The water is now clear enough to see all these fish through the glass thanks to one little black fish.  Amazing.

While I was at the till making my purchases, a girl of about 8 years was fiddling with the display of poppies on sale for Remembrance Day.  She must have been in the store with an adult who had disappeared or who may have dropped her off for a fun time there while they shopped nearby for more adult toys.  (It is right next door to Future Shop)  She was just hanging around the till and looked a bit bored.  She looked up at me (I was wearing a poppy) and asked, “What are these for?”  I was at first a bit stunned.  Didn’t she go to school?  Don’t they teach kids anything in school anymore? Maybe she is one of those kids who doesn’t listen?  How could she not know what the poppies were for?  So I explained to her that they were to help us remember the people who had fought and died in the great wars so that we could live in a safe country in freedom.  She heard the “war” word and immediately asked if they were evil?  I assured her that no, they actually believed that they were fighting against evil in those wars. 

But, Oh dear.  I am not sure she got it at all.  She was muttering “evil” under her breath as she wandered off.

And perhaps she is partly correct.  All war is evil, even for the good causes.  Peace between all is how God intended humankind to live.  But I guess we have managed to mess that plan up fairly well.  So we have wars.  People fight for the rightness of some cause or government.  And much pain is experienced by both sides in the process.  Sometimes, I suppose, it is necessary to fight for what is right, to keep evil at bay.  Someday we may learn to settle things without resorting to war but meanwhile… 

Until then we must not forget the gift of freedom others long ago fought for, for the many soldiers who have died to maintain peace in far off places, and all the innocents that died in the crossfire.  We must remember and pray to God for better ways for nations to work things out, for God’s love for others to control our leaders decisions and for an end to cruelty and hatred for people different from ourselves.

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