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Well, as you can see, I have changed some things around here.  I’ve switched over to WordPress as my blog hoster and somehow, in doing that, I have lost all my comments. 

Not quite sure what I did there.  So anyone know if there is a way to fix that?  Or does life just go on with new comments from here?

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We are old

A few mid-night thoughts.

I wish I knew why it is so hard to go back to a state of peaceful sleep when I wake in the middle of the night.  Wish the mind would return to sleep mode at the flick of a button.  Alas…

And since I didn’t stay up till the results of the election were irrevocably clear, my question to Leo when we both woke at the same time was what the results were.  Obama is it then.  Good.

We are old –  when we ask about election results and no other more interesting thoughts arouse us in the middle of the night!

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Morning coffee

I normally make good strong coffee at home but this morning I had some errands and needed to get my car up to the Honda people early for an oil change and such.  So, I stopped in at The Great Western Coffee for a mocha.  I like ti that they have free wifi too.

Its 7:30 now and beginning to get busy.  I’ll leave in a few minutes but it is sort of good to sit here in relative quiet, in a different place than home, posting to my blog.

A lot has gone on in the past few days and lots of my family has been home.  I’ve been the babysitter and chef and hostess and it has all been good.  Nea was dedicated and it is good to see my kids take this step with their  children.  God has been good to me.  I haven’t always felt that way about my kids but I see His goodness more clearly with time.  He hears me when I place them in His hands.

Now off to work.

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Twice in one day

We visited the Olive Garden yesterday – twice.  The first time was after a shopping trip to a local mall.

It is good that I do not have any extra room in my suitcase or I would have been tempted to spend a lot more money.  I don’t know that it is stuff I can’t get at home, really, but the variety to choose from is huge.   Anyway, Leo brought just a tiny little bag so no extra room there.  Too bad.  I could have done a lot more shopping.  We did spend enough time in a big bookstore to satisfy the bookaholic tendencies we both have.

And last night we re-visited the same restaurant with different friends.  We pulled together a gathering of old missionaries and sat around a table sharing old stories, new stories and laughing like we used to in the good old days.

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Sore Feet, Good Times

I guess I should have expected to get sore feet today.  We spent most of the day walking or standing it seemed.  About 4 hours were spent by Leo and I over at the Field Museum.  We spent a bit extra on an exhibit about weather but got a deal when Leo had the audacity to ask what was the age for seniors!  We are really too young for that but the nice young woman said, “I’ll give you the seniors rate anyway.”

I never have wanted to look under age so badly before!  It’s coming, I guess.

The Field Museum is huge.  There is no way that a person can see it in one day.  We spent most of our time in the storm exhibit and then went over to the birds – giving way to one of Leo’s special interests.  Then on to a few of the big mammals and down to the tiny exhibit on insects – to show a few things to Kieran.  I have some pictures that I will post later when I get back home.  Its just a bit complicated to do on another person’s computer – for me anyway.

Chicago has this free trolley system that serves most of the downtown sites.  It was great for getting to the museum in the morning but after waiting over half an hour to make our way back down to Navy Pier, we gave up and took a taxi.  I’m glad we did since it probably saved us another hour of standing waiting.

From Navy Pier we went on an architectural boat tour of Chicago.  This is one I would highly recommend.  It was still pretty sunny so I may be a bit on the burnt side but it was great to sit down and take that tour along the Chicago River and absorb some history along the way.

Now we are back home.  My feet are sore but we had a great day.  I have wanted to do this with Leo ever since I started this course.  With his weight loss, it has become not just possible but a reality.

Tomorrow will bring a new adventure – maybe shopping.

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Just realized

That a couple of years ago, I would have blogged all sorts of events from the last couple of days.  I mean, a lot has gone on in my life.  I finished a great silent retreat where the subject material was on the “mystics.” I am not sure if I enjoyed the presented material most or simply the time and permission to be silent; to take a blanket out  onto the beautiful grounds and lie out there under a tree looking up at the sky through a canopy of leaves; to lie there and carry on a quiet conversation with God and to be able to sense things that I needed to hear.  The days included a session talking with a spiritual director that also clarified some things for me.  And the hospitality in the place was great.

Then the evening with Dave and Annette and a wonderfully excited Kieran at the Cirque de Soleil.  What fun.  What magic!

Then introduced Jordon and Wendy to the Konga Cafe.  On Ave. H and 23rd.  Doesn’t look like much but the food and hospitality there is great.  Food with a Carribean flavor.

And today, met another friend for lunch.  Good talking times.  Then home to celebrate a significant birthday with another friend.

So there has a been a lot that could have been blogged in great detail.   It seems that these days I have been doing less writing and more doing things with people.  Seems that if I am busy being with friends then there is maybe more things to say but less time to talk about it.  So, I guess I will spend the time doing and being and enjoying.  Maybe deep thoughts will emerge at some point but for now, I am enjoying friends, family and the warm summer weather.

Tomorrow after church I will head up to the lake with two daughters and two grandsons.  We are tenting and going to celebrate Canada Day together at the lake.

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