Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Psalm 14:1

The cosmos (orange flowers) in front of our office have been a popular gathering place for butterflies of all kinds the past few weeks. The flowers are quickly fading and most of the butterflies have moved on but there are still a few. Every time I see them, I think of some things I've heard Brian say ( a million katrillion times). I can't quote him perfectly, but it goes something like this. "Evolution is a fairy tale for grown ups. It was disproved more then 100 years ago. It can't begin to explain how a little caterpillar crawls out of its egg and begins to eat many times its own weight every day. It gets too fat for its skin so it repeatedly splits its hide and crawls out wearing a larger suit, only to eat till he gets so fat that he splits that one and crawls out with a bigger suit. After a couple of weeks or so the caterpillar climbs up in a tree and glues itself to a branch, hanging upside down.
Click on the little pink box in the left column to read "the rest of the story."

You can click on the little butterfly on the left side column to go to You Tube for a 6 minute vide of the butterflies on my cosmos. Click on the rectangular box on the bottom right of the You Tube Movie box to enlarge the video.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Girls' Day Out

We all have sets and subsets of friends; friends from work, friends from high school, college, or church. Well, these two friends with whom I had a Girls' Day Out would fit into the following subsets. Friends with whom I've: raised a daughter, (Our daughters were together from church nursery through A&M and are still best friends.) jumped on a trampoline, gone on mission trip, sang in choir, celebrated, cried, prayed, pranked, and we hope to have lots of subsets still to come.
Sammie was our Sunday School teacher and pastor's wife several years ago. We had not seen her in a couple of years so we climbed into Donna's Tahoe and took off on 380. We visited in Sammie's home for a while and then headed to the shops. We giggled and wiggled and chattered like school girls.

Though we saw at least 6 deer, 4 skunks, 3 coyotes, 2 small pigs, and lots of roadkill, we avoided contact with any.

It was a great day. You can see some pictures of the day below.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Autumn Pictures

Fall is my favorite season. We in West Texas miss out on the colorful autumns that are enjoyed in more northern states. When we've had some hints of fall, I've tried to get some pictures. I've posted some of these glimpses of fall.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

(Lucky) November 7, 2008 (My Day)

(I sometimes read descriptions of how folks spent a day on their blogs. Because I had an eventful day last Friday, I have written about it. The first three paragraphs are below. To continue, you must click on the little picture of Brian in the left column. After you have read it, if you'd like to see a short movie recounting the highlights (as I recall them) click on the little picture of Elliott, our dog. Only one picture in the video was real time. The others were taken when we returned to the scene. For the people involved, I've drawn them as I remember them. I added a song, "Lucky" by Jason Mraz but I don't believe in luck. I like the song and in an unscriptural way, it applies.)

I was awake early, for me. I spent some time in Psalms. I've come to depend on the way those words work.

I had a follow up appointment with a rheumatologist in Lubbock to get results of x-rays and blood work. I enjoyed the early morning drive, taking note of some impressive road kill between home and Peacock. I hoped to get pictures on the return trip. (A project I am working on) I arrived punctually at the doctor's office. I wondered if he would tell me to come back in 10 years because I am only 53 but he found the reasons I hurt: osteo arthritis in my hands, feet, and hips. degenerative disc disease, with one disc greatly diminished causing pain, and poor bone density. Conclusion: 5 prescriptions, three that I may fill but probably use little. The fourth is exercise (weight lifting) and the fifth, sufficient sleep. I can work on the last two. I already take calcium and Vitamin D, very important. I'm glad I went and need to take better care.

After the appointment, I had lunch at Jason's Deli, stopped by Wal-Mart for a few necessities, and enjoyed looking at books and pretty things at Mardel's. Getting some paint for Brian's Christmas Parade float was my next stop. This is when the mood of the day changed...

(click on Brian's little face)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pics of Crissy's Baptism

Crissy's Baptism

Crissy Bassett is the middle child in my sister's family. She was saved in October and asked Brian to baptize her in her churh last Sunday. It was a sweet service. We are so thankful for Crissy and that she knows the Lord. Crissy is a sixth grader on the Rochester campus. She is very active and successful in UIl events, 4H (just won the County Food Show and will go to district) PIPs, Band, Little Dribblers, Awanas at Cornerstone, and the two Church choir programs that are practicing for Christmas programs. She is a very good big sister to her kindergarten brother, Cash. And she is an extra special niece. We love you Crissy. Above are slides and below is video. Click on video arrow to play. (You may want to click on the black music box below to turn off the music so you can her Brian.)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Cornerstone and Company

The ladies of Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church are having company for lunch every Monday and you are invited. Yes, Cornerstone and Company is officially underway. (And I get to help.) These ladies wanted to serve and fellowship with the ladies of the community and landed on the idea of providing a salad/sandwich/baked potato bar. There is no charge and everyone is welcome between 11:30 and 1:30. One less thing, as Forrest Gump would say. No worries about lunch on Mondays. The Lord blessed our food and fellowship today. See pics of the meal below.

ALSO: PICS from November 10th meal were added.
Pictures from December 1 added.