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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Week In Review

This week’s review.

The governing board at Ashland Nazarene church approved the study materials for the youth group later this summer. Taken from Seeds in Season Bible Study for Writers,© we will be using some of the material for “Creative God” bible study and workshop. I’m so excited!

We will also host the Quiet Love Foundation drama team which is hearing -impaired individuals doing black light, painted face drama and music. They are outstanding! It could not have come at a better time.

The youth leader is looking for interactive opportunities for our half-dozen teens. Such a small group, it makes one sad. But they are souls for the kingdom, and our job to influence them. Too many of the leaders in this church are much older, and that makes for difficult communications for teens.

I am polishing up material for the basic computer course to start at the Kroc Center in two weeks. This will be great exposure for me. The hourly pay is nice, but it’s only 8 hours total (for now). So the income for my efforts will be swallowed up and soon as it is placed.

This morning, prepared to get in the shower and wash my hair, and get ready for church. No go. No water. The 3 inches of rain in the area which flooded streets, creeks, low areas, ditches and basements – mostly – also flooded our well pit, frying the sump pump and probably the water pump as well. This will be an all day fix, no doubt. Friend stopped by with two pumps he had on hand. But they may not work after all.

The insult to the injury is that it has been Jeff’s intention to build an above ground pump house- planned for over 3 years now. We don’t use the well anymore, but the water pump remained there after we replaced the well with a cistern. Ah – county living.

We were not looking forward to another expense. We just bought a new (97) Chevy truck. It has been on hold for over a year, and was needed. As the pirate’s English would put it – Arrrrgggghhhh.

Many farmer’s fields and home gardens will need re-planting in the area. I do feel that Jeff’s time has come to hold off on gardening at all. It would appear so.

The Jacob’s ladder flower is blooming aggressively in our largest garden. It reminds me of many bible stories, and charms me with it’s little star like trailers. I am also glad for its presence, and for the dainty tickseed flowers too, as they may help push out the aggressive daisies. Jeff planted one clump last year, and now we have hundreds overwhelming the spot. We will likely have to pull out what’s left, after he has re-planted a few in a safer place.

The Asparagus has seen its better day. But soon, we will have blueberries; enough to share. I manage to put up 12 to 20 quart bags some years.

A high point this week was the appearance of Sandhill cranes. Driving by our new park, a canoe access park called Hopkin’s Landing- we happened on a couple taking their ease in the farm field near by. That was a lifer, in the language of dedicated birders! At home, we’ve enjoyed the visits of a Brown Thrasher, scratching around in the mulch and leaves. Nearby, I’ve seen flocks of Cedar Waxwings, a favorite of mine.

News that caught my eye this morning: An Arizonian legal immigrant who came forward to tell her brothers and sisters of Mexico to get with the program. In my humble opinion, the problem Arizona is trying to distil is not racial profiling at all. They are rightly trying to stem the illegal entry of aliens. Our country is no longer able to support those flowing in, illegal or otherwise, that is evident. Its time Americans face that fact.

Other news included the fight over the proposed building of a Mosque at ground zero. Whether you believe it is alright for Muslims who do not follow the violent code, and who want to embrace all religions and cultures, or if you believe that the Muslims cannot be identified as separate ethnicities- the question in many minds remain: Why there, and why now? It is well known among many that the violent Muslim population have a secret agenda that is rapidly getting a foothold in American society and government. To build a Mosque here, whatever the belief, is an insult, is thoughtless, and is a brand. Here is a burial ground of heroes who suffered at the hands of terriorists- countrymen, sisters, brothers, or comrades to the individuals intent to building on this site. It is the practice of the Jihad to do just that. So in spite of any pretty, peaceful talk from this group, it just doesn’t come off as truth. Why here? Why now?

News from family and others:

My daughter, who went back to college last year while continuing to raise her middle-graders, and her husband who went to college for the first time, will be moving back to ‘their’ home town near here- Wellington Ohio. However, they could not find one single house or rental available in acceptable driving distance. Not one! They will be living in very temporary circumstances, and even willing to camp out for the summer! Son-in-law has a new, excellent job with very good security (nothing is guaranteed!) so they have enough money. The housing market is good in surrounding counties, but is very unavailable over-all in the region.

Meanwhile, sister in TX is considering walking away from their burdensome house, as are others in the Houston area, because of overwhelming mortgages and very fragile job situations. They are considering moving to Alaska for excellent job opp, with many perks. It is so because it is an undesirable/remote area for families.

The point is – they are not alone. I hear stories from all over about lost homes, jobs, broken families, 30 something yo kids going back to college with their kids in tow, uprooted, desperate for new skilled jobs, temporary homes.

Yes, “This is my temporary Home”. How long Lord?! Praise His name!

Our week in review. June 7/2010


  1. Hi, April: Nice to catch up with you. We were away for a couple of weeks and came back to this furnace. Don't know about global warming, but there is definitely Derby warming!

  2. I hear what you are saying, here is what Obama wants to do, "GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY TO ILLEGAL ALIENS" The Senate and Congress got a $5,000. pay raise all around and they couldn't afford to give us an increase on our checks this year. So how are they going to pay out more money. I am tired of the lies that keep coming from the government!!!