Wednesday, August 24, 2005

OK, I get the Stupid Award today...

Last week the company that does our pest control called and asked if they could come today. I said, "Sure."

Yesterday James told me he had a two hour early release today. I thought, "No problem." I forgot the pest control people would be coming 1/2 hour after I was supposed to pick up James.

In an unusual move on my part, I left my cell phone off. Normally I have it on, but it wasn't charged and I didn't take the time to plug it into the car charger.

To top it all off, I nearly missed picking James up and when I went running out the door I didn't check to see if the front door was locked.

Well, the pest control person came to the door, found it unlocked, figured I had done so on purpose (some people who work outside the home do so) and came in and started to spray.

Then the alarm went off.

Because my phone was off, I couldn't be reached. The cops showed up to find the pest control person scared out of her wits in her truck. They got hold of Don who came to the house and cleared everything up. He is NOT happy with me.

So I am going to go sit in a corner for a while...

Monday, August 22, 2005

A bridge crossed...

Don and I just returned from delivering our oldest son, John, to college. He is attending Freed Hardeman University in Tennesee, a 15 hour drive from home.

I cried less than you might expect me to, but maybe it hasn't fully hit me yet.

Anyway, I'll post more later. I have a ton of email and other stuff to plow through first...

Monday, August 08, 2005

Arrgh, me hearties!

Ok, years ago, when Windows 3.1 was the standard (yeah, THAT long ago) I became enchanted with a game called Pirates! You might remember it - it took the history of pirates and wove a game that was enchanting, challenging, and just plain fun. I spent many hours on that game, until my operating system outgrew it.

Earlier this year I discovered that the game had been updated. I saw it several times in the store, but the $50 price tag helped me to resist the lure of the 7 seas.

Well, today I gave in. My fate was sealed when I found one copy of it in Electronics Boutique for $29.95. Yes, I bought it. And I just spent 4-5 hours pirating on the 7 seas and enjoying every minute of it.

It will take major doses of discipline to get any work done this week...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


I am trying to figure out how to take this past week and boil it down to the couple of paragraphs I only have time to write before I go to bed.

I can't.

There is so much to tell. About the medical mission trip. About the people I met. The things I saw. I am still absorbing it all.

I'm back tired, a little bruised, bug-bitten, and very humbled.

We are so rich in this country. I met with people who don't have electricity where they live. Who don't have indoor plumbing. People who manage to make do without air conditioning, dishwashers, expresso, television, Internet access, and a number of other things we tend to take for granted here in the United States.

Yet these people are not unhappy people. The children are not bored. They smile and laugh. They were good to us who came to provide medical care and spiritual teaching.

Yes, we went to give. But we took back as much as we gave.

I was blessed by the opportunity to go there.

More later...