Thursday, June 30, 2011
The chai and whip brims over the cup
Michelle gave me for allowing her to stay
It is a deep purple with gold and green flowers
And a star at the bottom when I sip the last drop
My life is being savored one sip at a time
I drink in His presence, better than my chai
I clutch my hands around the warm purple and gold
And sip to the gold star at the bottom of the cup.
Life is golden
(My attempt at expressing what I felt this morning as I drank from this new cup from Michelle.)
This is really the last book in the 158 books, but I was getting bogged down in The New England Mind by Perry. So, I decided on this for vacation. It is a book about the superiority of liberal democracy over communism or socialism. It was written shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
After this, I have . . .
The New England Mind
Roll, Jordan, Roll (will have on my Kindle for our Southeast Asia Trip)
Gulag Archipelago (abridged)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I can't remember who told me about this tea room in Lebanon, but it was FANTASTIC. Dee and I spent a delightful 2 hours together at this quaint place! I forgot my camera. So, Dee let me use hers for my picture of the day today!
This was the only picture I took today. I took this picture because I finished this book on our Idaho vacation, and Library Thing didn't have a picture of a cover of the book in their catalog. :)
The 7 1/2 mile trail would have brought us up to some little lakes, but we ran into all this snow (in June!) and lost our trail .6 miles away from our destination. Many of us wanted to go on, and others did not. We decided to not split up and turn around. It was fun to go down on the snow!
This was our "warm up" hike right behind Debbie and Ralph's condo. It was a mile up to this beautiful view of Sun Valley on one side and Ketchum on the other!
This was our second rainbow! The first one along Highway 20 last for about an hour! This was along Highway 75.
Debbie texted me from her car, "I was wondering why God provided us a rainbow. Was He speaking to us?"
George said, "Definitely deep, Debbie."
I said, "It is a reminder that He is with us this week!"
Debbie said, "Yes . . . I think so. He was showing us His presence."
Seriously, Debbie still has the boom box from when were roommates, and she taught aerobics classes in Eugene in 1983! She blasted "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind, and Fire and carried this out to welcome me to her Idaho home.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I am not leaning to the right of my own will. This is me standing up as straight as I possibly can. It was worse the day I did it, but I wanted to show you what it looked like after George working on it for one day!
Shi-Ane was visiting her daughter, Janelle, who goes to University of Oregon. They stopped by for three wonderful hours! Shi-Ane was Lisa Stewart's (Left) first Bible Study leader at the U of O back in the 80's!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am going to love my Bible Book Club writing this summer!
Really yesterday was a SUPER productive day where I basically worked on the site non-stop from 7 am - 1:30 pm, took Paul to piano and went for a run, then worked from 2:30 pm until I hopped in the shower at 5:20 before our guests came at 6:00 pm. Then, I worked some after they left from 10:30 - midnight. So nice to have a long stretch of time!
I got up this morning and worked a bit from 7 am to 11:45 am. Then, I went for a prayer walk, visited with Kim at work, and now I am doing pictures.
Great focus the last two days.
Adam Bromley and Michele Sweeney were united in holy matrimony at the Green Villa Barn in Independence, OR right after the battery on our camera gave out. Good thing I got this lovely picture before it died! This was Heba's first American wedding!
Teala invited me to her house to just listen to music and praise God. It was wonder to just soak in the presence of the Lord for the whole afternoon. This is all I saw of Teala while we were praising, and it made me smile. I had to take a picture. We hope to do this at the sorority throughout the summer. We see music and praising people. Wanna' come?
We realized that the summer is going to be too broken up to be able to watch these throughout the summer on Monday nights. So, we watched a bunch between 5:30 - 9:10 pm. We had a taco potluck. I like these people that we do this with. It is a good group.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
George spotted this on our deck railing, and he told me I would probably only get a picture through the window. I cautiously opened the door, and he didn't move. I got right up to his face with the camera, and he still didn't move. I thought he was sick, but the friends on Facebook had this discussion:
Becky Spoede Parker He may be a juvenile. They're a bit clueless sometimes.
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Jennifer Tracy Kassebaum LOL!!!!
Oh...wait...you were talking about the bird. :)
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Carol Ann Weaver Did you think she she was talking about George Weaver?
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Jennifer Tracy Kassebaum :) Definitely not! It was the juvenile male thing...I've got a bit of experience with clueless juvenile males. And more to come, I'm sure.
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Becky Spoede Parker Lol...
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Te-ge Watts Bramhall LOL I think as soon as some (all?) males turn 12 or 13, they suddenly become clueless (and at the same time, their parents embarrass them, wonder if it's connected???). I have a 13 year old going through it right now. :)
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Becky Spoede Parker Perhaps "clueless" is a state all creatures pass through on their way to maturity. So, Carol, what happened with the swallow?
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Carol Ann Weaver I went away and looked at about 1/2 hour later, and he was gone. I'll have a picture of him in a few minutes.
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I wasn't about to make it two days in a row without a picture. I was in bed, but I couldn't fall asleep, and George wanted to sleep. So, I got out of bed and took this picture. I've never noticed the cracks in my stove buttons before this picture.
Since yesterday was such a full day, and I didn't take a picture today. I am including a picture from the shower I attended yesterday afternoon. I loved the composition and people in this shot!
This one was on TV one day during the weekend, and I really liked it. It surprised me that I would like an action movie. George could only get the last one from the library. So, I am watching them all out of order, but I enjoy them!
After a great Memorial Day weekend, it is back to the daily routine. This is a crystalline glazed mug by a local potter named Donavan. We have bought our Christmas tree from him for 12 years, but we had never purchased a piece. I love this mug and love supporting local artisans! Read about his work here: www.donovanplace.com/pottery.html
We watched this many years ago (I think we even borrowed a TV and VCR to watch it). So, it was our Memorial Weekend guilty pleasure. It is a GREAT 70's British Period Drama. Still one of my favorites after all these years! We have the second season on hold at the library.
Paul took this through the window. Not a very artsy shot, but think about the content of this advertisement! Paul and I thought it was odd that Wendy's would tell you it is only 350 calories without the chicken when it is a chicken salad!