Thursday, May 30, 2013

A prayer for us...

Dear LORD,

To-day I pray for those who work with people - give them patience and understanding one for another
I pray for those who work outside in the heat - keep them safe and cool
I pray for those who use their minds to solve problems - give them clarity and focus
I pray for those who use their hands to build things - keep them strong and sharp
I pray for those who are on their feet all day - keep them healthy, restore their strength daily
I pray for those who are enduring hardship to-day - comfort them, bring them Your peace
I pray for those who don't yet know You - do not cease to gently call them
I pray for Your Church - keep us strong and steadfast in You
I pray for those celebrating to-day - that they would rejoice in You
I pray for those questioning to-day - that they would inquire of You
I pray for those grieving to-day - that You would be the Source of their strength.

Thank you LORD...

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

...and a muggy Wednesday

Inside with three fans blowing while I type and try to imagine a way to try and cook the meat for these tacos I'm a fixin to make tonight without it making more heat in the kitchen...
Try not,

You can check the record over the last five years yourself, but I am not going to spout on about the Red Wings game 7 tonight in Chicago. Everytime I do something of the sort, I jinx the team.
It's like when, oh, Sanchez, for instance, is cruising along with a no hitter and it gets to the eighth and i text my brother and say something as benign as 'hey bro, you watching the tigers?'
Next thing is BAM Joe Mauer rips a single up the middle and I curse a bit and try to imagine how Jim Leyland can not possibly believe in things like jinxes.

I'm really not even going to mention the fact that there is also a Tiger game tonight in Pittsburgh (the city of Brandonly Inge) and that Hot Rod Allen is apparently not going to be in the FSD TV booth. So, Marvelous Mario will be teamed with none other than Craig Monroe (@CMo_27) and I am hoping beyond hope that CMo talks more than Marvelous does. See Dan and Jim on the radio are only flowing through the AM spigot due to the aforementioned Wings game taking precedent on the FM side. You need an effin Venn Diagram to keep up with these guys. (What movie??)

God bless us, every one.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rainy Tuesday....

Thank You for the time of year filled with hope, anticipation, and sunshine
When the grass is green and the buds are opening into flowers, 
The birds sing from dark to dark
And lifes slows down just a bit...
for a visit on the sidewalk with a neighbor
a leisurely water of the herbs with the Tiger game on the radio
a lengthy mental assessment of the tools and capacities available to keep the ants out of the hummingbird feeder...
Thank You, oh Thank You my God, for what You've done
You gave the greatest Gift of all
Thank You for Your only Son.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What mood is he in?

Social D - Story of my life
Social D - Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
The Clash -  White Man in Hammersmith Palais
The Clash - Clampdown live
Blink 182 All the Small Things
Cheap Trick - I want You  to Want Me
Guns n Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
Boston - More Than a Feeling
Mili Vanili - You Know its True
Journey - Don't Stop Believing
Kiss - Detroit Rock City
ZZ Top - Legs
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
Queen - Somebody to Love
MxPx - Take on Me (cover)
Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah
The Roches - Hallelujah Chorus
The Stones - Angie
Indigo Girls - Kid Fears
Dixie Chicks - Traveling Soldier
Dave Baldner - I'm losing Interest...
Flogging Molly - Requiem For A Dying Song


Memorial Weekend

Sunday afternoon; I have cut the grass, trimmed, fed the birds, filled the hummer feeder, cleaned the shed, potted my herbs and tomatoes, hooked up the water (thank you Jesus!), did my Home Depot shopping, mulched the trapezoid, mailbox, and plum tree; and am listening to the Tigers with a big cheese-bread samich.
Watched The Grapes of Wrath yestreday. Wonderful picture, classic...
We're going to the Pirate game tomorrow (JV pitching) at 1:00.
Note to self: bring the hose nozzle inside for the winter next year.
Wings tomorrow night can get to the Western Conference Finals with a win at home over the Blackhawks.

File:Detroit Red Wings logo.svg

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I have a favourite pair of shorts. When I get home from work, I like to find them, and put them on. They are long, cotton, and comfortable - with the elastic waist. They stay up on me and don't slide down where you don't want them to. I also like to slip into my Adidas 3-stripe comfortable foot things. I don't know what they're called (they're not thongs, yo). They're called slides; I just found it on the internet.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Picture perfect day

This is the kind of day you can get sunburnt real bad if you're not careful: not tremendously hot, partly cloudy much of the time, a nice breeze, and you haven't had a Sunday like this since ooooooooh... last August. Especially if you're out on a boat - just tootling along in your buddy's pontoon or zipping along in your jet boat with skiers and tubers following behind... don't forget the SPF 30!

A guy on a commercial just told me to lick the back of my hand and smell it. If it stunk, that meant I had bad breath.

Praying to-day for

> the LVCCM mens #80 team, meeting in Midland without me
> neighbor Scott with his hydrocele surgery coming up Tuesday.
> Moni and Kace E downtown for Eastern Market Flower Day
> little brother Gary who doesn't text or call any more
> big brother Stan who lost his son a week ago

LORD, in Your mercy, hear our prayer...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The warmth has returned...

We're getting the same weather, here in the middle of May, that we had last March. Just to-day, the wife reminded me that she was warm and would I put the air conditioner in our bedroom window?

So, it's there, with the dog laying right under it, and I hope it blesses her when she gets home tonight and goes to bed.
Kitty continues to lay in front of our slider watching the birds and trying to claw the mosquitoes through the screen.
The little neighbor boy across the street is hopping up and down on his pogo stick - what a throwback?!?
Lots of new loans at work but no closings at all so far this month. Busy, busy though. I went to the greenhouse tonight after work for a couple hours. No customers there but i stickered alot of pots with price tags.

Thank you, Lord, for so many blessings each and every day: morning by morning new mercies I see!!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Morning Prayer, from Mary Mullins

God of my life, I welcome this new day. It is Your gift to me, a new creation, a promise of resurrection.
I thank You for the Grace of being alive this morning; I thank You for the sleep that has refreshed me; I thank You for the chance to make a new beginning.

I give You my hands to do Your work
I give You my feet to go Your way
I give You my eyes to see as You see
I give You my tongue to speak Your words
I give You my mind that you may think in me
I give You my spirit that You may pray in me.
Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me - love the Father and love all mankind. 
I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me, so that it is You who lives, works, and prays in me.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What is Adsense?
Why are there four flies in the house right now?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Recipe #17 Aunt Ginny's Applesauce

I found this online and Aunt Ginny was expecting someone older.

Made it this morning and I'm going to use it with one lonely banana to make some banana/apple bread with no eggs. Simple and quick:

4 apples, peeled and cored
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c water
tsp cinnamon

Chop up the apples and combine with other ingredients in a sauce pan. Medium heat until everything is mixed good then low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring often. The smell is refreshing and reminds me more of fall, which will be here at some point I hope.
As the apples soften, mash with a fork or potato masher.
Yum yum yes!

Every New Day

Another glorious morning here in Whitmore Lake and my sweetie is coming home tonight!! Tons to do on this fine day, but thanks be to God I am able to attack these tasks with a sane mind and a healthy body.

Forgive me Lord for failing so often
Forgive my failure to love, to listen;
Forgive me for the self-ishness that I so often revert to.
May I find strength in You this day
to resist that temptation and to stand strong.
Only in You is this possible
But it is in You that ALL THINGS are possible.
Thank you, and I love You, too.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Chives Are Huge!!

Up early, got some shopping done, trimmed and cut the grass, shop vac'd the dog hair, shored up the sagging siding, did the dishes, watched The Caine Mutiny, and took a nap. Talked to my sweetie and got a photo from her of our beautiful Joslin Mia.

Lord, this is my prayer to-day, for every day... Thank You

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beautiful Friday Morning

Thank You for giving me the morning
Thank You for every day that's new
Thank You that I can know my worries
Can be cast on You

I love this time of year when the days are a perfect mid-70s and it cools off at night so that you still need to get up under that comforter...
Our Tigers pulled it out in the 14th inning after I was asleep: Don Kelly knocked in the go-ahead rbi after Miggy and Prince got walked intentionally.... heh heh heh
Wings tied up the series out west and will be home for games 3 and 4 Saturday and Monday.
I miss my sweetie.
The dog didn't want to go outside this morning.
The cat wanted to play; he loves his new scratch post I created last night.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Warm and Sunny!!

Another glorious day in beautiful Whitmore Lake as the sun sinks low enough so that our home casts a shadow onto our neighbours to the east.
Worked a short day to-day and took my sweetie to the airport for an extended weekend with her son and his family at the Francis E Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne WY (where, by the way, the Winter storm warning expired at 6:00 this evening, while it's 80 here!)
Stopped at mom and dad's just up the road from Detroit Metropolitan Airport and enjoyed an afternoon chat on the deck with a beautiful breeze keeping us cool. Mom fed us and I was on my way west out 96 to 14 to 23 and if you add those, you get 133, which is no special number in particular.
So I am listening to the forecast for spring storm Achilles on The Weather Channel as I type in front of our high-powered fan, recently recovered from the storage shed from underneath the lawn mower, big brown tarp, and several 2 x 4s.

Holy God, we praise thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before thee!
All on earth thy scepter claim,
all in heaven above adore thee;
infinite thy vast domain,
everlasting is thy reign

Yes, amen, yes