Monday, September 19, 2011

Something Strange Is Going On

It was an average day.  A normal day.  A stay-at-home day and I was moving right along getting some housework done.  Laundry was calling me and I had one load out of the dryer and the second one was started when something very strange happened.  I sat on the sofa to fold the clean towels but soon I was called away to the phone.  When I returned I noticed something that hadn’t been there before.  What was this?  What was going on?    P8310681Taking a closer look, I knew.  Mr. Joey had taken advantage of the situation.  A load of fresh, soft, warm towels just out of the dryer was the perfect place to snuggle down for a nap!  He had burrowed his way in and just his head was out.     P8310679 When he realized he had been found he stood up and looked the other way!     P8310680 Silly dog!  What was life like before he arrived at our house?  I know what it was like – it was more predictable.  Not so many funny, furry surprises!

Now, if I could only teach him to fold the towels!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Will Not Forget

September 11, 2001
A day that will forever be remembered.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,
Still may we dwell secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting, thou art God,
To endless years the same.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come;
Be thou our guide while life shall last,
And our eternal home.

Song: ‘O God, Our Help In Ages Past'   
Words: Isaac Watts

Friday, September 9, 2011

Finds and Treasures

We arrived home from our vacation at the Oregon Coast today.  There is so much I want to share with you but first I want to share with you the greatest ‘find’ and the dearest ‘treasure’ God has given me.  My sweetheart is the most precious person on this earth to me.  Last weekend we celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the day we met.  It was a unique day – forty years ago on Sunday, September Fourth, the day before Labor Day - I walked into the church where he was the youth pastor.  I was the guest of dear friends – the parents of a childhood friend of mine.  When the morning church service began a handsome, young man stepped to the pulpit and welcomed everyone.  He prayed and then began to lead the songs as we sang.  Later, following the service, my dear friend’s mother introduced us.  It was an ordinary kind of hello, how are you, where are you from, nice-to-meet-you introduction.  There is so much more to the story - perhaps I will share it some day – but that evening I sat at the piano and sang a special song at the request of the music pastor at the church I had visited that morning.  After the evening service had finished, most of the people stood around talking.  As my friend and I began to walk out the door, the handsome, young youth pastor followed me to the door and invited me to go with him to get something to eat.  That, my friends, was just the start of something really wonderful!  It was as if we had always known each other.  Truth be told, we were in some of the same rooms and events through our lifetimes but never met each other!

Early last Sunday morning, before we visited a special, little church at the Oregon Coast, my sweetheart gave me the most beautiful gift my heart could imagine.  I’ll have to show it to you soon when I can find the best way to show it off.  His heart and mine celebrated the day – it was a Sunday again, September Fourth, the day before Labor Day.  Forty years!

A few days ago while fishing on a big river near the mouth of the Pacific Ocean my sweetheart called me and asked me to get my camera and come down to the docks.  Why?  He had a special ‘find’ he wanted me to see and photograph.  And so, without further adieu – here is my most cherished ‘find’ and ‘treasure’.  My best friend for forty years.  My sweetheart.
My sweetheart caught a thirty-six inch Chinook Salmon!  Lots of good and healthy eating ahead!  He’s a keeper.  My sweetheart, I mean!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Quiet Vacation

We’re at the Oregon Coast again for a few days of much-needed rest and relaxation.  We have been here nearly a week and will go home tomorrow.  We had planned to head home today but we just couldn’t make ourselves leave and go back to the work waiting for us when we return!
Our time away began with a Labor Day Weekend reunion with my sweetheart’s brothers and sister and their spouses.  It’s an annual event – time to get away and be together.  The guys went crabbing on the bay and the girls went antiquing and thrifting.  Most everyone is home now but we stayed.  We moved north a bit from where we had spent the weekend.  Our little cabin-on-wheels is parked in a cute, little city-owned park with only four RV spots and a few tent sites.  Right now we are the only ones here except for the camp hosts.  We are in Space thirteen.    P9070719This is a tiny little town – it‘s very quiet here.  The park is nice and the neighbors are friendly.     P9070759Not far from our campsite, a little bridge crosses the creek and leads to a nice park that is filled with things for kids to do.     P9070725A skateboard park has recently been added.  It fills with kids shortly after school is out each day.     P9070732This photo was taken from the top where most of the kids ‘jump’ into action.     P9070739Nearby, a slide seems to call to passersby – even some of the adults!     P9070741From all angles – it looks like fun!     P9070743I was tempted.  Real tempted!     P9070746It doesn’t take long to tour the park and then we are back ‘home’ again.  There we are – number thirteen.     P9070766There is more to tell.  Another time.  Now I’m off to see what I can find.  There’s so much to see – I can’t miss a thing! And the beach isn’t very far away!