Sunday, July 27, 2008

Time's Awastin'

In just a little less than a week I will need to get a very large suitcase ready to take with me across the BIGGG pond to a short tour of England, Scotland and Wales. I'm really looking forward to it.

On Thursday past I had an injection of cortisone in my back so that the pain will be gone away enough to allow me to walk a lot more that I have been able to lately. Those injections have lasted 6 month, and 10 months. I really hope this one will last even half that much~~well, not really, it should last as long as the others.

I've got alot to get into a very small carry on bag too. They are down to measuring the darn thing too I think. I don't have to carry much makeup because my friend Kathy is a Mary Kay consultant and she has supplied me with the samples of everything I use and that will take up little space. Just need to get the trial sizes of the essentials, get my breathing thing ensconced in the case and talk with the airlines about how to safely carry it.

I've never had to worry about adaptors for electrical supply so I'll have to get that taken care of too. So much to do and you know I haven't even started. Yes I did, the laundry is done. That is definately a plus. With that in mine, my last load is dry now and I hang things as they come out of the dryer~~no ironing! Got to get going.

Monday, July 14, 2008

to just fix one little thing...

I just spent the better part of the last 30 minutes on a post and sent it to preview and ole smarty had to just move one thing and hit the wrong button. Do I feel bright! It wsn't the most interesting one I could have written, but it was almost finished. I suppose it just wasn't to be tonight tho I did a comment on one of my favorite persons earlier blog for the day. It was a pretty good comment and that's how I'm going to remember it...

A Time to Give and a Time to Receive

Monday nights have now become my night to teach 1-2 students. One of them is a "Learn to Read" student and the other is an "English as a Second Language" student. You must understand the first one is from a very disadvantaged background and the other one is from an Asian background. # 2 is very well educated in the birth language. She can read and write English, but cannot speak it. It is a "hoot" to listen to the "lazy southern country" speaker (#1) try to encourage the educated Asian in the method of getting an "l, r v, or w" to come out in a way that her tongue was never educated to produce. Sometimes it actually works. "Just say it fast, that's the way do get it out" .

Tonight I had just the one LTR student and the book "THE PRAYER OF JABEZ" was in his briefcase available to be read. He did pretty good and I was proud to see that he would tackle something like this. He will move into the 2nd level of the Laubach method of reading in the next 3 weeks. He has accomplished alot in a short time. His wife helps him at home alot and someone who cares, helps even more.

Sometimes it is hard to give each one time when alot of the time the work doesn't fit the both of their needs . They are so culturally different, it really gives me something to struggle with each time we meet. I often wonder if I am really the one that needs to be there. The thing is, I am the one there and the only one at this time willling to give up what I have learned in my 3 score plus years to the benefit of someone else. Guess that does give me some latitude. If it doesn't --oh well.

Many days later.... I put this aside the other day because I couldn't make much sense of it. After reading it over, it didn't need much editing. For those of you that might read this, please think of the time you might give to someone who could benefit from your knowledge and please, please give that time away. You will get everything you put into the time back in your life. There is a saying , the author I don't remember that says "There is a destiny that binds us brothers, none goes his way alone. All that we give into the lives of others, comes back into our own."

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Many times as I set out for hearth and home after work, I find that it is imperative that I leave the highway and find a place to stop and wake up. Most times I end up at Barnes and Nobles. After a few minutes --a cursive look around for a bargain and a cup of Starbucks , I walk out and get back on my way home. Then again, I think that I'm not really having that much problem and I thunder on and hit the bridge. That's what I did today. I got BUSTED! Not by the long arm of the law, worse by my own daughter.

I thought I saw her go by, but couldn't really be sure at the time and so I drove on. Little did I know that I was completely zoned out all the way across the bridge. Liz got my attention after we were slowing for the light at the 17 exit. I realized that I had strayed onto the little lane bumps once in while, but I didn't realize that I was slowing way down and speeding back up as my awareness waxed and waned. There was not bumps, dents or scratches on this trip, but I was made aware once again that "GOD takes care of fools and little children." I no longer fit into the latter part of that little saying.

I am grateful to my daughter for being right there at the right time and place to have me stop, get a drink and wake up enough to get home. It was my rare soda and ice and Liz got a Krystal burger for old times sake. Then we went on out and got on the scenic route alone the river. Yes, I did get a nap after I finally got home.

It was one of those times that I had to shake my head and say "Thank you" to Liz for looking after me and to the good Lord for his ever present hand keeping me almost safely home once more. that's how I remember it...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

just a nother thought

I just looked at this first post and noted the time posted--my friend, it wasn't at 2:25 AM , only 5:25. It must be on California time, not Florida time.