Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lots of work, and some fun too!

Pretty soon you won't know my house.  Things are changing around here thanks to Rick.  The house isn't undergoing any major changes, just getting things done that have needed to be repaired since Jimmy got sick and was no longer able to do any of the needed upkeep on the house.  I let the house go for almost 2 years after Jimmy died, but now Rick is here to help me out, and to point out the things that really need to be fixed.

Rick noticed a few months ago that the support posts on my front porch were rotting and the porch was beginning to sag on the left side really bad.  He kept telling me that I needed to get new columns up before the porch caused me any major leakage by pulling away from the house.  It had already dropped by over 3 inches,  so this week I was finally able to buy two iron posts and Rick went to work.

The next thing to fix on the front porch is the ceiling which also needs replacing and then painted.  It all takes money, so it's a slow go.  It's like that car insurance commercial on TV, you have to make a choice:  you either eat or make home repairs.  We're both on diets at the moment, hahaha.

Another project Rick took on was putting a new roof on the shed out back this week.  Luckily I already had the shingles left over from a project of long ago and also the roofing nails.  Thank God, no money was needed to fix the shed roof.

One of the fun things we did was to get to pose with the Fazole's Tomato.  The first girl that was in the tomato costume couldn't stay standing up and kept falling over because she was laughing so hard that she couldn't keep her balance.  She was replaced right away by someone else, but they had to come out of the costume within 30 minutes for a break.  Apparently it's not easy being the Fazole's Tomato.  We posed with the 3rd stand-in who seemed to be taking it all in stride, and was able to keep his balance. He posed with several people who wanted their pictures taken with the Fazole's Tomato.  You can tell by this, that it doesn't take much to entertain Rick and I.

Rick is an angel and has lots of trouble with arthritis pain, but when he can he helps me out.  I don't know what I would do without him!  We have so much fun together doing nothing.  He's thrifty like me (we have to be), and if we eat out it is with a coupon for something Free.  That's the only choice I have these days, but Rick makes it fun being thrifty.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My bike finally looks complete thanks to Rick, who painted my fenders black

Prayer by Minister Joe Wright

This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done. * We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. * We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. * We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. * We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. * We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. * We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. * We have killed our unborn and called it choice. * We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. * We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. * We have abused power and called it politics. * We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses. * We have insitutionalised bribery and called it sweets of office. * We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. *We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. * We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!" The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea. With the LORD'S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be called "ONE NATION UNDER GOD."