am, at the Colorado River. I'm in my
camper coming to you through wireless
Internet! Technology, what a wonderful thing!
you last time that I was aiming for being ready a day early. Well, it
just didn't happen. All sorts of problems came up that took up bunches
of my time. We got a late start. So, no relaxing for me until
after we got here.
day after we arrived it rained. It wasn't a torrential rain, so we sat
outside in our chairs and visited with our friends that go with us. We
got wet, but we also got clean!
night we got a big storm. We saw it coming. Over the years we've
learned how to recognize a potential bad storm. So, we ended our
playing in the water early when we saw the approaching clouds demonstrate
came back to our camp and made doubly sure that everything was tied down,
covered up, and generally wind and rain-proof.
husband and I sat outside for a long time watching the lightning show.
It was really something! The sky was lighting up all around us.
When we felt a few huge raindrops we scurried into our camper. We made
it just in time to avoid a drenching. It rained hard for hours.
roof on our camper is rubber and makes the most wonderful sound in the rain.
It is kind of a:
I slept well listening to that
husband went golfing and I am here with you. I'm even listening to my
radio station from home on my computer.
I finally got totally relaxed. I really needed a vacation from all the
things that kept popping up. Now I can turn off my brain and give it a
rest. It is refreshing to only have three decisions: what shall
I eat, shall I take a nap, and what relaxing activity shall I do today.
isn't it? I knew you'd feel sorry for me. Eat, play, sleep.
As I was
watching the sky light up last night it occurred to me that the lightning
was appearing to flash from as far east as I could see to as far west as I
about the scripture,
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and
shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
were standing outside last night you couldn't have missed the lightning.
A couple of times it was so close and so bright that it was as easy to see
things as in the day time.
Jesus comes again it will be no secret. He isn't going to just appear
in a particular location and tell a few people. We will know, beyond a
shadow of a doubt, that He has returned. I imagine it will be quite a
the things that happened that caused me some grief was when I split one of
my fingernails halfway up the quick. That slowed me down!
wanted to make sure I didn't snag it on anything and tear the whole nail
off. I tried dropping some Crazy Glue on it, but that kept coming off.
A friend of mine gave me an excellent suggestion. Tear off some of the
paper from a tea bag. Put crazy glue on your nail and hold the tea bag
paper on it until it dries. Do that same thing one or two more times.
Cut the edges off and smooth it with a nail file. Use a fine grit nail
file to buff it smooth. It lasts for quite a while. Maybe if I
spent longer smoothing it I could make it look nicer, but I don't care as
long as it keeps me from ripping my nail.
should start a page of helpful hints. I've already given you a good
one about removing a ring from your finger using string. So far, my
helpful hints have to do with fingers. Hmmm... so, at this point, my
hints are all about "helping hands'! LOL!
Link to the
8/8/05 Bible Study
vacation is over.
when that happens! Now I am unpacking, cleaning, putting things away,
and taking care of the things that waited for me here at home.
Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping. The animals and my sons kept
eating while I was gone. Can you imagine? The nerve of them!
still have some more things to get out of the camper, but most of it has
been emptied. I'm washing all the bedding and such and will get it all
put back together and ready for our next trip, whenever that will be.
We got to take a bunch of short trips the first year we got the camper.
We don't use it much any more. My husband's coaching schedule is a big
hindrance. He's always busy.
should put my computer in the camper and go sit out there a little each day.
I can pretend, can't I?
new has been added here at the Clarion Call! There is a whole new
Bible study area called "From
the Heart of Jesus". A woman named Joanne Lowe wrote to me
and offered to let me use the studies she had written. I checked them
out and they are great! So, I put them together with an index page,
gave them backgrounds, and now they are ready for you to see. Go take
neat to hear from her as I have felt that God was going to bring more
just me, or has our weather been very bizarre over the past year?
Usually we are experiencing 100+ degree heat this time of year. We
haven't been getting much over 90.
When we were
on vacation we also experienced cooler than normal temperatures.
I knew it was going to stay so cool and overcast this morning. I would
have planned to work outside.
I'll be ready for tomorrow morning and,
if things follow my theory called "The Bathtub Principle", it will be hot
early. What? You haven't heard of my Bathtub Principle?
Sure you have. You just didn't realize that was what it was.
before cordless phones I came up with the Bathtub Principle. If I was
waiting and waiting for a phone call, all I had to do was get into the
bathtub and the phone would ring. The Bathtub Principle extends to all
those frustrating things in our lives. Like when your car is acting up
all the time.... except when the mechanic is listening. Then there are
other things like the day you are expecting a very special UPS delivery and
it comes way later than the normal time.... because your regular driver took
a day off. Now does it sound familiar?
extends to many areas. If you get in the shortest line at the grocery
store it will take you two to three times as long to get through it as the
longer line. Either someone had to have a price check, the cash
register ran out of tape, or someone's credit card isn't working.
now you may feel free to name that annoying thing that keeps happening.
It's the Bathtub Principle.
I actually have learned how to expect it
to happen. Instead of getting upset I just sigh and plug on ahead.
you impressed? Want to hear another of my theories? It's called
"Times Three". Whenever I approach a project that entails at least an
hour of my time I calculate how long it will take me as accurately as I can
and multiply that amount times three. More often than not, I am very
close to the actual time spent. Try it, you may be surprised.
Actually, if you try it then you will no longer be surprised... at how long
it took to finish your project!
two theories don't help with the actual outcome other than lowering your
stress level because you have already learned to expect things to not go as
has been placing it on my heart that I need to improve the relationship I
have with a couple of my neighbors. I wasn't happy to hear that.
Both of the neighbors in question are not nice people. They curse
loudly at their other family members.
The one next door even cursed at
me because I asked her son a question while she wasn't around and curses at
my sons for no apparent reason. She just likes to be mad I think.
people across the street honk at each other all the time. They honk
when they leave, they honk when they come home. They use filthy
language all the time. The husband owns a welding truck and would work
on projects at home (against county regulations stating you can't run a
business out of your home in this area)... banging and clanging and
making huge amounts of noise. One time, when the wife was cursing at
another family member the husband cautioned her that the neighbors could
hear her. She waved her arm toward the neighborhood and proclaimed she
didn't care (in foul language) about us.
Anyway, I figured I should just avoid them all. If I don't wave or
look then they won't see any looks of disapproval on my face. So, I
just acted like they weren't there. God didn't think that was good.
asked Him just how I would go about changing that arrangement. They
would think something was wrong if I all of a sudden became friendly. I told
Him I didn't know where to start.
a long time ago, the woman next door asked if I knew how to start new roses
from old ones. I didn't. About two months ago Sunset Magazine
had an article explaining how to propagate roses. So, there it was...
the icebreaker! I made a copy of it and gave it to her. She
hasn't said much to me since, but I opened the door if she wanted to walk
through. I don't ignore her any more. When the two of us are in
the front yard I say, "Hi."
people across the street were another story. They've lived there a
long time and I hadn't spoken to them in many many years. Well....
this afternoon, when I went out to get my mail , the husband came across the
street to talk to me. Their youngest daughter is getting married and
he invited us to the reception!!! Wow! When God opens a door He
sure does a good job, doesn't He?
Link to the
8/19/05 Bible Study