Here are the welcome messages from
July 2011

7/1/11 July 1, 2011
7/11/11 July 11, 2011
7/26/11 July 26, 2011
July 1, 2011

You are probably wondering where I've been.  I never thought that I'd be so busy after my husband retired.  I always thought things were supposed to slow down when you got older.  HA!

One thing that I am unable to share details about is the family drama going on.  It isn't even all the same family member.  Somehow I get to sit in the front row for it all (meaning I end up getting involved in it).

Then there was the trip to Colorado for my niece's wedding.  I loved being there, but it was a rough trip driving.  My husband drove almost all the way out there.  We only stopped for gas.  It was "only" 1,043 miles.

My parents-in-law rode with us as well as one of my sons.  My husband had to fly back after the wedding as did both my sons.  My future daughter-in-law stayed behind to come home with me to help me.  I drove all the way home.

We did stop and do some tourist things so it wasn't quite as strenuous on me as it had been on my husband.  However, I'm not fond of driving long distances especially driving a big camper towing a truck behind it.  I had my in-laws with me as well.  We were all glad to get home.  It only took me a couple of weeks to recover.

I'm still involved in some legal matters and have been doing research and many other projects to save money on attorney fees.  My attorney is a great guy.  He tries all he can to keep the costs down.  That's right, my attorney is a great guy.  He is also a Christian and has ethics.  They are out there, but seem to be few and far between!

I have the most beautiful Christian music cd's that I can play while I am thinking about something else.  They are instrumentals using a minimum of instruments.  There is a whole series of them called Hymnscapes.  I see where you can order them at Amazon.com.

I can listen to them when I read my Bible, when I am working here, and when I am trying to fall asleep.  They are really wonderful.  Try one, you just might want to get them all!
 The end of July I will be going on a long vacation.  Finally my husband and I can take a vacation and not be on strict time restraints!  When he was teaching and coaching football we only had a two week window every summer.

I will have internet access when we get to Missouri in August so I should be able to keep up with the Bible studies.  We are staying for a couple of weeks at my oldest son's house to help him with wallboard, painting, flooring, etc.  He bought a house, tore part of of it apart to make changes and repairs, and now he is ready to fix it back up.

We will also be able to do some sight-seeing.  In the past we had to pick and choose whether to visit with relatives or sight-see.

So if you see a white Ford F350 with an Alpenlite camper on it towing a white Ford F150 be sure to wave!
We are going to be getting more great things here at the Clarion Call.  We have a new teacher/writer named Anthony Reagan who has submitted some really good stuff.  I also got a very detailed chart on a one-year plan to read your Bible that needs to be put online.

I'm excited about how the Clarion Call is touching people.  I've gotten so many emails recently that I have, once again, gotten behind in responding.

So, here I am finally.  Welcome to all the new people on the mailing list!  You should be seeing more updates from me in the near future, hopefully within the week.
Link to the 7/1/11 Bible study.
July 11, 2011

I wore myself out yesterday. We had a family birthday party and my two great-nephews and my great-niece came.  We bought a pirate ship wading pool for them to play in and other toys.  It has been a very long time since I was in the market for children's toys, 27 years to be exact.  My youngest son and niece were the last babies and they were born 27 years ago.

I love those kids and I wanted to pick them up and give them lots of hugs.  Plus, I had to bend over to pick up the beach ball to throw it back and forth.  Today my back is very tired, but it was a good day.

I'm really looking forward to our vacation.  I've been studying my atlas looking for national parks, sights to see, and cheap places to camp.  I also have to look for golf courses for my husband.  I'm going to make sure he gets to golf in every state we pass through.  He might even get some fishing in as well.

I'm going to be doing all the meals out of our camper.  We are on a very tight budget.  My husband needs to have sports to relax, I am cheaper.  I just need my Bible, or my computer, or my cross-stitching, or just a reclining chair and a nice view to relax.

I need to start getting the camper ready to go.  It needs a good washing.  The roof was leaking so we had to have the entire roof fixed.  The chalky residue from the old rubber roof is all over the sides of the camper.  It will take a good scrubbing to get it off.  Naturally, the weather has been blistering hot since we brought it home from the shop.

The inside is all torn apart as I pulled everything out to wash it when we came home from Colorado in May and haven't been able to put it all back.  Then, I have to start loading things in there for our upcoming trip.  Doing the inside won't be so bad, I can turn on the air conditioner.  Washing the outside.... that just might kill me.

Hopefully gas prices will continue to drop.  That will be our big expense.  
 I always considered myself to be a nice person.  I try to help people when they need help.  I don't hate anybody.  I do everything I can to avoid upsetting people.  Yet, every once in a while, I find out that someone is mad at me or hates me.  Why is that?

I'm able to come up with a few reasons.  One reason is I tell the truth.  Some people don't want to hear the truth.  If someone asks me a question about a touchy subject I tell the truth.  Many people prefer to stay away from some hard truth.

Over my lifetime I have encountered many problems that shouldn't exist.  I often see the solution for the problem and set out to get the problem fixed.  Amazingly enough, there are many companies and individuals that do not want to do the right thing.  They want to do the easy thing, the quick thing, or the most inexpensive thing. 

As I pursue trying to find out why a problem exists people often lie to me to make me go away.  Since I keep extensive notes I can stop them in their tracks.  People get very upset with me when I catch them lying. 

 Then there are people who find themselves outside their comfort zone when they are around me.  If someone tells me that they don't go to church because a pastor yelled at them once I will often ask them something like, "Have you been to a church since then?"  In other words, their excuse just doesn't fly with me.  They know it isn't a good excuse, but most people will act like it is a very good excuse and validate it for them.

I guess the main thing that I see is that truth seems to hurt.

God gives me the strength and wisdom I need.  He encourages me when the easiest thing for me to do would be to lie.  He comforts me when a friend becomes offended because they tried to get away with something.  It isn't easy taking the high road when lots of others want to take the low road.

Just the other day I heard that someone said they hated me because "everyone else hates me".  Good.  I must have done something right.  That brings a song to mind:

Nobody likes me
Everybody hates me
Think I'll eat some worms....

Ha ha ha ha
We have a new thing that has been shared with us.  We have a plan for reading the Bible in one year in a chronological order.  A gentleman named David Dibb has been putting it together for a long time and has graciously shared it with us.  Go check it out!

We also have an addition to the meaning of God giving us a clarion call here.
Link to the 7/11/11 Bible study.
July 26, 2011

 Hello from Prescott, Arizona!  I'm finally on vacation!  I've actually been able to relax my brain for the first time in three years!  The hardest thing to think about is what we are going to do each day and what I should fix us to eat.

Saturday and Sunday my husband's reenactment group performed in town.  I took the pictures of their group to put on their website www.gunsandgarters.org.  I'm their webmaster.

We found a campground within walking distance of town.  I have been finally able to focus on getting some exercise.  This vacation is going to be good for me mentally and physically!  I found some antique stores so I found myself some treasures while my hubby was golfing!  More mental therapy! Smiley face

I've scoped out the places that have free wi-fi so I can check on my email and upload things to the Clarion Call.  I think I'll go to the library so I won't feel obligated to buy something.

I just can't begin to tell you how good this vacation is for me and my husband.  We've never been able to go on a long trip that wasn't bound with time restraints.

We will be leaving here tomorrow, doing some sight seeing as we head out of Arizona, and cruise into New Mexico.

I really miss my pets when I'm gone, especially my cats.  They follow me around the house and want to be wherever I am.  My being gone messes them up, too.  They get a routine of sleeping in the office when I am in there.  I wish there was a way I could bring them with me.  I'd like to bring our dog, too, but he's too big for our little camper.

  I hope they remember me when I get home.
My husband and I have been contemplating a couple of camping-related things.  We love our camper.  It is the perfect size for the two of us.  Now we have fixed it so we can tow our other truck so we can tootle around without having to take the entire camper.

However, it is a long climb up to get inside and another climb to get into bed.  Perhaps in a few more years, if we can afford it, we will sell the old white buffalo (F350 truck and camper) and get a small motor home.  We shall see.
Link to the 7/26/11 Bible study.

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