Here are the welcome messages from
May 2004

5/5/04 May 5, 2004
5/10/04 May 10, 2004
5/18/04 May 18, 2004
5/25/04 May 25, 2004
May 5, 2004

What fun I've been having!  Saturday my husband finished hauling all our junk off to the dump.  Yep, even stuff that he's been "saving" for a lot of years!  He finally realized that things don't save well out in the wind, rain, and sun.

After he got the utility trailer emptied we went to a wholesale nursery near here and bought shade trees (5), bushes (12), other plants, and a rose tree.  So, we dug holes and planted planted planted.

I finished off the bushes on Monday.  I had to put drip lines to them and added some more drip lines to an area on my patio that doesn't have it's own water source.

I learned a valuable lesson on Monday that I will pass on to you.  I'm sure you've heard the warning before, but maybe you didn't take it 100% seriously.  I sure didn't.  When they tell you never to put a rake down with the tines pointing up.... never means NEVER

I was finishing up with planting the bushes and was done with the rake.  I leaned it against a fence about ten feet away from where I was cleaning up my mess.  I had a wheelbarrow full of dirt that I needed to go dump somewhere else.  I decided I could put a little more dirt around the bushes I had planted.  I scooped up a shovel full of dirt and headed in the direction of where I had laid the rake... forgetting that I had laid it there.

Guess what happened!  OUCH OUCH OUCH!!  Boy oh boy, that rake handle hit me right above my right eye.  Yowzer, did that hurt!  It still hurts.  I've got a large black and blue lump on my forehead.  It hurt worse than when my husband dropped the light fixture on my head a couple of months ago.  It even hurts when I raise my eyebrow!

Want to try it?  It's a real treat.  #1 Stand next to rake, #2 step hard on rake, #3 go get an ice pack for the lump on your head

Hitting head with rake

Yesterday I worked on a brochure for our church and ended up working on it almost all day long.  I hadn't planned on working on it that long, but sometimes I get motivated to finish something I start before I move on to something else.  Plus, I have a tendency toward perfectionism and wanted to have it as nice as possible before I handed the sample over to my pastors.

Speaking of my perfectionism, God has helped me to put things in perspective.  He has helped me to ease up on some things so that I am not running myself ragged.  I had an especially hard time when I had a portion of something to do and the other people involved didn't step up to the plate.  I would end up doing it all and resenting the fact that I didn't get cooperation.

Now, instead of jumping in and doing things, I pray about them first.  Sometimes God just wants me to share what I see rather than do it.  I like that.  It's easier on me and it's in God's will.  It becomes a win-win situation!

I'm kind of excited.  Our yard is starting to look nice.  Well, except for the grass.  I sprayed vegetation killer on it during the winter when I thought it was dormant.  I guess it wasn't dormant.  During football season, if any of our sprinklers break, my husband just turns the water off.  So, I guess the grass was not dormant, but just brown from lack of water.  It isn't coming back the way it should.  We've got lots of brown patches.  I told my husband I wasn't going to do anything to try to kill weeds in the grass any more.  I'm tired of trying.  It's all up to him, now.

However, the rest of the yard is looking good.  In a few more years it will be even better when the plants and trees grow some.The inside of the house is getting better, too.  I've been reorganizing things and still putting things away from my booster club years when things just got stuffed into closets.  I've been working hard lately... too hard!  It's time to slow down.  It's time to prioritize.  It's time to get this Bible study online at the beginning of the week, not the end!  Did I hear someone say, "Amen to that?!?" 

Somebody signed my guestbook with a rebuke.  My first instinct was to delete it.  Then I decided to pray about it first. This person wrote, "Kay, may you learn the truth about Gods holy Sabbath day. The seventh- day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. He rested on that day and blessed it. It is the only commandment that He said to "remember". It was set forth from the creation of the world. God bless and please study to show yourself approved. He holds us accountable for what we know, and I must share this with you. Thanks and please study."

I'm not sure whether they were rebuking me for not having any Bible studies about this topic or for not "remembering" the Sabbath.  So, I asked God about it. 

God reminded me that I was not under the laws as laid out in the Old Testament.  He reminded me of what Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  (Matthew 22:37-39)  I examined whether things done on the Sabbath affected my love for God and they don't.

I was also reminded of a scripture God brought to my attention in Acts 15:28-29 where the apostles were telling some Gentiles in Antioch, "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well."

So, God was telling me that I was not to be concerned about what was written to me.  As always, I will remain open to what God wants to show me.  If He should decide some other time that I should teach about the Sabbath or that He wants me to do something differently on the Sabbath then I will listen to Him.

Now, does this mean that what He showed me applies to everyone else as well?  Not necessarily.  I have seen where God requires different things from different people.  That's one reason I have to make sure what He wants me to teach here at the Clarion Call.  Just because He teaches me something doesn't always mean I should pass it on to you.

So, Animil, since you didn't give me an email address, here is your response.

Well, off to the Bible study.  I need to get this online because my husband is taking me out to dinner.
Link to the 5/5/04 Bible study.
May 10, 2004

Whoa!  Hold the horses!  Is this??  Could it be??  Pinch me so I know I'm not dreaming!  I'm getting this online and it is MONDAY!  Wow!  Ouch, ouch!!  I tried to pat myself on the back and hurt myself.

The bump on my head is much better.  It is still tender.

You're not going to believe this.  I almost stepped on the rake again.  This time I figured I was being safety conscious and stood the rake upright against a six foot fence.  I was smoothing out a pile of dirt to make way for a horseshoe pit.  I had a space of about six inches against that fence that I was not smoothing since we had placed railroad ties at the base of it.  I was pushing the dirt up to the tie.  I put the rake up on the railroad tie figuring I wouldn't be walking there.  The tines were only slightly raised.  Well, slightly raised is plenty. 

I had smoothed the dirt to the level of the tie and stepped backwards onto it.  I hesitated slightly when I felt the tie under my foot.  Good thing because my foot was starting to tip the rake towards my head!

So, another moral this week (wait, it's the same one as last week):  When they tell you never to put a rake down with the tines pointing up.... never means NEVER!  (By tines pointing up, that means if the points are even slightly off the ground.)

I've got to quit confessing to doing dumb things.  You are going to think that I'm not a very smart person.  I need to redeem myself somehow.  Oh, I know!  Last week I remembered the formula for how to determine the circumference of a circle!!  I needed to know how big around the top of a 5" flower pot was.  I surprised myself! 

I'm not going to tell you that I used 2.14 for pi instead of 3.14, though.
Upside down smiley face

I'm so excited about the things I got to re-do our information booth at church!  I was looking for ways to display flyers and brochures.  The office supply places have racks and other ways to display things like that and boy-oh-boy are they expensive!  Not only are they expensive, most of them are ugly!

So, I found some things that will do nicely at a couple of craft stores.  I bought a few things that need to be painted and decorated.  Once I finish getting them ready it should only take me a couple of days to put it all together.  Once I am done I will take some pictures so you can see it. 

My sons took me to dinner last night for Mother's Day.  Ever since they got older we don't do many things together.  It makes me sad.  My little birdies got strong wings and are able to fly around on their own.

 My husband took me to breakfast after church.  Mother's Day is the day that restaurants do their best business I've heard.  This particular place we went wasn't particularly crowded.  They had empty tables, but apparently forgot to get more of their employees to come to work. 

The tiny waiting area filled up within 20 minutes of our arrival.  The restaurant was not taking names but was depending on us to keep track of who was next!  That was bad because some people were getting a little grouchy thinking they were passed over.  However, most of us ended up chatting with each other which normally wouldn't happen if we just had to wait for our name to be called.

 At the time I was irritated with the restaurant.  Looking back, I see where strangers got an opportunity to get to meet each other.  I often wonder what it would be like to live in a smaller town where you see people you know all the time.  Around here you might run into someone you know, but not often. 

I got an email from a friend listing things that mothers do.  It was written by a non-Christian, but the idea of it was cute.  It inspired me to write something to honor Christian mothers.  I used many of my own examples that are probably pretty generic in other families.  At the end I share some of the things God has taught me about mothers.  You can find it here.
Link to the 5/10/04 Bible study.
May 18, 2004

I went to visit my mom last week for a few days.  I only got two things done for her.  One did take all day, though.  She has a bunch of rocks and gravel that I pulled out and I put down some weed-inhibiting fabric and replaced the rocks.  Plus, along that same area I planted a ground cover to keep some dirt from flowing down onto her driveway when it rains. 

First I put down the weed fabric.  The instructions seem so simple.  Cut an "x" in the fabric and plant the plant through that hole.  HA!!  If I cut a big enough "x" to comfortably and easily stick the plant roots through then the fabric would do no good because it would be mostly holes.

I hope the ground cover I planted is tough enough to survive the abuse I gave it!  Plus, it was hard to get the roots buried properly just poking my fingers through the "x"'s.  (Or would that be "x's"?)  (Or would that be "x's?")  My punctuation knowledge seems to be missing the "x"-factor.  Or would that be "x-factor?"  Or would that be "x-factor"?  Cross-eyed smiley face

I have another animal story to tell you about.  I have the most interesting animal encounters!  As a matter of fact, they are so interesting I decided to share them all with you.  My latest story is about a pigeon, but I just had to share about the turkey, the possums, the duck, the skunk, the dogs, the egret, and the peacock, too. 

Have I piqued your curiosity??  Ticked your fancy??  Aroused your interest??  Am I now testing your patience??  LOL!  Here's the animal stories.

I really enjoy reality television shows where people are living together in interesting circumstances.  I like the Survivor shows, but don't like how the producers enjoy creating strife just for entertainment purposes.  What I enjoy is watching people learning how to live together.  They all develop relationships and use their gifts and talents for the benefit of the whole.

There is a series on PBS (Public Broadcasting Services??  It is television supported by donations so they don't have commercials.) called Colonial House.  I don't know if it is a new show or not, but it is new to me.  A group of people are in Maine and are re-creating a Colonial settlement.  Already I can see people helping each other and I can also see selfishness and self-centeredness rearing its ugly head.

These shows are tiny snippets of what life is all about.  God made people and gifted them to help each other.  It is very important to God that we love each other.  He wants us to love each other as much as we love ourselves... probably even more than that!  It is hard to imagine what the world would be like if we did! 

Gosh, I must have been sleeping all week.  I can't think of anything else to tell you.  There is only one thing and that will be in the Bible study.  So, I guess that means it is time to move on to the Bible study!

Oh, wait, one thing... I am probably going to be changing the mailing list over to another organization.  I have two that I am looking at.  I need to know how they work before I will change over.  Before I change I will notify you on the old list before you receive anything from the new list.  If you aren't on the mailing list then just ignore the last paragraph.
Link to the 5/18/04 Bible study.
May 25, 2004

I'm done, I'm done... I finished and I'm done!  (Picture me doing some kind of dance while singing that song.)  I finished putting all my potted plants and shrubbery on drips.  The growing things in the yard are now going to take less time to get watered!!  Oh, wait... I'm not done!  I still have to put some kind of temporary water supply to our new trees.  In a year or so their roots should hit the water line, but I'll have to provide water for them until then.  I am not sure how I am going to set up water for them.  I have to tie it in with my garden somehow.  Hmmm.....

OUCH!  Now my brain hurts from all that thinking. 

Did you get a chance to read my true animal stories last week?  The skunk and the turkey stores are the best ones.  However, I have a feeling that there will be more as time goes on.  If you missed them, here's the animal stories.

I have a boo-boo under my fingernail.  I got a splinter stuck up under one of my fingernails and a piece of it got left behind.  It hurts worse to dig at it than to leave it.  Hopefully it will work its way out as my fingernail grows.  I hope, I hope, I hope!

 I got the splinter while I was de-fluffing our barn.  During the month of May we get lots of fluffies flying through the air from the trees in the wash behind our property.  The trees send out seeds that are like what dandelions send only a million times worse.  They go everywhere.  It is VERY annoying. 

 It looks messy when it sticks to things like redwood chips, the soft leaves of plants, and my dogs' fur!  When we walk through our garage or our barn they swirl around our feet.  When we try to sweep them up they whoosh up into the air to escape the broom.  They collect on top of the dogs' water and land on top of my glass of water.  Fortunately they are slowing down.  During the first couple weeks of the month they fill the air as soon as a slight breeze disturbs them, which is most of the day around here.

 Most of the things got pulled out of the barn and I decided it was time to sweep and de-fluffy-ize it.  Plus, my husband had shoved all his workbenches and stuff in there so I couldn't get in with my bug-sprayer.  There were fluffy-filled cobwebs everywhere.  The floor was filled with dirt and leaves from all the winter winds.  So, I started out by sweeping the dirt and bits and pieces of electrical wires and stuff left over from when we got our barn wired.

 After I swept up the bigger stuff I got my husband's shop vac and vacuumed up as much as I could catch.  I vacuumed spider webs off the walls, too.  Then I put the vacuum hose in the blower end and began to blow the finer things out.  It looked like a snowstorm in there!  There was white stuff and dust blowing everywhere!!  That was NOT FUN!  I started sneezing and coughing.  When I got all the stuff blown out of the barn I turned the blower on my husband's tool benches and knocked a bunch of leaves and fluffies off of them.  When I was done I couldn't wait to get in the shower!

Now I am bugging my husband a lot more to hurry and get the door for the barn.  That will help keep things clean in there.  It will be a very tall and expensive door, but supposedly we have enough money left over from building the barn to put in the door.  I started bugging him about it shortly after we finished the barn.  I hate being a nag, but I hate even more having to do extra work for no good reason! 

This week I have to clean my camper inside and out.  That is the one thing I really want to get done.  Usually I get it cleaned right after we return from a trip so it is ready for the next trip.  That was back when I was optimistic.  With my husband's schedule it is not possible to get away very often.  Whenever we go somewhere he says how we will have to do it more often, but then the reality of his schedule sets in.

Well, I will continue to remain optimistic.  I leave the camper on the truck all the time just in case...

Booo hooooo.... my son had to move my truck while I was gone to the store and he backed it into the garage.  He put scratches and dents on my camper on the back corner.  It didn't break through so it will still be weather-tight, but it looks ugly.  Booo hooooo Crying face

I've been examining everything I do in light of what God showed me about not sinning.  What a horrible habit of compromise I allowed myself to develop!!  I would do something that was wrong, knowing it was wrong.  I might have told myself that I would stop doing it some day, or I might have told myself that it wasn't such a big deal because it wasn't hurting anyone. 

There are lots of different "good" reasons to keep sinning those "little" sins.  I've spent a lot of time compromising.It's the hardest when I am tired.  It's just too easy to turn my brain off and allow emotions to take over.  I need to quit being mentally lazy and purposefully focus my mind on God, especially when I am tired.  After I've done something I shouldn't I feel icky.

The really dumb thing is it would be easy not to do those things, just like God told me it would be.  I just have to climb out of those ingrained habits and attitudes with God's help.  I must not allow myself to slip back into an apathetic attitude about changing!  I must stay focused on attaining holiness!
Link to the 5/25/04 Bible study.

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