Here are the welcome messages from
September 2005

9/1/05 September 1, 2005
9/20/05 September 20, 2005
September 1, 2005

I keep opening up this web page program, getting ready to type something here, and something keeps happening to stop me!  This has gone on since Monday!

School doesn't start until next week so my husband has the mornings off until noon when he leaves for football practice.  So, our friend who helps us build stuff, has been coming over and all sorts of good stuff has been happening.  However, that means I have more work to do like painting and cleaning up.

My son's iguana, Elmo, got abscesses on his face and needs to have them cleaned and medicated three times a day.  So, I've been helping with that while my son is at work.  I've also been trying to keep his cage bacteria-free so the abscesses heal completely.  So, when he poops I'm in there cleaning it up and wiping it down with bleach.

Then, my son's waterbed broke and I've been working on that.  Other things have been breaking, too.  It's just like before I went on vacation.  As I was trying to make sure all my outside plants were on drips for water the parts were falling apart in my hands.  I'd turn on a hose to test it and the fitting at the end of the hose would crumble and water would shoot out.  Yesterday I opened the screen door to go in the back yard and the handle snapped off in my hand.

It just has been one thing after the other.  This morning I'm supposed to go to my prayer partner's house and I'm waiting for my husband to finish cutting and sanding the wood to fix my son's bed.  He was supposed to get it last night on his way home from football practice but he didn't.

So, my son slept on the couch last night.  Once the bed is fixed I have to get it all assembled and filled.  I'm not going to make it to my prayer partner's house, again.  I haven't seen her since before my vacation.

This afternoon I'm going to my mom's house for a couple of days.  I need to pack and get ready for that.  I think my head is going to explode!


---I'm sorry.  This web site will have to be shut down because the hostess is no longer with us.  Her head exploded.---

Just kidding! 

Joanne has sent me a bunch more studies for the "From the Heart of Jesus".  I just haven't had a chance to work on them.  Maybe I will take my computer to my mom's house and work on them there.

Speaking of working on the computer.... I got a web designing job!  Can you believe it?  My friends belong to a group that wanted a new web site.  Their old one was maintained by someone who was no longer in their group.  The old site was on a free server and there were ads everywhere.  So, they decided they wanted their own domain and their own site.

It still has a few more things that need to be done before it is ready for the public, but you can go see it if you want:
(The group split and is now www.gunsandgarters.org)

Let me know what you think!  I never got paid for anything like that so I didn't know what to charge.  I went low since it was my friends and just to see how long it would take me.  So far I spent about 25 hours (that's another place my time has been going) doing what you see there.  The graphics take the longest amount of time, but good graphics make it worth the effort. 

I shouldn't have said anything about our weather being cooler than usual.  Right after saying that we got record-high heat!  The only good thing about it was I could hang clothes out and they'd be dry in less than two hours, if I hung them out around noon.  Prior to noon the humidity in the air was around 60% or so which made the heat even more unbearable.

To make things even worse, our air conditioner has died.  We need a whole new one.  So, since we don't have the money to do it right now it was hotter than usual inside and out.  At least the temperatures drop to around 70 or cooler over night.  I can open the doors and windows and put fans in them to bring the cool air in.  So, it didn't get too much hotter in the house than it did before when I kept the air conditioner set at 84.  However, when it was 87 or 88 in the house I didn't get a lot of work done.

I found the neatest thing to solve a problem I've been having.  Well, it was my youngest son's problem, but I wanted to help.  He didn't have any place to put a computer desk in his room because of the iguana cage taking up so much space.

We got him a small computer desk, took the doors off his large closet, and put the desk inside one end of the closet.  Well, that meant his clothes and the top shelf in the closet were exposed.  His clothes were getting extra dusty.  I just couldn't come up with a satisfactory solution until a few days ago.

There is a store called Ikea that I love to visit.  They have rather inexpensive furniture and accessories.  Unfortunately they aren't in a lot of states.  I found a curtain wire that had extra parts you could buy to make it turn corners.  I put the wire in the closet in an "L" shape to go around his clothes.  They also had little clips attached to rings that would go on the wire.  I bought a cheap white twin-sized sheet there at Ikea and clipped it to the clips.  Now, it slides out of the way so he can get to his clothes!  It is so very clever!

Then, for the shelf above the clothes I cut a shower curtain and used the rest of the hooks that came in the pack with the clips and hooked them over the rail from the closet door and the loop on the other end I slipped the shower curtain hangers through.  Oh, it is so much better now than being open to view!  I really need to get a digital camera so I can show you stuff like that, don't I?  Anyone have a spare camera they could send me? 

Link to the 9/1/05 Bible study.
September 20, 2005

Hello, again, or hello for the first time... whatever the case may be.

School has started and my husband is back to school.  I went to his classroom a couple of days to help finish getting it organized and ready to roll.  Another teacher is sharing his room so I had to re-organize some of the things we put away when he first moved from the old school to the new school in June.

Once I got everything where it belonged I had to put together a chart showing him where everything was.  It was hard enough for him to get used to no longer being in the classroom he had for 21 years.  Now he has to figure out where all his stuff is.  I made a seating chart, too.  He wanted tables instead of desks because of some of the activities he does in class.  However, when we first started arranging the tables we couldn't get them to fit in the classroom.  If we lined them up it wasn't safe for the students in the middle because they couldn't get out unless the others moved.  So, we pushed the tables around and around and around trying to find a way where people could move around them and where the students could all see the front of the room.  I made a seating chart which is a bit out of scale, but here's an idea of the only arrangement we could figure out:
Seating chart
Funny looking, huh?  It works, though.

Everything that my husband got used to doing for 21 years is now topsy-turvy.  This time of year he was normally coaching football there, too.  Now he is at a small Christian school that is not close to home.  He followed the head coach when the head coach went to the other school.

So, being the good wife that I am Winking face I wanted to make things as easy as possible for my husband.  It was pretty funny.  When I was showing him how I made a chart for his supplies and also put labels inside the drawers and on the shelves he got all excited and asked me, "Will you marry me?"

I'm sorry I disappeared for a while.  I had some big family issues come to a head and I had to focus my full attention on them.  I can't share them with you, but I sure need your prayers.  God needs to do a work to correct the problems that people have chosen to create.

God gives peace where there is no peace.  God gives strength where there is no strength to be found.  God gives what we need when we need it.

When you put your faith in God, and I mean really trust Him to handle things, then you will be amazed at how well you can make it through huge trials.  When other people are crumbling around you then you will still be standing.

People will think you are very strange when you are so strong.  That's OK, because we ARE strange!  Like 1Peter 2:9 says, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

Weird weird weather we are having.  We are in southern California and last night a tropical storm rolled in.  All night long we had thunder and lightning and rain.  It got particularly bad early this morning.  Our poor dogs were going crazy so I brought them in the house and calmed them down.

This is mighty late in the summer for that kind of weather around here.  However, I'm glad for the rain.  I've been working in my garden.  I didn't plant anything last spring.  I don't remember now why that was, other than I didn't have time.

So, now I'd like to plant sweet peas so I have some lovely flowers to look at as well as some greens that my son's iguana can eat.  I want to put in an area of strawberries, too.  So, the rain will soften up the summer-baked soil and make my job a little easier.  I'm going to finish up the Bible study and get outside while the ground is wet and the air isn't warm.

Link to the 9/20/05 Bible study.

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