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10 May 2019

Battle of the Bluebird

It's the battle of the bluebird, folks. Maybe it's just Murphy's law because recently we had the car washed. Now we have a feisty bluebird who sees himself in the windows and is not content with having that new bird around. Suffice it to say that the car now needs washed again.

Said bluebird is also hovering like a helicopter and repeatedly jumping at himself into a window at the back of the house. So now I have taken to keeping the curtains closed to see if that helps. This just started yesterday.

I'm not really sure if this is because we added a new bluebird box in the back yard earlier this spring. We've had bluebirds at one box for years, but it seems, that with the addition of the new box, they have become a little more territorial. I knew the boxes were too close together when we added the new one,  but I was just hoping for everyone to just get along. So far, other than many weeks ago, both boxes have been ignored except for a chickadee and wren scoping out the new box.

I hate to think of Feisty Guy stressing himself out so much (Danny too, for that matter - he liked the clean car). But it looks like we'll be digging a new post hole soon in a new location. I think the front yard is due for one, which ought to do the trick!

23 April 2019

What An Easter!

Since my last post things got hectic, mostly in preparation for Easter services at church. First there was getting the final bulletins out for Palm and Easter Sundays, last minute rehearsals for both the Joyful Noise Choir and the band, followed by one of the best performances by the choir on Palm Sunday. At each practice we had prayed for the music to touch hearts and the feedback received indicated just that! By request we're planning to reprise one of our favorites from the musical again this Sunday as a final follow-up to the Easter season.

With Saturday came the Easter Egg Hunt at church. I don't usually go since my kids are grown, but I didn't have a source for photos so I grabbed my camera and joined the organized chaos of the indoor hunt filled with tons of kids! Everyone had a great time there! Kids are just so cute!! It ended up that I was the last person to leave church after a quick praise team rehearsal after the egg hunt. When I closed the foyer doors imagine my surprise to see a purple egg fall to the ground! The very last egg of the hunt had been found! So I got a prize too! (I kept the prize candy but returned the egg for another hunt someday).

Then there was Easter morning! We arrived at church at 5:30am to help set up for the Sunrise service. The men worked by truck lights for a while! My keyboard and many chairs were moved outside, the sound man had everything working, the guitar was hooked up, our song leader looked lovely and the people came. Oh, yes, and the sunshine showed up right on schedule! It was pretty awesome! The pastor's short message was  moving as we imagined being there when Christ was crucified. Afterwards, with donuts and coffee all around we enjoyed a time of great community interaction.

Danny & I came home to change and I was able to rest my back from sitting on the piano bench the whole time. We returned to church at 8:30 for last minute rehearsals with the band and praise team. The 10am service went very well and we sang "He Lives." "Because He Lives," and "The Old Rugged Cross." I felt like everyone was in such a great joyful spirit that the whole room was vibrant. A family joined church, the pastor gave another great message, and many people went home with a dessert they'd bought at the Sweet Sensations auction to raise money for missions. The whole day was just awesome!

I gotta say, I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined playing piano for a church Easter service when I grew up! I always hated to play in public; recitals gave me nightmares. But, God does take away the fear and gives you the boldness to do any job He asks you to do. (I still ask Him to make my fingers go the way they're s'posed to go when I play each Sunday)!

Afterwards, we again went home, fed the dogs and changed clothes before heading out for a quick lunch at Asian Grill. It was so weird... nothing was open in the whole complex but that restaurant! Just empty parking lots all over the place and a few people driving around looking to see what might be open (duh, nothing).

When we finally got back home I uploaded the sermon online and then crashed for the rest of the day! This was the most exhilarating and exhausting Easter ever, but I wouldn't have changed a thing! Thank you, Jesus, for the opportunity to serve You!

10 April 2019

April Books

I'm getting ready to donate my finished books again. I've really enjoyed this set and there was even one keeper, Mary Jo Putney's "One Perfect Rose." Lynsay Sands, "Lady Pirate" is still under debate. I am just finishing "A Loving Scoundrel" at the top. You can never go wrong with Johanna Lindsey! Although these are in no particular order I did notice that the top and bottom books are both about scoundrels, always a recipe for delightful romance.

As always, if anyone wants to borrow any of these, let me know before I donate them back to the thrift store. Be advised some are a little romantically racy in sections but usually with great story-lines.

I actually had most of these in a bag to give, sitting in the car in front of the store. "Hold on" I cried! "I haven't taken the picture yet!" So we brought them back home, donating some clothing instead.

Reading about Victorian romances, pirates and Scottish clans takes me to my relaxed place. Since there's nothing in these kinds of books that I can remotely relate to on a personal level... not even a phone or car... I can left my mind drift and the stresses of daily life take a back seat for a while. At 99¢ apiece, it's money well spent.

02 April 2019

March Into April

So I've been slack on posting recently. But things have been really busy what with church events and home birthday celebrations. My kids came up from Florida recently and the family got together to do the birthday weekend deal for my brother last month. We had a great time at the FireBrew restaurant; deciding to meet for lunch instead of doing the usual dinner hour. It was wonderful, not busy at all and by the time we left we were the only ones there. We were missing my father-in-law and youngest daughter (who had to work).

When it comes to church the Easter season always has a lot of associated events. As secretary, music planner, choir director, bulletin and newsletter writer, website editor, and admin to several Facebook pages I like to keep ahead of everything, maintaining 3 calendars to do so. I been spending several hours a day learning the choir musical, I practice piano daily so I won't screw up too bad on Sunday mornings. When the lady who prints the bulletins was sick two weeks so we did all the printing, included extra fliers. Not easy when the paper crinkles because of the cold. (Someone turned the heat off in the copy room so that delayed everything while we waited for the room to warm up). It is all time consuming, but God gives me the wherewith all. I know it's sounds like I'm whining but I really do enjoy my jobs, but I will be glad when May arrives and things go back to normal.

Besides running my eBay store, for fun I read a lot of books. Real books, not eBooks. I like to read in the sun on the deck while the dogs play. I often get distracted by the cherry tree blossoms; at first just watching them pop out and now watching them snow down in the breezes. Then I end up praying a lot. I have lots to be grateful for.

I've almost finished with my latest crochet blanket. I needed to get it done before warm weather arrives - it's hard to do blankets when it's hot. With this one I had to think how to transition from doing a zig-zag brick pattern to a straight line border. I finally figured it out and everything worked well.

We finally got our new heat pump installed last week (the old AC quit in October). Today the tech came by to swap out the thermostat. There were lots of issues in online reviews with the original one they installed. Ours was already exhibiting those issues. Now Danny is happy again. ;)

So things seem to be a bit peaceful now. I like it!

12 March 2019

Springing Along

Finally a moment to spare. I don't know how my life gets so busy. I recently had a computer built at Providence Computers. I just couldn't find what I wanted on a shelf anywhere. I wanted more speed, more storage, more ports on the front instead of the back, and room for a pony 4-option smart card reader that would accommodate an old style card (luckily I had a new-in-box one they installed for me). The closest I could find ready made was a gaming computer, but most of those don't even have a DVD/CD drive or card reader and no place to put any.This past week I've been transferring data from my old computer to my new one.

It had been eight years since my last new computer and going through the transfer process so I also did a little purging and updating. I always love that 'fresh start' feeling! I'm almost finished but will keep the old system a bit longer for some comparison work before I let it go.

Meanwhile I've been concentrating on learning the new choir music. A director has to know the songs inside and out before the choir even meets to start rehearsals. I don't think I'll ever be as good as I think I should be, or wish I could be. But hopefully I can start and stop everyone at the same time and on time. I guess if the ship goes down we will be together! Because our choir is small I need to sing along... that's often difficult to sing alto, think melody, and wave my arms around in time to the music. I fear I look a wee bit spastic sometimes, but laughter is good medicine I guess... we'll have a good time if nothing else!

The daffodils are stunning along my woods edge. I'm amazed how many have spread inside the woods this year. When I took the dogs out this morning I spied a fox a little ways in; that just made everything glorious!

My father-in-law is on his way to Israel today. His first plane was over 4 hours leaving, then the next was 45 minutes late. I'm hopeful he'll get there. What a dream come true for our 95-year-old!! He's a doer, I'll say that!!

I'm trying to modify my eating habits and you know how that can make you cranky! I'm missing my ice cream and yogurt is just not cutting it. I don't have time for cranky, when I'm trying to also be ever mindful of my "spirit of peace." They just don't mix! On the plus side, increasing my exercise may get a bit easier now that the sun has finally decided to shine again! With my forced sedentary life style while in recovery mode over the last couple of years I'd say prayers of encouragement are definitely appreciated!