Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I was on a website a few minutes ago that had instructions how to clean silver. At the bottom of the page I momentarily thought I saw some religious symbols. One was obviously a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the other of the Son. Then I moused over them and realized they were not a cross and a dove but rather:

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the google + logo


the twitter logo.

Hey, thanks!

Earlier this evening I told myself I really should water my plants, if not fertilize them, as today was a rather hot day (by Western Washington standards). But then the heavens did the watering for me.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The longest day of the year

This was the western sky over my neighbor's roof at 9:45 p.m.

This is the reward that makes up for the sun going down shortly after 4:00 p.m. around winter solstice.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Well, thank goodness that's over with.

In other news, the weather was highly changeable today, as it often is here, especially in spring, I guess. Anyway, it was sunny and pleasant when I walked my dog at around 7:00 a.m., but it was rainy and chilly when we left for the doctor's office at a little past noon. Then it got nice again in the evening.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here's a picture from this weekend of my purple petunias.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I haven't posted pictures of my flowers yet this season. I'm preparing my sermon today, so when I need a break, I'll put up some pictures. Here are the first two:

Very young strawberries

Red and yellow nicotiana

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


This coming Sunday, I'm going to preach at Hope in Christ Church, in Bellingham. I took my passage from the lectionary, the Gospel passage, which is Luke 7:36-50.

I'm feeling a bit of time pressure. I did do some studying and thinking even during my brother's visit, and even made some notes. This weekend on Friday evening and Saturday during the day, my own congregation, at Third Christian Reformed Church of Lynden, is having an important conference for church members, and I do plan to attend. So I would like to have my sermon as done as possible before the weekend.

Tonight I am sitting down to it. I am working my way into it by blogging about needing to prepare. Hopefully that gets my mind turned toward my message.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

How good and pleasant is the sight

Me and my brother Saturday night.
Psalm 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard:
that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon,
and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.

Or as the Psalter would have it:

How good and pleasant is the sight
When brethren make it their delight
To dwell in blest accord;
Such love is like anointing oil
That consecrates for holy toil
The servants of the Lord.

Such love in peace and joy distils,
As o’er the slopes of Hermon’s hills
Refreshing dew descends;
The Lord commands His blessing there,
And they that walk in love shall share
In life that never ends.

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Today, two of my co-workers brought in bouquets from their gardens at home with great big peonies and roses. They smelled heavenly.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Preparing a room

My guest room is ready for my brother to visit.

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My brother and me a little over a year ago

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A good tired

Finally a dry weekend. Went to the Farmers Day Parade on Saturday, and had coffee with my folks in the afternoon.

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Today I had coffee with some cousins, bought groceries with my brother's upcoming visit in mind, and planted flowers. I planted flowers well into the evening. The days are nice and long now, as we are only three weeks from the longest day of the year. I am so tired now that I need to head to bed, so I'll just say: Begonias, petunias, lavender, and nicotiana. With a little bacopa here and there.