Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good-night to the mountains

Thursday on my way home from work I took this picture at a stoplight.

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On the left, the power wires lead to the top of Mount Baker, showing over a nearer hill, and, on the right, on either side of the tips of some trees are tips of the Twin Sisters. The snow caps were pink. That happens when the sunset throws color onto the snow. The sun, as is its habit, sets in the west and the mountains are to the east, so it's interesting to see sunset effects to the east.

It always reminds me of the book Heidi, which I loved when I was a little girl (in fact I still love it).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Theory and practice

This evening I learned that the oven will only heat up if you turn it on. Oh, sure, I had known that in theory for many years, but now I know it through experience.

I've made another discovery in recent months. If you frequently take a cup of coffee with you to the car then let the empty mug roll around on the floor of the car for weeks, clanking into other mugs you've carried out to the car, then the mugs sometimes become damaged by chipping, cracking, or having the handle fall off. Who would have seen that coming?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Enthroned

Today, I changed the seat on my toilet.  A few weeks ago, I bought a new seat, new handle, and new flapper after reading instructions and watching videos online about how to install each. The handle and flapper went in like a couple of dreams. I did buy the wrong color handle (white handle on an ivory toilet), but it works just dandy. Such a relief after years (really) of the chain falling off every few flushes. But the seat I had bought was too long, so I put it back in its box and then left it sitting around for a while. Today I finally put it in the trunk of my car and, after work, brought it back to Lowe's. I still had the receipt. The young woman at the counter asked me if it was used. I said, "Well, I took it out of the box and put it on the toilet, but it didn't fit so I took it off again. But it's not used in the sense of used." An older woman sitting at counter stated, "We sometimes get them back like that." Can you imagine? How crass would one have to be to return a used toilet seat to the hardware store? Anyway, then I bought one that is the correct size, brought it home and, in a matter of minutes, installed it in place of the old one, which was broken at the hinges. So now I can sit firmly in place and then flush effectively.

Life is good.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's in the oven

I was just over at my sister's blog, reading her review of Dearie, a biography of Julia Child, and I mentioned to her that I've been trying to fix real food lately. Tonight I boiled some small yellow potatoes (because I don't like underdone potatoes) then rolled them around in olive oil, some minced garlic, and rosemary leaves from my own rosemary plant right outside my door. I placed them in a glass baking pan and at the other end of the pan put a meatloaf that I bought fully cooked from Safeway (okay, I cheated there) and put the dish in the oven to heat up and hopefully the potatoes get all crispy on the outside, too.

I actually have not been eating many potatoes because I'm trying to reduce my carbs. I've been buying broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and the like and fixing them by a method my sister recommended, which is to roll them around in olive oil and garlic and then cook them in the oven till they are crispy. Yummy when well-salted. But the reason I did buy some little potatoes was because they just looked so cute there in the produce section, not like the behemoth brown potatoes I ate so reluctantly as a child.

Well, anyway, I should go check on my meal. It would be a shame if it burned.

Monday, January 20, 2014

a better rest

Since today was a holiday in the U.S. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), I made a long list of things I wanted to get done around home. I accomplished several of them, which is a far, far better thing than accomplishing none of them.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Memento mori

Today I attended an aunt's funeral. It was hard to watch her children say good-bye to their mother, hard to watch my uncle weep for the loss of his life's partner, but also good to see many family connections and friends.

I said to my sister-in-law before the graveside ceremony, "We're really not here [on earth] very long."

There are so many people in need of prayer. Including me.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday again

A couple of days went by without my posting because I was preoccupied about preaching on Sunday morning. I did so, and I was very happy with how the message turned out and how it was received. I'm hoping to get an audio file, but I'm not sure if I can.

Meanwhile, today back to work.

Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. Ecclesiastes 5:18


Friday, January 10, 2014

A long winter's nap

Hooray for Friday night, when I don't need to think about what time I need to get up tomorrow morning, or whether I need to wash my hair. "It's the most laziest time of the week" (to the tune of "It's the most wonderful time of the year.")

To paraphrase Mr. Spock, "Sleep long and prosper."

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Determined

I shall go to bed on time tonight.

In other news it was kind of cold today, windy last night and tonight.

It's hard to be this scintillating.

The time-space continuum

A couple of hours ago I was going to write a blog entry. Then I started watching clips of "The Big Bang Theory" on youtube.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Epipany

I've had a minor epiphany, which is that if I don't go to bed soon I'll just keel over and fall asleep right here.

Meanwhile the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates Christ mad manifest to the Gentiles -- as represented by the Magi.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sermons and sleeping

On the twelfth day of Christmas, I worked on a sermon I hope to deliver next Sunday morning. In the afternoon, I did a rough translation of the passage (Matthew 12:15-21) from the Greek. I'm not a Greek scholar, but I like to look at the Greek text just to see if something different comes through to me. One interesting tidbit, the word "servant" in verse 18 is παῖς in the Greek (pais) and can be translated as either servant or child.

Around 5:00ish, I gave into the dog's increasingly anxious hints and fed and walked him. Then, feeling I needed a mental break, I sat down in my recliner to a gardening show on TV, on of my favorites, Gardening with Ciscoe. Within minutes I was sound asleep, snoring and dreaming, and only woke up, groggily, about an hour and a half later. The station on the TV was showing some clips of the bad weather in the Midwest and East (in the U.S.) that made me heartily pity the people who live there and equally made me heartily glad I do not.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A tree falls

On the eleventh day of Christmas, I took down my tree.

Here it is in all its glory, the day we put it up and decorated it.



And here it is in its fallen state, stripped of ornament and dragged outside.



I flung it into in my dad's pickup and took it to the Christian High School parking lot, where the Boy Scouts were accepting them for recycling at Green Earth Technology.

The scouts would have picked it up curbside if I had had the tree out by 8:00 a.m., but I didn't make that deadline. I started to take down some decorations on New Year's, but I did most of it this morning between about 10:00 and noon. So it goes. Done is done.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Whom do you take after?

The tenth day of Christmas

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 3:2

To be like Christ -- that's quite a promise. When I was at Regent College, one of my profs pointed out a theme in the Bible that you become like what you worship. In the Hebrew Scriptures, there are repeated remarks that those who worship idols will become like them -- blind, deaf, unable to speak. But we worship the living God. We are created in his image, that image has been distorted by sin, and in Christ we are re-created in his likeness -- the likeness of Christ. It is our calling to perfect our likeness to Christ by imitating him. We will get as far as we can in our natural lives on this journey of becoming like him, and then at Christ's return, God will complete the transformation in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

It's a day

On the ninth day of Christmas, I fell asleep at my computer and decided to call it a day.

And then forgot to push "Publish" until the next morning.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pondering

The eighth day of Christmas.

Luke 2:16-21

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.