Monday, June 30, 2008

One month later..

Today marks one month since I lost my Otis.

I am still so sad to not have him around anymore.

Most of all I am still in shock and stunned that I would bring my 6 year old dog to the vet and not bring him home.

Louie still looks for his buddy and that makes me sad too. And you can just tell by his countenance that he is sad. Louie has started to sometimes be at the door when we arrive home.

I know in time it will get easier but for now I am sad and I miss Otis.

There are a lot of day to day little things that remind me of him, and I know in time these little hurts will fade as well.

We go on, living day to day, missing our friend and buddy.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Because I am a copycat I added a Bookshelf to my blog.

Thank you Bethany!!

It's a great place to get book ideas from.

Sunday song

All Creation Worships You

By Kirk Dearman, Jim Mills

You are God and we praise You
You are Lord we acclaim You
You are eternal Father
All creation worships You
All creation worships You
All creation worships You
Deuteronomy 33:27
The eternal God is your refuge,And underneath are the everlasting arms

1 Samuel 1:28
Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.So they worshiped the LORD there.

Psalm 95:6
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Matthew 4:10
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Saturday, June 28, 2008


This is incredible.

A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with
me? The father who, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'.

They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together.

One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.'To which, his father said 'Yes'

For those who didn't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

Father and son went on to complete the race together.

Watch this:

Friday, June 27, 2008

A song

This song is from 1976.

I was in my teens.

It's apparently based on the movies Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart.

Year of the Cat

Al Stewart & Peter Wood

On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
Like a watercolour in the rain
Don't bother asking for explanations
She'll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn't give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow 'till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears

By the blue tiled walls near the market stalls
There's a hidden door she leads you to
These days, she says, I feel my life
Just like a river running through
The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli
So you take her, to find what's waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well, morning comes and you're still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you've thrown away the choice and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on

But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
But for now you're going to stay
In the year of the cat

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Night by Elie Wiesel

I just finished reading this book.

It was incredible.

I recommend it to anyone.

It made me cry.

Jewish history, especially the Holocaust is one of my huge interests.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:

* Safe travel
* family
* being alive in the 1970's
* friends
* CSA's
* sadness


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June Blanket

Another June afghan.

This one is for a woman having her first baby!

It's made with Homespun Baby in white.

It is 33 inches wide and 37 inches long.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A quote, or two

* A fault, once denied, is twice committed.

* All things are difficult before they are easy.

* Bad excuses are worse than none.

* Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.

* He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

---Thomas Fuller 1608-1661

First delivery from CSA

I got my first CSA delivery today.

It's not much but it's early here for any type of veggies. She assured me that there would be more to come in the season and I would be getting bigger deliveries.

I got a bag of mixed lettuces, some radishes, garlic, chives, and rhubarb.

Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP George Carlin

How sad. He died yesterday.

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Carlin was especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves.

George Carlin's most recent stand-up routines were primarily focused on attacking the flaws in modern-day America. He often took on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.

He was considered by many to be a successor to the late Lenny Bruce and was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor, and right before Lenny Bruce. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.

Early life and career

Carlin was born in New York City, New York, the son of Mary (née Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick Carlin, a national advertising manager for the New York Sun. Carlin was of Irish descent and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.

Carlin grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan which he later said, in a stand-up routine, he and his friends called "White Harlem", because that sounded a lot tougher than its real name of "Morningside Heights". "General Grant was one of my neighbors," he would say later. He was raised by his mother, who left his father when Carlin was two years old. At age 14 Carlin dropped out of Cardinal Hayes High School and later joined the United States Air Force, training as a radar technician. He was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana.

During this time he began working as a disc jockey on KJOE, a radio station based in the nearby city of Shreveport. He did not complete his Air Force enlistment. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, Carlin was discharged on July 29, 1957. In 1959, Carlin and Jack Burns began as a comedy team when both were working for radio station KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas. After successful performances at Fort Worth's beat coffeehouse, The Cellar, Burns and Carlin headed for California in February 1960 and stayed together for two years as a team before moving on to individual pursuits.


In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, notably The Ed Sullivan Show. His most famous routines were:

* The Indian Sergeant ("You wit' the beads... get outta line")
* Stupid disc jockeys ("Wonderful WINO...") — "The Beatles' latest record, when played backwards at slow speed, says 'Dummy! You're playing it backwards at slow speed!'"
* Al Sleet, the "hippie-dippie weatherman" — "Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely-scattered light towards morning."
* Jon Carson — the "world never known, and never to be known"

Variations on the first three of these routines can be found on Carlin's 1967 debut album, Take Offs and Put Ons, recorded live in 1966 at The Roostertail in Detroit, Michigan.

During this period, Carlin became more popular as a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era, becoming one of Carson's most frequent substitutes during the host's three-decade reign. Carlin was also cast on Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show.

Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity. According to legend the police began attempting to detain members of the audience for questioning, and asked Carlin for his identification. Telling the police he did not believe in government issued IDs, he was arrested and taken to jail with Bruce in the same vehicle.


In the 1970s, Carlin became known for unpredictable performances.

Eventually, Carlin changed both his routines and his appearance. He lost some TV bookings by dressing strangely for a comedian of the time, wearing faded jeans and sporting a beard and earrings at a time when clean-cut, well-dressed comedians were in vogue. Using his own persona as a springboard for his new comedy, he was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece," and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.

In this period he also perfected what is perhaps his best-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", recorded on Class Clown, a routine which offended some. Carlin was arrested on July 21, 1972 at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing this routine. The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as, "The Milwaukee Seven", was dismissed in December of that year; the judge declared the language indecent, stating that the language was indecent but cited free speech, as well as the lack of any disturbance. In 1973, a man complained to the FCC that his son had heard a later, similar routine, "Filthy Words", from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene", and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience. F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978). Ironically, the court documents contain a complete transcript of the routine, perhaps validating what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said: "You cannot define obscenity without being obscene".

The controversy only increased Carlin's fame (or notoriety). Carlin eventually expanded the dirty-words theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance (ending with his voice fading out in one HBO version, and accompanying the credits in the Carlin at Carnegie special for the 1982-83 season), and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List Of Impolite Words".

Carlin was the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, debuting on October 11, 1975. (He also hosted SNL on November 10, 1984, where he actually appeared in sketches. The first time he hosted, he only appeared to perform stand-up and introduce the guest acts.) The following season, 1976-77, Carlin also appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn variety series.

Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing regularly in 1976, when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years, he rarely appeared to perform stand-up, although it was at this time he began doing specials for HBO as part of its On Location series. His first two HBO specials aired in 1977 and 1978. It was later revealed that Carlin had suffered the first of his three non-fatal heart attacks during this layoff period.

1980s and 1990s

In 1981, Carlin returned to the stage, releasing A Place For My Stuff, considered by many to be his best album since Class Clown, and making a triumphant return to HBO (and to his hometown) with the Carlin at Carnegie special videotaped at Carnegie Hall and airing during the 1982-83 season. Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or every other year over the following decade and a half. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are the HBO specials.

By 1989, Carlin had become popular with a new generation of teens when he was cast as Rufus, the mentor of the titular characters in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and reprised his role in the film sequel Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as well as the first season of the cartoon series. In 1991, he provided the narrative voice for the American version of the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a role he continued until 1998. He played "Mr. Conductor" on the PBS children's show Shining Time Station which featured Thomas from 1991 to 1993 as well as Shining Time Station TV specials in 1995 and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996. Also in 1991, Carlin had a major supporting role in the movie Prince of Tides along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand.

Carlin began a weekly sitcom, The George Carlin Show, cast as "George O'Grady", a New York City cab driver, for the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1993. He quickly included a variation of the "Seven Words" in the plot. The show lasted 27 episodes before being cancelled in December 1995.

In 1997, his first hardcover book, entitled Brain Droppings, was released, which had sold over 750,000 copies as of 2001. Carlin was honored at the 1997 Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy hosted by Jon Stewart.

In 1999, Carlin returned with an appearance in Kevin Smith's film Dogma as a greedy Roman Catholic cardinal. He worked with Smith again with a cameo appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and in an unusual change, Carlin portrayed a prominent, serious role in Jersey Girl as the blue collar dad of Ben Affleck's character.


In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards.

In December 2003, California U.S. Representative Doug Ose introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's seven "dirty words", including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". (The bill omits "tits", but includes "ass" and "asshole", which were not part of Carlin's original routine.)

In 2004, George Carlin was ranked #2 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time list, just behind Richard Pryor.

Also in 2004 George Carlin was fired from his headlining position at the MGM Grand after an altercation with his audience. After a poorly-received set filled with dark references to suicide bombings and beheadings Carlin stated that he couldn't wait to get out of "this fucking hotel" and Las Vegas in general, claiming he wanted to go back East "where the real people are". He continued to insult his audience, stating "People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects." An audience member shouted back that Carlin should "stop degrading us", at which point Carlin responded "Thank you very much, whatever that was. I hope it was positive; if not, well blow me." He was immediately fired by MGM Grand and soon after announced he would enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

For years, Carlin had performed regularly as a headliner in Las Vegas. He began a tour through the first half of 2006, and had a new HBO Special on November 5, 2005 entitled Life is Worth Losing, which was shown live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Topics covered included suicide, natural disasters (and the impulse to see them escalate in severity), cannibalism, genocide, human sacrifice, threats to civil liberties in America, and how an argument can be made that humans are inferior to animals.

On February 1, 2006, Carlin mentioned to the crowd, during his Life is Worth Losing set at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, that he had been discharged from the hospital only six weeks previously for "heart failure" and "pneumonia", citing the appearance as his "first show back".

Carlin provided the voice of Fillmore, a character in the Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars, which opened in theaters on June 9, 2006. The character Fillmore is a VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job, whose front license plate reads "51237" — Carlin's birthday.

Carlin's last HBO stand-up special, It's Bad for Ya, aired live on March 1, 2008 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts. Many of the themes that appeared in this HBO special included "American Bullshit", "Rights", "Death", "Old Age", and "Child Rearing". Carlin had been working the new material for this HBO special for several months prior in concerts all over the country.

On June 18, 2008, four days before his death, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC announced that Carlin would be the 2008 honoree of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to be awarded in November of that year.
Personal life

In 1961, Carlin married Brenda Hosbrook (born June 12, 1939, died May 11, 1997), whom he had met while touring the previous year, in her parents' living room in Dayton, Ohio. The couple had a daughter, Kelly, in 1963. In 1971, George and Brenda renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brenda died of liver cancer a day before Carlin's 60th birthday, in 1997.

In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers.

Carlin did not vote and often criticized elections as an illusion of choice. He said he last voted for George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972 against Richard Nixon.


Although raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Carlin often denounced the idea of God in interviews and performances, most notably with his "Invisible Man in the Sky" and "There Is No God" routines. In mockery, he invented the parody religion Frisbeetarianism for a newspaper contest. He defined it as the belief that when a person dies "his soul gets flung onto a roof, and just stays there", and cannot be retrieved.

Carlin also joked that he worshipped the Sun, because he could actually see it, but prayed to Joe Pesci (a good friend of his in real life) because "he's a good actor", and "looks like a guy who can get things done!"

Carlin also introduced the "Two Commandments", a revised "pocket-sized" list of the Ten Commandments in his HBO special Complaints and Grievances, ending with the additional commandment of "Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself."

Here for the show

Carlin openly communicated in his shows and in his interviews that his purpose for existence was entertainment, that he was "here for the show". He professed a hearty schadenfreude in watching the rich spectrum of humanity slowly self-destruct, in his estimation, of its own design; saying, "When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front-row seat." He acknowledged that this is a very selfish thing, especially since he included large human catastrophes as entertainment.

In a late-1990s interview with radio talk show host Art Bell, he remarked about his view of human life: "I think we're already 'circling the drain' as a species, and I'd love to see the circles get a little faster and a little shorter."

In the same interview, he recounted his experience of a California earthquake in the early-1970s as: " amusement park ride. Really, I mean it's such a wonderful thing to realize that you have absolutely no control... and to see the dresser move across the bedroom floor unassisted... is just exciting." Later he summarized: "I really think there's great human drama in destruction and nature unleashed and I don't get enough of it."

A routine in Carlin's 1999 HBO special You Are All Diseased focusing on airport security leads up to the statement: "Take a fucking chance! Put a little fun in your life! ... most Americans are soft and frightened and unimaginative and they don't realize there's such a thing as dangerous fun, and they certainly don't recognize a good show when they see one."

Carlin had always included politics as part of his material (along with the wordplay and sex jokes), but by the mid-1980s had become a strident social critic, in both his HBO specials and the book compilations of his material. His HBO viewers got an especially sharp taste of this in his take on the Ronald Reagan administration during the 1988 special What Am I Doing In New Jersey? broadcast live from the Park Theatre in Union City, New Jersey.


Carlin's themes have been known for causing considerable controversy in the general media. His most usual topic was (in his words) humanity's "bullshit", which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion and other aspects of human civilization. His delivery frequently treated these subjects in a misanthropic and nihilistic fashion, such as in his statement during the Life is Worth Losing show: "I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."

Language, from the obscene to the innocuous, had always been a focus of Carlin's work. Euphemisms that seek to distort and lie, and generally the use of pompous, presumptuous and downright silly language are often the target of Carlin's works.

Carlin also gave special attention to prominent topics in American Culture and Western Culture, such as: obsession with fame and celebrity, consumerism, Christianity, political alienation, corporate control, hypocrisy, child raising, fast food diet, news stations, self-help publications, patriotism, sexual taboos, certain uses of technology and surveillance, and pro-life among many others.


On June 22, 2008, Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California complaining of chest pain. He died later that day at 5:55 p.m. PDT of heart failure at the age of 71. He had a history of cardiovascular issues, including several heart attacks.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday song

Chris Tomlin

How Great Is Our God

The splendor of a King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Revelation 21:6
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Forget the kindness that you do,
As soon as you have done it;

Forget the praise that falls on you,
The moment you have won it.

Forget the slander that you hear,
Before you can repeat it;

Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer,
Wherever you may meet it.

Remember every kindness done,
To you, whate'er its measure;

Remember every promise made,
And keep it to the letter;

Remember those who lend you aid,
And be a grateful debtor.

Remember good, remember truth,
Remember heaven's above you,

And you will find through age and youth,
True joy and hearts to love you!

We each have a "selective memory."
The trick is to use our memory to remember
Those things that are good and God given,
And to ignore and forget those things which are not.

June Blanket

I finished this one yesterday and it felt like it took forever to finish--I don't know why.

It is made with Red Heart yarn. Light plum is the main color and dark plum is the trim.

It is 45 inches by 45 inches. I wanted it longer but, well, it's a square!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Runaway train

I really like this song.

It's also from a "homegrown" band!!

Black Gold by Soul Asylum

Two boys on a playground
Trying to push each other down
See the crowd gather round
Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd

Black gold in a white plight
Wont you fill up the tank, lets go for a ride
I don't care bout no wheelchair
Ive got so much left to do with my life

Moving backwards through time
Never learn, never mind
That sides yours, this sides mine
Brother you ain't my kind

You're a black soldier, white fight
Wont you fill up the tank, lets go for a ride
Sure like to feel some pride
But this place just makes me feel sad inside

Mother, do you know where your kids are tonight?

Keeps the kids off the streets
Gives em something to do, something to eat
This spot was a playground
This flat land used to be a town

Black gold in a white plight
Wont you fill up the tank, lets go for a ride
Sure like to feel some pride
But this place just makes me feel sad inside

Black gold in a white plight
Wont you fill up the tank, lets go for a ride
I don't care bout no wheelchair
Ive got so much left to do with my life

Summer solstice

Later today marks the beginning of summer.

June 20-21 is a very important day for our planet and its relationship with the sun. June 20-21 is one of two solstices, days when the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines. June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously heralds the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. In 2008, the solstice occurs and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20 at 7:59 p.m. EDT (23:59 UTC, one minute before midnight).

The earth spins around its axis, an imaginary line going right through the planet between the north and south poles. The axis is tilted somewhat off the plane of the earth's revolution around the sun. The tilt of the axis is 23.5 degrees; thanks to this tilt, we enjoy the four seasons. For several months of the year, one half of the earth receives more direct rays of the sun than the other half.

When the axis tilts towards the sun, as it does between June and September, it is summer in the northern hemisphere but winter in the southern hemisphere.
Alternatively, when the axis points away from the sun from December to March, the southern hemisphere enjoys the direct rays of the sun during their summer months.

June 21 is called the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Around December 21 the solstices are reversed and winter begins in the northern hemisphere.

On June 21, there are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle (66.5° north of the equator) and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle (66.5° south of the equator). The sun's rays are directly overhead along the Tropic of Cancer (the latitude line at 23.5° north, passing through Mexico, Saharan Africa, and India) on June 21.

Without the tilt of the earth's axis, we would have no seasons. The sun's rays would be directly overhead of the equator all year long. Only a slight change would occur as the earth makes its slightly elliptical orbit around the sun. The earth is furthest from the sun about July 3; this point is known as the aphelion and the earth is 94,555,000 miles away from the sun. The perihelion takes place about January 4 when the earth is a mere 91,445,000 miles from the sun.

When summer occurs in a hemisphere, it is due to that hemisphere receiving more direct rays of the sun than the opposite hemisphere where it is winter. In winter, the sun's energy hits the earth at oblique angles and is thus less concentrated.

During spring and fall, the earth's axis is pointing sideways so both hemispheres have moderate weather and the rays of the sun are directly overhead the equator. Between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5° latitude south) there really are no seasons as the sun is never very low in the sky so it stays warm and humid ("tropical") year-round. Only those people in the upper latitudes north and south of the tropics experience seasons.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Think about this....

This left me speechless.

A blind girl hated herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.

He was always there for her. She told her
boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I would
marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her.
When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything,
including her boyfriend. He asked her, 'Now that you can
see the world, will you marry me?'

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he
was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She
hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the
rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later
wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your
eyes, my dear, because before they were yours, they were
mine. '

This is how the human brain often works when our
'status changes'. Only a very few remember what
life was like before, and who was always by their side in
the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift!

Today before you say an unkind word -Think of
someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food
- Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife -
Think of someone who's crying out to God for a

Today before you complain about life -Think of
someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children -Think of
someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house someone
didn't clean or sweep -
Think of the people who are living in the

Before whining about the distance you drive
-Think of someone who walks the same distance with their

And when you are tired and complain about your
job -Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who
wish they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or
condemning another -Remember that not one of us is without
error and we all answer to the Divine. And when depressing
thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face
and Thank the Divine you're alive and still around.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:

*moments of reflection
*blowing bubbles with my son
*warm days with sunshine
*that my daughter has a job
*fresh food

Psalm 30:11-12
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I was thinking about these today.

Thinking about the Commandments throughout my life that I haven't always followed.

It's food for thought.

The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:

2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.

11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bird Nests...........

These are two nest from our yard.

The one in the tree is the Robins nest. We don't know if it has eggs in it yet. The bird seems a little skittish and we try not to bother her too much. And, the tree isn't in the best place.

The other one is tiny, about 3.5 inches or so. My husband and son found it this afternoon and the old man says it's a Wrens nest.

On this day..............

Lots of interesting stuff happened in the world on this date.

* In 1703 John Wesley who co founded the Methodist movement was born

* In 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill took place

* The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York in 1885

* The Republic of Iceland was established in 1944

* 1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th career home run

* The Supreme Court ruled that the Lord's Prayer is not required to be recited in public schools in 1963

* 1967 - The Hollies' "Carrie Ann" was released.

* The Watergate scandal 1972

Monday, June 16, 2008

Think of your fellow man...

I heard this song yesterday and it brought back memories.

Here's the wikipedia link

Jackie DeShannon

It's a good "Golden Oldie" from 1969

Jackie DeShannon

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see it's getting late
Oh, please don't hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by
Still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If you want the world to know
We won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world (and the world) will be a better place
All the world (all the world) will be a better place
For you (for you)
And me (and me)
You just wait (just wait)
And see, wait and see

Take a good look around
And if you're looking down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide
Kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart

And the world (and the world) will be a better place
And the world (and the world) will be a better place
For you (for you)
And me (and me)
You just wait (just wait)
And see

People, now put a little love in your heart
Each and every day
Put a little love in your heart
There's no other way
Put a little love in your heart
It's up to you
Put a little love in your heart
C'mon and

Put a little love in your heart



Make up your mind to be happy.

Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of your circumstances.
No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life.

The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.

Don't take yourself too seriously.

You can't please everybody;
Don't let criticism worry you.

Don't let your neighbor set your standards.

Do the things you enjoy doing,
But stay out of debt.

Don't borrow trouble.

Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul,
Do not cherish enmities and grudges.

Don't hold

Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.

Don't be one who never gets over things.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something.

A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

For maximum effectiveness,
This prescription should be taken as often as needed.

Unlimited refills available.

This prescription for happiness
Bears remembering and repeating...



Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday song

Prepare the Way

Darrell Evans, Eric Nuzum

He has come
To bring light into the darkness
He has come
To bring freedom to the captives
He has come
To restore the broken-hearted
It's time to proclaim
The year of the Lord

Prepare the way
Prepare the way for our Redeemer
Prepare the way
Prepare the way for our Restorer
Make ready your heart
Make ready your home
Make ready the people of God
Prepare the way

He has come
To bring hope to the hopeless
He has come
To comfort all who mourn
He has come
To heal our every sickness
It's time to proclaim
The year of the Lord

The way of the Lord
Prepare prepare
Preparing the way of the Lord


Prepare the way for our Redeemer
Prepare the way
Prepare the way for our Restorer

Make ready your heart
Make ready your home
Make ready the people of God

Prepare the way
Prepare the way
Prepare the way

Psalm 78:35
35 Then they remembered that God was their rock,And the Most High God their Redeemer.

John 12:46
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

1 Peter 2:24
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Go Army!!

Today is also the United States Army 233rd birthday!!

Motto: Army Strong

Colors: Black & Gold

March: The Army Goes Rolling Along

Revolutionary War
Northwest Indian War
Tecumseh's War
Creek War
Peoria War
War of 1812
Seminole Wars
Black Hawk War
Mexican-American War
Utah War
American Civil War
Spanish-American War
Philippine-American War
Banana Wars
Boxer Rebellion
The Banana Wars
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War
Kosovo War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom

The United States Army is the largest, and by some standards, the oldest established branch of the armed forces of the United States and is one of seven uniformed services. Like all armies, it has the primary responsibility for land-based military operations. The modern Army had its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on June 14, 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War. Congress created the United States Army on June 14, 1784 after the end of the war to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The Army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army, and thus dates its inception from the origins of that force

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

36 U.S.C. § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day, however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.

The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York.

Several men and/or organizations played instrumental roles in the establishment of a national Flag Day celebration. They are identified here in chronological order.
Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on 15 February 1917.
Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on 15 February 1917.

1861, George Morris

The earliest reference to the suggestion of a "Flag Day" is cited in Kansas: a Cyclopedia of State History, published by Standard Publishing Company of Chicago in 1912. It credits George Morris of Hartford, Connecticut:

To George Morris of Hartford, Conn., is popularly given the credit of suggesting "Flag Day," the occasion being in honor of the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777. The city of Hartford observed the day in 1861, carrying out a program of a patriotic order, praying for the success of the Federal arms and the preservation of the Union.

The observance apparently did not become a tradition.

1885, Bernard J. Cigrand

Working as a grade school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885, Cigrand held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at Stony Hill School in Waubeka. The school has been restored, and a bust of Cigrand also honors him at the National Flag Day Americanism Center in Waubeka.

From the late 1880s on, Cigrand spoke around the country promoting patriotism, respect for the flag, and the need for the annual observance of a flag day on June 14, the day in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes.

He moved to Chicago to attend dental school and, in June 1886, first publicly proposed an annual observance of the birth of the United States flag in an article titled "The Fourteenth of June," published in the Chicago Argus newspaper. In June 1888, Cigrand advocated establishing the holiday in a speech before the "Sons of America," a Chicago group. The organization founded a magazine, American Standard, in order to promote reverence for American emblems. Cigrand was appointed editor-in-chief and wrote articles in the magazine as well as in other magazines and newspapers to promote the holiday.

On the third Saturday in June 1894, a public school children’s celebration of Flag Day took place in Chicago at Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks. More than 300,000 children participated, and the celebration was repeated the next year.

Cigrand became president of the American Flag Day Association and later of the National Flag Day Society, which allowed him to promote his cause with organizational backing. Cigrand once noted he had given 2,188 speeches on patriotism and the flag.

Cigrand lived in Batavia, Illinois, from 1913–1932.

Cigrand generally is credited with being the "Father of Flag Day," with the Chicago Tribune noting that he "almost singlehandedly" established the holiday.

1888, William T. Kerr

William T. Kerr, a resident of Collier Township, Pennsylvania, for a number of years, founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania in 1888, and became that organization's national chairman one year later, serving as such for fifty years. He attended President Harry S. Truman's 1949 signing of the Act of Congress that formally established the observance.

1889, George Bolch

In 1889, the principal of a free kindergarten, George Bolch, celebrated the anniversary of the Flag resolution at his New York City school. Soon the State Board of Education of New York, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, and the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution celebrated Flag Day, as well.[3]

1893, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie

In 1893, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, attempted to have a resolution passed deeming June 14 as Flag Day. That same year, the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania were responsible for a resolution passed requiring the American flag to be displayed on all Philadelphia's public buildings. In 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to make Flag Day a legal holiday.

1907, B.P.O.E.

On June 14, 1907, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks held a Flag Day observance.

How to observe Flag Day

The week of June 14 is designated as "National Flag Week." During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all Government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America's national flag and everything it represents.

The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem (The Star-spangled Banner), a parade and more.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Robins, eggs and Pollen.

My husband and son confirmed this morning that the mama Robin is sitting on eggs.

We don't know how many yet and I don't want to keep bugging her.

Our vehicles are covered with fine green/yellow powdery pine pollen. It happens every year and makes it impossible for me to hang out laundry.

It's everywhere. On the sidewalk, driveway--everywhere.

It makes all of us stuffed up too.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for many things. Here are a few:
* a new refrigerator
* my tomato garden
* my scrabble partners online
* a chronological Bible
* a faithful, merciful God
* budgets

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Sometimes you have to let go,

Before you can reach for something...

Sometimes you have to step back

To get a better view...

Sometimes you have to stop listening

Before you can really hear...

Sometimes you have to let out a scream

Before you can whisper...

Sometimes you have to let yourself run

Before you can let yourself walk...

Sometimes you have to go backward

Before you can get ahead...

Sometimes you have to lose everything

Before you can have something...

Sometimes you have to let yourself die

Before you can finally live...


June blanket

This is a pretty purple afghan I just finished. It's made with Homespun yarn.

This is one of my favorite colors.

The top picture is a close up so you can kind of see the color, though it is beautiful in real life.

Monday, June 09, 2008


This is my Garden today. If you look above the red rake you can see the carrots!

This was the garden in May when it was first planted.

My husband and son also planted carrots and three different colored peppers, plus jalepeno peppers.

The garden seems to be doing well so far even with all the rain and not much sun.

I can't wait for homegrown tomatoes!!!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Rushford Minnesota

These afghans you've already seen.

I haven't had anywhere to send them.

Until today.

They are going to Rushford Minnesota.

The community was ruined from the floods last year and our church and a bunch of other churches from my town are going down there to help rebuild the community.

Some ladies from church made quilts and I asked if I could send my crocheted afghans.

So they are going down there. I hope the families find them useful!!

Here is a link of info about Rushford.

Scroll down to where it says "2007 Flood".


Galatians 6:10
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Sunday song

Crystal Lewis

Come Just As You Are

Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come receive
come and live forever

Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come and see
Come receive
Come and live forever

Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again
Life everlasting
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again

Come just as you are
Don't you hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Christ my King
Come and live forevermore

John 7:37-38
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Saturday, June 07, 2008

A Robins nest

This morning my husband and son found a Robins nest in a tree in our yard.

There are no eggs in it but we will keep an eye on it.

The picture above is from google. I'll try to get a picture of our nest soon.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Sad eyes...

This is my gentle Louie.

It's been a week since we lost Otis and Louie is sad.

Sometimes he looks for Otis outside. It's very sad.

Otis and Louie were brothers just 7 months apart. Louie had Otis in his life forever and now there is no more Otis.

They slept together and played together and ate together. They were buddies.

I know he's just a dog but he is sad.

I hope he perks up soon.

June Blanket

Here is the first June afghan. I finished it the other day.

I've made these greens before and I think they makes a pretty afghan.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Resume of Jesus

I like this!!!

Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: Bible
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus
My name is Jesus - The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my CV because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Feel free to read my details below.

I founded the earth and established the heavens, (Proverbs 3:19)
I formed man from the dust of the ground, (Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of life, (Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background
I've only had one employer, (Luke 2:49).
I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills and Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18).

I am a Wonderful Counselor, (Isaiah 9:6).
People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (Proverbs 1:33).
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and
understanding, (Proverbs 2:6).
In me are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (
Colossians 2:3).
My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp
unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (Psalms 119:105).
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (Genesis 1:26).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (II Corinthians 5:15).
I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (Colossians 2:15).
I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access it.

Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings,
salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.

Now that you've read My CV, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate
uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation,
I will properly direct your paths, (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Lead you into everlasting life, (John 6:47).
When can I start? Time is of the essence, (Hebrews 3:15).


A song

The Youngbloods

Get Together (it's on the sidebar)

Love is but a song to sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at you command

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for many things. Some weeks I have a hard time thinking of a list for Thursdays.

*daughter for getting a job!
*the pets I have
*my sweet husband, who always understands me
*my sweet little boy
*God's grace and mercy
*having more than enough

Galatians 6:2-5
2 Bear one another’s burdens,and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Revelation 21:4
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Seven Things revisited........

Curbside recycling!

Today I cleaned out my sons closet. We have absolutely huge closets in this house.

Anyway, I organized all the stuff in there and removed some of his "baby" stuff.

These are the items we kicked to the curb.

They are all in great shape. Like new.

*baby play tunnel thing
*half box of pull ups
*musical mobile
*diaper bag. I loved that diaper bag
*umbrella stroller
*wood cube game toy thing

Update--I just checked and everything is gone now! It was about 3 hrs from the time we put it to the curb til I checked.

I love curbside recycling and I hope whoever took the stuff finds it useful!!

Monday, June 02, 2008


I made these cotton dishcloths for someone I know.

I forgot to take a picture. My friend took a picture but doesn't know why it is so yellow.

All the yarn was cotton and you may recognize the green and yellow dishcloth. It's made with the lemonylime yarn from this post.

The first and fourth dishcloths are a shell stitch and the others are a half double crochet stitch.

Sometimes it's a nice break from crocheting afghans.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


And then there were two. Again.

Dogs. Cats. Pets.

I have always had animals. First it was cats. We always had cats growing up.

Then I got a cat 2 years before I had my daughter. That cat lived about 19 years. She had a cat stroke one Saturday night.

Two of my brothers had dogs. They were Irish Setters and they were beautiful dogs. One was Tommy and the other was Ian.

Ian died and shortly after that Tommy died. They were buddies and I think Tommy was heartbroken when Ian died.

When I first got married my husband had a German Shepard. Her name was Sandee. She was hit by a car on the road we live on.

We also had a Border Collie named Rocky. He was a great dog. After Sandee died we got Maddie. She was Rocky's sister. They were a year apart. So for many years we had Rocky and Maddie.

Then Rocky ran into a tree and broke his back. He was playing with another dog that was a brute. We had to put Rocky to sleep because we couldn't fix his back.

Maddie was very sad. While Rocky was still alive we got Otis. Otis loved Rocky.

Otis and Louie were two when I had my son.

Otis was my special dog. He was a Jack Russell. I treated him like a baby. He went everywhere with me. He even took two plane trips with me! He never said a word, just slept the whole time we were flying.

So Rocky, Maddie and Otis were all friends.

After we put Rocky down, we got Louie. Louie is Otis' brother. They were just 7 months apart--same parents. Louie and Otis were buddies and I think Louie is missing Otis. It makes me sad.

When my son was 3 months old, my Aunt died. She had three dogs. One mixed breed and two Jack Russells. We inherited those three dogs when my boy was 9 months old.

We had to find a new home for one of them. The other one was older and didn't do well around my boy.

So we were down to four dogs.

Then Maddie started getting sick. It was rather sudden. She was 12 when we had to put her down. The little dogs missed her I think.

Then my special Otis died. I miss my Otis.

He loved my son. When we first brought the baby home, Otis stood on his back feet and looked into the carrier and licked my baby!!! Every time my boy would cry, Otis would be right there looking at me. It was almost as if he was telling me to do something for the baby!!!

I really really miss Otis already. And the two dogs miss Otis too. and my boy misses Otis too.

So we went from 2 dogs to 3 dogs. Then 2 dogs again, then 3 dogs again. Then 6 dogs, then 5 dogs, then 4 dogs then 3 dogs.

Now we have 2 dogs again. And we are not getting any more dogs. Two is the limit anymore.

It seems a little more quiet in the house now. Otis used to greet me at the door. Sophie just barks and Louie never comes to the door anymore. He only came to the door if Otis did and he rarely barked. Odd for a JRT, but my two boy JRT's were mellow Jacks.

Sunday Song

Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils his loving face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne


Proverbs 3:5

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding

1 Corinthians 15:52

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.