jeudi, mai 26, 2005

I haven’t been blogging a lot lately for several reasons. One reason is I’m not on my normal shift schedule at work; instead I’m working straight days getting ready for a turnaround. At home I trying to get some projects finished before the turnaround starts. These two things have disrupted my time for bloggraphy.

I did give my scheduled Sunday school lessons on the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. I think both lessons went well. After this turnaround I am supposed teach, at some point, on the development of the Biblical Canon. I’m pretty excited about this topic. I have already started reading F.F. Bruce’s book The Canon of Scripture. It is really good so far. I am looking at buying a number of other books to prepare for the class(es).

At home things a plodding along. I’ve been spending much of my time finishing the wooden fence I started. As of last night, it is all but complete. This needed to be finished before the turnaround, which starts on Saturday.

Do to my projects, the fence being the most important, I’ve been a bit slack in reading with the little boys, but I hope to correct that very soon.

Coram Deo,

mercredi, mai 11, 2005

This week I’m in class training on a new unit that my progression is getting soon. It’s still being built and we are to start it up later this year. I got to work at 6 AM to get caught up on some items and class started at 7 AM.

We finished up at 3 in the afternoon. The company gave us permission to stay over and train, but I would rather go home. I got home about 3:30 and went from there to a union meeting at 4:30.

After the union meeting I started working on my fence, but shut that down after a little while, because I had some company come over. Andy R. (from work) was going to the 7:30 union meeting and came over for a beer before the meeting. I had blogged many months ago that Andy was going to do this and it finally happened.

When Andy left for the meeting, I went back to work (with some help from Christian). I got a little work done, before I had to shut down for the night. After picking up my tools it was reading time. So I picked up the books the little boys are reading and went on the porch. They both read from their particular book. The oldest is reading a biography of Thomas Jefferson and the younger is reading a book on cats.

After family prayers we usually repeat either the Lord’s Prayer or the Apostles Creed. Last night before we said the Lord’s Prayer aloud together, I explained each part of it to them. I will be doing that with the creed as well.

It was a nice evening.

Coram Deo,

lundi, mai 09, 2005

The weekend was a good one. I started my Saturday morning by going to a Torah Class at Temple Sinai . The class was from 10 am until 11:30. It was an interesting class and I hope to make more of them when ever the Rabbi is in town.

After the Torah class I went home, picked up the little boys and took them shopping for Mother’s Day. They each picked out some jewellery for their mom. After returning from Mother’s Day shopping I then went with Lisa to the store. We picked up some groceries and a trampoline for the kids and a rocking chair for the front porch. The rest of the afternoon I spent grilling some food for supper.

Sunday we had a guest missionary at church. He taught Sunday school and gave sermon during the worship service. It was very interesting. After church we came home, ate, changed clothes and went to Rhonda’s house for a gathering of Lisa’s family for Mother’s Day. It was a good weekend.

Coram Deo,

samedi, mai 07, 2005

Today was a day that I did not accomplish very much work at the house. I had planned to work on the fence i'm building, but for lots of reasons that just did not happen. I woke up at about 7:30, did a little bit of work in the house. Then I fixed myself some breakfast, a cup of coffee and went out on the porch with my food, coffee and a couple of books.

I read for a little while and drank my coffee. While on the porch I received a call from the union hall. Leon wanted to talk to me at the hall. I picked everything off the porch and went to the hall, which is just around the corner from the house. I spoke with some fellows at the hall for a little while, then I stopped in at Lined Products and spoke with my friend Chester (Chester is a great guy, we go to church together. He is a former atheist/hippie and all around good dude.) Jimmy S. came in (he owns the business) and I visited with him too and headed for home.

Christian was working on his truck when I got there. Shortly after I arrived Brian (my niece Shannon's husband). We visited for a little while and then he had to get back to work. I then went with Christian. We took his dog for a walk on some trails in a small set of woods by the house. Then we went to get gas for his truck while doing about thirty miles and hour, his dog ( a black lab) jumped out of the bed of the truck, breaking her collar. Christian slammed on the breaks. He loves that dog and was scared she was dead, but after her tumble she came bounding to the truck. After that she rode with me in the passenger's seat.

When we got back to the house he and Morgan both took off and I was alone. I then remembered that the Wesley Center (United Methodist Campus outreach) was having a fund raiser crawfish boil and I had agreed to purchase 10 pounds. I meet my sister-in-law Lynn and niece, Lauren, at the center. We sat, ate crawfish and talked. I then took the second five bounds of crawfish home. I grabbbed a cold beer (Killian's), went on the porch and started on the second five pounds of crawfish. Christian came home and ate a few of them, but I dispossed of most of them, and a couple of beers, on my own.

After the crawfish I had to cleanup. After cleaning up I read a bit more and then headed to the local Synagog. I had mentioned to our friend Karen that I would like to visit and she invited me to meet her for Sabbath worship services. It was very interesting, and quite liturgical. Everyone was very nice; I enjoyed the service and would like to go again.

After all that I picked up the little boys from Rhonda, and we went to Mike and Lisa's to visit for a little. Mike was on call so we drank Diet Pepsie instead of wine, and he gloated about some books that he had just ordered. I told him it was no big deal, because I already had all those books. He knows every book I have so he didn't buy it. But it was fun telling him anyway.

After that I came home and I will soon go to bed. I got almost no work done, but it was an enjoyable day.

Coram Deo,

lundi, mai 02, 2005

Last week I was on straight day lights at work again. They had me off shift for turnaround planning. I had to put in an eight hour day so I came at 6 am so I could get out of here at two pm each day. It worked pretty well for most of the week, but Thursday I had to stay over for a couple of hours to attend a meeting.

Early during the week our youngest son got a bad stomach virus. The poor boy was so sick. I slept on the floor next to the bed so he could sleep in my spot where his mother could take care of him.

Friday started ok but it took a turn to the bad before the morning was over. Before noon my stomach began to ball up in a not and I just felt bad. About 12:30 I felt nauseated and decided to go home early. It was a good thing I did. This was the worst stomach virus I have ever had. I was sick all weekend.

I missed the book annual sale at Temple Sinai. I found some great deals there last year an really wanted to be there when they opened their doors Saturday morning, but there was no way (for me to miss this book sale I was had to be bad off).

I also missed Church on Sunday. By Sunday evening I was starting to feel much better. I know that from Friday morning to Sunday morning I had last more than four pounds.

I feel much better today and to makeup for missing the books sale, I talked myself (with Lisa’s blessing) into buying the 38 volume work on the Early Church Fathers. Lisa has been telling me that I should get them ever since I told her that CBD had them on sale for 81% off.

I have been hesitant to by them because I already have access to them. Rhonda still has all Ron’s Library and Ron and they are there. I am to only person who reads any of Ron’s books, but I really wanted my own set of these since they were t such a discount. This is a great value. They are high quality, hard bound works.

While I was in the book buying mood I went ahead and picked up The Oxford Dictionary on Popes by JND Kelly and Letter’s of John Calvin.

Coram Deo,