Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
How I wish I could have gotten the true glory of this tree. As Babs & I turned a corner to finish our long run about a week ago, we were met with the rising sun shining through this tree. It was as if we had seen a gold vein brilliantly reflecting in the early morning sunrays. Truly glorious!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It has seemed lately that we are all walking our own personal "Trail of Tears". I have so many friends that seem to be traveling down this trail. I am at a loss, most of the time as to what to do for them-But Pray. I often tell my family and others that life is not fair, but when it strikes close to home-WELL I HAVE NO WORDS. There are times that this bankruptcy in so many aspects that I and my friends are experiencing are beyond human endurance. "Life is hard and then you die."
The scripture promises though:
"Weeping may endure for a night,But joy comes in the morning."Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
I am clinging to this promise!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of the Grand's Favorites is above. TURN OFF MUSIC before watching.
This brought back memories of my childhood. We watched "The Stooges" every afternoon after school. Older brother LOVED them. Unfortunately, he liked practicing some of The Stooges' moves on me. I did survive-but by the hardest.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
BE SURE AND TURN OFF THE MUSIC IN THE SONGLIST BEFORE WATCHING THE VIDEO. JUST CLICK ON THE DOT ON THE LEFT SIDE ABOVE THE SONGLIST.
We were discussing the good old days and the great sitcoms we once watched. There were not many choices nor many channels during the early years of television. Somehow-someway they managed to fill those few precious time slots with classic comedies, great westerns, and timeless dramas. Where oh where did all of the great writing go?
I pulled up this classic "I Love Lucy" episode and laughed uncontrollably while sitting here all by myself. Watch & Laugh! They just don't make them like this anymore!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I have been to a few weddings when the bride and groom danced to this beautiful song for their first dance as a married couple. I have always watched the sweet dance steps as they launched off on a lifetime together. What a beautiful way to start a marriage, knowing the person that you have pledged your life to thinks these thoughts of you. My hope for each of them is that they will always have these same feelings for each other.
What a beautiful way to live your life together. Always thinking the other is everything I need and everything I could ever hope for. What a blessing to have your partner think you are the most beautiful. What a beautiful-beautiful song and a wonderful sentiment. Real life or just a song-what do you think?
Friday, November 14, 2008
One thing you can count on, the fate of each and everyone of us is to lie in a field someday. Some sooner than others, but when that day comes-Who will remember us and why? A question for introspection as the week draws to a close.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
While stumbling around in the mist in the early morning hours, I began thinking about how this is often they way we stumble through our lives. There are times that we don't seem to know where we are going or what is in front of us and yet we continue down the road. Never thinking to stop for direction or slow and observe the signs we are passing, we just run headlong without regard of danger or peril. We aimlessly-blindly plunge through the fog never stopping to read the map which gives careful direction and certainly not acquiring the light which will show our way. How much easier the journey would be with the light shining in front of us-revealing the obstacles and dangers and marking the sure and safe path. How much simpler would the journey have been if first we had read the map and then stayed on the carefully marked trail. We all seem to be doomed to the human failing of desiring independence and refusing to accept the aid willingly offered to us. With obstinate and stubborn spirits, we kareem down the trail-hitting obstacles and running over pitfalls as we blindly continue on. How many miles will we have to stumble through before we realize how much simpler the journey would be with the help of the light and the map? My hope is your journey through the fog is brief and you willingly turn to the light and map in the early stages of travel. What a delightful journey, even in the fog, when we turn on the light and read the map! Every life will have periods of fog, but even in the fog we are offered assistance and help in navigating the path. Seek the light and read the map and then your journey will be right!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Korean Conflict Memorial
Monday, November 10, 2008
When I went to bed at night and climbed in that big bed in that big room all by myself, the monsters of the night usually showed up. I have vivid memories of the fright and terror that I experienced. Momma was not sympathetic coming from a family of "Don't show your emotions" or "Just conquer your fears", so there was no relief from her room down the hall. For some strange reason, I decided that if I had my head under the cover with just the tip of my nose sticking out and if I laid perfectly still, I was safe. That was probably the reason my hair was standing on end in most of my childhood pictures.
Until this very day, when I am feeling fear or almost any other negative emotion, I lay perfectly still in almost a fetal position in the bed-not moving a muscle all night. I have learned to keep my head out from under the covers, but lying still and compact somehow makes me feel more secure.
When the temperatures begin to turn cool and the sheets are cold when I jump into the bed at night, I make a little nest or cocoon to keep warm. I don't move an inch once I get those sheets warm around me. This brings to mind the memory of long ago and being alone and afraid in that big bed in the dark of the night. I am grateful for a protector to share the bed with and it does not feel quite so big nor do I feel alone when he is there. A wonderful added bonus in the cool of the night is the heat that he generates by just being there. All I have to do is reach over and touch him with my cold hand or foot and I am immediately warmed. Warmth and protection-what a blessing! I just have to carefully slip that frigid foot or hand over there or else get a lecture on wearing my socks to bed. I hate to send shock waves with the cold, but the warmth is like a magnet in the night drawing me to the heat source. IRRESISTIBLE ON A COLD NIGHT!
The one good thing about this weather is faster runs. I took another minute off of my time for our five miles this morning. If I just shave a few more seconds, I will be running sub 10 minute miles for the entire run. NOT BAD FOR AN OLD LADY!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We are led toward community and relationships within The Community. The message indicated that deep friendships were a sign of spiritual health and maturity. The ache of longing for relationship is the one ache in our lives that is not the result of sin. Adam was lonely because he was perfect-before man's fall. God created us because of His desire to live in relationship with us. The only perfect relationship we will ever live in is our relationship with our Father. God created us to desire and need community and our lives are incomplete without those relationships.
I am grateful and blessed that God created me with a need for relationships. I am thankful for those that God has placed in my life to grow those relationships with. I hope I have the knowledge and awareness that my relationships will shadow the relationship I have with Him.
We are truly blessed to live in community and I feel so fortunate for each and every family member and friend that I am blessed to love. What would I ever do without Community? Thank you, Lord for your perfect creation modeled after the original community of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. I marvel at His Perfect Plan for us all.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Grand #2-Looks a LOT like his Daddy did at that age. I wonder if he has a problem keeping his pants girded tight enough like his Dad did when he was a little boy.
Friday, November 7, 2008
He has kept an ice pack on his jaw since we got home and he is now on the second round of pain meds. He seems to be entering the Land of No Pain! As I gaze across the room, he is teetering between the Land of the Living and "Twilight Land". We have spent weeks talking about this procedure and dreading the day, but now that it has come and gone-we are glad it is behind us. The road to recovery is now being walked down and the sense of dread is replaced by the sense of relief from the dread of the unknown.
When we speak those words in our marriage vows, "In sickness and in health," we do not realize how easy it is to talk the talk. Walking the walk-is another thing entirely. We have friends who have nursed their spouses through terminal illnesses, as well as friends that have nursed their spouse through the "Big C". This proves to be a true test of love and the vows we so easily spoke. When you are "In the trenches" of nursing, it is a blessing to have received grace since then we can much more easily bestow grace.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to "Nurse" sweet BC. I have prayed and continue to pray for a swift recovery for BC. It is my pleasure to Nurse my Sweetie and I know he would do the same for me.
Truly- "In sickness and in health".
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The latest thing BC has gotten me into is the "Option Market". Think of it as I have an option to buy or sale a stock at a certain price by a certain date. Options consist of "Calls" and "Puts". All business students have studied and are familiar with puts and calls, but only when you get involved in buying and selling them do they begin to become understandable. In an effort to convince myself that I totally understand what I am doing, I will attempt to explain calls and puts to you.
If I own a stock that I bought at $50, but the price has fallen and I am searching for a way to either lower my basis (what I have in the stock) or make some additional money while holding the stock , I can sale calls. Calls have a "Strike Price" or the price that they will pay you for your stock and an execution date-the final date that the buyer of the call can buy my stock from me. The buyer of the call pays me the seller a certain figure, say $2 per share to buy my stock in a certain period of time (30, 60, 90, etc etc days) at a certain price. Lets say I sell my call for $2 and the buyer has 30 days to buy my stock at $55. If the stock does not go up to that price, the buyer of the call will let the call expire and I will be ahead $2 per share. I can then either sell another option, sell the stock, or continue to hold it. Perhaps the stock in that period of time begins to go up to the $55 strike price, the buyer then has the option to pay me the $55-NO MATTER HOW HIGH THE STOCK has gone and I will have made The $2 option price plus $5 profit off of the stock sale. Now this can go the other way. I have some Apple stock. I have sold a call option when the stock has started going up, making the option more valuable. NOW we have a further complication, say I sold the call option on Apple for $5 per share when the stock was moving up towards the "Strike Price". ALL of a sudden, the market turns down AGAIN and heads south. I now have the option of buying that option back for a lower value since the stock will not get to the "Strike Price" and once again owning the stock with no option to take it from me attached. Perhaps I could buy the call back for $1 since we were so close to the strike date and so far from strike price. I have now made a profit of $4 per share and still own the stock. I have could then turn around in a few days as the market goes back up again and sell THE SAME call option and make an additional amount ON THE SAME CALL. BEAUTIFUL!
Puts are the exact opposite side of the trade. I do not own the stock, but would like to be able to buy it at a certain price by a certain date. I sale a put with the anticipation of buying this stock at the strike price if the stock is at the strike price or lower by expiration date. It is like a payment made to me to take the stock at a set price. I remember what puts are by saying "They can put the stock to me." In other words, they can force me to buy the stock by the execution date at the price determined, IF I am still obligated for the put. The puts work in the same way as a call in that you can buy and sell them with the fluctuation of the market.
Calls and puts are riskier than buying and selling stocks. Keep in mind, if you buy the stock-you have something and if you are patient enough you can hold it FOREVER waiting for it to go up. A call and a put are for a determined period of time and if the market goes the wrong way on you, you have just lost your money and if you own a stock-you might also have to come up with the additional $'s to buy the stock. I like owning the stocks, but the calls and puts do not cost you as much and are an effective way to play the market without the huge dollar risk.
CONFUSED YET? Every time I trade a call or put, I have to really think about this-ESPECIALLY THE PUTS. With the calls, I own the stock, I know if they take the stock what my gain or loss will be, but with puts-I risk coming up with additional $'s to buy the stock.
Confucius say"Don't fool with "Puts" unless you like the company, for you may very well end up being a stockholder." I am thankful for a GREAT BROKER who does not mind saying, "You don't want to do that!" Don't hesitate to tell me, "TMI" or MORE THAN I EVER CARED TO KNOW!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Japanese Red Maple in our front yard is at the peak of its redness-just before browning and shedding those leaves.
The screen of leaves when turning in the drive has gone from vibrant green to a multiplicity of Fall colors and the ground is beginning to be covered with the evidence of the coming winter.
And yet still, as I turn down the lane for the drive leading to the sanctuary of home, I once again marvel at the beauty of Fall.
The glory of summer has morphed into the final show of the Fall, before the starkness of Winter sets in.
The leaves fiercely cling in one last burst of beauty, before the final wind swept flight to their return to the earth.
But for today and a few more days to come, I will enjoy the beauty of God's creation and His plan of The Seasons. The governmental authority may have changed, but God's authority will never change-for you see The Sun Will Surely Rise tomorrow and God will still reign in His Heaven. I am grateful and blessed for the Known in the midst of the World's unknown. I find great peace in realizing that Nothing that occurs is without His knowledge and all things work for the good of those that love the Lord.
Monday, November 3, 2008
One of the best things about the change in the Fall is that we are no longer running in the complete dark for our entire run. In the past few weeks, we never even saw twilight before finishing the mid week runs. It is difficult enough to be visible to motorist who are not looking for us, but when it is pitch black the danger raises exponentially. Today we started in the dark, but before we finished our five miles, it was not dawn, but daylight did surround us. Some of the runners begin to run in the late evenings when it finally has cooled off enough to not push you into a heat stroke. Unfortunately, this means they are running in the dark in the evenings. You just can't win!
Today's run was under "Ideal" conditions. The temperature was cool enough to make the breathing and effort easier, but it was not so cold that I was stiff. I had my best time that I have had in a LONG time. Of course, as usual, I was chasing Babs around town. Just about the time that I begin to get on her tail, she takes off again. It is the old story of the tortoise and the hare, but this turtle just cannot seem to pass that jack rabbit. It definitely keeps it interesting. BUT HEY, I ran a 9:30 mile the LAST mile, trying to keep up with her-so I AM NOT COMPLAINING!
I don't have anymore time to blog. I have to go figure out how to change all the clocks in every room of the house and multiple ones in the kitchen. I'll do that just as soon as I figure out JUST WHAT TIME IT IS!