Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wonder Doubled: It’s Good To Be The King

We have a new post up at the USCCB website For Your Marriage.

A priest, a teacher, and an accountant walk into a house.  There isn’t a punch-line, it was our house and they all came for dinner.  The evening progressed and during our conversations it occurred to me that our guests represented the vocational trinity.  The ordained, married, and single gathered together to share of themselves with one another.  Donna and I always observe that our poor brains are always overheated after an evening of discussion with this thoughtful group.  We notice, though, that our hearts are fuller and our spirits are refreshed, as well.

You can read the whole article here.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

TToT (8) - August Begins

It seems I am better at this if I do it every other week.  Not that I'm not grateful during the off week, just disorganized, lazy, busy, or forgetful.  So every other week it is!

- one -
The Chesterton Conference is this weekend.  Although we didn't get to go, the distance was prohibitive, I have been thinking about them this weekend.  We have been to three conferences and have always had a wonderful time.  In honor of the conference, here's some of Chesterton's thoughts on gratitude.

- two -
Last Friday evening I had dinner with a friend, L, whom I have known since sixth grade.  We can chat all night if given the opportunity.  It is so good to share a long time history with someone.

- three -
We made it to another free concert on the circle in out township.  This time it was a sixties girl group.  The music was fun and the rain held off until shortly after the concert ended.

- four -
I love that I can find all sort of tried-and-true recipes online.  It doesn't matter what you want to make, someone has already done it and has shared their take on it.  This week it's pickles for us.  We have an abundance of cucumbers coming in from the garden and are trying to find the perfect concoction.  Who needs a cookbook?

- five -
Speaking of recipes, I got to make a cake with my niece this week when we watched her for a couple of days.  We had a great time and it came out yummy!
Decorated for Mommy and Uncle Himself
-six -
We have great library systems both where I live and where I work.  I've been reading the latest releases by a couple of my favorite authors which I was able to reserve even before they were released.  Got to love a little light reading in the summer!

- seven -
Our county put in a dog park a couple of years ago.  Jack seems to love going there and it's a good way to let him run off some energy.

-eight -
Last Monday I came into to work to find the following on my desk.  I had been talking about that beer with a coworker earlier in the week.  She happened upon it over the weekend and picked up a bottle for me.  Himself commented "No wonder why you like working there!"
- nine -
I am traveling for work this week and online airline check-in rocks.  Actually, everything you can do online now for traveling makes it all much easier than has been in the past.  Air, rental car, and hotel were booked in about ten minutes with our corporate travel service.

- ten -
Christine mentioned that everyone seems to have a "thankful" that they repeat often.  Hers is her son now being able to drive.  I think mine is our veggie garden.  Things have been coming in and we have been eating well.

Check out more goodness at  A Fly on Our (Chicken Coop) Wall.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

First Photo: August 2015

We seemed to settle into summer in July.  It was good.  Things happened.  Yard stuff got done.  We enjoyed some local entertainment.  And, we got to visit with family and friends.  Life is good.

There hasn't been much rain recently and things are drying out.  The grass is starting to do its annual browning.  No matter.  It doesn't need to be mowed then.  Things seem crunchy.  I don't know why, but I like that.  Maybe that's what August will be.  Crunchy.