Wednesday, December 22, 2010
He is not able to pay writers at this time, maybe when his site begins making more money.
Here is the website:
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This Sunday we're going to have a Christmas party for the Englsh as a Second Language and Adult Reading and Writing students and teachers at our house. We do it every year, and everyone has a lot of fun.
These are photos from a previous year:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
She had a cancerous tumor on the right side of her head. We first noticed it last spring and thought it was an infected bird peck. But it never would heal. In September, the vet diagnosed cancer. She could operate, but it would only grow back, so we decided to take her home and enjoy her as long as we could.
This last week she has done nothing but sleep and drink a little milk when I brought it to her. We knew it was time, and took her to the vet for the last time this morning.
We will miss her so much.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Life is full of ups and downs. My mother had two serious problems within 3 months of each other: a bad fall and pneumonia, and has recovered from both at age of 96 (her 97th birthday is in two weeks); a fire that destroyed most of our lawn and gardening equipment and the shed they were in; a new granddaughter one week old today; son's engagement; and a sick cat who is sleeping her last hours away beside me.
I am happy and excited and ecstatic about the good news, and deeply sad over the bad news. They don't cancel out each other, but it's hard swinging back and forth.
(edit) I just read this on the blog of one of my cyber friends, Wisteria and Roses:
Though great losses have rocked our world through the recent years, a house built upon The Rock withstands the storms; and the family within the standing home rises up to celebrate in the midst of the torrents.
So true, thank you for the timely reminder, Debbie!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Baby Heidi, with nurse holding her
I can't tell who's holding her, probably her other grandmother.
We had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with our older son and my mother, and very thankful to still have her with us! Everything came out nicely, and everyone was stuffed afterwards. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then the dog show, then Miracle on 34th Street. I haven't watched that much TV in a long time.
Grandmother and grandson enjoying dinner
My plate - I also served ham for those who don't like turkey.
Older son is going to a friend's house to watch the Iron Bowl game tomorrow (University of Alabama vs Auburn University - a longtime state rivalry that will be particularly interesting this year, as both teams are doing well (except for a controversy re Auburn's star player). Son will return home on Saturday, then Monday fly to see his girlfriend and spend his birthday with her.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
May you and your famiilies be happy and healthy, and thankful!
May all travelers arrive at their destinations, and home again, safely!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Our younger son called with news that his wife will go in the hospital tomorrow to be induced, and our new granddaughter will arrive a few hours later! So excited! Her name will be Heidi.
I called our older son to tell him, and he will stop by Wednesday on his way to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. He is taking the first of a series of tests for certification as a full-fledged architect early this afternoon. He has been working for an architect, but jobs are scarce now and he has been "on furlough" for several months.
Our church has been without a pastor for almost two years, since Brother Grant retired. We have had an interim pastor and a series of supply preachers during this time.
The Pastor Search committee has been diligently going, and hearing, and talking with prospects. After three or four "hopefuls" didn't come to fruition, and much prayer on the part of all of us for God's will to be done and for patience, they have a prospective pastor that the committee unanimously approved! He is coming December 5 to preach in view of a call. The congregation will vote after the worship service that Sunday.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The famous Biloxi Lighthouse, which is featured on the current Mississippi automobile license plates
St. Michael's Catholic Church
Aunt D's house, now one of the oldest homes in Biloxi, since Hurricane Katrina. She lived with her daughter in a nearby town for two years while the historical association and the city and FEMA wrangled, trying to sort out if the family could have her house repaired, and how, and when. Finally, she was able to move back in a few years ago, in time to celebrate her 90th birthday! We did get to see her the other day. I said "try" because we couldn't reach her by phone; her number had been changed after Katrina. So we just knocked on her door.
Sunset on Mississippi Sound (area of relatively quiet sea between the barrier islands and the mainland)
We decided not to send in the certificate for the promised laptop computer. Red flags went up; they asked for a $25.00 "activation fee" along with the certificate - in the form of a bank check, not a personal check, or a money order, but not a Post Office money order (I don't know of any other kind). Then, we would have to pay an unspecified "shipping and handlling" charge. I remember the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." And, there is this warning from the Better Business Bureau website: "Prize promotions, also known as premium promotions, are often confused with sweepstakes. The promotions begin by congratulating a consumer for being the winner of a valuable prize or cash award. It follows by requiring the consumer to pay money in order to receive the prize. This is done in a number of different ways. One way to make the intended victim pay is by charging them a large amount of money for the shipping and handling of the prize."
We'll pass, thank you anyway. It wasn't wasted time, I got a few good photos from it, and we had a nice visit with Aunt D!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The resort was attractive. It had a small private lake
with ducks and geese
and a row of cute little cottages
and a campground for the RVs, of course, but it wasn't very picturesque.
We decided we didn't want to be locked into a membership which might be difficult to get out of if we lost interest in it, so we declined. I hope the laptop will be useful. I'm looking forward to being free to use it anywhere I want, not just here in the office.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This is Government Street Presbyterian Church
and the Government Street United Methodist Church
Guess what street I was on!
and coming home, I passed two homes
Today we stayed home except for going out at midday to run some errands
First, we stopped at the vet to pick up some more medication for Crystal
Then we stopped to eat lunch
(this is not us)
Then, on to the Post Office and the bank
(This is the Post Office; no pic of the bank.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This one is a tree I saw while I was still in town, a "Popcorn" tree, also called "Chinese tallow" because they made a wax from the berries, I think. They are actually invasive, non-native, pest trees, but very beautiful in the fall! I titled it "Attractive Nuisance" on Flickr.
Still in the city, an old, probably antebellum (pre American Civil War) home. Until recently, it was used as an antique store, but it is now for sale.
Something was going on at Battleship Park, where the USS Alabama, a World War II battleship, is docked as a museum ship. I guess it has something to do with Veterans Day, but I couldn't find anything on the website: http://www.ussalabama.com/index.php
The battleship itself, with a bunch of people running, playing a game I think:
A very common bush that grows along the roadside, and blooms this time of year
Tall grass growing by the bayshore
A windblown tree, standing by itself by the side of the road
Grass, close up, blowing in the south wind
Saturday, November 13, 2010
This is from the description and explanation that will be handed out with the church bulletins: "Christians have always used symbols to represent the underlying truths of our faith. In 1957, Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of Ascension Lutheran Chrch in Danville, Virginia had the idea of using Chrismons as Christmas ornaments. The word "Chrismon" combines the words "Christ" and "monogram." Literally, "Christ's monogram."
Chrismons are always designed in colors of white and gold: white for the purity and perfection of Christ, and gold for His majesty and glory. They cannot be found for sale in stores; they cannot be created for profit or produced commercially. They must be handmade.
Many are needlepointed or cross-stitched. These are made of plywood, painted, and trimmed with ribbon and braid."
The cross reminds us of Christ's sacrificial death for the atonement of sins - for forgiveness and salvation to all who turn to Him. The circle represents eternity.
Triangle and Trefoil
Symbols of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three in One.
Also, the circles symbolize eternity.
Chi Rho - the first two letters of the Greek word for "Christ"
"The Light of the World"
"The bright morning Star"
The crown of thorns represents the suffering of Christ.
Chi Rho with a crown - The crown represents Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords.