Sunday, August 29, 2010


 I expected another ordinance violence yellow ticket when I looked out the window and saw this scene. The Crown Vic was parked overnight on the street and that was against our village rules!  Drat, we had already been ticketed a couple of days ago for parking across the sidewalk ($30).  And yesterday, I had spent a couple of hours obsessing over a non-invite.  And now, THIS.  

The yelling began. Then the blaming. The pity-party celebration  came next.  How much was this gonna cost us??!

But the Lord was faithful. There was no ticket.  The cops must have been busy elsewhere.  Or it was the same cop who gave us the previous ticket, and he/she felt sorry for us.  Whatever.  The Lord gave to us even in our sleep.  He rebuked the devourer of our funds.  We learned our lesson, and it didn't cost us more than was necessary.  Whew!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fond memories

We had an enjoyable time at the Wedding.  There was a minute when the memory of my parents intruded in on my thoughts, and I imagined them there, alive.  Dad would be smiling with a glass of wine in his hands.  Mom would be walking about from table to table saying hello.  The image is non-sustainable after a minute, and I am back to reality.  They're gone, and that's that.

I felt their absence in another way.   A relative was in town, seated at another table. If my parents were still around, they would likely have been assigned seats right next to her. One of them - probably Dad -- would say " you remember our eldest, R...?"  That would almost guarantee a warm, enthusiastic embrace from the relative.  I would reap one of the benefits of being the daughter of two, well-liked, generous parents.  Some sort of bonding would result.

So I expectantly  went to her table, introduced myself and Romy, and shook her hand.  She nodded, smiled, then became silent though she continued to smile. Her thoughts were a million miles away.  No warm, enthusiastic welcome here. She could care less. I was dismissed, though not is so many words. I linked her disinterest to the death of my parents. My "credentials" were gone. I was on my own.  Being a daughter was not good enough. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It don't get no better

We are grateful to God for the opportunities He opened for Summer employment for Camille, Jared, and Jillian at LGYC.  
This video is a fitting end to the season:  a roll-call of sorts of the terrific college staff LGYC managed to put together.  Camille is a part of this; Jared is not, though he had a college-level job, since he's still in high school.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chopin Videos

I don't remember if I've posted these.  It's Jared during his most recent Piano recital, playing Chopin.
I couldn't bear to watch...he was making mistakes.
Thank God for grace under pressure ....

Part 1

Monday, August 9, 2010

Who lives in this house?

Imagine who would have taste and live in such opulence?   
An American Billionaire?
A Saudi Prince?
Louis XIV of France ?  
    Have a good look at these pictures, then scroll to the bottom of  the page to see who owns this work of Art

WTF... Heartless men of power!!! 

This Mansion is in Harare and belongs to:   
The President of Zimbabwe  - Robert Mugabe - 
while his people starve, and die because of no medical help....
and we are asked to help his people over and over again...
he and his family live like this.......his GREED kills his people.....

This was forwarded to us from our friend, Liviu, formerly of Romania : What our left wing, socialist Government wants us to believe about re-distributing the wealth for the ... poor (like this man!). 

What utopia about socialism, re-distributing... equality, fairness, etc. ... only talks, talks, talks... like the former "emperor" of Romania, Ceausescu, who lived in opulence in many castles and palaces (some I visited), while people were almost starving and suffering of cold!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mozart: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No 26 Coronation in D

WoW!! Played by Japanese prodigy, Aimi Kobayashi, then 10 y.o.
She even had block supports under her feet!



How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour

We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.  This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful....even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the  windshield is still bad......

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..

Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road.  It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too.

Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver's training.  It really does work.. 

(Added) A product sold every where called RAIN X is fantastic for sloughing the rain off your 
windshield, sometimes you don't even need to use your wipers unless the rain is really excessive
This warning is a good one!  I wonder how many people know about this:

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore , Texas  she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air.  She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL   ON .  She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when  your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USETHE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it.. You might have saved a life. 

~ from a forwarded email

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gold Prices in Real Time

This calculator  will help determine how rich you are (based on your jewelry, LoL);
 or how much to pay for that gorgeous Gold piece you've had your eye on since forever!

Calculate gold gram value based on the current gold price.
The default gold price is the latest closing price of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

>> Gold Gram Calculator <<

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lunch @ Steak 'n Shake

Last Sunday, Steve was the speaker during Family Bible Hour; so we invited him plus 4 of his children.  Janice and Katie were unavailable.  Kristi, Brian, Julie, and cute Baby Haley completed the group.  Thank God kids eat free, lol

Apple Walnut Harvest Salad w/ Chicken

(L) Bacon/Steakburger

Spicy Chipotle

Guacamole Steakburger

Monday, August 2, 2010

Louis Giglio: How Great is our God?

Ruth went to a Joni and Friends camp to help out this past week and saw this video. 
We watched it at home last night. It is awesome and really worth the 40minutes to see. 
Below is the link to the first of 5 sections on youtube. Please, if you can, take time to watch. 
It is more that worth the time. Grab a few friends, too. (from Michelle F.)
Part 1

Part 2


Part 3