August 4, 2012


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The third plant on the right picture grew into the one shown on the left.  Unfortunately though it could not tolerate the heat this summer and died.

October 10, 2011

Another Missed Day

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Well, I see I missed another day of posting so I guess I will not make the Postaday Challenge.  I spent all day at the Council and got home late and tired.  I did go online to read a few emails and played a few games to wind down before going to sleep, but I forgot all about blogging.  Today I went to the International Film Festival to get two tickets for film.  I won a voucher for them and the summer films they showed at the Cultural Center.  I will go tomorrow and Wednesday to two daytime showings which are only $5.00 tickets, but I don’t want to be coming home from downtown on public transportation real late.  That was why I did not choose to go to one tonight at 7:00 PM which I would have liked to have seen.  It is about the psychologists Jung and Freud and one patient they both became infatuated with.  I will probably be able  to get that from the library one day.

The film I chose to go to on Wednesday is about a clown who was born into a clown family and had always been one but decides to leave the circus and his attempt to find other work.  This is not likely to be shown on television or make the library stock and since I joined the senior clown troupe, I thought it would be fun to see.

I am tagging this as a Postaday in case I do get on the roll again.

October 8, 2011

Last Day of Illinois District Council

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Today began early with a men’s prayer service and worship, but women were allowed in too and there were at least four of us there.  That was followed with a very good breakfast and then the business session of the men’s group.  Some of our men got there for the breakfast and Pastor and others, including boys from the church got there for the business meeting and our church wan the trophy for the most delegates present.  After three consecutive wins the church gets to keep it.  We won twice in a row, but lost last year.  We got it back this year though.  The kids and some of the men, including Pastor left after that business session.  I stayed through the Christian Education sessions, the seminar, dinner and the evening service, to which Pastor returned.

I enrolled in a How to Study the Bible course which will be given at the council meetings and will grant a Bible school accreditation when it is completed.  Of course I have read books on studying the Bible and taken some classes before but not at a college level and it has been a long time since I did them, so this will be a good refresher and give me more information than I had before.

The main speaker and his choir (another large one), came in from Maryland, a 15 hour drive to be with us.  They came in very nice coach buses, but that kind of trip can be very tiring.  I don’t know if they spent the night anywhere, or will before returning or if they just stayed on the buses the entire trip.  My friend and I used to go on tours outside the city which were two or three hours away and we would get tired just from that ride, so I know it was hard on them.  They also wore choir robes and I saw them fanning themselves.  Our weather has been very warm this week, not usual for October, but September was cold and rainy all month so we welcome the break.  It is always so nice to be able to be out and enjoy looking at the trees in their fall colors before the leaves fall off.



October 7, 2011

Third Day of Illinois District Council

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Today the Illinois District Council began at 12:00 PM with a seniors meeting.  They served us a lunch too, which I did not expect because it was not listed on the schedule like the dinner hour.  There was a general service at 2:30. a meeting to introduce a new alliance being formed for those in ministry in the churches who are not pastors, a general business meeting and then the evening service.  We did not have a moving of the Holy Spirit in the business meeting this time, but we did at the evening service.

The speaker talked from II Corinthians 4:1-6 and his emphasis was that God has given us power by His grace to conquer our enemies and endure our trials and tribulations, but we have to hold on the faith and believe it.  An altar call was given and three people responded.  Then an invitation was given for those needing prayer to come up and more people came.  The choir that came with the speaker was the largest one I have seen in a church and it was not a combined choir, which we had last night.  The songs they sang really moved everyone.  We had a lot of praise to God going on.  That set the tone for the speaker.





October 6, 2011

Second Day of District Council

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I did not get to the meetings early today.  There was already a seminar in progress on holistic health and how it is Biblical.  At the business session, the Holy Spirit began to move and it turned into a Praise and Worship session.  I was even moved to tears but did not start dancing, as many people did.

I thought again about the challenge the women’s auxiliary presented yesterday called 91 Days of Praise.  From now to the next conference, which is 91 days away, we were encouraged to begin each day praising God.  If it can be kept up for 21 days it is likely to become a habit as they said, so 91 days should certainly make it one.  The message we were given was to be careful what we say because “What You Say is What You Get.”  Then, keeping up with the same theme the second session was to “Say What You Want, Not What You Have.”

Today our speaker at the Singles Ministry also talked about what we say and how we need to be careful about our thoughts and words because we can hurt ourselves and others by speaking negatively.  Tonight, the speaker talked about having faith in what God says to us even if it doesn’t seem to make sense and no one else believes it is possible.  If God said it, He will do it, but in His time and way, not necessarily what we expect.  So, we have to have faith to believe that we will get what we ask for when the timing is right.

October 5, 2011

Can I Still Count This?

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I missed the post for the day officially because it is after 12:00 AM on a new day, but I consider my day the time I am up, so To me it is still October 4.  Can I count it that way for the challenge?

Today I did a lot of laundry and went to the senior center downtown where I played Wii bowling.  I didn’t do too well on the first game, third of the four of us who played with a score of a little over 100, but on the second game I had four strikes in a row and scored 224.  That was the best I have done.

I will make this a short post because I still want to read some emails and then I need to get to bed.  Tomorrow is the start of our church’s Illinois District Council and it is only  a short walk from my apartment this time so I will be able to easily attend all of the meetings.  I want to get some sleep though or I will be sleeping through them.

October 2, 2011

Bad News

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I don’t have any happy news to report today.  I just got a call from my niece that her mother (my brothers ex-wife) died tonight and this was just two or three weeks after he did.  We don’t know if that was what caused her death but it is awful to lose both parents so close together that way and it not being an accident where they died together.  I don’t feel like saying anymore now, but I did want to get this post for the day done.

October 1, 2011

Day 2 of Post a Day Challenge for Me

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Today I went downtown to get a DVD I put on hold at the library and to take my external CD-DVD drive to a friend who is a computer technician to see if she can find out if it is faulty and fix it if she is able.  She teaches computer work and said she will take that to her class for them to use as a project.  I lost the installation CD, which I could not have run anyway because I don’t have any other CD drive.  I found the guide though and I emailed the company that did the software and told them my problem and they emailed me the files.  Tonight I was trying to see how I could email them to my friend.

I did do a little journal writing this morning, which I had been doing regularly but was behind on for four days.  I always feel restless when I miss several days that way.  It is like I have to write to be satisfied with my life.  I know other writers experience that too and I guess that shows I have a passion for it, but I don’t feel passionate about writing.

September 30, 2011

Post A Day Challenge

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 I began this blog I was posting every day, or at least close to it.  I got tired of making comments about what I was not doing with my writing ambition, which was what the blog was supposed to be about, so I put in fewer posts.  I only reported when I had done some writing worth mentioning.  I joined this challenge though, so I will be writing more again.

Today I went to the rehearsal for the new Primus play after chorus rehearsal, but when I found out the idea the director had to give me a little walk on part in the play I decided it is not worth it.  If she let me do more than that I would gladly participate.

I will not be going to all of the writing groups either.  They are getting too large for my taste and I do not like the liberal views of most of the participants.  I will not change their opinions, nor they mine, so it is best I leave them alone and let them associate with one another.  I will probably go to the journal writing though.  It is a smaller group and we have shared more personally with each other and I like that and would miss it.  I have not gone as regularly as I used to because I got involved with other things that met on the same day and the time overlapped or I just was too tired to get out early in the morning or wanted to do something at home for a change.

I took some African Drum Circle lessons at the Cultural Center recently.  That was fun and so is the Wii bowling, which I do now.  We are going to try other sports, but I think the bowling will be everyone’s favorite.  This week we got a taste of golf.

As for my writing ambition, I haven’t written anything new for some time, but I did submit a query and chapters of one of my works to an agent who said his firm is looking for new clients, published or non-published and one of their specialities is children’s books.  I should be working on a third story of the three-part series my instructor with ICL has requested but I have not begun that yet.  I am one of those last-minute writers.  I think about ideas up until a deadline and can’t make up my mind until I am forced to come up with something quickly.

I did not use this weekly inspiration for my writing today, but maybe I will before my first week of the postaday is over, if I get stuck for ideas.

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