Archive for February, 2014

Wet Friday in My Town

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

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We have been in a drought for so long that the rain we are getting now is indeed a blessing. Of course, in true California style, we are supposed to get more rain this weekend than we got all of last year.  This can create disastrous situations for those living in areas where fires have taken the protective foliage that held the mud in place.

Homeowners have been busy adding sandbags to divert the water from their homes. Those built against a hill know that it is could come down and if there is a pool, that it may be filled with mud. When evacuated they fear what they will find when they return. We pray for them

 My nephew in Boulder, CO is still rebuilding his home after being in a similar situation that brought massive damage months ago.  He knows what they may be facing and I am sure is wishing them well.

I live in a more urban area and my problems might include damage to the block  walls  that  surround my place. They have been weakened over the years by tree roots and age, so they are already vulnerable.

A few years ago I got a new roof or I would be actively involved sopping up the wet stuff from my family room. A new roof was expensive but unlike my bathroom remodel, it was necessary .

Speaking of the bathroom, Jim the contractor is finishing it up as write. Even though I have second-guessed myself repeatedly, I am happy with most decisions that I made.  It has taken a month, but that is okay, because it gave me time to deal with all those decisions.

When Jim leaves today, with his final check in hand, I will give a big sigh and thank God  for sending such a good man to patiently work with me on this remodeling.  

Oh yes,  I will also be praying for those affected by the weather. It will be comforting when I know Alice and Tim are safely home this evening from work.

Wherever you are, and whatever you face today, know that God is still in control.  Let’s stay as close to Him as possible!  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  That includes the ‘good’ days and the bad.  We change, He doesn’t.

VW Golf – Where does one begin?

February 28th, 2014 Comments off


VW Golf

I used to say that Bill Taylor and his friends put VWs together like a toy.  Looking at all these parts , I am even more amazed at their skill.

Spidey meets up with Statue Man

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Shades of Mayberry

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

img3963-150x150The town sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Zeb, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job.

“Okay,” the sheriff drawled, “Zeb, what is 1 and 1?”

“11” he replied.

The sheriff thought to himself, “That’s not what I meant, but he’s right. What two days of the week start with the letter ‘T’?”

“Today and tomorrow.”

The sheriff was again surprised that Zeb supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.

“Now Zeb, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?”
Zeb looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, “I don’t know.”

“Well, why don’t you go home and work on that one for a while?”

So, Zeb wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Zeb was exultant. “It went great! First day on the job and I’m already working on a murder case!”

Injured Eagle Checks in for treatment at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

February 27th, 2014 Comments off


After persistent calls from a concerned Mora man, an injured bald eagle was successfully captured this afternoon and brought to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center for treatment. 

Jerry Williams of Mora noticed the great bird in a field behind his home. He said his first reaction was to get his small dog inside and out of danger from the bird, but once he realized the bird was injured and unable to fly, Williams immediately began making calls to get the bird rescued.

The Raptor Center responded and sent transport volunteer Terry Headley to the Williams’ home to capture the bird. 

Headley set out with a plan to approach the bird from the side, steering him away from a thicker stand of trees and brambles. As she got closer, the eagle took notice and floundered out of sight.

“He’s a runner,” called Headley as she chased down the bird that was half-heartedly hopping through thick brush between corn fields.

Even though Headley recently had hip replacement surgery and was armed with nothing but a thick pair of gloves, she was able to snatch and restrain the bird quickly.

Within seconds Headley was cradling this immense raptor in her arms like an infant.
“You are beautiful,” she assured the eagle.

After quickly looking the eagle over, Headley determined the bird was a female and had injuries to her feet likely from territorial fights with another female. Headley also said the bird’s wing was either broken or dislocated which could have been caused by fighting with other eagles or perhaps from being hit by a car.

After walking back through muddy fields, Headley loaded the bird into a small crate with the help of Williams and his wife Lynne.

Williams said the eagle was taken to the raptor clinic at the University and inspected by doctors this evening, who reported she was also suffering from lead poisoning and a heart murmur in addition to the broken wing. With treatment, doctors said they hope she will heal and be flying within a month. Great news!

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Cool Site: Book Buddies

February 27th, 2014 Comments off

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvaniais bringing together kids and shelter cats for the most heartwarming cause. 

It’s called the “Book Buddies” program, and it’s helping kids develop reading skills in a loving, nonjudgmental environment.

The kids read books alongside the shelter cats, and they bond while enjoying stories together.

Many of the cats were feral when they were found by the shelter, or came from backgrounds of abuse.

The cats are drawn to the rhythm of the kids’ voices, and over time, become more comfortable around humans. It’s an unlikely program that’s helping both kids and cats grow in extraordinary ways.

For more information about the Book Buddies program, and the source of these images, check out their website.

Famous Last Words

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‘Grandma Bobby’ by Katie VanderPloeg

February 26th, 2014 Comments off


1779113_10203120220506903_1731645741_nFor those who don’t know her, this is ‘Grandma Bobby’, and today is her birthday. Grandma was given her name by Hannah, who was her first great-grand baby, and it has stuck.

To understand why she was named this, you have to know that she is married to my grandpa, Bobby. To Hannah as a little girl, they were not two, they were one. Grandma and PaPa Bobby. It is true, they are a set, a pair…you rarely see one without the other.

Together they have attended every event in my life: They were at the birth of every one of my children (even the false alarms!) Every birthday, every holiday, every performance, every emergency…they were there. Dedicated to our family. They showed me what love in action looked like, by being there. They showed up. They waited in the waiting rooms. She worried. They cheered. Held my hand. Babysat my daughter when I was 20 and needed to go back to school. Celebrated when I met and married Joel. Hugged me when my babies had to stay in the NICU. Comforted me when I was sick.

I can not think of one occasion when they weren’t there. Grandma Bobby, happy birthday, and thank you for always being there, for worrying about me, for loving me and now loving my babies. I hope I have thanked you enough over the years for all you are in my life, but I’m sure I haven’t…so thank you, I love you so much.

Martha, A Wonderful Sister and Friend

February 26th, 2014 1 comment

It is a blessing to have a ‘big sister’, especially one like Martha.

Please say a  prayer as she marks her 85th birthday.  

She is truly one of my best friends.

Love you forever Martha!

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

img4851-209x300I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid.

 He says he can stop any time.

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