Friday, December 28, 2007

A New Poetry Book

Sammy Kaye's Sunday Serenade, Book of Poetry. Marie gave this to me for Christmas. Sammy Kaye was a radio show celebrity. Come "Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye." He played orchestra style music and read poetry sent in from listeners. I plan to add a few songs from iTunes soon.

Pg. 57
"I never saw a woman
More like a garden...

And no one loves a garden
More tenderly than I."

Love you Mom!


I love the book Marie.

The poem is in the book and was written by Norine Freeman. Here is the complete poem which I want to pass on to all the women in my life. My own Mom, my husbands Mom, my sisters, my brothers wives, my daughters, nieces, cousins and friends :


I never saw a woman
More like a garden
Than you, with flowers of loveliness
Shining through your eyes.
Blowing all around you
Are the sweet winds of beauty
Singing the majestic psalm that never, never dies.

You may have known the shadows.
Most women know them.
Clouds pass over gardens, too,
And leave them bright with rain.
But love is all around you...
Part of your being.
And any clouds you may have known
Have threatened you in vain.

I never saw a woman
More like a garden.
You give your flowers of loveliness
To all who wander by;
Color, light, and sweetness
To carry through a lifetime,
And no one loves a garden
More tenderly than I.

Tend your gardens ladies!

*madly pulling weeds here trying to keep it beautiful*

Thanks Marie.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Some Day

Alexis, me, Ashlee and Baby Raegan.

So, Christmas 2007 is over! I hope you had a good one. I got lots of things from my family. Doug gave me new outdoor wear. The kids gave perfume, slippers, hair clips, shower gels, soap, a basket made by my daughter Karla, antique trivets, it was sure a fun day with the whole bunch here.

We all worked to make dinner together. We were out on a quick four-wheeler ride and I asked Doug what time it was and it was 2:45 and dinner was supposed to be done about 3:30 so that Klint and Calli could eat with us and still get over to her family's get together too. We hustled home and cooked quickly. Everything was good and we all ate way too much!

Oh boy, it sure can get wild around here with all the grandkids together and watching how they get along or don't get along is interesting. Each of my daughters and their husbands deal differently with discipline. The results are observed in their kids. Gramma and Gramppa are supposed to love, love, love, but love also must come out in the word "No." It really does not concern me that there are some in the world who get disgruntled with that. I've was written to before - by those who think Gramma should only be sweet, smile and never, ever be negative. pppbbbbt!

I don't know if you believe that there are spirits, or demons if you desire, that are with us every day ----since birth. These beings, are determined to destroy every creation of God, especially His most loved creation, me and you. If he can keep us from realizing we have a free gift of eternal life because of Calvary he has won the ultimate game of deception, this for those who don't believe that will have suffered an eternal loss.

In my own war against these beings I didn't know at first that they really existed. I heard people talk about the dark, scary things and thought to myself they all are so superstitious. I believed that that was as far as spiritual activity went. A child comes to us as a beautiful baby and by the end of growing up there are serious self-doubts and feelings that one is not really worth anything to anybody and these come not from God but from God's enemy.

In response to self-doubts and inferiority, I "wilted." Marie noticed and told me one day that I always wilted quickly in every situation. Most people do not react to accusations from spirits as I have. Other people will bristle, fight back, and take out their self-frustations on those around them. These are the ones that are always mad for some reason and no one really knows why. No one has really told us that these spiritual creatures are with us everyday - not only on halloween or on dark nights when things are going bump! bump!

Have you considered if these mostly ugly thoughts have come from a spiritual source? We end up believing whatever they are suggesting and then we take it out on all of those around us. The enemy of God is also mankind's enemy. He is sneaky and will even transform into angels of light to decieve. Sadly, most of us can be decieved much sooner than that though! We spend entire lives holding grudges against others we believe spend their days trying to mess up our own life! So life is not happy with grudges, jealousies, anger, fighting back! Persons finding themselves in this situation are not a threat to the evil one, evil does not want people to know God and if we are busy fighting, we do not have time to know God.

It is truly a sad thing when one does not realize where discontent, dissatisfaction, bitterness, jealousy, inferiority and all that will bring discord into families and friends relationships is truly coming from. Try to suggest that one should pray and ask God to banquish spirit-beings wrecking havoc in a life and many people will look like you've gone bananas and what a Bible-thumping fanatic! hehehe

Someday, these unholy creatures will be entering into the eternal destruction that has been prepared for them and we will be finally completely free!

I long for that some day...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Last Post Before Christmas

Wish all that stop by a very happy season. I hope you each have a holiday that is satisfying and especially pleasant.

All the best intentions are so easily slammed off track occassionally when family and friends come together to enjoy this time of the year together--- I sadly am thinking of myself.

I apologize for my ugly side a head of time and I hope my chili stops boiling over today and the grandkids will be exceptional until these HAPPY times return to normal. ha

Happy, happy Christmas everyone! May God bless you and yours in the coming New Year too.

Now, big smile on the face and back to the kitchen!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sweet Memories

lovely smelling flower - I believe is PlumeriaAfter the rains this pink spike grew so prettyone palm tree of many typesmore color to excite the eyesfish we watched at the shrimp farm - we ate yummi shrimp thereI said to the ocean and God told you to go only this far and no further!I have been dieting -- REALLY!...and the waves thundered back at me!God artistic handwork, how beautiful to behold... unlike much of mankind the ocean continues to obey God

From my diary:
December 12, 2007

"We (Doug, Klint, Calli, me) are enjoying the impressive beauty of Hawaii once again. I love the trees, the never stopping motions here are captivating. Ocean, clouds, trees, birds all move to bring my heart to be humbled by the creative powers of my Lord and Savior. I am thankful to be here and I thank God for captivating my heart so that I can know Him and praise Him every day. God is so powerful. His imagination has been spilled out in all of creation. Coconuts, papayas, pineapples, plumeria (not in one color alone but many), the fragrances, the rain showers as they cross the beaches. It boggles my mind to imagine how fascinating it had to be to watch each of these being created!"

We learned while we were in Hawaii that Doug's Uncle Dick passed away. He had just begun to go in for dialysis three times a week, he had a heart attack and in the process of helping him with that he passed on. What a great guy he was.

My first memory of him was as a young Mom, meeting for the first time Doug's very large family of uncles, aunts and cousins. I was so shy back then it was painful, but he seemed to understand and he was so kind and sweet.

He sat beside me and helped me beat Doug at checkers and his stifled laugh will never be forgotten and he would whisper to me which checker to move, we ended up winning and he would chuckle and it was good for me. I thank the Lord that I knew him and that he knew Jesus Christ. Someday we shall sit together again and I will hear him chuckle again.

Our prayers have been with the Black's as they learn to function with such a great loss in this world. He is being remembered fondly.

See you again --- we hope soon, Uncle Dick.

All the pictures should show a sentence of explanation if you hold your cursor over each one.

Mele Kalikimaka, Merry Christmas - my family and friends.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Aloha... Camai'i!



I'm home!

I was pretty much on aloha style mode when I left Alaska but now that I have spent time with the real aloha crowd... I am even more of a lady of leisure!

I am so happy to be home.

In comparison, Hawaii to Alaska.

Approximately 82F everyday while we were there - we came home to -22F!
It is so quiet here, the wind in the palm trees outside our window will be missed.
Sunshine, rain, wind and sunshine all within a hour in Hawaii. Here we have sunshine, no wind, no rain and there is new snow on the ground here besides the very cold temp I mentioned above.
Marie is home! YES!
We have Matthew visiting with us too.
Besides him the whole family will all be here for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It's so good to be home.
I had access to the internet while in Hawaii but opted to refrain from having to use a slow wireless connection to keep the aloha spirit intact, so this is why I've been away so long.

We got home after midnight then I could not sleep until I saw Marie and she got here probably about 2 a.m.

I will post pictures soon as I get up enough gumption to dig out all the necessary wires to connect to my cameras.

I am back! Aloha to all!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Happy Birthday Millie

Today is Millie's birthday. I will be seeing her. Actually whoever can make it today is spending some time with her in a conference room at the hospital for her birthday. I am looking forward to that.

This time of the year is a big birthday time for my family.

Millie fires up the whole birthday train, then we have all these birthdays following hers up until the end of January.

Raegan Mae

Those are all the BD's - I can remember right off the top of my head. I probably missed somebody too!

Yesterday, I visited with Mil and she sobbed! This is the first time I've seen her do that. I've seen her sort of sigh and grimace, but never sob with sound. She began to move around, sob loudly and I thought she was going to open her eyes and return to her right mind. I thought maybe she was remembering the day she fell and was reacting to that. She is definitely showing new movements.

I watched a show on t.v. when I got back from Anchorage yesterday and it was all about the brain and how new computerized ways to research is revealing how it works. According to this documentary the way we program our minds to lead us through life can be changed. Our brain is an amazing organ. It changes when we change. This I already knew: when there is brain damage it will work to reroute around the damaged areas, but they said that as long as there is active stimulation then the brain can work to recover from major setbacks such as Millie's. I was convinced that active stimulation would be incredibly good for Millie's recovery. She may not be what she was before her collapse but I believe that she can work towards it with help. Her caregivers said that she gets stimulation every day when they clean her and put her into her chair, I don't think that is enough. She has much too long to just lay there and sleep without any type of input.

I am in awe of the brain that God created. I've heard people say, "Well that was how I was raised and that is how I will be." Or, "That was how I was born and that is the way I am."

NEGATIVE! With new thoughts, one can change!

The brain will even change physically to accommodate the new thoughts, actions, interests, if we work to change our thought life by changing how we think, the things we do, the actions and reactions we allow to rule in our daily lives. We definitely don't have to remain the old, sinful person we are, our very nature, even our physical brain will be changed when our minds are fed the life-changing Truths from God's Word! How incredibly encouraging is that?

Paul knew because he said:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1,2.

They spoke about dementia and how physical activity will prolong a healthy mind. Learning new things. Learning new hobbies. Going past your comfort zone to learn, to stimulate the brain is really good for us all. Of course the body will deteriorate eventually as we live in this fallen state now and live under the curse of sin, but it can be put off if we will keep our minds healthy by healthy thinking and healthy action.

I believe blogging is good for the brain!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Marriage Monday - What Makes a Marriage Christian?

It is Marriage Monday once again! Time is really flying by. Just like the wind outside, we must be getting gusts close to a 100 mph out there! It is humbling to stand on the deck and listen to the howling wind.

I am kind of at a loss for words on this subject because my answer is simple.

Just as believing Him, praising Him, loving Him and patterning my life after Jesus Christ makes me a Christian, in order for a couple to have a marriage that is "Christian" we should be reflecting Jesus Christ ---- together.

Maybe I don't get the question, but that is my contribution to Marriage Monday.

I know I will learn a lot by all those that will be participating. Visit our hostess blog for her write and links to others participating on this Marriage Monday topic. You will be blessed! You can join the group by checking out e-Mom's blog if you would like to share too.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

When Push Comes To Shove

Four years ago, I purchased this wallpaper. I saw that it was pretty and the display was inspiring. I picked up all the tools that a wallpapering job needed. I brought all the stuff home, lugged it upstairs and then looked at it. I read the instructions. I rubbed the flat walls (I had asked the guys to leave without texturing). I read the instructions again and then decided I am not ready to attempt this. I told myself that the walls needed much more prepping.

On Friday Doug picked up door trim. I asked him where he was going to put up door trim. He said, "At the top of the stairs, I going to finish around the doors." I immediately thought of my wallpaper job. I knew that Doug would be putting up the trim SOON. Unlike me, when he decides to do a job - he does it, pronto!

When I got home I went up into the "Chickadee Room" (an attic room way up at the peak of the house) and sat on the stairs and looked at the wallpaper once again. I read the instructions and looked at the walls. For a fleeting lazy second I wondered what the walls would look like painted.

Okay! I am going to do this.

I've never wallpapered and I've never watched it being done. I have a big bucket of wallpaper paste and tried the first strip of paper that way. The paper is prepasted, but the bucket instructions says this paste should be used with prepasted paper to insure a good stick. So, I did it. Not only did it add a lot of time to preparing the paper, it was messy.

The prepasted papers instructions says, roll your cut strip and slip it into water for 30 seconds. I thought, that sounds way easier! I did that. Dipped into water and then stuck it up on the wall.

Two strips up, one pasted and one just dipped in water for thirty seconds. A friend of mine told me that when she wallpapered she got up in the morning and the paper had unstuck and was hanging down. I decided I am going to watch this. I will make sure it's gonna stick up there. I woke up the next day and it was still up. Smile.

Today, the Trim Man brought his tools into my garage (put my car out into the FREEZING driveway!) and I knew I needed to get this wallpaper job done if I didn't want the added trouble of trim in the way. I went upstairs and began to work.

I worked all day. I am sore! My back - aching. But - I love the walls. My daughter Marie called. I told her I was papering and that I was so tired. "Stop now Mom, and do more tomorrow, you might hurt your back."

I think that maybe wallpapering should be a job for two. It is hard to match the design and mark where the wallpaper needs to be cut at the same time! I am not tall enough to reach the ceiling even while standing on my step-stool without fully stretching and getting up on my tippy toes. When I am in that position then my legs start shaking too.

Anyway, I need to do some prep work on one of the walls but I am almost done with getting papered around all the doorways and Doug can finish his work.

While I spent the day with Millie on Thursday I read some more on the "Signature of God." I found this information to be so incredible. First of all I cannot even fathom the billions and trillions of miles that make up our Galaxy, and then to read that "the known universe contains more than fifty billion galaxies" makes me giggle in awe of our Creator! The author suggested this exercise to get an idea of the vastness of our universe.

Take a sheet of paper, draw one small circle at the top of the page to represent the Sun, draw another much smaller circle nine inches below, that is Earth... now to see just how far away our closest star Alpha Centauri is to Earth - draw another circle ---over forty five miles away! I can understand those terms and this all fills me with awe of my Creator.

Light travels at 187,000 miles every SECOND or six trillion miles every year. A flicker of light from our closest star will take four years to reach Earth. That flicker of light has to cross twenty four trillion miles of empty space! I can't even imagine that number, or even assign the right zeros to a zillion number!

Have an wonderful day viewing our incredible universe - created by my INCREDIBLE God!

"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth...For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" Psalm 33: 6, 9.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Still in Thanksgiving Mode

This picture was taken on Thanksgiving Day. It is not a very good picture but you can see the whole bunch. We had such a good time on TG even if the power went out for two hours and delayed the turkey, the ham was ready to eat and we had ham and all the fixings. After two hours and about an hour more the turkey was done and we had turkey too! After the lights came back on the grandkids asked "Can we turn the lights back off?"

My heart overflows with thankfulness this morning.

I am thankful to Jesus Christ for the full life He keeps filling. The spiritual life that blooms in my heart today is only because of His Love for me. I am nothing without Him. My life would be depression - unending sadness - without the HOPE that He has put into my thoughts and into my heart. This hope fills me now and will remain with me past my last fleshly breath.

I woke up on Sunday morning troubled. We, as Mom's will do that won't we when we are troubled about one of our children? Most of our hardships come from an unwillingness (or rebelliousness) to learn about and know Jesus Christ. An unwillingness to give up selfish pursuits. Chasing after the fleeting FUN of this world.

I also have been duped into doing that too. I will long for the STUFF this world has to offer only to find even a stronger discontent when I have what I wanted in my grasp. The most complete joy I've experienced has been had when I've been basking in the sunshine of what Jesus Christ's sacrifice accomplished for me. If only I could take what I've learned and just stick it into my loved ones hearts, but I can't, only God can do that. So I wait and pray. Prayer is my heart-tugging-rope that goes directly to my Savior's interceding heart.

Yesterday, I spent the whole day with my sister Millie! It was a good day. We read Psalms together. We listened to Christmas music. We put on smelly lotions. I picked up a pair of earrings that I am sure she would have picked out for herself if she were with me and stuck them on her ears. I tried to find burgundy (her favorite) but all those colors were not cool. We called our sister Kotya. Millie moved her hand up towards her ear as if she wanted to move the phone to a better spot over her ear.

Millie did a lot of yawning yesterday, and according to Adam (her husband) the Elders asked him if she was doing that yet because they believe when someone like Millie who has been sleeping and sleeping will be getting up soon after they begin yawning. She did a lot of yawning yesterday!

I went in to visit her the day before yesterday too and she had two pigtails on! This is not any hairdo she would have been seen in public with. It made me smile and I told her "Mil, you better wake up girl, somebody is dressing you up kindda funny!"

A Psalm Millie and I enjoyed together:

LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15. (NKJV)

A nearby verse that caught my attention is in Psalm 12.

The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men. (NIV)

Isn't that the whole truth and nothing but the truth... so help USA - God.

After visiting with Millie my husband and I went to Anchorage Native New Life Fellowship meeting and enjoyed all the singing. If you have never been there, go! A great place to go for an evening of singing and testimonies, every Monday night at 1145 'C' Street. Sometimes you can even hear gospel singing in the Native tongue. My brother Don, who led the singing, reminded us all that we have a spot in our heart that is God-shaped and can only be filled by God. That is the TRUTH! We all need God - our all-powerful, always present and all-knowing Creator. Without Him in our lives - life is hopeless, with Him in it, our lives are filled with overflowing thankfulness and joy and living that satisfies!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Prayer

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


It is good to have a friend ---to be considered a friend, that's even better.

Once upon a time...

I had a "best friend."

I enjoyed her company so much. We talked and laughed about life. We shared things dear to our hearts. As time went on, I heard that she had been saying untruths about me. This was something I never, ever considered would be done by her. When it got back to me, my heart was stunned. I am still a friend to her to this day, but never best...

While my daughters grew up and were dealing with friendship issues I advised them all that this best friend stuff is only a myth. It's best to be friends to all, than to think of one someone special as your very own best friend. (I spoke from experience!) Better yet - cultivate friendships with your sisters and your brothers. Whatever you do ---or don't do, they will always be there for you, or should be! [knuckle bumps on top yer head if you don't]

This past summer my grand-daughter Ashlee cried into my shoulder, "She took my best friend away from me." Awww, there was that phrase back again in our families lower ranks. How would I explain to her that if her "best friend" could be taken away so easily - was she truly her best friend at all? So young, and already having friendship ouchies. I could only hug her and console her, "You just keep on being a good friend, Babe."

I am blessed to have growing friendships with my daughters and sons, and my daughters husbands and my sons wife. One of my daughter-friends I have been really missing while she's been away. Thank heavens for phones to laugh and cry into when we are apart! It is an incredible blessing when families can remain close and share life's ups and downs when they come along. This makes families the best and my family is one of the BEST, and that is no myth!

Whenever I think of the people
who have made a real difference in my life,
I think of the person I can talk to,
really open my heart to,
because she understands me...
And I think of the person
I have fun with,
just doing whatever, whenever,
because we have fun being together...
I think of the person I can count on,
the one that I turn to so often,
because I know she'll never let me down...
And I think of the person who inspires me,
who always can keep me believing in me
because she does...
And whenever I think
of these wonderful people
and all that they've given to me,
I know how lucky and blessed I have been... have found all of them in you, Mom.

Written by Karen Ravn

Thank you, My Marie friend. The card is beautiful.

Oh, BTW, Dad got his! LOL! (Happy birthday and all that CRAP!)

Friday, November 16, 2007


This picture was taken on a beautiful, summer day.

I am still reading The Signature of God." I know, I am a slow reader. Grant Jeffrey writes about the biblical critics beliefs that the Bible's stories are unbelieveable. Some say that it is a book of myths. This reasoning is seriously tested each time a new archeological find proves that the stories in the Bible are true.

"The Italian excavation actually uncovered most of the critical evidence relating to the Biblical story. But even more exciting is the fact that all the evidence from the earlier digs has disappeared over time. We only have records, drawing and photos. But the Italians uncovered a completely new section of the wall [Jericho] which we did not know still existed. I had my photograph taken standing next to the wall where the mudbrick collapse had just been excavated!" Dr. Bryant Wood, Director, Associates for Biblical Research.

Unfortunately, the Italian archaeologists, the Palestinian Authorities, the Associated Press and most of the world doesn't realize any of this. It is a sad commentary on the state of archaeology in the Holy Land, when the purpose of an excavation at a Biblical site is to disprove the Bible and disassociate the site with any historical Jewish connection.

I was talking with my son Kris about the fact that I have never doubted anything written in the Bible. If it's there - I believe it. If I don't understand it now, someday I will.

I believe the miracles recorded. The words of all the prophets through the years. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE SON OF GOD. I believe the story of Moses. I believe that the ten commmandments were given to show all peoples that we are far from living right, according to God. I believe that the evil one convinced Adam and Eve that God had lied to them, that the tree He forbade them to eat from was just like any other tree. I believe that the Apostle's wrote EYE-WITNESSED accounts of what they observed when Jesus was on the earth, when He died, when He showed Himself to them after He conquered death, and before He returned to His Father in Heaven. I believe that King David and his son King Solomon existed.

I've never needed the Bible to be proved to me, but I love it when I read of new archeological discoveries which point to an old Bible story. That is fun.

"It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries. They form tesserae in the vast mosaic of the Bible's almost incredibly correct historical memory." Dr. Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert
While some faulted him for mixing politics with archaeology, Dr. Glueck said any effort to halt the destruction of the Jews and America was a higher, easily justifiable cause. The Cincinnati Post

Read the Bible.


Time for considering what is and isn't Truth is short.

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WEBCAM that works for me!

I've been trying to get the webcam to work for me this afternoon. I tried different settings on my firewall and virus scanner but nothing changed not being able to view the webcam. I finally shut down IE and opened Firefox and it worked. So I took the URL that it displayed and tried it again in IE and it worked. So if you were like me and could not get the webcam to open for you, try this address:

Elephant Webcam at I haven't seen Maggie or any elephants yet because I think they are probably eating dinner or resting for the night.

I am so happy for Maggie.

I was looking through old pictures and saw one of Annabelle, the elephant we used to have up here before she passed away in 1997. I don't have one of Maggie though. This picture is from PAWS.

I've moved a desk out of this room to the main floor and set up my old computer on that. I decided to hook my laptop up to my flat screen and wireless keyboard and mouse. It feels so good to be on a regular size keyboard again, but I've had to make adjustments in my typing since I am so used to the laptop keyboard now.

Anyway, are we bloggers ever really gone when we say we are gone? This blogger is not ever really gone! I always manage to sneak a peek here sometime during my time away. Thanks to those the keep peeking back!

"I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me..." or something like that. (An old song.)

P.S. I heard from "Tamara" at PAWS and she said that the elephants usually start in for dinner about 4:30 p.m. and then head out doors after their bath, and foot care in the morning about 10:30 a.m. Someday I hope we can get to California and check out the Performing Animal Welfare Society's Wildlife Sanctuary. It would be fun to meet all the other awesome elephants, and tigers, and bears, and monkeys and lions and mountain lions. PAWS also has a Black Leopard, Paka (small African wildcat), and Bobcat. They are all cats. Beautiful too. Stop by and visit them. You can also contact Tamara for a small group tour. Thanks for your efforts, Tamara.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I'm busy organizing.
No time for blogging.
No time for creativity.
Only time for organizing.
No time for pictures.
No time for fun.
I'm too busy.
I gotta run.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Snowboots or Snowballs?

Doug asked me if I saw that it was snowing when he came in from the shop and I looked up and it was snowing! I had just been talking to my daughter and told her that we didn't have any snow on the ground. Now we do.

I love the huge snowflakes and can't resist going outside to enjoy them when they are gently falling so I got Chewy into his jacket and we went out the door. I don't really like walking clear around the lake but we did! It ended up being much longer than was comfortable, especially for Chewy. He grows big snowballs all over himself when he runs in the snow. He ends up wearing REAL snow boots.

When we got home I had to crunch the snow off and then set him in front of the woodstove to melt. He was not a happy ChewChew!

I took some pictures while we were out. Enjoy.

Sadly, all the snow brings traffic accidents and the Alaska State Troopers said that there were approximately 45 today including the horrible death in Anchorage of a pedestrian that was hit and dragged under a truck. The roads were horrible for driving today.

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway. Maya Angelou

Friday, November 09, 2007

WEBCAM for Maggie Viewing

PAWS - Performing Animal Welfare Society, the wildlife sanctuary that Maggie now lives at has a WEBCAM that people can check in on her with. It has not worked for me yet, but maybe it will work for you. I've tried it at night each day so I am wondering if it works only during the day when it is light outdoors. I will check it out tomorrow again. I hope it works for you.

See Maggie.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Things That Creak, Groan, Wiggle, Howl!

Picture is of those noisy pipes.This morning I saw a BIG mouse on my back deck. As usual, during the fall and winter months the mice come to raid the bird feeders. I am thinking this mouse probably has brought mousie friends over by now too. As I walked along the back deck (to see if my son was down at the shop) this mouse ran right along beside me just as if he was my puppy! I had my sandals on and bare feet under those so I felt totally vulnerable. SHOO!

It's been getting colder at night and I've heard different noises. The heating pipes have been creaking and groaning as they move the hot water to heat our house. While I was playing games the other night the pipes in this rooms closet started to make louder noises. I stood up and moved away, watching the pipes and wondering if they were going to explode.

My husband was sleeping by then so I quietly crept into our bedroom and gently tapped on his foot - enough to wake him but not enough to wake him. If you can understand that ---we must have a lot in common! He lifted his head and I quickly said, "The heating pipes are making strange noises!" He says, "Yeah, I will check them tomorrow." He turned over and tried to go back to sleep. I went back to my computer.

My game induced reverie was rudely interrupted when the pipes now sounded like they were not only creaking and groaning but now were also wiggling? AND getting even louder too. Again, I stood away from them - never know but they could possibly burst and spray me with hot water, I thought to myself. This time, Doug got up quickly and came in to check on them. He fiddled with them a bit then ended up shutting the heat down and quietly said something about the in-floor heating gear going bad? Or a seal? Or something that is in a bad pump? I don't remember, whatever it was - it has to be fixed.

Sometimes noises that I don't understand or know where they are coming from can kind of give me the creepies. These creepies can be spiritual, the enemy of Christ's heirs (me) would love to keep me in fear, but I don't have to be afraid. I have Christ in me, He has defeated all the enemies of God, including fear. I am so thankful - as I used to be a very fearful person, afraid of the spirit-world.

Last night as I played (later than I should have been) I heard a loud howling. It was not Chevy (my big dog) and I can't believe that it would have been Chewy (my little dog), now I am thinking that maybe ----it was that BIG MOUSE!!!!

This morning, I've informed Dougie that he needs to do some serious mouseketeering.

Here is something you may be interested in and want to do:

"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1: 37

This is the verse at the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church which will be happening on Sunday. We need to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ who face increasing persecution in other lands. Read more about them at Mission Network News and be in prayer everyday for them. Sunday, November 11, 2007 has been a day set aside to be in prayer specifically for them. We are so blessed in USA to be able to worship God freely. May God help us to be good stewards of His Word.

"Imagine Christians in Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Finland, China, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Germany, Cuba, Venezuela, Australia, Belarus, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Uruguay, Denmark, Sweden, USA, UK, Vietnam, Laos and many, many other nations praying together — not only for the persecuted church but with the persecuted church. Surely this is a day pleasing to God himself when his children unite in love and prayer." Johan Candelin, Global Co-ordinator, IDOP.

Christian's in persecuted worlds have seriously decided and have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, the Truth. They will do so - even to the point of death, something that no people ever want to face. They have overcome fear to cling only to Christ and many will face death for their choice.

May God bless and strengthen them and fill them with joy unspeakable. Someday we will meet these strong followers of Christ and their families. Right now, we should be praying for them every day. Read the news from persecuted churches at Mission Network News and pray while you do.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Marriage Monday - Submission

Submission, is it a dirty word?

Submission in the Christian family structure is beautiful. Submission cannot be a dirty word in a Christian setting. I have read the passage in Ephesians and love the word picture of Christ loving the church, us. If all relationships were filled with the Holy Spirit, it is not a difficult thing for a woman to be submissive towards her Christian husband or even another Christian. To submit in such a loving relationship is like watching the give and take of a windmill in the wind; the sand sliding on the beach, ever changing, but remaining the same as the ocean rolls; the clouds dancing to the highs and lows of the atmosphere; a flock of chattering birds following the edge of the lake; a well-trained dog on a leash. Beautiful. It is no wonder that we are encouraged to do so. When done properly it is like poetry and what a testimony to the Savior that we know.

Hupotasso --- hoop-ot-as-so the Greek word for submission --in an ungodly situation ---ends up with a woman jumping through hoops for an a*****e! Excuse the awful word-picture definition - but that is exactly what I imagined when my lips formed the pronunciation that e-Mom has posted on her Marriage Monday blog. Perhaps I have seen one too many times where a Christian woman has married an ungodly man that I have to say - in this place - that woman will have a horrible life as she jumps through hoops trying to please him with his ungodly demands, his ungodly ways.

Christ and the Church and submission. This truth - lived out vividly for me through the husband I have been so blessed to know and love for 34 years. He is the one that taught me - he should love me like Christ has loved the church. "Christ died for the church," he's said so many times. (Many times I have probably made him feel like he was dying too! Sorry Husband.)

We, as the Church, submit to Christ. Christ loves us and it's not difficult to say yes to Him. I, as Doug's wife, submit to him. Doug does not demand me to submit. He does not ask me to submit to him by doing stuff for him, or to have dinner prepared and hot for him when he gets home from work. He does not ask of me anything - but I do like to do things for him that I think that it would make his day great. It is the same as when we want to do the things that please Jesus Christ. There have been situations when my heart said... be quiet, listen to him, he has the final word. You know what? I totally trust that his decisions will be best for me, because he loves me! I see that submission can be a rest to me by leaving those decisions in his hands.

My heart aches for the Christian woman who has found herself in a situation where to submit will include continuing physical and emotional abuses, not only towards herself but also her children. These women have, either knowingly or blindly believing themselves to be loved, married an ungodly man. In these situations, submission is a "dirty word." Why? Because this woman's life will include submitting to the dirty things of this world which her husband has not given up.

I don't believe a Christian woman has to stay with an ungodly man - but that could possibly be another subject for another Marriage Monday.

Check out the other Marriage Monday Blogger's that have posted blogs on submission by going HERE.

Monday, November 05, 2007


I am so happy to say that Maggie was moved out of Alaska. I worried about her whenever I would see her at our twenty-five acre Alaska Zoo. It is too cold here during winter for her. When an ol' girl gets cold ---- IT HURTS!!! It? Yes, it --- or everything hurts. I can only imagine a girl that is not endowed with fur would be in bad shape since she was meant to live with sunshine. (Maggie came to Alaska from Zimbabwe, Africa as a baby.) Now she does live in the sun!

Also watching Maggie's every move were Ruby, Seventy-One, Mara and Lulu, four African elephants living at PAWS that everyone hopes Maggie will eventually bond with. KTUU Alaska's News Source.

I watched the evening news with tears as they loaded Maggie into her specially built crate and she trumpeted. Thankfully the Air Force stepped up to help move her after her caregivers finally decided to let her go. Maggie made her journey successfully to sunny California on Doug's birthday, November 2. She is now getting settled in. The PAWS organization will be reimbursing the Air Force for all costs incurred from moving Maggie, which are estimated to be between $200,000 and $300,000.

To all those who made her move successful, including the active supporter of animal rights, Bob Barker, THANK YOU. Mr. Barker came up to Alaska to visit Maggie and with his promised $750,000.00 contribution towards "Operation Maggie Migration" his generosity has helped to make her move even possible. Today I joined the thousands that screamed this during his long-running (35 years) television hosting of "The Price Is Right," (Mom's favorite CBS television game show)--- "I love Bob Barker!"

30 acres for Alaska's elephant, that's more land than our zoo even owns. We will miss her but - wow! Thirty acres with nine other elephants she will get to know. The only thing I've read negative about this move is that Maggie does not like the artichokes, which they have a lot of in California.

I am so happy for Maggie. Yes, we will miss her when we visit the Alaska Zoo, but then for Alaskans .... California is not that far away to visit and ---it's warm down there too! Read more about Maggie's move.

Here is a video of Maggie's journey.

Alaska had another elephant that Maggie (African elephant) hung out with before. Her name was "Annabelle" (Asian elephant) and she passed away in 1997.

Live a long and warm life - Maggie!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween At Our House

Awww, they were all so cute but tired by the end of their adventures. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Making UAA Look -- HANDSOME!

Our son Klinton was featured in a University of Anchorage Alaska publication. I saw it at church Sunday when Kim Blomstrum came over to give the newsletter to Klint, but I saw it first so I got it. Anyway, here it is online!

UAA Accolades Fall 2007. Scroll down to page three.

Picture of Klint (middle) with his riding buddies Kris and Tony.

We are proud of Klint and how he has worked his way through college. Keeping focused on doing well at school, his wife, his relationship with the Lord the whole time also working a job between classes. He now has a job that he is enjoying too.

He would like to pursue a masters degree too - I don't doubt at all that he will get that done too!

Well done, Klint!

Messy or Creative?

I was inspired to share a picture of my office - even if it is in complete disarray this morning. I was visiting "Slimpickins' from my Brain" and after commenting on her office (which is beautiful and so clean!) I decided that I would share where I blog from too. I was going to clean up first but... here it is in all of it's non-glory!

A messy office is a sign of a creative mind."

I prefer to be considered creative but, some would say I am just messy. I am comfortable with where I am in that respect now that I am an ol' Grammaloo. [attempting to justify laziness] I try to cultivate the better things like kindness, hospitality, love, longsuffering, you know? And to be encouraging --- attributes such as that are much more worthy than organization, aren't they? [attempt to convince others of self-declared goodness]

Oh, okay!!!! I confess, I am a messy! [Admits to obvious failure.]

As you can see, my office is not all that organized and in my efforts to share online I dig out books, write down my thoughts while I am reading and anything that I find worthy of sharing I will try to jot down. In the process, I begin to collect bits and pieces of paper, pens and tape, post it notes, books, clippings along the way to my office. This all gets piled up around me and stays there. Occasionally I need to gather up the coffee mugs in here. I will get some coffee, get absorbed in what I am reading, coffee gets cold, I don't want it. I go downstairs to check on Chewy or the family and then bring up another cup of coffee which then gets cold and I don't want it. Eventually, I wonder "where's my favorite mug???" (I have many favorites.)

The most habitual cleaning I do in here is on vacuuming day (no, not scheduled). On an almost daily basis I do use my Dust Remover to blow the dust off of my keyboard. That cleaning is normally done after I have been thinking and happened to stare down at the keyboard and see something on it that shouldn't be there.

I have been working on the "I don't feel like it but I will do it anyway" motto, but that is working only on the first floor so far. I have to step up the program to the second floor!

Remember to think about God today - and praise Him!

OH! I almost forgot.....


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Restless Leg Syndrome

Another body trouble that I've endured. (The other being the hemifacial spasms that I had surgery for). "Mom, your problems are always so weird," is what Kim said to me one day. I have had this restless leg syndrome for as long as I can remember.

If you have it you know how overwhelming it can become. The other night I kept jumping out of bed and trying to walk, rub the back of my knees or shake my legs. I can't be doing that all night for Doug goes to work during the day and he needs his rest! So I ended up downstairs wandering around in almost tears. This was the worst attack I can remember having. When it is bad like this I also have the restless feeling in my arms. The back of my knees and the inside of my elbows are the worst, I can feel it in my fingers too.

Sometimes if I can think straight I will take that time at night to pray. You will notice when you begin to pray sleep comes so fast that before you know it you wake up in the morning. My kids used to cry, "Mom, I can't sleep." "Pray for your family," I would reply. Soon she/he was sleeping quiet!

Most of the time all I can do is think about how I can be relieved when it is happening. Recently I learned that my sister Kotya's husband also has RLS. When I found that out I felt like we had been reluctantly inducted into some sort of club ---all on merits we didn't even know we had.

What is this RLS? According to a RLS support site for people like myself, it is a neurological (there is that word again) problem. In cases like mine where it begins in adolescence it is hereditary. I once suspected that my granddaughter Ashlee might have it since she moved her legs so much when she was a baby and trying to fall asleep. Here's a picture of my grandkids. Ashlee is the one with the hair blowing up! How about that RED hair on my grandson, huh? This was taken early in the morning on a racing day this past summer when the wind was howling through Kincaid Park.

I can remember having this irritation when I was a young girl, moving my legs before falling asleep. After the 1964 earthquake and the tidal wave in Old Harbor my sisters and I sometimes had to share beds and I heard one of my sisters complain, "I don't want to sleep with her, she moves her legs too much." I could not help it. If you do not move when this creepy feeling is at it's strongest I think one can probably go completely insane!

When I tried to explain what it feels like, one of my kids said, "Is this all in your head?" "Nope, it's all in my legs!!!!" I have no idea why, it just is.

Today I have tried an ointment, Tiger Balm. I've also self-treated myself with iron. I have since found out online that sometimes RLS can be caused by anemia. I found that ferrous sulfate iron helped me once when I was so low on iron that my doctor said he considered giving me a blood transfusion. (Another body trouble which I've had treated with a partial hysterectomy.) I had noticed that RLS which had been so horrible before I was prescribed a high dose of iron had completely gone away! I began taking iron when I was having strong bouts with RLS. The other night I did the same, I finally fell asleep in my Mom's bedroom that night.

There are medications that doctors use to try to help their RLS patients, but these meds come with warnings that sound like they might be worse than the trouble such as:

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT ________: _________ may cause you to fall asleep without any warning, even while doing normal daily activities such as driving. When taking _________ hallucinations may occur and sometimes you may feel dizzy, sweaty or nauseated upon standing up. The most common side effects in clinical trials for RLS were nausea, headache, and tiredness. You should talk with your doctor if you experience these problems.

I've recieved several emails about a new holiday movie coming out: "The Golden Compass." (A lot of Flash at this site.) This movie will most likely be the first in a series of movies in response (anti) to C.S. Lewis stories "The Chronicles of Narnia." According to he author of the books, Philip Pullman, wrote stories that he said, "My books are about killing God." Philip Pullman is a self-proclaimed atheist. The "His Dark Materials" triology fans are upset by how the director of the movie has watered down the anti-God, anti-Christian lines found in his books. writes about this.

I predict that even if this author is openly fighting God, this movie will be well attended in our world. So many have no idea what pleases and displeases God anymore. We as parents and grandparents must instill in our families a deep love of God which is based on God's word. This will help them chose right from wrong themselves, which is getting harder to do. God's word is a Light that brightens our paths to Himself. God is real! All those that have closed their eyes and hearts to Him will be sadly surprised someday! For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment, if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood of its ungodly people but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly, and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)---if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. 2 Peter 2: 4 - 10.

Well, I best get moving again.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I Don't Feel Like It

Many times I just don't feel like doing some things that I should do. I know I am like every other person out there. I want to be faithful to those places that make me myself. A wife. Mom. Sister. Daughter. Grandmother. These are my physical responsibilities. I also have a responsibility to the spiritual. I am a Believer. An heir! A child of God. I am a warrior in the unseen spiritual world.

Sometimes I can be found shirking any one of these responsibilites just because... I don't feel like it. Todays Our Daily Bread devotional was about that. I read the scripture in Matthew 21 and learned that there are two ways people respond to the Truth = Jesus Christ is God's Son. Jesus told the chief priests and the elders that the tax collectors and the harlots believed John, but they did not.

The chief priests and the elders in those days were a very successful bunch that had spent their lives being holy. I can imagine how they probably appeared. They were probably similar to the priests in the Russian Orthodox church that I grew up in - revered by the people around them. These chief priests/pharisees did everything related to God - right. They followed the letter of the law to the minutest details. Yet, they didn't even recognize God's Son. The difference between the harlots and tax collectors and the chief priests and the elders was in their decisions to believe that Jesus Christ was who He said that He was or not to believe. Believe and be saved or disbelief and be filled with anger.

Jesus told them the truth about how they didn't believe John the Baptist and they didn't believe Jesus Christ even though He came and performed miracles before them. Things only God could do! Now that is pretty blind! But I don't think I would have done any differently if I was busy trusting in my own goodness. In order to be saved, we have to believe that we have a need to be saved from something and if we are already feeling pretty holy or good without Jesus Christ, why should one even need a Savior? Don't believe that lie, we can never be holy enough to stand before the piercing eyes of God Himself. He will probe deep into our hearts and what He finds is "DESPERATELY WICKED!" If we are quiet enough to stand alone in God's presence, we would all agree - there is nothing about us that is holy enough apart from Jesus Christ.

"I don't feel like it - but I will do it anyway." I think I want to put that up in my kitchen where many times I shirk my responsibility to cook and clean! How about that bathroom? These are my jobs and many times I don't want to but I will ask for grace to do them until I can't do them!

Yesterday was our family singing night. It is getting more organized every week! Yesterday Doug set up a microphone so that we can have a loud enough leader. He is kindly soft-spoken and yet I want to hear him lead his family on this night. We had a beautiful time of singing. The kids love the motion songs and enter enthusiastically when we get to "Only A Boy Named David," "Zachias," "Hallelu, Hallelu, Praise Ye the Lord!" I make sure we keep our time to one hour exactly so that they are not overwhelmed since we ask that they all are quiet, and respectful. Little Gunner comes and he does not quite like to have to conform to this rigid time so he folds his arms and scowls at Gramma, but after the singing is happening and the kids are motioning, he is so happy. So their lives of standing up to their shortcomings begins and I love how they are all rising to the occasion. Someday I will capture them on video. I got this afterwards video to share today.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In A Fog

We have fog this morning. Weather person said most likely freezing rain/snow today. Husband commutes everyday said that the roads were sloppy and right after they got through the slippery Hay Flats they heard that there was a roll-over.

"If God is present at every point in space, if we cannot go where He is not, cannot even conceive of a place where is He is not, why then has not that Presence become the one universally celebrated fact of the world? The patriarch Jacob, "in waste howling wilderness," gave the answer to that question. He saw a vision of God and cried out in wonder, "Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not." Jacob had never been for one small division of a moment outside the circle of that all-pervading Presence. But he knew it not. That was his trouble, and it is ours. Men do not know if God is here. What a difference it would make if they knew."
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, 1948.

So it goes in our world today. So many do not even think of God at all unless something like the raging California fires happen. What a selfish people we are and what a merciful God rules this world. We should long to know God. We should know what He loves and what He hates so that we can live our lives pleasing to Him. We should include Him in all of our daily endeavors. If we don't, we are living life in a fog. The created not knowing the Creator.

We must read the Bible and believe each word if we want to come out of that spiritual fog.

"This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

One of the disciples that God nicknamed "sons of thunder" wrote those words. John. (John 21:24,25.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pomegranate and Time

I cooked Mom grits for breakfast this morning along with orange juice, pomegrante jewels, that is the best way I can describe the pomegranate fruit after I took them out of the fruit, they appear to be jewels, so beautiful.

I learned yesterday how to get the fruit out of the pomegranate. First you score the outside of the pomegranate, then put the whole thing into a bowl full of water; peel the outside off. The rind and white membrane floats and then the fruit drops to the bottom of the bowl. It was fun. Mom and I were impressed with the sparkling beauty of this fruit in a bowl. Mom also had a slice of toast and 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. I had a bowl of cereal with frozen blueberries.

After breakfast we watched the news of the fires in California. As we watched the news Mom commented on the time. "Oh wow, already 12!" I said, "I can't believe it, I am still full from my cereal and it's time for lunch???"

Mom's phone rang and she hurried to answer it, but was too late. She brought it to me and said, "I missed it, see who it was and call them back." We looked at the phone and we both decided it was a weird number we didn't recognize. She began to play Mahjong while I kept looking, then I noticed that she had gone to the dialed numbers list. I exited out of that list and went to the missed calls list and saw that my brother Mark had tried to call --- at 10:40 a.m.

"Mark tried to call you this morning Mom." She got up and came over to the phone and said "OH! I didn't even hear it!" We looked at the phone. Then I asked, "What time is it now anyway?" I looked at the microwave. 10:42. I realized the clock in the livingroom had stopped and it was not even lunch time. We were thinking we should be preparing lunch and we had hardly even burped from breakfast!

We are quite the funny pair - my Mom and I.

Native to Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and introduced to California by the Spanish settlers in 1769 how amazing is it that this pomegranate is on my table in almost frozen Alaska! They like cool winters and hot summers. Humid climates are not good for the formation of the fruit. This tree can be severely injured by temperatures below 12f. The tree can grow as far north as southern Utah and Washington D.C. but seldom get fruited. It adapts well to container culture and will sometimes fruit in a greenhouse! This plant with glossy, leathery leaves gets a beautiful flower and is self-pollinating.

This sounds like it could be a fun indoor plant to try.

Stored in temperatures (refrigerated) between 32 to 41f the fruit is like apples, can be kept for up to seven months without spoiling and actually the fruit will get tastier and juicier. Pomegranates make great juice that I read will help those with ischemic coronary heart disease by improving blood circulation. claims that pomagranates have more antioxidant qualities than cranberries or even green tea!

Do you eat pomegranates and how do you prepare them?

I went to see my sister Millie on Sunday.

She has been hospitalized for 301 days.

We long to see her smile. We want her to go home now. We want that her food be administered in daily increments rather than constantly. We feel that her body would benefit from going without that constant drip of food. If she could get something like pomegranate juice instead, I bet that would be so good for her.

Monday, October 22, 2007

"The Signature of God"

YES! A Blogger Blog search engine! I was always trying to find where to do a search on blogs here without using the "Next Blog" feature! Finally, here it is. Blog Search.

I've been reading a book by Grant R. Jeffrey "The Signature of God, Astonishing Biblical Discoveries." About the author Jeffrey, "internationally recognized as a leading researcher and Bible Prophecy teacher: More than one and a half million readers have read his seven best selling books." This is the first time that I am reading anything by him.

Here is a quote from his book:

The widespread agnosticism and atheism in our modern government, media, universities, and seminaries has resulted in the moral collapse of our society. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes wisely described the inevitable effects on our society of the growing agnosticism and the gradual abandonment of the authority of Scriptures in the life of our nations. Hobbes described the terrible results that would follow the loss of a national religious faith in the Christ in these insightful words. "No arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Tragically, the results of our national apostasy were accurately predicted in his writings. In 1830 the government of France sent a well respected judge, Alexis de Tocqueville, to study the society, the beliefs, and the prisons of the United States of America to find out why there was so little crime and so few prisons. After several years of study he wrote a celebrated book called The Democracy of the United States in 1840. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about the reason for America's greatness as a nation and the real reason for her low crime rate at that time. "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests - and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public schools system and in her institutions of higher learning - and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"
Wow. That was quite the paragraph and one I know is the TRUTH! What is any man apart from the greatness of God? Nothing but a pawn to be pushed and pulled here and there by the greatest deceiver of all, Satan. And to think this deceiver has convinced those that are in his unforgiving grip that they are FREE? That is one of the greatest deceptions of all.

Grant goes on to write:

A century and a half later, America has publicly abandoned the Bible as the moral anchor of our society and education. It should surprise no one that, after decades of teaching our children that there are no absolute rights and wrongs, we face an appalling breakdown in public morality and rising levels of crime. President Andrew Jackson shared the same opinion as Alexis de Tocqueville about the central position of the Scriptures to the life of his nation. As he lay on his deathbed President Jackson pointed to the Bible on the table by his bed and said to his companion, "That Book, Sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests."

I've often wondered what people like Jackson and Lincoln would have to say to those in high places here in the United States today.

It is interesting to me that Wikipedia has nothing of what Grant wrote taken from Tocqueville's book "Democracy in America" on the page about him.

"Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief. I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion--for who can search the human heart?--but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society." Alexis de Tocqueville, exerpt from Democracy in America, Chapter XVII.

I better stop reading and go see my Mom!

Have a beautiful day keeping God and His Truth evident in your everyday lives. God blesses when mankind trusts in the Lord with all of our hearts and we don't lean to our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge Him, then He will direct our paths. His paths are truly free.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

I Did It Again!

Woke up early and began playing around with the blog. Now the colors are all different! Dark to go with my darker nights up here.

We have a dusting of snow this morning and the Christmas tunes are in the iPod!

I like listening to the story of Jesus Christ coming as a Babe. He is my willing Savior.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Out Of Hiding

The moose are out of hiding now. We have been watching four moose across the lake in our neighbors yard. Our neighbor has a lot of land. He did cat work and made an airstrip which he then hauled topsoil in and grew a beautiful lawn. The moose come to nibble on his grass.

There was a cow with a calf and a bull and possibly another bull. It was not a big moose but the cow was busy trying to chase it off. I think it must have been her older calf. The vanquished moose just stays out of the way but has not left yet.

Here's some video of those moose, but the one hiding in the trees didn't get into the video. Isn't that sort of sad? Chasing away your offspring? Awwwwww, that is so sad, but necessary in the wilds, I guess. :-(

My Buddy

Life is a book that we study,
Some of its leaves bring a sigh.
There it was written, my buddy,
That we must part, you and I.

Nights are long since you went away,
I think about you all through the day,
My buddy, my buddy, no buddy quite so true.
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand,
Just long to know that you understand,
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you.

Buddies through all the gay days,
Buddies when something went wrong;
I wait alone through the gray days,
Miss your smile and your song.

Nights are long since you went away,
I think about you all through the day,
My buddy, my buddy, no buddy quite so true.
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand,
Just long to know that you understand,
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you.

Gus Kahn

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Swans Stopped By Again

"O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen - even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!" Psalm 8

The Trumpeter Swans stopped by this morning, beautiful and elegant birds. In the early 1900's they were considered endangered. Biologists then said that only 69 trumpeter swans were known to exist in the wild. Back then it was not known that Alaska had these large, white birds too. People in the Lower 48 had been hunting them so extensively for their meat and feathers any further hunting of swans was prohibited.

In 1990 the census of this graceful bird indicated that over 13,000 trumpeters are in Alaska (80% of the world's population) and their numbers continue to increase. Today some of the increase decided to fly in and grace our lake view. I hurried down to bring them some of our bread.

One of them didn't take too kindly that I was close to her/his babies and began to hiss at me while walking out of the water - even with Chevy sitting right there. Now --- that is one brave parent!

The swans stop by here in early spring on their way up to the top of Alaska, which I call the North Slope regions of Alaska. They raise their young there and then while on their way back South they will stop by once more.

During the winter months they hang out along coastal waters from Cordova, Alaska to the Columbia River in Washington State. (Information is from Alaska Department of Fish and Game.)

Good bye Beautiful Swans! See you all again next spring, if God should tarry.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Whoopin' It Up!

Pertussis has been making its rounds up here in Alaska. My brother Don and his wife are just getting over it but Edna, Don's wife is still battling with the very overwhelming whooping cough. My youngest brother Mark had it after attending a conference in Kodiak where he believes he was exposed to the bacterial infection.

Whooping Cough Cases Climb in Alaska. Medpage Today (From 2005) "The incidence of pertussis is four times higher in the state this year than in 2004, including a rise among adults, although improved diagnostic specificity may explain some of it."

Whooping cough made the news here in Alaska in 2006. It showed up in an eight week old baby girl from a Southwest village. I remember this is about the same time our little Raegan Mae was sick and Karla was concerned she may have the whooping cough. She was checked out to be okay. Tundra Medicine Dreams did a great write about this outbreak in our coastal village.

I thought that "the hundred day cough" was eradicated in the United States. Apparently not, since I've read several sites claiming an outbreak of this sickness in recent years, with each following year the disease is increasingly reported.

The illness, caused by a bacterial infection, is characterized by coughing spells lasting several seconds. The coughing fits are followed by a "whooping" sound as the person struggles to inhale and may cause vomiting or choking.

Whooping cough can last for weeks and lead to pneumonia and seizures. It is most dangerous in infants and young children. From ( Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

Whooping Cough No Cause For Alarm - Mount Mercy Times, A Student Publication (PDF file). "Most people are vaccinated against the disease as children, but the immunization usually wears off by adulthood. Adults and unvaccinated children can harbor the pertussis bacteria for up to three weeks before showing symptoms."

From April 3, 2007, Study Finds Parents Pass Whooping Cough to Babies, The New York Times. A collection of whooping cough information, including New Booster Vaccine Urged To Fight Whooping Cough.

Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing begins. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about the pertussis vaccination and booster vaccination for adults.

After doing some study on this disease I disagree with whomever wrote the article "Whooping Cough No Cause For Alarm," because this cough is something no one should get! It sounds horrible and it begins as a common cold/sore throat then progresses to the violent cough. One is treated with antibiotics in an effort to get rid of it. See from this picture of the child how violent the cough can be even causing broken blood vessels under the eyes.

Hopefully Mom was not exposed to pertussis, I would hate for her to get so sick with coughing.

Please pray that this cough was not passed on to Mom and also pray for my brother Don's wife Edna. She is still struggling with this and is not well yet. Don and Edna have a Christian ministry with the Native peoples of Alaska and work with them via the Anchorage Native New Life Fellowship in Anchorage.

And remember, wash your hands and one should stay home if not well.

Friday, October 12, 2007

We Have Been Reminded

Only 74 more shopping days until Christmas!

It's snowing here!

According to it's 2 months, or 74 day, or 1775 hours, or 106519 minutes, or 6391134 seconds and counting down until Christmas! Black Dog's Countdown to Christmas, even with your own timezone. Aren't you excited? This site is cool. It has a lot of stuff to do with the kids and grand kids. I liked their Christmas mazes.

Whenever it snows, I like to put on our Christmas tunes. My sister Millie and I did the same thing each year on the first snowing day. Love you Mil!

The snow was coming down like crazy and now it's stopped and looks like the sun will be coming out for the rest of the day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Old and New

I was thinking about the last vote we had here in Alaska. A new Proposition that would protect private land owners from the government not compensating property (imminent domain) owners fairly for their private land/home. I thought wrongly when I figured Alaskans would support this proposition. The voters turned it down!

I could not believe that our voters would trust our well-being to the Borough so much that they would not put into place protections for the public. I have to believe that the voters did not realize they were voting for more government leeway.

Anyway, why did it come up for a vote? Isn't it only right that owners in the way of public improvement should be able to get out of their lifetime investment what it is worth? Yes, it is right.

I did a read on imminent domain and look at the map of all the places that are now dealing with this trouble. Map of Imminent Domain Cases. One thing this does support in my mind is that I should not put my heart into this old world. My home is not here - even though it is pleasant at times.

Mom and I had such a nice day yesterday. I brought her out to The Point and we made a small fire and I roasted marshmallows for her. I had one even though I am on a diet because how can one resist when your Momma asks, "Are you going to have one too?"

My son Klint has put a log-swing that he built out there and she sat in the swing, in the sunshine and enjoyed her marshmallows while I continued to pick up dead brush and put it on to the fire. As I worked I heard a car and car doors shutting. I stopped and said, "Oh, someone must be here." I listened and she hurried (as fast as she can hurry) over to me and said, "Somebody is here?" When I looked at her face she had marshmallow stuck on her chin and cheek. I laughed and told her and we both laughed. "You look like the grandchildren, Momma." What we heard was Calli coming home.

This morning we had a heavy frost and a big ol' cloud is hanging overhead, so it makes me wonder if we will get snow soon.

I picked up a new toy for Chewy and it squeaks. He squishes it and it squeaks and he cries. Over and over. I only give it to him occasionally when I am going to be busy so he can be occupied. Now I can hear Mom trying to console him. I might try to get a video of this dog. It's funny.

I thought I would share a poem this morning.

New Friends and Old Friends

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test---
Time and change -- are surely best;
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray,
Friendship never knows decay.
For 'mid old friends tried and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas may die,
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast---
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.

Joseph Parry

I am loving cultivating this new, yet old friendship with my Mom. It is a silver and gold friendship.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What A Beautiful Morning

Even if it's a cold one, it is truly a beautiful land. I know I say that a lot but that is all I can say each morning I go outdoors.

This morning is a bit chilly here and we were out of wood. I got on the 4 wheeler and rode around the property in search of logs that would fit into the stove. I did find some wood. (It might be rotten wood which Doug would not put into the stove.) We did not stock up on wood for the winter. Looks like this winter we will be going out for a ride to bring home wood enough for two or so weeks at a time. I love it. It is a great outing for couples. I love it when Doug and I can do this together.

"This is the day that the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."

My Mom is here. I love how she always has a verse from God's word to say throughout the day and something for every conversation. She sprinkles the days conversations with Truth. I love her faith in God and her fear (reverence) of God. We do not see that enough these days.

I set up my old computer for her to use for playing games. It is faster than the old computer that we had set up in the kitchen. I disconnected the old one then hauled my homebuilt down for her. She is enjoying it. She has an account at but whenever I see her playing her game she has Window XP's Spider Solitaire opened up. Then she wonders out loud, "How come the nice rain sounds are not playing?" :-) Mom doesn't just play games she also began reading one of Don Richardson's books, "Lords of the Earth."

Since 1974 Don Richardson has been authoring and promoting books, videos, and a DVD that demonstrate how the message of Jesus can be proclaimed with cross-cultural sensitivity to non-Christians worldwide. Go here to read more.

I plan to order his newest books which I have not read yet. "Secrets of the Koran" and "Stars, Sand, and Dust."

Mom has a pacemaker and has to have regular checkups for that. It was amazing to me to know that she can have this all taken care of over the phone! Medical technologies are amazing now. The medical clinic that tests to make sure she is pacing well called my brothers house and were looking for her. She has been going here and there, forgetting her equipment and this morning she has missed her check-up date.

Mom is considering making my home her home too. She is welcome here with us and I am trying to get her to believe that. She loves The Lake but she misses "home." Her home is not a safe place for her at times so she has to leave and go "visiting." I pray that soon she will settle in and call my home her home base. She is free to travel here and there but to make this house a comfort to her in her old age is my goal. I want to hear her say someday that she wanted to "come home." She helps me around the house too. Sometimes I see her dusting, sometimes watering my many plants. I love it when she is "home."

Did you watch the story on television news about the man I mentioned before, Eric Weihanmayer, the blind mountain climber, marathon runner, long-distance biker, and even a acrobatic skydiver, demonstrated how scientists are using computers and the tongue to help the blind to see? How incredible! Here is another story of the same thing. "Your Tongue Can See."

We have not had any snow on the ground yet but it is cold enough for snow now. The snow on the mountain tops is almost halfway down. The trees are about all bare. I took Mom on a 4 wheel ride yesterday and we saw bear tracks across the lake from home. :-)

Hope you have a beary happy day.