Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Personal Prayer Request

Please pray for my father, who is in intensive care due to what they think may be an allergy to a medication.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

We Have Moved!

We actually accomplished it...somehow. We moved. It was only about six miles away, and only from one apartment to another, yet what an undertaking! I never want to do that again. Well, probably I do, some day, but not right away.

I have some advice if you ever consider moving:

A) Forget it. (Just kidding.)

B) Get rid of everything BIG. Do we really need a king-size bed? Wouldn't a queen-size bed work? Do we really need bookcases that are 6' tall by 4' wide? Think small. And if you're getting ready to buy a desktop computer, how about a laptop? (Not all our desktops are in current working order but we have four of them! And of course that also means monitors, etc.)

C) Do not (I repeat "do not") make any decisions about cancelling anything on the morning of the move...especially the landline telephone service.

Yes, on the first morning of the move, I received an email (just before our internet was disconnected), telling me that our new DSL internet was not going to be hooked up for another two weeks. So I called our cable t.v. company and told them I wanted them to give me internet in our new place after all...and the lady told me that if I let them give me telephone service too, I would get free long distance 24/7, and it would cost me only $2.00 more than I had been paying for t.v. and internet. Well, we had just found out our cell phones would not work in the new apartment so it sounded fabulous. I said YES...and cancelled our landline phone.

Long story short: We now have landline phone service with our previous provider. I tried to cancel the not-yet-working digital phone service with the cable company, but I was told that now if I cancel it, I will paying about $20 more per month than if I keep it (keep what??). Well, if and when it gets up and running, we will at least have the free long-distance. And with family - immediate and extended - in various states, that is always a good thing.

Now if I can just find my way through the maze of boxes to the telephone.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Unlikely Stories

Actually, I don't have a dog. Nor do I have birds...at least not as pets, unless you count the ones who like to frequent our balcony.

Yesterday, with five minutes to finish getting ready for work, I discovered that my uniform shirts were in the washing machine, wet. I found an adequate substitute, and headed down to my car.

Lo and behold, three little birds (presumably from my balcony?) were flying around inside the front of the car. I had left the little roof-top window up...it only goes up a bit, and I've left it up many times in the past ten years that we've owned the car. No tiny animal has ever invited himself in before. Okay, first time for everything.

I opened the driver's door and nothing happened, so I left it open and went around to open the passenger door, after which the birds flew out the driver's side. I went back up to the apartment for some disinfectant wipes, cleaned everything up, and headed off.

As I drove, I prayed that nothing bad would happen. And nothing bad happened. But on the route that I take every single day, there was - for the first time - a detour. I just had to laugh.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Blind Son Gets Guide Dog

Exciting news in our family! Our college son who became blind a year and a half ago is at guide dog school. He received his dog yesterday, a black male which is a cross between a black lab and a golden retriever.

My son sounded soo happy, and we are all happy and excited with him.