Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Whenever I'm feeling down because I've yet to find my new place in the (working) world, I am reminded that I have a wonderful purpose and I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now. I am truly blessed!
Monday, March 24, 2008
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
We sang this Sunday at NFC and today I found a Newsboys version on You Tube. Both excellent! Check them out :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
Matthew 28: 5-7
Saturday, March 22, 2008
We started at the Glacier View Sno-Park just across Highway 26 from Ski Bowl and tromped around the Kurt's Connection trail. Then we took a little side trip down the Glacier View trail for this awesome view of the... glacier:
Aren't we a good-looking bunch?!?!
Then we went to Enid Lake for a sunny lunch break. We dined on PBJs, apples, granola bars, Chili Cheese Fritos, fruit snacks, cookies, Triscuits and Easy Cheese.
Ma and Pa had to head home to prepare for the big Easter brunch at their house tomorrow, but the rest of us stayed and played in the snow for a couple hours. Brad dug us a quick snow cave: We made trails all along the bank and slid down on our butts over and over. The weather was awesome, but we still had piles of fresh powder from the recent snow storms. It doesn't get better than that!
We ended the day by meeting back in town for Mexican food to celebrate Kayla's 11th birthday (March 19). HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAYLA!!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man." When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I avoid carbon-producing leaf blowers and instead choose the old-fashioned way -- manual labor! That means lots of raking and, around my tender perennials, crawling around on my hands and knees and hand scooping. I never think of my yard as very big until this time of year.
After a couple hours of sweaty work, my yard-debris bin is full and my deck and rock walkways are sporting a leaf-blanket of their own. AND - I've only done one corner of my property (the easy corner)! But now my plants can bask in the spring sunshine and flourish.
Monday, March 17, 2008
So the movie was set at a cabin in Colorado. The women in the group head out to go shopping, and there's a very brief scene with them walking outside the shop and then a bit more when they are inside. That's our scene! But the funny thing is, it was all closeups with no way of identifying anything in the background. It could have been shot anywhere - even in a soundstage. I'm not sure why they took production all the way to Whistler when you couldn't see any snow or mountain or anything in the shots. Perhaps any establishing shots ended up on the cutting room floor. But it was still neat to see our little vacation on the big screen!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Brad and I had done the lower Wahkeena Falls section before but hadn't gone the next 1.6 miles to the Devil's Rest summit. The weather was a bit drizzly along the way, but the shelter of the trees kept us mostly dry. There was plenty to look at while we tromped up the trail next to Wahkeena Creek: drippy moss-covered slopes, fallen trees, beautiful waterfalls.
We finally reached the top and took a quick stop for some cold, foggy photos.
It was a great day in the woods and a great trail for a moderate workout.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I'm sad that my legacy is gone. There's nothing left on the site from my nine years at the station. BUT, I'm extremely thankful that I was prompted to sit down and pull some of my work before it was too late. Thank you, God!
Mind you, I'm not a coffee drinker. I don't like the stuff, I don't want the dependence on caffeine and I don't want to spend the money. But I worked downtown Portland for nine years with a Starbucks just a block away in two different directions. Most of my coworkers went there daily - many two or three times a day! I occasionally tagged along to be social and found myself in a huge line with all kinds of people craving their Starbucks. Honestly, I don't even know how to order a drink. If I ever went to pick something up for someone, I had to write it down just as they said it so I could get the lingo right. If I ever got myself a hot chocolate, I'd fumble through the order (probably doing it all wrong) and then be embarrassed because I wasn't part of the Starbucks culture (by the way, I don't like their hot chocolate - too bitter!). And when I walked around the corner to my building, I was torn between feeling proud and trendy with my white-and-green paper cup and feeling dirty and trendy with my wasteful "treat".
I digress.... I just got around to reading "Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture", written by Portlander Taylor Clark. The incredibly quick read covered a multitude of subjects, including the company's beginning, the history of coffee, the truth about Fair Trade coffee and the international market. It also had some Portland references - always a fun bonus! I could not put it down.
I found myself loving Starbucks and then hating Starbucks, admiring Starbucks and loathing Starbucks. Overall, I'm still fascinated with the phenomenon. I have to admit that the people in charge are geniuses. But so were the inventors of the atom bomb. Hmmmm.
If you've ever had a Starbucks drink, passed a Starbucks shop, seen a Starbucks cup in someone's hand, read this book (I'll loan you my copy if you want!). I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Two thumbs up from us both!
Monday, March 10, 2008
I knew I'd be rusty because I hadn't down-hill skied since last spring. We stepped into our bindings and headed up the lift for some warm-up runs. The sky was covered in high clouds, but we could still see the top of the mountain - and Jefferson and several other peaks to the south! The shade made the snow icy, and when you combine that with my lack of recent experience, I was a mess. Serious, I was skiing like a beginner and getting really frustrated. (It didn't help when some guy clobbered me in the lift line and knocked me to the ground!)
PS - After the sky cleared, this was the view all day!!!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Our church organizes a firewood ministry for Love INC, collecting, processing, storing and delivering firewood for needy families in the Newberg area. The second Saturday of each month is a workday, and Brad and I go whenever we're around. Today, a whole bunch of us split and stacked piles and piles of wood. It's a great time to hang with friends, meet new people, get some exercise and help those in our community who can use a hand. Join us sometime!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Jim the grower was full of information about hellebores, both technical and practical. (Did you know that the "flower petals" aren't really flower petals at all?) I told Jim that I had a hellebore (like the one pictured) that did well for several years and then just died. He said it's a foetidus and not a true perennial. They live a while and then die. BUT there's hope. He said they are prolific seeders, and if I don't stay on top of my weeding, I could have some new ones coming up! We'll see. The foetidus is also called the stinking hellebore. I never noticed that mine smelled funny, but I took a sniff of his and there was sort of a burnt-coffee odor.
After learning all about his hellebores, the garden clubbers all debated which ones they should take home - there were so many beautiful plants to choose! Because she said it made her happy, I let Ma get me this new foetidus. I promised Jim I wouldn't weed around it until May :)
Jim was a really cool guy with a great sense of humor. He attends Multnomah Monthly Meeting and had a bunch of anti-war signs in the windows and bumper stickers on his older Volvo (we talked briefly, and he recommended "The Three Trillion Dollar War"). The garden looked great, even during this transition time of year. The enthusiastic gardeners were learning about hellebores but also running around the garden, investigating his plant selections and techniques. Their attention was a bit unfocused, and at one point while giving his talk and trying to answer their (sometimes unrelated) questions, Jim said it was like "herding chickens." He was right :)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Hopefully we can go through March illness-free and meet again in a couple weeks for another great reward! Yay!