God’s Government

While I was making my sandwhich, someone knocked at the door. I answered it while restraining Barley and holding a butter knife covered with cream cheese and mustard. A man and lady about my age, dressed nicely asked if i would read a passage from Matthew 24.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come
Then the man asked if I had thought about what God’s Government should be doing regarding this passage. Whose government?!? Doing? I was confused, Barley wanted desparately to lick them, and there was now dog hair stuck to the mustard on my knife.

The wanted to read me some more, but I was making lunch. I thanked them for sharing and said goodbye. I wish they had mentioned who God’s Government was. I wonder how they interperate the lines before the one they read:
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

His hips are fine

Today we had an appointment with Barley’s surgeon. We’ve been waiting to do surgery on his second hip since the first surgery, and figured it was finally time. Oddly enough, his hips look great, and because of the exercise he’s been getting, his thigh muscles help hold his “bad” hip in place. His front leg, which had been developing some arthritis, hasn’t degerated like we’d expected it. The surprise was that he’s got a partially torn ACL.

So, all the parts of him we expected to be bad are fine, and his knee just needs some “adjusting.” This is mostly good news because the surgery is much less expensive than a hip replacement, and is somewhat easier than his previous surgery. Michelle and I are breathing easier, and Barley’s as happy as can be, cause he got to see all his friends at the surgeon.


“And I would be the last person to deny any person the right to freedom of speech and the right to protest against matters which support his beliefs,” said the judge.

“But the way you acted to knock the head off a valuable statue of a politician who left power over 10 years ago and whose party is no longer the party of government, was very much the wrong way.”

I wish I had read this Monday. This is a good story to start a week with.

Schmell phones

I just finished boxing up our second replacemet phone. Fortunately, the piece of crap died just a couple days before our warranty was up. That’s about the only good news that comes from the incident. It appears the cellular network has developed some form of intelligence and has heard all the disparaging things I say about phones, phone companies, and phone users. In this world gone mad, you don’t hang up the phone, the phone hangs up you….

Anyway, I’ve now lost all the phone numbers that were previously in it. So please call us or send us your phone number if you think we should have it. I swear I’ll write them down or something.

Netarts Weekend

Michelle, Scott, Sarah, the dogs, and I all spent the weekend on the beach in Netarts, OR. It was a great time, and nothing erases stress like waves lapping at the beach. We stayed at the mouth of Netarts bay, so we were able to watch the constant eb & flow of the tide as it filled and drained out of the Bay. I didn’t get much of a chance to read, but we did manage to walk on the beach, hit rocks, throw sticks for the dogs, kayak across the bay, cook, eat, play games, look at stuff, and burn some cookies.

It was a lot of fun, and I’ve put some pictures in the gallery.