Archive for July, 2009

I’m annoyed today…by myself and others

I’m I really lazy or what?  I know people in my life who are currently doing BIG projects.   Moving themselves and in-laws into different houses while doing repairs, selling a house, sending a child to college—ALL at the SAME time!  Then someone else who is cleaning out attics, rooms, storage, organizing, having garage sales, hauling 14 TONS of sand–ALL at the same time!

Literally, I cleaned out one room, repainted it, and got the house ready for in-laws.    You’d have thought I’d redecorated the White House, for all the exhausted I was!  My head was spinning from to-do lists and check lists and grocery lists and menus, etc.  It annoys me that I can’t relax.

And now I’m annoyed by Facebook and the inane status updates.  I don’t care where you’re eating or what music listening to.  I’m sure that you’re excited about it, but really…nobody cares.  I’ve taken to mercilessly “hiding” peoples updates.  I know people can do this to me…especially if I tick them off by saying their updates are inane.  That’s ok, really it is.  But, if you’re reading this, I’m sure it’s not YOU that I’ve hidden!

AND!  good grief, when will this rant end??  I do NOT enjoy Air Conditioned air.  Artificially cooled air annoys me.  It must be all that condensing and evaporating that alters the state of the air. I know that SOMETIMES I rely on it to cool me off, I do NOT enjoy sitting in an air conditioned house or office for long periods of time.  A/C overuse should be a crime. ugh.  My nasal passages are irritated and offended.

I think I might need more sleep to get rid of these crankies. and caffeine.  sleep and caffeine…in that order. sorry, bye.

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C.A.R.I.

There’s been a slight change of plans.    I know that I just said a couple of days ago, June 30 to be exact, that I finished reading the bible and said I was going to start again reading it chronologically.  I was even gonna fast track it and read 2 days at a time so that I could read it again by the end of the year.  (I didn’t realize I was such an overachiever!)   BUT, the plan has changed.  Or, I should say, God changed it.

So the next ___ days/weeks will be spent reading from Psalms and spending much more time in prayer and worship.  I don’t even know how long this is gonna take I have to stop reading and just sit in front of God in worship.  I’m so task driven that I enjoyed having  the 10-15 pages a day to read and the goal in mind, but I wasn’t stopping to just BE with God…talk to Him… focus on who He is.  Of course there is value to reading His word, but so much more in the relationship.

So, I came up with this acronym to help me. Thanks, Lord, for the help with this!

Come–simply come to Him

Acknowledge–acknowledge who and what He is in my life. Savior, Redeemer, Counselor, Provider, Protector, etc.

Rest–just sit still before a Holy God.

Intercede–pray for other people

See?  I get to sit still before God and still go through a  checklist.  and it’s easy for me to remember, too!  Can’t wait!!  God is so good!

Come On Over for Some More S’mores!

We’re not much on DIY projects….at least finishing them…    But on a cloudy, rainy 4th of July, we made a Lowe’s run and came home with the makings for a sand pit.  A sand pit?  Yep.  We’ve had a fire pit (actually we have 2 of them) for a while but couldn’t use it because our back patio is completely covered and we did NOT want to burn the neighborhood down by using it in the yard.  Smokey the Bear would be proud of us.  🙂  So, after we took down the Easy Set Pool that was MUCH too small for our kids to enjoy, we were left with an ugly brown spot on the yard. (we had staked the center of the circle, in case you’re wondering what that black thing is in the middle)  The spot inspired me.  Doesn’t it look inspiring!?

ugly brown spot

So, we dug…

Digging out the circleand dug some more…notice the leftover pool floaty looking on?

More digging

then flattened out the muddy mess…

stamping and smoothing the dirt

laid down some weed/grass blocker

weed blocker

carefully placed our stones around the edge of the circle…

circle of stonesfilled the thing with sand

sand

and had a camp out!   This was actually the next night—which was perfect, weather-wise.  mid 70’s,  slightest breeze, nearly full moon….hmmmm….it was good.  Cory had a fire going in under 5 minutes, thanks to the mad fire building skills he learned at Camp Dakani earlier this summer. ( Actually, only Cameron and 2 of her friends slept in the tent–the rest of us slept in our beds.)

roasting marshmallows!

So, we’ve stocked up on firewood, graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate!  Come on over!

The pretty birds

We have a bird feeder in our backyard that hangs in a tree, strategically placed to be easily seen from the kitchen windows. <insert picture here>  (I would but the home computer crashed and I don’t want to mess with the backup)

Anytime we (usually just me or Cameron) see a bird out there on the feeder we get excited and shout out, “bird!”  Really?  You think that’s true?  Well, not exactly.  The plain jane birds–you know, the brown ones or the black ones–rarely get a comment.  However, the Cardinals and Bluejays…that’s another story.  and I’m pretty sure it’s not just ‘cuz they’re the only ones we know the names of.  They are the rare ones…the pretty ones, the colorful ones….the Noticeable ones.

Why is that?  Why do I not get excited over a plain old sparrow, a robin, or a wren?  It starts me thinking about our culture and our world.  How typical that the “special” birds get noticed and all the others barely get a glance.  It’s really no wonder that people who want to “stand out”, to be “noticed”, are the ones that want to look different.  They spend so much time and money on hair, makeup, and clothes.  They recognize that sooo much of our cultural acceptance is based on appearance.  I’m just as guilty as the next guy–judging by appearance.  I’m trying to change though.

I should have been a psychology major in college–then I might actually know what I’m talking about…or at least think I did.