August 11th, 2008

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Churchy church

Church today was wonderful, as usual.

Our good friends Nita and Stacey (a mother and daughter who lived across the street from us before we moved last year) and Stacey's two girls, as well as Nita's sister and niece all came today. Stacey and Nita came last week as well, with the girls. They're loving Ponder UMC, and have decided to make it into their home church. Big move for Nita, a lifelong Baptist. She said she likes the openness and the warmth at PUMC. I have to agree with her there.

Jackie, the pastor's wife, asked Sam and I if we would be willing to be the church librarians. They have a nice little room chock full of inspirational books, all on the honor system for borrowing, in fact, we don't even care if they're returned, we just want them read. :) Sam and I need to make some order out of the many overflowing shelves and try to figure out some way to determine which books are NOT being read so that we can donate them elsewhere and free up space for some more of the many books people donate to us all the time.

Feels nice to be able to give some kind of service to this really amazing church community we have landed up in.

amaebi, all I can say is thank you for (in your very quiet and unobtrusive and gentle way) providing me with the desire to check out the UMC, and for all of the vast amounts of information you have given me. :)

Lovin' it.
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Amazing soup...

Tonight I couldn't figure out what to make for supper, and when that happens, it's a soup night.

I love soup nights, because I make enough soup to feed an army, and we go at the pot for several days afterward.

Tonight was something I'd never tried before.

I grew up eating a lot of whole grains and legumes of all sorts. But as an adult I've wandered into crappy bread land, and very few beans, etc. This changed tonight.

A couple of good sized hunks of leftover steak, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
Three very meaty beef ribs
One pound of red lentils
One cup of brown rice
One bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, limas, corn, carrots, string beans)
Ten cubes of beef bouillion
Twelve cups of water.

Bring water and beef ribs and lentils and bouillion to a boil. Remove ribs when cooked and chop the meat off them. Give the bones to the dog to gnaw what he can from them (and take them away before he splinters them). Lower heat to a simmer. Add one cup of brown rice and frozen veggies. Add NO SPICES/FLAVORINGS except the bouillion cubes. Simmer until rice and lentils are thoroughly cooked, about 25 minutes.

This soup was heavenly. Sam, who is not crazy about soup, had two helpings and went back for more later on while we were watching "Keeping Up Appearances" on PBS. The boys ate all of theirs and had seconds. There will not be enough left for another meal.

I am writing the recipe down here so that I can duplicate it in the future.
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Baking for church


Sam and I volunteered to bake for the coffee nook on the last Sunday of this month. Any opinions on what we should bake? Whatever it is, we need to provide about two dozen servings of it.

Also, we're doing the same for the Ponder school teacher appreciation breakfast our church throws every year and could definitely use some ideas for that, as well.
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All sorts of boring domestic stuff


The other day I decided that after about two years of waking up extra early to walk the dog, Sean was overdue for a break on that chore. So I passed it on to Evan. All I expected was for him to wake up at seven AM and take the dog out for five minutes or so so he could relieve himself. Easy enough, and Sean would still handle the rest of the dog care.

Evan seems to have decided, on his own, that walking the dog at seven is fine, BUT he wants to do more. So now each morning I hear the door thud as Evan and Bear go out and return, then the sound of rattling dog food into the dog dish, and water being put in the bowl. In addition, Evan has been walking the dog throughout the day, and brushing his coat. Sean is still handling the walks after dark, as Evan gets a little bit creeped out in the pitch black back yard, and who can blame him?

Sean is actually a little bit disconcerted by Evan taking over the lion's share of the dog care. So he is negotiating with Evan so that he will still walk the dog a few times a day. But, as I told Sean, you don't have to walk the dog just when he needs to relieve himself, I'm sure that Bear would love going out for a run a couple of times a day, or a romp in the yard.

I am very very proud of Evan for deciding to do more work than was asked of him. I'm also proud of Sean that he doesn't want to give up the dog's care entirely to Evan.

The kids really love that dog. We all do. He's this utterly stupid and adorable and sweet pooch, and I bless the day that he followed the boys and their granddaddy home from their walk together. The mutt just FITS our family like an old perfect work boot.

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Note to self...

Never try to locate old friends that your gut instinct tells you are probably dead.

Because, as you found out today, you should follow your gut. It's generally right.


RIP Patti.
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5 things meme

Snarfed from griffen

List 5 things which are basic common knowledge in your culture, which people outside are unfamiliar with. This is not about obscurity, but something everyday to you, that others go "bzuh?" at.

So, this is about Texas stuff.

1) If you order tea, it comes in a glass, and it is iced, and you must specify "sweet" or "unsweet". If you want a steaming cuppa, you have to order "hot tea".

2) High school football is THE premier sport in most of Texas, with more loyal fans than the NFL teams have.

3) Austin TX is widely agreed to be the music capital of the world.

4) Texas is not, under the law, a legal member of the 50 states. Texas was annexed via a joint resolution of Congress, after an invasion by the US which forced Texas to become a part of the US, and in 1861 the people of Texas, by a HUGE majority, voted to NOT become a US state.

5) Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, TX, and can be found in every restaurant in the state, near as I can tell.
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Isaac Hayes

While I am sad that we lost a great musician, I still say he was a fucking hypocrite in the extreme.

Regarding South Park:
But Hayes angrily quit the show in 2006 after an episode mocked his Scientology religion. "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs of others begins," he said.

So why didn't he quit when SP lampooned the Jews? Or the Muslims? Or the Catholics or the Hindus?

Because bigotry and intolerance only happen when they're sending up Scientology?


That being said, may he rest in peace and may his family find comfort.