Friday, January 25, 2008

A riddle for you

What is here today and gone tomorrow?
(scroll down for a hint)

The hint:

(Answer is below, scroll again)

Why, it's Winter in Houston,
cold today and warm tomorrow.

Of course we could be in Nebraska or Iowa again (or Colorado).

Nebraska on a snowy morning.
Temps were not cold (for Nebraska) this day,
they were in the upper 20's.

Some snow got on the windshield!

Blair (Nebraska)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Out with the old, in with the new (well, new to us)

Here is our old faithful servant. She's on the block now, we are hoping for a good and gentle new owner.

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The car is a 1999 Cadillac Deville we bought from a LOL (little old lady). We have had her since summer, 2002, she had only 16K miles then. Now, four and a half years later she has 162K. We put on a lot of miles pretty fast for retired people!

Going, going, ... (not gone yet!)

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Here is our "new to us" car, a 2006 Cadillac DTS, also from a LOL. She put 17K miles on this one. We are wondering, how long will it take us to get this one up to 162K.

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Mrs. Jim is the 'principle driver.' She will take it whenever she goes for her errands and fun. It will double as our traveling and 'Sunday go to church' car, we trade off doing the driving for this and other times when we are both in the car.

Now, Adi has been looking for her spot to ride. Guess what? Mrs. Jim or I do the riding here.

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Adi's place will be in the back seat. We will get or make her a fitted blanket to put on the seat.

Too, we want window pads as she loves to stand with her front legs on the window sill, riding along with her head out the window. Her ears flap real good in the breeze. She puts herself back in when we get to about 45 mph.

We don't have a timeline for this, but for sure it will be by July this year. Blogstock '08 (link) needs Adi, she is the most popular subject on my blog. The kids are a little jealous!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

January 21, 2008 -- The Most Depressing Day of the Year -- Blue Monday -- What's got you down? What will help pick you up?

OK, so the bills are due, the house note is late, the pay check is already spent, and taxes are due right and left all the way through April.

Suck up! That's just how it is!

Now, how to cheer up:

Get a dog.

That dog can help lower your blood pressure by 20% if it's too high. My Adi is a nice wonderful consoler for me and my woes.

"Stroking, tickling, massaging and grooming release oxytocin, a chemical in the brain that reduces anger and fear," says vet Samantha Lindley. "Mammals are highly sensitive to touch on their stomach area, which may explain why dogs love having their tummies tickled. Stroking your dog is good for both of you." (Country Living Magazine -- I know, this shows a cat in the picture)

Get with the bloggers. Just Google or Yahoo search "The Most Depressing Day of the Year" and you will find a plenty.

To catch the bloggers, do a Tecnorati 'tag' search on "
The Most Depressing Day of the Year" or "Blue Monday" to find just the bloggers. They don't seem so popular this year. Maybe blogging is good for the spirits; busy people don't think much about their problems. You might try it, you might like it (blogging).

Go shopping! The ladies will like this the most. Just pick up a credit card that isn't maxed yet and get with it! Today I bought a new car, a new computer, a new motorcycle, a new watch, and a lot of clothes.

Didn't cost me a penny, I just charged it all. The magic words, 'charge it.' If you like to save pennies while shopping, go on line first to get some coupon ideas from
this site.

Seek professional advice. There are a lot of places to find out how to do this. Online searches will do wonders. I found this
Time Magazine article to have a lot of insights.

Myself, if things ever do get me down, among other online resourses I will call my pastor, read the weekly devotion, and/or use a professional link for attorneys. (picture from )

By-the-way, a lot of attorneys are depressed, practicing law can be a depressing task!

'Nuff said.

Oh yes, one more thing. Hide the booze bottle, boozing it up will just delay your most depressing day by one, things will be worse still tomorrow.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sanctity of Human Life Day -- Love your neighbor as yourself

Today (Jan. 20) has been designated as “Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Every year since 1984, our president has issued a proclamation similar to the one issued since 1984: (2008 Proclamation)

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"Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 22, 1984, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life." (
1984 President Reagan)

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God gives only one life to every human being and life becomes valuable because of that fact. Many people make their lives more attractive by following Him, and trying to work with Him to perfect His will in their lives. All of us have known people with handicaps or a lack of skill who never-the-less made a very good contribution to their community and country. Because of the truth in these thoughts God Wants Us To Value Everyone.

God's Word, Bible References: (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Honor Everyone
Genesis 1:27: So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

Genesis 9:6: Whoever sheds man's blood,
his blood will be shed by man,
for God made man
in His image.

Respect Everyone
Matthew 5:21-22: 21 "You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. 22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Fool!' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, 'You moron!' will be subject to hellfire.

Love Everyone
Matthew 22:36-40 36 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."

Value Everyone
Mark 10:46-52: 46 They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, "Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!" 48 Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, "Have mercy on me, Son of David!"
49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man and said to him, "Have courage! Get up; He's calling for you." 50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 Then Jesus answered him, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
"Rabbouni," the blind man told Him, "I want to see!"
52 "Go your way," Jesus told him. "Your faith has healed you." Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.

Wikipedia, "Sanctity of Human Life Day" (link)

Downshore Drift: Sanctity of Human Life: Protecting the Most Innocent of All -- Unborn Children (link)
**Cross & Crown Sermons (
**Arkansas Baptist Convention, Rick Hyde, pastor, First Church of England, Arkansas (
**Tennessee Baptist Convention, Reflector, By Mike Dawson (

**The Southern Baptist Convention Bible Study,Explore the Bible series has Sanctity of Human Life as the Bible Study topic this Sunday. (

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