Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Whew! What a trip! Easter Island, ever hear of it? Over 2200 miles from anywhere, it's the world's most remote island in the south Pacific ocean. I've been doing research for All About God about the island and its history. What a fascinating place. I doubt that they'll have a Survivor series there, though. The only potable water is in the one town and there's not much to eat unless you have your own garden. What I found fascinating were the giant stone statues. HUGE! The first island residents came from Polynesia. They used all the natural resources, stripping the island bare of the wonderful forest of trees to transport the statues to the outer rim of the island. Eerily they stare blankly out to sea, as if to warn intruders or to alert ships as to their inhabitation! No one knows! Here's a culture who put their faith into something they carved out of volcanic rock and in the process destroyed its ecosystem. How amazing is it that people make idols out of something that can't do anything except exist! Some people have even build an idol out of the same wood they cast into the fire to warm themselves. I would much rather place my faith in the one true God, who lives and breathes, whose promises are 'yea and amen', will never leave me nor forsake me, who speaks to my spirit and is my salvation! You may not be able to make a cast idol of His image, because no one has seen Him and lived, but you may be sure that His presence will change your life forever. He's promised me. AMEN!
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Hi all! I just came back from the Harford Fair, in Harford, Penna. Oh, the lights, the sounds, the people...
Say hi! to my friend.
This fair is a good old-fashioned time! My husband and I love the fresh cut french fries. We had two helpings apiece. We wandered over to the funnel cakes. Yep! We split one and of course, we had to have a drink. Guess what we found...
Old-fashioned root beer floats!
It's a cryin' shame that the fairs ain't what they use to be. Sure, you still have the all of the livestock that are judged. The horse stalls displayed beautiful red, blue and white ribbons that signified their winnings. The poultry barn, stuffed with all kinds of hens and turkeys, had a small cage outside where someone had dyed four chickens just like Easter eggs! Yup! blue, pink, yellow and green. Never saw that before!
Sheep, goats, rabbits and ducks displays their beautiful coats of fur and feathers. Farming tractors, racing tractors, four-wheelers, and buzz saws were available for purchase. In the center arena were the four-wheeler races. Some of the kids had helmets bigger than themselves!
Each time you walked around a building or stand your senses would be assaulted with the odor of fried peppers and onions, blooming onions, cotton candy, candied apples, and roasted nuts.
Children adorned with the latest boots and hats scampered merrily towards the rides and games.
My husband and I finally strolled towards the exit, both feeling like stuffed sausages. We only do this once a year and let me tell you, that's enough!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
We all need a word of encouragement, especially in these trying days. So if you get a chance, please pass along a word. Thanks!
Monday, August 22, 2005
Even when the day goes all wrong, not at all like I'd planned, I know that He's with me and will never leave nor forsake me.
Praise be to Him, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings! I will praise His name in the morning and think of Him in the night.
He loves me even though, I forgot to follow the speed limit. I also didn't say thank you to everyone I met today. I even yelled at my best friend. But that's OK because she yells back! That's Bonnie. You can check out her blog with the link on the sidebar.
We love because He first loved us. Isn't that amazing! I can hardly wrap that around my brain. How to compare the love He has for us? Impossible! For none are like Him and none can compare.
Yes, Jesus, I shout out to the roof tops, hills and dales, the next town, city and country...to the world! I LOVE YOU JESUS!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The gowns these days! It blows my mind what girls are wearing! And choices! Have you been in a bridal shop lately? I'll bet for every bride they have at least 100; strapless, spaghetti strap, halter, off-the-shoulder, cap sleeved, and one-shoulder, even!
How's a girl to make up her mind?
And who do they bring with them? Mom, maid of honor, five bridesmaids and even the flower girl's opinion is important on the first visit. Now, in a salon that has only 1200 square feet, picture five of these bridal parties. Is sardine in your mind?
Maybe that's why more and more brides are turning to Ebay and online stores to make their purchases. Sure, you can buy without pressure. Peruse the styles in your housecoat or less, 24/7! You can even purchase the gown and quite possibly send it back if you don't like it. What do the internet stores care? They don't have a brick and mortar store to support. They don't even have to deal with crowded dressing rooms, cleaning up the gowns that have been wiped out with mascara and lipstick, vacuumming, dusting, smiling and caring customer service!
I'm always amazed when someone comments "Oh, I loved that store! It's too bad they closed. I haven't been there in ages and it's only around the corner or across town! I've been getting better deals on the net!" Like, what!
Take responsibility for your actions!
Do you want to shop for everything on line? Then that's all we'll have...just a bunch of warehouses.
Do you want to shop down the street, around the corner or across town? Then do it! Support your local community! Don't complain when the job market declines because of poor support from customers. Don't complain when manufacturing closes, leaving your town high and dry because of overseas competition.
Do you realize how much we purchase from Asia, how much they are imbedded in our economy? Do you know what would have if we stopped letting the ships dock on the west coast to unload the foreign merchandise?
Oh, excuse me. It's not foreign. Nope, our own companies own the factories over there, so that couldn't happen.
Wake up, America! They..are..not..on..our..soil. Those factories are at the mercy of those governments.
Excuse the tirade. I've been simmering for some time. I just festered and POPPED!
Choose your neighborhood and town wisely. Invest in your community. It's the only one you have at any time!!!!!!!
P.S. Just this week, several past customers blessed my day by bringing in the newest additions to their unions. I cherish the thought that they considered me an important part of their wedding memories. That's what it's all about...
...showing your family your gown in a nice salon, with nice salespeople, for one of the most important days of your life...priceless!
Friday, August 19, 2005
Do you know why? It's because of the new generation of brides. Most girls wait until they finish college these days. And yes, it's a good idea to wait till marriage to have the kids, too. Anyway, August is good because if you have a teaching degree and get hired, school starts in September. The final vacation before work begins.
When I grew up (now I'm telling my age) normally we graduated, got married, had kids, jobs and then a new house when you could afford it.
Now, graduation or kids, then job, house and career in somewhat of that order. It's like the food pyramid, now it's upside down that's right! What is this world coming to?
Do you have thoughts on this dilemna? What do you seriously think?
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
One of my business acquain- tances sent me this photo of her husband's and daughter's field of flowers...sun, that is.
It's breathtaking beauty captures the essence of August and predicts the harvest to come.
Peeking out is the lone figure in the center...a true sun flower. God's creation for us to enjoy! Hope this print brings you a little amazement for the beauty freely given for us. God bless you.