Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday and Tuesday Reading and More Gardens

Numbers 28-33.
Luke 6-7.

We moved 3 years ago.  All the pictures I have ever posted on this blog about my garden were from my old house.

What I miss about it is I had made that backyard with my own sweat (and some of my son's, my dad's, and friends) over about 10 years.  That yard was basically grass and trees when we bought it.

Which is probably a horrible thing to say, as it sounds so prideful.  So forgive me if it sounds that way.  God was willing and able to make it all turn out like it did, so all credit should really go to the Lord.  I found what He did there very satisfying and beautiful at times.

The work was good physically and mentally, and probably spiritually.  I spent so many, many hours getting a work out, thinking about things, listening to music, listening to Issues, Etc., making plans...and enjoying what I was doing.

When we moved to our present location, there were already three garden beds present, all filled with plants.  There was nothing for me to do with those except tend them. 

Which although that provides some enjoyment, it is just not the same thing.  They weren't "my" creations (a sinful way to look at things, but let's face it, I am a sinful man). 

Lord, help my self-concerned ways, as none of any of it is "mine".

I have started making some raised vegetable beds, the past 2 years, and have started making some preliminary plans for some more decorative beds to put in.

All that said, now that it is spring, I am ready to get out there again.

So here are some more pictures from my present garden beds and yard.  My hope is that this will inspire anyone who sees these to get out and enjoy working in the dirt and gardening.  God's creations are so beautiful.

*(This last picture is of a new raised bed I mentioned above, made with a rice straw wattle border (learned that on PBS, Victory Garden I think) and filled with equal parts mixture of topsoil, compost, peat moss, horticultural vermiculite and garden bed soil.  Even in our winters, so far this has held up.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekend Reading and LPR

Numbers 22-27.
Luke 4-5.

Recently listening more to music on LPR.  Have the app on my phone and iPad, I love listening to it coming to and from work.

I just realized you can download the music.  Which is awesome.

I just wish there was a song identifier.  Some of the songs are unbelievable, but I have no idea what they are.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday and Friday Reading and Internet Chain Links

Numbers 16-21.
Luke 2-3.

I heard "Crown Him With Many Crowns" on LPR today.

Which led me to Google that hymn.
Which linked me to its Wikipedia page.
Which linked me from that hymn to The Lutheran Book of Worship.
Which linked me to The Lutheran Hymnal.
Which linked me to Lutheran Worship.
Which linked me to Lutheran Service Book.

That page led me to discover that the "new" hymnal is now 12 years old. 

And since LW came out in 1982, and LSB came out in 2006, a span of 24 years, I calculate we are half way through the life of LSB.

Look for a new hymnal around 2030. 

Not that I'll still be here then.

So I guess who cares? 

Never mind.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday and Wednesday Reading And Spring Training

Numbers 10-15.
Mark 16.
Luke 1.

It's spring.

See?  Proof.  It's here.

Looking forward to seeing Alex Reyes at full strength.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Reading

Numbers 7-9.
Mark 15.

Winter is going out with a bang.  But who cares?

Tomorrow is the first day of spring!

                                                                 "Yeah...that's right."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Reading

Numbers 4-6.
Mark 14.

Went shopping yesterday.  Found something I had never seen before.

A package labeled "Organic Gummy Bears".

As opposed to what?  Fake ones?  Processed ones?

When are the organic Sweet Tarts and organic Snickers coming out?

This organic stuff has so jumped the shark.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday and Saturday Reading

Leviticus 25-27.  Numbers 1-3.
Mark 12-13.

Some people find Leviticus hard to read.  But to me, the hardest book of the Bible to read is Ezekiel. 

And Proverbs, for whatever reason, is also harder for me to read than Leviticus.  It just doesn't flow.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Wedneday and Thursday Reading

Leviticus 19-25
Mark 10-11.

Pitchers and catchers report in 5 days!  What a quick winter it was!

I am shocked at the inactivity though.  I thought this would be the offseason where there would be a lot of moves by the front office. 

You can't go 2 years in a row missing the playoffs without some change.  However, this St. Louis front office has never been known for that, but more of a slow and plodding marathon approach.

They've made one big move for Marcell Ozuna, a good one in my opinion, but the rest of the moves are smallish.  Kind of a "meh" type of winter activity.

Which, paradoxically, this year, is a risky move.  Being conservative this winter is taking a big gamble.  It would have been much less risky to make some big ol' moves.

Because Mozeliak and Matheny will be gone if their cautious plan does not produce this year.  Fans are getting a little restless.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Leviticus 16-18.
Mark 9.

So, if you like the Super Bowl ads, and missed any of them, go here.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Monday Reading

Leviticus 13-15.
Mark 8.

Well, I was wrong again.

Not a bad Super Bowl.  In fact, I would say it was, from beginning to end, the most close and the most interesting I ever remember seeing.

Can't say the same for the commercials, which I contend jumped the shark a few years back.  Or the halftime show, which jumped it even sooner.

One website I read suggested going back to marching bands at half.  I believe it is time, because this other halftime stuff the keep rolling out is so lame.

I'm ready for baseball.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Weekend Reading and Super Bowl

Leviticus 7-12.
Mark 6-7.

Since I've come this far in my NFL picks, I may as well end it here today.  Of course I'm picking the Patriots, but you already knew that from recent weeks.

Not that my playoff and Super Bowl picks have always been great.  Fact is, I am spectacularly bad at the Super Bowl, either making picks and rooting.

Even my most spectacular pick, now 10 years ago, was done more with a contrarian bent than with any real knowledge or conviction about the upset that would be occurring that day.

I really don't have a rooting interest today, which might be the first time I have not had one.  But since I can't be on the fence here, if I must pick one of the two, I'm going to go with the Pats.

But only to be contrarian again.  Given that polls show the Eagles are favored over the Patriots by over 2:1 when fans are asked who they want to see win.

It's just who I am I guess.

So New England on both accounts.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Thursday and Friday Reading

Leviticus 1-6.
Mark 4-5.

Started looking at garden and seed websites this past week.  Believe it or not, the way the weeks are flying by, the ground hog's declaration of 6 more weeks of winter doesn't sound like that long to me.

                                               "Hey- You wanna piece of me, punk?"

No, no offense.  But I've got some good pictures to share from the past 5 years, so I'll plan on posting some.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday Reading

Exodus 39-40.
Mark 3.

Can someone 'splain how one could want transparency of our government, and yet be against the release of this potentially explosive memo we keep hearing about on the news?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Exodus 37-38.
Mark 2.

"What about love?
What about God?
What about holiness?
What about mercy, compassion and selflessness?"

Another of my favorites.  They really don't stop coming on this here album.  The transition into Mind's Eye is awesome also.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Reading

Exodus 34-36.
Mark 1.

"What's going on inside of me
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicion
That I'm still a man in need of a savior..."

Mentioning Michael Tait the other day reminded me of a couple of my favorite DC Talk songs.  The first one here today.   What an amazing "album" Jesus Freak was.  Every song a winner.

By the way, the "We Believe" from last week did not include all lyrics, so I prefer this longer version below.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weekend Reading

Exodus 28-33.
Matthew 27-28.

Exodus 32:24 always cracks me up.  So completely ludicrous and yet something we are all capable of doing.

The only people who could possibly think that explanation could really happen would be evolutionists.  Because crap making itself randomly is their driving philosophy.  Way to go with these types of explanations, evolution fan!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday and Friday Reading

Exodus 22-27.
Matthew 25-26.

Crazy busy so missed yesterday's post.

Which is too bad.  I've really enjoyed the past 3 1/2 weeks.

Anyway, did you ever wonder what it would have been like at Mt. Sinai?  The ground trembling, the smoke and the fire and the lightning and thunder and the voice of God Almighty.  Makes you realize what you really are.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday Reading

Exodus 19-21.
Matthew 24.

I really like this song.  It's actually one of my favorites.

I have always liked Michael Tait from his DC Talk days.  He does a great job with this simple song, a simple declaration/creed.

I have always liked simplicity.  Especially my little noggin.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday Reading And More Songs

Exodus 16-18.
Matthew 23.

Sometimes a song just grabs you.  That's all I can say about this one.  Just makes one smile.  And may it be so.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Reading

Exodus 13-15.
Matthew 22.

I haven't been the biggest enthusiast of contemporary Christian music.  You have to be careful with the message and theology it promotes.

However, I have found some tunes I really like during my hiatus, so I will post some of these as the year goes on.

I have also found some good country tunes I'll post as well.

By the way, I didn't start this post with the intention to plug Pandora, but I am plugging it right now.

Anyway, I don't keep up with the artists and don't know much about them.  I just like this tune and what it has to say, especially when you feel beat down.

More to come...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekend Reading And NFL Conference Championships

Exodus 7-12.
Matthew 20-21.

Only one out of four of the remaining contenders for the NFL title have ever won a Super Bowl.

Which ordinarily would be good odds for another team to get out of NFL hell.  And make for an interesting post-season.

Except this year, one out of 4 teams are a serious threat to win it, and that would be New England, the team that has won more than their fair share.

I'll pose the question again that I had previously- who in their right mind thinks anyone except the Patriots will win the Super Bowl?

Which kind of makes this year uninteresting to say the least.

That said, I do find Philadelphia-Minnesota a little intriguing.  I wouldn't mind seeing Minnesota return to the Super Bowl.  After all, it's been 41 years since that happened.

Minnesota has been locked in a tie with Buffalo for most Super Bowl losses without a win.  This could be the year that tie gets busted and the Vikings retake the lead.

At least it would give an interesting storyline to this year's game.

But it won't happen.

I have Philadelphia and New England today.

By the way, speaking of NFL hell, no one will escape this year, even though it is the best chance of that happening since the Seahawks did it last.

Which means the following list remains the same:
Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Carolina, Atlanta, Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Houston and San Diego.  Never won.

Which is still quite the list considering the Super Bowl is over 50 years old.  Thirteen out of thirty two teams?  Wow.

Of that list, four have never even been to the Super Bowl.  I'll give a pass to Houston since they are still a young franchise.  But what's up with the other three?

Worst division?  The AFC South.  Three out of the four teams have never won.

And there is no division in which all teams have won a Super Bowl.  That list could change if Philadelphia pulls off a miracle.  Which won't happen.

Anyway, I expect this whole thing to end uninterestingly.  What else can I do today...?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday And Friday Reading And Comments

Exodus 1-6.
Matthew 18-19.

Comments are working again!  Both Barb and I were able to successfully comment on Wednesday's post.

What a relief.  And congratulations to Barb for solving the ridiculously hard questions I had asked.  Good job.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Reading

Genesis 49-50.
Matthew 17.

So we're 17 days into the new year, and I have had no takers to answer my question in my new year's post.

Here's another clue:

So what is this?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Genesis 46-48.
Matthew 16.

I think I might have posted this song a lifetime ago.  Or maybe not quite that long.

For whatever reason, I was hearing this song in my head all day, but I couldn't get the words right.  How exactly one does this, I don't know, but the mind has a way of filling in the blanks.

Anyway, it's impossible not to be in a good mood after listening to this.

And in my book, anyone who has the word "banjer" in their vocabulary belongs in the Right Honourable category of life.

"I likes the ol pianer, I likes the fiddle too, 

The guitar makes the music awful sweet.
But when I pick the banjer, my heart is mighty free
The banjer am the instrument for me!

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
It makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,
The banjo am the instrument for me.

Well I used to court the ladies, and flog the ol' banjo
They gathered round me happy as can be
That's why the children like me, when things told me so
The banjo am the instrument for me.

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
It makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,

The banjo am the instrument for me.

Now I'm old and feeble, grand children by the score, 
Every night they set upon my knee,
That’s when I scoot 'em over just to make a little room,
Cause the banjo am the instrument for me.

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
Well it makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,
The banjo am the instrument for me."

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Reading And The Dick Van Dyke Show

Genesis 43-45.
Matthew 15.

I posted last week on the loss of Dick Van Dyke Show characters.

One of the things that always intrigued me about that show was that it was at the end of the black and white era of TV.  So, no episodes were ever in color.

I always considered the show a little mysterious for that reason.  I had no idea what color the living room was, the kitchen was, the bedroom, the office, the clothes they wore...you get the picture.

And it bugged me.  I have know idea why. 

I really became a little obsessed over this when I was in high school in the late '70s.  I was a big fan of the show, and watched reruns at least daily. 

This is going to sound weird, but it got to the point where I would dream about the show being in color!  You know, the "lost episode" type of thing.

Then I'd wake up, be disappointed, and go back to my wondering.

Amazingly, during that time period, I was able to find a few color photos of the cast in books I checked out from the library.  Believe it or not, the first color photo I saw was in a book on TV Guide covers.

Bingo!  There they were- Rob and Laura Petrie in living color!  I even found a color cover photo with Rob, Laura and Alan.

That satisfied my curiosity for awhile, and would just have to do for then.

A few years later, in the early 80s, I heard (probably on Entertainment Tonight, I used to watch that a lot back then) about the new computer colorization that was occurring with some old movies.  I think Laurel and Hardy was one of them. 

So of course, my mind went immediately to the Dick Van Dyke Show.  When would they get around to colorizing the program I always wanted to see in color?

Well, the answer seemed to be "never".  Because it didn't happen.

So then, this thing called the internet became a hit.  So I'd search for color pictures of the Dick Van Dyke Show.

As you can see, I found some.  Wow.  So cool.  And as the years went on, I found more and more.

Imagine my surprise when I found out in 2016 they were finally going to colorize some DVDS episodes.

And imagine my extreme disappointment when I missed the broadcast and forgot to record it.

Two years in a row.

After decades of waiting for this very thing to happen, I felt like George Constanza- "Lord of the Idiots".

Thankfully, I was able to view 2 episodes this year online.

So now, after 40 years, I've finally seen the show in color. 

It was actually the only thing on my bucket list, so now I may die in peace.

Hey, what can I say?  I'm easily entertained.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Reading

Genesis 37-42.
Matthew 13-14.

So, who's playing this weekend?

I was 2-2 in my NFL picks last weekend.  For me that is outstanding.  The Rams and Chiefs did not escape my jinx, but somehow the Saints and Jaguars did.

I really don't even know who is playing who this weekend.  Because it doesn't matter.

I've already decided that the Vikings and Eagles are winning, and the Patriots and Steelers are winning.  Which of those teams the Jags, Saints, Falcons and Titans are playing is completely irrelevant.


I mean, how could I go wrong here?

By the way, does anybody reading this not think the Patriots will win it all again?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Reading And Where Are You All?

Genesis 34-36.
Matthew 12.

OK.  I feel like going all Bluto on everyone.

A few days ago I implored those of you who used to blog to get back in the game.

Well, I have yet to see a peep or hear any action.

HEEEY!  What's this lyin' around crap!

Over?  Did you say over?  Nothing is over until we decide it is!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?  No!  Well it ain't over now!  'Cause when the goin' get's tough...the tough get goin'.


LET'S GO!  Come on!   AAAAAH!

Whatever happened to the old Lutheran Bloggers Alliance I used to know?  How about all you Cardinals bloggers?

Where's the spirit?  Where's the guts?  Huh?

This could be the greatest time of our lives?  But noooo!  We're gonna let it be the worst.

"Oooh, we're afraid to blog with you, Scottius, we might get in trouble!"

Well, I'm not going to take this.  Nooo!  Not me!

We need to go all out.  What this situation requires, is that a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part...and we're just the fools to do it.

So come on...LET'S DO IT!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Reading And A Family Resemblence?

Genesis 31-33.
Matthew 11.

It must have been fate that yesterday I watched one of my favorite movie scenes on the same day that Viva El Birdos made a post about Willie McGee's California Gumbo recipe.

Because I finally saw it.  For the first time in my life I saw it.

What I am about to point out may have been obvious to you, but I never realized it.

At the end of For A Few Dollars More, the colonel gets his chimes back off the dead body of Indio.  And Clint Eastwood's man with no name utters "Seems to be a family resemblance."

And then I saw this picture of Willie McGee and it all fell into place.

Willie McGee and Lee Van Cleef were definitely separated at birth.

Don't you agree?

By the way, I can't leave this post without embedding that scene.  With the possible exception of the ending of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, this has to be the greatest ending to any western ever made.

The music.  The dialogue.  The expressions.  It's an absolute genius work of art.  And now I'll enjoy it even more knowing it has Willie McGee's brother in it, too.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday Reading

Genesis 28-30.
Matthew 10.

As a huge Dick Van Dyke Show fan, I couldn't let this go too long.  It has not been a good couple of weeks.

First it was Sally Rogers.

Then it was Stacey Petrie.

They once had had a "practice date".  It's wild that later they died within 8 days of each other.

Who's left? 

Just Rob and Alan, I think. Well, and Ritchie.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Genesis 25-27.
Matthew 9.

The mind wanders sometimes. 

And in my wandering, I have figured out that either: a) Time really does not exist, or b) We live in multiple infinities.

Because each second is composed of subunits of time, 1/8, 1/100, 1/1000 of a second, etc., then, because of the infinity of numbers, there are an infinite number of subunits.  So each second must pass through an infinite number of subunits. 

But if there are an infinite number of subunits, one would never reach the end of a single second, and therefore it would never end.  Each would be eternal.

Meaning in the time it took to read the paragraphs above, you have lived perhaps 30 eternities.

So time could not possibly be a real concept.

Or...you are very freaking old, daddy-o.