Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday and Monday Reading and Racing

Deuteronomy 10-15.
Luke 12-13.

I am trying to get excited about the new NASCAR season starting.

I used to root for Michael Waltrip, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Now they are all retired.

I could have rooted for Matt Kenseth...but he retired too.

Where do I turn?  Who do I root for now?  I am in grave danger of completely losing interest.

NASCAR has had these transition periods before.  I'm sure I'll pick up someone along the way.  I just wish they'd declare themselves.

That said, I'm starting to watch more drag racing and Supercross.  We'll see which wins out.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Friday and Saturday Reading and CICGC

Deuteronomy 4-9.
Luke 10-11.

Since January, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has been available on Netflix.

I had never seen the show until then, but am a big fan of the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld.  So naturally I decided to give it a try.

For the most part I have thoroughly enjoyed it, although some of the guests I would not ordinarily have accepted money to watch.

I am six episodes into the 2nd "Netflix season". I discovered, however that the Netflix seasons in no way correspond to the original internet seasons.

My favorite episode so far was Michael Richards.  And I don't think it is just because I am a Kramer fan.  He just had interesting things to say, like the chess savant.  And there is a certain sadness palpable in him, as in one who has been broken.

Ricky Gervais was very funny.  Loved JB Smoove, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Norm McDonald, Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah.  Liked Will Ferrell, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jimmy Fallon

Surprised I enjoyed Howard Stern.  And Barack Obama.

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner was just weird.  It was like Carl Reiner got pushed aside from the show he was supposed to be featured in.  Still very entertaining.

Very disappointed with Joel Hodgson.  And Christoph Waltz?  The heck was that?

The rest are sorta "meh".

I'm about half way through the old episodes.  Looking forward to seeing the new season later this year.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday and Thursday Reading

Numbers 34-36.
Deuteronomy 1-3.
Luke 8-9.

New goals for 2018.

Watch every episode of Jonny Quest.
Watch every episode of Tennessee Tuxedo.
Watch every episode of Space Angel.

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.