Fitness Update: Google maps

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Today I am going to detour my fitness update onto Google Maps.

It seems that Google Maps doesn’t have my best health in mind when giving me a biking route through North Kansas City.

It takes me in Eastbound on Armour Road, but then turns south on Howell Street to Railroad Ave and 10th Avenue. Howell is not well lit, allowing a nighttime cyclist to hit unseen potholes, while Railroad avenue is a series of crossing railroad tracks that bump and jostle the rider.

A simple trip a couple of blocks further and one could ride down well-lit Swift Avenue, with no need to cross railroad tracks to reach 10th avenue. But Google Maps doesn’t seem to have the same sensibility that the average cyclist has.

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#246: Softly and Tenderly

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,

Calling for your and for me;

See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,

Watching for your and for me.

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Come home (come home), come home (come home),

Ye who are weary, come home;

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling –

Calling, “O sinner, come home!”

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Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,

Pleading for your and for me?

Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,

Mercies for you and for me?

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3

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,

Passing from you and from me;

Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,

Coming for you and for me.

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4

O for the wonderful love He has promised,

Promised for your and for me;

Tho we have sinned He has mercy and pardon,

Pardon for you and for me.

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Carolers of Note on the Santa Claus Express

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Thursday night was the opening run of the Santa Claus Express run by the Midland Railway Historical Association.

Among the many entertainments on the Thursday night runs this season is Christmas Caroling by Carolers of Note.

The train has a two and a half hour run up and down the tracks, and each of the cars gets to experience the carolers, along with other seasonal entertainments and refreshments.

Today’s post includes pictures and a couple of video clips from the night’s maiden run.

 

#245: I Am Praying for You

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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I have a Savior – He’s pleading in glory,

A dear, loving Savior, tho earthfriends  be few;

And now He is watching in tenderness o’er me –

But O that my Savior were your Saior too.

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For you I am praying,

For you I am praying,

For you I am praying,

I’m praying for you.

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I have a Father – to me He has given

A hope for eternity, blessed and true;

And soon He wil call me to meet Him in heaven –

But O that He’d let me bring you with me too!

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3

I have a robe – ‘tis resplendent in whiteness –

Awaiting in glory my wondering view;

O when I receive it all shining in brightness,

Dear friend, could I see you receiving one too!

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4

When Christ has found you, tell others the story,

That my loving Savior is your Savior too;

Then pray that your Savior will bring them to glory,

And prayer will be answered – ‘twas answered for you!

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Clean up: the house, the refrigerator

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Today’s task was getting the movables out of the addition, the “play room” that had its wall bashed in by the tree. But that put me in mind of our refrigerator, and the drawers on the bottom, and shelves in the door, stacked with items not getting used.

So we also cleaned out the shriveled or must apples, spoiled cheese, dried carrots, etc. Our compost bin got a windfall.

The playroom had a lot of loose items: papers that needed to be compressed for buring, toys to empty out of a toy chest, items strung here and there.

Getting the youth motivated to do those tasks was, shall we say, interesting.

But after that comes the heavy items.  The old sofa bed we are tossing out the door for the contractor to haul away, or to go in the city’s big item collection. It was the biggest and most used item. Not worth passing on to anyone, and won’t fit our planned redesign of use for the room.

But that leaves the empty toy chest, the half pew (a sample pew for salesmen — the ends are different showing different options{, the corner table, the folding dining room table that was my maternal grandmothers (it survived the tree, close as it was, thankfully for sentimental reasons), and the oversized lounge chair from the living room that has the dropped springs and needs some repairs (but still salvageable enough to not get rid off).

They all have to go somewhere. Somewhere else in the house, but where?

There isn’t a lot of room in the basement, and that is a long way.  Most of the items I am cramming into the office that is the connecting room between the main house and the play room, but it is a small room that probably won’t fit everything, especially since we never got it cleaned out and set up before this need to move all these items in.

I think the folding dining room table will end up in the living room. The pew will end up in the office. We already have our regular dining room table in the office, so whether we can get the corner table and the oversized lounge chair in the office as well.  I’m thinking the table gets the office, and the chair, well, we will find somewhere for it.