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Don’t dig out your drive twice

Today is a short video post (hopefully it comes through for everyone) showing a moment of creativity.

We rarely get snow where I live now, and  even rarer is seeing a plow on our street. But when the plow does come through, it invariably blocks our driveway with snow that we have to shovel again. Well, the below is a clip from Alaska (or so it was credited where I picked it up) of a plow that doesn’t block your drive with snow when it plows your street.

Of course, I noticed the houses are spaced a lot further apart there than in my city neighborhood. Might be difficult for the plow to have anyplace to put snow in some city neighborhoods 😉


Posted in Fitness

Fitness Update: Running

Well last week I did one thing: I ran three days a distance of 5K. One was outside in the cold. I took that relaxed. The other two were in the wellness center on a treadmill. Both of the latter I took at 24:30 and 24 minutes respectively.

So in good conditions I can do 24 minutes. But how do I do that on an outside course with uncertain temperatures? The next race is in flat North Kansas City, but on Feb. 11. Weather could be cold or hot that time of year, that time of morning.

But I ran those three times, those nine miles. I also got by cycling miles in for January. Approaching 300 for a 250 pace isn’t bad.

Now I just need to get up and actually go to the pool sometime, to get the third prong of my triathlete status back up to speed.


Posted in Music, Uncategorized

#161: The Comforter Has Come

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


O spread the tidings ’round wherever man is found,

Where ever human hearts and human woes abound;

Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:

The Comforter has come!


The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!

The Holy Ghost from heav’n — the Father’s promise giv’n;

O spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found —

The Comforter has come!


The long, long night is past, the morning breaks at last,

And hushed the dreadful wail and fury of the blast,

As o’er the golden hills the day advances fast!

The Comforter has come!



Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings,

To ev’ry captive soul a full deliv’rance brings;

And thru the vacant cells the song of triumph rings:

The Comforter has come!



O boundless love divine! how shall this tongue of mine

To wond’ring mortals tell the matchless grace divine —

That I, a child of hell, should in His image shine!

The Comforter has come!


Posted in Family, Uncategorized

Organization: The Kitchen, Part 2

About 13 months ago I put up a post about reorganizing the kitchen. We’ve been in the house 13 years, and the kitchen had never been reorganized, though our lifestyles had changed.

Today I made the first significant change to the kitchen since that day 13 months ago. The kitchen has been more serviceable, but the space still was constrained. In the meantime, we’ve been examining the rest of the spaces in the house.

This is our 30-year house, now in it for 13 years, and it had all the features that we wanted. But it is amazing how lifestyle has changed, and how much of the house we haven’t really been using in that time. We have ideas for remodeling parts, when we have money, but in the meantime, there are still possibilities for the spaces we have but aren’t using.

Our playroom has become our winter dining room, and today we turned the dining room into a pantry. We had food stuffed in various cupboards and shelves, but the problem was that people could never see any of the food. “We have nothing to eat here.” So we picked up the below shelving unit and put it into the unused dining room.

36Once we started loading it up with food it was amazing how much food we had. How much of one thing we had, and what of other things we didn’t.

It was very easy to make supper tonight. 10 boxes of macaroni and cheese? Decision made. Spice it up with some ground meat and peas, to make a full-meal casserole.

Now we can see what  we have, and what we need to pick up to have a good stock of food to prepare whatever we want at any time.

Next will be freezer reorganization, and the making of pantry lists: what items we always want to have on hand, and how much. Perhaps lists for various times of the year, when we want to stock more or less of various items.

Posted in Family

A Blast of the Past #81: Family at Disney

In January of 2007 our family of 4 had its first Disney Trip together. It was a side trip from a family funeral in Florida; a one-day excursion to the Magic Kingdom. The kids were 10 and 7. We got there right after open and stayed as long as the kids were happy: which was amazingly until the closing fireworks. In fact, the only tears were from the daughter on the way back to the hotel, when she realized it might be a long time until we got back (and it was:2012 — though 5 years isn’t that long overall).

So here are some pictures from that magical time:

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Maginot Line for Classrooms

We will see if the above actually works on the blog. But is is about a device that secures classrooms by barricading the doors. Yes, holing up where the invader knows someone must be, since it is blocked up. So just take the gun and shoot the door open like they do in the movies, blast it apart, and this whole defense is mute.


What am I not seeing correctly about this situation?

P.S. — Today is one of those quick fix low thought post days.

Posted in Music, Uncategorized

#160: Channels Only

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


How I praise Thee, precious Savior,

That Thy love laid hold of me;

Thou hast saved and cleansed and filled me

That I might Thy channel be.


Channels only, blessed Master —

But with all thy wondrous pow’r

Flowing thru us, Thou canst use us

Ev’ry day and ev’ry hour.


Emptied that Thou shouldst fill  me,

A clean vessel in Thy hand,

With no pow’r but as thou givest

Graciously with each command.



Witnessing Thy pow’r to save me,

Setting free from self and sin,

Thou who boughtest to possess me,

Thy fullness, Lord, come in.



Jesus, fill now with Thy Spirit

Hearts that full surrender know,

That the streams of living water

From our inner man may flow.