|One day post-birthday!|
Oh my aching back my aching feet my aching everything! Nah! Just kidding--yesterday was my 69th birthday so I figured I'd just do a little complaining in jest. My day was made especially nice because of all the beautiful birthday messages I received--via phone calls from our kids a call from my Mom e-mails from family members and lots of e-mails/facebook messages from family and friends on-line. To top it off Sid Randi and I had dinner (noon meal) at DON's which was really nice.|
Today Sid worked on the small cement addition to our front porch and small area that will hopefully make it more convenient to walk from the carport to the porch without tripping or falling off the edge of the porch as I have already done. This will make is much safer for everyone so I give him a big THANK YOU for doing that. And believe me--it was very hot today while he was working out there.
While we were relaxing on the swing this afternoon we heard thunder in the distance lasting for quite a while. The rain finally did come accompanied by a little bit of lightning but even that didn't last very long. Our garden has really suffered from the lack of rain over the past few weeks so hopefully this will help a little.
All of the tall grass in our back orchard and in the property of my sisters-in-law was cut and baled. It hasn't been picked up yet but I'm sure that will happen soon. The field looks so nice when the grass has been mowed and baled; in fact I even like seeing the huge bales of hay just lying around in the orchards.
After joining FACEBOOK a while back at the suggestion of someone in the family I have noticed that quite a few members of our family are now part of the FB family including cousins I haven't spoken to in such a long time. Space and time just seem to keep everyone apart and having this forum has proven to be really nice. I am renewing acquaintances with so many of them and I am thrilled about that. Most of the ones who have joined are related in some way via my Dad's family the Stevens' clan--mostly cousins and the children/grandchildren of cousins--so it also means that I'm getting to know some relatives that I probably have not even met before or have not seen in years. That's great!
Tomorrow Randi and I will be heading back to Lockport. We have nothing special planned for that day but we have to go tomorrow because Mom's appointment on Friday is rather early and in a new place a place which I will have to find in Thibodaux. As usual these appointments for Mom allow me time to visit with our kids and grandkids so they serve multiple purposes.
Just as I completed that last paragraph Bess and Nathan stopped by; they brought a pound cake that Bess made for my birthday. I cut pieces for them and for Sid but I waited to eat mine later. Randi as usual did not eat any of this special treat. While they were here I also received a call from Josh and family speaking to Brynn and Josh for a while. I cannot wait to see all of them when we go to Colorado in August.
The weather has been affecting our computers. Right now I am able to type this because this is not an Internet program; however I'm not sure when I'll be able to put it on my journal site. Only time will tell I suppose. I know Randi is getting quite perturbed about this problem.
Because I am not in control of the Internet right now I'll stop this entry at this point except of course for my quote. Have a wonderful evening and a great day tomorrow; please keep us in your prayers for a safe trip to and from Lockport.
QUOTE: "Training teaches people what to do; education teaches people what to be."
--Nido R. Qubein
NOTE: I became a teacher because I wanted to help people become who they wanted to be to give them the training (or at least the beginnings of their training) that they would need to accomplish their goals. There is another saying that I've heard just about all my life a saying that I truly hate: "Those who can do; those who can't teach." I never could understand how anyone could say this is good faith. Who teaches those who can do to do? Teachers! Who helps those who can do develop the skills they need? Teachers! And who has to work "doing" whatever is available during the summers just so they can support their families? TEACHERS! So teachers TRAIN AND EDUCATE people to do the things that help them become what they want to be. If all of this sounds confusing check with a teacher!