Consider the Lilies..   

Sep 16, 2016

Taking a blog detour for a moment..

I hear a lot of these American Christians--especially so-called "end time" prophecy Christians--talk about coming "Christian persecution." Here's the truth of the matter:
The vast majority of Christians in this country are such a non-threat, non-factor, irrelevant, non-resistance group of people that, on the whole, our spiritual enemies don't even give them a second thought. Plus, they (our spiritual enemies) recognize that most Christians and the entertainment centers they attend on Sunday (laughingly called "churches") are completely compliant with their agenda. Why in the world would they waste their time persecuting people who are giving them aid and comfort?
What are they going to be persecuted for? For being addicted to football? For being addicted to "Christian Rock" bands? For being addicted to their campers? For being addicted to gossip, slander and backbiting? For being addicted to global wars of aggression? For being addicted to the Zionist State of Israel? For being addicted to social gatherings, fried chicken dinners, and "mom's night out" parties? 
To be sure, Christians around the world are ALREADY suffering persecution--REAL persecution. The thing is in those places those are REAL Christians. Their Christianity hasn't been "Americanized."
Forgive me for sounding so critical of my brethren (at least they profess to be Christian brethren) but for over a half century I've tasted the bitter, harsh reality of America's Christians up close and personal. So many, many of them are spoiled, lazy, indifferent, duplicitous, dishonest, and lack even the most basic principles of ethics, integrity, and honor. Thank God, this is not true for all of them--but it DOES seem to be true for MANY of them. WAY TOO MANY. 
Furthermore, so many of these American Christians will be (when the time comes), and ALREADY are, the ones doing the persecuting, THEY ARE THE PERSECUTORS. 
They murder and kill with their tongues. They steal people's honor and reputations with their tongues. They are neck deep in slander and backbiting. Their telephones and emails spew forth the most cruel gossip imaginable. 
Some of these spiritual murderers like to say they are part of the "Remnant." But the truth is they wouldn't know what the Remnant was if it came up and bit them on the nose. In reality, they are the dividers and destroyers of the Remnant. 
The unchurched world has NOTHING on the modern American church. In fact, it's almost impossible to tell "churched" people from "unchurched" people today. 
For these folks to talk about persecution is downright laughable.
By Chuck Baldwin 

Jul 25, 2016


Clay will be home on Thursday, I'm not sure when exactly..  I'm ready for him to be home though..  He was only home for 2 weeks last hitch so it seems like he's been gone longer than he really has..
I know that he's ready to be home too; the other day when he called he actually complained (he never complains.. ever)..
He's getting tired of Angola..  They are considering him for a position in Canada right now and there is a possibility that he may still be needed in Russia..  But right now oil is not doing well..  People are being laid off by the thousands..  Schlumbeger laid off sixteen thousand workers last week..
Sixteen thousand!
I'm super grateful that Clay still has a job even though every time he calls I sorta brace myself expecting him to tell me that he will be laid off as well..  Right now though, the only jobs running in Angola are completions and that's his department, so they kinda have to keep him..
The oilfield is going to get much worse before it gets better (if it ever does) so I  Clay is considering  looking into other employment..
It'll be weird though..  He loves what he does (just not where he does it) but there isn't a whole lot of stability in the oilfield anymore..  It will most likely mean moving..  Darn it..
Our lease is up in a year, so he has that long to formulate a plan..
I know he's been thinking a lot about New Mexico and has been for about a year now..  
I just don't want to move away from Sky..  Finding work for a welder in New Mexico wouldn't be difficult at all but she's determined to stay in Omaha..
But like I said, he has a year to figure it all out..

Well this blog post turned out to be sort of a bummer huh?

Jul 7, 2016


It's Thursday already?  

Not much to report..  Clay has been at work for a week, so three more to go..  He has put in for two positions, one in Trinidad and one in Canada..  Canada is a live in, I'm not sure about  Trinidad..  Russia is still on the table too..  I know he will be happy to get out of Angola..
With oil doing so bad right now, we are just thankful that he has a job, even one in Angola!

I had lunch with a friend on Tuesday..  We went to Leadbelly's and I had the Razzle Dazzle pizza..  Grilled chicken, bacon, poblano peppers and raspberry jam instead of pizza sauce..  I know, it's sounds weird, but it's really yummy..  Lots of sugar though, bummer since I have cut sugar out of my diet; but if I'm going to leave my house and drive all the way downtown in super hot and way too humid weather, I'm going to make it worth my while!

I went to see Elaine's new house Tuesday evening..  Major improvement!  Her last house was horrible and in a not-so-nice part of town..  This one is pretty and clean, room enough for all of them, and in a much safer area..

Sky is doing well, although she isn't happy with her job at the moment..
 Because she can't do any work on the welding floor until the cast comes off, she has been moved to the front office and is filling in for the receptionist who just retired..
Let me tell you, she does NOT enjoy sitting at a desk answering phones all day..
Right now she refers to her job as "being a damn secretary"..
Not to put anyone down who is a receptionist, but this just isn't her thing..   
She sent me this picture from work the other day..  
She said she had spent the morning spinning in her chair..  Poor girl..
Boredom aside though, I'm glad she is working at the front desk for the month..  There is no air conditioning on the welding floor and its so hot right now..  So at least she's comfortable..
Her hand has been bothering her a lot lately..  The damaged nerves are starting to wake up and repair themselves..  She actually complained about it  a couple times and she's had to take a pain pill every day this week..
The doctor said it would probably hurt for three months or so..

I guess that's all for now..
Happy Thursday :)

Jun 18, 2016

Tendons, trash bags, & athletic tape.

If you are friends with either myself or Sky on Facebook, you know that Sky hurt her hand last Tuesday. 

She severed her tendon, broke all the way through the joint, destroyed the nerves and damaged an artery. 

She spent 3 hours in the emergency room getting X-rays and stitches, then saw a specialist on Wednesday who scheduled surgery for Thursday morning. 

He put two pins through the bone and reattached the tendon but couldn't repair the artery so she may or may not have full feeling or mobility in that hand. 

The pain has been manageable but she's having a hard time adjusting to using only one hand. 
Showering was interesting. Since she can't get her cast wet AT ALL, we had to get creative. 

We wrapped the cast in Press'n Seal, then put a plastic trash bag over it, then tapped it to her arm with athletic tape.   It worked!  
She needed me to wash her hair and help her dry off, but other than that she did pretty good in her own :)

I have to give this girl kudos though. She hasn't complained about the pain at all, not even in the emergency room. I asked her yesterday what her pain level was between 1 & 10 and she said "about a 7 1/2" and that was after a Percocet!  
She really is the toughest person I know :)

She will go back to work on Monday but doing any welding is out. She'll be doing administrative work until her hand is workable again although she's pretty sure she can work the forklift with one hand. 

She's nothing if not determined!


Jun 13, 2016

Home early..

Clay came home two weeks early..
He was supposed to be home last night but there was flooding in Dallas so he had to stay over and got home this morning..
He's only home for 2 weeks though..  Bummer..  
But his schedule is changing from 5 weeks away to 4 weeks..
And he brought presents!

I love the little souvenirs he brings home :)

He got this hand carved rhino before he left Angola..

He got this stuff from a friend who brought it to him from Columbia..  Coffee infused caramel sauce and coffee infused raspberry marmalade..  
Oh my gosh, it's so good!!

He had a layover in London so he picked up some English tea.. YUM!

And a real English tea cup!

Jun 3, 2016

What day is it?

I overslept again..  I seriously hate it when I do that, I feel like a zombie all day and then I go to bed really late so I have to force myself to get up early the next morning, and then I feel tired all that next day..  bleh..
I had sort of a rude awakening too..  Once I dragged myself outta bed and into the bathroom, I discovered that Sky's cat had peed on the bathroom rug..  Naturally I discovered it by stepping in it..  Gross..

I finished Isaiah's blanket and started on one for Chance..  I went to Hobby Lobby a week ago to look at the yarn, I wanted to make it with neon blue yarn and black yarn with neon blue specks..  Hobby Lobby had exactly what I wanted and I should have bought it then because when I went back the next day to buy it, they were all out of the black..  And of course it was the only color they were out of..  
There is another Hobby Lobby in Omaha and one in Papillion but it was starting to look like it was going to rain and the top is down on the Jeep so I didn't have time to go see if the other stores had the yarn I wanted..  But I did find black with silver specks that reflect the blue so I got that instead..
I'm probably boring everyone who doesn't give a darn about yarn..  Sorry..

Clay will be home early!  Two whole weeks early!
But he's only going to be home for 2 weeks..  
He'll be home for Father's Day but not his birthday, so he gets double presents on Father's Day..

I'm seriously trying to think of something interesting to blog about, but I got nuthin'..  
My life is pretty mundane..
(not that I'm complaining, I like it that way)

May 20, 2016


So Clay has gone back to work and I have gone back to my P. J.'s and yarn :)
He's not good at sitting still so when he's home we are usually out doing something, when he goes back to work I recharge; which means I pretty much stay in pajamas and hardly ever leave the house.  
Thanks to the wornderful world of Amazon Prime and a grocery store that delivers, the only  reason I leave the house is to go to church. 

This time I thought I would be smart and buy him a work bench for the garage. I figured that it would take him a day to put it together, then he would want to re-organize his tools which would take another day (he did) then after the tools he would realize that he needed to clean out the garage (he did) which would take him a couple of days, and then he would stay busy for a while building things or fixing things on his new work bench, with his newly organized tools, in his newly cleaned out garage. 
I was right about all of that. 
He spent several days building guns. He built himself a new AR, and then he and Sky built one for her,.

And then he surprised me by building one for me too. 

I thought I was pretty clever by getting him the work bench, thinking that he would be so busy in the garage that he wouldn't want to go anywhere. But what I didn't realize was that every time he built a gun that he would want to go shoot it, and that meant a trip to Wahoo to the gun range. 
And naturally when you have a new work bench, you will have about a bazillion different reasons to go to the hardware store. Plus all the other errands that come up when he's home :)

Anyway, as much as I absolutely adore him and love being with him when he's home; and even though I start missing him five minutes after his taxi pulls out of the driveway (I don't take him to the airport because I can't bear to watch him walk away from me with his luggage) I do enjoy the month long, shut-up-in-my-house-with-my-yarn-and-my-books time too :)

I'm working on a blanket for Isaiah at the moment.
Another C2C. I'm still not tired of this pattern..
And I'm alternating between 2 audiobooks. The Girl On The Train (really good!) and Roots (much better than the mini-series, which was really good). 

Even though we have been super busy driving around to every place that popped into Clay's head for the last 5 weeks, we  managed to do our bible reading every morning together and start a new study. You know, because I already have about 7 other things I'm studying, why not another?

The Exemplary Husband and The Excellent Wife. 
It's really informative and there is a lot of work but I'm really enjoying it. I am sort of surprised that Clay is enjoying it too. So much that instead of leaving it here while he's at work, he took it with him. 
Seriously, best husband ever :)