Saturday, February 17, 2007

Small Blessings

A Valentine's Day spent lifting up a dear friend walking through a dark valley, many states away. Sprinkled white flakes from the Heavens, bringing whispering hope: Wait on Me for blessings; you've no idea what I'll do next! Was the Lion's mane shaking out the snow on me, wild eyes glimmering tears of pain, yet also shining from joyful depths?

A flock of fifteen turkeys trailing off the corrugated dusty road, offended that my loud Oldsmobile would force quicker waddling, and make them forget what they were saying to each other. But surely they wanted to be in the pasture among craggy mesquites, dried brush... There are only so many seeds and such one can find on a road, right?

Sitting in a friend's house after the kids are asleep, waiting for the married couple to return from their date. Trying to read Dracula, dozing off, and jerking awake at the cookoo clock's abrupt clanging. Wishing for a cozy bed, but afraid to stretch on the couch and give in. Looking over at Sally, with her delicate long Sheltie nose curled up near her tail, my couch companion now that she's stopped staring out the back door at unseen terrors.

Coming home to an empty but cozy house, loading dishes while listening to Adventures in Odyssey, snacking on Ezekiel bread and homemade bean dip, slipping on comfy PJs. Building a fire in the wood-burning stove, for warmth and enjoyment, and watching the flames dance and the bed of coals settle and spread like a glowing-hot pile of pirate's hoard.

Thank you, Lord, for dappled things, and each small so-much-more You continually pour out. May I see, and listen, and thank You ever more.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Greetings, reader! (from a distracted student)

I'm going to try to do a post in, say, ten minutes. I still need to finish Linguistics homework, so I must be brief, but since I've neglected my poor blog (and more importantly its readers thereby), for this reason I type.

I like my classes. Ideally I shall soon post a character outline of each unique one, but alas, not here! I think, with my precious moments, I shall impart some great bits of wisdom which has been sifting down to me of late:

  • An amazing number of pages can be perused by college students in this manner. Take a book, (or anything else with words theron, be it novel, note, Norton, or nefarious nimbus thoughts), and while walking across campus, keep your nose stuck in firmly. Keep to this diligently, and for this reason mourn no more when greeted by fast stretches of sidewalk or grass or pavement to be traversed.
  • While doing the above, pop up now and then. Not only might you see curious glances at the passing bookworm, but mayhaps you shall also not find yourself on the opposite side of campus from that intended.
  • Once you leave Facebook, the most common question asked of you shall be if you're on it.
  • Eating raw garlic cloves is healthy, and rather unpleasant except for the thrill factor.
  • Wood stoves can give off incredible heat, but also use tons of wood.
  • Mysteries of undrained tubs might be solved by removing plugs.
  • Blog posts take much longer for me to write than I usually expect.
  • The main key to getting scholarships is to apply.
  • I have a dependable lemon bread ally in "Number Two", but on his days to choose breakfast he's been sweetly choosing what his siblings would rather have. I have much to learn from such selflessness.
  • I'll have to read about 2 or 3 books every week.
That's all. I have of course typed for much longer than ten minutes, alas! Now I'm away to phonemic transcriptions. Dear reader, have a glorious day.