Friday, June 23, 2017

I have to watch what I eat because I am a diabetic.  I don't have to take medicine anymore but only if I am careful with my diet and get plenty of exercise.  My sister-in-law found this book and gave it to me to try out.  It is for those who are gluten free and for diabetics.  I tried the waffles recipe this morning and it was great.  I put butter, blueberries, a some whipping cream on top of my waffle and the flavor was amazing.  The texture of the waffle was just like any other waffle I have ever eaten.
Waffle made of Navy Beans, eggs, salt, and baking soda
Here is picture of the cook book and a link to their website.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daddy sang bass

My wife, Janie, and our son, Jason and I sang
at church on Sunday
an old song from Janie's childhood.
I remember singing this song with her family
and my father-in-law sang bass. Those were really good times.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Projects for 2017

2017 has been a busy year for me thus far.  I have had several projects to work on and some are still in the works.  Janie works with a laptop computer and spends hours a day processing internet orders for  She gets tired of sitting and it help for her to stand for awhile.  She use to use a round table with some wooden boxes stacked on top of it.  I made her a folding pulpit that can be stored out of the way when not in use.  

Janie's old and new stand up desk.
 The biggest project by far is the roof of the cottage.  It is in terrible shape.  The shingles I put on it more than 20 years ago where 15 year shingles.  The roof leaked until I patched it recently.  I am going to put a metal roof on it and that required some major modification as you can see from the following pictures.

The shape of the cottage roof was not compatible with metal roofing.  So I drew up a configuration
that would.  I started this project and hope to have it finished by the end of the year.  The roof does not leak right now but its just a mater of time before it does.
The above picture is the back side of the cottage roof.
The above picture is of the front side of the cottage roof.
The far left side was where the leak occurred.
The plan is to cover the walls with metal also. The roof will
be white and the walls and trim will be another color.
 Rocket Stove design and build
I made a rocket stove out of an amo can.

I converted the florescent lights in the kitchen at the cottage to LED bulbs.  It was quick and easy to do and the light is way better!!
I installed an RV electrical outlet to the side of the fellowship hall at the church.  We had water and sewer hookups for an RV but not electricity.  Now we have everything an RV needs and we have had 2 missionaries use it already.

The project that will be ongoing for years to come is the task of controlling diabetes.  On January 31st I was diagnosed with diabetes.  I weighed 192 pounds my blood sugar was 381 and my A1C was 13.5.  The doctor put me on 2000 mg of metformin a day and gave me a diet plan.  I have done what he said and have lost 21 pounds and am now off of the metformin altogether.  My blood pressure also went down and the doctor had to reduce the amount of medication for that as well.  My A1C is now 6.0 and my blood sugar without meds is averaging  91.
The diet I am on is low carb no sugar.  I eat 1/2 cup of oatmeal each morning with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.  Natural peanut butter has no sugar and must be kept in the refrigerator.  I sometimes add a 1/2 cup of blueberries to my oatmeal as well.  Lunch consists of baked fish or chicken, dark green veggies like spinach and asparagus and supper is usually a salad with ranch dressing.  For a snack or desert I blend a pint of whipping creme with a block of cream cheese and stir in a quart of blue berries, a pint of raspberries, and a quart of cut up strawberries.  This makes a huge bowl and I keep it in the refrigerator and eat a 1/2 cup serving twice a day.  I don't eat bread, corn, or potatoes.  I do not eat anything with sugar, dextrose or any other ingredient that ends with "ose".  I do not eat artificial sweeteners of any kind.  I have 1/3 cup of milk a day.  I still drink a quart and a 1/2 of water first thing each morning and wait an hour before eating breakfast.
God bless and thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Janie's Birthday

Janie's Birthday is today. She got these flowers from our oldest daughter, Stacie.  I have been sick today with temperature of 100.  I try to sleep but the coughing will not allow it.  My fever broke a few minutes ago so for the first time today I am not feeling chilled.  I thank everyone who have prayed for me. Maybe I will be able to sleep tonight (He says between coughs).  If I feel better tomorrow I will take her shopping to buy a dress for her birthday.  I missed church tonight because I just felt miserable and was running fever.  Janie went to the early service but stayed in to take care of me during the late service.  Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Song of Songs

The cover to my book on the Song of Solomon
I have published my book on you can find it there by simply searching for its name "Climbing The Palm Tree."  When I was a child I enjoyed reading the book "Treasure Island."  Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Gold Bug" is also one I enjoyed.  The search for the meaning of the Song of Songs was like a treasure hunt for me.  I was obsessed with finding the truth about this the most puzzling book of the Bible.  When I finished this treasure hunt I was not at all disappointed.  I am so glad to have my questions answered.  I remember helping Dr. Harold Davis, my mentor, one day at his house.  While we moved a pile of firewood I asked him one question after another about the Song of Songs and to each of these questions he answered "I don't know."  He died before my work on the Song of Songs was completed.  I rest assured and am comforted knowing that he knows more about the Song now than I will ever know this side of Heaven.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Thus Far

2016 found us first in Arkansas binding minute books.  It then found us in France by way of Madrid Spain.  It next found us burying my mother's cremains in Beckville, Texas.  What it has in store for us next the LORD only knows.
The book binding machine in Hamburg, Arkansas
Playing chess with the grandsons in Limoux, France. Yes, I won both games.
A Castle near Limoux, France. Kids in school, we enjoyed sight seeing with
Jason and Angie.
Enjoyed playing in the snow with the kids on a mountain near Limoux, France
Arianna and I gathered the eggs in Limoux, France.
Church services in Limoux, France.  I preached, Jason translated
Jason gave us a tour of Toulouse, France.
On the river walk in Toulouse, France.  Enjoyed lunch with Jason which
included real French Fries.  
Laid my mother's cremains to rest next to dad's
at Langley Cemetery Beckville, Texas

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My parents Christmas 1972
My parents were 48 years old in this picture.  It would be their last Christmas in Massachusetts.  The next Christmas after this one would find them in Texas getting ready to attend my wedding near Timpson, Texas.   I had no Idea that I would be getting married one year and 2 days after I took this picture.
Janie and I are packing for our trip to France.  We are really looking forward to our 2 weeks there.  We are not looking forward to the long flight.  Our youngest daughter and her husband are going to take us to the airport. 
My mother's father 1973 Gary, Texas
This second picture is of my grandfather.  I am not sure who took the picture but I want you to notice the chair on the porch right behind my grandfather.  He use to turn that chair upside down and lay back against it to take a nap.  I think about that every time I take a nap.  I had some wonderful times at this old home place.  I do miss it.  Well, speaking of naps, its time for me to head for bed.  Early to bed early to rise.......  God bless you.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

MBA of Texas

The Gluing Machine
We went over to Hamburg, Arkansas to help Bill Johnson assemble the annual year book of the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas.  I am one of the clerks and it is my responsibility to publish the book and get them in the mail to the churches of the association.  We started on Monday evening and finished at noon on Wednesday.  Tuesday I worked from 7:30 in the morning until 11:10 that night.  I stopped to eat of course but not for long.  The books are all in the mail now and I am glad to have this project behind me.  The machine pictured above is the slowest and hardest part of the process.  It glues the cover on the book.  It takes 45 seconds per book and we did 1,300 books in 1 1/2 days.
We are off to France next.  We plan to leave the house about 1:30 pm on Tuesday and will arrive in France on Wednesday around 1:00pm.  The journey is long but the destination is worth it!