Friday, October 26, 2012


Mother's lap quilt
There is a part of me that longs for the good old days.  This begs the question how old?  I do not want to return to the days of out houses and no electricity but simpler times with modern day toys would  be nice.  Cable TV, computers, smart phones, and the Internet are all things that help to keep one in touch with the happenings of the world, friends, and family.  This almost instantaneous access to news as it happens is nice and I really don't want to give it up. 
My Mother (picture taken today)
Mother was making a lap quilt today.  It was good to see her working at something she loves to do.  She complains about being bored and needing something to do.  I am not sure where she got the materials but I am glad she had them and the sewing machine.  She was very happy today.  She told me that she would most likely give the blanket away when she was through with it.  
I told mother all about my hiking trip with Steve and then took her out for lunch.  I gave her a tour of Kilgore showing her where I went to college and where she went to church the Sunday that Peggy came to see her.  I think she likes going for a ride.  When I said good bye I gave her a hug and I could tell she really wanted to get back to that quilt.  I love it when mother gives me a smile.
Janie plying her skills baby sitting while I plied mine plumbing
Our number 11 grandchild took her first steps today.  We baby set Naomi on Thursday while Sarah went for a check up at the doctor's.  Naomi will have a baby brother by the end of January.  She needs to get as much of a head start as she can to stay ahead of baby brother.  While we were there I hooked up Sarah's dishwasher.  It needed a few things from the hardware store and so a quick trip into town and a few minutes of work it was ready to go.  It seemed to make Sarah very happy.  Justin is going to build her a new set of kitchen cabinets and I can't wait to see them.  Justin is very good at making cabinets!
Janie and I find that it is often the case that our projects take a back seat to those of others.  We have much work to do at the cottage and at the parsonage yet it just seems right to put the needs of others ahead of our own.  My father criticized me once for not finishing projects that I started.  I pointed out to him the things that I had done instead of finishing my projects all of which were things to help someone else.  He called me later and apologized for being so critical of me.  It was the first time in my life that he ever apologized to me.  He had never had the need before.  I think that he realized that I was doing what he had taught me to do.  Our yard, our house, our car may not be as finished, clean, and nice as everyone else but I am content knowing that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive.  God bless you. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pictures of my trip to California

At the bus Station in Dallas

A rest stop along the way

Palm Trees in California

The bus stop in Palm Springs

Steve and his friend Dave at the trail head

One of many stops on the trail to rest and take care of our feet

One of many incredible views along the trail

Taking pictures becomes less of a priority the more tired you get

Heading to the mountain peak you see in the distance.

I laid down for a while to rest while Steve went off trail to refill our water bottles.

We stopped after 8 miles for our first camp. The food was good.

We slept out under the stars the first night. The bugs were not a big problem. The temperature was about 55.

Steve posed for a picture Sunday

My turn to pose. We were feeling great this our second day on the trail. By the end of this day we were both badly dehydrated and I drank throughout the night 1 liter of Gatorade and 2 liters of water.

12 miles from where we had started 4 miles from where we had camped.

More vista pictures before I run low on battery. I took my solar charger and it worked very well charging the battery while I walked.

I was in bad shape here and did not know it. Dehydration was setting in.

4 more miles all up hill to water. By the time we got there my bottles were empty.

Steve pointing the direction home. We got water and camped at Apache Spring were we had to filter water from the spring.

Back on the trail and rehydrated Monday found us hiking through the trees. Still a lot of steep climbs.

I only took pictures when I was feeling good. The shade of the trees help.

One more of many stops to rest from a steep climb.

A real pretty section of the hike.

We are going around that rock.

At Cedar Spring to refill our water and drink plenty. We did not filter this spring water it was clear and cold. Our next water would be from a creek which we did filter.

Here is where we exited the trail to hike down to Idyllwild.

We spent the night in this cabin. A hot shower after 35 miles and 3 days on the trail was wonderful.

These two young ladies gave us a ride to our hotel. We had no cell phone signal at all. The hotel would come and pick us up but we could not call them.

Nice cabin

Very comfortable.

The tree next to our cabin. I slept very soundly that night!

Out front of the hotel.

We had pizza for supper and for breakfast the next morning. This picture is of fried pickles I had with my hamburger at lunch.

Waiting for Dave to pick us up. We enjoyed walking around Idyllwild visiting the shops and stores.

Dave and his wife whom we took out to eat in Banning where they live. A real sweet couple!

The view on our way to Dave's house.

We ate brunch with Dave then he waited with us for the bus to arrive. This windmill farm is at the station in Palm Springs.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Getting ready for the Hike

I am enjoying the night before the hiking trip watching the VP debate having milk and cookies with my Sweet and lovely wife and mother-in-law!! God bless you.

Location:County Road 3102 N,Henderson,United States

Friday, October 5, 2012

What I've been up to...

Visited with my mother and my sister Peggy on Saturday
Helped my Son-in-law hook up with some electrical work on Wednesday
Janie played with Naomi while I helped Naomi's daddy
Missing this one and the 11 others
Janie and her mother tending to her Uncle Trenton's grave
Getting my hiking gear sorted out for next weeks trip to the PCT.

God bless you.