Visiting the Living and the Dead

March 1, 2015

Long day today. It was a chore to get out the door to church this morning since I knew I wouldn’t be back home for at least 10 hours. Then when I got to church, no kids showed up for Sunday School (so I guess my lesson for next week is ready early!).

After lunch we went to Grace Presbyterian Village to see Carol who is there for a time of rehab after her hip replacement. We had a bit of a time getting in since we didn’t know we needed a code to open the door. After wandering around in the cold rain, we found an employee who let us in. We brought flowers to Carol, well sorta. We brought her flowers that were given to her by others–we had just taken them home the day she left the hospital. She seems to be doing well and went with us to visit other folks there.
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We found Florence, and had a nice little visit with her:
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Then we found Evelyn Pike who was celebrating her 100th birthday this very day! That was fun, and we got to see Lars and his beautiful family then too.

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Then we headed off to a funeral home in Richardson to attend the visitation for our friend Shirley Collier. Some of you may remember her from our Kimball Free Methodist days or more recently when we visited them in their church in Vermont about 18 months ago. Shirley never recovered from surgery about a year ago. Her funeral will be Tuesday.

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The good thing about funerals and visitations is that one gets to see mutual friends that otherwise stay hidden too long.

After that it was a 45 minute drive to Denton to drop Gary off for 4 days of work meetings. We stopped along the way for coffee break, then I drove the hour home and made it just before 7pm. It has been a cold, drizzly day, but the temps have been above freezing. Almost all the ice and snow from last week has melted.

It Has Been an Odd Day

February 24, 2015

We knew last night that the Center would be closed today for the second day in a row due to our annual ice storm. My plan was to work on the taxes today

Instead, the day went something like this.

Phone call at 5:04am. Auntie Carol wondering where her ride to the hospital was. She told us to go back to bed and she would call again if needed. She didn’t call back, but we couldn’t really get back to sleep.

I spent quite a bit of time on the phone in the morning talking about Carol getting where she needed to be and others of us helping out in various ways. Somewhere along the morning I talked to Rachel about a possible job she is considering.

I got email saying a friend had passed away.

At 11 am, Gary and I decided to scrape the ice off the car and drive to Carol’s house to collect her suitcase. We managed to do so, driving very slowly, without incident. We parked the car down the road a ways and took this video while walking home.

I made some soup for lunch.

More talking to folks about various things and then I went to Rachel’s house to help her with a couple things. My hands are now purple from refilling her printer cartridges. She gave me back all the cake stuff she borrowed last weekend.

I got an email saying the US State department asking me to remove a certain Facebook post I had put up! Well, they weren’t contacting me directly, but were doing so via a third party. We could still pray for a certain abducted 70 year old, we just couldn’t mention it on social media!

I went to the hospital to visit Carol. She got thru her surgery without incident, though it took a bit longer than expected. I felt just a tad intimidated by all the wires and tubes she was hooked up to, and then when I tried to chat with her, the meds took over and she fell asleep. I’ll probably try again tomorrow.

Gary spent his day writing a couple reviews, one of which he is supposed to even get paid for (50 euros).

We might get even more bad weather tonight, but I expect we will be able to go to work.

Ethnologue 18th edition has Hit the Internet!

February 22, 2015

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Yesterday was International Mother Language Day and we celebrated by pushing Ethnologue 18 live to the website. The process is a very complicated one, involving many people on the team, but this roll out went much smoother than last year.

We hope the process for getting books ready to print-on-demand will be completed soon as well.

Tomorrow we’re going to order Mr. Jim’s Pizza for the team for lunch. Yes, we really know how to party around here.

Update on Sunday

February 22, 2015

We’re having some cold rainy weather at the moment. Yesterday was warm while Gary mowed the lawn for the second time already this year, and tomorrow they are predicting ice pellets. Ya got to be ready for everything around here.

Yesterday David posted a cute little video of Micah and Emma at the McDonald’s playground. Notice how Emma asks for a hand, then decides she can do it herself. I miss those kids!

No real news about Rachel’s job hunt. She has filled out two applications so far, and she has found some ways to economize. I’m hoping to do her income taxes this week and we hope she will be in line for a refund. Please keep praying for God to provide for her.

The repainting and recarpeting is finished in our offices at work, but no, we haven’t gotten moved back in yet. Gary was so busy FINISHING the Ethnologue. Yes, it is finished. Well, the 18th edition is finished, anyway, and they’re already making changes for the 19th. This week we will work on getting moved back in and try our best to do some cleaning/sorting/throwing away in the process.

Some of you reading this post know Auntie Carol Orwig. She is having a hip replaced on Tuesday and would appreciate our prayers. I plan to spend time with her in the afternoon after her surgery; other friends are taking her to the hospital at 5am. We’re hoping we don’t have icy roads that morning.

Valentine’s Weekend

February 15, 2015

We went on a date to the Ft. Worth Symphony Saturday night with tickets courtesy of friends who were busy babysitting that evening. Lots of fun. I especially liked the classical guitar and orchestra piece, featuring Pablo Sainz Villegas. We also heard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. We took a selfie just before leaving with my new phone–not that great a photo, but you get the idea.

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In other news, at the office we are trying to finish the next edition of the Ethnologue in the midst of having to vacate our office suite.

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We’ve found a temporary place else to sit for 3 weeks while they repaint and recarpet.

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Baby Update

February 12, 2015

I stole this photo from Facebook. It seems our baby Zoe is growing nicely!

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And Micah is learning to write his name! Doesn’t he look proud of himself? (And doesn’t that child look just like David??)

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And my baby went to the symphony with her daddy last Saturday. The Dallas Symphony was playing at Shine Hall at our own DHS.

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Sunday Catch Up

February 8, 2015

Today we are having the most beautiful weather! It was so nice yesterday, that poor Gary had to mow the lawn and it is only Feb 8.
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Yesterday I delivered a cake and two shapes of cookies for a baby shower with a firefly theme. I got paid quite nicely, comfort for the 4 times I had to clean up the terribly messy kitchen during the baking and decorating process. I also delivered a few gluten-free cookies which I made using a mix and just leaving out some of the liquid so I could make them cutouts, not drop cookies. Not that good, but OK if you can’t eat regular flour.
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Last Sunday we visited with a supporter who had a layover at DFW during the Superbowl. I made this bag for her using a new technique and it turned out quite well.
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I tried to go birding at the state park this afternoon, but the place was overrun with everyone else enjoying the weather, including a big bike race. Here are a couple photos take last week when I went there in solitude:
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Rachel survived her first week of unemployment. She is trying to get all equipment belonging to her former employer packed up and ready to mail back. Part of the process is to destroy all written materials that have to do with students or the school. We started shredding, but that took way too long with her light-duty shredder. So we went to plan B.

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Not-Our-Trip Travel Report: from David’s Camera

February 4, 2015

Wendell and Judy went to Portland, OR in September 2014 and were able to visit Teresa and her family. They also saw David and his family. One could tell that *I* wasn’t there because there were no photos of their visit forthcoming!

So to remedy that situation, during our recent trip to Portland I got my nag on and eventually managed to snag some photos of the event from David’s camera. He also included a few from our earlier visit in April and a couple from our family gathering last August for Grandma Dennis’s 80th.

As usual, click the photo below and then use slideshow mode to see larger photos.

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Travel Report: Bird Photos from AZ and OR

January 27, 2015

I really didn’t get to do much birding on this trip–too busy with other good things and often the weather was lousy. But I we did get to do a bit and particularly enjoyed the Tualatin Nature Reserve located a little bit south of Portland.

One lifer–Tundra Swans a few miles west of Multnomah Falls.

As always, my bird photos are never all that great, but you’ll get the idea.

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Travel Report: Portland to see David, Sarah, Micah, Emma

January 26, 2015

We did lots of things and saw lots of people on this trip, but the highlight, of course, was spending time with our grandkids. It is sad that we all live so far apart and get to do this so seldom. Sigh.

One day I was home with Emma only, and we had a sweet, quiet time together. Other days we kept busy with trips to a giant bounce house with some of Sarah’s friends, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, birdwatching at the Tualatin Nature Reserve, a visit with the 2nd cousins, church, and a day at the zoo. David and Sarah live pretty busy lives. David is out of the house before 6:30am to catch the bus to work and usually gets back about 12 hours later. Sarah works 3 days a week, with a long commute after dropping Micah and Emma off at their respective daycares.

In the (long) photo album below you’ll see the soccer ball cake referred to earlier. I guess you’ll just have to ask Micah himself what happened to the second half of the cake, the first half having been shared with friends! ;-)

Mostly you’ll see cute kids, one with orange hair! Click on the photo below to go to the online album, and then view in slideshow.

15-01-09 Visit with David Sarah Micah Emma

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