My summary of this past week would be dominated by the weather where normally we would be using the grill, giving the lawn a first cut and giving our car a good cleaning. Instead, we have been flopping between snow, rain and some occasional sunshine. These photos are from my phone and record some of the highlights.
Most important was from the sermon at church last night where we heard Pastor Jeff Manion of Ada Bible Church talk about "The Land Between." It was a reprise of a sermon we heard him deliver a few years ago. We found it valuable then and more as we get older. It's about the times when we find ourselves in unwanted transition of life. Those might be related to health, family, jobs, marriage and any other situation we did not want or ask for.
Okay, older baby-boomers, do you remember Miss Francis and Ding Dong School? This past week I was going through one of our book shelves and found these two books that were mine when I was really young. My mom would read this to me. Miss Francis was a precursor to Sesame Street. It was on in the fifties.
My wife was sorting through an immense collection of recipes that she's used during the past almost 35 years. This one for orange muffins was from my early boyhood days. My mom made them on very special occasions, like maybe once a year. They contained orange juice from freshly squeezed oranges, shaved orange peels and lots of sugar. Gladys made them this past week. My memory machine was in full gear.
Our seven-year-old Honda Civic turned over 100,000 miles a few days ago. The car has been relatively trouble free with our regular maintenance. We have shaved down our fleet of cars to one. Before the kids made us empty-nesters, we had four. The Civic is great for visiting our kids and grandkids who live in different states.
We do our taco salads healthy style here at our house. Nutrition is something we try to watch, especially as I move into my 70th birthday. Most of our meals our consumed on our couch with a fold down middle section that we use for a table. Most lunches are eaten in front of Everybody Loves Raymond.