December 30, 2005

Man•do•line also (man•do•lin)

Man•do•line also (man•do•lin) noun - [French, from Italian mandolino or mandolin] -a kitchen utensil consisting of a flat frame with adjustable cutting blades for slicing or shredding vegetables.

December 28, 2005

One Happy Preacher's Wife...

Some (one in particular) seem to be interested in the kind of joy my Christmas gift brought to preacher’ wife. I can tell you she was delighted, thrilled, and overjoyed. Since cords were out of the picture and I couldn’t find anything in the same variety that was cordless, I resorted to my memory. I had heard her say that she wanted a mandoline, so I thought that I would surprise her. I didn’t even know she could play one, but I went to the music store anyway. They said it would have to be ordered and could not possibly arrive until after Christmas. Later that day when I was telling one of her friends that she wanted a mandoline but the music store would have to order it, I was informed that I needed to go to Williams-Sonoma and ask if they had one. Now by this time I was totally confused. I figured her friend knew what she was talking about, so I stopped by and ask if they had one. Sure enough they had only one and it was wrapped and on a display table so I bought it. Needless to say on Christmas Eve when she opened it she was surprised and delighted and I was surprised, informed and embarrassed. And this was just her Christmas Eve gift. It got better on Christmas day. I will tell you about that later. Pictured is a La Mandoline. To be purchased at a cooking store not a music store.

December 27, 2005

My favorite Christmas lights...

The wise man Solomon said, “...there is a time for everything.” A time to rejoice, a time to embrace, a time to give, a time to celebrate. Therefore, I love Christmas time. I love the family. I love the family getting together at Christmas time. I love the sights, the sounds, the smells, the lights, and even the tree. But when I think of Christmas lights I think my favorite ones are the tail-lights on the cars as the kids leave for home. Though it was a wonderful time of joy and celebration, there is also a time for everyone to go home. I am now in recovery.

December 25, 2005

I Grew up in this church...

This is the First Baptist Church Howe, Texas. My brother-in-law and sister, Dale and Kat Stacy who live in Garner, NC sent me this picture for my collection.

Good Morning and Merry Christmas to all....

It’s 5:30 A.M. CST and most of the children in this time zone are awake or will be waking soon. My eyes opened about 4 A.M. I thought about waking preacher’s wife, but for health reasons (mine not hers), I decided to let her sleep. So here I sit with a cup of coffee waiting for brunch and a ballgame. My prayer is that each of you will have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

December 19, 2005


Preacher’s wife saw my blog and made one simple statement. “It better not have a cord!” Now she tells me. What is it with women and cords? So now I have to go back to Wal-Mart and look for a cordless iron. I have had it with shopping for her. I should have followed my first instinct and got her the Home Depot Gift Card.

December 16, 2005

Two Granddaughters Move Closer To Their Poppy

Three of the five precious grandchildren live in Denver, but these two have moved to Kyle, Texas.

December 15, 2005

Mission Accomplished!

Well, I was successful in finding preacher’s wife a Christmas gift my first trip to Wal-Mart, thanks to the Online Circular. I also got it at a big savings. I had just forgotten how many wonderful things that big store has to choose from. I guess that is the advantage of living near one of those super size stores. It was not crowded at all. I thought the store would be overflowing with people doing their Christmas shopping, but I guess the advantage I had was by going at 4 o’clock in the morning. Through the years people have ask me why I get up so early? Well, now you know. There are so many advantages to getting up while it is still dark outside. One, the phone never rings. Two, preacher’s wife is still sleeping and has nothing for me to do. And now you know, once a year I get to do my Christmas shopping where I don’t have to fight to park and the store is never crowded. Try it, you might like it.

December 13, 2005

Another Funny Christmas Story

The story is told of a little boy who wanted a big red bike for Christmas, so he wrote Santa a letter:

Dear Santa: I have been a good boy. I have done my chores and homework. I have obeyed my mom and dad. Please leave me a big red bike. Well, he got to thinking about it and decided that wasn’t enough, so he wrote a letter to Jesus:

Dear Jesus: I really want a big red bike for Christmas. I have attended church, learned my lessons, and obeyed the commandments. Then he got to thinking that might not be enough. So he crept downstairs, went over to the family manger scene and very carefully lifted the Mary out of the scene, and crept back up the stairs. He wrapped the figure of Mary in Kleenex and tucked her away in the back of the closet. Then he continued his letter to Jesus. “And if you ever want to see your mother again….”

December 11, 2005

A good Christmas laugh...

A university professor from Salt Lake City conducted an experiment at Christmas time, several years ago. He randomly selected six hundred names from telephone directories from several major cities and sent Christmas cards to each of them. His return address was included on the card, and he received an amazing one hundred and seventeen responses from the 600 cards sent to perfect strangers.

One replied, “I just got out of the hospital, and how good it was to hear from a longtime wonderful friend!” (Must have had amnesia!)

Another said, “We had difficulty at first remembering who you were, but after some thought, we remembered. Please give our love to your father. He is a wonderful man.” (What creative memories!)

One reply was unexpected, “It was really great to hear from you again. We will be in Salt Lake City this summer, and if you have a spare room, we would like to stay with you two or three days!” (That’s what friends are for!)

December 8, 2005

Let the shopping begin...

I am going shopping tomorrow for the preacher’s wife. I have given it a lot of thought and still can’t come up with anything to get her. What do you get a women who has everything or access to anything she wants? I think the most humiliating thing about this event will be having to ask her for the money. You see, I haven’t signed a check or seen the balance of our accounts for over ten years. She said years ago that I could keep the deposit slips and she would keep the checks. I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to that. So, I will head out bright and early before Wal-Mart gets crowded. I am sure they will have something she likes, and I will know it when I see it. Another good thing about shopping there is she can exchange it on one of her daily visits. I told her some time ago that I wanted to be buried under a tree in the Wal-Mart parking lot. That way I would be sure she would visit me often. I will keep you posted.

December 6, 2005

Happy Anniversary?????

I arrived home safely, but not in time to save myself from all that was spent on Christmas. It seems like all the shopping took place while I was away. I have yet to see the check book, and the credit card bill has not arrived. I am sure my arrival home would have been more welcoming if I had not asked to to see all the receipts and the checkbook first. I can’t mention it today because this is our 37th wedding anniversary and it needs to be a peaceful day around the house. I think I will take her out for a nice dinner this evening and in my subtle way see if I can get her to confess. But truthfully, I don’t think it will work. Thirty-seven years is too long to live with a person and not know all their subtle ways.

December 3, 2005

You better get out of that mall and get home...

We just finished the Pastor's Conference in Ethiopia and I am in London anxiously awaiting my flight home. Sure, I missed her, and I missed him (that is my wife and dog), but to be quite honest, my main concern at the moment is son of a preacher's wife and what she may be doing at the mall. You see, I left home the day after Thanksgiving and have had no way of monitoring her Christmas shopping which equals Christmas spending. I can only hope that God has shown favor on me and curtailed her spending.