November 28, 2006

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder

It's always so good to get home and sleep in your own bed. Preacher's wife picked me up at the airport patted my hand and said welcome home. I said, "thanks, it has been a long trip and I really missed you." But the reason I know absence makes the heart grow fonder was when I walked in the house, Bo our 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whined and barked until I sat down petted him and let him lick my face. Now that is what I call a welcome home. After that I was off to bed. Now here I am thanks to jet lag up at 2 a.m. Oh well!

November 24, 2006

I'm leaving on a fast train...

I left Watford today for Bolton, England. Bolton is northwest of London near Manchester, about two hours by train. I love traveling by train, especially if it's a Virgin (don't get any wild ideas, you can see it is the name of a train line). They are one of the nicest train lines in all of England. Maybe it was because I was in first class, but the service was great. I am looking forward to seeing my friend Ian and spending a couple of days with him before I head home.

November 22, 2006

Just a few more days in London...

Things are going well here in London. I have spent the last week with my friends the Hibberts, and have been working with Pastor Tim Roberts at Watford Community Church. I leave Friday by train for Bolton, England which is north of Manchester. Then head home on Monday. I guess preacher's wife has had enough peace and quiet for a while and will be glad I am home. I am throughly enjoying the season of autumn while I am here. Thought you might enjoy my view into the garden.

November 18, 2006

For those who give a rip...

I am in London where it has been cold and rainy for the past few days. Actually the sun is shining at this moment. I am lying in bed thinking about getting up and going to work. Amazaing, how that thought just left me. I hear my friend rattling around downstairs. I think that means he wants me to get out of bed. Have a great weekend.

November 14, 2006

Father-Daughter Dance

Our son Philip took his daughters to a father-daughter dance at Eagle's Nest. Preacher's wife and I thought this was a good picture so I decided to share it with you.

November 13, 2006

Going from Happy to Happier...

I know she knows I leave Wednesday for 12 days, but I am refusing to mention it to her. The last time I mentioned it she gave me a long list of things she wanted me to do before I left. Well, I completed the list and she was very, very happy. Of course, I am pleased that it made her happy. I guess I am afraid that there are some more things around here to do that would make her even happier. I think she is happy enough. I am really hoping for a couple of days just to sit, relax, prepare, maybe pack and spend a little time with her.

November 8, 2006

Sorry I ever mentioned it...

I reminded Preacher's wife that I was leaving for England next week and would be gone for 12 days. Immediately she reminded me of all the things that needed to be done around the house before Thanksgiving and Christmas. I guess it was the 12 days that reminded her of the long list of things that needed to be done before Christmas. It is amazing how one simple little reminder would turn into such a large job. So here I sit trying to muster the energy to get started. I often wonder if that is the way things work in other homes with other husbands and wives. Looking back, I think one of my mistakes was early on in our marriage I tried to impress her by presenting myself as Mr. Fix-it or Mr. Handyman. Now she thinks I can do about anything. It is too late now to try and convince her otherwise so I will go ahead and get started.

November 2, 2006

Don't leave home without them...

Talk about being stretched this week. First the golf, now Preacher's wife is taking me to the Majestic Theatre tonight to see a Broadway play. This is generally where the sophisticated people go for entertainment. I have been there before, but because it's not a rodeo environment I usually feel out of place in boots and jeans. I have always prided myself in being pretty versatile, but two complete different wardrobes in two days is pushing the envelope. I can get by with my boots and jeans at the theatre because it is dark and people are not looking at your feet. I must admit though it is very hard to get by with your boots at the golf course where we are in shorts and people always seem to be checking out your stance when you tee off or you're putting. I don't think I have as much trouble going to these places as I do wearing the right attire. If it wasn't for Preacher's wife, I would probably sit at home all the time in my recliner wearing my PJ's with my boots. I do take them off to sleep though. That is my PJ's..

November 1, 2006

It's going to be one of those days...

Today I am going golfing. Now that's no big deal if you are a golfer. In fact it could be one of those great and exciting golf days when you play your best game. But if you have golfed less than 5 times in your lifetime, could be....a humiliating experience or worse. I am told by golfers that one just needs to relax and and enjoy the experience. I guess one could do that if they didn't have to think about swinging and missing the ball on tee off. I am pretty sure I will be teed off before the day is over.