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June Reading List

I got five books read in June and three of the five will definitely be on my favorites list.  That's not bad, especially considering that since March most of the books I've read have just been sort of ho-hum for me.

First up was The Gold Bug, A Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe. This is an interesting story of the finding of buried treasured. It got a bit boring when he went into detail of how he broke the code because after you got the idea he didn't really need to describe the entire thing. This is very different from other EAPoe books in that it wasn't creepy. Personally I prefer his creepy stories. :) Also, one has to remember that the book was written even before the Civil War and Poe was a man of his times, but the characterization of the black character is rather offensive today.

The second book I read in June was Mama B: A Time to Speak by Michelle Stimpson.  I had read another of Ms. Stimpson's books and liked it so I tried a second a…

You Know It's Time for Home Assignment When.... (Part II)

A few months ago I talked a bit about how you know when it's time for home assignment.  You can read that here.  Well, now home assignment is only two weeks away and there are even more signs of that approaching date!

You know it's almost time for home assignment because of the long list of people to whom you are constantly saying good-bye.  The hardest are to those we know we may never see again.



Mostly you know it's time for home assignment because of all the boxes, action packers, and market bags packed and in the store room or ready to go into the store room.





Another way you know it's almost time for home assignment is because of the piles of stuff everywhere.  Stuff to give away.  Stuff to store.  Stuff to pack to take with us.

Stuff on dressers.



Stuff on suitcases.



Stuff on chairs.



Stuff on couches.



You know it's time for home assignment because your closet is looking bare and the clothes that are left are mostly "disposable"....they will be given away or t…

Working from My Car

I mainly have a desk job.  Of course people are involved, because I am, after all, a personnel coordinator, aka human resources manager.  

But there are times of the year when it seems that I spend more time in my car then at my desk.  The past two weeks have been like that.  On these kinds of days, I think of my car as my office.  Sometimes between errands I'll sit in the car in the air conditioning for a few minutes and make any phone calls I need to make, just so I can cool down a bit.  



A week ago Saturday we had a massive moving day.  We moved furniture into or out of seven houses and a garage.  Usually when we hire a truck, the crew comes with it.  The last two times we did this, they were energetic and got the work done in no time flat.  But this time they were fasting.  It was 106 degrees that day and the air was heavy with humidity.  I don't know how they did what they did, but it took much longer than the other times I've worked with them!  They were pouring water …

I've Got a Sinking Feeling

Tuesday night we got a great rain.  It started raining in the early evening and came down pretty hard for quite awhile and then rained all night.  I had no idea how much it was raining, so I was surprised the next day when I heard different amounts ranging from 96 mm to 120 mm.  For those of you who don't know millimeters, it was around 4 inches of rain in a 12-hour period.

The poor kitty was so stressed.  She kept yowling and then she would follow me everywhere.  I kept going to the kitchen to check that rain wasn't coming in under the kitchen door.  We've had the house flood before during big rains, so I was a bit worried about that.  I could see the water just at the level of the door, but it never really came in.  I also noticed a terrible sewer smell in the house and when I went to use the toilet there was, well, let's just say stuff in the toilet that shouldn't have been there.  When I flushed, it almost didn't go down and later when the rain let up a bit,…

What I Learned from Our Bible Study Group

We have had a Bible study with students from a university-level school that trains flight controllers, meteorologists, and others involved in the field of aviation.  The average time we have these students in our group is a year and a half; some shorter than that, some longer, depending on their program.  

We have enjoyed every group we've had ... we started this Bible study in 2012 when one of the students who attended our church asked if anybody in the church could host a Bible study.  Since we live near the school, we volunteered and we've never regretted it.  Sure there have been weeks when John barely had time to prepare or when we were so tired we would have liked to have had a quiet evening to ourselves.  But then the students would come, and we'd be glad we had opened our home and prepared a study.

The latest group just graduated.  Several of them have said that when they came here where the majority religion is not Christian, they never expected to grow so much in t…

Graduation Season

It's the season for graduations!  Yesterday I attended two graduations.  Thankfully one was in the morning and one was in the evening.  There were differences and similarities.  

The morning graduation was at the flight controller and meteorologist training school.  Six of the graduates attended our Bible study regularly and a seventh came occasionally.  We grew to dearly love this group.  



The evening ceremony was at our MK school and all of the graduates this year were missionary kids and one pastor's kids; the majority of the missionary kids were from our mission.  So I've known most of these kids since they were little. 



The similarities were:
1.  Both groups were fairly small (30 for the flight controller school and 13 for our mission school).  Both groups were very close to each other; at the flight controller school they have all classes together and live in dorms together for 14 months with only a few days off and no real vacations; at the mission school the kids have …