Living in the Moment

Last night was Lansdale Bike Night. About 60,000 people show up for this event each year, showing off their hogs and hanging out. There are bands and food and merchandise set up all down Main Street. The past three or four years, my church has had space. We do free facepainting and balloon animals for the kids (you’d be surprised how much of a family event this really is!) and giving away free popcorn. It’s always a lot of fun – it’s my favorite outreach that we do. It was a long night though, and I am plumb tuckered out.

I just read an article this week about living in the moment and taking time to actually notice things. The article said you should try to notice at least six things a day. This is much harder than you’d think! Anyway, I tried to do it last night and I noticed:

A man with the orange mohawk with green tips
An orange chopper with purple flames on it
That there is a tattoo parlor on N. Towamencin Avenue

So I only got three. And today…well, nothing. I have to work on this! It seems unimaginable that in a whole day, I can’t think of six things I really and truly took time and notice of…

My Crew…

Yes, I am still finding more workcamp photos! This one was my whole crew on the first day. See the particle board behind us? They told us to SCRAPE it first before painting it…NOT a good idea! It all comes off! Posted by Picasa

David in Saul’s Armor

This was just soooo cute. In Adventure Theater today, we were talking about David & Goliath. Zack volunteered to be David and this is him in “King Saul’s” misfitting “armor”. I could nto stop laughing! You’ll see Esteban behind him – he was holding Zack’s pants up! I wish I’d had my real camera with me. Posted by Picasa

School Days

My dear friend Nan left a message yesterday (happy anniversary, by the way, Nan!)that her son was off to his first day of kindergarten – happy as could be and not looking back. I’m so glad to hear that he was excited to go and I hope so much that he has a wonderful experience with school. I know I did.

Me & Dwayne on our first day of kindergarten… Posted by Picasa

This is me on my first day of kindergarten…in fact, that is the day I met Nancy! It always makes me smile to think that she and I have been friends all these years. What a blessing! Anyway, I always loved school…couldn’t wait for summer to end so I could get back to seeing friends and learning lots of cool stuff. Weird, I know, but that’s just me!

Forget the Terminator…

…meet the Urinator! Posted by Picasa

This is Norman, the love of my life. He is the sweetest, most loving of all my kitties. And yet he is the most troublesome! He is always getting into stuff, attacking Nellie, running around like a man on fire. And lately, peeing on the floor! I’ve had him to the vet for all kinds of tests. I’ve had the carpets steam cleaned. I put plastic down on the floor. I even bought one of those stupid automatic litterboxes (DON’T waste your money! Luckily, they took it back.) The only thing that might be having any effect – and I can’t tell for sure – is this stuff called Comfort Zone by Feliway. It’s a plug-in like those air fresheners but it releases a cat hormone that makes them relax and feel comfortable. I had one in the room where he frequently did this and he stopped for several weeks.

But I am a bad mom and the plug in ran out and I didn’t get another one. That was probably a week or even two ago. And here he goes again! Saturday and then again tonight. So I was back in the car, trekking to the only pet store around that seems to sell this. I got the refill and an entirely new plug-in for the living room. We’ll see if this is the answer! I sure hope something is!

What to say?

I’ve been thinking about what to blog about but I feel like in light of everything going on in the Gulf coast, what I have to say to the world is so minor.

One thing I will say is happy birthday to my mamacita. She is computer-challenged, so she probably won’t see this, but I wanted to say it anyway. Yesterday was her birthday and, as she teased her best friend when she turned the same age, she’s the speed limit now. (I told her that, in most places, it went up so she’s got another 10 years until she can make that joke again.) I have to honestly say I don’t know what I would do without her. Yes, sometimes she drives me bats and I often tell her what a challenge she is (and I’m sure she feels the same about me at times) but when it comes down to it, she is and always has been there for me in any and every circumstance. I talk to her almost every day about something or another. Sometimes we even watch tv together long distance. We debate the news of the day, share our views on what’s going on in the world and even when we don’t agree, I know she is listening. So, I love you, mom! Happy birthday!

You can’t look away

I am still glued to news of the Gulf coast. I check in on the major news outlets all day online and all evening on television. It breaks my heart to see the conditions that people have been in, that some are still awaiting rescue, that some are still awaiting food and water in New Orleans. I hear all the terrible things that are going on there, the crimes being committed in the convention center and I think – I was there. I was there when it was just a city filled with doctors for a large convention. And now it is unrecognizable.

I keep hearing people say over and over things like “they should have evacuated when they were told to”. But how do you evacuate when you have no money, no transportation, no means to get anywhere other than where you are? Or are too sick to go? Or disabled? So many factors played into what has happened. That’s not to say that no one stayed out of sheer stubbornness – I’m sure there is a great deal of that mixed in as well.

I pray that order is restored soon so that they can continue the evacuations without fear of rescuers being shot at. I pray that they receive the necessary supplies and help they need soon to help these people who are tired and hungry and thirsty…and dying before their eyes. I pray that people who were blessed to not live in this area and face this devastation personally would remember to be thankful for what they have and to give to those who no longer have anything. There are so many reputable organizations to give to: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Blessing, the list goes on and on. They were reporting on the news to beware of charity scam artists – if you receive an email from the Red Cross or another organization like that, it is not real. The Red Cross doesn’t have time to be sending out email solicitations right now or doing telemarketing – so bear this in mind.

I truly wish I could be down there. I have a heart for those in need and it breaks every time I hear another person’s story or see another shot of what used to be a beautiful area. I wish there was something more I could do…in the meantime, I’ll donate and pray.