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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun -- I Guess...

My goodness but it's been ages since my last post -- at least it seems so to me. Every day I say to myself -- I really do want to blog today for sure and then I don't get down to it. Sometimes I don't even open the laptop -- even just checking e-mail on my phone.

On June 2nd my son Rob and his girlfriend, Catrin (Cat) arrived back in England after a two year sojourn in Vancouver, BC. No blogging for me that day! And then the following weekend it was the annual Art Exhibit, which is a job I love doing, but no time for blogging that's for sure. The following week was busy getting used to a full house again -- Rob and Cat will be with us for the foreseeable future while they decide where they want to live and work.

Saturday night we had guests for dinner and after much hemming and hawing about whether or not it would be warm enough, we elected to barbecue. The Man did an excellent job with chicken and sausages. I was up early to prepare the 'fixins' all the time wondering why it was that some people can start their preparations at the last minute and have everything ready and piping hot on time and also look like a million dollars. We decided to serve the first course outside and then go in for the remainder of the dinner. However, to our amazement, the temperature stayed mild right through dessert and we didn't go inside until after 10 o'clock!

And then on Sunday, Father's Day it was my birthday and a great day it was, too! Robert is a very good cook and together the two of them presented us with very fine food -- and my favourite wine! At church earlier in the day, the Vicar even dedicated his sermon to me, for reasons that are difficult to explain, but which made me laugh. But it was a very good sermon about what is 'bad religion' and what is 'good religion'.

What I particularly liked was a story he told about present day 'good religion'. When he was a very young man he had a job with a packing company and for a time was sending packages to Sierra Leone. As a result he became very familiar with the towns and cities of that country, with the result that the place became of interest to him. He explained that the President of that country, that is 70% Muslim, is Christian and that the Vice President is Muslim. The intriguing thing is that while 70% attend the Mosque for traditional Islamic worship, these same people attend the Christian churches on Sunday as well...


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  1. Belated happy birthday, although I suspect that you best birthday present ever was to have your son and his girlfriend back at home base.

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    1. Absolutely! That was the best of all!

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  2. How interesting about Sierra Leone - there are a number of countries that would benefit by following that country's attitude.
    Happy Birthday - we just had a visit from my daughter (who lives four hours away) to celebrate hers, which was on Monday.

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    1. It was good to hear something positive about an African state -- especially one that has had such a turbulent history.

      Thanks for the birthday greeting and best wishes for your daughter.

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  3. It does sound like you have been very busy, but it sure is nice to hear from you again. Glad you found some time to blog and catch me up on your life. Happy birthday! :-)

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    1. Thank you DJan. I hope I can get back in the swing of posting again, though. Busy as it is for me at the moment it still feels like an important part of my routine is missing...

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  4. And my niece drove from Georgia to Ohio to visit family and friends, "Tis the season, I suppose. I like Sierra Leone's citizen's attitudes. Covering all the bases. Seriously, this is universalism: how can so many be wrong and only one be right?

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    1. It was very inspiring to hear this about Sierra Leone. We in the West think we are so advanced, but this goes to show that we have a lot to learn...

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  5. Belated birthday greetings, Broad. I'm not surprised you've had no time for blogging. How lovely to have your son and his girlfriend home with you again.

    I love the vicar's sermon illustration. That is real ecumenism.

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    1. I am enjoying every moment of their being home!

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  6. Happy belated birthday, I'm glad it was a good 'un.

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    1. It was one of the best -- I don't know about others, but I often find birthdays to be a bit of a let down, so it was nice to have one so memorable!

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  7. Happy Birthday. Interesting how moslems and Christians get along so well in that country. An example for the rest of the world.

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  8. Happy Birthday a little bit late! So many good things happening in your life lately! No wonder you haven't been blogging as much! But I loved hearing about it all in this post!

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    1. Thank you Kathy. It's good to get back to posting again.

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  9. Very belated birthday greetings! I understand the challenge of keeping up with blogging. I'm quite late myself with no good reason other than I'm having fun...and that's a good enough reason for me!

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    1. Glad you, too, are having fun! The 'hazy, lazy days' of summer are certainly a temptation to do other things than sit at the computer. Or should that be 'lazy, hazy days'?!

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  10. Very nice to have family appear on your birthday. Yes, blogging can sometimes seem just one thing too many. I try to keep up myblog because I enjoy the interaction with other bloggers but it's been a bit of a challenge recently for some reason.

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    1. It is a real tonic to have some family around on your birthday -- especially when they like to spoil and make a fuss of you! The thing about blogging, for me, is that it really does feel as though something is missing when I don't have time to get around to it.

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  11. Hey, could you hook me up with ce8d632a-647c-11e3-94d3-000bcdcb2996? He sounds like a very interesting person.

    Happy (extremely belated and I should be shot for that) Birthday!

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    1. That 'very interesting person' you mention is somewhere in the nether eating lotus blossom which is very badly effecting the end results of his digestion!

      And many thanks for the belated birthday wishes -- always welcome, especially from you xxx!

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