Friday, March 6, 2009

World's Most Negligent Blogger Returns...

Okay, so now I get the prize for “most negligent blogger in the universe”! I don’t know what happened – Thanksgiving, Christmas, shopping, company, company, company…and working 2 part-time jobs, plus obligations at church and home… can anyone help me with more excuses?? Nevermind, at last I’m returning to share a few very random thoughts.

--First, in November, the church Dwayne and I have been a part of for 30 years moved into our new building! (another excuse – helping with the big MOVE!) The dedication service was in December, and here are a couple of pics. We are so thrilled with our new facility, but also thankful to be part of such a wonderful community. If you’re in or near New Braunfels, come visit us at the corner of FM 725 and Klein Rd. We’d love to have you.

I love to take walks down our country road – it’s peaceful; beautiful sunsets; and the mountain laurel have started blooming, the first sign of spring. Usually the air is permeated with the distinctive fragrance of grape soda pop. But this year, due to the extreme drought we’re experiencing, none of the wildflowers have much of a chance. And right now, there’s another competing fragrance… it’s skunk mating season in South Texas. So, as I was walking recently, noticing the mountain laurel and hoping for the usual heady fragrance, all I could detect was the distinct odor of skunk! And, twice within the past week, while walking down the driveway to get the morning paper (about 100 yards to the road), Dwayne has been confronted with a skunk sauntering around in the front yard or in the driveway… guess what? The skunk won, and Dwayne retreated to the house without the paper. I hope skunk mating season doesn’t last long!

--In a few weeks we’ll be leaving to visit Julie, Brian, and Justin in the Philippines. Julie is completing her Masters Degree, so we’ll get to watch her graduate. Jessica will be coming from Denver, so we’ll have a mini family reunion in Manila. Next time I add to this blog, I’ll have a picture of Julie in cap and gown, and of course, more of Justin, the world’s cutest grandson.

-- I’m sure you’ve heard about Starbucks closing stores across the country; well, you can be assured that the New Braunfels one is NOT closing. Our business may have slowed a little, but my feet don’t know it, after a 5-hour shift this morning, with only about 5 or 10 minutes to sit down between 5 AM and nearly 10. Our regular customers still show up every day, the coffee is just as good, and the job is still fun! So, come see us at Starbucks, and let us make your day better. J