22 May 1999
Tom's rosebush, the one Cricket doesn't excavate much, is blooming again.
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Harold and Maude
Looks like Dad is going to be able to make his trip to Given, West Virginia for the The Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship meeting on Memorial Day. He's going to be the keynote speaker, quite an honor. Dad was invited once before, but was unable to make the trip last time.
It has been difficult for him to get the funding. His congregation is quite small and has little funding, just the tithes of fifteen or so regular members. Eddie is doing most of the financing.
I'm still concerned that this trip will be hard on him. He is getting up in years and a 2000+ mile car trip is tough.
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Recently, my very favorite feathered friends who visit the feeders are the cardinals who live across the alley. Harold and Maude, I call them. The female is Harold and the male is Maude. I have to call them that because every time I see them, I think of this (which is/was way cute to me).
Maude is about the most considerate he-cardinal I've ever known, always looking after his wife, Harold. While Harold is tending her home, Maude scouts the area to see what he can find. This morning, he discovered that my feeders were once again full of nice cardinal food so he quickly flew off to get his loving wife, Harold. Together, they returned to the feeders.
They both perched on the hanger for a few moments, then Maude hopped down to the tray, got some seed in his beak and flew back up to snuggle with his loving wife, Harold. They touched beaks for a moment, then Maude carefully held out a bit of seed; Harold gently plucked it out of his beak. She fluffed her feathers to show her thanks, then they both picked a bit more seed from the trays and flew home.
Of course, the camera was in the house during all this cardinal love play.
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Those of you on my mailing list already know what a bind I've gotten myself into with the job thing -- the rest of you should get on the list. *smile*
I've decided that although I can get by with 'just a job', there are things that I really, REALLY want to do above meeting my existing financial obligations -- so I'm going to get a real job. For one, I want to be debt free, a situation I haven't had for the past 20 years or so -- that includes paying off the house. Aside from socking something away for retirement, I'd also like to invest in some of life's simple pleasures for NOW . . home improvements, travel, landscaping. I'd certainly like to have a budget for plays and musicals and concerts again, too. And, I want to spoil my kids and grandkids and husband by showering them will little gifts all the time. Now THAT is really fun.
So today, I researched a list of the top 100 local companies and have printed out resumes and cover letters for the ones that look interesting or are close enough to home. Tomorrow, I'll do e-mailing and faxing to companies that are advertising for my skills and Monday, I'll be hitting the head-hunters.
The latter part of the week, I'll probably spend finding work to keep my bills current until I find a real job. *sigh*
Goodbye, One Life to Live.