31 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 6-15-19

  1. You all probably know that I work from home. Our clients and the other employees in my department are all over the world so no one goes into the office and no one cares where you are working from.

    Six weeks ago, our church secretary left for a full time job. I volunteered to cover for her until we hired a replacement. The office is open 9:30 – 1:30, Monday through Thursday. Other than just being there so the office is open, the duties are covering the phone (which never rings), producing the worship bulletins, and few other minor tasks. So I take my laptop in, do my “real” work from there, and do the church stuff after I’ve put in my normal eight hours.

    A replacement was interviewed, offered the job, and accepted, but then didn’t show up. So I’ve been there the whole time. I have discovered that I absolutely love this arrangement and our Pastor does, too, because he suggested to me and the two others on the “hiring committee” that I keep it permanently. I haven’t heard anything official but assume this will happen because they’ve stopped advertising for the position. As of now, I’m planning to retire from my real job on October 31, so this will give me something meaningful to do in retirement.

    The the church budgets about $10,000 a year (salary & FICA) for this position. We don’t need the money and I’ve already said I didn’t want to be paid so I’m hoping to work out a deal where it can go towards our Pastor’s continuing ed so that he can enroll in a PhD program he’s been accepted into. It could end up being the proverbial win-win.

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  2. Today our oldest adoptee is getting married. Or whatever you call it when you got married before the JP six months ago and are now having a wedding. We, of course, were not invited but husband will need to drive twenty two year old down for the wedding and then hang around to bring her home again as she is the photographer. Interestingly, she sent a message through another daughter that she would like her younger siblings to attend. But as she had not mentioned it earlier, and has not spent more than thirty minutes total on them in the past five years, we opted out on that. I encourage the adults to try to have a relationship with her, but I need to protect the younger ones as they still have years of living here. Should be interesting.

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  3. I can’t ‘like’ a comment unless I click the WP symbol under my blank comment box and that signs me in automatically. I’m not sure when or how I set that up, just grateful it’s that easy since I have 2 WP accounts (one links to work) and I don’t want to mix those up, obviously. πŸ™‚ Once I’m signed in and the Tess icon and my name appear, I’m able to hit “like” and have it register on other comments.

    Looks like you’re signed in as I see your photo and name, so I would think you could also “like” things. Maybe it’s a computer issue. Maybe AJ can help. More and more I love allowing my computer to automatically remember passwords for me, despite what some would say are security issues with that.

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  4. I think I should know who Anonymous is at 7:09, but am drawing a blank. At first, I thought it was Kim, but the part about retiring and not needing money didn’t seem to match.

    Could it be Ricky? (I have no idea if any of the details match him, either.)

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  5. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve mentioned in the past that Pastor Billy and Renee have struggled with infertility. They had recently been approved to adopt.

    On Wednesday, they took custody of a nine-and-a-half month old baby boy whom they will adopt. They shared photos on Facebook (but with the baby’s face obscured, since they are still pre-adoption), and the joy was all over their faces!

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  6. I can “like” things, but sometimes when I do, a box pops up on my screen but then quickly goes away before any words appear on it, and then the page refreshes. When it finishes refreshing, my “like” appears.


  7. πŸ™‚ A little bit of rain

    πŸ™‚ Lots of rain for other areas

    😦 Most of it goes just around us, to the north, west, east or south.

    πŸ™‚ We did get enough to fill the water tank so we will water the garden with that today and hope we get enough rain in the next while to refill it.

    Dogs will both be getting a bath today and tick meds applied. No ticks live here yet, but they are nearby and I’m sure the deer and birds will bring them in any time now.

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  8. Our measure of how hard a rain is “it was Missouri rain” Many years ago driving through Missouri everyone, even the big semis, pulled over because the rain was coming down so hard.

    I drove through ‘Missouri rain’ yesterday for about 8 miles, but we only had a trace at our place.

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  9. Some songs are gender specific.
    It just doesn’t seem natural for a woman to sing “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”.
    It just doesn’t fit

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  10. Not me etiher.
    Re: My 6:07 “Pass me by” (if you’re only passing through) is being sung by a man. Seems more appropriate for a female.


  11. Kare, Tennessee had those super intense rains, too, where everyone pulled over.

    We had a lot of rain today–the creek is spilling out into the road–and thunderstorm/flood/tornado watches and warnings. So we spent some time sitting in the bathroom, but everything but the rain seems to have passed now.


  12. Our SS class is having a hard time in the study of I Timothy. We agreed last Sunday that Paul didn’t really mean in 2:15 that childbearing had anything to do with a woman’s salvation. But there was some contention about 3:12 “husband of one wife”. That sentence has cause a lot of dissention.
    We ended the class as friends.


  13. πŸ™‚ Work continues to come in steadily, continually one or more new projects offered before I finish the one I’m working on.

    😦 Unexpected expenses that make the income necessary without it feeling actually “productive.”

    πŸ™‚ A really beautiful week here, baby-bird week. I’ve seen baby robins, cardinals, chickadees, wood ducks, and more.

    πŸ™‚ Lots and lots of butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies, especially damselflies–including a bright purple one yesterday. (Though unfortunately I didn’t notice it was purple when I saw it and took its photo and I only got one shot–I thought it was black.)

    πŸ™‚ A fish photo I took from the shore of a lake has had more than 8,800 views on Flickr this week, which is pretty silly–ten times as many as the next nearest competitor, and it’s nowhere near as good a photo as the next nearest competitor.

    😦 We had a really strong storm here last night, trees and branches down all over town and lots and lots of rain, πŸ™‚ but as far as I know, no serious damage. We had thunderstorm, flood, and tornado watches and warnings, and we spent some time in the bathroom while my husband watched storm updates. The creek was running super fast, and we probably got several inches in all, but things here are set up for rain and it has drained off (but the creek is still running super fast).

    πŸ™‚ We’ve talked to my mother-in-law and both girls this weekend, and all seem to be doing well.

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  14. 😦 Being lied to from the pulpit.

    πŸ™‚ Humor on this blog.

    πŸ™‚ We attended a bluegrass festival that has been going on annually for 30 years. The family that began the festival, which is always on Father’s Day weekend, had a son die from cancer last year. It was their second adult child dying from that disease. Their grandson (the son of the man who died) sang the song, “Beyond the Rain.” which was sung last year by his father. This family is such a testimony of God’s love and faithfulness. My husband had performed with the man who passed away, so it was quite moving for us and so many who were there to witness this. If you do not know the song, you may want to google it.

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  15. Kathaleena – I don’t know your situation, but we had a situation with our former pastor that was pretty bad. He hurt a lot of people, including me.

    I remember forcing myself to keep looking at him as he preached one Sunday morning, as he misquoted and horribly twisted something I had commented on one of his Facebook posts. Since many people in the congregation were his Facebook friends, I knew that many of them probably knew he was talking about me. It was humiliating. But I kept eye contact when he looked my way, because to look away would have made me look guilty of what he was saying.

    The next week we learned that he was resigning. I was so relieved, as we had strongly felt that the Holy Spirit was telling us to stay put, which was hard to do with the way he treated me. After that, from other things we learned, we strongly suspected that he was asked or told to step down. The family moved back to Texas, and he is no longer a pastor, which is a good thing.

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