Monday, February 27, 2006


I sometimes listen to Rush at noon. I think he has really lost a step in the past couple of years. He was really good when he had Clinton to bang around everyday. But now he seems to do a lot of stammering and just doesn't get to the point like he use to. I don't listen to him much. I prefer Michael Savage and even Bill O'Brien. Sometimes they are a little over the top though.

Today I was listening and guess what one of the callers wanted to talk about. You guessed it! He was talking about how all the reporters at the Olympics were trying to stir up stuff and drag the athletes into some type of controversial junk. I wonder if he read my blog and got that idea from Me? You never know who is reading these things you know.

Now if the rest of you will just have a whack at the media maybe they will get the idea and make changes. Yea right.

Our Sunday school lesson was over Ephesians 2: 11-22. Paul is telling the Gentiles and Jews that they are now united in Jesus Christ. The Jews are no longer the only ones with a relationship to God. The Gentiles had no history in the faith. They had no knowledge of the Law, the ceremony, the messiah. They were truly blind to Christ. It is truly a miracle that any came to believe. I think this really portrays Gods work in salvation. Matthew 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." And verse 37 in that same chapter "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." THE FATHERS WORK.

I thought Carol would give an update on the House Quest. Im going to keep quiet. If you talk to her ask her to let you know what's going on.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


This morn. I sat down at the computer and the today show had some video clips of interviews of some of the Olympic medalist. Katy Couric and Matt Lauer were interviewing two figure skaters. Matt interviewed a girl from Russia who had won the bronze medal. He complimented her and then told her he couldn't help but notice that she seemed a little disappointed in her marks. She said that she knew that her performance was not worth more. She said she was not disappointed. He then ask her what she thought about the American girl being placed over her even after falling twice and her only having fell once. He was trying to drag her into saying something negative but the girl handled it very well. Couric did the same thing to the American skater only in reverse. They were trying to sensationalize and create a controversy on the scoring. Lauer then interviewed a black speed skater and tried to get a race issue going. I thought that really stunk. There was a place to critique the site and I told them my opinion of the interviews. It wont do any good but that type of reporting should be shown for what it is. They have bad character and ethics and taste and they are dragging us down to there level. They are just poor reporters and this sensationalizing is the only way they can grab a few viewers.

Rise up America and take back good manners, ethics, morals and character. Don't let those idiots continue to do your thinking for you. Form an opinion and let it be felt by the media that is robbing us of right and wrong.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Pretty Funny

Im not sure where, but sometime Sunday when Carol and I were in Amarillo we saw a funny saying. I thought it was pretty good. I will share it with you. You have prob. heard it before but I don't think I had.
"Some days you're the Dog and some days you're the hydrant"
Ha,Ha I think that is funny. Maybe way corny but funny.

I had a great day. Got work done. Had a little creative time(which I haven't had much of lately) and got to have lunch with a friend. We had a good conversation about kids and parents. He told me of a time when he heard a prayer. Said he would always remember a particular part. The person praying asked the lord to help him be a good parent to his children and to also help him be a good child to his parents. As we have children we spend a lot of time learning and practicing parenting. Im afraid I haven't spent much time ever being a good son. I want to practice that a little.

Well, say good night Gracie. Good night Gracie

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lights? Tunnel? What tunnel?

How can you ever tell if it is the light at the end of the tunnel or if its that darn train. Again.

I really had a great day when I sit back and reflect. Things went fairly smooth. No bad fires to fight. Time for some preventive things. No major screw ups. Some good conversation with my fellow man. Pretty good.

I had a call that I had dreaded to make but it went very well. Sometimes Im just too skeptical. Sometimes I just look for and expect the worst. I think I will turn over a new leaf and starting today, just look for the good things. I wish it was that easy. That I could will myself to be like that all the time. I will try to take a few steps in that direction. I will keep you posted.

My wife is in a good mood this evening. She is a special gal. She is looking particularly pretty this evening. She found a house she liked. I will get to see it this week-end. Maybe it will make me look pretty. We will also look at a friend and associate of mine's house. Maybe we will like it also.

Well I must needs go. More later God willing.

Friday, February 17, 2006


We are so funny. Us little worms. Stirring around, debating this debating that. We think and plan and act out our plans. We feel so smug when our plan comes together or we feel so miserable when it doesn't. We act as if we are in control. We are quick to take credit for the good things and seek to blame someone or something for the bad.
I love the Lord. But if I am honest I love myself more. I wonder to what degree I can love Him when my love for self is so strong. I cant change me, I hope He will. I think He will. He changed the leper. He healed the man at the pool. He made the blind to see and he can change me.
I like the new testament Romans. Paul really reassures me when he too struggles with sin. 7:15 "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not: but what I hate that do I." Paul, I can relate.
Chapter 8 is great when verse 28thru31 explains,"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did forknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Man, isn't that wonderful.
I know that he will change me in his time.
I have been able to get internet hooked up at my house in Gruver. I installed an antenna that connects me to the server at the feedyard. I will really enjoy it I think.
Well it is getting late. Time for this worm to turn in.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


We are waiting for the couple who wants to buy our house to come. We will be discussing and completing the initial contract. Carol and I have looked it over and discussed the various details and think we are comfortable with how we have filled it out. There are a lot of mixed emotions and thoughts that are involved in this major change in our lives. We want to do what is right. Both in selling this house and in relocating our lives to the next place. We believe in Gods providence and so know that what happens is his will. Regardless of what happens. Somehow, though, doubts always manage to find their way in and many thoughts push and pull your mind in lots of different directions. It will be OK.

I had lunch with a young man today that I do business with at the feedlot. I had made an agreement with him on corn stalks this fall and put cows on the stalks for the feedlot. We had agreed on 45 days and he would provide water. We had some discussion regarding additional days if needed. In my mind I was sure we had talked about 45 to 60 days. He was just as sure that we had talked about 30 to 45 days. When we got to 45 days he became pretty adamant about wanting the cows removed. I didn't have room for them in the lot and couldn't move them. We agreed on extra pay for extra days. Again his recollection of the payment was more than what I remembered. In the future I will put all this in writing. I know better but this seemed so simple and straight forward that I took the easy way out. I was also extremely busy at the time (not really an excuse I know). He is a good customer and neighbor and I wont rock the boat. I will pay what he felt we agreed on. Its not much and certainly not worth jeopardizing future dealings over.

We talked about our deal only briefly and then I tried to learn more about him. He's in his late twenties is married and has to young girls, ages 1 yr. and 4 yrs. His mom divorced when he was young and remarried when he was about 12. I asked about his relationship with his step dad. He said they didn't have much in common. That they got along alright but nothing special. That's kind of sad.

I feel sorry for Vice President Cheney. What a humbling experience. There you are riding high as the second in command of the most powerful nation in the word and then pull such a lame stunt as shooting a hunting companion. I can almost feel his humiliation. That moment has to be playing over and over in his mind. I have been there numerous times. Wishing the thing had not happened. Sometimes forgetting it for a minute but always remembering with that sickening feeling coming over me again. But you know. It never lasts. Time has a way of taking care of just about all things. Im sure he thinks now that he will never live this down or get over it but he will. I hope I can remember this the next time something like that happens to me. And something like that will happen to me again.

More later God willing.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Slow down, men at work.

In the future things will be happening so fast that you will have to see tomorrow what you did yesterday. Does that make sense? We all have so much going on in work, personal affairs and leisure time that life is just a blur. It seems there is no way to slow down either. We are all the same Im sure. We have to work to earn a living be that running a feedlot or running a home. On the side we have to fix a crack in the wall or get the tax return in the mail. Leisure time? Define that. That should be sitting on a balcony with a cool drink and a good book. (Or something like that) I sometimes mistake rest for sitting in my TV room flipping and occasionally napping. I think I do that as a way of rebelling against the alternative but I really don't get any true satisfaction from it. Is there a balance? I have read the self help books and have heard the opinions of others. No change. Iv been doing this sense getting into my twenties and Im now in my fifties. What drives us to cram 29 hrs. into 24? It is internal with me I know. Probably pride related and certainly self driven. Well enough of this I don't have time to belabor it any more. Maybe I will come back to it later.

I met a nice guy Thursday evening. We met for Dinner in Amarillo and discussed his coming to work for HCF. He has good experience with a company that is very successful in the cattle industry. Seems to have the skills we are looking for and I think he would be an asset to our team. One draw back however, he can't come for about 3 months. We need someone sooner but maybe we just need to be patient.

I talked to Jocelyne briefly last nite on the way home. She was going to get her oil changed in preparation for a drive up the coast today. She said the sky was clear and it was really nice. Said she could see Mt. Rainier. I have a picture in my mind of that Mountain and every time we talk I see it.

More later God willing.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Cool Hand Luke

Remember the part in Cool Hand Luke when the road gang was oiling and sanding a roadway?
Luke began to make a race of the work. Those guys were slinging sand like crazy and running to the next pile and slinging it. They finally ran to and slung the last pile of sand and realized they were at the end of the road. They looked around for more to do but they were finished and there was still several hours in the day. I was just out checking on the different depts. and guess what, its 4:00PM and everyone is about finished for the day. It seems we have spent the last 4 months working hard and steady but always finishing a little later in the day than you would like and always knowing that there was plenty to do tomorrow. This wont last but just for today it feels kind of good.
Whitney, Mason, Caleb (Mason's friend), and I went to see Tech and Texas play basketball in Lubbock last nite. We had an enjoyable ride over. Whitney and I visited and the boys watched videos. Carol fixed us sandwiches and snacks which we ate on the way. She made some strawberry nut bread that will make your tongue slap your brains out. It was goooood!!! She said she did it because we prob. wouldn't have time to stop. But I know at least in part she knew I would spend way too much money eating out if we went to a restaurant. I'm glad she went to the trouble to fix us up. Tech lost the game but it was still fun to go. I have been to basket ball games at Sul Ross and WT but this game had more of a university feel. There were 10,000 people there but Spirit Arena was not full at all. The band was good. The cheerleaders were excellent and the referees were perfect. The cheerleaders were like very well trained professionals. Every move was crisp and energized. The refs. called the game as if it was in Austin. There was plenty of chances to holler at em and marvel at how they could make such a one sided biased call. It was great. I had a guy in the seat next to mine that really was a fan. He had a good time and we had a good time watching him. I worried about driving back and getting sleepy. I did get sleepy around Plainview on the way back and Whitney drove on in to Amarillo. I was able to sleep and made it on the Dalhart with no problems. I would say the evening was a great success.
More later God willing. We will see.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Numero Uno

This is the first post to my blog as you can tell by there not being any previous ones. You will also be able to tell in the immediate future that I don't have a clue about proper grammar. That may or may not be important. I guess it depends on your perspective. That is the last time I will apologize for it.
I have wanted off and on over the years to journal and this appears to be a means of doing that. Can I really post the things I might journal though? We will see. Will I keep this up or will it be the first and last? We will see.
This morning is starting out just fine. Pretty typical Sunday with the Sun coming up and Me hopping on the computer for awhile. I usually prepare a lesson for us to study at Church. I get these from one of several sovereign Grace websites we like. This morn., however, I am blogging.
Mason is spending the nite with my sister and Carol and I are home alone.
She helped me get started with this and is now getting ready for a walk.
Guess I better get ready also.
I will do this again God willing. We will see.