Monthly Archives: July 2008

Quiet

I really felt like I’ve been spending waaaay too much time watching TV.  For quite a while now I’ve been hearing the Lord whisper, “return to your first love.”

When God yanked me back to him in 2000 one of the first things he layed on my heart was to get rid of the NFL Sunday ticket.  So I did.  The satellite dish soon followed.  I found myself with like 4 or 5 channels.  It worked out so great.

I was working 4am – 1pm back then, so I would come home and take a nap, and most days I would spend a lot of time in prayer.  It was so fruitful.  I got to know God a lot better!  We hung out.  It was awesome!  I know He liked it too.  :-)

The other thing about not having cable, I discovered “God’s Learning Channel” out of Odessa, Texas.  Now there is a lot on that station I don’t necessarily agree with, but it is how I discovered Pastor Duane Sheriff and his ministry.  About a year or so later, Victory Life in Durant, Oklahoma became my church away from church and the first time I went with my son, he accepted Jesus!

So today my cable went away.  I decided I needed some quiet.  To return to my first love.  I don’t even have an antenna hooked up, so I have zero channels.  It’s quiet.  I think God wants me to listen.

Yuma Trip July 25-27, 2008

Anna & Nicholas Yuma Hike

I just got back from Yuma a few hours ago. What a great visit with my sister and her sons and daughter. Not to mention my Dad and Mom too! We had ice cream, swam in the pool, hiked while looking for road runners, played games, went to a baseball game, and just hung out. Did I mention we went for ice cream? :-) Thanx for all the fun you guys!

Click on the pic for more pics on my web site!

Can’t Sleep!

Rockstar Energy Drink

I had a “Rockstar” energy drink when I left Yuma this evening at about 5:00.  I can’t fall asleep, so I got up to blog a bit.  Since I don’t have a lot of readers of the blog (yet I insist on entering entries!)  I hesitate to say that I’ll put “someone” to sleep  :-)

Hopefully, it’s me!

I am heading back to the Midnight shift August 12th foe who knows how long.  I’m thinkin’ I might try “Roskstar” in place of coffee as a midnight wake up drink.  Instead of getting up at 11:00 p.m. to drink coffee I could get up at 11:45 and drink “Rockstar” on my to, and at, work.  I’ll give it a shot in a couple of weeks.

Javelina!

FINALLY!  I actually saw one.  It’s not like they are elusive or something.  Almost everyone I knows talks about seeing javelina.  In the road.  Eating the neighbors cactus.  Herding through a wash.  Whatever.  In my almost three years here, I have not seen one.  Until tonight.

There I was minding my own business taking pictures of the 1,000th awesome sunset in a row when I hear a rustle down below.  There he is.  Right below me a wild pig covered with hair sorta walking briskly.  He stopped to bite his rear (I guess he had an inch) and then he sorta walked briskly into the brush and was gone.  I took a picture, but it was too dark and a little shaky.  It didn’t turn out.  Still, pretty cool!

The only thing that could have made it better would have been a mountain lion chasing him looking for pork for dinner :-)

Since I’ve moved to Arizona, I’ve seen the following wildlife.  Most of it close up.  A diamondback rattlesnake.  Lot’s of cottontails and quail.  A red-tailed hawk.  Constant year round hummingbird traffic at the feeder.  Coyotes, including two with fresh kill in the empty lot behind the apartment.  Roadrunners.  Lots of lizards of many kinds.  A centipede, bright yellow.  Toads.  A king snake in the road (still alive).  Catus Wrens everywhere.  Woodpeckers at the hummingbird feeder of all places.  Bobcat, not full grown.  Probably an adolescent.  Bats.  and maybe a few things I’e forgotten.

I’d still really like to see a Gila Monster!  I used to say I’d like to see a Mountain Lion, but I’ve changed my mind.  I hear that usually when you see ’em it’s because they are hungry.  I wouldn’t mind seeing one as long as it didn’t attack, like if it was on its way somewhere else!

Yet Again!

072108 Humminbird Sunset

Tedious.  Another evening ANOTHER AWESOME SUNSET!!!  Arizona has every place I’ve been to beat by quite a long ways when it comes to sunset awesomeness!  Better than Roswell.  Better than Lubbock.  Better than Odessa.  Better than Oregon.  (although Oregon has best lots of other stuff!)  Even better than San Diego at the beach!  It really boggles the mind.

Two things.  First, I noticed that my camera adds some color to the sunsets.  Usually it’s a nice effect, but I would rather capture the actual real colors.  Maybe that’s the difference between a $199 camera and a $1,199 camera :-)  I suppose even a $500 camera might do the trick.  Great.  Something else I need!

Next was catching the hummingbird in flight.  They are sooooo cute!  I stood just a few feet away and waited with my camera.  A couple of times I didn’t have it raised to eye level.  Even when I moved to raise the camera (s)he didn’t fly away every time.  A couple of times, but not every time.  After  I got a few pictures and knew I had what I wanted the next time (s)he came around, I just watched.  Standing three feet away looking at this tiny wonder while (s)he sipped away on some sugar water.  Pretty remarkable.  Did I mention the sunset going on the whole time wasn’t too shabby?!

There really is a God and He really is good!

Humming Right Along

071708 Hummingbird Sunset

From Matthew 6:

25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

Prediction

I had a scary thought earlier today.  There are many indications that this Winter will be early and cold.  Here’s AccuWeather’s prediction, plus the possibility the Pacific Decadal Oscillation may have flipped and a quiet Sun that already has us cooled off to 1930’s levels.

Combine that with high energy prices that will likely hold steady until Winter.  If the Winter is early and colder than normal it may cause heating oil and gas prices to go up even more.  Utilities are already asking for, and getting, rate increases.

We could end up with many angry Americans who are paying too much for energy, going broke and freezing.  The outcry against everyone in government who stands in the way of domestic oil production, especially if they mention Global Warming, could be severe.

I hope I’m wrong about the first part because I don’t want anyone to suffer.  However, it could have it’s benefits if it kills the Global Warming nonsense once and for all.  Still, I don’t want to see anyone freeze to death or kids going hungry.

It’s sad that our leaders have led us to a place where this scenario is even possible.

Exposed!

For the lie it is.  The debate on Global Warming is NOT over.  Check this out from DailyTech.com.  Seems that an organization representing 50,000 physicists disagrees with the UN’s IPCC report.  Not only that, but this:

In an email to DailyTech, Monckton says, “I was dismayed to discover that the IPCC’s 2001 and 2007 reports did not devote chapters to the central ‘climate sensitivity’ question, and did not explain in proper, systematic detail the methods by which they evaluated it. When I began to investigate, it seemed that the IPCC was deliberately concealing and obscuring its method.”

The conclusion?

Monckton, who was the science advisor to Britain’s Thatcher administration, says natural variability is the cause of most of the Earth’s recent warming.   “In the past 70 years the Sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years … Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth.”

Uh huh.