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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ground Hog Day 2013

Well, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today. So, "HELLO SPRING". This is easy for me to say when it is suppose to be in the 60's where I live. My friend Deena  in MI had a different reality today.

19.6 °F
How can it snow and be that cold? We get snow when it gets about freezing. Living in a place that gets about 26 inches of rain a year and maybe 2 inches of snow.... that is amazing. I was raised in snow country on the other side of the  Southern Tip of Cascade Range. I grew up seeing the other side of Mt Lassen.

High Dessert

The elevation is almost 3,500 feet and it would snow 3 feet or so in the winter. The town had 7,000 friendly people according to the sign as you came into town, on the hill side, and I always wondered how many were unfriendly people.

Looking at Lassen from the West Side

For 27 years I have lived on the West side of Mount Lassen. Our place is almost at sea level in the valley. Orange trees and lemon trees can grow in Redding. Mosquito can be found almost year around. I never completely loose my tan. (Though my Irish hide is mostly freckles that have grown together, it looks tan in the winter)

This is the reality of our weather. I doesn't seems to be such a big deal, now that I work full time and the only thing that I am concerned about is what shoes to wear to the van.

For those of you that are following me, the van is running again. Thanks to John, a faithful friend. He put his spare time for weeks into giving it another lease on life. I still don't know what was exactly wrong that is quit on me over 2 months ago. I just know that he fixed all the things that seemed to be wrong and it runs. By the grace of God and John, it runs.

Since this seems like as random a blog as I have every written, I will add the big news of the week.


Johanna bought a 2000 Kia Sportage this week. Just the thing to get her to University in the fall. It needed a new hose right off the bat, but the fella had just replaced the tires and 4x4 hubs and she seems good to go.    Congratulations Johanna!

Mary at Graduation May 2012
Mary, who got her Diesel and Welding dual AS degrees last May, has also got her class "B"driver license.
She is now a full time bus driver and will be happy to fill in as a mechanic and welder. She was given her own Route this week and is ready to get her kids into shape for a safe trip to and from school.
Congrat's Mary!

Those two announcements tie into the topic for 5 minute Friday...Afraid.

Daniel 10:19  (Daniel 10)

And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

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Big Breath
My job was a bit to be afraid of at first, but now I feel the need to show excellence and I have my music to tell me "Fear Not, for your God is with you where ever you go"
This last week I had some fear.
When things get Topsy Turvy at work and I feel that up is down and down is up.
Then I remember who I am working for..."do all thing as unto the Lord"
When Johanna was driving around in her new car the first night...yep I had some fear.
"She is your child Lord, and you will take care of her."
When Mary told me she was driving a bus load of kids around town and I know how kids act when they have  a new driver....
"Her boss put her there, because she had faith in Mary and you are her pilot, so I know you will take care of her and her  bus load of rowdy munchkins.
So, what should I fear?
I only need fear the wrath of God.
I am under  grace through faith in  Jesus Christ my Lord.
Therefore, I have nothing to fear.

This weeks memory verse:
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:22-23 ESV)