Monday, May 29, 2006
Tomorrow we drive to Houston to attend a funeral of a close friend's 4 year old son who drowned on Friday. Pray for Josh and Christina Lackey (parents) and Greg and Kay Lackey (grand-parents) and other family too.
Wednesday I have all day continuing education classes and Thursday we try to catch up.
This is a reproduction of Christopher Columbus's ship - the Nina. It was built in Spain and given to us as a gift. Actually all three of the ships were built and came together across the ocean! The other two are in the Corpus Christi museum in dry dock. There is some pretty serious controversy over the way we've kept (or not kept) them up. Anyway - I can't imagine crossing an ocean on this little boat!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I don't have the heart to tell her these birds are really just upset about the San Antonio Spurs losing to the Dallas Mavericks.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
1) He has the same last name. "______" Taylor.
2) He's in some of my favorite movies: "The Shakiest Gun in the West" and "No time for Sergeants".
3) Typically plays bit parts - can't recall him in a a lead role. Sometimes only a few minute role.
4) In over 200 TV shows and movies between 1938 and his death in 1994.
Friday, May 19, 2006
I just came upon this picture I took last year at the San Antonio rodeo - I almost forgot about it and thought you would enjoy it.
Cindy is in the photo with Buck Taylor. You may not remember him, but if you look at the black and white photo, he's the one on the far left by Matt Dillon. His TV name on Gunsmoke was Newly O'Brien. He comes to the San Antonio rodeo every year and sells his paintings and of course, gives out autographs for fans.
You didn't know about Cindy's brush with the famous, huh?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Phil 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Oh yes, the answer to yesterday's photo was .....
1983! I did have one very close reply. Good guess Katie!
(Aunt Janice answered after I posted this - it that cheating or just old age?)
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Some hurtful words are "at least." Forgive me for getting so serious, but this has been on my mind for some time. This is not to blame or accuse, it's merely meant to alert you or make you more cognizant of your speech.
When we lost our grandchild to SIDS a few years ago, I remember the "at least" statements that were meant to be kind and helpful, but were actually deep cuts.
At least he wasn't handicapped, at least he died before you really knew him, at least he wasn't 21 years old, at least he died peacefully, at least, at least, at least ....
A friend recently was going through a hard time and I heard many "at least's" from well meaning friends. I was reminded of my "at least's" when I heard this and wondered if they hurt him as much too?
Why do we do this? Why can't we truly just focus on the grief or loss of others and allow them to properly grieve and get it behind them as much as they can in their own way?
Next time a friend says "I've lost my job", please don't reply with "at least ...".
Next time a friend says "I've got cancer", please don't reply with "at least ..."
Remember Job's friends in the Bible? They were of great comfort, until they spoke.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Check it out. (This link may expire in a few months?)
It looks similar to our old Schertz house. See early blog photos.
There is no such thing as a "Styrofoam" cup. You are drinking from a molded foam cup.
Dow, the company that makes "Styrofoam" and has that term copyrighted, does NOT make cups.
(And does not supply to McDonald's. Remember this if you are suing over hot spilt liquids.)
Go to their site here to see the official explanation.
In the meantime, somebody please hand me a molded expanded polystyrene bead cup for my coffee.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Looking for an energy efficient vehicle? Scion xB leads the list, significantly better than even the best hybrids.
That’s the conclusion of long-term study of “dust to dust” energy costs for cars and trucks. The research tracked and calculated the energy cost of each model sold in the
The Top 10 most energy efficient vehicles over their lifetime:
- Scion xB ($0.48 per mile)
- Ford Escort (0.57 per mile)
- Jeep Wrangler ($0.60 per mile)
- Chevrolet Tracker ($0.69 per mile)
- Toyota Echo ($0.70 per mile)
- Saturn Ion ($0.71 per mile)
- Hyundai Elantra ($0.72 per mile)
- Dodge Neon ($0.73 per mile)
- Toyota Corolla ($0.73 per mile)
- Scion xA ($0.74 per mile)
The 10 least energy efficient vehicles over their lifetime:
- Mercedes Benz produced Maybach ($11.58 per mile)
- Volkswagen Phaeton ($11.21 per mile)
- Rolls-Royce (full line average: $10.66 per mile)
- Bentley (full line average: $10.56 per mile)
- Audi allroad Quattro ($5.59 per mile)
- Audi A8 ($4.96 per mile)
- Audi A6 ($4.96 per mile)
- Lexus LS430 ($4.73 per mile)
- Porsche Carrera GT ($4.53 per mile)
- Acura NSX ($4.45 per mile)
Hybrid energy efficiency over their lifetime:
- Honda Insight ($2.94 per mile)
- Ford Escape Hybrid ($3.18 per mile)
- Honda Civic Hybrid ($3.24 per mile)
- Toyota Prius ($3.25 per mile)
- Honda Accord Hybrid ($3.30 per mile)
The study measures all energy needed for vehicles sold in the
Data includes supplier as well as brand manufacturer energy consumption for the listed vehicles; transportation at all levels of distribution; use of materials (plastics, steel, light-weight steel, aluminum, etc.) and literally hundreds of other factors.
While historical data is spotty, CNW analysis shows the industry as a whole has improved manufacturing energy efficiency significantly in the production portion of the calculation – between 15 and 20 percent – since 1995. This, however, is only a small part of the total Energy Cost Per Mile calculation.
For the complete list of all vehicles sold in the
On 06 May 1982, Ronald Reagan offered these words: "Today, prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are 'one nation under God,' and our currency bears the motto, 'In God We Trust.' The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they've forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?"
National Day of Prayer website
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
I'm just putting this in to take my mind off of the Spurs game last night.
I won't mention how bad they played or how many easy baskets they missed.
Just enjoy the pink flamingos.
Did I say they played really bad?
How many free throws can you miss in one game?