Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Saying for the day:Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience St. John of the Ladder
Good night last night used large mask again. In the morning Betty went to the Bill Jacobson funeral and I worked on a road for the train (I still try to stay away from large groups of people. I grilled some chicken for lunch. In the afternoon we cut up boxes to put out for recycling (good deed for the day) Then we went to Iron Mountain and bought supplies for working on the outside railroad set up.(paints, planting soil, etc.) Betty contracted to have the lawn done and the hedge trimed.
Well its time for a breathing treatment.
God Bless You All

Monday, May 30, 2005

Monday -30

Saying for the day:Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
--Napoleon Bonaparte
Had a very good night last night.In the morning made arrangements to have the carpet in the basement taken away on Saturday. Dawn and Paul took us out for lunch. Paul cut some more boards for me-Betty won't let me use the saw.AndPaul brought more rocks for the garden mountain.God bless Dawn and Paul. In the afternoon Betty cleaned in the basement and I cleaned in the garage then we worked on the mountain. Finished the day with another episode of Babylon 5. Well its time for a breathing treatment.

Sunday, May 29, 2005


Saying for the day: * I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
Went to the guitar service today . It was so good to be back in Church. There is something special that happens when God's people gather to praise Him. In the afternoon we worked on the mountain and Betty planted flowers. Early evening I finished up the web page for June for the church but won't post it until Tuesday. Well its time for a breathing treatment.


Saturday, May 28, 2005


Saying for the day:Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.--Oliver Wendell Holmes
Had a good nights sleep last night in the big mask.Went grocery shopping with Betty in the morning.We were going to grill but since none of the kids came home we put it off for some other time.Dawn would like to have a Linna reunion this summer if we can find a common date. Continued to work on the mountain in the afternoon. Betty is looking forward to the next chapter of Babylon 5 and the DVD came today. Trying to give away the carpet from the basement.Had three people send e-mail. Well I have to get a breathing treatment.

Friday, May 27, 2005


Saying for the day:It is not the man who has little, but the man who craves more, that is poor—--Seneca
Had a pretty good day. Worked outside for most of it. Got the train running on all the main right of way.Started building the mountain with the rocks my Brother-in-law Paul Kangas brought yesterday. Everything is moving almost on schedule. None of my children will be home this weekend. Well time for a breathing treatment.

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Saying for the day:When a man walks in the fear of God he knows no fear, even if he were to be surrounded by wicked men. St. Symeon
Good night last night used full face mask. Went to Iron Mountain in the morning to get some things for the house and the train. Betty and I got a little confused at Wal-Mart and I thought she had left me. Dawn and Paul came just after 12:00 and took us to lunch at Fob's. Then Paul put together our new grill.Dawn also brought a custard pie made from my mother's recipe.It was very good. After they left Betty went back to working in the yard. Pennie may not be coming this weekend as she has lost her voice.Well its time for a breathing treatment.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Saying for the day:To follow God is wise, rational, and prudent. To follow self is foolish, illogical, and foolhardy!
Very good night in the full mask.Spent the morning building a framework for a mountain on the garden railroad. Betty went to Tops. In the afternoon I started checking out the track to see what the winter had done to it. Ran the first train of the season.All the track except for one small section checked out great. Betty planted flowers all afternoon then we worked on getting our new fountain to stay in the middle of the pool. Missed two breathing treatments. Well its time for one now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Saying for the day:We are not punished for our sins we are punished by our sins.
Not a good night -small mask hurt my head. Pat called and won't be coming this weekend. In the morning we went down to Slivenskys to get some paint and a paint sprayer.Betty is going to touch up the logs on the railroad garden. In the afternoon we went to Iron River.Got my prescription filled and bought some plants at Snyders. Went to the big Ace hardware store and Betty bought paint for the bathroom and a weed cutter (electric). It was good to get out of the house. I finished the day still cleaning in the computer room. Well its time for a breathing treatment.

Monday, May 23, 2005


Saying for the day:Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Very good night used full face mask. Spent the morning on the computer.Betty gave me a breathing treatment and then worked at cleaning.In the afternoon we set up the fountain in the mill pond on the garden railroad.It looks verynice. Then we went and got our new car. It is very nice but not as nice as the Montana. We watched another episode of Baylon five on DVD.My sister called and said her cocoo clock is working at the camp. All in all a pretty good day.Got to go for a breathing treatment.
God Bless You All

Sunday, May 22, 2005


Saying for the day: God seems closer on the mountain top than in the valley but in reality God is always close to us -mountain top or valley or in-between.
Bad night -had to change masks in middle of night because nose hurt so badly. My internet connection was down in the morning and it took an hour to get it back up. Pat had breakfast with us and then left for home. He and the boys are coming back next weekend.Betty went to Church. I read Andrew Greelys homile for the day and played some Amy Grant music but its not the same.
We had porkchops for lunch.In the afternoon Betty filled the garden pool to look for leaks. We watched the last episode of season three of Babylon five on DVD. A quiet afternoon. Well its time for a breathing treatment.

Saturday, May 21, 2005


Saying for the day: If your up to your neck in manure don't sing!(punch line to a graduation story.
I quit singing long ago. Today is my birthday and all my children have colds and can't come home except for Pat. Spent the morning ordering things for the garden and to move furniture. Betty went out and got a steak for my birthday along with corn on the cob. All the gifts she ordered showed up in the mail today-nice huh.Pat came in right after lunch . This is turning out to be a great day.Pat got a lot of odd jobs done like putting together a table for the train transformer. My Pastor called to wish me happy birthday as did my son Peter. My daughter sent a computer card and every time I play it I get tears in my eyes. All in all it was a wonderful day. Well its time for a breathing treatment.

Friday, May 20, 2005


Saying for the day:Familiarity with evil words is, as it were, a road leading to evil deeds.(from the letters of St.Gregory)
Bad night last night. Betty woke me up to change masks because the one I was using was making a noise that kept her awake.In the morning we went up to the Church. First time I've been out of the house ,except to the doctor's, since I got out of the hospital.Had coffee with the quilting ladies and took pictures of the quilters, the secretary, and the church sanctuary for use on the church's web page.Had a banquet dinner for lunch. Money came from the ELCA and Betty went to deposit it as well as grocery shopping.I worked all afternoon at cleaning up around the computer. Well I have to gofor a breathing treatment.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

thursday 19

Saying for the day: Life would be better if the only thing on our tv was dust.
Got up early and went to have blood taken . Had trouble with the computer in the morning but it finally got cleared up. In the afternoon we went for my doctor's visit.The place was jammed and we had to wait until 3:00 for a 2:15 appointment. Dr. said everything looks fine and set the next visit in two months. Betty left at 4:30 for an ELCW meeting and supper. United sent me pictures e-mal for the next months web page.Well since I can't have a breathing treatment till Betty comes home I'll just sign off. GBYA God Bless You All

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Saying for the day:Better to live with pain than not to live.
Joints are aching this morning.I worked on next months United web page. Betty took the car into be serviced then went to Topps. I made waffles for lunch- real waffles not the frozen kind. Betty gets to do the dishes. Nurse came and said I looked good. Man came and cut the grass but couldn't pay him because Betty had the checkbook. My sister called and didn't say much. Created a card for Buddy West -Citizen of the Year-telling him how much I appreciated his ministry when I was Pastor. Have to fast tonight until my blood test Thursday. I canceled my blockbuster membership again. Well have to go for a breathing treatment.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Good night-used old mask.In the morning Betty went to hardware store and bought some screw removal stuff. Then she finished taking apart the old swing and took it annd some other junk to the dump.Cost $6.00. Got an E-mail from Bill Bennet saying I eat a lot of steak but today I had a banqut tv dinner. In thhe afternoon I continued to work at cleaning up the computer.Betty went to get an x-ray. She is a good nurse and makes sure I get all the medicine on time .The man from the walk in bathtubs called and canceled the appointment for today. He is going to reschedule soon.
Sorry nothing much happens in a day. Got to go for breathing treatment.

Monday, May 16, 2005


Good night bbut bad morning-everythhing ached. Had a breathing treatment and five minutes of exercise. Betty had to go and have some blood taken this morning so she had to eat breakfast late as fasting was required beore the blood test. After breakfast I worked on a series of devotionals on walking with Christ.Had the last of the T-bone for lunch.In the afternoon Betty worked at cleaningout the old swing from the back yard where it was an eyesore. She called and made arrangments to have the car serviced on Wednsday.I worked on getting the upgrade to family tree ready for Kevin along with a disk of Kangas pictures. We made a card to send to Brent Walsorth on his ordination. It brought back lots of memories of his internship. Time for a breathing treatment.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


Good night with no disconects. Read the sermon of an Irish priest with Amy Grant singing in the background for Sunday worship. Betty went to church-I envy her. I continued cleaning up the study-a never to be completed job. Had a T-bone for lunch . Joined ancestory coms English data base and got more information on Grampa James Lanyon.
Peter called and we talked .Called Pat .He's coming next Saturday to get the car but not bringing kids. Tried but failed to get the Gateway camera to load to computer.
Time for abreathing treatment,
God Bless You All

Sunday homily

I have a new coat, it was designed by God and given to me by Jesus Christ. All I had to do to receive this coat was to believe in God's only Son.

I find it fits me perfectly unless I allow myself to become puffed up with foolish pride, then it's too tight. If I walk with my head high, trying to be above those about, then it is too short. But if I walk humbly as I should before God, it fits me just right.

How is the coat made?

The shoulders are wide and roomy so that I can help my fellow man carry his burdens.

The collar is made of God's mercy, yes, the mercy of God's promises. First that I may become his child and second, that I will one day dwell with Him in that home prepared for His saints.

The cuffs are narrow, so that there is no room to tuck away grievance and hard feelings toward my neighbors.

The pockets are oversized, One is for the love of God; the other is to hold my love for my fellowman and all humanity.

There are three buttons on my coat, which stands for faith, hope and charity. I check on them often so that none becomes loose or lost.

The lining is made of God's forgiveness, which I need so often that I want it next to me at all times.

The belt is made of God's love that encircles me everyday.

The material is thick enough to protect me when the storms of life come my way, but not too thick that I will not be able to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit who guides me.

There are many threads in my new coat, but not one thread of doubt that God's promises are true,

Do you wonder about the colour of my coat? Why, it's the colour of Jesus' eyes that must sparkle when a lost soul accepts Him.

I will need my coat all through life. When I travel through the valley of death and when I view the future, I will always wear my new coat.

(Author Unknown)

Saturday, May 14, 2005


Had a good night.New mask worked well except for two disconnect alarms.Betyy has a new toy she had to try this morning.She cooked our frozen french toast in her electric griddle-it turned out tasting good but slow.I prefer the microwave its faster and heats the syrup as well. In the afternoon we watched a Harry Potter movie from Blockbuster.Betty had some trouble fitting the new sheets she bought with Lilian.I moved some Christian music to the computer so it could play in the background.Won't be able to go church this week so I read Andrew Geely's Homily on the internet .I really enjoy his homilies.Time for a breathing treatment.

Friday, May 13, 2005


Good night as Betty made some adjustments to the mask. The new mask came this morning. It looks wonderful I will try it tonight. I sent notice of Dr.John's Fortress to friends and family. Spent morning working on some theological reflections.Betty went grocery shopping so we had hamburger instead of the frozen kind for lunch. Spent the afternoon cleaning out the hard drive on an older computer -moved all the family pictures to Betty's machine. Betty cleaned house. Well its time for a breathing treatment at the end of another dull day.

Theology ?

Theology in theory grows from scripture but in fact it follows and supports present reality and power.
Our predecessor churches were congregational .They believed that the church was the congregations and anything above them was just support.So strong was this theology that in one of the predecessor churches communion could only be celebrated in s congregation or under the banner of a congregation.
As time went on however the power shifted. Presidents wanted to be called Bishops, the support became the church. Theology followed the
Power and the reality. Gone was the congregational theology and in its place came the theory of the greater church.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


No mask still.My oximeter came. Betty did altar committe and learned to put oil in the fake candles.Then she went shopping for most of the day .I worked at cleaning up the office.Made my own lunch-Andy's steak on toast. worked all afternoon in the study except for breathing treatments.Kevin called and thanked me for the family album I sent him.Now its time for another breathing treatment.
God Bless You All

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Spent the day cleaning up files. sent e-mail to Chris and George.Sent e-mail to Mary Bennet to see if she knows the name of my great Aunt Mary Reddy's husband. It was Betty's day out and she went to Tops and had a hair appointment. I cooked my own lunch -real pancakes not from the freezer. Nurse came and said I was in very good health. She should have my knees. Almost time for my breathing treatment.


This is being entered on Wednesdarning because the server was down for maintenace last night. I worked on the computer most of the day cleaning up files. I made a family album disk for Kevin and a disk of old pictures from the Ewen parish I sent to the pastor there. I canceled m7y blockbuster membership and sent the last disk back.Had a good steak for lunch. Betty went to the doctor and he wants to do a big bunch of tests but she feels fine.Well that's enough for today.
God Bless You Alll

Monday, May 09, 2005


Its Monday. The garbage went out today. My face masked really hurt last night.Our mailbox started to fall apart but Mr. Holmes came and saved it. I updated our web page and the church's web page and sent some old pictures off to Ewen. It was a quiet day. Lori sent us a picture of Luke in his Christmas firetruck. Its about 5:3o and time for a breathing treatment.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Days End

Well the day is over.My day ends at 5:30 . It was a wonderful weekend .Lori ,Peter,and the kids were here as was Pennie. We talked to Pat on the phone and he will be coming up later in the month. I have wonderful children and grandchildren.
While they were here they moved evrything that Betty couldn't move alone from the old bedroom to the new one.Peter tried to fix the cucoo but itstill cukoos three times no matter what he hour is. Pennie played Nancy Drew with Betty on the computer and I worked on this blog All in all a good weekend.

uncle pauls's visiit

Uncle Paul came today and cut up the wood for the train ramp. He and Aunt Dawn are certainly helpful


Today is my son Patrick's birthday .Happy birthday pat