In the evening I went to the funeral home and held a short devotion, and the family and friends spent some time reminiscing.
Stella tried to play Happy Birthday when I got home. After the kids were in bed I went to the office to memorize.
Mom called to wish me a happy birthday right at the time of delivery 40 years ago. She also noted in the card she sent to me that I cost $152.60 for delivery.
Saturday I had service at Mt. Olive with an abbreviated saturday school and confirmation class. We went through the Christmas program. I had to be to Nazareth by 10:30am. The Funeral was at 11am.
I sure wish I'd brought my camera to the funeral. So many of the Goods were there. During the pre-service visitation there was music provided by Vernon Wold, Karen and Roger Good, and Keven Wolden. There were a LOT of people there. Willie had Honor Guard from the Red Lake Legion and the Trail Legion. It was pretty cold out at the graveside.
After I got home and ate a small dinner, Mary went to TR for groceries.
I fixed chicken and shrimp jumbalaya for my birthday supper. I made about 2 gallons, half a gallon was spicey-the way I like it.
There isn't much left.
Mary and the kids gave me these wonderful carving knives. It took me less than 2 hours from the time I opened them until I cut my self and bled all over. I am grateful for superglue.
After supper I grabbed my bow stave, clamped it down to the table and began using the draw-knife.
Of course, Stella wanted to help. The rest of the kids were down watching "Pirates of the Carribean" on the computer DVD player.
I managed a fair amount of shaving, using the blade perpendicular to the surface of the stave.
I know, some of you who read this will probably say, "Joe, you can't do a good home made bow with a round stave."
True, but I can practice my skills without wrecking a big tree.
When I know I can control the tools well enough, I'll cut a big tree with 6 or 8 staves in it.
I got some feedback on the Giant Deer Liverfluke post a while back. If you remember, I specified in the title and in the text a couple of times where Kristi shouldn't read. Here's what Kristi wrote back:
I just caught up on your blog. I hope you are beginning to feelThanks, Kristi. I'll avoid that entry in the urban legends site. It gives me the heebee-geebees just to think about it. If I post gross critters again, I'll be sure to warn everyone. Frogs, salamanders, insects and such don't count. I only count those softbodied creepies that can get under your skin.
better. Sounds like you've got some seriously painful stuff going
on. We'll keep you in our prayers.
What is a "winkel"?
Thanks for the warning about the liver flukes. I DID NOT scroll down
to that part of your blog and I really appreciate being forewarned.
There is a photo on the Urban Legends website about a "breast
infestation" that I glimpsed briefly one time and I still get
nauseaus and the heebs when I think about it.
The painful stuff is mainly past. Thank you for your prayers. This makes me aware of a fault in the way that I've been writing. I don't ever sound like I'm getting better when I write here. But I do get better. Sorry, I'll try not to gripe so much. Everyone has these things go wrong. I don't want to be melodramatic. I just want my parishoners to be aware of what's going on so they know why I might not be able to do somethings at certain times. But I should be a bit more positive.
Also, a Winkel is what we call our monthly pastors' meeting. Winkel was a term the Norwegian pastors borrowed from the German pastors with the meaning "nook" or a small space in the room to meet. Our meetings begin with a worship service and sermon, which we will critique if the pastor preaching so desires. Then we each present a paper on an assigned topic. Our current topics include:
- A thesis from Walther's "The Proper Distinction betweeen Law and Gospel."
- The Lutheran Confessions, currently we are studying the Smalcald Articles
- An exegetical presentation of the next sunday's text with study focusing on preaching it.
- And usually an arbitray topic of interest.
The meetings are scheduled throughout the year to take place in each parish in our circuit.
Well, I need to go to bed now. My computer says 10:05pm. My watch says 12:07am. My watch is correct.