flexible space…

Our 100 year old house has had various configurations since we moved in back in 1992. The 1st floor has  2 front rooms,  kitchen/dining area,  utility room,  mud room,  and half bath, Upstairs we have a master bedroom, small room, end room w/deck, and a bathroom.

There have been several variations in the functional configuration of the rooms during our tenure here. One of the major reasons for the varying arrangements is that about a year ago;  we acquired 6 long-term house guests.  To learn more about that, you can go to my other blog and read the “prodigals” category.

The downstairs left front was used as a parlour by the previous owner. When we took over, we kept this as a parlour / music room.  When our guests came last summer, we changed this into a sleeping area for the women. When the last of our female guests left, we reverted the room back to it’s previous configuration as a parlour / music room. Over the years the room as also been used for arts & crafts and as a storage area. Currently it is serving as a staging area for an upcoming yard sale and to store some of our younger daughter’s stuff ’til she goes back to school.

The previous owner had the downstairs right front as a formal dining room. When we moved in, we left this room empty in anticipation of buying furniture to have a formal dining room.  Well, we never did get that furniture, so the room was used  as a computer room / storage area for a while. Presently it is configured as a living room, which it has been for most of the time we have been here.

The other downstairs rooms  have not varied in their function, although the utility room has also served as the dog room for the last few years. We keep our mini-pin and chihuahua in there when we are not home.

We have always kept the master bedroom as the master bedroom. In the past it has doubled as a computer room and storage area. We are currently in the process of re-arranging this room to be a master bedroom / computer room combined.

The upstairs small center room was used by the previous owner as a home office.  When we moved in we set it up as our computer room.  As our kids got older, we decied that their bedroom was too small for 2 kids, so we changed the computer room into a bedroom for our elder daughter.  Eventually we moved LB out of there, in anticipation of this room serving as a baby room. The need for a baby room never materialized, so we reconstituted the computer room. This past weekend  we moved the computers to the master bedroom so we could give this to Davey for a bedroom.

The  end room w/deck was a living room prior to our moving in, and we also used it as such. Several years ago, when we moved LB out of the small room, we changed this into LB’s bedroom. When our houseguests came last summer, we set it up as a bedroom for the guys.  We are in the process of moving Davey out of that room into the small center room so that he and his Dad will each have their own room.

a step back in time…

…can’t help but remember that June 23, 1972 was my first day in the U.S. Army.  That seems like ages ago; before I ever saw a computer, the internet was in it’s infancy, we were at war (some things never change) in Viet Nam.I wasn’t sure if I would get out of town to go to go to the reception center ’cause there was a hellacious storm going on.

Click here to see what else was happening in June 1972 – note that Iraq was at the top of the list !

The Word

I recently heard someone say, either in church or bible study, that the Word of God is powerful. Absolutly true ! The Jews say they have a Living Torah, and for Christians there is Jesus, the Incarnate Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

All things were created by the Word, Yes the Word is powerful ! The Word will not fail !

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Jesus is the Word, and he shall succeed in in his purpose. His purpose is our salvation and sanctification. Yes, the Word of God is powerful !

wise investing…

Reading the The Parable of the Talents in Matthew chapter 25 one could very well think that Jesus was a capitalist, an advocate of shrewd investing with his eye on the bottom line.

This interpretation is right to a degree, but is really superficial.

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest……

Some additional reading in Matthew 25 and Luke 12 will tell us how we really should invest our resources.

Treasures in Heaven Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus gives us even stronger teaching in The Parable of the Rich Fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Although shrewd investing has it’s place, and it is prudent to plan your retirement and save for emergencies, the real emphasis should be investing your resources in the Kingdom of God…..

notes for today…

…fairly lazy day at work today, and it is hot outside too. I went to the healing service last night at Life in Jesus, and as always, was glad I did. Tonight is Bible Study, unless I get lazy and don’t go.I saw this article today about pediatric Viagra. I had no idea they used that stuff for anything other than male sexual dysfunctions. They are using it as a life saving medication for pulminary hypertension in children.

The article stated that one of the advantages of using Viagra was that it had few side effects. I was curious about the side effects so I looked them up on the web. I have never used Viagra, and after reading that, I don’t think I ever will. I would much rather have a recalcitrant penis than to go blind !

pissed off & set free…

In John 8:31 Jesus was talking about obeying his commands and he said “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In the next few lines he continues talking about being a slave to sin, that by practicing sin, one becomes a slave to sin. A good example of this would be any sort of addiction as well as various obessions; these things are reinforced and strengthened by continuing to do them.

I saw this stated another way in a yahoo profile “the truth will set you free, but first it will pis you off !” Very true ! To change or repent, one must be dis-satisfied, unhappy, or “pissed off”. This is especially true of those who are enslaved by well established bad habits. Getting to be “pissed off” is an example of the Holy Spirit at work in one’s mind – convicting and convincing that change is needed.

At work and a recap of the weekend….

I was intending to pack-up some more old files for storage today, but this morning I had 2 spreadsheets waiting that needed work – and of course they had to be done right away!. The first was a multi-tabbed behemoth that a co-worker had been updating which I had to make it presentable for printing. Someone else had an old Lotus 1-2-3 sheet that they wanted in MS-Excel. Usually when you open a 1-2-3 file with Excel or save it as an xls. file there are formatting problems – in other words it will look like hell. So I copied the raw data from the old 1-2-3 file into a new MS-Excel file and then formatted the new file with lines, fonts etc. This took most of the morning. My “client” was very happy with the results.

Although I am an employee of a company, I often think of myself as a contractor. I have a lot of flexibility in how I get it all done. I call myself the “spreadsheet wizard and guardian of the archives”. I don’t really have a supervisor, various people in the company come to me with mostly spreadsheet work and I get it all done for them. I call them my “clients”. I enjoy the work, but sometimes it gets tedious and also people tend to want it all right now, which can be a pain in the buttocks.

Sweetous and I visted my parents over the weekend. Piglette and her BF also came. I enjoyed the weekend. We had a sad event happen on Tuesday when we got back home – our little dog Ginger died. She was a nice little dog, an 18 year old chihuahua. I figured she would die this year ’cause she was getting pretty shakey. I miss her.