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My continuing efforts to serve as a First Sergeant (Top) in the Army of God.
My latest interest is in Letterboxing.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Deleware, Boxes and BBQ

Ok! I have been goofing off since returning from Newark Delaware.

We were out there the week before last from Wednesday through Sunday. Loren and Jennifer's home is really nice. It is not what I would consider a starter home! We were able to help them accomplish several projects in their quest to get all things redone to their liking. We worked and ate, then worked and ate. We ate out or ordered carry in several times, but Loren managed to find time to cook a few meals. That man can really rustle up some fantastic grub. For me the highlight was the last night when he produced BBQ ribs and chicken with all the fixins.

Returning home I spent several days recovering from my travels. As usual the weather was up and down again which tended to keep me inside.

On Wednesday it was still a bit chilly, but warm enough to get out and plant two letterboxes, Berea - Onion and Berea - Coins, along a two mile stretch of the Metropark. I actually rode my scooter for nearly six miles looking for spots that I liked. The batteries were nearly dead by the time all was finished.

Donna's had 2 tickets for an afternoon Indians Game on Thursday. She was working so I helped her out by inviting the pastor to go to the game with me. The day was in the mid 50 but clear. Dressed in a long sleeve shirt and jacket I stayed pretty comfortable but my face is sunburned and peeling. The tribe won.

I am preparing to put out a Mother's Day seasonal stamp and also carved two stamps for our neighbor Hope (Jason's friend) to use for a school project. We have been sharing dinner with Her frequently and when that occurs Jason has been doing most of the cooking. I also fixed some pulled pork barbecue which we ate together on Monday night, and she had us over to her place one night.

I did try to do some letterboxing on Tuesday but was rained out. Loren has been in town for business the last two days. Last night we were able to join him and his associate for dinner.

Now we are trying to get things ready to head for Toledo and celebrate our grandson Payton's birthday this weekend. It is hard to believe that he is six already. He just received the Principals (best all around student) award for the month at his school. He is really amazing! Not yet in the 1st grade he is reading better than many third grader students.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Resurrection, Survival, Family, and Letterboxes

Hallelujah, our Christ was resurrected from the grave after his death on a cross.

The maple tree has ducked a premature death. It is actually looking quite good after having shrugged off the ice very effectively. So life is going on despite the hardships.

Over the weekend we were blessed to have all of the family with us except for my daughters crew. It was their year to spend Easter with her husbands family in Toledo. We missed them, but will be with them soon for our Grandson's birthday celebration.

Donna and I went to a very nice Good Friday service in Medina stopping for dinner on the way at "Bullie's BBQ", a place that we are becoming fond of. It is the new business location for the man who previously operated the now closed Station Restaurant where my Berea - Puffer Belly letterbox is located.

Saturday we had the whole gang here for most of the afternoon and evening. Our eldest Loren and wife Jennifer were in town to gather scattered belongings. Number two son Jason and friend Hope were here from noon on, and our youngest Damon brought his friend Stephenie for dinner.

The whole bunch helped out so we did not spend the whole day cooking. We also had a belated family birthday celebration for Damon. My contributions were smoked salmon and smoked chicken. The salmon turned out great. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the party didn't break up until 11:00 pm.

Sunday we were off to church to celebrate Easter, then to dinner at one of Damon's favorite restaurants where he joined us for the Easter buffet.

Yesterday Jason grilled hamburgers for our dinner. It has been a great weekend.

Tomorrow at the crack of dawn we are flying to Baltimore where Loren will pick us up for a working visit to his new home.

I have had a number of finds reported recently on my Berea boxes, it seems that they are becoming very popular. Work is complete on one additional Berea letterbox "Berea - Onion" and nearly finished on a second one "Berea - Coin". When we return from Baltimore they will be finished then planted. I am shooting for a 22 April launch date.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Some Spring in my Day

Yesterday we finally had a pretty nice day. Sunny and mid 50s. The day found me out doing wheelies on my scooter in the park.

I needed to get out so decided to explore a new nearby trail that the area has received which was over 15 years in the planning and completion. This path was built through a 3 mile long stretch of what was originally swampland. Over the years most of the area north and east of Berea, now Brook Park and Middleburg Heights, was drained off to provide farmland and housing. Today all that is left of the swamp is a narrow string of marsh stretching between two local lakes. It was quit a project getting a trail in, it includes long stretches of boardwalk and a lighted tunnel under a train track.

The trail was much prettier than I had expected. The park service doesn't have their signs up yet, they are planning for the "Grand Opening" in July. I traveled from end to end and found that there is a fishing platform and viewing platforms for wildlife watchers. Many interpretative and historical markers are planned.

I saw deer, daffodils, crocus, blue jays, turtles sunning themselves on logs, and much more. Stupidly, I did not take a camera. I promise that I will next time.

When first developed into farmland this marsh area, then know as "Podunk Swamp", was the top onion production area in the country. At that time "Berea" onions were at least as highly regarded as "Vidalia" onions are today. I was also hoping to find some remaining wild onions and perhaps moral mushrooms but no luck.

I have nearly completed two letterboxes which I wish to plant along or near this trail and wanted to see if it was feasible. There are no others within a few miles so It will work out very well if I get them out soon. More will probably follow those original two as related themes occur to me.

I enjoyed the day. After a few hours out in the sun I have a much improved outlook. I think that I must have some new spring in my step.

Today is much colder and overcast, it is a catching up on the choirs day. Tonight we are off to a "Good Friday" service. Saturday night we are getting together with the three kids who are in town and Sunday morning we celebrate the resurrection. , Letterboxing.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Is life so short?

It is a sad day here. For the last week we have been watching the Maple Tree outside the window of our home office. First we had only small buds, then larger, by yesterday we could distinguish individual leaves. It has been fun to watch.

Today we are undergoing the beginning of a late season storm which may last days and leave us with several inches of snow. Looking out the window I see ice hanging from many of the baby leaves. I really don't like the thought of new life perishing so quickly and hope that they survive. I am tempted to pray for them.

Prayer reminds me that this is Holy Week. How could it have gotten here so soon! Where is the year going? I expect that we will attend a "Good Friday" service but I don't think that I will be up for a Sunrise service this Sunday, the ten o'clock service may just have to do. Also our eldest and his wife will be in town over the weekend to gather things stored here and there now that they have a home of their own to put them in. So we are planning on a family gathering Saturday night.

We had a pretty nice day early in the week so I did get out letterboxing finding 2 of the 3 boxes looked for. I was struggling with the third one for some reason, but will look for it again when the weather breaks. I also planted one of my own, Hanami a Seasonal Spring bonus box.

After our session with the teachers retirement folks Donna has elected to go ahead and retire at the end of the school year. I really didn't think she would as her soul is in teaching. The best I can make of it, she is concerned that we should spent more of the time we have left together. As neither one of us is in good health that seems a good idea. Maybe I will have a new letterboxing pal soon.

Our Daughter Ellisa, who got me hooked on letterboxing to start with, enjoyed an all day family letterboxing outing over the weekend. It sounds as though they really had a great time. I won't go into the details here. Why don't you read her blog or check the "Kobystars" logbook?

I am now working on my next Berea letterboxes. They should be ready to plant near the end of this month.

Well I have a piece of pork loin on the smoker that is nearly done so I guess my blog time is over for today.