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Saturday, August 12, 2006

projects - 2

Left out of the last narrative was our visit to El Toro Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday evening. Where else could one find a Tex-Mex place to eat if not in Texas? The eating place was rather large and even though we got there early, we just barely arrived ahead of the crowd. The food was of the type expected and definitely decent. To top it off, they had a soft-serve ice cream machine that was free to patrons of the eatery. I did try out this machine and its product to see if it was acceptable to the palate – it was – both times.

After eating, SIL took us on a tour of the Freeport area. This is an area that has a very Florida feel to it because of the flat terrain. The many industrial plants in this location were only a few miles from the Gulf coast, including the one in which the SIL works. We went all the way to the beach and actually drove just a bit on it. It was not at all like those of Myrtle Beach or of Florida inasmuch as seaweed populated the water and it was in abundant evidence, washed up all along the shore. Several bare-bones communities were populating these beach areas, perched high atop their pilings of various types of treated wood.

This brings us back to Friday and a much different type of day inasmuch as I have mostly been baby sitting with the young man known as GM5. This was to enable the OD and my Spice to have an adventure in shopping. GM2 is in her second day of school in a new town, she seemed to survive the first one without major trauma, and that is a good thing.

The only thing I have accomplished thus far today, besides the babysitting, is to install a portable Dirt Devil charger/holder on the laundry room wall during the small one’s nap time. Plus I did remove the batteries on the baby gate alarm. This latter action was decided on because any benefit of the alarm was far outweighed by the annoying and nerve-grating sound created by this so-called safety device.

The youngster of my charge today – GM5 – is 1 ½, has startlingly blue eyes and a very disarming smile. He rules over the family’s two dachshunds with any one of several plastic toys. The animals seem to know the level of his benevolence at any given moment and keep an eye on him when he is near. There is not a mean streak in his little body, he is just very exuberant and in the throes of this, will step on or trip over them or at random toss or swing things in their direction – maybe just to test their reflexes.

The ladies returned and I started what I considered the last major project of the trip – to place a phone outlet in the room of GM2. A hole was drilled and a wire passed through into the 2nd floor attic, this was pulled through and down into a section of the first floor attic in an area where access to a working line could be gained. A couple of splices, a few staples and the installation of a jack later, dial tone was achieved in the room desired. Left out of this simple sounding operation was the large amount of sweat involved in working in the hot attics.

Not left out and woven all through the projects is the enjoyment of doing things for the ones I love. Amazing and awe inspiring to me are the institutions of marriage and family that a loving God established. Of course humankind has been known to mess up the things that God set up for our good – this because of selfish wants and ambitions. But when the family and marriage go according to how God set them up, there is nothing better. ec


Blogger adannells said...

God is so good to give us families! It sounds like you are having a fun time. :)

8/12/2006 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

It seems that while I have been working 10-14 hour days, you’ve been having fun in Texas. I’ll have to devote some time to reading the rest of the story.

8/13/2006 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

My but you've been a busy man. I understand about those "little bits" at that age. Our youngest came visitin the past 3 days and I've dragged her out of everything imaginable. And gates don't deter her, she could scale those before she learned to walk.

8/14/2006 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

The love and joy you feel when you are with the family are so obvious. Enjoying "simple" and not-so-simple things in life are the best when you have family around to share them with.

We had a huge mostly-family party here on Saturday with bbq ribs and all the trimmings. Surely the best part was the love of our friends and family.

8/14/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

adannells - The world would be a much better place if families lived and worked the way God designed them.

SSN - Fun is relative and relatives should be that - and in this case they are. :)

brenda - These young ones are always an adventure and all in different ways. Those 'climbers' can be real heart stoppers with their daring ways.

jayleigh - The 'kith and kin' party sounded great, I do enjoy those type gatherings - the food, yes, but mainly the smiles and laughter that go with them. A certain amount of finances is necessary in life but the real riches are the ones of relationships - God first, of course. ec

8/14/2006 08:42:00 AM  

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