Monday, May 21, 2012

The Twilight Zone

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. Next stop.....

Who knows? I suppose it's whenever you choose to set the dial.

I asked Brillo Man..."So, what are you doing with that stuff? Are you planning to build a time machine?!"

These items are wonderfully arranged just 20 feet from our front door. (smile) Do you see me smiling? They've been there now for WEEKS. I haven't said a word. I figured in his good time, he would move them. Of course, it might be the year 2020 before that happens.

But wait, the tan thing on the left - with the glass door - and the dials and knobs....guess what that is?

THAT, my friends is an OFFICIAL NASA Gadget. Yes! Indeed! That contraption was actually used to purify nitrogen for something having to do with the space shuttle missions. I kid you not. He purchased it from some Government Surplus Auction at an Air Force Base. It really is an official NASA thing. (In case anyone cares.) Now granted, I too, do think that it's kind of a neat thing to have something that was used in the space shuttle program...however, I would prefer not to have it sitting 20 feet from my front door.

So this morning, to my glee and delight, Brillo Man tells me that the plan for the day is to clean up the driveway! Awesome! Several hours later - he asked me to move the car out of the garage. Why? So he can put the NASA gadget inside, of course. It's a good thing we have a tiny car - they both fit very comfortably. And now...whenever I drive home from somewhere like...the grocery store. I can pull into the garage, walk into the time machine, set the dial for an hour in the future and come back out to my car devoid of all the groceries...for they will all be put away. He is truly thinking of me, after all.

Yeah. Right.

Wait...on second thought, this could work. I have a birthday coming up in a few days...perhaps I could step into the time machine and shave off a few years!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blue Fern

A photo....swiped from a domain which doesn't allow "pinning" on pinterest....oy vey! So, I copied and pasted the photo here just so I could pin it!

To Heaven and Back

During these several weeks while taking a break from my studies, I have determined that I'm going to do some reading for pleasure. After having seen a brief interview by Megyn Kelly of FOXNews with the author of a book, and becoming immediately intrigued by the subject, I downloaded the book to my Kindle and began to read. And I have had trouble tearing myself away from the book in order to accomplish much else that needs to be accomplished.

In her book, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mary Neal describes her experience of dying and going to heaven. Now before you cringe at the thought of reading yet another account of someone who has "traveled a dark tunnel and gone toward the Light," let me assure you that this book is not typical. The author spends a good portion of her story explaining why it is that she was allowed to come back to earth. She weaves the events of her life directly to her experience in God's presence. It is actually a fascinating and alluring account of the many insights she received while "on the other side," as well as subsequent conversations she has had with the Lord and/or angels. I don't want to discuss too much of the book here, as I wouldn't want to give away anything should you choose to read the book. However, I couldn't help but post this photograph which I discovered this morning while searching for items to "pin" on Pinterest (...ah, don't even get me started on Pinterest! That's another topic and worthy of its own blog space!)

At one point in the book, Mary Neal describes the course of our lives as having many branches. And that is all I will say. (You'll have to read the book to get the full story.) This photograph by fine art photographer, Yuliya, in Ontario, Canada, perfectly illustrates part of To Heaven and Back.

Many branches leading to either the window filled with light and love, or the prison of darkness. Now...go read the book and let me know what you think!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Traveling Meme

I stole this from Pat Just because. How old were you when you first traveled? I think I was about 10. Major trip to Florida. What is your favorite form of traveling: car, bus, train, or plane? For the speed of it, a plane, but I like sightseeing in a car. Where did you go on your first road trip? Florida! Gulf Coast - to visit my Grandmother who was "snow-birding" there. I remember the beach - and Cypress Gardens, and sitting in my Grandmother's living room when Tammy Faye Baker came on the TV - PTL Club...and my Grandma commented about her eye makeup...for it was a "sin", you know! ;) Where did you go on your first bus ride? I think it may have been to Harrisburg, PA - over Easter weekend...for the annual CA (Christ Ambassador) Convention. Sing it with me Pat! We are Christ’s Ambassadors; And our colors we must unfurl. We must wear a spotless robe, Clean and righteous before the world. We must show we’re cleansed,from sin; And that Jesus dwells within, Proving duly that we ‘re truly Christ’s Ambassadors Where did you go on your first train ride? I think it was a scenic railway tour on an old coal-powered steam locomotive here in Pennsylvania. Where did you go on your first plane ride? Rome, Italy! (Well, technically I flew from Pittsburgh to New York to Rome) Motion sickness? Treatment of choice? Stop the motion! Where would you like to go that you haven't been? Alaska, Hawaii, and Scotland Where would you like to go back to? Italy, and New England Traveling alone or with someone? It depends...usually with someone...but I enjoy traveling alone if I'm going to visit someone. Your ultimate traveling dream? If I were in better health, it would be a backpacking trip the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. That's not gonna happen in this lifetime. Feel free to copy and paste to your blog, deleting my answers and filling in with your own!