Sunday, September 30, 2007

Changes In Latitude

The top pic is one of the "new" home in the process of creation. It is 100 plus years old(maybe closer to 125) and is about to be removed from it's site to a new location. We have a piece of ground outside of the city and plan on putting this, along with a matching garage, out on the Great American Desert. In addition to what you see here there will be an adjacent(as in new construction attached)kitchen\dining\utility room of about a thousand square feet. Whoosh! I didn't think I would ever move again, and my wife, Cheryl, said she would 'never' do a move from our present location, but it would seem that God has other plans for the two of us. The old portion of the home is complete with some of the most beautiful oak floors and woodwork I have seen in years. It was, at one time after retirement from residential use, a "Bed & Breakfast." The multitude of options the new home will afford us is awesome. A year from now when the itinerant Christian musicians drop through we will have sufficient space(not to mention baths)to accommodate at least a dozen in extreme comfort and another half dozen in semi comfort. The spacious formal dining room will give us an opportunity to stretch our culinary expertise with the aid of a brand new kitchen built for cooking for people. We love to do that! So far this fall we have baked apple pies and cobblers, not to mention crunches for at least 30 folks and best of all, the apples were, for the most part, donated. That is another facet we shall have time(God willing)to enjoy together. I guess I've always enjoyed entertaining, but not always for the right reasons. With my grand piano sitting in the most formal living room it has ever had the pleasure of occupying space we will begin the task of making this beast of a house an inviting home for everyone who knows us and many friends we have yet to meet. Robin & Matt's new baby is doing really well, and Clayton and Mandy announced via E-mail that they are expecting in about 7 1\2 months. The troop from Montana is planning on a return trip to South Dakota next year while performing on the Christian circuit, so maybe with a little prayer and a lot of hard work we can be ready for 20 guests at the drop of a hat. Then there are the bikers on their way to and from Sturgis that we will be blessed to house for a short time. Whoosh! Lord, can it ever get better than that? Probably not until I get to return home and spend time with everyone, everyday, that preceded. That's all I can think of to share right now. Oh, about the pic of the car; We were on our way to a gathering in Sioux Falls when the little van we just purchased quit running. I had asked Cheryl if we had sufficient fuel for the journey right before we left and she informed me that the gas gauge showed plenty. It was not correct. We have only had the vehicle for six weeks and it does not(1995 Trans Sport by Pontiac)need to get far into the orange on the way to the E before running out completely. The car with the big dents and front end damage(an apparent refugee from the reservation)was driven to our rescue by son Travis and his girl friend( do people still use that term)Shantel. Anyways, I thought I should explain the picture for enquiring minds. In Christ's Love, Preacher.