I spent part of my day working down by the Creek. First I took the chainsaw and cut away some brush, then I began taking out old barbed wire and fence. The barbed wire needed out for a walkway down to the Creek, and Timothy has already started some steps down; we just needed the wire moved.
This afternoon I took my riding lawn mower down and did some mini brushhoggin. It is some what amazing how tough that old mower is. As I was cutting small brush and weeds with that mower, there were places dust billowed up and around me covering me in it, getting in my nose and eyes. I mentioned in my last post here how dry things are here. We do need rain.
Anyway a piece of the old fence is down. The way to the Creek is open now, and more easily accessible. There is still much clearing to do. I have a little bit of jungle left along the banks of Flat Creek.
On the afternoon of July 30, 2011 we had a massive historical event take place at our house. It rained. It rained so much it moved the dust from the ground to the air. When it stopped raining the dust fell back to the ground.
It’s still dusty. I say this laughing, because the rain had no sooner left, then the ground was dry again.
If I get to feeling pretty bad about the dry; all I need to do is think of those people in Africa who are in drought and famine; and then I see how blessed we really are.
Lord of all creation, Jesus, we need some rain; and please help those people in Kenya, Africa who are experiencing such chaos of drought, famine and military barbarism. Meet their needs, and glorify YOUR name.
It’s Sunday. Go to church today and worship our Lord and Savior. Pray for the Lord to reveal your sins, confess them to Him, repent of them. Then, pray for rain.
We need rain along the banks of Flat Creek too.
It was early Wednesday morning which the wind I wrote of previously came, and struck a bit of fear in my mind. That wind had some power and did some damage. Not to my home, or my life. The damage is something which can be fixed.
The damage was at our family cemetery, just up the hill from where my wife and I live. There was two good metal gates which hung at the entrance off the road, now there is only one which is in good shape; the other badly damaged. Both have been de-hinged from the post and the tree. One was hung on a post and the other on a large oak tree.
I noticed this damage as I was going out our road to our Pastor’s luncheon in Cassville. I stopped at my parents house and let Dad know about the tree limb which was on the gates, and the damage done.
One of the sad parts about all that wind is there was very little rain in the storm – it barely got the ground wet; it settled the dust. Thank the Lord for the lack of damage. It could have been much worse.
It has been a different kind of Summer for me. I have not accomplished near what I have wanted to concerning the old house and getting it ready to live in, and mostly due to be ill. I have decided that the illness has been caused by the dust of the old house; at least much of it.
My wife (Madge) and I have decided to buy a double wide manufactured home, and set down on the old farm stead. We are waiting now for everything to get approved and such.
It won ‘t be too long and school will begin again. I have had my physical and passed it and looking forward to the new School year.
It has been a great Summer in that we were able to go to both Youth Camp and Children’s Camp at Baptist Hill in Mount Vernon, MO. We were blessed to serve the CGL’s and campers as cooks and kitchen help. It has been our privilege to do so for the past four years. We hear that there were 24 children who trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in Children’s Camp, and a few less than that at Youth Camp with other decisions being made as well.
If things go well I may use this site as a daily log of driving the bus during the School year. If I don’t every day, maybe I can at least once per week.
My wife and I celebrated our 37th Wedding Anniversary just last week. We went and spent two days in Branson. Nice place to visit, especially in November through February, but rather busy in July. Really Branson is a great place to visit for family relaxation and fun.
See you next time. Continue to have a great Summer.
-Tim A. Blankenship