No AC & Other Rantings

fan.jpgOur AC broke 24 days ago. Yes, we reported it the management company. Hopefully, it will be fixed tomorrow. For the past 24 days we have been finding ways to stay cool: staying with friends, house sitting and even taking a weekend trip to St. Augustine. At least the temperature hasn’t risen above 100 degrees and the hottest it has been in our condo is 89 degrees. In fact the 4 years we have lived in Florida the temperature has never reached 100 degrees. The year we moved from Texas we had 30 straight days over 100 degrees by mid June. I always envisioned Florida as a very hot place. It is certainly more humid than West and Central Texas. The Big Guy thinks the humidity is about the same as Bryan but not as hot. One comment we often hear is that well Texas has a dry heat and that isn’t as bad. In my opinion once it reaches 100+ it doesn’t matter if it is a dry or humid heat. It is still hot. Oh, the other interesting thing I have found is anytime we get less than 40,000 gazillion inches of rain people start screaming drought. The residents of N. Central Florida don’t know what a real drought is. Our first year here a friend told us the rainfall was down by 30 inches. I asked how can you have negative rainfall. Our friend just laughed. Now, my question was serious. I have lived in a part of the country that knows what a drought is like. Oh, people don’t believe us that it is possible to have sandstorms unless you are on the beach.

Well, The Big Guy has just declared this blog long enough. More later. — DH

Movie Review: Facing the Giants

ftg.jpgWe recently saw Facing the Giants. It is the story the football team from a Christian school and their journey to the state championship. No matter what Coach Grant does his team just can’t when. At the start of his 6th season everything seems to be going wrong. The team isn’t playing like a team. He stumbles upon a meeting of parents and one of his coaches plotting to get rid of him. For more of the plot you will have to see the movie.Facing the Giants was produced by Sherwood Pictures. Sherwood Pictures is a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. Facing the Giants filmed using volunteers from Sherwood Baptist. It is one of the better Christian movies I have seen. Check out the movie when you get a chance — DH

Editors Note: I am in no way connected with Sherwood Baptist Church.

Top Ten Ways to Annoy Library Patrons

  1. annoypeople.jpgThis one works very well when the library isn’t crowded. Find someone who is intently reading a book or studying and sit down right beside them and make as much noise as possible.
  2. Eat your lunch rather loudly. Extra points if it is a smelly lunch.
  3. Look over someone’s shoulder and ask them questions about the book.
  4. Find someone intently looking for books. Go to the opposite side of the bookshelf. Remove the books so you can surprise them.
  5. Find someone looking for books and from the opposite side hand them books to read.
  6. Make a fort of books on your table and proceed to shoot paper wads at the other patrons.
  7. Talk loudly to the characters in the book you are reading.
  8. Handout random reading materials to other patrons.
  9. Find someone who has gotten up from their table but it is still using it. Relocate the materials to a nearby table.
  10. Find someone reading a book and tell them the movie is much better than the books. This especially good if it is a self-help, how to or technical book.

Bonus: How to the Annoy Library Staff

  1. Instead of putting books on reserve for your classes have your graduate assistant hide the books throughout the library. Be sure to give your students a scavenger hunt list in order to find the books. I actually had a professor do this one.
  2. Randomly select a large amount of books and leave them on the tables and shelves for the staff to deal with.
  3. Ask the librarian about random obscure or made up books.

Greek vs. Hebrew for Studying the Bible

bible.jpg It is true that the best way to study the Bible is in the original language. To do this ideally one needs to learn Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Most theologians and Bible students only learn Hebrew and Greek.Hebrew is the language of the Old Testament. If one’s desire is to focus on the Old Testament then Hebrew is more valuable. Hebrew is more difficult than Greek. There is little in common with English and Hebrew. Hebrew reads right to left, not left to right. The Hebrew alphabet has no vowels. The vowels are pointed or dots that where added by the Masoretes. Many words look the same and correctly interpreting them relies heavily on the context of the passage.Greek is the language of the New Testament. New Testament scholars focus on Greek. Greek is an easier language to learn. Much of the English language comes from Greek. Most people who have attended college are familiar with the Greek alphabet. Knowledge of Greek prefixes, suffixes and roots also makes learning Greek easier.Greek and Hebrew are equally important to studying the Bible. Greek is more valuable for New Testament scholars while Hebrew is the choice of Old Testament scholars. If one has to select one language to study Greek would be the best starting point.

Summer Memories

pudding.gifWell, our AC has been out for a week. Having no AC reminded me of spending time at my grandparents’ house as a child. Any trip to their house also included spending time with my Granny and Aunt Ruby. Granny was actually my great-grandmother and Aunt Ruby was my Granddaddy’s sister. They lived in a big farm house with high ceilings and a porch that seemed huge to a preschooler. Aunt Ruby would make her special chocolate pudding for me. It was always one of the highlights of my visit to Granny’s house.

Aunt Ruby’s Chocolate Pudding

1 C Sugar
3 T flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 T Butter
1 ½ C. Milk
1 T Cocoa
Combine sugar, flour, and cocoa. Add egg and milk. Cook in double boiler until thick. Stir occasionally. After removing from heat add vanilla and butter.

Scrapbooking Tips for Beginners

scrapbook.jpgScrapbooking does not have to be an expensive hobby. Start small with a manageable project such as a summer trip or birthday. You might consider a scrapbook kit. The quality of the items in the kit may not be as good as Creative Memories but it is more affordable. Stores like Michael’s or a local scrapbook store often offer classes or crop nights. I like crop nights because of the interaction with other croppers. Also, community colleges, recreation centers and churches offer low or no cost scrapbooking classes..

Things to Remember:

  1. Don’t get overwhelmed with the options available. You don’t have to include every type of enhancement on page or even one scrapbook.
  2. Learn from other croppers. I have learned a lot just by talking too and watching other croppers. Most croppers are very helpful and willing to teach a “newbie” how to do things. This is why I like crop nights.
  3. Start small. Select a project that has a beginning and end. Example: a scrapbook for a specific trip or birthday would be easier than all the vacations your family has taken.
  4. You do not have to buy every item, tool or scrapbooking accessory. Creative Memories has some great products but they are also very expensive. Start by buying the tools and items that you need for a project.
  5. Watch for sales.
  6. Have fun.


Vancouver, BC

vancouver.jpg Vancouver, Canada is one of the most memorable cities I have visited. It is also probably one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Vancouver is a city of diversity. This is it greatest strengths. It has museums, parks and other outdoor recreation; it is close to both the beach and the mountains.Stanly Park and Queen Elizabeth Park were among my favorite things. Vancouver is located in a beautiful setting. The temperate climate makes it easy to grow “green things”. Both of my trips to Vancouver where in early August and Vancouver’s mild climate was a welcome change from the Texas heat. We were amazed to see green things in August. My husband enjoyed the abundance of stands selling fresh picked berries.

Culturally Vancouver is diverse. Vancouver is home to people of many different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. This adds to the uniqueness of Vancouver.

The food we had while visiting Vancouver was great as well. We were able to try several different types of food from British fish and chips, Chinese, Italian and of course Pacific Salmon.

I also enjoyed the day trip I took via rail. It is a great way to see the area and was a fun outing.

Vancouver is city I look forward to visiting again in the future. There are so many things I would love to do.

Happy Trails! — DH