Monthly Archives: August 2007

Carpentry vs. Ministry – Part 3

I finished the project in the garage. I’ll take picture and post it here in a short while. The thing was actually finished quite a while ago.

I moved on to a larger deck project. We have a 30’x12′ deck along the back of our house. It is essentially a 2nd-story deck because our house in on a hillside and has a walkout basement exiting at the back. The deck, which comes off our “great room” (one of those combined kitchen/breakfast room/den things), is on what is the ground floor if you enter from the front of the house, but the second floor when looked at from the rear.

This deck with surfaced with pressure-treated cedar “five-quarter” decking and railed with a badly built, nailed-on affair of two-by-fours and one-by’s. It was awful and badly weathered. So I tore all that decking off and removed most of the rail and set about resurfacing it with composite decking (the same stuff I used to surface the little porch in the garage). That’s done – it was back breaking work. That composite decking is heavy stuff; about three times the weight of a comparable piece of natural lumber.

Now I’m installing a white vinyl rail. My spouse is assisting. We have installed the rail along one end and have now installed the posts along the 30′ side. Next we will measure and cut the railing sections for installation on that side. Then we’ll do the eastern edge and a slanted rail for the stairs (which lead down to a concrete patio outside the walkout basement sliding glass door).

And that will be that … it will be done.

It’s either going to be something we will enjoy for years to come. Or it will be a sales feature we can highlight if we ever relocate and need to sell this residence.

Carpentry is a great hobby!


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Chinese Cookie Fortunes

The past few months we’ve eaten a lot of Chinese food.  For whatever reason, we seem to end up joining friends in oriental restaurants and, invariably, getting fortune cookies.  Here are the fortunes I’ve received:

Six weeks ago:  “Time flies.  Suns rise and shadows fall.  Let time go by.  Love is forever over all.”

Five weeks ago:  “Do not dwell on differences with a loved one — try to compromise.”

Last month:  “You will be selected for a promotion because of your accomplishments.”

Last week:  “You may be hungry soon:  order a takeout now.”

Tonight I found two slips in my cookie.  They read, “You are always welcome in any gathering.  Host a party this month”  and “Your investments of time now will lead to success later.”

I don’t think these things mean anything.  But they are fun.


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All We Like Sheep….

A friend sent the link to this very artistic bit of social commentary with the somment, “All we like sheep…..” (If you don’t recognize the quotation, see Isaiah 53:6.) I think it’s brilliant. Take a look!

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Nevada Bishop Search

The Diocese of Nevada is having an episcopal election.  A priest in the Diocese of Nevada is keeping a blog of the search process….  it is linked from the Diocesan website.

Visit the blog and scroll down to the entry (with YouTube video) for August 16.

You will have to admit (if this blog is any evidence) that Nevada is not getting too serious about the process of electing a bishop.  TBTG!  (I love being a Nevadan!)


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Episco-Pal followup

I have been informed that The All-New EpiscoPAL … with built-in Orthodoxometer Technology was conceived by Lance Grigsby and is found in the November/December 2005 issue of the Wittenburg Door (#202 ).

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Episco-Pal This is great fun!  I don’t know who came up with this … a friend sent me the graphic … and I share it with you.  If you can tell me the source, please do so!

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