Category Archives: Special Touches

Shalom!

Romans 8:26-28 26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Stained Glass Window

This old window was installed on the east side of our old house in the attic where it was really not appreciated. When we razed the house about 4 years ago, it was one of many items we saved. Just now getting around to cleaning it up and bringing back to former glory.

Lawlessness

In the United States, from what we see on the tv, there is increasing lawlessness – rioting with burning, destroying, murdering, hurting – mostly, it seems in the big cities.  Thankfully, none of that in our part of the world is showing, though, we occasionally get some bad stuff going on.  Always seems to run its course when the perpetrators grow up, get a life, and quit being selfish snowflakes.  (also, the coppers getting in there and ferreting them out!)  But in the meantime, sometimes cattle are let out, combines destroyed, vehicles are stolen, inside of new homes being built are trashed, and multiple fires set to old buildings and piles of hay.

But, i hope that we never get to the point that others will attack and kill you for a coat they fancy, or a nice piece of jewelry or a sweet camera.  Yes, there are some countries in which this happens in broad daylight.  Tourists need to take care as to what they are wearing and displaying to avoid being accosted.

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This lovely hand made necklace is a gift from my daughter which she purchased from a crafts lady in DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 2013 when she traveled with and as a guest of our dear friends Clement and her new husband Patrick.  They live in Kinshasa, but Jessica was able to spend time on Clement’s mom’s farm outside of the city.  

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Hand crafted necklace and matching bracelet.  No real monetary value, but a treasured gift from our friends’ home land.  Nevertheless, i wouldn’t wear this in a public and dangerous place – especially as a tourist.

Simple Coffee – Simple Breakfast

Daughter, Jessica, is always thinking of nice things to give others.  She brought home from Vietnam Simple Coffee Co, a couple sacks of delicious coffees grown and roasted in Son La, Vietnam.  She has since recently returned to Vietnam (quite the adventure in that – taking 52 hours and now in isolation!), so i’m enjoying the Forest flavor all by myself.  We shared Sunrise earlier in her visit.  Okay, now i’m going to cry because i miss her still. 😦  She’s been doing this international schools teaching since straight out of uni – you’d think i’d get used to her being gone.

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Roasted beans i ground this morning and pressed for a fresh cup.  Enjoyed one of my home made Applesauce Chia Granola Bars.

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Vietnam

Tanzanian Peaberry

Excellent roast.  My first cup was a bit of a surprise at how dark and strong Tanzanian Peaberry was.  After that, i adjusted the amount of beans i use for just the right enjoyment.  Although the description uses aromatic notes such as Sweet Brown Sugar, Black Tea, Anise, my first sniff reminded me of campfire cooking.  Salter Bros Coffee Roasters roast the beans you order AFTER you order.  Super fresh.

Looking forward to trying some of the other roastings by Salterbroscoffee.  A bag of Honduran medium-dark roast is waiting patiently in the cupboard.

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Brekky with a freshly made banana nut/oatmeal muffin.

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FLAVOR: Sweet Overall, With Lemongrass, Plum, Light Nougat
ACIDITY: Crisp
BODY: Rich Medium to Full Body
AROMA: Sweet Brown Sugar, Black Tea, Anise
ALTITUDE: 1,200-1,600 Meters
SOIL: Volcanic

 

Just A Bit of Cleanup

On Jun 6 a year ago, daughter, Jessica took me to a manicurist in Chillicothe because my hands and nails were a disaster and my son was to be married in a couple days.  We walked in and i sat down – the young girl took one look at my hands and commented ‘you must be a farmer.’  no exclamation, no criticism intended — just stated as a matter of fact what she saw.  Nevertheless, she commenced to work magic on my hands and nails in time for a very important day in my life – the marriage of my youngest to a wonderful new daughter.  

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My typical look – farm hands.

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And after a fair bit of scubbing and polishing. (And, yes, i did that by myself!)

Pershing State Park Trails

Ivis and I enjoyed our weekly hike on gentle trails at nearby Pershing State Park – a bit cool and very breezy, but good to spend time together.  Although, the calendar says we are 3 weeks into spring, there is only the tiniest bits of evidence.

 

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