March 15th, 2011

roadkill soup


Hera spent yesterday at the vet for a barium test. Everything shows fine (no blockage). The vet thinks she has IBS. So she has more medicine to take and a special diet.

Meanwhile, my scratchy throat, etc., has gotten markedly worse. Actual symptoms of throat, nose, etc., aren't too bad, but my body is majorly fatigued. I had no time to deal with it yesterday, since I had a command performance (clergy meeting) in Sullivan. I called this morning, and my doctor's office is so swamped, they couldn't get me in before Thursday. So, it was off to the drop-in clinic, where I read a book for nearly two hours and then walked out with a prescription for penicillin.

Deanne is preparing to go backpacking again; she hasn't carried a pack since 2003. She just asked me if Tylenol were a smellable. Could she keep it in the tent? I'm thinking that'd be fine, especially since we don't have bears around here. Raccoons, yeah, but I can't see them going gaga for acetominophin; although one did onetime ransack my pack for some Metamucil cookies. He just wanted to be a regular guy, I guess.

Tell ya what. Let's make a deal: We'll pray for all you, and all you pray for us, and we'll all get through this together!
cook with fire

Good food, good company

We had our second meeting of Real Men Cook With Fire™ tonight. There were four of us (we're hoping next week to gain back the two who couldn't make it tonight). We made chicken wrapped in bacon and pasta-and-potato. We had a cheesecake dessert, but at least two of us were too stuffed with the entree and side to even try some.

Tonight's topic was Family. Not the family you have now, the family you came from. We told stories about growing up. We laughed a lot. We talked about what roles we were assigned by our families. At the end, I summed up by pointing out that the Book of Genesis is mostly the story of history's most dysfunctional family -- but that God kept calling various members of that fractious clan to spiritual greatness. So, you're not limited to whatever role you were assigned growing up.

Next week, the topic is Goals and Achievements, and I told the guys that it would start out with Brag Night. Each man is to bring something to illustrate something he is proud of. I'm thinking things may get very deep next week -- in more than one sense.

Good times.