Monday, August 27, 2007


Apparently we dropped through the cracks. At least that is what the DSL people are telling us. But they only got us back online because I stopped into their local store and raised ho-ly-hellllll with them for the amount of time that we have been off line.

I did it in a very nice way, and very quietly so the other customers in the store didn't have a real clue what was happening. But ho-ly-helllll was raised and it looks like that was what it took to get things fixed.


Now we have to get the air conditioning fixed on the truck because that went out 3 days ago and no matter what setting we put it on, it blows massive hot air at us.

Oh well. I'm just glad to have soe progress being made.

Gotta check out what's been happening with all my normal stuff now. Will write a real blog soon.

...may there be mercy and a very cheap fix for the truck!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

from the coffee shop

Still having internet issues. Will take until the 24th... if all goes very well... before it works at home again.

So I'm posting from the little coffee shop near my work. Thankful for free wi-fi!

...may there be mercy and contentment as we wait.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I love when Mama calls me. Her voice just does wonders for my spirit... most of the time! This morning was not one of those times, and yet, at the same time, it was. I've spent the rest of the morning in an emotional state... close to tears and overflowing with tears and trying to express my gratitude the entire time.

Let's start with the part that my sister is okay. That's the most important part anyway. And the reason for the gratitude.

Last night, my sister spent the evening with a friend. They played games and talked and fairly early, she headed for home. She parks in her normal area, a couple houses away from hers. She walks from her truck toward her house. A guy is walking down the street the other way.

My sister is an alert female, needs to be living in the big city, and is aware of the guy... but it's already too late. The guy pulls a ski mask over his face, a gun out of his pocket and grabs my sweet sister.

He puts the gun to her throat and demands her truck keys. She complies immediately, thinking, "this is it. I'm gonna die and this is going to hurt."

She is terrified, rightfully so.

The guy grabs her keys, pushes her away from him and says, "run!"

She runs... and hopes that he won't shoot her in the back.

Thank God that he doesn't! He jumps into her truck and races off. My sister collapses on the ground, pulling out her cell phone. Amazing that she still has it. She calls the police. She calls her friend. Both arrive within minutes.

The police are able to track her truck since she has that Lo-Jack system in it. They have helicopters with lights shining onto the truck within a few minutes. She says it was like being in a movie. They have her truck stopped and the man arrested within 15 minutes!

The truck is returned to my sister immediately. (wow!) She is requested to head down to the police station to pick the guy out of a lineup. She does... and can pick him out immediately since she had seen his face prior to him pulling the ski mask over it.

And there is another guy there. One who was not quite as protected as my sister. This man had been attacked by the same guy a couple hours earlier. The guy had made this man lie face-down on the ground while he pistol-whipped him. The man is okay, he has a massive headache today, but he is okay. He also picked the guy out of the lineup immediately.

The police have informed my sister that she is miraculously lucky. The guy was so high on drugs that it was amazing that he did not accidentally pull the trigger on that gun when he had it to her throat.

I've talked with my sweet sister this morning. Hearing her voice made me cry, which is okay. She's still very afraid and it will take time for her to be okay emotionally.

I'm just so grateful that she is okay and will later be okay on the emotional level.

...may there be mercy and comfort for my sister.

...there has been mercy for me and I am in awe.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

internet woes

So... I'm sitting in my truck, typing madly trying to check email and also check on y'all.

Why am I sitting in my truck to do this???

Oh... yeah... internet issues at home. DSL line is too old for the new modem we needed. Will take up to 10 days to get switched over. Cable lines are too old and still have filters on them to prevent us from "stealing" their worthless HBO channel. These filters also blok us being able to use the cable internet that we signed up to get. So that will take a service call to fix - which is also a several days wait.


Thankfully my church has a coffee shop with FREE wi-fi. So... if the church has a coffee shop with free wi-fi, why am I sitting in my truck typing? Why don't I go inside and have a nice cuppa, sitting at a nice table doing this?

Sadly, for 2 days now the gal hasn't shown up to make the coffffffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... yikes!

Hope she's okay!

At least I can check on y'all and get email from just outside the door of the church, eh?

...may there be mercy and peace with what we have.