Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trivia Chat

I'm so proud of April.  She has been working so hard to become healthy.  April now does any where from a four mile to a nine mile walk plus her workouts. She has dropped a number of dress sizes while she has gained energy and stamina.  Not only is this young lady growing stronger physically, but spiritually and mentally she is headed toward super woman. The other day I decided it was time to take April out for a treat.   Lunch at Pei Wei's and clothes shopping at Macy's.    The total thrill was when she put on a size 14 pair of jeans.   Congratulations, April, you deserve the very best that God has for you in life.   You go girl!

I've been noticing that so much of life is about food.  I think it is kind of sad that I live this way.  We are to eat to live and not live to eat.  But after a hard day at work, I return home and Ken will tend to say.  Where you want to go to eat.  Home food is healthier of course and we do tons of salads and soups at home.  Yet, with only the two of us to feed, we do tend to eat out more than necessary.   So each place we go, we tend to order one favorite item that we like for  that particular restaurant.     Kilkenny's is an Irish Pub that we don't frequent too often.  It is down on historic Cherry Street.  And since it is the St Patricks Day season, we paid it a visit.  Our usual at Kilkenny's is fish and chips -- or for me the chips and slaw.  This time we added a cup of chowder.  Mine was Lobster Corn and Ken's was Clam.   Sooo good!  Probably good we don't go there often.
Next, I'll have to confess our latest after church on Saturday night favorite.  (We don't always go out after church Saturday evenings.  I don't particularly enjoy having to wait for a table at night.)  When I work up until church time on Saturdays, we like to visit Fish Daddy's.  Our favorite item on their Menu is the Craw fish Cobb Salad with Remoulade dressing.  Everything about it is wonderful.  I have had them blacken the crawfish hoping to cut down on the calories.  The last few times, I have forgotten all about that request.  I've been looking on the Internet for the remoulade recipe.  Still have not found it. 
I found the Remoulade Dressing Recipe:

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped (or green onion tops)
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
3 tablespoons lime juice
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
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And finally, the most momentous and miraculous trivia chat subject of the day is the birth of my first born son fifty years ago today.  Kevin entered this world as a 2 pound 3 ounce infant.  Doctors gave us little hope for his survival.  But faith in God, our love for our son and his fighting spirit conquered the odds.   We visited him daily only allowed to peer in at him through glass.  We were not allowed to touch him for the first month.  (Today, doctors have learned this is not good.)  Kevin Scott Scrivner, you are a miracle, a mystery and a winner.  Happy Fiftieth Birthday, Son!  What is they say .... my, how you have grown!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Shades Of Brown Before Spring

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot ............................... God has made everything beautiful in its time ................. I know there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live .......... this is "God's gift ...."  parts of Ecclesiastes 3:

Haikey Creek Park:  Today is a very beautiful, crisp, sunny day.  The snow is gone (it could return before it is done) and the rains are on hold for now.  It is Sunday.  We went to church last night and learned I've got to be humble and admit I have much to learn in order to get out from under problems.  The motto was "Run Till You're Done" ...don't give up.  Pastor is teaching a series on BROKE.  I did Covenant Church on line and Ken went to Asbury this morning.  So this afternoon, we decided to take Babe and walk in the park.  Ken's health is greatly improved and he is walking much better without anti-inflammatory or pain medications.   We have much to be grateful!

The park is not radiant with color yet.  Yes, it is all the shades of Oklahoma Brown.  I never cared much for brown. I've never considered Tulsa to be lovely in brown.  I don't mean I dislike it.  It's just not my favorite color.  I do wear brown, and I do have brown in the house, but when I wear it myself, I feel a bit drab.  Brown is part of God's creation, therefore I will to appreciate all the shades of God's brown. 

Haikey Creek still bears strong evidences of the notorious ice storm of 2007.  As we walked through the park, Ken commented about why don't they get local inmates out here and clean up the park, saw up the wood and clean the parks out.    Once summer is here, we will not be able to see the aftermath of previous ice storm devastation.

We saw a lot of activity in the park.  Here a lady is sketching.
A few buds and leaves just beginning to sprout.
Last years foliage hanging on.

Are you starting to appreciate the shades of brown with me yet?

As I think about Brown, it seems our lives right now are surrounded with a lot of 'brown feeling' challenges.  The challenges our children are facing, the knowledge that when Jenny is silent as she is now, she is not doing well.  The major decisions that the Scharpf family are facing.  The tremendous financial strain on seemingly everyone.  It is good to know that soon the season of brown will give way to new life springing forth.  Bright colors, happy colors, joyful colors.  Let Life Spring Up Quickly!
Ecclesiastes also tells us there is a time to kill and another to heal, a right time to destroy and another to construct, a right time to cry and another to laugh, a right time to lament and another to cheer ......
A Time To Rest.
A time to smile, A time to enjoy, A time to breath,
A Time to Reflect and A Time to Cleanse.
A Time For Organization. A Time For Planning.
Our Haikey Creek stroll through the shades of brown, tired that tiny somewhat brown dog.  She does not get a lot of exercise from her master .... today they both did great enjoying the goodness of our Father.

A Time For Strolling.
A Time for Friendship and Play.

Soon I will be able to experience words from Solomon:  "..... Look around you:  Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone!   Spring flowers are in blosson all over.  The whole world's a choir -- and singing!  Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios.  Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed......"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gotta Love My Grandkids

Most all the grandkids wished the Papa a Happy 73rd Birthday.  But this one came recorded.  It is so cute.