Manuka's Place

Friday, December 23, 2005

Verse of the Day

I just added a Bible Verse of the Day for my blog courtesy of www.biblegateway.com. I love that site. You sould check it out if you get a chance. If you see the same verse two days in a row just hit refresh on your browser. Bye!!

Still sick... but much better!

It's nice to be back among the living once again. I finally went to the doctor after some prodding from my mother-in-law and I am glad I did. He gave me some pills and I feel a ton better today. I hardly got out of bed for about four days. Not a way to live. I didn't even catch up on any TV watching. At least I was able to finish my sermon for Christmas Eve. The bad news is that now Jill is sick in bed. She did not go to school today. That is the first time in about five years she missed school. She was running a fever and felt awful yesterday. So off to the doctor for her and now we are on the same medication. Well enough about the sick... Christmas is in two days and I am looking forward to spending some time with freinds and family. Jill's sister and her family came over Friday for dinner and presents. It was fun. I made a pork roast on the grill (yes we can do that here in CA, it was 75 degrees and sunny today) and potatoes etc. It was pretty yummy. Josh came over too. We all watched "The Muppets Christmas Carol". Nothing says happy holidays quite like Kermit and the gang. Jill and I are off to Phoenix on the 28th for a wedding and to see family. Both Jill and I have family in AZ and we are looking forward to seeing them. Thats about all for now. I will write more in a few days. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


P.S. If any of you are interested in reading through the Bible in 2006 with some other people, I am leading an on-line group all through the new year. I will be posting studies every week and we can discuss together via blogger. If you are interested please go to my blog for Chruch at www.bethanylutheran.blogspot.com. See ya!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Still sick...............Blah..........

Monday, December 19, 2005

I'm sick


Sorry for not posting in a while...but I am sick. I just spent the past 14 hours in bed. I wish I could put a thought together. I will post agin when I feel better.


Bye

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Post Script to IKEA



Here is a great example of the directions that come with IKEA furniture. Enjoy!!

IKEA


In preparation for the coming of little ones into our home Jill and I realized that we needed some more furniture. So being the computer geek that I am I went shopping on line. Off to the regular sites...Lowes.com, HomeDepot.com, Sears.com but we didn't find much that we liked. Then off to IKEA.com. We found some good things but of course the things we wanted were not offered on line. We did find a few things but with the rush of the holidays the items would not be delivered until after January 15th. Well I decided that I would just go to my local IKEA store. We have two that are close and I am glad that you can check stock on line and after making sure they had the products, I was off to Costa Mesa. If you have never been to an IKEA let me tell you it is an experience. All IKEA stores are giant warehouses with al cool showroom and even a restaurant. IKEA is a Swedish company and you can get a nice plate of meatballs and gravy before you shop. It usually takes about 45 min to wander through the maze of displays and items and then the shopping really begins. I knew the drill and I entered through the exit to avoid the showroom and picked up my 12 boxes of furniture. Everything at IKEA is build it yourself and luckily I did not take after my dad in the tool proficiency gene. (No offense Dad, I still Love you) My dad's idea of a tool box included a butter knife and some tape. But I digress.... To make things "easier" (notice the quotes) the assembly directions for all IKEA products have no words. Only pictures. Now this is OK for me, a visual learner, but sometimes I can't tell what the "F" they want me to do. One time many years ago the directions on a lamp I bought show a guy putting part "A" into part "B" and then banging the two parts together on the floor. Being the direction follower I am I complied and broke the dang thing in two. I guess they had not factored the strength of the American man in banging things to the ground. At least they take almost everything back. Which reminds me, when I was in IKEA I had to go to customer service where I encountered a lady who wanted to return a bar stool which she purchased in the "AS IS" department. The lady would not take no for an answer and the manager had to be called...no luck with the manager and the lady was getting irate. So the store manager was called. He asked to meet the customer in the "AS IS" department where he promptly showed her the HUGE sign in four foot letters "AS IS: No Returns or Exchanges". The lady then looked like someone just ran over her dog and she turned tail and sulked out of the store. What a great moment. I wish I had the stones to do something like that. I give kudos to the store manager who may have lost a customer but gained my respect. Ok... back to my point. I have been spending the past two weekends putting together furniture from IKEA. At least I think it is pretty easy and sorta fun. If you ever need help putting any furniture together from that place just let me know and I will be glad to help. Well that's all for now. Have a great week!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Greek is Done!!


I just got home from class and I feel great! I took my Greek final and I think I did pretty good. I nailed the grammar portion. I only messed up on two little parts. No big deal. The translations were tough and I know I got one completely right. The other three are not as clear. I think I got all the words right but I don't think I got all the inflected meanings. Well I guess I have to practice. The rest of the semester (two weeks) will be devoted to practicing our translations using the New Testament. Now I just have to finish one paper and put the finishing touches on my computer project. That's all for now... got to hit the hay!! Good night.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Rats and Maggots!!


Just a short post because I am a bit creeped out right now. So Jill was in the garage getting the Christmas decorations down and as she grabbed one box to bring it down a big rat jumped out right by her head. Man that just grosses me out to no end. Just to think that some disgusting rodent is getting into all my stuff. It scared Jill too. She will not open any more boxes and I don't blame her. Now we have to clean out the entire garage next weekend. Then to make matters worse, our drive way was covered by maggots. It looked like someone threw a bunch of rice down...but this rice was moving. YUCK!!! Well yours truly forgot to take the trash cans out to the curb last week and now old pavo bob is home to millions of fly larva. Biology at work, gotta love it. We cleaned them up and I think they were trying to get some water since in rained a bit the other night. So I am off to Lowe's to get some rat poison or traps or smoke bombs or a gun or whatever it takes to get this rat out of my garage. I guess I should get something for the maggots too. On that note enjoy your lunch, and I will talk to you soon.