Many people have had days of thanks before Thanksgiving but for me the little things I don’t necessarily expect that pop up and surprise me each day naturally bless me the most of all. Getting up today to the smell of turkey cooking flooded my mind with memories of Thanksgivings past. My dear grand parents now past away made wonderful delights. I’m thankful for each time we had them with us on Thanksgiving. Waiting on dinner brought my attention to our various things we’ve gathered from travels abroad. I’ve spent Thanksgiving in tiny and remote villages away from home…it’s good to be home now and remember those days from here with my family today. My wife is Filipino and is a wonderful cook. My mother and she made food this year again. . Nothing not American classic for us today. Ah, the stuffing. Stomachs full and food put away makes me now able to look forward to Christmas. I don’t like to get into it before Thanksgiving is even past…now we begin with an ornament showcase. We’ve a good variety…some of which are little girl specific. Some reflect my wife’s love of photography. Others are classic through and through. A few look good enough to eat. Some are patriotic. A couple show the Asian side of our family…another you might try to open before Christmas. One even reflects my Dad’s fishing ability. This one reminds me of the every crowing roosters in the Philippines. Here’s one that could be hung on the 4th of July. This looks like ribbon candy that my grandpa on Mom’s side of the family used to dearly love. I’d say this may reflect me some. Look, a ginger bread man…don’t try to eat him though. This could reflect either me or my kids. What would Christmas be without lady liberty. Here we find a warm cabin. Not sure where this knight came from but I like him. It’s now fairly warm but later on I may wish this hearth was real. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Our annual breakfast with Santa came and went. Santa swept through like a snow flurry but my favorite part was Gabby with the US Marines who were there for Toys for Tots…thank you Marines…for all you do! Christmas came a little early for us in another way. We’d missed the opportunity to pre-order a Playstation 4 and thought we’d likely have to wait a long time to get one. There was a 24 hour hold on the ones they did get for those that didn’t pick up what they’d ordered. I decided to take my daughter and try our luck. Miracles happen…we got one! It’s an amazing machine I have to admit…good times! We sold our XBox 360 and all games to do this…I think it’s worth it! On other news an arctic front passed through…yep, it snowed and boy did it get cold…a forty degree drop! It’s supposed to warm up a lot this weekend…we’ll see. I took some snow pictures…there are a few leaves still holding on…how I don’t know. It’s a winter wonderland. I like the windswept rocks poking through the snow. I guess we won’t be needing the air conditioning huh? Old Man Winter pulled up a chair…care to join him at the table for something cold to drink?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Admit it you didn’t expect that title. I didn’t either frankly but it’s been…well, ugly outside…not bad temperatures…quite the contrary…it’s nice but the leaves are done outside…so it’s like a wasteland between fall and winter. This made me think of current events…the Philippines comes to mind. You may know my wife of eighteen years is a Filipino. You also likely have heard of the tragic storm in the Philippines…the largest typhoon ever recorded. We were relieved to hear our family survived but they lost everything…they have just the clothes on their backs…some don’t even have a pair of slippers. Samaritan’s Purse and many others are part of relief efforts but who knows how long it will take and if things will ever function again…10,000 dead? It’s a disaster of epic proportions. I’ve been to the city that we have no been hearing but most of my time in Leyte was spent in other areas…some of the most memorable missionary journeys I’ve had in my life have been there. This hits very close to home.
What has all this to do with my title? I’m an avid weapon collector and some of the best I’ve ever found has been in the Philippines. Most I’ve found have been in little shops in Davao City where much of our family lives. This is one of my most prized . The scabbard alone made this a must have for me. Note the tiny bells on it. It also has wonderful beadwork and horse hair. The hilt is carved wood. The blade is razor sharp and quite functional. Another point of interest is the detailing on the blade itself. I have been in a jungle or two where this would have been nice. This other blade I’m showing to contrast style…this one is African, Ghanaian to be specific. I love Ghanaian leather work. The blade is also razor sharp and deadly. Last another prized Filipino dagger. This one is mounted for the wall but it is covered with great detail. Horsehair and beadwork again adorn the scabbard. This blade is meant to be used in combat but for me it’s all about the artwork. Hope you enjoyed a little glance at my collection. Please remember the Philippines in prayer. I can’t recommend Samaritan’s Purse enough if you desire to give. Blessings to you all.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
That’s just what this is today. No leaves left…no snow to speak of…it ain’t pretty out there. What should I do? Well, I have been wanting to take some pictures of some bottles we bought for Lovely. We found them at the candy store of all places. You might be thinking they would have suited an October post better. You’re probably right but seeing as how my options are limited I’ll show case these now. The labels on these things are priceless. Ever heard of snake oil? How about love potion #9 or the elixir of life? Yeah, we’ve got ‘em all! Never mind they’re empty. Closer examination of these labels makes me glad they came to us empty! These things are priceless! Dragon blood? Who knew it existed! LOL! Eye of newt…you mean it’s real? Too bad this was empty…maybe I’d still look like I was only 21! Yep, a close up of good ‘ol love potion #9…perhaps this is why I was able to marry a girl the caliber of my wife!