Saturday, May 04, 2013
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
If you remember back to the first of the year, I told you about my resolutions for the year. One of them was to finish reading the Bible. Well, I did it--I finally did it! I read it cover to cover, just as though it were any other book.
It was a powerful, interesting experience. I also have to say, it was the most challenging book I've ever read. The first five books--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--were fairly easy. But then it became a lot less like a "story," and therefore much more difficult to read.
The lists and chronicles were challenging, as were the Psalms. Reading the Bible book to book is very different than purposefully studying it, I discovered. I was relieved when the New Testament rolled around after the long hard climb of the Old Testament. Again, the first four books--the Gospels--were a fairly easy read. Then the "stories" gave way to letters, also not as easy to read as a straightforward story.
Reading it, it becomes quite obvious that it was never meant to be read in this fashion. This is not to say that I don't recommend reading it straight through. I do--and I think anyone who does so will find it an educational experience..
Monday, April 29, 2013
Cautious bovine--there was a longhorn here too, but he took off when I got too close. This one was the bravest of the lot, and stood his ground to see what I was going to do.
Spring flowers in Waxahachie
Battle Creek Burial Ground historical marker off Highway 31 in between Corsicana and Waco
Detail of the fence surrounding the burial marker
Battle Creek Burial Ground grave marker (with a Texas flag)
I don't know what this piece of equipment is, but it was trucking down the road
The old Texas Texas theater in Hillsboro, Texas. When I was in middle school, I was staying with my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Hillsboro. My older cousin told my aunt that we were going to a movie here. My aunt dropped us off, and no sooner did she pull away, than my cousin's friends came and picked us up. I spent the entire evening terrified that we were going to be found out and in terrible trouble. But her friends dropped us back at the theater just as the movie was letting out, and my aunt picked us up, with no one the wiser. I felt like such a bad girl!
Beautiful old home in Waxahachie
The 1926 Italy, Texas city hall--now their fire department
Waxahachie train depot
Caboose outside the Waxahachie train depot
Feed store in Waxahachie
Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie
I had a such a good time travelling around central Texas. I love looking at historic places. And for the first time ever, I just took whatever road looked good to me. Those roads took me to places I've never been, which was sort of the idea. I had forgotten how much fun it is just to set out with no real purpose other than enjoyment.
Because I was alone, I was free to do what I wanted, and I find myself just keeping up a rambling monologue with myself. My cousin says I do that all the time. Well, who else I am supposed to talk to? I also amuse myself; I found myself laughing my head off a a billboard I saw advertising "fabric-free entertainment" combined with a steak house! I also nearly fell out of the car when I passed a political billboard for a lady with the unfortunately name of "Molly Caudle." Those two things were worth the trip all by themselves.
In my travels, I hit up every antique store I saw. I found some items for my vintage desk, and I was able to replace the heavy, dark wood nightstands in my bedroom with two mini-dressers. When I get everything set up, I'll post pictures.
I spent the rest of my time off trying to finish organizing the teddy bear room. I have sadly overestimated the amount of room available, all the while underestimating the number of bears and other stuffies that I own. Fortunately, they're soft and they sort of squash together!