Lock…hmm what does that mean?

Today’s Prompt word is LOCK. Think about it, read the definitions below, then sit for ten minutes (minimum) and write. 

lock 1  (lk) n.

1. A device operated by a key, combination, or keycard and used, as on a door, for holding, closing, or securing.
2. A section of a waterway, such as a canal, closed off with gates, in which vessels in transit are raised or lowered by raising or lowering the water level of that section.
3. A mechanism in a firearm for exploding the charge.
This one of many kinds of locks I used as a kid like this
and praying that my bike would never get stolen even though it was locked up.
And telling our boys to always lock the bike when they went somewhere and how one day the boys went to the library and we saw the bike there and it was not locked.  So being the wonderful parents that we are, we picked up the bike and took it home.  First stopping at the local police station (a nice benefit living in a small town) and telling them we found our son’s bike not locked and to teach them a lesson we “stole” the bike.  And the boys would probably come slinking to the police station, hoping upon hope that someone actually turned their bike in and not actually stole it.  We asked the nice policeman if he would really lay it on the boys about “not locking” their bike and asking them how they were going to tell their parents the bike was gone.  And he said “no problem.”  He knew just what he was going to do.  We went on our merry way back to our home and put the bike along the backside of the house where it could not be seen.
About an hour later, the nice policeman gave our boys a ride home.  Can you say
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Hubby and I walked out the door to meet the policeman and two very sad boys, who looked like they wanted to be anywhere but where they were.  Hubby said, “what’s going on?”  The boys started stuttering and finally mumbled something about the bike being stolen from the library and they went to the police department and the police officer drove them around a few streets looking for their stolen bike but alas no bike was to be found.
We let them stammer, stumble and mumble for about a minute.  I am sure the boys thought it was more like a lifetime.  Hubby said something to the effect “well, it looks like you boys will need to buy a new bike (it was mom’s bike) for mom…you know that’s close to $50 and they both groaned.  We told the nice policeman that we would handle it from here and thank you for bringing the boys home.  He walked towards his car as Ron led the boys towards the backyard…when yells of “you tricked us!”  “you are so mean.” and then the policeman came around the back and said “Boys you should be thankful your parents ‘tricked’ you…you still have the bike.  What lesson did you learn from all this?”  And in unison they both shouted “LOCK the dang bike!!!”
Do you have a lock story?  If so, feel free to write your own blog post or comment below.
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Storms of Life

Wow!  Wow!

Is all I can say.

We have had some doozy storms lately.

Wednesday night, 5/29 we were sitting in the rig.  I was crocheting and Ron was reading RV Forum on the Ipad when the NOAA Weather Radio alarm went off startling both of us to say the least.  It had not been a stormy day so the alarm was definitely unexpected.  The calm voice on the other end said “Seek shelter now!  Severe Thunderstorms have been spotted in the Coffeyville, KS area.”  So we started to gather our things and then the alarm went off again “Seek Immediate Shelter NOW!  Winds of 70 mph are rapidly approaching.”  We couldn’t move fast enough.  Got in the Jeep to head to the shelter.  It was raining hard, I called Debra the manager of the campground and we stopped by Jesse & Ryans.  Told them about the storm warnings.  And we continued to the shelter.  We were there from 8:28 p.m. till almost 10:00 p.m. ~ no one else came.  Made me wonder what people are thinking when NOAA  makes those announcements…its not a game…lives are in serious danger.  We stayed till the all clear.

We returned to the rig and got settled for the night.  Both said a prayer that the storms would pass us by and we would get a full nights rest.

Thursday morning was overcast.  We had a few errands to run so we made a quick trip to the Post Office and Country Mart.  One sweet older lady said to us as she was heading into the store and we were going to our car.  “Make sure you pick me up if I topple over 🙂 ”  We all chuckled and said we would.  We watched her safely get into the store while we loaded the groceries into the Jeep and before heading back home.

Shortly after we got home, Ron commented that the skies were sure getting dark.

(Sorry the first three pictures were taken from the rig looking outside through the window with our screen on it)

But you get the idea…the skies were not very pretty.

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And then the alarm went off!  Severe Thunderstorms were on the way again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Took the above picture just before the skies opened up.  And then it rained.  It hailed.  And rained some more!  The wind was blowing somewhat but never got above 50 mph.  Not only were we listening to the weather radio we also had the radar on our computer.  It helps to see what is coming

And then the rain stopped.  The clouds cleared up a little.

This is looking out from our rig towards 169.
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This is right outside our door.  Yesterday, Mike the manager and Ron had worked on leveling out the big ruts in the yard with three loads of dirt.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Our own little pond 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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And then dark clouds moved in once again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After raining for about another 45 minutes to an hour the skies started to clear once more.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And the water started to recede from beside the rig.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And then the sun came out.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was nice, sunny and warm.

As we went to bed we both commented “wonder what tomorrow will bring?”

As I reflected on how the storms came rushing in along with the downpour and hail and then the beautiful sunshine I reflected on how  my life goes that way sometimes.  Things can be going along just fine and then out of nowhere WHAM!  Like a flat tire on the Jeep – comes unexpectedly.  Do I find myself panicking or preparing to deal with things.  I was told quite often a few years back “you need to reign in those wild horses.  So hard to do when they are running amok and the panic and anxiety soars.  But when I kept my eye on the horses, being prepared for their slightest rumblings made such a huge difference…sort of like us with the unexpected weather that hits this area…as long as my emergency bag is packed, I have the weather radio turned on I respond much calmer and handle the storm raging outside much calmer inside the rig or the shelter.

How do you handle the unexpected storms in your life?

Are you prepared to some degree or do you freak out a bit, finding yourself surrounded  chaos and panic?

U is for Unique


U is for Unique

Unique is

one and only; single; sole: a unique specimen

having no like or equal; unparalleled: a unique achievement

highly unusual, extraordinary, rare

unique

I remember hearing when I was a young child my mom saying “you are unique and there will never be another one like you” and then she would laugh and say that’s a good thing.  At times I took those words as a compliment, that I was special and at other times I took it to mean “thank goodness there are not two of you – I (my mom) couldn’t handle more than one of me.

And then as I grew in my relationship with God I realized it is a good thing to be unique and to use the things that are special about me to bring Him honor by sharing who I am with others as well as working together with others to make a whole.

Romans 12:3 – 8 talks about being unique yet part of a whole.  We are all uniquely made and each of us has strengths and weaknesses yet when we work together, sharing our individual talents we can become one wonderful body.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

What is unique about you?

What is unique about where you live?

What is unique about something you have done in your life that has left a positive impact on others.

What is unique about me?  Some people would say having only one eye is unique.  I would say that I am who I am today due to the many struggles and life issues I have had to deal with over the past 55 years.  I have a heart of compassion and service which I use wherever the Lord leads me and I believe those gifts are due to the circumstances I have faced.  I can see where my struggles have allowed me to become a loving and nurturing wife, mom, grammy, aunt and friend.

What is unique about where I live?  Well we live in a 37′ Class A Motorhome and move our home wherever God opens the doors for employment for us.  Most recently, with the closing of Branson View Campground the Lord led us to apply for work with Amazon in Coffeyville, KS.  Right now our home base is at Big Chief RV Park in Liberty, KS which is right across the street from Amazon Distribution Center in Coffeyville, KS.

What is unique about something I have done in my life that has left a positive impact on others.  I would have to say that I have turned a rough childhood and teenage years where I suffered lots of pain from abusive parents and relationships into being an encourager to my family and friends and sharing that no matter the circumstance you find yourself in you can always find something positive about it.

O is for Oh My!

O is for Oh My…

I am in shock…

I just can’t believe how grown adults behave…and then they wonder why their children behave the way they do.

I belong to quite a few different RV groups and  this is what someone posted yesterday.  I could not believe he did this and then I couldn’t believe that people were cheering him on for his behavior.  I am still in shock that a grown man with children could behave this way.

Please read what he wrote…..

“Soooo…. I’m walking out of Winco (grocery store in OR, ID, & WA) with groceries when I look up for my car off in the distance I see this old man (like 65-70) and he’s standing there letting his dog PISS on my tires! As I get closer he then proceeds to take a dump on the grassy island part in front of my car. He walks back to his car (parked 2 spots from me) he grabs his cell phone and calls someone then walks back to the other side of the grassy island and starts talking to someone on the phone… The final straw what when I hear him say “Yea, I’m over here in California, “land of crazies and queers” . Meanwhile I’d been unloading my groceries and I notice his “Bush/Cheney” bumper sticker and Texas License plate. I let it get the best of me and emptied out one of the grocery bags , walked over to the pile of dog shit and picked it up, walked over to his car and smeared it all over his windshield, then wiped it on all his door handles while he stood there in total awe not saying a word…. I just smiled and said “Welcome to California” and got in my car and drove off… hahahahah”

What do you think?  Am I really out in left field when I think this is just wrong?

I did post back and ask him why does he think two wrongs make his behavior right?

The only response was more cheers for his behavior.

And then people wonder why we have many of the issues that we have in this world.