Thursday, November 27, 2008

Quiet Thanksgiving with Mindi and her Family.

Injun and Pilgrim for Thanksgiving Day.
It was warm when I got up this morning, and Bobcat was out on her screen porch at 6.00 am. It was lovely all day, and I could keep the windows open.

I read my mail and drank coffee, and then thought I would do a free 'Microsoft OneCare.Live' scan like Chris of Geeks on Tour suggests doing every month or so. That turned out to take about all morning. It said I had to un-install my McAfee, or they would conflict. I did that, and then the OneCare scan takes quite a while, but it is supposed to fix things, too. Then I clicked on another place, and it checked some other stuff in my computer, then it started the scan all over again. There was no way to stop it without it checking some other stuff on the list, that I wanted checked after the scan, so I let it run it's course. Then I had to un-install the OneCare, so I could get my McAfee back in here. But at least I know that it is all checked out now. I nearly put AVG in here instead, but the McAfee has been doing alright and comes free with AOL.

Mindi, the flight attendant who I have been babysitting her dogs for 10 years, called last night and said that she had been working too many hours and just didn't feel like making the trip to her deceased mother's family, so I wouldn't be taking care of her dogs today. She invited me to eat with them in Conroe, and we settled on Golden Corral at 2.00pm.

About 5 months ago Mindi and her husband had adopted her 16 month old 2nd cousin, Noah. The baby had been put in permanent foster care because of some trauma with the birth mother and father, prison and/or drugs, I think. Mindi had always wanted to have a people baby and never had one. Her 5 poodles are her babies. I had seen Noah in their truck when they picked up the poodles, but I had never really been around her with Noah until today. He was a joy to be around, not like some of the screaming brats that one encounters in restaurants.
I should have known that the baby would behave. Her poodles are loved to pieces, but they are all voice trained, and very obedient. I could take them anywhere, not even on a leash, and they would obey me. In fact when I first used to take care of them, I didn't even have a fenced yard. I would take them out, let them do their thing, and then clap my hands to get their attention and say "Come On", and they would all run back into the grooming room. Mindi and her husband absolutely dote on Noah, and are just tickled pink with every little thing that he does, but they also make him behave. The poodles love the baby too. So that is one big happy family.

A Happy Thanksgiving Day.

"Lord, as I sit down to a Thanksgiving table once again, I want to thank you for Your goodness to me.

Thank You for meeting my needs every day--for food and shelter and clothing. And for the many extras You provide that I so often take for granted.

Thank You for family and friends who make my life complete. Thank You that even when we are miles apart, we are bound by the cords of Your love.

And I thank You that I live in a country where I am free to worship You and to read Your Word.

Most of all, I thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who is the "light of the world."

When I turned to Him, He flooded the darkness of my soul with the light of Your love.

Thank You that He not only died for my sins, but that He is alive today at Your side--hearing my prayers and preparing a home for me in Heaven.

Thank You that He came into this world and took up residence in my life as Savior, Lord, and God.

Thank You for all that You have given me as a Christian: the Holy Spirit who is Your presence in my life, the Bible that is a light to my pathway, Christian friends who encourage and help me.

Thank You that I can face tomorrow with hope because Jesus is living for me. O, Lord, how truly rich I am! Thank You for all You mean to me.

"Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations" (Psalm 100:4-5)."

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