"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, May 20, 2016

Castle, Peanuts & Shopkins

1. The "Castle" series is being cancelled. Read about it at “TVLine.” Dee and I are disappointed. I really enjoyed the story line. My favorite actor was Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle. Thank you to the writers who did an excellent job. Thank you to the actors who portrayed the various characters. The blending of their skills contributed to the 13 year series.

Oops, did I say that?

Love the vest.

2. There is an interesting story, from Flintlock and Tomahawk, that would have made a really good Castle episode.

James Barnum starts the story with; “Hanging on the wall of our Members Lounge in the Barnum Memorial Armory Museum the is a rare English Carbine (a scaled-down version of the British Land Pattern Musket) commonly known as the “Brown Bess.”” From there he tells how they were able to trace it back to what they believed was the original owner, James Hughes. 

The writers could set this story in motion when Castle takes a trip to East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The musket is stolen from the museum. Castle gets involved in the search and is aided by a stranger that has an English accent. Is he a descendant of Mr. Hughes or an apparition of the deceased First Sargent? Where does the search lead them? What if Hayley Shipton arrives and connects the missing musket to an international smuggling ring?

3. This is from peanuts.com.

4. View the completed baggage carts that will be used for the Briartun diorama.

5. Our granddaughter Hailey has a collection of small figurines called Shopkins. Wiki has a good description of these little toys. The photo below has her entire assortment. Over 300 at the moment. She’s catching up to my historical miniature collection.

6. Please pray for the soul of Chris Pepper and his family. 

7. Righteous Brothers - “Unchained Melody”

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Baggage Carts

These are the completed baggage carts. They are also from Hinchliffe Miniatures.  The first photo shows them on a display shelf, in front of some buildings. In the second photo I set them up moving on to their next delivery. 

The water wagon is next. That will complete my collection of unpainted wagons. I'll probably put together a photo all all the wagons at a later date.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Anniversary’s & Jim Croce

My Slow Takes

1. Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely ladies. We were blessed to have Dee’s Mom, our son Stephen and his family attend church with us. Msgr. Shreve gave an excellent Homily and at the end of Mass prayed for all of the Mom’s. Afterward we gathered with friends at Panera.

2. Dee and I celebrated our 45th Anniversary on May 8th. Along with our wedding anniversary we also celebrated Eric and Lynne’s and Stephen and Christina’s wedding anniversary. Todd and Lauren’s anniversary is May 20th. My sister Kim and her husband Frank is May 19th and my Mom and Dad’s was May 11th. 

3. This is from Calvin and Hobbes Daily.

4. Please pray for or our newest missionary, Katie who is spreading God's love in Calcutta, India. I haven written about Katie before, reference 2014 and 2015.

5. The final episode for Michael Weatherly, aka Tony DiNozzo, is next week. Yes, I’ll miss him but his move, which is his choice, is a positive thing. The changes that have occurred in the NCIS series over the years have not been negative. They have made the program stronger. New characters have been introduced and overall, the storyline has become more interesting.

6. Jim Croce - “Time In A Bottle.”

7. The Muppet's - “Time In A Bottle”

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Msgr. Tom, War Room & Rain

My Slow Takes

1. May 1, 2016, Msgr. Thomas Shreve, celebrated his 55th year of priesthood. He said Mass at the Church of the Epiphany at 8:30 AM which was also the 1st Communion celebration for our parish children. Dee and I, along with our granddaughters Eryn and Hailey, served as Hospitality ministers. There was a beautiful reception afterwards. 
   The Catholic Virginian has a nice article on our beloved Monsignor. 

2. Please pray for one of my Brothers in Christ, Phil. His Dad, Philip, joined our Lord last Saturday.

3. I own an Apple iPhone 4S. It has been a wonderful tool for the past six years. Unfortunately that is about the life cycle of some electronic devices. So I went to my “carrier” sales store for options. The first thing they wanted to do was “upgrade” my service. After 20 minutes of discussion I realized that we haven’t even talked about my replace phone. Now I did my research and learned that Apple has come up with an equivalent to my 4s, which is now the SE. Unfortunately it is not available until June. But, they wanted me to upgrade my service now and then go “on-line” to order my Apple SE. Whoa, time out. I have an iPhone that doesn’t work, I can’t get one, nor even order one at the store. But I can upgrade my service. So, I said, “thank you, but I have time to think about this. Service without my phone seems like having a “cart without a horse.”

4. Dee, her Mom and I watched the video, “War Room.” It is an excellent film produced by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. (Wiki has some detailed information about the movie.) The acting was good,
my favorite character being Miss Clara Williams, played by Karen Abercrombie. She is the Evangelist who shows how we can fight against the constant struggle between Satan and God. A battle that we face on a daily basis. 

5. The good news is that I didn’t have to water our flowers this week. The not so good news is that it rained every day. Fortunately we had sunshine in between the rainfall and Dee and I were able to continue our gardening project.

6. We had so much rain that Dee’s car decided that the windshield wipers should be activated at all times. Just in case we don’t remember to turn them on. So, it’s off to the service center to see what can be done.

7. Don McLean - “Crying.” This is a different rendition form Roy Orbison.

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