"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, June 10, 2016

Ali, Greek & Ben King

1. Muhammad Ali, the greatest heavyweight boxer, died on June 3, 2016. His pre-fight rhetoric was always humorous to me. My favorite quote, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” My second favorite, “service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” I’m sure he’ll be welcomed in heaven.

2. The annual Greek festival was last weekend. Dee and I met up with our friends and car-pooled to the event. The food was terrific. I enjoyed the Gyros which is a seasoned meat with tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes, lettuce and onions all piled onto Pita bread. For desert my buddy Tony bought some fluffy puffs served with a honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon. We added a couple of bottles of Greek Merlot wine while the ladies enjoyed lemonade. It was a great afternoon.

3. The water wagon is finished, photo is here. There is also link to Paul’s Bods, where he has displayed some new wagons that he completed. 

4. These are some beautiful "morning on the beach" photos. Dee took them while we were at the Outer Banks.

5. This exemplifies my skill as a baseball player.

6. Dee and I were sitting in my hobby room the other day and she was looking at my display cases. She turned to me and asked. “How many figures.” I looked around and told her probably hundreds. “No,” she replied, “how many have you painted since you’ve been in this hobby?" I had to think back to the first set of figures I painted. A 25mm British Light Infantry regiment. That was about 1976. Forty years of painting, American Revolution, Ancient, Napoleonic, French and Indian and Fantasy figures. Units painted, sold, new units bought, painted and sold, the process never ending. A couple of thousand maybe. Now that she has brought up the question, maybe I’ll try and put together a list of what I had and sold and what I have now.

7. Ben King - “Stand By Me.”

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Water Wagon

The water wagon. It is the last of my unpainted wagon collection and has already found a temporary home at the Tavern. This is another Hinchliffe Miniatures model, although I was unable to find it being offered anymore.

Paul’s Bods displayed some new wagons that he completed. They will probably be used with his country of Bodstonia. The scale is 1/72 versus the 25mm scale of my wagons.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Prayers, OBX & Remember When

1. Happy Memorial Day.

2. Prayers are requested for one of our Epiphany brothers Marc, his wife Michelle and son Brogan. Marc joined our Lord on Monday the 30th. He had been fighting brain tumors for over a year. Obituary at the Richmond Times Dispatch.

3. We spent last week at the Outer Banks and were blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures. Dee’s Mom joined us, it is her first trip to the beach. She loved it!

The beach at Kill Devil Hills.
A Heron (Taken with my iPhone)

4.There are times when I try to write poetic love notes to Dee but my mind drifts …..  

5. On Tuesday, Kelly wrote an interesting article about her new program entitled “Vino Fitness.” It combines the results of fermented grapes and the exhilaration of jogging into a new form of exercise. Depending on your particular BMI, one to three glasses of wine per workout would help reduce the affects of “strains, sprains, tears or injury.” I don’t fully agree with her program, not the part about the wine, but when it should be used. My experience is that after an exhilarating workout or an afternoon of yard work, I’m ready for a glass of wine. If I were to consume wine before these activities, my enthusiasm to begin them would be questionable........ just my two cents.

6. Historicon 2016 is coming to Fredericksburg, Virginia on July 14. Details here.

7. Our favorite song from Alan Jackson - “Remember When” 

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