Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gorgeous Guatemala




A friend serving where the need is greater for the last six years in Guatemala just sent some pictures. What an absolutely beautiful country. May not be much change happen when the true paradise arrives. :-)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Thought My Eyes Were Lying To Me

videoI have always told everyone what a "braniac" my little Harvey is, but you won't believe what he did the other day. He was out in the backyard, and obviously decided he needed a snack, so he went over to the garden grabbed the stalk of a carrot with his mouth then pulled up with all his might and pulled it up. He then shook it to get all the dirt off, and then ate it - a huge carrot! He had seen Otto do this before but just the fact that he figured out how to do this himself amazed me. Smarty pants. :-) But the little guy in this video may know a couple tricks Harvey still needs to learn. :-/

I am sitting here at work today for a few hours in the afternoon. I am teaching grammar in the morning and then have a gap until 4pm. :-( Hasn't happened before and probably be back to normal next month, but I am trying to use my time wisely. Studying my Spanish bookstudy material for tonight, and doing some Chinese lessons too. Might as well make the most of it. :-)

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great week. If your dog can do more advanced tricks than the one in the video...or my brilliant Harvey's carrot pulling trick then let me know for sure. Sadly I had to leave Pearl out of this one - her best trick is just loving me. Other than that just, just having her tongue hangout, and bark at the fridge is what she is best at.

love to all,
d :-)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Baby Kroes on The Way!

Well Tyler and Janelle's baby is almost here. Went into labour last night so any time so the little one should be making its appearance. Mom and Dad are out there ready to make phone calls once he/she gets here. :-)

This was a great long weekend. First, Saturday, I attended the Special Assembly Day again. It was quite a bit bigger than the one I visited a few weeks ago - 700 people - so had to sit in the cafeteria. The speaker was Clayton Hansen. He was a really good speaker and I noticed he focused on Canadian experiences. That was unique because even though it is nice to know what is going on around the world - it is also nice to hear what is happening right here in Canada too. I really liked a couple points he made. One being that even though the governments of even the super power nations right now do have the best of intentions, but the reason they can't succeed is because brings in legislation to improve government laws and policies to improve life for people - the governments can't legislate peoples morals and ethics...and that is why life is deteriorating world-wide. Lots of food for thought.

Yesterday, as a massive Kingdom Hall work bee. We had a fantastic turnout of about 75% of the congregation. My raking partner was Lauren. She is studying French. And I am studying Spanish, and doing my Chinese lessons too. The company where I am studying my Spanish also gave me free Chinese lessons, so I thought "why not??" There are both language groups in the territory so why not try to learn both. Anyway, it was great that Lauren and I could work together because she was able teach me French words and phrases and I could teach her Spanish and Chinese ones. So excellent morning there, and then hung around the house doing stuff in the afternoon. And now TODAY...the actual holiday I have a laundry list of things i want to get done around here. Starting by curling this mop of hair on top of my head and then going to put all my summer stuff into storage to make room for all my over-sized winter clothing. Lots to do!

Okay, everyone have a wonderful day yourselves. Harvey and Pearl need a good scratch on the head so gotta run and get than done with too. :-) ....oh ya and that cute little cuz of theirs Otto too.

Love to all,
d :-)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Okay, I added Some Music

Hey hi again. :-)

As you will hear I added some background music. Thought it would be kind of nice as I was reading...or writing. But if you are reading this and you are thinking "oh my goodness, she is trying to drive me insane with this stuff!" ...don't want to be responsible for anyone's demise...so just scroll to the bottom of the page and there is an on/off button, and and volume button. Okay, happy listening!

Love again!
d :-)

Fabulous Special Assembly Day

Hey hi everyone, :-)

Can't believe it is already October 1st. However, this year is off to a great start. Last week Mom and Dad slipped off to a Saturday assembly day, and were telling me how great it was so I decided to take it in the next day...just EXCELLENT. A superb program. One of those assembly days where the information is presented is such a good way with really fitting interviews so that a person feels motivated to keep on going - or do more. :-) Warren Schufeldt was the visiting speaker. Over the years him and Al Hamacher have been my favorite speakers because both can and could, paint really vivid pictures with words. In the closing talk he was talking about living in a spiritual paradise as we do now, and drawing the parallel with residing in Yellow Stone. However, as much as deers love living in a protected paradise their are some that wander unintentionally, or intentionally, outside the park sometimes and end up with their head being a trophy on someone's wall.

Work has been coming together nicely. I am loving working with older students. They know that it affects their career and future studies so they are very serious and listen acutely. Also, I have a student from Saudi Arabia that I am learning a lot from about life there. It is even more of a flip culture than even Asia. Really gives good insight though too into some things mentioned in the Bible. Makes me think ahhhhh.....that makes sense now.

Harvey and Pearl are doing awesome. Getting lots of exercise. Pearl seems to suck up to my dad a lot. Makes me wonder if he drops crumbs on his chest or something. :-/ I really have to say their health is still doing great and I can't believe they have only been to the vet only once since leaving Korea. So hopefully they'll continue to be healthy little rug rats. :-)

Well, the next week should be good. I have my own Special Assembly Day next Saturday, so I will get to hear it all again - how good is that! Then Sunday a work bee. Weather is getting colder all the time. Some people try to say that it is still warm, but when you ride a motorcycle YOU KNOW when it is starting get cooler. :-/

Okay, will run. Have a wonderful week. Love to all,

d :-)