Some random thoughts for 2011

The new year is here, I’m back to work as normal  -boo urns, can’t wait for paradise! And before that the Lords return.

With 2011 here, there are fresh signs, clues and such as to the end times, the Lords return and I’m pumped. We’re 1 year closer to His return and the next couple of years should be REALLY interesting! If you aren’t into bible prophecy, you should check it out. Its like fortune telling or gambling but for Christians 🙂 Does that cheapen it? I don’t think so, hey, if you want to know whats happening in the future, grab a bible, prophecy is throughout the bible, in just about every book of bible, references, patterns etc from Genesis to Revelation.

Hm… for those who don’t read it, maybe I should do a monthly prophecy roundup and deliver it right to you?  Sounds like a good idea 🙂

Also, we have snow on the ground and some decent temperatures, -6 or -7 right now (we’re getting there.) Looking forward to sustained temps below 10.  As for heating, I’ve have to start using the wheel barrow since my lawn tractor just isn’t ‘cut out’ (hahaha, get it, CUT out??) for driving through deep snow – even with chains and 40 pounds of liquid in the tires.

Oh ya, and that brings me to another item, to increase weight and therefore traction on farm tractors, the tires are filled, with calcium chloride, or a water/salt solution or some other type of non freezing substance. Well for my lawn tractor, I did the same after googling some ideas. I bought 20 litres in bulk of windshield wiper fluid (good to -40) and squirted it into my rear tires. 10 litres in each tire which in total adds up to just under 40 pounds of extra weight. Not bad. I need to add another 40 in there, I think I can get that much more in… So if you ever need to do that, let me know. Maybe I’ll write a blog on how I did it.

We also paid our first full mortgage payment, thats exciting, we own a tiny tiny piece of our house… and the bank owns the rest :/

This will be Ardens first full year and a year of firsts indeed – some talking maybe, crawling, teeth, lots of memories and photo chances I’m sure!

Should be an excellent year! I’m not one to do resolutions, I have too many other things to accomplish in place of adding resolutions that I probably wouldn’t keep.

Yahoo for a new exciting year. Oh, did I mention I’m also excited for iPad 2 coming out first quarter this year??

Good times!

kids are scared of old people

In a perfect world

Yes… yes they are 😛   We had a good sermon last night about the generations coming together, the older folk sharing wisdom with the younger, and mentoring and providing care and support both ways. All kinds of good things can come out of the generations getting together and interacting.

We don’t interact much cross generationally anymore and its caused us to forget history, stories, even names of family members not in our immediate family. Simply because we don’t spend time much together as large extended families like they did before, like they had to before to survive, before the days of nursing homes and retirement condos and facilities.

So why are kids scared of old people? I think, and this would be true for me, we don’t want to talk to old people cause they may be weird for one,  they may be boring, they may criticizes what we’re doing, how we’re living, the shirt we have on… When we go to church they may say we’re being disrespectful wearing a cap, or a shirt with words on it, etc etc. Some or all of that may be true to an extent and much is subjective too, however! And this is totally bad english.

Older folk need to reassure the younger that they can be friendly, have a smile on their face, show care and love unconditionally. There will be lots of time for correction, teaching and such. We just need to start the conversation and putting a kid down is THE. WORST. way to start a conversation. You may think its teaching them respect, or a lesson or something but kids are more self reliant these days, they won’t ‘take it’ (not me anyways) and if they hear something they don’t like, they won’t listen to you. You need a relationship first before they will be willing to listen – same goes for sharing Christ I guess, thats an epiphany.  Kids and adults, don’t go crazy, each has something they can share with the others, don’t try to discipline or suggest things right off the bat if you don’t already have a relationship with them (hm.. and same goes with parents, you need a relationship with your kid before punishing them will prove to be worthwhile, otherwise they’ll just think you’re abusing them or not being good parents or whatever – another epiphany! wow… – sorry, I’m thinking deep thoughts as I type)

This jumble of thoughts summed up is that the generations need to get together and the older generation has to initiate, I think the onus is on them to start that being the more mature, wiser ones and we all need to not judge and just start off with a little caring. The young people really appreciate older folks, to see their faith, their knowledge, the support they can provide (especially these days for kids who have crazy parents – ya thats right, you heard it, there are some bad parents out there!!)

More so now then ever, there is disconnectedness with the generations, within the family, and outside as well, even kids disconnected from their parents and they need support so much, but often older people are the grumpy scary ones telling them all the things they are doing wrong and telling them they can’t wear a T shirt with words on it in church.

Men need to be men, parents need to be PARENTS (hello!) and people of all generations need to care and support each other.

Only in a perfect world eh…

RETRO: Typing Skillz

how many words can you type per minute?

Ever think about your typing skills? Remember back in,… oh, even the 90’s when typing was an elective class in high school, not even required? Back then typing was probably mostly considered a skill for a very specific career, ie, being a secretary or a newspaper columnist or something. It really wasn’t at that time considered a required life skill to be used everyday by EVERYONE.

Funny eh! Fast forward to the year 2011 and kids have grown up with keyboards, monitors, big desktops and now laptops. Soon all kids will know are iPads and touch screen iMacs (yes their coming, Apple has patents out for it already!). With things like motion activated video games (MS Kinect) and touch this and touch that, we’re almost in a post typing era.

For me, its nice to realize that I make an excellent decision when I decided to take the typing class back then even though most considered it a secretary type skill. All that didn’t take it are ‘hunt and peck’ers or are scrambling to increase their proficiency on a keyboard for their work.

Anyways, just one of those little things that I think about, how it evolved, how we use it now, how a decision back than really paid off in career paths and such.

Next I should write about all the dead end streets I went down RE my college days and see if there was anything I got out of them 😀

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