Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekend odds and ends

  • As we were sitting down for dinner on Friday night, the Scientist asked, "Why is the floor wet under this window?" Answer: because the 17-year-old toilet upstairs had suddenly outlived its usefulness and had begun to pour water down the wall. I called the insurance company, and within the hour two gentlemen appeared with enormous fans and dehumidifiers to assess the damage and begin drying it out. The fans are noisy, but we don't care. It appears that we caught it so soon, we may not lose any sheetrock. No claims adjuster as of yet, though.
  • I am reluctantly concluding that I need to go buy some doggie diapers for a forgetful little old lady with four legs, who has chosen the dining room as her new potty.
  • I am thankful that I have only some insignificant little First World problems such as these.
  • After I went and got us some kolaches (no pancakes after all, with the kitchen area in chaos), we took a break from all of the above to see an interesting exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science, The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story. Lots of ossuaries and other artifacts to delight the Scientist, and I also enjoyed the ancient manuscripts, including a section of Isaiah from Qumran and a number of NT texts, including one that included the last few verses of Ephesians, followed by the beginning of Galatians (instead of the other way around), and another with a little of the Gospel of John. The epistles text was the oldest of those NT manuscripts, dating to about 150-200 CE. We've seen some of the Dead Sea Scrolls before, but I think this was the first time we'd seen early NT manuscripts. A Saturday spent wandering through a museum, followed by dinner in town (seafood this time), is our favorite kind of Saturday.
  • Now I have to go work on the PNC's brochure that soon will introduce our new pastor to our congregation! Bye.

16 comments:

esperanza said...

New pastor? That's tantalizing. And exciting. And I'm sure a good thing that the PNC work is coming to an end.

Jan said...

I love your bullets! We're getting a new pastor next month, too. We'll have to compare notes.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Love the updates. I am so glad that you were home when the toilet gave up the ghost.

Is your baby okay?

Songbird said...

That sounds exciting re: PNC! Sorry about the toilet, that's not exciting at all.

zorra said...

Mindy, she was sick last week, but she's OK now. She's just very old, and she has decided that the dining room is an acceptable place to go when she doesn't feel like asking to go outside. We watch her closely, make her go out a lot, and block her access to the DR when we aren't here, but she's so quick and quiet that we haven't caught her in the act yet.

Presbyterian Gal said...

My mom's cat started sleeping by the room with the litterbox after several accidents in her cat "penthouse". Then she just had to lay on a cushion of towels. It's very hard when our sweet pets slow down with old age. (((Zorra)))

And a new pastor! Well done. Hope he or she's a pip!!

Kievas said...

Poor Amie...it's tough getting old.

mompriest said...

love museums....that exhibit sounds wonderful! sorry about the sweet dog...sigh...

DogBlogger said...

Glad you caught the water problem as soon as you did!

And prayers for y'all and sweet Amie as you continue to take excellent care of her in her dotage. Give her a scratch behind the ears for me.

Quotidian Grace said...

Praying for the new pastor and the congregation! Best wishes to all and thanks to you for your faithful service on the PNC.

Rev Kim said...

How exciting that you're calling a pastor!

The exhibit sounds fascinating. We've seen the Dead Sea Scrolls too, but the NT manuscripts would be so exciting.

Newman says that woof to Amie and he hopes that she is doing well. And he's sorry about the doggie diapers.

Stratoz said...

Not that I believe in a God who favors maple syrup and sends plagues of leaky toilets to those with bad attitudes, but...

did you say museum of natural history???

zorra said...

Houston Museum of Natural Science. It's way cool. Unlike maple syrup. ;)

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm sorry to read that Amie is struggling. Give her a scratch behind the ears for me.

ElastiGirl said...

gentle rubs for Amie - and that sounds like an ideal day minus the toilet part!

DogBlogger said...

Hey, I gave you an award over at my place!