What Has Katie Been Doing?

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Day’s Verse:
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
Luke 9:23-25
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I know I’ve slacked off too long on blogging when Ian comments, “You need to blog.” Ian is the family expert on avoiding blogging, so when he says it’s been too long, I listen. One of the reasons I’ve not posted is that I’ve essentially been offline since Christmas: Between family obligations and just plain having fun, the Internet has looked like a pretty shabby substitute. Continue Reading >>

Merry Christmas!

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Day’s Verse:
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:4-7
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Merry Christmas, all! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas day tomorrow. Continue Reading >>

Hooray!

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Day’s Verse:
‘Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Luke 15:23-24
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Ian made it safely back to Washington! I am very happy. Also Colleen and Jordan flew up from California late last night so they have been around today, too. It is getting very crowded around here, but also very Christmassy.

KF quality

Local Bike Shop Love

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Day’s Verse:
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Luke 2:48-49 (context)
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Today I got a new chain for my bike. From October 17, when I replaced my chain before, to today — almost exactly 2 months — I rode 1,200 miles, about all the mileage you can squeeze out of a 10-speed Shimano chain. Continue Reading >>

Menopausal…Dog?

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Day’s Verse:
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:14
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CamoCarmelCarmel is now officially an old dog. The copious white hairs across her face and back certainly gave a clue, as did her notably toned-down level of enthusiasm greeting people and the way she starts limping after walking a few miles in the snow when before she could go for miles with boundless energy. But today Carmel started on medication prescribed for females (both human and canine, apparently) in menopause, which makes it official. Fortunately she is not a picky eater — more vacuum-cleaner-like, if anything — and she happily scarfed down her first dose of medicine in a blob of peanut butter. Continue Reading >>

Today Was Dad’s Birthday!

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Day’s Verse:
“He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.”

Luke 1:53 (context)
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To celebrate Dad’s 53 years of life, Mom and I baked. We spent a good part of today — which I took off from volunteering especially for the occasion — making a chocolate cream pie and an ice cream cake.

The pie, mostly Mom’s creation (although I helped with application of the pudding and the whipped cream):
Dad's Birthday Pie
Its layers went like this: Homemade graham cracker crust; 1/2″ of peanut butter; homemade chocolate peanut butter pudding with melted chocolate-and-peanut butter chips swirled into the top; extremely thick layer of home-whipped whipping cream sprinkled with more chocolate-and-peanut butter chips. A “small” piece still took up the entire plate, as you can see:
Dad's Birthday Continue Reading >>

Bicycling Multiple Choice Test

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Day’s Verse:
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37
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Multiple choice test. Choose the best answer.

1. What weather is best for cycling?
a) Below 32°F and sunny.
b) Above 32°F and rainy.
c) Below 32­°F and rainy.

2. What clothes are best to wear in 40°F rainy weather?
a) GoreTex everything, including underwear.
b) Heavy-weight wool jersey, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, booties, 2 pairs of wool socks, 2 pairs of gloves, heavy ear warmers, and a face warmer.
c) Medium-weight synthetic jersey, waterproof jacket, partially-waterproof breathable pants, 1 pair of wool socks, 1 pair of gloves, medium-weight ear warmers.
d) Summer-weight jersey, arm warmers, vest, lightweight Spandex pants, and synthetic socks. Continue Reading >>