As you may remember, my one word for the year is “Provide”.

Food seemed to figure prominently in my life this month. As the primary cook in the house, I’ve tried to PROVIDE healthy meals for myself and for Big Al. Of course he seems to be mostly focused on lots of chips and sodas, but I press on. I took August off from the strict diet I’ve been on since January, but I’ve tried to keep the carbs and calories down. In order to do that and still have really tasty meals, I’ve found myself PROVIDING  fresh vegetables with a weekly trip to the Farmer’s Market.


The Lunch Bunch this month went to Olympia and visited their Farmer’s Market before a wonderful dinner at Anthony’s Homeport.


August was also the scene of a couple of meals that my Team from church was in charge of. I PROVIDED the organization and people for another very successful National Night Out Party in the street by the church. The Tacoma Banjo Band provided some entertainment and church members and neighbors enjoyed a lovely evening.

Banjo Band (2)

This was also the month of the Annual Church Picnic. We went to Point Defiance Park and had lots of hamburgers, and hotdogs, and plenty of potluck side dishes and desserts. Yummy!


Sandwiched in between those three opportunities to overeat was my birthday. I’ll admit I overindulged, but I figure you don’t turn 70 years old but once and if you can’t have a wonderful French dinner to celebrate, you might as well just quit. Big Al took me to Aviateur, and it was everything I could have wished for.


I was PROVIDED with a wonderful trip to Mt. Rainier to see the wildflowers. Going to Paradise on the mountain once a summer is sustenance for my soul.


I, once again, PROVIDED minutes of the Committee on Ministry meeting. I’m happy to be able to contribute in that way since I’m not really that familiar with the churches and pastors in the Presbytery. It’s PROVIDING me a way to contribute.

My beloved Oregon Ducks seem to be PROVIDING us with another spectacular season. They opened with a 62-13 win last Saturday over the University of South Dakota. #GoDucks!


On a final note, my brother-in-law seems to be well on the way to recovery. He was moved back to Texarkana and into a rehab hospital. He has made such good progress that he is just about ready to go home and continue rehab on an out-patient basis. Thanks be to God who is the ultimate PROVIDER!

2 thoughts on “Provide

  1. Pingback: Honesty | An Aging Liberal Hippy from the Left Coast

  2. Hi, Cousin — Just catching up on your blog this morning, and was struck by the mention of your brother-in- law’s progress. Keith? I had no idea he’d been ill. We send our love and thoughts to him and Betty.


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