Thursday, January 19, 2023


In the morning's pre-dawn darkness. I heard a vehicle slowly drive by outside.  It had a number of amber lights on it so I knew it was a small road maintenance truck either salting or sanding the road.  We had a freezing rain advisory overnight so precautions were being taken.  The freezing rain never did happen.  Later, with strong east winds roaring through the tops of our tall pine trees, Pheebs and I saddled up Libby, and off we went for a wee drizzly grey day spin into and around Bayfield.  We were home within half an hour. 

I finished my book....Not Tonight, Josephine: A Roadtrip Through Small-Town America.  I enjoyed this book which brought me numerous chuckles when I was able to relate closely with the writer's thoughts, travels, and happenings. I always enjoy it when I read of where people have been that I have been also.  And this book had a number of those same places in America's Southwest.  For example, Roswell New Mexico, Tuba City,  Monument Valley, and The Grand Canyon in Arizona. Mexican Hat, Zion Canyon along with Moab and the Arches in Utah.  Las Vegas Nevada and Death Valley. Yellowstone and Jackson Hole in Wyoming as well as Laramie and Cheyenne.  Custer's Battlefield in Montana along with Spearfish, Custer, and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  Denver, Silverthorne, and Grand Junction in Colorado plus Chicago Illinois, and Detroit Michigan.  The author and two separate traveling companions at two different times stopped, drove by, or missed many other places in between these few I have listed.  Driving an old beat-up mini-van they named Josephine these young ragamuffin folks were barely above the level of tent camping but always seemed to have enough money to buy beer and pizza. (sounds familiar)  As I said, the book brought memories of my own travels with lots of chuckles,  a few wow moments, and accompanying regrets along the way.  Keeping with the same theme, the next book in my queue is....Walden On Wheels: On The Open Road From Debt To Freedom by author Ken IIgunas.  I started this book today.

GROANER'S CORNER:(( Ten Things You Never Here In Church::

1. Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew!

2. I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.

3. Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.

4. I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.

5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.

6. Forget the denominational minimum salary. Let's pay our pastor so he can live like we do.

7. I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!

8. Since we're all here, let's start the service early.

9. Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.

10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!



  1. I think you would really enjoy John Steinbecks 1962 book Travels with Charlie.

  2. Ha. I was just about to recommend that!

  3. Walden on Wheels is my next read too!

  4. Just one word for your photos tonight

    Al, Just one word for your photos tonight - WOW!!!!!