Hello and thanks for visiting the blog today.
Sadly, while trying to fix the RSS tonight, I crashed the site and lost the list of favorite blogs for now. Once the new list is functional, please let me know your blog’s name and URL and I’ll get it back up again.
As always… Oops, I digressed! (more like an ADHD ramble)
The card you see on the left was made by Steve W., a neighbor that I’ve gotten to be good friends with. He’s a terrific guy and we often hang out and drink soda, talking about the end times and how crazy the world has become.
The reason Steve made this card is that I had a very encouraging job interview on Wednesday and it’s all but a done deal. The position offers more money per hour, is closer to home, and the camping and fishing knowledge might come in pretty handy. I’m enthused about getting back to working again soon. Steve’s encouragement has really helped in recent days… and I had a chance to repay the kindness.
Neighbor Steve is an artist and retired machinist who makes various sculptures using antique barbed wire, weathered barn wood, even horseshoes and other materials. Steve also crafts the most beautiful mobiles for hanging outside using peened (hand hammered) sheet metals cut into various horse shapes. The easiest way to describe the unique artifacts is to call them “cowboy art”. He sells them in a gallery in Anamosa, Iowa. Steve also writes “cowboy poetry” and occasionally entertains others with his drawl and down-to-earth stories – all from a Christian perspective.
So why is this horseshoe so lucky? I had called Steve on Tuesday to let him know that I’d purchased one of his works. He was happy. Right in the middle of the phone call, a “462” (local) number beeped in and it was a request to set up a job interview. We had a great laugh about the timing and good fortune. Whether or not it was divine intervention, karma, or just a bit of irony while keeping optimistic and doing the right things, the timing could not have been better.
It’s been a great couple of days and, as always, there’s hope on the horizon. With the weather being quite hot, camping wasn’t too desirable lately but Wednesday (today) the high temperature is only going to be about 80. After a few hours of sleep, we’ll have to see what transpires.
Take care and thanks for visiting!
Brad and Jesse
Jones County, Iowa
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