Saturday, March 18, 2006

It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone

...even at this age.

Today we attended a wedding of two 70+ year olds, a first marriage for her. I was going to make jokes about how he tried to keep it "just friends," or about how they have a website just like all the young couples these days, or about the special wheelchair section at their large wedding venue. Or I was even thinking to mention how someone asked me, "At that age can they, um,...well,, enjoy themselves?" :-)

But I won't. I'll just say that all weddings make me cry.

Friday, March 17, 2006

March Madness -- Overheard

Those guys just can't pass, can they?

Why isn't my school playing in this tournament?


I've had two blogs for quite a while, this one and one called Linda's Family News. Often the second one has been a subset of this one, but I'm thinking to change that. I'm going to try putting less personal news in this blog and put it instead in Linda's Family News. If any readers of The Empty Nest want to keep up with our family news, just click on the link I've put in the right column.

And how do you like the new counter I installed with the cool world map? I stole the idea from someone else's blog. It is fun to see dots where all my friends and family live.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Red-winged Blackbird, female

I stole this image from the internet, but there were nine of these on my feeder last weekend. I searched the bird book and decided it must be a female red-winged blackbird, but why so many of them with no males? After further research I learned that juvenile birds look like females and also that the birds segregate such that the juveniles and females forage together and the males forage together, explaining why they all looked like females on the feeder.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Dead Roses

A hope for new growth via replanting.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Goodbye, ZFT

Due to reasons I won't go into here, I'm leaving an online community that I've participated in for over two years, Zeal For Truth. I've enjoyed my time there, and I think I've made a few friends, most of whom are young enough to be my kids. I think of them as my nieces and nephews, and they call me Aunt Linda. In fact, the screen name I used there actually means "your mother/maternal aunt."

Many times over the two years I've felt led to pray for ZFT members. Maybe they've prayed for me from time to time too, and I appreciate that. The highlight of my time at ZFT wasn't an online event at all. It was attending IRL the wedding of a couple who met each other there. It was cool to meet in person the people I had only formed online ideas about.

If any ZFTers read this blog, please know that I'm not mad at anyone there. It is just time for me to move on.

I'm blocking public comments to this blog, but as usual, if anyone has anything to say to me about this post, I can be reached at thainamu at