Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy hikers and a rant …

We are thoroughly enjoying the beautiful fall weather here – so much so that it is hard to get any work done :) Last Sunday after church, we went for a favorite hike through our property and onto Chimney Rock. Such fun!


Happy John on the lion head rock. Kids having fun searching for treasures.


Neli is getting SO big! Mercy’s first time to flattop rock – she was exceptionally happy. (Lilly was along, too, but she was busy on an adventure).

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The sun was at just the right spot and made the rocks and shadows so vibrant. And, me on the lion head rock.

We love this time of year – with the weather cooler, at least the threat of snakes seems less. Looking forward to many more hikes this fall.


And, for my rant … I think my frustration peaked with the political ad phone calls, both receiving them myself and hearing how many other people were also receiving. At one point, both of our cell phones were ringing simultaneously with a political ad. Ugh!

But even before those phone calls, I have noticed an increased “demanding” of people wanting to get my money from me in one shape or another. Here are some examples and see if you have also experienced them:

- Walking through a mall (any mall) and someone constantly jumping in my face with a perfume sample, hand lotion sample, whatever. Politely saying ‘no thank you’ to the first one doesn’t give the second, third or fourth a clue that I may not be interested. Drives me crazy!

- On every Saturday at Wal Mart, some group is stationed outside every.single.door soliciting for money. One week, it’s the cheerleader tots group raising money for uniforms, the next it is the fire department. This last week, it was another group selling tootsie rolls for kids. Honestly, I am going to stop going to Wal Mart on Saturday because it’s just TOO much! (I don’t normally carry cash, so I usually have an out)

- The other day, in the grocery store, I ran in to buy dishwasher soap – a $5 item. I had intended this to be a very quick, in and out, trip. The clerk asked if I wanted to donate $5 to feed the homeless this Christmas. (How convenient – now you can just add it on to my order. They have caught on to my “no cash” gig)

- The phone calls from police and fire wanting donations. I like to support the police and fire, but these calls are often for something obscure and strange like “college fund for their children” (ok, I’m exaggerating, but it is never just directly for the police or fire company).

Please don’t misunderstand, I desire to be a giving person and not a scrooge or a grinch, but I like the opportunity to give where I want to give. I like to know that I am truly giving to an organization that has credibility (I’m not saying that none of the above do, it’s just that I would like the opportunity to investigate). I like to be able to freely walk and/or shop at a business and not be BOMBARDED at every step. It’s frustrating!

Where is the “Do Not Bother Me” list and how can I sign up? :)

However the key, for me, is to be gracious and kind even though I am frustrated:

Psalm 19:14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


  1. I agree with you about the fall weather. I love it! I'm glad your family got the chance to go on a hike together and enjoy it. I enjoyed the pictures. I'm envious of the fact that you can wear sleeveless tops, tho. I can NOT do that.

    I wholeheartedly agree with your rant, also. I've been bombarded at every place, too. I think I had 8 political calls per day the last few days. And I notice the same thing at the store entrances and checkouts. Ugh!

  2. hello there.. have a nice weekend..

  3. You look beautiful in that picture on the rock, Shirl! You should frame that one. :)

    And as far as your rant goes...I hear you so loud and clear. I'll just speak from my own experience that you are definitely not a're one of the most generous, giving persons around...I think it's just all of the begging/asking all the time that really gets old. Even going to Safeway, just gets me...them asking if I want to round up my purchase to support a cause...again, I'm not against giving and supporting worthy causes, but man...when you can't get away from it...Drives me NUTS! Believe me...I've ranted about this with Rob often. AHHHHH...okay, thanks for letting me get that off the chest. And this now concludes my novel. :)


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