Monday, June 30, 2008

Drill Here, Drill Now

If you would like to be part of getting Congress to do something (anything) about the current oil situation in the United States, you can use the link below to sign the petition to urge Congress to approve drilling domestically for oil.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spiritual & Temporal Freedoms

In church today the opening hymn was The Star Spangled Banner and the closing hymn was America the Beautiful. Between speakers, midway through the meeting, the choir sang Praise to the Man, a song unique to the LDS church as it is in honor of the prophet Joseph Smith, who restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. June 27 is the anniversary of his martyrdom. July 4, as everyone knows, is the anniversary of the birth of this great nation, the United States of America. As our thoughts have turned today to reflecting on what both dates mean to us, we rejoice in the freedom and truth that are now ours because great men and women have been willing to fight and die that we might live in freedom and light.

The following words from America the Beautiful remind us that simple men and women who believed they had the God-given right to worship as they pleased and not be subject to tyranny, loved this country, or at least what they knew this country could be, more than they loved themselves:

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

Many people persecuted Joseph Smith while he was alive, and many still persecute him now though he’s dead. But many people all over the world feel blessed today because of his sacrifices. As stated in Praise to the Man, “Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.”

So today we are grateful for those who sacrificed that we might live in this great nation; and we’re grateful for those who sacrificed that we might know the truths of God. According to John 8:32, truth is also freedom. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Random Thoughts:

Shout out to our friend Pam who lives in England who tells us that they're paying the equivalent of $16 per gallon for gas.

Whose brilliant idea was it to change the design of the caps on bottles of Coke products?

Does anyone else have his/her Christmas shopping done?

Usually we love eating at El Jefe's for lunch on Saturdays, and usually we get excellent service. Today was the exception. They do have the best chips in town, however.

Payless has flip flops on sale for $3 each--we're just saying...

So how long do you think it will take Congress to

a. do anything;
b. quit ticking us off;
c. enact the gas-price-reduction plan the democrats said they had before winning the majority;
d. realize that the light bulbs they mandated replace the incandescent bulb by 2012 are full of mercury and made in China;
e. do all of the above.

If global warming is real, why did the front of our house look like this in December of 2006? We live in the desert for crying out loud.

We found out today that an 8.5 ounce bag of Lindor Truffles holds two servings. Pay no attention to the serving-size information on the back of the bag.

Please send us your comments. We'll leave the light on.

That's all for now.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sandy & Edie's Big Blog Adventure

Sandy and Edie are sisters with an interest at trying their writing skills in the cyber community. Blogging is becoming a very popular hobby and, though Sandy and Edie usually do not jump aboard the newest trend train, this is one they have decided to travel on and see where it takes them. Hopefully, there will be a mixture of fun, reflective moments, spiritual insight, political awareness, and trivial matters. In other words, something for everyone.

Our first endeavor will be to share our Cruisin’ Chicks Summer 08 Vacation Tour, a.k.a., Sandy and Edie’s Tour of America, volume one -- sorry, it's sold out. We are leaving in a few days to go to Buffalo, New York, to visit family. When we first discussed this trip, it was going to be done by plane; five to six hours there and five to six hours back to southern Nevada where we live. But further discussion prompted us to make it a road trip and that’s our final answer.

This trip comes at a time when gas prices are at an all-time high and many people have canceled lengthy summer vacations to stay home, or at least, stay close to home. Since we normally avoid most trends, like the “stay-at-home” gas trend, we see no reason to let a little matter like high gas prices stop us. No, we’re not rich, but perhaps we can find other areas to cut back on, though don’t expect it to be our Diet Coke fund. Regardless of gas prices, or perhaps, in spite of them, our vacation is still going as scheduled. Gas prices will either drop in the future and this road trip will be the first of many, or gas prices will rise even higher and we will have this one vacation to reflect on and entertain us for years to come. Hopefully, it will be a bit of both.