Day Three: It is not hard to find something every day to be thankful for. Coming out of Doug Franks office this past week I paused at this window which is over the main foyer and the stairway from the second floor. The sun was bright outside and people were rushing in and out, up and down. They couldn't figure out want I was standing there looking at.
But I paused there at the top of the stair for a minute to soak it in. I am thankful for the designer who had the vision to do something a little different, and found a way to pull it off. This is really well done. Not only is the large round window dynamic, but above the arch are glass skylights. I've been up and down these stairs a hundred times, but never saw those skylights before.
Day Four: Heading home from Kelowna I felt impressed to see what I could find for a shower base. So I turned back and went to Home Depot. After finding a new shower base, a store manager walked past and saw me deliberating and said that he thought there was a unit just like I wanted in the seasonal clearance pile at the nursery section. So when I checked it out it looked ok to me... and it was marked down from $200. to $50... almost free! I was pretty thankful to find such a good deal and could not see any damage on it. I then went to drywall department and asked it they had any damaged drywall or masonry board. They pointed me to the dolly where there was a sheet of each... marked off 50%. Again the damage was not significant. I took them both. Perfect!
Day Five: Dannburg Floors have done all our homes in the Uplands, so I talked to Frank, who was in charge of our account and asked if per chance there may be some tiles left over or not selling that he could give us a really good deal on. He said he would look at their stock and I should check back the next morning. Long story short, he had several boxes of 4" x 16" Subway tile in a bisque colour (almost white)... and he said that for the church he would give it all to me without charge, as well he gave me a bag of thinset and the tile grout. PTL. We will make that tile work just fine, thank you very much.
Day Six: On Sabbath we went to visit Sonja Van Sickle in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She was recovering after a knee replacement operation and because of some complications ended up in the Cardiac Care Unit, which scared the hell out of us. When I called the hospital they told us that only family members were allowed to visit... but we went anyway. When we visited her she was in good spirits and welcomed our visit.
On the way home we did the last leg of the Rail Trail back from Vernon (Coldstream) along Kalamalka Lake... getting almost across from Rattlesnake Point before turning back. It was a most pleasant afternoon for a hike. When I saw this couple, who parked their bikes so they could soak in the grand view, I captured them with my iPhone camera. She wore that red sweater today just for me! We are always thankful for every day that we get to walk on the Rail Trail.
Day Seven: Having completed reading the entire six-volume biography of Ellen White (almost 3,000 pages), I decided to re-read one of her most loved and most published books, "The Great Controversy." For the Wikipedia summary click the link.
I am most thankful to be reminded of the story and how the final events of this earth's history will shake down. I believe that the second coming of Jesus is sooner than we think.
The central theme in The Great Controversy is over who can best run the universe, God or Satan? That issue must be resolved before the universe will be eternally secure. This book reviews the conflict between good and evil, which began in heaven and how Lucifer was cast out. It continues to show how Satan tempted Adam and Eve, and how throughout the history of this world he has made life difficult for God's followers. Ellen White was led by God in a vision in 1858, and was shown she must write it out. Throughout her life there is no book that has been edited and revised more times than this book. It started out about 250 pages but is now 678 pages and outlines in detail how this great conflict will end. It is not just about the salvation of his followers, but the bigger picture is about vindicating God before the universe.
I will give a hard copy of this book to anyone who wishes one, or show you how to find it free online.
Now that I have finished the first week of the Thankfulness Challenge, I am thinking I will just blog the next seven days next Sunday. I may do it day by day... but not post it until I have all the week ready to go.