Archive for June, 2010

a heart 4 U – piano score at last

Enough of my America travels.  The week there was well worth it: family, helping out etc.  No sooner do I get back though and start dealing with bad, bad jet-lag than I get food poisoning by all accounts at a function on Monday night.  Not pretty!

That’s really slowed me down the past two days – with barely an appearance at our church’s big, big Day Camp & Funfari for primary school kids this week.  Rather sad, actually.  I was looking forward to it.  I had responsibilities for the “storytelling tent” – a bit of quality control for ensuring the key Christian teaching gets across.

Tomorrow I’ll be there a bit longer; with finally some storytelling on Friday.

Anyhow … just blogging to let people know (that is, if interested) that I’ve finally put together a piano score for A heart 4 U, the song I wrote hot-on-the-heels of our Uniting Church Queensland Synod this past May.

piano score

Enjoy, and use as you wish. Shalom,


Homeward bound

on my way home. Farewelled Dale at her parents around 2 pm Cleveland time before returning hire car and flying to LAX. now I’m killing time at Los Angeles airport – killing about 3 hours before 11.30 pm flight home to Brisbane. Bit of an upset tummy pre Cleveland not quite what doctor ordered, but fortunately that seems to have passed.

tWas great spending last night at Wayne & Sherry Kleppers and sleeping on a real bed for first time in a week.

Spending time along with Dale and her folks was very much worth it. Homeward bound.

Great lasagne @ Akron

I’m typing this while sitting @ McDonalds in Ravenna for breakfast. The hotcakes were so much better than their Oz equivalents. Dale and I decided we’d check out music stores etc in nearby Kent: a university town. Got my Martin guitar case there 3 years back.

it’s my last full day in the States. Come 2 pm tomorrow I drive our hire car back to Cleveland, beginning long journey home: 4 hours to LA, 4 hour layover, 13 hours on Qantas to Brisbane getting in 7 am Sunday.

the good news is both of us have got MUCH better sleep the past two nights. Breakfast at 10.30 sure beats brekky @ 5.

Past 3 days have been spent doing sorting/cleaning/vacuuming/eBaying/emptying and more. So it was nice to
drive last night to the Spaghetti Warehouse (an old BF Goodrich place) in downtown Akron where we were treated to this amazing lasagne dinner: 15-slice lasagne with a wonderful herby meat sauce. Beautiful!!!!! (check out picture below)

it’s been somewhat bewildering and somewhat sad to hear of the events in Canberra the past 48 hours. I wish Julia Gillard well – I think she will do well but was Rudd so on the nose? Perhaps so.

back to the coffee

Basement cleanout begins

half way through my week with Dale and her folks. Day started horribly – both of us awake by 4 am and nowhere near enough sleep. so hop in the car we do and off for a 5.30 am breakfast at Perkins then 6.30 am Wal-Mart shopping. Yes, you’re reading this right .

Suffice to say by 9 am we’re back asleep – waking @ 12, followed by most of the afternoon working with Dad Butrick making sense of the mountain of stuff in their huge basement. Figure we disposed of the contents of at least 40 jars of preserved tomatoes; some dating back well over 20 years.

Lovely late afternoon steak dinner in the deck before heading to Borders for coffee, cake, free Wi-fi and some book-browsing.

will we manage decent sleep tonight? Watch this space

Update from Garrettsville, Ohio, USA

it’s our 3rd full day with Dale’s folks just outside the rural town of Garrettville in NE Ohio, about one hour out of Cleveland.

we’re here mainly to help Mom & Dad Butrick in the process of making sense of all that’s needed and much that’s not in their basement. Mom was seriously ill back around Easter – important we come over: me for one week, Dale for three.

Hasn’t been all hard work. Caught up with Waybe & Sherry Klepper for a picnic lunch on Satirday (kept us awake after the tedium of flights getting us here) & had dinner with Diana ( Dale’s sister), husband Tom along with Steve & Maria AND also Dale’s uncle Jim & Aunt Bonnie at the nearby Outback Steakhouse. a bit of Australiana, though I could swear the food was VERY much American.

Enjoying coffee @ Borders (free Wifi) before heading for dinner. just bought out shop (not really ) @ Kohl’s clothing store. everything is so green. We’ve hired a small car – good move, considering both of us have been waking at 4 am. Two mornings now we’ve ended up @ a local family restaurant

Dale has just got confirmation that two of the girls she teaches have lost their dad in that terrible plane crash in Africa. pretty sad all around.

on a different note, took the accompanying photo of Mom & Dad relaxing on the deck yesterday. These Americans will go to all lengths when it comes to keeping a close watch on these Aussies (look closely). Long story!

cheers for now

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