Strengthening & Healing Souls

There is a little group that I got involved with in the diocese of Springfield Cape Girardeau in southern Missouri. We put on religious conferences and retreats. As one of our retreatants said, “we can all use a spiritual boost sometimes”. 

 

attendees at a strengthening and healing souls conference

attendees at a strengthening and healing souls conference

 
We have an event coming up February 19 and 20th, 2016 in Springfield. If you’re in the area, please come and check out our free event. You can find us by visiting http://www.strengtheningandhealing.org/.  You can find a sign-up form for our email list and a link to register for our event there. Hope you can join us.

   
   

Definition of performance

Here’s a note that I had on my phone about performance. I don’t remember where I heard this but I thought this definition was pretty good.

Performance 

Per – through

form – a certain mode

ance – the act of

The act of moving through a form. Paying attention to the way you are doing something.

Working a system. Getting better through technique.

I think this will be helpful for me as 2016 looks to be a year of lots of learning.

Testing the Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B kerosene heater

A couple of days ago my furnace blower motor stopped working. My woodstove covers half of the first floor pretty well. The second floor has its own smaller furnace. The one area of the house that really gets cold is the family room. I’m supposed to be getting some repair quotes tomorrow. In the meantime I needed a way to keep the family room warm. I found this kerosene heater on sale and decided to give it a try. I have never used a kerosene heater before so this is kind of an experiment for me.

 

Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B kerosene heater

Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B kerosene heater

I have to confess that I was a little bit nervous but I’m getting used to it now. After filling the tank with kerosene outside, I try to light it for the first time. The very first use I had to use a match to light it but the battery powered igniter has worked since then.

 

Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B kerosene heater

Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B kerosene heater

 One of the nice things about the kerosene heater is that it doesn’t require any electricity. If we lose power for several days in the winter, between the woodstove and the kerosene heater we should be able to stay comfortable enough. The packaging says that it will heat 1000 ft.². So far I’m not too sure about that. But it does make a difference in that room and I only got it to supplement so it should work fine for me. 

It’s also portable so if I want to take it down to the basement or into the garage while I’m working on something, I can do that. 

There are plenty of warnings about making sure that the flame isn’t too high when it can cause carbon monoxide or too low where it can charge the wick. The flame that I’m getting on it seems to be high and one side and low on the other. I’m not sure what to make of that but I think it’s probably OK.

There is some regular maintenance that needs to be done with it but I have not gotten to the point where I’ve had to do that yet.

Overall I think the solution will work OK for us. I am borrowing a ceramic electric heater which I may have my family use when I’m not in the house. I feel a little bit safer with that heater considering I have the kids and the dogs around. Even though the kerosene heater should automatically turn off if it is tipped, I’d rather not have them use it when I’m not here.

Fix for Regency H2100 issue

We had a problem with our Regency H2100 stove. The pipes that recirculate the exhaust fumes so that they can get burned expand and contract and would work their way out of the hole in the side of the burn chamber. We had these small angle brackets added to the side of the burn chamber and to the pipes to hold the pipes in place.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival visit 

I have to confess that I haven’t been too good about taking vacations. Sometimes we have set aside money only to have some financial emergency come up and ruin our plans. But lately I have been coming to the conclusion that I can’t let larger plans falling through get in our way. We have a somewhat larger family and we may just have to change our approach.
So this weekend, I took my wife for a short trip to Kansas City to visit the Renaissance Festival. It had been way too long since we got away for our own vacation. We had a nice time reconnecting. Here are just a few of the sights.
Here a few knives made from railroad spikes. Pretty cool.

knives made from railroad spikes

knives made from railroad spikes

 

Some leather work on books. I really like the work in the small one with the metal latch.  I thought it would be nice to have a Bible that looks like that.


 

Here are a few items from a vendor called hypnosphere. They have really nice stuff and the couple running the company are very friendly. I spoke with them for a while about Christianity, art, geometry, Fibonacci sequence, and fractals. I bought a spear from them that represents the armor of God. The picture of the cross with the sacred heart image does not do it justice because it was situated with poor lighting.

 

Sacred Heart wall cross by hypnosphere

Sacred Heart wall cross by hypnosphere

Fish symbol hypnosphere

Fish symbol hypnosphere

Wall cross by hypnosphere

Wall cross by hypnosphere

Here is a leather on wood wall cross that I found that I really liked.

This cross is leather over wood.

This cross is leather over wood.

This cross is leather over wood.

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