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Not much new at Oikos mou — but we always love new years

December 30, 2009

This year, Bahasa Indonesia joined the number of languages into which readers have translated this blog. I have no way of knowing where the Bahasa Indonesia reader was — he or she could have been in Indonesia or Tacoma or even El Centro — but the post translated was one of my pages of quotes from Calvin’s Commentaries on the Psalms, and I was very happy the page was here for him or her.

Those quotes were among the last of my typed work, before a repetitive strain injury moved me into the elite maws of Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice-recognition software. I’m just grateful that after 11 months, although I still am not typing, I can write for brief stints with a pencil again, and even push a grocery cart.

The denizens of Oikos mou have great aspirations for the incoming year. We always do. In general, we even pull off most of what we contemplate. This year I think we are committed to some pretty interesting projects and have ordered provisions to “make it so.”

My restored ability to write with a pencil literally opens up a whole new world. I am beginning to study Korean and to write Hangul, the elegant Korean alphabet. I probably will not download Hangul into my computer, because it will not conveniently interface with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It’s impossible for me to learn a new language without being able to write it, and I am endeavoring to learn to read, write, and speak Korean — at least this is the long-term goal. I have Korean friends, and Tacoma has the largest Korean population in the Northwest and I enjoy shopping in a Korean store; it will be motivating to have people to encourage and laugh at me. So I will likely be reading and writing less to make time to dedicate to committed study of Korean in the coming year.

My husband is undertaking an equally massive and expensive project: the restoration of our aging theater organ into a MIDI device that will bring the sounds of the world’s great organs into our very living room.

The Covenant Cat has big plans as well, but he has not disclosed them to us. We just know he always does, because he communicates with his minions through the utility room vent and through various warps throughout the house.

I pray there will be no changes in our health this year unless for the better. As for remedies for existing afflictions, I have but one axiom: tea is my placebo.

May your new year be filled with inspiration, aspiration, moderation, and exhilaration.

  1. Vic permalink
    December 30, 2009 1:46 pm

    Hurray for the closing of this year! Ready or not, I’m ready.

    May God continue his kind mercy on us.

    Yahoo news tells us we even will have a full moon on the first. Without invoking omens or superstition, I think it is a pretty neat way to turn over the calendar–We are reminded to number our days simply because the year is over, and the heavens this year remind us that they are glad. (1 Chron. 16:31)

  2. December 30, 2009 1:55 pm

    The heavens have a funny way of showing their gladness. I saw something on Yahoo news about the Russians trying to shoot down an asteroid headed for Earth? But I grew bored just reading the headline and had tea without reading the article.

  3. Vic permalink
    December 30, 2009 2:13 pm

    I saw that too. Supposedly there is virtually no chance it will hit Earth, but the Russians think we should spend 100s of millions on shooting at it anyway.

    It kind of makes sense, given the money that’s been thrown around recently–shooting at high-flying rocks at least is entertaining, but I don’t think you can blame that madness on the heavens. ;-)

  4. December 30, 2009 2:15 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Happy New Year to you and your hubby. I trust the Lord will enable you to achieve all your goals and continue to strengthen you in your trials.
    The voice recognition gadget sounds great! Oh how one could ramble if I only didn’t need to type. It is not my best skill.
    I am thinking how marvellous it is that great christian writings, and especially the Bible, are being translated and read by so many differents races, tribes and tongues. May the Word of God be read, loved and obeyed by many throughout the world.
    I really appreciate your birthday message both at Keeping House and my blog.

  5. December 30, 2009 2:21 pm

    Thanks, Ruby.

    I have read that Korea has more Christians per capita than any other country.

    The Word of God will be preached to all nations, that all may know who God is, what he requires of them, and what he has done for them.

  6. December 30, 2009 2:24 pm

    Sounds like pretty ambitious target practice — not to mention arrogant! The heavens declare the glory of God, and men try to shoot at them. Pretty strange, but nothing new under the sun.

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