My dad is suffering gut pain and vomiting. Currently, he's getting a CAT scan to see if it's appendicitis or something else. Please pray for his quick recovery, and for financial provision to help cover the medical bills. Thank you.
So, in other news:
- My brother is working on his Eagle scout project, and the Eagle required merit badges. He has basically until the end of March to get all that done, which is enough time if he puts in the work every day. His project is building a loafing shed for the horses at a local therapeutic riding center, so they'll have a place to get out of the weather and relax. Currently, we have the foundations in place and level, and over the course of the next few weeks, we'll be putting up the walls and roof on the structure. Please pray for him to have the motivation and drive to finish his Eagle project and other work, and for good weather on our workdays, since there are some forecasts threatening snow or rain.
- My family is currently renting a wonderful house--3700 sq. ft on 1.9 acres. It's a wonderful house, and we all love it, but our lease is up in March; we don't currently have the funds to stay here, but the landlord might not kick us out immediately, depending on whether they have a buyer for the property or not. We're all praying for God's guidance and provision in this regard, and hoping that we get to stay here long enough for that extra money to start coming in so we can buy the place. (I really, really don't want to move again if it can be helped >_< )
- I've been looking for a job, and also working on getting a driver's license, since that's one of those things that makes me more employable. I was actually turned down from a nearby job with good hours and pay because I didn't have a driver's license, so that was a bit of a bummer.
Thanks for your prayers and support with regard to the above. In lighter topics, wow it's been a long time since I posted anything here. Hoping to get back into the swing of that with a few short stories and HeroMachine sketches, that kind of thing. I've also somehow racked up 35,000 pageviews--
You guys are amazing, I'll try to keep the interesting stuff coming!
I'm planning to start a blog talking about the future of sustainable living, including a shift to thorium energy, and alternate means of transportation--I've been looking at a lot of pedal-electric hybrid velomobiles lately, because that strikes me as a really neat and efficient way to get around. There are some that include a solar panel or two on them to help recharge the batteries, and I figure that those plus a 12v adapter and I could power my laptop (12v 2A, 24W max, and it has a 10 hour battery life), my phone, and my various other devices without ever having to plug into a wall. Lots of interesting possibilities to explore! It's really interesting to see how much people are really starting to look at sustainable ways of getting around and living; the idea of a vehicle that can go ~30 MPH, keep the rider in shape, has three wheels for stability, and has no overhead costs for gas or insurance--very attractive! The main problem keeping me from jumping on the velomobile game right now is 1, price--good ones are ~$8000 new, and 2, the fact that a lot of them have an open area in the bottom near the pedals, so if there's any water on the ground, you'll get soaked. Since I live in an area with a lot of rain, any velomobile I go for needs to have full top and bottom waterproofing, or at least I have to be able to easily modify it for that.