Joy in Jesus – Cute Snowman


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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Love is Patient
Today’s Hangman: January 28
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Well, I can’t say this has been a high accomplishment day. I went to work and did all the things that I needed to do there. Came home and “thought” about all the things I needed to do here . . . did a couple of them and the rest, not so much.

It is now a quarter to eight and I have not written an article for the day. “Oh dear what can the matter be?”

A lot of time I operate under the illusion that tomorrow I will feel much more like doing  something. Much better to wait until tomorrow. Yes, indeed, tomorrow I will wake up with lots of energy and enthusiasm and . . . Of course I know this is called procrastination. I do recognize that. I don’t fight it very well but I do recognize it.

I must tell you about my cat. My cat has a wicked sense of humor. Buddy knows that I do not like him clawing the furniture. So what does he do when he wants to get my attention?

Dumb cat. Sometimes he runs around the house attacking one chair after another in a wild chase like banshees are after him. For awhile I was going after him with the water spray bottle. That worked until I figured out he was making it into a game. How many chairs could he attack before the bottle came out? Now I have decided to ignore him. “Took away all the sport mate!” He’s calmed down considerably. I’m just not any fun.

Well, this is all I have for now. Tomorrow is another day. Hope yours is a great one!








Joy in Jesus – New Memory Game with kitten

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Cats are like that
Today’s Hangman: January 25
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Well, just in case anyone thinks I am smarter than I am, I will set you straight. Today there was a Google HOA (Hangout on Air) with Ronnie Bincer. The session was at 10:00 which is when I normally get to work at the church. But I really wanted to attend this thing so I arranged to go in early and then take an hour off in the middle. Didn’t work out. Not even a little bit. I was working right up to the time when the HOA was supposed to start. I thought it would be a simple matter of clicking on a link and I was in.

I clicked but I wasn’t in. I clicked all sorts of stuff and went back to the email and tried to retrace my steps a couple of times. But still was on the outside looking for a doorway. Finally I thought I was close and the phone rang. I stared at the phone. I stared at the computer screen.

“What do you do dear?”

If I was in the program than that loud phone was going to interrupt everyone else on the call. If I wasn’t in wouldn’t matter. I didn’t think I was in but I couldn’t be sure.

Dang! I decided to quit. It was too traumatic. I closed the laptop and went back to work. I was under pressure anyway to get the bulletin done by a closer deadline than normal so decided work came first. Was probably the best decision as it took me all the time I had to get the bulletin finished. I also decided I would not mix my own work with another project like that again. If I could have left my office it would have worked maybe. But just too crazy otherwise.


In the meantime I did get to leave work at 12:30 rather than 2:00 so that was a good thing. All things work for good.

The latest book I am reading is called “Dilemma,” it is an autobiography of a priest named Father Albert Cutie’ who was a media priest a few years back. He left the church after about 8 years to get married. He is now an Episcopal priest in Canada. It’s a very interesting book. Brings up lots of very valid points about the priesthood, celibacy and other things. It sort of resonates where I am at the moment. Not so much the celibacy stuff but just finding a new path to serve God as one grows and changes.

I am also reading three other books (at least). A Christmas book by Anne Perry on my Kindle called “A Christmas Journey,” and a Michael Connelly book which I will dive back into as soon as this goes out, called, The Fifth Witness. I read a bit of Pope Francis book every day and a bit from my Bible study book, “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp. I like reading lots of books at the same time. I know it drives some people crazy but it fits me perfect!

And good news! Pudge is almost 100 per cent better. We went for a walk today and we actually ran a good part of the way. It was fun. He has his old energy and zip back!


Joy in Jesus – Encouraged to move forward

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Birds
Today’s Hangman: January 23
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Hangman update! I finally figured out why folks were getting the same Hangman puzzle. I had the link above going to the old page on Family Fun Puzzles and not to where I am now updating it on Joy in Jesus. My bad. All fixed now if you use the link above.

Today I took a giant step forward in creating the new upcoming show – Joy in Jesus. I had a strategic session with an expert in Hangout Mastery. His name is Ronnie Bincer and that is his mission in life. Help people and businesses learn to do hangouts properly. So I put all my nickels and dimes together that I had and some that I didn’t have (living on the edge here) and I hired him for a session.

This is why I did it. I could try and do it on my own. Bungle and learn through a lot of trial and error or I could take the plunge and get help. At my stage in life I have learned it is better to get help. It is almost always worth it in the end. So the session went marvelously well – I broke through the ice of getting into it with my first hangout and found out that it is fun!

Of course I looked worse than ever I thought when I first saw it, but then I decided what the heck. Who cares? The point is learning, getting the message and spreading it. If the bearer of good tidings is a donkey  (Scripture uses the word Ass) so what? Get over it, already. It’s sort of like when I go to Bible study. The message that I get from these wonderful ladies are total blessings – and none of us are all prettied up and made for front cover magazines. We are just normal sort of folks, with end of the day tiredness, limp hair and baggy pants. (The pants parts was me – as I was wearing my pajama bottoms underneath to stay warm!) I’ll go to almost any lengths to be comfy. You probably don’t want to be seen on the street next to me I suppose but I will be warm.

At any rate things are definitely moving forward. I have lots more to learn but I feel encouraged that I know a bit more of what to do and how to proceed. At this point I think the shows will start in March. They will be about 15 minutes in length and if no one watches for the first six month it will be okay because I will be learning and growing with it. As I learn I hope to help other folks who want to get involved with using Google Hangouts in their ministry as well. I do think it would be very fun to do a Bible study or book sharing using Google hangouts. Anyone want to experiment with that?

Have a wonderful, joy-filled day!



Joy in Jesus: Stay tuned for upcoming Changes!

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: John 1:1-5
Today’s Hangman: January 21
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I am starting to get a glimpse of new direction for my life, mission wise at any rate. Instead of trying to write another book this year I have decided to work on writing in a different direction. One thing that I really like to do is work in some way with evangelization. This has been one thread that has been consistent with everything that I did in the monastery,with the Family Fun Puzzle site and now here on this Joy in Jesus site. Even with my work at Oakville church there has been an element of doing work that benefits God’s Kingdom.

So rather than looking for something new I am going to concentrate on – Joy in Jesus – in a more directed way. By this I mean writing a bit more on different ministry and works that I come in touch with. It will be a change and I don’t know if it will work for me or if it will work for what you want to see here but I am going to give it a try.

It will not be entirely Roman Catholic either but rather on anything that is like the Jesuit’s say – Good, beautiful and true. I am thinking of interviewing different people in ministries around the world. What I really want to do is start a weekly Google Hangouts on Air show. It will be aired live so anyone can tune in (if you can watch a YouTube video you can tune in) and it will also be recorded so anyone can watch it at any time. The thing that is exciting about Google Hangouts on Air (HOA) is that anyone who watches can submit a question, comment or thought to join in the conversation.

I won’t be starting this for awhile. I am thinking perhaps sometime in March (St. Joseph’s month).  In the meantime I will concentrate on learning how to do this, setting up interviews and getting all the pieces into play so that I can do this well.

This last Sunday I met two wonderful groups that would be fun to have as guests on my program. One is a couple that belongs to Oakville Church. Every year they go on mission to Haiti to teach the people there how to make stoves that provide inexpensive heating. This couple is just plain fun, warm and full of the joy of Jesus! They have a large house with seven bedrooms and they opened it up this last week so a group of Catholic sisters who live next to them could hold a retreat for some Catholic girls from the Newman center at OSU (Oregon State University). This was my first time meeting the sisters and it was wonderful to see how full of enthusiasm and joy-filled they were.

I had been praying for some God direction on my way to church on Sunday and after the service, this couple invited me to come over to their house and meet the sisters. So I did. It felt like a God directed thing. Wasn’t sure just how but I think maybe this is the direction I would like to move towards. The show will be called, ‘Joy in Jesus’ so it will become a vital part of this website’s mission. It will be an ecumenical program.

So we will just see what develops. Stay tuned and I will keep you posted.


P.S. Today is my mom’s birthday. I like to think maybe she is helping me. My dad was Catholic and my mom was Protestant and we all got along very well together. That is what my program will be like as well. Catholics and Protestants sharing their great love and Joy in Jesus!

Joy in Jesus – Sending out message 3 days a week

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Discover
Today’s Hangman: January 18
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I have made another decision. Not a major one and I will probably change my mind in a day or two – but for now I have decided I am only going to add one or two new games a day. So sometimes it will be a memory puzzle and sometimes a jigsaw or something else. I will continue to link to previously done puzzles so that there is something to play in your favorite mode.

I have decided also that I will only send an update 3 times a week rather than every day. This way I will have time to work on some other projects that may bring in more income. Do have to think about that! So my new schedule is to send out a message on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.

Two people have mentioned to me that the memory puzzles do not fit on their screen. An easy way to fix that is to make the screen size smaller so everything fits on it. Simply hold CTRL (your control key) down and then tap the + or – key. Your screen size will increase or decrease with every tap.

Pretty good day today. Not super over the top good. Just sort of middle-of-the-road good. I went to work at the church and on my way I prayed it would be a fun day. That something fun and exciting would happen. My prayer did not get through. It was more like a drag my self through the day kind of thing. Brain was as foggy as the weather outside. If Pastor John asked me something I had to scramble out of this foggy fuzz to try and figure out what he was talking about. I always did but it was a scramble every time.

Think I was tired. I came home, had lunch and took a nap. That helped. In fact I may have taken two naps. It was that kind of a day.

Joy in Jesus – Possession is nine-tenths of the law

Last week I got the great idea of moving an easy chair into my bedroom. My plan was that I would it put it right next to the window and when I wanted to get away from everything I would just go there and read. It was a great plan.

But a serious problem developed.

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Surprisingly it’s baby lamb time here in Oregon. At least for some busy moms. I did not take this picture but if I had time to stop on my way to work I could have. Little lambs are popping up everywhere.

Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Happiness
Today’s Hangman: January 16
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Now, it’s time to get back to my book! Hope you have a wonderful day and may God bless you above all expectations!


Joy in Jesus – Birthday Clowns

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Psalm 2:1-6
Today’s Hangman: January 15
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  Today was a pretty good day. To start with I spent a couple hours cleaning house – which for me is nothing short of a miracle. But amazing things happen all the time. Then I actually set a goal of writing 3 articles and did it. Nother miracle. Just amazing myself right and left.

Now in between working on puzzles I am reading a new John Grisham book that a friend lent me. Sacamore Row. So far very, very good. But then Grisham would really have to have a complete personality change if one of his books wasn’t good! Some authors you can just count on.

Okay, time to quit playing around. My programmer has something else for me to do. Since we are on very different time zones – he’s in the middle of his day when I’m ending mine. Luckily though he is a typical programmer and keeps late hours so usually it works in my favor.

Have a wonderful day!


The ducks are back . . .


Valentine Girls Memory Game.

Pretty busy day. I just realized that although I have talked to several people on the phone I haven’t talked to a single person today in person. That’s kind of weird. I suppose it happens more often than I think – but just came to mind for some reason.

Tomorrow I’m going out to lunch with a friend and that will be nice. I was rather thinking I should stay home and get more work done – but it is important to have people time. This morning on my way to work I was thinking that today I would just live in today. Enjoy every moment and not push myself into the future when this or that happens. Felt great for as long as I remembered to do it. About 30 minutes.

I’m being good and sharing some other puzzles than just the memory game.

Here is today’s Hangman

And today’s Word Search Puzzle – Candy

I thought I should pick “Candy” words before I start the Daniel Plan (if I do start it) and definitely before Lent. Though I haven’t given up candy for Lent for several years. Funny though, the years I don’t give up candy for Lent I always feel like I’m cheating. Guess that childhood training still kicks in.

Jigsaw Puzzle – Butterflies  – this is on the new site. I am still in the process of making the change over. Takes time. The page is very basic right now but I think it loads faster outside of the fancy pages. 🙂

And the final bit of news . .  .  the Ducks are back! This is one of my favorite joys of being in Oregon. Watching the ducks.

Anyone into cute Dragons?


girlsWell, I’m into cute. Babies, graphics, whatever, if it’s cute I want it. I thought these little dragon guys were adorable so made them into a memory game. Now I’m working on another cute game – only this time with little girls. I should have that puzzle up tomorrow sometime.

Today I went to Mass at St. Mary’s came home had a quick bowl of oatmeal and then back out to go to the Worship service at Oakville. I’m getting to be quite the ecumenical Christian. I won’t say I like one over the other as they are quite different and I totally find Jesus in both places.

At Oakville they are starting a six week Daniel Plan. This is small group sharing for faith, health and fitness. I am going to give it a try. I’m more of a need of my daily bit of sugar and sometimes more than a bit so this may not be something I like. We will see. My body probably would like it a lot the rest of me maybe not so much!

Today’s Pope Francis quote: “God asks everything of us, yet at the same time he offers everything to us.”

Hope you have a joy-filled Monday.




Memory Moose


Another day – another memory game. Prepare yourself – I am having too much fun with this. I plan to make at least 30 memory games and maybe 100. I have darling dragons, playful angels and all sorts of cute images to make new puzzles. Lots and lots!

the_joy_of_the_gospelToday I got a present that I ordered myself. When one lives alone one can get away with doing that.

It is a book of course, what other kind of present would I buy myself? This is Pope Francis’s, “The Joy of the Gospel.” I have only read a few pages but already in love with it. I will probably be quoting passages from it for the next year at least.

“Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us;
we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.”

 “With Christ joy is constantly born anew.”

“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter.”

“The Gospel radiant with the glory of Christ’s cross, constantly invites us to rejoice.”

I didn’t send a card out yesterday because I worked most of the day on updating web pages. I am moving all of my puzzles and games to the Joy in Jesus site. And moving out of WordPress and into simple HTML pages. This means I have at least 150 pages to create from the old ones. Simple work but a lot. I did 80 pages yesterday and by that time I just had to get away from the computer. It was a serious case of, “Get me out of here!”

Today I worked at the Church and then came home and worked on the Memory game for a change of pace. Once this goes out, I will try and work on some more pages. At least that is my good intentions . . . there is a chance I may just grab a book and go read. That happens too!

There is one serious mystery in this house that I have been totally unable to solve. Before Christmas I bought two used books by those Jewish ladies that I love so much. When the package came I put it away without opening it, saving it for Christmas. Since then, I have not been able to find the place where I put it away! It is driving me nuts! They are just short stories but I like reading one or two before I go to bed. Always a miracle or a touch of God in them. Just nice. Sigh. Some day it’s bound to show up and it will be Christmas all over again!

Have a wonderful, God-filled day!