chivalry….

Chivalry  is not something people talk about any more these days… think about medieval knights, Lady Guinevere, Sir Whoever… brave protector of womanhood, respecter of women… courteous behavior… kneeling before a lady, taking her hand and then a gentle kiss…. hmmmm… when have we seen things like this…? ….  many feel not since the 13th century…

I grew up being taught to respect women, protect them, be kind, courteous, open doors, help them with their coats, be the breadwinner and provider… those were the kind of things that remained in the 40’s and ’50’s from the old  chivalry   of the 13th Century.. nothing wrong with those things… but… remember that  natural man  I talked about… that guy was unable to do that.

Instead of  chivalry... I became a user and abuser of women… my first wife finally had enough and divorced me… women finally wanted  “out”  from that old model… things changed… equality was demanded… there was a movement since that has changed everything today from what used to be called  chivalry.… the women got tired of all the condescending things of male domination, abuse and chauvinism…..

The thing that changed it for me… was that  personal revival  I wrote about yesterday… that  new life  in me that grew and grew in me until I saw what the Lord was after…  true  chivalry  today can actually come from this:    “husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her…  He gave His life for me… for His wife… the church….  I needed to  be willing to do that for my wife… be willing to die for her…

Yesterday I mentioned that  true things … truth  needs to be experienced by me in order to make it mine… so… here is a story… a story where that truth became mine…

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to “revive” chivalry….

To  “revive”  something… chivalry… anything… means to   “restore it to life or consciousness.”   In order for that to be possible…  the reviving  needs to begin with  me…  Don Philipe Quixote must first be  revived  in order to be part of the process to   revive chivalry… or to help others be  revived…  my problem though… is called  my human condition…. my natural man...  I have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge so I could  “be as God”... the One who determines  what is good and what is evil.

That  “be as god”  thingy, really appealed to the old fella… even though Philip’s   spirit died   from that choice, he was not aware of it until he was  personally  revived   (brought to life) back on June 24th 1968…. Philip’s first revival.  It took years and years before I discovered that that experience was only the beginning of a process… not the  end.

That little seed of a new life in the spirit, had to be put in the ground so it could die…. inch by inch, in order bring forth the new life that had been birthed in me and growing……. the very life of Christ…. which then keeps growing and growing… as Philip’s  natural man  dies in me…  Jesus lives in me.

But… these true things… these truths… these doctrines… are only true to me when I experience  them… they are only true to others when they  experience  them… not when they  intellectually agree  with them… but when they  experience  them….

Which is why I tell stories… stories of my experiences… to help others to seek out their own  experiences...  Tomorrow I will tell some  stories  about my  experiences  over the years about the  chivalry  I would love to see   revived  …..   🙂Photo on 11-13-17 at 6.07 PM.jpg

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Don Quixote….

Ellen has teased me for what seems like forever that I am a Don Quixote, jousting with windmills… taking on causes…. deciding, at some point, (as did Quixote)… to  “set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world”…. hmmmmm…   🙂

She has given me two statues to remind me… one is here… the other up at our Lake Cottage.  Do you really think this looks like me?

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I may just have to talk to my friend  “Rodan”  the thinker…. and give this some more thought…  things seem to be stirring in my brain….

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and that lady… she just don’t stop….

Our ancient  hand operated coffee grinder…. got hung on the wall too!   (again thanks to Dano)…  It even has  coffee beans  in it so I can teach Nate how to grind some great coffee…  🙂

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Next thing you know, our big heavy mirror is hanging at the entrance of the front door… once again some proper type hanging done by Sir Dano de Jukanovich!

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Then… ellen has been working on a little re-design and painting of a corner storage unit she had used in her gift shoppe in Morrisville…  Voila!  oh… yes… and thanks again Dano for the  “hanging job”

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Then she had this idea of a little  bench  underneath it…  she handled this one without Dano….   🙂

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This is the corner by the entrance into the house from the garage….

and so it goes… day by day around here… one never quite knows what the lady will do next…. but… it won’t be happening in the garage tonight..  18 degrees out there right now….   🙂

 

 

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creative decor….

Years and years ago, Ellen was involved in a decorating business the ladies called  “Creative Decor” …. she got some confidence in her gifting during those  Creative Decor  years… now it all just flows…  all the time…

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Then we have her little cabinet hung carefully over the counter (thanks, Dano!)… which has already been been filled with tea cups and trinkets, etc…  🙂IMG_2662.JPG

Then a great picture she put right over the sink… just to its right is her sign that she has had by her stove area for years and years…  It says:   “I love to cook with wine……  sometimes I even put some in the food!”

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And… last but not least… she hung Philip’s  “Rodan Picture”…. on the wall by the   thinker’s  desk….  🙂IMG_2664.JPG

 

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an Ellen day….

Ever wonder how Ellen copes with all this stuff…?   Hauling Philip around from pillar to post… doctor after doctor… place after place… today was to get fitted for the fancy new leg wraps… properly known as an  “inelastic compression system”...  by  CircAid... Another unique experience… they even had my size in stock for each leg… but… I have to wait till I get an ok from the wound doctor… who I do not see again till 2 weeks from now.

Ellen will be gone next week for her  niece’s wedding  down in Florida… good timing… she really  needs a break  from the old fella here… so she has been playing with the doctor schedules… and Philip will be cared for from the  home health  visits next week.

Besides all her care for me… preparing dinners… cleaning… doing the wash… helping to transport grandkids whenever she can… fixing things, painting things.. she has also been decorating our new home… I am asking her for pictures, so you can see what an awesome job she has done… it has become  “our home”   (with lots of help from Dano)…. maybe tomorrow……. 🙂

So… how does she cope…?   she has her own  awesome relationship  with the Lord… and takes a big, long walk with Him every morning… some different places and routes… but today’s walk was her walk thru the woods to the Lake… Maybe these pictures will help to visualize how she copes…  🙂

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doctors, nurses…more doctors…more nurses…

Today’s doctor was the  wound doctor  plus  4 nurses... right leg healing well this time but still got another complete leg wrap… left leg had one wound that was healing nicely plus a new wound that had just opened… so that leg also has a complete wrap.  Tomorrow… I get measured for the fancy  compression socks  for each leg and also another special  wrap with a  pump  to squeeze the leg and then pump the water up my legs at night.  We have  “prescriptions”  for these items.

My new  “primary physician”   has set me up with the Massachusetts version of  home health  so I now have a  nurse  coming twice a week and a physical therapist  nurse  also coming twice a week.  Soon I will have yet another  nurse  coming every week or any time they want a blood sample to take an INR reading of my blood to adjust my  warfarin  intake to thin the blood.

My  Cardiologist doctor  had me fitted with this halter thingy yesterday that had wires stuck on all over my chest… like a 24 hour EKG…  Ellen returned it to them this afternoon. We should be getting a report on that maybe tomorrow.

Meanwhile… I still just sleep and sleep and sleep… in between all the doctor and nurse visits…. but… no one has been able to say why I am still tired all the time.

That’s the latest from Wenham….  🙂

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