Archive for June, 2006

July 4th Mens Prayer Breakfast

There will be a mens prayer breakfast on Tuesday July 4th, 2006 at 6:45 am. Start your Independence day off at the Binders for Breakfast. 

The Prayer breakfast will be held at the Binder’s residence at 1610 Dinius, Tecumseh, MI.  Please click on this link for directions

All are invited but as a special breakfast is being provided we really need a R.S.V.P. via either phone or email.

You can contact Kevon “Doc Flue” alias “CheFlue” via phone at 517.605.8785 or you can RSVP to Jim Yearsin by either posting on this blog, email at or you can contact me by phone at either 517.424.4345 or at 334.657.8482. 

 We should be out by 8:00 am as many of us have tee times for the 9th Annual Independence Day Classic at Raisin Valley Golf Club.

If you are a vegan, fasting or in some way have special dietary needs, please let us know.


Who is your influence?

You know it occurred to me that I am strongly influenced by those I hang out with.  I am somewhat a chameleon in that respect.  I was just sitting here thinking about where (or who) did I copy, plagarize, learn from or in some other way incorporate an influence into my life.

I will make some statements about things in my life.  See if you know where or who the influence came from.

I follow the Cleveland Browns and the Indians.

I bowl.

I golf.

I had ice cream with brownies tonite.

The ice cream was bumpy cake.

My tv has a nickname.  It is the “Big Honkin TV“.

I grind my own coffee beans.

I sometimes grind my own pepper. 

We had grilled cheese bratwurst, italian sausage and polish sausage for dinner tonite.

I put ho-ra-dish on my bun and Cleveland Brown stadium mustard.

I went to The Ohio State University.

I asked about the South Carolina monument at Gettysburg.

I bought a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce today.

I normally use Open Pit BBQ sauce.

I prefer MacDonalds to Burger King.

I have a LCD projection TV.

I am clean-shaven.

I sign off with “I must be off“.

IDYBT (I declare you blessed today).

I like cottage cheese and pickled beets.

I like chicken liver and beef liver.

The NIV is my home or base version of the Bible.

I play the guitar.

I read “My Utmost for His Highest“.

I like to wear Vaurnet sunglasses.

Well, I must be off….

Pilgrimage 2006 YES, PUT IT ON THE BOARD!!!

 Well it occurred to me to document this Pilgrimage 2006.  All have returned home, never to be the same again.  Courtney and Marcus joined our BBQ at stately Thorpe manor. Donnie O walked the battlefields of Gettysburg and walked to the Orioles game and seat from the regular parking lot and literally did not miss a step.  We worshiped God at a wonderful church that the Thorpe's have been attending.  Alecia  (my niece) rode back with us from the Gateway in Breezewood, PA.  Well I must be off.  Just click on the photo to see the remaining pics…


My next major investment? Or should I buy a new TV?

You know it occurred to me we all have choices on how to spend the money our God has provided us with.  Well, if you were at the retreat, you will understand what I am talking about.  When we arrived I got a voice message from my youngest daughter.  She has found her wedding dress and she wanted to know if we wanted the privilege of investing in her wedding. 

I also got an email message around midnight Friday night.  The subject of the email read something like "Sony" and I knew it before I opened it.  Well, I must be off..



First of all the Lord blessed us with great weather.  It was hot.  If you are going to the lake one would think you would want it to be hot.  And it was.  For those who did not go to the lake it was hot also.  It one sprinked a little one night, followed by a short shower. By morning, any evidence of the prior nights precipitation was no where to be seen, vanished like the manna after the Israelites entered the promised land.  It was dry, too.  So dry in fact that we could not build a campfire and make smores.  That was OK as it enabled Seth Flue Marsmellow (MONGO) to eat all the chocolate and save the marshmellows for another day.  The final environmental comment is that there seems to be a veritable plethora of flying nuisance creatures this year.  They bite and sting.  Sorry guys I left so many of them into to the cabin when I was trying to throw MONGO out the door. 

Well, no one was hurt, there was no serious damage, no accidents, no illness and nothing that would really define this retreat.  And that is a good thing.  There were lessons to be learned, relationships built, chainsaws repaired, prayer, worship and fun!!  Oh it seems there was one other thing, oh what was it, let me think!!! Oh yes, FOOD.

Before I get to the food, there was discussion of nicknames.  I came up with a few.  Some are easy to identify, some may not be.  We had 13 mens at this years retreat, our largest group yet.  If you run into one of these men, ask them about the retreat.  They are in no particular order: John Million, Bruce Schultz, Brandon Shultz, Seth (MONGO) Hallowell, Danny Bacus, Kevon H. Binder, Don Ossenheimer, Kevin Ward, Mike Jacobs, Russ Hawkins, Jack Blayer, Jim Grimmer and yours truly.  We had 6 rookies this year and they all survived the initiation.  Now for a short subset of nicknames.  They are:  Mongo, Shoes, Dipstick, Cheflue, Baker and ChiefItchinmyhiene… 

Now for the food.  Well I can't speak to the jerky.  I did not try it.  But as for the smoked salmon, (check with KWARD for pronounciation), couscous, spanish rice, wild rice, pork chops, chicken, oriental salad, baked potatoes (special thanks to Val for the potatoes), quiche, smoked onions, bacon, snausage breakfast and whatever else I failed to mention, it was absolutely fabulous.  "STAY OUT OF MY KITCHEN".  The food was incredible, the portions were manly, and the presentation beyond compare.  Kelly, sorry about the crock pot but I did my best to get it clean.  All of which I will state that of what I had it was the best i have ever eaten.  Oh and I have failed to mention the pies.. Ah yes pies, and more pies.  Homemade pies, apple pies, apple/peach pies.  Apple pies with double churned extra creamy 'nilla ice cream.  If you like pies, this is the place to be.  Well, I must be off..

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