Count Their Blessings

There are some hymns that were great back in the day, but don’t necessarily translate to modern life.

For example, Count Your Blessings.

I’m sure the hymn writer didn’t imagine the days of social media, with Pinterest showing what is possible and Intragram showing what people are doing. And it’s always much better, cooler, and more fun than your dreary life.

So we need to update that hymn.

And I have.

I present to you: Count Your Neighbor’s Blessings

(Neighbor is taken in the modified Biblical sense, in that it is anyone whom you come in contact with, or can read about on the internet.)

Also, if you’re having trouble reading the music, right-click on it (or whatever you have to do) to view the image – the blog page scales it down.

sheet music for the hymn Count Your Neighbor's Blessings, based off the old hymn Count Your Blessings

Verse 1:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost
Count your neighbor’s blessings, count them when you’re bored,
And it will surprise you what they could afford.

Count their blessings, list out all their stuff;
Count their blessings, you don’t have enough!
Count their blessings, list out all their stuff;
Count your neighbor’s blessings, your life is so rough.

Verse 2:
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your neighbor’s blessings, happiness will die,
And you will stay angry as the days go by.


Verse 3:
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that riches passed you by, you’re getting old.
Count your neighbor’s blessings, keep your eyes on things.
Aim for temporary joy that money brings.


Verse 4:
So amid the conflict whether great or small
Try to be disheartened, others have it all.
Count your neighbor’s blessings, envy will attend;
Bitterness will fill you to your journey’s end.


In case you want the music in an editable form, here is the music for the Count Your Neighbor’s Blessings hymn in ABC notation.

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

James 3:16

Cheese Taking Photos

image of cheese taking a photo and saying People

Why do we say “Cheese!” when taking pictures? And what does cheese say when you take its picture? Any ideas?

I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

Job 29:24

Continuing Driver’s Ed

Around here, the cheat sheet for the driver’s ed test is a pamphlet – produced by the state – called What Every Driver Must Know.

That’s the official version.

The unofficial version, What Every Driver Should Know, is over at Some Fun Site.

Peruse it and let me know what tips and advice I should add.

The watchman reported, “He came even to them, and he did not return; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.”

2 Kings 9:20

Water, Water, Everywhere

Similarly to how the arguments against incandescent bulbs do not apply to me, arguments for water conservation also do not apply to me.

I let the water run while I shave. I run the water while I’m brushing my teeth. And I run the water while I’m loading the dishwasher.

Why don’t I care? Because my house has well and septic.

Not only is water essentially free, but it also follows the law of the conservation of mass: water can neither be created nor destroyed.

How do I “use up” water by letting it run? Answer: I don’t. All I do is move it around.

Here’s a well-and-septic system:

image of how a well and septic system work to conserve water

Water gets pumped out of the ground, up to my sink. Then it flows down the drain and back into the ground. What is the problem with that? It’s a zero-sum game – the water travelled a little bit, but its amount and location didn’t change.

“Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and it could save you 5 gallons of water a day.”
“Benefits include a reduced water bill and conservation of fresh water.”

I pay to run the pump. I don’t care about that cost, and I just showed that no water is wasted (i.e. removed from possible future use) by letting water run. I have yet to be convinced there is a good reason why I can’t let the water run as much as I want.

I could see how someone could argue against lawn watering because then much of the water evaporates and doesn’t go back into the ground. While the argument shouldn’t be that water is wasted (since it just changed phase rather than disappearing), I will agree that the water does change its net location. Why it’s bad to provide rain for someone else is another discussion. I won’t put up much of a fuss either way on that argument, because I don’t water my lawn. Why help your lawn grow when that just means you’ll have to cut it more?

and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.

Genesis 8:7

New Word Search Puzzles

There has been a word search puzzle generator over at Some Fun Site for a while, but not everyone wants to generate his own puzzles.

So we added some pre-made puzzles. Starting off with some basic geography and Bible stuff – 50 states, capitals, nations of each continent, books of the Bible, sons of Jacob, etc.

Any other topics for some good word search puzzles?

Any other types of puzzles that need a generator site?

Then King Darius issued a decree, and search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon.

Ezra 6:1

Photoshop Before Computers

What was life like before computers and the internet?

I’m trying to preserve some of the artifacts, to cause future generations to marvel at that time period.

image of a makeup kit, AKA photoshop before computers

image of an entomology display showing bugs and beetles on a pin board, AKA pinterest before the internet

Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice.

1 Samuel 18:11

Family Conversations, Part 21

Alpha: Beware the towel of doom!

I don’t know the context, but I believe he was following one of his brothers. With a towel. Of Doom.

Wife (to Delta) : Good job not climbing the ladder to the roof.

Small victories here, folks.

Beta: Nice throw, dad. But next time, try to get it over the plate.

Delta: My pants got wet.
Some Guy: How did that happen?
Delta: I don’t know.

Ignorance is no excuse. Plus, you have been potty trained for many months. We know that you know why and how your pants are wet.

Delta: Look, mom!
Wife: What?
Delta: Pie in the face! Laughter
a few minutes pass…
Delta: What, mama?
Wife: Pie in the face!
Delta: I not like that. frown

The funny thing is that most of the kids will react that way – if you say “Pie in the face” to them, they will become upset. Maybe they need to get an actual pie in the face once, so they can realize that just saying it is much nicer.

Delta: I love you mama!
Wife: I love you too, Delta.
I start carrying him off to his bedroom. Partway there, I hear this from him:
Delta: I love the light switch!
Delta: I love everything!

Gamma: Delta, are you immune to poison?
Delta: Yes!
Gamma: That means you’re not allergic to it.

That’s Gamma’s frame of reference. If something makes you sick, you are allergic to it.

Gamma: Ow!
Some Guy: Delta, don’t smack your brother.
Delta: I didn’t smack him – I gave his back a high five!

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another

1 John 3:11