Excited and Scared

I am starting a new season in my life. Kinda excited and kinda scared.

Scared because I’ve worked almost all my life, since I was 16.

Last Friday, I gave my supervisor my two week notice. It was the last straw kind of thing. Just too much stress, more poured on every week until I just don’t think it’s worth it any more.

Husband and I talked about it, for a couple of weeks. He really didn’t want me to have to work anyway. I had been telling him to not be surprised if I get fed up and quit. I was trying to hang in there. I don’t like quitting. My acting supervisor had said to hang in there, she believed things would be getting better soon. I only saw the work load getting heavier.

I was scared to give up the security of that bi-weekly paycheck. It was there in the bank, every other Friday, like clockwork. But I was miserable working like a slave for this company. Hadn’t had a raise in five years. The last raise was 15 cents/hour. I felt insulted because the raise I got before that one was five years previous and not much better. I guess they felt I was topped out.

Anyway, I’m done, in two weeks. But it means no insurance, pay the stinking obamacare penalty. Pray I don’t get sick or need a doctor. Pray that since I won’t have the stress of the job, maybe my blood pressure will go back down to normal and I won’t need medicine for that anymore.

Now the excited part begins. Oh my. I’ll have time to deep clean the house, paint the interior of the house.

Sew, lots of projects. Look at my Pinterest “Sew Much More” board to see some of the projects I’d love to do.

Read to my hearts content. Give my full attention to a personal Bible study.

My to-do list is long, very long.

I’ve been working on a fall bucket list. The local pumpkin patch is already in full swing. I might just go over there tomorrow, after work, with my camera. I want to see it before it wanes. They have really cute displays.

And I’m going to try to help Mom sell her property and move her closer to me. Her health has been failing. She has very poor eyesight. Macula degeneration. We’re taking her to a retina specialist in a couple weeks. Her hearing is also failing. And she has trouble walking. Her hips were injured some years back when she was in a car accident. A girl putting on her make-up ran a red light and broad-sided Mom’s jeep and flipped it over. Emergency people had to cut her and her two sisters out of the jeep with the jaws-of-life thing. Mom hung upside down in her safety belt until the emergency personnel could got there and could get her out.

Anyway, she moves a lot slower these days. It’s time to get her closer to me and my sister, so we can get to her faster and help take care of her. She can’t take care of eight acres and a 2400 sq. ft. home any more. This will take time too, to sell her home and find her a smaller one closer to me us. Fortunately, I have a cousin who sells real-estate and she said she will help us. Yay. That’s a relief.

I really am excited, and scared. I’ve always worked at a “JOB” for paycheck security. After I get caught up on my priority list, I might look into finding something I can do from home, to earn enough money to at least pay for some insurance. I want to find something I enjoy doing, not something I feel compelled to do for a paycheck.

I will be trusting the Lord for a lot more now. I know He has always been our provision. Now, my faith will be exercised. Kind of like when you exercise your muscles at the gym. First you do stretches, and then you get into the work-out. This is what I’m doing with my faith, the work-out part.

I’m going to like this. God is my provider. I’m going to really enjoy spending more time with Him. More time for praise and worship.

See what I mean, excited and scared.

I have a lot to do to keep me busy for awhile, at least until after the holidays.

Holidays are going to be so fun this year. I’ll have time to make some gifts.

Yep, I am getting excited, to start this new season in my life. And it’s starting at the perfect time of year. Autumn.

Talk to y’all later.


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Speeding Ticket in Texas

Here’s another story from my archives. What a great sense of humor.

Now here is a great response from a speeding suspect.  Enjoy!


Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville, TX. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the town of Kingsville.  The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour and climbing. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it suddenly turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the Mesquite treetops on Hwy 77 revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near its Naval Air home base location in Kingsville TX.

Back at the Texas Highway Patrol Headquarters in Corpus Christi the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the US Naval Base Commander in Kingsville for shutting down his radar equipment. The reply came back in true USMC style:

‘Thank you for your letter…

You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down. Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment’s location.

Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of Hwy 77 south of Kingsville.

The pilot suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.  And, Sergeant, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose.  Also, the snap is broken on his holster.

I love a good sense of humor. Don’t know if this was a true story or not.

We love our military.


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Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

For the Bible tells me so. Everyone, well, most everyone knows that song. Ok, most of us older generation knows that song.

Here’s another article from my archives. It was one of those great emails that used to go around years ago. Sorry, I don’t know who originally wrote the story. I think you’ll like it.

92 Year Old Preacher

While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium.

Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak…. “When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me…. the only thing that would comfort was this verse….

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, we are weak but He is strong…… Yes, Jesus loves me…. The Bible tells me so.”

When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don’t believe I will ever forget it.

A pastor once stated, “I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during a hymn singing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.

Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all. For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others, check out this newest version of Jesus Loves Me.


Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.


Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.


When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song…
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”


When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.


I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.


I do love Jesus. He, Who never sinned, gave His life to pay for my sins so that I can spend the rest of my life with Him. He redeemed me so that I can have fellowship with God, the fellowship that Adam and Eve gave up, for all humanity, when they chose to disobey God in the garden. God’s plan was to restore our fellowship with Him, so He sent Jesus to do that for us, for me. I love Him so, because He first loved me. He planned my redemption, even before I was ever born, before the fall in the garden. He is so GOOD!

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.

Thank you Jesus. Bless you, and thank you.


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Mish-mash of Stuff

Hello friends. I’ve been gone for a little while. Not intentionally. I went thru a spell of writers block I guess. That and I’ve been sooooo busy.

Work load increased – at work.


Taking Mom back and forth to eye doctor appointments. She’s having trouble seeing AND hearing. Hers was one of the birthdays, the 80th. She lives over an hour away, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the car lately. Well, I spend a lot of time in the car for my job anyway. Now we have another appointment with a retina specialist, when I make the appointment. Forgot to call them today. Oops. My sister is going to be asking if I did it yet. Guess I’d better get on that first thing in the am.

Lately I feel like I’ve been on the phone A LOT. I’m beginning to hate the cell.

Anyway, for about a month I’ve been noticing that my balance seems to be a bit off. Well, a couple of weeks ago I nearly fell over at work. This week I’ve had major bad dizzy spells. I went to the doctor, had the dreaded blood test. I hate needles. She said I have an inner ear infection, in both ears. She also said I have BOTH a bacterial infection and a viral infection. She told me this is not good, to have both infections at the same time. It’s very difficult to treat when a person has both at the same time. So I had to take a round of very intense antibiotics, which I finished Sunday.

I’m not seeing any difference. As a matter of fact, I had a very bad episode today, while I was driving. Scared the stuffing out of me. Everything started spinning around. I was in the middle of three lanes and I couldn’t change lanes so I could pull over. I had to wait for the spinning to slow down before I could change lanes and pull into a gas station. I’m telling you, I’ve never been so scared. I called on Jesus the whole time that was happening. Jesus, help me. Jesus, help. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Hallelujah, He did help me. I had been asking Him to please keep me safe and make sure I don’t hurt myself or anyone else out there.

What do you do when you HAVE to work? Work that the boss says HAS to be done.

Well I guess I might have to just take off and go to the doctor (again) and they’ll just have to get over it if I can’t get everything at work done.

I’d feel really bad if I had a wreck and hurt someone. And I sure don’t need to wreck my car and have to deal with all that mess. I gotta take care of myself, so I can also take care of my husband and my mom.

Have y’all done your fall decorating yet.

I had been getting my goodies out for a few weeks, a pumpkin here, a pumpkin there. Scarecrows. Placements. Acorns. More pumpkins. Candles and candle stands. Framed autumn sayings. Autumn wall hangings. Foxes. Pumpkins. I love autumn, and pumpkins. So here’s a few of this year’s pics.

upper cabinet 01

upper cabinet 02

harvest vignet

Give Thanks vignet

wood pumpkin vignet

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss vignet

scarecrow rag doll vignet

scarecrow figurines

autumn candle centerpiece

foxes vignet 02

wood pumpkins vignet

scarecrow - pumpkins vignet

Yep, I do love autumn. I must say, it still doesn’t feel like autumn here. That’s the part I’m really looking forward to, 65 to 70 degrees. We’re still at 90 to 95. I’m sure getting tired of that. I have heard that we are expected to have a severe winter. That’s okay. I don’t mind staying home with some hot cocoa and some good books. I’d like to catch up on my reading.

I guess I’d better get myself to bed.

I’ll try not to stay away so long. I sure have missed my blog world. Haven’t even had time to read my favorites that I follow. It’ll get better pretty soon. I’m claiming it and declaring it.

Love y’all,


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Back To School

Tax Free weekend is behind us with back to school coming up. Way back, when I was in school, we never started back to school until after Labor Day weekend. Our last big summer bash was Labor Day. I don’t see the purpose of sending kids to school in such extreme heat. My nephew started football practice at school a few weeks ago.


A very dear friend from our church recommended a book to me for parents of school children, all the way through college. Her son-in-law wrote the book. I ordered mine on Amazon today. It’s a prayer that parents can and should pray, every day, over their school children. Not an empty chant. But a very meaningful prayer. It’s a prayer of intercession that will greatly impact the lives of your children.

Parents will learn to pray effectively for their children for:

  • Good health
  • Educational excellence
  • A resolve to serve God
  • Divine favor
  • Supernatural promotion & influence

I encourage you to take a look and read the back jacket info. You will be motivated to get this book.

I don’t have children but I have nieces and nephews who have children. I can pray this prayer over them and over the children in our church and our community, our city. I ordered 3 copies and I might get some more to give out.

Enjoy the last week of your children’s summer. And get spiritually prepared to do battle with the enemy who wants to defeat your children. He won’t win, if you pray seriously with purpose over them, every day.



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Grateful for Blessings

I am so grateful for blessings, so many blessings. We humans take so many things for granted. We just think they’re going to be there, the same as always. I just have to thank the Good Lord for as many as I can think of.

Living in America while it is still, for the most part, free and while it is still America.

Having plenty of oxygen to breathe. I see so many people that have to have an oxygen tank to help them breathe. And I read something once that said there is very little oxygen in hell so people who end up there will struggle for eternity to get their breath. I’m not going there because I have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Messiah. Those who haven’t believed in Him will end up in hell. There will be no blessings of God in hell, and oxygen is a blessing. There will be no rest in hell either.

Light is a blessing. Did you know that when God created the heavens and the earth, He created light before He created the sun. Genesis 1:3, Genesis 1:16. I can’t imagine and don’t want to know what it would be like to live without light.

The shower and plumbing. Imagine what life was like back 150 years ago before indoor plumbing and showers. Yuk.

Christian TV and radio. As I said, we still live in a country that we have the freedom to have Christian TV and radio.

Plenty of food. A lot of countries do not have local grocery stores full of food, like the U.S. does.

Water. Clean, drinkable water.

My dear, precious, wonderful, hard-working, diligent, Christian husband. (This list is not in any particular order ’cause he’d be second on the list, after God.)

An electric iron. Convenience is wonderful.

Pinterest. I’m hooked. Enough said.

Family. Mom, sisters, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins. And friends.

The Bible. We are blessed to have several translations. And a Strong’s Concordance. There was a time when “common” people didn’t have access to a Bible. Only the priests/preachers had them and they didn’t preach the entire Bible, so the people didn’t get the entire truth of God’s Word. My new translation is the Messianic Jewish Family Bible. I love it. It puts the Bible in the original Jewish context.

Scented candles. A small blessing but I like scented candles. Hazelnut Cream. Anything autumn scented.

Autumn. My most favorite season.

Rain, nice gentle rain.

White puffy clouds.

Hot cocoa with miniature marshmallows.

Books, mostly Christian books. I am so blessed to have a small library of books.

Christian blogs.

Sudoku. Keeps my mind somewhat sharper.

I know there are a lot more things I am grateful for that I’ll have to come back to.

I am truly blessed, mostly because I know God loves me and takes good care of me and protects me and pours out His blessings upon me, especially since I also know that I don’t deserve them. He gives His blessings because of His great love. He sent His Son to pay a price I couldn’t pay and then He raised Him from the dead. His work is finished and I can have the promises He gave Abraham, when I believe. Jesus came to restore what we lost when Adam and Eve sinned.

I truly am grateful for my blessings.


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QR Codes

Here’s the definition of QR codes. It was invented in 1994 for the automotive industry to track each vehicle in production.

When I first started seeing QR codes, I didn’t really think much about them. Yeah yeah, something else that will fade out and come to nothin’. I doubt I’ll ever use them or care about them.

But I’ve discovered that they really are fairly useful. I found this free QR WiFi password generator. You will need your network name and password when you do this and it is fast and easy. I used a “static” QR code that you can’t change once you generate it but they also have a “dynamic” code that you can change at any time. I decided to print mine on cardstock and put it somewhere where it can be accessed by trusted family and friends.

If you have service people (plumber, electrician, phone company etc.) that come in your house or people you don’t know or trust, I wouldn’t put this code out for them to access. My nephew comes over on occasion and he has to ask for the code every time because his tablet doesn’t store WiFi codes for extended periods. This will make it faster for him to get online.

I read an article about how one company puts a QR code on every piece of their fish to let their customers know more about the fish they might want to purchase.

And of course you can put a QR code up for your website. Print one on a magnetic sign to put on your vehicle or print them on business cards to hand out.

Have you given much thought to QR codes?

I want to stay current with technology though a lot of it passes me by. I haven’t even figured out all the stuff on my new cell phone yet. I think I’m overly concerned about identity theft and someone stealing me blind, but we just have to use common sense and safeguard our stuff the best way we can. We can still enjoy life and pray for God’s protection over the areas we’re concerned about.

There are so many different kinds of QR codes to generate. You can use a search engine to find out more.


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Sharing With You

This n That

I have a mish-mash of stuff to share. Nothin’ really important, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.

I won’t say it for the 20th time that I do love autumn and I’m wishing it to come soon.  :)

I was looking at the top shelf of my linen closet, at my ceramic and fabric pumpkins, fabric owls and what-not. I’m yearning for fall leaves and crisp, cool air, so I can sit on the back porch with a lap quilt and drinking hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. Just sitting here wondering what kind of weather there will be in heaven. Will there be autumn? I sure hope so. If not in heaven, I hope there will be autumn on the new earth.

Tonight for supper I cooked meatloaf, cheesy hashbrown casserole and avocados. Delicious. I tried something different. I made enough meatloaf for two meals and I froze the second half for next week. I didn’t cook it, just froze it uncooked. Hope it turns out good when I cook it.

Husband has issues with his right rotator cuff. We found this KT tape that is amazing.

I support several Jewish organizations and this is one I love, a messianic Jew, Curt Landry Ministries. This is about a tallit (prayer shawl).

Here’s a story about the Classic American Clothespin. I doubt any of the younger generation even knows what a clothespin is.

A kitchen with beautiful wood beams and the how-to.

Some info on the issues with smart meters and what we can do about it, EMF Protection.

Unlocking the mysteries of Genesis from the Creation Conference.

An 1828 definition of modesty. Sit for awhile somewhere in a public place and you will see the worst parade of scantily dressed, bosom exposed, pants-waistline-at-the-knees craziness enough to make a person sick. Sad thing is, even Christians dress immodestly. We should be setting the standard for the rest of the world. We should be set apart, not dressing and acting like the worldly. They should be able to see and know that we are God’s people.

A great way to make some extra money, Amazon flipping.

Hope you all are having fun this summer. It has been fairly mild, and WooHoo, the lakes hereabouts have filled up. I hope our drought is gone.

I have to get off here. I bought 2 large containers of strawberries and was planning on cutting them up to put in the freezer. Speaking of strawberries, have you made any ice cream this year. Here’s a delicious recipe for homemade strawberry icecream.

bowl of strwby ice cream   Enjoy!

Summertime good!


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