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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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Memorial Day

Do I say Happy Memorial Day? I think not. For so many, what’s happy about it, ya know.

I have many family members who have served; husband, uncles, cousins, great-uncles, a great-aunt, great-great-uncles, and so on. In my lifetime I have not lost anyone IN war. Some have devastating injuries, but thank GOD they are alive and with us.

Today I’m watching the new series “Brush of Honor”. I tried to turn the channel but felt strongly compelled to turn it back. Been crying the whole time. It hurts. I don’t want Americans to forget our brave men and women, EVER. I’m so thankful for their sacrifice. Most of those who serve in our military absolutely love the USA. They believe that this is the greatest nation in the world. They are true PATRIOTS. True HEROES. I love every single one of them.

I always make it a point to go shake the hand of a uniformed service person and thank them for their service. They need to know that they are appreciated by the US citizens who enjoy the freedoms they go out to preserve.

Here’s a link for a brief history of Memorial Day.

Be sure and shake a service man/woman’s hand and let them know they are appreciated!  :)

Maybe think about supporting Wounded Warrior Project.

Remember the Red, White & Blue!

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I am blessed to have a Mom who loves me. I love her too.

Momma is not perfect. None of us are. There are things in my childhood that I wish could have been different. Even now I’d like to change things a little, for the better.

What I appreciate about my Momma is that she took care of her four kids the best way that she could. When she and my biological father got divorced, Momma worked to provide a place for us to live and food to eat and clothes to wear. She made sure we went to school. She wanted us all to graduate from high school. She didn’t have that privilege and she wanted better for her kids.

She did this with no help from her kids’ biological father.

She took care of FOUR children. I know some mothers who can’t seem to take care of one, or two, let alone four.

Mom freely gave us hugs and kisses, and she often told us (and still does) that she loved us.

She taught us to have good manners and to be respectful of our elders, say ma’am and sir.

She always made the holidays special for us. We weren’t rich and we didn’t have fancy gifts but Momma made us feel rich in her love.

She always CELEBRATED our birthdays and made sure we knew we were special and that she loved us. She taught us to love each other and to love our family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents).

She taught us girls to cook and clean and do laundry. I’m so glad we had chores and learned a work ethic. This young generation doesn’t know about ethics or morals or manners or homemaking or putting others first.

One very good thing I observed about Momma. No matter how tough things got, she persevered. She never gave up. She hung in there until things got better. She kept us together.

Momma prays. She believes God.

She’s going to turn 80 in September. Celebration time!

Tomorrow we’re celebrating her being our Momma!

Love you always and forever Mom!

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Wisdom to Live a Good Life

Wisdom to Live a Good Life

“Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus.”
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can and some were never taught to do better).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.


“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

I like this list so I’m going to print it and laminate it and practice it. I’ve learned to do a lot of them but some I need to practice more and more.

Things have been fairly busy around here. I finished work early today so I left and went to Michael’s to pick up some things for a craft project I plan to work on in the evenings, while watching TV with hubby.

When I got home I decided to do some closet cleaning. I went through some “off season” clothing totes. Some of those clothing items haven’t seen the light of day in probably 10 years, so it’s time to remove them for donation.

I heard someone say it would be a good thing to simplify so that’s what I’m trying to do. We have so many things that I call “dust collectors” and some of them I plan to keep but it’s time to let go of most of it. It actually feels pretty good to declutter and free up more space in our home. It gives me more energy and I hope hubby feels more energetic too.

Hope you all are enjoying this spring weather. I sure am. We’re still having wonderful cool nights, down in the 50’s and 60’s. I don’t have to turn the heater on, but it’s still wonderful to snuggle under the covers.

Talk to ya later.


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Getting Older

We hear people say things like “I don’t like getting older, but I don’t like the alternative either.”

When you’re younger, you don’t give much thought to doing the tasks that you know you need to do.

Build a raised garden bed. Moving dirt in so you can plant a vegetable garden.

Moving new furniture into the house, or moving all the furniture and belongings to a new house.

Replace the fence in the back yard.

Build a shed.

Build bookcases for the wife.

Move all the furniture away from the wall so wife can paint the walls (for the third time in 13 years).  :)

Well, we bought a new sofa and because we didn’t want to wait for delivery, we decided to go pick it up at the warehouse and bring it home ourselves.

We’ve done things like that before… when we were younger. We picked up a  side-by-side refrigerator one time. Another time a chest deep freeze. Another time a queen size bed. On and on the list goes, over the 25 years we’ve been married.

We got the sofa home in the back of husband’s pick-up. Rigged a dolly to get it to the front door. We didn’t think it was that heavy, really. But it was bulky. The neighbor man saw us struggling to get it to the front door and offered to help. That was so nice.

The young man took hold of my end of the sofa and husband was on the end that was going through the door first. Well, husband was having a little trouble with his end of the load. So the nice young man decided they should trade ends and he was able to get it into the house.

As soon as we got it set up, legs installed, pillows in place, I immediately went and took some pain killer for my back. Honestly, it didn’t feel that heavy, but I sure was glad the neighbor came to our rescue.

In my mind, I don’t feel this old, but my body definitely lets me know how wrong my mind is.

What happened? It wasn’t that long ago that I could do whatever task I wanted to do or needed to do, no help needed.

When we went to bed that night, I just laughed at the both of us. We think we can just keep going like we were still in our 30’s or 40’s, but we learned we now have some limitations. The problem with that is, we don’t like having to ask others for help.

I have a new understanding and compassion for older people. Not that I didn’t have compassion before, but now I’ve experienced that reluctance to bother someone for help. Most don’t like asking for help or receiving help, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

I’m going to make sure that Mom knows we’re there for her if she needs our help, and for her to not be embarrassed to ask us. If we can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can help us. Maybe some younger members in the church. It’s okay to humble ourselves and ask for help.

I sure don’t like getting older, but I’m not ready for the alternative either. Too many things to get done and more things to learn.

Even so, come Lord Jesus, COME!



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Reading for Today

You CAN read this. Go.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Spell checker just went berserk.  :)

Now a little fun info.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

And now some Christian one-liners.

Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited – until you try to sit in their pews.

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes and sand gnats come close.

When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t be a member.

If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

Be ye fishers of men. You catch them – He’ll clean them.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.

Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts!”

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot – swap seats!

Prayer: Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

We don’t change the message, the message changes us.

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

“Dear Father: Bless the person reading this in whatever it is that You know they need.”

Y’all have a wonderful, blessed week.


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The Last of Winter?

I wonder if this is the last of winter, for us here in central Texas. Yippee! We finally got some snow that stuck, at the end of February. And we got some more snow and sleet this week. I’ve had to take 4 of my vacation days for weather days. But I’ve really enjoyed it.

snow at home 6

snow at home 5

snow at home 4

snow at home 2

snow at home 1

I saw several snowmen in our neighborhood. I do love to see children out playing in the snow. As I was driving to work late one morning I saw about 5 children and some adults building 2 huge snowmen. I waved to them as I drove by. They were having so much fun. Those snowmen have melted enough that they fell apart today.  :(

So, I’m guessing that this might be the last of winter here in this part of the country. I know some are wishing it were their last part of winter but it will probably last a bit longer for them.

I recall one year, when I was still in high school in Illinois, we celebrated Easter in the snow. The Easter egg hunt was in the snow. It’s not easy to “HIDE” colored eggs on the white snow covered ground. But it’s a great memory I have of my youth in Illinois.

I will admit that I don’t enjoy months of snow but I have wonderful memories of snow fun. Mom made snow-cream for us. Oh it was good. Better than ice cream from a crank freezer. I do miss that, the snow-cream. We didn’t get enough snow for that, here in Texas.

I’m enjoying the cold weather now because I know what will be coming for us this summer. I prefer cooler weather to hot weather, even though my bones are a little uncomfortable in the cold. I think part of why I like the snow is because of my childhood memories.

Hope y’all build some great snow memories.



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I Do Love Winter

I DO love winter. I can say that because we generally don’t get much of a “real” winter down here in this part of Texas. The crazy thing is, we’ve had some very warm days (turn on the air conditioner) and some cold nights (down in the 30’s and turn the heater back on). That part I don’t like, but it is what it is.

I envy Vee having winter where she lives, though I do remember that when my family moved to Illinois when I was a teenager, a few years ago, okay a long time ago, winter eventually did get boring. Gray, ugly snow for 4 months. Stuck in the house playing cards and board games because it was too cold to go outside. Cold and more cold. 60 below wind chill factor, I kid you not, when the wind blew so hard.

Still, I love winter. Our winter.

Making potato soup or chili.

Drinking hot cocoa. For the first time ever I actually put a few bunch of mini marshmallows in my cup the other day. It was so good. I’ll have to keep stocked up on the marshmallows.

cocoa canister and hot cocoa mug

I like drinking hot apple cider too.

Now, if I could have a fireplace, I would seriously consider moving up there close to Vee. Or somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee. Maybe Ohio. Anywhere that’s not suffering the drought like we are down here. Yeah, I’m still dreaming. And praying.

My favorite season is autumn. I wish I could find a place that would be autumn much longer than we have it. But since autumn is gone for this year, I’m going to enjoy our mild winter, as if it were still autumn.

Maybe this will be the year that we can sell the house and move a little farther north and east.

Husband shocked me this past weekend. He said to me, “What if we move to Australia?” What brought that up? Don’t want to talk about it. It’s what’s going on here in America in our government, and the fact that the U.S. has abandoned her God. But seriously, it’s going on worldwide. It’s the times we’re living in. I say, God is still on His throne and none of this stuff is a surprise to Him. He will take care of His own and He promised never to leave us or forsake us.

So, let’s just move to a place that is not in a drought. We’ll keep drawing close to God and love Him more and more, and love our neighbors the way God told us to.

I gotta get off this computer and unwind for the night.

Y’all take care and keep warm. Enjoy the winter. It’ll be gone before you know it.


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